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Halter Breaking: WC Students Versus Cattle

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ilmington College (WC) freshmen spent the past three weeks “halter breaking” calves at the college farm. The purpose of the experience was to learn how to alter livestock behavior through traditional and humane methods. WC Professor Monte Anderson, Professor Harold Thirey, and Farm Manager Randy Gerber developed a set of guidelines for the students to follow and goals for them to reach during this process. Students were only allowed to work three hours a week, but could work an extra two hours for bonus points. However, students cannot work more than…

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WC Haunted Trail Success for Campus and Community

The Wilmington College Haunted Trail ran by the Collegiate 4-H with assistance from the Aggies was held on October 21 and 22. Explained by Margaret Kwiatkowski, “The Haunted Trail is actually a memoriam trail to Josh Keith, a previous member who started the trail. All the proceeds from both nights go to his memorial.” Collegiate 4-H starts planning in early September for this event. A month before the trail opened, Collegiate 4-H opened up committees for the trail: scarers, registration, concessions, parking/security, and step-up/tear down crew. The Haunted Trail is…

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Obama Mentions Wilmington Tackling “Brain Drain”

In a recent news article by President Obama, Clinton County, Ohio and something called a “fellow” was mentioned. “In Clinton County, Ohio, young people have organized to tackle the brain drain, creating a fellowship program that matches local businesses with college students home for the summer. And those young people aren’t just learning, they’re leading- just last year Wilmington, Ohio elected a majority millennial city council,” mentioned President Obama. In order to better understand what President Obama was saying about these “fellows” and the program, Wilmington College student Carly Pritchard…

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Reviewing WC’s Fall Ag Lobby Trip

Students and faculty from Wilmington College (WC) returned recently from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they trained and practiced to be advocates for change—in this case, attempting to reverse the dramatic downward trend of bee and butterfly populations. According to researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS), one in three bites of food consumed requires pollination by bees, beetles, butterflies, moths, bats or other small insects. Without that ecological service, many flowering crops would fail. And yet, pollinators are dying off at a rate…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Speaks to WC About the Future

by staff writers Megan Canfield and Grace Barger On September 22, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Wilmington College’s campus for a tour of the new Center for Science and Agriculture (CSA) to offer commentary on matters related to rural development. The new CSA building was made possible by a $19.7 million low-interest long-term [32 year] loan from the USDA. Before starting his discussion on rural development, Secretary Vilsack highlighted Wilmington for its singularity in the competitive college environment. “This is a unique college because of the number of students…

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D.C. Bound!

In just a few short days, students of Wilmington College will be taking flight to Washington D.C. for the first lobby trip of the year. From Sunday the 25th to Tuesday the 27th of September, the group of lobbyists will be exploring D.C. and actively lobbying their opinions on pollinators within agriculturalist eyes to the state representatives. If you are interested in seeing what lobbying is about, keep an eye out for future information regarding lobby trips that may spark your interest.  

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Stop Putting Down Education Majors

Editorial by Grace Barger Growing up in a house where my mom is a teacher, I learned a lot about the educational system and its many benefits and pitfalls. When I first told my mom, a Wilmington College Alumni, that I was going to be a teacher, she told me “I hope you’re joking. The politics in education are a joke.” Being an education major means getting remarks such as: “You will not make any money.” “Good luck getting a job in that field.” “You’re only going to be a…

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