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Observatory opens to preview Squyres BY ERIN BELL Staff Writer Students will have the opportunity to check out a rarely visited part of Doane’s campus: the Boswell Observatory. The Hansen Leadership Program will be hosting a night with the stars starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 in order to promote this semester’s assembly speaker, Steven Squyres, leader of the Mars Rover expedition. Mark Plano Clark, associate physics professor, will give students a tour of the 1883 building. While the telescope’s view has become limited by

surrounding trees, Plano Clark said students would likely be able to spot Jupiter or Venus. “There shouldn’t be a student who goes through Doane College that doesn’t get to see the observatory,” Plano Clark said. Junior Cammie Schwartz, a member of the HLP advisory board, the group of students that selects the speaker and plans the surrounding events, said the observatory’s infrequent use gave them the idea to host an open house. “It’s the building on campus that’s kind of left as a mystery,” Schwartz said. “Not everyone gets to see it. We

thought just from having the observatory open we would draw interest to our star party.” While faculty and staff have tried to make the observatory accessible, students must now schedule a time to visit the historic building. Plano Clark said the telescope’s lens, made by Alvan Clark, would be a coveted collector’s item. “The glass truly is very special,” Plano Clark said. Despite the rich history behind the observatory, Plano Clark said he estimated less than 15 percent of students at Doane ever enter the building. HLP will also host a movie night

in the residence halls each Sunday in February. Schwartz said the purpose of these events was to excite students for the speaker. “We try to tailor all of our events towards the speaker that is coming so students have a general idea of what he’s going to talk about and who he is,” Schwartz said. Junior Quint Geis, a HLP advisory board member, said the speaker was chosen by the board because the program had not recently brought in a speaker for the sciences. “He brought a much different topic than other science speakers we’d

looked at,” Geis said. “During his speeches he’s very open. You don’t feel like you’re at a science lecture by any means.” Physics Professor Chris Wentworth said he saw Squyres speak in Lincoln in 2005. “He was really dynamic,” Wentworth said. “He’s a very well-known public speaker.” Geis said the board selected the speaker with the entire campus in mind. “In a way space interests everyone, in some way. Whether it’s the ships, the engineers, the research…it gives a variety of topics,” Geis said. “I think a


Student writes musical BY MIMI SHIRLEY Staff Writer Viewer discretion is advised. A happy medium of PG13 and R-rated gives you PG15, a Becka Wilson production; Contraception: the Musical. Wilson, a senior, began writing a musical last summer. The musical “Contraception” is not only Wilson’s first musical, but will proudly be produced next semester as her senior project. The idea for the musical came from a combination of friends at a gathering. “This musical is the antidote for sex education in the U.S.,” Wilson said. “Typical rural American high school with the lack of sex ed. in their school leads to drastic problems.” It will be a full-length show with two acts, 13 characters, an ensemble and several pop/rock tunes.

There may be “…a sex addicted nurse, a love triangle between the staff members, virgin high school students and students who have had too much ‘bad’ sex; but there are some touching (moving) moments,” Wilson said. The lyrics and storyline are written by Wilson. Erik Buser and Liz Stauffer are the co-writers to the dialogue and music. “I enjoy all the time I spend with Liz and Erik; it’s fun collaborating with them,” Wilson said. “It doesn’t seem like work.” Wilson is a theater major. Her first show was when she was seven; first musical was at age eight. She continues to actively participate in theater, choir and band. Wilson is an active member of APO (an honorary theater society) and assists in all aspects of the stage: props, manage-

ment, directing, costume crew, singing, acting and writing. Wilson directed “No Exit” last year and is excited to direct her own piece. Senior Bailey Peyton said she has spoken to Wilson often about her comedy/ musical. “She’ll (Wilson) ask personal things to relate to her piece,” Peyton said. “It’s interesting to be used for that kind of research, but I think it’s great how Becka is using her creativity to poke fun at the poor sex education that is given to high school students.” Jocelyn Dittmar, Wilson’s roommate, has been kicked out of their room a time or two while Wilson was writing. Regardless, Dittmar said she couldn’t wait to see it. “People our age can appreciate the humor in it,” she said.

Welcome home


New Board of Trustees members come back to Doane BY ERIN BELL Staff Writer

Small fish are the only animals allowed in Doane’s dorm rooms, but that doesn’t mean students don’t sneak in other furry friends. BY ALISHA FORBES Staff Writer About two students were caught with animals this year, Residence Life Director Kevin Bollinger said. Smells, sounds, cleanliness and allergies were reasons for the pet restrictions in dorms, Student Leadership Associate Dean Russ Hewitt said. Hewitt said the Safety Office was usually informed about pets by other students who had concerns. “One student was keeping frozen mice in the (dorm’s) community freezer,” Hewitt said in reference to a previous year. The Safety Office later found out that the student had a boa constrictor, Hewitt said. Bollinger said a student was caught with a cat this year because it meowed. Students who are caught with pets get a warning, and are then dealt with on a case-by-


case need, Bollinger said. his friend’s chinchillas Junior Sung Chu said he in an off-campus living space. never owned pets on campus, Chu said he thought that but that one of his friends had some animals should be alkept chinchillas in Smith Hall lowed on campus, such as repthree years ago. tiles, hamsters and guinea pigs. Chu said it Bollinger said wasn’t difficult exceptions could be made to the to hide animals animal policy if from Residence Life during a student needed room checks. a seeing-eye-dog “Usually or if a staff member had to live on they (students) campus all year. would just throw a towel “Animals are over it (chin- Russ Hewitt- Student Leader- a good way to rechilla cage) or ship Associate Dean lieve stress, especially in college,” a blanket,” Chu Chu said. said. Chu said therapy dogs were Chu said he knew of two or three students who had a good example of this. animals in dorms, but did not He said it would be nice if want to release names. students could work out an ani“These are very close living mal permit with Residence Life. Bollinger said he quarters,” Hewitt said. “For certain animals, keeping them wanted students to feel hidden and cooped up in the like they could approach him room isn’t the best thing for with ideas, such as Chu’s. them.” see ILLEGAL PETS p. 2 Chu said he now owned

“One student was keeping frozen mice in the (dorm’s) community freezer.”

Four new members were recently appointed to the Doane College Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees meets twice a year to make crucial decisions for Doane College. Ann Songster Cahill, Jim Keck, Jane Renner Hood and Thomas Sorensen Jr. joined the 36-member board and will meet for sessions every fall and spring for four terms. Jerry Wood, institutional advancement/marketing vice president, said the trustees have the ultimate responsibility for the welfare of the college. He said the trustees needed to make sure the college was solvent and had total responsibility for the endowment fund. In addition to their financial responsibilities, the trustees also set Doane’s policies, Wood said. “For them to set policies they need to know all the factors that are involved and have a sense of

what’s going on (on campus),” Wood said. Student Leadership Vice President Kim Jacobs said one way trustees stayed informed of issues was through student interaction. “Student Congress senators and executive committees attend meetings with the board,” she said. Student Congress President Laura Jacob said the trustees appreciated having students as a reference. The board appoints new trustees based on a number of criteria, Wood said. He said they first looked at expertise that could benefit the board. The board has six committees: academic affairs, advancement and marketing, audit and business, enrollment, student leadership and technology. Each new trustee will be assigned to two committees. “Let’s say you have someone retire that was on the academic affairs committee,” Wood said.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS Ann Songster Cahill St. Louis, MO Jim Keck Lincoln, NE Jane Renner Hood Lincoln, NE Thomas Sorensen Jr. Crete, NE

“We would then need someone who would have expertise or knowledge of academic life.” Renner Hood’s expertise, 23 years of experience working in nonprofit education through Nebraska Humanities Council, was a major factor in her nomination, Wood said.

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Parking forum drives ideas - IN BRIEF BY ALISHA FORBES Staff Writer Students voiced their concerns about safety and parking at the Student Congress (StuCo) open forum in Common Grounds on Wednesday. Student Leadership Associate Dean Russ Hewitt helped answer questions.

StuCo President Laura Jacob said the relationship between commuter and residential parking was a big concern for students. “I think that looking at the parking by Perry (Campus Center), and whether that could be commuter and residential student parking like it used to be, seemed to be what we were hearing from a lot of off-campus students who were here,” Jacob said. “So that might be some-

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thing that we look into first.” Students also asked if parking by Sheldon Hall could be extended, Jacob said. Jacob said there was a plan in place to extend Smith Hall parking, which would create about 10 more parking spaces. Students also asked questions about when someone is available at the Safety Office desk and when students can enter residence halls they don’t live in, Jacob said.

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Eschliman crowned Doane’s most talented

2/3/12 • 10:30 p.m. Welfare check. 2/4/12 • 1:00 a.m. Alcohol Violation 2/4/12 • 8:25 a.m. Vandalism. 2/4/12 • 7:15 p.m. Alarm trouble. 2/4/12 • 9:30 a.m. Burglary. from p. 1 ILLEGAL PETS “I’m always willing to look at proposals and look at what people put together, but I’m going to ask some hard questions of that proposal, too,” Bollinger said. Bollinger said he liked the idea of therapy animals. “I know when we lived in Smith, everyone played with our puppy,” Bollinger said. Bollinger said a contained area in a hall where animals could be brought once a month would be another way to help students relax with animals. “We’ve got to be fair and consistent and look at everything,” Bollinger said.

Student Congress member Quint Geis talks during the student forum on safety and parking.

from p. 1 OBSERVATORY lot of people will be more interested than they necessarily think they will.” Wentworth said he agreed. “Hopefully people have some intrinsic curiosity about the solar system,” Wentworth said. “They’ll find (the lecture) interesting, entertaining even.” Schwartz said she hoped students would be inspired by Squyres. “I hope the speaker will motivate people to go out and come up with an idea that’s going to aid the future, and maybe inspire them,” Schwartz said.

from p. 1 NEW MEMBERS “She really has the exact kind of expertise in the kind of things the board works on and does,” he said. “She is knowledgeable about working with boards.” Another factor in the decision is the make-up of the board. Wood said the Board of Trustees recently had a few women members who retired or moved to emeritus status, so they were looking to find women replacements. “We always want to try and keep a decent balance of different perspectives and different

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“We always want to try and keep a decent balance of different perspectives and different people.” Jerry Wood- Advancement/ Marketing Vice President people,” he said. Wood said that since Doane is a private college, the board also looked at the ability of each nominee to help acquire resources. “For example, they (potential trustees) might be connected with foundations or different groups of people that could

give to the college,” he said. Keck, senior minister at First-Plymouth United Church of Christ Congregational in Lincoln, is an active member of the Lincoln community. Wood said Keck’s connections could help Doane get its name in front of the Lincoln community. He

said community connections in the past have led to donations for Doane. Geography was also a factor, Wood said. Songster Cahill, an active alumnus of Doane, is from St. Louis, Missouri. Wood said with alumni all over the country it was good to have trustees from different areas. Doane hasn’t had a trustee from St. Louis in a while, which made Songster Cahill a strong candidate for the position in addition to her experience in volunteer groups and nonprofit organizations, he said. Sorensen is a local busi-

nessman in Crete. Wood said the bylaws of the Board of Trustees said that there needed to be at least one trustee who is from the Crete community. “He is actually very supportive of Doane College even though he is not an alumnus,” Wood said. “He is very capable of helping the college town relationship and helping us gain resources through his own expertise in investment.” Jacobs said she looked forward to meeting the new trustees in the spring because she knew they all love Doane.

Doane bookstore raffles away free books

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Andrew DeCamp (left) poses with his certificate for free books. Brittany Ratzlaff (above) also won free books in the library raffle.

Five students receive free books in raffle. BY JAY GROTE Staff Writer The Doane Bookstore held a raffle for gift certificates last week to try and lure more students into doing more business with them. The winners were freshman Andrew DeCamp, freshman Taylor Rocke, sophomore Brittany Ratzlaff, freshman Ryan Harris, and freshman Ha Hyun Son. Each winner received a gift

certificate valued at the price each spent at the bookstore with all of the credit totaling $850.00. Lynette Newton, manager of the bookstore, said the raffle provided a good opportunity for the bookstore to give back to the students. Nebraska Book Company gave $850.00 to the bookstore in promotional funds in December. “My first idea was to give it back to the students,” Newton said. The raffle was opened once the first online orders from the bookstore were placed in late December. The raffle closed Friday with over 600 entries. All

student customers, both online and in store, were entered into the drawing. In the past, when the bookstore received promotional funds from Nebraska Book Company, the bookstore used the raffle for specific items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts and an iPod. Newton said that in the past the bookstore gave away so much clothing that all of the more common sizes were gone by the time other students redeemed their vouchers to the t-shirts and sweatshirts. Also Newton said the iPod idea seemed too restricting to the winner. This year the prize was store credit. “This time we’ll give them a

gift certificate,” Newton said. Newton said the raffle is another promotion idea to try to get more students into the college’s “one stop shopping center.” Newton said that a new program for the bookstore was also the rental program, which has been a welcomed addition to the bookstore’s buying options. Junior Amy Craig said that while she didn’t do any shopping at the bookstore she found the rental program considerable for some of her pur-

chases. Craig said that the rental program is a good idea, and it may be what brings her back to doing business with the bookstore. “I’ve looked at renting online, but the guarantees of buyback are so bad online,” she said. “I think renting here is a viable option.” Junior Kara Eide found the rentals beneficial to her. “The rentals were about half price on all of my books,” she said. With reductions like this the bookstore can compete. Newton reiterated the bookstore is non-profit, and that providing raffles or rentals are second lev-

el priorities against serving the students wants and needs. “While raffles and promotions are a great way to promote traffic and give back...we want students to know we are competitive and do provide valuable benefits when shopping with us,” Newton said. Eide said that while the raffle was appealing the bookstore needs to increase the number of rental books. “They’ve got a lot of competition with students going online and getting books cheaper,” Fide said. “They’ve come a long way since I was a freshman.” Eide said that while the raffle posed some great benefits, she wished she could have known more about it.


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“I didn’t really know anything about the raffle,” Eide said. While the bookstore did advertise the raffle on their website the in-store students felt that it could have been publicized more. Nevertheless, Newton appreciates the student’s observations. “Student opinion matters to us,” Newton said. “We need to know what is it that we are doing now that we can do better.... what it is that students feel we can provide that we are not providing right now.” The raffle may be over, but the bookstore promises raffles again in the future along with more rental options.

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Students battled for Doane’s Most Talented title by performing a variety of acts BY ALYSSA BOUC Staff Writer

Students had the opportunity to show off their skills Friday night at Doane’s Most Talented hosted by the Student Activities Council. 13 acts performed in front of a cramped crowd in Common Grounds. “It (Common Grounds) was packed,” said freshman per-

former Spencer Gregg. “People were sitting on the stairs up to the stage part.” A variety of talents performed included singing, instrumental performances, comedy routines and even a creative dance to “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by junior Ashton Kotas. Gregg, who sang and played guitar, appreciated the upbeat vibe of the audience. “There was a super positive atmosphere,” he said. “The audience wasn’t afraid to clap or yell in the middle.” The winners of the show were chosen by judges Dan Clanton, Rhonda Lake and Jacob Clark. “The Eschliman Brothers” took first place, Laura Jacob, Nate Knobel and Liz Stauffer

“There was a super positive atmosphere. The audience wasnt afraid to clap or yell in the middle.”

education at large universities, she said she enjoyed Doane’s smaller campus. “I kind of wish that I had gone to a place like Doane because it felt so big, and I felt kind of lost at Iowa State as an undergraduate,” Pinnell said. “I’d have to say that’s one of the things I find so attractive about Doane is the warm and supportive atmosphere that I feel here.” In her first two weeks, Pinnell spent most of her time getting acquainted with the campus. “I’ve gone around to a number of the buildings and met a lot of the staff,” Pinnell said. “So far it’s just been wonderful.” Collection Development Librarian Jayne Germer said she would be working with Pinnell during the training process. “Right now we’ll be working

side by side; since I was serving as Interim Director, I’ll be doing a lot of training,” Germer said. “But she’s definitely my boss.” The library staff discussed strategic planning with Pinnell. “One of the things that they’ve been researching is turning part of the library into a learning commence,” Pinnell said. “Basically it’s one-stopshopping for students.” Pinnell said there was a fiveyear plan for the commence. When it was finished, the library would give students access to many of the services on campus. “We would have the information that they need, the technical assistance and the electronic resources that they need right here,” Pinnell said. “We were hoping for other support services, too, such as the writing

Spencer Gregg-Freshman Performer were second and Angeline Dai came in third. “I wanted to be able to say I had done a talent show in my life,” senior Laura Jacob said. “We just decided to go and have fun and totally didn’t expect to win.” The audience said they enjoyed the show just as much as the performers. “The whole show was very encouraging,” freshman Brianna Golka said. “I wish I was that talented at something so I could

perform.” Jacob said in the past, Doane’s Most Talented was a two week event which included a final round. “I actually preferred this year,” Jacob said. “Everyone was less competitive and just there to have fun.” The lack of space didn’t seem to bother the crowd or the performers. “I’d rather there be too many people than not enough,” Jacob said.

Ryan Corrigan/The Owl Sam Eschliman (top) won the competition by playing the drums and singing. Directly above, Spencer Gregg sings a cover on his guitar during the show.

Pinnell named director of Perkins Library BY MORGAN HOLDER Editor-in-Chief

Julie Pinnell has always been a fan of reading. When she was in grade school, the librarian who visited her one-room schoolhouse always let Pinnell check out twice as many books. This ensured she had enough to read for the two weeks until the librarian returned. Now, she’s turned her love of books into a career. On Jan. 18, Pinnell began her latest job as the director of Perkins Library. After she received an undergraduate degree at Iowa State, Pinnell achieved her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa. Although Pinnell got her


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center, to be here.” In the more near future, though, Pinnell has some goals for the library and for herself. “I want to meet all the students,” she said. “And I want to know that if I can be any help

to them at all, they should definitely come and find me. Hopefully they won’t have to find me, though; hopefully I’ll be out there in plain sight and moving around campus.” Pinnell said she also wanted to make sure the library provided things that the faculty and students wanted. “The other (goal) is to get a lot of feedback from students and faculty about what they need the library to be for them so that we can better serve faculty and students,” she said. “And to collaborate with the faculty to make sure that the students are really aware of what we can do for them, how we can help them. “ Pinnell said she went through her undergraduate years unaware that the library helped

students. “Another goal of mine is to make sure the students are really aware of how much we want to help them,” Pinnell said. “We want to help them be successful. However we can do that.” Public Services and Archivist Janet Jeffries said she had really enjoyed getting to know Pinnell. “We’re all very excited about having Julie on board,” Jeffries said. “She’s bringing a lot of new energy and ideas to the library. We can tell already.” She said she thought Pinnell’s recent experience at the Nebraska Library Commission would benefit Perkins Library. “She’s on the pulse of what’s going on out there,” Jeffries said. “She’s really up to speed and can bring some of those ideas to our academic library.”

Symphonic Wind Ensemble set to tour Kansas City {IN THE LOOP} BY AILEEN GELB Staff Writer

The Doane Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and the Doane Jazz Band will travel to Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO for a concert tour Feb. 15-18. The two bands and their respective directors, Jay W. Gilbert and J. Wade Howles, will play for many different Kansas City high schools. Senior Becka Wilson said the main idea behind the tour was to get students interested in coming to Doane. “We go on tour so that we can show prospective students what Doane has to offer, and to share the magic of music with them,” Wilson said. Sophomore Emily Pracht said the tour also added to the experience of the students.

This year’s tour is a smaller one, lasting only three days in Kansas City. Next year the band will travel to Washington D.C for its Interterm trip, junior RJ Jensen said. Most of the pieces SWE is playing have been a part of its repertoire since the fall semester. The rehearsals the bands are now going through are used to get things back up to speed. For the tour, SWE is playing “Old Home Days Suite,” “Forward,” “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” “Undertow,” “Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol” and “Triumphal Ode.” The piece “Forward” is unique to the ensemble in that Gilbert composed it himself, Gilbert said. He said he felt that the band had been playing every piece well, and that he enjoyed

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Junior Elizabeth Glynn plays the bassoon during a SWE performance.

every piece the ensemble played. For each concert, Tom King will act as master of ceremonies; introducing each piece and its history. While the main focus of the tour is to plant the idea of Doane to prospective students, SWE members will also have time to

see the city. “I have loved every tour we’ve been on,” Wilson said. “Dr. Gilbert plans really great tours. You get a tour book at the beginning and you learn about the places we’re going to be going.” In Kansas City, the students will visit the Truman Presiden-

tial Library, the World War One Museum and Legends Mall. The “Dr. Gilbert ‘Mall Tour’” is popular among students, and they usually end up going to at least one, if not several malls. The tour is also a great opportunity for the students to bond and grow as an ensemble. “Although we come together four times a week, we don’t really get time during a rehearsal to get to know one another,” Wilson said. “You learn a lot more about people when you have hours to spend with them on a bus.” The tour will finish with a home concert on Sunday, Feb. 19. The home concert allows Doane students to imagine the experience of the middle school and high school students, Jensen said.

thursday • Christopher Carter MindPower Common Grounds 8 pm

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Feb. 9

Pajama pants not classy for class


StuCo members need to hear student voice

Mimi Shirley Staff Writer

StuCo willing to make changes, if it knows students support it.

Student Congress members are starting to make a change around campus, but they need the support of students. At noon this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, StuCo held open forums to discuss common student concerns. Monday, the topic of discussion was food. At nearly every school in this country, you will find students who are unsatisfied with the food programs. Doane is no exception. Whether it’s the service, the prices, or the food quality, most Doane students can find something to complain about. But so far, complaining is all they’ve done. StuCo is finally trying to change that. Last semester, the Owl did the math to figure out the price students pay per meal for various meal plans. The results ended up between $5.38 and $11.63. If a student goes to Common Grounds or Tiger Inn and pays for their meal with cash, however, the prices are much lower. A big idea StuCo seems to be considering is something called a declining balance. Instead of paying for a certain number of meals per week, students would put a certain amount of money into their accounts. Then, it would work like a debit card; a muffin and coffee at Common Grounds would reduce your cash balance instead of using a meal credit. If you ran out of money, you could put more money into the account. This possible change raises a number of questions: How would we pay in the cafeteria? Would there be a minimum balance that students must put into their accounts? What happens to any extra money at the end of the year? The biggest question that StuCo needs to answer, though, is whether or not students are interested in the declining balance system at all. After the Owl did the math last semester, we decided that the price we pay per meal is not worth the quality or quantity of food we receive. Although some may take full advantage of the buffet in the cafeteria, most of us don’t eat $11.63 worth of food. Some of us don’t even eat enough to pay $5.83. A declining balance, therefore, would help us pay an accurate price for the food we receive. Another issue raised at the StuCo open forum on Monday is the idea of going tray-less. The tray system that the cafeteria currently has in place cost $80,000. In addition to that initial cost, each time a tray is used, it must be washed; even if it looks perfectly clean. The amount of water consumption the tray system requires has a number of students avoiding the trays altogether. StuCo said they would look into getting rid of the tray system, but they need to know that it’s what the students want. Wednesday, the topic was safety and parking. After answering a few questions from the “Penny for Your Thoughts” program that StuCo implemented last semester, the group got quiet. Although the StuCo members running the session encouraged students to speak out, there weren’t members willing to step up and say something. It’s obviously not because students are okay with safety and parking, though. The “Penny for Your Thoughts” program showed StuCo that there were four major issues that needed to be addressed: food, safety, parking and policy. The low turnout for the open forum sessions, though, are not going to help StuCo make changes. So if there’s an issue that they talked about at the open forums, or if there’s a question that students want answered, StuCo is the group to answer those questions. Instead of complaining about things around campus, make a change. StuCo members are willing to put in the work if they know our support is behind them.


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Freshman Carter Hulinsky shovels the path between Sheldon Hall and Hansen Hall after the snowstorm over the weekend.

Uncleared walkways danger to students Student not satisfied with maintenance department. Dear Editor, I write to you as a representative of the many concerned students here at Doane College with regards to the inadequate removal of snow on our school’s walkways. According to, in the City of Crete, Neb.: “The business district is defined as commercially zoned property and city codes state it is unlawful to let snow and sleet accumulate on the sidewalks. If it falls during the day, a time


It is actually a dry piece of pavement, with all snow or ice removed. This is something with which I see very little of while walking around campus. It is evident from the last two snowfalls that the maintenance department has no intention of clearing our walkways thoroughly. It seems less dangerous to walk in the snow, than on the “supposedly” cleared walkways. I realize our College is a private institution, but to better serve its students and the greater Crete Community, who I often see walking through our beautiful campus, the maintenance department should strive to uphold the city ordinances

CARTER HULINSKY Freshman whether or not it is required. This letter is meant to act as a NOTICE to the maintenance department at Doane College of their unsatisfactory job of clearing our walkways. Sincerely, Carter G. Hulinsky

Search engine donates revenue to protect rain forests aims to improve the planet Earth.

There’s a new way to go green on the Internet, and it’s as easy as switching your search engine. Last week,, a green search engine that receives donations through ad clicks, hit $1 million in donations that go toward rain forest protection. There are many search engine sites that advertise environmental responsibility, but none are as concrete as Ecosia. According to Ecosia, 80 percent of its total revenue goes toward a rain forest protection program in the Tumucumaque region of Northern Brazil. The


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program was instituted by the World Wildlife Fund. Switching to Ecosia won’t result in lower quality service, either. Ecosia is contracted by Yahoo and uses Yahoo’s servers, so search results will be the same as using Yahoo or Bing. Data centers and servers use

Thumbs up to Doane’s Most Talented for giving students an opportunity to shine in the spotlight. Congratulations to the winners; the Eschliman Brothers, Laura Jacob, Nate Knobel, Liz Stauffer and Angeline Dai.

Thumbs up to the four new Board of Trustees members. We hope to see you bring new ideas and inspiration to this campus. Thumbs up to the Presidential Committee on Equity and Inclusiveness for promoting diveristy around campus. Hopefully the group will help us all get along better. Thumbs up to the upcoming opening of the Observatory. This event will be a great way to help students get excited for speaker Steven Squyres coming later this month. Thumbs up to inexpensive gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. We could all use a little help showing our loved ones affection without breaking the bank.

a vast amount of energy. According to The Official Google Blog, every Google search is equivalent to the release of about 0.2 grams of carbon dioxide. This equates to about 108 million tons of carbon dioxide released per year. Ecosia combats this release by offsetting its share of carbon

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Thumbs down to Kodak going bankrupt. We grew up using Kodak products, and it’s upsetting that your company is suffering. Thumbs down to pajamas in class. Students should make an effort to get ready in the morning. It’s less distracting for others and it will help you focus better. Thumbs down to mobile dating. Although technology has advanced and made it possible to date through your phone, face to face interaction is much richer. It’s hard to get to know a real person if you only know him through a screen. Thumbs down to the water being turned off in Perry Campus Center Monday. One of the main buildings on campus should aim to always have running water. Thumbs down to unlceared pathways around campus. The salt hasn’t worked in some places and students need to be extra cautious not to slip.

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“It’s been going downhill for quite some time with down-grades and cut backs.

Never too old to push boundaries

- LETTER TO THE EDITOR limit of five hours for removal is set and if a storm comes during the night, 8:30 a.m. the following morning is when it has to be cleared. Residential sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners, cited in city ordinances 8-201 and 8-202 of Public Ways and Works. The city does have other avenues to get the job done. If property owners, commercial or residential, do not comply, the utility office will send a notice. If after 24 hours, owners still do not clear the walks, the city crews clear it for them and a bill is sent out.” What the maintenance department fails to understand is that a cleared pathway is not a sheet of ice, with salt applied to

Although it happens in almost every class, some students aren’t bothered by what others call a “pajama problem.” Freshman Sam Rickert said he didn’t like it when peers wore pajamas to class. “It’s a little bothersome for me. It’s not something I like to see people in,” Rickert said. “When you are going to non academic things, I understand. During class, it’s distracting.” Freshman Kaylee Roach disagreed. She said wearing pajamas to class was a choice that a person should be allowed to make. “We make important choices which our teachers believe we are competent enough to make,” Roach said. “We should be able to choose what we wear as well.” Freshman Harley Horner said she thought students should have an ability to choose their clothing. “Students should have the right to wear whatever they want. I wear sweats, but that’s different than (pajamas),” Horner said. Who are we dressing for? Is a

question that is being countered. “It’s perfectly acceptable to wear pajamas to class. it’s not dress to impress, it’s trying to go to class and learn,” freshman Zach Quinones said. Other students follow the old saying of “if you look good, you feel good.” “I always dress up,” junior Katie Brauer said. “I participate better in class if I’m more professional.” The thought of her major was taken into consideration when freshman Erica Malleck shared her opinion on pajamas in class. “It’s okay depending on your major; like, if you’re an education major, no.” Some people just like being comfortable. Sweats are okay, pajamas just look sloppy. Aware of the kind of message their attire sends out, a few students are thinking twice. “I don’t think it’s appropriate,” freshman Brandon Saratella said. “Come to class ready to learn, prepared, or teachers will think you’re not awake or give a care.” “…Professors may judge this kid who wears pajamas to class as a lazy kid,” sophomore Sam Newmyer said.

So—what’s it like to go back to school as an individual who’s been on the other side of the podium for 20-some years? Well, it was a little scary. I was headed for the Goethe Institüt in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, to take a four week intensive class in German, made possible by the revised schedule of Interterm this year. Becoming more functional in German is high on my to-do list, something that I started when I was a college student. My bucket list, I guess. What was it like? Everyone in my class was younger; most in their early to middle twenties, and the first professor looked a lot like Einstein. We had four hours a day of instruction (at first, it was terror that helped me to pay total attention with minimal lapses, and thereafter it was the frank challenge of trying to master the material) and trying to understand everything in German (translation: ENGLISH NOT SPOKEN HERE). Homework was assigned and expected to be completed the next day. Speaking, writing, listening and interpreting—it was hard. And fun. I learned a lot. I wish I could say I came back from my month in Germany as a fluent German speaker, but no, sorry. I am better; I understand a lot more, sentences come out of my mouth without quite so much pre-thought, but I’m not there yet. It was illuminating to be on the other side of the podium for a while. I appreciate now more than ever the value of a clearly defined homework assignment. I experienced different teaching methods, which sometimes were kind of irritating, and sometimes really illuminating. I felt great when things were going well and I understood the work, and I was frustrated when it didn’t sink in right away. But more than the experience of being in the class as a

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student, I saw motivations for a student that I hadn’t expected. The vast majority of the students were there to enhance some aspect of their work careers. Only the Americans were there as traditional-age students taking a class in German as part of their education. The Spanish were there to learn German so they could work in Germany, the state of the economy in Spain being what it is. Many, many of the other students were teachers and there to enhance their German language skills so they could add it to their teaching repertoire. One student from Saudi Arabia was a gastrointestinal surgeon, and learning German so he could attend a surgery training course in Stuttgart. One was an engineer who can’t find work in his native country and hopes to find work with a German company. Another was a professional opera singer from Mexico who came to improve her German diction and was headed for an engagement in New York City when she Couresty Photo/Barb Clement left Germany. One was a semi-retired entomologist Barb Clement poses with a typical German street sign. from Lebanon who was born in Cameroon and whose naes, and not hesitating to push can all take a lesson from these tive language is French. Yet the boundaries. Even the in- examples, I think. another was a Czech journalist credibly shy kid who struggled I loved every minute of it. trying to add a fourth language to sit down at a table and talk Will I do it again? Absolutely. to her repertoire in order to to new people won an award for Sincerely, improve her ability to report his mastery of the material. We Barb Clement international news. For most of the students, German was to become their third, fourth, or fifth language. Many had Fri. – Sun., Feb. 24-26, 2012 spouses and children back Fri. & Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sun., 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. home. It was quite eye-openAmerican Royal Complex, 1701 American Royal Ct. Kansas City, MO ing. Come to the Western Farm Show, stay for the For me, the biggest lesson was the affirmation that one is Tractor Pull! NEVER too old to go back to school. It doesn’t even matter Thur., Fri. & Sat., Feb. 23-25, 2012 6:00 p.m. each night what kind of class it is. Without Kemper Arena (adjacent to the American Royal Complex) exception, everyone I met was Bring this ad to the Farm Show Box Office for a $3 discount off admission! bright, motivated, ready to ex(good for Farm Show ONLY) pand their range of experienc-

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Kodak files bankruptcy in growing digital era Kodak’s downhill battle with competitors forced failure. Caleb Harsin Staff Writer

It’s a Kodak moment, but it’s not a happy one. Eastman Kodak, the 131-year-old film pioneer that has been struggling for years to adapt to an increasingly digital world, has filed for bankruptcy. The iconic American company Kodak has been known for more than a century as the leading developer of film cameras. For years Kodak has been trying to keep up with the digital age. Foreign competitors like Sony, Nikon and Canon have taken over the market throughout the years, as well as cameras on smart phones. Sophomore Nate Knobel is an enthused photographer here at Doane College whose aunt and uncle had worked at Kodak. “It’s been going downhill for quite some time with downgrades and cut backs. Soon after my aunt and uncle were laid

off,” Knobel said. “I don’t think that Kodak will go away for good,” Knobel said. “I think the company will only shrink in size because, even though Kodak is losing money in camera sales, Kodak is still one of the leading developers in film.” Kodak is getting $950 million in financing from the bank Citigroup to allow the company to keep going. Kodak plans to continue operating normally during bankruptcy. “It’s easy for a company like Sony to keep going if its camera sales fall since they also make other things like TVs, stereos and game consoles, and Kodak only makes cameras,” Knobel said. Kodak has become the latest giant to falter in the face of advancing technology. The Borders Group liquidated last year after having failed to gain a toehold in e-books, and Blockbuster sold itself to Dish Network last year as its retail outlets lost ground to online competitors like Netflix. This brings up the question of which other iconic American companies are next to go under in the growing digital world we live in.

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Winter Wonderland Soul Lyrical performed in front of an audience Wednesday night in Heckman auditorium. The jazz group visited classrooms this week, bringing with them a lesson in diversity and culture.

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Mobile dating takes ‘creeping’ to new level {ON THE PATH} Advancements in technology make meeting the love of your life easier. BY ALYSSA BOUC Staff Writer While singles on Valentine’s Day may have been doomed to desperation in the past, this year your date may be just a cell phone away. A growing trend in 2012 throughout the country has been mobile dating, or using

cell phone applications to make instant dates based on who is in your area, according to the New York Times. However, many Doane students said the opportunity was more creepy than convenient. “It brings stalking to a whole new level that you can’t accomplish on Facebook,” freshman Julia Downey said. “The creepy factor overcomes the convenience.” The applications use smartphone location technology to pinpoint potential dates. Users can post a simple profile and broadcast their availability using the apps. Users can quickly exchange messages and decide where to meet if there is a mutual interest.

“You could always leave if they are ugly, or you could meet the love of your life at the Sizzler for half-price.” Julia Downey-Freshman Freshman Andrew Decamp said he wouldn’t consider using the app. “I understand why people think it’s convenient,” he said. “But social media can’t replace real interaction.” According to the New York Times, mobile dating is an extension of online dating and many Internet match making websites have adopted the tactic.

The target age group is people 20 to 30 years old, according to the article. “I don’t see college kids using it as much,” senior Kate Cejka said. “I see it as kind of creepy because you don’t know who you could be meeting up with.” Although Downey said she personally wouldn’t mobile date, she said she thought there could be potential benefits.

“You could always leave if they are ugly, or you could meet the love of your life at the Sizzler for half-price,” she said. Users can post as much information as they want, yet still keep their profile as private as they choose. Decamp said the only benefit to the application would be “getting accosted by people who are as creepy as you must be to have that app.” Downey said she had her own predictions for how dating would progressively get more over the top. “In 50 years you’ll be able to teleport to the location, making the date longer and slightly creepier,” Downey said.

What do you want for Valentine’s Day?

All I want for Valentines Day is my boyfriend, Cole.”

Allysa Dimmitt-Sophmore

Cheap, meaningful Valentine gift ideas BY LYNDSEY HRABIK News Editor

“I dont’t expect anything...a card would be nice.”

Let her know you care by giving her something that you know she’ll love: jewelry. But instead of the expensive kind, give her something with meaning. For example, a company called Pura Vida Bracelets helps provide full time jobs for families in Costa Rica that make the bracelets. The bracelets only cost around $5 and are unique. Plus, she’ll think of you everytime she wears it. For more information on the bracelets, visit

Food is the Way to Their Heart Buy a heart shaped cake pan and his favorite type of batter. It’ll only take you about an hour, and you can do homework or other things while it’s baking in the oven. Then once it cools, go ahead and go crazy decorating and leave him a personalized message. He will love the thought you put into his gift, and his stomach will love it, too!

It doesn’t matter what you bake her, as long as you’re trying to cook you’ve already won her heart. If you need to enlist help, don’t be afraid to ask. Nonchalantly ask her to pick her favorite kind of dessert. Be sneaky by bringing it up into the conversation so that you aren’t asking out of the blue.

Pamper Each Other Maybe to him a relaxing day is to play video games all day. On a normal day, that might annoy you. But Valentine’s day is the day to give in and join him. Make an effort to try to learn his favorite game. Then when you offer to play him, he will be shocked at your new abilities. Find out what he really loves, and make a day out of it. If he enjoys sports, get out there and go on a date where you play a game against each other. Maybe he just wants to relax and have a movie day with you. Either way, you’ll be spending time with him and he’ll love the thought.

If her idea of being pampered is being waited on all day, make her dream come true. Cook up a homemade meal and don’t let her lay a finger on the dishes afterward. She’ll love that you’re taking charge and she’ll appreciate that you’re treating her like a princess. If you have a little cash to spend, send her to a spa to get a massage. You can go together and you’ll both leave feeling rejuvenated.

(Above) Heavy accumulation on trees created dangerous conditions with large branches falling near Gaylord Hall and on the path near Doane lake. (Far right) Juniors Tracy Guy and Katie Brauer trek through the slick path on their way to Common Grounds on Saturday morning. Most of the paths were cleared by Sunday night. (Right) Many students engaged in sledding and other recreational activities. Just South of Frees, students constructed a snowy picnic scene. Photos by Ryan Corrigan/ The Owl


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Keep him looking fresh in a Scatter Kindness Clothing shirt. One of the company’s founders, Jason Luong, is a Doane student that started this business off of something he really cared about. Luong started the group with the goal of spreading kindness after two of his close friends committed suicide. Now, $1 of every purchase goes toward the Ganley Foundation, which helps educate people on suicide prevention. Not only will your guy be looking good, he’ll also feel good about the message of his shirt. To get him a shirt, visit

Students awoke to a 12 inch layer of icy snow on Saturday morning. The storm caused substantial tree damage and kept many students stranded from their cars. Maintenance worked overtime to clear icy sidewalks and make streets navigable.


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Tigers fall to Warriors 76-70 BY KEVIN ANDERSON Staff Writer

Sophomore Nick Reed takes the ball up against Midland University. The Tigers lost 76-70.

Victory slipped away from the Tigers at Wednesday’s home game against the Midland Warriors 76-70. The Warriors took an early lead with neither team pulling ahead until about a quarter through. The Warriors began to land their shots from outside the Tiger’s defense instead of trying to break through it. By half the Warriors had gained a lead 36-27. Even with Midland’s lead, the Tigers did not slow and fought through the second half, steadily scoring, until they got behind the Warriors 48-45 with only 11 minutes left in the game. But after a time-out, Midland was able to keep their defense strong and solidified their lead through the rest of the game. Even in the last few minutes when they were behind, the Tigers did not ease up. In the last minute, senior guard Joshua Riser and freshman guard Ty Headley both scored 3-point shots, bringing the final score closer. “We definitely competed,” Riser said. “They just made some shots they needed to make.” “They had some big shots throughout Ryan Corrigan/The Owl the end of the game,” senior forward Bry-

Tiger women win 72-67

Baseball prepares for ‘Grand Slam’ season BY MARK LUCAS Social Media Coordinator

Doane’s Baseball team will be starting this season with the goal to repeat as Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Champions. “We want to win the GPAC Championship and make it to the NAIA National Tournament again and this year even the World Series,” senior Anthony Hincy said. Last year’s team was able to win the GPAC Championship and clinch a berth in the National Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Tigers were able to win one game before being eliminated from the tournament. Sophomore Nathan Roth said he believes this experience will help him and his teammates this year. “We can’t be nervous; we know we are good enough; we just have to focus on us and not worry about what everyone else is doing,” Roth said. Doane’s baseball team has a lot of returning experience back from last year’s record setting team. There are eight seniors on this year’s team; Mike Albert, Chance Brull, Nick Dawson, Anthony Dunn, Anthony Hincy, Brian Polfer, Myles Arehart, and Michael Korsakas. “We have a great group of guys this year that have worked extremely hard these last few years to build a program that competes nationally,” Coach Jeremy

Jorgensen said. Hincy said the strengths for this year’s team will be pitching and defense. Seven out of the eight positi on players from last year’s team returned this year. “Our team strengths are pitching, very stout defense and doing the little things right on offense,” Hincy said. One big series on the schedule this year for the Tigers is the one against No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist. The Tigers will also face tough competition this year in GPAC play. The Tigers are 1-3 on the year, and they also have already loss a key player due to injury. Junior Michael Korsakas suffered a knee injury during the series against the University of Texas – Brownsville. Korsakas was the Tigers’ starting first basemen and middle of the line-up hitter on offense. “We are looking for someone to step up, and it is going to take a team effort,” Jorgensen said. Roth said he thinks someone will step in and fill in well for Korsakas. “Someone will step up and fill that hole,” Roth said. “And that’s why you play college baseball; for opportunities like that.” The Tigers are scheduled to take the field this weekend in a series against the University of St. Mary’s in Leavenworth, Kansas.

an Meyer said. “We were always so close but never quite close enough.” Head Coach Ian Brown said the mistakes happened early in the game. “The first hold we put ourselves into a hole turning over,” he said. The Tigers had nine turnovers in the first half, from which the Warriors were able to score 10 points and gain a lead. “Sometimes in a possession-type game, like this one, those early mistakes come back to haunt you”. Brown said one of the strategies for the game was to keep the Warriors away from the hoop. “One of our goals was to reduce it to a jump-shooting game, and they made their jump shots,” Brown said. Riser said the team did enjoy the energy the crown brought to the game. “They really got into it,” Riser said. “You always enjoy the game, and you take it for what it’s worth.” “I’ve always appreciated the fans at our games,” Brown said. “They are loud, excited; it makes for a great home-court.” Meyer said he is glad the upcoming rematch against Wesleyan will be a home game. “At home it will be a good environment,” Meyer said. “We should be able to play better, and I think we will.”


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Senior Madara Upeniece goes up for a lay-up in the Tigers win over Midland last night. Upeniece scored 21 points.

The Doane women’s basketball team defeated Midland University last night 72-67. The Tigers came out strong in the first half, gaining a 20 point lead on the Warriors. Freshman forward Hannah Dostal said it was the team’s defense that helped get Doane out front. “We really came out strong in the first half,” Dostal said. “Team defense let us get 20 points ahead in the first half.” In the second half Doane gave up 11 turnovers, allowing the Warriors to get back into the game. Sophomore guard Cali Bellar said the turnovers were a huge part in the second half. "We had a lot of turnovers in the second half that let them get back in the game,” she said. The game came down to the final two minutes. Doane was able to move away from turning the ball over and hang on until the final buzzer sounded. "Taking care of the ball in the last two minutes really helped us pull it off,” Bellar said. Head Coach Tracee Fairbanks said the team did not play up to her expectations during the game. “We just didn’t sustain the energy and confidence, and we gave up some wide-open threes,” Fairbanks said. “My expectations for this team are higher than what they showed at times on the court.” While this may not have been an ideal win for the Tigers, Fairbanks said that an ugly win is better than no win at all. “An ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” Fairbanks said. “That was an ugly win.” Doane was led in scoring by Senior forward Madara Upeniece with 21 points. Upeniece shot 8-12 from the field, as well as had six rebounds. The Tigers play their next game on the road against Northwestern College this Saturday at 2 p.m.



SATURDAY Women’s Basketball @ Northwestern College 2 p.m. Track and Field @ Concordia Invite Men’s Basketball @ Northwestern College 4 p.m.


Baseball @ University of Saint Mary 1 & 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY Women’s Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University 2 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan University

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