The Sport Business Association

Written by Sydney Unger


It’s the beginning of a new semester and maybe you are wanting to get more involved on campus. Sport Business Association (SBA) is always a great way to get more involved. For those of you that do not know about SBA it is an organization on campus that meets every month, has guest speakers, and we take lots of exciting trips. Most people think SBA is only for Sport Management Majors, but it isn’t. Anyone that loves sports and wants to network is more than welcome to join us.

The first event we will have this year is on Thursday, September 29th at 8pm. There, we will have our first guest speakers of the year: Coach Jodie Holava, the softball and assistant athletic director, and Coach Kaycee Butt, the women’s golf coach and assistant softball coach here at Defiance College. They will be here to speak with us about what they do and how they got to where they are today. This will be a great networking opportunity for anyone that is wanting to get in any kind of sport related field! We would love to hear who you would like to have come in and speak, and we will try our best to get them here!

In my first two years here at DC we have gone on quite a few trips with Sport Business Association. We have been to the Cleveland, where we received a tour of the Browns practice facility and after that we went to a hockey rink to take a tour and see everything that happens behind the scenes. In 2014 we went to Detroit for a networking event, where we were able to meet professionals and network with anyone and everyone that was there. In 2015 we went to Toledo and received a tour of the Huntington Center, where the Toledo Walleye play. After the tour, we sat through the game, and some of us even participated in half time events! It was a great experience and an amazing opportunity. Our big trip last year was to Indianapolis, Indiana where we toured Lucas Oil Stadium home of the Indianapolis Colts. We were on the field, in the locker rooms, and inside the press boxes: You name it, we saw it. That day, we also went to the Farmer’s Coliseum, where the hockey team Indy Fuel plays. We had our tour and then we went on our way home.

As you can see, we do a lot with our club.  Not only does it look great on an application, but it is also a great group of people to be involved with. Below I have listed the board of SBA. If you have any questions about SBA, feel free to ask any of them questions!  I hope to see you at our next meeting!


President: Sydney Unger

Vice President: Ashley Williams

Secretary: Jackie Hartman

Treasurer: Paul Collins

Marketing: Katie Tillman

Stories from Defiance College’s Lockdown

Written by Erin Conner


Our first week back at Defiance this fall has definitely been one for the books. Not only did we have six tornado touchdowns in our county, but we also had an active shooter incident.


On that Monday morning, my friend and I were the first ones in the cafeteria, just sitting down with our salads, when some woman we had never seen before came screaming into the cafeteria, “Get away from the windows!” We didn’t understand what was happening, but we followed instructions and went into the storage closet of the kitchen. I was shaken at the very beginning, but soon started cracking inappropriate jokes about the whole situation.


Everyone handles events of crisis differently. Some remain calm, some go into protection mode, and some just panic. I cope with bad humor.


But since everyone had a different experience, I thought I would ask what others experienced that Monday morning.


For others in Serrick, it was a similar story of confusion and miscommunication. Lindsay Aversa, freshman, said that her RA came into the cafeteria and said that there was an active shooter and to take cover. “We all filed into the kitchen,” she stated. “Nobody knew where to go, and all the workers didn’t know what was going on… so they filed us into the pantry, but the door didn’t lock.” She laughed, saying, “We were planning on eating [the] applesauce [in there.]” Obviously, she deals with stress the same way I do. “I felt like they should have informed us more about where the shooter was and just keep us updated,” she concluded. “I wasn’t too scared.”


Gabby Justice, junior, had a different story. She was also in Serrick with me, and she had mistaken the SWAT that was on campus for the actual shooter. “[The SWAT team] wasn’t dressed like the SWAT. They literally looked like two guys with black T-shirts with ginormous guns,” she defends herself, “so [when] somebody was yelling about an active shooter on campus, and I look out the window and see two guys with huge guns… I was like, ‘This is where I die.’”


Ali Behrendt was in Tenzer during the lockdown, and she said that things were much more calm there. “Before [the lockdown], I had music on, not really paying attention to anything that was going on. [I] went into the classroom and sat down, waiting for class to start, when a couple students came in, and all of a sudden everyone started getting their stuff and leaving the room. I was looking around, like, ‘What’s going on?’ so I just kind of followed everyone.” She said that it took awhile for them to actually get the warning email. “Half of us were watching videos on Netflix; the other half were on their phones, calling parents [and] checking emails… The most eventful thing that happened was that we saw the SWAT team walk by and we all rushed to the window to look.” She said everyone in her classroom was more fed up with waiting than anything. “We were all pretty calm. At first, there were a couple people crying, kind of freaking out, but after a little while, we were like, ‘Okay, when are we getting out of here? There’s nothing to do.’”


The story was a much different for those in Schauffler, the building right next to the intersection where the original shots were fired. Aaron Textor and Danielle Ferguson, both juniors, were in a classroom in Schauffler when the alert went out to the student body. “Our teacher just taught the entire class,” Aaron told me.

“I was in the back row, by the glass windows, and I was like, ‘Man, what if this guy just came and started shooting through the windows?’ I would have been dead.” She continued by saying that she didn’t really feel threatened. “They said that the police were on the scene.”


Danielle, in the same class, though very differently. “The professor didn’t really react at all. It was a students who had to close the windows and close the blinds, and we made sure the door was locked. He basically told us that it was no big deal [and] nothing was going to happen. [He] kept teaching, we took a quiz, and he taught for the rest of the class.” She stated that she wasn’t the only one who was concerned that morning. “I don’t think anyone was paying attention. Everyone was worried about the lockdown… We weren’t supposed to have our phones, [but] everyone had their phones out, messaging their parents. A lot of people’s parents were calling them.” She seemed quite shocked by the way her professor handled the situation. “Our professor allowed a guy to leave the classroom and come back in during the lockdown.” She laughed, and concluded, “It wasn’t the safest situation, for sure.”


Keira Grandey, senior, told me my personal favorite story that I had heard about the shooting. Keira was outside of Schauffler, on her way to pick up lunch at Subway, right across the street from the intersection where the shooter was. “I thought I heard a car backfiring. I heard two what I found out later were gunshots. I went to Subway, came back, [and] did some homework… I was sitting in the computer room, and one of the professors came, and said, ‘Hey, did you get the text? We’re going into lockdown.’” She said that the professor took her to his or her office, locked the door, and closed the blinds.


During this whole situation, I found myself wondering how the freshmen were handling this, with this being their first week of college and already enduring a tornado touchdown only a few days prior. Vincent LaMonte, a freshman, seemed to think the whole situation was actually kind of funny. He explained, “Miss Mercedes came out screaming at us to all get in a building, so [I sprinted] toward Pilgrim [Library], and I figured my instructor would be waiting for me… and apparently, like 30 seconds before I got there, they locked the doors and locked me out.” Figuring that Hubbard would be locked up, he decided to run the Dana next “…because that was the closest one to me… it’s already locked up.” He laughed at his own misery as he told his story. “Miss Mercedes comes running out, she goes, ‘Get your butts in here!’ so I dart across campus [to Hubbard]. That was fun,” he jokes. “It’s a good thing I run track.”


With Dana being the building that the shooter reportedly ran into, everyone seemed concerned about how the students and faculty in Dana were doing. Cassidy Santen, junior, stated that her classroom felt pretty relaxed. “…[H]alf of the class wasn’t in there,” she said. “Our professor didn’t want to start teaching because if he started teaching, then… he would have to reteach it.” She said that her class got into a conversation on Colin Kaepernick and Mr. T, before finding out that the suspect’s last known location was Dana. She said that they put a tourniquet on the door, but kept talking. “And [then] the SWAT team came in!” she stated, but that seemed to be the only exciting thing that happened that day in her opinion.


Zach Roush, senior, was also in Dana in Cassidy’s classroom. “I scooted my chair back by the wall and had my pen out, ready to attack the guy,” Zach said, as we all laughed and questioned his choice of weapon. “Of course, [I chose] my pen, it was the only thing I had!” He said that he wasn’t so sure that the shooter actually entered Dana. “Honestly, I was wearing gray shorts that day, so they could’ve seen me walking into Dana. I looked down and said, ‘Damn, wrong day to wear gray shorts.’”


However you deal with crisis situations, jokes or no jokes, I hope everyone found a way to cope. This was a strange or scary experience for everyone, regardless of how they handled it. Here’s to hoping we can learn from this experience and learn to be safer on campus.

Fall Convocation: Wes Moore’s Life Lesson

Written by Gabby Justice


Every year, Defiance College holds a convocation to welcome incoming freshman. This year, Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore, came to speak at this event. In Mr. Wes Moore’s speech about his book, I received a ‘life lesson,’ so to speak. Mr. Moore talked about all of the ‘others’ in the world. He spoke about those who are different from us. Those who are from a different country, who may speak a different language, or may have a different skin color. I had never really thought of people as ‘others’ until he said this. It made sense how we see the differences and the barriers in ‘others,’ but may never do anything about it.

Mr. Moore took his speech about the ‘others’ and turned it into speaking about our degrees and what we study in school. He talked about how when he was in college, it felt like the most important question he would ever be asked in life is “What are you studying in school Wes?” Trust me, I can relate. I’m sure every college student can. Mr. Moore said he later found out that this was not in fact the most important question. The question to ask is “What will you do with your degree? Will you make it mean something to someone other than yourself?” For me, this was one of the most profound questions I had ever been asked. I had never thought of it that way.

It almost seems mandatory to go to college these days. It’s simply what you do. Of course I have ambitions and I plan to do something with my degree, but Mr. Moore was right. What does my degree mean if I can’t make a difference to someone else? It’s really just a piece of paper to hang on the wall at that point. I hope everyone really heard and understood what Mr. Moore said about that. We should not get a degree in whatever major because it’s what we’re ‘supposed’ to do. It should be something that makes a difference to us as well as the ‘others.’

DC Clubs and Organizations: CAB

Written by Haleigh Parrish


A lot of organizations on campus get overlooked in the flurry of sporting events and weekend activities. The most students have heard about some clubs and organizations is through a quick skim over an email. But, if you are anything like me, if it is not an email from a professor or the mail room, you tend to overlook it. One important and growing organizations is CAB, or the Campus Activities Board. I sat down for an interview with CAB president Kayleigh Vicknair to talk about what CAB actually is and why students should get more involved.



What is the Campus Activity Board?

“We plan and organize events and activities for students to enjoy around campus.”

Who can be a part of CAB?

“Anyone who is interested!”

What do CAB members do, or what is expected of them?

“CAB members are expected to brainstorm, plan, and run the events happening around campus.”

Where can students find out more information about CAB or begin to get involved?

“Any board member. Email us at, stop by and see Jake Arnold, or check out our social medias! Our Instagram is @cab_defi, our Twitter is @DefiCAB, and our snapchat is dccab1.”

What are your hopes for the future of CAB?

“I want to see our participation of members grow and to see more attendance from students at events we plan.”

What kinds of events and activities can students expect to see coming to campus this semester?

“Friends and family weekend at the end of September, homecoming week in October, and Holiday Explosion in November. Exact dates will be coming soon!”

What have been some of the more successful events CAB has run on campus?

“This year, the welcome week carnival and casino night, and the hypnotist. Holiday Explosion is usually pretty big, and Dan Henig came to campus last year to perform.”

To sum all of that up, the majority of events happening on campus are run and planned by CAB. Kayleigh’s biggest message to me is to join CAB or contact CAB if you have any ideas of events or people you want to see come to campus. The main goal of CAB is to make student’s college experience here at Defiance a good one. The best way to make this college experience memorable is to hear from the students. After all, nobody knows what students like better than the students themselves! Everybody wants and deserves to have fun at college because when all’s said and done, these memories are what we carry with us. Events like the hypnotist, homecoming week, musical guests, these are memories we would not be making without the help from the Campus Activities Board. Meetings are at 8 on Monday nights in the Cultural Arts Center in Serrick for anyone that has ideas to bring to Kayleigh. By talking to Kayleigh, I learned that CAB is also a great place to make connections. You learn a lot and gain skills that are great for résumé building. Overall, she assured me it is a lot of fun and it can only grow from its current state! Go out and get involved at DC!

Black Women: Journey Back to Queenhood presented by Denique Dennis

Wayne Kelly (Defiance, OH)

At the Defiance College Honors Symposium that took place on April 8, 2016, many students, and faculty gathered to observe presentations from some of the best and brightest individuals on campus. Sophomore student, Denique Dennis, was among this distinguished group of McMaster Symposium presenters. “I wanted to address a cultural issue that affects women of color” said Dennis of her presentation which focused around black female hair and body images.

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Vegetarianism: Yay or Nay?

Isaiah Ross (Defiance, OH)

Vegetarianism has existed for centuries and is practiced by millions of people worldwide.  There are numerous reasons that one may choose to be a vegetarian, but as Albert Einstein – a theoretical physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize winner, and humanist – puts it, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  Einstein was correct when he stated this; his quote briefly touches on various different aspects of vegetarianism.  Evidence has proven that humans are not designed for a meat-eating diet, that vegetarians are less likely to get certain illnesses, and that it is oftentimes inhumane to put animals to death for food.

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