by SCOTT WILLIAMS
One hundred and forty years after the battle of Little Bighorn, the same broken treaties the U.S. government has perpetuated against the Native Americans for centuries have fueled the next big fight for the Natives: the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a story all too familiar to the Native Americans, but instead of breaking laws and treaties in search of gold, the government now repeats its offenses in search of oil.
In January 2015, a company called Dakota Access used loopholes in legislation to bypass normal procedures to install a 1,172 mile-long pipeline through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and into Illinois. The pipeline would pump 570,000 barrels of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to meet up with existing pipelines in Patoka, Illinois. Aside from the environmental threats, there is another reason the Standing Rock Sioux tribe is fighting to stop it — the government’s continuation of its history of broken promises.
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 JESSICA HOLLAN
Walking into Franks Hall, contestants were immediately immersed in the Halloween spirit; stepping into a graveyard full of tombstones and spider webs that ushered them into the pitch black Chisholm Auditorium. Upon adjustment to the sudden darkness, your eyes were immediately drawn to the stage where orange lights wove between bones and jack-o-lanterns. A strobe light sat in the center of the stage illuminating the room in revolving rainbow colors.
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.