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Scotlight: Patrick Wellman

Emilie Eustace

Features Editor

 

 

Can you introduce yourself with your name, major and hometown. 

Hi, my name is Patrick Wellman. I am a senior, and am double majoring in studio art, with a focus on sculpture, and theater, with a focus on the tech side of things. I am also from Ann Arbor, MI.

What are some activities that you are involved with on campus?

Outside of the theater department, where I am involved in most shows on the technological side of things, I am also the Live Action Role Play (LARP) club Vice President. I have been involved in the LARP club since my first year.

What is your favorite thing about your major?

I decided to double major in studio art and theater because these have been two of my interests most of my life. I knew that I wanted to do art stuff during my time here as a way to continue doing art. Both of my majors are things that I have done the majority of my life and greatly enjoy doing, so I kind of just thought that I might as well stick with both of them. I decided that I wanted to double major in the two instead of just majoring and minoring because frankly, it seemed like it would be more fun. 

I love seeing the different art installations by Ebert! Tell me all about your I.S.

My I.S. is called “Euripides’ Medea in Sculptural performance,” which is a very blunt title. I am creating a performance of the Greek tragedy Medea, by Euripides, using sculptures that I crafted myself. My advisors, Darren Kendall in the arts department and Naoko Skala in the theater and dance department have helped me with certain parts of both the construction process and the accompanying writing. The sculptures are made from wood and 3D printed parts, costumed in fabrics specifically chosen to represent each character. The performance itself takes place in the Oak Grove on campus, and runs for 14 days. During that time, I am documenting and taking pictures often of how the figures fare in the weather, and seeing what nature decides to throw at my project.

Who is a professor that you have been impacted by during your time here at Wooster?

It is hard for me to say that. My advisors are great people, and I love working with them. I tend to just take my own path as an individual and do what I want to do. I have been that way most of my way through high school, I guess. So, they have impacted me in the sense that I like them and would enjoy working with them outside the context of school, but less so an impact on me as an individual on a personal level. They are both lovely people, both Kendall and Skala. The other person who has left an impact on me on campus is Mike Schafer, the technical director for the theater department. I have worked with him all four years that I have been here, and throughout this time, I was led on a track that would allow me to become a technical director myself. We did experience some road blocks in that track due to various things that have limited the theater department’s functionality, mainly the fact that we went remote for two semesters. But, through all of this, the two of us have worked together the best that we could to keep me in that educational direction.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Outside of classes, clubs and work, where I am employed at the seam shop in the theater where I spend a number of hours per week and get paid for my work there. Most of what I do is play video games, or more commonly, I spend a lot of time just kind of tinkering with things. As I mentioned earlier, I kept on the art track because it was something I’ve always done. A lot of my art is something that I just feel like making or feel like fixing. So, I do sort of general maintenance repairs on the house that I live in on campus. If a small part has broken, I will often try to fix it instead of calling maintenance, as I enjoy doing so. I also do a lot of quality life stuff for myself. Recently, I completely reorganized my tool storage method because I have a large supply of tools of my own. I recently upgraded from a large cardboard box to a handful of toolboxes, in which I designed and modified myself to make work. 

What would you go back and tell your first-year self?

I haven’t really changed a lot of my technique of going through college since my freshman year. A lot of what I have done here at college is stuff that I learned to do or not to do during my time in high school. I also took a gap year between high school and college to learn how I like to operate, about myself, and just in general. So, I guess the only thing I would have done is be more warned about what the future is going to bring, cryptically. Not really anything specific, but I would just have it implemented in my brain that things are going to go wrong. 

Is there anything that you would like to plug, or do you have any other comments?

I have been having great delight and great fun sort of leaving the greater community in the dark about my project. It has spawned more discussion than I could ever do on my own by informing people, and that has been a large part of what I have been interested in seeing. It was not built into my I.S. itself, but has provided me entertainment through reactions of people seeing these figures randomly pop up in the woods. I have gotten to have great conversations with anyone who walks past me while I am doing theme changes, and have found great delight in hearing people’s reactions and having those conversations. It was not an intentional side effect, but is a welcomed one. 

The Endurance of Art: “Painting Biathlon”

Emma Shinker

Chief Copy Editor

 

 

On Saturday, Feb. 26, members of the College community gathered at the College of Wooster Art Museum to hear a presentation by Professor Marina Mangubi on her current exhibition in the Sussel Gallery. 

Professor Mangubi, who teaches studio art at the College and is primarily a painter and printmaker, has been working on the project since 2015. Titled “Painting Biathlon,” the performance project combines art and athletics in order to examine the relationship between them. “The artist’s body is subjected to the rigors of the endurance sport,” Professor Mangubi said, “which requires physical strength as well as control of breathing, focus and fine motor skills.”

Biathlon has its roots in hunting and military training. Today, it is seen in the winter Olympics as athletes complete three 2.5 kilometer sprints on cross-country skis, stopping twice to shoot at targets along the route. During “Painting Biathlon” performances, Professor Mangubi skis sprints but replaces shooting with painting, capturing the landscape or architecture around her. “While I admire biathletes, I’m absolutely miserable at handling a firearm, and I thought I could probably do it with a brush,” she explained. 

Professor Mangubi began the project at the Banff Centre in Canada, then continued it in 2016 at Joshua Tree National Park and 2019 in Siena, Italy. Different locations required different approaches—such as using roller skis or painting digitally rather than with oil on panel—but the rules stayed the same: no more than 15 minutes for a painting and paintings could not be altered in the studio. 

In the gallery, visitors can watch the “Painting Biathlon” videos, which are the main focus of the exhibition, and then view the art created during the performances. The sound of roller skis fills the quiet space. “My hope is when someone enters the gallery and walks through, they are transported to the places I am very fond of,” Professor Mangubi remarked. 

Though she had tried to paint in each location outside of the context of the biathlon, the art “did not have the edge” it did when combined with skiing. During “Biathlon” performances she had to control her breathing and focus, as a biathlete would, which gave energy to the pieces.

On location, especially in Siena, the project also “became more about interactions with people,” Professor Mangubi said, mentioning that she was able to speak a number of languages with people who were attracted by the performances. She showed footage of an interaction with a tour guide who, despite having seen it all, was interested in someone who visited ancient cities for the sake of a new sport.

“Painting Biathlon” is the first project of its kind, but Professor Mangubi put it into context within a larger body of work by artists who use sports vocabulary, highlighting not only the aesthetic but also the political connotations.

Professor Mangubi also described how she is inspired by students, especially the athletes, who recognize that, like athletics, “artwork is a product of hard work and discipline,” even though we are often told it should be some sort of magically inspired experience. “Painting Biathlon” requires this endurance, but as Professor Mangubi reminded the audience, “resistance and resilience” are necessary in order to grow.

“Painting Biathlon” is on display at the College of Wooster Art Museum until May 6.

Scotlight: Micah Morrow

Emilie Eustace

Features Editor

 

Can you start by introducing yourself?

Hi, I am Micah Morrow. I use he/they pronouns and am a sophomore. 

The deadline to declare majors for sophomores was last week! What is your major? How did you make this decision?

I am a religious studies major, and am planning on double majoring with education. It was not a super easy decision to make and I was undecided for a while. I really liked all of the students and professors in the religious department, and last year my friend advised me to choose a major within a department where there were really good people, so I did. 

That sounds like a great friend! Who are some of your other mentors on campus?

Professor Sarah Mirza in the religious studies department and Professor Gretchen Tefs in the education department. They both are always very lovely and kind in their classrooms. They are part of the reason why I am trying to major in both of these departments. 

What activities are you involved in on campus? 

I am involved in Cowbelles, an a cappella group on campus. I just joined this year and it has been really fun. I am in the Sexual Respect Coalition, where I am currently the treasurer and will be the co-president next year. I am also a tour guide and work at the Underground. I have also written for The Voice a few times this year, which has been nice. 

You are involved in a lot! How do you find time to relax? What do you do for fun?

Relaxing is not easy! I have to schedule out my free time and live my life by putting everything into my Outlook calendar. For fun, I like to hang out with my friends or with my partner. I love to listen to music as well.

What kind of music do you like to listen to?

I generally listen to everything. Right now, I am really into the album “Any Shape You Take” by Indigo De Souza. 

What is your favorite Wooster memory so far?

I have a lot of happy memories at Wooster, but my favorite so far has been Party on the Green. It was the first time at Wooster that I got to experience a large event and see other people’s faces. It was nice to finally get off of my computer after a year of learning virtually to gather as a campus. I also really enjoyed the music, even though I really did not know any of the artists. I did, however, know that Rat Queen was a Wooster band which was really nice. 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about sexual health and safety, which is why I am so involved in the Sexual Respect Coalition. I am also passionate about fighting for low-income students on campus and in the world. I want to make sure that everyone is treated equally and equitably. 

I know that one of your passions is creating earrings! What has been your favorite pair to make? Where does your inspiration come from?

My favorite pair of earrings that I made were these baby earrings, but instead of a baby head they had a cow head. I just thought it was really silly. I am a maximalist and I really like things, so whenever I see silly little trinkets and items I just buy them and make earrings out of them. So, I would say that I am inspired by things. 

Your fashion is impeccable! Where do you like to shop and where does that inspiration come from?

I get a lot of my clothes from Goodwill or other second-hand stores because I don’t have a lot of money, so I don’t want to spend a lot of money on brand new clothes. I also do not want to support fast fashion because of how unsustainable it is. I really like color coordinating my outfit. I always try to make sure that my socks match something that I am wearing. So, if I am wearing red socks, I try to pair them with a red jacket or red bandana. I like my look to seem neat, like everything has a place. 

Is there anything that you want to plug?

The Sexual Respect Coalition has meetings every Monday at 5 p.m. in the Kenarden Lounge. Please come! Also, check your emails for fun events at the Underground. Covers is Saturday Feb. 19!

Let’s Talk About Sex Baby!: Sex Trivia at the UG

Emilie Eustace

Features Editor

 

This past Saturday, Feb. 12, the Underground (UG) hosted Sex Trivia, an event put on by the Sexual Respect Coalition (SRC) and Men Working for Change. The event sought to educate students on campus about sexual health and other aspects of sexual identity and sexuality. At the event, there was trivia focused on various categories, including history, anatomy and fun facts. Trivia questions were asked to students who attended in a fun manner. Attendees were divided into different teams in order to work together to answer the questions to the best of their abilities. Most teams were named after sexual inuendos, including The Nine Inch Males, Blue Ballers and Booby Bears, which spiced up the night even more. Teams then wrote their answers to the trivia questions and were scored accordingly. The competition was fierce! 

Micah Morrow, the treasurer of SRC, reflected on the event. He said, “It was really cool to see how many people showed up to the event and were genuinely engaged. People showed up open-minded and willing to learn about sex, which I know is not the most comfortable thing ever. We were honestly not expecting a huge turnout, so we were very shocked by the success of the night.”

In the end, 20 to 25 students showed up to participate in the sex trivia, allowing there to be many teams. Students were having fun and laughing a lot, while also being engaged and learning about such an important topic. As college students, many times we often forget to focus on the importance of sexual health and safety, so events like these remind the student body that there is more to sex than what is seen at the surface level. On top of the fun trivia questions, condoms and dental dams were tossed out throughout the night, further emphasizing the importance of sexual health. 

Morrow said, “There is a lot more to sex than just the pleasure one receives from it. It is important to recognize that and educate yourself. For example, while STIs and STDs should not be stigmatized, they definitely still need to be acknowledged and treated as important.”

In case you could not make it to the event, we want to provide some sex trivia questions and encourage you to do your research to come up with answers. These questions include: How often do men think about sex per day? Which British monarch had a sex chair? What sex act is tribbing the formal name of? What is the record for the most clitoral orgasms in one hour?

Be sure to look for future SRC events and events put on by Men Working for Change through your Wooster email. Also, check out SRC’s Instagram, @wooster_src to keep updated on the club and its events. Need condoms, dental dams or lube? Request them anonymously through the google form found on SRC’s instagram!

Terrific in Tartan: Presidential Look-Alike Contest

Ellen McAllister

Creative Editor

 

On Friday, Feb. 11, the Underground (UG) was decorated in true Wooster spirit, with gold and black garland wrapped around the pillars and beaded necklaces on the tables for students to wear in honor of Tartan Night. Students played pool and socialized with their friends while waiting for the President Bolton look-alike contest to begin. Music played in the background as the President made her rounds among the students, talking, taking pictures and even playing pool with them before the contest started.

The contest began later in the evening with a handful of contestants, all of whom were dressed in different President Bolton styles. They lined up at the front of the UG to show off their outfits, and then President Bolton chose the winners, awarding them with a specially engraved trophy. 

The contest resulted in a three-way tie for first place between Hannah Groetsch ’22, Abigail McFarren ’22 and Carly McWilliams ’22. The three dressed up as President Bolton at different times in her life. Groetsch was President Bolton in the future, wearing a sweatshirt with Washington state on it since that is where Bolton will be moving soon. McFarren was present-day President Bolton and wore a Wooster gold and black plaid button-down shirt. McWilliams wore a red turtleneck to represent President Bolton in the past before she worked at the College. 

Many other contestants wore plaid and Wooster colors, including a black and gold plaid dress. The President was also sporting her best Wooster gear, dressing to impress as usual. She wore tartan sunglasses, as well as a tartan watch band, scarf and bracelet. To top off the outfit, she wore her special yellow Scottie dog-shaped purse that held the trophy gifted to the winners of the look-alike contest.

Rachel Semel ’22 remarked that “President Bolton was clearly the best judge for the competition and the only one who was able to choose the best look-alike.” She also noted that she felt lucky to be a student at the College because no other school would promote the iconic Scottie dog boots that a contestant was wearing. Semel was there to spend time with and support her friends who were competing in the look-alike contest and hoped to have a chance to speak with President Bolton.

Tartan Night was a fun way to celebrate and show Wooster pride, and was a nod to the President who will be leaving the College at the end of the school year. She will be moving to Walla Walla, Washington to serve as the President of Whitman College, a small liberal arts school. Students enjoyed interacting with President Bolton in a relaxed and nonacademic manner. It was a good way for students to alleviate mid-semester stress and it allowed them to enjoy their time at the UG in a different way.

If you want to learn more about the exciting events the UG holds, follow them on Instagram @theugwooster or look for their ads in the POT. 

The First of Many RSL Meet and Greets

Ellen McAllister

Creative Editor

 

Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) held the first of many Meet & Greets on Sunday, Feb. 6. The goal of these events is to offer a space for those who practice different religions and spiritualities to come together with people who share their religious beliefs. The event is a response to students who have expressed concern that there were not others like them on campus. Each Meet & Greet spotlights different religions and provides students with a chance to connect with those who practice the same religion. Pagan and Wiccan, Hinduism and Orthodox Christianity were the three religions represented on Sunday. Students of any religious background were invited to meet in Babcock Kitchen for tea and snacks before breaking off into smaller groups for discussion. There will be three more Meet & Greets held throughout the semester, including Sunday, Feb. 13, featuring Catholicism, Islam and Unitarian Universalism. 

Erin Guzmán, the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, remarked that the goal for this Meet & Greet, and those in the future, is to create a space for students to learn more about the religions represented on campus. She also hopes that students find a place of belonging, purpose and meaning. Linat Westreich ’23, one of the student interns for Religious and Spiritual Life, said that celebrating the different cultures and backgrounds for religious groups is also very important. The two stated that they did not want the Meet & Greets to have any certain structure, so students could stay as long as they wanted and discuss whatever they felt comfortable talking about with those who hold the same beliefs. 

There are six student interns who work for RSL under three categories: service and social justice; community and connection; and education and engagement. They all come from different religious backgrounds to work together to put on educational and spiritual programming for both faculty and students. Additionally, they try to foster connections between student organizations that would not normally work together. That way, more students may reap the benefits of being together and learning more about those they attend school with. RSL wants to bring students of different religions, identities and secular ideas together in any way possible. 

RSL offers programming of many sorts to all those on campus, regardless of religion or identity. They offer weekly Zen Meditation beginning at 5 p.m. every Monday, as well as Tea-Time with RSL and Friends, which is held every other Thursday at 4:15 and allows students to enjoy community, crafts and tea with a different theme each week. Both events are held in the Babcock Formal Lounge. If you are looking for a chance to dive deeper into your faith, explore new ones or just find a group of people to talk and connect with, look for programming by RSL. 

If you’d like to learn more about the future Meet & Greets or other Religious and Spiritual Life events, follow them on Instagram @rsl_wooster or check your Wooster email for the RSL Weekly Round-up.