by BRANDON UTLEY
Imagine this. A teenage boy growing up in small-town Northeast Ohio, in a high school where there are more tractors and pickup trucks than there are iPhones. This boy often struggled to fit in with the “popular crowd,” not because he was not cool enough just because he was interested in different things. The popular crowd liked football and country music, while the young man loved musical theater and reality TV. That boy was me.
Do not get me wrong, my high school experience was great but liking musical theater when I was growing up was always considered a taboo. People who enjoyed musicals were always stereotyped as dramatic, over-the-top, or gay. But has this opinion changed.
“The genre itself is so wide that it’s intimidating,” said TU sophomore Becca Keilbasa. “I think people generally find them strange until they listen to them for the first time because until you understand the story the music is out of context and a bit strange.”
Tiffin University music director Aly Horn stated, “I used to find that people would stereotype those that have an interest in musicals and you either were totally into them, or you were definitely opposed.”
With Broadway taking a turn from the classic style of shows, such as The Sound of Music, Cats, and Hello, Dolly! to a new contemporary sound with shows, such as Hamilton, Be More Chill, and Legally Blonde, is musical theater becoming cool?
by BRANDON UTLEY
While juggling 15 credit hours, extra curricular activities, and multiple jobs finding time to make or find a healthy meal is nearly impossible. Second only to those cumulative final exams, one of the most difficult challenges college students face is how to battle away hunger?
The caf? Fast food? The pack of ramen they forgot they dropped under their bed last week?
Putting aside the debate over the quality of the dining hall food (see my article “In defense of the cafeteria: Picky eater finds appreciation for the caf”), the place that students choose to eat depends on their busy schedules, their particular taste in food, and more importantly their bank account. With the prices of the meal plan options rising, how are people who cannot afford them or choose not to get them eating.
Senior Tyler Slavens lives in his fraternity house on campus, which includes a full kitchen. “Normally I eat fast food between classes, but if I have enough time I cook in my house,” he said.
by EMILY JONES
Special to The Tystenac
Bettering the Olympic Games and its athletes' lives would be a top priority for many of the athletes who visited Tiffin University during the last full week of October.
Tiffin University is in its 35th year of the breakfast panel “Good Morning World.” During the program on October 25th, Matt Mitten began by thanking Bonnie Tiell for her work organizing the events throughout the week.
Mitten had the 10 Olympians and Paralympians in attendance introduce themselves and briefly speak about the sport(s) they competed (or qualified to compete) in and the Olympic(s) they participated in.
When introduced, many spoke of the honor they had felt walking into the opening ceremonies and what it meant to them to have represented their countries.
The hour was full of questions and answers, but two of the questions sparked similar answers among the athletes.
Mitten asked them to imagine they were president of the International Olympic Committee and tell everyone what their top priorities would be in regard to reform.
The issue most of the athletes chose to discuss was post-competition education.
Liston Bochette III said, “Let’s take care of the athletes. When you walk into the stadium, everybody loves you. When you walk out of that stadium, it’s a cold reality. People forget [about you] very quickly.”
He went on to talk about, as others did, the issue of not having healthcare or many types of insurance.
The second answer many of the Olympians agreed upon was to Mitten’s question about their favorite experience during the games.
Most everyone had answers such as “meeting new people” and “experiencing different cultures.”
A few of the athletes relayed what an honor it was to carry their country’s flag during the opening ceremonies.
Acceptance and aid to athletes were common themes in their answers, as they have experienced the games first hand. It is a common belief that the games and its contestants could be improved by having long-term goals and purposes, thus improving the nations they represent.
by SHENIAH LANIER
Special to The Tystenac
On Sept. 5, 1972, Palestinian terrorists belonging to the political group Black September invaded the Israeli apartments in the Olympic Village at Munich, West Germany.
According to official Olympic reports, the incident resulted in the deaths of 11 members of the Israeli team as well as five Palestinians and one police officer.
“It was unbelievable for everyone there and for the whole world,” said Yan Boutmy as he sat on a panel discussing threat assessment at the Olympics during Tiffin University’s Elite Sport and Culture Week.
Boutmy said he fenced for the Netherlands in the Olympic Games in 1964 and 1968 and was in Munich in 1972.
“I didn’t know if the Games would continue,” he said.
What happened in Munich was not a stand-alone event. In July of 1996, a bomb exploded in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. According to The New York Times, the incident resulted in one death and 111 injuries.
“It was a difficult moment,” said Sebastian Keitel, who represented Chile in the 200-meter dash that year. Keitel said one of his fellow teammates was injured in the blast.
by MATT ADAMS
October is domestic violence month, a month to raise awareness to defeat the issue, a month to mourn the victims and a month to help survivors. Sigma Delta Sigma hosted a candlelight vigil on Friday, October 9, 2018, in Hayes courtyard to raise awareness, a cause the Deltas built their sorority around.
It was a somber night filled with light as survivors told their stories of domestic violence or of other survivors they knew in their lives. Individuals can be impacted indirectly when they see a loved one suffering from domestic abuse, such as a mom or sibling. In most cases when an individual such as a mom is a victim and their child sees the pain, it is because a mom will protect their children from the same pain. In other cases, it is because moms or aunts or siblings do not how to escape the pain.
Survivors told their stories on Friday night was a way of ensuring other individuals that they are not alone in the battle to stop domestic violence, that they too know what it feels like to be hurt and betrayed by ones you love as you can feel alone and abandoned. These Survivors’ stories were meant to encourage people to see what the abuse is and prevent them from feeling that same pain. It is not easy for individuals to talk in front of a crowd and remember their stories, as they are trying to forget.
The Deltas take pride in their efforts to stop the rising cases of domestic abuse, some of the organization's members came forth and told their story to help others overcome their stories. These individuals have suffered a lot to help others not feel what they did, to not feel what it is like to be sexually abused by a relative or to feel like one of your parents has abused you because they do not love. These cases can take a toll on an individual and leave them paralyzed to their environment.
If you have suffered from the effects of domestic violence, or still are going through domestic abuse please do not hold your story back. There are institutions on campus that are here to help with the effects caused by abuse, do not be afraid to talk to someone about your story. Abuse is an issue that can affect any individual and you are not alone, there are millions of people that have experienced a similar story to yours. It just does not affect children, women, the elderly, men it is capable of affecting everyone. I have suffered from domestic abuse, you are not alone.
by MADISON DOSS
Special to The Tystenac
Young culinary artist Brittany Holbrook is not only a student-athlete at Tiffin University, but her passion for cooking has had an unexpected twist since her time at college started. Some college students are worried about gaining weight when they eat; however, Holbrook's concerns stem from regulating her diet for health reasons.
Holbrook said she has helped her family in the kitchen ever since she could remember but ignited her passion for cooking at the age of 19 during her sophomore year of college. Not only did Holbrook have to find new ways to fend for herself on her own, but after diagnosed with celiac disease, Holbrook needed to do even more research on how to express herself in the kitchen.
Celiac disease creates a gluten intolerance on a person’s body which essentially rejects any gluten ingested. This has made Holbrook conscious of every little detail when planning her meals such as checking the spices, broth, gravy and every other ingredient for gluten to make sure it won’t harm her body.
She said even though celiac disease has been an obstacle for Holbrook to overcome, it has not changed her passion for cooking.
Holbrook said she looks forward to coming home every day to her boyfriend Jared Polling and being able to cook and bond.
“Cooking gives Jared and I something always to do together,” said Holbrook.
Holbrook does not prefer just one style to use while cooking. She said loves trying new methods, recipes, and flavors to work with and is excited to find new healthy dishes.
Holbrook said she will always choose a healthy, feel-good meal rather than greasy food any day.
“I cringe at the sight of greasy or fried food,” she said.
Cooking with her family and loved ones are special to her. She said she enjoys learning new things from them and teaching others their homemade cuisines.
Holbrook acquires a lot of inspiration from her grandmother. She said she wants to strive to be like her grandmother so that people can crave dishes remade by Holbrook and carry on her legacy.
When asked if she has ever thought to make cooking a part of her career, Holbrook denied the idea.
“Cooking is something she can come home to and help her separate the bad days to make them a little less dreadful by cooking a warm-hearted meal,” said Holbrook.
When it comes to baking, Brittany puts that on the “back burner.” She loves to bake but knows her cooking will always outdo her bakery.
She said baking is fun because of all of the ingredients that can be thrown into it.
Holbrook also said she adores creating all of the different baking smells.
When questioned on how she would compare herself to her food, she thought of comforting. Holbrook sees her cuisine as a therapeutic outlet and describes herself as a loving, soothing and comforting person.
If Holbrook could do anything to better her cooking, she recommended herself to keep trying new things and learning different methods from other chefs. Discovering new routines will also help her find new gluten-free dishes that she can grow to love.
When finding new meals to make, Brittany’s primary source is browsing on social media, such as Pinterest and Instagram. Along with that, she said she likes watching food vlogs and reading food blogs.
The person Holbrook tends to cook for and with the most is her boyfriend of seven years, Jared Polling. Polling said he saw a massive transformation in the past three years in Holbrook’s cooking since diagnosed with Celiac disease.
He said his favorite dish of hers would have to be her croissant chicken meal. It includes baked croissants, chicken, pepper jack cheese and marinara sauce.
Looking back at his favorite cooking memory with Holbrook, he said it was their first time making a full Thanksgiving dinner together. They had to learn how to cook a whole turkey in one day along with figuring out how to correctly season it and adding all of the side dishes too.
Poling’s recommendation on how to better Holbrook’s cooking is, “be willing to ‘spice up’ her recipes.” However, Holbrook said spices are the most challenging thing to work in the kitchen.
As Poling recalled, the worst dish Holbrook ever made for him had to be her black bean burgers because of the vegetarian taste.
If Poling could request Holbrook to remake his favorite dish from his side of the family, it would be his mother’s old cheeseburger pot pie.
Although Holbrook said she has done a lot of the cooking for Poling, Poling said he loves learning and has grown as a chef himself. They both said they will continue to grow and inspire each other in more unique dishes to come especially with the holiday season soon approaching.
by BRANDON UTLEY
Last Thursday a slimy annual tradition at Tiffin University was honored. That tradition is Jell-O wrestling and this year's event, hosted by the Zeta Pi Beta sorority, went off with a bang and the colder weather did not stop them. The wrestlers put on a hilarious show of athleticism (as much as you can in a pool full of Jell-O). The event was supported with a slip-n-slide hosted by the Theta Eta Omicron fraternity, as well as a cookout hosted by the Phi Theta Pi fraternity. This event raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was a true testament to the level of Greek unity Tiffin University hopes to achieve. If you weren’t there, you truly missed out. If you want to learn more about what you can do to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, contact a sister of Zeta Pi Beta.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
I found myself in a room surrounded by death. I stared up, overwhelmed by the floor to ceiling newspaper headlines. Plastered below each eye-catching slogan were pictures of the Twin Towers encased in smoke. “Bastards!” on San Francisco’s The Examiner was written in long, bold type and I continuously found myself drawn to that startlingly titled page, whose headline rested atop a photo of the World Trade Center ablaze from the impact.
by MATT ADAMS
Bringing Color from Home to Small Town America
Join Tiffin University and international students from India on April 23, 2018, for a festival of color. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself with fellow students and learn about different cultural traditions not celebrated nationally in the United States. College is the best time to experience opportunities like the Holi festival.
Holi is on of the most celebrated festivals in India and the Hindu religion and is based on the new moon. The festival can be mostly compared to Mardi Gras in the Christian faith. It is a time of celebrating life and love, as people rejoice in the good times. Like Mardi Gras, Holi is celebrated for a few weeks, with special traditions happening for specific periods of time. There is a time where certain foods are eaten for the festival and eventually capped off with the festival of color.
For the Hindu faith, Holi represents who someone is and what people believe in, as people get closer to their religion. Many legends and mythology give Holi life in modern times, altogether Holi represents good versus evil. Good always won in the legend Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap, Radha and Krishna, Ogress Pootana, Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva, andOgress Dhundhi.
The legend of Radha and Krishna is believed where color is used to represent the significance to Holi. In any circumstances or beliefs, Holi is important to Tiffin University Indian student population. It is important for any international student to celebrate festivals from home, it brings home to a part of the world that is different and new. International festivals help students not feel homesick and give a chance to celebrate their culture. The Indian students have been excited to prepare the Holi festival. They are also excited to showcase their culture to other students.
photo submitted by Carol A. McDannell
by ABBEY HOBBS
How did you get started in theater?
Both of my parents really loved the arts. My dad was a trumpet player and my mom danced when she was young. I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and she put my sister and myself in ballet. My sister did about a year of it, but I absolutely loved it. I always wanted to stay with it. That was always my decision. I just really liked performing, so when I was 6 my mom took me around to some auditions, and I wound up being in Madam Butterfly as the mute little boy.