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December 5, 2012

Volume 134 | Issue 10

CURRENT PHOTO NICK COTTRELL

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Morgan Anderson, ’13, Ellen Hughes, ’13, and Natalie Mepham, ‘13, laugh while reminiscing over their time as Lady Reds here at Carthage.

One adventure ends,another begins NICK COTTRELL In the lyrics of the band, Green Day, “[Life’s] something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right, I hope you’ve had the time of your life.” Thousands of incredible moments, hundreds of hours of studying, handfuls of weekends and campus events that won’t soon be forgotten… and it all boils down to just four years that have come and gone in the blink of an eye. Four years of hard work, dedication and memories to last a lifetime will be presented to graduating Carthaginians in the form of a piece of paper that ultimately states that they are ready to take on the world and all of its challenges. In fact, three of these seniors are confident women already looking into the job market. As Morgan Anderson, ’13, stated, “[We’re] becoming real adults, and it’s extremely exciting.” Anderson has been the Student Ambassador coordinator for the past two years, and has

Concert puts spotlight on talented Carthage students ANDREA BUSKIRK Staff Reporter

On Thursday, Nov. 29, Carthage ‘s Habitat for Humanity group put on a benefit concert to help raise money to put towards the organization for future project funding.

Michael Snydel Copy Editor

Like any number of hot button issues, the question of firearm rights is a bit of a loaded gun. It’s an issue that brings out fevered emotions, whether in favor of freedom to holster a pistol at the grocery store or, alternately the strict prohibition of guns outside of law enforcement or military. University of Colorado Boulder is the latest to stir the discussion with their institution of designated gun dorms on campus. The two dorms, one located on-site and the other an off-campus apartment setting, are designed to accommodate students who want to live with their firearms in their place of residence. Students who are aged 21 and older and possess the suitable credentials are able to keep their firearms in a safe in their room when they’re not carrying it on their person. These rules will be strictly limited to these specified dorms while other residence buildings and ticketed campus events will still have a stringent no gun policy. With that said, the campus also offers 24 hour, seven days a week personal storage of firearms through the campus police department.

loved every second of it. Her smile shined brightest when discussing her position when she found herself saying, “There has just always been something about helping students fall in love with the place that I learned to call my second home.” Anderson hopes that she has touched the lives of as many as possible here at Carthage, and that those she’s leaving behind won’t soon forget her, especially her sisters in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority with whom she thanks for “bonds that will last a lifetime.” Through laughs and countless smiles these soon to be alumna found themselves looking back at how they’ve grown as people since their freshman year. Natalie Mepham, ’13, began discussing her journey from a reserved freshman to a confident Bible study leader on campus. Having been involved here with Carthage’s Intervarsity all four years she

found many memories in the organization, and hopes that she can “be remembered as a fun person who cared about people.” When she takes her final drive away from campus, Mepham believes her bonds won’t be broken here at Carthage, but she’ll miss the late night restaurant runs with her friends and Hedberg Library, where she found herself to be the successful person she is today. Mepham gives advices to her fellow Red Men; “Be silly, and don’t take life too seriously all the time, life will just pass you by!” Each one of these women will be leaving their touching thoughts here at Carthage through all the organizations and clubs they’ve been a part of. Student Government President, Ellen Hughes ,’13, is no exception. Having being an involved leader in the community, as well as on campus she tells her fellow

Carthaginians, “Try everything, it all goes by so quick! Even if you don’t think you’d like it, try it at least once! You’ll never know how it could change you!” Echoing Mepham and her sorority sister Anderson, Hughes noted that the walk up and down campus drive helps keep Carthage connected and that “the little hi’s and smiles from friends and peers help make each day unique and helps keep a smile.” Finally, to these women, and their fellow graduating winter seniors: Carthage will always be home, and here on this campus is where memories will be forever waiting to be reminisced over a Homecoming game, or walk down campus drive. And on behalf of The Current staff and your fellow Red Men and Lady Reds, best of luck in your next chapter of life, be the flame of life and leadership that Carthage has grown you to be and remember to stay “Red Hot.”

Habitat for Humanity’s vice president, Olivia Kovarik, ’14, spoke about why Habitat for Humanity put on this benefit concert: “Habitat put on this concert to raise awareness about our organization, to give people a nice little break before finals studying gets too crazy and to raise money to put towards Habitat - whether it is funding for the Kenosha Habitat projects or funding the spring break Habitat trip to North Carolina to build for a week. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the belief that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable

place to live.” Habitat’s official website states that nearly two billion people around the world live in slum housing and over one hundred million are homeless. Habitat for Humanity is needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need. Kovarik speaks on why she loves Habitat’s cause: “It’s really great to work with others, to help deserving families live the American dream. Most often the recipients of the homes get caught in the wrong place at the wrong timepage and5have a hard HABITAT, time working back up. Habitat makes this possible.” The concert, which brought

Members of Habitat for Humanity hosted their third annual benefit concert, “We All Hold the Key to Unlock Homelessness” last Thursday.

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University of Colorado gun dorm fires blanks


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Innovative J-Term classes: What you wish you signed up for

Alyssa Scott Copy Editor

J-term is a time in between semesters when many students decide to recover by traveling somewhere exotic and far away. But what if you didn’t sign up for a trip? There are plenty of other unique and exciting classes to take on campus that are both intellectually stimulating and enjoyable. One of the brand-new and most exciting J-term classes offered this year is entitled “Beauty Will Save the World,” offered by Stephanie Mitchell, Associate Professor of History and former Carthage professor Susanne Sklar. When asked for a description of the class, Mitchell responded, “The central question is whether beauty will save the world, which is something one of [Fyodor] Dostoevsky’s characters asserted in a novel.” This idea also recurs throughout history, so Mitchell says, “So it seemed appropriate for a historian and a lit/religion professor to explore the question together, no?” Mitchell also explains that she, as a historian, will be looking at the question from two different perspectives: the history of beauty and beauty in history. Sklar will also, “Guide students through  poetry and prose that help  illuminate the two points above, although she insists that the principal text will be the lake,” said Mitchell. The class will also host guest speakers within the Carthage community, not

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necessarily professors, in areas such as music, theology and philosophy. Another aspect of the class is a two-day retreat to the DeKoven Center in Racine. The journey will end with all the students participating in a beauty salon where they create “their own works of ethical or aesthetic beauty to contribute to the salvation of the world,” according to Mitchell. Another new class that is new this year and open to all majors is “Environmental Science at the Cinema” taught by Tracy Gartner, Director of the Environmental Science Program. This course is meant to be an introduction to the science of environmental issues and serve as an entry point into science for students. When asked about the class, Gartner said, “Because students often get their impressions of environmental issues from mainstream media outlets, including cinema, it is important to separate fact from fiction and to provide students with the tools for evaluating these issues.” Along with watching movies such as “Erin Brokovich,” “The Simpsons Movie” and “The Day After Tomorrow” students in this class will also complete a research paper, presentation and other readings to add to the class and to reach the course objectives Gartner has laid out. Although not new, the course “Strategic Interaction of Gambling” will be taught for the second time this year

by Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice William Miller. He states his interest in teaching a class on this topic comes from a personal interest in gambling itself. “In fact, I spent more than a decade as an avid pool player - even ran a pool hall during summers for several years in the late 1980s,” Miller said. He has also done a lot of research in the area of risk-taking, and published the article “Casino Gambling and Street Crime: Is There A Relationship?” along with Martin D. Schwartz. In the course description on his syllabus, Miller gives a brief history of gambling in the United States and says, “One of the most fascinating aspects of gambling studies is the gamblers themselves. While this course will address some of the historical and structural dimensions of gambling, the primary focus will be on small group interaction.” Students in this class will learn different sociological analysis methods and apply them to strategic interaction between gamblers that they learn about through different movies, such as “The Hustler” and “The Color of Money.” The students who registered for these classes made a great decision and will be spending their J-term in interesting classes that reinforce the awesome opportunity J-term gives Carthage students to relax and recuperate from a hectic semester while still exercising their brains.

Student Government Update:

Follow the link below to view the amendment changes that will be voted on Dec. 10th from 11-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. (cafeteria tables) https://sites.google.com/a/carthage.edu/student-governmentamendments/december-2012-amendment-changes

Yes indeed, Christmas is coming (the goose is plumping up) and what better way to ring in the holiday season than an evening at the traditional Christmas Festival? For most audience members and participants, Christmas Fest is a nice, continuous keystone for the year – it’s something we look forward to and a comfortable ritual that represents the holidays here at Carthage. For some, however, the concert is a significant bookend; the first or the last to watch or perform. President Gregory Woodward attended the Friday night show, as well as a dress rehearsal the previous night. “I’ve been hearing about this for the last six months,” he joked, referring to how central the concert is to Carthage’s identity. “While you can understand it’s a musical sense, seeing it made it truly a human experience... the energy of the audience surprised me. Everyone seemed into it.” As impressed as he was, he noted some improvements he aims to change in future years. “What’s too bad is that we sold out. I’d like to continue sharing this with the community. I’d also like to see more students in the audience. It’s so beautiful, so moving; it’s a human experience, and people should share that, with everyone.” While the president may be looking forward, several Carthage students are looking back and reminiscing. “It’s really sad,” said Rachel Lee, ’12, who will be doing her final Christmas Fest this year. “It’s just such a magical experience.” Preston Smith, ’12, will also count this Christmas Fest as his final. “I’m very excited, but very sad. I’m sure I’ll be sobbing on Sunday, but it just hasn’t hit me yet.” “Singing Christmas Fest with choir is the highlight of my choral year, so to speak,” he said. “This kind of thing is rarely done anywhere else, so it’s a

unique experience that I hope everyone enjoys.” Another senior on his last Christmas Fest, Chase Tonar, ’12, hopes he leaves behind a legacy of unity as well as appreciating the art of it. “Find that moment and enjoy it,” he recommends. For seniors, it can be strange to look back on the many years of commitment and participation. “I feel so old,” Tonar laughed. A lot of things have changed since he was a freshman. The lights are better, the audience has grown, and the number of students involved has swelled to incorporate all the musical groups on campus. “It’s become more important,” said Smith. “Each year there are more people and a different, higher degree of professionalism. And every year has something unique about it that creates a specific memory. It’s been such an amazing experience, and it’s so much fun. It’s my favorite concert to perform in.” Lee can remember how she felt before she had ever done a Christmas Fest. “[It’s] something you hear about, but until you experience it you don’t understand what it’s about. It’s so many different things in one. It’s a lot of work... but no matter how much stress it causes you over the week, you’re always extremely glad that you did it.” Although not always easy, the effort is well worth it – the show pulsed with energy as songs and readings shifted seamlessly between each other. And the crowd was speckled with red sweatshirts and fleeces, proof that even if this is the last concert for seniors to perform, it’s certainly not their final Christmas Fest to be a part of. “Just as an overall feeling, the night was truly beautiful,” said Woodward. “I’m not just proud but blessed to be here. This swelling of pride in Carthage is really incredible.” Here’s hoping for a great holiday season for those celebrating their last Christmas Festival, their first and everyone in between.


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Merely Players roars back New group shows infinite promise

michael snydel Copy Editor

“You don’t know what you’re going to get. It’s the controlled chaos. You have to trust in us [Merely Players] 100 percent that we can make a universe out of a single word. It’s magical. How did he get to a 300-foot robot stomping around Tokyo fueled by Captain Crunch through only the word, ‘cereal.’” Benjamin McGuiggan’s, ‘14, eyes practically sparkle when asked about the appeal of improvisational comedy. From the first minute of talking to the new president of Carthage’s long running Merely Players Improv group, McGuiggan, it’s obvious that this has been a special year for the group in terms of both professional growth and team bonding. Merely Players has long been a Carthage tradition but this year marks the first time in years that this group has been able to flaunt competitive chops along with the ability to bring the funny to campus. Over Thanksgiving break, Merely Players participated for the third time in the long running College Improv Tournament in Minneapolis, competing against 11 different schools for a spot in the March finals at the Second City comedy club in Chicago. Carthage sweeped the first round and placed second. “We’ve never made it past the first round. We placed third out of four teams last year. This year we destroyed in the first round.” McGuiggan pauses jokingly, “Can I say destroy? Yeah…I’m going to say we destroyed. In that first

round, there was just nonstop laughter through our entire first set.” McGuiggan’s hesitance and following joke reveals a new level of confidence for the group. It’s clear that there’s been a change this year in the attitude of everyone involved. Despite McGuiggan’s goodnatured boasting, it’s not a competitive spirit, but group solidarity and the bond of strong friendship. Speaking about last year, McGuiggan said, “We weren’t unified as a group and we just PHOTO COURTESY OF ben mcguiggan weren’t having as much fun. It just felt too much like a job. This Members of the Merely Players brought their comedic energy to the College year, everyone loves everyone Improv Tournament in Minneapolis and placed second. and we’ve only gotten stronger. These people are in the group president, Brent Nemetz, ‘14’, of this chemistry, McGuiggan works at comedy clubs in the completely. They hate missing McGuiggan applauds Nemetz’s pointed to the “trifecta” of Milwaukee area and, of course practice, and when it’s over they ability to come up with an Dan Brennan, ‘14, Courtney the possibility of the finals in don’t want to leave practice. establishing story for improv Matula, ‘14, and Elizabeth Chicago, an opportunity that This is just the strongest group routines. “He is able set up a Grizzell, ‘15, three long-time will be decided in February. Finally McGuiggan problem like no other. He will friends who are willing to let I’ve ever been with. Ever.” This collective respect come up with a big enough loose on stage partly because addressed the concerns of is immediately evident in problem that anyone can of their incredible familiarity anyone who wants to try out but is nervous about the the manner he talks about just pull from anywhere for with each other. It’s about more than simply auditioning process, “Come members of the group, gushing material.” It’s about more than about members’ chameleon veterans honing their abilities being funny with a friend to a show and see the amount though; it’s about the ability of fun we have. Auditions improvisation abilities and though. McGuiggan also pointed to to sacrifice and work for the may seem scary but it’s an their sheer gusto taking on good. McGuiggan incredibly fun time. We’ve had characters and building stories. late bloomer Eric Marquis, greater Praising a new member, ‘14, a member who at first believes Merely Players has people who haven’t made it Augustana transfer Sean appeared shy but after time vastly improved at this ability come back to auditions simply Mobley, ‘15, McGuiggan says, stretching out is now going to save a struggling bit. “If because they had such a good “Sean just has a presence, he full out with characters like you see one of your friends time. Everyone has something knows what he’s doing. He can evil diabolical geniuses and struggling, you need to jump they can bring to the table. We be the person who drives the incorporating beat boxing into in and save it by any means want people who are ready to necessary even if that means build.” scene, the wacky character, or routines. If there’s an enduring theme “It’s about being able to sacrificing yourself.” he will gladly take the side role, With the sheer strength in this group, it’s the drive to to be the support. He knows build that comfortability with when to be the filler and just as each other because that’s of this group, McGuiggan is move forward. McGuiggan importantly when he needs to when you’re not afraid to be anything but worried about and company apply the idea save the scene.” This virtue of ridiculous. Better friends do the group’s future. Merely that everyone needs a purpose reliability and creativity persists better things. You can see the Players is lining up many in skits and this has helped in McGuiggan’s discussion of comfort level between friends more shows including a show Merely Players in more ways and how they get along on in the Student Union Theater than merely moving forward. the group. Talking about his vice stage.” For a shining example next weekend, some in the

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“I like eating Cheese-its when I study. They help me focus.”

Louis Tillman, ‘13 “Sliced green apples with caramel compliments my coffee and I can stay semi-nutritious.”

“What is your must-have study food?” Anna Kulvik, ‘14

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“My favorite study food is puppy chow because no matter how stressed I am, it always makes me happy. Plus it’s just delicious!”


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Facebook page supports students with anonymous compliments Brooke schleehauf Web Editor

Inspired by similar activities at other colleges, two Carthage students founded the Facebook page “Carthage College Compliments” on Wednesday, Nov. 21, which compliments by and for members of the Carthage community are anonymously posted via Facebook’s messaging feature. The page’s administrators, who have not disclosed their names, intend to foster happiness through the page. Carthage’s small campus and tight-knit community led the administrators to believe that students would be receptive to

the page. “Looking at people in a more positive light, as well as being appreciated by people are great ways to start, contribute and support positive mental attitudes,” said one of the page’s administrators. Because of the popularity of Facebook and its social nature, those complimented on the page often comment on the posts in response. “The fact that someone took the time to send such kind and heartfelt words about me left me speechless. I knew I wanted to say something back, but it took me a while to come up with what to say because it was so unexpected, and that is

what made it so meaningful,” said Lauren Burleson, ’14, who was described as determined, positive and an inspiration on the page on Monday, Nov. 26. The page’s administrators state the importance of the page comes from its ability to create a large impact on the everyday lives of those complimented, which will lead to an overall happier environment in the community. Resident Assistant Diane Hahn, ’14, was complimented by one of her residents on Monday, Nov. 26. “I honestly felt so honored and blessed to be on a floor that has amazing residents and such a great community. I couldn’t be happier to have this

job,” said Hahn. The phenomenon began at Queen’s University in September, where the first “Compliments” page was made and rapidly spread to other schools. The number of copycat pages grew so large that the founders of Queen’s University’s page created a Facebook group for their administrators to establish relationships between the projects for support and advice. To submit to the page, send your compliment and the name of person being complimented to the page’s inbox as a message. Disparaging or rude remarks are disregarded.

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As the semester’s end looms over our heads, finding a way to relax from the stress of finals is a necessity. Students turn to all sorts of activities to calm down– be it sports, reading, art, or video games. For a small group of students on campus, whenever their studies get overwhelming, they turn to a nostalgic favorite: Yu-Gi-Oh! It all started with discussion of this childhood past time amongst a group of friends. Keaton Riley, ’15, recalls the day it started. “One day we were all at Wal-Mart and we were in the card section, making jokes about how funny it would be if we all bought decks and started playing again. Lo and behold, four of us bought decks that day and started playing again

and we haven’t stopped since,” said Riley. The group began bringing their childhood decks up last year and adding to their collections, setting up meetings in the student union to duel. For students that have never heard of this fad, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card game was launched in 1999. This strategic battlebased game involves each player custom-making a duel deck of 40 to 60 cards and launching a series of “attacks” on their opponent. The goal is to deplete the opponents “Life Points” to zero, which is done by using “monster” cards. Each “monster” has a different level of attack and damage. Coupled with spell and trap cards, players create a variety of offensive and defensive attacks. Currently, students duel on their own time. With other childhood games and fads having

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an organization on campus, such as the Pokémon and Magic Clubs, why is this dueling underground? When asked on why they haven’t formalized their group via student government, the players felt that there was no need. “I don’t think it’s something I’m going to commit time and effort to; it’s something we do for fun. It’s not very underground... People see us playing and tell us how cool we are for it, and then some of them actually have decks themselves. We just play with whoever comes along,” said Riley. Keeping it informal allows flexibility to set up dueling times and hang out to play. The players on campus relax when they need to, and have no stress of set meetings or agendas to cover. Since its release, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card game has become the top selling game, according

to the Guinness Book of World Records, with over 22 billion cards sold worldwide. The game itself is continuously expanding, creating new decks and monsters for players to enhance their current collections. On choosing his favorite card, Riley was stumped. “It’s kind of hard to pick from over a million cards but I’m going to go old school and say Monster Reborn. It’s a game changer and still very effective over ten years after it’s been out,” he said with a smile. If the stress of finals is wearing you thin, going back to your childhood roots could be the perfect solution. Hang out in the student union a few times and witness the dueling first hand. If you have a deck, feel free to join. Carthage’s underground Yu-GiOh! society welcomes duelers happily and challenges them with armed decks.

Over the past few weeks, a misleading notice has gone viral on Facebook concerning copyrights of content such as photos, personal details, etc. The message states: “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes released a statement last week reminding Facebook users that while upon joining Facebook users agree to give the social media website permission to use, distribute and share posts, this is subject to privacy settings and that the website does not own useruploaded content. Messages similar to the recently-circulating hoax have appeared on Facebook in the past. The declaration of copyright is legally meaningless and not worth posting to your timeline. For more information, read snopes.com’s article on the issue at http://www.snopes. com/computer/facebook/ privacy.asp.

about Carthage adopting parallel policies. For Ramirez, the possibility of weapons readily available through either a gun locker or a gun dorm just increases the possible risks. “You can just start thinking of the hypotheticals involving alcohol. You could have a student who checks out a gun for a hunting trip but never brings it back or any kind of situation with alcoholic or emotional students and that’s not even getting into issues like insurance liability.” Ramirez said. Nina Fleming, Assistant Dean of Students, echoed the sentiment bringing up the larger issue of who could manage the storage and distribution saying, “I don’t know if we have the appropriate staff to oversee storage.”

In Ramirez’s eyes, the question of gun storage at Carthage isn’t a discussion of politics: “It’s not about whether you’re for or against the NRA or left/right alignment, it’s about having the protocols that make the college safe.” John Klabechek, Director of Campus Security, spoke about the possibility of a gun dorm/ storage with similar hesitance citing that he just doesn’t see the value at Carthage College. In his opinion, Klabechek believes, “An unmanaged or unsupervised gun dorm is an issue. My officers don’t carry firearms so dealing with a gun dorm would automatically put my officers at a disadvantage.” Klabechek is a former U.S. marine, but just as he wasn’t allowed to have personal firearms in the barracks, he thinks it doesn’t make sense for the average student to

think they need a firearm. For Kalabechek, a former marine with a Concealed CarrW permit, there’s no rationale in the the need of a firearm at Carthage. “It will just cause more perceived problems than actual problems. When it comes to gun issues, there are two very different philosophies, and those philosophies don’t always agree in the middle.” Klabechek explained when asked whether a gun dorm/ capacity for storage would make the campus a more dangerous place. In the end, for these administrators, it comes down to the safety of the students. Alongside the logistical issues of staff, space, and financial needs, the possibility of a gun dorm or storage space just isn’t a possibility in this environment.

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Gun Dorms continued from front page The creation of the dorms was instigated through a Colorado Supreme Court ruling back in March that dictated that students and employees of Colorado higher institutions could legally carry guns on campus. The ruling affected about thirty public universities, colleges, and community colleges across the state. Looking into the personal sphere of University of Colorado Boulder, only 0.6 percen% of the almost 30,000 students fall into the specified requirements to live in the dorms. Three months after the establishment of the dorms, the gun dorms have been deemed unanimous failures with zero students agreeing to live in the residences. One can speculate whether that’s due to the fear of being identified as a gun owner, general

lack of interest, etc, but regardless larger than a failed experiment, the institution of the gun dorm perhaps shows a changing culture in universities toward previously contentious subjects such as firearms. Talking to the administrative decision makers of Carthage, one doesn’t get the sense that changing college gun policy is on the agenda, but they did have a number of insightful thoughts about the creation of the gun dorm and the oncampus storage of weapons as a whole. “I don’t believe there’s a place for firearms on college campuses until there’s empirical data that says otherwise. In my opinion, firearms don’t stop violence, they spread it.” Jason Ramirez, Dean of Students, frankly responded when asked


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Students anticipate going home tory martinez Staff Reporter

On any given weekend, it’s not rare to see cars parked on campus drive, all being loaded with dirty laundry and homework by smiling students eager to go home. For some students, however, this happens less than they would like. While the majority of Carthage students come from suburbs of Chicago and around Wisconsin, a few students have chosen to earn their college degree thousands of miles from home. Laura Taylor, ’13, from San Diego, Calif. and Sohayla Horani, ’15, from Tirgard, Ore. sat down with The Current to discuss what it’s like to not go home all that often and how Carthage has become their new home. The Current: How did you decide on Carthage, even though it’s so far away? Laura Taylor: I found Carthage in a magazine and visited for the Lincoln scholarship competition. I decided on Carthage because I liked the community feel that it had and I would be able to double major in four years. Sohayla Horani: The balance of  athletics  and academics available at Carthage really appealed to me. I love that I can be a committed athlete yet

still devote time to completing a major in Neuroscience and four minors in Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Spanish.  TC: What’s your favorite part of going home? LT: When I go home  I enjoy going to all of the food places that I don’t get to go to in Kenosha, like getting good real  Mexican food or In N Out Burger! SH: I love being with family when I’m at home. I know it’s a cheesy answer, but it’s true. When I’m at home over Christmas break, there’s no homework to worry about and I can really kick back and relax with the family and eat some great home-cooked meals. TC: How easy/hard is it to stay in touch with family and friends? LT: It can be tough staying in touch, especially since  I can’t just go and visit for a weekend. Most of my friends are here now. SH: My parents and I have weekly Sunday  Skype  chats so it’s never been a challenge to stay in touch with them. On the other hand, keeping in touch with friends back home took some getting used to. I think moving away really teaches a person who their close friends are. With close friends, you can not talk for a couple weeks and then pick up right where you left

off and I’m really blessed to have close friends like that. TC: What do you typically do for smaller breaks? LT: During short breaks (J-term, Easter, etc.) I will either stay on campus or go home with a friend. SH: For smaller breaks, I go home with friends. Every Thanksgiving break I’ve spent here, I’ve gone home with the same teammate. Those thanksgiving breaks have been some of the best thanksgivings ever. For spring breaks, lacrosse always travels, so I’ve never really been stranded on campus for the mini-breaks.  TC: Finally, how has Carthage become your home away from home? LT: Carthage is a home away from home just because it is such a tight knit community and I know so many people here that have become my family. SH: Carthage has become my new home in a plethora of ways. My teammates are like family and wherever family is, home is. I’ve also had great professors that have really made me feel comfortable at Carthage. I know that whenever I need help academically, I’ve got some great professors that I can go to for answers and it’s really comforting to know that those resources are available. 

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Habitat continued from front page Most often the recipients of the homes get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and have a hard time working back up. Habitat makes this possible.” The concert spotlighted some of Carthage’s finest and raised approximately $150. The lineup included stand-up comedy and musical performances by students who did covers of songs by Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Jason Mraz and Ryan Adams, just to name a few. The band, 21 Hours performed two mashups, one featured Dido, Eminem and Jason Mraz while the other combined Christina Perri and John Mayer. A few singers also performed some of their own original songs. 21 Hours band member, Benjamin Mulwana, ’13, said he decided to participate in the event because, “the minute I heard ‘perform’ I said yes, not even giving thought to what it was about. When I looked into it, I remembered what they do is something that I love doing myself. I have been on a couple of mission trips to build houses for people who need them and it is something that goes so far; not just for the person you help, but also the community.” Another performer and member of the club, Nicole Devine, ’14, decided to participate because this was an opportunity to combine two things she is passionate about: singing and Habitat. “I started singing when I was four years old

and I wanted to be able to sing for the Carthage community. It was a great opportunity for me, especially because it was for such a great cause. Habitat events are always a lot of fun and this was no different.” Ashlynn Rickord, ’15, chose to participate with the belly-dancing club as a way to get the club’s name out there and to support a great cause while doing it. “I believe that the Habitat for Humanity organization is something that not only impacts our school, but the community at large. Giving back by building a home for a local family demonstrates the kindness and generosity that the Carthage community has for our surrounding area. This is the prime time to provide service to others, and Habitat for Humanity is exemplifying that!” Many in attendance were truly amazed with the talent that we have on this campus. Kylee Dycus, ’15, gave her thoughts on her peers and the benefit concert: “I thought the concert was great! It was fun to hear my peers perform for a cause and see each student’s talent.” Habitat for Humanity provides shelters for the homeless who live right in our area, which means so much to so many people. The impact of receiving a house is not only felt by the family and students that are building it, but also provides a positive outlook for the entire community.

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De-stressing during finals Are you getting enough sleep? Dos and don’ts of the deadline ryan sotzen Staff Reporter

It’s that wonderful time of the year again. Days get shorter, Christmas tunes are on the radio, we start to see a few snowflakes in the wind, and of course, the dreaded final exams. It seems a little ironic that the most important time of the academic semester is also when students are the most drained and tired. Getting enough sleep is one of the most important tips any professor will give to a student at this time of the year, and it is important to know what happens to your body if you

don’t give it the rest it needs. Sleep deprivation can have many subtle but hurtful affects on the human body. First of all, your appetite increases. So for all of you who are still worried about the “freshman 15,” a few more hours of sleep might be just what you need. Not getting enough sleep also puts you at a higher risk for obesity and diabetes. Your reaction times may also get slower; so everyday activities such as sports, videogames and even studying for finals become harder to do. There may be a few of you out there who try your hardest to get enough sleep, but for

some reason cannot. About 30-50 perscent of Americans suffer from insomnia, meaning that their bodies do not allow them to sleep properly. There are several foods that cause insomnia, so avoiding these foods might help you to get a better sleep. Alcohol is a relaxant, but it prevents its consumers from sleeping fully, and it induces the need to go and use the bathroom during the night. Spicy foods can cause heartburn and indigestion that can help keep you awake. Sugar may not prevent you from falling asleep, but when it leaves your system, you will

wake up craving more. Finally, chocolate has a lot of caffeine that will keep your system going for hours. For those of you that do not have enough time to get a full night’s sleep at night, studies show that naps during the day can help. They give you more energy and alertness, and can improve your productivity by as much as 30 percent. Naps reduce stress and risk of heart disease by about 34 percent. So in this extremely important time of the year, do not forget to get enough sleep. Study hard during the day, but try to avoid the late night cramming sessions.

10 things to do with this issue to de-stress

tory martinez Staff Reporter

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Crumple it up and throw it at a random stranger. Run the other way. Bonus points if you start a paper throwing war.

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Start screaming, and then use the paper to muffle your screams.

3. Light it on fire. 4.

Make a hat out of it. Wear it around campus. Don’t forget to ignore the judgment.

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Use it to mop up your friends’ tears because they have three finals on the same day.

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Start thinking about the holidays and use it to wrap holiday presents for family and friends.

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Fold it and make a makeshift pillow for a powernap in the library or the Campbell Student Union.

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Plan an “Anything but Clothes” party. Fashion your outfit out of the paper.

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Eat it. The fiber in the pages will give you energy to study.

10.

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The end is near–or is it? andrea grabau Staff Reporter

Thousands of years ago, the observant Mayas of Central America predicted what people today are calling “the end of the world.” Believers are busy preparing for Dec. 21, 2012, when the Maya calendar apparently predicts Doomsday. However, we should not abandon our classes and ditch our finals just yet; there may not be an end in sight after all. “If the only thing you know is that the Maya predicted that the end of the world is coming [this] December, then it sounds a little bit scary, but if you put that in the context of what we know about the ancient Maya… then it’s a lot less daunting,” explained Stephanie Mitchell, Associate Professor of History. Ignorance seems to be the main

reason people believe that the end is nigh, so understanding how the Mayas lived clarifies the motivation for this seemingly pessimistic prediction. One important aspect to understand is the Maya’s way of thinking about time. While the modern idea is that time is linear, the Mayas viewed time as cyclical. “The ancient Maya used three different calendars… one of them was religious, like the Christian calendar…one of them was more [secular]…and the other one was called the Long Count, and that’s the one that gets confusing.” Like our days of the week, which are cyclical in that they repeat themselves, the Long Count calendar ends, and then starts again at the beginning. “It’s not the end of the world… it’s the end of this world and the beginning of another,” according to the Maya people’s beliefs. Still

not convinced? Well, before this world, the Mayas believed that the last world was inhabited by small people made of stone, and that this world began with a fertility-based, fantastical creation myth. “If you’re going to say that the end of the world is coming in December 2012, you’re also saying that before [this world] there was another world that was populated by little people made of rock, and that the world came into being because of this whole story about people getting pregnant by skeletons spitting into their hands, and things like that…It only makes sense in the pre-conquest Maya religious world view,” Mitchell clarified. There is no believing in part of the Maya’s calendar without believing it in its entirety and believing that time is cyclical. Another reason to seriously question the credibility of the

prediction is the fact that the Mayas wrote everything down in a lost language with hard-tointerpret glyphs that scholars struggled to translate. Even then, Mitchell explained “you also have to trust that we have correctly identified where the [beginning] is in the Long Count that we’re in right now.” People have had to sift through historical events from an ancient society written in a dead language and match when the Maya’s Year One to our modern calendar. Not only are there gaps from lost records, but our best guess is also really just that: a guess. Even though most scholars agree that the end of the Long Count calendar lines up with 2012, there is still a huge amount of uncertainty. Doomsday is predicted startlingly frequently, like the Rapture in May 2012 and Y2K in 2000, with a new prediction

popping up every couple of years. Mitchell does not believe that the world will end on the 21st, or on any foreseeable date in the future. “To me, when people start putting energy into trying to figure out when the end of the world is going to be, what it means is that it’s sort of a symptom of a certain kind of anxiety, a certain kind of existentialism, that’s probably related to our fear of mortality… It’s about a desire to have more knowledge about our world and our existence.” She thinks that it is exhausting and futile to try to work out when the world will end, and that the more important thing is how we live now. “You need to not put off living your life the way you think you should live it” until threatened by the possibility of an apocalypse. “The only time you ever have is now.”

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The post-apocalyptic novel’s recent rise in popularity andrea grabau Staff Reporter

Post-apocalyptic literature is gaining speed as a popular genre for a broad range of ages. Many books explore the idea of a dystopia after the present society has crumbled and a new totalitarian government has

been instilled. Although there are differences in the stories, they all have a common theme of struggling against the strict constraints the government has built. Examples of these books include the popular “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins, the “Divergent” series (to be concluded in 2013) by

Veronica Roth, the “Matched” series by Ally Condie, and the “Uglies” series by Scott Westerfeld. Interestingly, in all of these novels, the main character is a young female faced with a series of events that force her to question the society in which she was raised and rebel against the stifling

authorities. The books embrace the idea that free will is a basic human desire and is an inevitable reason to confront an oppressive power. Even in cases where life is seemingly ideal, as in “Matched” and “Uglies,” the main characters find themselves rejecting an

effortless life in favor of having choices. This theme seems to resonate with people of all ages, as the genre is popular even with adults. The “Hunger Games” books, “Matched” trilogy and the “Divergent” novels have even spent a fair amount of time on the New York Times Best Sellers list.


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Winter deniers:

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A strange, yet honorable breed Tory Martinez

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Merry Grinchmas! The Center for Children’s Literature adds some Seuss-inspired Christmas spirit to the Hedberg Library.

because you have to pay child support. Men don’t have a ticking biological clock, and like Shh hh! a lot of people they want to enjoy single life for as long as they can. Marriage is also a lot of pressure. Our society is obsessed with the idea. n f or m lu o c t TV shows like “Say Yes to re n Th e C u r g “ h ush h ush” the Dress” are enormously in e ve r y t h popular and there are countless programs that showcase big, elaborate and expensive weddings. Go on Pinterest and I can Emily Ramirez guarantee you that 90 percent of Managing Editor the girls who are not yet married have a “Future” pinboard with Alyssa scott ideas for their dream wedding. Copy Editor By far one of the most disturbIf you have not heard about ing things the author says is that the story “The war on men” by the reason why men don’t want Suzanne Venker published by to get married is because, “WomFox News you should go look it en aren’t women anymore.” News to me! I’m pretty sure I’m up; if you have, then hang onto your hats because to say it goes a woman but I won’t pull a “She’s against everything we have ever the Man” move and flash you. written about before is an under- Just because our DNA makes us more caring and nurturing does statement. This article perpetuates the not mean that we cannot be selfstereotype of feminism that we sufficient or that we need a man tried to diffuse in our first col- any less. Why can’t men still proumn this semester. Feminism vide for us while we also provide is not evil, it is not a cult and it for them by going out and makcertainly is not to blame for an ing money by following our pasincreasingly smaller number of sions? Isn’t one of life’s great lessons men wanting to get married. Can’t there be other reasons? that relationships are give and Our divorce rate in the United take? That doesn’t change as States is incredibly high and women become more promialso expensive. If you have kids nent members of society and the then it is even more expensive workforce.

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Throughout the piece, Venker brings up some interesting points that could’ve evolved into compelling arguments. She says that relationships between the genders are changing ever since the sexual revolution when gender roles became less clear-cut. But instead of saying how new gender roles have affected society, she goes into a chauvinist argument about how feminism taught women to desire the roles that men enjoy rather than being satisfied with what they have. Another point where Venker could’ve provided some insight is when she says that the reason relationships are failing is because women have begun to view men negatively and to believe that men are evil. I do think that this has increasingly become an issue in society, but it isn’t the only reason relationships are failing. The focus of Venker’s opinion piece is a refreshing one. That relationships are failing because of women is something that I think people are afraid to say in the current political climate. However, the approach to the issue is narrow-minded and outdated. Women should not have to “surrender to their nature – to their femininity – and let men surrender to theirs” as Venker says. Rather, men and women should not surrender, but fight for the choice to decide for themselves what their natures truly are.

We see them all over campus this time of year. The hatless, thin jacket-wearing, shorts supporters, all ready to deny that winter is indeed upon us. To the masses, it seems strange that anyone would choose to face the vicious Lake Michigan wind in nothing more than a hoodie and jeans, but maybe there is some crazy logic hidden up their short sleeves. As a winter-denier myself, my reasons are many, and I hope I can provide insight into this baffling idea of ignoring the cold in favor of lighter clothing. First, I have a bizarre idea that if I don’t acknowledge winter, it won’t actually show up. Bundling up shows winter we’re afraid and subservient to his wrath, whereas camouflaging yourself in thin, effective layers confuses him into thinking he’s won and thus will back off. Adding to my denial is the fact that our campus is not that big, and I view my morning jaunt to class as an invigorating wake up to start my day, rather than a freezing excursion into the

tundra. After this cold burst of activity, I can always return to my room and wrap up in a giant fluffy blanket, or go to one of the three coffee places on campus and get a toasty cup of happiness. Also, I want to give fall its due. With Christmas coming earlier and earlier (I noticed some displays set up before Halloween…ridiculous.) I feel like fall gets neglected every year. Fall technically lasts until Dec. 21, and once the leaves drop, everyone just gives up and breaks out the reindeer sweaters and the idiot mittens. If it’s not snowing, I’m not wearing my parka. I don’t like the puffy marshmallow feeling of sweaters, coats and scarves all worn together. Quite frankly, it makes me feel like Randy from “A Christmas Story,” and it’s not really the look I’m going for. So, to my fellow winterdeniers: you are not alone. Wear your hoodie and light fleece proudly, and for those brave warriors who can handle the shorts, more power to you. And remember, never EVER admit you are cold. We are not cold. We are wind warriors.

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Cost of the war on Gaza: The end of a war but not the end of occupation

Manar mohammad Staff Reporter I remember in December of 2008 when I’d come home from another boring and tiring day sitting in my eighth grade classroom when I found my parents sitting in front of the television. I remember hearing the frantic voice of the reporter as he reported about the rockets that had been attacking the Gaza Strip all day, the sound of ambulances, crying children and men yelling in Arabic in the background. Palestine had been under occupation since long before I was born, and there was always some kind of turmoil, but in the five years I’d lived in Palestine, I’d only witnessed one full-fledged war, and that was the Gaza War of 2008-2009. For 22 days, Palestinians living in the occupied territories of the West Bank along with the rest of the world watched on as innocent civilians were murdered in massacres that just kept increasing the number of dead. We Palestinians became known as numbers

instead of as actual human beings as the numbers rose from the hundreds and made it to 1,000. Every morning when we woke up, we crossed our fingers, hoped and prayed that we’d find out a cease-fire was declared. Instead, we’d end up watching repeated attacks from the night before and put our heads in our hands in frustration as the numbers continued to skyrocket and more images of men yelling in Arabic, “My family is gone!” and women crying over the dead bodies of their small children with bullet holes in their chests or heads. As a 13year- old, the only thing I could do was wonder why this was happening. What had those children done to deserve that? What had any of them done to deserve that? On Dec. 14, 2012, those feelings of fear, frustration and confusion returned when conflict between Gaza and Israel resumed. This time around though, I understood the situation a lot better. I knew that both sides were attacking each other. I knew that Hamas was firing rockets from Gaza and Israel was firing back. I also understand that Hamas started this

conflict. But I’ll tell you one thing, there is talk going around about which side is guilty and which side is defending itself. Yes, many Hamas fighters were targeted and killed because Israel said it wanted to protect itself from the “terrorists.” But can a person be a terrorist if they are defending their country from those who are oppressing them in their own homeland? And how about the hundred-plus civilians that were killed? Were they terrorists? Did they have weapons? It is true that Israeli civilians were also killed as well. However, the numbers on each side are not proportional! And I am not just saying this as a Palestinian. I am saying this as a human being who does not understand the violence in the world we live in. Unfortunately, this conflict is slowly beginning to feel more and more like it is led by two governments rather than by civilians. On both sides, innocent people are being killed. Those who sit in their houses and wait for the next rocket to fall and land in their living room live a kind of horror that none of us can imagine. The fight-

ing on both sides must end, there is no doubt about that. However, for people who have been kicked out of their own homes and towns, trapped, imprisoned and occupied for the past 64 years, to stop fighting before they get freedom is hard to expect from them. During the eight-day conflict, over 170 Palestinians were killed and over 900 were injured, while five Israelis were killed and about 240 were injured. The numbers just don’t add up. This was not a war. This was a massacre committed by an occupier on ths occupied. The most disturbing part of this whole situation was that just like in 2008, the rest of the world stood still and watched as the destruction and murder took place. Did anyone think about the countless number of orphans that would be left after this war? How about the medical supplies and hospitals? How long until they’d finally run out of room to treat all the wounded? Halfway through the war they had already run out of space to bury the dead and had to put more than one person in each grave! It took all of those people on both sides of the conflict to

be hurt and killed for someone to finally step in and try to put a cease-fire in place. As a Palestinian living on the other side of the world while this chaos took place, there was nothing for me to do. Once again, I’d become helpless. There is so much to this war than just numbers and questions about what is humane or inhumane. What the world needs to realize is that the cease-fire has not solved the problem; it has only put it on hold for now, just like it did in the last war, and the one before that. Once again, both sides are left to let time pass and wait for the next thing to happen, whether it is another war or maybe eventually successful negotiations about how to resolve the issue of the occupation. Whether they be Palestinians or Israelis, too many people have died in the last 64 years. Too many lives have been lost, futures have been tarnished and dreams have been crushed. The war in Gaza may be over right now, but the war between the occupied and their occupier is not. At least not yet.

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Should students continue to struggle getting out of bed at 8 a.m or should they appreciate the convenience of starting the day early?

8 a.m class is not worth it Tory Martinez Staff Reporter

Most everyone knows the feeling of rolling out of a warm bed on a snowy day to go sit in a freezing classroom when it’s still mostly dark out. While this sequence of events may sound appetizing to some, for the vast majority, 8 a.m. classes are not a good idea. The brain needs time to wake up, and with the tendency students have to skip breakfast, this wake up time is further stalled, leaving the student foggy and unable to learn at the highest potential. Moreover, the expectation that students will go to bed at an acceptable hour, especially when there are papers to write and readings to do, is ridiculous. If a body wakes up at around 8 a.m., the brain will not be at its full functionality until around 10 a.m. This waking up process is sped up by the consumption of breakfast, which signals your body that

it is indeed time to wake up. Since most students want to sleep as long as possible, it is rare to find a student with an 8 a.m. class who wakes up with enough time to eat something before shuffling off to class. Expecting students to fight this mental fog and retain information is unfair, and it is no wonder that attendance in 8 a.m. classes is notoriously lower than other class times (except for perhaps the 3:454:50 block on Fridays). The body’s circadian rhythm, when properly attended to, is one of the body’s most efficient cycles. This 24-hour cycle tells us when to wake up, go to sleep and when to be productive. However, this pattern is a delicate balance, and it only takes one 8 a.m. to ruin it and potentially cause more damage down the road. The circadian rhythm really only works if a person goes to sleep and wakes up at the same time every day. With the large amounts of papers to write and tests to study for, the idea that students will go to bed and wake up at the same time is ridiculous. Moreover, most students prefer to sleep in on the weekends, which further damages the body’s normal cycles.

Some would be quick to argue that there are only so many hours in a day, and the 8 a.m block is necessary to fit in all the classes Carthage offers per semester. However, it does no one good to have these crack of dawn classes if the level of learning is not what it should be because students are sitting in the classroom comatose, or even not sitting in the classroom because the allure of the warm bed was just too much.

Rise and shine - 8 a.m is calling Nico Krueger Staff Reporter

Although much to some kids’ dismay, the 8 a.m. class block is necessary. Especially in Wisconsin, we only have a certain amount of daylight with which to work. Does it take the brain a few hours to wake up? Sure, but the brain also functions more effectively with exposure to the sun and that good old vitamin D.

We’re not Alaska, but at some point we have to ask ourselves how many kids we want going to and from class in the dark. The moon isn’t always going to be as bright as it was this past week, and darkness can be scientifically, not just metaphorically, depressing. Another reason for this bane to the existence of students is that it prepares us for the “real world.” Working the standard nine-to-five job does entail getting up before nine o’clock. Bonus points are in order if you have to commute. It does not make sense that throughout the education system we would have children and teenagers get up early in the morning, only to be followed by a reprieve as young adults. Preparing students for going out and starting jobs and careers and maintaining a sleep schedule throughout puberty and young adulthood is important at the biological level. Relating to career transitions, the morning block gives students a chance to have a nightlife, and almost as important, the opportunity to work jobs and internships in the afternoon. Carthage itself has three Monday-Wednesday-Friday and two TuesdayThursday blocks that are done

before 12:15 p.m. With five blocks done before or around noon, there is ample freedom to take classes and balance an afternoon-night job without being a night owl. President Gregory Woodward has discussed the future of Carthage several times, one of which was his state of the address. Of course, class schedules is an issue he has addressed, with the possibility of a summer term. With three term options available, there is the possibility for students to consistently hold jobs or internships. If we are to truly prepare for the real world, we need to foster an environment where jobs are available. If on-campus jobs were more readily available, or internships better coordinated, I’d be more forgiving about getting rid of a time block. There has to be a place to make up that time; this is the easy part. Making up for not having a job is arguable at best. There are ways to be smart about having to take an 8 a.m. Time and sleep management are ways to offer some relief for the shock of 8 a.m. classes. But for those who have issues managing time and sleep, there is always Starbuck’s.


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News in Brief BROOKE SCHLEEHAUF Web Editor

MICHELLE BALCERZAK Staff Reporter

A new wave of fighting has begun in the region of the world often plagued by war. The Gaza Strip lies along the Mediterranean coast between Israel and Egypt. The population of 1.6 million people is predominantly composed of Palestinian refugees who have been living there for decades. On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel launched an air campaign against targets associated with Hamas, the Palestinian party that has ruled Gaza since 2007. In this airstrike, a car carrying the commander of the Hamas military wing, Ahmed al-Jabari, was killed along with other targets. This is an immense loss for the Hamas, so their response was fueled by rage and a desire for revenge. The Hamas groups are answering the military attack by firing more than 300 rockets into Israel over 24 hours, many penetrating Tel Aviv, the heart of Israel’s population. This attack was the first major conflict between the two countries since December 2008. Professor Daniel Schowalter, of Religion and Classics and an archeologist who has done several digs in Israel says, “I think the most important thing about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza is that there is real disagreement in both countries about the policies of their government. Of course, the Palestinians are already divided between the government in the West Bank

that recognizes and tries to negotiate with Israel and Hamas in Gaza that refuses to recognize the existence of Israel.” While the Israelis and Palestinians are at war, relations between Hamas and the U.S. are not necessarily civil. The United States policy forbids direct contact with Hamas, so any organizations in Gaza providing aid are not allowed to communicate or interact with the Hamas government. Schowalter comments that, “The U.S. officially tries to be supportive of both sides, but this becomes more and more difficult. We have relations with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, but not with Hamas in Gaza as they are considered to be a terrorist organization. The U.S. supplies a large percentage of Israel’s military hardware.” Additionally, the religious views of the two countries are constantly in question. Both countries refuse to accept the other, leading to constant disagreements and issues with the cease-fires and non-violent policies. Schowalter explains, “The religious connections to the conflict are both real and illusory. The Palestinians are predominantly Muslim with a minority of Christians, whereas the majority of Israelis are Jews with a minority of Muslim Israelis. Religious extremists on both sides of the conflict contribute to the rhetoric and violence of what is mainly a geopolitical conflict. There are some groups on both sides that try to build bridges and work

for peace, but interestingly, these groups are usually not religiously based.” Furthering the constant struggle of daily life in this part of the world are the demands and requirements put forth by the Israeli government. “Life for people in both countries is dominated by military realities. Israelis in general enjoy a much higher quality of life than Palestinians in the territories, but there are constant reminders of the potential for violence. There are bomb shelters everywhere; in fact our workroom during the archaeological excavation is housed in a bomb shelter. All Israelis (men and women) are required to serve in the army before college, and continue to be on reserve duty well into adulthood. This means that defense of the country is seen to be everyone’s responsibility,” explains Scholwalter. A United Nations report released in August 2012 concluded that, “Gaza may not be ‘a livable place’ by 2020 unless intensive efforts are made to improve infrastructure and services in fields like energy, health, water and sanitation. And the economy of Gaza will be ‘fundamentally unviable’ in the longer term. If the current circumstances continue.” In regards to the statement made by the report, Scholwalter sadly replies, “I wish I could be more hopeful, but the situation continues to look like a tragic and expensive stalemate.”

World Cuba cuts phone rates on United States calls Cuba announced on Friday, Nov. 30, that the country will be eliminating surcharges on phone calls to and from the U.S. Currently, calls between the two countries cost as much as $3 per minute. Cuba blames the high cost on the U.S.’s economic embargo. The Cuban government hopes to improve communication with Cuban-Americans. North Korea plans rocket launch North Korea stated on Saturday, Dec. 1, that the country will launch its second rocket this year between Dec. 10 and Dec. 22. The rocket will carry a polarorbiting Earth observation satellite and is reportedly for peaceful purposes. This will be the second rocket launched under the leadership of Kim Jong Un after an aborted launch attempt in April. Monty Python stars in court over “Spamalot” profits Monty Python comedy troupe members Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Jones observed the opening arguments of Mark Forstater’s, producer of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” London lawsuit concerning his share of profits from the “Holy Grail” legacy after the opening of the Broadway musical “Spamalot” in 2005. A 1974 agreement stated that Forstater is entitled to one-seventh of profits from anything “Holy Grail” related. However,

since 2005 his share has been reduced to one-fourteenth. U.S. Watergate files released The National Archives released once-secret documents concerning the Watergate scandal on Friday, Nov. 30. Over 850 pages have been unsealed. The documents do not discern any significant revelations on the case, but provide historical context, particularly about the involvement of John J. Sirica in the scandal. Sirica was the U.S. District Court Judge in charge of the case. Record Powerball jackpot won The Hill family of Dearborn, Mo., was recognized by the state’s lottery officials on Thursday, Nov. 29, as winners of half of the record-breaking $587.5 million Powerball lottery. Mark and Cindy Hill won on one of five quick-pick tickets the couple purchased and have opted to take their winnings in one lump sum rather than annual payments. The second winning ticket remains unclaimed in Ariz. After taxes, each ticket will be awarded $136.5 million. Romney supporter removes face tattoo Eric Hartsburg of Ind. elected to have his tattoo of Mitt Romney’s campaign logo on the side of his face removed after Romney’s recent remarks blaming Barack Obama for buying votes to win the Nov. 6 election. Hartsburg will be casing in tattoo removal chain Dr. TATTOFF’s offer to remove the tattoo for free, an offer which he initially rejected after the election.

Saddlin’ up: Texans call for secession LAUREL MCKENZIE

history, secession crises riddle the early 1800s. According to Eric Pullin, Assistant Professor The word “secession” typically of History and Asian Studies, “No evokes thoughts of Civil War one has talked about secession battlefields and the Gettysburg with any seriousness since the Address. In the wake of the recent Civil War.” presidential election, however, Regardless of history or facts, it has become an idea coming secession has gained popularity back from the past. All 50 states and attention throughout the of the Union have submitted country. Avid Texan Nationalists petitions to secede on the White have picked up leaders who House’s online petition system. support their views, and these Most of these are the product leaders aren’t afraid to speak of conservative fringe groups, their opinions. First and foremost but some southern states have is Larry Scott Kilgore, a 2014 garnered significant support, candidate for the Texas governor, though Texas is the only state so who has pledged to legally change far to receive enough signatures his name to Larry “Secede” to warrant an official response Kilgore. His campaign is summed from President Barack Obama. up in two blunt statements: Secession has been a fetid “Secession! All other issues can subplot of American history since be dealt with later.” the Constitution was ratified in Grassroots movements 1789. Despite the most glaring have sprung up to support his example, the creation of the campaign; some have started Confederate States of America in selling bumper stickers to the 1860s, which led to one of the secession sympathizers. The bloodiest wars#5in irony Current Close-Up (Lastour Issue)country’s Answer: Screws on Bridge that they’re using the Staff Reporter

United States Postal Service to receive and ship the orders seems to have escaped them. Other facets of secession appear paradoxical as well, such as a lovely little piece of American history. Texas and Hawaii are the only two states to have ever been sovereign nations prior to statehood. The “Aloha” State’s contentment with the Union aside, many Texans have been loathe to forget their predecessors’ 15 seconds of sovereignty, and typically they have clung desperately to secession and the idea of Texas nationalism. What the state fails to remember is the reason it was ever its own country to begin with. And to that end, a brief history lesson is in order... In the 1830s, eager to escape Mexican rule and eventually be annexed by the United States, the territory of Texas declared independence and fought to create its own Republic. Even before it hadCURRENT officially PHOTOseparated KARIN CHIN

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from Mexico, Texas had shown interest in joining the Union. It took eight years for the United States to agree to admit the state. It should come as an enormous surprise, then, considering the struggle Texas went through to join the Union, that the state would ever want to split off again. To Pullin, the entire movement is irrelevant. “In theory, a state has no reason to secede from the Union. The entire reason for the Constitution was to create an effective sovereign and unified national government; secession should have been solved with the Constitution.” Even practically, in a step-bystep manner, Texas appears to be whipped. “If every person in the state voted for secession, it would still be illegal... and there is no way that 49 states will tolerate the secession of Texas.” In summary, according to Pullin: “This is a fight Texas isn’t going to win.”

In truth, it seems the push for sovereignty could just be the voices of a very loud minority. The petition, though signed by tens of thousands of people, still only represents a fraction of the state’s enormous population, which is ranked second in the U.S. Additional petitions have been filed requesting that if, by some impossible chance Texas is granted separation, the state’s most liberal city, Austin, remains part of the Union. Pullin went on to comment, “I think that a large part of the motivation for this is antiObama sentiment. I just spent Thanksgiving with my best friend from Texas, and he thinks it’s laughable. He didn’t vote for the president, but he said, ‘That’s not a reason to break all of his toys, so that the other kids can’t play.’” Fortunately, the South won’t be rising any time soon – everyone’s too busy going to see that hot new movie, “Lincoln.”


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Moving on: Tim Rucks becomes a part of the Athletics Administration Nico krueger Staff Reporter

As most of you probably saw in an e-mail two weeks ago, after 18 seasons as Head Football Coach Tim Rucks will be joining the Carthage Athletics Administration Team as Assistant Director. With nine winning seasons in the last 10 years, and the first championship in 39 years, it’s not far-fetched to say that Rucks had a hand in making the program competitive. When asked to comment on the team, Rucks said that, “I feel that I left it in much better shape than when I found it.” No stranger to Carthage football, he spent four years on the team under Head Coach Art Keller before being named first-team All-CCIW offensive tackle as a senior in 1982. He also had a one-year stint with the New York Jets. A google search can dig up the fact that Rucks isn’t just a pretty face however, graduating with a double major in English and Political Science. Although never straying too far from the CCIW area, he started as a member of the NCAA Division III Football Championship Committee in 1993 before returning to Carthage. Coaching was not something new to him before Carthage either. After spending two years as assistant head coach at Niles North High School in Chicago, Rucks worked in the same vein at North Park University in 1989.

He was quickly promoted to head coach for the 1990 season. Four years later he received his Master’s in College Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. Considering that he’s certainly no stranger to athletics, and has spent decades in the realm of coaching, whether as an assistant or head coach, one has to wonder what he’ll miss about his position: “It will be extremely hard for me as I will miss the competitive aspect of running a football program and the personal relationships I have enjoyed with my players,” Rucks said. When asked about some of his most accomplished moments, Rucks had this to say: “Most gratifying is that I have had the good fortune of impacting a lot of lives and so many players have benefited from going to Carthage and being a part of the football program, many of whom have turned out to be friends.” Although leaving behind coaching, Rucks will be assuming a slew of other responsibilities. “I am looking forward to impacting Carthage and its athletes in a different way, and I really look forward to the challenges of learning a new role.” Some of these new roles include taking on fundraising and relations with alumni, but he will still be involved with students through recruitment, student eligibility and advising. Congratulations go out to him as he starts this new journey.

Tim Rucks steps down as Red Men Head Football Coach.

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Spring Preview: Teams look to assert dominance this upcoming season Tyler strohl

Women’s Softball – The Lady Reds will continue rolling off of last year’s 37-10 record and second-place CCIW finish. The team just completed a successful fall ball season and is expecting big things. The star of the team will come in Krystina Leazar, ’13, the Carthage leader in wins (58) and second in shutouts (13). Leazar is coming off of an incredible 28-win season and a unanimous all-conference placement. Head Coach Amy Gillmore is confident in Leazar and the rest of the team saying, “We are looking forward to our season. Our hitting was much improved last year and we have some really good returning hitters.  Defensively, we will be solid.  We start off with a tough indoor tournament in Michigan at the end of February, and we will

With winter break just around the corner, the Red Men and Lady Reds will start to prepare for the spring season. Last spring brought success for many Carthage teams and looking ahead, coaches and athletes alike think this year could provide similar results in both individual and team sports. Men’s Track and Field – The Red Men are looking to build on last year’s 16th place finish at the Division III National Championships. The team is led by returning National Champion, Trevor James, ’14, in the high jump and Derrik Guyette, ’15, looks to build on his 18th place in shot put at Nationals. Head Coach Brett Witt

spring. Kendra Koeppen, ’13, looks like one of the top contenders in the CCIW for both the hammer throw and discus. Patti Staufenberg, ’14, comes off her National-qualifying 400-meter dash time and leads the Lady Red sprint team. Head Coach Stephanie Domin summed up this year’s expectations, saying, “We have a talented group returning as well as a talented freshmen class with some depth. We are always looking to compete.” Men’s Lacrosse – The Red Men are entering their fifth year as an official team here at Carthage and Head Coach David Neff is very optimistic with this year’s team. “At a very high level we are going to be extremely young and compared to the first four years of the program will be very bal-

that the team will rely heavily on this year’s seniors, Morgan Weinstock, ’13, Olivia Nino, ’13, and Natalie Ceis, ’13, as they are all four-year starters. “This is their opportunity to make all their hard work in the past three years pay off.” Hume went on to give her expectations, “2013 is the first year our conference, MWLC (Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference) gives out an AQ (automatic qualifying bid).   If we finish first in conference (finished second the last two years) then we will head to the National Tournament.” Men’s Volleyball – The Red Men will face steep competition this year after finishing an unbelievable national championship run that culminated in a title game appearance and the National Player of the Year, Randy Han-

ciation Division III Tournament. Head Coach Andy Bax lost his best player in Mari Paraskevopoulos, ’12, but saw many ladies step up at the end of last year that will lead the team this year. Scoring will predominantly come in the duo of Megan Gillis, ’15, and Jackie Knightly, ’15, but lone senior Agnes Wojtas, ’13 will look to lead the strong junior class and the rest of the Lady Reds to a winning season and a strong conference finish. The women will look for your support this season as they begin matches right after JTerm. Men’s Baseball – The Red Men team looks to build upon a 2017 season that left them with a bitter seventh-place conference finish. The team will be playing on the brand new Augie Schmidt

has a very positive outlook for the team, saying, “Our goal every year is to finish no worse than third in conference and we want to send as many people as possible to Nationals.” Eric Schmidt, ’13, has the chance to end his senior year with a top 10 finish at Nationals in both the 35 lb weight and hammer throw. Carthage will host the CCIW Indoor Conference Championship in February, where runner, Cale Brown, ’14, and Aryan Avant, ’14, have the opportunity to lead a very successful 4x400 relay team. Women’s Track and Field – The Lady Reds are coming off of a third place finish in conference last year and have several key returners. Runners Katie Kummerer, ’14, and Karin Wirth, ’13, look to build on successful cross -country seasons and lead the distance and relay events throughout the

anced in the depth across our roster.” Neff is also glad to have many returners on the field this year. Alek Szmajda, ‘13, Mike Upshaw, ‘13, and Mason Poage, ‘13, will lead the midfield, while Hunter Douglas, ’13, will handle the face-offs for the Red Men. All-conference honorable mention attack Danny Morse, ’14, will provide ample scoring and goalie James Fleming, ’15, looks to head up a strong defense. Coach Neff feels that with this combination and a strong freshman class, “The conference should be extremely competitive this year and we feel we have as strong of a chance as some of the other favorites.” Women’s Lacrosse – Head Coach Lauren Hume feels the Lady Reds will be in a bit of a growing year, especially defensively after losing four starters from last year. Hume also feels

sen, ’12. Coach L.J. Marx says this year will be an “interesting” one. “We graduated five seniors, four of which were starters along with the National Player of the Year. That translates into lots of new faces and lots of opportunities for the younger guys to step up into a larger role on the court.” The new leaders of the offense are AllAmerican and leader in Carthage career assist, Connor Wexter, ’14, and Pat Barry, ‘14. Outside hitters Jim Schultz, ’14, and Jon Storm, ’15, join Barry and Wexter as the core of a young and talented group of Red Men. Marx went on to say, “The team fully expects to be in the hunt at the end of the season for a return trip to the NCAA tournament.” Women’s Water Polo – The Lady Reds are coming off a season that saw them place sixth at the Collegiate Water Polo Asso-

current Photos Alexander Harris field, named after Head Coach of build from there.” Men’s Tennis – Led by senior 26 years and 8 conference titles, Augie Schmidt IV, and his father Jeff Lotz Jr., ’13, the Red Men will Augie Schmidt III, coach of 18 look to follow up a successful fall years and five conference titles. set of matches with a strong perThe field features added bleach- formance this spring. Lotz made ers, new outfield grass, a syn- it to the quarterfinals of the Divithetic turf infield, as well as new sion III Doubles Finals last year dugouts, a press box and a con- and also made it to the quarterficession/ticket stand. All of these nals of the ITA Midwest Regional new facilities will provide the Red Singles tournament this fall. A Men with all they need to make a strong team joins Lotz, includdeep postseason run and secure a ing freshman Alex Boomgarden, trip to the Division III Champion- ’16 and senior Brian Howes, ’13. ship. Kyle Pusateri, ‘13, and Drew Head Coach Brady Lindsley will Bailey, ‘15, will lead the team. Pu- assist the team with their goal of sateri and Bailey will start at third winning conference after a third base and short stop respectively place finish at the conference and will be joined by pitchers championships last year. Lotz Jr. Alex Newberry, ’13, and Jeremy is almost guaranteed a spot at the Salzman, ’14. A deep bench and Division III championships this consistent bullpen should insure spring and the Red Men will look a successful season and possible to send more players deep into postseason for the Red Men come championship contention and national attention. spring.

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