Spider-man breaks up with M arvel in epic divorce

Alex Mittereder

Contributing Writer

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have been sent reeling after the recent news that Spider-Man will no longer be a part of the MCU. The announcement came as a shock, considering that Spider-Man is a beloved character and icon dating back to the origin of the Marvel Comics. So why is Spider-Man getting kicked out of the MCU? It’s a complicated answer about the complicated relationship between the entertainment empires of Disney, Marvel and Sony. 

Marvel originally created Spider-Man, a wildly popular character that helped shape the world of comics and superheroes, back in 1962. However, in the 90s, Marvel sold many of its characters to other studios due to bankruptcy. Sony bought the film rights to Spider-Man and has kept them ever since. Shortly after the MCU kicked off with “Iron Man” in 2008, Disney bought the rights to Marvel. Slowly, the Avengers were assembled into the franchise, but some characters were left out, including Spider-Man, who plays a key role on the superhero team in the comics. Sony did create several Spider-Man films which saw varying success in the early 2000s starring Tobey Maguire, and rebooted the franchise later starring Andrew Garfield.

In 2015, Sony struck a deal with Disney, allowing Spider-Man to enter the MCU with five films starring Tom Holland as the famous web slinger. Although Kevin Feige produced these movies, Sony reaped the profits. Meanwhile, Disney had full control over three other films with Spider-Man appearances, including “Captain America: Civil War” and the recent “Avengers: Endgame.” With this deal, Marvel received five percent of all first-dollar and all merchandising profits on the Sony produced films. Likewise, Sony received a little profit from the Disney-produced films. When the five-film contract ended with “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Disney and Sony met to negotiate a new contract.

This deal went south when Disney set high demands. They wanted to share the rights to Spider-Man and split all profits 50/50. Disney argued that the stand-alone movies were successful largely due to Feige’s influence. Sony felt this deal was unfair, since they funded the production of the films and had proven their success with Spider-Man in the past without Feige’s help, and advocated to leave the original deal in place. Disney was unwilling to budge on their demands and an agreement could not be reached. Sony walked away with Spider-Man and Disney withdrew Feige from working on Sony’s projects. 

Fans of the MCU were quick to blame Sony for not accepting Disney’s offer. Many people proposed boycotting Sony’s products and films on Twitter until a deal could be reached. Other fans blamed Disney’s greed for the bad breakup. Sharing the Spider-Man profits would be a huge blow to Sony, considering they spent millions financing the films for Disney to slap their name on it and take a part of the cut. Sony relies heavily on the revenue of the Spider-Man films, as they don’t have ownership of multiple franchises like Disney — and the profits from Spider-Man merchandise go to Disney as well. 

Sony also recently released a statement implying Disney is to blame, saying that “much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP [Intellectual Property] they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.” Disney has not made any official comments yet. 

WOO91 continues to thrive on its online platform

 

Brian Luck

Contributing Writer

“You’re listening to 90.9 FM, WCWS Wooster, WOO91, a public service station of the College of Wooster. Hey everyone, welcome back to…”

Reciting the station ID was the start and finish of every show for most of WOO91’s 50 DJs last year. After a certain point in the semester, however, they were unsure if they were still supposed to say it. 

WOO91’s FM license was officially sold after a long back-and-forth between the students and powers that be. Though students, faculty and community members emphasized the importance of the FM license as a matter of legitimacy and connection to the community, the costs of maintaining the equipment and license were deemed too great to continue.

“We switched to the online streaming before we got rid of our FM license,” said DJ Kate Joseph ’22. “This allows people who don’t live in Wooster to listen to the shows and connect with the College. Less people on and around campus owned or had access to an actual radio, and keeping the FM license was costing the college a lot of money, so they decided to switch to a strictly online streaming platform.”

Last semester, the radio’s student board hosted a funeral for their beloved station. The event featured performances from bands Rat Queen and Dehd, heartfelt goodbyes from past and present DJs and free t-shirts reading “RIP 90.9 FM.” Despite the death of WOO91 as an FM station, students and faculty will continue to broadcast on iHeartRadio. 

Neva Derewetzky ’20, one of the station’s co-general managers and music directors, emphasized the importance of students’ continued support as the station continues streaming.

“The students who are part of WOO91 care about it a lot and we are going to make sure we keep a presence on campus and online,” she said. “As long as there are students passionate about radio and about letting their voice be heard, there is a place for them at WOO91.”

Joseph appreciates the station for pushing her out of her comfort zone and for the fun she has while planning for and broadcasting her Broadway-themed show “Avenue Woo.” Student shows range from sports talk shows to music performed by Wooster students to late-night house party music.

“WOO91 is a place where you can play any kind of music and have almost any kind of show you want,” Derewetzky said. “Like many groups in Wooster, you can find people who love the same things as you and share the same weird interests. Being a part of WOO91 has been a highlight during my time at Wooster and I am glad I could have contributed to it in any way.”

To listen to the campus radio station, search WOO91 on iHeartRadio or visit the station’s Facebook page. Students interested in becoming DJs for the station should visit WOO91’s table at Scot Spirit Day or email nderewetzky20@wooster.edu for more details.

Library Open House welcomes all to increase library literacy

 Zoe Covey

Features Editor

 As we enter the first full weeks of the semester, students are beginning to receive assignments in classes that are more complex than naming three fun facts about themselves to get to know each other. As professors assign papers, Moodle readings and research topics, students must learn how to access the resources that the College’s libraries have to offer. While in years past, students may have been told to familiarize themselves with the many facets of the library during their first year, this year the library held an Open House advertised to all students. Events like this have been held for the past few years, but several additions were made this time, including a change in the way students were directed from place to place. 

In an effort to take students all around the library and teach them how to access each important spot, the library planning committee created a digital map where students could follow the “Black & Gold Trail” from places like APEX and Timken to the Crow’s Nest along with directions to and descriptions of each spot. 

Librarian of the College Irene Herold added that new this year was the addition of a theme to the classic library tour. “The biggest difference this year was creating a theme for the event, which we will be evaluating to see if we want to continue it for future years. It was ‘TAG! You’re It!’ and refers to Timken/Andrews/Gault for TAG, and our focus on students (as the ‘it’ part).” The inclusion of the students in the theme was not accidental. “We felt a more interactive and engaging experiences (plus doughnuts and other treats) would draw students in and provide an overview of what was available. These are instructional and experiential resources here that all students should know about,” Herold said. 

Students also appreciated the added interaction in this year’s Open House. Teresa Ascencio ’23 completed the challenge and enjoyed the opportunity to gain familiarity with the library. “I thought it was really nice. You know, just like what they had to present, all the information, the way they set it up — of course they had doughnuts, which was a highlight. I thought it was very well planned out, even with the tape of the ground to help people with the trail and such, so I think it was really well thought out and well planned for first years and people who don’t know their way around the school — especially the library,” said Ascencio. 

Ascencio went on to share how she and the friends she completed the challenge with navigated the new platforms and technology that they were hoping to become familiar with. “Well when we first started — because I was with a group of friends — we accidentally wrote like online books, but we needed a physical copy of a book, and so that was kind of confusing, but then we quickly learned how to see if it’s available online rather than a physical copy.”

Professors often like to assign the library challenge to their First Year Seminar courses in order to familiarize their students with the place they will likely spend too many hours to count over the course of their education here at Wooster. Professor Tim Freeze of the music department assigns the challenge every year and feels that it greatly benefits students. 

“I think that it’s important for first-year students in a First Year Seminar setting to be exposed to the fundamentals of conducting research and writing research papers. The starting point of any research project has to be choosing and honing a topic, which one can only do with the use of sources that pertain to that topic,” said Freeze. He also argues that not only does the challenge teach students where things are and how to conduct research, but that, “it introduces you to the idea that it is good and appropriate for you to approach that person for help. Many students arrive at the College with a natural inhibition to wanting to reach out for help with things. This can play out at the level of reaching out for help from a professor, reaching out for help from a librarian, reaching out for help from the Wellness Center, from [the Center for Diversity and Inclusion] — and I’m sure there are lots of different places — from Residence Life potentially, from the spiritual life as well, and so… in some small way, the library challenge acculturates students to realizing it is good and normal and appropriate to go to this person for help, use them as a resource.”

This year’s library challenge has combined teaching the essential resources that students use for research and modernizing the experience with digital aspects, keeping students engaged while making sure they understand not only where the printers are, but how to search for I.S. topics years down the line.

Convocation senior speakers discuss inspiration for speeches

 Ellie Kahn

Features Editor

 The sound of bagpipes floating through the sky, droves of seniors and faculty decked out in academic regalia and the air filled with nervous yet excited energy — Convocation 2019 was held in McGaw Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 22, serving as a benchmark for first years and seniors alike. The ceremony served as the official convening of the 150th academic year, and was dampered only by the rain that fell outside. 

Following an invocation from the Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Erin Guzman, President Sarah Bolton addressed the audience and shared her hopes for the upcoming year. 

The audience then heard from four seniors who each serve as student leaders within an organization on campus: Courtney Lockhart ’20, president of the Black Student Association (BSA), Emilee McCubbins ’20, president of the Student Government Association (SGA), Garima Nayar ’20, president of the International Student Association (ISA) and Alberto Peralta ’20, president of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). 

While each speech differed in content and length, they were united in their shared themes of forming connections on campus and advocating for what one believes in. 

I reached out to the four seniors to ask about the thought behind their speeches, and their views on the direction of the senior class. A common theme among the speakers was offering advice to first-year students and words of wisdom they wish they had received back in 2016. 

Nayar reflected, “When I was asked to speak at convocation, my initial question to myself was ‘What would I have wanted to hear as a first-year?’ So, I knew my speech had to be student-to-student. I wanted it to be more casual and honest. So I tried to keep it personal, yet helpful.” 

McCubbins echoed this sentiment, sharing that from her speech, “I hope people took away a sense of relief and introspection. Relief in that they can know their insecurities aren’t exclusive to them — none of us really know what we’re doing most of the time, and reaching out to others for help is perfectly okay. Introspection, in that it’s good to take a moment to yourself here and there to remember how far you’ve come in life, in and outside of Wooster.”

Another form of inspiration behind the Convocation speeches was derived from the current political and social climate, which has become notably tense and divisive over the past few years. Peralta’s speech focused on the contemporary treatment of immigrants in America, an issue that he found critical to speak about because of his family. According to Peralta, “I have always done everything for my family. I will continue to do everything in my power to help my family. I believed I could honor those before me by encouraging those after me to make a change and take a stand against the injustices of the world.” 

Peralta then urged the audience to engage with the community around issues they find important, stating, “Whether you’re protesting the violence against trans folk, the human-made fires in the Amazon or the treatment of immigrants in America … I hope people can have some urgency to do some community work; we are such capable individuals and our work will empower this world. Our work is incredibly important to the world.”

Lockhart, too, used the current political and social climate as insight for her speech, expressing that “when writing this speech my inspiration was the reality of our world and the steps that anyone can take to changing its demise. Today, the lines between right and wrong are becoming more and more blurred and people hold too tightly to previous conditioning, become self-absorbed and/or fail to respect others.” Lockhart hopes that the audience left with this message: “It is not your privilege or achievements that make you. It is truly the person that you allow yourself to become and influenced by what matters and changes the world. There is no rush, life isn’t easy, but press through.” As for the direction of the senior class as we approach this academic year at Wooster, the speakers were no less thoughtful in their responses. 

McCubbins hopes that “myself and my fellow seniors will take on our Independent Studies with grace and passion, and that this year will be one of fervent conversation about research … This class is a special group of folks, and I don’t doubt it’ll be a hard year, but I have the utmost faith in myself and my classmates’ capacity to take this year and completely rock it.” 

This thread is reflected in Lockhart’s answer as well, who aims to see “this class finISh and be the role models for the underclassmen.” Adding to this, Nayar wishes that “we, as a class and as a part of the Wooster community, try to help others around us and try to uplift each other as we’re all in the same boat, not knowing where it’s going.”

Finally, Peralta acknowledged the unique timing that the senior class has been faced with, reflecting that “we came to this school and in our first months here we saw an unprecedented shift in politics as Trump began his first term. We have experienced challenges in all avenues, we have felt changes at all levels, and we are those in charge of making sure we take care of the country we will inherit someday. I just hope that we continue to work on ourselves and not succumb to pressure in our lives. I hope we can become leaders in our own respective fields and that we continue to learn.”

Be patient with your transition to Wooster

 I have two very distinct memories from my first couple weeks on campus in the fall of 2016. The first: I was intensely cutting a bagel with one of the metal sticks Lowry refers to as knives. Little did I know that right in front of me was a contraption that would forever change my Lowry experience: a bagel cutter. A senior on my field hockey team approached me and lovingly pointed out that instead of disfiguring my plain bagel, I could instead gently put it into a small black case and slice it cleanly through. My embarrassment was quickly replaced with gratitude that I had someone who was willing to help me with something so simple as breakfast foods.

The second memory that sticks out clearly was on a cool, late August night. A teammate and I were walking back to Andrews Hall (can’t wait to have you back, Andrews) and decided to sit outside and look at the stars. We got to talking about our experiences in high school and what we were most excited for going forward into our college careers. Among many other things, that night we made a promise to each other. We promised that college was going to be different. We promised that we would be open with each other and to our experience at Wooster. We promised that we were going to make the most out of our next four years. 

Looking back on these two moments seems like a lifetime ago. I remember being completely overwhelmed my first few weeks on campus. Hell, the first semester was a whirlwind of emotions. Yet, that first semester set the groundwork for the amazing experience I have been privileged to have at the good old College of Wooster (Roll Scots!). If I could give any advice to incoming first years — which I’m going to since that’s the whole point of this article — it would be to be patient, be open and be kind. 

Be patient with your transition. You’ve heard it before, but moving away from home is hard. Wooster didn’t start to feel like home right away; it took a lot of time to become comfortable with my surroundings and the person that I was becoming. While others may not be as privileged as I am with a family and home that I missed, it is still good to recognize that it’s OK to not be 100 percent OK right away. Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to be a bit overwhelmed, but know you can still accomplish your goals while feeling this way.

Be open to new opportunities and guidance from those around you. Whether it’s a senior giving you the best way to cut a bagel in Lowry or being vulnerable with a new friend, allow yourself to be open to new experiences. By this, I mean more than just joining all the clubs you want. That’s still great advice, but truly be open to new perspectives and people. Wooster can be an excellent place to get out of your bubble, but you have to make the effort. 

Finally, be kind. Be kind to your new friends who are just as nervous as you are, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Be kind to yourself as you handle this amazingly terrifying experience. 

Being at Wooster will slowly begin to feel normal, if it doesn’t already. Your own bagel and star moments will stick with you for the next three years and then suddenly you’ll be wondering how the hell you’re writing an advice article as a senior. Trust me, it happens. 

 Grace O’Leary, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at GOleary20@wooster.edu.

Don’t be afraid to talk with staff

 After spending the last three years at The College of Wooster, there are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up on that may be helpful for those of the Class of 2023 who slept through our riveting orientation schedule. Some of those are simple — you don’t have to ask to go to the bathroom, don’t go to Lowry at noon on chicken tender day, stay away from the seniors’ carrels — but perhaps the best piece of advice I can give is this: reach out to the faculty, staff and administration.

No doubt, you’ve sat through a talk or two given by our fearless leaders at this point. As a first year, I remember looking up to those confident, professional folks standing behind the podium at McGaw or in front of my 30-person Intro to Education course and thought, “Wow.” The first time I interacted with a dean, I was terrified I would say or do something wrong — even though they had just popped into my First Year Seminar to introduce themselves and invite us to their office. When I stepped into my first office hours, I stumbled over my words, afraid that one wrong word would forever tarnish my professor’s thoughts of me and subsequently tank my grade and collegiate career.

Spoiler alert: it’s not like that.

The folks who work at The College of Wooster are here for a reason. They want to help you. Sure, it may be awkward initiating conversation with your professor about something not strictly related to the syllabus. Walking into the Dean of Students’ office hours just to see what’s going on may feel uncomfortable at first. Shooting President Bolton an email to invite her to your organization or thank her for a talk can be super intimidating. 

But these relationships are incredibly valuable. In your years here, things are going to get hard. I have lost track of the number of times I have showed up to Katie Davis’ office in Financial Aid just to unload my confusion and frustration about what being a good college student means. When a family emergency put my internship in limbo, Dean Steffensen already had an idea of what was going on. When everything seemed like it was freefalling, Dr. Krause opened her ears and her heart and helped me figure out a solution. Without reaching out, I would have had to go through so many more trials and tribulations on my own — and life doesn’t need to be a solitary act.

The folks who work here want to help you — and building those bridges make being a Fighting Scot all the more wonderful an experience. So reach out when you need help, but keep them updated on the good stuff, too. When I was accepted into a post-graduate program, Dean Benson was the first person I wanted to tell. When I had a breakthrough for what my Independent Study would be, I could talk [Director of Lowry Center and Student Activities] Julia Zimmer’s ear off about it. [Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College] Angela Johnston’s words of praise after speaking at Convocation meant more to me than I could explain. Looking back on my time here, it isn’t the classes or the academic buildings or the peppermint mochas that make up my positive memories — though, the peppermint mochas are a great plus. It’s the people.

Never be afraid to talk to staff. There’s a reason they decided to devote themselves, in some capacity, to ensuring that college students have a positive time in their undergraduate years. You’re not burdening anyone — in fact, you may make your own positive memories with them. Reach out, and forge your own Wooster journey.

 Emilee McCubbins, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at EMcCubbins20@wooster.edu.