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Obama: in Carter’s eyes Jacque Carter gives his viewpoints about President Barack Obama’s college tuition plans.

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Staff Writer Doane could face changes if President Barack Obama’s education reform policies make their way through Congress. Such changes could include reporting more data to the federal government, losing federal funding and losing prospective students. Doane President Jacque Carter, however, said that the reforms are widely needed for a college education system that has fallen below foreign countries. For the most part Carter agrees with Obama’s speaking points. With regard to increasing the amount of work study on campus. “I’m all for that,” Carter said. In his speech in Michigan on Jan. 26, President Obama outlined a number of programs to help students pay for college. Obama spoke about extending the tuition tax credits to students, shifting federal aid to colleges that stay affordable and efficient, raising state funding for colleges and creating a report card of colleges for students. Carter stated that a concern of his was Obama’s plan to create the College Scorecard. The reports could cause Doane to lose funding. According to his fact sheet on college education reform, Obama’s purpose for the scorecard is to provide essential information about potential earnings for students after graduation, graduation rates and information about college costs. The problems arise when federal funding is moved away from inefficient schools to those that have more success with getting students out the door cheaply and quickly. “Given that students at Doane and at most private colleges do not have as much need as students attending public two year colleges and/or attending for profit colleges, often online, then we could find ourselves losing funding,” Carter said. While Doane’s four-year guarantee will look good on this scorecard, a liberal arts program

may raise a red flag for prospec- down you’ve got to keep working tive students that simply want toward the technology,” he said. only the required classes to gradHowever, Carroll disagreed uate and get a job. that raising the student populaOn paper, the liberal arts pro- tion was favorable. gram looks inefficient and the “One of the reasons that I came government may shift federal to Doane was because of the low funding away from Doane to student teacher ratio,” Carroll other colleges that can provide a said. “I’m afraid that to pull more quick and speedy education, such students onto the campus than as community we already are--I feel colleges, tech “Doane is positioning that you would lose that schools, state itself through strategic student-teacher relaschools and tionship in turn to pull planning to weather universities. in more money.” any storm that may Carter said Truly, Doane, along that this fund- come and to strengthen with all liberal arts ing could also schools, is unique. our ability to ensure a be based on “What makes the Doane education is both schools that United States unique excel based on accessible and affordis the liberal arts colsubject matleges,” Carter said. able.” ter. Carter reassured that “There is Doane will not be greatJacque Carter-President ly impacted by cuts in also some discussion that federal funding. funding could be tied to certain Peggy Tvrdy, director of finanareas of study where there is a cial aid, said that Doane’s fedstronger demonstrated need for eral funding goes to two places. jobs,” Carter said. Work study which totals $90,116 Students would be hard for the 2011-2012 year will likely pressed to choose a liberal arts double over the next five years as program and thus would be led per Obama’s speech and are disby their finances to schools that tributed to students as they work. do well on the College Scorecard. The Supplemental Educational “We need to encourage the Opportunity Grant which totals Federal Government not to put to $96,393 for the 2011-2012 in place programs that would year is need-based funding that diminish the student’s ability Doane received from the govto use their financial aid at col- ernment to propagate to needy leges of their choice regardless of students which may be lowered fields of study and employment and reassigned to other colleges prospects,” Carter said. if Doane does not do well on the Doane may find it easy to skirt College Scorecard. the effects of the policies. “The price of college will con“Doane is positioning itself tinue to go up, but it will vary in through strategic planning to the rate it will go up,” Economics weather any storm that may Professor Les Manns said. come and to strengthen our abilManns said that Doane would ity to ensure a Doane education be hard pressed to attract stuis both accessible and afford- dents if its financial aid packable,” Carter said. ages became less competitive The first way that Carter listed compared to other colleges. As to weather the policies was in- a result students would look at creasing endowments which are Doane as a less viable college opgiven to students in the form of tion. scholarships. The next way was “(Obama) wants (colleges) to to grow past 1,048 students. The work much harder to hold down final listed solution was to in- tuition costs. If they don’t then crease technology. they could suffer from losing Senior Kyle Carrol agreed that some financial aid,” Manns said. he would like to see more tech- “Which certainly would then afnology . fect their ability to attract stu“I think for Doane to keep costs dents.”

WebAdviser simplified for less hastle BY TYLER WEIHE Managing Editor Doane’s registrar office installed the first changes to Webadviser that will make the four-year graduation guarantee easier to manage. Denise Ellis, Registrar office, said the two biggest changes for this semester were class waitlists and electronic attendance. The waitlists were created to give students an option to be added to a list for open spots in full classes. “This brings order to the madness,” Ellis said. “Students are getting the classes they want in a fair way.”


Sophmores Natalie Korus and Allison Pfeifer said they didn’t notice the Webadviser changes, but they like the idea. “It will be helpful,” Korus said. “And a good way to organize for next semester.” Ellis said the Registrar office was sending a lot of emails and making phone calls, asking students to declare a major because the waitlist will be based on a weighted rank. According to Ellis, the weighted rank is a point system where older students and those who have declared majors will be able to get the classes

they need to graduate The other big change, electronic attendance, has made registering students less of a hassle for advisers, Ellis said. “Before the electronic attendance, advisers had to add a “dummy” class to notify financial aid who was enrolled so they could pay out the students’ financial aid,” Ellis said. “Now the students just need to show up for class.” Doane’s Registrar decided to make small adjustments this semester and plans to make a few more changes this fall, Ellis said.

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“We’re changing little by little to get where we want to be,” Ellis said. Next fall the Registrar office will be testing E-advising with students. E-advising is an integration of a student’s program evaluation with the four-year graduation guarantee which will simplify the student and advisers job for registration. “We don’t want you to do everything on your own,” Ellis said. “We’re here to help.” Ellis said the Registrar office wants to make registration as efficient as possible in order to guarantee a fouryear graduation. Be Kind|



Feb. 2

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Would like to make Bushera tax cuts permanent

Wants to eliminate the federal reserve, which would elimnate 10% of federal jobs.

Said he would try to reduce the corporate tax rate to 0.

In favor of a federal ammendment in consitution that defines marriage as between man and woman.

Openly supports an increase in overall standards for education.

Wants to push for qualitybased incentives for teachers.

AGE: 64

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[THE BIG 4[ Lower corporate taxes.

Does not support raising taxes with current economy.

Eliminate estate tax.

Supports federal law that defines marriage as, “Man and Woman”

Wouldn’t charge interest on student loans for science and math students.

Federal Aid would only go to schools that allow school prayer.

AGE: 68

Total spent: $10,624,423 Cash on hand: $2,108,831

Newt Gingrich

Believes in marriage between man and woman.

Doesn’t want federal government involved, states should decide.

Thinks shutting down Department of education will improve quality of education.

Encourages home schooling and private schools.

Believes in federal laws of marriage over state laws. Opposes same sex marriage.

Believes parents have a fundamental right to choose education for their children.

AGE: 76

AGE: 53

Total spent: $24,199,806 Cash on hand: $1,904,915

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Crime increases in new year Safety writes 17 campus MIPs over Interterm.

policy. “One of the biggest Staff Writer confusions is between Interterm is well- minor in possession and known for racking up minor in consumption,” alcohol related offenses, he said. “We don’t have but this year the number a minor in consumption was more than all of first policy.” Sophomore Omar Posemester combined. Seventeen students lanco disagreed with the received MIP’s over the policy. “If we don’t want to three week period. drink but want to be “There were as many, if not more cases than social, it’s not a good the entire first semes- policy,” Polanco said. ter,” said Associate Dean “Sometimes people want to be around of Student people and not Leadership “Students should drink.” Russ Hewitt. truly read the Hewitt said “We often went several student handbook if law enforceweeks with- and try to become ment is on campus they out a case familiar with it.” will conduct during the breathalyzer fall.” Kyle Dimitt-Peer Judicial tests as a stanHe said Captain dard of proof, many of the but for Dooffenses came from alcohol tol- ane, they are concerned erant room violations, about the amount of algathering policy viola- cohol and where it is. However, police were tions, and possession of only called to campus hard alcohol. However, Hewitt said once over Interterm for students can get an an alcohol and drug reMIP even if they aren’t lated suspicion. Freshman Samuel drinking and conductRickert said he expected ing breathalyzer tests are not part of Doane to be cautious over InBY ALYSSA BOUC

terterm. “Coming in as a freshman there’s the mentality that there’s a lot more partying going on,” Rickert said. “Be more aware of your surroundings and avoid situations you know will get you in trouble.” Students who received MIP’s were sent to the peer judicial board for review. Sophomore Kyle Dimitt, captain of the peer judicial board said the board strives to take an educational approach on offenders to review campus policies. He said in order to prevent offenses; students should brush up their facts. “Students should truly read the student handbook and try to become familiar with it,” he said. “They aren’t always completely familiar with the policy.” Rickert had two suggestions to avoid offenses: “Stay away from risky situations, and use your brain,” he said. “Or when in doubt hide in a closet.

Alcohol consumption involved in sexual assault on campus. BY ALISHA FORBES Staff Writer

The Doane Safety Office e-mailed Doane students about a possible sexual assault in Frees Hall on Jan. 23. The student declined to file a police report; alcohol was a factor in the incident. To stay safe, Student Leadership Associate Dean Russ Hewitt said students needed to secure rooms and drink responsibly.

Hewitt said sexual assault victims often knew their attacker. “Understand, we don’t have a problem with people jumping out of bushes on campus,” Hewitt said. There was one forcible sex offense in 2010 at Doane, according to the 2011 Annual Safety and Security Report. “The main thing is that they (students) reach out to someone they trust and get it reported,” Hewitt said.

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1/27/12 • 7:15 p.m. Theft of property. 1/29/12 • 1:30 a.m. Hard alcohol policy violation. 1/29/12 • 8:15 p.m. Disorderly conduct. 1/31/12 • 3:15 a.m. Suspicion of drug use.

Quad windows sealed to prevent theft. BY ALYSSA BOUC Staff Writer Unauthorized access and thefts caused the facilities department to seal the main window in each quad within the next two weeks. Many quad residents used the main window adjacent to the door as a backup entrance, but it has become a target for trespass. A $2000 laptop was recently stolen from

a quad because of the easy access to the door from the window said Associate Dean of Student Leadership Russ Hewitt. He said when the Safety Office would see students entering the quads through the windows on camera; they had to address the issue. The Safety Office expressed concern to quad residents in the fall about using the en-


trance, but the issue was not resolved. Hewitt said only the window next to the door will be sealed and all other windows will remain open. The college met with the Nebraska Fire Marshal over Interterm and determined the sealed windows will not be a fire hazard. Hewitt reminded if you are locked out of your room to call the Safety Office.


Feb. 2


Students nab awards at KCACTF contest BY MORGAN HOLDER Editor in Chief

While most students were reading lines from books over Interterm, one group of students were memorizing lines and taking home awards. The Interterm class Region V Kennedy Center ACTF Experience prepared a group of students for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Students traveled to Ames, Iowa during the last week of Interterm, where they took home more awards than previous years. Theater Director Robin McKercher said the group was even more successful than the group a few years back. “Two years ago we took home more awards than any college or university in our seven state region, but this year it was even more,” McKercher said. “We are turning heads.” Senior Allison VanDriel made it to the final round in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. “Getting to compete in the further rounds beyond the preliminaries was a new experience,” VanDriel said. “This was my second year (at KCACTF). Junior year, I also competed for the Irene Ryan scholarship, but I didn’t make it past the preliminary round.” VanDriel said she did not expect to do as well she did in the competition. She and her partner, freshman Patrick Conley, competed in the final round against 15 other actors chosen from the 299 actors in the preliminary round. “I hoped that maybe we would make it to semifinals, and when we did I had no idea that we would ever make it to finals,” VanDriel said. “I felt pretty confident in our pieces, but it’s pretty rare for a Doane student to make it beyond preliminaries.” She said she went into the competition with high hopes. “(My goal was) to ultimately make it to finals, I just didn’t see that playing out,” VanDriel said. McKercher said that one of the judges wanted VanDriel to win the competition and go on to nationals.

Allison VanDriel (with Patrick Conley) made it to the Final Round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition

Archived Photo/The Owl

“One (of the judges) was fighting for her to go to DC,” McKercher said. “The other three put her in the middle of the crowd and didn’t feel like she was ready to go to DC. Just the fact that she made it to the round of 16 is unbelievable.” Although her success was unexpected, VanDriel said she was happy with the outcome. “It was encouraging to hear all the positive feedback and to know that there was someone who thought that we did well enough to move on to nationals. Even so, I’m definitely fine with the fact that we didn’t be-

cause we were still in the top 16 of 299.” McKercher said he agreed that VanDriel should be happy with her performance. “Allison VanDriel made it to finals which is like the rarest of rare things that can happen to an actor,” McKercher said. “She did great. They presented and competed in front of 2,000 people. She wasn’t selected, but the fact that she made it to the round of 16 was outrageously good.” Senior Joe Anderson and freshman Dayna Svoboda also won best selected scene in “The

39 Steps” “To be a selected scene, it’s everybody. The pool is ginormous,” McKercher said. “Best selected scene is the best scene of all 225 shows. We won one of the eight in Region V.” Sophomore Kim Williams also won first place for best lighting design in the play “Cyrano.” This award sends her to the National competition in April. “We’ve sent a recipient of first place to Washington DC three years in a row,” McKercher said. “I can’t think of a single school, either college or university, that has done that.

We have.” Williams said she was happy with her performance. “I think I did a good job and I had liked what I had done, but as a first year person, I didn’t expect first place,” Williams said. “I just wanted to go in there and have something to show and see what I needed to work on as a lighting designer.” In 2010, Chet Miller went to DC for sound design. In 2011, Josh Rajee went to DC for best set design. Williams rounded out the trio this year in best lighting design for her work in “Cyrano.”

“It’s so rare and just amazing,” McKercher said. “The pool that we’re competing against is undergraduate and graduate and faculty. Kim (Williams), an undergraduate--she’s a sophomore--won. She was great.” Williams will take her presentation to Washington DC to compete at nationals against the first place winners from the other seven regions in the United States. McKercher was also selected to compete in the faculty directed showcase against six other faculty directors.

{IN THE LOOP} Music Group brings diversity for Black History Month

friday • Graffiti Dance Butler Gym 9 pm wednesday • Soul Lyrical Heckman Auditorium 7 p.m.


A musical group is set to help bring diversity to classrooms next week in honor of Black History month. Soul Lyrical members Angela Hagenbach, Nedra Dixon and Pamela Baskin-Watson are jazz artists who will be visiting campus next Monday through Wednesday. They can sing, compose music, act and dance. Wilma Jackson, multicultural support services director, said that bringing Soul Lyrical to campus had been a collaborative effort. She said John Burney, vice president of academic affairs, recommended the group. Since then, Multicultural Support Services has been working with other faculty and staff, in-

campus. Jackson said the group would be visiting classrooms before their campus wide performance, including Rhea Gill’s Arts are Basic classes. “We’re excited to see this type of cultural display at home,” Jackson said. Courtesy Photo/The Owl According Members of Soul Lyrical: Nedra Dixon (left), Angela to Raj Teyeh, Hagenbach (center) and Pamela Baskin-Watkins director of institutional research, on cluding the Public Events Committee and the Arts are Basic census day in fall 2011 only Program to bring the group to three percent of the Crete cam-

pus full-time students reported themselves as Black or African American. The majority, 86 percent, of full-time students considered themselves White. The next closest number was a 5 percent Hispanic and Latino population. Only two percent of the population did not respond. Jackson said she hoped Soul Lyrical would provide elements in the classrooms to make students more aware of diversity. She said she hoped that they could walk away with a sense of appreciation. “That’s our opportunity to infuse diversity in the classroom,” Jackson said. The group will also be giving a free performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Heckman Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.


friday • Doane’s Most Talented Common Grounds 8 pm


Black History Month Facts

Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926.

Negro History Week was every second week of February--In between Frederick Douglass and Abe Lincoln’s Birthdays

Black History Month was officially founded in 1976.

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Mouse problems ‘typical’ in college residence halls Isolated mouse problems draw concerns from students, Res Life reassures BY HANNAH BAUER Staff Writer

Many students have recently found mice scurrying through the rooms of Sheldon Hall and Hansen Hall. Although the sightings may frighten some students, they are typical of college residence halls, said Residence Life. “Every system I’ve been in will have a problem like this,”

Residence Life Director Kevin Bollinger said. Hansen Leadership Program Assistant Director Jay Fennell said that the large amount of people and food drew mice to residence halls. “It’s all over the country that it happens,” Fennell said. Despite the common occurrence of mice, freshman Hansen resident Glen Thomas said he was still surprised to come back to his room during Interterm to find it a wreck. He said his roommate informed him there was a mouse, though Thomas said he did not see the mouse for another hour. “I was at my desk studying, and I heard a bit of scurrying,” Thomas said. “I naturally went to investigate and out came the

mouse.” Thomas said he and his roommate were eventually able to capture the mouse in a trashcan, but when they attempted to transfer it to another container, it escaped. He said the mouse remained uncaptured. “We informed Jay (Fennell) and then security brought us some mouse traps. They haven’t caught anything, though, unfortunately,” Thomas said. Both Fennell and Thomas said they did not know how the mouse got in. “We scoured the room, but we can’t figure out how it got in; it’s absolutely flabbergasting,” Thomas said. “Unless it crawled through the vents, I don’t know how else it got in.” Bollinger said the mice sight-

ings were isolated incidents, but if it became a serious problem Residence Life would handle the situation in a similar manner to the bedbug outbreak. “If (a large infestation) were to occur, we would take proactive steps,” Bollinger said. Residence Life sent out an email at the beginning of the year advising students how to prevent mice. Bollinger said having six room checks over the year and mostly banning outside furniture also helped keep mice out of the residence halls. Thomas said his experience with a mouse was memorable. “It was a hilarious adventure, but it was absolute hysteria,” Thomas said.

You and your roommate may not be alone. Move over, ‘cause Jerry the mouse is playing your Xbox.

Graphic by Tyler Weihe/The Owl


Feb. 2

Are YOU this excited about healthy food?


Following 2012 election critical for future of US Students should prepare early for the election in November. Doane students have a big test coming up. It could be considered the biggest test many of us will take this year. And we need to start preparing for it. There are only nine more months until the next major election. Since a majority of the Doane student population is over 18 years of age, that means there are only nine more months until we have the opportunity to impact the future of the United States of America. We cannot take this opportunity lightly. Whoever we choose to be the president will hold that position for the next four years. Within those four years, most of us will be making some important life decisions. We’ll be buying houses, starting families, getting careers, getting health insurance, paying bills. Each of these major life moments could be heavily impacted by the president of the United States if he so chooses. The Doane Owl staff cannot say which candidate it supports, but as individuals we can say that we each need to support a candidate. And readers do, too. First, make sure you are a registered voter. The easiest way to register is at your local County Clerk’s office. You can find addresses at That site also has a mail-in registration form. Once you’re registered, start following the candidates. If you don’t know what party you follow, do some research. Then check if the candidates in that party support your beliefs. Now that the election is getting closer, it’s nearly impossible to open a news website or watch a major news network without hearing some sort of election coverage. There’s no excuse for being uninformed. In fact, you might have to make a conscious effort to change channels and avoid websites if you really want to ignore the presidential election. In college, we spend weeks preparing for exams. That exam grade may affect us until the end of the semester when the class ends. If we spend weeks preparing for something that will only impact us for a few more months, how much time should we spend preparing for the election which will impact the next four years? The answer is up to you. If you can research enough to make a decision in minutes, do it. If you need months, do it. As long as you vote for the candidate that you feel is the best, there’s no greater impact you can make in this country.


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A student grabs lettuce during lunch at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington, Vt.

Lessons about food should start early. As society moves toward an increasingly employed lifestyle, more parents are moving away from cooking healthy meals and toward microwaved and fast food meals. This unhealthy lifestyle not only contributes to a 17 percent childhood obesity rate, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but also leads to a more daunting situation: families are forgetting how to cook. Part two of this two part series on our food problem investigates the lack of food education in our schools and suggests a program that is working to close the knowledge gap. The ability to cook is a life skill. It is just as important to an individual’s health as physical fitness education, yet cooking receives much less attention. Often times, students are only


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required to take two or three culinary courses throughout their K-12 experience, while physical fitness courses are taken yearly. This is not enough course time to prepare students for life outside of school. Picture an elementary or middle school classroom. Imagine quizzing students on a variety of fruits and vegetables: squash, zucchini, kale, pears, raspberries. The students are not going to know what half the items are. If they are able to identify the items, they are unlikely to know how to cook with them. If they don’t know what healthy foods are as children, how are they supposed to know

when they are adults trying to feed their family? Filling this void is essential to making our society more healthy and sustainable, which is precisely what the Sustainable Schools Project (SSP) is trying to do in Burlington, Vt. Through three pilot elementary schools, the SSP is building food education into the everyday curriculum. In kindergarten through fourth grade, students learn the foundations of foods through hands-on learning and cooking activities. They are able to work with a variety of vegetables and prepare basic recipes. Events are held where students have the opportunity to

show their parents how to make healthy snacks. In fifth through eighth grade, students learn how their community is affected by food and the natural systems that create produce. Local farmers are brought in to explain processes and students develop projects that help the community. By the time they reach high school, students have thorough knowledge of where their food comes from, how it is grown and how to cook basic, healthy recipes. In the future, they will not only be able to cook healthy meals for their children, but also have a greater role in making the community sustainable. Projects like the SSP can be a model for getting more food education into the curriculum. If our generation is to live longer than our parents and our society is to become more sustainable, implementing these projects is imperative. To find more information about the SSP, including curriculum examples, go to http:// www.sustainableschoolsproject. org/.

Does 2012 mean end of the world? BY CORYELLE THOMAS Staff Writer Believe it or not there is something even more sinister than finals lurking in the shadows and crawling around in the back of our minds. The majority of society is aware of the countless “crazy” individuals crying wolf about this world, as we know it, ending. Well, call me a paranoid alarmist, but I am ready for this world to end and here is my reason. The weather. Why would anyone be concerned about 60 degree weekends and sunny days? We are experiencing this weather during the winter months of December, January, and February. Either the big

man upstairs is spoiling us, or the world is sick and changing. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy it. I wore shorts and flipflops just the other day instead of snow boots and a parka. I also slept with only one teeny tiny blanket instead of suffocating under eighty pounds of down feathers like I would normally do in the dead of winter. The government. Riots are happening. Iran might as well hand out heat-seeking pocket missiles to its citizens. Let’s not forget about Obama and gun control. Limiting guns and ammunition will not prevent people from killing people. Guns don’t kill people; people do. One presidential candidate said he preferred an open marriage or subsequently divorce yet praised


family values. Meanwhile, another joked about stowing away his dog in a carrier rigged to the top of his family car during a 12 hour road trip. The tourism. Forget Disneyland, apocalypse tourism is the new trend bringing over 50 million projected tourists to Mexican regions over the next 12 months. The Mexican government is anticipating Tabasco, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and Campeche to be the most visited. Tapachula, Mexico has installed a countdown clock, keeping track til the end of the world set for December 12, 2012. And just when you think it can’t

get worse, the madness doesn’t stop there. Former Mayan cities and ruins are being transformed into tourist attractions and hotels, gathering Mayan artifacts and hosting festivals until the end of time. This is all very impressive, since people are seemingly finding ways to make money out of absolutely anything. If we, as humans, are capable of capitalizing on the downfall of all of humanity, I look forward to the end of this life. It is a sad, cruel world, so spend every last penny and head to the beaches of Mexico. Also, don't stress about deadlines or that paper you should probably get done. Tell them Coryelle said not to bother; the world is ending anyway.

Thumbs up to the end of the construction on Cassel Theatre and the Common Grounds patio. Finally, students are able to walk freely around the Perry Campus Center without running into closed paths and entrances.

Thumbs down to students with holds. Fixing those issues with the business office is the only way to get you into the classes you need.

Thumbs up to the groups around campus who are holding events for the Super Bowl. We hope students remember to be safe and enjoy the game.

Thumbs down to the sexual assault over Interterm. Students need to learn the dangers of sexual assaults and understand how to recognize and deal with a similar situation.

Thumbs up to Pinterest for giving students creative ideas for dorm room decorations, recipes and organizational tips. Thumbs up to the actors who performed at KCACTF. More awards than any school in the state is a great accomplishment, and we’re very proud. Thumbs up to the new Perkins Library Director Julie Pinnell. Hopefully her fresh ideas will bring the library exactly what it needs. And hopefully students take a moment to meet Pinnell.

Thumbs down to the large number of campus minor in possession offenses over Interterm. The new policy was created to ensure minors would avoid situations with alcohol.

Thumbs down to mice in the residence halls. Nobody wants to wake up in the morning to the sound of squeals while a mouse runs around the room. Thumbs down to the thefts in the Quads. Hopefully the sealed windows reduce the number of stolen items this spring semester.



Feb. 2

New Year’s resolutions focus around religion BY AUSTIN BENSON Staff Writer 5…4…3…2…1. It’s the start of February and just one month ago students and staff at Doane College were counting down the seconds until midnight. The countdown marked the start of a new year, a clean slate. Freshmen Bret Pospisil said making a New Year’s resolution was a good way to start over. “My New Year’s resolution was to go to church every Sunday. I have missed one Sunday, but I am making a real effort not to miss anymore, “ Pospisil said. Resolutions can be serious and controlled, or fun and uplifting. While many people actually do make resolutions, there are not many people who actually go all year focusing on the task they set. “Resolutions are a good way to try and better yourself,” Pospisil said . On the contrary, there are people who do not see a point in setting a New Year’s resolution because of failed attempts in the previous years. After numerous failed attempts at having a reso-

lution come true, Junior Brittany Luettel decided this year not to make one. “I have made the same resolution for years and it never happens, so I decided not to make one this year. I don’t see a point in making one when they are so hard to stick too,” Luettel said. When deciding a New Year’s resolution, as mentioned earlier, individuals will challenge themselves more than others, or possibly more than the year before. This is the case for Senior Micah Marvin. For his New Year’s resolution he decided to take time out of each day for worship. “I want to spend intimate time with God each day through reading the Bible and prayer,” Marvin said . Marvin continued to say he hasn’t spent the time he should each day, but he will benefit from his efforts. “Christ is my everything. He died for my sins so I may spend eternity in Heaven. I need to spend time getting to know Him and His plan through scripture and prayer. I must know God’s word in order to battle the Devil daily for Christ,” Marvin said.

SAC brings Pestle to Common Grounds

Musical artist Hana Pestle played for students in Common Grounds Wednesday as part of SAC’s FUSION!

Student upset with lack of recycling Recycling remains a huge issue at Doane College. All too easily students miss the implications underlying the lack of recycling at Doane. Disposing of trash in landfills increasingly inconveniences society through degradation of land, devaluing property, wasting energy, emitting greenhouse gasses, and financially burdening taxpayers. Students have expressed the sentiment to me that recycling doesn’t seem to make a difference. Throwing trash away constitutes what is called, in economic terms, a negative externality. Externalities, according to N. Gregory Mankiw, mean, “the impact of one person’s actions on the well-being of a bystander”. While you’re going about your day, you may not feel like you’ve generated much waste, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that, subtracting what was composted or recycled, each person generates approximately 2.9 pounds of waste per day. You may not feel like you are making any difference, but that amount of municipal solid waste turns into 1,058 pounds of trash

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(Above) Seniors Danny Bustamante and Heather Herscheid and juniors Grant Dewey, Laura McNearny, and Kathryn Sherfey learn about wetland conservation on an airboat excursion. (Below) Students took a canoe ride through the everglades and ran across dozens of American alligators. Courtesy Photos: Laura McNearny, Ethan Zoerb

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Students beat January cold, study in paradise This Interterm students ditched the frigid Nebraska winter for the sublime beaches of Florida and the lesser Antiles. In Florida, students explored the alligatorladen everglades. They snorkled along coral reefs in the Florida Keys and witnessed a rare manatee sighting under an atlantic sunset. In the Antiles, students

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Feb. 2

Choir tour inspires, sings for Dr. King BY ALISHA FORBES Staff Writer The rain drizzled as Doane Choir students stood in a circle to sing “Precious Lord” at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tn. Martin Luther King Jr. had requested that song 44 years ago from a balcony looking down to where Doane students now stood. However, he was assassinated before this request was fulfilled. “I just kind of felt like we (choir) were sending a tribute out to him saying: you finally get to hear ‘Precious Lord,’” Doane Choir President Maureen Beck said. Junior Mariah Frahm said most of the choir was in tears by the end of the song. The museum was one of many destinations the Doane Choir’s Walk in the Light Tour. The 47 students sang in six different states from Jan. 21-28 before the last performance at Doane. Freshman Tyler Strobl said he thought the tour was a success. “I feel like everyone realized just how deep and meaningful the music that we sing is,” Strobl said. “It’s not just beautiful sounds, it actually has meaning and can spur people to feel and do things.” Beck said her goal during the trip was to connect with an audience member as she sang. “If there’s a touching moment to at least one person in the crowd, it makes the whole performance worth it,” Beck said.

Choir members perform at the home concert upon completion of the Doane Choir Tour. Students performed in six different states.

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Pinterest inspires students to decorate halls, rooms BY CORYELLE THOMAS Staff Writer

Pinterest, a social media website, allows students to share creatively.

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Imagine a bulletin board with limited space. Now imagine a bulletin board not hung on the wall but right under your fingertips. Pinterest, a social media website, offers a virtual pin board allowing users to pin images and messages to their own boards and spread ideas via the Internet. Often times, websites are open for anyone to create a username, but Pinterest does the opposite. A hopeful Pinterest user must first request an invite to join the site or receive an invitation via a previous user, creating an increased sense of popularity upon receiving the invitation. “I was told all these things about the site,” said junior Haley Mondt, “So when I got my invitation I was super excited.” Among the Pinterest board, there are crafty DIY, Do-It-

Yourself, ideas that users can learn to do on their own. Sophomore Ashley Stehlik, Third Floor Sheldon Resident Assistant, found herself caught up in hot glueing crayons to a piece of paper then blow drying them with a hair dryer to “bleed” the colors of the crayons downward. “I was on Pinterest and stum-


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bled upon this picture of the crayons and thought ‘this is awesome’!” said Stehlik, “So I made them for the student’s wall decorations outside of their doors.” The creativity juices continued to flow through the hall as freshman Ellen Chamley and her roommate Vanessa Randall found their own inspirations using fitness images and motivational messages. ”My roommate and I decided we needed better motivation to maintain our fitness so we printed off a bunch of images we found on it [Pinterest] and put them up in our room,” said Chamely, “That is where we got our idea for the fitness calendar.” There is a wide variety of material available ranging anywhere between home decor, catchy sayings, food for parties, and cute outfits. Users can create personalized folders to stow away their favorite pins and group them into categories.

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Braithwait scores 20 as Tigers upset No.10 BCU BY KEVIN ANDERSON Staff Writer The women’s basketball team emerged victorious 77-73 after a nail-biter of a game against the No. 10 Briar Cliff Chargers Wednesday at the Haddix Center. The two teams were neck and neck up to the final two minutes of the game when both were tied at 69. In the next minute, the Tigers pulled ahead 73-69 with free throws shot by Seniors Madara Upeniece and Cheryl Braithwait. After a Briar Cliff time out, the Chargers did not have the opportunity to try their last play because a personal foul gave Doane’s Braithwait another free throw that ended the game 73-77. Coach Fairbanks attributed the win not only to Braithwait, “knocking down those free-throws” but also to Sophomore Cali Bellar who started in place of an injured upperclassman. “She handled the role very well,” Fairbanks said. Senior Josh Riser goes up for a lay-up during their game against No. 15 Briar Cliff. The Tigers lost 77-71. Before this game, the Tigers had been on a fourgame losing streak. “Four of the last five games have been against teams ranked in the (national) top 10. It’s nice to finally get a win . . . It was just a good, moral, emotional win,” Fairbanks said.

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Doane men lost in the final minutes last night to Briar Cliff University. Rebounding played a big part in the Tiger loss. Doane pulled down just 36 rebounds in the game, but were able to hold the Chargers to 40 rebounds. Senior Josh Shoecraft said it was a tough loss for the team. “We just lost focus in the final minutes,” Shoecraft said. Doane was able to get on the score board first with a slam dunk by junior Jens Scholl. However, Briar Cliff quickly matched the intensity with an 11-6 scoring run, forcing Doane to call a timeout in the first six minutes of the game. Briar Cliff would continue to put up unanswered points in the first half, leaving the Tigers trailing 41-32 at halftime.

Senior Bryan Meyer, who scored six in the loss, said the GPAC Tournament was close. “There’s definitely a countdown,” Meyer said. “There are only a few more times to come back before conference.” With 10 minutes to go in the second half, Doane’s senior Josh Riser scored and was fouled on a breakaway layup. With his free throw, Doane came within two points. The Chargers continued to answer Doane point for point, until the Tigers were forced to start fouling at the one minute mark. Riser said there just wasn’t enough done to get the win. “I personally myself didn’t do the things I needed to help us win tonight,” Riser said. “I let the team down.” With the loss to Briar Cliff, Doane falls to 10-14 overall.

Doane selects soccer head coach BY RICHARD CREEGER Sports Editor

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Senior Cheryl Braithwait scored 20 points in the win over No. 10 Briar Cliff Wednesday night.

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The game that I choose as my game of the week is the Super Bowl. A great matchup between two power house teams in the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. It’s a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl when the Giant’s David Tyree made the famous leaping one-handed catch and held the ball against his helmet. While both teams have different players, the quarterbacks are still the same. Eli Manning, who is trying to surpass his brother Peyton by winning his second superbowl, and Tom Brady, who is trying to win his fourth.

The search for the new head coach of the Doane College soccer program is over. Athletic Director Greg Heier announced on Jan. 26 that Paul Harvey has been selected as the new head coach. Harvey said he was excited for the opportunity to begin coaching at Doane. “There is potential to win at Doane,” Harvey said. “It’s a good school, a beautiful campus and a nice environment to work. I’ve coached a lot of club (soccer) kids from Omaha and have seen a lot of kids go to school and not have good experiences. I want my players to go somewhere where they have a good culture, and they can play the sport they love.” Harvey brings with him to Doane multiple years of coaching soccer, as well as being a player. Harvey was a member of the Newman University soccer team from 1999-2002, where he earned allconference honors in all four years and help guide the Jets to a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances. He also received Midland’s Collegiate Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year honors in 2000 and 2001, according to a press release

sent out by Doane College. Harvey said he plans on bringing what he learned from his past coaching experiences to Doane. “I want to bring the whole concept of ‘team’ to Doane,” Harvey said. “They need to know we are all in this together. You have everyone in the program from the coach to the players, the staff and others at the school on the same page; it all works. When you work hard and you play for each other, you get more success.” According to a press release by Doane College, Heier said he thought Harvey’s experience was a big factor in the interview process. “We were fortunate to have such a strong group of qualified applicants for this position,” Heier said, according to the press release. “Coach Harvey was selected to interview based on his experience coaching and working with a number of our existing players, his personal experience with athletics and liberal arts education having earned a degree and played soccer at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and his experience in coaching soccer at a variety of levels including one of the premier soccer programs in the nation, Creighton University. Ultimately, he was hired because of his

contagious enthusiasm for the game of soccer and all the life lessons that can be learned by playing the sport.” Junior defenseman Alex Reynolds said that he is excited to start working with Harvey. “I think he will bring a lot of fire,” Reynolds said. “He seemed like a pretty intense guy. I know he is going to do whatever he can to motivate us and share his passion.” Reynolds said he is looking forward to seeing his team progress under Harvey. “Hopefully I look forward to winning,” Reynolds said jokingly. “I look forward to working with him because he is a good coach. We have a good team and I think he can only improve that. He’ll fit in with what we want to do and our program.” Harvey takes over the Doane Soccer programs after Coach Greg Jarosik took a position at William Penn University in Iowa; a move made for family reasons. Harvey has served as an assistant coach at Newman University (2003-04) and as a volunteer assistant at Creighton University (2004-10). Most recently, he has served as Soccer Club Director of Coaching for the Nebraska Futbol Club, Inc., in Omaha, according to the press release.



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