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Let the games begin The world watches as the much-anticipated Sochi Winter Games commence By Laura Farrell News Editor T h e S o c h i Wi n t e r O l y m p i c s delivered a spectacle during the opening ceremonies on February 7. With a budget topping out at $50 billion, the world had high expectations for the quality of Sochi’s competition space and Olympic Village. Always a fan favorite, the opening ceremonies featured a state of the art facility, highlighting major moments in Russian history. The high-tech, highly artistic show was a high point during a week that was unfortunately marked by security scares and threats. On Friday morning, a Ukrainian man boarded a Sochi-bound flight in Turkey and threatened to hijack and bomb the plane. Fortunately, the pilot stayed a few steps ahead of the hijacker and landed the plane in Istanbul without the man knowing. The man was later arrested by police after a standoff. It was not clear what the man’s motivations were, but authorities do not believe that he was affiliated with any terrorist group. Russia’s recent anti-gay laws have sparked a lot of controversy and alienated many competing countries. During the opening ceremonies, the competitors from Greece chose to wear rainbow gloves, reported to be a sign of resistance to Russia’s stance on gay rights. As of last Saturday, Russian authorities had arrested four gay activists who were protesting outside of Sochi on Friday night. The protestors were reportedly carrying a sign that cited the Olympic Charter’s stance on inclusivity and anti-discrimination. The Games began after the Opening Ceremonies, and the United States claimed the first gold medal. The medal went to men’s slope-style snowboarder Laughing it up In Case of Emergency improv troupe brings laughs to the AQ campus By Mayra Monroy News Editor The first In Case of Emergency Improv show returned to Aquinas on Thursday at its usual late start after quads. Students filled the AMC to experience the ICE Improv experience, the first of the new semester. ICE Improv’s co-captain, senior Katie Glossop, was missing from the lineup, as she is currently studying abroad for the spring semester in Ireland. Despite the absence of their Zoe Collenburg and Ian Scheidel, senior Sean Briggs and sophomore Sarah Osborne, and they won the most applause and the ICE Improv Olympics. A new aspect to the show introduced that night as well: a guest performer was brought onstage. Father Stan Drongowski, the Aquinas College Chaplain, made an appearance in the Improv Olympics, playing the troupe’s competitive games right alongside them. This collaboration << Despite a lineup change, the troupe remains as fun and entertaining as ever>> co-captain, the troupe prevailed, and a familiar face rejoined the group. Sarah Osborne, returning from a Walt Disney Company internship, was warmly welcomed back by the troupe and students. The show was Olympic themed, which was fitting after all the recent news about the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The troupe was split down the middle into two separate teams, red vs. black. Each team had to go through a variety of games and the winner would be determined by the applause from the audience. At the end of the show, the black team was comprised of freshmen provided additional entertainment that proved to be successful with the audience. Despite a lineup change, the troupe remains as fun and entertaining as ever. The past shows done by ICE have been highly successful in both popularity with the residential students and with the general Aquinas community, commuters and all. The new faces in the troupe, Collenburg, Scheidel and freshmen Regan Rohrs and Kenny Judge have not only helped the troupe move along, but bring in fresh personalities that fit very well into the rest of the troupe. COURTESY ASSOCIATED PRESS USA: United States Olympians make their entrance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Designer Ralph Lauren designed the team’s opening ceremony uniforms this year. Sage Kotsenburg, and skier Hannah Kearney brought a bronze medal to the U.S. in the women’s mogul competition. Sochi’s mountainous terrain is proving to be quite dangerous. Perhaps the most popular winter Olympic athlete, Shaun White, withdrew from one of his two competitions on Thursday before the Games, claiming that the slope-style course was too intimidating, and he risked injury by competing. American skier Heider Kloser was badly injured in her practice runs on Thursday, as many saw her in the opening ceremonies sporting crutches and a wheelchair close by. Two other athletes from Finland and Norway were both carried off the course with serious injuries. The newest addition and perhaps most buzzed-about event so far has been team skating. The event pins country and against country in a typically individually scored sport. Countries sent their best in each skating event, including ice dancing, pairs and solo figuring skating, and combined each event to one lump score. Fan favorites Meryl Davis and Charlie White dominated the free dance events, taking first in both the long and short program. Gracie Gold took second in the free skate behind Russia’s prodigy Julia Lipnitskaia. Russia’s team could not be touched as they took first while Canada and the United States battled it out for second and third place. Canada edged out the United States for the silver medal, but the new event set the stage for individual skating events. A long, cold winter By Gavin McNeil The Saint Reporter The polar vortex is a weather phenomenon that has been occurring since the conception of winds. On any spherical planet with an atmosphere, wind tunnels, known as jet streams, wrap themselves around the planet. Jet streams carry warm and cold air around the globe and are responsible for most extreme weather patterns. A common example would be hurricanes and tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico. Around the two poles of the planet, where the air stays chilled year round, several jet streams wrap around each other, creating a polar vortex, or polar cyclone. The air trapped circling around the Arctic and Antarctic becomes super chilled Snowed in: Aquinas College campus was no exception from both the lack of the befell West Michigan these past few weeks. sun’s warmth and being trapped above the troposphere and at cause almost every strange dip in the bottom of the frigid stratosphere. temperature ever year—in both warm Acting very much like a hurricane, and cold months. Most are not as severe these low pressure weather patterns as the ones we have felt this winter. A spike in the severity of an arctic swirl around the poles in the winter and oscillation can be explained by several weakens slightly in summer months. The Arctic Polar Vortex is much events. Large volcanic eruptions have more volatile than its sister to the been known to jostle the polar vortex. south. Every year, it sends out dozens Hotter summers also affect the vortex, of arctic blasts, or arctic oscillations, weakening it to a greater extent in the into the Northern Hemisphere. These summer. While we still have much to oscillations are caused by the weakening during summer months. These blasts learn about the polar vortex and its COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS to the copious amounts of snowfall that oscillations, there are many important bits of information, the first being we are not out of the woods yet. Meteorologists predict at least to more arctic blasts this winter. While the vortex and blasts do not carry snow, the can cause a significant increase in lake effect snow for us around the great lakes. The biggest point to remember is the chill. Try to stay inside during the next blast, and if you do go out, bundle up.