Chicano artist speaks about art, walkouts and comics during his speech

By Grant Cayton

Transcript correspondent

ggcayton@owu.edu

From cowboys to cars, from paint to prints– nothing is off limits for this artist.

Carlos Fresquez, Chicano artist and associate professor of painting at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, came to Ohio Wesleyan University on April 2 and spoke with students about his artistic experiences. A exhibit of Fresquez’s paintings entitled “Desde Aqui, Desde Alli” was also presented in Beeghly Library. Fresquez’s lecture discussed various moments of his life that inspired his artwork, and how his art in turn affected his life.

An extremely important moment to Fresquez occurred on Sep. 16, 1969 when he participated in his first walkout at just 13 years of age, he said.

The students that participated in the walkout were protesting the treatment Chicanos faced from teachers and other authority figures. This walkout was one of the first times he saw others take pride in their heritage instead of being demeaned for it, Fresquez said.

“These teachers are not putting me down, someone brown like me is bringing me up,” Fresquez said.

The issue of connecting with his culture played a large part in Fresquez’s speech and went over well with the audience.

“He really connected with the audience when he said he was searching for his culture,” sophomore Hannah Hearn said.

Fresquez’s heritage played a large part in inspiring his art, but it was not the only influence; television shows such as Batman and the Munsters, street tags, murals, and punk album covers all played a part in shaping his style, he said.

Fresquez’s art is often vibrant, with bright colors that catch the eye. While some paintings depict a scene or event, many resemble collages with different images mixed together. Fresquez often borrows from outside sources that have meaning to him when creating his art. In his work “Angela”, the left side of the painting is dominated by recreations of a comic book, and the Frito Bandito character appears in the background.

Fresquez also puts his own spin on others’ works of art, as shown in his “Salon de los Ilegales” series, where he inserts a silhouette of a family running into landscape prints found in thrift stores. The image of the family was taken from a street sign Fresquez saw, warning motorists to watch for families running across the street. Fresquez has created several galleries and exhibits.

According to his website, he has contributed to the Nelson Centre Museum of Fine Art, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and many more. He has also received over thirty honors and awards, according to the website. To Fresquez, the artistic process is inherently personal.

“Art should be a reflection of society and our experiences. I think an artist should respond to what’s important to them,” he said during an interview before the lecture.

Fresquez was also asked about his advice for aspiring artists.

“Fear no art. Don’t think about doing it, just do it,” he said.

Local OWU student and Delaware child create lifelong bond

By Caitlin Jeffersons

Transcript correspondent

cmjeffer@owu.edu

A significant impact continues to be made on the lives of Woodcreek Elementary children each week through the volunteer work of Ohio Wesleyan University students.

Freshman basketball player Nick Carlson participates in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program with his teammates by taking on the role of a ‘big brother.’ The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is a one on one, school-based mentoring program. Mentors are assigned to children facing adversity so they can receive help with their social and emotional growth. The program goal is to help children reach their full potential when they graduate from the program.

The time Carlson spends at Woodcreek is with his ‘little brother,’ Logan Calkins, a 9-year-old student. Carlson involved himself in Big Brothers Big Sisters because it is a long-time tradition of the OWU men’s basketball team.

The friendship between Carlson and Calkins began at the beginning of the fall semester.

“I have worked to develop our relationship by trying to make conversation as relatable as possible and about his likes and dislikes so he can understand and contribute to it,” Carlson said.

The first time meeting Carlson was intimidating for Calkins, but he now looks forward to each time they meet.

“I was scared at first because it was weird to meet a stranger and Nick is so much taller than me,” Calkins said. “I get excited now though because I get to play with him at lunch.”

Some activities Carlson does each week with Calkins involve critical thinking games, soccer and online math homework, while developing Calkins’ communication and relationship skills.

“Nick has helped me with my online math [program] and I have gotten better at math because of his help,” Calkins said. “I get along better with my family and my friends too.”

Carlson was not intimidated upon meeting Calkins because he looked forward to making a difference in the classroom and at home for Calkins. Carlson aspires to be a teacher after college graduation and this program has allowed him to practice teaching skills while impacting Calkins’ development.

“I feel we have definitely made progress,” Carlson said. “He was shy and timid at first but we are getting to be good friends on a deeper level.”

Their journey to developing this friendship has not always been easy throughout the program. When they are having trouble communicating, Carlson practices techniques to help Calkins, like pulling him aside from a group of people or giving him different directions during critical thinking activities.

“Nick is easy to talk to and whenever I am sad, Nick helps cheer me up,” Calkins said. “He is easy to understand.”

Calkins feels he can better connect with his classmates now and always looks forward to the program.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Woodcreek is organized by Match Support Specialist Angie Clifton. Clifton is a former teacher at Woodcreek with an early education background. She was offered this position and was excited to continue her work with children.

“I enjoy working with kids and I have a heart for this school,” Clifton said. “I love seeing them succeed because I get to hear their success stories in and out of school and how they benefit at home.”

Clifton insists that this program is more than just getting together each week and that it is not just the relationship piece. The activities that pairs work on help with academic success, character development, social interactions and perseverance.

“Nick and I have a lot in common and I am happy I met him,” Calkins said. “It went from Nick being a complete stranger to him being my good friend.”

United Methodist Church: What does it mean for OWU?

Updated April 6, 2019

By Avery Detrick

Staff reporter

aedetric@owu.edu

The United Methodist Church (UMC) voted to uphold the churchwide ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ individuals as clergy members.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, a group of 864 appointed delegates, clergy members and laypeople voted on Feb. 26 at a UMC conference held in St. Louis, MO. Taking 5 days of deliberation, the decision to continue the ban came from religious views against the sanctity of same-sex relationships.

In 1972, the UMC officially barred “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from becoming clergy members. Same-sex marriage is also prohibited within the church.

“I don’t think it’s surprising given the make-up of the conference,” Ricky Sammartino, an Ohio Wesleyan University sophomore and practicing member of the UMC said. “I think it’s very disappointing to a lot of people, but I think it reflects the fact that outside of the United States the attitudes towards homosexuality aren’t as progressive as they are here.

“Being organized at an international level instead of simply [at] a national level makes social change hard,” Sammartino said.

The decision of the UMC leaves many questions involving how LGBTQ members of the church will react, especially on a local level.

“Asbury UMC and William St. UMC here in Delaware are officially reconciling congregations (as are many Columbus congregations), which are congregations that have official commitment to the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the church,” Associate Chaplain Chad Johns said.

“OWU and Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) have also had long-standing commitments to support full inclusion in the church as well as a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus,” Johns said. “I’m confident these communities will continue in those commitments.”

Johns raises worries on how the international decision will have a ripple effect that impacts local institutions despite their commitment to inclusion.  

“I suspect we’ll see a lot of communities navigating what it means to be fully inclusive and United Methodist,” Johns said.

Rock Jones, president of Ohio Wesleyan and of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, sent out an email on March 7 sharing his thoughts about the decision with the university.

“Like many of you, I was hopeful the General Conference would vote to permit same-sex couples to be married in the church and to accept gay people into the clergy,” he said.

Jones discussed how many of the university’s values and culture has grown out of its history with the UMC, so there are potential impacts on campus of this anti-LGBTQ decision.
“As we look to the future, however, I think it is important to note that the General Conference’s vote has no impact on OWU’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion … Nor does it have any impact on our governance, which is independent of Church control.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead a campus that expresses full support of the LGBTQIA+ community, including full inclusion in every form of leadership,” Jones said.

The plan is to be discussed in the April meeting of the UMC general conference.

“We already know from previous rulings that parts of the legislation have been ruled unconstitutional and other parts will likely pass review,” Johns said. “We don’t know yet about other parts. The real challenge for the church will be figuring out what to do with implementing a fragmented plan.”

If the plan is ruled constitutional by the judicial council, the new rules will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2020.

Fifteen feet too long

By Kienan O’Doherty

Transcript Correspondent

kcodoher@owu.edu

Always keep your pants up. And make sure you wear a belt.

Austin didn’t, and he shattered his ankle falling 15 feet into a construction site. The result: surgery priced at $45,000.

At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 215 pounds, Austin is nowhere near a small human being. A varsity athlete in high school, he was a member of the OWU track and field team before chronic shoulder pain ended his athletic career early. So, naturally, one would think it would take a lot to seriously injure a man of his size.

Unfortunately, at times, Austin is also a college student. He’s the type of kid that comes to college and fully embraces the college drinking stereotype. Sometimes he drank more than was needed, more common among college students than not. We have not used the subject’s full name in this story.

This was certainly one of those times.

It’s typical Saturday night at Ohio Wesleyan University. Students gather in dorm rooms for the “pregame:” otherwise known as drinking before the party. Then in groups, some large, some small, students move to where a party was located, taking full advantage of their outside voices while conversing. Post party, it is time to move to the bar scene in Delaware, which in many OWU students’ minds is Clancey’s Pub, a bar which opens up to kids aged 18+ each Friday and Saturday.  

The main route students take to the bar is down Spring Street: passing a closed Napa Auto Parts, a paint store, and a lit up Fuller Memorials, tombstones and all.

Austin is in a group that opts to take a different route. They walk down West William Street, where William Street United Methodist Church, Tim Horton’s, and a former school are located. Cars speed by so fast, to the students it seems like they leave their headlights behind. Usually one would see Austin wearing a long-sleeve button down underneath a vest, his jet-black hair gelled to perfection with V76 by Vaughn. But tonight, Austin has borrowed a Patagonia quarter-zip from a friend, and a Zac Brown Band cap covered his hair. They’re swaying back and forth, struggling to walk in straight lines. Up on the left is the only Domino’s in town.

The Domino’s.

At this point, with 100 feet until they pass Domino’s, Austin decides to pull down is Lucky brand pants, perfectly comfortable with this in public. He only walks 10 more feet before a cop sees him.

The cop is going the opposite direction. But he turns around as fast as Austin pulled down his pants. His tires are screeching, blue and red lights flashing, siren blaring. That is when Austin pulls up his pants and started running as fast as his new Prada driving shoes could take.

Sprinting.

He stays to the left of the Domino’s, passing through two parking lots that are separated by chains, which Austin clears with ease and keeps running. At the end of the second parking lot Austin hops over a fence and sees an apartment that looks eerily like a trailer home.

Wanting nothing to do with where he was, Austin hops back over the fence and runs through the parking lots again, this time arriving at a different fence in the back-left corner. It takes him little time to climb over the fence. Which maybe was a little too fast.

He drops eight feet from the top of the fence and lands on his face. From that fall he has obtained new scratches. He starts laughing as he sees he has fallen into a backyard.

Completely disoriented, Austin looks around for any of the familiar flashing blue and red lights and starts running toward the street. It is pitch black, so he doesn’t even know where the street is. He turns, sees a house, and drops.

15 feet.

Austin just fell into the foundation of a new house.

He is knocked out for five minutes and is still disoriented when he regains consciousness. He sits up and immediately realizes that his left leg felt numb.

Using his senses, Austin tries to drunkenly get a sense of his environment. All he feels are dirt and a concrete wall. The pitch black made it nearly impossible to see, and he tries to hear any noise.

There is complete silence.

He slowly stands up and tries to take two steps. When he attempts the first step, his ankle turns left. When he attempts the second, the ankle turns right.

It is 12:30 a.m.

Austin calls his house phone back in Franklin Lakes, N.J. His mother picks up, and Austin calmly asks for his father.

“Did you break it?” asks his father. Austin lets out his noticeably contagious laugh.

His friends start calling him, and he tells them what happened. Due to the advancement in modern technology, he can send them his location, hoping to aide them in the search.

One problem. The police were still looking for him as well. Not just officers, but a K-9 unit was called in.

Since falling, he has been in the foundation for 45 minutes. All that he was with him are his phone which is full of games and his JUUL, a revolutionary and common cigarette substitute among college students.

He chooses the game Angry Birds, a game played more by children than adults, and is counting down the minutes until he either dies or is found.

That’s when the bright beam of a flashlight comes from a yard over, making its way down the fence. The beam enters the yard and finds the ditch, where it shines right on Austin. Behind the beam is a police officer.

He asks, “Are you the kid that fell into a ditch?”

Looking at him dead in the eye, Austin replies:

“No, he’s next door, I’m just making sure that everything looks okay from down here.”

With a look of disgust on his face, the officer makes a call, to which all the cops on the search show up to this one hole. Austin’s friends have now shown up as well.

For the next 20 minutes, nothing happens.

Then Austin goes into shock. He feels cold, nervous and starts sweating. The only thought on his mind is the thought of death.

The officers get the fire department to put a ladder down on the other side of the ditch, 20 feet away from where Austin is located.

Being forced to get out on is own, he crawls across the uneven ground to get to the base of the ladder. The officers and firefighters are offering no help, and he must make it up the ladder himself.

With the Zac Brown Band cap in one hand and JUUL in the other, Austin slowly ascends the ladder, cursing continuously as he gets closer to the top.

His broken ankle is hitting each rung of the ladder on the way up. Austin’s pain tolerance is high, but this is the equivalent to two Mack trucks hitting his ankle over and over again. His good friend Zane described his ankle “[equivalent] to a three iron.” That’s how fragile and how broken the ankle really is. To make matters even worse, his ankle gets caught in between two rungs.

Austin has had enough of people doing nothing to help.

He stops everyone and bellows in his deep, New Jersey accent:

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, when I get out of here, am I getting a ton of morphine?”

The officers look at Zane, who shrugs, and the officers tell him he is.

Austin finally gets out, is put on a stretcher, and is wheeled out to the street.

The street that he started running on is no longer a street, it’s a commotion filled nightmare.

The first responders closed off the street, and each flashing light from the emergency vehicles present illuminate the pitch-black sky. Lights of white, red and blue bounce off buildings and can be seen from almost a mile away. Austin was loaded into the ambulance, questioned, and given a citation for reckless underage drinking.

He admits to drinking one 40-ounce bottle of beer. His blood alcohol content is 0.24, three times the legal limit.

It’s now 4 a.m. at the hospital, and Austin was watching one of his favorite shows, Rick and Morty. A doctor and two nurses enter the room, informing him that his ankle needed to be relocated. As they try to hold him down, Austin panics, knowing full well what was about to happen.

He begs for more medicine.

And begs.

And begs.

The two nurses grab him by the shoulders and pin him down. The doctor grabs the ankle, pulls it out and puts it in the proper place.

Austin passes out.

And all the initial police officer was going to do was to tell him to “pull his damn pants up.”

Death and Deceased take center stage at OWU play

By Azmeh Talha

aatalha@owu.edu

Staff reporter

Ohio Wesleyan University’s (OWU) department of theatre and dance put on a senior project production that was far more technical compared to productions in the past.

The show A Mother’s Love was written by senior Daniel Brothers and directed by senior Jack Douglas Riter. It highlighted the importance of relationships and how to deal with the loss of a loved one.

The performances took place on March 22 and March 23 in the Studio Theatre located in the Chappelear Drama Center. Performances were 40 minutes long.

The two main characters of the play were the deceased and death.

The role of the deceased was played by senior Beverly King. Her role was of a deceased mother with a daughter, Audrey played by freshman Isabel Johnson to be taken care of by her Aunt, Margo, played by junior Sara Gielink.

The show was not purely based on the emotions people feel, but also souls in a parallel universe.

While watching over her daughter, only a few minutes passed on the other side, years had passed by on Earth. Audrey, who was just a little girl had grown into a nurse within 12 minutes.

Freshman Maxwell Haupt played the character of death. who had feelings of his own as well. Every time someone died, death would appear to send them to the other side. While doing so, he would come across Audrey. The two would have brief conversations every time death would come to help the deceased cross over to the other side.

Over time, the two characters developed feelings for one another. By the end of the performance, Audrey’s time on Earth came to an end. Her and death crossed over to the other side together and King’s character, the deceased became the new death.

Riter described the set as brilliant.

Junior Josh Martin was the scenic and lighting designer for the show. Martin was interested in exploring how the audience would experience the two worlds.

“Using lights and the set I devised a viewport inspired originally by the Vitruvian man that much like artistic and mathematic depiction of the mysterious proportions of the human body, sought to allow the audience to experience the world of the play,” Martin said.  

A Mother’s Love was challenging compared to other shows, Riter said.

“We had teams for publicity, lights, set, tech, makeup, sound,” Riter said, “I’d say on a technical side of things this was a far more extensive senior project production than is usually done here.”

Brothers described his script to be loosely about love, death, loss and a solution for individuals can move on. He wrote the script from a personal perspective. When he was younger, Brothers had trouble coming to terms with people dying and wrote this as a way to help people think about people in their lives dying.

“Death happens, it’s something that’s okay and natural and confusing and hard as well,” Brothers said.

Remembering a Beloved OWU Employee and Delaware Community Member

By Erin Ross

emross@owu.edu

Staff reporter

Kathryn Carlisle Schwartz, previous president of the League of Women Voters of Delaware County and Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU), died on March 3.

Schwartz, born on Nov. 17, 1926 in Biltmore, North Carolina, graduated from Bard College in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in music. Schwartz also acquired a master’s degree in English in 1967 and a doctorate in English in 1976 at The Ohio State University, according to her obituary.

She married Paul Schwartz on July 5, 1947. Together they lived in Gambier, Ohio for 39 years before moving to Delaware, Ohio in 1986.

While living in Gambier, Schwartz had a variety of ad hoc work experiences such as teaching music at public schools and Kenyon College and teaching English at The Ohio State University and Kenyon College, according to her obituary. She also held leadership positions in the Gambier League of Women Voters, the Beethoven Club, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Knox County Symphony, and Save the Children Federation, according to her obituary.

Schwartz, 92, began working for OWU in 1978 as a teacher of English Composition and retired as a professor of English in 1993. Starting in 1984, she also served as Director of Freshman Composition and worked with over 4,000 students, according to her obituary.

Schwartz also contributed greatly to the Delaware community. She did community service on the Delaware City Charter Review Commission, Community Impact Team of the United Way and Central Ohio Symphony Trustees, according to her obituary.

She was also an active member of the Delaware County Democratic Party and served as president to the League of Women Voters of Delaware County for seven years and co-president for four years.

Schwartz also led composition seminars for high school teachers from 1984-88 and taught courses on Perspectives on Women in Literature for ten years, according to her obituary.

During her time at OWU, Schwartz created connections between campus and community members.

With quiet and gracious counsel, she connected me to so many dimensions of Delaware and the campus, especially the League of Women Voters and the more trustworthy liberal characters of the community,” university chaplain Jon Powers said.

In addition to connecting the OWU campus and Delaware community, Schwartz formed close relationships and mentorships with many OWU faculty and students.

“Kathryn was such an elegant soul – personally, socially, societally, intellectually, politically,” Powers said. “She was one of the first to welcome me to campus back in 1988 when I nothing more than a raring young upstart. Over the years, she endured my immature impatience with exquisite grace, and mentored me wisely in the wiley whimsies of this wonderful community.”

Professor of English Lynette Carpenter also commented on Schwartz’s impact on OWU.

“Dr. Schwartz was a dedicated teacher who held her students to high standards and taught generations of students to be better writers,” Carpenter said.

Schwartz’s impact on the university and community members will remain present in the minds of faculty members who knew her.

“In recent years, as I have passed daily by her stately home on North Washington, I have had such thoughts of gratitude for her profound presence in my life, and in the life of so many of us who have been blessed by her quiet presence,” Powers said. “We have lost a regal elder; our village will never be quite the same again.”

Schwartz, who died at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, is survived by daughters, Angela and Julia Schwartz, two grandchildren, Serena and Alma Kunzler, nephew John Alch and his daughter Miranda Alch, and her sons-in-law Shepherd Mead, Christoph Kunzler, and Arthur Lopatin, according to Schwartz’s obituary.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul who died in 1999, and her middle daughter Isabel Lopatin who died in 2018, according to Schwartz obituary.

A memorial service is scheduled to occur on Sunday, April 14, in the Summit Room at Willow Brook at Delaware Run.

Contributions to Kathryn’s memory can be made to the Central Ohio Symphony, P.O Box 619, Delaware, OH 43015, the League of Women Voters of Delaware County, 4477 Chapman Road, Delaware, OH 43015 or Population Connection, 2120 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20037.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delgazette/obituary.aspx?n=kathryn-carlisle-schwartz&pid=191797534

Mold, mildew and leaks: what’s next?

By Kit Weber and Claire Yetzer

Photo editor, staff reporter

kmweber@owu.edu, ceyetzer@owu.edu

Updated March 19, 2019 and April 8, 2019

College dorm rooms are notorious for filth but mold is just another issue for Ohio Wesleyan University students.

Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) students living in Smith and Hayes Residence Halls on campus have been complaining about mold and leaks within the buildings.

A problem that students face is failing pipes within Smith Hall, a residence hall that can accommodate 229 students.

“ The leaks in Smith are more widespread in the building and caused by failing pipes.  We repair these as they arise as quickly as possible,” Peter Schantz, director of buildings and grounds said. “The design for a complete renovation of Smith is underway.  This work will replace all of the plumbing and mechanical systems in the building and eliminate these problems.”

Another problem that students are experiencing is mold within their dorm rooms.

“At the beginning of the year, we had a lot of mold in our room to the point where the bottom of our curtains were covered and had to be thrown away. They eventually came and cleaned it with bleach and gave us new curtains but there is still some on the walls,” Sophomore Ari McPheters said.

OWU fired Aramark as the provider for cleaning services in February, Resident Assistant Mona Lynch said. Students on campus have expressed their displeasure with Aramark’s services.

Housekeeping services were contacted.

“I am sorry but unfortunately it is against Aramark’s policy for me to interview with any media sources,” Aramark’s Cleaning Services said.

“Our shower usually has stayed pretty clean but recently it’s been getting a lot of mold on the floor and it seems like every time they come and clean nothing looks clean,” McPheters said.

The university is currently looking for a new company to outsource their cleaning services.

“As you know, we’re searching for a new provider. That process is ongoing and should be wrapped up by the end of the academic year,” Brian Emerick, director of residence life said.

The Chicago Sun has reported about the problems with cleanliness within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS officials had been investigating the cleanliness of their schools throughout 2018. Aramark was responsible for the cleaning services within 125 schools that CPS surprise inspected, with only 34 schools passing inspection.

SEIU Local 1, a union group that represents custodial workers, is a part of the investor group that owns the Chicago Sun. CPS is trying to fix the problem by hiring more custodians during the school year and over the summer months but has kept Aramark on as its service provider.

 

OWU students address racism head on

By Transcript Staff

owunews@owu.edu

Updated March 10, 2019

Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) students held a sit-in March 1 at University Hall to protest against the treatment of minority groups on campus.

The sit-in predominantly occupied the main hall of the ground floor of University Hall, as well as Slocum Hall for a brief period. Organized by senior Daniella Black, the event was held to not only raise awareness for unheard voices, but to also start a conversation about the University’s treatment of its minority students.

The morning of the protest, the student organizers sent out a letter to the campus. In the letter, students listed their complaints and solutions to campus-wide issues regarding race.  A survey was also attached, allowing others to say what they identify as an issue on campus.

“I hope that this protest starts conversations about diversity, inclusion and justice on campus and that they continue as the years go on,” senior Sarah Mattick said. “And result in changes for the better.”

Mattick said multiple recent incidents as causing the protest, including the vandalism of a diversity bulletin board in Hayes Hall and OWU Public Safety shutting down a House of Black Culture party an hour before it was registered to end.

“[Admission] tours were told to avoid entering University Hall, as some visitors might get the wrong idea involving the intentions of the protest,” said freshman Micaela Kreutzer, an admissions worker.

Senior Cindy Huynh said she loved that students and faculty passing through took the protest in stride and were open to having conversations with protestors about their perspectives.

“I think it’s important to be here to show that we see them … there are people who want to make things better,” associate politics and government professor Ashley Biser said. Biser attended the protest because she considered it an opportunity to learn and listen to students who do not feel that their voices are being heard.

Benji Acuna, a sophomore and protestor, said all of the aforementioned events for the protest, as well as a speak out by the OWU Student Inclusion and Advocacy Committee involving unreported incidents against minority groups.
“The issues the students are bringing up are important and urgent and I think my office, because we primarily serve people of color, in particular, is a major stakeholder in supporting movements like this and trying to ensure that action happens as a result,” Charles Kellom, assistant dean of office of multicultural student affairs, said.

Rock Jones addressed the campus on multiple occasions, by sending an email and tweeting during the day. Jones also addressed the protesters multiple times during the day.

“I am grateful for the students’ work and for their desire to collaborate with me, the officers, their fellow students and the faculty and staff to explore where we are now, where we want to be, and how we get there together,” President Rock Jones said during the protest and a campus-wide email. “I am grateful to the members of the faculty and staff who stopped by to visit with the students today, listening to them as they shared their concerns and their suggestions.”

On March 7, Jones emailed the campus community, saying that he will meet with students again to discuss the issues raised at the sit-in. Jones also linked to a webpage for student recommendations on the school website.

 

Reality check or climate check?

By Claire Yetzer

Staff reporter

ceyetzer@owu.edu

The Ohio Wesleyan campus got a dose of climate change reality at the 30th annual John Kennedy Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics.

The title of the lecture was “Global Climate Change, Water Security and Ecosystem Disruption: Higher Scientific Confident Than You Might Think.”

This year’s speaker was professor Jonathan T. Overpeck, an interdisciplinary climate scientist. He has written over 210 published works on climate change and served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel prize-winning IPCC 4th Assessment in 2007.

The Eddy lecture series is hosted by the International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government. The series was established to honor John Kennard Eddy, a student who perished in a car accident when attending a seminar at Oberlin College.

Over 150 people attended the lecture, which was held in the Benes Rooms in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Professor Sean Kay, Professor James Franklin and Provost Charles Stinemetz gave introductions prior to Overpeck’s lecture.

“It was great to see all of the young people and especially all the great questions they had. They obviously know about this issue and are thinking about this issue and I am confident that they will be the ones that will solve this issue,” audience member Linda Diamond said.

Overpeck started the lecture by introducing it as the 21st-century challenge. He went on to describe the major problems the United States faces along with impacts around the world. Issues being faced are major droughts, sea level rise, lack of biodiversity and higher expenses for living.

After discussing the impacts that high emissions of greenhouse gases have on the environment. He impressed upon the audience the importance of starting the transition to clean energy immediately.

There are other concerns with starting the change as soon as possible, like preventing China from capturing the clean energy market. These major changes that need to occur are direct responsibilities of government involvement in climate change policies and involvement of major corporations dedicating research towards cheaper clean energy Overpeck said.

“A giant step that we need to take is electing people who believe in climate change, if we keep voting for people who push it away or don’t think of it as a major issue then we aren’t gonna get anywhere,” freshman Danielle Black said.

The lecture ended with questions from the audience. Most questions were posed by students who wanted more specific examples of solutions to the climate change problem. The last thing imparted upon the audience by Overpeck was a simple statement.

“We created the problem, solving the problem is the responsibility of the next generation or two,” Overpeck said.

And the Oar Goes To …

By Erin Ross

Staff reporter

emross@owu.edu

Ohio Wesleyan University’s professor of zoology proved the indispensability of his discipline by winning the last remaining seat to new civilization at the Life Raft Debate on Feb. 21.

Sponsored by the university’s Honors Board, the Life Raft Debate is a time-honored event for OWU’s Honors Program. The debate is structured around a hypothetical post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland in which a group of survivors are leaving to rebuild society and have one spot left on their raft, according to the description on the OWU Daily.

At the 2019 Life Raft Debate, OWU professors went head to head as they each argued why their respective discipline deserved the last spot on the life raft to a new civilization.

Faculty participants were Professor of Zoology Ramon Carreno; Mary Anne Lewis Cusato, assistant professor of modern foreign language; Nathan Amador Rowley, assistant professor of geology-geography; Kristina Bogdanov, associate professor of fine arts; and Goran Skosples, associate professor of Economics, who played the devil’s advocate.

Carreno beat out his competitors for the last seat on the life raft by arguing that objective knowledge and the scientific method are the most powerful tools that humans have made.

“Pick me if you want to live,” Carreno said to begin his argument.

Zoology is the only discipline from the group that provides the necessary knowledge to navigate the genetic chaos of a post-apocalyptic world, Carreno said.

A zoologist’s knowledge and ability to analyze safe food and water was also a part of Carreno’s presentation.

Claiming that a zoologist, who knows both human and animal anatomy, is the only individual from the group who would be qualified to perform any medical operations added to Carreno’s persuasive argument.

Such knowledge would also help the new society manage the remaining insects, particularly cockroaches, which would be the predominant creature living in a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland, Carreno said.

Following his argument, Skosples, the devil’s advocate, responded to Carreno by making fun of the professor of zoology’s past research on pinworms and cockroaches. Carreno rebutted by bringing out a jar of live cockroaches and daring Skosples to hold and eat them. The audience reacted with laughter and gasps.

Different than Carreno’s argument, Bogdanov, faculty participant supporting the fine arts, said, “art is the foundation of everything.”

Art came before science, and artists would be necessary for designing and engineering new architecture in a new society, Bogdanov said.

Rowley, in support of geography, argued that geography and geo-locations, used in apps like Tinder, are responsible for forming human relationships that would be necessary in a new society.

Differently, Cusato, the runner-up of the debate, argued that humanities and philosophy are the foundation of critical thinking that is involved in all aspects of life and all other disciplines.

“Why choose the other when you can choose the mother,” Cusato said in her closing statement.

While Bogdanov, Rowley and Cusato each presented arguments that elicited positive responses from the audience, their claims were not strong enough to beat Carreno.

“It was nice to showcase our zoology department,” Carreno said after the debate. “I tried to invoke as many different aspects as I could to highlight how many things our department is actually involved in within the biological sciences.”

Carreno also expressed challenges that he faced during the debate.

“All of the other disciplines are equally important to mine in the context of a liberal arts college,” Carreno said. “For this reason, I did not enjoy being critical of the other faculty in the debate because I respect those disciplines a lot.”

Rowley, assistant professor of geology-geography, tried to embrace such competition before the debate.  

“I am excited about it. I think it can be fun,” Rowley said. “It’s even more exciting knowing that a friend of mine, Dr. Cusato, will also be participating. But our friendship will end the moment the first person speaks at the event! I need to get on that boat!

In planning the event, the Honors Board surveyed students about which professors they wanted to have participate. They then reached out to those professors who received the highest number of requests.

The Life Raft Debate was previously held intermittently from 2003 until 2014, according to Amy McClure, faculty director of Honors Board. This year, Honors Board decided to bring back the event with the hope of reclaiming the tradition.

Greg Margevicius, student Honors Board coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year, said that he wanted to use his appointed position as an opportunity to resume the tradition.

“I think events like this are important because it gives professors the chance to take their lessons and explain the importance of those lessons in a wider context,” Margevicius said.

Participating faculty agreed with the importance of such an event.

Rowley said, “I think it is important for the various disciplines across campus to express their significance, and contribution to society.”

McClure, co-director of the honors board, also expressed what she and other members of the board hoped students got from attending the event.

“We hope students get to see the benefits of disciplines they might never have considered,” McClure said. “We also want them to see faculty in a fun, informal environment that is still academic and intellectual.”

Cusato expressed similar hope.

“My hope is that this will encourage everyone who is involved to think about and appreciate both the specificities of all divisions and the elements all academic specializations share,” Cusato said. “All disciplines should inform, educate, and cultivate values. They do these things differently, but they all do them.”life raft debate new conceptlife raft debate new concept (1)