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Fighting Scots win defensive battle against OWU

Travis Marmon

Sports Editor

For the second week in a row, the Wooster football team did not allow a touchdown from the opponent. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in the second win in a row for the Scots, as they knocked off Ohio Wesleyan University in a 10-6 defensive struggle on Saturday night.

Wooster (2-2, 1-1 NCAC) set the tone early by forcing a three-and-out on the first drive from the Battling Bishops (1-3, 0-3 NCAC), as three passes from Mason Espinosa wound up on the grass. The Scots’ offense took over and worked its way down the field, starting with a 27-yard pass from Brett Frongillo ’14 to Justin Rice ’15 on the  first play. A few runs by Frongillo and Robert Flagg ’12 and an 11-yard pass to Cameron Daniels ’12 put Wooster in the red zone, where Ryan Miner ’13 made a 32-yard kick to give the Scots a 3-0 lead.

Taylor Trout ’12 intercepted a pass on Ohio Wesleyan’s ensuing drive, but Wooster was unable to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs on the Bishops’ 36-yard line. The defense held Ohio Wesleyan without a score for the rest of the half, but two missed field goals by Miner kept the lead at three points going into the locker room. On the Bishops’ final drive of the second quarter, Dan Terhune ’12 sacked Espinosa on two consecutive plays before Rob Holtz ’13 picked off a pass on third and 22.

Wooster was forced to punt on the first drive of the period, the kick was dropped by Ohio Wesleyan’s Kevin Herman and recovered on the 17-yard line by Mitch Czerniak ’15. Frongillo’s pass to Zack Weidrick ’13 put the ball on the one-yard line, and Flagg punched it in on the following play to give Wooster a 10-0 lead.

The Battling Bishops found themselves on Wooster’s two-yard line midway through the third quarter following three passes for 52 yards by Espinosa. The Scots pushed Ohio Wesleyan back six yards with two rushing attempts and broke up a pass in the endzone to force a field goal. The kick cut Wooster’s lead to seven.

After forcing the Scots to punt quickly on the next possession, the Bishops drove 83 yards in 10 plays and wound up on Wooster’s six-yard line. The Fighting Scots held strong, defending the next three passes and holding Ohio Wesleyan to another field goal, closing the gap to 10-6.

The Bishops were unable to take advantage of a midfield fumble by Frongillo on the next drive, as the Scots forced a punt despite the good field position. Wooster then ate four minutes of the clock before punting it back to Ohio Wesleyan, who were forced to punt yet again in spite of a 21-yard completion at the beginning of the next drive.

Wooster ran out the clock thanks to a series of runs by Frongillo and Flagg, and walked away with a crucial NCAC victory.

The Scots play tomorrow at home against Denison University (2-2, 1-0 NCAC) at 1 p.m.


Keynote speaker gives passionate address

Bass speaks at “Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings”

Libba Smith

A&E Editor

The exhibit “Fighting the Fires of Hate:


America and the Nazi Book Burnings,” a traveling display from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, officially opened on Sept. 22 with its keynote speaker, Dr. Leon Bass. Bass initially seemed to be a soft-spoken man, but he soon showed his prowess as a captivating, dynamic speaker. His passion for the subject built throughout his speech as he described his experiences as an American soldier in World War II and his encounters with racism within the U.S.

Bass opened his speech by crediting his parents and several of his teachers, calling them the “giants” he has leaned on throughout his life. He said that he was speaking to and for them.

Despite his parents’ misgivings, Bassnrolled in the army at age 18, where he got his first taste of institutionalized racism by being separated from the white recruits. His battalion was first sent throughout the South, where they struggled with the ignorant racism of Southern society. They were next shipped to England and then to France, where they built the bridge during the Battle of the Bulge that allowed for the rescue of the 101st Airborne.

The soldiers then went into Germany, where they participated in the liberation of Buchenwald, which was a truly harrowing experience. Bass saw what he called the “walking dead,” people who seemed only

made of skin and bones with skeletal faces, sunken eyes and sores from malnutrition. He saw jars of body parts and a lampshade made of human skin from Nazi medical experiments, a torture building with blackened blood on the floors and instruments on the walls, heaps of children’s clothing despite never seeing a single child, and piles of bodies outside the crematorium. Even years after returning home, Basscould “never forget” the atrocities he witnessed at Buchenwald.

The recurring theme of the speech was Bass’s lifelong struggle with society telling him, “Leon, you’re not good enough.” He heard this sentiment implied in the segregation of the army, in being turned away from restaurants and water fountains and being forced to stand in the back of a bus for a 100-mile ride when there were seats available in the section reserved for whites. Bass described himself in his youth as an “angry black soldier,” thirsting for retribution for the wrongs committed against him.

However, the experience of seeing the sheer depravity of Buchenwald awakened new passions in Bass. He realized that “human suffering is not relegated to me; pain and suffering can touch all of us.” He vowed to do something about hate and suffering in his own country. He returned to the U.S. to get an education, becoming a teacher and later a principal. Bass has worked in both white and black schools, including some of the worst in the country.

Bass urged his audience to “love the unlovable.” Even after experiencing the worst side of humanity, Bass remains committed to his cause; he wisely stated that, “we can’t solve our problems with violence, we must solve them with love.”

The Scene: Why we need to Jam

Almost every type of artist has a home base to develop their craft. Writers and poets at times sit at their desks, the musician, painter and dancer use studios and the actor tends to work on the stage. Yet, while all artists may present their work through different venues, it is a wonderful and uncommon sight to sell all of these artists come together and perform in the same location. It creates a central hub of creative activity for the public to experience the multiple and ever evolving facets of the art world. Continue reading The Scene: Why we need to Jam

Scots Make it to Finals

One more comeback. That’s all the Scots needed to take home a Division III men’s basketball championship for the first time in school history. Although Wooster’s 31 wins imply that it was a powerhouse throughout the season, the Scots were no strangers to finding themselves in a hole. Against Wittenberg University on Jan. 22, Wooster had a furious rally in the final nine minutes to erase an 11-point Tiger lead and win 65-58.

In the national semifinal against Williams College on Friday, the Scots were thoroughly dominated in the first half, entering the break down 42-28 after the Ephs hit seven three-pointers and shot over 65 percent from the field. Wooster, meanwhile, went one-for-six from beyond the arc, with the lone basket coming from a desperate heave by Bryan Wickliffe ’11 as the shot clock wound downóhis first attempt of the season.

The second half was a different story entirely. The Scots forced 10 of Williams’ 16 total turnovers, and Ian Franks ’11 scored 18 of his 24 total points in the half. The Ephs managed to go only seven-for-19 from the field, while their turnovers helped Wooster go 14-for-30. Continue reading Scots Make it to Finals

“Glass Menagerie” soars with dramatic impact

With a subtle glow of light cast upon an abandoned apartment, the sound of a melancholy violin filled the atmosphere, signaling that emotional memories were buried underneath the covered furniture. The play’s narrator, Tom (Darius Dixson ’13), who returned home from military service, walked up the fire escape from the downtown streets through the orchestra pit to discover the deserted home.

When Tom introduced himself, spectators began to wonder how he was going to revive the life that once occupied space. However, once he touched a cover over a chair, he lifted it up gently and the cover gracefully floated away into the sky. I has realized at this moment that Tom was letting us into his memory to observe why the life force in the apartment had vanished. It was 1937, St. Louis, and the Great Depression was still affecting the working middle class. Tom had opened a time capsule to a painful period of the his life. Continue reading “Glass Menagerie” soars with dramatic impact