Fighting Scots football falls narrowly to Wittenberg

Ian Ricoy

Sports Editor

Wooster narrowly fell to the Wittenberg Tigers in a tough 12-14 loss in Springfield, Ohio. This is the Scots’ 10th straight loss to the Wittenberg Tigers since beating them in 2008, 27-6. This loss was the closest game played between the Scots and Tigers on record since 2000. The Scots settled for field goals in the second and third quarters while giving two touchdowns to the Tigers to make the score 6-14. Late in the fourth quarter, running back Troy Baughman ’22 got his third touchdown of the season. With 4:32 left in the game, the Scots went for a two-point conversion to send the game into overtime. Quarterback Mateo Renteria ’22 attempted a pass to tight end Jacob Lewis ’20 but could not secure the ball. “Comparing this loss to last year’s, the main difference is that we were that much closer to beating Witt and this loss hurt a little more than the loss last year,” said Baughman. Wooster has now lost to Wittenberg by a combined nine points in two years, which is the closest of any two-year stretch and a huge improvement from many double digit blowouts of the past. 

On offense, the Scots fought harder than the statistics may show. Wooster was out-possessed 23:34 to 36:26, but was still able to score in three out of four quarters. Renteria had trouble finding open receivers in the Wittenberg secondary completing 15 out of 31 passing attempts for 148 passing yards but made up for it with 47 rushing yards including a 13 yard rush. Renteria now has 40.7 rushing yards per game, third best for dual threat quarterbacks in the conference. 

Baughman had another excellent game rushing for 86 yards with 5.6 yards per carry and a touchdown. Baughman said his performance was a team effort with the offensive line, “the largest factor of my performance would have to be the offensive line. they were able to get good push on those d-linemen all game.” Wooster’s o-line only allowed one sack all game. 

Renteria threw to eight receivers during the game with four of them picking up over 20 yards receiving. Lewis gained 19 yards on a crucial third-and-seven drive and Nick Strausbaugh ’20 caught a 12 yard pass that would set up Wooster’s touchdown. Kicker Lake Barrett ’23 remained perfect with two field goal attempts from 25 and 37 yards out. The Scots combined for 284 yards of total offense. 

On defense, the Scots performed well holding Wittenberg to their lowest point total in the series. North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Defensive Player of the Week Kea’Shaun Phillips ’21 led the defense with 13 tackles, including one for a five yard loss, and one interception. “For me personally, I had a good idea of what they were trying to do all week,” said Phillips. “I watch a lot of film and I am able to pick up on tendencies of our opponent. I knew it was going to be a physical game so I just wanted to make sure I was doing my job and matching the physicality of Wittenberg,” continued Phillips.

Robert Alvarez ’20 and Brandon Holt ’23 picked up sacks for a nine and three yard loss each. Wooster’s defense had to play long and hard with the Tigers maintaining a lot more ball possession. “We overcame our exhaustion because we rotated a lot of guys in and out whenever we got tired,” said captain and defensive tackle De’Andre Brown ’20. “We were getting good pressure on the quarterback but we had a hard time with stopping the run,” Brown continued. Wittenberg maintained their passing performance with 219 yards and 14 points, which is telling of the Scots’ scoring defense when considering Wittenberg had 218 passing yards and 36 points against Hiram the week before. Overall the Scots allowed 392 from Wittenberg mostly made up for by 174 rushing yards. 

This loss stings especially hard for the seniors as this was their last chance to beat their arch-rivals. “This loss hurts because we were so close and we felt like we were the better team and we should have won,” said Brown. “The seniors are hurting the most because that was our last chance to beat them.” Though the Scots narrowly fell, they still had a lot to be proud of, losing by only two points on the road against a former nationally ranked opponent. “We knew we could beat this team if we played well enough all four quarters but we were not able to do so. We have a very confident locker room and we played confident all day” said Phillips. The Scots will face Wittenberg at home next year with Renteria, Baughman and Phillips returning to hopefully finally get over the hump. 

Fighting Scots women’s soccer remain unbeaten

Angad Singh 

Sports Editor

The College of Wooster women’s soccer team is all set to dominate the conference again this year, with the Fighting Scots remaining undefeated in their last six games. The Scots have outscored, outplayed, outshot and overall dominated in all of their games so far. The team is 5-0-1, with the solitary tie being the second game played against Adrian on Sep. 1. Moving forward after the tie, the team has picked up four straight wins since and is confident on continuing their winning streak.

The first win was against the Mount St. Joseph Lions when the Scots won by a margin of 1-0, with Claire Davis ’20 giving them the lead with the help of a cross by Miura Wiley ’21. It was the stats sheet which showcased that they overshot the Lions by 19-11. On their unbeaten run Davis said, “I think the team is off to a great start this year and I definitely think that we have the potential to win conference again. Right now, though we have to focus on improving each week and not be too confident in our abilities. We can’t get lazy and think it will be an easy ride the rest of the season because there are going to be battles.” 

But it was not just the offense which brought the game home for the team, goalkeeper Molly Hutter ’21 stopped about six opportunities from finding the back of the net. Defender Mackenzie Goltz ’20 credits Hutter’s ability to hold the ball as a great factor. She stated, “We are often out-shooting our competitors and we have had several shut-outs thanks to Molly and the defensive efforts of the whole team. As we continue to improve, I think we are going to become a lot more lethal with our shots and possession.” Goltz, Alexa Bencic ’22 and Kelsey Stone ’20 in the backline have been an amazing element which have contributed to the team’s run. 

The team outshot the John Carroll University Blue Streaks 20-6 with the Scots Clinching a 3-1 win over their opponents. They opened their scoresheet in the first 30 seconds of the game with striker Holly Thompson ‘22 sinking a goal, her third of the season. The Blue Streaks came back with a goal within the next minute, but it was striker Wiley who curbed their advance with a goal in the 14th minute. She took a pass in the back field, ran and dribbled past two defenders to give the Fighting Scots the win, followed by an insurance goal by midfielder Brie Jarrell ’21 in the second half, the first goal of her collegiate career. Speaking on the season further, Hutter said, “Moving ahead, we feel strong and encouraged to keep up our level of play. We are able to rely on each other on and off the field and build each other up.” 

For the third straight win against Kalamazoo College, the Scots scored two goals to Kalamazoo’s zero, earning a shutout for the team. They scored early into the first half with Kelsey Hall ’20 finding Davis, who scored a very impressive header, giving the Scots an early lead which was latter padded with Krenare Rakoci ’20’s goal in the 59th minute. Hutter ended the game with an impressive performance of six saves. 

The Scots upped the ante as they played against Westminster on Sep. 21. The game was another shutout for the Scots, with Hall scoring just eight minutes into the game, followed by Thompson whose goal in the 24th minute simply padded the victory. The Scots outshot the Titans 15-8. 

With confidence in their abilities, the senior place an immense amount of faith in the new first-year class.Davis stated, “The new first-year class of players has brought a lot of potential to the group. I think with time their confidence will grow and I am excited to see that happen throughout the season. They help make the game enjoyable and the team chemistry is better than it ever has been.” Going off what Davis stated, Hall continued, “They are all very hardworking and bring a lot of positivity to the team. They fit into our team culture really well and push everyone to be better!” 

When asked whether they felt any pressure coming back this year after the amazing season they had last year, Goltz said, “I wouldn’t say that we have added pressure after being conference champions. A lot of the other teams in our conference don’t expect us to win. But they didn’t expect us to win last year either. We don’t conform to the outside pressures and expectations. We are here to play our game, and the expectations that our coaches and teammates have are the same every season. We are striving to win the conference for ourselves and that drives us to play our best every day.” Expanding on that, Hutter said, “As defending champions, we definitely have a target on our back going into conference, but nothing we can’t handle.”

 

Revitalized Nick Amster program makes an impact on campus

Kaylee Liu

Contributing Writer

When one hears the phrase “Nick Amster,” one might be inclined to think of a person — a famous man, perhaps, or a historical figure. Here at The College of Wooster, however, it refers to a program filled with fun, Skee-Ball, air hockey and various arcade games. Tuesday evenings in The Alley, the basement of Lowry Center in The College of Wooster, are times of communal get-together, support and intense air hockey matches.

In 2015, sociology professor Thomas Tierney organized a volunteer program that brought students together with clients of Nick Amster, Inc., a non-profit that provides employment services to adults with developmental disabilities in Wayne County, Ohio. Tierney’s program began under the auspices of the Community Connections Program (CCP), which is a program sponsored by APEX which combines academic study and community service in First Year Seminars. 

When CCP approached faculty about including a community service component, Tierney thought this was a great opportunity to contribute to the Special Olympics culture that was quite active when he first moved to Wooster in 1998, but had since waned. He approached Nick Amster, Inc. clients about training their bowling skills at the then-bowling alley, Scot Lanes, which is how the proverbial ball started rolling. The bowling program was successful — every year drew more and more participants, even from student athletic teams, and was provided its own dedicated program house — but unfortunately, in 2017, Scot Lanes was renovated and turned into the Alley, an arcade.

While Tierney and some of the student volunteers were initially disappointed, they’ve grown to see the renovation as a positive change. With more games suitable to a wider range of interests and skill levels, there are much higher levels of participation in the program — bowling, after all, can be a difficult sport to master. Furthermore, the range of games allows for greater social interaction, with teams in constant flux and new friends bonding over a hard arcade game. With bowling, regular teams would form based on skill level and established friendships, but with arcade games, people instead take turns or change teams every so often based on whatever they feel like playing. It’s become a less competitive environment, too, because when everyone is equally bad at Pacman, no one feels pressured to win. 

Losing the more competitive edge of bowling has allowed Nick Amster to evolve into more of a social club, with new friends and social interaction being its main highlight. It’s a change Tierney is pleased about, seeing as his original mission was to “help establish a bridge between the community of developmentally disabled adults, their caregivers, and the college students.” He hopes that besides helping to provide positive social interaction and validation to the developmentally disabled, Nick Amster will also allow college students to give back to the greater Wooster community, imbuing them with a deeper sense of belonging instead of just seeing themselves as students of the college. 

Community integration is an important facet of the Nick Amster Volunteer Program and Tierney’s vision – instead of leaving individuals to fend for their own interests, helping people to see themselves as a part of a greater communal whole helps to improve the social wellbeing of everyone involved. It’s a noble cause with a humanist streak and a cause that has certainly spoken to many of the growing numbers of participants prove anything. Last week’s program drew 19 Nick Amster clients — some of which who had not attended in years — and even more students.

Students who participated in previous years look back fondly on their time at Nick Amster; Ellie Kahn ’20 describes it as “a wonderful way to engage with the community and create relationships with the coolest individuals.” While the removal of Scot Lanes was disheartening, she’s “so happy to see that the program is still functioning in different ways,” and maintains that “working with Nick Amster was so much fun and one of the highlights of my time at Wooster.” Between the glowing reminisces of past participants and the regulars who return every year without obligation, it’s easy to see that Nick Amster is a program that effortlessly brings people from all walks of life together on a level playing field for a time of fun and social connection. 

In the future, Tierney hopes to expand the Nick Amster program into the larger college campus — he muses thoughtfully about hosting festive fundraisers and possibly involving the art or dance departments. It’s idealistic, earnest and deeply hopeful, carrying all the right qualities that make one want to put their faith in his cause. Deep down, we all do want to help others. Luckily for him, he seems to be on the right track. 

This year marks the first year in which a student CCP intern is involved. Rachel Semel ’22 and her support via organization and scheduling assistance makes it a lot easier for Tierney to handle the demands and logistics of running such a large program, leaving further opportunity for expansion. 

The atmosphere at Nick Amster is relaxed and warm – the same atmosphere there would be at a gathering of friends who get a little too dedicated to a board game. It’s genuinely welcoming, with students and adults teaming up in poorly aimed games of corn hole, and intense UNO matches. If you ever need some time to wind down or simply an opportunity to make a few new friends, Nick Amster is the place for you. Nick Amster is a genuine delight to be a part of, and if that still hasn’t convinced you, who doesn’t like arcade games?

Individual Actions can Change the World

Will McMichael

Imagine the best version of our planet. What does it look like? Can it get any better? Back to reality. Our planet is being destroyed. The people in power are turning their backs on future generations. We are all placed in a system where it is nearly impossible to live ethically. Our trash goes to the oceans, and our electricity is from fossil fuels. Can you avoid it? The people in power have made it this way. Fortunately, those people will be dead and gone tomorrow, and someone new will have to take their place. 

All of this is to emphasize that even though the world can seem bleak, you can’t give up, you must have faith in yourself and then change will come. It is necessary for you to know that you do have power. In fact, you have the greatest power: the power to change the future. 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” and “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase,” Martin Luther King Jr. said. Both quotes are to emphasize the importance of standing up for your values and the necessary role that belief in yourself plays when trying to build a better future. 

One of the most positive things you can do is to kindly, yet forcefully, oppose what you see as destructive opinions and actions around you. Political activism is necessary; voting should be considered not a duty, but a requirement. Furthermore, educated voting can multiply the impact of your vote by better reflecting the values you hold. 

In addition, I want to refute last week’s article “Vote with your ballot, not your wallet” by saying that dollar voting is important and can have a significant positive impact. Boycotting products has historically been very effective at pressuring companies to change. 

For example, according to Judith Samuelson, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s business and society program, the 1990 Nike boycott not only stopped child labor being used in Nike sweatshops but also has turned Nike to being proactive and a sustainability leader for the industry. 

You can choose to fuel the companies that are destructive, or you can choose to fuel the ones that are moving forward. Just as your vote can seem like a drop in an ocean, so is your dollar, but I would argue that the effects of dollar voting are also effective as a means of spreading your mindset and raising awareness, just in the same way political activism can be. 

For reference, animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, while all of the transportation industry’s exhaust is only responsible for 13 percent, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2006. If American meat consumption just dropped by 20 percent, there would be more progress towards fighting global warming than the U.S.A. has made in the last decade, or possibly the last century. 

Progress has to start somewhere; Rome wasn’t built in a day. Veganism and vegetarianism, or plainly just eating less meat or animal products can make a significant impact. Every decision you make has some impact on the world around you. I respect the people that put effort into loving others, and who cultivate a loving mindset. I respect people that take the hard road because it is better for the whole. The road towards a better world is not always an easy one, but it is the only one we have. 

What are you doing for others? Love is the only way forward, knowing that me and my “enemy” are one in the same (human). Why do we forget that everyone makes mistakes, and that we are all ignorant? Don’t settle, don’t lose hope. Today you may be an acorn. Tomorrow you may be an oak tree.

Men’s tennis edges Walsh in another close series

Ben Blotner

Contributing Writer

The Wooster men’s tennis team opened its season with a dramatic victory at Walsh University on Sep. 15. After facing a 3-1 deficit and needing to win the last three matches in progress, the Fighting Scots were able to pull off the comeback for a 4-3 win.

“This time we had to come back from the brink of defeat … I wasn’t sure how we would respond to that kind of pressure and adversity,” said Coach Zack Hasenyager. 

The Scots fell behind early in the day, as Walsh took the doubles point by winning two out of three matches. The Cavaliers’ Filipp Kulynych ’21 and Clemens Wagner ’20 topped Wooster’s Nathan Devereux ’20 and Nivaan Lobo ’23 by a 6-1 score. Austin Hanna ’22 and Alon Liberman ’22 then tied things up with a 6-3 win for the Scots. The final doubles match, however, went to Guilherme Carneiro ’21 and Dawson Drummond ’22, who won 6-3 over Joaquin Abos Amo ’21 and Alex Drewes ’23 to secure the doubles victory.

This meant the Scots had to take four out of six singles battles to win the match. The first one completed was at No. 2, in which Devereux defeated Wagner 6-3, 6-3 to get revenge for the doubles result. Walsh’s Jakob Riglewski ’22 was victorious 6-3, 7-5 over Liberman to give his team a 2-1 lead and then Kulynych pushed it to 3-1 with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Nebyou Minassie ’22. 

Wooster needed a comeback, and it began with Hanna, who kept the Scots alive by coming out on top 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 over Drummond. Lobo was also victorious in a three-set bout, storming back by scores of 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 after losing the first set against Pedro Campos ’22. It all came down to Abos Amo’s matchup with Alex Medina ’22. Like Lobo, Abos Amo had to win the last two sets after falling 6-7 in the opener. He tied the score with a 6-4 win and then, with all eyes on his match, defeated Medina 6-3 in the tiebreaker to bring Wooster a feel-good victory.

“The Walsh match just continued a tradition of incredibly close results,” Hasenyager said. “I think this was the fourth time in five years that the match has come down to the final court, and fortunately we’ve been on the winning end of that three times … Closing out the final three courts in third sets says a lot about the competitiveness and character of this team. I’m proud to be a part of a culture that cares enough to fight for a win like that.”

Hasenyager is proud of how hard his team has worked to get to where they are, and he is excited about the possibilities of the young season. “I’ve been very impressed with how the new players have integrated themselves into the team already, and I think we have a really good dynamic,” he said. “These guys love tennis and that passion shows up in the practices. There’s just a ton of hard work and enthusiasm day in and out, and I look forward to seeing how much we can continue to improve and surprise people throughout the year.”

Some of the players on the team, primarily Hanna and Minassie, have gained additional practice from a different, but similarly challenging sport: table tennis. Hanna and Minassie have a unique rivalry in the table tennis club, as they often show their competitive nature during intense duels at the table. The two have even been known to place bets on their ping pong battles, with the loser having to buy the winner a smoothie from Mom’s Food and Drink.

“A lot of the tennis players have joined the ping pong club, and I think it is helping our team a lot,” Hanna said. “All the ping pong has really helped my doubles play.” Minassie also noted that the new sport helps to improve his reaction times on the court.

YouTuber Daz Black adds flavor to the life of his viewers

Elena Morey

A&E Editor

Since the conception of YouTube, various individuals have gained substantial fame and influence using the platform to launch a career. From YouTubers whose names are known worldwide, to those who have a small but loyal following, YouTuber Daz Black is somewhere in the middle. He rose to fame around 2017, despite having a smaller following many years before. His channel was predominantly based around video games, and most videos were screen recordings of his gameplay as well as his commentary. What really attracted fans was his unique take on the gameplay as well as his hilarious side commentary. Soon, Black’s channel would be primarily focused around his comedic personality.

Black’s style is something between honesty and pure joy. Black himself is a joyous, funny, relatable and charismatic person. He is very down-to-earth, and has a real quality about him. Most other famous YouTubers seem un-relatable or so elevated that the viewer begins to feel distant. But Black is truly “one of the people.” His honesty about his life as well as his own shortcomings create great material for his own comedic spin on his own content. Over time, his videos moved toward reviews of other YouTube content, called “Daz Watches.” He began to address his fanbase more and more, calling them “Dazzlers.” His positive attitude and subtle nuances about centering his content around genuine humor and gameplay, rather than just clickbait and giving the viewers what they want. His various humorous critiques of other YouTubers and some of their content really reflects how much effort and critical thinking he puts into his own content.

A unique aspect that makes Black’s channel so significant and popular is his laugh. The man has the laugh of pure, innocent happiness, no matter what he may be laughing about. He even cracks himself up. Furthermore, his various skits display some acting skill, as well as later creating fuller parodies of pop culture. Black’s is never afraid to laugh at himself. His channel not only offers a great laugh, but a more critical perspective about some aspects of life that are often glossed over. Sometimes, it is alright to laugh at yourself or recognize how silly something may be on the outside.

Not only is he hilarious, for some Western audiences, his British accent is another element to his “exotic” perspectives. Black is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he sure does drink a lot of it! Most of his merchandise is centered around all the tea he drinks and often has something to do with tea. 

Another staple of his channel is his broken Windows PC. It often interrupts videos with an annoying chime and warning of “Low Disk Space,” which Black has had looked at by a professional, who found that the computer is insane. There is no low disk space, but still the notification continues its annoying chime and asserts itself bravely into Black’s content. Many of the Dazzlers have demanded the “Low Disk Space” be incorporated into his merchandise, and, — low and behold — Black came out with various merchandise appeasing their demands. This kind of behavior is exactly who Black is. He doesn’t see himself as an elevated YouTuber, or as a low-level influencer. Black always gives his audience a great laugh, no matter their sense of humor or what video they see on his channel.