No Victims club brings self-defense to campus

Sam Roochnik and Steve Bullin demonstrate a bear-hug escape technique to participants in summer 2017.

Their mission: To encourage confidence



No Victims Self-Defense club is an organization on campus devoted to educating members on ways to better protect themselves in a dangerous situation. Club officers Steve Bullin and Ethan Costello created the organization in spring of 2017. Soon after the club was established, UW-Parkside student and veteran Sam Roochnik met with Steve and Ethan and joined as an instructor.

Instructions from a martial artist

Sam Roochnik is currently the lead instructor for No Victims and has a successful background in martial arts. Sam worked as a martial artist instructor in the Marine Corps for over two years, using a form of martial arts developed by the Marine Corps known as MCMAP, or the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. Despite MCMAP’s use in the military, Sam is able to translate these skills into basic self-defense lessons for members. Some of the moves taught in No Victims include falling safely, correct stance and basic hand/palm strikes.

Confidence through self defense

One of the key lessons No Victims instills in its members is the confidence in being able to protect themselves. No Victims hopes that this confidence will translate into all aspects of member’s lives, especially leading a safe and healthy lifestyle. Sam pointed out that No Victims “gives people the opportunity to practice basic skills that work and knowing that and being aware of your surroundings is really all we can do outside of formal training.”  Moreover, the club hopes that being aware of your surroundings and how to properly and safely protect yourself will leave a lasting positive impression on member’s lives.

Where and when

No Victims meets every Friday from 12p.m.-1p.m. and Sunday from 6p.m.-7p.m. in the Sports and Activity Center combatives room. Meetings are open to all UW-Parkside students, faculty and staff as well as any interested community members from the Racine and Kenosha area. Sam explains the overall tone and goal of No Victims by saying, “we aren’t masters but…if you sweep a guy down and that’s all you know, you get a chance to run away. Its basic stuff but it’s hard, fast, first.” Sam and No Victims make it a priority to teach others safe ways of protecting themselves and being confident in their abilities.

Women’s Soccer ready for postseason run at a National Championship

This year’s women’s soccer squad is one of the most dominant teams in school history. Not just running the table for the second time in school history, but sweeping the GLVC Regular Season and Tournament championships.

The strength of the team was their defense, not allowing two or more goals on the entire season (outscoring their opponents 48-5 on the year including the GLVC Tournament). They came an award away from also sweeping individual awards this year with six players on All-GLVC teams; Seniors Karley Mecko (who also won Defensive Player of the Year), Emily Konior, Niekie Pellens and Sophomore Mallory Geurts all landed on First Team All-GLVC, Sophomore Jillian Hetfleisch was selected Second Team, and Freshman Bailey Reed was Third Team (also winning GLVC Freshman of the Year).

Coach Troy Fabiano picked up his fourth GLVC Coach of the Year Award, and in an interview says that the girls make him look very smart. He credited the award mostly to the girls, saying that “it is up to them to perform at the end of the day.” I asked him to reflect on the season so far and he said that the girls have pretty much accomplished every goal that they set at the beginning of the season, and then some. They aimed to not only to win their division, but to win the outright GLVC regular season championship, they emphatically accomplished that goal. They wanted to host the GLVC tournament and win it in front of their home fans, also accomplishing that. He says if it wasn’t for the senior leaders keeping the team on track and reminding them to keep their eyes on the prize day in and day out, then this season wouldn’t have been possible. Now, they prepare for their fifth straight NCAA Tournament; they are ranked third, first in the Midwest, and will host opening and second round games at Wood Road Field. Once again, the wily veteran coach didn’t take my bait in trying to get a prediction. He said that they are going to take it a game at a time because anything can happen in the tournament. They are going to stay prepared because they are now being hunted. But Rangers are never scared of a challenge.

Let’s rally behind our women’s team; they are the real deal and are about to put the country on notice once again. Their first game is Sunday Nov. 16 at 1:00pm against either Ohio Dominican University or Saginaw Valley State University. Go Rangers!

Article by Jalen Perry

UW-Parkside Women’s Soccer advances to conference championship with 2-0 victory

On Nov. 7 the Ranger women continued their journey to an undefeated season with a 2-0 shutout victory over Truman State. The game was back and forth for stretches, but overall the strength of the team, the defense, kept the ball on our side of the field for the majority of the contest. Both goals, assisted by sophomore defender Niekie Pellens, came off of corner kicks. Though the girls couldn’t seem to get calls to go their way, they toughed through it and persevered, just like we Rangers do.

The first half was dominated by the Ranger women, other than a few spurts by the Bulldogs (two shots on goal in first half); we kept the ball on our side of the pitch and controlled the tempo. There seemed to be a lot of chances late in first half to score, but the girls failed to pull the trigger on many of them. The first goal came with twenty minutes left in the first; Niekie Pellens served up a beautiful kick, and sophomore midfielder Lauren Bialas, who had literally just checked into the game, came soaring for the header goal. Wood Road Field came unglued as the fans felt the girls inching closer to the title game. The first half ended with the Rangers up 1-0.

The second half felt like an encore of the first, with the Rangers controlling the tempo and threatening early and often (finishing with five shots on goal for the day). The game started to get physical as Truman State got a lot of the calls; the girls were visibly getting flustered (two of our players picked up yellow cards), but they kept their composure and struck again. With thirty one minutes left, another corner by Niekie Pellens was headed in by senior midfielder Kelsey Armour. That was all the girls needed to capture their sixteenth victory of the season, shtting Truman St. out 2-0.

The women play in their second straight GLVC Championship game against Missouri University S&T on Sunday, Nov. 9 at noon. Location: Wood Road Field/Ranger Central. Come out and support on what should be a memorable ending to this historic conference season.

Go Rangers!

Article by Jalen Perry

The Unnecessary Ambiguity

I remember when I was a kid the movies I would watch, things that are now known as “classic Disney.” These movies, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, ect…. were all pretty straight forward. There was a bad guy and there was a good guy; there was love and there was hate. True love conquering all was usually the moral of every story. Now-a-days, true love is still a major role in these current Disney films, but it is never as straight forward as it once was.

In today’s Disney, princes aren’t princes, princesses are not always princesses, and the line between villain and fairy godmother has been blurred by a world that believes men saving women is not a good lesson to teach our young girls. But have they taken the line too far? The idea of a woman saving herself, or even a woman saving another woman, has become a growing trend. Starting with 2010’s Tangled, moving onto 2012’s Brave, and especially into the past year it’s starting to seem as though this is taking over the children movies of today. With films like Frozen and Maleficent creating cult followings, is Disney skewing the idea of who, or what, is evil?

Taking a look at Frozen, which has actually been accused of promoting bestiality as well as homosexuality, we the viewers get two different forms of villainy: the fear of the unknown and uncontrollable, as well as the evil man. Where I am all for the idea of a strong woman being shown to the young women of the world, the way that Frozen goes about doing this seems to be the wrong way. Elsa, being strong through her powers, starts out as being portrayed as an evil villain to the people of her kingdom. She is forced into hiding in the wilderness so that she can be herself. She only becomes a ‘good guy’ after a man proves to be more evil than she is. My question is thus: does she really ever HAVE to be evil at all? True that she does have powers that accidentally injure her sister, but does she really need to be exiled then hunted down like a dog for being a strong woman? My argument is that this is actually not teaching our young girls to be strong and comfortable with who they are, because in its presentation she is only accepted after she is the lesser of two evils. So is the dualism between evil and good within her really needed? Not to mention the fact that Anna, the heroine, only becomes strong enough to save her sister after she is heartbroken by the man that she doesn’t actually even love, but that’s a whole different subject.

Months later Disney released its distorted mirror of who the villain from Sleeping Beauty was. Maleficent changes this classic villain into a misunderstood mother figure and thus making her a victim and a weak woman because of, wait for it, a man! With Maleficent’s evil stemming from a broken heart rather than simply being an evil sorceress, she turns from being a strong willed woman who knows her feelings and what she wants, to being a scorned woman licking her wounds until she learns the error of her ways by watching an infant grow up. I understand the fact that there are two sides to every story as much as the next woman, often times we do end up with our hearts broken by some “evil” man and plot revenge, but does this really need to be the morals that are taught to the world’s youth?

With the future of Disney showing women that they become villains based on having power and are made weak by evil men, it stands to show that the line between good and evil is no more. With the ambiguity of what is good and what is bad in recent Disney productions the whole idea of right and wrong has been blurred in the children’s movies of late. In reality, there are bad people in the world. Turn on the news and you’ll find that there are real-life villains out there. So why are we teaching our young women that there aren’t, that men are the source of evil (there are just as many bad women as there are men), and that bad people are simply misunderstood, hurt women based on these men? I believe that the world of film was better for the sheer sake of truth for children watching. Why try to sugarcoat it? It just causes confusion and chaos.

Article by Krista Skweres

Letter to the Editor: PIP101

I recently logged onto – something I have only done one other time in my three years of college, and that one other time was for the exact same reason I was logging on now. I don’t go there to see what students are saying about professors, as most of them are whining about having to use the textbook, or that there is too much homework, or that they expect you to be in class everyday – come on, get over it…THIS IS COLLEGE AND IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD. Don’t any of them realize that this is the easiest part of their lives? Don’t any of them understand that an employer is going to expect them to be there every day, fully equipped with all the necessary tools like pen and pencil, notepaper, maybe even a book or two? I digress.

No, I go onto to truly give feedback on a professor that should not be allowed to teach, mold, influence, enact or any other verb as it relates to the educating of our young minds of tomorrow. I have one such professor. Feedback? None. Return email correspondence? Slim to none. Help with projects? None. Clarity in explanation of assignments? Little to none. Grades Returned? You will be lucky if you see something once a month. Really? 4 weeks to return test grades? As we are nearing the end of the semester, I am not sure if I have a D or an A. I think I have an A, but who knows?

So, as I log on to rate this specific professor, I read the other comments posted by students for this same educator. OMG – seems like I am not the only one having the same problems!

Overall Quality: 2.0

Helpfulness: 1.0

Guess what? It’s been going on for years…you would think that the University would like to have this fixed. Is this not a direct reflection on them as an educational institution of higher learning? This professor is their choice as an educator. Hmmmmm….

And don’t even get me started on the professors that do the “cut and paste syllabi” which have the wrong semester due dates on them (Spring for Fall and vice versa) or the “form letter” emails that are supposed to be personal, but aren’t, and have grammar issues as well as content issues. Are professors above checking their work before submitting or hitting ‘send’?

As a former corporate executive, if this was run like a corporate business, they would ALL be fired for their lack of attention to detail bordering on incompetence. But, since this isn’t run as a business, it is academia – I rate these behaviors an “F”. You want to turn out undergraduate professionals? Then emulate the behavior with which you have expectations of.

Article by Robin Broughton