by JESSICA HOLLAN
The most exciting time of the year for Greek organizations is upon us: pledging. Interviews for the process begin this week, and to prepare you for what’s ahead we sat down with four* of the six Greek organizations to ask about their pledging process, and what their group is looking for in their future sisters and brothers.
by NICK BUCHANAN
Although the Heminger Center was checkered with plenty of empty seats on the morning of Nov. 11 as Dr. Lillian Schumacher was initiated as the sixth president of Tiffin University, the members of the student body, faculty, staff, and community who did attend filled the venue with welcoming messages of hope for the future of TU.
Sitting beside her father, who opened the ceremony with a prayer, and her husband, Schumacher shared the stage with over 30 close colleagues, peers, community members, and collegiate representatives – many of whom spoke in her support during the two-hour event.
“It is today that we begin the tomorrows of this institution,” said Melissa Weininger, the dean of student support and the registrar at the university.
On Nov. 16, the Alpha Tau Psi chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta gained three new members. Nick Buchanan, Jamileh Naboulsi, and Emily Pender were inducted to the international English honor society based on their dedication to and excellence in the study of English.
The three were inducted during a small ceremony in Hayes Chapel, led by Dr. Teresa Collins, Professor Emeritus Miriam Fankhauser, and Kylie Stocker, the chapter’s president.
by COURTNEY BRANCO
This year’s presidential debates brought up the topic of the gap in women’s earnings compared to men’s – a gap that stands at .79 cents to every dollar, according to a retired Bowling Green State economics professor.
The gap remains even with college-educated women, who still make less money in the same position than men, said Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict, a former chair of the economic department at Bowling Green State University.
At an Oct. 18 speech hosted by the Tiffin branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Benedict spoke to an audience of 25 people on Tiffin University’s campus about her research in the gender wage gap.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
According to the Addiction Center, 80 percent of college students abuse alcohol, and according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), consequences of alcohol abuse in college include assault, sexual assault, injury, academic problems, health problems, suicide attempts, and death.
That’s why the Theta Eta Omicron fraternity focused one of their programs this year, known to the university as Save the Students, on educating TU students on alcohol, drug, and substance abuse.
by NICK BUCHANAN
On Nov. 11, 12 and 13, the Dragon’s Den Players will take to the stage in Osceola Theatre to perform Marc Camoletti’s Boeing Boeing, a comedy involving a pilot named Bernard and his three fiancées. Taking advantage of the fact that all three women are airplane hostesses, Bernard keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” to keep each of them oblivious to the other two. That is, until a change in schedules makes for other plans.
Directed by Dr. Mary Grennen, the play stars Kyleigh DeHart as Gretchen, Trent Dundore as Bernard, Jessica Hollan as Gabriella, Alexandria Hope as Gloria, Kaitlyne Jones as Berthe, and Scott Williams as Robert.
The cast will perform on Nov. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. in Osceola Theatre, with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 13 at 3 p.m.
by SCOTT WILLIAMS
With a new president comes many changes, and the biggest question regarding Tiffin University’s new president is what new era comes with her.
On June 8, Dr. Lillian Schumacher took over as Tiffin University’s sixth president after five months as interim president, and the era she hopes to bring forth is one of a welcoming and diversity-accepting community.
“It’s a chance to make our university better than it already is,” she said.
In order to achieve such a community, President Schumacher has worked with her colleagues to develop a diversity initiative, which works toward graduating students from the institution with a set of skills designed around what she calls “global readiness,” a development of self-awareness that changes the way one thinks in order to be aware of and curb his or her biases.
President Schumacher’s diversity initiative is, in essence, a set of plans to create an atmosphere on TU’s campus that excludes no one and involves everyone. She said that every higher education institution should embrace diversity and that it is shameful if they do not. Here at TU, around 40 percent of the students identify with one or more characteristics that establish someone as diverse — nationality, race, gender, sexuality, disability.
by KAITLYN BOEHLER
Construction on the university’s new Performing Arts Lab (PAL) is set to begin January 2017, paving the way for the expansion of the university’s growing arts program.
“The Tiffin University music majors and performing arts ensembles do not have enough space to meet the growing program needs and demands,” said Ali Rees, director of prospect research at Tiffin University.
The arts program has grown tremendously since 1995 when it started with one choir of a few singers and has outgrown its current space in Hayes Center for the Arts. Currently, the program has over 20 diverse performing arts ensembles that include vocal, instrumental, dance, theater, and concert production teams. One hundred and seventy-five students, nearly 20 percent of on-campus students, participate in these extracurricular art programs.
by AMANDA RUNION
Studying abroad offers students a semester of college credits, the chance for new experiences and memories to last a lifetime, but where do you begin? Perhaps in a conversation with Professor Tiffanie Goff.
Goff accepted the coordinator position for the study abroad program this summer when Professor Bruce Bowlus had decided to step down after 20 years.
The study abroad program gives students a chance to experience a different culture within a semester; however, specific majors may narrow choices. This is a conversation that the student should have with Goff once the decision of choosing to study abroad has been made.
by NICK BUCHANAN
What do Mark Twain, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Dr. Suess, Hannah Montana, and Tiffin University’s dragon mascot all have in common? Besides the fact that they’re clearly all among the greatest American icons, they’ve all been subject to a name upgrade.
Formerly known as Stuey, our dragon mascot received a name change this semester after Lonny Allen, Tiffin University’s athletic director, inspired the Student Athletic Advisory Council.
“Lonny Allen came to us with the challenge to brainstorm new names for the mascot. The previous executive board [of SAAC] had students make suggestions. We came up with a few, but as you know, spring is a crazy busy time for everyone on campus, so I think the re-naming of our mascot was pushed forward to this year so we could have everyone's input and make it a priority in the fall with it being the start of a new year,” said Taylor Hayes, the president of SAAC.