Student Orgs Hold Discussions on the Black Manifesto

Sam Killebrew

Senior News Writer

 

As The College of Wooster community reels from the administration’s response to the Black Manifesto, student organizations have taken it upon themselves to create change from the ground up. Since the response of the administration, which many students believe to be inadequate, student organizations on campus have held discussions and meetings centered around making local change. Two of those organizations, Bodies of Diversity and BIPOC Performing Arts Alliance, recently held discussions regarding the Manifesto. Morgan Ann Malone ’23, president of Bodies of Diversity, and Teresa Ascensio ’23, co-founder and co-president of BIPOC Performing Arts Alliance talked to the Voice about their organizations’ reactions to the Manifesto.

What was the main objective in the beginning of the discussion? Did that change as the discussion went along? How did it change?

MM: The discussion that took place last week was vulnerable, emotionally

charged, yet it was very necessary. Jada Green ’23 — my friend and Bodies of Diversity’s treasurer — and I both felt extremely emotionally and mentally spent after the

meeting, yet slightly hopeful at the same time. We were not expecting the turnout we received that day, and we were so grateful for the amount of interest because we really felt — and still feel — that this particular topic is worthy of extended discussion. That was, I would say, the main objective of the meeting on Oct. 28. The objective of the meeting did not change as the discussion went along, even though there may have been distractions at certain moments that attempted to divert from the primary objective. I am so proud and blessed to have had [Green] with me in that moment, as well as the many people who came to the meeting with solid intentions of making Wooster a better, more inclusive place for the entire student body.

TA: The discussion last week was the BIPOC Performing Arts Alliance’s response to the release of the Black Student Manifesto along with a reading of our solidarity statement and our demands for the music and theatre/dance departments at the College. Our main objectives were to go through these texts and hear audience responses and thoughts, prioritizing BIPOC and specifically Black student voices. These objectives changed slightly as several people in the crowd were not as familiar with the racial and equity issues in the theatre department, and we ended up allocating more time for Black students to reflect on the Manifesto and the school’s response (or lack thereof). However, we still received a good response to the demands we created for the theatre/dance and music departments, which led to a larger discussion of groups of students potentially coming together to create demands for each academic department at the school.

SK: What key points came from the discussion?

MM: Much of the key points that came from the discussion were both critiques and praises of the Manifesto, as well as ways to quickly yet effectively implement these demands into the Wooster community. Many students of color on campus discussed the discomfort and anxiety that often come with being put in a position of having to discuss traumatic events related to racial or gender-based harassment with Campus Security, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, or other offices on campus. Many of those same students pointed out the fact that reliving those experiences can be very traumatic and anxiety-inducing, and that it can often feel as though they are speaking to a brick wall in those instances because of the school’s lack of experience with students of color, as well as their lack of training when dealing with such situations. There is a definitive need throughout all departments of the Wooster community for more representation  within certain academic departments as well as certain sectors of staff. Students of color and marginalized students, in general, need to be able to see themselves in their mentors, their leaders and their superiors in order to truly be able to thrive. Another point from the Manifesto that resonated with not only myself but with many students present at the meeting was the point about making it a top priority to hire two Black mental health counselors in the Wellness Center within the next academic year. Many students struggle with mental health issues, and everyone has needed professional counseling or encouragement at one moment or another. For students of color, especially, there are nuanced, complicated issues within one’s specific culture that can often act as a trigger for negative emotions such as anxiety, anger or depression. It is difficult to relay those issues to a white counselor in a way that they would understand, let alone in a way that would equip them with adequate enough knowledge to be able to help. This is one of the primary ways, in my opinion, that students of color will be able to thrive on this campus.

TA: One of the biggest points that came across was the importance of representation in all areas on campus. For instance, students cannot debrief after a hard week, or work through struggles if they can’t see themselves in the counselors employed. Students can’t envision themselves succeeding in theatre, STEM, history, education and more if they don’t see themselves represented through faculty and staff. The school needs to provide a safer place for BIPOC faculty and staff to feel encouraged to come to Wooster and stay at the College.

SK: What did you take away from the discussion?

MM: One of the biggest takeaways from this discussion actually echoes something interesting that I learned from Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s Zoom conversation on Nov. 3 in which he discussed systemic racism, as well as the characteristics that make it “systemic.” One of the main points he touched upon was this idea of “Historically White Colleges and

Universities” — also known as “HWCUs” — that obviously mirror the institution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Another student discussed the idea of colleges and universities that are historically white: they can implement as many diversity and inclusion initiatives as they

wish, but the system at the core of such institutions will never be inclusive toward marginalized students unless it is destroyed and rebuilt. These institutions are a part of the complex system of white supremacy in this country, and unless they are completely reconstructed to be fully inclusive and accepting, they will always operate within the mold of white supremacy.

TA: There is still so much work that needs to be done. Sure, we have received several responses to our demands from our respective departments, but I feel as though those responses came out of fear and were incredibly reactive. Rather than reacting to the situation at hand once it is thrust in their face, the school needs to be proactive about creating a safer and more equitable campus for BIPOC and specifically Black students. Rather than reacting to the Manifesto or to demands like the Administration did, they need to actively be working on improving campus for those students and faculty members that give Wooster such esteemed status such as being one of the most diverse colleges in Ohio. 

SK: What is your plan of action going forward?

MM: Bodies of Diversity’s plan of action going forward includes a variety of different action points. We will continue to have bi-weekly meetings in a safe and inclusive space about various hot-button issues having to do with marginalized groups in society (our next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Douglass basement!). On a wide-scale basis in terms of the Black Manifesto, we will continue to collaborate with both other student groups on campus as well as faculty and staff to both make the demands of the Black Manifesto known on a frequent basis and to work to ensure that the College is a safe and inclusive space for all. Despite the issues that our campus is currently facing, the College is such an amazing place to me; I get a kick out of telling people that this was the only school I applied to, early decision and all, because since my first visit as an eighth-grade student during a Power of

the Pen competition, I have loved it so much. I love this community enough to want to change it for the better, for both the current and upcoming communities.

TA: My fellow co-founder and co-president Victoria Silva ’23 and I will continue to meet with Lisa Perfetti, Dr. Leslie Wingard and members of the theatre/dance department to discuss specific plans of action moving forward. We are holding folks accountable to listen to both our demands and the demands written eloquently in the Black Manifesto and to respond actively and proactively to what students are asking for and so desperately need. We will also continue to hold General Assembly meetings to discuss these topics further and to continue to provide a safe outlet for BIPOC students to express their truest selves, in the performing arts and beyond.

College Looks to Start Vaccine Clinic for Booster Shots

Samuel Boudreau

News Editor

 

As many students pass the sixth month point of initially receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, students are now looking to receive their COVID-19 booster shot. 

While President Sarah Bolton told the Voice in September that, “if we come to a situation where there are booster shots available, we will certainly make sure that those are available on campus,” the College has struggled to find a provider for a vaccine clinic. 

“We are looking to start with a booster clinic for those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines,” Bolton said, “because the new CDC recommendations are that everyone who got the one-dose should go ahead and get a second shot as a booster.”

Regarding the members of the campus community who have gotten the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Bolton clarified, “Our data show that only about 50 students fall into this category, but there are staff and faculty who do as well.”  People who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and are 18 years and older should receive a booster shot at least 2 months after receiving their primary vaccine dose, according to the CDC.

While the College looks to start up a booster clinic, Bolton said that it is struggling to find local vaccine providers. “We have reached out to the [Wayne County] Health Department, who have generously offered to do clinics for us in the past, but unfortunately they aren’t available to do one for us at this time. So, we are reaching out to others,” she stated. 

Regarding the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Bolton says the College cannot offer these vaccines yet due to their “more specific recommendations.”

“For Pfizer, Moderna and other vaccine types,” Bolton said, “the booster recommendations are more specific by age, work role, et cetera.” She continued, “We may also offer booster clinics for those vaccines, but we are focusing on J&J first because of the broad recommendation.”

On Oct. 21, the CDC expanded eligibility for the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. According to the CDC, “people who received a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series and are 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions, or 18 years and older who work or live in high-risk settings may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completing the primary series (which may include an additional primary dose in persons with moderate to severe immunocompromise).”

“People ages 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot based on their individual risks and benefits.” 

While the College has not established COVID-19 vaccine clinics for booster shots, some students have individually been able to receive their booster shot. One of the students is Chloe Wright ’23, who received her Pfizer booster shot at a Walmart store in Wooster.

When asked about how she received her booster shot, Wright said, “I scheduled it online, because, when I first got it, I got it at a Walmart 30 minutes away. This time, Walmart automatically sent me a link to receive my booster shot.” 

“I haven’t heard everything from the College itself,” Wright added. “From what it sounds like, it is mostly people going out and finding it on their own.”  

In a statement released on their website, the Wayne County Health Department said that they will be administering Initial, Second, and Third dose booster COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson on Nov. 18, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross Building.”

The American Red Cross’s new home is the American Red Cross Building and its address is: 244 W. South Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691.

To schedule an appointment with the Wayne County Health Department, you must schedule an appointment at: https://www.wayne-health.org/coronavirus.

To find local providers of the Pfizer, Moderna, and/or Johnson & Johnson booster shots, visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Leveling With the Board

Saralee Renick

Contributing Writer

 

As a senior who used to serve on student government, I have attended many Board of Trustees Student Development meetings. For those not familiar, this is a specific committee that is tasked with meeting with students twice a year to listen and respond to our concerns. Despite no longer being required to attend this meeting as part of Scot Council, I still decided to go on Friday, Oct. 29. 

Interestingly, it was open to all students. While in the past, these meetings have only been open to students who were speaking to the Trustees or those on student government. This open admittance is integral because all students deserve access to the ultimate power on campus. I was thrilled to see students pack Lean Lecture Hall. I was impressed by my peers who asked questions and helped student speakers expand on their points when the Trustees fell silent. It would be a shame for the Student Development meeting to ever be closed again.

Shockingly, there were actually trustees there. In the past, these meetings have been held in the Alley (RIP) around a couple of tables pushed together. As a rough estimate, I would say there were only ever 5-10 Trustees there. Not even all the Trustees on the Student Development Committee would bother to show up, which I think says a lot. However, on Friday, there were 20-30 Trustees in the room. While most did not ask questions after student speeches, they were there. It may not have been the engagement students wanted, but at least Trustees were there to listen.

Also, the student speakers were phenomenal. It was no surprise that my peers spoke eloquently and passionately about student concerns, wellbeing and livelihood on campus. They left no room for the Trustees to undercut their statements and demands. The message was clear: students, especially Black students, deserve better. The student speakers challenged the Trustees and called them out, which has been sorely needed at past Student Development meetings. In one instance, a speaker demanded to know an outcome from a past meeting. After a bit of scrambling, the trustees were able to provide several examples. While they were few and far between and did not appear to particularly sway student opinions of the Board of Trustees, I appreciated that there were any. As I move towards graduation, I know that there are younger student leaders on this campus that will continue to challenge the Trustees and fight for student rights. The student speakers on Friday proved that and, for me, outshone past speeches.

There will be another Student Development meeting in the spring and then many more after that. I encourage every student to go. Not to antagonize the Trustees, who we often blame for everything that we dislike on campus, but to advocate for yourself and your peers. And if not to speak, to listen to and support other students. Continue to demand that the Trustees come to the Student Development meeting, listen, respond and then act. 

Cross Country Impresses at NCAC Championship Meet

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor

 

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Wooster men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio to compete in the NCAC Conference Championship. It was all in all a solid day for the Scots, as the women finished in third place out of eight teams while the men placed seventh out of nine teams.

The Wooster women’s cross country team impressed with their third place finish, as it was their best showing in the NCAC Conference meet since 1998. Before the meet, Wooster’s runners believed in themselves. As Captain Kayla Bertholf ’22 put it, we knew going into this race that we wanted to show our improvement as a team, but we also knew that it was going to be difficult and would take a strong effort out of everyone.” Not only did the runners believe, but so did Coach Dennis Rice, who, according to Captain Rachel Osterhouse ’22, “gave us a great pep talk beforehand, and really stressed how great our team is this year.”

The Scots fortified their confidence with spectacular individual performances. Athena Tharenos ’24 led the way, finishing sixth overall, good enough for first-team all-conference with a time of 23:38.1. Teammate Isabelle Hoover ’22 was right behind Tharenos, also finishing first-team all-conference and placing seventh overall with a time of 23:41.1. Tharenos and Hoover were followed by Bertholf (17th place, 24:19.9, all-conference), Dylan Kretchmar ’25 (25th place, 24:38.4), Jessica Breth ’25 (49th place, 26:14.6), Osterhouse (51st place, 26:19.8), Elise Greenwald ’25 (65th place, 27:24.2), all of whom scored in the meet. Wooster got significant contributions from their young core of three first-years — Kretchmar, Breth and Greenwald, and sophomore Tharenos. Bertholf was extremely impressed with the young guns’ poise in the meet, saying that, “it was a lot of the team’s first time at a championship cross country race and they handled the nerves very well!”

Despite being unable to garner the same level of success as the women, the men’s team performance showed that the future is bright for them. Will Callender ’25, who has been the Scots’ ace runner in every meet of the season, wanted to make a statement at the conference championship.I had the goal of getting all-conference in mind. Based off season records I was projected to get exactly 21st, which is the last all conference spot, so I knew I needed to work hard. Having that goal in mind of where I needed to place rather than what time I got really helped push me.” Perhaps unsurprisingly given Callender’s performances this year, he did not disappoint, finishing in ninth place overall — well above the 21st place needed for all-conference — with a time of 26:50.9.

 Wooster’s second runner, Ben Nichols ’25, also impressed, as he finished in 42nd place overall and in 27:58.7. Duncan Hardy ’24 finished third for the Scots and 47th overall with a time of 28:05.4; Drew Robertson ’25 followed, placing 49th overall with his time of 28:06.3; Alexander DeLong ’22, finished with a time of 28:29.9, good enough for 57th place in his final NCAC Conference meet; Eric Johnson ’25 clocked in 28:33.3 to get 59th place; Mitchell Ecklund ’24 was the last Scot to score, finishing in 83rd place with a time of 29:38.1. These results clearly show the potential of the Scots to compete in cross country for years to come, as they have an extraordinarily young team. Callender said as much, as he came away from the meet thinking that “the team did super well considering how young we are as a whole, and I’m super proud of that.”

The next championship meet for Wooster cross country is the Great Lakes Regional meet, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. The women in particular are chomping at the bit in anticipation of this meet because, as Osterhouse points out, “according to Coach [Dennis Rice], we have a strong shot at nationals this year, which is incredibly exciting for us. At the regional meet, the Scots will have a chance to punch their tickets for the national NCAA Division III Championship meet at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 20.

The next meet for the Scots is the Great Lakes Regional Championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. Make sure to wish good luck to the runners from both teams! 

“Isii Nafta”: A Recent Diaspora Anthem

Mekdes Shiferaw

A&E Editor

 

In this day and age, we turn to TikTok for many reasons. Do you want to check on a friend without having to send the “how are you doing?” text? Send TikToks—they would appreciate your care, I’m sure. Do you want to laugh at the absurdity of economics? Are you a new plant parent that would like advice on your growing collection? TikTok has got you covered. It is the people’s university (next to libraries, of course). If you are on TikTok, or live in the diaspora on Twitter like I do, chances are you have come across the incredibly catchy tune, “Isii Nafta,” in the past few weeks. According to her newly created Spotify Artist page, Nimco Happy—full name Nimco Elmi Ali—was raised in Kenya by Kenyan and Somali parents. Nimco has been making music for the better half of the decade. In fact, “Isii Nafta,” commonly known for its English lyrics, “I love you more than my life,” was first released in 2017 and has become an anthem at Somali weddings.

So when the 20-second performance footage of “Isii Nafta” went viral on TikTok, users including Cardi B, Drake, the British actress and rapper Stefflon Don, Trevor Noah and more joined the ever-growing club of fans. Yes, it’s been living in our minds rent free and with grace, too. And as much as we are grateful for TikTok for being the platform that has allowed this to reach into corners of the diaspora, it is not uncommon for creators to be robbed of the glories that come with going viral. Obviously, as a result of this traction, the demand for a clip longer than 20 seconds grew. Both Spotify and YouTube had unauthorised versions of the song on their platforms that were attracting loads of traffic. This past week, Nimco was signed by Polydor Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. She now has an official artist page on many major streaming platforms, so we can keep jamming to the song through those pages and auntie can collect her coins.

Nimco grew up listening to Somali artists and she picked up a guitar and started performing at a young age. In “Isii Nafta,” Nimco—a multilingual icon—sings, “I love you” in Arabic, English, Kiswahili and Somali—it is East Africa wrapped in a song. With the record deal, we can’t wait to hear more of her work and for the world to experience what she has to offer.

QR code: https://nimcohappy.lnk.to/IsiiNafta

Students Discuss Concerns with Board of Trustees

Samuel Boudreau

News Editor

 

Trigger Warning: Racist Actions 

With the gavel drawing their presentation on racial justice and equity to a close, Izzy Flores Perez ’22 had only one question left for The College of Wooster’s Board of Trustees at the biannual Student Development meeting . “Has there been any actions or good results that have come out strictly from these meetings?” Perez’s question was met with silence from the trustees. Again, Perez asked trustees, “has there been any action that has changed or anything that has changed directly from these meetings?” Again, silence. Perez turned to Anne Wilson ’73, board member and chair of the committee, “Do you remember any change that has happened directly from these meetings?” Wilson responded, “This is my first year to chair this committee, so I am sorry. I have sat in on a couple meetings, and, I will say, just be aware of all the changes that have emerged from these meetings.” Perez pressed on, “but can i get one example?”

With murmurs of disapproval emerging from the student body at the meeting, Wilson answered, “I think the awareness.” Wilson continued, “can I give you an example of a change? I cannot. These issues come up and we have talked about them as a board. I have only been on the board for three years and we hear and try to have conversations.” During Perez and Wilson’s exchange, students had to wake up a trustee who fell asleep. To answer Perez’s question, Jim DeRose ’72, trustee since 2012, said that seven years ago, trustees helped increase the numbers of counselors at the College. “That said, we still recognize the needs are still not being fully met,”DeRose said, “but that is an example where students came to us, said ‘we have a crisis,’ and we were able to respond.” 

On Oct. 29, the Student Development Committee held its biannual meeting in Lean Lecture room, Wishart Hall. The committee is not a policy-making committee, but it provides students with an opportunity to talk directly to the College’s trustees. After the meeting, the committee meets with President Bolton and the rest of the board to relay students’ concerns and find solutions. “Our committee is here today to listen,” Wilson said, “to hear what you all have to tell us.” 

The meeting kicked off with Atticus Moats ’22, president of the College’s First Responders. Motes detailed the expanding pre-hospital training at Wooster, the formation of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class at Wooster and health and wellness outreach with the College’s Wellness Center. Moats also focused on how the College and first responders work to help students with medical debt, such as transporting students to the local hospital and bringing experienced EMTs on campus and starting an EMT program on campus. Moats said First Responders also looks to continue community outreach missions, including WooCares on Dec. 9, an event hosted in partnership with the American Red Cross that holds a blood drive, CPR training, QPR training and suicide prevention training. 

After Moats, Savannah Sima ’23, on behalf of First Generation Student Organization, called for renovations and innovations to fix structural problems in campus housing. “With dorms and houses filled with bats, mold, lead paint, sewage leaks and bug infestations,” Sima said, “we desperately need these innovative solutions.” From the beginning of the fall semester to Sept. 14, campus safety caught 40 bats in residence halls and campus housing. Additionally, an unofficial dust sample, conducted by Lauren Kreeger ’23, found “abnormal amounts of lead” in the College’s McDavitt House. As a resident assistant in Bissman Hall, Sima said that overpopulated living spaces paired with structural problems create unlivable conditions for students. “This disproportionate experience routinely falls upon FGLI students who already have to reconcile with many barriers in getting their college degrees,” Sima said. 

After Sima and Moats’ presentations, Mazvita Chikom ’22 and Sinqobile Nyasha Tagwireyi ’22 presented on behalf of the African Student Union, specifically regarding the publication of The Black Manifesto on Oct. 18. “Following the publication of the Black Manifesto, the African Student Union has used this momentum to begin working with the administration to make The College of Wooster truly inclusive and equitable,” Chikom said. First, Tagwireyi and Chikom proposed the increase of accessibility to financial opportunities for Black international students. They also proposed that the College employ someone who studies the economic situations of the countries represented at The College of Wooster. “We ask for the diversity of staff in financial aid and the business office, because we think that is where some of not being in touch with our situation comes from, just because of the shared lived-experiences,” Tagwireyi said. Chikom and Tagwireyi also asked the College’s Financial Aid department to conduct extensive research on corporations and organizations that offer scholarship programs or fellowships for students, especially students who are international and do not have U.S. citizenship. Chikom and Tagwireyi also asked for transparency on financial aid opportunities, such as the College’s international student scholarship and called for a diversification initiative across all academic departments at the College. “A lot of the time, it seems as if the institution mainly hires Black faculty for only the Africana department and very few departments outside,” said Chikom. “I am now a senior, and I have only been taught by one Black faculty member.” 

Following the African Student Union, the Posse Scholars called for racial justice and equity at the College. While Brisa Rivas ’25, Elliot Sommar ’25 and Kayla Robinson ’25 were set to speak on behalf of the scholars, Tiffani Grayes ’25 spoke in place of Rivas, as Rivas transferred from the College due to a hate crime suffered on Beall Ave. Robinson said that a group of white people drove next to Rivas on Beall Avenue and made gun motions at her. Rivas reported the event during her first week and did not hear back from the College until two months later regarding the incident. “We have faced a multitude of discrepancies, such as a lack of support, concern for safety and the fear of inequitable aid on campus in comparison to our advantaged counterparts,” Grayes said. Robinson, Sommar and Grayes proposed three solutions: provide more funding for Black students, invest in diverse faculty and wellness, and invest in ongoing education and training for campus safety. 

Teresa Ascencio ’23 spoke on behalf of the BIPOC Performing Arts Alliance. Ascencio said that she and the alliance were deeply disappointed with the administration’s response to the Black manifesto “we as an organization and members of the campus community were appalled by the invasive and disingenuous responses and frankly insulting conduct shown to us by the highest bracket of power at this institution,” Ascencio said. Ascencio also detailed the personal challenges they have faced at the College as a BIPOC and queer student, including harassment on Beall Avenue, discrimination in class and tokenization as a student of color. “We are tired of having to create manifestos, hold protests, speak at campus-wide town halls and be burdened with having to constantly relieve trauma, just because the school won’t make distinct and systematic changes for the betterment of our future.” Ascencio called for hiring more BIPOC faculty and staff, making nonbias training frequent and mandatory for all, rewarding antiracist behavior, reprimanding discriminatory behavior, hosting more BIPOC speakers for educational and cultural purposes, working with the town of Wooster to make Beall Avenue a safer place to walk at night for BIPOC students, providing equitable pay for BIPOC professors, and using funding for the improvement of BIPOC spaces on campus. “If we are to pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive, then we need to actually provide basic resources for students that allow our school to [boast] acclaimed status,” they said.

Next up, Cory Horgan ’23 and Taylor Lynch ’24 spoke on behalf of Greenhouse Club, the main body of sustainability and environmental change on campus. Their presentation focused on waste and sustainability in Campus Dining. “Simply put, Campus Dining is not sustainable,” Lynch said. During the 2020 fall semester, the College transitioned to disposable cups, plates and silverware to meet COVID-19 guidelines. “Now that campus facilities’ operations return to normal,” said Lynch, “it is important to return and improve upon the sustainable practices and options we have on campus,” such as returning to reusable dining utensils. Returning to these practices, however, is a challenge, as Campus Dining faces staffing shortages and “inadequate technology, such as dishwashers and other appliances in dining.” 

Horgan brought the trustees’ attention to the College’s five-year sustainability plan, established in 2019, which aimed to increase environmental sustainability at the College. In the plan, President Sarah Bolton listed five “major recommendations for immediate implementation,” which included: to hire a sustainability coordinator, form a renewable energy exploratory committee, conduct an external energy audit and two more actions. “Absolutely none of these have been completed,” said Horgan. “We have actually regressed as a campus in sustainability.”

The meeting closed with updates from Scot Council. Emmy Todd ’22, President of Scot Council, attended the meeting and every student development meeting while at Wooster. “Every year, I think that the issues will be pushed ahead by the Board of Trustees, pushed ahead by the administration,” Todd said, “and every year, I am disappointed that I come back here and see the same issues talked about again and again.” 

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