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Women’s lacrosse seniors chomp away at the Gators

Chloe Burdette

Editor in Chief

 

On Saturday, April 10, The College of Wooster women’s lacrosse team played the Allegheny Gators and came out on top during their season home opener with a score of 22-13. All while chomping on the Gators for their three-peat win, the team celebrated their seven seniors with their many accolades — Ashley Boersma ’21, Katie Harvey ’21, Lauryn Hill ’21, Alexa Mellis ’21, Katie Shideler ’21, Claire Truscott ’21 and Miura Wiley ’21.

For many of the spring season athletes across the world, 2020 was the beginning of a nightmare for their athletic careers — some teams were even sent home while on their spring break trips across state borders, or didn’t even get the chance to play against an opponent at all. The women’s lacrosse team was able to squeeze in a mere five games before their season came to a screeching halt and they were sent home. For the 2021 spring season sports grads, whose junior seasons were stolen from them, they also thought their senior seasons would be stolen. After the most unpredictable year of most of our lives, the team was more grateful than ever to have a small sliver of a season. 

“Having the chance to play lacrosse this year, although it has been different this year, has helped me feel some sort of normalcy,” Harvey said. “Getting to go out on the field for a couple of hours with my teammates and forget about responsibilities and stressors in my life is refreshing.”

Boersma also added that her team and her coach have been able to keep the overall spirit of the game alive even when it could be stripped away at any given moment. “My teammates always come to practice with a fun, upbeat, positive and excited attitude even in situations of adversity,” She said. Wiley added that the team can’t take anything for granted during this year. “As a team, we’ve been taking this season one step at a time. We focus on preparing for the next game, and spending as much time together as possible while we can.”

Lacrosse has shown to be quite the outlet for many of the seniors on the team. Because games have been unpredictable on a week-to-week basis, every game is a chance for players to give it all they’ve got. “Being at practice and games helps take my mind off of everything going on around me, and allows me to just be in the moment. Being in the moment is something that my coaches and teammates have really emphasized this year with all of the craziness and unknowns that come with COVID-19, and I think these unknowns have made every game, practice and time to be with my teammates even more meaningful,” Mellis stated. 

As shown by Saturday’s game, the players have held up to their word of “playing in the moment.” The Fighting Scots came out of the gates strong as they scored four goals in the first four minutes of the game to humble the Gators. As the game progressed, it was clear that the Gators wouldn’t be able to match the ferocity of the goal-savvy Mellis, Wiley, Britta Treu ’23 and Jill Murray ’23. 

Mellis had an exceptionally eventful game against the Gators during her senior day — she tied the school record for number of goals scored in one game (eight). The last person to hold this honor was Ellie Hudson-Heck ’16, according to a post by Wooster Athletics on April 12. Mellis is the sixth person in program history to hold this award. 

 

After the completion of this game, the seniors only have a maximum amount of five games left. While reminiscing on their Scot Lacrosse careers, one moment that sticks out for most is the team’s trip to Hilton Head in 2019. “I think the Hilton Head spring break trip was a favorite memory for many players, seniors especially,” Boersma stated. “It was a great team bonding experience- the weather was gorgeous, we rode bikes, cooked meals, explored the beach and of course played some lacrosse.” Truscott added this trip was specifically memorable because of the flight to Hilton Head. “one of my teammates convinced the flight attendant that it was my birthday and she got the whole plane to sing me happy birthday… It was a really fun moment and made me realize the importance of the bonds that I have created on this team.”

The seniors and the rest of the women’s lacrosse team are next slated to play Kenyon College at John C. Papp Stadium on Saturday, April 17. 

College of Wooster seniors deserved better

Amelia Kemp

Contributing Writer

 

Independent Study (I.S.) is an integral part of the College of Wooster experience. Since our first year or even our campus tours, we have been told that we would be supported all the way through our I.S. experience. And yet, here we are.

The 2020-21 school year brought a litany of challenges, no doubt, but the College’s administration failed to come up with creative solutions for these challenges concerning the I.S. experience. Even at the best of times, I.S. is an incredibly difficult process. Wooster’s class of 2021 seniors have had to complete I.S. in what could be considered the worst of times, and what support have we gotten? Two campus-wide “rest days” and a one-week deadline extension (with all other classes and their assignments still ongoing) to replace the usual two-week spring break that precedes I.S. Monday. Is this really the best that admin could have done to give our seniors the support they need in the toughest part of their academic career at Wooster? I think not. At Wooster, we are pushed to think critically and come up with creative solutions to a variety of problems (both theoretical and concrete), so why is admin not held to these same standards? The COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity for admin to come up with creative ways to tangibly support seniors beyond the distinctly uncreative “rest day” solution. There were so many ways that administrators could have given seniors the time they needed to focus on creating a polished I.S. without falling behind in other classes. And yet, even when presented with a fully fleshed out and widely supported plan submitted by two peers and myself, administrators still failed to fully implement any piece of that plan, citing a lack of power to enforce changes to professors’ plans and policies. Seniors were left to fend for themselves, relying on the kindness of professors in order to not lose their footing in their classes while they struggled to finish their I.S. projects. In fact, even after seniors turned in I.S., admin expected us to turn in all of our symposium materials one week after that I.S. deadline. Senior students once again had to raise their voices to ask for support, this time in the form of an extension on the deadline for the materials.

Ultimately, the issues around this overall lack of student support have implications beyond just this pandemic and the class of 2021. The fact that the deans and other administrators lack the power to implement changes to professorial policy is a problem that COVID-19 brought to light, but one that needs to be addressed in the name of supporting students when we make our needs clear. We should not have had to beg for the kind assistance that should have been implemented ahead of time. We should not have had to rely on the kindness of our professors to get the leniency that we needed to complete this gigantic project well without failing our other classes. The class of 2021 deserved better, and the administration has some changes to make.

Snyder’s “Justice League” outshines Whedon’s cut

Colin Tobin

Contributing Writer

 

 Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a four-hour director’s cut that expands upon the original, theatrically released version of the movie from 2017. Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher star in the film, just as they did in the first cut. The story follows Bruce Wayne as he assembles the iconic Justice League to protect the world from god-like, alien forces.

You can’t talk about this movie without talking about the behind-the-scenes theatrics during the original production in 2017. Zack Snyder, who had helmed two previous DC properties, asked for a delayed release so he could mourn the loss of his daughter, Autumn, after she tragically passed away. When Warner Brothers declined, they brought in Joss Whedon, who is known for his work on the first two Avengers movies, to replace Snyder. Whedon laid waste to Snyder’s vision, which outraged fans who then campaigned using “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut” to protest these changes. Entire backstories were removed, quippy dialogue that didn’t fit the established universe was implemented and even the color grading was drastically toned up. After almost four years of waiting, insatiable demand from fans and even the cast calling for its release, the studio caved and allowed for Snyder’s vision to be seen through. Now, several stories have emerged from Whedon’s set, including allegations of racism, sexism and unfair leverages of power.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Zack Snyder’s directorial style and how his films take themselves too seriously. It’s a bit too much style over substance for my liking, but he has one of the most dedicated legions of fans on the internet. The prospect of it seemed really interesting, so when it was announced, my curiosity was piqued. Snyder’s full creative control is palpable in this new cut. The ambition and scale of the story that he’s building is impressive. So much more depth has been added to new characters that weren’t there before, and I was surprised by how much I cared. The life of Ray Fischer’s Cyborg, being the most significant improvement, is explored along with his complicated relationship with his father. Ezra Miller’s Flash is one of the other new characters that are given more of a backstory. Another character that was given a surprising amount of development is the villain, Steppenwolf. 2017’s Justice League portrayed him as a stereotypical, world conquering, poorly rendered, CGI comic book villain, but with a completely different character design, we are actually given some form of motivation. His interactions with new arch-villain Darkseid made his motivations clearer and more compelling.

The end result is certainly not perfect. At four hours and two minutes, the runtime is pretty unnecessary. What likely happened is that Snyder wanted to give fans just about everything that was shot in return for their years of waiting, which I totally understand. The film literally slows down rather frequently with 10% (or about 25 minutes) taking place in slow motion. The last of the seven parts feels like a series of end credits scenes that pad the runtime while showing off a few cameos and setting up future films. 30 to 45 minutes could be cut out, and it would still be the same movie. It also falls into the problem that I have with his other films with over-seriousness and action that devolves to CGI people repeatedly punching each other.

Warner Brothers recently released a statement saying that they have no plans to continue with Snyder’s story. However, if they are convinced otherwise, there’s no one I’d rather see carry it out than Zack Snyder. Zack Snyder’s Justice League is not only a drastic improvement over the theatrical cut, but a win for creative freedom and a testament to the power that fans have.

 

G.R.E.E.K. and OneEighty event teaches how to support

Emma Reiner

Senior Features Writer

 

Trigger Warning: This article discusses different forms of sexual violence, including assault.

Last Sunday night, Kappa Epsilon Zeta (KEZ), Delta Theta Psi (Thetas) and OneEighty hosted an event about sexual assault, titled “Support and Care After Sexual Violence for Greek Life.” This event was part of a series by KEZ and Thetas that focused on how Greek life can acknowledge and aim to fix issues in the Greek community. Past events approached how the Greek community at the College can be more anti-racist and inclusive of varied sexualities and gender identities. The event on Sunday was a presentation by OneEighty, with a forum for questions led by Maresa Taté ’21, the outgoing President of KEZ, and Kennedy Bell ’21, the outgoing Sexual Health Representative of KEZ. Members from Theta also helped organize the event, including outgoing president Megan Gronau ’21, incoming president Camille Carr ’22 and Co-Diversity Chair Olivia Friedman ’22.

Taté stated that this discussion is long overdue. “There are a lot of conversations about consent, how to seek professional help from The College and other resources, sharing stories of abuse, but rarely do we have conversations about how to support someone after they have experienced any form of sexual violence.” 

Bell noted that the format for this event was different from the past ones because a presentation fit better with the subject matter. “We worried about people accidently ‘retaliating’ by speaking about their experiences or the experiences of others and, therefore, losing their [Title IX] cases or that having an event where we specifically called out experiences may be traumatizing for the audience.” Carr instead suggested something more like a community care event that would teach attendees how to support their siblings who are dealing with sexual violence.

The event kicked off with an introduction to OneEighty, along with an introduction of the staff present at the event. Among the staff present were coordinators and advocates. The advocates served as support people during the session, available for one-on-one sessions with attendees in breakout rooms. OneEighty is located in Wooster and Millersburg, Oh., and it provides help with addiction, mental health services and resources for those who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse. 

The presenters from OneEighty gave basic information on statistics surrounding sexual violence, both on the problem as a whole and specifically about college-aged people. They also involved students by asking various questions about the statistics. One question focused on why survivors decide to not report. The attendees gave many reasons, from victim blaming to the lack of safety in reporting. 

After this, OneEighty gave more info about the process of reporting, including info about hospital exams and the varied emotions survivors have after an assault. This then went into a discussion about how people can support those who went through this traumatic event. This discussion included the many resources OneEighty has to offer. 

This presentation led to a Q&A for OneEighty workers, specifically about what Greek life at Wooster can do about the issue of sexual violence. Questions concerned what Greek life can do to support survivors and what they should do to prevent it in the first place. Attendees also discussed what organizations can do to discuss this issue more, since it is not discussed enough.

Cara Seamount Aaron ’22 and Tim Cotter ’22, agreed that the presenters gave a lot of valuable information and that OneEighty did a great job educating the students. Sydney Barger ’21, had different thoughts on the event. She noted that not many of the participants involved in Greek life spoke, even though Greek life at Wooster has a history of hazing activities that are harmful to survivors and some Greek groups are still involved with “underground” groups that have a history of assault.

This event was a step in the right direction, but as Barger mentioned, the College and Greek life need to do more. Events like these are a good start to a discussion around assault, but it is up to the administration and students to do more.

Wooster offers 10 summer courses to students

Kate Murphy

News Editor

 

For the first time since 2006, The College of Wooster will be offering courses over the summer. All courses will be taught remotely, using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous modes of learning. This flexibility will allow for students to complete the courses no matter their time zone or summer work schedules. Director of the summer session Madonna Hettinger explains that “One of the reasons we are motivated to start up a new Summer Session is because we know a lot of students have been taking summer courses at other institutions to catch up on credits and we think we can offer them a better experience by offering Wooster courses that are more in line with Wooster’s graduation requirements.”

The courses offered range across various disciplines — biology, English, computer science, Africana studies, environmental studies, global media and digital studies, mathematics, music, psychology and Spanish — and all will count for a full Wooster credit (1.0), meaning that no paperwork or costs of transferring credits will be necessary. The courses will be taught by Wooster faculty. 

Each course will be six weeks long, beginning on May 24 and ending on July 2. The cost of each course is $2,500, which is discounted from the usual $3,050, and need-based financial aid will be available. Students can find out whether they are eligible for financial aid by contacting the Financial Aid office directly at financialaid@wooster.edu.

Summer courses may be taken for a variety of reasons: staying on track for graduation, boosting your GPA, staying connected to Wooster students and faculty or giving your summer a sense of purpose. Hettinger adds that “These courses will help students develop the skills for success in Wooster’s key programs, including Independent Study.  We are also really eager to help students stay engaged over the summer.” Registration for the courses is open online through Scotweb. Any questions can be directed to Professor Hettinger, mhettinger@wooster.edu. To learn more about the courses offered, please visit https://www.wooster.edu/summer-session/index.php

Modern comics do not com- pare to these classiscs

Angad Singh

Sports Editor

 

In all honesty, modern-day comic strips are not what they used to be. Invoking the pretentious highbrow within, modern comics consist of dry physical laughs encapsulated within an abundance of toilet humor. As a child, I was lucky to be introduced to comics that actually consisted of subtle humor which gave avenue to genuine curious thought. 

I remember reading my first “Asterix” adventure; it reminds me of a time that gave way to my fascination with history and dead languages. Written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, the comic strip was first introduced in 1959 in the Franco-Belgian magazine Pilote. The plots revolve around the aftermath of the Gallic wars and Julius Caesar’s campaign in Gaul (modern-day France). The protagonist, Asterix, a small, cunning Gaulish warrior who gains superhuman strength when he drinks a magic potion, is a member of a small village that holds out against the Roman invaders. The stories consist of his adventures with his best friend Obelix, who fell into a cauldron of magic potion when he was a child, which had a permanent effect on him. The stories consist of their adventures, from helping Cleopatra’s architect build a beautiful palace for Caesar to protecting Ptolemy XV Caesar, Cleopatra and Julius Caesar’s love child, from the clutches of Brutus. The stories are kaleidoscopic, with historical references in the plots, which span from how the Sphinx in Egypt lost its nose to Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon with the famous words “Alea Iacta est.” Uderzo and Goscinny’s masterpiece is surely a suggestion that must be taken as it gives you an introduction to the wonderful world of history along with a twist of humor. 

 

Modern economics is a subject that has the distinct advantage of being simple for the confines of a dining table conversation while also having the common disadvantage of being as complicated as rocket science. Cartoonist Dik Browne amalgamated society’s disdain for tax collectors in his creation, “Hägar the Horrible.” Depicted as a viking warrior, Hägar was Browne’s answer to what he felt people abhorred the most about government overreach, and rightly so. Hägar is a Viking warrior who is afraid of only two things: his wife Helga and the King’s tax collectors. Interestingly, Browne characterizes these tax collectors as Grim Reapers, all dressed in the black with hoods and axes. The strip can be summarized as a representation of American socio-economic values loosely interpreted as a Viking-age Scadanivian life. My favourite storyline is when Hägar journeys far and wide to the cave of a wise monk to whom he asks, “Oh wise sage, why do you choose to live in a cave devoid of worldly possessions,” to which the monk cheekily replies, “It’s a tax dodge.”

 

Philosophy is often considered a subject that surely cannot be understood within the confines of comic illustrations, but fortunately, this was a train of thought proven wrong by Bill Waterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes.” Undoubtedly the most famous of these recommendations, Calvin’s antics captured a generation. The cartoon is a masterpiece capturing adolescent expressionism along with a mature undertone reflecting society’s fractured structure. Hobbes, Calvin’s stuffed tiger who only comes to life when the little protagonist is in the room, plays second fiddle to his friend’s antics. From polling his father’s weekly parenting skills to imagining colorful odysseys whilst in the classroom, the strip deals with a lot of issues pertaining towards life, faith and education — specifically how they judge a fish by its tree climbing abilities. The strip provides a refreshing outlook into environmentalism and philosophical quandaries through the innocence of a child’s eyes along with a maturity of difference which is brought to life by Calvin’s outlook of modern society.