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Voices From the Crowd – Small collegiate sports deserve equal resources

Paul Lance

Contributing Writer

I’m sure most of us either watched our very own football team hand a beat down to the visiting Beavers of Bluffton University or enjoyed watching our favorite Division-I teams play all day Saturday. Whoever we watched, it was clear that college football is finally back. With the arrival of college football, it also sparks the return of other fall sports such as cross country, golf, volleyball, field hockey and more. With a wide variety of sports being offered at various colleges across the nation, it becomes clear that scheduling is a huge conflict for any athletic department. This past Saturday, Sep. 7, at nearby Kent State University, a scheduling conflict was exactly what arose. On Saturday morning, Temple University was slated to play No. 24 Maine University in a field hockey game. The game at the end of regulation was scoreless and thus was headed to overtime. 

The game, however, was cut short due to a fireworks display that had to be prepared before the noon kickoff of Kent State’s football game. The NCAA would rule the field hockey game as a scrimmage and not penalize the teams. Kent State students and other local university students went ballistic on social media over the decision. As someone who is not thoroughly up to date with all Title IX rules and regulations, the first thing that came to my mind was that this is indeed a violation of Title IX. To me it’s the university not giving a women’s team the same equal ability to compete in their sport as they are giving the men’s. 

Secondly, why are there fireworks for a noon kickoff game versus Kennesaw State University, a team who is Division-I, but compete in the Football Championship Subdivision. Kent State’s football team finished an abysmal 2-10 last year and sat in last place in the Mid American Conference Eastern Division. Maine field hockey, on the other hand, was ranked 24th in the nation heading into their contest with Temple. 

To add irony on top of the situation, the football game saw Kent State narrowly edge Kennesaw State 26-23 in — you guessed it — overtime. It just boggles my mind that in 2019 we still can’t find a way to let students have equal participation in their respective sports. 

As someone who wrestled in high school, I am quite frankly over the bigger sports like basketball and football dominating and receiving whatever accommodations they ask for because they “bring more money into the school.” So much for the right to play. We should be so far beyond something like this happening, yet here we are, still struggling to give teams the equal right to play the sport they love.

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Scots football wins in biggest opening victory since 2000

Ian Ricoy

Sports Editor

The Scots dominated Bluffton University 31-6 in their non-conference home opener. The two sides seemed equally matched in the first half with both teams failing to get on the score board, but after a third quarter touchdown from quarterback Mateo Renteria ’22 to Nick Strausbaugh ’20, the Scots were on a roll. Both the offense and defense did their part in exploiting the weaknesses of the Bluffton Beavers. The Scots had 478 yards of total offense and held Bluffton to 282 yards. 

The Scots had winning records every season they won their opening game since 2000 (the earliest year results are available), only having a winning record once after losing their first game (2010). This 25-point victory is the largest of any of their opening games since 2000, which bodes well for the Scots the rest of the season.

Fumbles, interceptions and punts mired the first half for the Scots. Wooster only moved the ball more than 36 yards once, and when they did, lost the ball on a fumble at Bluffton’s four-yard line. Renteria completed slightly more than half of his passes throwing 12-23 for the first half. 

“We were all pressing a little too much in the first half,” said Strausbaugh. “We were chipping away at Bluffton all day, but were unable to ever get points out of it.” Luckily, Wooster’s defense performed well holding Bluffton to 131 yards of offense, getting a sack by K.C. Koronkwo ’20 and Christian Santos ’20 picking off a pass early in the first quarter. 

After a frustrating first half, Wooster’s offense put on a clinic for the home crowd. Entering the second half 0-0, Renteria connected with wide receiver Strausbaugh for a 30-yard touchdown to put Wooster on the board. 

“After the touchdown, everyone’s mindset changed and we got back into the offensive groove we usually have. It was a spark that we as an offense needed,” said Strausbaugh. Indeed, Renteria would go on to throw for 308 yards while completing 65.1 percent of his passes. Strausbaugh caught for 134 yards and running back Troy Baughman ’22 rushed for 114. All three were in the conference top three for the weekend. 

Perseverance and adjustment were key changes between the first and second halves for the Scots. 

“At halftime we made adjustments and kept running what we knew would work,” said Strausbaugh. Though both teams struggled, Wooster was able to breakthrough with a confident offensive line. “Our offensive line was ultimately the deciding factor in the game. We were able to get a good push on all our run plays. With our rushing success we were able to take advantage of the one on one matchups on the outside and safeties coming down hard to play the run,” said captain and tight end Jacob Lewis ’20. 

The Scots will play Oberlin for their first game of conference play and the team are maintaining confidence without being unrealistic. “Respect but never fear,” said Lewis concerning Oberlin. “We respect all of our opponents and the skills that they have but we will never be intimidated.” Strausbaugh echoed Lewis’ statement on the Yeomen saying “they always seem to give us a tough game regardless of the year but we are excited to pick up exactly where we left off versus Bluffton.” 

Since the beginning of the season seems to set the tone for all of Wooster’s seasons, this next game could be very important. Wooster must play back-to-back road games 

against arch-rival Wittenberg and DePauw before hosting Wabash and Denison. The Scots went 1-3 against these teams last year but look poised to upset the conference elite. 

Next, Wooster plays Oberlin at John P. Papp Stadium Saturday, Sep. 14 at 1:00 p.m. 

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Men’s soccer plays European teams during their summer trip

Ben Blotner 

Contributing Writer 

The College of Wooster men’s soccer team had an opportunity to see a different, unique part of the world over the summer, as they spent Aug. 4-13 playing matches and viewing local attractions in the Netherlands and Germany. Most of the trip was spent in the city of Nijemegen, part of the Dutch province of Gelderland, but it also included day trips to Germany on Aug. 8-9. The Fighting Scots played three matches over the course of the trip; these resulted in a pair of draws and one close loss, as Wooster hung tough against very steep competition.

After arriving in the Netherlands early on the morning of Aug. 5, the team was welcomed by Coach Jan Pruijn, who hosted a training session for the Scots later that day. Wooster head coach Andy Zidron said that practicing with Pruijn “pushed the team in a new way that was very demanding and helpful.” After another practice the following morning with their own coaches, the players went on a tour of the Heineken Brewery before being given three hours to explore Amsterdam on their own. The team’s eventful day concluded with a visit to the Anne Frank House.

On Aug. 7, the team was given a morning tour of the Johan Cruyff Arena and the Ajax Fanshop. After this, the players got to work practicing, as they trained with Pruijn in the afternoon and Wooster’s coaches in the evening. 

The next day saw the Scots make their first excursion to Germany. Upon arrival, they toured Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund as well as the German Football Museum. In the evening, Wooster played its first game of the trip against TSV Meerbusch. Vasili Zestos ’22 and Manny Burton ’20 scored goals for the Scots, but the team fell by a 3-2 score.

The following day’s activities included another practice session with Pruijn and a bicycle tour of the regional German-Dutch border near Kleve, Germany. Later that evening, the team attended a Dutch Second Division match between NEC Nijmegen and FC Eindhoven, which Eindhoven won 2-1.

On Aug. 10, the team biked over the hill and dale Nijmegen’s city center. Once there, they met up with a local tour guide who gave them an extemely knowledgeable tour of historic Nijmegen and Saint Stephen’s Church. Afterward, the boys were let loose to shop and explore. That afternoon, they faced the semi-pro team Alverna, which Jonathan Logan ’22 said was “easily the best team I’d ever played against.” The Scots, however, were up to the challenge, as the defense kept Alverna at bay and the match ended in a 0-0 tie. After the game, the team attended another professional match. This time, it was a contest from the Dutch Premier Division, as PSV Eindhoven squared off against FC Groningen at PSV Stadium.

It was a quick turn around the next day for the Scots, as they played their final game at noon against Rood-Wit and battled to a 3-3 tie. This time, it was Connor Hawkins ’20, Wilson Freije ’21 and Stefan White ’21 who scored Wooster’s goals. Following the game, members of the two teams celebrated by having a drink together. 

After lunch, the players were given free time to relax and enjoy the afternoon before the evening’s activities. That night, the team attended the Sunset March, a daily tribute to Allied soldiers who fought for liberation of the Netherlands in World War II. 

On the final full day, the team was given a free day to explore Nijmegen or Grusbeck. A majority of the team chose to bike back to Nijmegen. The trip concluded with Coach Zidron presenting “We.Work.Hard.” shirts to the hotel manager, Vincent, and to Coach Pruijn. 

Zidron described Groesbeek as an “absolutely beautiful town,” confirming, “I felt like the town is what you might expect from a small European town/village: small and welcoming with lots of farmland once you started to ‘get off the path.’”

Overall, the trip was demanding of the players in its busy practice and game schedule combined with the travel and sightseeing, but it was also a rich cultural experience that enhanced the team’s chemistry as well its soccer skills. 

“The best part about it was watching the players interact in a different setting,” Zidron said. “[It] provided opportunities for deeper relationship building and camaraderie.”

The Fighting Scots take on Calvin College this Saturday, Sep. 14. 

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Field hockey starts the season strong and optimistic

Angad Singh

Sports Editor

Looking out to dominate all the way to the finals again this year, The College of Wooster field hockey team started out strong at home last week with a win over rivals Wittenberg on Sunday, Aug. 31. The Scots dominated the game from the start with Caitlyn O’Connor ’21 finding the back of the board in the first nine minutes. Wittenberg fought back around the 14th minute, but captain Sydney Schuster ’21 curbed their advance with a goal about four minutes later. After that there was no contest with O’Connor scoring once again at the 26th minute. She finished with a hat trick that day by scoring again in overtime. She credited her hat-trick to the cohesiveness of the team. “Obviously it was an amazing feeling putting in those three goals against Witt, but it was even better to share that win with my teammates who all played so hard and put everything into that game. Again, the chemistry was amazing, and we found each other so well and that was the reason why we won,” O’Connor said. 

The Fighting Scots dominated throughout by outshooting the Wittenberg Tigers 14-10 and the same pressure came in the penalty shots with the Scots having an 8-5 lead over the Tigers. 

But it wasn’t just the offense that brought home the game for Wooster: goalie Katie Shideler ’21 stopped the ball on six opportunities on finding the front of the board. She credited the defensive line for the small opportunity window given to Witt saying, “I have my faith in our defensive line, I know that when I see the ball coming to the back field our defensive line will handle it, and with each game our line as a unit has progressively become better.” She continued “It is a new team dynamic and we are yet to attain our full potential.”

On asking how she felt the first game went, captain Grace O’Leary ’20 stated, “This is the most talented and cohesive team I have played on in my four years at Wooster. Not only is there a lot of individual talent in the group, but we seem to have good team chemistry.” On the new talent this year, O’Leary continued, “Even the right side who is made of mostly first years is finding a lot of good connections. In our game against Witt, we were dominating the play and it was really exciting to see.” Echoing the praise on the new talent, Emma Hambright ’20 stated, “We’re a pretty young unit and better conditioned, but the important part is that our team is willing to grow further and become better.” 

The Fighting Scots now come back from the last weekend with a decisive win over Transylvania, with the Scots bringing the game home with a score of 2-1. Schuster tied the game with a goal in the third quarter, but it was Jill Murray ’23 who broke the tie, giving the team a victory and scoring for the first time in her collegiate career. Contradictory to the score, the Scots actually dominated the stats with the team outshooting their opponents 11-3. Schuster on the game said, “We have been making opportunities to score, the only left is to perfect our execution.” 

“In our game against Transylvania, we came out with lower energy than what we needed. However, we really picked it up in the second half and ended up winning the game. Our coach has been conditioning us in practice and it showed in the game by the fact that we were able to keep up the energy even in the second half,” O’Leary added. Schuster, who carved her name on the scoreboard on both games, when asked on the new team and her predictions for the season states, “I feel like that the team has changed a lot considering we lost a lot of seniors last year, we have a lot of first-years this year and this is actually turning out to be a great thing considering how the matches have been going so far, the dynamic has changed but it is better.” 

Stinging from their loss to Centre on Sunday, the team is confident on their continued success for the rest of the season. O’Connor placed their immense, and well-deserved, faith in Coach Dixon. “We are definitely looking forward to improving throughout the season and looking to return to where we ended last season in the conference finals and win it this year. We have so much talent on this team and Coach Dixon has helped us tremendously so far and I’m truly looking forward to the big things we will do this season,” she said. Overall, the sentiment of confidence is echoed throughout the team. Hambright said, “I believe and trust this team. There is a bond between us, and I believe that it is this bond which will make us a better team.” 

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Post Malone goes in new direction with album “Hollywood’s Bleeding”

Jackson Lovchuk

Contributing Writer

On Sep. 6, hip-hop artist Post Malone released his third studio album “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” Although Post Malone began as a hip-hop artist, this album is everything but a traditional hip-hop album. The project blends multiple genres including pop, rock and hip-hop, to name a few. In total, “Hollywood’s Bleeding” lasts 52 minutes and includes 13 new songs with four previously-released singles. With the exception of “Circles,” which was released on Aug. 30, all of the previously-released singles “Sunflower,” “Goodbyes” and “Wow” peaked inside the top three on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s safe to say that with the commercial success of Post Malone in 2019, this album was one of the most highly anticipated projects of the year and it certainly lived up to the expectations. 

The album begins with the title track “Hollywood’s Bleeding” which is one of the stronger tracks on the album and establishes the overarching message of the album. In the track, Post Malone details his relationship with Hollywood and the superficiality of the city and its residents. He claims that the residents of Hollywood identify successful people and attempt to attach themselves to that person. These residents proceed to suck everything they can out of successful people until they have nothing left to give. This is similar to vampires sucking the blood out of their victims, which is why the song begins with the line, “Hollywood’s Bleeding, vampires feedin.’” Malone continues this theme on the third track of the album “Enemies” featuring artist DaBaby. Both artists discuss testing their friendships to see who really cares about them. Instead of remaining friends, these vampires become the enemies of both artists as they begin to separate themselves from the Hollywood lifestyle. On DaBaby’s verse he explains it best, saying, “friends are like the autumn, every year they leavin’ And I’ma rake ‘em in a pile, throw ‘em in a bag.

After a few mediocre songs, the album gets back on track with the projects’ three best songs all following each other one after the other. Each song follows the same conventions: comprised of three artists, lasting about four minutes, beats that gradually increase speed while continually adding layers and incredible transitions between each artist. This section of the album begins with “Die For Me” featuring Future and Halsey, and is followed by “On The Road” featuring Meek Mill and Lil Baby, and “Take What You Want” featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott. This twelve-minute segment may be the best uninterrupted twelve minutes of any album this year. Each artist brings their own unique style to produce entertaining songs with incredible replay value. Thematically, these three tracks continue the albums message of dealing with fake friends that only care about the money and fame of each artist. Listening to the artist’s personal experiences with superficial friends allows the listener to understand how difficult it is for celebrities to determine who really cares about them and who is just there for the benefits.

After these three incredible tracks, the album takes a noticeable dip in quality. The remaining songs are either previously released singles, or formulaic pop tracks that will lose their intrigue over time. 

“Hollywood’s Bleeding” was a success that lived up to the rigorous expectations created by Post Malone’s enormous fanbase. His ability to transition between genres allowed him to make an album with something for everybody regardless of their taste. The chilling beats paired with Malone’s melodic voice and the myriad of quality features in the album makes this album stands out from other albums released so far in 2019. I would say that this project is in on par with both of his previous albums “Beerbongs and Bentleys” and “Stoney.” The album is projected to sell 500,000 units in its first week ensuring it will take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart when it becomes eligible on Sep. 16. Once again, Post Malone has created one of the highest quality and commercially successful albums of the year cementing his place as a titan in the popular music industry. 

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Students to perform an interdisciplinary kinetic experience

Megan Tuennerman

A&E Editor

Today’s discussions of migration have become politically charged and considerations of humanity — thinking deeply about what connects us to, and makes us different from, each other as a species — are crucial. A group of professors and students here at Wooster decided to focus on what makes us similar and to demonstrate their thoughts through a performance titled “Migration and Dance: An Interdisciplinary Kinetic Learning Experience.” The performance will be held in McGaw Chapel on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 11:00 a.m and is free and open to the public. 

The program involves Professors Mareike Herrman, Niklas Manz, Amyaz Moledina, Laura Sirot and Kim Tritt as they collaborate with world-renowned choreographer Peter Pucci. The basis of this performance is another work by Pucci that was simply titled “Migration,” and was based off of the book and film “Journey of Man” written by Spencer Wells. Pucci said that he first heard an interview on NPR around the time he was looking to create a large work that brought dancers of different areas together. The interview described how Wells’ research found that all our DNA is connected, and can be traced back to the same group of people. From that idea came the piece “Migration” that was performed in Pucci’s hometown of Baltimore, Md and consisted of roughly 50 dancers for a one-time-only production that drew a crowd of around 1,000. 

The origins of bringing the project to Wooster stem from a faculty college that brought together 28 faculty members from different schools with a focus on the issue of Mobility and Migration. Attendees Professors Moledina, Sirot and Tritt began to explore ways in which the arts and sciences could collaborate with a focus on art. According to Moledina, “the power of the arts to imagine a world that is different was underleveraged … More than ‘minds’ coming together, ‘our collective bodies’ needed to come together.” Sirot knew of Pucci’s previous work and felt that because it was largely based off of genetics, it would be the perfect answer to their question of collaboration between arts and sciences. 

After discussions with Pucci about the Baltimore performance, it was decided that a more modest — but also truly Wooster — experience was needed. His work at Wooster will draw students (mostly non-dancers) from classes taught by those involved. According to Tritt, those classes ended up being “the First Year Seminar classes of Mareike Herrmann and Nikklas Manz, and a volunteer group of students and faculty. Mr. Pucci is also working with Kim Tritt’s students from her choreography course who are also gaining an invaluable experience by serving as his teaching assistants.” This is a crucial component of the work because it is truly bringing together many different people into the performance. “We are working with people who may be scientists or mathematicians, but it doesn’t matter their origin as we are cross-pollinating all these unique groups of people together,” said Pucci.

Another change from Pucci’s original “Migration” is that he is not truly “choreographing” the work, instead he is acting more as a mentor. 

“I am watching them as they create their own phrases through natural movement, then I separate them into specific groups (4 – 5 people) and let them create their own migration piece,” commented Pucci. 

This performance speaks to the core values of Wooster: bringing independent people and their talents together to create something unique. The theme of this work is that while we are all different in our interests, cultures, skills, we are all, at our DNA base, humans. The collaborative project has been made possible by The President’s Office, using funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant.

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