by MADISON DOSS
Special to The Tystenac
Tiffin University hosted a Sports Talk Presentation that featured two Olympians in the University’s Heminger Center on Wednesday morning. The Olympians who spoke were Katie Smith, all-time leading scorer of women’s professional basketball, and Jan Boutmy, renowned fencing, hall of famer and sportsman.
The presentation was one of many events incorporated into Elite Sport and Culture Week, which ran from October 20-25. Organized by Tiffin University, Terra State Community College, Tiffin Mercy Health and National Machinery, Elite Week showcased Olympians and Paralympians from all over the world.
One of the organizers and professor at Tiffin University, Bonnie Tiell, opened the presentation by discussing the importance of substance abuse and young athletes.
Tiell then introduced Smith and called her to the stage.
Smith said she is from Logan, Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University. She said she earned three Olympic gold medals and helped Team USA win two world championships.
She said she retired from the WNBA in 2013 as a seven-time all-star and was named Ohio State’s female athlete of the century.
Smith is now the head coach of WNBA’s New York Liberty.
Smith began her presentation by talking about anti-doping and said she wanted young athletes to take care of themselves and to have equal playing fields.
She then provided a website address, SafeSport.org, as a resource for athletes who are not sure what substances are safe versus not.
Smith said she participated in track and field, volleyball and basketball in high school.
She fell in love with basketball and said she played professionally for 17 years.
Smith presented four core values and their meanings, and said young athletes need those values to be successful. The values were respect, excellence, consistency and determination.
Without those four values, “it is difficult to have good habits that create good days and those good days turn into good weeks and so on,” said Smith.
“How you do anything is how you do everything,” said Smith.
In closing, Smith said her favorite memory from the Olympics was walking in the opening 2000 Olympic ceremony in Sydney, Australia.
After Smith’s closing remarks, Tiell introduced Boutmy and invited him to the stage.
Boutmy is 88 years old and fenced in 10 Olympic Games for the Netherlands, including Tokyo’s in 1964 and Mexico City’s in 1968. He said he also served as a fencing director, judge and director of fencing information desk at the Olympic Village.
Boutmy is the president of the Olympians Netherlands Antilles Association and vice president of PanAmerican Olympians Association, but said he currently lives in Curacao.
Growing up, his first fencing trainer was his father, who helped him learn the game and grow as a fencer, said Boutmy.
Boutmy spoke about his journey through the 10 years of participating in the Olympics. In total, Boutmy he said he won eight medals: four gold, one silver and three bronze.
He also tried different sports growing up like Smith did, but he played soccer, tennis then tried fencing.
The one major thing Boutmy learned while competing is how to respectfully treat the officials because they were a huge factor in how the matches play out.
“Tiffin was honored to have two legends in its presence,” said Tiell.
Post-presentation, Smith said the most important thing she wanted student-athletes to take away from her portion was to follow the four core values and to be present in everything one does.
Rick Goeb was an additional organizer for Elite Week and said the events were going as
planned. Goeb is also a professor at Tiffin University.
Goeb attended the elementary/middle schools which also had some Olympians present speeches.
“The schools’ students and administrations were excited,” said Goeb.
The most challenging aspect of planning Elite Week for Goeb was figuring out all of the logistics such as travel, lodging and schedule, said Goeb.
“This week has been great, and we are looking forward to the rest of events for the week,” said Goeb.
by NATHAN DANKO
Special to The Tystenac
During Tiffin University's Elite Sport and Culture Week, the diverse culture of the Olympics was fully displayed. The poster showcase reflects the diverse culture and the rich history of the Olympics. With posters created by Tiffin University students, the walls of the Heminger Center were decorated in the honor of the Olympics during the event.
The Monday of Elite Sport and Culture Week began with the poster showcase. Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., the walls of Heminger were decorated. The posters covered the history and controversies of the Olympics. The history of the Olympics was propped along the walls of the Heminger Center.
The posters were a colorful sight. Arranged in the windows, the entry way to Heminger was filled with knowledge of the Olympics. The poster showcase demonstrated the history of the Olympians and the flags they carry.
“I found the Tanya Harding case to be the most interesting,” said Angela Holahan.
Holahan and her group made a poster reflecting the Harding controversy of the 1994 Olympics in Norway. The Harding case proved to be a monumental moment in the history of the Olympics.
Holahan’s poster was similar to other posters at this event. Some posters at this event reflected the problems throughout the Olympics’ history. One poster reflected the Munich 1979 Olympics. The poster presented the facts of this massacre and tragedy as well as the games.
The poster reads, “Mark Spitz won seven gold medals and set seven world records”.
This fact reflects the positives of the 1979 Munich Olympics. The 1979 Olympics are best known for the massacre.
"Drug testing has increased due to more athletes using banned substances for athletic advantage,” reads the poster titled, “Athlete Doping.”
Some posters at this event reflected constant issues throughout the Olympics. “Athlete Doping” covers the issue of performance-enhancing drugs.
The poster displays the statistics of athletic doping. The poster reads, “The country with the most doping cases is Austria.”
The poster lists the numbers of doping cases per country and names Austria as the country with the largest amount. Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a problem throughout the history of the Olympics.
Another poster focused on the issue of the malpractice that some coaches and officials have committed. This poster covers the case of Jerry Sandusky, a Penn State coach who was convicted for his sexual malpractice as coach. The poster reflects the tragedies that some athletes have gone through, Olympian or not.
Good or bad, the Olympics has had a diverse history. The posters reflected the events that have happened at the Olympic games.
by JOE HARAKAL
Tiffin University hosted an event from October 20-25 called Elite Sport and Culture Week. The event included multiple activities in which students, faculty, staff, and anyone who was interested could attend.
Everyone in attendance had the opportunity to interact with several former Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and a member of the International Olympic Committee.
The largest part of Elite Sport and Culture Week was the Festival of Champions, presented in the Heminger Center on Tiffin University’s campus.
The Festival of Champions included the most events of the week and the most Olympic personnel. Some of the interactive events that people could take part in were pictures and autographs, races, soccer, dance lessons, basketball and one-on-one conversations with the Olympians.
Aaron Gonzalez, a baseball player at TU, said he spoke with a few of the Olympic athletes. “They are very nice and down-to-earth people. It seemed like they generally cared about meeting us and were excited to be here,” Gonzalez said.
“The point of this event was to get people involved and have an impact on the children and community,” said Rick Goeb, an assistant professor of sports management at Tiffin University.
Liston Bochette, an Olympic athlete and artist who came to Elite Sport and Culture Week, had a similar thought to Goeb’s when creating some of his art pieces. Bochette’s art was unveiled at another event that anyone had the chance to visit.
by MATT ADAMS
Service Emersion Club (SEC) is back this year with a big agenda. The goal of the organization is to connect students to the world they live in by giving back and doing service projects. The entire year will be dedicated to volunteering and fundraising to go on a service learning cruise to the Caribbean. This is a six-day cruise stopping at three ports and three countries in May 2019. At each port the ship stops at, there will be a service learning aspect. In the Dominican Republic, students will engage in an exchange of culture by visiting an orphanage.
The trip will also include a visit to a historical landmark in Grand Turk. The museum is dedicated to John Glenn after his first space mission. After his return to Earth, Glenn landed in the ocean and was retrieved off the coast of Grand Turk. The port of Nassau will engage students in the conservation of birds from the islands. Here the island birds have refuge from the changing world.
Fundraising is the goal to making an already affordable trip more affordable. The cruise is organized to maximize the most affordable price. To do so, there are five people per cabin that split the cost of the room. Roughly, each person is going to pay $330 for their share of the fare. There are two fundraisers a month to help with the costs of the trip.
The cruise is not the center of the the SEC organization. SEC is committed to service and volunteer work, in and around Tiffin. In the yearly agenda, a service project is planned for the community. Projects range from cleaning parks, making blankets for the elderly and homeless, and hosting a toy drive for the families who are less fortunate. You can still join the fun without going on the trip. If interested, the SEC host meetings every Thursday at 9:30 p.m in Main 12.
by JOE HARAKAL
Marysville Division of Police decided to start a canine unit with officer Dave Nist, a Tiffin University graduate, as the canine handler.
Nist, a former football player at TU, graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Upon finishing college, he started his career at Marysville Division of Police, and after one year on the force, was asked to start up their canine unit. This was made possible due to donations from Honda Manufacturing and various other donors, he said.
“I have wanted to be a canine handler since college,” said Nist, as he reflected on an occurrence that happened at one of his football practices.
Nist said during one of his practices, a local canine handler stopped by and asked if someone wanted to get into the bite suit.
“I offered to go in the suit right away,” said Nist.
A bite suit is a specifically designed suit to withstand the power and force of a police and military dog bite. This suit is utilized in training for real life scenarios, without causing any injuries to the operator or canine.
Nist got into the suit and the canine officer suggested that he could not run to the endzone before the dog caught him. He took the officers bet and won. His prize, an attack on the arm from the police dog.
“I remember making it to the endzone and turning around to see the dog running at me and biting the sleeve,” said Nist. “I thought it was so cool and I wanted to be a canine officer from that moment on.”
Nist has been working for the police department for 22 years now and has been the canine officer for 21 of them. Since the start of the canine unit, he has had three dogs. His dogs include Indi, who worked from 1998-2006, Khan from 2006-2013 and the current dog, Bear, according to the City of Marysville website.
Nist said that Indi was imported from Holland and Khan was from Slovakia. Both dogs are Belgium Malinois and were dual trained for narcotic’s and criminal apprehension, he said.
The current dog, Bear, was born in America and has parents that are also police dogs, he said. Nist’s faithful companion Bear was a year and a half old when he hit the streets as a police dog. He said he trained Bear, whose focus is on narcotics.
“I got Bear when he was a 7-week-old puppy and started training him early on,” said Nist.
During the training of Bear, Nist worked along side Master Trainer Jeff Moody, who was also training other police forces dogs at the time.
“While training Bear and the other dogs, I earned my master training certification,” stated Nist.
Besides becoming a master trainer, Nist has had the opportunity at a higher-ranking position in the police force and had passed them up.
“I have been offered multiple different positions, but I always deny them,” said Nist. “I love working with the dogs and wouldn’t give that up.”
by JENNA HUFFMAN
Populations of animals have drastically declined over the past 40 years and Tiffin University’s Diane Kidd Gallery is working to bring awareness to this issue by highlighting the work of several different artists.
by CARLY BUZZARD & JENNA HUFFMAN
Students of professors Jamie Marinis and Nick Reinhard’s classes took their peers on a journey through the evolution of the American Dream in Chisholm Auditorium as a part of Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness week.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Counselling services are located at the Seneca House on campus.
video by JOE HARAKAL