Get Fit

In order to get bigger, you need to eat more calories but healthy calories. There is a difference between a handful of almonds and a handful of gummy bears. 

Chris Shank, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator


“Have a plan,” Chris Shank, a Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Defiance College. He states, “A lot of people will sit there, especially young athletes, with working out very little and eating whatever they want. That’s why you need to have a plan. {You] need to know how many carbs, protein, and fats per week, per day, per meal,” Shank said. “There’s good weight, and there’s bad weight,” Shank said. To reach your goals of getting bigger, you have to have a plan of what you eat for every time you put food in your mouth. 

Supplements are something people all around the U.S. take to help them bulk up like protein powder and creatine. But supplements are not always the best thing for your body and can also be unsafe. “Anyone can, if you have the right marketing, just put a label on a supplement and have it say get big,” Shank said. Be sure to do your research on what is in the supplement you’re using because there could be something in there that you don’t like the way your body feels when taking it. 

Nate Hall, a Junior Education and History major at Defiance College, intakes 4000 to 5000 calories a day and works out for about an hour and a half per day. “Best thing for building muscle is diet, it’s about 80% diet, and 20% is lifting,” Hall said.

It is recommended to work all your muscles to bulk up evenly, such as biceps, triceps, chest, legs, back, etc. But you should work them at certain times of the week. “Generally, if you take three days off of lifting for a certain body part or muscle group, then that’s when you start to see gains,” Shank said.

There’s a facility on campus that allows you to work out just for being a Defiance College student, which is the George M. Smart Center. Another option, however, is not on campus. The local Defiance YMCA, located at 1500 Palmer Drive, supplies students with a free membership using your student ID. For more info visit:

Written by: Seth Pearson

Are You Registered to Vote?  

Last week the country celebrated National Voter Registration Day. It falls on the fourth Tuesday in September. The holiday is to promote awareness to eligible adults about voter registration so that no one misses the deadline to register.  Everyone can then vote in the upcoming elections without interruptions.  

First celebrated in 2012, National Voter Registration started its campaign to get the word out. As stated by the National Voter Registration Day website, “Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.” 

To be eligible to vote, according to, adults must be U.S. citizens, meet their home state residency requirements and be at least 18 years old before election day. They are also required to be registered. Unless you are from North Dakota as they do not require registration, everyone else that is eligible will need to register to vote.   

Students must meet all requirements to vote in future elections.  

For students that are not registered and wish to become a valid voter,  there are the many ways to register.

For those unable to register in person, most states now allow online registration. It is available for 38 states and the District of Columbia. Check here to see if your state has online registration. Other options for students not registered is to download the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can fill it out on screen and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it out by hand.” Then mail it to your local election office. 

For those students who would rather register in person, there are many options in location to visit and sign up to vote. Head to your local Board of Elections office where they can help you fill out the proper forms to get registered. Also, check your local department of motor vehicle office or armed forces recruitment center as most of the location can register you. Your state and county public assistance offices may also be able to register voters. 

To check if you are eligible to register, are already registered or to find out more information, go to or visit to find out how to register. To find out more about National Registration Day, check out their website here: 

Written by: April Johnson 

D.C.’s 3rd Day of Giving

Defiance College’s 3rd annual Day of Giving will commence on March 14th where alumni, friends, and faculty and staff are encouraged to donate for the upcoming academic year.

Michelle Tinker, the interim director of development, describes the Day of Giving as a “24-hour period where alumni, friends of the college, and faculty and staff come together to make their annual gift”. Tinker establishes that the benefits that alumni experienced while they were students enable them to appreciate the ability to give back to the college. The Day of Giving helps fund scholarships and other programs on the campus such as athletics or the McMaster School for Advancing Humanity. Tinker discussed the desire to create a scholarship in honor of a late trustee and alumni, Tim Leuzarder. This scholarship fund collected a total of $6,682 from 25 different donors.

The event has grown from Phonathon, an event where members of the college would call to check-in with alumni and verify addresses and phone numbers. Following verification, the alumni would then be asked to donate financially. Tinker explained that with the changing in how people manage technology and how they respond to phone calls, the online platform for donations is the best way to stick with the times The online platform allows for those donating to choose where the money goes and to match donations made by others. The platform also allows for the sharing and advertising of the link to social media.

If interested in donating, visit and help fund programs and advancements that are being made to Defiance College.

UPDATE TO THE STORY: Thanks to generous donors, Defiance College was able to reach and surpass its goal of collecting $60,000 in donations. The Day of Giving accumulated a sum of $63,188 and that is only what was donated online. This sum does not include the donations that are sent in by mail or otherwise.

Written by Jordan Osborne

The Bridge Closure Has Minimal Effect on Students

The Defiance North Clinton bridge that was set to be closed on February 14th for new construction has been moved back one week. For travelers who use the bridge, this is going to mean having to find alternative routes for your daily commute. What effect does the closing have on-campus living students?

With word of the construction spreading throughout the town I asked some fellow students about their knowledge of the bridge closing, as well as if they use it. It seemed that many students were aware of the bridge closing, and some of them said that they do not often use the bridge because they don’t have to go on that side of town that much.

Damion tall, a senior business student said, “the only time I use that bridge is to go to the YMCA”. Another student, Dev Goodwyn, a sophomore business major said, “I was unaware that the bridge was going to be closing” and went on to say that “I barely ever used that bridge”.  The students that were aware that the bridge was closing typically were the ones that use the bridge from time to time. The project is projected to take nine months to complete and 8.3 million dollars. Whether you use the bridge, or you don’t, closing will commence February 21st.   

Update: The official closing date of the bridge has been moved to February 25th, as per the Ohio Department of Transportation, due to high water levels on the Maumee River.

Written by Tyler Bullock


Defiance Students on ‘The Wall’

The political scheme of the United States has been at a standstill due to ‘the Wall’ and the students of Defiance College have offered some of their opinions on the issue.

The students at Defiance seemed to share mixed opinions on the Wall issue. During a break between classes, students were interviewed in the cafeteria regarding their feelings on the Wall. Students stated a desire for anonymity regarding their answers. Due to this, student names and other identifiers have been removed.

One student stated that she has “no idea about any details or anything on it because I live under a rock.” While this student did not have much to say on her solution to the Wall issue, others had plenty.

One student spoke in support of building the Wall explaining that, in reference to the money spent on illegal immigrants in recent years, “it would save us money in the long run because we have spent over 21 billion in each of the last two years, so over 42 billion”. The student also stated that “it would keep our country safer as a whole without drugs coming into it, not saying every immigrant is bad but making sure they are at least cleared through a checkpoint would be nice.”

Other students did not share the support. One student stated that the only way to fix the problem would be to “build a time machine, travel to the past, and then not vote for Donald Trump to be our president.” Another student believes that the money for the wall would be better spent on programs such as “health care, funding for job placement and job security, children in poverty and education.” Other students concurred that education would be a more suitable place for the money spent on the Wall.

   And finally, one student, a member of the Army National Guard, stated that “I will support the decisions the country makes. However, this Wall seems immoral to me. We are supposed to be the great American melting pot, a place where everyone is welcome to find their freedom. Building a Wall takes away those freedoms”.

   The executive order for ‘the Wall’ was issued on January 25th of  2017 by President Donald Trump. The goal of this order was to make sure that immigration laws were being upheld and protect the country as per President Trump’s executive order. To secure the Southern border, the executive order calls for immediate construction of a physical Wall to prevent illegal aliens from entering into the country. The creation of such a Wall is expensive, as Trump acknowledges and addresses, stating the government would “allocate all sources of Federal funds for the planning, designing, and constructing of a physical Wall along the southern border.”

   Students are offering up their opinions on a huge political debate. The students interviewed held a variety of different thoughts on the topic while also sharing in similarities when it came to where they believed the money should go.

Written by Jordan Osborne

Jobs for Non-Work Study Eligible Students

Some Defiance College students are not work study eligible which doesn’t allow them to make money while in classes. Luckily, there are many businesses nearby that are hiring part-time students to fill their open positions.  

Planet Fitness on North Clinton Street offers not only a job motivating others but also a free black card membership to enjoy for the duration of the employment to use the facilities. With this free black card membership, you are able to work out, tan, us the massage chairs, and hydrobeds.

Through Planet Fitness you also become CPR/AED and Tanning certified. With CPR training you will learn how to revive someone that has stopped breathing and using  AED training to diagnose the issue and treat the individual through the application of electricity.

Planet Fitness’ Manager, Kaity Elderkin stated: “I look for self-motivated, positive people that talk to the guests and perform daily tasks such as answering guest questions, providing tours, and cleaning the equipment.” If this job and perks sound appealing stop in any Thursday from 9 am- 5 pm to attend an open interview with Kaity or call (419) 990-0500.

Another available position is a Chiropractic Assistant at A. Little Chiropractic Center on Ralston Ave. This small, busy office needs another desk assistant to help with its growing business. While working there the individual will gain knowledge of office life and how to use various computer systems.

The owner Alicia Little said, “We’re looking for an outgoing, self-motivated individual that enjoys talking to our patients and having fun. We teach you to use our chiropractic software and no other experience is required. Your pay would start at $10/hr”. To join this growing company call (419) 782-2272 to schedule an interview.

Applebee’s Grill and Bar on North Clinton Street is hiring for servers, hosts, and cooks. Through this company, various valuable skills are taught that will allow for excellent customer service.

One of the managers, Paul Spencer said, “We’re looking to fill a variety of positions with people that are hard-working, motivated, and friendly.” After being hired there is a small amount of computer training to help understand the computer system used to complete orders. If working in a restaurant sounds exciting, apply online at or call Applebee’s at (419) 784-2279 to speak with a manager.

Within a short drive or walk close to campus, it is obvious there are many off-campus employment options for students to take advantage of.

Written by Kenzie Hall

Gun Control: Is it Needed?

The issues surrounding guns and the need for more rules and regulations have become a serious concern in America. The problems with guns and the horrific results that have been associated with them are at the forefront for controversial discussions. With the rising number of school shootings ending in death or injuries as a result of firearms thousands of people have joined to rally for a change.  On February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida a school shooting occurred killing seventeen students. Emma Gonzalez, Parkland shooting survivor, lead a rally for The March For Our Lives. She spoke in Washington D.C. expressing personal hardship that she experienced while also speaking on behalf of those that lost their lives. She stood on stage in silence for six minutes and twenty seconds to illustrate the time it took for some many too lose their lives. She demonstrated remarkable strength and courage to present during this march.

DC senior Sydni Smith expressed her views on the numerous school shootings that have taken place and the issues surrounding firearms. Smith stated, “I believe everyone has the right to own a gun, however I do feel there needs to be restrictions with the type of weapons someone may own.” Additionally, she argued that with the alarming amount of school shootings that have occurred this year something needs to change in regards to firearms. As shootings across the world continue to increase a need for changes within the school system is a rising concern. Similarly, some sort of change in gun regulations is needed in order to prevent this issue from ongoing occurrence.

Written by Madysyn Creighton