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Scotlight: David Newberry-Yokely

Blakely Dishman

Features Editor

 

Can you introduce yourself?

I am David Newberry-Yokely. I work in the Admissions Office as the Director of Recruitment and Diversity Outreach. I am a Wooster grad; class of 2000.I grew up in Maple Heights, Ohio and have lived in Wooster off and on since I graduated. 

Can you describe your job?

Generally speaking it is recruiting the next class. Central Ohio and the state of Tennessee are my recruitment territories. I work with Jess Nickerson on virtual events. I work with April in our office. She works with Senior Interns and I kind of oversee that with her. I also work  multicultural recruitment with Alex, who is new in the office. Those are the special things I do in the office. It is a lot, but I always try to shout out the people I work with because they do great work. 

What is something you want to improve upon? Whether it be at work or at home? 

Professionally, I am always working on time management. At some points in my life it was a huge challenge for me, now it is not such a huge challenge for me. But, the better I continue to get about managing my time, the more I can get done within a short amount of time and the more time I can have with my friends and family. I am always just conscious of picking up new time management skills. Personally, I am always working on consistency. It is the one thing we can do, right? Can I be who I am no matter where I am? And not changing or being different in certain situations because it is not comfortable to be who I am. So representing the best David Yokely possible and being consistent about that. 

Do you have a personal motto?

At home, my kids hate it, as it is “if you’re gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough.” If you’re gonna make bad choices you gotta deal with the consequences. They don’t love hearing that. In general I do not love the saying “work smart not hard.” I don’t love it as a whole, because [for me] it is not about not working hard, but it is about working smart. We [in admissions] were used to in-person work, that was pretty much all we did and we were super busy with it. Then you introduce about a year and a half of virtual work that kept us busy as well. Now, we are back doing virtual and in-person work. So, it is not about not working so we can be productive because we are doing more than we’ve ever done. That is something that I’ve been trying to keep in mind as of late. 

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I think of late it just feels like relaxing because it has been long days, and late nights as well. In general, hanging out with family is always number one. I love to cook.  I like to be creative in general. During the pandemic there was a time where I was doing a lot of sewing—I was doing wallets and masks at one point. So being creative in general, most of that comes out through cooking. Learn to cook! 

Do you have a favorite object or possession? 

It is a cast iron skillet. I feel like I can do anything with it. If I had to grab a bunch of stuff (other than my family) when I was leaving the house that would be really helpful, I would grab my cast iron skillet. I have three cast iron skillets. My daughter yesterday was like “which cast iron skillet would you take?” I think I would take the cast iron skillet that was Laura’s (David’s wife) grandmother’s. It is mine now because she threw it in the trash. She didn’t realize the worth of a cast iron skillet, they last forever, people have cast iron skillets that have been passed down for generations. 

Do you have any pets? 

Technically. I have two dogs, Vincent and Emma. I say technically because when I graduated from college I got a dog named Jules. Even though Jules is no longer with us, I consider Jules to be my dog and so the other dogs are just…around. But yes, I have two dogs, Vincent is around 13 years old and Emma was actually a pandemic dog. A person that worked with my wife passed away and he had this dog. We had been talking about getting a dog so Emma came into our lives. She is super cute, she is a beagle and a bulldog. So from the neck up she looks like a beagle and the neck down she looks like a bulldog. We are growing to love each other.

What is your favorite part of your job?

I like meeting cool people., just generally speaking. Like w When I sit down and interview a person and I leave the conversation like “wow that is a great young person.” I like helping people find the best place for them, even if sometimes it is not Wooster. I like working with 17-18 year-olds, it keeps all of us in admissions young. Admissions is a strange sort of sale. For me it is being able to sell something that you really believe in and a place that you really believe in. When you’re at a place where you believe in it yourself and what it can do for students, it’s fun to be able to try to find those right fits, because there are also people who are just not great fits. I think the difference between admissions and sales is [in sales] you’re always about selling and sometimes I’m like “yeah but this is not the right environment for that person” and I don’t think we feel compelled to say “no, you really do want this.” It is just finding those students that will be the best fit for the College of Wooster or who are looking for places like the College of Wooster and then highlighting what the College can provide for students. 

Is there anything you want to plug? Any wisdom you want to give to the people?

I would plug working with the Admissions Office. Only because it works best when people can talk to students, staff and faculty about their experiences on campus. So when you’re a tour guide—and we are hiring new tour guides soon and will be looking for new senior interns as well too—we are always looking for people to be on programs. We are starting to overnight host again and we could desperately use overnight hosts. We are always trying to keep this place thriving with great students and it is easier to do that when we have the support of students. I think prospective students really appreciate those conversations. They would much rather talk to you than to me. 

What does Woo Memorial Mean to Woo?

Geoffrey Allen

Viewpoints Editor

 

As an outdoor enthusiast, I always get an itch to find a new spot to explore or pass that just might spice up my day. It is in part why I run around the city of Wooster almost every day. However, sometimes a slow stroll also fulfills my itch to be connected with the outdoors. Perhaps the Oak Grove, L.C. Boles Golf Course or Christmas Run Park may come to mind for such locations. However, nothing comes quite close in comparison to the vast scale and space for recreational venturing than the Wooster Memorial Park — a park that is ironically barely in Wooster! Hence, this park is lesser known amongst Wooster discourse unless you happen to know the right people, are an environmental STEM-related major, want to smoke a blunt, are a part of the WOODS outdoors club (which seems to be the only official organization that mentions it) or do acid. And that’s a lot of people considering we all go to school at a liberal arts college with a lot of things to do and little time! That said, this underappreciation is a shame because it has come to be one of my favorite places to visit outside of campus. Unlike Oberlin College or the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), we here at the College, lack an arboretum or decently sized park to accommodate such needs. And I believe that the College should take better action to address these lack of accommodations with the land and resources we have at Wooster. There’s more to this urgency for green space beyond using the right tree shading to take a decent instagram picture.

I was reminded of what made Wooster Memorial so important last Friday when my cross country season ended and I was left without a daily activity to do. That was, at least until I was reminded by one of my teammates how cool it would be to revisit Wooster Memorial and take the first-years and sophomores to a place they probably never knew existed, yet is only a 10 minute drive away from Beall Avenue. The park, formerly known as Spangler, has existed since 1963, which was largely donated by the former namesake local resident and teacher Paul S. Spangler to the city of Wooster, allowing this public land to become the recreational park we know (or just learned about) today. The donated land, which I have come to learn over the years is a very complicated thing in the outdoor conservation world, has expanded in the past couple decades since its establishment. Now it is maintained by the “Friends of Wooster Memorial Park” for residents of the city, curious college students like us and just nature lovers in general. 

So thanks to all of this history, you and I have this wonderful opportunity to venture to the 400+ acres of wooded ravines and creeks in the College’s ‘backyard’. It is truly a beautiful place to day hike alone, with friends or that significant other you were trying to get to know better. I know for some people it is what I see in my activity of running as– an escape from the troubles and stress of our current lives. And it really works to help too. Perhaps you may have heard of the term forest bathing 森林浴, which is a Japanese therapeutic practice involving simply being present in a forest of any kind feeling and embracing the senses a person experiences in that particular place. Wooster Memorial offers that physical mental health resource. 

Yet, why is this not more promoted by the College especially when there is a lack of open green space on campus? Not everyone can get transportation, but maybe offering college shuttles might be too out of the way for the College. Perhaps one can argue that the golf course offers this, however, it is not always the most public place to venture since it is always occupied by golfers, creating more of a sense of fear that you might get hit by a ball rather than enjoy the open green field. It also lacks the foliage that provides the necessary activities of forest bathing. However, this does not in any way mean golfers are a problem. If anything, the solution lies behind them. In addition to the College’s ownership of the L.C. Boles Golf Course, the College also owns acres of woods that are only used for nothing more than a biology IS project or two. But what if there was a set of nature-friendly trails in that part of campus that were accessible to anyone? I’ve heard from some students, as well as long-term faculty that such an idea has been discussed in the past and could be a very progressive move that all students could get behind. Yes, such a plan would be nothing short of ambitious, yet with support of the community such as the Friends of Wooster Memorial Park, the College’s WOODS and Environmental Justice Coalitions we could come together to make something beautiful and, most importantly, green. 

As the teacher, Spangler, gave back to his community, we the College could give back to our students, faculty and greater community as well.

Ode to Corn Nuggets

Kayla Bertholf

S&E Editor

 

Corn is in everything. It is the backbone of America and seemingly the backbone of my diet at Lowry. Corn-derived ingredients are not only in gasoline, the basis of some alcohols, in chewing gum and popcorn, but are also used as a staple of the vegetarian station. I live for the days when I wake up and Google “College of Wooster dining menu” and find mention of corn nuggets under the Lowry tab. These battered and fried portions of corn have a way of eliciting joy in my life that not many other Lowry foods can match. The sweet yet savory goodness of corn nuggets warms my soul from the first bite. 

Perhaps I am biased as a native Ohioan, growing up surrounded by corn fields and going as far as writing an essay about the prevalence of corn in America in high school English class, but there seems to be a divide between those who love corn nuggets and those who despise them. Perhaps others prefer cornbread or are made uneasy by the battered corn goodness pretending to be a nugget. Everyone seems to have a side—no one is neutral on whether corn nuggets are the best or worst food at Low. I have gotten into many debates over the deliciousness corn nuggets bring to the table and will hold strong to my values. 

Why does my opinion on corn nuggets matter? As human beings, we can always find something to dislike about what we are given, be it something as inconsequential as corn nuggets or something as consequential as corn’s position in society. We hold strong to our opinions and resist change, myself included. It is something we all can work on. We can have differing opinions over something as mundane as corn nuggets and remain civil. We cannot do this for larger societal issues that affect the lives of our friends and family. Further, we think our negative words about corn nuggets or the daily chicken dish do not affect anyone, until the underpaid workers that spent the last few hours making them overhear. We have the right to complain about things that do not sit right with us as this is what leads to change. However, we should keep in mind the intended audience and whether or not it is something they can fix. The main sentiment that I like to think of on corn nugget day is to be grateful for what you have, make the best of what you are given, and appreciate those who work hard so that you do not have to make your own corn nuggets (trust me on this, homemade corn nuggets are not the move).  

Winning the Race Against My Struggles

Julie Fiori

Contributing Writer

 

Content Warning: Mentions of Eating Disorders

If you know me well, you know that I love to run — a lot. I have been running for the greater half of my life, and it is something I hold close to my heart. At first, I had a very bad relationship between food and running which affected my performance and my mental health. For my entire life, I have struggled to have a healthy relationship with food. At a young age, I was exposed to calorie counting and foods deemed “healthy” and “unhealthy.” All of my thoughts were surrounded by what and when I would eat and if someone or something came up to affect this, my day would be ruined. 

Running was a way to escape these thoughts, but it also fueled bad habits for a few years of my life. I would perform horribly at races and feel so exhausted at every practice because I would refuse to eat an adequate amount of food to achieve the “perfect body” that everyone else on my team seemed to have. I would constantly compare myself to other runners and assume that I was not as fast as them because I was not as skinny as them. I would often question my self worth if I was not able to run one day or if I ate too much and so on. My eating disorder not only took over my body, but also hurt me mentally. I would spend many nights alone in my room upset because I would not let myself go out if I knew there would be food involved. I would sulk about all of the good times I was missing because of how much I worried about food. 

At home, it was difficult to reach out to people because I felt that I would be looked down upon. I never fully came to terms with the fact that what I was doing was hurting my body until I came to college. At first, the thought of being away from home and not being able to restrict myself as much was terrifying. On my first day on campus, I met my cross country team. I clicked with all of them and found a real support system immediately. Everyone that I opened up to listened to me and talked to me about my eating disorder that I had internalized for years. I never came to terms and accepted that what I was doing was harmful until I listened to my teammates. 

I realized that the anxiety I had around food was a waste of my time. I started to realize what was really important to me: feeling good while running and being able to hang out with friends. The only way to be able to do these things is to eat more and take care of my body. Without the help of my current teammates and friends I have made, I do not think I would be able to make it here with my old habits. The constant support and reassurance from friends and teammates have made me realize that people value me for who I am rather than how I look. If I told my sad, high-school self that I would be eating an adequate amount of food every day now, she would think it was a lie. Running has felt so much better physically and mentally. Going on a run used to be a punishment for me, but now it is an activity I genuinely look forward to and enjoy. At college, it is hard to reach out to others about your struggles with an eating disorder. Many more people struggle than you think. Do not hesitate to reach out. I will always be in your corner.

Women’s Basketball Bounces Back in Second Game

Langston Hood

Sports Editor

 

The Wooster women’s basketball team played their home opener against the Franciscan Barons on Saturday, Nov. 13 in the Timken Gymnasium. Following a 12-point loss to a talented Capital University team, the Fighting Scots appeared eager to redeem themselves and claim a monumental first win for the team. A win for the Scots on Saturday would also be the first win for newly-appointed Head Coach Mary Kate Tierney’s reign at the helm of the women’s basketball team. 

The game got off to a slow start as neither team could find a consistent rhythm on the offensive side of the court. Franciscan found the answer to their slow start with dominant post play. Wooster seemed unable to slow down the Barons through the early stages of the game. Harley Holloway ’24 recalled the slow start after the game saying, “I think we started off a little slower than we expected, but in the end we really pulled through and got our priorities in order. I thought the whole team played very well together and [we] were able to stay consistent enough throughout the second half in order to win.” 

Wooster’s lackluster start carried on throughout the first quarter as they trailed by one point heading into the second quarter with the score at 14-13. Not much changed in the second quarter as the Scots’ offense seemed to be stuck in a rut, mustering only eight points in the second quarter to the Barons’ 13. The Barons walked off the court stretching their lead to 26-21 as the halftime buzzer sounded. Down five after a debilitating second quarter, it would have been easy for the Scots to pack it up, tuck their tails and run, but the Fighting Scots that ran back on the court for the second half were determined and ready to take the fight to the Barons. Franciscan’s inability to pull away would come back to bite them as Wooster proved to be the better team for the rest of the afternoon. 

The Scots’ stellar guard play and sheer desire allowed them to produce 24 points, a number greater than what they had produced in the entire first half. Jenna Stanton 22 scored seven of the Scots’ third quarter points. She had the following to say about the Scots’ electric third quarter: “I’m really proud of the team for how we fought back in the second half. Our third quarter was huge for us and everybody stepped up and filled their role. I’m excited for us to keep building off this win.” Holloway scored 10 of the Scots’ third quarter points as Masani Francis 22 and Krista English 22 each added three points in the quarter. As the third quarter drew to a close, it was clear that Wooster had taken the game’s momentum and on the final play of the quarter, Holloway grabbed hold of a loose ball and raced down the court to notch a buzzer-beating layup. This play put an exclamation point on Wooster’s comeback and tied the game at 45 going into the final frame. 

In the fourth quarter, the Barons showed some resilience as the two teams battled back and forth until a Melissa Burtscher 24 three-pointer gave the Scots a five-point lead that they would hold on to for the remainder of the game. Franciscan responded with a three ball of their own, but they would not see another lead on Saturday afternoon as Wooster managed the final minutes of the game well. Alyssa Chritz 24 stretched the lead to seven with two minutes left, pushing the game out of reach for the Barons and burying them once and for all. After Saturday’s game Chritz said, “I thought it was a good team win overall; everyone contributed in different ways. It was really nice to win our home-opener and have a positive start to the season.” Chritz was vital to Wooster’s success on Saturday as she contributed a team-high of 11 rebounds to go along with her four assists. Holloway and Stanton finished the game off with efficient free throw shooting and as the final buzzer sounded the Scots were victorious. Francis served as one of the team’s leaders and through her impassioned play as she added 12 points, three steals and two rebounds to the Scots’ tally. Francis was overjoyed by Saturday’s victory saying, “We had a lot of players step up in different ways and I think overall it was a good team win.”

Wooster’s 65-56 win over Franciscan 65-56 brings them to 1-1 on the season as they head into a week that will see them play three games with two home fixtures and one away. Coach Tierney led her Fighting Scots to their first win under her direction showing that Timken Gymnasium and Tierney may be a perfect match. 

Come support your Fighting Scots Basketball Teams at their respective tournaments over the weekend, here in the Timken Gymnasium. 

Voices from the Crowd – A Welcoming Family

Bryon Simpson

Contributing Writer

 

Being a part of the cross country team this season was more than just running with friends. I vividly remember the first day of practice when my new teammates and I huddled up for the first time, chanting the phrase: “one team, one family.” We huddled like this almost every day, whether it was during regular practices, meets or other special events. “One team, one family” wasn’t a motto that we just casually chanted every day, but it was also expressed during our most important times during the season. This simple phrase sticks with me because it perfectly encapsulates what this team and this season is all about.

One of the key components of why I find this team so special is how inclusive it is and how people treat each other on the team. It doesn’t matter who you are, you will be respected and find yourself at home when you are on this team. Being the diverse team that it is, you are bound to find people with similar or exactly the same interests to yours and ultimately create bonds with those people. I can’t count the amount of wonderful conversations I’ve had with teammates on a daily basis. Overall, everyone on the team has positively impacted each other in some way or form.

I really appreciate how the first-years were welcomed to the team during the first weeks of the season. The seniors did everything they could to make the new runners feel welcome and they definitely delivered. Before anyone knew it, the freshmen became a part of the team almost overnight. Even though I am a current sophomore, the loss of the 2020 season made me feel like a freshman. Although it seems obvious why I was feeling that way, as this was my first year running in college, I really lacked the social aspect during my freshman year and, as a result, didn’t have friends or know many students on campus. It also didn’t help that there was no cross country season in 2020 and less human connection in the 2020-2021 year overall. I am very glad I joined the team because meeting these amazing people on the team really improved my life.

In short, being a part of the cross country team this season made me appreciate the social aspects on campus that I didn’t have prior to this semester and because of that I will be eternally grateful to my XC family.

With the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships occurring on Saturday, Nov. 13, the season is over. Congratulations to both the men’s and women’s teams on great seasons!