ArtPrize 2013 Staff Writer Cait Hilton has everything you need to know about the art festival in downtown GR. theSaint page 6 Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Volume 33, Issue 2 This issue brought to you by Miley’s wrecking ball. Construction time >>NEWS LLC Spotlight | 2 The K House turns its efforts toward a year of sustainability. Minimum Wages | 3 Reporter Stephen Douglas has the latest on the minimum wage raise debate. Campus to be under renovation for fieldhouse addition and new apartment By Mayra Monroy Staff Writer >>CULTURE The Butler | 5 Staff Writer Ian McNeil reviews the Oscar-buzzed movie. Orange is the New Black | 6 Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Giluk takes a look at the new hit series. >>SPORTS Undefeated and still kicking | 7 Reporter Linda Zimmerman gives us the scoop on the men’s soccer team. Liz Vaughan | 8 Staff Writer Chuck Hyde interviews the senior soccer star about her Aquinas experience. With the Alksnis Sports Center, or Sturrus Phase II, underway, major changes are coming to the Aquinas College campus. A significant change happening that is adding to the construction of the addition to Sturrus,will be the reconstruction of the Fulton Street entrance. The projected construction will expand the lot, adding more parking spaces to Fulton Lot, along with a brand new St. Thomas Aquinas statue. The overall construction to the entrance will hold off until summer 2014, after seniors graduate. Another major change that students should expect to see on campus is the construction of the new Apartment E, which is set to be built on top of the Donnelly Lot starting this fall. The new apartment building will be parallel to the soccer field and is expected to hold 62 residents. The building, an almost exact replica of Apartment D, will be LEED certified, meaning that the construction crew will recycle almost of any waste during the process of construction and the building will be as sustainable as possible. The building will also contain many other sustainable features. “We will be having students living there in 2014. It’s very exciting,” said Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Brian Matzke. The majority of construction is projected to begin late October to early November. Construction is expected to break ground once final approval is in hand. Trouble abroad? Heated relations between the U.S., Russia and Syria seem to settle for now By Nathan Gimby Staff Writer UN reports on Monday confirmed the use of surface to surface sarin gas missiles in Syria’s capital city of Damascus. The report contains “convincing evidence” that sarin gas was used but does not assign blame for the attacks on either Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime or rebel groups, according to the BBC. The report comes at the end of a three day negotiation at Geneva between U.S. and Russia over regulation of Syria’s chemical weapons, culminating Saturday in an agreement requiring the Syrian government to disclose all locations of its testing facilities and stockpiles within a week and eventually turn over control of its chemical weapons to international authorities. The agreement, which aims to have all Syrian chemical weapons destroyed by the middle of next year, was hailed as a “victory” by Syrian Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar. Initially a Russian proposal, the deal averted potential U.S. plans to launch punitive air strikes against the Syrian government for the alleged attacks. “We welcome the agreement… it helps avoid the war against Syria depriving those who wanted to launch it of arguments to do so,” Haidar told Russian news agency Ria Novosti. President Obama also welcomed the agreement but indicated in a statement Saturday that the solution was still a work in progress and the peace process depends on the Assad regime’s fulfillment of its commitments. “And, if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act,” Obama said. Despite successful negotiations on the chemical weapons plan, tensions have not subsided entirely. Calls by European leaders to pass a UN resolution imposing punitive measures for noncompliance on Assad’s regime met with Russian opposition, The Guardian reports. However, Russia has long been an ally of Syria and its attempts to dissuade intervention by the UN are not new policies. According to Aquinas Political Science chair, Dr. Roger Durham, the two-and-a-half year Syrian civil war has already claimed over 100,000 lives and produced six million refugees. Analysts, including Dr. Durham, often compare the Syrian conflict to Libya, where Responsibility to Protect (R2P) justified international military intervention against Libyan President Muamar Gaddafi, who was using military force and heavy arms against his citizens during the 2011 Arab Spring. “I am individually disappointed that the international community did not respond much sooner… The international laws are pretty straightforward; R2P should have clicked in a long time ago,” Dr. Durham said. However, he sees the cooperation between the US and Russia as a positive start to resolving the Syrian conflict, in spite of US threats of force and Russia’s vested interests. “The Obama-Kerry Administration used gunboat diplomacy pretty well,” Dr. Durham said, “…the pressure to react has manifested as this option (Geneva agreement) to have some real inspections and turning over of these chemical weapons.” “Getting inspections to be successful is a whole other dynamic.” Additional parking was recently added to Browne Center in preparation for the limited parking that is expected during construction. “We’re trying to make as little of an inconvenience as possible. There was a waiting list [last year] and I promised that there would be a bed for any one that wanted one,” said Matzke. A n o t h e r expansion taking place on the Aquinas campus is the Metro HealthAquinas merge. Metro Health, which has partnered with Aquinas Athletics for several years now, has merged with Aquinas health services and based their home in lower Wege. LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT “In essence, the New additions: As Sturrus Phase II begins, a new apartment is set to go up as well. services we provide haven’t changed. For the first time we are affiliated with a as complete physicals, women’s health have been kept busy with the beginning hospital,” said Manager for Integratice services, immunizations, laboratory of the school year bringing new students Campus Health Services Veronica services, sports medicine and allergy care utilizing the services Metro Health has Beitner. With the new partnership, Health as well as other services. to offer. Services can serve students more with “Moving forward, we will keep “It’s a great partnership to offer to the new hours, easier payment and billing expanding services. Metro Health has community,” Beitner said. Metro Health of insurance, along with other convenient a strong mission to sustainability,” is located in lower Wege with operating services. said Beitner. The team of a physician, hours Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.The center provides services such physicians assistant and medical assistant 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Women’s Studies Center starts off year with same sex union panel By Emily Sweet The Saint Reporter It is hard to imagine a place where people willingly come together to discuss differences of opinion, to deliberate their unique speculations rather than dispute. Still, even though disagreement and violence circulate the world, five religious community icons came together at Aquinas on Monday, September 9, in the Wege Ballroom to discuss their own thoughts and opinions on the topic of same sex unions. Dr. Amy Dunham Strand of the Jane Hibbard Idema Woman’s Studies Center arranged a panel of five religious leaders to present an informed discussion of same sex unions to students and faculty. They strove to create a judgmentfree dialogue that could potentially serve as a model for students. The five speakers were the Jewish Rabbi Albert Lewis, Islamic leader Imam Muaz Redzic, Father James Chelich, Methodist Reverend Ellen Brubaker, and Presbyterian Reverend Chandler Stokes. The session was a mix of personal reflection and religious discussion. Lewis opened the conversation by discussing his personal journey past homophobia and into acceptance. Two years ago he performed his first civil union of two men. He said, “If two people are truly in love and truly committed and truly willing to work on all the problems that they will have, I believe in it and I support it.” The unions that he has preformed for homosexual couples have been in various locations except the synagogue , the Jewish temple. Judaism has not taken an official stand on homosexual relationships. However, Lewis imagines it would be a struggle to hold a civil union in the synagogue. Lewis was not the only member of the panel openly taking a personal stand on the issue. Brubaker and Stokes also stated that they were supportive of homosexual unions. Brubaker said the Methodist community believes in scripture above all, but interpretation can be tricky and at times almost impossible. The majority of the scripture was written in a different time with different customs. Therefore EMILY SWEET / THE SAINT Panel time: GR religious leaders gathered to discuss same sex unions. (L to R): Rabbi Lewis, Imam Redzic, Father Chelich, Reverend Brubaker and Reverend Stokes. Methodists rely on faith to interpret the word of God correctly. Their scripture firmly states that chastity is vigorously sought after by all single people and that sexuality is a gift, but only in the confines of a heterosexual marriage. Brubaker countered her denominational statement and said, “You must honor the Christ centered heart of your own body, and I know the booklet [scripture] is wrong. We must change this.” Stokes closely followed Brubaker with an encore of his own. He confirmed that the Presbyterian denomination’s official position on same sex unions is not a positive one. He then pointed out that one of the most loving, healthy relationships exhibited in the Bible is the story of Ruth and Naomi in the book of Ruth. This relationship, although speculated to not be sexual, is everything a loving, committed relationship should look like. Stokes then asked, “Why would I deny them [a homosexual couple] that kind of pastoral support and protection, when their bond to each other is the same as mine to my wife?” Instead of personal thoughts or journeys, both Redzic and Chelich gravitated toward their religions’ take on civil unions instead. Redzic emphasized that Islam is not two hours on Sunday but a 24/7 commitment: “Islam is a way of life,” he said. Officially, Islam believes that homosexual partnership is legally and morally wrong and a sin. Muslims view the Koran as the absolute, timeless truth. Chelich shared Brubaker’s statement about chastity. However, Chelich clarified that Catholicism believes that sex was created for procreation only and not as a form of entertainment . Therefore, all forms of contraception are a sin, even in the confines of a legal, Catholic, heterosexual marriage. Intimacy does not have to mean sexual practices, and it often does not in the Catholic congregation. Ultimately, since homosexual relationships cannot procreate, any homosexual activity is viewed a sin. Although each panel member did not fully agree with every other panel member, they each emphasized important and respectful points in their time speaking. All five members contributed to the growth of the audience, and respectfully informed our faculty and students of their personal or religious opinions. During the intermission, the panel members spoke to each other engagingly. Their dialogue during the session and off the mic serves as a mature, respectful model of how to engage in healthy discussion.