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Student organizations report budget issues

Claire Montgomery

Senior News Writer

When funding allocations for student organizations were sent out, some clubs realized that they had not received any information at all and thus had no funding for the 2019-20 school year.

“When we came back this fall, we realized we had never received a final budget and we contacted Julia Zimmer [dir. of Lowry Center & Student Activities],” said Oria Daugherty ’21, president of Greenhouse club. “She is in the process of working with Campus Council/Budget Committee to find new funds for us and several other clubs that had the same thing happen.”

Initially, student organizations submit their budget requests in the spring for the coming academic year, which are reviewed by the Allocation Committee. The Allocation Committee is made up of the “Chair of Budget Committee, the treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA) and five students that were selected via blind application,” Halen Gifford ’21, member of the Allocation Committee commented. Gifford continued, “Clubs are able to appeal their allocated budget if they do not agree with Allocation Committee’s decision. The appeals are reviewed by Campus Council’s Budget Committee and then voted on again by Campus Council. Those clubs that choose to appeal come and have an in-person conversation with Budget Committee to justify their appeal.”

When asked about clubs that did not receive their budget, Gifford stated, “Allocation Committee reviews all the budgets that we are given from Student Activities. If a club turned their budget in and we did not review it, that is because Student Activities never gave it to us. I have no idea how the budget got skipped. I have been in contact with the club and I am trying to work with Campus Council’s Budget Committee and Student Activities to fix the issue.”

Daugherty added, “Apparently, the emails with the budget submissions were never received … so we weren’t allocated any money. It should be resolved in a few weeks.”

The Voice reached out to Zimmer multiple times, but she did not respond to questions.

College welcomes Melissa Anderson

Samuel Casey

News Editor

Tuesday, Aug. 27, Melissa Anderson joined The College of Wooster as the chief communications and marketing officer (CCMO), which replaces the former position of associate vice president for college relations and marketing held by recent retiree John Hopkins for 17 years, according to the College’s news website. 

Before coming to Wooster, Anderson served as the vice president of marketing and communications at Ripon College, a liberal arts college in Wisconsin with approximately 800 students. Prior to that, she led marketing and communications at University of Wisconsin at Madison’s business school and worked at a lobby group in Washington, D.C.

When asked what made her transition from marketing in the nation’s capital to institutions of higher education, Anderson explained, “When you’re out in D.C. as a young professional, it’s the perfect atmosphere where you get your feet wet learning how to have a voice amongst many — like trying to get stories placed with the media when there are [a lot] of other trade associations, lobby groups and grassroots organizations that are lobbying for that same share of voice … [so] it’s not too far of a leap.”

Instead of directly succeeding the role occupied by Hopkins, Anderson will have a newly defined role while still being a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“Part of what I’m doing, and part of President Bolton’s overarching plan, is to centralize marketing. It had previously been under the admissions office and in this new scheme, it’s being put it in the ‘center’ of campus with admissions, advancement and other things internally we need to be paying attention to,” said Anderson.

Anderson’s own experiences in college are part of the reason she decided to take the new position. 

“I’m a product of a private liberal arts college; I’m a first-generation college student and my experience changed the trajectory of my entire life,” she said. “When I came to visit Wooster, I found a lot of those things that I loved about my own experience as an undergrad here as well.”

Anderson has her undergraduate degree in English and psychology at Ripon and received her master’s in social sciences at the University of Chicago. 

One of the daily tasks Anderson will have is reaching out to different administrators and staff on campus to learn about what stories will resonate from Wooster alumni to prospective students and then getting the team to come together on a shared vision.

“Part of the reason I’m here is to tell [Wooster’s] story in the most compelling ways and reaching the prospective and current students, alumni, faculty, staff in ways that are meaningful and resonate with them that [so] they want to be brand ambassadors right alongside us,” Anderson said. “One of the big things I’m bringing is a background in analytics [to help] understand when we post of social media, what voice we [will] use and how it [will] travel. What are we asking people to do? How successful were we in trying to find what sticks, what’s working and what’s not?”

The “Wooster story” is an important message for Anderson to comprehend because it has a constant impact on students past and present.

“As students, you have so many choices on where you want to go to school and it’s really important for people like me to understand the reasons Wooster pulled at your heart strings and made you want to come here. Then, at a deeper level, focusing on that lived experience … and what are the things we’re doing that are great and what are the things we maybe want to do less of,” Anderson stated.

Other areas of Anderson’s department include overseeing the website, including news stories, responding to media outlets, design, social media and athletic communication. “They’re all coming under one umbrella this year,” she said.

Anderson understands that there will be a transition as she gets used to the new position. “This entire year is going to be a learning process for me, I need to learn all the quirks of the MacLeod Tartan, what the ‘tick-tock’ of the place is. As I’m doing that, I’ve been reaching out to key departments on campus, popping in to Lowry once in a while at night to chat with students to take the temperature,” she said. “As I’m learning, I’m working together with a team in marketing to put some processes in place. There’s a lot of work happening behind the scenes and it’s a great time to be here as we are working on our strategic plan moving forward and shaping that messaging.”

Anderson acknowledged, “At the end of the day I’m here, just as everyone else, to make sure students have the best experience possible and that starts with making sure marketing from the gates is really hitting at the intersection of what’s true and meaningful.”

CreateHER hires students to serve as ambassadors

 Bijeta Lamichhane

News Editor

 This year, createHER is hiring students from the College to join the program as ambassadors. The ambassadors will fulfill the roles of Social Media Specialist, Event Planning Specialist, Community Engagement Specialist and Advocate Engagement Specialist. The positions — which are paid — will require a time commitment of four to six hours per week.

CreateHER is an initiative of the Center for Entrepreneurship that aims to empower and train women to become leaders. When questioned about the vision that shaped the program’s formation, founder Marina Rosales said, “CreateHER started in the summer of 2017 with the mission to inspire women to become strong leaders. Although [the mission] is on the rise — an issue which played a major role in the development of this initiative — createHER exists to provide women at The College of Wooster with a safe space where they can gain the necessary skillset to think more creatively and like a leader.”

Within two years of its establishment, the program has managed to reach a significant number of members of the campus community, including 907 students. To date, createHER has organized 36 professional and personal events and is one of the most active organizations on campus. Rosales credits a large part of its success to the committed group of student leaders who are passionate about the initiative. Together, the team has organized events that benefit women on campus, strengthening the program’s core mission. The program also holds meetings throughout the year that welcomes all students for discussions.

“The last two years, createHER staff selected a student leadership team representing all class years and backgrounds,” Rosales informed. “In an effort to involve more students in the initiative, createHER also launched the Campus Advocate program last year. These students regularly attended events and helped volunteer but did not have the same time commitment as those on the leadership team. CreateHER also hosts monthly meetings throughout the year that are open to all students. These meetings are a great space to catch up with one another and create a discussion about a specific topic that is presented.”

Instead of student leaders, however, this year createHER will have ambassadors working in different areas to develop the program’s mission. When asked about what led to this decision, Rosales answered, “We created the ambassador position to provide a smaller leadership team that would take on more responsibility individually. We wanted to focus on four areas of the initiative that we felt were most important to the growth of createHER.”

When asked about the activities they will be organizing this year, Rosales informed, “We have a very exciting year ahead filled with a variety of personal and professional workshops. We are looking forward to hosting a financial literacy series that will involve Investing 101, Budgeting 101, Negotiating and how to prepare for life after college.” She also mentioned that the first event of the series will be taking place on Sep. 20. “We are excited to invite knowledgeable financial advisors to campus that will be running these hands-on workshops,” she said.

The impact of the program is apparent in the campus community. CreateHER stickers are frequently seen on laptops and water bottles, and their events get both participants as well as positive reception. Rosales also mentioned, “CreateHER students are confirming that the programming we provide is making an impact on The College of Wooster community. Their feedback encourages us to continue creating opportunities for women to feel inspired and develop both personally and professionally.”

“The hope is that more women will see themselves as leaders, and that they will encourage others to take on more leadership roles,” Rosales concluded. 

Students bring international climate strike to campus

 Wooster Environmental Justice Coalition is organizing the strike on Sep. 20 as a part of the Global Climate Strike movement

 Waverly Hart

Editor in Chief

On Friday, Sep. 20, a group of passionate students are bringing an international environmental movement to The College of Wooster campus. 

“The climate crisis is an emergency that has already taken lives, destroyed ecosystems, and devastated public health,” said Lia Kahan ’22, president and founder of the Wooster Environmental Justice Coalition.

The Wooster Environmental Justice Coalition is organizing a strike as part of the Global Climate Strike Movement. 

“The strike is a part of a desperate attempt to gain the attention of governments, public and private sectors worldwide, and alert them to the seriousness of the climate crisis,” Kahan stated.

The silent rally will take place on Friday, Sep. 20 from 11:05 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Coalition is asking students, staff, faculty and community members to join them in walking out of classes and gathering at the Kauke Arch. At the Arch, there will be a brief rally featuring several student speakers. After the rally, the group will be led to Beall Ave., where participants will stand on both sides of the road. 

“[S]tudent leaders will lead chants, and everyone will have the opportunity to call [upon] government representatives by using chalk on the sidewalks to express why they are striking,” said Kahan.

The strike happening in Wooster is part of a much larger international movement, known as the Global Climate Strike. The initiative was created by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg to raise awareness about the “climate emergency” and “demand an end to the age of fossil fuels,” according to the Global Climate Strike’s website. Throughout theworld, the climate strikes will take place on Sep. 20 and 27. 

To organize the event, Kahan says the Coalition met with members of the administration, such as Dean of Students Scott Brown and President Sarah Bolton. According to Professor Matt Mariola, chair of the environmental studies department, Friday’s rally has been spearheaded and organized completely by students.

“To be honest with you, the event coming to our campus owes itself to the motivated students of the Environmental Justice Coalition,” said Mariola. “I am just riding their coattails! They are the ones that reached out to a number of faculty and administrators to inquire about the feasibility and logistics of holding the event. I have helped them with publicizing the event on campus.”

Mariola added that when he announced the strike at a recent faculty meeting, it was received positively. 

Secretary of the Environmental Justice Coalition, Manasi Desai ’22, hopes the rally will unite students behind a common cause.

“I feel that this is a good opportunity for people to start discussing climate change and the environment outside of classrooms,” Desai stated. “This strike would also bring a sense of solidarity among the students because our generation will be facing the worst of climate change and we need to do something about it.”

Mariola believes that the climate emergency is an important issue for the Wooster community to be a part of.

“The national discourse on climate change is stuck in the Dark Ages,” Mariola stated. “Despite decades of evidence, report after report … there is still rampant climate denial in some quarters, or just ignorance in others. The College of Wooster features a very intellectually curious set of students, faculty and staff, so the point of bringing it to Wooster is not necessarily to nudge our own College — although there are certain bold things we could do, such as converting our electrical purchases to renewable sources, or installing geothermal wells to bring our own carbon footprint down or divesting from fossil fuel companies. These are tough choices, because they all would cost us more money. But I think the point of bringing the event to Wooster is less about nudging our own college and more about simply being part of this worldwide movement.”

Kahan also reminded the importance of speaking up against climate change. “Everyone is and will continue to be affected by climate change,” said Kahan. “We are the generation that is coming of age in this time of immense climate crises, and this is an opportunity to let it be known that we will not be silent or complicit. That we will advocate for ourselves, and for all of the communities disproportionately affected by climate change.” 

If you would like to be a part of the rally, or discuss climate change and the environment outside of classrooms, you can contact Lia Kahan at LKahan22@wooster.edu, attend and make posters for the rally and spread the word amongst faculty, staff and students.

Be considerate towards staff

 The first few weeks of the new semester are always a whirlwind of catching up with friends, starting classes and getting organized as we make ourselves at home in Wooster. Amidst all the chaos of a fresh year, it can be difficult to be mindful of all the moving pieces at work to make our transition back to school smooth and comfortable. Behind the scenes and right in front of us, staff members work hard every moment to keep our campus clean and beautiful, feed us and make it possible for us to focus our energies on our education and our relationships with each other. At the beginning of the semester, it’s important to make commitments to actions that will ensure we are being as good of friends to our staff members as they are to us. 

When it comes to moving in, keep containers and furniture out of hallways. Large boxes should be broken down and taken directly to the recycling bins outside, and trash bags from dorm room receptacles should also be deposited in the dumpsters instead of hallway trash cans. Make sure to take note of when the bathrooms on your floor are cleaned and to stay out of the bathrooms during those times. Excess paper towels and toilet paper belong in the trash and not on the floor. 

In Lowry, pick up after yourself — it only takes a few additional moments to wipe fallen food onto your plate, return condiments to the storage rack and move tables and chairs back to their original spots if you rearranged them. If you spill food as you are serving it to yourself, clean it up, even if it creates a momentary pause in the line. 

Outside, avoid walking on the grass or in the flower beds and remain on designated pathways so that the efforts of the grounds crew can continue to flourish. Clear the way when a grounds crew vehicle has a job to do and a place to be. 

Most importantly, say “please” and “thank you” in every interaction you have with a staff member (and every interaction you have with other humans in general). Say hello, ask how their day is going and learn names if you can. Participate in activities meant for thanking our staff and showing them how much we appreciate everything they do. There are opportunities all around us to get to know the people we live and work at the College with — when you’re getting food in Lowry, buying coffee in Knowlton, Old Main or the C-store between classes, walking across campus or simply spending time around your dorm. They are as much a part of our experience here as we are of theirs.

 Claire Wineman, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at CWineman21@wooster.edu.

New student orientation restructured for Class of 2023

 Bijeta Lamichhane

News Editor

 New student orientation for incoming first-year students living in the United States took place from Aug. 18-20 this year. For international students and global nomads, however, it was more extensive. Their move-in day was Aug. 16 and their ARCH, ARCH 5, took place that evening and the next day on Aug. 17, a day before the rest of the first-years officially moved in.

The orientation this year was structured differently from orientations in the past, specifically for the purposes of promoting better interaction and integration of domestic students with those from other countries.

“Due to the large number of entering international students and the desire for them to integrate and make friends with domestic students as soon as possible, we decided to incorporate International Student Orientation into New Student Orientation,” Jill Munro, director of  International Student Services (ISS) said. “[The international students] arrived on Friday and began ARCH 5 that evening. Saturday was ARCH 5 and Sunday was the day ISS focused on information which international students need specifically (e.g. regulations, getting to know ISS staff, a tour of the Wellness Center and getting to know fellow international students). They then integrated into the first-year class after move-in and participated in New Student Orientation on Monday and Tuesday.”

The orientation was also restructured this year to provide the students with a smoother transition into the College. Last year, international students had to attend orientation immediately after landing in the United States, and there were complaints about students not getting enough rest after fifteen-hour long flights. It has been reported that there will be a change to the structure to better suit the physical and mental state of those first-years.

 “We know that many international students are jet-lagged when they arrive, and much of the information we think is important for them to know during orientation often gets forgotten by the start of classes,” Kendra Morehead, former assistant director of ISS, had reported in April, four months before the orientation. “Instead of asking international students to sit through session after session of information at the very beginning, we are splitting it up. There will be some important informational sessions, such as the F-1 Student Regulations session and a campus tour, during this ISO portion.”

However, it is unclear how the new structure aimed to achieve this, since first-years have reported that the orientation was hectic. International students still had to attend most of the events in the four-day long orientation. Moreover, this year, they were only provided with the option to ride the shuttle to College on Aug. 16. Last year, they were provided shuttle services two days prior to the orientation as well.

When asked about her experience in the orientation this year, Anuska Shrestha ’23, an international student from Nepal, replied, “It was fun, but I wish we had enough time to get over jet-lag. I have not had the chance to get enough rest until now, and since the classes have already started, I will have to push myself through the end of the week.”

While official surveys have not been sent out to students regarding their orientation experiences, ISS has already started thinking about improving the quality of orientation next year. Munro reported, “I think we will go back to a two-day arrival option as opposed to the one and we will have to talk about moving straight into ARCH when students are still experiencing jet-lag from significant travel times.”

In addition, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Ivonne García also commented on improving orientation next year. “This was my first New Student Orientation and International Student Orientation, so I’m unable to compare with previous years. That said, I will be participating in upcoming meetings with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion staff, as well as with Academic and Student Affairs so that we can evaluate what went well this year and what we can improve on for next year,” she said.