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The Wooster Voice 9/30/2022

New year, same problem: Dining and libraries adjust to staff shortages

Samuel Boudreau, Editor in Chief
As an understaffed dining team adjusts to new equipment, a staff member looks on. Photo courtesy of Samuel Boudreau ’ 23.

Students protest overturning of Roe v. Wade

Kaylee Liu, News Editor; Holly Shaum, Staff Writer
Students continue to protest against anti-abortion legislation and rulings in the United States (Photo Courtesy: Sam Boudreau ’23

Campus Safety Cracks Down on Parking  Locations

Ethan Sieber, News Editor
Courtesy: iStock

Delirious Thoughts on the Changing Seasons

Matthew McMorrough, Staff Writer
Courtesy: dailymotion.com

Another Plea to Reconsider Howard Lowry’s Legacy

Irene Jordan Dardashti, Contributing Writer

Racism, Antiracism, and Woo: Jason Reynolds Visits Campus

Image of Kennedy Pope ’23 and Cam Love ’24 interviewing Jason Reynolds. Image courtesy of Mike Schenk via The Daily Record.
Grace Pryor, Contributing Writer

Students Get “Turned On” to Safer Sex Practices

Gianna Hayes, Contributing Writer
students looking at the various tables set up at Sex on the Quad. Image courtesy of @scotwellness

Expanding the genre: how one show is changing science fiction

Orion Press, Contributing Writer
“The Expanse,” available on Amazon Prime (Photo courtesy of denofgeeks.com)

A suggestion: don’t be afraid to try some lo-fi

Jack Freer, Contributing Writer
The quintessential “Lo-fi Girl,” a common feature of You- tube lo-fi tracks (Photo courtesy of BBC)

Starry, Starry Night

“Big”

Karmellah Buttler (kbuttler25@wooster.edu)

night sky

Cody Clark (cclark25@wooster.edu)

I used to mix up my t’s and my c’s
scars in the sky, stars on my chest and my thighs like a celestial game of connect the dots

I feel the stars of everywhere i’ve been hit, cut my wounds like a kaleidoscope
I’m so ill, but i’m pretty

I see the scars that tore open the sky
scars that hold the secrets that i’ve only told my body in the mirror shaking as we sew ourselves together, together

Dr. Nieberding (mnieberding@wooster.edu)

Moony night

Matthew McMorrough (mmcmorrough25@wooster.edu)

A sunny day
Where hunger swallows Patience sours
From arduous hours
Spent just looking out at plains

A night sleepless Each the same

Nothing ruminations Lead to nowhere save for rain

Reddened eyes dilate
The memories stare back Untouchable, flawless
So I just cough and spit and hack and wake unrested

The sunset looks of candy, sweetly unsparing
Doze away now with oughtness, saccharine, thoughtless

As Above, So Below

Gianna Hayes (ghayes26@wooster.edu)

Beneath the stars we all became friends
Celestial bodies watched over us,
Blessing our midnight picnic
Some of us friends, some of us more
Stars clustered, dodging clouds and cold night sky,
huddled together, their brightness bouncing off each other We stared through this mirror, letting it stare right back into us Sharing our music and favorite words,

We made our own constellation
They say the stars we see from earth are really from the past, thousands of years before us Perhaps we’re the same, for friendships with such stellar people never felt so natural.

Photo of the Carina Nebula Taken by the James Webb Telescope

Photo courtesy of flickr.com

Wooster alum, Kirsten Larson ’08 works on the telescope!

Men’s Tennis Bounce Back and Battle at Big Red Invitational

Miles Rochester, Sports Editor
Alex Drews ’23 led the Men’s Tennis team with three wins at the Big Red Invitational, beating opponents from from Kenyon College, Capital Unversity and Ohio Northern. Image courtesy of Wooster Athletics.

Womens Volleyball Fall to NCAC Champs Wittenberg

Langston Hood, Senior Sports Writer
Despite Wooster’s loss, Sydney Fitzcharles ’23 climbed into the Top-10 for career digs. If she continues on her current trajectory she will continue to climb higher. Image courtesy of Wooster Athletics.

Scots Football Shut out by nationally ranked DePauw Tigers

Langston Hood, Senior Sports Writer
Courtesy: Wooster Athletics

The Wooster Voice 9/16/2022


Campus-Wide Mask Mandate Reinstated

Holly Shaum, Staff Writer
Photo by Sam Boudreau ’23

On the afternoon of Sept. 13, College of Wooster students, staff and faculty received an update regarding the campus’ COVID-19 policies. The latest policy change is a return to a campus-wide mask mandate for all indoor public spaces until Sept. 20, at which time health measures will be reassessed. This counters the previous strategy of the Community Health Taskforce, which had decided to instill a mask-optional policy starting on Sept. 7. The short timeframe between switching from mask-optional to mask-required policies may not bode well for the coming colder weeks and months.

The driving factor behind the Taskforce’s sudden decision is the COVID-19 community level transmission in Wayne County bumping back up to “high” towards the end of the day on Sept. 12. This classification takes into account infection rates and hospitalizations across the county. The Community Health Taskforce continues to make its decisions based on guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collaboration with the Wayne County Health Department. 

Wooster’s students, staff and faculty were also given updates on access to the bivalent vaccine. The Taskforce met with the Wayne County Health Commissioner Nick Cascarelli and Director of Nursing Patricia Reining to review campus health and safety protocols, as well as further plans to distribute bivalent COVID-19 boosters in the near future. Anyone who wishes to receive the latest COVID-19 booster should keep an eye out for more information to come about free on-campus vaccination clinics for all students, staff and faculty. 

Wooster students have become accustomed to ever-changing protocols by the College to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus. When asked about her opinion on the new regulations, Abby Thomson ’24 said, “Obviously it’s disappointing to have to be wearing masks again. However, it’s a small concession to protect people’s health, which is the most important thing. I think the administration’s response to the rise in cases is appropriately measured, and fairly consistent with the precedents set under President Bolton.” 

According to the campus Community Health Dashboard, 49 Wooster students were in isolation as of Sept. 11, and there were 59 positive cases on campus as of Sept. 10. Students, staff and faculty can pick up masks or rapid tests at the Lowry Center Information Desk, Andrews Library Circulation Desk, Wellness Center Doors A and D and Ruth Williams Hall Stockroom. For now, it seems like the Wooster community should get comfortable with wearing masks on campus for the foreseeable future. 


Black and Gold Weekend and local events guide for The College of Wooster community

Ethan Sieber, News Editor, and Colin Tobin, Managing Editor
Photo Courtesy: Photos by Matt Dilyard, Anna Russell ’23, Megan Tuennerman ’22, Ryan Seaton-Evans ’23, and Zion Vital ’24, The College of Wooster

On The College of Wooster’s campus, the temperature is cooling down, the leaves are starting to turn and students are back to immersing themselves into their studies, which can only mean that Black and Gold weekend is right around the corner. The College’s annual alumni and family weekend is a Wooster staple that allows past, present and future generations of the campus community to come together. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with friends and family, here are some of the biggest events to look forward to:

All Weekend:

From 11 a.m.-4  p.m., check out the exhibit titled “Contained: The Art of Holding It Together” at the Ebert Art Center, which portrays 3000 years of containers created and used by humans.

On Friday:

Go see the Wooster Chorus perform a concert under Dr. Lisa Wong at 4:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel.

A special Black and Gold Happy Hour at the UG will be open to students, alumni and family (over 21) from 7-9:30 p.m.

On Saturday:

Alumni, current students and families are invited to a Tailgate Lunch in the newly renovated Lowry Center.

Cheer on the Fighting Scots football team as they take on the Wabash College Little Giants at 2 p.m. in Papp Stadium.

On Sunday:

Due to inclement weather , March Through the Arch, the tradition of Wooster first-years walking through the Arch at Kauke Hall, was delayed for the Class of 2026 and will now be held Sunday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m.

Upcoming Events in Wooster, Ohio:

  • Downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market – Sept. 8 to Oct. 8
    • Held every Saturday in the Historic Downtown Wooster Square
    • Local produce, honey, tea, dog treats, flower bouquets, plants and more available
    • Live music
  • Woosterfest – Sept. 30 to Oct. 1
    • Annual Oktoberfest-style festival
    • Organized by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Held in downtown Wooster
  • Fall Shop Hop – Oct. 18 to Oct. 31
    • Passports can be completed and returned for the chance to win up to $100 in Downtown Dollars
    • Oct. 23 – Participating businesses will offer Fall-themed specials and features
    • Oct. 23 – Live performances
      • 1-1:45 p.m. – Cedar Valley Cloggers
      • 3-5 p.m. – Rare Vintage
  • Window Wonderland – Nov. 19
    • Window decorations in downtown Wooster
    • Voting on best display between Nov. 19 to Nov. 20

Queen Elizabeth II and The College of Wooster

Staff Report
Courtesy: Wikipedia

On Sept. 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor II passed away at the age of 96, surrounded by the Royal Family. To reflect on her legacy, the Voice looked through the archives to uncover past articles and stories regarding Her Majesty. 

Voice Archives Dec. 12, 1952

Al Smith receives a letter back from the Queen’s personal secretary after being named King of Dogpatch, a title given out at the Sadie Hawkins dance.

“Dear King Al..” 

Al Swift, Wooster’s King of Dogpatch for 1952, undertook as part of his coronation ceremonies to send a “royal” greeting to Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. A formal acknowledgment of his note was received by the young king a week or so later, addressed to Livingstone Palace, and sent by the Queen’s personal secretary. While the Queen herself had not signed the reply, it was sent on the royal notepaper, suitably embossed, and will provide a happy reminder to Swifty of his temporary elevation to “King for a day.”

April 16, 1953

Dr. J.H. Cockburn Chaplain to Queen in Chapel

Dr. James H. Cockburn, former Moderator of the Church of Scotland and Director of the Department of Reconstruction and InterChurch Aid of the World Council of Churches, will speak in Chapel on Thursday, April 16. 

Dr. Cockburn is also a Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II and has frequently represented his church at international and ecumenical meetings. During his many visits to the United States, he has lectured throughout the country. At present, he is finishing a tour which took him throughout the South, the Mid-West, and the Eastern Seaboard. 

In 1948 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Yale University. He has also received the degree of Doctor of Theology from Prague University and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Budapest, Hungary.

Oct. 18, 1957

Wooster student, Eleanor Elson, plans a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a mass where Queen Elizabeth II will also be in attendance.

Off-Center Kauke

Sophomore Eleanor Elson has a big weekend ahead of her. She will be going home to Washington, D.C., where her father is pastor of National Presbyterian Church, which is President Eisenhower’s place of worship. 

Sunday morning a special guest at the church will be Queen Elizabeth II, who will attend with the Eisenhowers. Eleanor will sit in the pew with the first family and the royal entourage. She also plans to attend several embassy parties in honor of the young monarch. 

Eleanor is no stranger to such events, for she has seen dignitaries come and go many times. But this is something special, for how often does the English Queen go to the Scotch church?

Voice archives Oct. 25, 1957

Eleanor Elson had the opportunity to attend Washington’s National Presbyterian Church where President Eisenhower goes with the visiting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Dignitaries Converge in Washington; Eleanor Elson Hobnobs With Royalty 

“On the Occasion of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as guests of the President of the United States and Mrs. Eisenhower.” 

Such was the heading on the church bulletin at Washington’s National Presbyterian Church last Sunday, where Wooster sophomore Eleanor Elson was attending the service in the company of British and American dignitaries. Her father, Dr. Edward Elson, is pastor of the famed church where President Eisenhower worships. 

“It was so thrilling,” says Eleanor of her weekend at home. She had opportunities to see the Queen at the church service and at a football game Saturday, observing especially the beauty of the young monarch.

She sat two rows behind the Queen and Philip at the church service, amidst such dignitaries as Chief Justice Warren, two other supreme court justices, John Foster Dulles and five other cabinet members, and numerous diplomats, including the Pakistani Ambassador, who came with his Washington wife. 

In the church announcements Dr. Elson paid tribute to the special guests, remarking that “in Scotland, they are considered Presbyterians.” The service featured English hymns and, on special request of Ike, the choir sang “God Save the Queen.” The sermon centered on a theme of world peace, and the Duke nodded his head when Dr. Elson once quoted an Archbishop of Canterbury. 

“It was exciting to see Dad getting ready,” says Eleanor, who mentioned that Washington was in rare form for the state visit. She said the city was alive with large, expectant crowds anxious for a glimpse of the popular young monarch. “It was a fairy tale atmosphere,” notes the blonde sophomore, who has seen many a notable visitor to the capital city. 

At the Maryland Duke football game Saturday, Eleanor saw the Queen from a distance. She noted that Maryland Gov. Theodore McKeldin was very excited when his team made gains, but the observing Queen (it was her first view of football) remained calm. “She is the epitome of dignity,’ says Eleanor, “and the Duke is more casual and relaxed.” McKeldin later claimed that the monarchs were happy about the upset Maryland victory. 

At the game a man presented the Queen with a $15,000 mink coat and she also received a full carload of other gifts. She stopped at a supermarket on the return to the city, surprising late shoppers. 

A State Department protocol sheet is one of Eleanor’s souvenirs of the weekend. It contains such pertinent information as correct titles, appropriate place cards, smoking rules, anthems, ladies’ gloves, dress, and flag display. The circular, which was sent to all entertaining Washington matrons, notes, “The Queen likes Rhine wine, sherry, and Canada Dry ginger ale. Prince Philip may ask for Scotch whiskey and soda water or Gin and tonic water.” Also, Queen. Elizabeth and Prince Philip prefer short, simple meals.”


The Royals After Elizabeth?

Gustav Bourdon, Contributing Writer

At 18:41 London time, the official Twitter account of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family put out a simple message. It read, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” With that message, the Royal Family announced to the public that the nearly 71-year reign of Elizabeth Windsor II, Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth, had come to an end. 

The immediate bureaucratic effects of this, however, are limited compared to if, for example, President Joe Biden or Prime Minister Liz Truss had experienced a similar series of events. Although Queen Elizabeth II was technically the United Kingdom’s head of state, her practical powers were almost non-existent: While the British government was technically Her Majesty’s Government, this phrasing is now merely symbolic.

However, Queen Elizabeth II had served as an excellent symbol over her 71-year reign, managing to shift with the times over those years while also managing to seem engaged yet detached. Most people can remember an anecdote of her staying in England during the Second World War to train as a medic, or her taking the crown prince of Saudi Arabia off-road driving at a time when women weren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia and, “the Crown Prince implor[ing] the Queen to slow down,” yet her scandals have been remarkably few.

With her death, the United Kingdom and the Royal Family has lost an incredibly powerful symbol, and while the United Kingdom will survive, the Royal Family, at least in its current state and importance, will not.

Queen Elizabeth served as an anchor for the royals, her symbolic power keeping them in the spotlight. With that anchoring lost, the Royal Family is cast adrift. King Charles III isn’t the wry, perfectly neutral, symbol his mother was: He’s directly involved himself in issues such as climate change and sustainability, and is noticeably less detached than Queen Elizabeth. While this might be a step towards pushing issues he cares about forward, it also is a step back from Queen Elizabeth’s personable neutrality. Instead of being the eye of a political hurricane, the crown becomes one more voice in the whirlwind.

In addition, this forms an intriguing contradiction of the crown’s theoretical powers in comparison to the Crown serving as a symbolic cog in the system. When Queen Elizabeth gave her royal assent to a piece of legislation approved by Parliament, the public did not know her opinion of it, if she whole-heartedly agreed with it or actually hated it, and only approved it because that was her only practical option. 

With King Charles if, for example, the Conservative majority in Parliament voted in a bill that contradicted his public environmentalism, that would become fodder for headlines, and underline both how useless the crown is and how powerful it could theoretically be, eroding the perception of the crown as an institution.

At the same time, it would be impractical to turn the crown into simply a marble statue, dispassionately looking down on the United Kingdom from Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth was broadly admired, but her reign was not perfect: After the death of Princess Diana, the Royal Family, entrapped in protocol, was accused of seeming cold, and public perception of the crown wavered. Queen Elizabeth managed to actively balance both of these two extremes, and became, in the process, an ideal.

Of course, it is possible that this is pessimism, and that King Charles III will manage to find his own tightrope walk to balance on, holding the Royal Family up for another generation, or that a future King William will manage to develop that same balance that his grandmother had. However, that will not be easy for either of them, or for any future Queens or Kings. The fact that Queen Elizabeth II managed to almost perfectly balance being detached and being engaged, slipping so few times in the process, is remarkable, and any future royals have nothing but a perfect symbol to be compared to.


Florida Man or Swag Like Ohio?

Naomi Zahid, Contributing Writer

Picture this: raining almost everyday and mosquitoes everywhere, then suddenly, it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit outside. That is a typical day in Florida. Even though I have only been here in Ohio for about three weeks now, I have grown a bit accustomed to what it is like to be somewhere where the weather forecast is not a guessing game. Being here in Wooster has been a bit of a culture shock, having seen so little and yet so much.

As a freshman from the class of 2026, my move-in was smooth, but it’s been hard to find things that feel like home. Compared to Miami, I can’t find a lot of things that I am used to seeing near me. At home, I was surrounded by many different restaurants that could provide me with a taste of exquisite cultural foods, from Ethiopian curry platters with injera to Mexican food trucks with homemade tacos. I miss my mom’s cooking, especially her pho and her beef curry. Lowry can’t compare to the food options I had at home, too; although some of those food options are just so good, especially the chicken noodle soup. 

The fields of corn remind me of the many farms I would pass on my way to school in South Miami, yet they’re so different because Florida doesn’t have hills. Even the parties are different, and no one can throw a party like a Miami party. The scenery has been amazing, and I am so happy that I can wear a hoodie comfortably, yet I still miss being able to smell the rain and humidity of the Florida air.

Something I wasn’t really expecting to see here in Wooster was a live drug deal. Now hear me out, I was simply downtown with my friends, and we drove past a random guy doing a drug deal at a corner. I was so astonished. I always thought that that would only happen in movies. However, I’ve probably seen it happen in Miami as well. 

Contrary to the goofy memes of Florida and Ohio, both places are so beautiful in their own respects, especially the nature that surrounds both cities. One aspect of Ohio that I don’t really get in Florida is being able to see the night sky. It’s hard to see it back home, and it’s only slight stars if at all. Here, I get to enjoy late night walks with my friends and being able to see the sky when it’s super dark out. Yet, I miss understanding the whole context when I see a daily “Only in Dade” post on my Instagram feed. 

One bad thing that I’ve noticed is that, because we are all in proximity with each other, we can all get sick easily. Especially with COVID still around, all my friends have gotten it and are quarantining themselves right now. I’ve been trying my best to not get it by always wearing a mask, even in my own dorm room, which really makes me miss having my own space. I miss having my shower, and I miss my dogs. It’s even hard doing a long-distance relationship. But I am trying my best to make the most of it here. Moral of the story is, there’s no better state because both are great in their own ways. Ohio has snow and Florida has heat. But I’ll enjoy my stay anyway.


Bring us bagels, bring us life

Eli Cantrell, Contributing Writer

Bagels: the window to the soul. Existing since the 1600s, they’ve proved to be a long lasting and much loved source of sustenance. So why is Lowry Dining Center lacking so hard in the bagel game? 

It took time for the lovely bread circles to make their way into the new dining center’s regular options, but once present, they’ve proven insufficient to satisfy the cravings of Wooster’s ravenous students. Oftentimes, a hungry soul will find themselves faced with disappointment as they stare down an empty bagel case. Even worse? A delicious bagel, ruined only by a thin layer of mold. 

Lowry claims the title of “heartbreaker” as it leads students on with false promises of circular goodness. Let’s say you DO get your hands on a bagel though — your next challenge is a spread. Oftentimes students are left with a bagel, naked and exposed, with no tasty topping to fill out their meal. Peanut butter and other spread packets are increasingly limited as demand grows. 

With long lines and lukewarm meals, having a quick and accessible meal option is essential to the integrity of Lowry Dining Center. You can slice the bagel, butter it, make a sandwich, eat it plain, toss it in the toaster. A jack of all trades, yet so often understocked. 

I believe, from the deepest corners of my soul, that Lowry needs a proper bagel station in order to sustain the student body. I’m talking asiago cheese, cinnamon raisin, salt, pumpernickel, sesame seed — the whole nine yards. I want gallon tubs of peanut butter, butter, cream cheese and any schmear a hungry heart could desire. Imagine trudging in from a long wait in a rain-riddled line to the smell of fresh, warm bagels. Imagine slicing through the soft skin and into the delicious flesh to reveal a fresh canvas, waiting for your artistic eye to paint on your spread of choice. Perhaps you chose to toast it first, warming yourself from the inside out to counteract the hypothermia that’s starting to set in as you’re still dripping dry. Perhaps you keep it cool, focusing instead on the natural texture and taste of the beautiful little innertube. 

You deserve happiness. We all do. For $71,000 a year, we’ve earned a good selection of bagels. You could buy a three-motor Tesla Cybertruck with that money, or a small house in a big city, or a big house in a small town. Better yet, you could buy 35,500 bagels, and treat yourself to 97 bagels a day. 

Wooster students deserve a proper selection of bagels, and my soul will never rest until such a selection is achieved. Bring us bagels. Bring us life. 


Scotlight: Gabby Gajdos ’23

Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, my name is Gabby Gajdos. I use she/her pronouns, and I am a senior environmental studies major with a minor in music from Strongsville, Ohio.

What made you choose to major in environmental studies?

I’ve always struggled with figuring out what my passions were. There was always pressure on me to be passionate about music, but I was always very unmotivated to practice. Going forward with that, it’s very hard to find a career in music if you’re not practicing often — I just felt like that wasn’t the right fit for me. So, I figured out my major by just looking beyond that and seeing what else I was interested in. I really liked taking a biology class in high school that was about water conservation and different types of conservation so that kind of guided me to environmental studies. 

Can I ask you about your IS, or are you still figuring it all out?

Yes, you can ask about my IS. I’m still sorting out the details but overall I am looking into songs about certain environmental topics and seeing what the most popular themes are within them.

What else are you involved with on campus?

I am involved in Wooster Activities Crew (WAC) — I’m on the exec board where I serve as the music director. I am also Vice President of the Goliard, part of the orchestra and I work at the UG. 

Tell me a bit about your position in WAC as the music director.

With my position in WAC, I am the one who is behind the scenes, in charge of planning all of the big music concerts we have on campus, including Party on the Green and Springfest. A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of the planning we’re doing is three to six months in advance. So, I spent this past summer meeting with our advisor and figuring out what artists to bring to Wooster for Party on the Green, what other recreational activities would be fun for the event and potential themes. Once we figure that out, WAC comes together as a team to actually execute those logistics and it’s a really great feeling.

Who is your favorite artist you’ve helped bring to campus?

I found Wallice through a list of different up-and-coming artists online. I had never heard of that band beforehand, but I instantly fell in love with them. Then, to bring them to Wooster and see a bunch of my peers fall in love with the band was such a surreal experience. Since I also relate to a lot of their lyrics and they’re just a very fun personality set, I think that that was one of the best choices for Wooster.

What do you do as VP of the Goliard?

For vice president of the Goliard…this is a very new position to me. The Goliard is still trying to figure out what the position entails and just how to be a club in general. A lot of clubs really struggled through COVID and now we have to re-figure out what the club is and what our goals are. So through that, I think I am helping with the event planning, just kind of applying what I know from WAC to the Goliard, and also making sure that all the things I love about the Goliard are still happening.

Do you have a favorite Wooster memory?

One of my favorite college memories is playing at the Breakup Covers in February last year. I loved the crowd and the energy in the room.

What’s something that has been bringing you joy recently?

Spending time in the campus garden. I am in Sustainable Agriculture and I have friends trying to put together the gardening club. It’s a very mindful activity and it’s just fun to be a part of nature.

Anything you want to promote?

Yes, the first Covers is Sept. 30 and you can grab the Goliard literary magazine when we’ll be tabling over the next few weeks. And keep an eye out for WAC events.


The hottest scene: party on the green

Morgan Hunter, Contributing Writer
Photo Courtesy: The Wooster Voice

The results are in: the boogie was back on campus and a bit more metal this year. Another semester means another opportunity for our campus community to attend an outdoor concert put on by the one and only Wooster Activities Crew (WAC). With fun and entertainment for every type of person, Party on the Green 2022 was most certainly the biggest party of the season. For anyone who may want the down-low on this high-profile event, here’s what you need to know.

         Festivities kicked off last Saturday on the Residential Quad at 6 p.m., although many people arrived early in anticipation. Participants could find many booths and stations that had a selection of carnival-esque food, the biggest hits being pretzels and snow cones. WAC members could be found at stations with all sorts of prizes to help folks get into the concert spirit. With a long line well into the night, the henna station proved to be a crowd favorite. For anyone who wanted more physical fun out of their Party on the Green experience, there were plenty of inflatables to enjoy, manned by dedicated WAC members and volunteers alike.

         As the music started around 7 p.m., attendees flocked to the stage to see the highly-anticipated student opener: Tonal Whiplash. The band is a College of Wooster staple, made up of guitarist and vocalist Shane Byrne ’23 and drummer Artemis Swanson ’23. The two are known for both their innovative covers of alternative and rock songs and their intense and spirited originals that can be felt in the soul. One fan, Peter Barker ’23, described this act as the most fun they have had at a music event. “I especially liked the tie-ins that are specific to Wooster,” they explained. “Those especially made it feel special.” 

         The second act was Cleveland rapper Kipp Stone. His lyrics were well received and hard hitting, a pleasant surprise for those disappointed by the rapper who came last year. He performed his hits alongside his DJ, who was making his performance debut and even surprised the audience with a live freestyle rap. Towards the end of his set, Stone shared that Wooster was “probably [his] favorite place to perform” before introducing a new song that will be released in the near future.

         Finally, it was time for the main event: the headlining band Pom Pom Squad. The band, started by lead vocalist and guitarist Mia Berrin, was highly anticipated, especially due to their unique combination of intense sound and passionate lyrics. Their wide variety of influences and dedication to being the representation they hoped to see in the music industry made them a perfect fit for Wooster’s community.

         As the sun sets on another successful WAC event, many recount that it is disappointing that more students didn’t make the effort to come out and enjoy the festivities. One student in attendance, Ben Read ’23, mentioned that “The only thing is there’s not enough people, that’s the only issue.” 

The members of WAC work tirelessly leading up to and throughout the day of events such as these, yet many are unphased by these numbers. “In terms of turn-out, it was about what I expected it to be,” WAC member Willow Thomas ’25 explained. 

“I’d approximate attendance was around six hundred plus students,” commented Sarah Toby, assistant director of student engagement and advisor of WAC. “This was probably one of our best turnouts in attendance since pre-pandemic.” 

While it’s very unfortunate that so many Wooster students missed out on an event as memorable and successful as Party on the Green, never fear! It is only more of a reason to keep an eye out for whatever excitement WAC is planning next. 


Wooster Golf Sets Records and Receives Multiple Accolades

Miles Rochester, Sports Editor
A picture of the 18th hole at the Pine Hills Golf Club, where the Wooster men’s golf team competed in the Baldwin Wallace Invitational. Image Courtesy of Sam Norris ’25.

The women and men belonging to the College of Wooster’s golf program took to the road for a weekend invitational trip. The female Scots traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to participate in the Transylvania Fall Invitational, while their male counterparts stayed closer to home, commuting to Hinckley, Ohio to compete in the Baldwin Wallace Fall Invitational. Both teams, playing in their second event, looked to make a name for themselves and prepare for conference play. 

The women performed exceptionally well over the course of their two-day tournament, resulting in broken records and a third place finish behind two nationally ranked teams. The Scot women’s players shined, with Melissa Burtscher ’24 and Ada Pan ’26 leading the pack with tying low scores of 72. Burtscher not only impressed her teammates and peers with her low score, but she also posted the second eagle in Wooster’s program history on the first hole of the course. Through the first day of the tournament, Wooster had tied its program low round record at 318. Phenomenal play on the second day led to this same record being broken by a whopping 11 strokes, finishing the day at an extremely impressive 307. When playing 36 holes in one day, the average human might ask how it is possible for a golfer to stay consistent. For Pan, a Division I transfer and NCAC Athlete of the Week (for the second straight week), this experience was just another day on the course. “I have played a lot of 36 holes in one day,” Pan admitted. “Additionally,” she continued, “our school provides a pretty great practice space for us, which has been a huge help in preparing for tournaments.” Pan, whose favorite hole on the course was the eighth, believes that this performance is only a glimpse of what the team can accomplish. 

While the women triumphed in Kentucky, the men found their swing at Baldwin Wallace, also placing third place in a highly competitive field. A notable performance came from first-year NCAC Athlete of the Week Gabe Guthrie ’26, who shot an even par at the tournament. Guthrie, who sank two birdies this weekend, led the Scots’ “A” squad, as well as topping all other Division III athletes at the event. Another great round came from David Dennis ’24 who led the “B” squad with a score of 77.  

Sam Norris ’25 shared his thoughts about the current squad and why this year is a special one for the Scots, claiming that “this group has some of the best team chemistry and also some really great depth.”  Part of that chemistry could be credited to the fact that this is the first time during Norris’ time at Wooster that a team captain was named. “They’ve stepped up,” Sam said, praising the team’s leaders, “and it can only get better not having any seniors leaving us after this year.”  The women will once again try to break records at the Heidelberg Fall Invitational on September 16-17, while the men will move forward from a positive weekend and strike again at the Mount Union Fall Invitational on Sept. 24-25. Go Scots!


Women’s Tennis Opens Season at Kenyon Invitational

Langston Hood, Senior Sports Writer

The Wooster women’s tennis team traveled to Gambier, Ohio to partake in the Kenyon Invitational, where the newly-minted Kenyon Owls hosted eight teams from Ohio and beyond in a two-day tournament. Along with Wooster, Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Denison, John Carroll, Otterbein, Oberlin and Indiana University of Pennsylvania met for Kenyon’s version of the U.S. Open. Although the weather evaporated Sunday’s portion of the singles matches, Wooster embraced the difficulties and salvaged what they could from a weekend of hard fought matches. 

Saturday began with a series of tough singles matches for the Fighting Scots, as first-year Sarah Mashaal ’26 fell to Olivia Eckels ’25 of Otterbein University in a three set match (6-7, 7-5, 5-10). Eckels would go on to defeat Abby Aitken ’24 in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) as she played the villain more than once over the course of Saturday’s proceedings. Otilia Oita ’24 was also defeated in her singles matches against Lalasa Nagireddy ’25 of Kenyon in a three set battle (7-6, 3-6, 4-10). Oita would also fall to Asha Shukla ’26 of Case Western, in her second singles match of the day (2-6, 5-7). 

Despite the tough start, Oita remains confident that the rest of the season will see the Fighting Scots return to their winning ways. Oita reflected positively on the invitational saying, “this weekend, we played some really good schools and we all had close matches. I have high hopes for another regional ranking this year after seeing how the team elevated its game. I think it’s going to be an exciting season!”

Wooster found success in the singles portion of the Invitational later in the day as sophomore Janaki Jagnnathan ’25 recovered from a first set deficit to fight off Chloe Ku ’24 of Case Western in a close match (6-7, 6-3, 10-8). This came after Jagannathan dropped her first match against Anika Joshi ’26 of Carnegie Mellon, who dominated Court Three on Saturday, defeating each opponent that she faced. 

First-year Cherry Patlolla ’26 also picked up a win for the Scots defeating Felicity Kolb ’26 of John Carroll in dominant fashion, dropping only three games (6-1, 6-2). Patlolla faltered in her following match, an all-out war, with Sofia Zafiropulos ’26 of Denison as the two battled for the Court One throne (6-4, 4-6, 7-10). Abby Aitken ’24 tallied a win for the Fighting Scots as she defeated another John Carroll Blue Streak in dominant fashion, allowing Anna Vitale ’26 to win only three games in their match (6-3, 6-0). Aitken reflected on her experiences off the court that the invitational provided, speaking to the team’s camaraderie and the way the invitational brought them together. Aitken said, “my favorite part about playing in the Kenyon Invitational was getting to cheer on my teammates and having my teammates cheer me on. These really long tournaments are great for team bonding.” 

This unity was on full display as Saturday drew to a close with the Scots winning two of their doubles matches, claiming victory. The Wooster pairing consisting of Abby Williams ’26 and Katie Materick ’23 defeated a pair from Denison in a close match that finished 8-7. Aitken and Mashaal followed suit, laying waste to Vitale and Emma Boreman ’26 of John Carroll by a score of 8-5. These matches would bring Saturday to a close as the first day of the invitational ended. 

Sunday would play host to a strange set of circumstances as inclement weather drove play back inside, forcing the singles portion of the invitational to be called off as the outdoor courts were no longer playable. The day began with a rocky start as the doubles teams of Oita/Jagannathan and Patlolla/Nguyen both lost to teams from Case Western in convincing fashion. However, Patlolla/Nguyen found their stride in their next match, defeating a Kenyon pair in a nail-biting 8-7 victory. In the Scots’ last action of the weekend, Williams/Materick defeated an Otterbein team by a score of 8-6. 

Although the Fighting Scots struggled to find consistent results at times, the team remains positive and looks forward to broadcasting their resilient spirit as the season continues. Aitken reflected on the invitational in a positive manner, saying that she feels the team’s best tennis is ahead of them. “I’m looking forward to playing more matches in the rest of the fall season, but also getting to play with my teammates in the spring as well. We really bond as a team during these long weekend tournaments because we are spending so much time together celebrating wins, supporting after losses, and having so much fun.”

Wooster returns to the courts on Saturday, Sept. 17 in a home match against the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets!


Men’s Soccer Falls in Close Contest with Westminster

Eliot Barrengos, Contributing Writer
The men’s soccer team is optimistic that their hard work willl eventually pay off on the scoreboard, and players are emphasizing the importance of finishing goals to win games. Image courtesy of Wooster Athletics.

The fifth game of the men’s soccer season did not end in a victory, but the Fighting Scots remained resilient. The Scots, who entered the day looking to secure their first victory of the year, played a close game that seemed, at one moment, like it had the makings of a comeback. Unfortunately, the Scots fell to the Westminster Titans by a final score of 2-1 last Saturday afternoon. The game was scoreless throughout the first half thanks in large part to the work of junior goalkeeper Jason Prather ’24, who saved three shots in the first half, including a penalty kick, to keep the game knotted at 0-0.

The two teams traded blows in the second half, with Westminster drawing first blood on a goal by forward Tyler Caterino ’22 scored in the 67th minute. The Fighting Scots responded quickly to the deficit, with their lone goal scored by Elliot Miller ’26 just three minutes later. With 20 minutes of play remaining, Miller lined up at the top of the 18-yard box for a shot on goal. After scoring, he rushed to the corner of the field followed by his teammates as he leaped and punched the air in celebration. In a close game, the first-year starter had chosen a dramatic moment to score the first goal of his college career. Miller described the feeling as “pure joy” with his family in attendance, adding that, “it was special having them there and being able to pick them out in the stands after the goal.”

With just under 20 minutes left in a tied game, it seemed as though Wooster had a chance to secure their first win of the year, but Westminster would have the last laugh when Connor Schmidt ’25 secured the victory for the Titans with a goal in the 81st minute. Down by one with nine minutes to go, the Scots were not able to rally again to push the contest into overtime. Despite the tough loss, the attitude remained positive in the Scots’ locker room. As Prather put it, “we have dominated our games in the run of play. Now we need it on the scoreboard.” Miller described the effort on Saturday as “fantastic,” saying that, “everyone is putting 100% into each game …unfortunately, the results aren’t falling for us currently, but we are putting in the work at practice to get better as a team and prepare for Wednesday.”

To change the outcome in their future matches, the Scots will have to produce more offense. Wooster managed one goal on Saturday and has scored just four times all season. Overall, they have been outscored by their opponents 7-4. The players feel that their process is solid, but have not quite yet yielded the offense they need to finish off a win. Prather said he felt the team “played hard [and] “executed what we wanted in the broadest sense [but] lacked the finishing detail [we] really needed.” Miller added that the focus needs to be on “not only creating scoring opportunities but finishing them as well.”

Westminster’s rally means the Fighting Scots are still winless. The men’s soccer team has now dropped back-to-back games after losing to John Caroll last Thursday. After Saturday’s loss, Wooster’s record fell to (0-3-2). The season is still relatively young, and the mindset remains the same for the guys on the field. As Prather put it, “it’s a long season and, as much as we want that one back, we gotta keep pushing forward.” 

Wooster will have another chance in front of their home fans on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.  against Defiance College. Come support the Scots as they play their Black and Gold Weekend match.


The Wooster Voice 9/9/2022


COVID-19 spreads as masks become optional


Holly Shaum – Staff Writer

The first weeks of the fall semester have been marked with highs and lows.
Students returned to campus to find a new dining hall but were also faced with an
outbreak of COVID-19.
As of Sept. 5, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists Wayne
County at a level of medium risk of infection for COVID-19. This comes as the
number of hospitalizations has increased in recent weeks. As of Aug. 30, there were
31 positive cases on Wooster’s campus. Due to this spike in cases, Wooster
extended its campus-wide mask mandate until Sept. 6, signaling to students and
staff that the pan-demic is not fully behind us. From Sept. 7 onwards, masks will be
optional in all spaces except for the Longbrake Student Wellness Center and on
College transportation, where they will remain mandatory. Kevin Lowry, the COVID-
19 prevention facilitator, maintained a hopeful outlook, stating that he “was
expecting about a two or three percent infection rate,” but given students returning
from across the country and the world, “the less than one percent infection rate
that we are currently seeing is pretty good.” Reflecting on the outbreak last year,
Lowry suggested that multiple factors contributed to it, including visitors from Ohio
State University, which maintained “a fairly robust [COVID-19] level” and large
events like I.S. Symposium. To prevent further outbreaks, Lowry stated that the
College would not be allowing visitors to stay overnight in residence halls or in
campus housing.
This increase in infection coincides with a related issue: the College is suing its
insurance provider for losses incurred during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Wooster joins 57 colleges and universities, including fellow Ohio institutions Denison
University and Kenyon College, in bringing forth the lawsuit. The plaintiffs seek a
declaratory judgment against the insurance company, alleging that the losses they
incurred are covered under the policy and the insurers are responsible for paying
up. Additionally, the plaintiffs claim the insurance company breached their contract
by denying coverage for their claims. The lawsuit has yet to be settled.
Looking ahead, the CDC and the White House are moving forward with plans for a
fall booster campaign centered on a new vaccine. This latest booster shot, known as
the “bivalent” booster, specifically targets the BA.4 and BA.5 variants of COVID-19,
which were not addressed by the original booster vaccines. According to the CDC,
Ameri- cans will be considered up-to-date on protection against the virus after
receiving the bivalent booster, regardless of the number of boosters received
previously. The bivalent booster will be offered from Pfizer and BioNTech for people
12 and older, as well as Moderna for adults 18 and older.

Until these new booster shots are available or COVID cases start to decrease across
Wayne County, students should continue to follow the guidance provided by the
Wellness Center and other health personnel.


Bat infestations and bites plague
student residence buildings

Over 50 bats found in dorms and houses without
air conditioning or recent renovations
Samuel Boudreau – Editor in Chief
A Little Brown Bat captured in Compton Hall after residents sought
rabies shots from local hospitals (photo courtesy: Mei Daly ’26)

At the end of her first week at The College of Wooster, Celena McCabe ’26 noticed
an unusual mark on her leg. “I decided to check myself,” said McCabe, “and I saw a
weird little mark.” She drove to the Wooster Community Hospital, where medical
professionals told her she was bit by a bat. “I was technically bitten on the 26th of
August,” said McCabe, “but I did not figure out [that I had a bite] until
the 29th. The hospital, how- ever, was out of rabies shots, a fact later confirmed by
The Wooster Daily Record. With the absence of rabies vaccines, McCabe traveled to Lodi, Ohio, to receive an initial dose of the rabies vac- cine along with six shots of
immunoglobulin. According to records from the Wooster Community Hospital,
McCabe continues to receive the rest of her rabies vaccine doses in Wooster.
McCabe, a third-floor Compton resident, did not see a bat in her room but frequently
saw bats flying throughout Compton’s hallways. Across the hall, Mei Daly ’26 noticed a bat on her windowsill on Sunday, Aug. 29. The bat disappeared from her room, but after taking
a nap later in the day, she noticed a swelling bite on her leg. “My friend was bitten
by a bat on Friday night,” said Daly, “because I knew other people who had been
bitten, I knew this clearly was not a mosquito bite.”
From Aug. 12 to Sept. 5, Campus Safety reported 52 bats in residential spaces. Bat
infestations in the College’s dorms and campus houses made headlines throughout
Northeast Ohio and eerily echoed bat infestations in the early portion of the 2021
fall semester, where a total 42 bats called various residence and academic buildings
home, confirmed by Campus Safety. “What we are seeing this year is bat pups
following insects to eat,” said Beau Mastrine, Director of Facilities Budget & Project
Ad- ministration. “The birth rate appears to be higher than normal this year.”
In a breakdown of which dorms had bats, campus safety reported that Holden had
30 bats, Westminster Lodge had 5, Kenarden Lodge had 4 and Wagner Hall had 1. “I
know that we have had a few students bitten in Compton Hall,” said Joe Kirk,
Director of Campus Safety, “but in those cases the students have not seen the bats,
but woke up with bat bites so Compton Hall is not on this list, but we have had bat
issues there.” All of the dorms that were reported by Campus Safety to have bat
incidents — Holden, Wagner, Kenarden, Compton and Westminster — are all dorms
without air conditioning. When asked how the bat entered her room, Daly said the
tiny mammal entered through her window screen. “I did not take the screen out or
anything,” said Daly, “I just put my fan in front of the window.” “There was a nice
little hole in my screen,” they continued, “and they can fit through about a pencil-
sized hole.” Mastrine said that there are multiple reasons for bat infestations in
residence buildings. “To clarify, bats are gaining access due to doors being left
open, damaged screens and AC units that are not approved to be installed,” said
Mastrine.
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, Dean Cliff Bobbit, Dean Ashley Reid, Kirk, Facilities Staff
Tom Lockard (ONDR Nuisance Wildlife License Professional) and other college staff
held a meeting in the Compton main lounge for residents to provide information on
the current bat situation in the City of Wooster and on campus. They also discussed
efforts to seal up building envelopes with screens or door props and other
preventative measures. “This is an opportunity to talk about what to do if you see a
bat in your room or common space,” said Jake Marion, Assistant Director of
Residence Life, in an email to Compton resi dents. “College protocols for bats, our
work with Wayne County Health Dept. to test bats, and our commitment to
supporting students.”
At the meeting, McCabe shared a message with ad- ministrative members “We pay
the same as students living in non-hazardous environments,” read the statement.

“This school is very costly and we deserve and pay for fair treatment. Students
alleged that they were being forced out of our room due to fear of more bites and
that they spent the night on the floor of Bornhuetter Hall. “Wooster wants to give all
their students equality,” said Daly, “it is not equal for us to be paying the same
amount as people in A.C. dorms…”
Along with dorms, multiple houses had bat infestations from early August to
September. Houses with bats include Lewis House (3 bats), Colonial House (2 bats),
Corner House (1 bat), Troyer House (1 bat), Keiffer House (1 bat), Miller Manor (2
bats), Yost House (1 bat) and Gable House (1 bat), according to Campus Safety.
Lewis House residents claimed that an additional two bats entered their house. “A
lot of them came through our window screens and not properly sealed holes in the
attic door and pipes,” said Ann Venditti ’24, a Lewis House resident.
Colonial House residents, home to the Women of Im- ages executive board, had to
temporarily relocate them- selves due to bat infestations. “We believe the bats
brought in insects that have caused members of the house to relocate,” said Aku
Unvu ’25, co-President of Women of Images. “This experience has truly changed my
out- look on the College and how it treats its students.”
Kenarden and Wagner, have not been renovated since 1991. When asked if Holden,
Compton or West- minster received past full-scale renovations, Mastrine answered
“N/A.” In 2012, Dober Lidsky Mathey (DLM), a campus planning firm, published a
“Campus Plan” for The College of Wooster, calling to “[r]enovate exist- ing student
housing, one or two buildings per year on a schedule that will allow the College to
complete renovations within the next 10 years.” The firm conducted a survey of the
student-body regarding housing conditions and recommendations. The document
stated that “The sequence of housing to be renovated are: Wagner, Compton,
Andrews, Douglass, Bissman, Holden, Armington and Stevenson.”
Arthur J. Lidsky, President of DLM, stated that when most Colleges have renovation
plans, “whether it’s in a master plan or not, it’s really dependent on fundraising and
what the funds are that might come in and will help advance a particular project.” “I
really don’t know what the situation is [at Wooster],” he said, “but there is a real
dependency upon funding and donor interests in what they would like to put their
name on.”
Eight years later, in 2020, Hastings + Chivetta, an architectural firm that specializes
in campus master planning, developed an update to the College’s 2012 Master Plan.
Hastings + Chivetta’s involvement in an updated plan dates back to November 19,
2019, when the firm visited campus to discuss the plan with the campus
community.
According to their web- site, Hastings + Chivetta created a 10-year list of priorities
in the following or- der: (1) New 12-court tennis complex on the Wooster Inn site (2021 2022), (2) Phase 1 Replacement of Program Houses in the North, South or East Residential Precincts (2023), (3) Renovate Burton D. Morgan Hall to accommodate relocating Communication Sciences & Disorders from Wishart Hall (2025-2026), (4) Construct Parking and a New Grounds Facility on University Street between Spink and Gasche Streets (2024), (5) Expand and renovate Freedlander Theater and renovate Wishart Hall (2025-2026), (6) Renovate Papp Stadium with New Entry Plaza, Grand stands and replacement of Artificial Turf & Track Surface (2027-2028), (7) Phase 2 replacement of Program Houses in the North, South or East Residential Precincts (2029-2030), (8) Phased renovation of Holden Hall (2030-2031).

“A master plan is to help the College set priorities,” said Mastrine. “It’s up to the
College to put those plans in place as funding is available.” Mastrine said facilities
presented a plan to the Board of Trustees in February. “I would expect at our next
board meeting we will get some direction on next steps for the housing plan.”
Mastrine also said that the College is taking steps toward a Holden Hall renovation.
“We are beginning to have conversations about Holden Hall.” The College’s 10-year master plan does not include renovation plans specifically for Compton, Wagner, Douglass or Bissman. When asked about other first- year dorms mentioned in the 2012 plan, Mastrine re- sponded that “…in the master plans of the past, [they] were listed, but currently there are no plans in place.” When reflecting on her bat encounter at the College, Daly said she was on the brink of leaving the College. “I was telling my mother if one more thing happened,” said Daly, “I’m leaving.”

“ Wooster wants to give all their students equality. It is
not equal for us to be paying the same amount as
people in A.C. dorms…”

– Mei Daly ’26


How I Relived a Year in Six Painful Days

Mudiwa Mungoshi – Viewpoints Editor

Was I sure I wanted to buy those crochet hooks and knitting needles? And what about the
yoga mat? Maybe I also wanted to buy some hair gel and other items I knew I would
definitely not need once I escaped the four walls of my room that had become my isolation nation. I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. In the six days that would follow, I experienced the equivalent of a year of quarantine. Remember how 2020 began? With all those Happy New Year messages and “20/20 vision” memes? Well, that’s essentially how I began my semester. And then came along the pandemic that began as ‘nothing to stress over,’ only to turn into the reason we all took up Fortnite dancing as a career. So, here I was, stuck in my room alone. The first day was easy-I felt like a pro. What could the next six days show me that I didn’t already know? Nothing. So, I breezed through it. I emailed my professors, did what work I could, arranged my room, and made appointments for Microsoft Teams meetings with various people. I was unstoppable. The second and third days moved in the same way. And then came day four, or three, depending on how you count. I woke up at 7:30 a.m., and went back to sleep at 8:00 a.m. I woke up again at noon and decided I wanted to knit. It had been seven years since the last time I had knit anything at all, but here I was. Not only that, I was convinced I could knit myself a scarf in one day. I also decided to continue crocheting a blanket I have been working on for over a year now. Safe to say I made a lot of interesting decisions that day. And I paced. I paced my room at least 500 times. I began to feel so incredibly antsy… so apart from the world that was Wooster. In many ways, this made me glad. Ultimately, though, it had me suffering at the thought of not being able to ask my friends to grab a meal, or not being able to ask a professor a question in class about
something I didn’t understand. Looking back, I also reconnected with myself. Parts of Mudiwa I hadn’t checked in with in a very long time be- came familiar to myself once more. And I realized how much we take for granted. Even though life can be a maelstrom of madness, it’s nice to have people near when we need it most. And sometimes I do need that. So to anyone in isolation or quarantine, I hope you find yours.


It’s Time to Pay the Piper: The Grim
Realities of Working as an RA

Savannah Sima

One of the most invaluable resources for any insular liberal arts campus, especially in a rural environment, is labor. Where are we able to sufficiently hire the labor necessary to maintain an almost totally insular campus? Internally. Who exactly becomes the necessary potential candidates for hire when an entire campus must sustain its own operations internally? Students.
This campus, operated and maintained by the staff and the Wooster community, also de-
pends on a particular pool of students for tasks we lack employees to complete – Resident Assistants (RAs). On top of existing responsibilities for our roles (on-call shifts, programming, floor meetings, weekly staff meetings, etc.) RAs take on tasks ‘as assigned’ per our contracts. Across RAs, I think there is widespread agreement that we have to take on tasks as needed for different residents, communities and to help one another out as the year progresses. RAs are not compensated disproportionately, we receive similar pay. And yet, the issue is the workload. The inequality is between RAs themselves in their workloads.
RAs receive a graduated stipend every year that increases from 50% to 70% with each
semester you work as an RA. Except, RAs are not actually directly paid this stipend, it is
applied to our room & board, even though we lose the ability to work 10 hours for the
College to make money from other campus roles each week.
This ‘RA hour cap’ has made many senior RAs resign in the past (around three RAs re signed just before this semester due to financial instability posed by the role), in order to make money to fund their college degree or take on a role related to their field that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise due to our inability to work be- yond 10 hours per week for another role. RAs have raised this issue nearly every semester that I have been an RA, but the College has not aided Res Life in finding an equitable way to increase our pay to be more in line with the work we complete (trainings, closing, move-in, on top of weekly hours worked that surpass 10 as soon as you have an 8:00 p.m.-8:00 a.m. on-call shift) without taking away financial aid from RAs.
This hours cap, use of a stipend instead of actual pay, in tandem with the dissimilar amount of work RAs perform across roles, has completely burnt out a significant number of RAs. Many of us have expressed a desire to quit to be able to work to make revenue to cover the rising out-of- pocket costs of college, but we are now dependent on a stipend that isn’t even enough to cover our room & board to be able to attend college at all. RAs that cover their cost of attendance and necessities themselves struggle to do so, and this in- ability to cover costs shows in the capacity of different RAs to be fully present for their respective communities. The role that economic class plays in our ability to be present as RAs is scarcely acknowledged beyond RAs that have to work multiple on-campus and off- campus jobs being reprimanded and questioned under our past director. RAs do not have an equal capacity to be present due to our pay structure and dissimilar backgrounds, which is worsened by the varied workload that an RA may receive from their community. First-year RAs engage in more programming, lockouts, on-call shifts and resident guidance across the board because that is what first-year communities need. Some
RAs have 20 direct residents while others may have 50. Some RAs have to design
programming by themselves for entire buildings or bring existing communities together with unique programming. Some RAs have to do little to no programming because of existing programs. The wide variance in work performed week-to-week after all-staff meetings and trainings makes the RA role plainly inequitable and exhausting for many students. This is no to mention the varied workloads that RAs have for their course-work, respective degrees and extracurriculars on top of other strenuous responsibilities and challenges outside of the RA role. All Res Life Pro Staff have expressed their sup- port for raising our wages and Johnathon Reynolds even proposed a new RA plan to cover our room & board that covered the cost of a double room entirely at Wooster with a tiered increase in board that mirrors the increase in our current stipend.
This new pay scale would exist alongside the current stipend that RAs are given per
semester. Though, this increase in pay would include modifications to our capacity to work
in other roles on campus. That was shot down by our budget committee. Why, after all of
this agreement and recognition of the strain that our method of pay disproportionately
places on students, and support given by the administration and our own staff, are RAs
constantly rejected for a raise in pay by governing bodies like the budget committee? This
campus effectively runs off of the labor of students, students who typically cannot say no to additional income to be able to send money home or cover their own cost of attendance. The College of Wooster is even underpaying their RAs in contrast to our sister schools (Ohio Wesleyan, Kenyon, Oberlin, Denison) when we comparably take on more work than RAs at other institutions. This campus runs off of the labor of students, it is time to actually pay these students equitably.

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Hot Takes: What Students Think of New Lowry Student Center

Emma Shinker – Features Editor

Last Saturday, The Wooster Voice sent a survey to the student body asking students to
share their experiences with the newly renovated Lowry Student Center and new dining
contractor, Creative Dining Services. Respondents were asked to rate 9 different aspects of the remodel and the switch in food services out of 5 stars. They were then given a chance to explain their answers. The survey brought in 321 responses. 

Variety of Food (2.98 average rating)
The variety of food received a very mixed response. “Sometimes I think the variety of
food is great, other times it seems like only a couple things look even remotely appetizing,” commented Emma Downing ’24. Other students, such as Alexis Kelbley ’23, were disappointed in the lack of consistent options. “They have the same food every week!” they said. “And my safe options (i.e. the sandwich station that had quesadillas and good sandwich options and stir fry) are no longer there.” Another common response was that stations are frequently closed, making it difficult to access a variety of food.

Taste/Quality of Food (3.34 average rating)
Student opinion in this category was extremely varied, with some students unhappy with
bland dishes and undercooked meat, and others excited about what they saw as an improvement from previous years. Seth Whitehead ’24 commented that “the quality has become less predictable,” which seemed to be a trend, with many students writing about both positive and negative experiences.

Accessing Menus/Using the FD Meal Planner App (2.62 average rating)
While many students said that they hadn’t used or didn’t know about the app, others
raised questions about its usefulness. “Many of the listed options are unavailable in the dining hall, hours for meals are not listed, and the app has extra things to click on before you can even see the menu,” said Lauren Kreeger ’23. “Additionally, ingredients can differ from what’s listed, or be unavailable to read.” Some respondents also pointed out that the menus for both Knowlton and Boo Bear’s are no longer accessible. Not everyone has had a bad experience, though. Kelsey Mize ’26 said the app “is easy to access and has the menus laid out very nicely.”

Seating/Dining Experience (3.97 average rating)
Many of the responses to this prompt were contradictory. The addition of booths, the
amount of seating and the ability to easily eat with a large group all received both positive and negative comments. Linnea Kedziora ’22 said, “I like the little booths that are the perfect size for one or two people,” but Ava Siegel ’25 thought the atmosphere was “overwhelming, cramped and loud.” Students also noted that the layout of the dining areas is more complicated, resulting in crowds and confusion. That being said, numerous responses complimented the look of the new building.


Access to Food Options Past 8 p.m. (2.49 average rating)
The main concern with access to food past 8 p.m. was the lack of variety, especially for
students that want healthy options. Other students worried about only being able to spend flex dollars after 8 p.m. However, many expressed hope that the options would increase with the opening of the basement of the renovated building and the relaunch of the C-store.

Sustainability (2.34 average rating)
Most comments about sustainability regarded the frequent use of plastic cups and plates,
though many students noted that they recognized that understaffing has been an issue. Although students were disappointed with the amount of single-use plastic, some were happy that the “real” plates and silverware were coming into the rotation occasionally. 

Building Accessibility (4.17 average rating)
Though this category received a higher rating than any other, many students noted that
because they were able-bodied, they were not able to accurately or fully evaluate the
accessibility of the building. Despite this, some concerns were brought up about the long lines stretching outside and the lack of a button to open the main doors. Others were excited about the dining hall’s new location on the first floor. 

Access to Vegetarian/Vegan/Allergen-free Options Relative to Previous Years (2.92
average rating)
While some students expressed discontent with the lack of vegetarian and vegan options
(and the disappearance of the campus favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies), some were
satisfied. Allergen-free options were a similar story. “While they added the Zone, they took away many other foods that gluten free people could eat,” said Ellen McAllister ’24. “It has been very difficult to find a balanced meal.” Other students worried about the open containers of nuts and the fact that full ingredient lists are not easily available.

The Wooster Voice reached out to Marjorie Shamp, Director of Campus Dining, about
student concerns. “Unfortunately, we were provided with a very short window of time to set up and move into Lowry Dining Hall,” Shamp responded. “This has us very far behind in getting organized, and we are still receiving training on some pieces of equipment, and need to hire additional staff to support this large facility.” Though not all of the new equipment is operational at this time, Shamp said campus dining has “a great menu planned with more stations open and a great variety, so stay tuned.” The opening of MacLeod’s Convenience Store and Coffee Bar on Sept. 10 will provide options for meals such as “grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, hot sandwiches, smoothies, coffee drinks and more,” Shamp added, explaining that this will hopefully reduce lines and provide more late-night options. The FD Meal Planner app is also a work in progress. “We are
still working on loading our menu information into the software that supports FD Meal Planner. This will improve.”

Overall, the survey demonstrated the wide range of attitudes on campus towards the
campus center renovation and the switch to Creative Dining Services. The impacts of the
changes in regard to accessibility, seating, sustainability and food options are all up for debate as Campus Dining adjusts to the new year.


Scot Spirit Day Showcases the Campus Community

Emilie Eustace – Features Editor

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Oak Grove was roaring with energy as Scot Spirit Day was held
for the 2022-23 school year. Student leaders showcased over 120 organizations at the event through various displays, active member discussion, flyers, enticing handouts and performances in hopes to inform and recruit potential new members. As this is the one event on campus that allows all organizations to gather together at once, Scot Spirit Day continues to prove the strength of the college community. Featured organizations were asked what their goals were for the upcoming year, both internally and externally. Here were there responses:

Douglas Richardson ’23, President of Xi Chi Psi: “Our goal as a group is to build a bigger community internally and externally in our fraternity. We are really planning to implement more DEI trainings, sexual safety trainings and party safety into our activities this year as well. We are working on getting our numbers up because COVID really shrunk the size of our group. We are all kind of stepping out of our boxes, in a way, for rush this year because it is the first one with some normalcy back, so we are just really excited to grow this year!”

Veda Massanari-Thatcher ’23, President, and Emily Hasecke ’23, Secretary, of the Sexual Respect Coalition: “Our biggest goal this year is to build an inclusive and safe community for everyone on campus. We would also like to collaborate with other clubs to fully serve the campus community through increasing sexual safety and comfort at Wooster.” Isabel Manche ’23, President of Neuroscience Club: “As with many other academic clubs, we are still rebounding from COVID and getting back to our pre-2020 activities, so we would like to start a lot of those back up. There seems to have been a lot of interest in Neuroscience Club at Scot Spirit Day, so I look forward to a much more active year.” Yatzari Venzor ’23, President, and Sammie Burke ’23, Vice-President, of the National
Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “As a group, we hope to make our major and organization more well known on campus. We are one of the few STEM majors that are not in Williams, creating a break in the STEM community on campus. Although we are still in Wishart, we hope to become more widely known on campus.”

Mae Kroger ’24, Vice-President of Knot Another Fiber Arts Society: “We really like to just
get together as a community to learn how to be creative and procrastinate our other work a little bit. We have fun and productively procrastinate through knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, embroidering and anything you can think of in the fiber arts world.”
Claire Berlin ’23, member of the Greenhouse Club: “We are looking to be actively involved
in promoting sustainability on campus, educate the campus on how to recycle properly and get back into our club activities that we had to stop due to COVID.”
EB Fluharty ’24, Social Media Manager of Wooster Activities Crew (WAC): “This year
WAC hopes to put on a large variety of events for all students to enjoy! We want to increase our membership this year, so we can put on more fun events and grow as a team. WAC is also collaborating with a few other student orgs and is very excited for these upcoming events .” Angelina Bolivar ’24, member of COWBelles: “Performing at Scot Spirit Day has made me so excited for the rest of our events and performances that will be held throughout the year. We had a large turnout for auditions, and I think that we have built a really strong group this year. As a treble group that is incredibly inclusive to all members, I have a feeling that our goal of growing close with one another will be easily accomplished this year.” It is apparent that many groups on campus are excited to navigate the upcoming year, having the most normalcy since the beginning of the pandemic, and have many goals set for their members and the campus as a whole. If you did not have the chance to stop by Scot Spirit Day and would like to look into all of the organizations represented on campus, check out
https://wooster.presence.io/.


The return of the slasher film:
Releases and remakes in 2022

Haley Huett – A&E Editor

The movie ends and the credits roll. The lights come up in the theater (or you jump off your couch and turn them on before you get too scared). You clutch your keys and look over your shoulder as you walk to your car. At home, you check to make sure the door is locked and that a killer hasn’t taken up residence in your closet. Is there a monster under your bed? Horror films leave audiences frightened long after they have ended. They tap into the distinctly human fear of the other. Ghosts, demons, monsters and murderers enter into familiar spaces to disturb the normalcy and peace the audience expects from them. Summer camps become killing grounds. Suburban homes become hosts for the demonic. However, the ability of horror films to terrorize us extends past the gory murders and the jump scares we see on-screen. Rather, the power of horror films derives from its reflection of societal fears back at the viewer – whether we notice it or not. The types of antagonists featured in scary movies represent the dominant concerns within
society, especially those which plague Americans. Some of the earliest horror movies featured conventional monsters. Vampires, werewolves and other creatures evoke the fear of predators, and the horror films of the early twentieth century built from the corpus of folk tales that capitalized on this fear. In the 1960s, horror shifted from the supernatural to the psychological. Influences from the Cold War and McCarthyism bore a collection of films fascinated by a voyeuristic killer, such as in “Psycho” or “Peeping Tom.” Released in the same decade, “Rosemary’s Baby,” released shortly after the birth control pill became widespread and accessible, explores fears of sexuality and reproductive rights. In 2016, the rise of home invader films represented xenophobia and the fear of foreigners which were reflected in political rhetoric throughout America. One of the most popular sub-genres of horror is the slasher film. It features a single killer that systematically stalks and murders a group of people. Popular in the 1980s, the slasher represents those who have been ostracized by society and tend to correlate with a rise in conservative ideology. The slasher is juxtaposed with the normal members of society that he targets. Considering that many slasher films feature a killer who is motivated by rage and revenge, the
killer exacts revenge against these inheritors of social stability and security. The sub-genre’s origins in the 1980s are linked to Reaganomics and the associated rejection of social responsibility. Classic slasher films include “Halloween,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th.” These films helped establish the genre and are responsible for creating the tropes associated with this type of movie. This year, horror has returned to the concept of the slasher. In fact, these classic slasher films have been revitalized and remade by Hollywood in 2022. A remake of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was released in February of 2022 and “Halloween Ends,” part of the “Halloween” franchise, will be released in October. The “Scream” franchise was revisited in 2022, with the release of “Scream 5.” Another slasher film released this year, A24’s “X,” about a group of pornographers who are murdered on a rural farm, will be followed by its prequel “Pearl” in September.  The slasher has returned. This year has shown a renewed fascination in the subgenre of horror, dominating the releases this year. Horror is the mirror into society’s greatest and deepest fears. What are we reflecting into it?


Album of the Week: 15 Years of Bon Iver’s “For Emma, Forever Ago”

Colin Schrein – A&E Editor

This summer, Bon Iver’s seminal album “For Emma, Forever Ago” reached its 15th year
since its initial release on July 8, 2007. Justin Vernon, Bon Iver’s mastermind and primary
songwriter, released this album after a winter retreat to his father’s old hunting cabin in rural Wisconsin. What came out of that cold isolation was a sparse, yet rich, set of songs that reflected the thoughts of a man turned inward. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. It is beautiful all the way through and touches on a wide variety of emotions ranging from sorrow and sadness to acceptance and hopefulness. The first track on “For Emma, Forever Ago” is “Flume,” a song which many find relatable and touching, but it is hard to pinpoint why. The lyrics give a deep sense of vulnerability, which is consistent throughout a lot of Vernon’s words. As he sings “I wear my garment so it shows/Now you know,” Vernon gives himself up to the listener. Starting off the album with such an authentic track allows the listener to be open to a plethora of feelings
throughout the whole LP.  “Skinny Love,” perhaps Bon Iver’s most widely known song, is a true tear-jerker. Composed only with the use of an old resonator guitar, a soft kick drum and Vernon’s raw and emotive voice, this song lays the cards on the table. Vernon sings of a broken relationship and the effect that another person can have in your life. Vernon explained what the term “skinny love” means in a 2011 interview with Pitchfork: “You’re in a relationship because you need help, but that’s not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that’s skinny. It doesn’t have weight. Skinny love doesn’t have a chance because it’s not nourished.” Justin Vernon paints a painstaking picture with “Skinny Love.” A picture of love gone astray from what it hoped to be. One cannot help but feel touched in some way by this track, as not many artists delve into such an exposed view on relationships. There are love songs and then there is “Skinny Love.” Endcapping “For Emma, Forever Ago” is “Re: Stacks,” which closes the album on a subtle and bittersweet note. This track tinges on remembrance and acceptance, as Vernon recalls times past and returns to emotional tranquility. At the tail end of such a heart-wrenching album,
“Re: Stacks” is a summation of sorrow and personal anguish. In a lofty falsetto voice Vernon sings, “Everything that happens is from now on/This is pouring rain/This is paralyzed.” Acceptance is truly what makes so much pain worth it in the end. Taking what you have experienced and learning to become at ease with it is the point that Vernon reaches by the end of the album. “For Emma, Forever Ago” has personally touched me where no other album has and it has spread its influence throughout the works of many subsequent artists and songwriters. Through its tough-love honesty and barebones construction in a cabin in the woods, this album is one that will always have a place in my heart. As we all return to campus this year, things can seem overwhelming and you might not feel like you will be alright, but this album proves that we can turn a seemingly ceaseless hurt into a blessing.


The STEM distinction in a liberal
arts academic community

Jonathan Logan & Caroline Ward – S&E editors

Science, technology, engineering and math: the disciplines now synonymous with educational progress grouped together under the acronym STEM. American interest in each individual field has always existed, but it was the competitive brinkmanship of the Cold War that compelled studies like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 1969 to compare the mathematical and scientific abilities of students in similar countries. A nuclear arms race and space race between the developed superpowers then ensured that each field would remain important in the public’s eye for generations to come. 

The acronym “STEM” was first used in 2001 as an offhand moniker by a Department of Education official. U.S. representatives Vernon Ehlers and Mark Udall consolidated its place in the American vernacular in 2005 with the formation of the “STEM
caucus” in Congress. Thus, owing to their perceived economic importance and national security implications, the fields were matched and happily married to one another as initiatives, clubs and programs now suffuse academic institutions. Students at The College of Wooster might think of the STEM Zone, a “learning community” sponsored by the STEM Success Initiative (SSI) or Minorities in STEM (MiSTEM), a “student lead organization with the goal to promote underrepresented minority and neurodivergent student involvement”
in STEM fields. However, STEM in higher education is perhaps more discordant with
the traditions of the liberal arts than they are in modern, professional forms of education. Example: engineering and technology do not fall under the umbrella of liberal arts but are
considered professional disciplines by most institutions. In addition to the sciences and mathematics, the liberal arts have also housed the humanities, social sciences and creative arts.  The question of utility leads many to ponder the economic feasibility of pursuing a liberal arts education in recent years. A growing list of colleges and universities, like the University of Akron and Ohio Wesleyan, are nixing humanities programs in the name of saving money or allocating more funds to STEM departments. This actualizes the sense that the gap between the classically liberal arts fields of, for example, the physical sciences and history is much wider than it really is. Thus, one might finally question whether or not STEM is an acronym used to brand the perceived economic utility of a degree, and whether or not the distinction is creating divisions between the humanities, social sciences, creative arts and science and math at liberal
arts institutions. These divisions may not be explicit, but could instead exist in less apparent unspoken forms. The Voice asked students from varying disciplines at the College whether they feel that there is an academic division at Wooster.
Mia Mann ’24, a junior history and anthropology major responded: “I do feel that there is a large gap between the humanities and STEM majors; I don’t believe that The College of Wooster is necessarily unique in this particular sort of division, but it is certainly apparent nonetheless.” On the contrary, some students, such as Bolanle Oladeji ’23, a senior computer science major, contended that “I do not think there is a sense of academic
division at Wooster, at least not in my experience. I think this is because we are at a liberal arts college and everyone has experienced at least a class in almost all the disciplines.” Many respondents reframed the question by elaborating on existing divisions due to the structure of many degree programs at the College: majors tend to form cohorts as they approach independent study and complete their liberal arts requirements. Zoë Semersky
’23, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology (BCMB) major suggested that “because this is a liberal arts institution though, students on either side of STEM or the humanities/social sciences must engage in a broad range of coursework. I’d
acknowledge that these spheres should not exist independently.” She continued with “I would say more of progressive isolation than academic division. As you progress through a degree, I feel like it becomes comfortable to tuck into the department of a given major.”
Max Forhan ’24, a junior archeology and classics double major echoed this sentiment, saying “I would say yes, there is some academic division at Wooster. It may not take the form of division between individuals, but I think there is some unspoken barrier between STEM spaces/clubs and humanities spaces/clubs.” Many students alluded to this unspoken barrier, and, for some students, it focused on the inaccessibility of interdisciplinary study. Morgan Malone ’23, a senior political science major, explained “I do wish, however, that students got to be exposed to fields of study that they are not typically exposed to. As a political science major, I have little to no information about the STEM studies or courses.” STEM majors like Semersky concur:“It’s equally important to acknowledge that STEM (and especially BCMB) can appear intimidating to outsiders, but we are taking steps to appeal to and welcome those from other areas.” However, bridging this gap is difficult, made no less so by the disproportionate value placed on STEM and non-STEM fields
respectively. STEM fields are not only perceived as politically and economically more valuable, but STEM-related careers are typically valued greater socially. A Pew Research Center poll found that 58 percent of U.S. adults believe that “compared with
jobs in other industries, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math attract more of the brightest and most qualified young people.” Moreover, 60 percent of those
respondents who held jobs in non-STEM-related industries believed the same. Mann agrees that their major, history, “is commonly known but frequently written off as a waste of money, or regarded as a field for aspiring professors and/or high school teachers.
More than a few times, upon mentioning my major choices to other students, I have been met with a comment regarding the lack of financial stability I will face upon graduation. STEM professions, on the other hand, are viewed as stable financial choices and respectable fields to follow in order to support a family in the future.” The same Pew poll also found 71 percent of U.S. adults believe that jobs in STEM offer higher pay. Kayla Stevens ’23, a senior anthropology major added that “there is still the commonly held view that non-STEM majors are ‘easier,’ or don’t help us develop solid skills for post-college life. I haven’t heard this said directly by anyone at Wooster, but I do whether those who aren’t humanities or social sciences majors feel this way at the [College].” While students interviewed by The Voice generally expressed little to no explicit disrespect toward their major, some pointed out that the culture of various departments lends itself to assumptions. In that vein, Mann said “I will not pretend there are no associated stereotypes that we humanities students associate with specific disciplines, but I will also say that such stereotypes are not reserved specifically for STEM majors and are also attached to various humanities archetypes as well.” Mann also stated: “I would say that my peers in humanities hold great respect for STEM students because we all acknowledge the difficulty that comes with the course requirements and the competitive nature of those fields.” Oladeji offered a STEM perspective: “I think generally, some people might have the sense that STEM is maybe harder to study than the humanities. But I think Wooster students realize that we all are in different fields and having an understanding of the humanities as a STEM student helps me become a more well rounded individual.” A
statistic published by the previously mentioned Pew report found that 53 percent of respondents feel that STEM professions are more well-respected, with 54 percent of those holding non-STEM jobs concurring. Every department maintains its own identity, carefully curated through course offerings, language and research. The long-term challenge for departments at liberal arts colleges, in terms of sewing up or avoiding academic divisions, will be to determine to what degree they collaborate with other departments from other disciplines. A 2019 Forbes article authored by the President of Alma College, Jeff Abernathy, argued that collaboration between two or more disciplines at small liberal arts institutions is “absolutely necessary.” While STEM takes center stage and economic progress remains at the center of many political conversations in the world of hyper specialization, the liberal arts can set itself apart by championing collaboration.
Dr. Karl Feierabend, chair of the chemistry department at the College, offered his opinion on promoting research across the disciplines: “For a liberal arts institution to thrive, I think it’s critical that collaboration between the traditional academic divisions be encouraged and incentivized. I’m proud to have colleagues in chemistry and biology who have formed scholarly partnerships with faculty in the arts. Whether it’s creating FYS courses that reach across disciplines or advising double majors, interaction with our colleagues in humanities and arts helps us demonstrate the value of a Wooster education.” What constitutes a STEM field and what that definition implies will continue to be debated for years to come, especially as technology stokes potential conflict in cases such as U.S., Taiwan and China. But in small-town Ohio, students across all disciplines and backgrounds at The College of Wooster voice an array of feelings on perceived divisions between STEM and humanities, social sciences and creative arts. With falling
enrollment rates in small, liberal arts colleges and a current culture deeply invested in the success of STEM, these institutions are presented with both a predicament and an opportunity: to re-establish themselves as collaborative, interdisciplinary institutions with STEM in consensus, not contradiction, with their ethos.

Fighting Scots Crush Gators in Second Straight Win

Langston Hood – Senior Writer

(Image Courtesy: Wooster Athletics)

The Fighting Scots women’s soccer team took the field on Sunday, Sept. 4, eager to pick up
where they left off in their second half comeback against Marietta College. Wooster’s midweek fixture resulted in a tie after the Scots managed to come back when trailing by two goals in the second half against a talented Marietta squad. However, Wooster did not intend on showing the same mercy to the Allegheny College team that rolled onto Cindy Barr Field on Sunday afternoon. Nothing could have prepared Allegheny for the destruction that would meet them. Senior Teddi Farson ’23 scored first in the 14th minute, notching what would be the game winner and the first of many goals for the Fighting Scots. The Gators could not muster an answer to the Wooster onslaught as they managed a mere four shots in the first half, while the Scots bombarded the Allegheny goal with 16 shots. A second shot attempt from the Scots found the back of the net in the 25th minute, as Naomi Mann ’24 joined Farson in opening her goal scoring account for the new season. Mann had the following to say about the game, “I am super proud of the team’s performance this past Sunday! Last year when we played Allegheny, it was
very neck and neck the whole game, but we ended up winning due to a penalty kick opportunity at the very end. However, this year was a very different story as we dominated the entire time. The offense, midfield, and defense all did their respective part which allowed us to score a lot of goals and get the first shut-out of the season! I can’t wait for more games, and Roll Scots!” Before the Allegheny Gators could regain their senses, Farson registered her brace in the 27th minute as the Scots ran away with the game. Meanwhile Allegheny continued to flounder as the Scots would see the first half come to close with a three goal advantage. Dominance is one word that could be used to describe the thrashing that Wooster handed Allegheny in the first half and they would emerge from the locker room eager to pick up where they left off. Wooster would find their fourth goal by way of Hallie Krzys ’25 in the 60th minute to give the Scots a four goal advantage and further dampen the spirits of an already wounded Allegheny side. Despite the four goal advantage, Wooster remained solid in all aspects of the game. The defense continued to keep Allegheny at bay, as the Gators’ offense only managed two shots and neither threatened the Wooster goal. First-year Kameryn Nelson ’26 recorded her first clean sheet, stifling all three Allegheny shots on goal in the first half and commanding the defense that
refused to let Allegheny manage a clear cut chance in the second half. Additionally, Wooster managed to improve on their fouls committed as they played a much cleaner second half. 17 minutes after Krzys’ goal, Emma Jaros ’25 added another goal to continue the thrashing of Allegheny, but the Scots would not stop there as they continued to put the Gators under siege. Julia Struck ’26 put the final nail in the Allegheny coffin, finding the sixth goal of the afternoon in the 80th minute thanks to some pandemonium in the box. Struck reflected positively on her experience saying, “it feels amazing to be a part of such a positive and supportive team! Coming in as a first year is intimidating, but the uplifting team culture allows for success on the field. Sunday’s game proves how the team atmosphere is going to set us up to win this season! There is nothing better than scoring my first collegiate goal surrounded by the most incredible and determined teammates! Roll Scots!” Luckily for the long-defeated Gators of Allegheny, the game would come to a close before Wooster could score again. The high octane offense seemed to take a break, managing just two additional shots on goal after Struck’s finish. Farson commented on the weekend saying, “the win this weekend was more than the big score. It was awesome to see so many different players put the ball in the net and to see a few players get their first collegiate goal and our first year goalie get her first shutout.” Wooster looks poised to fight for the NCAC crown once again, which they have become accustomed to in the Geordie Brown era. With the usual suspects Farson, Krzys and co. supplying goals and a strong class of first-years ready to join the fight, the ceiling for the Scots
is sky high. 

Your Fighting Scots women’s soccer team will see the field next on Wednesday at Muskingum at 7 p.m.


Football Comes Back to Win Opener against Geneva

Thomas Pitney – Sports Editor

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Fighting Scots’ football team took a two-hour bus ride to Geneva
College to take on the Golden Hurricanes in their opening game of the season. Though they fell behind early, the Scots demonstrated their resilience, determination and grit to start their season in the win column with a 33-25 victory. During the first quarter and half of the second, it was the home team who dominated the game. Though the Golden Hurricanes stalled on the opening offensive drive, they quickly regained momentum by forcing and recovering a fumble from Wooster’s Captain quarterback Mateo Renteria ’23 at the Scots’ 31-yard line. Geneva’s offense barreled into the endzone four rushing plays later, but a missed extra point attempt only gave the Golden Hurricanes a 6-0 advantage. On the Scots’ next drive, Geneva intercepted Renteria, and the Golden Hurricanes’ ensuing 28-yard touchdown drive stretched the lead to 13-0.  The beginning of the second quarter went no better for the Scots’ offense, as they were forced to punt at their own 42-yard line. The Golden Hurricanes capitalized on this opportunity, growing their lead to 19-0 after an 85-yard march to paydirt. Facing adversity with 6:43 remaining in the second quarter, Wooster dug deep and began to find its stride. As tight end and Captain Cole Hissong ’23 put it, “there was definitely a lot of frustration after the first two drives, but I believe our ability to calm down and reset is due to the leadership and experience that we have on the offensive side of the ball.” Hissong helped lead the charge on the Scots’ next possession, catching passes for 23 and 28 yards during the Scots’ first touchdown drive of the season. Hissong’s number was called again, as he muscled his way into the endzone on a successful two-point conversion trick play to cut the Geneva lead to 19-8. When asked about the two-point conversion, Hissong noted that “the two-point play was something we’ve had in our back pocket for a few years and just haven’t had the opportunity to run in a game. We’ve repped it dozens of times in practice, so we were able to execute when the time came.”  Wooster continued to build momentum when Kobe Nadu ’24 recovered a fumble in Geneva territory. Renteria then slung a 34-yard pass to Andrew Hammer ’25 on the next play for another Wooster touchdown. Head coach Frank Colaprete went back to his bag of tricks to convert another two-point attempt and cut the Geneva advantage to 19-16 by halftime. This time, wide receiver Troy Baughman ’23 completed a pass in the endzone for the conversion. The Scots’ offense got off to a fast start in the second half, seizing a 23-19 lead on a nine-play, 66-yard touchdown march, capped off with a 13-yard strike from Renteria to Baughman. Though they were outscored 23-0 since the middle of the second quarter, the Golden Hurricanes rebounded on their first drive of the second half, as six running plays enabled them to find the pylon and retake the lead at 25-23. Unbeknownst to Geneva, this would be their last score of the game, as the Scots’ defense swarmed the Golden Hurricanes’ triple option rushing attack for the rest of the game. After a defensive stop and short Geneva punt gave the Scots excellent field position with 5:12 remaining in the third quarter, the offense continued to produce. On this drive, the Scots turned to running back Andrew Yanssens ’23 on six straight rushing plays for a combined 38 yards and finished the drive with a 5-yard Renteria rushing touchdown. 
During the fourth quarter, the Scots’ defense continued to shut down Geneva, allowing
the Scots to tack on a field goal with 8:33 remaining to extend the lead to 33-25. A last gasp Hail Mary pass attempt by Geneva was extinguished when defensive end Brandon Holt ’23 had a game-ending sack. Hissong credited the Scots’ defense for their resiliency, saying that “it took longer than we would have liked, but we settled in and were able to execute down the stretch with the help of some big stops from the defense.”  
Looking forward, Hissong is excited about building the on-field trust with his quarterback needed for the Scots to be an elite offense. “Playing with Mateo, who will soon be statistically the best quarterback in school history, has allowed both of us to gain a lot of confidence in each other. I have a lot of faith that he will get his eyes in the right place at the right times, and when the ball comes my way, I know he has the trust that I will make a play. There’s a lot of room for growth for both of us and it’ll only get better from here on out.” If this senior leadership team continues to exhibit the grit that they showed in their opening match, then the Scots will be well on their way to a memorable season. 


Wooster will once again hit the road to take on Hiram College on Saturday, Sept. 10 at
12:00 p.m. and try to improve their record to 2-0 on the season.


Scots Volleyball Builds Teamwork, Even in Defeat

Miles Rochester – Sports Editor
The Scots fell in all three of their matches at the Mount Union Invitational and hope
to bounce back in the NCAC/MIAA Crossover Tournament Image courtesy of
Wooster Athletics.

This past weekend, the College of Wooster women’s volleyball team took to the road,
traveling to the University of Mount Union to participate in the highly competitive Mount Union Invitational. First game jitters circulated the Scots’ bus as they prepared to compete against the formidable hosts of the tournament.  

A deciding factor of many volleyball games is a team’s ability to work as a group, but
unfortunately in the Scots’ first match, this sense of togetherness was nowhere to be found. Sydney Fitzcharles ’23 noted that “it was evident everyone on the court was not working as a cohesive unit, but rather six individuals.” Frustration bubbled over as the Scots lost in straight sets to begin their season with a loss, but with two more games to play the next day Having a short memory was crucial to moving on from this loss. 
Despite the result of the first game, every single Scot had been in this situation before.
With no first years on the roster, Wooster possesses a uniquely experienced squad. This
comparatively small roster has its benefits and shortcomings. One member of the team
expressed their concern regarding the health and longevity of the team saying, “we do not have the depth in every single position that we did last year. That depth would be able to carry us through the conference tournament if one of our key players got hurt.” However, bringing in fresh faces to the roster introduces a new set of difficulties such as getting acclimated to new players, team building and the feeling of having to start from scratch. According to the players, Coach Sarah Davis consciously made this roster decision and displayed genuine excitement for the team being able to pick up where they left off after last year’s postseason success. The long season will prove to be challenging for the Scots but if they can make it through unscathed, the team will reap the benefits. While the volleyball season can be long and taxing on the body, the length of the season
also allows teams ample time to figure out how to build chemistry and find their form. According to Fitzcharles, immense growth was noticeable during the second day of the tournament, in which Wooster first took on a 17th ranked Otterbein. In this match, multiple members of the team felt as if a deeper trust in each other was starting to bloom. Even with the improvements in teamwork, trust and communication, Wooster came up short, losing to their opponents 3-1. The second match of day two and the last match of the tournament against Alma College ended with
the same result.  The losses on day two sparked dialogue amongst the athletes on the topic of complacency in the context of winning sets versus matches. Fitzcharles and Trinity Harmon ’24, summarized this conversation, saying that “we felt that winning the set during the Otterbein match made us content, even though there was a whole match to be played.” They also noted that “almost always, if you allow yourself to give in to that feeling, you’ll end up losing.” The team decided that none of them were content with the results of this weekend and moving forward they will strive to be more disciplined. 
A defining characteristic of a successful team is their ability to weather unfavorable
results with a positive attitude and growth mindset. This mindset was certainly present in the Scots’ disappointing, but pivotal weekend away. 

Members of the Wooster community will have the chance to see the Scot women’s response on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. when they face Capital University at home. Harmon declared that “we will come out at our first home game with a fire lit underneath us, and a chip on our shoulders. The Scots are hungry for a win!” 



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