Fashion Through the Decades: Photos from DC Archives.

  • A Schauffler College graduate, Mrs. Antoinette Brich Regnemer, class of 1899. Possibly her Commencement photo
  • Isabel Riesau, class of 1928
  • Alec Switz, class of 1950, showing off hit natty suit, possibly for Commencement
  • Two DC students showing off the latest in DC spirit gear, in front of the new Whitney Hall, probably about 1960
  • Colby Coburn ('64?) and Jane Demuth ('65), showing early 1960's campus wear.
  • From April 1972. DC students are playing games with children in a classroom in St. John UCC. Dig the groovy striped bell-bottoms!
  • Homecoming attendant Phyllis Connor in 1982
  • Students dressed to the nines for the 1998 Spring Formal
  • Danielle Grissom's senior yearbook photo, 2001


I recently met with Barb Sedlock, Lead Librarian, and Coordinator of Metadata and Archives. She provided The Defender some neat photos of different fashions from the late 1800s to early 2000s for your viewing pleasure.  

To see more of these types of photos and other DC history-related content, head over to The Women’s Commission Gallery to look at the new exhibit called “115 Years of Service and Support – A Special Tribute to The Women’s Commission of Defiance College.” 

From October 11th till November 15th, DC students can visit The Women’s Commission Gallery to view “sampling of newspaper clippings, photographs, and documents” about the college.  

Teaming up with Barb Sedlock was Assistant Professor of Design Beverly Fanning. They combined forces to create this exhibit.  

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,  and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Women’s Commission Gallery is located on the DC campus off Sessions Street. Entry through Dana Hall or the Art Gallery is recommended.  

All photos are Courtesy Defiance College Archives

DCMS Play With Pride

The Defiance College Men’s Soccer team joined high school and college teams across the nation in the United Soccer Coach’s Play with Pride week. From September 18-24, soccer teams across the nation would show their support for players and coaches who identify as LGBTQ by switching out their shoe laces for rainbow colored ones. The Jackets changed their laces for their HCAC-opener versus Franklin on September 30th where the boys also brought home a victory, beating the Grizzlies 2-0.

Dan Woog, a chair of the United Soccer Coach’s LGBT Coaches and Allies Member Group, speaks on the widespread diversity within the world of soccer. He states that, “diversity includes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender coaches, players, support staff, referees and fans. This is a simple, effective and very colorful way to send the message that every person, associated with every team, is valued and respected.”

Nick Kleptz, a senior for the Yellow Jackets, stated that “the reason we chose to participate in this event was that we wanted to support the LGBTQ community. What better way than to support the cause while doing what we all love to do as well”.

Professional teams have also participated in showing their support for the LGBTQ community as well. For example, in June the US Men’s and Women’s National teams wore jerseys with rainbow numbers to show their support.

For more information regarding Playing with Pride, please visit

Written by Jordan Osborne

Cast Your Votes: It’s Homecoming Time!

Hey D.C.!

It’s that time of year again! Time to cast your votes for Homecoming Court and Homecoming King and Queen! Take the time to make your decisions and make them wisely! Keep an eye out for more information on the events that will be going on around campus during the week of Homecoming which is October 7th!

Here is the link:

Vote for your 2017 Homecoming Court!  Voting is open until 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26th.

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors: Please make sure you select representatives from your class AND cast your vote for our 2017 King and Queen (shown on the last page of your ballot).

Cast your votes and let’s have an awesome Homecoming! As always, Go Jackets!!

Remembering 9/11

16 years ago today, 4 terrorist attacks caused the deaths of 2,997 people on American soil and left over 6,000 others injured. 9/11 has become a day of mourning for so many throughout the United States. 9/11 has become a day of remembrance for the brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and family who lost their lives that day.

19 hijackers from the terrorist group al-Qaeda took control of four American planes that were headed for Canada. Two planes were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center, one plane was crashed into a field, and the last plane crashed into the Pentagon. Following the attacks, al-Qaeda quickly fell under suspicion of the attacks with leader Osama bin Laden eventually taking credit for the attacks in 2004. In May of 2011, SEAL team six located and killed bin Laden after he had been in hiding for almost a decade. 9/11 witnessed the death of over 343 firefighters and 72 law-enforcement officers.

Defiance College freshman Jennifer Nashalsky (Hilliard, OH) explains how her family was affected by the tragic events of that day. Jennifer’s younger sister, Robyn, who was born shortly after the attacks, was named after a family friend who had been a first responder to the attacks and unfortunately did not survive. His name was Robert and her family makes sure to honor him around this time every year at the 9/11 memorial in Hilliard, leaving flowers by his name.

So today, hold your family a little tighter, hold your friends a little closer, and keep strangers in your heart. Today is a day to remember what it means to be an American and what it means to love thy neighbor. Thank a cop, thank a firefighter, thank those who spend their lives giving to others. Thank your parents, thank your teachers, thank your coaches. Be grateful to those who lend a hand and be grateful to be here today. Think about the lives lost and think of those who were affected by this terrible event. Be proud to be an American today for we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Written by Jordan Osborne

Welcome Back D.C.!

Welcome Back D.C.!

As we kick off the new year I would like to introduce myself and the school paper. My name is Jordan Osborne, I am a junior English and Pre-Law major here. I am also this year’s editor for the school paper, The Defender. The Defender is a student-ran paper with contributions from faculty and staff. I hope to feature many stories this year with a large amount of variety regarding topics. I am hoping to help create an environment for students to openly publish their opinions and to be able to engage with their community and with our campus.

We have new goals for The Defender for this year. We would like to publish more stories, publish more relevant stories, and to better the writing of students on campus. I want to see the paper influence more people throughout the campus and to have a broader variety of stories from athletics all the way to what each major is doing within their programs.

If you are interested in writing for The Defender, please contact me! We could always use more writers and I am more than willing to talk with you! If you have any suggestions regarding what you would like to see more of or would like to see within The Defender, please email me at and we can discuss ways to better the paper.

Let’s have a great year and Go Jackets!

Being A Sister in DC Football

When I was kicking for my high school football team, I never would have thought I would kick in college. As much as I loved it, my world was and still is softball; football was just something I had tried out my senior year. Then Coach Goff started asking around for kickers for this year’s team and I begged Coach Holava to let me play.

My first practice with the boys this fall I missed every kick except one. I was so nervous. Then when I finally made one, the boys cheered and I felt so much better. So many guys came up and told me that it would get better when I was more comfortable with all of them. So all season, I’ve spent my time being the smallest on the field, kicking wherever there is space at practice. A lot of people ask me how it is being the only girl. ‘Is it awkward?’ ‘Do you get hit on a lot?’ I get asked so many questions about how the boys treat me or what I do for a locker room.

Honestly, I love being on the team. The guys think of me like a little sister and have my back. If anything were to happen I know for a fact that those guys would take care of it. They are always there offering support and are there when I have a rough day. My favorite thing to do on a bad day is go to practice. I love being around them and being part of this team. Sure they tease me, but they tease like big brothers pick on little sisters. They are always good for a laugh and they are honestly such a big family.

The Saturday of Homecoming was hands down one of the greatest days of my life. Not only did I make my first two collegiate extra points, but my boys and I are also beat Anderson. When I scored, the boys were so excited and I felt so supported. The boys went nuts, they all high-fived me, someone picked me up, it was crazy. I loved it. I am so lucky to wear #12 for the Defiance College Football team and get the chance to be part of such a great group of guys and such a great program.

Come support DCFB at Hanover College in Indiana next Saturday, October 29 at 1:30 P.M. Go

Written by Jordan Osborne

The Better of Two Evils

The month of October has been buzzing with discussions and sidetalk of the presidential debate and the two candidates. Around campus much of the beginning of classes has dealt with talk about Trump or Clinton. People have asked: Are you voting? Who are you voting for? Why are you voting for him/her? or What is his/her stance on this topic? As November gets closer and the race for our nation’s new president continues much of this talk with continue and become more heated. However, on college campuses today most of the population is uneducated about the political views and stances for each candidate. Instead, college students are more focused on what snapchat filter or meme is the best. Today’s younger voters should be educated to make a more informed decision.

The two main candidates for the election are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but a third party candidate can always be included. Main goals of Trump include reducing taxes for all, implementing better cybersecurity, defeating ISIS, creating a booming economy, and prioritizing jobs, wages, and security for all Americans. In contrast, Hillary’s main goals consist of implementing higher taxes for the wealthy, protecting immigrant rights by ending racial discrimination, ensuring LGBT rights and ending violence against transgender individuals.

Around campus I asked 40 random people about the upcoming election. The results concluded that most of campus is divided on whether they want to vote or not. I found that 19 will not vote and 21 will. Of the people who claimed they will vote, Clinton led the poll followed by Trump and then third party candidates. However, the tally for each candidate was evenly distributed only varying by a few votes.  In addition, several of the people that participated stated, “Both candidates are terrible.” As we approach November, most of us could assume that people have made up their minds about who they want to be our next president. However, many people that I asked are still undecided as to who they are going to vote for. Nonetheless,  I encourage you all to educate yourself about all parties and their stances on important topics to help you make an informed decision on who to vote for. Finally, I encourage everyone to register and vote for a president that they believe can help America.

Written by Madysyn Creighton