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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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In Marietta This Weekend?

Do you happen to be in Marietta this weekend?

If you’re bored and looking for something to do, head over to Second Street and visit the Brick Street Barbeque festival. Over 30 BBQ teams are competing for their share of $10,000 in prize money.

I’m not sure what the pricing will be like, but there will be food and drink tickets available for purchase at the event.

Brick Street Barbeque starts at 3 PM today and continues on late into the night. BBQ teams will be up all night cooking. The event re-opens to the public at 9 AM on Saturday.

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PROFILE: Dr. Liane Gray-Starner

Marietta College offers students the opportunity of learning from some of the finest professors any college or university can offer.  Dr. Liane Gray-Starner is among the top in this elite and distinguished category of scholars.

Gray-Starner received her Master’s from Western Kentucky and her PhD. in organizational communication from Ohio University.  In 2001, Gray-Starner was appointed as an Associate Professor of Organizational Communication at Marietta College. She teaches classes ranging from persuasion, and organizational communication to organizational development. Gray-Starner has also serves as an academic advisor for students and in years past taught first year seminar courses (FYSE).  She really cares for her students and loves when she is able to make a difference in their education.

“The biggest thing about being a professor is when a student you’ve had comes back to you and explains how much what they learned in your class helps them in life,” said Gray-Starner.

On top of her role as faculty member at Marietta, she also is the president of Gray Star Communication. Gray Star is a training and consulting company, which she created in the year 1987.  Through this company she has worked with a number of clients including Chevrolet, General Motors Legal Staff, GM Electro-Motive Division and even continues to work as senior consultant with a multinational training and consulting firm. It’s not easy to manage teaching at Marietta, running Gray Star Communication and still being able to spend time and take care of her family. “It becomes very difficult to train and work with Gray Star, but I don’t really market well anyway, so the majority of my work comes from referrals,” said Gray-Starner.

Gray-Starner isn’t just tough in the classroom however, as one of her favorite pastimes is lifting weights. “I used to lift weights constantly however because of my daughter and all my other work I haven’t had the time or the energy as of late,” said Gray-Starner.

Marietta College’s Communication Department is truly fortunate to have such a wonderful professor with vast amounts of experience and knowledge at its disposal. For more information regarding classes Gray-Starner teaches or communication classes in general please visit http://www.marietta.edu/.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article was done by Christian Hudspeth, a Media Writing Two student at Marietta College.  If you are interested in writing for Writing on the Mall, please contact patrick_h@writingonthemall.net

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WATCH: Student Senate Presidential Debate Videos

All three videos from last night’s Student Senate Presidential Election Debate are online, so enjoy the videos below or on YouTube.

Candidates Dave Hood and Josh Maxwell answered questions in the Kremer Amphitheater, along with Vice President and Treasurer candidates.

Remember that you can vote tonight from 5 to 7 PM in front of Gilman dining hall, or tomorrow from 11 AM to 1 PM and 5 to 7 PM.

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LIVE TWEET of MC Baseball Game Today

@MWashMC has live coverage of the Marietta College/LaRoche game on his Twitter. Radio coverage available on 88.3 WMRT or online at http://bit.ly/97f4Ho

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SAAC Wraps Up Pop Tab Collection With Final Weigh-In Friday

DSCF1088The Marietta College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will conclude its pop tab collection drive with a final weigh-in ceremony Friday, April 9 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kremer Amphitheater, located in the center of campus. The collection drive, which has accumulated 42 pounds of aluminum pop tabs, will donate its final amount to the Ronald McDonald House Charities along with the other nine schools in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

For SAAC, an organization comprised of student-athletes, athletic trainers, dancers, and cheerleaders, the collection drive has provided another source of competition as each team is trying to collect the most pop-tabs. In fact, the local McDonald’s restaurants have agreed to donate one free large sandwich to each member of the winning team to provide some incentive.

And it doesn’t stop there. As stated earlier, this collection drive is also part of a larger, conference-wide collection competition as each school in the Ohio Athletic Conference is also vying to be the top pop-tab collector. The winner will be named

April 11 at the next all-OAC SAAC meeting. The school with the most pop tabs will receive a trophy to keep until next year’s competition.

For those interested in making their own pop tab donation, the main drop-off location is Wendy Thieman’s office in the Athletic Department located in the Dyson-Baudo Recreation Center on Marietta College’s campus. The weather location for this event is the Upper Gilman area of the Gilman Center, directly adjacent to Kremer Amphitheater.

Special Thanks to SAAC for the Press Release.  Want your Press Release published on Writing on the Mall?  E-Mail it to patrick_h@writingonthemall.net.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, April 5, 2010

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Master's Thesis Research Project Taking Place Wednesday, Thursday

Katherine Knight is looking for research participants for her Psychology Master’s Thesis Project. If you are in a Psychology class that offers credit for research participation, this is a great opportunity. If interested, head to Erwin Hall, Room 203 between 11 AM and 5 PM Wednesday, or between 4 and 6 PM Thursday. She estimates the study to take 20 minutes, and promises it is really easy.

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Looking Ahead: Coming Events

Looking for something to do this week or next week?  Here’s a list of events coming up (special thanks to David Travis for providing this list).

For a full schedule of what’s happening in the weeks and months ahead, check out the Calendar Page.

TONIGHT, January 29
BINGO - 8:00 PM
The Gathering Place - Sponsored by CUB

TONIGHT, January 29
LATE NIGHT ART INSTITUTE - 10:00 PM
The Gathering Place - Sponsored by FNF

Friday, February 5
CATALYST & DYSIFA – Christian Rap – 10 PM
The Gathering Place - Sponsored by: CSHO, CUB, FAN, MultiCultural Affairs, Student Activities & Greek Life

Saturday, February 6
WACKY OLYMPICS – 10 PM
The Gathering Place - Sponsored by FNF

Saturday, February 6
LATE NIGHT BOWLING - 11:00pm
Pastime Lanes - Sponsored by FNF

Sunday, February 7
SUPEROWL PARTY - Time: TBA
The Gathering Place - Sponsored by CUB & IFC

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Posted by    Date: Friday, January 29, 2010

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LATE-BREAKING: Mideast Region Baseball Tournament Coming to Marietta

Marietta College to host the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Baseball Tournament in 2010. This will be the 12th Mideast Regional at Marietta College, which last hosted in 2002. Stay tuned to Writing on the Mall for more information on this developing story.

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