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College responds to hate propaganda messages

 Claire Montgomery

Senior News Writer 

On Oct. 4, President Sarah Bolton emailed the college community with news regarding hate propaganda stickers that were found on campus. “Student Protective Services (SPS) received a tip from a student earlier this week about hate propaganda posted on campus that they subsequently removed,” Bolton stated in her email. “Today we received another tip from a faculty member about multiple additional postings.” 

When the administration was made aware of the stickers, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Ivonne M. García explained, “In the morning of Friday, Oct. 4, before 8:30 a.m., a faculty member emailed President Bolton and myself photos of one of the Patriot Front’s posters that was placed behind Kauke. Dean [of Students Scott] Brown and I immediately went to locate the posters and we mobilized SPS and facilities personnel quickly to have them photographed, catalogued and removed. About 50 posters were found and removed across campus by the end of that day.” 

García said that other tips had been provided earlier, “but without a location and the person who provided the tip removed the poster before calling, we were unable to fully investigate.” Moreover, a bias complaint was filed the same day, which “notified the Bias Response Team, which includes Dean Brown and myself,” García added. 

Bolton stated that the stickers displayed messages like “Not Stolen, Conquered” and that they “are attributed to the Patriot Front, a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).” 

According to the SPLC, “Patriot Front is an image-obsessed organization that rehabilitated the explicitly fascist agenda of Vanguard America with garish patriotism. Patriot Front focuses on theatrical rhetoric and activism that can be easily distributed as propaganda for its chapters across the country.”

Bolton said that the stickers could be attributed to Patriot Front due to the fact that some stickers identified the Patriot Front, including their name and website. Moreover, Bolton commented that recent news articles as well as Patriot Front’s Twitter account allowed the College to identify which group was responsible for distributing the stickers. “On Patriot Front’s social media they showed photos of stickers and other postings placed at over 100 campuses within the week that Wooster was targeted. (Their Twitter account, where these postings were made, now appears to have been suspended for violation of Twitter’s rules),” Bolton said. 

Shortly after Bolton’s initial email was sent, García invited the campus community in an email to a “Campus Gathering Against Hate,” which was held at 5 p.m. that same day (Oct. 4) in the Lowry Pit. “Our goal was to come together as a community that rejects hate speech and intimidation,” García stated. Brown also commented on the gathering, saying, “We fervently believe hate has no place on the Wooster campus and we made it a priority to share this message in our gathering in the Lowry Pit, and to give our community the opportunity to share their concerns, questions and feelings following the incident.”

During the gathering, Bolton stated that “keeping our community whole in the face of attempts to intimidate immigrant and international members of our community and students, staff and faculty of color requires much more than only contacting the police and making sure those who posted the hate stickers are held responsible.” Bolton outlined five steps the campus community must undertake in order to stand in solidarity against racist attacks, which are as follows:

• “It requires everyone standing together to make it clear that hate has no home here. 

• It requires everyone speaking out to make it clear that excellence demands an inclusive, welcoming and equitable community with as many voices, perspectives and identities from across the US and around the world as possible. 

• It requires everyone speaking out to make it clear that diverse and international community is Wooster’s foundation and greatest strength, one which we are honored to have, and committed to support and grow.

• It requires action from us as a college to make this an ever stronger, more equitable and inclusive place, free of discrimination. 

• And it requires everyone standing with and standing up for those who are targeted, to be sure that no one stands alone.”

Although the entire college community was invited to the event, the attendance was relatively low. However, Cormac Kelly ’20, provided an insight into the low attendance. “Because the gathering occurred at the beginning of fall break, it was lightly attended with far more administrators than students present. Since it was not known who had put up the stickers, there was very little the administration could do at the meeting than attempt to reassure the 15 students who attended,” he said.

During the gathering, Bolton stated, “These actions are clearly intended as a national campaign of intimidation and harassment through racist vandalism. This is illegal, and we will not stand for it.” Local law enforcement has thus been informed of the stickers posted. So far, there has not been any success with finding the person who is responsible for the postings.

 

Organizations report issues with Student Activities

Lowry Center and Student Activities oversees student organizations by managing their charters and budgets, amongst other roles (Photo by Sarah Vandenbergen ’20).

 Inefficient communication between Lowry Center and Student Activities and organizations causes issues with budget allocations

 Claire Montgomery

Senior News Writer

A common complaint from both student organizations and individuals alike has been that Lowry Center and Student Activities (LCSA) does not communicate with them in a timely or effective manner. The LCSA office is responsible for student organization registration and club sports, and helps organizations manage charters, budgets, purchasing, fundraising and more, as well as providing general support. Dean of Students Scott Brown and Director of LCSA Julia Zimmer each stated in separate emails, “Lowry Center and Student Activities does much to help our students get involved on campus and make sure they have lots to do.” 

Some student organizations reported communication issues that resulted in them not receiving a charter at all. The Leftists of Wooster Co-President Elle Dykstra ’22 stated, “Regarding our charter, that’s very much up in the air. I sent in the charter through email during the spring semester. This is what the fliers posted in Lowry for club renewal said to do. My email never got a reply, and our club never got officially chartered, even though we technically had a charter, being a previously existing student organization. As of now we’re not in the event planning system, 25live, so I can’t book rooms to meet in.” Dykstra added that because the group was not chartered, they did not get relevant information about Scot Spirit Day, having to rely on word of mouth from other students in order to find out what was going on. 

Daphne Letherer ’20, an officer of Russian Club, reported similar issues regarding charters. “Last fall semester [fall 2018], the officers of our club attempted to get us chartered, but Julia Zimmer would not reply to them,” Letherer said. “They would email her, call her and stop by the office. The advisor even attempted to contact her, and she didn’t respond. As a result, we weren’t chartered during the fall and for the majority of the spring semester.” Letherer continued that the group had to go directly to Campus Council to get chartered. She said, “As a result of the delay and lack of communication on her part, not only was our club unable to be active during the 2018-2019 school year, we were unable to attend the budget meetings in the fall in order to receive funds during the 2019-2020 school year.”

After hearing that a budget training was being considered for new clubs about how to apply for a budget, the treasurer of the organization reached out to Zimmer to see if such trainings could be arranged but did not receive a reply. Letherer continued, “Our club, for the second year in a row, is unable to properly function, despite our officers being proactive and meeting the student activities deadlines. We understand that they are currently understaffed, but the severe lack of communication is hindering clubs and the students who invest time to make these groups function.” Letherer was initially wary of commenting because she was worried that it would affect the club’s chances of getting a budget this year.

Other organizations who did receive a budget, but appealed the budget, have reported that they have not yet heard back about their appeals. Danza Zumba is one such organization. Imogen Campbell Hendricks ’20, president of the group, said, “We have currently been operating without a budget since we sent in our appealed budget on April 30. Aside from the meeting in early May that myself and my secretary had with the Budget Appeal Committee to discuss our appeal, we have had no further communication about the allocations of our funds. My treasurer and I have sent out a few emails to Student Activities and to Julia Zimmer herself, but have had no official response.” Campbell Hendricks added that the treasurer of Danza Zumba approached Zimmer at the Scot Spirit Day meeting and was told that information about the appeal would be forthcoming, but the club still has not heard about the appeal as of Sep. 24. Other clubs have the same issue with not having heard back about budget appeals but did not want to go on the record for fear of jeopardizing their chances. 

When asked about students that would not go on the record due to fear of reprisals, Zimmer commented, “That would never effect the budget process or how we work together. I want to hear feedback. Feedback can lead to better processes and procedures for students, Lowry Center and Student Activities and Campus Council.” Brown echoed Zimmer’s words, saying, “The deep commitment from LCSA, and I mean deep, is to help students access the full range of involvement experiences, and they work to make sure that they are the most accessible and equitable process. They are always investing in improving processes and guiding all students so they take advantage of them. Whenever we talk about updating a process, that is the filter LCSA insists we consider.” Brown also said while he was not aware of concerns students had with the budgeting and chartering being negatively affected by students going on the record, students should not hesitate to go to him about any concerns they have. Zimmer did not respond to questions about student organizations not having heard about their budget appeals directly. 

However, Zimmer is aware that some organizations were missed in the budget process altogether that started in the spring. She stated, “Groups that were missed entirely in the spring budget process are being looked at by Budget Committee (part of Campus Council) just as they would have the allocation process. They will be given their approved budgets as well as given a chance to appeal just as they would have in the spring semester. The issues that have occurred have shown more reason why we need student organization software to help manage student organizations and the items that are required for them to do. This way everything would be in one place instead of several different locations that make it a challenge to be efficient.”

Chemistry Club also reported communication issues with LCSA regarding purchasing, starting when the club decided to “sell lab coats in the second semester so that students registering for organic chemistry lab could order lab coats for the next year,” according to Chloe Litts ’20, last year’s president of Chemistry Club. Litts explained that sales of the lab coats began in February, with students handing in money within about a week. “Each lab coat was $50, and 10 students ordered lab coats, including one senior,” Litts added. After the money was collected, it was handed into LCSA so the lab coats could be ordered, but after a month, no updates were given. “I emailed Julia Zimmer in March,” Litts said. According to Litts, Zimmer responded by saying that the club needed to fill out a disbursement form, and after that was done the lab coats would be ordered as soon as possible. “After another month, we still had no updates, and I emailed Julia Zimmer again, asking if there was an update on the status of the lab coats. She never responded,” said Litts. By the time the semester had ended, there had been no word received regarding the lab coats. Litts said that “over the summer, the advisor of Chemistry Club and I decided to email the deans about the situation [and] we got mixed responses, but no clear answer to the problem.” 

Abbi Tarburton ’22, current president of Chemistry Club, stated that at the beginning of the semester, “we returned to school to learn there had been almost no progress. I went and met with Dean Brown who spoke with Student Activities; he worked to make sure an apology was made and the order was processed.” Litts stated that after Tarburton met with Dean Brown, “that evening, we received an email from Julia Zimmer apologizing for the long wait. She assured us that the lab coats would be high priority and ordered as soon as possible.” Tarburton continued, “Two weeks ago today (Sep. 3) we received the apology, but we have yet to receive an order confirmation.” 

Communication issues with LCSA and Zimmer are not just a current problem. Mia Stevens ’20 commented on her experience with the office when taking over leadership of Knot Another Fiber Arts Society. Stevens took over the club in the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year when the founding president of the club decided to leave the College. “I had a very rough experience with Julia,” remarked Stevens. “I repeatedly told her that I was [the] new president and she did not give me the information I needed. She wouldn’t respond to my emails and I was forced to go into her office and wait until she could see me. By the time she finally saw me she realized I was never added to the student organizations listserv, which was her responsibility. By not adding me to the listserv I was unable to apply for funding for Knitting Club.” Stevens continued that the date of the funding application had already passed so the club did not have a chance to apply for funds. “My lack of knowledge of this was because of her failure to add me to the listserv,” Stevens said. She added that she did not completely fault Zimmer because she took the club over in a messy time in which nobody in the club knew what was going on. “But I would have appreciated some more guidance in taking over a club,” Stevens stated. 

Some groups felt that the budget meetings for both the spring and fall semesters were not distributed widely enough. Alexis Lanier ’20 stated that last semester, budget information was sent out to organizations in a PDF newsletter attached to an email, but that the email was only sent to the officers on the listserv, not newly elected officers for the 2019-20 school year. Regarding the email, Lanier said, “It contained information about required budget meetings, which did not make clear if new or old officers were to attend the meetings. There were five total 90 minute meetings; however, they began happening only three days after the initial email was sent out, and only went until a week and a half after the email was sent out (the last meeting was on Feb. 27).” Lanier also stated that there was not enough time for student leadership to organize to go to budget meetings.

When asked about this, Zimmer said, “All of our communications are sent via email on the student organization listserv. The email addresses for the listserv are added from the executive board and advisor list that are required to be submitted at the end of the fall semester.” She added that she was aware that information did not reach all ears about the budget training meetings for the fall semester. “I am working on adding a [fifth] training for those who missed the four previous ones. This is why feedback is important so we can develop plans to help address concerns so a better experience can occur.” However, Zimmer stated that all of the budget training meeting dates were handed out at the Welcome Back & Scot Spirit Day Meeting, at which “all student organizations were required to be at … They were also sent out via email.”

Not all organizations have reported negative experiences with LCSA. Ava Chamberlain ’20, president of Betty Gone Wild, the women’s ultimate frisbee team commented, “We’ve had some difficulties planning for tournaments in the past, but we have increased communication with Julia Zimmer and everything has been running smoothly as of late.” Nashmia Khan ’20, co-president of South Asia Committee also had a positive experience. “The appeal process for South Asia Committee went smoothly for the most part,” Khan said. “We heard back [about our appeal] at the start of this semester which was the deadline we were given in the first place. We were able to work with Julia [Zimmer] to make sure everything was in order and she helped speed along the process as our first event of the semester, Tandoori Night, which was an event we had appealed.”

Different students have also commented that they perceive part of the issue to be that Zimmer has too much work to do for an individual person. Campbell Hendricks remarked, “the situation is unacceptable in two ways: one, that the students aren’t getting what they need, and two, that she’s been made to do a job that should be the job for three people.” Alumna of the College Maha Rashid ’19 echoed Campbell Hendricks’ remarks regarding her past leadership of the Inter-Greek Council (IGC), saying, “Student organizations are so important as a part of students’ Wooster experience. Most of the time, people develop the best memories and the greatest passions through their organizations. Therefore, I think the level of involvement on a student level should be appropriately matched on a staff level.” Rashid said that she thought that there should be an equal ratio of staff to more adequately manage the 120 plus organizations that exist. Rashid continued, “Often times student organizations [are] wholly responsible for being knowledgeable about college regulations, submitting large budgets and having conversations with administration. In my experience, some weeks I worked more on IGC than I did I.S. my senior year.”

Rashid explained that due to a lack of staffing in the LCSA office, everything fell on Zimmer. She added, “However, it should not be the students’ sole responsibility to be on top of all of the budgets and college regulations. The Student Life office should be more transparent, efficient and guiding.”

The staffing issues are in the process of being addressed. In separate emails, Zimmer and Brown both stated, “to help support student organizations with paperwork while they are filling the staff position, LCSA has hired a dedicated senior student who is holding office hours every day from Monday to Thursday.” Moreover, Zimmer stated, “I am also making myself available between 5 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays to try to meet with students or work on things specific for student organizations.” Additionally, LCSA is “currently in the interview process for the Assistant Director of Student Organizations. The goal is to have someone in place by January at the latest,” added Zimmer. 

 

Dining Services contemplates Mom’s closing early

Mom’s Food and Drink is located in the basement of Lowry and hosts many students on the weekends following a night out due to its late closing time (Photo by Sadie Wittenberg ’22).

Incidents of intoxicated students vomiting at the restaurant prod staff to consider closing at midnight 

 Samuel Casey

News Editor

 During the Campus Council (CC) meeting on Sep. 12, Sheila Wilson, associate vice president for auxiliary operations procurement/purchasing, spoke to the general council about concerns regarding student intoxication at Mom’s during the weekend, specifically incidents of vomiting.

In the discussion with CC, the possibility of closing Mom’s at 12:00 a.m. was brought up, mainly because the majority of incidents occur between midnight and 2:00 a.m., its closing time.

“That’s a last resort,” Director of Dining Services Marjorie Shamp said. “We don’t want to curtail the late-night dining hours but that’s always a possibility if the situation continues; we would prefer not to subject our staff members to it, so that’s why that was brought up as a possibility.”

“If a student vomits in Mom’s, the Health Department requires us to shut the facility down and the resulting mess and everything in a specific vicinity around it has to be cleaned and sanitized,” Shamp informed.

“It puts quite a damper on the flow of the evening because we have to excuse everyone from the dining room, and it takes a while to [clean it up],” Shamp added.

The primary concern is for the Mom’s staff that has to clean up the mess. Coming in contact with a bodily fluid can put the food-handlers at risk for certain diseases. “[They] should not have to be cleaning up vomit in the course of their job. It’s not safe for the staff, it’s not safe for the patrons and it’s a huge inconvenience for staff and students in particular which is why it’s something we rang the bell about this year,” Shamp said.

Regarding whether cleaning up vomit is in the staff’s job description, Shamp explained, “It’s more on the shoulders of the supervisor on duty. I don’t know that we specifically, during our orientation, indicate that as one of the job responsibilities, but the supervisor is well-aware of it and they do receive training on how to handle it properly.”

The amount of time that Mom’s is closed differs based on the time during the night and the severity of the mess. Many times, the supervisor will decide it is not worth reopening so Mom’s will close early, negatively affecting all students. Security will also be present in the aftermath. 

Donna Yonker, general manager of catering and retail operations, said, “Normally security is called or a lot of times they see it and they come and let us know that it happened because a lot of time our staff’s back is turned to the [dining room] so they don’t notice it right away.”

“They’ll see something on the video surveillance of something about to take place or something that had just taken place on the cameras,” Shamp added. 

According to Joe Kirk, associate director of Security and Protective Services, “Anytime we have to call the squad to get someone medical attention — particularly as it relates to alcohol — is a problem because that means the person has a health concern that could be dangerous.”

Kirk also mentioned that the number of sudents that are transported to the Longbrake Wellness Center or the emergency room (ER) during the weekend varies from year to year, but the average is three to five at the beginning of the year.

“Those numbers involve both first-year students and upper class students,” Kirk said. “[This year], we have transported more upper class [students] to either the Wellness Center or ER than first-year students.”

Shamp and Yonker mentioned a previous year that was particularly difficult regarding student behavior while intoxicated. This resulted in a campaign called “Respect Your Mom’s” where the campus restaurant closed at 12:00 a.m. for two weeks before students started to improve behavior.

“After we opened back up, we noticed students were self-limiting what went on or if they saw someone at the point of vomiting through intoxication, they would usher that person out themselves,” Shamp said. “It’s an awareness that something like that could happen and say, ‘let’s not destroy everyone’s good time, let’s get them out of here

and put them somewhere where we can take care of them.’”

When asked whether this current school year compared to that particularly bad year, both dining service leaders agreed there are similarities. There have already been four incidents that took place over three weekends. They stated that this is too common and raises cause for concern.

“It should be rare. We’ve had school years where it happened maybe once or twice a semester and that, to us, is too much but we aren’t going to be ringing any alarms about it,” Shamp said.

Ultimately, dining services wants students to be enjoying their college experience, but that comes with certain limits.

Providing an example, Shamp said, “Don’t get me wrong, we are glad that everyone has the opportunity to have a good time on the weekends, it’s just that you wouldn’t expect to be dining in Applebee’s and have someone vomiting next to you. Mom’s is a restaurant so that’s the respect and care we ask of the student community to provide to us.”

She continued, “We just ask the students to be mindful of what’s going on with their friends. I understand people get hungry but it’s probably not the best idea to go to a restaurant, Mom’s or any food service establishment when you are so intoxicated that there is a possibility you could vomit. Know your limits and respect the staff members and the idea that we don’t want to spoil everyone’s good time by shutting down Mom’s. That’s the last thing we want to happen.”

Matt Mayes ’20, an at-large representative for CC, echoed many of dining services’ statements, including making sure shutting down Mom’s early was the last resort.

“What everyone in CC decided was jumping straight to [closing Mom’s at midnight] would be a little far mostly because students don’t know it’s a problem yet. So the first step that Sheila [Wilson] supported was trying to spread the word,” Mayes assured.

Speculating about possible causes Mayes stated, “Maybe it has something to do with it being the first three weeks of the semester, maybe a lot of the incidents are caused by first years who don’t really understand drinking and oversubscribe to the drinking culture a little early, but I think it is a problem that could be solved if students themselves have a cultural shift and make it known that it is not okay to throw up in these places.”

Overall, Mayes’ advice was to just avoid Mom’s if you are feeling ill and to be accountable for your friends. “Don’t go to Mom’s if you think you’re going to be sick; don’t let your friends come to Mom’s if they think they’re going to be sick. If you’re going to be sick, leave Mom’s because it’s a major problem and a major safety hazard for the staff and it might ruin [the experience] for everyone,” Mayes said.

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. 

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.” 

Party on the Green had an enthusiastic audience

Karabella Hernandez

Contributing Writer

On Saturday evening, Rat Queen, PUBLIC and Soccer Mommy played at Party on the Green to an enthusiastic group of students on the residential quad. Beautiful weather greeted the artists — a rare occurrence for concerts on campus — that reflected the bright and energetic mood of the large crowd. The night as a whole was a success between the three masterful performances, supplemented by plenty of free food and snacks, merch from the artists and casual photo opportunities with both PUBLIC and Soccer Mommy.

Campus band Rat Queen opened the show with a set of six songs including their popular tracks “Summer Lightning” and “Other Wonders,” as well as a brand-new untitled song. In an interview after the show, band members Eleanor Linafelt ’20 and Robyn Newcomb ’20 said that their set list was comprised of songs written over the last three years of their college careers, some dating back to the summer after their first year. When choosing which songs they would play and in which order, Linafelt and Newcomb stated that the band wanted to select tracks that would get their audience up and dancing. The band also commented that the crowd for their set was larger than they expected for the beginning of the show, probably due to the agreeable weather, the location and the great setup. Linafelt commented that she appreciated the fact that there were both friends and new faces there, including first-years, that the energy was really fun and that the crowd seemed really into it, with many people dancing throughout. 

Newcomb noted that while she was appreciative for the opportunity to perform, “in the future it has to be a serious priority for Wooster to stop bringing exclusively white acts. There are so many ways that this campus centers whiteness already, and there is no reason that an event for all students — that spends thousands of dollars of students’ tuition money — should almost invariably be just white indie-rock/pop bands every year. I know W.A.C. has had setbacks recently and its hard to organize an event so early in the year, but if you have the ability to bring anyone, then you have the ability to bring artists of color — there’s no shortage of diverse musicians.” Newcomb pointed to last year’s Party on the Green lineup as a great indicator of progress but emphasized that it needs to be a sustained effort rather than a one-time occurrence. “That means actual, consistent diversity, not just sprinkling in one black rapper every now and then next to 20 white dudes on the stage,” Newcomb said.

Importantly, at the end of the interview Linafelt and Newcomb also noted: “If anyone is interested in getting involved in music on campus, please contact us for resources, equipment, etc. Wooster students are incredibly supportive and not scary at all and will encourage you.”

After Rat Queen came PUBLIC, an alternative pop rock band probably known best for their recent hit “Make You Mine.” During this set the crowd reached its peak energy and so responded well to PUBLIC’s lively set that included flashing lights, a jump up to the crowd by the lead singer and even a surprise cartwheel across the stage by the bassist — notably while still holding his bass guitar. PUBLIC was interactive with students as well, commenting that Wooster students, unlike students at other colleges they had played for, were incredibly enthusiastic and supportive throughout the whole set. Students were excited to track down the band members after their set to take photos and comment on their amusingly patterned shirts. 

Finally, headlining Party on the Green was indie band Soccer Mommy, somewhat better known than PUBLIC but toning down the mood somewhat. Their crisp, evocative songs were mostly a hit with the crowd, which at this point in the night was at its maximum size as students congregated for the final act. Though the band’s songs were slower than PUBLIC’s, a function of the switch in genre, Soccer Mommy still managed to mostly hold the crowd’s attention throughout the hour-long set. Sophie Allison, the lead singer of Soccer Mommy, sang with a plaintive voice that complemented the atmospheric, moody guitar riffs featuring in the majority of her songs. “Wasting All My Time” was met with some students becoming distracted on their phones and others using their phones’ flashlights to wave overhead as they held each other close. Many couples and close friends could be seen hugging and swaying back and forth to this emotional song. This was an outlier, however, in that as a moving song it slowed down the energy of the crowd; this energy was raised during songs such as “Your Dog,” a crowd-pleaser in its driving melody and rancorous lyrics. Even with its ups and downs, Soccer Mommy’s set was well-received, and audience members commented after the show that the performance did not let them down.

Overall, some members of the audience felt that PUBLIC’s set was the highlight of the show, while others were firm in their devotion to Soccer Mommy. PUBLIC demanded the attention of the crowd throughout the entire set, and while Soccer Mommy did so to some extent, PUBLIC’s energetic alternative rock/pop genre lent itself to the energy that many students so enjoyed. But Soccer Mommy certainly did not disappoint, bringing their best songs to the show, and Rat Queen started off the show powerfully with their own Wooster-beloved tracks. The three bands together did well in making this year’s Party on the Green a great experience for students at Wooster.