The Scene: Freshen up your phone with these apps

 As time progresses and Instagram and Snapchat get more annoying, I find myself attempting to find new ways to entertain myself. So, I have found myself enjoying three new apps lately, and I hope that maybe you can find some interest in them too. 

First, I have grown a new love for podcasts. So, folks, lately, I have not been into music. This is weird because it seems almost natural for me to listen to music during every part of the day. Recently, I have been burnt out and just tired of listening to the same five songs over and over again. I still need something to listen to though so I can casually ignore everyone when I’m in public. That is when I decided to try listening to podcasts. I first heard of podcasts during my night class last year (not a good idea by the way) when students suggested that it was a good way to create a show. At first, I did not get the concept at all. Why would I want to listen to other people tell stories when I could just watch them on TV? But I was so wrong. During my summer internship I found myself needing background noise to get through all my exhaustive busy-work that interns get. That is when my love for podcasts was born. I first started with “Black Girl Podcast,” which is a group of five women in New York just talking about popular topics and how they navigate through life. After a while, it felt like I was just listening to my friends talk, and I would even talk back or laugh extremely loud. Either way these podcasts helped me to gain a new perspective and stay up to date with what is going on in society. There are all types of podcasts, too: political, religious, therapy based and even ones that help you sleep (shout out to insomnia). 

Second, as a college student, I’m pretty broke most of the time, but I find this odd joy in window shopping. I also love thrifting, but Wooster is a little lacking in the thrift store department, so I’ve turned to online shopping, specifically Poshmark. Poshmark is basically an online consignment shop where you can buy discounted clothes, shoes, basically anything people are trying to sell. So, when I’m bored or avoiding my never-ending papers, I scroll through the shoes section to see what’s new and just favorite the ones that I like. Eventually, I might buy them, but for now I just admire the 20 pairs of shoes that I definitely cannot afford to buy all at once. 

Next is my new favorite app, Co-Star. Are you obsessed with the stars? Do you want to know why you are the way you are? Do you think that you know enough about yourself? Well, if you know your birth date and time, Co-Star can help you figure out all these answers. Co-Star is a mobile horoscope app that tells you your entire birth chart and gives you daily horoscopes with what parts of life you have power, pressure and trouble in. I’m not 100 percent obsessed with the stars, but I do enjoy a little foresight occasionally. Sometimes the predictions are spot on, too. You can even add friends and see who you’re compatible with (or who you really should be staying away from). So, if you really want an app to read you for what you are, head on over to Co-Star. 

If you get tired of posting selfies all the time and want to expand your app knowledge, now you have something new to try.

Korri Palmer, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at KPalmer20@wooster.edu.

Student athletes recognized at annual Scotties Awards

Samuel Casey

News Editor

On Monday, April 29, McGaw Chapel hosted the fourth annual Scotties — an award ceremony that seeks to recognize the accomplishments of both teams and individual athletes at The College of Wooster over the past year. The Scotties is planned and organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) with contributions from The W Association, the College’s alumni group made up of former student athletes.

The event was well-attended by representatives from each of Wooster’s 21 sports teams. According to Grace O’Leary ’20, vice president of SAAC, each Wooster team voted for a winner in both the men’s and women’s category for each of the five awards.

The event was emceed by Marcus Bowers ’19 and Aubri McKoy ’20 and kicked off by recognizing impending retirees Head Athletic Trainer Tom Love, baseball’s Head Coach Tim Pettorini and Provost Carolyn Newton for their combined decades of work at the College.

The first award of the night was Rookie of the Year, which is given to the first year who had the most impressive first season at the College. For the men, track and field’s William McMichael ’22 took home the honor after running a 50.91 to place first in the 400 meters at the indoor track and field championships — the first Scot to win the event since 1992. For the women, starting catcher Grace Randall ’22 earned the award for impressing during both softball’s debut week in Florida, hitting .467 in 10 games, and back in Wooster by throwing out nearly half of all base stealers.

“My experience as a first year has been very positive and also a learning experience in many ways as I continue to mature as a player,” Randall said. “I’m thankful to have won the award  … and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates and coaches.”

O’Leary and field hockey teammate Sydney Schuster ’21 presented the award to players for having the most unique statistic. Basketball’s Reece Dupler ’19 and Danyon Hempy ’20 won for becoming the second pair in program history to both surpass 500 points during the season. Erica White ’19, a forward for the soccer team, nabbed the award for the women after scoring the fastest goal in program history at 11 seconds against Mount St. Joseph. Notably, White beat out basketball’s Anna Gibbs ’19, who is only one of two Fighting Scots to start every single game (102) during their four-year career since 1987.

Individual Moment of the Year was given to the athletes who had a top-performing moment during an athletic event from their season. Runners David Westcott ’19 and Brian Lief ’19 were awarded for becoming the first national qualifiers in men’s cross country since 2003. Westcott finished seventh of 265 runners at the Division III Great Lakes Regional to earn an automatic bid and was soon after joined by Lief.

“The award was a great honor and it was amazing to be around my team, because they have helped me so much in achieving the kind of success I have had,” Westcott said.

“We could not have won this award without support from our team,” Lief added. “They have pushed us to work hard every day, and while it was an individual award, it would not have been possible without my teammates and coaches.”

Carolyn Webster ’19 added another award for track and field by way of her second North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) pentathlon win, with top marks in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump.

Similarly, Team Moment of the Year is given to the team with a top-performing moment at an athletic event. The baseball team took home the prize for winning the Mideast Regional Championship and advancing to the Division III World Series for the first time since 2009, beating out basketball and track and field. Women’s soccer was also awarded for team moment after shutting out Wittenberg 4-0 for the team’s first NCAC Tournament win in program history.

This year, the Scotties featured an academic award to show the importance of athletes excelling in their sport and in the classroom. Men’s cross country and women’s tennis took home the inaugural award that was given to the teams who had the highest GPA from Spring 2018 to Fall 2018.

The final award for the night was given in honor of Clayton Geib ’18, a football player who passed away in September 2017, to athletes who exemplified school spirit, team unity, sportsmanship, strong academics and immense kindness while being a key contributor to their sport. The men’s nominees included swimmer/golfer Ric Reynolds ’19, high jumper Jack Petrecca ’19 and baseball’s Sam Severance ’19, with the latter being voted the winner by his peers. Last year, Severance made the difficult decision to have his lower right leg amputated due to bone cancer but was determined to finish his intercollegiate career and has made several plate appearances this season for the Scots.

For the women, soccer goalie Maddy Ireton ’19, volleyball defensive specialist Eva Stebel ’19 and track and fielder Carolyn Webster ’19 were in contention. Ireton brought home the honor and later reflected on receiving the Geib Award.

“For the rest of my life, I will strive to live up to the attributes embodied by Clayton and his award,” Ireton said. “I am so glad that we are honoring his memory in an award that represents the incredible impact he had on the Wooster community.”

She continued by expressing her gratitude with being a student athlete at the College.

“Being a student athlete at Wooster has provided me with some of my proudest moments and some of my toughest challenges,” Ireton explained. “It has certainly helped me grow into the person I am today. I will always be thankful for my teammates, coaches, athletic trainers and so many others for the support they give me.”

“The Scotties aim to recognize Wooster athletes who have had an amazing season or moment during the season,” O’Leary concluded, “I felt that we had a wide array of winners that showed how widespread Wooster’s athletic success has been this year.”

(Photo by Angad Singh).

Scotlight: Coral Ciupak and Mackenzie Clark

Mackenzie Clark ’19 (left) and Coral Ciupak ’19 (right), Editors in Chief of The Wooster Voice, share their journey as students and editors here at The College of Wooster.

Can you introduce yourselves?

M: My name is Mackenzie Clark and I’m one of the Editors in Chief of The Wooster Voice.

C: My name is Coral Ciupak; I am the other Editor in Chief of The Wooster Voice.

What other things are you involved in at the College?

M: I’m an English and art history double major, I work at The College of Wooster Art Museum, I’ve been an ARCHer for two summers and I’ll be a Graduate ARCHer again, so that’s pretty fun. And I’ve done some light editing for The Artful Dodge.

C: I am a philosophy major and psychology minor, I have worked four years at the Registrar’s office and I did three years of Moot Court.

How did you get involved in the Voice?

M: I came in as a sophomore because a friend of mine convinced me to join with her.  And it was mostly for editing practice. I didn’t really think of myself as a journalist.  Something that’s stayed with me is that I still don’t think of myself as a journalist, which is kind of funny. So yeah, I was News Editor, Managing Editor and Editor in Chief, and it’s just been three years of learning more about different parts of the campus community, more about what matters to different parts of this community, how to tell those stories, represent those voices across all sections of the paper and also a lot of mentorship and teaching. It’s been a real honor this year to have such a young staff, to be able to work with them with the knowledge that a lot of them will be coming back and to set them up to succeed even more in the years to come.

C: I also got involved with the Voice my sophomore year. I had applied because I was interested in getting more involved in the campus community and I saw the Voice as a really great way to do that because of the reach I felt like — still feel like — it has on this campus. I was Viewpoints Editor for two years and that’s really informed my role as Editor in Chief this year, just because it has really taught me how special it is to have a platform that’s accessible or that should be accessible to everyone to really share their perspectives, whatever they may be, in a campus publication that’s run by students, published by students, put together by students. It’s been a really cool thing to be a part of.  

What’s been your favorite part of working for the Voice?

C: My favorite part of working for the Voice has to do with how connected it makes you, not just to things that are going on and news that’s being released, but also to the people that I’ve worked with, to the stories that we’ve published and what those stories mean to the people here on campus. That’s been really special.

M: I have really enjoyed watching the process of our editors and our writers come into their own on staff, and watching them go from really nervous and kind of confused to seeing the pride on their faces every time they do something new or write something that they didn’t think they had in them or cover a different area on campus that they’ve never covered before. It reminds them what we do here is so important and even though it kind of feels like a routine week after week, that every single issue is just as special and important as the last and to make sure that’s something that as a group we can be very collectively proud of.

C: I would echo that as well. I’ve really enjoyed seeing people learn things about themselves and about others. It’s kind of related to what Mackenzie said earlier about not seeing herself as a journalist; I’m probably the same way. I’ve just been way more excited by seeing my coworkers and our writers, our photographers, our editors, become passionate about the things that they’re doing and connecting with other people.

What’s your favorite article that you’ve written?

M: My very first article was an article about when the Black Student Association (BSA) did a demonstration outside of Lowry my sophomore year. And I wasn’t supposed to write the article but the person writing it passed it on to me because they were unable to complete it. I felt very nervous, it was my first article and it was such a big thing happening on campus that week and I wasn’t sure if I could do it justice. So to finish that article and to have the other editors tell me that they thought it was well-written, that was a really big moment for me because it was like, ‘hey, I can do this; this is something that I’m able to do.’

C: I haven’t actually written a whole lot of articles for the Voice. My time as Viewpoints Editor was more focused on getting other people to write Viewpoints. But as Editor in Chief this year, I did write a feature, kind of last minute, on International Education Week, and that was something I really enjoyed. Particularly reaching out to organizers of International Education Week and hearing what they had to say and getting their perspectives on what this event and that week meant to them, and then the process of weaving those perspectives together into a kind of narrative that was informative but also reflected what these people put into the work, was a really rewarding thing for me, even if it was just a small article. I enjoyed being able to do that.

What advice do you have for Wooster students interested in joining the Voice?

 M: I think for students interested in journalism that haven’t really pursued it at the College yet, your voice is super valuable. Every single voice that we have come through here, whether it’s in the form of a contributing writer or a person that’s on our editorial staff all year long, all of those voices are so valued throughout every single section of the paper. So I would suggest just coming down to copy edit just to meet people, send an email to a section editor and ask if you can contribute to a story, just really put yourself out there. We’re always looking for people to get involved, we never really turn anybody away. So if you’re thinking this might be something that interests you, it’s a really good pocket of campus to get involved in, if you want to know more about all of the pockets of campus.  

C: I want people who are interested in the Voice to reach out to get involved, but I also want them to be really critical of us and of what we are and aren’t doing to get people involved in the first place. So if someone’s interested, and they reach out and they do become a part of what’s happening here, I want them and everyone to feel really open and really comfortable letting leadership know what is and what isn’t working. Because I know we do have some people who are interested in working with the Voice, but I also know that that interest isn’t as widespread or it doesn’t seem very accessible, so I would really ask people in coming years to be really mindful about what we are and are not doing to make that platform accessible for everyone.

What are your plans after graduation?

M: I will be attending Case Western Reserve University to get my Master’s in art history.  So I’m moving to Cleveland.

C: I’m taking a gap year and then will be applying to graduate programs in clinical social work.

M: So, we’re not pursuing journalism, is the short answer.

Do you guys have anything to add?

M: I would add to all Wooster students: This is the only time in your life where you will have access to so many kinds of cereal in Lowry Center. And also unlimited fries all day long. And  eggs and stir-fry.  Eat all the cereal you can. If you ever eat dinner and you think to yourself, ‘Hm, I kinda want a bowl of cereal but maybe I’ll pass.’ Eat the cereal. That’s my advice.  

C: My advice is to learn people’s names. Everyone you speak to, or interact with, learn their names.  

M: Eat cereal, learn names, join the Voice.  

 

Interview by Waverly Hart, Managing Editor at the Voice (Photo by Angad Singh).

Wooster tennis teams end seasons on a powerful note

Matt Olszewski

Sports Editor

The College of Wooster men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. last weekend, April 25, 26 and 27 to compete in the 2019 North Coast Atlantic Conference Championships.

Both teams were seeded sixth going into the NCAC tournament and both ended up finishing higher than their original seed. Sarah Duran ’21 was asked about what her favorite team moment was, leading up to the Conference tournament. “I think my favorite moment in general was probably just the spring break trip overall. I think that is always the trip where everyone is able to bond and spend time together,” she said.

 Both teams faced DePauw University in the first round. The women faced a tough Tiger squad, as they fell 5-0. However, Joy Li ’20 and Shannon Sertz ’20 played in the most tightly contested match, as they fell 8-5 in their No. 1 doubles match. They lost to a very talented duo from DePauw, with the pair being ranked sixth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region rankings. In addition, Wooster did see some success in the top half of its singles lineup in a few of the unfinished matches. When asked about the biggest challenge the team had this season, Emma Saxton ’22 noted injuries. “We had a couple of injuries that happened this season, so we were really forced to band together,” said Saxton. “While we still celebrate individual achievements, our greatest accomplishments were as a team.”

Next up, the women played Wittenberg University on Saturday, April 27. Wittenberg was seeded fifth, just one spot ahead of the Scots. In the regular season, the Scots lost to Wittenberg 7-2, but the rematch was a whole different story. It is important to note the role of Head Coach Amy Behrman on the team’s resilience. “Coach often tells us to leave everything on the court and there is nothing to lose. She really believes in me for beating regional-ranked players, which definitely reinforces my confidence,” said Li.

The Scots came out strong in their second match of the tournament, starting with a pair of 8-7 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Sertz and Li picked up the victory at No. 1, while Laura Haley ’21 and Duran emerged victorious at No. 2 doubles. Sertz picked up her 75th doubles win of her college career, making her the 10th student-athlete in program history to achieve that feat. Both of those doubles matches were won in a tiebreaker. In No. 3 doubles, Meklit Minassie ’22 and Saxton picked up a solid 8-3 win. The rest of the Scots’ points came in their singles matches, with Sertz earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory, and Saxton picking up a 6-1, 7-6 win. 

“It was a great win for the team because we were the underdogs going into the match and had lost to them earlier this season. And it was a great match for me because I had lost to the same girl in three sets in March,” Saxton stated.

Haley then reflected on the team’s performance at the conference championships. “Going into [it], we had two goals — leave everything on the court and finish higher than anticipated. I’m happy to say we accomplished both. Going into our match against Wittenberg, we knew we had one last chance on the court. I believe we all internalized this and played without hesitation,” she said.

The season also impacted every player in a positive way. Kendra Devereux ’21 described what she and her teammates learned the most as a result of this season. “Over the season we all have grown really close to one another and we have really learned how to build each other up. We learned that positivity and confidence are very important characteristics to have when playing tough matches and always tried to help each other focus on those mindsets,” she remarked. The women finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 12-6 and will come back strong next season after losing zero seniors and gaining a few recruits.

On the men’s side during the tournament, the Scots fell 5-2 to third-ranked DePauw in their first match. The Scots did pick up a victory at No. 1 doubles, as Austin Hanna ’22 and Alon Liberman ’22 won 8-3. The other victory for the Scots came from Nathan Devereux ’20, as he won 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 4 flight.

The next opponent the Scots faced was Ohio Wesleyan. The Scots won a tightly contested match 5-3. Joaquin Abos Amo ’21 defeated Ohio Wesleyan’s Jack Hibbard to clinch the fifth-place match for the Scots. The Scots had carried a 2-1 lead into the singles matches, after Hanna and Liberman defeated Ohio Wesleyan’s No. 1 duo 8-4. At the No. 3 spot, Jesse DeWitt ’19 and Nebyou Minassie ’22 won 8-3. Abos Amo, Liberman and Devereux each won their singles matches to seal the victory for the Scots, with Abos Amo’s win clinching the match. The match marked redemption for the Scots, as they had lost to the Bishops 5-4 in the regular season.

Abos Amo described how the last match of the season was his favorite. “Personally, the moment that made me feel the best was after the very last match against Ohio Wesleyan when we were playing for the fifth position in the conference. The match was really, really close and I was losing in the third set, but I made my way back to finally win and clinch the match for us. It was our best result since 2008, and I also played one of the best matches of the season. It was a great feeling,” he said. Abos Amo also talked about how he learned a lot throughout the course of the season that helped him improve as a player and eventually get to the point where he ended this season — beating a quality opponent from Ohio Wesleyan. “The beginning of the season was pretty tough for me, because I lost a lot of close matches. I had a good season as a first year, so this year I had a lot of expectations when the season started. I lost matches against guys I wasn’t expecting to lose against, and that was very frustrating. I tried to keep practicing and giving my 100 percent. Spring break was a key moment in the season for me, since I had a couple good wins that gave me confidence for the rest of the matches this season,” he said. The men finished this past season with a record of 8-13, but learned a lot throughout the season and will only be losing one senior, Jesse DeWitt. 

(Photo by Wooster Athletics).

Storytelling enhances the Wooster experience

My time at Wooster has been defined by a deep engagement with storytelling. As an art history and English double major, an editor with The Wooster Voice and as a citizen of this community, I have learned so much in the past four years through stories, their value and the voices which shape them. 

As students, we are constantly curating the nature of our own narratives through the choices we make, from the classes we choose to the people we bring into our lives and the depth to which we allow them to impact us. For me, these past four years have been uniquely formed by stories of serendipity and moments that I did not know would be so memorable until much later. From how I stumbled upon my double major, to how I met my best friends, seemingly small choices have become crucial points in my own story. 

As my senior year comes to an end and the chaos of being a student and doing I.S. has subsided, I’ve had some much needed time to reflect on the stories that have informed my education and personal growth. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of assisting in the creation of a total of 72 issues of The Wooster Voice (also known as the most arduous and extended group project I’ve ever undertaken). This process of producing a weekly newspaper has taught me so much about the role of newspaper in a community as a curatorial culmination of contemporary histories and a way in which to watch our individual narratives intertwine. 

As both a writer and an editor for this publication, I want to urge all of you, whether you are leaving this place or returning in the fall, to be active participants in the story of the College. Pay attention to both what people are talking about, and what they are not talking about. Exercise courage in how you tell stories and how you listen to and receive them. Carry stories responsibly, taking note of all sides and angles, of the voices represented and those which are not. Be mindful of when it’s time to stand up, and when it’s time to step back. Practice both speaking out and making room for others to speak. 

As humans, stories are vital agents of education and empathy, and we all must make a conscious effort to make room for all kinds of stories in a space as unique and vibrant as Wooster’s community. As one-fourth of our student body is renewed every fall, this project of shaping our story is one that is ongoing and that requires us to always be mindful of where we have all been and where we will go.

There is one final piece of advice I would like to leave you all with. At the beginning of my senior year, a wise friend told me something I have carried with me for quite some time now. Right now in Lowry Dining Hall, you have access to more types of cereal in this moment than you will probably ever have again after you leave Wooster. Take advantage of Lowry and its wall of unlimited cereal possibilities while you still can.

Mackenzie Clark, an Editor in Chief for the Voice, can be reached for comment at MClark19@wooster.edu.

Campus Council commemorates 50th Anniversary

Ellie Kahn

Contributing Writer 

“I came for the free Chipotle and left planning to run for office next year,” said one student to Robin Emmons ’19, a representative for Campus Council (CC). The student was referring to Campus Council’s 50th anniversary celebration, which was held this past Friday, April 26 in the CoRE. Approximately 75 students, faculty members and administrators gathered to reflect on the effect that Council has had on the campus community since its inception, as well as to look to the future of the organization. Prior to the celebration itself, an art wall in Lowry was displayed to showcase the history of the organization with both written descriptions and photographs.

The celebration began with a welcoming address from Chair Annabelle Hopkins ’19, who explained that the event was conceived this past June by Hopkins and Halen Gifford ’21 after they discovered old Voice articles detailing the founding of the organization. Hopkins also shared how serving on Council has impacted her personally, commenting that the group has “changed [her] life for the better by inspiring [her] to grow as a leader.” She also emphasized the importance of having a legislative organization made up of students on a college campus, as few institutions “allow students to have so much power in their own legislatures.” 

Hopkins’ address was followed by former CC Chair Jordan Griffith ’19 and Dean of Students Scott Brown, who each highlighted the importance of the organization and the vital role that it plays within the campus community. When considering the structure of the organization, Brown remarked, “I’ve worked at many types of schools for nearly 30 years in my career; how Wooster leads is both very unusual and very desirable. And what is different, as Jordan talked about, is the fact that one of the most influential policy-making bodies is led by students, along with elected representatives of faculty and staff.” 

Emmons then discussed the degree to which outreach efforts have improved in the past year, citing new initiatives such as “Coffee with a Councilmember,” accessible descriptions of Council positions and an increased presence on social media. Finally, Gifford unveiled an exciting new project, the interactive Campus Council Digital Archive. The archive was conceptualized as a way to learn more about what Council has done over the past 50 years, as well as to keep alumni updated and engaged with events on campus. “I think [the archive] will be a great resource for future policymakers to have a plethora of Council’s constitutional history at their fingertips,” said Emmons, adding that it “sets a standard for transparency and record-keeping.” In progress is a web interface designed to aid in effective use of the archive. 

Incorporated into the 50th celebration was the Council’s focus on sustainability; customized CC M&Ms were served in reusable containers, and the art wall in Lowry was set against a tablecloth as a way of finding a more eco-friendly substitute to paper and plastic backgrounds. Members of Campus Council credit Hopkins for the success of the event. “The 50th was made possible by the diligence and initiative of Campus Council chair, Annabelle Hopkins. We have been so lucky to have a leader who is just as present at the ground level working behind the scenes as she is for every other aspect of her job title,” said Emmons. 

When considering the work that CC has done within the last year, Emmons stated, “Council is currently at a pivotal point in time. We have become increasingly more effective, productive and transparent. As we look back to our history and celebrate our previous accomplishments, we also can look towards a bright and long-lasting future. We are up to good things and I look forward to what is to come.”

very other aspect of her job title.” 

A political science and history double major graduating this spring, Hopkins plans to pursue a career in policy and advocacy. When considering the work that CC has done within the last year, she stated that “Council is currently at a pivotal point in time. We have become increasingly more effective, productive, and transparent. As we look back to our history and celebrate our previous accomplishments, we also can look towards a bright and long-lasting future. We are up to good things and I look forward to what is to come.”

(Photo courtesy Annabelle Hopkins)