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You Can Say that Again

"Then we went crazy."

-Julie Noyes
Sophomore goaltender
On the women's soccer team's reaction to its winning goal in an overtime victory against Case Western.

Walker was instrumental in keeping the field hockey team competitive this week, allowing just one goal each in a 1-0 loss to Ohio Wesleyan and a 2-1 overtime victory against Wittenberg.

The sophomore goaltender currently owns a .933 save percentage.

Photo of Pam Walker

Pam Walker
(photo courtesy of S.I.D)

Marquee Event

We may only have one win in four years, but please note that it was against this team. Check the Crimson Thunder in their home-opener this weekend.

vs. Thiel
Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


(photo by Andrea Kamins)
Mr. Reid is the manager of our own College Lanes, the bowling alley located next to The Cat and the Cream. Promising to be more clever with his responses if the interview was conducted via email, he shared the following with the aid of the Ethernet:

First off, the question on everyone's lips: what's up with glow-in-the-dark bowling?
We applied a glow-in-the-dark finish to the lanes this summer. Actually, the lanes do not glow in the dark, but rather under black lights, which we also installed. We've got a bunch of glow bowling balls arriving shortly. More exciting stuff, including rotating colored lights and a sound system, will be forthcoming.

Do you expect increased patronage thanks to this addition?
Gosh, I sure hope so. That's what I promised to justify the expense. One of the cool things about bowling is that it is both sport and recreation. This is a program geared toward the recreationalists who might not care as much about pursuing the development of their bowling skills in a serious manner. And there's no extra charge for it. In fact, we've got glow bowling hours from 9-11:30 on Thursday nights at half-price for OC students.

Looking behind the scenes of the lanes, what do you spray on the shoes after each wearing?
It's about 70 percent ethyl alcohol and 30 percent other "inert ingredients." ... Athlete's foot is no match for this stuff.

What's your best guess on the most popular shoe size?
10.5, no question.

In semi-seriousness here, what do you feel is the best aspect of the lanes?
Town and gown, man. It's one of the best places where students and townsfolk can really get to know each other. And it's fun to bowl with professors, because they're usually just as bad at it.

With apple pie: Chocolate or vanilla?
Always vanilla.

Any tips to novice bowlers looking to increase their scores?
Make adjustments to avoid repeating your mistakes, just as in anything else in life. If the ball keeps going too far left, aim further right. And keep your thumb pointing toward the pins.

Our section last week featured two riveting questions concerning movies - can you recommend a good movie about bowling?
Despite its foul language, I like the way "The Big Lebowski" portrays how bowling can keep one centered while everything else in life is careening out of control, and how it can lead to close friendships between folks who otherwise might not have anything to do with each other. The film's drawback is that it makes the sport seem too easy.

Anything else?
Yes. I'd like to apologize to my students in case Andrea's camera caught me in a display of fundamentally unsound technique. Please do as I say, not as I do.

Thanks again for your time.
And thank you!

This Week's Events

Saturday vs. Thiel 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 18 vs. Earlham College 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 25 vs. Pomona - Pitzer 12:30 p.m.

Cross Country
Saturday at Ohio Northern 11 a.m.
Saturday, September 25 at Wooster 11 a.m.

Women's Soccer
Saturday at Thiel 12 p.m.
Sunday, September 12 vs. Alma 1 p.m.
Thursday, September 16th at Adrian 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 21 at Hiram 4:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer
Saturday vs. Defiance 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 15 vs. Kenyon 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 22 at Capital 4:30 p.m.

Field Hockey
Saturday vs. Earlham 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. Depauw (at Wooster) 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Wooster 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14 vs Ohio Northern 6:30 p.m.
Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 at Muskingum Tournament - times TBA
Tuesday, September 21 at Marietta 7 p.m.

What are they talking about?

We continue with our definitions of the terms that we toss around ever so freely and now realize you might not understand. Are we not covering the phrases you¹re curious about? Call or email and we¹ll try and get you in the know ASAP.

This week...

³Halfback, Fullback, Tailback, Running back²

Sport: Football

What it means: When a team is on offense, they have two options for moving the ball down the field to try and score. They can Œpass,¹ that is have the quarterback throw the ball, or Œrun¹, i.e. have the quarterback hand the ball to another player who then runs up the field. Any of the players who line up behind the offensive line (those five big guys crouched in a line in front of the quarterback) to accept a pass are Œoffensive backs.¹ The above names refer to offensive backs with specific purposes.

A running back is the most common type of offensive back. They are quicker backs who find holes in the line and hopefully run for longer distances each time. The running back who lines up farthest from the line is generally designated Œtailback.¹

Halfbacks are quick, but larger, backs who line up evenly with the quarterback and ocasionally recieve a pass in addition to running the ball.

Fullbacks are generally larger backs who block for smaller backs or use their size to dive through the line for a short gain.


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Volume 128, Number 2, September 10, 1999

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