Weekly News Roundup

*** On Wednesday, September 24, during a press conference in Kentucky, the Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced one officer would be indited in the case against the murder of Breonna Taylor. The other two officers “were justified in their use of force.”, according to the Attorney General Cameron. 

The decision was met with protests around the country.  

Earlier this month, according to NPR.com, the city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement — the largest in its history — in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family. 

*** A little over a week ago, Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in her home at the age of 87. She served 27 years on the supreme court being nominated in 1993 by President Clinton. 

Her death sparked a heated debate over whether a president should nominate a potential judge during an election year. In the past, the situation has come up in the past with the most recent being during President Obama’s last year of office. In that case, the nomination was held off till after the election.  

President Trump, however, decided to nominated Amy Coney Barret to replace Justice Ginsburg. According to NPR.com, “Barrett is expected to begin meeting with senators early this week, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to begin hearings on Oct. 12. 

*** Last week, the Emmy’s were held. Like most big events, the award show made changes due to COVID. The host, Jimmy Kimmel, performed to an empty room and the winners made speeches from their homes. The most notable winners were Schitt’s creek, the first show to win every award in the comedy category, Watchmen, RuPaul’s Drag race, and Succession. 

*** On Saturday, President Mankey announced in an email that DC has experienced our first COVID outbreak. Staff have been working through the weekend sorting out those that could be impacted by contact tracing and have quarantine and isolated those involved. 

“As a reminder: Defiance College REQUIRES everyone on campus to wear a mask when around other people, perform a health check through our Campus Clear app, physical distance whenever possible, clean and sanitize their space, and show respect to others.” 

Please wear a mask and follow all social distancing guidelines. 

Written by: AD Johnson 

Weekly News Recap

This Wednesday, September 9, 2020, the Defiance College will be having an Academic and Organization Fair for all students. Freshman and Seniors are welcome to browse the tables located between the library and Serrick from 11:00 am –12:00 pm. Juniors and Sophomores can look around from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

It is an opportunity for students to find out more information on different organizations offered by the college. Each Academic department will also have designated spots for students to check out if interested.  

If anyone is interested in writing for The Defender, there will be a sign-up sheet at the English Department table along with other fun and totally cool things (I can’t say there will be cake pops but there will be cake pops at our table). 

The live-action movie, Mulan, premiered this weekend on Disney+ for $29.99 in addition to the subscription fee. Fans that don’t want to pay the almost $30, the movie will be available for free December 4, 2020, for those with subscriptions. 

The movie’s release was not without controversy, however. Many Asian pro-democracy advocates called for a ban of the movie after the lead actress, Yifei Liu, made remarks in support of the Hong Kong police. Read more about the ban at https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-54024810 

This week, Taco Bell announced they will remove more items off their menu in November. The news comes as a jolt to fans everywhere as Taco bell had previously removed a dozen popular items last month including all potato items. According to Tacobell.com, the soon to be gone items include “Mexican pizza, all items with shredded chicken, and Pico de Gallo. 

Written by: AD Johnson

“Call their Names” — Reverend Al Sharpton March on Washington and Other News

** This past Thursday and Friday, over 30 speakers and musical guests spoke and performed in person and virtually for the March on Washington. It marked the 57th year since Martin Luther King Jr led the march and gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. Among the speakers where Martin Luther King III, members of George Floyd’s family, and Reverend Al Sharpton. Reverend Sharpton called on the President to act on the injustices surrounding Breona Taylor, George Floyd, and many others by asking President Trump why he does not “call their names”. 

**The 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment happened this week as well. The 19th amendment gave the right to vote for white women. It was ratified on August 26, 1920. Forty-five years later, in August, the Voting Rights Act became law which outlawed discriminations against voters and allowed all citizens the right to vote. 

** “Black Panther” star, Chadwich Boseman, passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. Along with “Black Panther”, Boseman acted in several other films including “Marshall” and “42”. He kept his diagnosis secret, and his death came as a shock to most fans. He was 43. 

** In Defiance College news, classes began last week to a new format with classes being in-person and virtual. Some students enjoyed the new ways while others thought it would take getting used to and wasn’t a fan.

“I was very stressed out and overwhelmed. I think they (the professors) could have given us a little more information earlier [as to] which group we would be in” one student said.  

Jess L states, “I am the type of learner where I prefer in-person classes because I learn better that way—from the interactions…that are offered for in-person classes” 

“I recognize the need to keep everyone safe, but I do prefer in-person classes more,” Jess said. 

Reflecting on the past spring semester, Professor Engel, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition, hoped to just make it through the semester in person as he felt the online format limited his strengths in teaching. “It’s harder to build community, read a classroom, and make minor adjustments to respond to students’ needs in an online course–especially when we had to make the shift so suddenly. I think this semester will be better because we all have planned with the idea that we might need to transition at some point” expressed Dr. Engel.

The new structured classes are temporary and once COVID is better controlled or over, classes will resume normally. 

Written by: A.D. Johnson

Election Year is Here

This is the year of a U.S. Presidential Election Year.  Election Day will take place on November 3, 2020.

The people running for President that will appear on the Ohio ballot will be Donald Trump (R), Joe Biden (D), Jo Jorgensen (L), and Howie Hawkins (G). 

To get ready for Election Day, students can make sure they are registered to vote and find their polling place.  All students who are eligible to vote can be registered by clicking this link to sign up https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/ 

It is very easy to register, and it only takes a couple of minutes.  The deadline to register in the state of Ohio is October 5, 2020. 

Even though Election Day is November 3, students can still do early voting and mail-in voting. 

For Ohio, this begins October 6, 2020, and ends November 2, 2020.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the state of Ohio is October 31, 2020. 

For more information on absentee voting and early in-person voting for Ohio click this link https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/absentee-voting/

If you are not from Ohio or want more information on voting, click this link https://www.vote.org The site has information and provides other links that can take you to each states’ deadlines, dates, and rules.  There is also more information on registration, polling centers, and you can even sign up to get reminders to vote. 

Happy voting everyone!

Written by: Amber Baldwin

Black History Month

Many of the twelve months of the year are designated to serve as observances for the diverse heritages and cultures prevalent in the United States of America. There is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month in June, and this month, specifically, is African American History Month, also known as Black History Month.

It is celebrated not only all across the U.S but at Defiance College as well. To acknowledge black history month, a showing of the movie “Harriet” was played in Schomburg Auditorium at DC for students on campus. Next Thursday, February 26, Just Mercy will be played in the auditorium as well.  

According to their website, CNN stresses the importance of the month of February by stating that Black History Month is a “nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history.” 

Colleen, a freshman stated, “I think that recognizing black history month here on campus is super important considering our diverse student body.”

However, what most are unaware of is the reasoning behind why Black History Month occurs in February. This national celebration was strategically placed during this month, as it is the birth month of two of U.S history’s most renowned abolitionist figures—Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.   

The idea for a black history holiday was first put forth by a man named Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Due to the accomplishments of Carter G. Woodson, light has rightfully been shed on the progressive work of African Americans.  From being the child of two slaves to later earning a doctorate from Harvard, he “took on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history.”

Woodson is referred to as “The Father of Black History.”  It later became a month-long observance in 1976 and has been celebrated annually since.  

Because of the devotion of Carter G. Woodson and hundreds of others like him, Black History Month serves as one of the many observances of African American history and culture. It is celebrated throughout America, especially among the student body at Defiance College.  

Written by: Trisha Baldwin

Movies to Celebrate Black History Month

If there are a few things we expect of February, it’s that it’s the shortest month with varied days of 28 or 29, Valentine’s day is celebrated, and that it’s time for the country to honor Black History Month.

The Office of Intercultural Relations here at Defiance College holds many events that celebrate Black History Month. The office is offering two movies showcasing African American’s who fight for what is right and just with the film Harriet and Just Mercy.

Katelyn Hartzell, a student at Defiance College, said, “I think these events are awesome.  Everyone can learn about different cultures and appreciate everything and everyone.”

One event that is being put on this month is two movie nights.  On Thursday, February 13, at 7:30 pm, Harriet was played at Schomburg Auditorium.  An anonymous student from Defiance College who was at the showing of Harriet last Thursday said, “It was such a good movie.  Everyone should see it.”

Harriet is a movie about the life and events of Harriet Tubman.  The film has been nominated for 34 different awards, including 2 Oscars and has won 18. It is available for rent on most streaming services.

If you did not make it out to that movie night, there is another chance to view a  movie on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 pm in Schomburg Auditorium.  This time Just Mercy will be playing. This particular movie is being “co-sponsored…with the Library and Student Academic Support Services.”

It is currently still in theaters and follows the life of a lawyer, played by Micheal B. Jordan. He uses his law degree in fighting to correct the cases of black citizens who have been unjustly convicted of crimes and sentenced to jail.

Both movies premiered in theaters in 2019.

There have been emails sent out to all students and staff about this event, but for even more information, check out this website:


Here is the trailer for Harriet https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4648786/

Here is the trailer for Just Mercyhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt4916630/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Written by: Amber Baldwin

The Hills Are Alive with The Fort Defiance Players

This spring, Fort Defiance Players, a local community theatre, will be putting on The Sound of Music.  Performance dates are April 23-26 and will be taking place at the Defiance Community Auditorium located downtown at 629 Arabella St. Times on viewing the musical will be available at a  later date.

When asked if she would go and see this musical, Lynne Stuckey, a student at Defiance College, said, “yes, it’s a fun musical.”

Another student at DC responded, “I will definitely be watching this musical. We performed it in high school and would love to see it again.”

If acting is more your style, anyone that would like to audition can sign up for tryouts on February 16 and 17. According to the Fort Defiance Facebook page, to audition, come with a short musical piece to perform that shows off your music ability.  A piano accompanist will be there if needed.  There will also be a reading selection that will be handed out at the audition.

Since there are roles for both children and adults, there are multiple days for tryouts.  The child actors will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on the 16, followed by some adult auditions beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. There will also be additional spots to audition for adults on February 17 between 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

All auditions will take place at the Defiance Community Auditorium.

On being asked why college students should audition and be a part of the arts, a member of the Fort Defiance Players said, “it gives students a chance to perform and use their talents outside of college.  They meet new people and experience being part of a community activity.”

For more information, check their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/fortdefianceplayers/or on their  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fortdefianceplayers/

Randy Schroeder is the Fort Defiance Players director for The Sound of Music.

Written by Amber Baldwin