2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Preview

Editor’s Note:  Chris Miller filed this report from the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Media Day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 9th, 2011.  You can hear Chris on the call for Marietta College sports on 88.3 WMRT-FM and online at pioneers.marietta.edu, including tonight’s football season-opening game against Thiel at the newly-renovated Don Drumm Stadium.  Kick-off is at 7 PM.

Just days after the likes of Deion Sanders and Shannon Sharpe made their way into football
legend status, members of the ten Ohio Athletic Conference football teams and the media gathered at
the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to vote on the upcoming season. Mount Union, winners of the
last 19 OAC titles, took 23 of 23 first place votes from the media and nine out of 10 first place votes from
the coaches.

The media poll followed with Ohio Northern, Baldwin-Wallace, Otterbein, John Carroll, Capital,
Heidelberg, Muskingum, Marietta, and Wilmington. The coaches poll went Mount Union, Ohio
Northern, Baldwin-Wallace, Otterbein, Heidelberg, Capital, John Carroll, Muskingum, Marietta,
Wilmington.

Below is a team-by-team outlook for the 2011 season.

University of Mount Union Purple Raiders: What can be said? 22 overall and 19 straight OAC titles.
Head coach Larry Kehres has 49 letterwinners returning and 18 overall starters. Quarterback Neal
Seaman is back for his, believe it or not, junior year. Had he stayed healthy in last year’s playoffs, the
Purple Riders would’ve almost certainly taken home their 12th National Championship. Mount always
seems to have a quarterback that you think graduated, but is somehow still on the roster; i.e. Seaman,
Kurt Rocco. Until someone actually knocks the Purple Raiders off, it’s their conference to lose.

Ohio Northern Polar Bears: Since Head Coach Dean Paul has led the charge up in Ada, his teams have
won at least six games in conference five out of seven years. Look for 2011 to be more of the same. The
team finished 10-2 last year, and made it to the second round of the Division III playoffs, one of the best
in ONU history. They bring back 47 letterman however; they do however have to replace two-time All-
American Brent Donley, who essentially was a human wrecking ball (1,560 yards, 15 TDs). Also up for
grabs this season is the QB position. However being senior heavy, especially on the offensive line and
linebacker core, the Polar Bears will be gunning for the post-season in 2011.

Baldwin-Wallace Yellow Jackets: BW is a team I think could really go above and beyond their
expectations for the upcoming season. The team has 10 of 11 starters returning on offense that went 7-
3 overall. Senior tailback Tim Miker and Junior QB Ryan O’Rourke, who combined for more than 2,100
yards last year, will be the focal point of the spread offense that the Yellow Jackets run. BW also plays
six of their games at home this year, where they are 147-31-2, including an October 15 match-up with
ONU.

Otterbein Cardinals: Otterbein has quietly been pretty successful over the past handful of years, going
23-8 since 2008. Although All-OAC running back Colton Coy is gone, the offense is solid with 3 seniors
and one junior on the line, and mouthful of a QB in Austin Schlosser. Schlosser completed 56 percent of
his passes last year and notched 14 TDs. The Cardinals only have four games in Westerville this season,
and open up the campaign against Gallaudet in Washington D.C. on September 3.

Heidelberg Student Princes: Year in and year out the ‘Berg is an offensive power house. However in
2010, like head Coach Mike Hallett said on Media Day, “We weren’t very good on defense.” Last season
the team scored over 100 points in a span of three games, and lost everyone. The offense will have to
replace all-everything Wide Receiver Mike Preston (1,213 yards, 76 receptions) who graduated and
signed as a non-drafted free-agent wide with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. The backbone for the team
will be the offensive line, where everybody returns. The continuity of the line will allow a new QB, either
junior Cody Eden or sophomore Asher Rumple to take over under center, and more than likely run the
offense through running back Germany Woods, who had an outstanding first collegiate year (1,034
yards, 10 TDs).

Capital University Crusaders: Capital is just a few years removed from competing with Mount Union for
the top team in the Ohio Athletic Conference. However they have taken a few steps backwards since
and last year finished 5-5. Gone also are some leaders on the offense and the top linebacker in the
conference in Sam Jacobs. Senior receiver Matt White though should lead the charge for the Crusaders
on offense and is in striking range of leaving as the all-time receptions leader In Capital history. Second
year head coach Henry Stanford will have his team ready to play each week and could surprise a team or
two in 2011.

John Carroll University Blue Streaks: On paper the Blue Streaks look phenomenal. The roster is loaded
with upperclassmen with two and three years of experience. Senior QB Devin O’Brien (1,036 yards, 9
TDs) leads the charge for offense and the defense will lean on C.J. Seitzinger who had 21 tackles in one
game last year, and led the conference with 136 stops. If the seniors play up to their potential and the
team gets a few breaks, coach Regis Scafe’s team could be in the hunt for the post-season, a place they
haven’t been since 2002.

Muskingum University Fighting Muskies: After taking home the OAC coach of the year in 2009, 2010
wasn’t the season Al Logan was searching for. The Muskies are going to be searching for a new QB
before the 2011 season starts. Jake Burns, the talented left-handed QB, graduated from Muskingum as
the all time career leader in passing and total offense. Either sophomore Dalton Smith or junior Seth
Howard, who helped the Fish win their opening game last year against Defiance, will win the spot over.
A good sign for the Muskies is that they get Palmer Smith (4.9 yards per carry) back who missed the
2010 season with an injury. The defense, which ranked fifth last year in total defense, will have to be the
focal point of the team until the offense figures itself out.

Marietta College Pioneers: Last season the Pioneers were in almost every game they played, yet only
managed to win two games. They had six games decided by 14 points or less including three, seven, and
eight point losses. 2011 could be a breakout season for the navy blue and white though. The offense will
operate through three-year starter Andrew Keller (1,891 yards, 9 TDs) who earned All-OAC honorable
mention last season. Gone are All-OAC first team Adam Tate and one of the best WRs in MC history in
Cory Kriechbaum. Also gone from the wide-out position is senior Jahmaal Jones who switched positions
to the secondary. However most of the linebackers and defensive line are back that helped the Pios stay
in game after game in 2010. They also will play six games at the newly renovated Don Drumm Stadium
which Coach Filkovski described as “The best I’ve ever seen for a small school.” The sky truly is the limit
for this team, and 2011 could easily be the best in the four years Coach Filkovski has been there. Keller
had a pretty good mindset on the upcoming season when he said “ I want to go out with something that
Marietta will remember for a long time.”

Wilmington College Quakers: First year head coach Ken Minor did the best he could in 2010, but taking
over a smaller school program in the OAC is not an easy task. Like the Pioneers, the Quakers were in a
handful of games, including a 3-0 loss to Muskingum, but could never get that first victory for Minor.
The Quakers do have some pieces in place, including hometown product sophomore QB Brandon
Arehart who threw for over 1,400 yards in his first year. Taking charge besides Arehart on offense will be
senior fullback Brett McEvory who has been a staple on the blocking end for the Quakers when running
the ball. Will the success Minor has had at the High School level, he should be able to pick up his first
collegiate victory in 2011.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: My Summer in D.C.

Editor’s Note: We are looking to highlight a few MC students and things they did during their summer vacation.  Today we share Sarah Snow’s adventure in Washington DC as a congressional intern.

As I drove around Dupont Circle during rush hour on a Tuesday afternoon, I thought to
myself, “This was not a good idea.” Cars lurched out in front of me and herds of pedestrians fearlessly
threw themselves into the streets as I tried to carefully maneuver myself around the busy streets of
D.C. in my mom’s car. Mom was in the passenger seat, practically hyperventilating over the traffic, and
I was left to find my way and not wreck at the same time. I passed at least ten Starbucks, a handful of
embassies, and a mile long line of people waiting at the Steak and Shake before I finally found my way
down Connecticut Avenue. At around five thirty, I finally spotted my destination and praised the Lord
for getting me there in one piece.

My first place of residence was here, with a Marietta alum and sorority sister who shares my
love for politics. After I unloaded the car and gave Mom a paper bag to breathe into for a few minutes,
we collected ourselves and set out, via Metro, to see the sites and get some dinner. Later that night, as
I gazed up at the Washington Monument in the moonlight, I was immediately at ease. Walking through
the World War II monument and reading the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Monument made me
realize that no, this was not a mistake, and it was indeed just the beginning of a beautiful summer
romance with our Nation’s Capital.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Your Dad Vail Championship Saturday Viewing Guide

After a successful day of rowing for both the Men’s and Women’s Rowing teams, every boat has made it to Saturday at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.

The Dad Vail Regatta Finals will be aired on ABC 6 in Philadelphia, but more helpful for most Marietta College Crew fans will be the live stream on ESPN3.com.  That coverage will be available starting at 1 PM, and will run through 5 PM.  Chances are good that the Dad Vail website will stream semi-final coverage prior to the TV broadcast.

If you want to know when to tune in to the action, here is the full menu of races Marietta boats will or may be in!  All times listed are EST.

7:48 AM – Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Four+ (Division Two & Three)
Semi-final #3 – Top Two Advance to Final – Race 108 – Lane 5

10:10 AM – Men’s Junior Varsity Heavyweight Eight
Semi-final #2 – Top Three Advance to Final – Race 131 – Lane 1

10:40 AM – Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight
Semi-final #3 – Top Two Advance to Final, 3rd & 4th to Second Final – Race 137 – Lane 6

1:03 PM – Men’s Varisty Lightweight Eight
FINAL – Race 149 – Lane 2

1:23 PM – Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight (Division Three)
FINAL – Race 151 – Lane 4

*1:33 PM* – Women’s Varsity Heavyweight Four+ (Division Two & Three)
FINAL – Race 152

*3:30 PM* – Men’s Junior Varsity Heavyweight Eight
FINAL – Race 160

*4:23 PM* - Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight
Second Final – Race 169

*4:33 PM* – Men’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight
FINAL – Race 170

*Astrix means that Marietta needs to race their way into the race*

Also remember that the ‘Etta Express will be playing in the Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Championship Saturday at 1 PM.  WMOA will have a live stream available to listen to.

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Posted by    Date: Friday, May 13, 2011

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Alcohol Policy Gets a Nip / Tuck, To Student Disapproval

A committee has been working to revamp the College’s Alcohol Policy over the past semester in an attempt to make improvements, and the changes were officially announced prior to Wednesday’s Student Senate meeting.  A packed house (of about 30 people total…hey, the Emeritus Chamber isn’t big) of Senators and concerned students showed up to the meeting to discuss certain aspects of the new policy.

There are three major changes being proposed for the Marietta College Alcohol Policy:

  • Section H will still allow for students of age to have 12 cans or bottles of beer (empty or full), as long as they are 12 ounces or less.  Or, you can still have a 750 ml bottle of wine.  The new wrinkle is that beer would not be allowed to be stronger than 5.5% alcohol.  There is not a similar restriction on wine.
  • Section O will require all social functions and campus dorm rooms to cease serving or consuming alcohol at Midnight on Sundays through Thursdays, and at 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The table of automatic sanctions is gone, now replaced by a tiered system.  Tier One offenses are the low-end, while Tier Three are high-end offenses.  There are also two additional lists of sanctions (both social and educational) that can be divvied out as deemed necessary.

The full policy can be read below.  Changes are in red font.

Marietta College Alcohol Proposed Policy Changes

 

While the Faculty Council has already voted to approve the changes, Student Senate has made several recommendations to Vice President of Student Life Dr. Robert Pastoor and the Alcohol Policy Committee.  Dr. Pastoor can choose to make changes to the proposed policy, or choose to leave the document the same and have Student Senate vote on the document as-is.  If changes are made based on Student Senate’s recommendations, the Faculty Council would then have to re-vote on the policy.

The recommendations from Student Senate are as follows:

  • Striking Section O from the policy so that there are no restrictions on when students of age can choose to consume alcohol
  • Amending Section H so that students can have beers with up to 10% alcohol per volume.  The policy, if left unchanged, would have made many craft brews illegal to drink on campus.
  • Striking an educational sanction that would have required students (if given the sanction) to shadow a Resident Assistant on a Friday or Saturday night.  Senators saw the move as more of a burden to the RA than a punishment to the student.

Student Senate will receive a final proposal prior to their next meeting on Wednesday, April 20th.  If you have any comments or concerns, you can come to the meeting at 7 PM in the Emeritus Chamber, or speak with your Class Representative or Organization Representative.

It is expected that a vote will happen at this meeting.  If passed it is not clear as to when the policy will take effect.

What are your thoughts on the proposed alcohol policy?

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Student Speak Out Spring 2011

Hello everybody, it’s time for Student Speak Out again.  No stream this time due to unforeseen circumstances, which means we are going old school!  Refresh this page to see updates on questions asked and responses.  If you have a question, tweet at us at twitter.com/writeonthemall or ask us on Facebook at facebook.com/writingonthemall!

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Lip Sync Results From Greek Week 2011

Omicron Chi Theta – “True Life: I’m Becoming Greek” – Seventh

Alpha Tau Omega – “ATO Story Time” – Sixth

Lambda Chi Alpha – “It’s Great to be a Lambda Chi 2011″ – Fifth

Sigma Kappa – “True Life: I’m A Greek Goddess” – Fourth

Chi Omega – “True Life: Jersey Shore” – Third

Alpha Xi Delta – “Sorority Girl Problems” – Second

Delta Tau Delta – “Hot For Teacher” – First

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Posted by    Date: Monday, March 28, 2011

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Panhellenic Council Supports Our Troops

The Marietta College Panhellenic Community helps support the troops deployed for Pro-Panhellenic Week.

As a part of Pro-Panhellenic Week, the women of the Panhellenic Council put on a philanthropy event. For the event they could make letters that are being sent to Ladies of Liberty. Everyone could also bring different products that will be sent over to the women troops deployed.

The philanthropy event was a part of the Panhellenic Council’s Pro-Panhellenic Week. The week was dedicated to uniting the women of the Greek community and to display the benefits of the council.

“I am very excited for everything that has been collected for the troops.  We’ve been very excited for this week since the beginning of the semester and hope to do many more events like this.” Elizabeth Oswalt, President of Marietta College’s Panhellenic Council stated.

Ladies of Liberty is a national organization ,which Buckeye Blue Mothers is working with. Buckeye Blue Mothers is a non-profit organization that is made up of mothers whose sons or daughters are deployed overseas in the military.  Their goal is to support their troops anyways possible, mostly by sending boxes of products that the soldiers need. For more information visit, http://buckeyebluestarmothers.org/index.htm.

“I felt that this was a good event to get the women of the community involved,” Sarah Griffin, Vice President of Community Development for Panhellenic Council, said, “It let’s them see that these items are going to women who are around the same age as many of us.”

Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the sororities at Marietta College. The community consists of Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega and Sigma Kappa.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Armed Robbery Near Campus

From the Campus Alert System:

The Marietta City Police are currently searching for a man, approximately 6-foot, 200 pounds, who allegedly robbed the Smoker Friendly in the Giant Eagle shopping plaza earlier Saturday. He was last seen heading away from campus down the alley behind the Giant Eagle and Smoker Friendly.

The suspect was wearing a brownish/green hoodie, a black mask with light gray trim, blue jeans and tennis shoes. He was also armed with a .22-caliber pistol.

In light of today’s robbery near campus, Marietta College Police will have additional officers on duty throughout the night. Any students who see anyone suspicious should call the College Police at (740) 376-3333. Also, any students who would prefer to have a police escort across campus should call (740) 376-4611.

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Posted by    Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Parking Wars: Parking May Be Issue in 2011, Beyond

2011 and 2012 could be interesting years for Marietta College students, faculty, and staff when it comes to finding a parking spot.

With new dorm construction starting in March, a major portion of Marietta College parking spaces will be destroyed near Mills and McCoy Halls.  At the same time, proposed legislation in the City of Marietta would require parking permits for street parking on the North side of Campus.  Wondering how that’s all going to play out?  Check out the map below!  You can click on the colored boxes to find out what type of parking it will be, and where temporary and new parking lots will be.

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Color Codes:

White = Lost parking spaces
Light Blue = Temporary Parking Lot
Purple = New Parking Lot
Green = Faculty and Upperclassmen Parking
Blue = Upperclassmen Only Parking
Yellow = Faculty and Staff Only Parking
Red = Freshmen and Commuter Parking

Mills and Lower McCoy parking lots will be lost completely, while the College will maintain about 12 parking spots in the Upper McCoy lot (two of which will be handicap spots).  Temporary lots will be placed on either side of the old Miller Welding building on 4th Street, near the Commuter Lot across from the College’s tennis courts.  Demolition of Parsons Hall will yield a new parking lot on its location, with part of Parsons Field being paved as well.

Across the street from campus, if approved, homeowners would be eligible to purchase up to two parking passes for street parking spots near their home.  This is according to the Parkersburg News-Sentinel, which has been reporting on the issue more so than the Marietta Times of late.  As part of the proposal, parking spaces would be reserved for Sorority members living in the Chi Omega and Alpha Xi Delta houses.  Spaces would be restricted to pass holders between 7 AM and 6 PM, but would be available to anyone outside of those hours.  Fines for violating the parking restrictions would range from $25 to $50.

So how do you feel about this huge parking mess?  Let us know in the comments!

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Posted by    Date: Monday, January 3, 2011

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Year in Review: Top Stories of 2010

I was reminded that it is time to take a look back when Marietta College posted their own Top 10 Stories list, so here they are…the 10 stories that received the most traffic on Writing on the Mall in 2010.

10 – Looking Back At Campus Flooding

This was the only story submitted by Tom Perry’s writing classes to make it to the Top 10.  Stacy Frederick did a great retrospective piece on the 2004 and 2005 floods.  The Ohio River went over its banks twice that year, flooding Marietta and the College in the process.  Frederick’s article had some great interviews with alumni and College officials, and shows the improvements made to the College’s flooding preparedness plans.

You can read that article here.

9 – Student Speak Out Coverage

Our Student Speak Out coverage was so popular this Fall that it actually crashed the site, which I was impressed by.  If you want to take a look back, here is the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 live blog pages.  We will actually have our Top Questions from the Fall Student Speak Out here this week.

8 – Student Senate Posters Get Defaced

Maybe when I originally ran this story, it was a bit “Fox News”-ish.  But apparently readers wanted to hear about Student Senate candidate posters getting defaced.  The original story ran here.

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