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Do something different: Students drive a tank
Interest in Curling Club sweeps across Bethany’s campus By Madeleine Nelson Scroll Staff Writer
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From left: Students Kab Kaniess, Joe Ruch, and Media Arts instructor Kurt Paulsen were involved in the filming of a promotional video for the Drive a Tank business’s Web site.
By Shawn Loging Scroll Staff Writer
anks are the essential part of any modern day army, some weighing 62 tons and having a 750-horse power engines. One company near Mankato is making it possible for civilians to experience what it is like to drive a tank and a whole lot more. Bethany communication students normally film hockey games, but last January Bethany was invited to do something else entirely. Several people from Bethany went to witness the destruction of a barn with the use of a tank. On Tues., Sept. 20 they saw a tank run though a house. The business ‘Drive a Tank’ contacted Bethany about filming a video that Drive a Tank can use to improve their business’ Web site. Phil Wels, Andrew Asp and others went out, risking life and limb in one case to get the shot. Drive a Tank is located in Kasota, Minn. and allows people to get the experience of driving a tank and firing guns. As far as driving a tank goes, people can drive around a track and over a car or two. Kurt Paulsen, a media arts professor at
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Kab Kaniess was one of many students that worked on filming a portion of the promotional video.
Bethany, said, “We first got in contact with Drive a Tank because a barn needed to be taken down. Instead of a bulldozer, the barn owners contacted Drive a Tank to take down the barn using a tank. They were interested in having it filmed, so they contacted Bethany to go out and film the barn coming down.” Asp was among the students who was on hand that day: “I got an e-mail asking if people would help out with filming a tank destroying a barn and I decided it sounded like an awesome opportunity that you do not get every day. Cameras were positioned
in several places, including one that was mounted inside the tank. Since I was operating the handheld camera, getting the close up shots of the barn, I got as close as was safe. The tank had destroyed the insides of the barn leaving the four corners remaining supporting the roof. The tank was then driven through again and the barn came down. I was standing maybe 10 feet away from one of the sides. The barn came tumbling over on top of me. I darted out of the way and was narrowly missed. After the barn was down, the tank was See page 2, TANK
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new craze has recently swept over Bethany students. Although it dates back to 16th century Scotland, the sport of curling has just made its way to Bethany’s campus. Just this fall, Derick Lyngholm, communication professor and women’s soccer coach, decided to construct a club that could give students an opportunity to learn about and practice the game of curling. Although Minnesota is considered to be in the Curling Heartland of America, not many Bethany students have even heard of curling, let alone been given the chance to play it. As a child, Lyngholm had heard of curling but never found the opportunity to play until recently. “I started curling about seven or eight years ago. I ran into an old classmate from Bethany and she invited me to participate on a curling team that she was starting up,” said Lyngholm. Ever since Lyngholm arrived at Bethany, he had hopes of creating a curling club for the students. With so many other things going on the project kept getting pushed back. This last summer though, he decided to make some calls to the local Mankato Curling Club to see if this project would even be a possibility. With
the project presently off and running, Lyngholm couldn’t be happier with the buzz it’s generating. “For me, I was always interested in the strategy part of curling, but once I actually got on the ice, pretty quickly I was like ‘this is fun, I need to get more people involved.’” In their last meeting, the students were able to vote for the club’s president. Although the voting was close, freshman Catherine Penning was appointed the new curling club president. Penning, a stranger to curling, is excited to learn all about this strategy-based sport and is hopeful for the club’s future. “I’ve played a lot of intense sports in my past, but this is more of a mentally targeting sport. This is an establishing year where we’ll just be working hard to keep the club fun and organized project,” explained Penning as her reason for joining the club. Initially, Bethany’s curling club will be renting equipment and practice space at Mankato’s curling facilities. They will also be participating in different leagues throughout the year. “Long term, I would love to see an all-Bethany curling league, where students who have never curled before can get a team together and See page 2, CURLING
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Derrik Lyngholm, Zachary Fick, Ryan Lussky, Catherine Penning and Emily Alberts were appointed to head up the new Curling Club on campus.
October 4, 2011
Lepak launches first physics experiment By Bridget McDowell Scroll Staff Writer
espite its assurances to the contrary, the e-mail from campus security was eerie: “On Thursday, there will be a physics experiment in the tunnel between Meyer Hall and Trinity Chapel… You may see some residual fogginess from these experiments. The fog is completely harmless.” A foggy experiment in the tunnel? What is that new physics professor up to? The answer may surprise you; he was testing a rocket chair. Professor Phillip Lepak designed the experiment for his students in Physics 151 and 213. His goal was to gain their appreciation for physics and to capture the attention of other students who
may be interested in this science. “The first few weeks of an introductory physics class deals with topics which can be rather dry. Any experiment that hints at the danger of making a mistake in error measurement, especially a mistake which might affect the participant’s body, has a way of bringing concepts into sharper focus,” Lepak said. “Any experiment that is goofy enough to capture the imagination at the same time is helpful in motivating the study of what would otherwise be a boring topic.” Rocket chairs certainly can be goofy. They have been featured on television shows like “The Simpsons” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Lepak’s
version was an office chair equipped with an engine. “The rocket engine was a modified carbon dioxide fire extinguisher. There was no steering mechanism. In the first shot, sophomore Luke Meilner steered with rollerblades. A stabilizing tail was added for the second shot; Alyssa Rau steered by braking with her feet,” said Lepak. “All the components were held together with stretch wrap plastic.” Lepak’s students were excited for the experiment. “It was awesome,” said senior Alyssa Rau. “When he asked for a volunteer I was very eager.” The goofiness included an umbrella affixed to the back of the chair - “mostly for cosmetic purposes,” Lepak
said - and a costume worn by the riders made up of a vintage aluminum colander, safety goggles and a scarf. Though Lepak designed and tested the engine himself, much of the prep work for the experiment was done by his students. Lepak said, “Most of the work done by the class was in preparing the tunnel for the shots. We measured many features of the tunnel so that we could reconstruct the motion from the resulting video.” Lepak counts his first major experiment at Bethany a success: “As often happens in science, the first experiment did not go as well as it could have, but the lessons learned allowed the second shot to
perform nearly flawlessly. Both experiments generated useful data for an analysis of the motion.” Rau agreed saying, “The start was faster than I expected and I thought I was going to run into the wall. I think I almost took out the camera and Professor Lepak, but all in all it was a success.” Lepak would like to thank the following for helping to make this experiment possible: “Mankato Fairmont Fire & Safety, volunteers from the Communication department, Pioneer College Caterers, Bethany facilities staff, Prof. M. DeGarmeaux and the Norwegian American Space Association, Chappy D. and the students of PHYS151 and 213.”
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driven on top of the mound of rubble.” Wels said, “The Drive a Tank people were fun to work with, they really like the work that we do for them. Also it was a great thing to see firsthand.” This summer Drive a Tank contacted Bethany again to
go out and film more videos to be used on the business’ Web site as a way to attract more customers. “Most of the people that come for the experience of driving a tank and firing the guns fly in from the coast,” Paulsen said. “They liked the tank through the barn video. They liked it so much that
they wanted more videos for their Web site,” Wels explained. Paulsen added, “This past summer Chinese students came over and for a marketing class project, they went out and filmed tank driving over a car and around a track, along with making video of the firing range. “ Wels also said, “Students
rode in the tanks to get the shots, while others used steady cameras and some got in the back of a truck as we drove in front of the tank.” Even though Paulsen and Wels do not have all the details about what to expect on Sept. 20, this is what they were told: “Tuesday, we are going
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participate,” Lyngholm said about his hopes for the club’s future. At the start of the season, there will be opportunities for open ice sessions where students who have no experience in curling can practice and get a better feel for
the game. The fall league will last about six weeks begining in October and run to about Christmas time. “It’s a good time for people who have never tried curling to start with the fall league. Cnce we get back from Christmas break, there will be another league
starting that will be a bit longer and much more competitive,” said Lyngholm. He encourages all students, even if they have no previous knowledge about curling, to try it. “I’m a huge believer in trying new things throughout life, and curling is one
of those things where 99 percent of students would never even think about doing it. Curling is truly and honestly one of those sports that you can have a ton of fun playing even if you’re no good,” said Lyngholm.
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out to film a tank that is going to be driven through a trailer house, also over cars, around the course and then go shoot video at the firing range,” said Wels. Currently, the video filmed by Bethany students of the tank being driven through the barn is available to be viewed on the Drive a Tank Web site.
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Campus Q&A What is your favorite thing about fall? By Anna Wright
Junior “Going out of my way to step on the crunchy leaves.”
Senior “The winds of change with the beautiful slow changing leaves and the very relaxing ominous [nature] of the season.”
Freshman “The pumpkin-flavored everything.”
Hannah Rank Sophomore “Football season and the sweatshirt weather.”
Sophomore “Flag football”
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Senior Spotlight: Emily Valerio By Alex Nelson Scroll Staff Writer he looks out across the sea of people, examining the crowd of hopeful faces. She smiles faintly as she recalls being in their position, full of curiosity and untapped potential. All of a sudden, a voice echoes over the microphone, “Welcome graduating class of 2030. It is my pleasure to introduce our keynote speaker for this special occasion, a fivetime Emmy award winner and the head anchor of NBC’s ‘Today’ show, Emily Valerio…” Being invited back to Bethany’s campus to hear those words reverberate around the Sports and Fitness Center is one of the many aspirations of the confident senior, who aims to graduate in December. “One of my big dreams is to come back to my high school or Bethany as a guest speaker. It would be really awesome to me if I could be that successful in my career,” said Valerio. Valerio was born on December 3, 1989 in New York, but spent most of her childhood with her family of five in Colorado. She is the oldest of three children, one of whom (freshman Anthony
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Valerio) has joined her for the final push this semester. When Emily arrived on campus four years ago, she was the first of her family to have any kind of ties or connections with the college. “I’m always going to miss the mountains and the hiking and the lifestyle in Colorado, but trying somewhere new and someplace different was cool,” said Valerio. One of the main reasons that motivated Valerio to migrate from Colorado is Bethany’s communication department, especially the hockey broadcast program. Since her freshman year, she has been able to gain valuable experience in this fast-paced field, which is already beginning to set her
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apart from her competition. This process was enhanced by her involvement in the internship program of the Mankato Free Press this past summer. She even had a new position created for her to provide them with online content. “I have always watched Katie Couric. There are so many different styles of journalism, and she can do the serious stuff, but then she can also do the lighthearted stuff,” said Valerio. Out of all the knowledge that she has gleaned from her wide array of college experiences, Emily has made it a top priority to seek the truth in all matters. She hoped to make this moral code especially evident in
her pursuit to become an accomplished journalist, telling the stories of those that don’t have a voice. “It goes back to some of the things I learned in the way I was raised and also in journal-ism class about finding the truth and reporting it. Truth seeking and adventure are some of the words I would include,” said Valerio. Although she dedicates a sizable amount of time to her passion for the journalism industry, Emily has many other hobbies that she practiced in her time at Bethany. For instance, she pushed herself to take part in a theater production, playing the part of the bride in last spring’s “Blood Wedding.” Those who know Emily can agree that she is proof that if a student is willing to push the limits and step outside of their comfort zone, it will be easier for them to discover where their true passions lie. She is leaving Bethany assured of future plans, which are reinforced by a strong work ethic and a creative mind. If she happens to end up as the lead anchor of the “Today” show in the future, it would just be icing on the cake.
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Freshmen welcome advice for success By Brittany Titus Scroll Staff Writer
he freshman seminar class is a way for freshmen to know more about what Bethany offers and how to survive their first year in college. Freshmen this year are having the chance to get advice from many speakers from different areas to help them succeed with their college experience throughout their years here at Bethany. “For a number of years, the general consensus was that the course had grown stale and needed to be updated and more streamlined,” said communication professor Derick Lyngholm. Some of the speakers were upperclassmen who gave freshmen ideas on how they can learn to balance their academics with their social life. “I think their advice will help me in the future. I’ve learned that if you try your best and still don’t succeed, that it’s better than not trying at all,” said freshman
Andrew Lentz. There were also a couple professors who spoke to the freshmen about “the little things that they see in their courses that either ensure or hinder a student’s learning,” said Lyngholm. “The professors really gave me an idea on how to perform in classes and gave me a good idea on how to study and achieve higher grades in my classes,” said freshman Cortney Hallahan. Although it is helping the freshmen now, other students wish they could have had same experience to help them during their freshman year. “I would have liked to have more speakers come in when I was a freshman, such as some from a sports team or clubs. I feel like if that would have been done than I would have been more likely to join one sooner rather than little by little after figuring out what they did and what they were about,” said sophomore Sarah Wagner.
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Upperclass student panels were brought to the freshmen seminar classes. This offered an opporunity for the freshmen to listen to advice from these students and ask questions. The students who sat in on panels represented a ride range of students, from those involved in athletics to theatre, from on campus students to off. The variety of student panelists gave every freshman the opportunity to connect with one of the upperclass students on the panel.
Now that there are new changes this year, hopefully it will continue so that freshmen can be more comfortable and welcomed here at Bethany. “The goal of the course is to give freshmen all the tools
we can in their first semester of college to help ensure long term success and to get them off on the right foot,” said Lyngholm. “The first semester can make it or break it for students. If good study habits, class
attendance and social bonds are made, students can have a great four years. But if it goes bad, it can have a chain reaction that students never bounce back from.”
Alumnus Nash takes on Career Services role By Bridget McDowell Scroll Staff Writer
o see the true impact of a Bethany education, look no further than the staff offices. Bethany Lutheran College welcomed a number of new staff and faculty with the start of the school year. The new staff list includes Career Services representative Brittany Nash. “I have a lot of passion for this, so I want to hit the ground running,” said the 2009 graduate who majored in communication. While here Nash took a variety of classes to suit her many interests. She was a member of the Intercultural Center [then the Multi-Ethnic Center] and edited The
Nash made an instant connection to BLC when she toured as a prospective student. She said, “All of the faculty members in every department ask, ‘How can we help you to succeed here?’” Nash worked in the Admissions department herself as
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The career services office has many resources for students. Brittany Nash, the new career services coordinator, helps students with picking their major, developing a resume, and finding internships and jobs.
a work-study student. “I loved giving tours and speaking with students about all the possibilities of their futures,” she said. She hopes to connect to current students in the same way. Nash said, “I want to reach the students at their level. All the faculty members here have so much experience and advice, but we have to connect.” One way
Nash hopes to connect is by sharing her own job-search experience. “Knowing I had graduated with a degree and a decent amount of experience I thought I would be an automatic candidate for many of the positions I applied for. I found out that it isn’t that simple, especially in the current job market. Careers take time to build. Once I
realized this, I felt that God had given me a secret. Every interview that is given to you, every application that is turned away or inquiry that goes unanswered is grooming you for starting a career.” Nash has held a number of jobs after graduation including freelance writing for Midwest Mix, shift leader at Kwik Trip, Inc., typesetter and graphic artist for Navitor and owner of her own photography business. She came across the job listing for Coordinator of Career Services and Internships at Bethany while doing a routine job search. “It was my lucky day,” said Nash. “When I saw the opening I knew it was a perfect fit for me. The interview was the longest I had ever had [four hours], but I left feeling confident that I had let everyone know why they should choose Brittany Nash as a candidate for the position.” Making the decision to come back was easy. “I’m
a Bethany girl,” she said. “And the school’s values make it easy to work here. At times it’s still surreal because I get déjà vu every once in a while. I have only been away for two years so when I am climbing the steps in Old Main I have to remind myself I am going to my office and not my dorm room.” Nash is already working to reach her goal of increasing communication about jobs and internships as well as their availability in order to “provide the best possible scenario for students.” Students will soon be able to find support in a Career Services blog about the job search experience and what to expect. Nash has also begun networking to organize a job and internship fair focused on BLC and the Mankato community. She hopes to get student groups and organizations involved because its success really depends on collaboration.
October 4, 2011
Math tutors offer help to students By Brittany Titus Scroll Staff Writer
ath can be a struggle for some students, which is why Bethany has come up with a solution. Whether you are in problem solving or algebra, there is a tutor ready for you to assist your math needs. “The Math Tutoring Center can assist students in learning and understanding the material presented
in their math course,” said math professor Laura Buch. “The tutors are generally upper division math students who are interested in helping others.” The goal for the Math Tutoring Center is to help students with any type of problem. Students can stop by just to ask a question concerning their lesson or an assignment. A provided tutor can help them in
numerous ways. “I find the Math Tutoring Center to be very helpful. It makes doing my math homework a lot easier and it helps me understand what is actually going on in my math class,” said freshman Catherine Koenig. By coming to the Math Tutoring Center so early in the year, students can help make future progress easier for them.
“The one on one conversation that you can have with a tutor really helps students to work through their personal way of thinking about the problem or can detect misunderstandings that otherwise might not have been discovered,” said Buch. “We also encourage students to bring classmates and work on homework, then they can ask the tutor for help when questions arise.”
“The Math Tutoring Center is very helpful and I would recommend it to anyone. It has made a huge difference to me, and it has really helped my grades improve,” said freshman Antonia Langr. The Math Tutoring Center is available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in Meyer Hall room 202.
Fall slides in with Arts on the Green 2011
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Even faculty members were allowed to kick off their shoes and have some fun during Arts on the Green as Professor Chad Heins demonstrated.
Thalia Pollard and Allison Homan breathed in the fresh Minnesota air at the Norseman 5k Run/Walk.
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Kristy Wiechmann helped Arts on the Green live up to its ‘artsy’ intent, helping children of all ages glue their project together.
As a wake up call to all those who still slept, Drum Line started off Arts on the Green with a bang. From left: Dave Zarrett, Lukas Roust, Logan Hoppe and Aimee Bruss were just a few of the members to make some noise.
October 4, 2011
Getting into the swing of things
Photo by Cassie Wierschke
Photo by Cassie Wierschke
Bethany had their first swing dancing night of the year with a turn out of about 60 people. Alycia Stack and Anthony Valerio were two of those people who danced the night away.
Among the students who enjoyed the open dance practicing, the in and out turns, and the basic steps taught earlier that night were David Ott and Olivia Lee.
First Parliamentary debate cancelled By Shawn Loging Scroll Staff Writer
he PLUMs are back again; or at least that was the plan. The first PLUM event of the year was cancelled when the only team involved backed out. Bethany debaters were to go head to head with St. Olaf’s debate team, debating the serious or lighter topics concerning the world. On Sept. 27, Bethany was to play host to the first of five planned PLUM tournaments. Word then came late Monday that St. Olaf, the only team registered, had dropped out. “PLUM stands for Parliamentary League of the Upper Midwest, which was started 15 years ago by Dr. Kuster. Parliamentary Debate was something new and not widely offered at speech tournaments, which is the reason Kuster created the event,” said Jon Loging, the Director of Forensics. “It is very early in the season and so a lot of schools have not gotten their debaters up to speed yet,” said Loging. “In the case of St. Olaf, the only team that entered, they are student run, so they have to budget their money and decided [that] instead of spending it on this event, they would save it to use on another.” Loging was among one of
the people to compete at the very first PLUM event. “I competed in the first PLUM and won because the team that I was against was worse than me,” explained Loging. “Also,” added Loging, “the approaches that people use now have changed. At the first PLUM most people did not know what it was, so some people approached the event using tactics that are no longer used.” “The PLUM are five rounds long, the last two being elimination rounds. It starts at two in the afternoon and goes till about nine at night, at which time awards will be handed out. Each round contains six speeches, three from each team, and with each speech has a specific time length,” said Loging. One of the teams will be the government, speaking in favor of doing something and proposing a plan; the other team is called the opposition, countering the government team’s arguments and/or proposes a plan that counters the government’s plan. The main purpose of PLUM is to be educational. The events are low key and are meant to help debaters to learn skills for future competitions. The PLUMs are also something that is meant for debaters to enjoy.
Parliamentary debate is just one of several different categories of competitive events that Bethany’s Speech Team offers. Loging describes debate as something that brings people together. “Debate allows people to come together and talk about a topic that is unlikely to be a normal point in small talk. Debate brings people together that have different majors. Sometimes we have a business major, communications and biology majors come to a table and talk. It is great to see the diversity,” said Loging. “I’m very excited about this year’s team. It is always interesting to see new debaters, who do not really know exactly what is going on until that ‘light bulb moment,’” said Loging. “When debaters get it, that always something that is great to see.” The competitors from Bethany that were in for this PLUM included Rachel Skaaland, William Soule, Maxine Thao, Tim Voigt, Melissa Owen and Caleb Zahn. Maxine Thao, senior, has been on the Speech Team for three years. “When I joined the Speech Team, I did not have anything to compete in events and debate was something to start right away,” said Thao.
Debate taught Thao, “it is important to have own point of view; if there’s no discussion in the world, it cannot make it better,” explained Thao. One of Thao’s favorite things about debate is “after the first round team gets together for mini devotion, then get advice about what we did well and what needs improvement and get encouragement,” said Thao. Thao is hopeful for this year’s Speech Team since it is her senior year. Rachel Skaaland, junior, has been in Bethany’s Debate Team for two years, but has been on a speech team since she was in middle school. Her goals are “always try something new, but that is one of the many. I want to do all of the events, but also to place at state again this year and place at nationals,” said Skaaland. The motivation for Skaaland to join is because it would benefit her professionally. “I wanted to learn a lot. It has taught me to think on my feet, confidence and poise, public speaking skills and the art of rhetoric,” added Freshman Melissa Owen joined the Speech Team because it pushes her to keep up with current issues. One goal she has is “not to throw up, to just be able to survive.” As for the long
term implications, “I think that it would be useful for work and apply to helping me find a job,” Owen added Freshman William Soule is also a new member of the Speech Team but it’s nothing new for him. “I was on the speech team in high school and joined because it was a natural choice,” said Soule. He wants “to get use to the category and go to state,” said Soule. “In the future I want to go into business and good communication is needed in business to be able to push ones ideas.” Freshman Tim Voigt is also a new member of the Speech Team. He joined debate on a whim. “I went to a debate workshop and wanted to keep with it,” said Voigt. “I hope to do well and I would like to make it to nationals,” added Voigt. Voigt would like to become a teacher after graduation and participating in speech would further his communication skills. “I hope that they go out into the real world and communicate effectively. It is interesting when a graduate comes back and they are able to use what they learned to do something great in the world,” added Loging. The next PLUM event will be Fri. Oct. 14, given no complications.
October 4, 2011
Newly formed cross terrain club provides outdoor opportunities By Alex Nelson Photo by David Zarrett
Jersey Mike’s is located on Adams Street in Mankato near Five Guys and Applebee’s.
Mankato area serves up new Jersey Mike’s N
ew Jersey has came to Mankato. It’s not every day that people get to have Jersey Shore cuisine, but now with the new restaurant Jersey Mike’s every time people eat here it will remind them of New Jersey. The founder of Jersey Mike’s was a man by the name of Mike from Point Pleasant, New Jersey. He started the store along the seaside shores of Point Pleasant. The customers knew Mike for his enthusiasm when they came to his sub shop. He even knew most customers by name and knew what sandwich they were going to order. Cancro started working at Jersey Mike’s at the age of 14 and loved the atmosphere it provided to the community. In 1972, Mike decided to sell the business to a man named Peter Cancro. Cancro had just graduated high school at the time. Cancro bought Jersey Mike’s by talking to his high school’s head football coach, who was also a banker in the community and backed him on the loan so the 17-year-old could own Jersey Mike’s. While in high school Concro was an amazing athlete and had a full-ride scholarship to the University of North Carolina. He decided to turn the scholarship down to own Jersey Mike’s. In 1987 he decided to franchise the company and put them all over the United States. While most of them are on the east and west coast, they are moving farther and farther inward. The second one in Minnesota has now opened here in Mankato. The owner of this particular Jersey Mike’s named
Kevin Bores has brought many restaurants to Mankato. Domino’s, Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings, and now Jersey Mike’s are all here because of him. Bores stated that, “Restaurant trends are changing. People want their food fast like always but also want it to taste good. I think that this is exactly what Jersey Mike’s provides.” Bores also wanted to make sure that Jersey Mike’s is community oriented, just like it was when the place started. Bores talked to the Lancer Marching Band and gave them coupons and said ‘if you hand out these free subs coupons for everyone that comes we will donate a dollar to your band. ‘ Another reason that Jersey Mike’s shows that they care; is they demand that the staff cares. When people enter the door to Jersey Mike’s they should feel like the people behind the counter care about their customers. The staff always strikes up a conversation about something that is going on. Whether it is talking about you and your life or just simply about the weather, customers are treated like they care. This is a refreshing change compared to any other fast food place. The most important thing about any restaurant is still the food. Let me tell you, you will not be disappointed one bit. They have two types
of sandwiches, which are a cold sub and a hot sub. The subs all start with freshly baked bread. The cold subs then get topped with freshly cut meat right in front of you. There are numberous meats available from ham, turkey, roast beef, peperoni, salami and many more. There is also freshly sliced cheese as well, and then there are the vegetables, which are also cut every morning. One of the workers actually proved this to me by bringing out a full head of lettuce and showing it to me. After the vegetables are added, they add the most important part of the sub. They add red wine vinaigrette that is absolutely essential to the sandwich. They also add some spices that are also amazing. Bores got the number 9, which is the original Italian. This sandwich was amazing, and I can tell why he recommended it. There are also hot subs on the menu. This starts out the same way with the freshly made bread that is warmed up. Then they cook the meat and vegetables on a grill followed by cheese to the top of the meat. Everyone will be able to tell it is fresh cheese because the way it oozes out of the bun, in addition to the way it tastes. The Philly Cheese Steak is the hot sub Bores recommends. Again, he was not joking this sub is absolutely fabulous. There is no way any sub would even come close to Jersey Mike’s. Jersey Mike’s has the best subs in town. Everyone must go and try one and judge for him or herself.
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nder most circumstances, an idea is not judged solely on its potential, but that its contents also have a realistic possibility of being supported by the right group of people. In the case of Bethany’s first cross terrain club, both of these requirements have been met and the idea has become a full-fledged reality, capable of experiencing growth and development in the near future. “It started out as a crosscountry skiing and triathlon club, but then we wanted to include biking, canoeing and snowshoeing, so we expanded into the cross terrain club,” said senior Peter Londgren. Londgren, along with senior Matt Behmer and sophomore Jenny Lohmiller, are the main architects of the club. They have brainstormed ways to provide more unique activities to the student body. The club’s mission statement is “to promote adventure enthusiasm through outdoor experience.” To this point, their plans for the cross terrain club have been warmly accepted. They have received backing from the administration as well as from Student Senate, which has provided a portion of last year’s funds as a startup donation. The main uses of this money will be to buy proper equipment and facilitate activities in several different areas. “We already have some gear available in the library for students to check out free of cost, including bike pumps, and we are looking at bringing over kick balls and tennis rackets too,” said Lohmiller. One of the more distinctive qualities of this club is that a student does not necessarily need to be a part of the core group of members in order to benefit from the activities that are planned throughout
the year. The most dedicated members are simply devoted to offering quality opportunities to students so they can take advantage of the specialized equipment. Meanwhile, the rest of campus will have access to this equipment at any time. “We have a core group that is trying to plan events and plan what students would like to use. Everything is open to the entire student body, so if anyone would like to use that [equipment], they just need their Bethany ID to check things out from the library, much like you would a book or any other material. We are also going to send out e-mails to the student body, so that they can participate in activities that we plan as well,” said Lohmiller. The ultimate goal of the cross terrain club is to potentially develop into Bethany’s very own Outdoor Recreation department. Many other universities demonstrate the ability to allow students to rent these kinds of outdoor equipment for their personal use. When asked what would have to happen for the club to become a legitimate department, Behmer said, “It would take acquiring more resources, which includes equipment to offer students, time to plan activities and funding to support these events.” “The most important step is getting participation and knowing that students are involved in these activities, so that the campus and community knows that it’s something that would be getting used,” said Lohmiller. The cross terrain club has only been around for a few short weeks, but they are starting to gain momentum. This forward movement will ultimately assist them in achieving their goal to provide Bethany students with the means to explore the possibilities of the outdoors.
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Orange peels could be made into biodegradable plastic By Bryan Nelson Mclatchy Mother Nature Network (MCT)
lastic waste is one of the worst forms of trash because it takes so long to degrade, thus overflowing our landfills and polluting our oceans and waterways. But what if we could make plastic from a recycled, natural, biodegradable source? That’s the idea behind a new technology developed by British scientists that uses microwaves to turn plant-based waste, such as orange peels, into ecofriendly plastic, according to London’s The Independent. Researchers have created a partnership with the juicemaking industry in Brazil and have launched the Orange Peel Exploitation Company to demonstrate the technology on a large scale.
“There are 8 million tonnes of orange residue in Brazil. For every orange that’s squeezed to make juice, about half of it is wasted,” said James Clark, professor of green chemistry at the University of York in the U.K., and developer of the new approach. “What we’ve discovered is that you can release the chemical and energy potential of orange peel using microwaves.” The technique works by focusing high-powered microwaves on plant-based material, transforming the tough cellulose molecules of the plant matter into volatile gases. Those gases are then distilled into a liquid that researchers say can be used to make plastic. The process works at 90 percent efficiency, and it can be used on a variety of plant waste
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Nestle Waters employee Mary Crosby tends to the recycling area where all the bottles that are damaged are brought for recyclying in Lee, Florida.
beyond orange peels. Orange peels are particularly good for this technique because they are rich in a key chemical, d-limonene, which is also an ingredient
in many cleaning products and cosmetics. “The unique feature of our microwave is that we work at deliberately low temperatures. We never go above
200 (degrees Celsius). You can take the limonene off or you can turn limonene into other chemicals,” he said. “It works really well with waste paper. It can take a big range of bio-waste material,” Clark said. The environmental benefit of this technology goes beyond developing a more biodegradable plastic. It also recycles plant waste which is normally discarded. Farmers, factories and power stations that deal with a lot of excess biomass could be a few of the beneficiaries. “We are talking to farmers who are already concentrating a lot of biomass for palletizing before going to power stations about the possibility of locating a facility in one of these centralized units,” Clark said.
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