December 12, 2012
Volume 134 | Issue 11
Be sure to check out The Currentâ€™s redesign in the next issue, on stands Feb. 13. Questions, comments or suggestions? Provide feedback on your likes and dislikes of The Current thus far by emailing Kendra Koeppen at kkoeppen@ carthage.edu.
Bugged Out page 2
Step on Aids page 2
The Naked Truth page 3
Bugging out with Carthage entomology: Returning class tackles unusual subject
Andrea Grabau Staff Reporter
Entomology, or the study of bugs (mainly insects), is not your average science class. Unlike most usual lab courses, entomology does not involve the usual working with test tubes and chemicals; it instead includes going on mini field trips to collect insect samples. Carthage has not offered an entomology class since 2008. Scott Hegrenes, Director of the Discovery Program, resurrected the course that Walter Suter, former Emeritus of Biology, used to teach. In addition to learning about classifications and information about the subclasses within the Arthropoda phylum, students have to collect bugs on their own, pin them and allow them to dry in realistic positions before labeling them. Hegrenes supplied the students of the class with nets, kill jars and tools to mount and display their buggy conquests, but was surprised with how well the student collections turned out. He was impressed with some of the things the students were able to find.
Hegrenes went on to say, “The students collected pretty cool things…one student had a cecropia moth...one student collected a grasshopper…in the process of reproduction, so there’s a female with a male mounted on top of her, and their abdomens are connected. They’re pinned like that, which is really neat. I’ve never seen anything like that before.” Once students got over any squeamishness they had, most of the students appreciated the opportunity to gain knowledge they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. Morgan Nichols, ’14, explained that she took the class to learn more about the model organisms often used in genetics studies. The fact that it was an upperlevel biology class didn’t hurt either. “I wanted to take something different than…a typical lab science.” Although Nichols expected an atypical experience, she said, “It was more interesting than I thought it was going to be… [with] a lot more bug catching.” Tom Heffernan, ’13, added, “I didn’t really realize we were
going to have [individual] bug collections, and that was really cool. Kind of the highlight of the class, I think,” The students ventured to local areas in groups outside of class time to collect their bugs. The class was still challenging, with difficult lab practicals, but also had enjoyable and rewarding textbook units like medical entomology that kept students interested. Hegrenes hoped that, after taking the class, students will “have realized the important role that insects play in our life, [and] the vast diversity of insects…and that from that, they’ve gotten a greater appreciation for things like evolution.” Hegrenes thought that the class went relatively smoothly, but with the weather turning cold rather abruptly and some equipment not working properly, there is room for improvement in the future. Although neither Nichols nor Heffernan plan on continuing their careers as entomologists, Nichols advised, “If you have…even the smallest interest in insects, it’s a really good class to take.”
CURRENT PHOTO Megan Harrison Stephen Ledo, ‘14, poses with his bug collection during Professor Hegrenes’ entomology class.
Bound by blood:
Carthage ONE campaign educates about AIDS and HIV Tory martinez Staff Reporter
Any given day can be deemed a national awareness day, but Dec. 1 was a particularly special day of commemoration. Established in 1987, World AIDS Day marks an annual opportunity for the global community to come together to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. For one group at Carthage College, this awareness is all part of a larger plan. Trevor Wiles, ’14, the campus leader for the ONE campaign, works directly with the national ONE
organization to plan events to better raise awareness of issues such as global poverty and disease. ONE planned different activities for each day of the week. “ONE at Carthage is doing everything it can to make a difference. We have generated roughly 200 letters so far, roughly 300 petition signatures, several dozen calls and many other actions have been taken as well. We have also brought a number of experts to campus to educate students. It’s great to see so many students involved and becoming educated; we hope to create the generation that solves
these issues,” explained Wiles, when asked about the level of involvement and dedication in the group. The awareness week kicked off with painting the rock red for World AIDS Day. On Monday, ONE hosted a letter writing and call party, where people could write letters to politicians Tammy Baldwin, Paul Ryan, and Ron Johnson to ask them to preserve the Foreign Affairs Account given the looming fiscal cliff. On Tuesday, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) intern Meghan Callaghan, ’13, prevention
specialist Tim Elli, and Professor Marla Polley, who teaches “Understanding AIDS” at Carthage, led a panel discussion of how far AIDS research has come and where it needs to go next. For Thursday, ONE brought ARCW Case Specialist Caroline Akweyo from Uganda to discuss the situation on the ground regarding treatment and prevention. Wiles addressed changing World AIDS Day into a week long event saying: “A week made sense because it allowed for enough times and days to hopefully reach as many people
as possible. A week also allowed us to bring many more resources to campus. So much more can be done with a whole week to play with.” To complement ONE’s campus events, they also had the Café featured red desserts every day to raise delicious awareness about the issue. ONE plans on doing several other events throughout the year to continue their raising of awareness of serious issues. Next time you see a person in a ONE shirt on campus, make sure you ask them what’s going on. Chances are, they’ll know and be very excited to tell you.
Festival of lights:
Carthage opens arms to Hanukkah Laurel mckenzie Staff Reporter
Although Carthage is a Lutheran-affiliated institution, the college values diversity. As a gesture of community and openness, Pastor Ross Larson, the Dean of Siebert Chapel, has proposed the lighting of a hanukkiah in the lobby of the chapel to commemorate the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. The hanukkiah, a ninebranched candelabrum used specifically for Hanukkah, is lit each day of the festival. A common misconception is that the candelabrum is a menorah, but in reality, menorahs, used for services year round, have seven branches while the hanukkiah has nine. Although only two candles burn the first evening, one that represents the day and one that is used to light the others, each night adds one more until all nine are lit. While the ceremony is going on, often some blessings giving thanks to God are said, though beyond these blessings Hanukkah is not a religious holiday. As Larson noted, “Hanukkah isn’t actually a religious service. It’s a recollection and mediation on a legend, of how God provided for
his people. That’s a message all religions celebrate.” In order to understand whether Jewish students would support the proposition, Larson sent out an email asking for opinions on interest and concerns. “We had a lot of email responses. A very small minority, only two people, have expressed opposition to the idea. Both Christians and Jews seem to feel it’s appropriate.” This will be the first time Carthage has ever officially celebrated Hanukkah on campus. Although some criticism has surfaced that the Festival of Lights is meant to be a strictly private affair, many students have been at odds with how to celebrate it otherwise, as burning any candles in dorms is prohibited. Despite the unprecedented and technically unorthodox idea to light the hanukkiah in a public venue, supportive volunteers have offered their services for the ceremony. Students and staff members alike will help in providing the hanukkiah, supervising the lighting and reciting some traditional prayers. Amanda Reilly, ’16, is in favor of the hanukkiah in the chapel. Having grown up in the more orthodox Jewish community, she recognizes that lighting the
candelabra in a public setting is usually frowned upon. She went on to say, “However, I’m so appreciative of Larson for going so out of his way to put this together... It makes me feel more like a part of the Carthage community,” Another Jewish student, Cody Tracey, ’15, agreed. “We can’t really light candles in our rooms. We kind of have to make some minor changes so everyone can celebrate it. I think it’s a good idea to include everyone.” Thanks to the support expressed by the students and faculty, the hanukkiah has been lit throughout the course of Hanukkah, which started at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. As well as helping students feel more at home at Carthage, the celebration has given hope that this feeling of openness will continue to grow. Reilly went on to say, “I can see this leading to celebrating the bigger holidays like Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur or Simchat Torah. I appreciate everything this campus is doing to make other religions feel more at home, and I can see this helping the campus as a whole come together.” Although not an official movement, the enthusiasm to increase religious diversity
CURRENT PHOTO Emily milas Siebert Chapel held a hanukkiah in the lobby to celebrate Hanukkah in honor of the population of Jewish students on campus. and awareness continues to gain momentum. Students as well as faculty members are invited to share their opinions and experiences
with each other, which fulfills Carthage’s goal to provide a well-rounded education and explore everything, not just one specific faith.
The naked truth:
Drawing the line between pornography and obscenity Lindsay muenchow Staff Reporter
In a packed Niemann Theater on Tuesday, Dec. 4, Donald Downs, Professor of Political Science, Law and Journalism at University of Wisconsin-Madison, took on the rather heavy topic of obscenity and pornography. This discussion was the fourth and final lecture in the series of Constitution Day events throughout the semester. The major question presented was where the line should be drawn in the pornography industry and whether or not it should be deemed unconstitutional. Professor Downs first made the clear distinction between pornography and obscenity; defining pornography as any sexually orientated material that appeals to a desire, while classifying obscenity as pornography outside the norm (hardcore porn) and more of a legal concept. He went into great detail about our first amendments rights, concluding that our country has moved in a more liberal direction towards pornography. Downs reiterated the fact that “the history of
censorship follows the history of technology” and that pornography is dependent on mass production, movies and most recently, the internet. Andrew Rosenberg, ’14, who attended the lecture, “does not believe pornography is unconstitutional be-
cause he feels the government should stay out of our lives as much as possible. If anything it should be a state issue, but even then it is our right to do as we please.” Pornography and obscenitya topic that is usually avoided in the classroom and work-
place, suddenly sparked major controversy and interest when Professor Downs incorporated the history and the government’s role. He brought up notorious court cases like Roth v. U.S., Stanley v. Georgia, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire and Miller v. California,
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addressing each case’s significant contribution to the evolution of the pornography business. Stanley v. Georgia dealt with the privacy issues of porn, while Chaplinsky was more aware of the social consensus of morality. Aside from the historical aspects, Professor Downs outlined each individual perspective on the issue of pornography from a conservative, liberal and egalitarian-feminist views. The liberal view was one of open-mindedness, while the conservative perspective believes that pornography undermines family values and promotes unhealthy sexuality. Although at times it seemed Professor Downs was leaning towards the more liberal perspective throughout the lecture, he did not specifically identify his concrete stance. The discussion took a more neutral position mainly focusing on the different constitutional issues involved with pornography and obscenity. Although Professor Downs was informative in the historical and constitutional aspects, at the end of the lecture, most people were still left wondering where we truly stand in regard to pornography and obscenity.
Behind the blogs The Current website features six weekly blogs written by Carthage students.
Page 4 Jason Olson, ’14, aims to give readers tips on how to succeed in college without really trying. With a solid GPA and witnesses to vouch for his lack of trying, Olson truly is an expert in his field. “I’m a nerd of many varieties,” says Olson, a movie buff who is also a Political Science major with a minor in Theatre.
Chelsea Burns, ’13, is a Biology major whose interest in fitness was harbored from birth. With three Fit Body competitions under her belt and parents who own a successful fitness center, Burns has an extensive background in dieting and exercise.
Kaylee Gleason, ’14, is a lover of French, fashion, coffee and horror movies. She will be studying abroad for four and a half months in Grenoble, France during the spring semester. Though she admits to following a lot of blogs about politics and fashion, this will be her first time blogging.
Simone Dietzler, ’13, started blogging her freshman year of college so that friends and family could keep up with her while she was away. As an Asian Studies major and Chinese minor, her summer was spent in China. In her blog, Dietzler discusses what she considers things that everyone has to deal with in their lives, covering a variety of topics including procrastination, goal-setting, gaming and more.
Michael Snydel, ’13, is a selfproclaimed “armchair critic.” With a Communication and English double major and a large repertoire of pop culture knowledge, Snydel looks at television, film and music through a critical lens. “For the most part, I blog about my favorite things to do,” says Snydel.
Carly Wolfram, ’16, was voted best dressed in high school. A Psychology major with a Spanish minor, Wolfram has always been fascinated with fashion. And with two successful fashion blogs to her name, Wolfram has a vast amount of experience with both fashion and blogging. She wants to help other college students learn to love saving money while shopping, just as she does.
current Photos Karen Chin
Jump-start to finals week Late Night Breakfast makes a comeback
Current photo Nick Cottrell
Students pose with BeNita during the late night breakfast hosted in the cafeteria before finals week.
Alyssa scott Copy Editor
An old tradition began anew this year. The Late Night Breakfast that happened on Sunday Dec. 9, has been a Carthage tradition for many years, but over time got to be too expensive. This year President Gregory Woodward decided it should make a comeback, and the President’s Office was a cosponsor of the event. According to Paul Hegland, Special Assistant to the President, “President Woodward wanted to do something fun and informal for students to continue to build an already strong community.” The event took place in the Dining Commons and included a full complimentary breakfast, much like one you could have on any morning but this time with a twist. Faculty and staff
served students instead of the usual Sodexo employees. The President’s Office organized the faculty and staff needed to work the event. Within hours of being asked to RSVP, there were already more than a handful of people who had committed to serve the students. Adjunct Professor of Psychology Heidi Oniszczuk was one, and she said, “I love my students and am very proud of them. An opportunity to serve students, until midnight before finals week, is a great way to honor them in all their accomplishments.” As a previous Carthage student who experienced the Late Night Breakfast, Associate Athletic Director Gary Williams was an advocate for the event. “It was a great opportunity for me as a student and I am extremely excited to see it return,” he
said. “Students are our greatest resource on this campus, and having an opportunity like this to literally and figuratively ‘serve’ them, is very important to me and a task that I take very seriously.” This year the event operated on a ticket system, which was organized by Jason Ramirez, Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students, and the Dean of Students Office. Ramirez said the ticket system was not a measure to try to limit the number of people who came, but to control traffic and how many people were there at one time. The Dining Commons only holds 400 people and there are 1800 students living on campus. Ramirez loved the idea of the Late Night Breakfast and said, “I’m really excited that President Woodward is creating more events for students to just be together and I hope this is a
really big event.” In addition to all of the free food, Carthage Activities Board (CAB) decided to use their resources and contribute to this event by organizing two massage chairs accompanied by masseuses from the local business Body Wise and a limited number of coffee mugs handed out to the eager early-comers. While there will be no Kringle Buffet this year, Director of Student Activities and CAB Advisor Becky Windberg said the Late Night Breakfast “took the Kringle Buffet idea and kicked it up a notch.” Hopefully this Carthage tradition will grow in strength and popularity as the years go on. As Hegland said, “The idea is just to have fun and say good luck on finals and thanks for being here to the students.”
How can students not have fun as their professors serve them a delicious breakfast? Anne Cassidy, Director of the Global Heritage Program and Associate Professor of Art said of her decision to participate, “To be safe, students should probably wear rain coats if I am serving them because in my waitress days, food had an unfortunate habit of sliding off of plates and onto the customers. Nevertheless, I want to do it because all year I’m making tough demands of students, judging their work, calling them to account and asking them for more. I like the idea of turning the tables on the usual power relations.” Students not only left the event as clean as they came, but also happy, full and ready to take on finals.
Operation revolution: changes to be seen in the library Brent caputo
affect both wired and wireless connections on-campus. Most Staff Reporter of the groundwork to deploy There are a few changes that NAC campus-wide has already will soon be implemented been laid, and it has been to the everyday technology partially deployed in a few students use on campus buildings around campus. McGrath mentions, “The including more effective ways to print, and more importantly, big change to wireless is going how we connect to the to be the renaming of the internet. Carthage Network SSIDs (the wireless network Administrators such as Max names). Currently, Carthage McGrath, Assistant Network uses ‘gonefishing’ in academic Administrator and Systems buildings and ‘wifi-resnet’ Specialist, are preparing in the residence halls. With to roll out Network Access NAC, the long-term plan is to Control (NAC) campus-wide. retire those two SSIDs, and NAC is used to give network replace them with ‘Carthageaccess to those who need it Open’ and ‘Carthage-Secure.’ and block network access for Carthage-Open’ is an unsecure those who don’t. It is a system network, which anyone can to make networks much more connect to (guests can even secure and safe. When it is request 24 hours of network 100 percent it will access); ‘Carthage-Open’ is Current Close-Up deployed, #5 (Last Issue) Answer: Screws on Bridge
fully encrypted using 802.1X and EAP, and only members of the Carthage community can connect to this network. These new SSIDs have already been released in Hedberg Library, Clausen Center, Straz, the Student Union and the dining commons in TWC. The plan is to keep ‘gonefishing’ around until after graduation, but to remove ‘wifi-resnet’ during winter break, before students return for J-Term.” The new system works based on a registration status; your machine is either registered or unregistered. Remember, some devices have both a wired and a wireless connection- if you plan on connecting via both interfaces, the interfaces have to be registered inPhoto the Karin system. Current Chin
If you connect to “CarthageOpen” with an unregistered device, the first thing you will see in a web browser is a captive portal. Here you can read the acceptable use policy, except the usage agreement and either sign in with your network credentials (which will get your device registered for 120 days) or sign up as a guest (which will get you 24 hours of limited network access). For those 120 days, you will have network access and will not have to go through the captive portal. If you connect to “CarthageSecure,” you will be prompted by your operating system to authenticate with your network credentials. If you successfully authenticate to this network, you will have
direct access to the network without going through a captive portal. This option also gives you 120 days of registration. “Students will be glad to hear that with the discontinuation of wifiresnet, we are also planning on retiring Netreg. The new system should be quicker and easier for students to register their devices,” McGrath adds. It is going to be a major undertaking to get the entire campus covered by NAC (both wired and wireless). The plan is to have the new system fully in place before students return for J-Term, which is going to mean a lot of work will take place in the weeks between finals and J-Term.
Work of the elves
Lindsay muenchow Staff Reporter
City attractions for the holiday season michelle balcerzak Staff Reporter
Looking for fun things to do in the city with your friends? Milwaukee and Chicago are both offering great entertainment for all age groups.
Milwaukee Jingle Bus tours For $1, you can take a 40-minute narrated tour of downtown landmarks and light displays on the G4S Jingle Bus, which leaves from the Plankinton Arcade of The Shops of Grand Avenue on Wisconsin Avenue between 6 and 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays from mid-November through December.
Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier Winter WonderFest is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Special holiday hours include Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Winter WonderFest will be closed on Christmas Day. Enjoy 170,000 square feet of winter wonderland playground with indoor ice skating, inflatable slides, rides and so much more! Nov. 30 – Jan. 6
Located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, the Millennium Park Ice Rink draws more than 100,000 skaters annually. The rink is open to the public every day of the week and skating is free. Skate rentals are available.Nov. 17 – Jan. 8
Museum of Science & Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. The museum halls will be decked with holiday singers and dancers that will fuel the festivities. The sparkle of dozens of decorated trees will greet you at this year’s Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. The museum’s grand tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, while more than 50 trees beautifully decorated by members of Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent global cultures adorn the museum’s main level. Stroll through the trees, enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and savor the performances of various dance and choral groups on the Holiday Stage. Nov. 25 -Dec. 20
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Champagne Dinner Cruise - Odyssey Experience the spectacular Chicago skyline while taking pleasure in the ultimate cruising indulgence, the Odyssey. Enjoy a plated dinner menu, live entertainment and private seating. On this special cruise complimentary champagne will be served throughout the boarding hour. Nov. 1 - Dec. 31
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
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toy resembling an owl or hamster that is programmed to learn English. It was very popular, selling over 40 million Furbies, until about 2007 when it became rare. Hasbro now decided to redesign the Furby in 2012 for the holiday season. They originally retailed for about $35 in 1998, and will now be sold for about $60. Toys are, and always will be, a memorable part of every person’s childhood. Our parents and grandparents want to share a part of their childhood with us through toys. Winter Wonderland at the John Hancock Building in downtown Chicago is making that possible. This year, until Christmas, the John Hancock is showcasing toys throughout the years, advertising toys now and toys from our parents’ time. No matter how old we are, toys will always be an important part of our lives.
Millennium Park Ice Skating Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, Chicago
This gabled Flemish Renaissance Revival was built in 1892, during a time known in Milwaukee as “The Pabst Decade.” Grand Avenue Christmas tours are held daily for $9 and $5 for children ages 6-17. With an $11 pass, people can visit the Pabst Mansion as well as the Charles Allis Art Museum and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts museum, also decorated for the holidays.
It’s free in Red Arrow Park, across from the Marcus Center, if you bring your own skates. Skate rental is $3.75. The warming house has a gas fireplace and a Starbuck’s.
At 6 a.m. each Christmas morning, children across the world anxiously jump out of bed to see what old St. Nick left waiting for them under the tree. From G.I Joe and Cabbage Patch Kids, to i-Pads and laptops, the work of Christmas elves has continually evolved. Over the decades, toys have gotten more high-tech and seemingly innovative. But hightech and innovative comes with a larger price tag as well. For example, Barbie dolls in the 1970s cost about $2, whereas Barbie’s now cost between $20 and $30. These high prices are blatantly apparent throughout the entire market because kids nowadays have become more technologically advanced in order to accommodate to the evolving market. Times have changed. Now every little boy or girl wants an
i-Pad, a laptop, a camera or a phone. Toys were simpler when our parents were young. There were Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars for boys and Barbies and Cabbage Patch dolls for girls. That simplicity allowed for a more imaginative child. But now toys are so complex that kids are stripped of their imaginations. When we were young we had to have an imagination to enjoy our playtime. Now, kids are spending more time learning how to use the toy rather than playing with them; when children finally learn how to use the toy a newer, more complex model comes out, making their old toy obsolete. Although some toys in previous years have advanced, other toys have stuck with their originality. For example, a toy that was popular when we were young has become popular again. In the 1990s we were first introduced to the Furby, an electronic, robotic
New show in town: The Neil-Futurists megan woodrow Staff Reporter
A new group is starting to build buzz around Carthage’s campus and they go by the quirky name, The Neil-Futurists. They are a group that puts on shows and are led by none other than Courtney Matula, ’14. Since Matula is a double major in Theatre Performance and Communication, it’s no wonder why she has put together a performance group. But who/what are the Neil-Futurists? “The Neil-Futurists write, direct, perform and produce their own original two-minute plays,” Matula explained. “We work together as an ensemble to take these two-minute plays and refine them into a show where we perform (usually) 30 of them in 60 minutes. The show order is completely chosen at random by the audience’s demands - so we never know what will happen next! Sometimes, we don’t even finish them all, and that’s what makes it so exciting.” Matula’s inspiration for creating
leading to silly situations the group came such as from a J-term having to race course focusing while acting on the original like Neo-Futurist inchworms. theater group with Matula Neil Scharnick, explained the Assistant involved but Professor of entertaining Theatre. Matula audition went on to say, “In process J-Term of 2011, a saying, “When class was offered someone that focused on CURRENT PHOTO brent caputo auditions the study of the art for the Neilof Neo-Futurism, Neil-Futurists Andrew Stachurski, ’14, Ben McGuiggan, ’13, a theatre group Gino Gumino, ’15, Elodie Senetra, ’12, and Laurel McKenzie, Futurists, they to based out of ’16, rehearse for their show titled “Double-O Dingo”. audition become a part Chicago. Through of our ensemble. The audition the direction of Professor named after our humble leader, itself is a lot of fun - it’s an ‘open Scharnick, we traversed through Professor Scharnick. I became mic’ style audition, where the the hilarious, honest, heart- the leader of this group by general public is asked to come breaking, thrilling and engaging heading the operation to become and support in an effort to have process that is Neo-Futurism. ‘official’ - it just sort of happened the setting be very similar to one We, the members of the class, that way.” of our shows. The people who According to Matula, the became extremely close after the want to audition are asked to project and were so energized group performed multiple shows write and perform their own twoby the wonderful experience last year and plans to perform minute show in the style of Neothat we decided to go forth with even more this year. The shows Futurism. When they arrive, they the formation of a Neo-Futurist usually don’t follow a theme, but are chosen at random to perform. club. We formulated a plan they originate out of direction It’s a great process with a brilliant and created the Neil-Futurists, and ideas from the audience
amount of energy - it’s always fun to see what people come up with and are willing to share with us. It’s quite beautiful. And we always encourage non-theatre folks to come and audition! We are real people playing ourselves, no acting involved.” Even though being the leader has its excitement, Matula also explained it has its own difficulties. Time management and organization are two issues but somehow Matula gets the job done and it is all worth it in the end. The Neil-Futurists are far from the end for Matula’s performing career, it’s just a stepping-stone. As Matula plans to continue her passion in theatre after graduating. “I believe theatre to be a powerful vehicle for bringing joy to others and I always want to surround myself with that energy. Making people happy is something I cherish immensely,” Matula explained. Be sure to catch all the other shows that will happen in the following semester. They will make you laugh, laugh and laugh some more.
Leaving the gallery:
New art shows highlight different gallery spaces michael snydel Copy Editor
It’s finals time here at Carthage and assuming you haven’t already transformed your dorm into a study command center, you’re either living in Hedberg Library or Campbell Student Union. Did you know that besides offering precious highspeed internet and caffeinated goodies, these places have now also become destinations for art galleries? Two Carthage students, Marlee Myers, ‘13, and Ericka McCammon, ’13, have altered the library and Student Union respectively into their own special gallery space. At the bottom of the stairs in the library, Myers’ final show, “Facing Myself” currently adorns the wall. Part of an exploration into how far faces can be abstracted and still be recognized, Myers has created a series of pieces that ask fundamental questions about form, color and understanding of the human being’s figure. Myers began originally attempting to document the people in her life who have impacted her art. Her first piece featured in the show, is a color collage chopping up Carthage student Morgan Gianola, ’14. This spurred her first questions into her understanding of the face. When referring to the vague identification of Gianola, Myers said, “If you don’t know who it is, then you don’t know in the picture. If you know him, you can tell it’s him in the picture even as it’s abstracted.” This first accidental experiment served as the inspiration for the rest of the show including its influence
in the series of three pieces, “Inspected Into Image” which interpolate Myers’ face in three ways including a splintered view of her mouth that at first glance appears to be a gnarled tree. Billed as an art show for nonart majors, Myers described it saying: “I want people to see the questions I’m trying to provoke. Art is not only for art students. Everyone sees the piece when walking through the stacks, and people get interested when the piece isn’t where you expect.” Myers’ show surely has one piece that will immediately cause people to stop and ask questions. At first glance, a series of 30 or so upright colored wood blocks are positioned against the stair; the main centerpiece is at first a head scratcher but with a little visual manipulation and isometric perspective, its stretched pixelated image comes alive. McCammon isn’t exploring the same type of abstraction of form within her gallery, but she is exploring the sensation of recognition with her combination of nature imagery and electronic dance music (EDM) culture. Described as complementary chaos, the intersection between the artificial and the electric, the show is intended to equate the modern concert experience with the primacy of nature, particularly the late 60s-70s Woodstock culture. McCammon explained, “I am using nature to represent the Woodstock generation and the way they expressed ideals of peace, love and unity. They were very in touch with nature.
You have a lot of those same ideals in today’s electronic music scene, but they express them differently so I wanted to put them together.” McCammon drew from her own experiences with the EDM culture in attempting to communicate the visual and sensory experience of electronic music concerts. With starbursts of color and muted shadows outlining the pictures, McCammon wanted to echo the experience of being at the shows. McCammon explained the sensation saying, “The colors mirror the experience of being at the concert and how the lights are always moving and flashing. You turn your head away for a second and it’s completely different. Some places are lit up; some places are dark. My gallery is me trying to show you [the audience] the transformation
that was happening in my head…I’ve felt at another level at those shows. It’s just the atmosphere when you have thousands of people who are all hearing the same music.” McCammon’s pictures originate from both her experiences at the Global Dance Festival in Colorado this past summer as well as nature photography she has compiled over the last few years. Calling Colorado home, McCammon has been a large part of the EDM scene for the past few years. McCammon described her inspiration saying: “I just wanted to do something very different and unique to me. I think many kids in the Art Department just want to do something that’s really them.” McCammon’s gallery was facilitated by the work of the newly created Carthage Student
Students gather to view the art created by fellow students displayed in the Student Union Art Gallery.
Art Board. Composed of faculty including Kimberly Greene, Chair of the Art Department, Diane Levesque, Director of the H.F. Johnson Art Gallery, Julio Rivera, Provost of the College, and alongside four student members, Jessica Rinka, ‘14, Katy Denton, ’14, Emmy Brown, ’15, and Meghan Johns, ’14, the Carthage Student Art Board promotes campus student art. The board brings attention to new gallery spaces including a particular emphasis on the Student Union Center. More activities are on the way with a planned grand show opening this spring displaying student art. Between the gallery work of Myers, McCammon and the recent efforts of the Carthage Student Art Board, the Carthage Art Department has plenty to be proud of.
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UN recognition is not enough Manar Mohammad Staff Reporter
Before 1947, Palestinian men and women woke up every morning to go through the daily routines of their lives. The businessmen headed to their offices, the farmers walked to their patch of land and the women cleaned the home, baked bread, bathed the children and helped their husbands tend the land. They did this all because the land was theirs. Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in peace in this land they called Palestine. Everything changed in 1947 when a resolution was passed by the United Nations partitioning Palestine, which was then a British mandate. This plan had split the territory, which was 65 percent Arab and 35 percent Jewish, and made 56 percent of it Jewish and 43 percent Arab. The wars of 1948 and 1967 then reduced the size even more when thousands of families left their homes during a war that killed many and left others homeless. Each family held onto the key to their house, hoping that they’d return one day soon. Only they never did. Now it is 2012, and Palestinian refugees are scattered all over the Middle East and other parts of the world. However, most of them lived in the refugee camps in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, otherwise known as the Occupied Palestinian Territories. On Nov. 29, this status changed when the United Nations passed the vote by 138 to nine (with 41 abstentions) and declared Palestine a non-member observer state. Even though this change in status does not cause great changes to Palestinians themselves, it is still a cause for celebration because the world has finally spoken for them. Israel was one of the nations who opposed the decision, warning that Palestine becoming a state would hinder peace negotiations between the two. But looking back at past attempts of peace negotiations show just how unsuccessful they’ve already been. How could the statehood of Palestine possibly make it worse if the attempts at peace were unsuccessful to begin with? This decision was a huge step for Palestinians. Not because there were any obvious changes in their lives as a result of this decision, but because it was a huge leap from where they were before. Where they were once occupied territories, they are now considered an actual state. As a Palestinian, this decision made me want to stand up and celebrate with my family as I spoke to my relatives overseas,
who were more optimistic than I had ever heard them before. Everyone kept repeating the same thing: we’re getting closer and closer to freedom. Yet still, despite all of this newfound optimism, I don’t feel completely enthused; I’m not alone in my political skepticism. This idea of Palestine becoming a “non-member observer state” makes me think that Palestine is not a state. It’s not even half of a state because the population does not get many rights. For example, representatives are allowed to be a part of general debates and discussions in the UN, but face restrictions such as the inability to vote. This is what disappoints me. Palestinians have worked so hard for years to even be considered by other countries, but then once they are, they do not receive all the rights they need. Another reason why this decision disappoints me is because even though Palestine has finally been recognized, it seems as though some people are forgetting that the occupation still exists. When Palestinians woke up the day after the vote, they still saw the Israeli settlements on the mountains near their towns. The country’s economy was still plummeting because of the restrictions on importations and exportations imposed by the Israeli occupation. Palestinians still had to cross through checkpoints in the West Bank. They had to look at the 26-foot concrete barrier that separates them from Israel and wonder: if that land is yours and this land is now mine, why must there be this barrier to separate us? Giving Palestine statehood seems like putting a Band-Aid on a wound that is bleeding out and needs stiches. The occupation needs a bigger solution, something bigger than a seat in the UN assembly. Palestinians still can’t declare their own borders because they’re occupied, which is why peace negotiations aren’t over. Many countries have spoken about how this decision could hinder a two-state solution from happening. Wouldn’t there need to be two states, not a state and the territories it occupies, to make peace possible? Palestinians were hopeful. They hoped that this decision would help bring a solution to the idea of obtaining the lands occupied in the war of 1967 and being able to return home. While this decision is a huge step forward, it seems as though other countries don’t want Palestine to ask for those lands anymore because they’ve now been officially granted their own land. While the decision is a reason to celebrate, it is also a reason to wonder.
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Brain overload Tory Martinez Staff Reporter
Finals week is a special time on campus. The library is full, the internet is slow and tensions run high as students scramble to get everything done and get ready to go home. Much of this stress can be attributed to Carthage’s insistence at holding classes right up until finals week start. This means that on top of studying and completing final papers and projects, students must also stay on top of daily class work and readings. Suddenly, time becomes a commodity as the readings for tomorrow’s class are pushed ahead of the paper due next week—leading to stressed and anxious students and shoddy work turned in. Virtually every other college similar to Carthage in size does not hold class the week before finals. Rather, they have a “Reading Day,” which is the last day of classes and is used for review and final questions. The week before finals is spent studying and completing big
papers. These schools also spread their finals out instead of shoving them all into three days. Carthage prides itself on academic excellence, and part of that is putting emphasis on writing and critical thinking. Employers love Carthage students because we get stuff done, and it can be argued that our finals schedule teaches us time management and good writing skills. However, staying up until the wee hours in the morning doing homework and then studying is not conducive to a healthy, sane student body. Without this crucial sleep and with the weather becoming increasingly unpredictable, most students end finals week with some form of a virus. Being this sick and this anxious is no way to take a test, and yet come Wednesday, students will be shuffling off to sit for two hours and trying to remember things from the beginning of September. Our finals schedule needs to change. Extending class until the two days before finals is sabotage, as keeping up with class work on top of studying, projects, papers and, just for fun,
squeezing in time for friends, before being separated for upwards of two months is asking too much of our already busy student body. These classes take up time students could be preparing for their finals, and since all they turn out to be is listless discussion and a week of presentations and review, they don’t serve enough of a purpose to merit being held. At this time of year, all students want to do is wrap up their classes, get A’s and go home. Trying to teach new information to a student with this mentality is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree—impossible. This schedule is also a detriment to professors doing grading, as they must grade daily work along with grading larger papers and finals. If a professor’s class has the last final on Friday, they must rush to get the grades out by the next week. This can cause errors and delays in grading, preventing the professors from thoroughly enjoying their break. Doing well in school is important, but in order to do that, students must have the time necessary to succeed. On behalf of the student body, I beg the administration: give us a break.
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as a new disease known as Onanism, for which medicines were created in an attempt to satiate sex drive. n f or m u l o c Religion also re n t Th e C u r g “ h ush h ush” comes into play in here. Orthodox Jue ve r y t h daism prohibits masturbation while some religions simply discourage excessive sexual stimulation, Emily Ramirez Managing Editor which could apply to masturbation as well. Alyssa Scott Whatever the reason, masCopy Editor turbation remains a topic that is kept under wraps, esThere are a lot of myths pecially in regards to women. surrounding masturbation. While it’s still a little weird for We’ve all heard that hair will men to share their personal grow on our palms if we mas- experiences, it’s accepted turbate, we’ll go blind if we that men masturbate. In fact, masturbate or even that mas- now that we’ve moved out of turbating too much decreases the 18th century, it’s practisperm count (although there cally common knowledge that may be some truth to this masturbation is healthy for one, gentlemen!). But one of men because it allows sperm the most popular myths con- to compete with each other tinues to be that women don’t and aid in reproduction. On the other hand, it is masturbate. It’s not clear why masturba- not socially acceptable for tion is still considered a bad women to please themselves. thing in our society, but may- Chances are, if you ask a be it has something to do with woman if she masturbates, history. In the 18th century, the answer will be a resoundmasturbation was thought of ing no. Surprisingly, women
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Jack and Jill tend to open up more about their sexuality to men. Women might not feel as judged telling men they have masturbated because they can assume that those men have masturbated before. Despite the taboo of female masturbation, there are many proven benefits to this practice. It has even been mentioned on the Oprah Winfrey show before, referred to with the more politically correct term of “self-cultivation.” According to Certified Nurse Midwife Carrie Levine, “Research actually reports that women who masturbate are more likely to have fulfilling sex lives, better health, better marriages and an overall increase in self-confidence.” Some of the other health benefits include prevention of cervical infections, relief of urinary tract infections, improvement of cardiovascular health and lower risk of Type-2 Diabetes, relief of insomnia and increase of pelvic floor strength. If it is so good for you, then why does the stigma remain? The simplest answer is that masturbating is
still categorized with things like pornography and sex toys that many people look down upon. Since many women use vibrators to masturbate they are especially stigmatized. So do all women masturbate? Different studies show different results. One shows that 60 percent of women
admit to masturbating. Yet the fact that this number is self-reported doesn’t hold high hopes for accuracy. Another from the Gossard Big M Study shows that 92 percent of women masturbate, compared to 95 percent of men. Hopefully the stigma will soon be lifted.
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Point/Counter-Point Does consent need to be expolited through clothing or Ask my clothes first
should we leave it to old fashioned discussion?
Tory Martinez Staff Reporter
Recently, a feminist group hacked sexy superstore Victoria’s Secret and “launched” a fictional new underwear line for their teen brand PINK. Called “PINK‘s Consent,” this satirical line is based around using playful, flirty ways to start the conversation about sex and consent. In today’s highly sexualized society, it is easy for girls to internalize the message that sex is necessary in order to fit in and be liked, thus leading to girls being pressured into sex before they’re ready. This project, while theoretical, has the potential to change that. It challenges the idea that if a girl says no, she must be a prude and no fun. By putting things like “Ask me first” and “Talk to me” and “Consent is sexy” on lacey underwear instead of things like “Unwrap me” and “Ho Ho Ho” and “Life of the party,” this feminist group is challenging the idea that consent is implied.
Making consent attractive encourages girls to start these dialogues and to start feeling comfortable enough with their bodies to say no if they don’t want to have sex. Another goal of this fauxcampaign was to dispel the body issues girls face living in a society where “sexy” is defined as size zero. The fake ads created for this line used models of all shapes, sizes and colors instead of the typical tiny blonde. Some of the underwear created for the line also have positive messages to further this bodily love. Things like “respect” and “I love my body” will go far in encouraging girls that confidence is ultimately sexier than any lingerie. While this line is meant to be an attack on Victoria’s Secret, it challenges them to examine the values they are selling to the nation. These panties may be fictional, but the idea behind them is fantastic, and PINK should definitely consider actually creating them. Victoria’s Secret is a multibillion dollar industry that profits from telling women they need to be wrapped in silk and lace to be beautiful, and that everything needs to be pushed up and tucked in before beauty can be attained. If PINK
were to embrace this prank and produce the line, it would generate fantastic amounts of positive press and revenue. Teaching girls to love themselves, and making consent attractive is the first step in assuring that women can ensure that sex is always their choice, and that no one can steal that choice from them. Consent is a conversation, and if it takes a bit of lace and some flirty words to start this dialogue, so be it.
Since when do my pants talk? Nico Krueger Staff Reporter
As much as I respect the right to fashion, what is the point of consent clothing? The clothing line mentioned was made in jest, granted, but it brings up a common theme in extreme feminism. How much do we need to advertise consent? Feminist rallies sometimes have women in scandalous outfits with signs like “Is it okay to rape me now?” or “My
mom’s a slut.” Why do we need to make consent a fashion statement? These hackers went through all the trouble to hack a website and launch a fake clothing line. Wouldn’t that time have been better spent exposing pedophiles or advertising the crimes against women around the world? I mean, it’s not like we can leave those tasks for “To Catch a Predator” or “Anonymous.” My issue with modern feminism is that some of the most vocal figures are in the habit of demonizing men, and several of the panty slogans (“No means no,” “Ask first,” “Respect”) reflect this. Men are not sharks taking stock of and circling their prey, and women certainly don’t need to be the meal of the day, whose only defense is some glorified lingerie. Women have a voice, and to put a mouthpiece on clothes is satire at best, man-shaming at its worst. Women and their partners should be the ones to start the conversation, not the clothes on their bodies. Anything less just puts more pressure on material goods defining who we are, right down to our support for equal rights. If a man is stupid
enough or thinks he has the right to a woman, clothes are not going to stop him. Putting money in PINK’s or Victoria’s Secret’s pockets will have even less of an impact. Several of these slogans (such as “Talk to me” and “I love my body”) touch on a different vein of feminism. The more time that feminism is spent making one gender the enemy, the surer the movement is to fail. Promoting the younger generation’s body image and the concept that sex can be intimate are two ways to go about this movement without making it exclusive to one gender. There is a fine line between promoting intimacy and bringing up things like respect and consent, but a line that has to be drawn. Respect and consent are implied in the same way that chivalry is not dead. There are social customs, traditions and the like in which men and women can show each other that we are equal but different. In an age where we are more sexually aware, we do not need to give up asking the same questions that couples ask. Having clothes ask the question does not make it any less heavy. “Are you sure?” is as necessary now as it ever has been.
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All it takes is a little push ALYSSA SCOTT Copy Editor
Last year, the United States was faced with whether or not to allow the ceiling of the federal debt to be raised. A deal was struck and a bipartisan committee was created to come up with a way to cut government spending. If an agreement is not reached, automatic cuts will be made to over 1,000 government programs at the same time that many tax breaks expire. This conundrum the government and the people face has been deemed the fiscal cliff. This problem has a lot of people talking. Many are outraged by potential cuts to government programs, and especially the cuts that our defense budget would face. Sometimes President Barack Obama and Democrats in general get a lot of the anger, but it is misdirected. As Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Roberg said, “This is on everybody. This isn’t on
Obama. Everybody agreed.” Economics major Sebastian Jacinto, ’15, said he is interested in this issue because of its importance. His prediction is that Congress will pass a last minute deal that prevents the fiscal cliff from actually happening. “Just like the origins of this fiscal cliff, its outcome will resemble some form of sloppy politics. It was bad politics to start with, and I’m highly skeptical that any deal reached will be for the better of the economy, rather it will be the byproduct of a polarized political system,” he said. If the Budget Control Act of 2011 is allowed to go into effect, these automatic cuts to defense, domestic aid and even foreign aid will be made. Possible repercussions of allowing these cuts will be increased unemployment, continued stagnation of economic growth and another economic recession. Jacinto agrees with this analysis as well, “There will be repercussions to be dealt
with in the economy. It will be a further blow to consumer confidence as well as increased political agitation from the people.” We can also expect to see Obama’s tax plan enacted. Roberg agrees and said, “Over and over in speeches and in the debates we heard the President say he was going to raise taxes on the wealthiest two percent.” Indeed, while he was campaigning, Obama promised not to increase taxes at all for the 98 percent of people who make under $250,000 per year while also raising taxes for the remaining wealthiest two percent of the population. This seems to be the most promising possibility. Enacting this tax plan would bring us back to the tax levels under President Bill Clinton when our economy was booming and billions of jobs were being created. So a ray of hope still shines for our future economic situation.
World Middleton hospital pranked, nurse found dead King Edward VII hospital, where Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was recently treated for acute morning sickness, was called as a prank by two Australian radio disc jockeys on Dec. 4. The DJs called pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles checking on Middleton’s health. Jacintha Saldanha, the hospital receptionist who answered the prank call was convinced to comment on Middleton’s health, a major breach of patient confidentiality. Three days later, she was found dead near the hospital grounds. Scotland Yard officials have not stated a cause of death, though The Daily Mail reports of it being a suicide. Mustache raises recordbreaking sum for Movember Reed Ludwig of Saskatchewan, Canada, raised $96,321 for the Movember campaign, a worldwide initiative through the month of November in which men grow mustaches to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. Ludwig was chosen as the representative of MEG Energy in the beginning of the month and initially hoped to raise $50,000. Canada overall
raised more than $38 million for the campaign, trouncing other participating countries.
U.S. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage cases Supreme Court justices announced on Dec. 7 that they will take up two cases concerning same-sex marriage in March. The first will review a federal appeals court ruling stating that the state of California could not take away the same-sex marriage right granted by the state’s Supreme Court. The Court will also decide on a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies legally married same-sex couples various federal benefits. Disney movies to stream on Netflix Netflix announced on Dec. 4 that a licensing agreement has been struck with Disney allowing for the streaming of its movies on the website. The deal will go into effect in 2016, after current rightsholder Starz’s contract expires. It covers movies from Disney’s live action and animation studios including Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Netflix will have exclusive streaming rights to new movies, direct-to-video movies and classic films .
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Lady Reds off to hot start tyler strohl Staff Reporter
The Carthage women’s basketball team started off great this season. With five wins and just one loss, the Lady Reds look poised and determined for another successful season. The girls have won by an average of 27 points per game, including a 22-point win over then 26thranked University of Chicago at home on Nov. 25. In just their second home game of the season on Dec. 5, the Lady Reds dominated Trine University, winning by 50 points (84-34).The game seemed close midway through the first half with Trine leading 12-9, however Carthage exploded to take a 3220 lead into the half. The run did not stop there as the Lady Reds outscored the Trine Thunder 52-14 in the second half. The girls were led by Kasey Kleiner, ’15, off the bench with a gamehigh 15 points and five threepointers. Kristi Schmidt, ’14, helped with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while forward Cailee Corcoran, ’13, dominated the post with 10 points and a gamehigh 11 boards.
Head Coach Tim Bernero spoke of Corcoran and the team with great respect and honor. “Every season is rewarding in terms of working with the girls to put together the best possible team we can.” When asked about the leader this year, Corcoran was his unanimous choice. “As a senior, Corcoran has been our leader on the court by how she competes and the results she gets. She has been the one that has had the most success over her career and she is expected to continue that this year.” While Corcoran certainly has been dominating, both Bernero and Corcoran were adamant in the team method. “We have many players that have an important role to play in our success, not just Corcoran. The strength of our teams in the past has been the depth of contributions that come from all our players.” Corcoran went on to add, “I have had successes in my career, but none could be attainable without my teammates and coaches.” The team is currently ranked 22nd in NCAA Division III Coaches Poll, and they only expect to get better. Bernero says the team’s only
loss was against St. Norbert on Nov. 17, and was a learning experience. “We struggled with our offensive flow early on and it resulted in our only loss this season. You very rarely get to come back with the exact same team year to year due to graduation, so you are always having to develop players and put them in new roles somewhere in your lineup.” Within the last four games, it is clear the team has taken that statement to heart winning by large margins with a rapid scoring offense. The team will finish up their home stand and look to a tournament in Texas over break. Coach Bernero commented, “We are both confident and optimistic that we will have a very strong rest of the season. “We are looking forward to the challenges ahead of us and are preparing to take them on.” Corcoran gave a similar answer: “I am thankful for the friends and memories I have made while here on and off the basketball court. We have made a name for ourselves from previous seasons, and our goal is to clinch a conference title to advance to the NCAA tournament.”
Cailee Corcoran, ’13, drives to the basket during the game against Loras College. The Lady Reds lost 48 to 60. Corcoran had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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Field of dreams tyler strohl Staff Reporter
Carthage is putting the finishing touches on its latest capital improvement project on the west side of campus behind the Johnson Arts Center. The project referred to is the near-complete revamp of the baseball field. The stateof-the-art complex will be known as Augie Schmidt Field after both current head coach Augie Schmidt IV and his father Augie Schmidt III. The Carthage baseball program has been led by one of the two for the last 50 years including 12 conference titles and seven trips to the NCAA Division III championships. The alumni and community in support of the new complex saw no better fit when it came to naming rights. They also spared no expense when deciding to spruce up the old field. Almost everything is different. In fact only the lights and current stands remain from the old field. Perhaps even more amazing is the fact that this may be the quickest Carthage construction project yet, as construction only began in mid-May. The college set aside an astounding $2.4 million for improvements including new and expanded dugouts, a press box and added stadium seating. The old grass was completely torn out and the dirt was removed. What is now in its place is fresh new outfield natural grass and the infield is artificial turf, similar to that on the football field. Yes, the traditional dirt infield is gone – no more dirt stains on those baseball pants that come after a close play. But artificial turf is perhaps the greatest improvement to the field. The turf allows the ball to roll smoothly and uniformly, which will account for fewer errors. Additionally, the turf allows for quick drainage and turnaround after rainy days. Pitcher Mitch Lochen, ’13, thinks the turf infield will be great, saying, “We played a game at Wheaton College last season and they have an all turf infield and outfield. We played our best game of the season on that field so I think were going to make a smooth transition from dirt to turf. No matter the conditions, we will be able to play.” Lochen did also note that the turf pitching mound may take time to adjust, but should prove just fine. Also noticeable now is that the field is just a part of the baseball complex. Beginning east of the Pike River, students and fans will walk between stone columns to a new brick building housing the ticket booth, full concession stand and restrooms. The walkway will continue along with new landscaping along each side until the river. Once across the existing bridge, fans will have
three seating options: the two new bleacher sections on the first and third-base sides, as well as the existing grandstand behind home plate. The press box, located at the top of the main grandstand is substantial enough to hold coaches, announcers, and local media. Lochen was particularly happy about the dugouts as well, saying, “The next biggest improvement on the field are the dugouts and the overall size of the dugouts. They are nearly double the size of the previous dugouts with so much space for gear.” Lochen went on to describe the other features most useful to the team, “Not only are the dugouts a big improvement, they added two batting cages on our side of the field compared to the previous one batting cage we had. This will allow us to get more work done during practice and before a game.” The two batting cages are also artificial turf and each dugout is joined to a turf bullpen near the outfield. The plaza-like structure of the area surrounding the field gives the whole place a professional feel and with it comes the ability for Carthage to host NCAA Division III Tournament games in the future. Lochen summed up the team’s feelings about the field in a few short phrases. “The Carthage baseball team is very excited about our new field. I think attendance will increase drastically. The coaches and athletic department have done a tremendous job in getting this project finished and we are all looking forward to the 2013 season.” Catch the Carthage Red Men on the brand new Augie Schmidt Field this spring. When asked about the moments leading up to qualifying for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, he could only touch on the adrenaline rush he was having. “It was wild, we were in Bloomington at Illinois Wesleyan [University]. Literally, everyone was on the curve because it was the first event. It was the day after my birthday, and everyone was on the curve just cheering me on, the adrenaline just took me over the bar every time,” James explained. He knew his conference competition was good, as he explained that North Central College produced a total of five jumpers that could potentially beat him. Along with James, there was only one senior on the men’s track and field team last year gunning to qualify for nationals. This meet proved to be incredible in several ways. James set a personal record for himself, known in the athletic world as a “PR” at 6’2. He continued on to break that PR four times in a row, finally setting the bar at 6’10 ¼. This success story came from hard work recovering from a
sprained ankle injury earlier in his season. “I don’t practice at really high heights, but for the most part I take a lot of jumps at practice,” he said. The hard work and success propelled Trevor to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Claremont, Calif. He was humbled to be a participant. “Honestly, everyone was pretty chill, it was a great experience. My biggest competitors at nationals came from Wartburg College; they had about three or four jumpers.” But even though James had tough contenders on his hands, he described it as less of a blood bath for the trophy and more of a friendly competition. “Honestly once it turned out to just be me versus the other people, those Wartburg guys kind of sided with me and said I had the best possible chance of winning. They wished me luck and decided to cheer me on like my teammates on the sidelines,” he described respectfully. He went on to state that he would do his very best to repeat his appearance at the national championship in 2013. “I have to give my team a great chance to succeed as well as myself, and everyone wants to see me succeed so I don’t want to let people down,” James concluded. It remains to be seen whether James can repeat his success next year, but the future looks bright.
SPORTS IN SHORT ISABEL SHAINDLIN Staff Reporter
Men’s Basketball Saturday, Dec. 1 Carthage College 74, Calvin College 63 Friday, Dec. 7 Carthage College 63, Coe College 70 Monday, Dec. 17 at Northwood University (Fla.)
Men’s Swimming Friday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 1 Carthage College took second place out of five teams at the Carthage College SwimmingClassic Saturday, Jan. 12 versus Lewis University
Women’s Cross Country Saturday, Dec. 1 Carthage College 77, Clarke University 50 Wednesday, Dec. 5 Carthage College 84, Trine University 34 Saturday, Dec. 8 Carthage College 48, Loras College 60 Saturday, Dec. 15 versus Aurora University
Women’s Swimming Friday, Nov. 30 – Saturday, Dec. 1 Carthage College took first place out of six teams at the Carthage College Swimming Classic Saturday, Jan. 12 versus Lewis University
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