Meet POHI | 2 One-on-one with Coach Bo The Saint’s Sports Editor, Dan Meloy, sat down with Aquinas Athletic Director Terry Bocian to discuss the state of AQ athletics. page 8 theSaint Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Volume 31, Issue 11 Happy belated birthday, Mr. Wege! >>NEWS Even more 125th! |2 Aquinas’ anniversary year isn’t over yet. Check out what’s planned for March and April. AQ in the DR Arab-Israeli Cookbook at AQ | 5 |3 This year’s service learning trip to the Dominican Republic will be different for participating Aquinas students. Election season hits AQ With Student Senate positions open, the Aquinas community gets ready to pick new leaders >>A&E Food for Thought | 6 The sibling team of local artists Madeline and Darlene Kaczmarczyk bring their love of food and talent to AQ. Scars and Stories | 6 The Fray’s latest album is here, and getting stuck in Saint Reporter Paris Close’s head. Check out the full review, inside. >>SPORTS Red Wings sweep wins | 7 Reporter Brendan Hoffman checks out Hockeytown highlights. At the finish | 7 It’s been a bumpy road to the WHAC tournament for Aquinas men’s basketball. HHS contraception mandate controversy continues By Matt Kuczynski Editor-In-Chief The Obama Administration is facing continued resistance from U.S. religious organizations, especially the Catholic Church, after announcing a compromise on the Health and Human Services mandate for universal contraceptive coverage by insurers. President Obama announced the amendment during a press conference on Feb. 10. “Under the rule, women will still have access to preventative care that includes contraceptive services, no matter where they work,” he said. According to the President, religious organizations will not have to purchase health insurance policies with contraceptive coverage for their employees, but the insurance providers will be required to provide contraceptive care to women “without co-pays and without hassles.” This solution did not sit well with Catholic leaders. In a Feb. 10 statement posted on the Diocese of Grand Rapids website, Bishop Walter Hurley stated: “There is a need for a broader religious exemption than the provision that was announced today. Shifting responsibility from the employer to the insurance company does little to resolve the situation.” “The Catholic bishops of the United States continue to be willing to dialogue to insure that rights of conscience and freedom of religion are maintained,” the statement continued. As of Feb. 16, all 180 U.S. Catholic Bishops have voiced opposition to the mandate. The current controversy began late last month, when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaﬃrmed that all employers will be required to provide contraceptive care under the Patient Protection and Aﬀordable Care Act, the major Health Care Reform bill that passed last year. Although the legislation speciﬁcally exempted religious employers, such as churches and synagogues, from the requirement, branches of religious organizations including hospitals and schools that serve and employ the general community were not exempt. Employers have until August of 2013 to conform to the new regulations. A CNN poll released Feb. 16 found that 50% of U.S. citizens oppose the mandate. According to the same poll, 44% are in favor of the birth control mandate. COURTESY MARAH KLOSE Future leaders?: Student Senate candidates Kaela Bouwkamp, Chuck Hyde, Nick Grady, Cody Ingram, Brayden Scott and Brandon Heritier (L to R) participate in a panel discussion at the Moose last Wednesday. Scott has since retired from the race. By Laura Farrell Current Student Senate Chair the message of AQ amongst the campus. race. He is placing his support behind Staff Writer Joshua Theil wants students to carefully We are all Saints. Aquinas gave us the Sarah Bouwkamp’s senate bid. As the months continue to ﬂy by, it tools, I want to lead us to make all the Nick Grady and Chuck Hyde are consider the candidates they vote for. is that time of year again: Student Senate diﬀerence in the world,” he said. “Students should think about both running for vice-chair. election season. G r a d y, a s o p h o m o r e s p o r t s what candidate will best represent Sophomore Cody Ingram, a “proud In midst of debating changes in Saint” would like to “see a [Student management major, said, “I want to their interests as students. Who is best restructuring Student Senate, these Senate] whose sole goal is to gather the make sure the student’s voices are heard, ﬁt to represent you and voice student elections will surely be vital for next opinion of the student body as it relates and deal with their problems directly.” concerns and issues to administration?” year. This year ’s candidates bring to important matters.” Freshman Hyde’s goals include he said. “These people will have regular diverse points of view for the Aquinas Vice-Chair Bouwkamp would love tweaking Senate’s operations to better meetings with the president, provost student body to choose from. to increase communication between the serve the student body. “I plan to push and the dean of students of the college, Brandon Heritier and Cody Ingram faculty and staﬀ assemblies and increase a restructure of the Senate that will help so you want to make sure you are are running for the position of chair. the inﬂuence of the Student Senate on represent the wants of all the students,” making the best informed decision. Current Student Senate Vice-Chair Sara campus. “The Senate has been able to he said. This may mean not voting for your best Bouwkamp is also running for chair as get a lot done this year, but there is still Sophomore Kaela Bouwkamp is friend,” Theil continued. a write-in candidate. Senate elections will start February so much we can do to improve life for running for secretary. Bouwkamp is a Heritier, a freshman political the Aquinas student,” she said. sociology major and wants to “refocus 23, on Aquinas’ Moose web page. science, Spanish, and math triple Sophomore Brayden Scott, who was our attention back to the most important major intends to bolster Aquinas’ core running for chair, has retired from the part of Senate, the students.” messages if elected. “I intend to promote World news update Syrian crackdowns continue, Sudanese governments struggle for development, tensions between Israel and Iran heat up By Rachel Luehm Staff Writer Syria: Although the Arab Spring is nearing its one year anniversary, its repercussions are far from over. In Syria, public eﬀorts for democracy have been strong, although the government crackdown may be stronger. On February 16, the UN voted on a resolution that condemned President Assad for the brutality that he has shown his own citizens. This resolution was not binding. However, it did call international attention to injustices that are being committed by the Assad regime against Syrian people. The Assad regime has been accused of many shellings of the city of Homs, the killing of an estimated 5,000-6,000 citizens and the detainment of 14,000 Syrian citizens, as well as general violation of human freedoms. This past week, in lieu of the international crackdown on the Syrian government, Syria has been demanding the expulsion of foreigners from the state. The government has especially been targeting journalists and embassies. This has caused some alarm in the international community, and many people fear that this could lead to more bloodshed by the Syrian government. U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have both begun to speak out against the crackdowns by Syrian government. They believe that the U.S. should get involved in supporting the rebels, not only because of the human rights infringements but also because it would serve to weaken Iran, one of Syria’s allies. Sudan: Sudan has been through two civil wars in its short existence and after the end of the second civil war in 2005, which had started in 1983, the country was still in disarray. Sudan has taken some initiative to become stable, b u t t h i s d e ve l o p m e n t does not come completely peacefully. In the beginning of February, Sudan launched initiatives to repair Darfur, an area of Sudan that has received the brunt of violence from the 1983-2005 COURTESY FLICKR.COM Sudanese civil war. This Damascus under ﬁre: Syrian protesters carry what appears to be the body of a fellow protester area has produced around through a crowd. The Assad regime’s violent crackdown on Syrian protesters continues. 2 million refugees and IAEA inspectors are currently Compared to North Sudan, seen an estimated 300,000 deaths since violence began. Although the Sudanese South Sudan still lacks a much of the in Iran performing another check on government has claimed to set Darfur basic development and infrastructure nuclear activity. Israel has accused Iran for recent right once more, the international necessary to produce a healthy country. attacks on Israeli oﬃcials in India and community should still keep a close eye Israel / Iran: on the region as many rebel groups in Recent heated rhetoric between Iran Georgia. Iran denies these claims. Although Israel has considered the area oppose the government’s claims. and Israel is no closer to cooling down. a unilateral attack on Iran, no active While South Sudan was allowed Iran recently released images of its ﬁrst to establish itself as an independent enriched uranium fuel rods, which conflict has been reported at press state in July 2011, stability is not on can be used in the making of nuclear time. U.S. leaders have been in talks the forefront for this ﬂedgling country. weapons, and has moved warships into with Israeli leaders to ﬁnd diplomatic There are at least seven active rebel the Mediterranean Sea. Iran has stated solutions to the current conﬂict. groups currently ﬁghting for power over that this military maneuver is intended the new government. only to protect Iranian nuclear sites.