by DIANA ODUHO
“Dreams are meant to evolve with time. You have to build your dream off your purpose, not your passion. … Once you find that purpose, then that should become your passion,” said Nate Washington, a former NFL wide receiver and TU aulmna who was the keynote speaker at Tiffin University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Jan. 15.
He stated that he was always reluctant despite his success. It was his determination and guidance from his mother that helped him find his purpose.
“We all face some type of doubt, fear...It's all up to you what you want to accomplish,” he said.
Washington, like Dr. King Jr., had a dream. His dream was to graduate college, but as a person grows, he explained, his or her dream changes and evolves over time.
There are two points Washington spoke on that stuck with me. They are words of hope and perseverance for anyone who may be having fear or doubt, or facing some type of adversity: “What God has planned for you is for you,” and “The opportunity lies within you.”
I believe that no matter where you come from, what trials of tribulations you face or what adversity comes your way, a dream can be reached with purpose.
At Tiffin, Washington was a football standout and finished his career with eight separate receiving records. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005, and holds two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers and the Tennessee Titans. Washington hails from Toledo and grew up with a single mother who played a crucial role in his success.
The celebration was organized by the Black United Students organization and included a day was filled with song and words of wisdom, as well as selections from Tiffin University’s Gospel Choir, and break out sessions.
Harmony Bennett, a sophomore at Tiffin University, served as BUS’ secretary on the MLK Day Committee. When asked why Nate Washington was selected, she noted his success as an African-American man, as well connection to the university.
“With those credentials, we thought the students, faculty, and community people would really relate and be moved by his story and be informed on why we are coming together to celebrate such a powerful day,” Bennett said.
I had the chance to attend the activities of the day, and was amazed at how well everything was put together. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spread messages of love and equality throughout his life, and in the state that our country is in, it was important to reiterate these ideals.
The breakout sessions were educational, discussing topics of social equality, conflicts, inclusiveness, and the overall importance of cultural awareness and acceptance. I had the chance to attend the “Safe Zone” session, which focused on issues facing the LGBT+ community with the goal of creating an inclusive environment. Introductory information and terms were presented, and topics such as stigmas, the process of “coming out,” and how to be a source of support for a friend or family member in the LGBT+ community.
Tiffin University has an extremely diverse population, with a total of 392 international students representing more than 33 different countries. These sessions allowed students and mentors from different backgrounds and communities to come together.
Another session, "The Social Gospel and Its Impact on Dr. King,” was presented by Christopher Caldwell, a first-year advisor at Tiffin. The session discussed how the social gospel impacted the protests and teachings of Dr. King and how it is important in a time where social activism is see everyday.
“We regularly forget the deep and meaningful traditions of our past and trade them in for the bright and shiny promises of the future,” Caldwell said. In addition to the Social Gospel, he mentioned how Dr. King used Mahatma Gandhi’s values and peaceful protests to conduct his own.
“In many ways, the importance of my session is couched in understanding the past to fully inform our understanding of one of the most impact figures of the 20th Century. By having a fully informed understanding of Dr. King, we can better plan our actions for social justice today,” Caldwell said.
The breakout sessions were followed by Washington’s keynote speech.
“I think everyone who attended left impacted in some positive way,” Bennett said.
Although it’s been 50 years since Dr. King Jr.’s death, his message and impact still touches people from all walks of life today.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
Under florescent lights, over 100 Greek hopefuls flooded the Marion Center, enthusiastically bounding to their booths of choice; eager to make a good impression on the active members who stood there.
Elvis Presley impersonator performing at the 2017 Casino Royale Fundraiser
by ABBEY HOBBS
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce is presenting their annual Casino Royale fundraiser event.
The event will take place Feb. 10 at Camden Falls, 2460 S. SR 231, Tiffin, starting at 6 p.m. This year’s entertainment features Jersey – The Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band. The night will also include an abundance of activities including black jack, dice, appetizers, a photo booth, a cash bar, and raffles.
The cost for the event is $100, which includes two admission tickets and one Reverse Raffle ticket. A Reverse Raffle ticket will enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win $2,000. There will be many chances to win money and prizes throughout the night, which include gift cards, jewelry, event tickets, and up to $5,000. All prizes were donated by local companies.
For inquiries or to purchase tickets please visit the Chamber at 19 W. Market St. or call (419) 447-4141.
by: CARLY BUZZARD
The Tiffin University Greek Life held a rush party, including a meet and greet on Wednesday evening
for any woman on campus wanting to join a sorority.
The sororities hosting the event on Wednesday night included Alpha Iota, Sigma Delta Sigma, and Zeta Pi Beta. The event consisted of getting to know the Greeks, an open panel to ask questions about Greek Life, and a presentation from adviser Hannah Tyson and dean of students Mike Herdlick.
Ariana Seanor, a forensic psychology major at Tiffin University, is one of the women in charge of the sorority Alpha Iota. Seanor said she wanted to join Alpha Iota because she wanted to be "a part of a system." She loves her involvement with the group and the bond she has with the other members.
"I enjoy living in a house with the other members," Seanor said. She said they are all really good friends and that's the joy of living and being in a sorority together.
A freshman at Tiffin University attending the event to rush Alpha Iota, Anjaleigh Hart, said joining a sorority would look good on her resume.
"I also look forward to making new friends in the group," Hart said. She chose Alpha Iota since they are nationally recognized. Hart is a communications and public relations major.
Shantel Weaver, a communications and public relations major, was also looking to rush Alpha
Iota. Weaver said she already knows the women and feels that they are the most welcoming towards her. Since she is a commuter, the sorority has taken her in and lets her stay with them.
"They make me feel comfortable," Weaver said.
You can find more information about Greek Life on Tiffin University's website under Clubs and Organizations. http://www.tiffin.edu/clubs
by JESSICA HOLLAN
Broadway, known for bright lights and big voices, veered into an alternate universe on Tuesday, April 4. The night was full of bright lights and big voices, but not the flashy show tunes most musical theatre fans have come to enjoy. No. Flipping her hair to lip-sync her opening number, drag queen Deija D lit up the Marion Center, hosting SPECTRUM’s fifth annual Drag Night.
by NICK BUCHANAN
Tiffin resident Beth Walliser spent March 20 on the corner of Miami and Sandusky streets with a poster board in hand. Its headlining message was blunt: “Shame on TU.”
“I’m here in regards to the lack of response from TU in regards to the deaf issues that the four students on campus are trying to present to the [disability] services director,” she said. “Without discussion or any forthcoming, the director is trying to force the students to discontinue their live interpreters that they have now and making them go to iPads via Skype.”
by BRANDON UTLEY
Are you sick of spending your boring Friday nights in your bed? Are you constantly wishing there was more fun things to do on the weekend? Well, don’t fret: The brothers of Theta Eta Omicron have you covered! On Friday, March 24, the Omicrons will host a charity concert to support Hope for the Day.
While discussing Hope for the Day, Omicron brother Michael Saliba said, “This is an organization that focuses on suicide prevention and mental health education through self-expression platforms to achieve outreach, education, and prevention.”
Tiffin University’s student newspaper, The Tystenac, won five awards at the Associated Collegiate Press' annual convention in Minneapolis.
After competing with 200 delegates at the organization's Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention Feb. 17-19, the campus newspaper won three awards in the categories of best four-year university non-weekly publication; best single page design; best editorial, and two awards for best feature story.