Winterizing Vehicles

Now that we’ve had the first snowfall of the year, it may be time to prepare your vehicle for the winter months.

If you’re a commuter or have a parking pass but live on campus, preparations for winter storms and below freezing weather could benefit you, It could also save car owners plenty of money and time down the road.

According to Lisa Marsalek, the Dean of Students, “There are 159 students with parking permits on campus.”

Using the data from Marsalek, over 100 of these students are from Ohio. However, we also have students who come from out of state, some of whom may be experiencing their first northern winters, including Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

Michael Schockman, the manager at the Autozone on North Clinton Street, had some advice on dealing with winters. “You have to keep in mind all winters are different, some are colder and some have more snow, but there are some general rules that we like people to know.”

According to Schockman, the first of these rules is to make sure that you have your vehicle serviced before and after winter. “Fall and spring are good times to make sure nothing’s wrong, to prepare for winter and make sure nothing’s hurt from over the course of it.”

“Check your owner’s manual for when it’s suggested to get your car looked at,” Schockman advised. “Generally the rule is four or five months, but all cars and conditions need things different.”

Written by: Camrin Santchi


Black squirrels are very rare, but at Defiance College there are many of them.  

“For many people, seeing a squirrel or two is part of our daily routine,” said the DNR, Department of Natural Resources.

You might think that black squirrels are their own species, but they are actually just another type of eastern fox squirrel. “Black squirrels have melanism or excessive pigmentation in its fur,” said the DNR.

You might see these squirrels wandering around the Defiance College campus and think that there’s something different about these squirrels then what you’ve ever seen at home. “Eastern fox squirrels are much bulkier than the gray squirrel, typically weighing one and a half times as much,” said the DNR.

You may think that those black squirrels are just a typical sight in Ohio, but they’re rarer than you think. “I have never seen a black squirrel until I came to Defiance and I’m from Cleveland, Ohio,” said Davonte Lyle, an undecided freshman from Defiance College.

There are many people that believe there is only a certain color that squirrels can be. “I thought the only color that squirrels came in was brown, but when I came to Defiance College campus the black squirrels were everywhere,” Lyle said.

Some people may see a difference in how a black squirrel may act. “Yeah there’s definitely a big difference between black and brown squirrels,” Lyle said. “Black squirrels are bold. I’ll be walking down the sidewalk and they’ll just run right in front of me and they’ll stop. Brown squirrels normally run away. Black squirrels are also a little bit bigger than brown squirrels.”

The rarity of black squirrels is unbelievable. According to, every “one in 10,000” squirrels are considered to be black squirrels.

Written by: Seth Pearson

Streaming Services Popular Among Defiance College Students

Throughout today’s generation of college students, a common enjoyable past-time that appears to be shared among the majority is watching streaming services, whether it be Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or now, Disney Plus. Each of these programs charges viewers a monthly fee to gain access to a multitude of movies, shows, and documentaries. Even though each of the programs are watched by students on campus, not all of them are seen as worthy of equal praise.

Ever since its creation, Netflix has prospered to be one of the most well-known streaming services. With a monthly fee starting at only $9.00 a month, Netflix is undeniably an affordable option for college students. In fact, Netflix appears to be extremely popular amongst students at Defiance College in comparison to the other options. Many of those who are users of Netflix, admitted to having tried Hulu and Amazon only to later revert back to Netflix. One student stated that “with Netflix, you get more for your money.”

Aside from Netflix, another popular streaming service is Hulu. Like Netflix, viewers have access to a variety of showings. However, with Hulu, starting at around $7.00, subscribers are only able to watch a portion of movies and shows, unless they purchase “add-on” packages. This can be a concern for college students who don’t always have the means to make such purchases. Although, several have claimed that Hulu is worth it, given that Hulu provides episodes within several days of when they first air on TV, whereas Netflix doesn’t add them until around a year later.

Amazon Prime is yet another option for streaming. A Prime subscription costs around $9.00, but one special feature offered by Amazon is the prime student discount, making the required payment only $6.49 monthly. With their Prime membership, users have access to a gallery of free movies and shows, however, they also have access to plenty of other options if they choose to pay for that movie or show.

The newest streaming platform to spark interest is Disney Plus. For about $7.00 per month, Disney Plus provides its viewers with nearly every Disney classic one can imagine–from Bambi to Hannah Montana. This source of streaming is least common among students on campus because it was just released and not many have made the purchase yet. However, several students have described it as “well worth the money,” and an “obsession.” Unlike the other streaming programs, Disney Plus showcases the childhood nostalgia that today’s generation of students knows and loves, which is what makes those who have it extremely fond of it.

A vast amount of the students on campus use at least one, if not more of these streaming services. However, more appear to favor Netflix over other options.

Students have shared that they are more satisfied with the selections available on Netflix and appreciate the fact that the monthly rate of $9.00 grants them access to the entirety of what Netflix has available. Several, who have tried one or more streaming sources, also agree with this statement.

Regardless of which type of streaming service one prefers, it is evident that the quality of each of these programs is promising, especially to the students here at Defiance College.

Written by: Trisha Baldwin

What To Do in Defiance This Weekend??

Some of you may be wondering what there is to do in Defiance on these snow-covered winter days.  Well, this upcoming weekend has a lot of exciting events planned.

One event you can be involved with is the Student Veterans of America Organization. They are putting together Thanksgiving care packages for veterans. The organization is asking for donations of perishable food items and/or cash donations. They would like the care packages to have everything to make a full dinner and will include a voucher that can be turned into Jacob’s Meats for a turkey. They are asking for items such as dehydrated instant potato flakes, canned milk, canned vegetables, cake mixes, and canned cranberry sauce. Donations can be taken to Defiance Hall 105 no later than Friday, November 22nd. Their goal is 12 complete dinners. So get out and get shopping!

The community is invited to the Elks Lodge #147 for Bingo Night happening on Friday, November 22, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm. Some prizes are 32″ tv, gift cards, home decor, and miscellaneous gift baskets.  Come out for a cheap night of fun and win prizes. There will also be a bake sale. The Elks lodge is located at 1760 Jefferson Ave in Defiance.

Another event going on this weekend is the Intramural Turkey Shootout. It was supposed to take place this weekend on Sunday, November 17th, but it was moved back to next weekend on November 24th due to meeting conflicts. If you are interested in participating, all you need to do is turn in a team roster by Friday, November 22nd.

If that’s not enough of basketball, the men’s basketball team takes on Kent State – Tuscarawas on Friday, November 22nd at 5:30 pm at Thomas Moore. Then on  Saturday, November 23rd at 1 pm, they will compete against Akron-Wayne Warriors in the Conner Classic Tournament.

Women’s basketball also plays on the 23rd against the St. Mary Belles at 1 pm in Notre Dame, Indiana.

In other sports news, wrestling faces Baldwin Wallace away on Saturday, November 23rd. These games may be away, but you should definitely check out their live stream if you can’t make it. Go yellow jackets!!

On Friday, November 22nd from 7:30-9 pm, the Young People’s Theatre is presenting the Wizard of Oz. It will be held at the Stroede Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door and the performance will have you thinking “I’m not in Defiance anymore.” For more info, visit their page here:

Written by: Jordan Furko

DC Women’s Volleyball: Season In-Review


The Defiance College Women’s Volleyball team has officially wrapped up the 2018-2019 season. The Yellow Jackets fell 3-2 in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN) on November 6th, 2019.

The Yellow Jackets opened their season by playing in 3 different non-conference tournaments. First off, the team traveled to Capital University (Columbus, OH) to play in the Pam Briggs Classic. Here, the team went up against four different schools. The Yellow Jackets left this tournament with wins over Lawerence University (Appleton, WI), tournament host, Capital University, and St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY).

Following the Pam Briggs Classic, the Yellow Jackets traveled to the Penn State Behrend Tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Yellow Jackets faced off against a total of four other Division III teams bringing home wins over tournament host, Penn St. Behrend (Erie, PA), Bethany College (Bethany, West Virginia), and Fredonia State University (Fredonia, NY).

Wrapping up non-conference tournament play, the Yellow Jackets traveled to Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH), where they faced off against three more Division III schools. The Yellow Jackets brought home two wins over Wilmington College (Wilmington, OH) and tournament host, Ohio Wesleyan University. Following tournament play, the Jackets battled against five other non-conference schools, picking up three more wins.

Moving into the regular season, the Yellow Jackets finished the season with an overall record of 17-12. The team finished with a conference record of 5-4, taking 5th place in the HCAC Women’s Volleyball Standings. Victories include 3-0 win over Manchester University (Manchester, IN), 3-2 win over Franklin College (Franklin, IN), 3-0 over Anderson (Anderson, IN), 3-2 win over HCAC rival, Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH), and a 3-0 win over Mount Saint Joseph University (Cincinnati, OH) on Senior Day.

Alongside taking 5th place in the HCAC Women’s Volleyball Standings, several members of the team placed in individual statistics. Sophomore Delaney Monin, finished 5th in Kills per Set averaging 3.28. Monin also finished the season with a total of 364 Kills, ranking 3rd in the conference. Junior Morgan Porter, finished 2nd in the conference with Digs per Set, averaging 6.20. Porter finished the season with 688 Digs. Brianna Wheeler and Abigail Cronin both ranked in Service Aces per Set. Wheeler took first with 0.52, and Cronin took 5th with 0.41. Wheeler also finished the season averaging 9.14 Assists per Set. Topping off individual statistics is Freshman Mackenzie Umbaugh. Umbaugh ranked first overall in the Conference in Solo Blocks.

The Yellow Jackets plan on working hard in the offseason to prepare themselves for next season, hoping to finish higher in the conference and go further in the HCAC Tournament.

Written by Hailey Krawczyk 




A Night Without a Home


On October 24th, Defiance College set up “A Night Without a Home” which had the biggest turnout to date.

“We’re appreciative of service leaders and you could tell the coaches had encouraged the athletic teams to attend,” Alesia Yakos-Brown, Associate Professor of Social Work at Defiance College, said. “This was probably the most students we’ve ever had.”

Yakos-Brown is the organizer of “A Night Without a Home”. “The main goal is to raise awareness for homelessness,” said Yakos-Brown. There were several events that were scheduled that evening, such as soup kitchen, tent city tours, opening remarks by President Richanne Mankey and Mayor Michael McCann, Q&A for formerly homeless, and trick or treat.

In a brochure provided by Yakos-Brown from PATH, Partnership Assistance to the Homeless elaborates more on what goals were. “A Night Without A Home provides an opportunity to discuss, think, and learn about homelessness through several interactive events and activities sponsored by The PATH Center of Northwestern Ohio Community.”

PATH talks about what the event did for the homeless. “Tents will be displayed on the front lawn of Defiance College’s campus to represent the homeless individuals and families who received emergency shelter services from The PATH Center.”

“You could fill five football stadiums with the homeless population of the United States.” Another fact that was provided was, “every year, 2.5 million children experience homelessness. That’s almost the entire population of Chicago.”

Written by: Seth Pearson

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