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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: REIA LISSANE 8:15 p.m. UnionTheatre CAB MOVIE: “MAGIC MIKE” 9:30 p.m. Union Theatre
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CHICAGO GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. University of Illinois at Chicago (Carthage co-sponsored)
FRIDAY SATURDAY PROGRAM ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: THE EFFECTS ON CHILDREN 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. TWC CALDECOTT CELEBRATION 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hedberg Library CONCERT: FRIENDS OF THE GAMELAN AND UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CENTRAL JAVANESE 2 p.m. A.F. Siebert Chapel CAB MOVIE: “MAGIC MIKE” 7 p.m. Union Theatre
Students hand out American flags and memorial buttons on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in remembrance of 9/11.
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Invisible Children KONY 2012 movement action kit.
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SUNDAY MONDAY LIBRARIES IN OUR LIVES KICK-OFF PARTY 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Hedberg Library Lower Lobby NATURAL SCIENCES COLLOQUIUM SERIES: ABBOT PARK ILLINOIS PILOT PLANT FACILITIES AND PROCESS OVERVIEW 4 p.m. Clausen Center Room 106
MONDAY ALUMNI EVENT IN MINNEAPOLIS: MEET PRESIDENT WOODWARD 6 p.m. D’Amico Catering at Le Meridien Chambers, Minneapolis
On the opening page of the Invisible Children, Inc. website, they offer this mission statement: “We believe that there is inherent value in all human life, so we invest in a generation of globally minded youth who want to serve the human community, across the street and around the globe.” Invisible Children is fixated on bringing an end to the power of Joseph Kony. According to the Invisible Children website, Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been abducting children and committing murders in East and Central Africa since 1987. Kony was the first person to be indicted by the ICC (International Criminal Court) and is wanted for his many horrific war crimes. Many describe Kony’s followers as a cultic group. Kony’s brutal strategies have included forcing kids to kill their own parents or siblings with machetes and abducting girls to be sex slaves for his officers. Kony and the LRA have abducted more than 30,000 children in
Northern Uganda, Congo, and Central Africa. Alongside their attempts at stopping Kony, Invisible Children also builds rehabilitation centers and schools. They are treating children both medically and psychologically in these rehabilitation centers in order to help bring them back to normal civilization after their traumatic experiences. They have recently remodeled a building in Northern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) into a rehabilitation center where over 100 kids are residing and entering into a full eight-month rehabilitation program. Jodi Monk, ’14, Co-President of Invisible Children here at Carthage, shared some insight on Invisible Children and some background on Kony and the movement that is trying to stop him. She shared her reasons for starting Invisible Children at Carthage: “I had the club at my high school and I personally wanted to be involved here at Carthage. Co-President, Alex Lemmer, ‘14, and I wanted to
help out and bring the organization here but we wanted to make it bigger than just the two of us. After seeing the first video we got super pumped and wanted to bring it to campus to spread awareness and be able to get other people to be active. The idea behind the movement, Kony 2012, is to make Kony’s name famous because there are so many people who don’t know he exists…” Invisible Children secretary, Brittani Risinger, ‘14, said she “got involved because [she thinks] the organization has a positive outlook on a terrible situation which encourages people to help. They see the potential in the children that need to be saved by rebuilding schools and safe environments for them to go to once they have been rescued.” On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Invisible Children club here at Carthage hosted a showing of the video “Rescue.” Currently there are 400,000 children displaced in conflict areas. The video focuses on the efforts to rescue
the child soldiers in Northern Uganda and the surrounding area and also about the LRA and the crimes they have been committing for the last 26 years. These video screenings are held by a group of volunteers called “roadies,” who travel around the country spreading awareness of the terrible things Kony and the LRA are doing. One woman, Caroline, who travels with the other three roadies, is truly an inspirational figure. She is from Northern Uganda and personally experienced the ruthlessness of Kony and his army. Her Uncle was putting her though school and supporting her family and one night the LRA murdered him. After her father’s death, INVISIBLE CHILDREN, page 11
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Helping hands for hurting hearts Speak Out, Reach Out changing the conversation about mental health Nicholas cottrell Staff Reporter
One in four: that is the fraction of American college students who have dealt with, or are dealing with, a mental health dilemma, according to the Active Minds national headquarters. It is also the statistic fueling the rapidly growing Active Minds organization here at Carthage College. Active Minds is a national organization that is meant to spread awareness about mental health issues, as well as “stomp out” the negative stigmas about them. Here at Carthage College, the Active Minds group on campus hosts a series of speakers throughout the year called,“Speak Out, Reach Out,” or, as it is better known, SORO. The event, which started about two years ago, has speakers share stories of their personal experiences with a mental health disorder— but the focal point is also to speak on how it can get better. Pamela Costis, ’16, is this year’s first SORO speaker. Each speaker will have a different goal in mind when getting their chance to raise awareness; Costis stated hers is, “to make sure that [people] know mental health struggles are normal, and that every one can go through them.” Costis, having some very personal attachments to the SORO series herself, says those same
attachments are what helped her decide to take the path of study in psychology. Having only been here a month, Costis finds happiness in being with her friends and exploring all college has to offer. She hopes that by her speaking out about mental health, someone else will be able to find “moments of happiness” just like she has. Active Minds President Lauren Burleson, ‘14, mirrored much of Costis’ sentiment regarding the club and the SORO project as a whole, and looks forward to seeing Carthage Active Minds continue to grow in all facets. Burleson expressed hopes that the series of speakers set to speak thus far would really “get connected with the audience,” and went on to say that regardless of why people would want to attend SORO, it is, “a safe environment to talk about struggles with rocky pasts.” Burleson also pointed out that “the main focus is to talk about the recovery aspect of [mental struggles].” Costis and Burleson closely echoed each other in saying that both SORO and Active Minds are great outlets for students studying in the psychological fields, but are even greater outlets when students of all walks come together to break down negative stigmas surrounding mental health, and working towards a more
Brooke Schleehauf, ’14, spoke at one of Active Minds’ Speak Out – Reach Out events last spring. CURRENT PHOTO Megan harrison educated citizenship. This is quite a powerful vision, especially seeing that people from different backgrounds can find common ground in working towards a better future for the 25 percent. On Oct. 9, Costis will take the podium in the TWC at five p.m. for the first installment of the Active Minds series. As a final note, Costis offered this wisdom, for when life seems jumbled: “Take everything a day at a time, and it will all work out.”
A celebration for every major The inside scoop on the Caldecott Medal Michelle Balcerzak Staff Reporter
We all had a favorite childhood book that never got old no matter how many times we read it. One thing we never realized was the production of that book took a lot more thought than our innocent brains could imagine. The picture book that was a favorite may have been an award winner, although we didn’t know it. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The job of the Caldecott Award Selection Committee is to determine the definition of “distinguished” and go through books to discover just that. The medal can only go to an American artist who has produced a book in the given year. The committee searches for two years for the book that will receive this distinguished honor. Although the medal goes to the artist, there is an array of individuals that help factor into the production of that book. To put it simply: almost any major at Carthage would be able to participate in the development of a book. Any major that aids in visual arts, publishing, editing, graphic design or marketing would be a crucial component in the steps of assembling a viable picture book. Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Children’s Literature John Stewig, who chaired the Caldecott Award Selection Committee from 1996-1998, states that a picture book is difficult to produce because “the book cannot have more than four double-spaced manuscript pages and needs to effectively convey a story that children can understand.”
When asked about the current technological trend and the potential for books to only be electronic, Professor Stewig responds, “Books won’t disappear, the sensory experience is just different now. The Nook and Kindle are more progressive, eBooks are more interactive, but the reality of an actual book won’t completely vanish.” One of America’s leading publishing companies, Penguin, has changed some of their practices. Stewig says, “Penguin only has a book for 18 months and if no profits are returned, they don’t let it run for any longer.” Being considered a somewhat cutthroat industry publishing companies look for books that are marketable and do well on the shelves. Anybody interested in marketing or being agents for clients would do well in the publishing industry. The entire process revolves around the constant question: How and what is the most effective process of getting this book sold? Agents propose the book idea to publishers. The publishers then ask the marketing department of their company if a book has potential. The agents of artists and publishing companies make the final decisions of many books and are very active in the process of selecting possible books. In order to celebrate this year’s best picture books, Carthage is hosting a celebration for this prestigious medal on Oct. 6 in the Hedberg Library 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featured speakers include classroom teachers who discuss their favorite Caldecott books and what their class did with them, a curator of Caldecott books, a co-author of books that determine a potential Caldecott award winner, a member of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and a current member of the 2013 Caldecott Committee.
New organization’s first blood drive has huge turn-out michael syndel Copy Editor
Walking around on campus every day, students are guaranteed to come across a wide array of events going on. Whether it’s organizations throwing irresistible puppies at students or tossing sugary treats at groggy Red Men, the campus is a breeding ground for activity. Even seeing the mass of people tabling though, it’s sometimes all too easy to forget the level of time and hard work necessary for making even the smallest task go according to plan. The relationship between hard work and reward is rarely more clearly illuminated than by last week’s blood drive. The pilot blood drive for a growing organization, Lutheran Student Movement (LSM), last week’s event surpassed all expectations, garnering over 50 individual donors and enough blood to help almost 200 people. Even despite the smashing success of last week’s blood drive, it’s immediately clear from conversation with the Lutheran Student Movement that there was an incredible amount of work involved in setting up a blood drive, especially for an organization still looking to assert their
stamp on Carthage campus. Their personal saga began last spring when Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Mededith Londo contacted Debra Clark, Assistant to the Dean of the Chapel and faculty adviser to Lutheran Student Movement. Clark came to Lutheran Student Movement, who was ecstatic for the opportunity to be involved. Since that discussion, it’s been a whirlwind of prep work for the Lutheran Student Movement ranging from publicity through social networking, tabling, signs and word of mouth as well as logistical issues such as clarifying terms of the blood drive, recruiting volunteers and making sure potential donors are aware of all the right details. In the afterglow of the blood drive, the Lutheran Student Movement is definitely thrilled with the results. In describing the atmosphere of the day, Alex Stoll, ‘13, President of Lutheran Student Movement said, “There was excitement and buzz all over campus for the blood drive. People definitely recognized the impact of an event that could help many people.” Heather May, ‘13, Vice President of On-Campus
Relations for Lutheran Student Movement extrapolated on the physical excitement saying, “There were times when we had to turn people away. Waittime was over an hour for walk-ins.” Clark mirrored this enthusiasm as well, comparing the efficiency of the day to a “very organized machine.” She went on to say, “It was very task-oriented, with six or seven people waiting in line at booths at any given time.” Londo was quick as well to compliment Lutheran Student Movement, calling them “very organized and excellent in outreaching to the community.” In talking to both the LSM and Red Cross, it’s clear there was a rapport between the groups. Created last fall through a dedicated group of students, Lutheran Student Movement has the misfortune of being in an automatic competition with the other religious organizations on campus such as Intervarsity and Kumbaya, but that far from counts them out. Clark commented on this stigma, “Students are wary of campus organizations that are religious. When I look at religious organizations as a whole on campus, I don’t get the same sense of willingness of inclusion though. Though many [students in LSM] have
roots within the Lutheran Church, it’s not about being Lutheran, it’s about a greater sense of belonging.” Clark’s comments point to a greater ambition that immediately becomes clear when talking to the members of Lutheran Student Movement. In talking about last week’s blood drive, it’s clear that these students recognize the impact of the blood drive and its larger implications on campus. Clark further pointed out that not only did these students work to get as many people involved as possible, they also made sure to inform students who were not able to fit into the Blood Drive time frame about the Oct. 1 blood drive sponsored by the Student Government. Perhaps the best encapsulation of the mood can be found in Emily Prosch, ‘13, Vice President of Records, final comments: “We’re definitely going to do it again,” in regards to the blood drive. Even at this early stage, the Lutheran Student Movement is thinking about the future, planning for another blood drive in April of 2013. In talking about immediate goals for this next blood drive, Stoll has optimism for the future, “We don’t know our goals yet, but we can raise the bar.”
Coming election brings high profile visitors Congressional candidate schmoozes with students carolyn kick Staff Reporter
This past Wednesday, Sept. 26 congressional candidate Rob Zerban visited campus to meet with students and faculty. Zerban arrived at the campus Starbucks at 7:30 a.m. to speak with one faculty member, Joseph McAlhany, Associate Professor of Great Ideas and Classics, and five student representatives from the Carthage College Democrats. Zerban is running for Wisconsin’s first congressional district against Paul Ryan. Although Zerban’s political experience is limited to two terms as a Kenosha County Board Supervisor, Zerban has business experience and comes from a background very atypical for a politician. Zerban grew up in a singleparent household and
participated in many of America’s welfare programs. As Zerban states it, he was raised eating “government cheese,” though when he asked his mother if she used Food Stamps, she said “she was too embarrassed and ashamed to use them.” This is what drives Zerban to make a difference in the American government. Zerban claims that “the Democratic Party is a very inclusive party, while the Republican Party is much less inclusive.” Zerban finds that because of this, there is a foreboding attitude towards government programs such as SNAP, Medicaid and welfare benefits. He says “That’s why I’m running for House of Representatives, to protect these programs.” As the election date of Nov.
6 approaches, Zerban cannot emphasize enough the platform of his own campaign, but also has comments on the downfalls of the other candidate. Zerban thinks Ryan may have “bit off more than he can chew,” in reference to Ryan’s concurrent campaign for the Republican Party Vice-Presidency under Mitt Romney. Zerban says Ryan has also posed the “most irresponsible, destructive budget in the U.S.” This proposed budget would cut many of the programs Zerban utilized as a child. Zerban insists that “these programs are important, and must exist for future generations.” Zerban thinks college students play a pivotal role in this election. He encourages young adults to “find out what politicians stand for, and how that will influence
their lives.” He would also like college students to remember their vote does influence the outcome of an election, and electing the better candidate can result in a “healthy economy and many jobs for students post-graduation.” The students enjoyed hearing Zerban’s perspective on Wisconsin’s current political situation. Elementary and special education major Kelsey Lindquist, ‘13, thought it was interesting to hear about Zerban’s underprivileged background. “His background makes him a more qualified candidate, because he can make highly informed decisions.” She also agreed with Zerban that this election “isn’t about leveling the playing field between Democrats and Republicans. It’s so much more than that.”
Habitat pairs with Kenosha New partnership signals new opportunities Keelin guinan Staff Reporter
This year Carthage’s Habitat for Humanity will be able to touch even more lives with the endless opportunities possible through working with Kenosha. This is the first year of Habitat for Kenosha, and the group is thrilled to start the new journey and move forward in its mission to help people. “Helping build a house for someone who needs it is a truly a humbling experience that really can’t be described until you do it yourself. And once you do, it’s hard to stop,” says Hannah Shields, ’14. Luckily, none of the Habitaters will need to stop due to Carthage College pairing with The Habitat of Kenosha. With this new partnership, there are many more possible opportunities to not only help the Carthage community but the Kenosha community as well. One of these opportunities includes building a house for a family in need in Kenosha. Shields, along with the other members of Habitat, is extremely excited for their first major project. She said, “We’re making history. This family will be the first of many to receive a Kenosha Habitat Home.” Along with building and reaching out a helping hand, Habitat for Humanity is working to get their name out so that they will be able to raise money and support for the countless projects they have planned. One of the fundraisers, “Dine to Donate,” will ask the community to eat at specific restaurants, such as specific McDonalds or Culvers, so that some of the proceeds will go to Kenosha Habitat. Spreading the word and work is a major goal of Carthage students as well. This year Habitat plans to gain more support from the Carthage community and encourages everyone to help out. As Shields puts it, “The more helping hands we have, the more people we can help, and the bigger difference we can make. That’s really what it’s all about.” Imagine physically being a part of something that touches the lives of those in need— to get your feet planted and start working with others who really care to make a difference and make the world a little better, one project at a time. That is Habitat for Humanity’s goal. This year will be a year full of reaching out a helping hand, and working to make Kenosha a better place through their new partnership with Habitat of Kenosha.
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Reality check for popular TV shows MICHAEL SYNDEL Copy Editor
Change is within the very nature of reality television. Every show has a creative valley, and when it starts to dip, one can only expect to see some alterations. Over the past four years alone, karaoke giant “American Idol” has become a revolving door for all manner of eccentric personalities, and that’s not even counting the parade of increasingly ridiculous personalities trying to make it big. In that small increment, “American Idol” has become an entirely different kind of entertainment with the endlessly quotable Youtube gold mine Steven Tyler and the sassy but ultimately ditzy Jennifer Lopez leading the charge with woefully bizarre comments that rarely seemed insightful and often veered straight into the mush-mouthed nonsense that’s become Tyler’s mo. Even prior to the Three Musketeers of Tyler, Lopez and old hand Randy Jackson, American Idol has experimented
with big personalities, subbing in the affably good-natured but poorly versed Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, a hard-nosed but unapproachable judge in the vein of Simon Cowell, for sweet airhead fan-favorite Paula Abdul. It’s arguable whether this switch represents the beginning of the creative valley, but it at the very least recognizes that the show knows they needed to change things in big ways to keep their stranglehold on the
ter” star Mariah Carey, rap firebrand and human barbie Nicki Minaj, and the sole veteran, Randy “Dogpound” Jackson. It remains to be seen how these new changes will fare with the American public, but if only from Minaj’s recent media scuffles, it should at least be fun to see how many horribly offensive things Minaj can attempt to sneak past the FCC. “American Idol” has taken the brunt of the beating, but it’s far from the only show that
“‘American Idol’ has become an entirely different kind of entertainment” American public. All this reflection comes in the wake of recent announcement of a flurry of new faces to the judging table. This year brings together country heartthrob Keith Urban, globally renowned singer and “Glit-
sees change as a necessity for survival. Another smash hit, NBC’s “The Voice” shifted away from last year’s crowd pleaser format towards a much harsher and real show, but with the change, “The Voice” arguably alienated a huge part of the
fan base who wanted to see a “fun” show first and a hard competition second. Though it’s not within the sphere of reality television, it seems only right to parallel “American Idol’s” constant switches and “The Voice’s” tone overhaul with the musical chairs of NBC comedy “The Office.” Recently announced as its last season, “The Office” has floundered since the loss of lead anchor Steve Carrell two seasons back. For a few years, many have said they should just pull the plug on the show letting it die gracefully, and maybe that’s what is required for a show like “American Idol”. Maybe with the loss of the principal cast, “American Idol” lost its proverbial Carrell, the creative glue that held together a show that worked endlessly to strike a balance between silliness and seriousness and in most cases, succeeded. It just goes to show that you can add as many changes as you want, but that doesn’t fix its original problems.
Learning, leading and the library: A celebration in Hedberg Library KENDRA KOEPPEN Editor-in-Chief
Despite what may be referred to as a prison cell by some students, the library is far from the house of pain. Storing a rich and an extensive history of information from around the world, the Hedberg Library also has a story of its own to be told. Carthage will be honoring the 10th anniversary of the Hedberg Library with the first of many celebratory events this Monday, Oct. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lower lobby of the library. “We are hosting a year-long celebration of libraries,” Outreach Librarian Lizz Zitron stated, “and the importance of libraries in helping people develop personally, professionally, academically and the role they play in our lives.” Over the next year, a multitude of events will take place to recognize Libraries in Our Lives. The Carthage-wide celebration will feature three main events that include a variety of programs and workshops, including a dynamic group of speakers. Monday night will feature the opening ceremony in the Niemann Theater with a libraryshaped cake as well as an original play by Carthage student
Mikaley Osley, ’14. “Mikaley has taken different historical figures, including Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King, people who were seminal in helping people access and use information, and has written about their lives in a way that is relevant and interesting to college students,” Zitron explained. “Sometimes history can be a little dry and boring
Carthage president F. Gregory Campbell presented an architectural proposal for additions that would be made to the library. The current layout of the Hedberg is almost identical to the cyber tour of the layout proposed back in 1999. Additions to the library include Donna’s Bytes, the reference and circulation desks, the children’s literature collection, the study
Through the library’s anniversary celebration, Zitron hopes that students “will see the variety of services and resources we provide.” Over the course of the week, the library staff and members of the Carthage community will make efforts to display the dynamic nature of Hedberg and show that libraries can be more than just a shelter for old books. For instance, the dance department has created specific dances dedicated to specific areas of the library and will be performing their pieces in those locations. Chair of the Art Department Kimberely Greene has designated class time to allow her students to create art out of discarded books. “People don’t often think about how libraries support the arts but they support the arts in major ways and I think the dance and the art exhibit we have on display reflect that,” Zitron stated. More literature-related activities will be taking place as well with a poetry workshop being led by Assistant Professor of English Rick Meier and discussions by guests Lisa Fishman and Jay Rubenstein. Stop by the library to check out all of the events over the course of the year and maybe even a book or two.
“We are hosting a year-long celebration of libraries and the importance of libraries in helping people develop personally, professionally, academically and the role they play in our lives.” - Lizz Zitron but Mikaley has really turned it on its head and has recast these historical figures as college students and has them using the library to solve a mystery.” In addition to the play, stations will be setup where students can partake in preserving the history of Carthage by learning how to scan and transcribe information under the expertise of archivist Abigail Brown. Since its opening in January of 2002, the Hedberg has come a long way in 10 years. Former
lounge, the private study areas and the balcony that allows for natural light. These major architectural renovations are not the only thing that has changed. The Hedberg Library houses over 200,000 academic publications, as well as a small collection of popular books by authors such as Jodi Picoult and James Patterson. Kindles, which have novels such as the Hunger Games series downloaded on them, are also available for check out.
What are your thoughts on the new Caf?
“While the Cafeteria is more aesthetically appealing and a lot of overhaul and hard work was done, the food options are mostly similar to last year and not very much better overall. There are a few improvements like the pizza!” Karis Stephens, ’15
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“The new Caf design is much more modern and streamlined. I especially like the salad bar area. It is much easier to get all the different parts of your salad and see the variety. Unfortunately, they still have the desserts right next to the salad, so there is definitely temptation when you are getting your healthy salad.” Nancy Retana, ’14
the royal jewels exposed EMILY WOODARD Staff Reporter
We all fell in love with Kate Middleton when she became the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. She was the girl-nextdoor who had brains, beauty and, oh… she was about to marry a prince. For some of us, she was so likeable because she was easy to relate to—through her, we vicariously watched as our most sought after fairytale came to life. Ever since she and Prince William shared that kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, we can’t get enough of her. Whether for her iconic sense of style or rumored pregnancies, she hasn’t left the spotlight of tabloids. In fact, her most recent cover page appearance features headlines that may have crossed the royal line: Kate Middleton caught in a topless scandal. Recently, the couple went on vacation to Provence, France where they were guaranteed every expectation of privacy. During their stay at the private French home, the couple shared an intimate moment as Middleton decided to sunbathe…topless. For the record, topless sunbathing, though losing its popularity, is still incredibly common in France—go to a beach there and see for yourself. Unfortunately, little to the royal couple’s knowledge, they were being photographed from nearly a half-mile away with a long-focus lens. Just days later the French magazine Closer published the photos, which were soon followed by many more magazines all over Europe. The most alarming publication, in my opinion, came from the Italian magazine Chi, who published a 26-page spread featuring 50 topless photos of Middleton out of a total of 200 collected photographs. People weren’t shy to share what they had to say about the situation. The royal family says that they are “deeply saddened” by what has happened, and I must say, I can’t blame them. On Sept. 14, actress Emma Roberts (@robertsemma) tweeted: “I LOVE Kate Middleton…but when you’re A PRINCESS you shouldn’t be topless anywhere except the shower or the bedroom.” In the end, the couple ended up hiring a highly-skilled attorney as they fought for justice in the French court. There is now an open criminal investigation to determine whether or not the photos are considered an invasion of privacy. The French
magazine Closer has been ordered to hand over all digital copies of the photos with a fine of 12,000 dollars for each day past the designated time period. Some European newspaper editors have been suspended or put under criminal investigation since then. Honestly, with comments from people like Alfonso Signorini (@alfosignorini), editor of Chi, saying that “not even a direct call from the Queen” would stop him from publishing pictures, I feel that most of the involved parties got what was coming to them. Did they forget that they were messing with the royal family? Some may find this punishment to be too harsh but, let’s not forget that Prince William and Prince Harry are still quite bitter about the fact that their mother, Princess Diana was killed in a car accident as her driver tried to get rid of the paparazzi. They may or may not still be holding a grudge against the media. In my opinion, I find that the couple intended on taking a relaxing vacation while spending time at a private resort. Private. I’m sure Middleton never intended to be exposed to anyone but her husband. After all, they were guaranteed privacy and, obviously, that is far from what they received seeing as the paparazzi took the term “invasion of privacy” to an outlandish degree. Imagine being photographed from a half-mile away—that would be the equivalent of standing outside of the Oaks C and having your picture taken from Swenson. If that isn’t unsettling, I don’t know what is. Furthermore, if topless sunbathing is popular in European countries, then by all means, Middleton should have the right to do so. I’m sure her goods are nothing that Prince William hasn’t seen from her before. I feel that, sometimes, people forget that, even though Middleton is a princess, she is still a human being who is young and still quite newly married…not to mention the fact that she has a body to die for. So, by all means, let her show off what her mother gave her! Like Mama Woodard always says: if you’ve got it, flaunt it. Maybe after all of this, the royal family as a whole will be a bit more careful about how they act outside the palace walls. If any lesson was learned from this experience, it would be that, when you are in the public eye, someone is always watching…but, more importantly, never mess with the royal ta-tas.
OPINION Letter to the editor What is the “War on Women”?
CHELSEA SHIELDS, ‘14
Ever been confused by the “War on Women” debate? Are you not even sure what it is? It’s hard to keep up with politics, but occasionally it’s worth it to temporarily stop looking up “Gangnam Style” parodies to learn a thing or two about what’s going on around the country. (Though trust me, once you’re done reading this article, look up “Gangnam Style - USNA Spirit Spot.” You’re welcome.) The term “War on Women” first became popular after the 2010 midterm elections, when Republicans gained majority status in the House of Representatives and in state legislatures nationwide. The new Republican leadership in the states passed pro-life laws such as “Women’s Right to Know” acts. These laws, requiring abortion facilities to share necessary medical information to women considering abortion, were decried by liberals as an assault on “reproductive rights.” It’s puzzling how empowering women with all the medical facts about her pregnancy qualified as the beginning of the alleged “War on Women.” But alas, ever since then any efforts by either Congress or state legislatures to
THE CURRENT push pro-life measures, or prevent taxpayer funding of abortion or birth control, has been scorned as a violation of “women’s rights” and just another attack in the “War on Women”. So let’s step back for a moment. What are “women’s rights”? To today’s liberal feminists, apparently “women’s rights” extend to everything from abortion-on-demand to “free” birth control (paid by taxpayers). How can they say these are “rights”? It’s because many liberal feminists espouse the words of their idol, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, that “[w]omen cannot be on an equal footing with men until they have full and complete control over their reproductive function.” Yet seeking to change the results of a woman’s fertility in order to put her on equal status with men can never really work to empower women. Rather, it is trying to hide away from what a woman’s body naturally does. Women are biologically different than men, but in no way does that does make women any less equal than men. To say that a woman’s ability to reproduce is a handicap to equality is absurd, and completely disregards a woman’s natural rights. Humans are born with different nose shapes, hair textures, skin colors and eye shapes. Are any of these biological differences natural handicaps to equality? Absolutely not! A woman should not have to change what inherently makes her a woman in order to be equal. Being dif-
ferent is not being unequal. It is simply being different. Why then is a woman’s ability to reproduce seen as a hurdle to jump over or some beast to be tamed, rather than a fact to be celebrated? It’s because the real war on women is the idea that women aren’t responsible enough to take responsibility for their own sexual lifestyles. That apparently women must have government provide for their birth control because they aren’t strong enough to get it for themselves. That apparently they shouldn’t ever reconsider the sexual lifestyles that they live, because if they ever encounter an unintended pregnancy they can always demand that the government pay for their abortion. And never mind that unborn females are being killed by abortion every day, and even on purpose because of their gender. (Look up “sex-selection abortion” to learn more.) This discriminatory attitude that women are too weak to be responsible, and are entirely unconcerned with the fact that unborn children have a right to life, is insupportable. Women are strong, capable. Women care about the true rights of others. No woman should ever be undervalued for embracing what inherently makes her female. So let’s stop the rhetoric, and redirect our focus on other things. Maybe we can instead talk about the economy, the conflict in the Middle East, or even the newest “Gangnam Style” parody. It’s up to you.
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Last week, New York City high schools were targeted for a controversial pregnancy prevention program in which contraceptives were dispensed at schools. If parents do not opt out of the program, students can obtain oral contraceptives such as Plan B (known as the “morning-after pill”), injectable birth control shots and condoms without notifying their parents. While some parents have protested against the policy, only 1 to 2 percent of parents have opted out of the program. Statistics alone suggest that giving out birth control at these schools could be beneficial to students. Last year, according to the NYC Department of Health, 7,000 girls in the city under the age of 17 got pregnant. Of these pregnancies, 90 percent were unplanned and 64 percent were aborted. Further, 70 percent of teen moms in New York City dropped out of school. The citywide program, implemented in 14 schools, is clearly needed to help better the quality of life for sexually-active teens. However, the idea of high school students as sexuallyactive is one that many parents are denying. This denial has leaked into aspects of political
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policies that could be detrimental to the reproductive health of teens. Acting like teenagers are incapable of being in sexual relationships is the same thing as telling them it is not okay to have sex. Just like anything else that is forbidden, this only leads to a greater desire to be rebellious. Not only that, but as a parent, acting like it isn’t a possibility tells your child that you don’t want to know about your sex life. If the only information teenagers are receiving in school involves abstinence as the only option, society has a big problem. Not only is pregnancy an issue, but researchers from Indiana University revealed a new study that about half of the young women in urban areas are likely to acquire a sexually transmitted infection (STI) within two years of becoming sexually-active. Despite all of these facts, politicians and parents alike are ignorantly pushing for abstinence-only sex educa-
tion in schools even though it’s clear that students are having sex anyways, only without the proper information to have safe sex. There seems to be an impossible double-standard regarding sexuality in teens, especially for girls. Society labels sexually-active teens as “sluts” and young girls who become pregnant as outcasts. Yet some groups of people don’t want to make birth control or proper sex education available to these girls, which only serve to perpetuate unsafe sexual activity and teen pregnancy. On top of that, these teens then become poverty-stricken mothers who need to depend on government aid. It’s a vicious cycle that could arguably be solved by giving teens adequate sex education and affordable birth control. Hopefully more schools will follow New York’s campaign to move into the 21st century and give our teenagers who already struggle with so many issues more support.
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Jerome Brown Jr, ’13, #82, a wide receiver for the men’s Carthage football team snatches the ball during a play on Saturday, Sept. 29.
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Eric Ceci, ’13, drummer for the Carthage Pep Band shows his support for the Red Men during the homecoming game.
Members of Alpha Chi Omega, McKenin Hauk, ‘13, Erica Lynn, ‘13, Morgan Anderson, ‘13, Emily Strabel, ‘13, Sandy Saldivar, ‘14, and Katie Hetzner, ’13, enjoy the Homecoming Pep Rally.
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The Carthage football team won their homecoming game, 31-6, after facing North Park University this past Saturday, Sept. 29. Carthage led through the first half and all the way into the fourth quarter, 31-0, until North Park scored with 4:54 on the clock. Wide receiver Pete Djurickovic, ’13, and quarterback A.J. Simoncelli, ’16, broke Carthage and Art Keller Field records with a 99-yard return in the third period. The previous record was set in 1977 at 92 yards. The 99-yard record also tied with a CCIW record set in 1970. The Red Men will play Wheaton College (Ill.) this Saturday, Oct. 6. CURRENT PHOTO JOHANNA HEIDORN
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President Gregory Woodward and his wife get the opportunity to chat with some of the oldest Carthage College Alum at the Alumni brunch on Sept. 30 during the homecoming festivities
Luke Kunzie, ’13, and Ellen Hughes, ’13, were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at the Pep Rally Friday.
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A.J. Simoncelli, ’16, #14, a quarterback for the men’s Carthage football team celebrates with his teammates after Pete Djurickovic’s, ‘13, #10, touchdown during the game on Saturday Sept. 29. The Red Men defeated North Park in the homecoming game 31-6.
Members of the Carthage Pep Band play loud and proud to support the Red Men during the homecoming football game.
People suffer as revolution continues in Syria Manar Mohammad Staff Reporter
Imagine walking through the streets of your childhood, past the houses of the neighbors you played with every time you visited your hometown, and not recognizing your surroundings. What would it be like to see the empty lots that everyone you knew used to live on, to see the remains and rubble as the only proof that those homes ever existed before? “It’s hard to picture the buildings you could see from your window now gone,” Sohayla Horani, ’15, a Syrian native, explains. Since mid-March of 2011, Syrians have dealt with massacres, murder of children, raping of women as well as mutilation of the dead and torturing of those who are a part of the revolution. This violence, which began as a part of the “Arab Spring” that slowly spread across MiddleEastern countries, was a result of the Syrians demanding one basic right: their freedom. The protests were initiated to remove the president, Bashar Assad, from power. The ruling Ba’ath Party, which has been in power since 1963, passed the torch from one Assad son to the other, leaving people living under the same regime for the past 40 years. Death has become a daily occurrence, with the death toll reaching over 10,000. The battle has become harder on the living than it is on the dead as so many people deal with the deaths of
their family members, neighbors and friends. Horani, who has family in Syria, proves that finding the patience to wait for word from them is one of the hardest battles. “It’s like a waiting game talking to them. When they don’t call, we get really worried. We try to Skype but depending on what the regime is doing, it goes on and off,” Horani says. She goes on to say, “We had them call on the nights when things were bad to say goodbye because they don’t know if they’ll be there in the morning.” Another waiting game going on is the wait for interference from other countries to end the violence and make Assad give up his position. While everyone is waiting though, supplies and resources are running out, as well as hospital space. According to Globalpost, there are not enough staff in hospitals anymore, and there are so many killings that the blood is hosed down in hospitals. Many children are orphaned because their parents were killed fighting or looking for food. And still, they are not receiving the aid that they need. The media may have a huge role to play in this, just like it had a role in starting the “Arab Spring” movement through Facebook and other social networking sites. Horani agrees with this as well. “The media has desensitized the people because you constantly hear about things on TV,” she says. “It’s easy to tune
out these things when you’re not the one encountering them.” This desensitization may be what has caused people to become more and more out of touch with global affairs. Many people are caring about the little things rather than paying attention to the chaos going on in the rest of the world. “I get bothered when people complain about things like cafeteria food or having a bad hair day because my family is getting bombed. There is a tragedy going on,” Horani emphasizes. Syrian residents, refugees and even those of them who have been living out of the country since before the revolution, such as Horani, are desperate for the bloodshed to come to an end just as much as they want justice to be served. Horani expresses her frustration by saying, “I want the United Nations to step in but it’s so hard to get all the countries to agree to one thing. The tricky thing about politics is no one knows the whole story. The numbers you see in the news are all estimated. You don’t hear about every family and every person who’s been killed.” However, until Assad’s regime sees the light and surrenders, the rebel Syrian flag will continue to wave over the Free Syrian army until the day that, as Horani put it, blood is no longer “brushed under the rug.”
The other guys: Third Party candidates in 2012 election Brooke Schleehauf Web Editor
At this point in the election, only three third party candiGary Johnson Running mate: Jim Gray Party: Libertarian Ballot access: 47 states (plus District of Columbia) Health care: Give more control to the states and have fewer government mandates and less regulation Abortion: Pro-choice until a fetus is viable Gay marriage: Government should allow marriage equality and also protect the rights of religious organizations to practice their beliefs Taxes: Abolish the Internal Revenue Service and enact the Fair Tax Education: End the Department of Education and give authority of educational money to schools
dates will be on the ballot or will be eligible as a write-in in enough states to potentially receive 270 electoral votes, givJill Stein Running mate: Cheri Honkala Party: Green Ballot access: 37 states (plus District of Columbia) Write-in: Five states Health care: Improve Medicare to provide complete affordable health care Abortion: Pro-choice Gay marriage: Implement marriage equality nationwide Taxes: Implement progressive tax code with tax cuts for working, poor and middle class families and higher taxes for richer Americans Education: Provide tuitionfree education for kindergarten through college and end student debt
ing them a shot at winning. Note: These are just the basics of each platform. All information was taken from the canVirgil Goode Running mate: Jim Clymer Party: Constitution Ballot access: 26 states Write-in: Seven states Health care: End Obamacare Abortion: Pro-life, include no funding to Planned Parenthood or similar entities in budget Gay marriage: Marriage is between a man and a woman, opposes civil unions Taxes: Supports the Fair Tax over the current Internal Revenue Service Tax Education: Supports ending the federal Department of Education and believes local education decisions should be made by states
News in brief Brooke Schleehauf Web Editor
World Northern Ireland march goes smoothly The largest Protestant march to go through Belfast in years carried on peacefully on Sept. 29. The parade celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Ulster Covenant, which opposed home rule in Ireland. Police forces took precaution to keep the 30,000 Protestants in check and to prevent possible clashing between Belfast’s Catholics by monitoring the six-mile long route. Puerto Rican woman kills boyfriend after Facebook fight Suspect Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon is suspected of killing her boyfriend on Sept. 29 in San Juan. Her two children were both purportedly in the house when Jesus Rivera Algarin was stabbed in the torso. The police do not know what Facebook activity caused the incident. Sanchez has no criminal history, however Rivera was charged with domestic violence in 2010. Venezualan voters prepare for historic election For the first time, opposition to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has chosen a single presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles. More than 200,000 Capriles volunteers are stationed around the country, including at Venezuela’s 14,000 polling centers to witness voting, transmit initial results to headquarters and audit the paper receipts printed by voting machines. Chavez supporters will also be present at polling centers.
didates’ individual campaign websites as of Sept. 30. The poll below was administered from Sept. 6-9 to 923
U.S. Father kills son by accident Jeffrey Giuliano shot his son Tyler Giuliano on Sept. 27 in New Fairfield, Conn. In what was possibly a prank gone awry, Tyler was wearing a black ski mask and holding a knife outside of his aunt’s house next door when his father went to check out the scene. Giuliano shot him in self-defense when he lunged at him with the knife. Alcohol enema craze The University of Tennessee’s Pi Kappa Alpha chapter has recently gone under fire for partaking in alcohol enemas, in which one consumes alcohol via rubber tubing inserted into their rectum. Alexander Broughton was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 22 with a blood alcohol level of 0.448 percent and injuries to his rectum. Broughton denies his injuries being caused by an alcohol enema. Police found boxes of Franzia Sunset Blush wine at the frat house among other evidence to the contrary. The fraternity is shuttered at the university until at least 2015. General Motors recalls cars for potential fuel leaks General Motors (GM) is recalling over 40,000 cars sold in warm-weather states. The 2007-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, the 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent and Saturn Ions will be recalled due to a plastic part that may crack and cause a fuel leak. GM began investigating the defect in 2011 and has reported no fires of injuries related to the crack. Vehicles will be repaired for free in affected states and owners will be notified by mail.
registered voters nationwide. The margin of error is +- 4 percentage points. Poll is courtesy of pollingreport.com. “Supposing that all of these candidates were on the ballot in your state, which one would you be most likely to vote for: Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate, Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, Virgil Goode, the Constitution Party candidate, or will you be voting for someone else?”
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Mitt Romney speaks at Clinton Global Initiative Despite former president Bill Clinton’s passionate anti-Republican speech at the Democratic National Convention, Republican candidate Mitt Romney had nothing but good things to say about Clinton while addressing an audience of international charity contributors. Romney saw this as his opportunity to demonstrate his ideas about foreign aid as he tried to focus more on his competence in foreign matters as America’s potential future president. Obama at the first day of 67th session of UN During his speeches President Barack Obama emphasized his strong belief in a possible two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. However, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made sure to point out that time is close to running out to solve this issue. Obama also made a stance that the United States will “do what it must” to make sure that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Romney and Bain Capital video from 1985 Throughout his campaign, Romney has said that his experience as founder and manager of Bain Capital will give him an advantage in revamping the nation’s econ-
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omy and creating jobs. The latest video being circulated shows Romney saying his goal at Bain was to find potential hidden value in companies, buy a majority stake in the businesses, and then harvest the wealth when these businesses reached their peak—totally opposite of what he says his years at Bain Capital will help him accomplish as president. Romney campaigning in Ohio In the swing state of Ohio, Romney had a business discussion with television star Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs.” Rowe was amongst a handful of Ohio business owners onstage to discuss the high unemployment rate we are faced with. During a question and answer portion, Romney promised to adopt policies favorable to manufacturing, engineering and development. Obama pulling ahead in polls Most polls have Obama ahead of Romney to win the election. This has caused many Republicans to criticize the polling process and claim that they are oversampling Democrats in their polls. However, CNN news reporter Wolf Blitz pointed out that even Fox, a notoriously right-leaning station, is polling with similar results.
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Crash landing: The end of the space shuttle era Andrea grabau Staff Reporter
Almost nothing represents the United States’ technological prowess, spirit and innovation as well as NASA. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched in 1958, and the work they have done since then has defined a generation. Lately, there have been a few events that have put NASA back in the spotlight and reminded us that all good things must come to an end. In late August, Neil Armstrong died after complications from heart surgery, according to CNN.com. Armstrong was, of course, the first man to walk on the moon in 1969 while the whole planet held its breath. Armstrong became an American hero as the world came to a standstill to watch him and Buzz Aldrin take “one small step for man, one giant leap
for mankind.” In addition to the first man on the moon passing away, NASA has also dug up some memories with the end of the NASA Space Shuttle program and the retirement of ”space shuttle Endeavour.” “Endeavour” was the last of the shuttles built, constructed as a replacement for the ”shuttle Challenger” which tragically was destroyed shortly after its launch. The last shuttle to go into space landed on July 21, 2011, when “space shuttle Atlantis” returned home after a short space mission. Last year, Carthage students doing research with NASA were lucky enough to watch the launch of “Atlantis,” as well as see “Endeavour,” which was being prepared for its retirement flight. The Chair of the Natural Science Division and Professor
of Astronomy Kevin Crosby remembers how awed the country was by space shuttles, saying, “It was revolutionary that we had a plane that could take off and land just like every other plane, but in between it made it into space.” Although Crosby has fond childhood memories of the first shuttle launch, and has followed the shuttle program ever since, he admitted, “It’s been time for this shuttle to be retired for quite a while now. The technology is dated; the job for which it was designed has been accomplished, and we have better opportunities and more adventures on the horizon with different vehicles.” While Crosby thinks that the shuttle technology is out of date and in need of a replacement, there is still some uncertainty to NASA’s next move.
Crosby stated, “I’ve been in favor of the shuttle retiring; what I haven’t been in favor of is the shuttle retiring and not having any clear path toward the next generation vehicle.” Commercial spacecrafts are likely the next big thing in space technology, as Crosby explained, Commercial companies are vying for the right to take both stuff and people into space.” Meanwhile, NASA may revisit plans for “Orion,” a spacecraft for crew that was part of the “Constellation” program that also included a payload vehicle. Because of the shuttle program’s cut in funding, there is a common misconception that NASA’s budget has been cut. Crosby explained that this misconception is because “[the shuttle program] just happens to be the most visible aspect of NASA’s operations,
but NASA is a massive system of research centers that have provided over the years a lot of the technology that you use and live with every day. Everything from GPS in your cell phones, to fetal heart monitors, to the grooves in the road that keep your car safe when it rains…the technology innovation that has been spawned by NASA or created in NASA labs is just breathtaking in its totality.” So even though the shuttle program has retired, NASA’s contributions continue both in space and down here on land. It may be the end of the space shuttle era, but Crosby anticipates that it only marks the beginning of an even better one. With the retirement of a generation’s defining spacecraft, we are reminded of all that NASA represents while we wait to see what our generation’s spacecraft will be.
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Challenge yourselves by locating the above photo on campus. Challenge your friends and fellow Carthaginians to the test and see who can locate the photo first. The subject and location of the previous weekâ€™s photo will be released the following week.
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End of the fall tennis Character seasons have mixed results shines in cancer RYAN SOTZEN Staff Reporter
The men’s and women’s tennis teams at Carthage just finished their regular fall season. The women completed their regular season on Sept. 29, when they lost their match with Carrol University. Carthage narrowly lost with a score of 5-4. The match took place in Waukesha, Wis. Bari Reynolds, ‘14, Haleigh McPeek, ’15, Erin Henrickson, ’15, Abbi Howell, ’15, Kirsten Peterson, ’16, and Holly Weber, ’14, represented Carthage. Earlier in the week, the women’s team competed and came out victorious against North Central College with a score of 6-3. Reynolds, McPeek, Henrickson and Weber all came out victorious in their singles matches, as did Reynolds and McPeek, and Hendrickson and Howell in their doubles matches.
As for the men’s team, the CCIW Fall Invitational Tournament is coming up Oct. 15 and 16, and the men are very excited to participate in it. When asked his thoughts about the past fall season, Brandon Curtis, ’14, said that, “[It went] pretty well, but there’s definitely room for improvement.” He explained how hard and often they practiced, and how they will resume practice come January because their spring season will start in February. Predicting the success of the spring season, Curtis said, “I think we will do really well, we got a lot of good new freshmen, we will work really well together as a team.” It seems clear that the everyday practices that go on during the early fall and spring go a long way with team building and the team mentality. Every spring the men’s and women’s teams get to visit the
Bari Reynolds,’14. Women’s singles defeated the Cardinals’ No.1 singles (6-0, 6-0).
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Invisible Children continued from front page Caroline had a lot of trouble sleeping and feared every night that the LRA were coming back. Alongside the emotional issues, Caroline had to drop out of school because she had no means to keep attending. In an inspirational turn, Invisible Children offers a scholarship program, and Caroline is one of the legacy scholarship students. Through the scholarship, Caroline was able to return to school and is graduating soon with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. The film discusses and shows actual footage from the invasions of villages, but only for a few seconds, because the LRA would attack if they saw the camera. There are many interviews shown with children
sunny state of Florida for a few matches. This trip helps with team building as well as their overall skill. Many of the players look forward to this trip long before it happens. And of course, behind every good team is a great coach. Coach Brady Lindsley, is coaching his 16th season at Carthage. What is unique about Coach Lindsley is that he coaches both men’s, and women’s tennis full-time. With that amount of time commitment it’s no wonder that the Carthage tennis teams are forces to be reckoned with. For more information on the Carthage tennis team, you can visit www.carthage. edu/athletics. Here you can find information on all of the players and coaches, statistics, and schedules of matches and events. Come on down to the Smeds Tennis Center and watch our men and women compete.
who have been rescued from displacement. At one point in the film, a victim even goes on to say he would rather die than live. These children are threatened with death if they try to escape and will be killed if caught again. Children are not allowed to show emotion when dealing with the killings, and even after being rescued, they live in fear of being abducted again. Another roadie, Laura, offered a look into a new video called “Move” which comes out on Oct. 8. On Nov. 17, thousands will come together from all corners of the world to Washington D.C. for an event called Move DC to remind the newly elected President about the seriousness of ending this war.
When describing the potential impact of Move DC, Laura said, “Move DC is the biggest thing that Invisible Children has ever done, and they are aiming for the stars. They are really pushing for people to be held accountable since the Kony 2012 movement. It is a push to action, and they want to be in D.C. right after the election so that whoever is in office will be taking this as first priority and not put it on the back burner any longer. If we can stop the violence, we can prove that justice is possible.” This war of inhumanity has been going on for the last 26 years, and it isn’t going away. The LRA is just as powerful and as brutal today as they were when the video was made a few years ago. There is fear that this war will never end unless Kony and the LRA are taken out now.
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The fall sports season is underway at Carthage and the Red Men and Lady Reds have been given unique opportunities to partner with campus organizations for special events. One such event is the Coaches vs. Cancer series sponsored by the campus organization Colleges Against Cancer (CAC). Brooke Kahly, ’14, president of CAC, reached out to both the football team and to the Lady Reds volleyball team. Both coaches were willing to participate in this year’s theme, “Black Out Cancer.” “We really wanted to stretch beyond just breast cancer this year, so black will replace the previous pink theme,” explains Kahly. “These events are a way for students to realize just how many of their peers are affected by this terrible disease.” The football “black out” will take place on Oct. 20 as the Red Men take on North Central College. Kahly adds, “We worked with Coach Rucks to really integrate a lot of awareness on the field and in the stands.” Players will be wearing pink accents and fans will have the chance to win Chicago Bears tickets in a raffle. Additionally, members of CAC will be collecting money from fans in an “83-second sprint” to draw awareness to the statistic that a person is diagnosed with cancer every 83 seconds. The Lady Reds volleyball team has also partnered with CAC. They will be supporting the “Black Out” shirts during warm-ups and have several other events planned for their Oct. 23 game against North Park University. President-Elect of CAC, Shannon Keating, ’15, has stressed that, “this year we wanted to be different. We wanted to create a legend for CAC while bringing awareness and information to campus.” The group has also planned Cancer Awareness week for Oct. 15-19 where the sports teams will again dedicate their time to fight cancer. The football team will be walking around with coin jars, and the player with the most change collected at the end of the week will have to get a pink mohawk for the game! The Lady Reds volleyball team will be responsible for giving the chosen football star their haircut. These teams have also pledged their support for the Relay for Life event later this spring. Both Kahly and Keating
have been in contact with coaches from all sports hoping to expand the Coaches vs. Cancer series. “We have talked to basketball, and lacrosse has always welcomed the chance to support us...and we are always open to more teams here at Carthage,” explained Kahly. Additionally, the Lady Reds soccer team partakes in “Go Pink” Cancer Awareness games throughout the season. While competitiveness and victory are the ultimate goals, it is nice to see our Red Men and Lady Reds come together, just like the professional sports teams, to fight a cause and spread awareness. Finding common ground amidst the variety of professional sports leagues is difficult, yet league officials in Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have all found ways to unite their players and teams to bring about cancer awareness. These teams are full of players affected by cancer just like the Red Men and Lady Reds of Carthage. They have chosen to set aside differences and join forces to battle such a deadly disease. The MLB has three different initiatives to fight cancer: Prostate Cancer/ “Blue Ribbon” awareness every Father’s Day, Breast Cancer/ “Pink Ribbon” awareness every Mother’s Day and a unique partnership with the Stand Up to Cancer Foundation. The MLB hosts home run challenges for charitable donations on these days. The NFL partners with the American Cancer Society during October for its “NFL Pink—A Crucial Catch” program. This consists of pink gear worn by players and coaches during the game that is then auctioned off for the American Cancer Society. The NHL has instituted its Hockey Fights Cancer Program that mainly benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through purple jerseys and other items auctioned off by teams around the league. These multi-billion dollar industries show true character and class in forming events for awareness to cancer. While class and character is something the Red Men and Lady Reds of Carthage have always had, it is fitting that they reassert to all on campus that those qualities are still prevalent through their partnership with CAC and participation in the Coaches vs. Cancer series.
SPORTS IN SHORT ISABEL SHAINDLIN Staff Reporter
Men’s Cross Country Saturday, Sept. 29 Carthage College took 14th place out of 27 teams at the University of Minnesota “Roy Griak Invitational”
Men’s Football Saturday, Sept. 29 Carthage College 31, North Park University 6
Men’s Golf Sunday, Sept. 23 – Monday, Sept. 24 Carthage College took 1st place out of 10 teams at the Wisconsin Lutheran College Fall Invitational Thursday, Sept. 27 Carthage College took 1st out of 16 teams at the Elmhurst College Fall Invitational
Men’s Soccer Friday, Sept. 28 Carthage College 10, Robert Morris University-Lake County 0
Women’s Golf Tuesday, Sept. 25 Carthage College took 1st out of 3 teams at the Elmhurst College “Bluejay Classic”
Women’s Soccer Wednesday, Sept. 26 Carthage College 2, Wisconsin – La Crosse 0 Saturday, Sept. 29 Carthage College 2, Elmhurst College 2 in double overtime
Making the mark : A 1-on-1 with Division III champion Trevor James ISABEL SHAINDLIN Staff Reporter
Year after year, Carthage College adds close to 700 students to its student body. It is every student’s goal to become the best they can be with many activities, clubs and athletic opportunities within their reach. Yet while some students may think their schedule is rough, outstanding student athletes have several different priorities in mind when each new school year rolls around. Trevor James, ’13, is one of these outstanding student athletes. He plays for the men’s basketball team but also is a high jumper on the men’s track and field team, which turned out to be a natural talent for James this past season when James became the 2012 NCAA Division III National Champion for the high jump. This is an astounding feat to accomplish as a sophomore, while also maintaining great grades and a social life. James set a Carthage record with his championship height (6’10 ¼), raising the bar extremely high for anyone attempting to come remotely close to his national championship status. 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.
Tuesday, Sept. 25 Carthage College 6, North Central College 3 Saturday, Sept. 29 Carroll University (Wis.) 5, Carthage College 4
Women’s Volleyball Wednesday, Sept. 26 Illinois Wesleyan University 3, Carthage College 1 Friday, Sept. 28 Wisconsin – Eau Claire 3, Carthage College 1 Friday, Sept. 28 Carthage College 3, Wisconsin – Superior 0 Saturday, Sept. 29 Carthage College 4, Wisconsin – River Falls 1 Saturday, Sept. 29 Carthage College 3, Finlandia University 0
Check out a live interview with Trevor James at the carthagecurrent.com
Red Men’s Trevor James, ’14, was a National Champion in high jump Current Photo JOhanna Heidorn for Carthage College this past May, earning All-American honors. James is not only in track and field but he also plays basketball.