by REBECCA KEILBASA
All of the Tiffin Greeks gathered together to recruit about 30 potential pledges and speak about hazing at the Rush Party on Jan. 27 on campus.
Hannah Tyson, Director of Student Engagement, and Wayne Kreis, the Student Engagement Graduate Assistant, hosted the annual Rush Party to kick-off Greek Pledging.
All of the Greek organizations were in attendance to speak with potential pledges discuss anti-hazing techniques and policies, and speak on a panel about their organizations in an open forum.
There are currently seven Greek organizations, three sororities and four fraternities on campus consisting of Zeta Pi Beta, Sigma Delta Sigma, Alpha Iota, Omega Psi Rho, Theta Eta Omicron, Phi Theta Pi, and Psi Kappa Chi.
Jamie Marinis, a First Year Adviser, was also in attendance to share her personal hazing story from her time in a sorority in college. Marinis described her sorority forcing her to wear make-up and maintaining a specific appearance to be allowed in the organizations letters.
On the Greek panel there was a representative from each organization. The students in attendance asked about the philanthropies and mottoes of each, as well as the representatives favorite memory from Greek life thus far.
Sara Taite-Trail, pledge captain for Alpha Iota, said that the sorority wants its members to come as they are and to be unique.
Jordan West, general member of Omega Psi Rho, one of the newer fraternities on campus, spoke about the fraternity's philanthropic efforts with the homeless population in Tiffin, which expresses its mottoes “We came, we saw, we conquered” and also “Never leave a man behind."
Julia Nesbitt, pledge captain for Zeta Pi Beta, said her favorite Greek memory is the cookout. “I loved the Greek Cookout at the beginning of the year because it showed our Greek unity and it was a great opportunity to meet the other organizations”.
By the end of the night every Greek organization in attendance had potential pledges signed up for interviews to take place on Jan. 28, 29, and 30 in the respective Greek houses.
Bids will be going out to the applicable potential pledges on Friday Jan. 31.
by ANJALEIGH HART
This past week news outlets and social media have been bombarded by information concerning the Coronavirus. Social media has been taken over by worry and concern with the deadly virus being at the center of it all. Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then the province has been completely quarantined and those who have tested positive for the virus have been transported to makeshift hospitals.
The Coronavirus has now spread to 17 countries. Though, there have been no deaths reported in any country, other than China. The countries that have confirmed cases are as follows: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, and Vietnam.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, recently confirmed that there are cases in the United States. As of Jan. 27, there have been a total of five confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States. All the patients had recently traveled to Wuhan. There are two current cases in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, and one in Illinois. The CDC recently put out a statement saying that the risk to the U.S. is still very low. Though, there are still hundreds being tested for Coronavirus upon return to the U.S.
Several countries have begun to make the decision of cancelling all flights going in or out of China. British Airways has indefinitely stopped all of their flights with China, while other airlines have begun to either cancel a few or scale back on flights involving China. The airlines have issued statements saying that they believe this will help to contain the virus from spreading to more countries.
by LARA JADE
Lara Jade will be holding a book signing in the Performing Arts Lab at Tiffin University on March 12 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Jade writes in the young adult genre and has self-published two books through Kindle Direct Publishing.
At the signing, cover models Cora and Hannah will be present as well as Jade’s editor, Sheniah. The event will include musical guest, Ruby Santiago & Sage of Six who will be performing a song featured in Summer Love: Wilmington. At the end of the evening, Jade will hold a question and answer panel with Jade, the cover models, and the editor moderated by Rebecca Kielbasa. There will also be a drawing to win two special prizes.
Jade published her first book, Love & Lies on Feb. 14, 2019 and her second book, Summer Love: Wilmington on Nov. 15, 2019.
For more information visit: www.larajadeauthor.wixsite.com/authorpage
by JADE RISNER
Above is one of many ticks that can be found on pets
Photo by BOSTON25NEWS
Ticks are common concern for many pet owners, especially those who live near fields and woods. Responsible and concerned owners typically keep their pets on flea and tick preventatives year round. Although most owners continue the preventative year round, there are also handfuls of owners who stop the preventative once it gets cold out because they think that the ticks and fleas can't survive in the cold and die. This can be true when temperatures are right, but scientist are finding more and more species of ticks that do not hibernate through the winter. They are not hibernating because it is not getting cold enough for them anymore.
Vet clinics are seeing a surplus in annual flea and tick sales due to this, but not everyone is ready to purchase the preventative year round. A common recommendation by veterinarians is Simparica. Simparica is a flea and tick preventative. One pill once every thirty days provides a dog with enough protection for a month against fleas and ticks. Owners do not have to purchase a full twelve month supply at once in most clinics, but it usually saves owners more money in the long run. On top of this, owners can also ask about possible rebates or in-house deals going on within the clinic. Most clinics should offer some form of rebate to give buyers some of their money back.
Dogs aren't the only one susceptible to being preyed upon by ticks. Cats can also be preyed upon by them, but most pet cats are kept inside so not all owners worry about preventatives, but fleas and ticks can be brought into homes by humans. So, although the cat may not go outside it doesn't mean that cats are completely immune to the pest. Veterinarians sometimes recommend Revolution plus is a preventative against fleas, ticks, heart-worms, round worms, hook worms and ear mites. Owners can also ask about possible rebates or in-house deals to save a little on the preventative.
Owners should keep their pets on flea and tick preventatives year round because of the increased risk of contact with them. It may be costly for the preventatives, but they pay for themselves in the end when compared to possible vet bills if a pet were to contract a disease from the ticks.
For more information regarding ticks, risks, and preventatives, owners can contact their local veterinarians.
by Richard Williams
The Tiffin University Counseling staff is walking for mental health every Thursday at noon in the Heminger Center in an effort to highlight the importance and recognition of mental health disorders.
The issue of mental health has become more prevalent in recent years, with the National Institute of Mental Health reporting that nearly 31 percent of U.S. adults have or will experience some instance of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. The NIMH has also reported that in 2017, nearly 17.3 million U.S. adults suffered at least one major depressive episode, with higher instances in females than males. It was also noted on the NIMH website that in that same year, the highest instance of depressive episodes happened in the 18 – 25 age group, largely representative of young adults and college students.
The Tiffin University Wellness and Counseling Center offices are located in Friedley Hall. Students can visit the center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 419-448-3578 or contact email@example.com. The center offers walk-ins on Wednesdays with no appointments necessary.
by Becca Kielbasa
The seventh annual Jello Wrestling fundraising event will feature 20 wrestlers so far, including students from Tiffin University men's and women's varsity wrestling team.
Zeta Pi Beta Sorority, established in 2010, is holding its annual Jello Wrestling Event to benefit St. Judes Children's Research Hospital on Sept. 12 from 5-7 p.m. in Hayes Courtyard.
This year wrestling will include the single rounds, but also a male and female bracket competition with two $25 visa gift cards for the winners. Prices for pre-registration are $5 per entry into the bracket, which covers the cost of all rounds, $2 for an individual round, and $1 for every repeat round after that. Registration the day of is $7 for entry into the bracket and same cost for individual rounds. Zeta Pi Beta will also be accepting donations in the form of cash or Venmo. The Venmo account name is ZetaPiBeta-Sorority.
Zeta Pi Beta holds multiple events to benefit cancer research, with Jello Wrestling among the most successful, dating back to 2013. This event is new and improved this year due to a partnership with Tiffin University Wrestling teams to make the event bigger and better than ever. Tiffin University Dean Herdlick will be the referee, per tradition, in coordination with the wrestling coaches.
St. Judes has been the chosen philanthropy by Zeta Pi Beta since its establishment, along with Love Your Melon, which is another cancer research foundation.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Set the scene: sunny Orlando, Florida. The expansive Orange County Convention Center. Science nerds everywhere.
That is what myself and fellow students Andy Frantz, Meredith Boes, Halie Copley, and Mary Bernard, along with our faculty advisor Dr. Mark Sabo, got to experience when we attended the 257th annual National Conference of the American Chemical Society from March 30 through April 2.
Attending this meeting comes with many benefits for undergraduate students. The events at this conference involve students in professional work and career preparation. During the undergraduate session of the conference, students can attend certain speakers and expos geared toward chemistry, graduate school, and careers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Mark Sabo said that the conference offers over 10,000 scientists and educators from throughout North America a forum for sharing new ideas, innovations, and methodologies that not only advance industrial and academic research applications but have an impact on chemistry as it applies to our world.”
In addition to a vast number of presentations, the conference format offers opportunities to participate in group and divisional business meetings, professional development workshops, and an exposition.
“This program gives Tiffin University students the opportunity to interact, discuss new ideas, and learn about the chemistry profession with other students,” Sabo said.
At this meeting, there was a student chapter poster exposition, where student chapters of ACS from around the country could show off the work their organization has done over the past year. Our chapter here at TU has performed a number of science-based outreach programs this past year to engage the local Tiffin Columbian students.
By AIDA SANTANA
by LOGAN JACKSON
Special to The Tystenac
Attitude, popularity, and hours of rehearsal. Tiffin University held its first-ever musical, Heathers, which was “like, totally not for kids.”
Originally released in 1989, Heather’s can sometimes be considered the foundation of Mean Girls. The show follows the storyline of the three most popular girls in school, along with Veronica, who adjusts her lifestyle to impress her new friends. This show is known for humor, drama, and fantastic music.
Opening night was Feb. 15th and it kicked the weekend off with a successful show. Most students involved spent countless hours in rehearsal and their hard work paid off afterward. Nearly all music students volunteered to help in any way they could, including lights, sound, and ushering.
Not shown is Aly Horn, the director of the musical. Horn chose this as TU’s first musical because “the music and requirements fit all of the cast accordingly and well.”
Horn is a professor in the Music Department. She has experience with Vocal Coaching, directing Higher Ground (Tiffin’s previous all-female a capella group), the Pop Choir, and she is also a professor for a number of Music Fundamental classes. Although this isn’t her first time directing a musical, this is her first as part of the TU family.
Senior cast member, Layla Pollock, was asked what her favorite part of being involved was. She initially stated that it was difficult to choose, due to the many good things. overall, “getting to witness everybody coming out of their shell, also piecing every scene together into a whole act”.
Another great part Pollock mentioned she was proud of how students involved were actually creating characters, rather than a college student imitating a character, making the act more believable. Among the cast, Chloe Holt and Darla Arnette are first-year students and they made a phenomenal impression.
More photos and remarks available across Tiffin Music’s social media platforms.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Imagine this. You are sitting in your room this weekend with nothing to do. Netflix is boring, homework is done, and you have already eaten all of your Ben & Jerry’s and discount Valentine’s Day chocolate. What do you do?
Come to the Performing Arts Lab Friday February 15 & Saturday February 16 at 7pm and Sunday February 17 at 2pm to see Heathers: The Musical.
The show is centered around Veronica Sawyer, a naïve teenage girl who just wants to fit in with the popular kids, “The Heathers.” Her plans get turned upside down when she meets the mysterious outcast Jason Dean. Follow these two as they navigate the treacherous trail of desire, lust, drama, and death.
The show does feature scenes of extreme violence, language, suicide, sexual orientation, and murder so it is totally like… not for kids.