Food and Fun Under the Sun with QTPOC

Blakely Dishman

Features Editor

Savannah Sima

Features Editor

 

Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) hosted a BBQ on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Bornhuetter Pavillion from 3:00-6:00pm. The President of QTPOC, Malachi Mungoshi ’24, was very happy with how the event went and is looking forward to the prospects for more events as an organization. He stated, “The barbeque was a celebration to say the least – the turnout was wonderful and the support utterly appreciated. I had a great time getting to know people and feel that we helped establish a name for QTPOC in some capacity — that we are one step closer to our goal as an organization.” 

Attendees seemed to agree, Noah Leonard ’23 remarked, that “The music was incredible and turnout was good, but it was mostly first years and sophomores.” The cross-campus class year attendance and turnout is indicative of how important it is to cultivate this community through QTPOC. Mungoshi was excited to see the large turnout of first years and sophomores, stating that it was a sign of the group’s outreach efforts. By expanding their circle, the group will have the opportunity to gain new perspectives from students of differing lived experiences. They encourage all interested students to get involved with the group. Aspen Rush ’22 spoke to this, saying, “After almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, I feel like I’ve missed out on meeting queer underclassfolks. It’s so exciting to be meeting a new generation of queer Wooster students. It’s great to see younger students already taking initiative to create an inclusive space for everyone on campus.” Amirah Yessoufou ’24 added to this, commenting on how positive the environment was surrounding the event: “The QTPOC BBQ was one of the most inclusive starter events I’ve been to on campus. I loved how the crafts, games, food options, music and outdoor vibe made sure everyone was welcome regardless of who you are and how you like to socialize!” 

This space is particularly vital for the campus community due to the barriers COVID has created surrounding gathering and connecting with other queer students of color. “After a year and a half of isolation, I really felt that I didn’t have any connections during online schooling. Having this BBQ was so important because it reconnected me to a community that I thought I had lost over quarantine. With everyone back on campus it is even more important to keep this connection so everyone feels like they have a safe place to go,” says Raena Gamble ’22.

QTPOC meets regularly on Mondays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Queer Space in Compton Basement. Keep an eye out for Queer Prom and the Creating Change conference. You can also keep up with QTPOC on Instagram @wooqtpoc. 

Bingeable TV Recommendations For Your Exam Season

Mahi Lal

Contributing Writer

 

One of my professors once told me to turn procrastination into planning, but I think we should turn procrastination into binge-watching shows because fall is upon us! While we watch the deadlines of a million assignments, exams, and projects swiftly pass by, why don’t we at least make it fun with Moira’s wigs, Lorelai’s ’90s fashion, and Winston’s pranks?

Shows that you have to watch (or re-watch) this season are “Gilmore Girls,” “New Girl,” and “Schitt’s Creek.” They are comfort food for the eyes. They appeal to all kinds of binge-watchers: those who want quality content, those who want something cheerful to play in the background while they do IS or rest in hammocks, those who are hopeless romantics, and those who simply want to snuggle in bed.

All coffee lovers are familiar with Lorelai’s raw humor and ability to make anyone fall in love with her. Who can’t relate to her wanting Luke’s coffee in an IV while waiting in Knowlton’s long lines? While Lorelai breaks stereotypes about single motherhood, Rory is someone we aspired to be when we were applying to colleges. Stars Hollow is that fantasy where people know no boundaries but provide solidarity for pet deaths and a home to a young, pregnant, 16-year-old Lorelai. A dose of “Gilmore Girls” can cure loneliness and you will find yourself humming the theme song everywhere!  

Set on the West Coast, “New Girl” navigates the journey of Jess, a quirky and passionate schoolteacher living with three men — Nick, Schmidt, and Winston — after her break-up with a longtime boyfriend. Although Jess is the protagonist, the show does a great job of centering different characters in its episodes. The show spotlights Schmidt, the successful but insecure best friend; Winston, the goofy and smart prankster; and Nick, the rock of the group who you will slowly but surely fall in love with. If you are looking for a sitcom with multiple seasons, low-stakes comedy, and of course, the growth of a broke, messy, bartender into a loving, caring, and sexy boyfriend, “New Girl” is your showstopper.

The Emmy-winning “Schitt’s Creek” needs no introduction. It has everything from good looks to an amazing cast to comedy, but its most prized possession (other than Dan Levy) is the growth of the characters from rich, apathetic snobs to emotionally competent individuals, and why wouldn’t it be? There is nothing like losing every ounce of luxury and moving to a dingy, rural town that makes one gain some perspective. What is beautiful about this show is its drama and trauma -free romantic storylines. The struggles are not glorified nor do they steal focus from the just-keep-swimming attitude while also acknowledging the pain and sadness of the characters. My favorite parts are the inside jokes and stories of Alexis, and if they make another season or do a reboot, it must be about how Alexis makes it in New York on her own.

Treading across different time periods, “Gilmore Girls”, “New Girl”, and “Schitt’s Creek” provide familiarity and hassle-free content. To know these characters for an episode is to know them for life. As I begin re-binge-watching these shows, I encourage all of you to find your own comfort shows during an in-person semester amidst a pandemic.

To Be On The Outside Always Looking In

Malachi Mungoshi

Viewpoints Co-Editor

 

As an international student, traveling during a pandemic was very difficult to do. I know that every individual’s experience is different, but there are certain commonalities to be found:  TSA checkpoints, immigration documents, visa interviews, being away from home, etc. This is a mammoth of a task, and to add onto all of that, we then have to assimilate to a brand new environment, sometimes even a new culture and ways of doing certain things and interacting with fellow students. The last thing anyone would need in this situation is to feel alienated in any way. So then why do we find ourselves having to apply for an Ohio State ID in order to be correctly identified to enter The Underground (the UG) for events? This feels like a form of discrimination, and an unfair and unnecessary process. All over the world, passports are seen as a much more trusted and valid form of documentation than state IDs. People fake IDs all the time. While I understand that the school is not deciding to enforce this of their own volition, the problem that I, among a variety of my friends have is that the school has not given us much support in terms of applying for these required forms of identification beyond a few steps in a document. Most students are not able to pay the required amount, or to get themselves to and from the desired locations off campus for this process to be undertaken.  The International Students Services (ISS),  should ideally be looking for ways to help students fill out these forms and get transport from the school, as it is no fault of our own that we do not have Ohio State IDs. We shouldn’t have to feel like we are alienated from the rest of the students and not able to enjoy something as simple as a Bingo Night or a dance event, regardless of whether or not alcohol is being served. The school has to do better in how they treat their students in general, but it is very hard to feel like an outsider and be treated as one too. 

Men’s Soccer Grinds Out Gritty Win Against Muskingum

Rosa Spurgeon

Contributing Writer

 

Saturday evening’s matchup between the Wooster Fighting Scots and the Muskingum University Muskies had all the makings for a frenetic and fast-paced affair. The Fighting Scots were riding high after a win against Heidelberg University, but still eager to string together a comprehensive performance. Meanwhile, the Muskies had proven to be a hard-nosed team, often blurring the line between physical and foul play. They totaled 14 yellow cards and four red cards throughout their first five games of the season. Both of these factors came into play as the Fighting Scots met the Muskies on Saturday night at Muskingum’s North Athletic Turf Field. 

The Fighting Scots returned home with another win after defeating Muskingum University. Max Wiley ’25, assisted by Luca Napora ’24, scored the game-winning, and only, goal of the game, bringing home a 1-0 win for the Wooster men’s soccer program. First-year rising star Wiley said, “We had a great team win on Saturday. It wasn’t always pretty, but everyone put in the work and we got the job done. That is something special about our group this year. We’re all working towards a goal that’s bigger than ourselves. As a freshman, it gives me confidence knowing that everyone in the locker room has my back.”

The defense stood out in Saturday’s game — goalkeeper Jason Prather ‘24 did not have to save a single shot out of the five attempts made against Wooster. Muskingum did not even register a single shot in the second-half, as the back-line stood strong.. With fifth-year BJ Tally ’22 at left back, Junior Jack Whitehouse ’23 at right back, and a center back pairing of senior Caleb King, ’22 and fifth-year captain Dani Halbing ’22 they were able to shut down Muskingum’s offensive plays. Prather, coming off yet another game in which he played all 90 minutes, commented, “I think this win was big for us. We didn’t play our best game and we played a really physical and determined team, but were still able to not only keep a clean sheet, but get the win. These are the games we have to win if we want to solidify ourselves as a top tier program. So while we can definitely do better, we are happy to get the win and keep moving.”

The Fighting Scots had a rough start as Muskingum tried to play the game at a slower pace. Once the Scots were able to pick up their intensity, they scored their only goal of the game in the 27th minute. Sophomore midfielder, Luca Napora ’24, assisted this goal and said, “It was a good win but a frustrating game. We had a lot of good chances but could only convert one. Still nice to get a clean sheet and we go on to the next game.”

Wooster’s build-up play proved to be adequate and capable of creating chances as the Fighting Scots frequently found themselves in positions to threaten the Muskingum goal. However, the final product was lacking for the majority of the evening until Wiley provided the much needed breakthrough to relieve the previously scoreless Scots. Throughout the preliminary stages of this season, Wiley has often served as the Fighting Scots’ locksmith capable of crafting solutions to the toughest defenses. This season, Wiley has grabbed headlines by scoring four goals, two of which were game winners, and adding an assist as one of Wooster’s brightest young stars. 

With the Scots having 17 shot attempts and only scoring one goal, will they be able to produce enough to score against teams with equally formidable backlines? 9 of those 17 shots were actually on the goal, leaving Muskingum’s goalkeeper with 8 saves. In the early stages of the season, the defense has proved sturdy; the looming question is whether or not the attack can follow suit and finish chances when they are called upon. 

With the Fighting Scots currently at a winning record of 6-2, things are looking good for the rest of the season. The team currently includes six fifth-year students who came back in order to compete for one last year after the unfortunate inability to have a season last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fifth-year captain Dani Halbing ’22, who has returned to Wooster for one last semester, commented, “This season has gotten off to an incredibly positive start for us. Our preseason was high intensity as usual, and it was impressive seeing how the freshman class fit into that practice environment as quickly as they did. Off the field we are very tight knit as well, we have an unmatched family feel within our group that provides the vulnerability and trust that any team needs in order to build towards success.” 

The Scots next play in front of their home fans on Black and Gold Weekend against Wabash College on Saturday, Sept. 25

When the Staff is Judge, Jury, and Executioner

Marc Dehoorne

Contributing Writer

 

Content Warning: mentions of sexual assault.

I have massive respect for faculty and administrative staff involved with Student Life. Some jobs are innately more difficult than others, and college students can be rather difficult to deal with at times. Staff like Carly Jones and Marjorie Shamp have incredibly difficult jobs and very little assistance to effectively assume the full responsibilities of their stations. That being said, my experience with [one member of staff] from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities was ostracizing and has permanently changed my perspective of how staff see their student body. 

I was cited for violating quiet hours, neglecting to discourage underage and dangerous drinking behavior and hosting an unregistered event on the night of Sept. 8. My fellow housemates and I admitted to the violations and accepted all consequences that were to come our way. At the end of our meeting, [the staff member in question] verbally asserted that based on our meeting, [they] did not think it necessary for any member of our house to enroll in an alcohol safety and responsibilities course. It seemed as if we had nothing to fear. Two days after our hearing, I was the sole member of my house to be issued any formal punishment. While I fully anticipated having consequences for my involvement in the merrymaking, I did not expect to be singled-out by the school. To be clear, I am not the only member of my house who is over 21. During our hearing, [the staff member] articulated an Ohio state law which pertains to alcohol-related social events. The law states that the owners of any property become responsible for all individuals consuming alcohol on said property. By issuing me exclusive punishment for the actions of my house, [they] implied that I am the owner of the estate. I never thought I would have to say this, but I do not own any property at The College of Wooster. I pay for room and board to use a room in a program house. Eight other people live in my program house, and they reside in Lewis House on their own volition. I was not responsible for their choice of residence and should not be held responsible for their actions. I am not a parent; I am a student.

 Some of the residents of Lewis House are members of the lacrosse team. During our interview, [the staff member] commented on the involvement of my housemates on the team stating, “You are some upstanding individuals!” This comment, coupled with my exclusive punishment, made me feel that the actions of [this staff member] were nothing but personal. [Their] behavior was unprofessional. I will not be held solely responsible for the actions of an entire house. I submitted an appeal to this decision. What is strange is that the rest of my housemates received their punishments (which were equal to mine in every facet) only after my appeal; that is, my housemates received their punishments a full 96 hours after I was issued mine. The original case presented involved the entirety of Lewis House, specifically, “The gentlemen of Lewis House.” The names of all the Lewis House residents (save one) were involved in the same case, and somehow we still received unclear signals from the administration. [The staff member’s] inability to handle a single case properly should be an indicator of [their] ineptitude for handling [their] professional responsibilities in this role.

During my conduct hearing, [the staff member] highlighted statements within a security report filed by the officer that shut down our party at Lewis House. Major details within the report (specifically pertaining to party population and our response to the Campus Safety Officer) were identified by the members of my house to be demonstrably false. The report specifically states that the officer saw about 150 people at the property upon arrival, and when he told people to leave, only five students did so. In truth, no more than 80 students came to Lewis House during the course of the entire night. Additionally, before the Campus Safety Officer stepped out of their vehicle, about half of the students at Lewis House who were attending the party fled the scene. Even though I was inebriated at this point in the party, watching five people leave a party is considerably different than the mass exodus of people I witnessed leave the property of Lewis House. It is impossible even for an inebriated individual to mistake around 40 people for five. When this was pointed out during our conduct hearing, zero consideration was given to our account of the events. It seemed to me that [the staff member] took the security report as gospel and predetermined our guilt before our hearing. There is a greater issue here involving how Campus Safety is regulated when reporting their interactions with students, but the fact that there are zero consequences for Safety Officers making false claims as a result of stretching the truth is incredibly dangerous to us students. Their word is gospel to some people in administrative positions, and we the students directly suffer consequences from the malpractice of our authority figures. We, as the student body of Wooster, should not have to defend the basis of fact. I am fortunate that I am a straight, white male. I cannot imagine what might have occurred to me if I was a member of the LGBTQ+, QTPOC or ethnic minority demographics on campus.  

Our ability to socialize with our peers has certainly been mitigated. While we have plenty of opportunity to interact with our peers in-class, we are more than students. We are multidimensional individuals whose aggregate experiences create beautifully complex individuals that constitute the student body of The College of Wooster. That is what KEPT me at this school – my peers are the reason I have stayed and why I love this school. It’s just ironic to see the administration advertise this place as a utopia for “Independents Minds Working Together” and then expect us to be reduced to academic machines. I know people here, like me, love to learn, but most of our learning happens outside the classroom. There are no books about how to be an adult. We have to learn through experience, our successes and our failures. Socialization is the primary catalyst to understanding our peers. Infringing on our opportunities to socialize results in a disconnected student body. The College of Wooster is supposed to be a place for safe learning and the sharing of ideas, but that can’t happen effectively when student-to-student interactions are limited exclusively to the classroom. I would very much love to see this campus hate-free, but reducing our social opportunities directly mitigates our ability to understand our fellow students.  

There is a more sinister issue here, however. As part of [their] professional responsibilities in this role, [the staff member] is also responsible for hearing cases of sexual assault on campus. Obviously, our safety as students around alcohol is important, but so is the safety of students around other students. It is disgusting to see majority of [this staff member’s] resources be allocated toward cracking down on alcohol consumption when there are still so many cases of sexual assault occurring on campus. Last time I checked, it was not illegal for people to party. Why, then, is partying met with more resistance and punishment than the literal crime of rape? Having to be in the same geographic location (or even classroom) as one’s rapist is an incredibly stressful and unhealthy predicament. In events like this, students will never feel safe and certainly will not continue to go to a school that doesn’t implement consequences for literal criminals.  [The staff member] certainly pushes [their] personal agenda onto the student body without regard to the visceral trauma caused during events of sexual assault. I personally believe major changes are required considering the station of [this staff member] in such an important role within our campus community

 

Scotlight: Giuliana Morales and Sobika Thapa

Blakely Dishman

Features Editor

Savannah Sima

Features Editor

 

Giuliana Morales

Can you introduce yourself?

Hi y’all, my name is Giuliana Morales, but everyone calls me Giuli. I am a Junior Psychology and Sociology Double Major from Chicago, Illinois.  

What are you involved in on campus?

I am a leader in many student organizations, such as the Vice President of Communications for Latinas Unidas and the Co-Captain for our Wooster Cheerleading Team. I am also in Pi Kappa, which is one of Wooster’s sororities. I am a part of other organizations too, including: FGSO (First Generation Student Organization), WOI (Women of Images), SOAN (Sociology and Anthropology Club), Woo Crew as an Orientation Leader, and others that I try to go to once in a while. I also have many campus jobs like working in Admissions as a panelist and as an Unibuddy Ambassador. I also am a Crew Member in the UnderGround.  

What are your biggest goals this year for your campus involvement?

My biggest goal is to have a voice in each organization that I am involved with. I hope that no matter what is going on in campus, people have a safe space to come and talk to not only me, but everyone in the group. I also want to leave a legacy. I want the school to view these clubs, sports, and organizations as amazing programs to be involved in and not viewed as just another club.   

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about helping others. I am someone who tries to push people out of their comfort zones and have people learn new things. I love learning exciting new things and showing them to people so whatever I can get my hands on, it will be shown.  

Anything you want to plug?

This Black and Gold weekend on Saturday, Sept. 25 will be a great opportunity to see the cheerleaders perform at the football game at 2:00 pm in the John P. Papp Stadium! Second Rush for Pi Kappa will be Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6:00-8:00p.m. in Luce Lounge. This Wednesday, Sept. 22 will be Latinas Unidas’ first general meeting in the Latinx Lounge, which is in the basement of Armington from 5:30-6:30pm.  

 

Sobika Thapa

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Sobika Thapa. I am a Junior from Kathmandu, Nepal doing Computer Science and Arts.

What are you involved in on campus?

I am an RA in Armington hall, Outreach Coordinator for South Asia Committee, Treasurer for Pi Kappa, Student Advisor for EPC and Class Rep for FAN.

What are your biggest goals this year for your campus involvement?

Last year, I missed a lot of campus activities because of online learning and had a huge time difference. So this year I want to get more involved in in-person activities.

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about being the best version of myself, especially for me. 

Do you have any advice for the first years reading this?

Enjoy college! It is very much possible to get your schoolwork done and have fun, you just need to ace your time management skills (which a lot of people are still working on).

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