by JESSICA HOLLAN
On Apr. 11, the Alpha Tau Psi chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta gained 15 new members. Sheniah Lanier, Ariell Milner, Diana Oduho, Shannon Stewart, and Amanda Traxler were present for the induction ceremony that occurred in Hayes Chapel.
by AUTUMN COOPER
Special to The Tystenac
Seven students from Tiffin University, as well as adviser Dr. Danielle Foster, traveled to New Orleans to participate in the 40th annual American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference.
These students had the opportunity to network with over 1,500 different marketing students from colleges all over the country, including Puerto Rico and California.
Students were also able talk with potential employers and gauge a more defined sense of their career path through the in depth career fair.
“It was so much fun,” said senior AMA member Amanda Traxler. “We got to meet people from schools all across the country. There were some really great speakers there that had great advice about future jobs.”
The conference allowed the Dragons to engage in multiple breakout sessions, including a panel of do’s and don’ts for interviews. This gave the students professional development skills that will benefit them greatly as they transition from university life to a professional atmosphere.
Multiple competitions at the conference the students competed in included perfect pitch, marketing strategy, and sales pitch to name a few. The students made multiple connections to further their network.
“It was overall an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Traxler stated. “I am so glad I attend a school that supports its students and invests in their education.”
by ABBEY HOBBS
A suicide awareness and prevention workshop was hosted by the student ambassadors of the resource center, located in Friedly Hall, on March 15.
The workshop was intended to inform students of the myths and misconceptions of suicide, and to get people talking about the issue. “Our goal was to inform people. The myth sheet we gave out was very true,” says one ambassador, and TU student, Emily Keill, “Everyone has these conceptions like not to talk about it or don’t bring it up or it’ll push people further into suicide but when you talk about it, it helps.”
Keill explains that one of the biggest misconceptions regarding suicide is that people believe talking about suicide will only make others want to commit suicide more, but this is in fact opposite of the truth. Talking about suicide teaches you the tools you need in order to help someone in need and then you can, in return, teach whoever needs help those tools.
“Why do people commit suicide?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. Another ambassador, Gabby Santos, says it’s because people don’t believe that depression is a curable disease. “College is stressful and you’re trying to fit in,” she says, “You’re trying to start everything new and sometimes it just doesn’t go the way you want to and it can just go downhill from there. There’s so many resources out there that people just don’t know about.”
The workshop stressed the importance of knowing the resources that are available to students and how to deal with depression. They explained that depression is curable with a combination of talk therapy and medication being the most effective way to combat it.
Liberty Campbell, ambassador and TU student, encourages anyone who is feeling depressed or suicidal to know their options. “The resource center is a safe space for everyone. We don’t judge based on anything, it’s our job not to judge. We are here to listen and to be here for you,” she says.
If you or anyone you know are suffering from depression remember that you should not be afraid to talk about it or to get help. Students can also book appointments with a University counselor by emailing email@example.com. Counselling services are located at the Seneca House on campus.
video by JOE HARAKAL
by SHANTEL WEAVER and CIERA SMITH
One of Tiffin University’s sororities, Alpha Iota, is hosting its annual autism awareness dinner, the Alpha Affair.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
As the semester draws to a close there are certain words that have been buzzing around campus: graduation, finals, and the eagerly awaited Springfest. The festival is the most anticipated event on Tiffin University’s campus. It occurs annually right before finals week as a last stress reliever before the week long testing we all endure.
“It’s really fun to do all the different challenges and hang out with all your friends right before school lets out,” said senior Amanda Traxler. “I also really enjoy all the different food trucks from all the local restaurants parked on the street for us to purchase from. Jolly’s is my absolute favorite.”
Last year’s Springfest featured an inflatable obstacle course, inflatable cliff jump, and a The Wipeout style inflatable sweeper. Multiple organizations handed out snack style foods while others offered games, activities, and prizes.
“Tiffin University’s Student Government partners with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) every year to sponsor the larger activities like the inflatable obstacle course,” stated junior senator Ariana Seanor. “I know the students are going to absolutely love this year’s event.”
The entire event is closed out by the Greek organizations performing a stroll-off in the center of Hayes Courtyard. Each organization is known for taking their own unique approach to dance and step, and offer a great show to the entire campus.
“Every Greek organization is participating in stroll this year,” said Phi Theta Pi Vice President, junior Brandon Utley. “The Phis haven’t participated since 2015, we are really excited.”
This year’s theme for Springfest is “Carnival” and everyone is anticipating it with much excitement.
“This will be my first year going to Springfest,” said Senior Alpha Iota member Shantel Weaver. “I’m really looking forward to not only going to Springfest, but also participating in stroll with my sisters.”
by DIANA ODUHO
Millenials are forging a new path by finding happiness and success on their own terms, said Ann Shoket, former Seventeen magazine editor-in-chief and keynote speaker at Tiffin University’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) held March 12.
by DIANA ODUHO
Student athletes from Tiffin University took a trip to Washington Elementary Feb. 28 to read stories to children as a part of The Second and Seven Foundation’s initiative to promote reading.
The nonprofit, based in Columbus, was started in 1999. The mission of the Second and Seven Foundation’s mission is “to promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.”
The foundation recently selected sophomore Nick Whetnall as its student-athlete of the week. Whetnall is a part of the Tiffin University’s baseball team and is currently majoring in Exercise Science.
Whetnall enjoys his involvement and says that through the Second and Seven Foundation, he gets to make the world a better place.
“I like to go in the elementary schools and do something that the kids aren’t used to. I enjoy interacting with them and brightening their day during our visits,” he told the organization.
To learn more about the Second and Seventh Foundation, please click here.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
Not every university undergrad student has the opportunity to present his or her research to a panel of distinguished members of the criminal justice community. However, that is exactly what a group of Tiffin University students were invited to do.
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.