CAB End-of-the-Year Celebrations

As the end-of-the-year approaches, the Campus Activities Board has begun to put together different activities to celebrate the end of the school year.

On Sunday, April 22nd, CAB would like to congratulate DC seniors on Senior Sunday! From 6-10 p.m., come join CAB and DJ Mudd for a fun night of celebrating the hard work put on by students this semester. There will be water-balloons, capture-the-flag, and volleyball tournaments and competitions that will lead to prizes for the winning students. There will also be the big inflatables that everyone loves and a campfire to keep everyone warm.

Join CAB again on Friday, April 27th from 8-10 p.m. for a hypnotist or a magician!

Can’t wait to see you all there, keep working hard and finish out the semester strong!

A Voice for Student-Athletes: SAAC

(Defiance, OH) Hey DC! Today we get to spend some time together talking about an underappreciated and quite incredible organization on campus. This is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, or SAAC for short. SAAC is an organization, specifically for student athletes on campus, and it gives them an opportunity to not only give back, but also have a voice in their college experience.

To give a little background about SAAC, each team gets to have representatives for this organization. They meet around 1-2 times per month, and talk about current issues going on in the NCAA, ways to improve the conference and the overall college experience, and help support all the student athletes on campus.

Members of SAAC have a direct voice in what happens in the NCAA. All members of SAAC have a chance to vote on legislation that is put together by the NCAA. Each member consults their team about what the legislation entails, then SAAC votes as a group, and sends it back to the NCAA, who then bases their decision off of all the SAAC’s around the world.

SAAC does not just handle formal issues though. They also give back to the community. One thing that DC’s SAAC does is participate in Unified Bowling, where one collegiate athlete will be paired with someone who has a mental disability, and they go out and compete in a bowling tournament. DC sponsors 4 total students, so we have 4 student athletes currently participating in Unified Bowling.

SAAC also does more than community service, but they do things to try and make the student athlete experience here at DC better. As a group of students, they organize specific games where they will make signs for a team and work on getting a big crowd there, or having little kids at the game for our student athletes. They also put on a full week of appreciation for our athletes here on campus, where athletes are spotlighted for excelling in the classroom and on the field. The organization also funds game nights for athletes, and even an ice cream night from Eric’s that is free of charge for all athletes.

DC just had a student athlete elected president of the entire HCAC’s SAAC. Mason Rapp, a junior on the baseball team, was elected recently to lead the HCAC for this upcoming year. We had a chance to meet up with Mason and he had this to say, “To me it means I get to wake up every single day and represent our student athlete body and continue the goal to make this campus even better for student athletes.”

Another person who has an extreme passion for DC’s SAAC is volleyball’s assistant coach, Alicia Kalik, who had this to say when asked about why SAAC is an important organization, “SAAC is a group comprised of student-athletes who work together to enhance the experience and opportunities for all students on campus. Student-athletes involved in SAAC are the voice of student-athletes both on campus, in the conference, and through the NCAA.”

If you are a student athlete, and are interested in joining SAAC, please contact Whitney Schaulk or any other SAAC executive board member and take the correct steps in joining this incredible organization.

Written by Zac Bires

The 18th Annual Empty Bowls

The Social Work program is at it again. The junior social work majors have been working diligently towards another successful Empty Bowls event. On February 15th, from 4 pm- 7 pm. at the K of C, the Defiance College Social Work program will be selling bowls and soup to donate to the PATH center. For DC Students and employees, admission is $8. Admission for children 12 and under is $6. For others, admission is $10. Admission includes a bowl made by Defiance alumni, Brandon Knott.

Senior social work major explained why Empty Bowls is worth all of the effort, saying that “it’s a longstanding community tradition in it’s 18th year that directly supports the local homeless shelter, PATH. The event brings together community members, business donors, and students for a cause bigger than any single one of us. All monetary proceeds benefit the PATH center as well as additional food donations. The outreach of PATH is powerful and especially vital in a small, rural region”.

Please consider joining the social work program tonight! Help donate to those who need it and help make a difference in someone’s life!

Written by Jordan Osborne

Alpha Phi Omega #brolympics!

This week the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega will be putting on a series of Olympics related events this week for their Rush Week! The service fraternity is the only co-ed fraternity on-campus. The fraternity is based around the covenants of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. They are currently recruiting for people to join their Spring 2018 pledge class!

Monday the fraternity will be hosting a movie night in Whitney hall with snacks and Olympic themed movies. Tuesday night features the women’s soccer coach, Coach Vincent as she discusses ways to develop character at 9pm in the Buchman Board room. Wednesday night the brothers will participate in Pie-A-Bro in Serrick at lunch. On Thursday, the brothers will put on a carnival in the Hive from 8-10 pm. The brothers will also be raffling off an Olympic themed prize, with the entry fee being a handmade Valentine for the residents of the Laurels! On Friday there is snowman building in between the residence halls with an Olympic opening ceremony watch party from 8-10 pm.

Please join the brothers of Alpha Zeta Rho and take the time to see what they are about! With any questions, feel free to ask any APO brother!

Written by Jordan Osborne

Family and Friends Weekend!!!

The Defiance College Campus Activity Board would like to invite you and your friends and family to join the campus in Family and Friends Weekend! Bring your favorite people to your favorite campus and show them some of the fun things that go on at campus!

Family and Friends weekend starts on February 10th, 2018 at 10:00 am- 12:00 pm in Hubbard Hall. During this time participants will receive their tickets and a t-shirt. Then the festivities moves to Serrick for brunch from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm. Then the Women’s Basketball team plays Mount Saint Joseph at 1:00 pm and then the Men’s Basketball team plays Mount Saint Joseph at 3:00 pm. Both of those games will be in the Weaner Center. Saturday will end with a movie at Northtowne Cinema, paid for by the Campus Activity Board! You and your guests can go whenever you please, just make sure to get a ticket at registration! The weekend will end on Sunday with brunch and bingo in Serrick from 11 am- 1 pm!

Bring some of the most important people in your life to one of the most important places in your life and have some fun!

Go Jackets!

Written by Jordan Osborne

Defiance College Recycling (DCR)

Most of us have heard of DC Recycling and what the project entails. Defiance College Recycling is one of many 701 projects that we have on campus. The project was first started by an individual where she would collect recyclable items in her dorm room. Since then, the project has expanded and is now located in the basement of McReynolds Hall. The purpose of the project is to help create a more friendly environment. The organization is ran by students, Madysyn Creighton, Rebekah Groden, and myself, who are in managers of the project.

Those who are apart of the project work together to collect, sort and take items to Werlor, the local Recycling/Waste Center. Each resident living on campus is given a recycling bag so they can recycle throughout the year. Around campus there are bins located in each academic building in order to recycle. Every Sunday through Wednesday, there is something that DCR is doing. However, what is done each night changes. Sundays, recyclables are collected from all resident halls. Monday nights, is collection from all academic buildings. Tuesdays and Wednesday consist of sorting all materials that have been collected. When sorting, cardboard is broken down, pop cans are crushed, and plastic lids are taken off so that the bottles can be smashed. After everything is sorted, it is then weighed before loading up the trucks and taken to Werlor.

What can be collected varies upon the product. For plastics, located on the bottom of the item there is a recycling symbol with a number. Plastic items that can be collected must have a number between one and five on it. Cardboard is also collected along with paper, tin, and aluminum. What can not be collected is food, shiny paper, plastics with a number six or above, greasy pizza boxes, candy bar wrappers, silverware, cafeteria cups, and Styrofoam.

There are a variety of students who participate in DCR. Jennifer Nashasky had stated that she likes collection days because she “enjoys seeing how much people actually recycle.” Another student also enjoys being apart of DCR. Kelsey Brenneman reported that she takes part in the project for service leadership hours and “to help the environment.”

Currently, us managers are working towards getting small trash bins for each of the Grand Ave apartments so that they can collect, and putting a few bins along the walk ways. Please continue to support DCR when school starts back up in January!

Written by Ray Ramos

DC’s Dance Marathon

Defiance College has multiple different organizations on campus through the Project 701 office. All these organizations are non-profit, service oriented organizations that are student-run. Project 701 reaches out to the community to try and get others involved and help out with community needs.

One of the organizations through the Project 701 office is Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon is all about putting on fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for the Mercy Children’s Miracle Network. This movement is all about raising money “For The Kids”. Dance marathon is in college, university, and high school programs all throughout the country. It helps to raise awareness for children who are born with deficiencies, live with illnesses, or suffer from injuries that keep them from being a typical child. The proceeds go toward making sure these children and those to come do not fight alone in ways of research, equipment, or helping with medical bills. Throughout the country, there are over 300 Dance Marathon programs, with nine campuses raising over $1 million annually. Though Defiance College’s program is very small and may not be able to raise $1 million, it was able to raise $1,400 last year. Any amount is accepted when it comes to raising money for these children and their families that are in need.

Defiance College’s Dance Marathon has multiple events planned for the 2017-2018 year to help raise money for the Miracle Network. Currently, the organization is running a competition between teams through an online donation service called Donor Drive. This will be up and running the entire school year. Other fundraising events for Defiance’s Dance Marathon is multiple Minute-to-Win-it fundraisers at different sporting events, a Christmas Carnival, a candy-gram fundraiser, a promo night at a local restaurant, and the end of the year Buzzathon. The organization’s goal is to raise $2,000 for the Miracle Network this year. Assistant manager, Michaela Bauer, commented “Dance Marathon has changed my life and gave me a new perspective on life. It has made me want to work with children and feel so passionate about helping children who may not have the opportunities that I have. It is life-changing seeing the smiles on the children’s faces at the events we put on and how happy they are.” If there is any interest in joining or any questions about the movement, contact Taylor Gillig or Michaela Bauer for more information. Dance Marathon is this generation fighting for the next.

Written by Michaela Bauer