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"The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." -Abraham Lincoln March 4, 1861

May Term Trip to New York LC to N.Y.C. By Nicole Holland Editor-in-Chief

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ast May the Honors Seminar class went to New York. Seniors, Kasey Gussert and Whitney Helbach were among the group of several students who went on the trip. The group did briefly visit Ground Zero. Gussert had trouble peering over the gates, but she said, “You still have that personal effect, even though we really couldn’t see much.” “Being there just made it more real,” Helbach responded. Gussert had decided to go on the trip because she had never been to New York, and she wanted to fulfill a class requirement. “And of course, for the experience, but that is implied,” she said. “They were rebuilding everything already,” said Helbach. However, the trip was not all melancholy. They stayed at a hostel, ate some great food, and saw the sights of the city. The favorite event among the students was visiting the Statue of Liberty. “There is much more to New York than nine eleven,” said Helbach. A list of their favorite places include; Little Italy, the ESPN Zone, and China Town. As for the hostels, Helbach said they were, “Interesting." Gussert responded, “That’s all you can really use to describe them.”

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Why So Serious? A letter to the director of "The Dark Night."

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Above: Lakeland students visit The Statue of Liberty during their May term trip to New York City.

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As minimum wage increases, workstudy hours decrease By Becky Meyer Staff Reporter meyerr@lakeland.edu

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hanges in student employment are affecting all students on campus. Hours have been cut to ten per week. Lakeland College limited students’ work hours after the federal minimum wage was increased to $6.55 per hour. Upperclassmen will be limited to ten hours per week within one department, while freshmen will only be allowed to work eight hours within one department. "Because of each student making more per hour, the amount of hours had to be mini-

mized," said Jill Preissner, student employment manager. If students want to be allowed to work more hours than the limit, Preissner said they can make an appeal. The student's work supervisor must sign off on the appeal so they can then pose the question: "Does that department have the budget to pay for more hours?" Preissner said. Once the student's supervisor signs off, the case is taken to the special appeals committee, where decisions will be made to take into account the students who have special considerations,

such as foreign exchange students who are not allowed to work off campus. With the new changes to work hours, there are several exceptions. “Students working as a tutor, Academic Programming Assistant, Resident Assistant, ambassador, Student As Practioner, or anything that is a stipend position, are able to work eight to ten hours within one department, and more hours with their stipend position,” Preissner said. With the new work policy, Preissner said "It has greatly affected all wages on campus…it has affected the whole campus, every department."


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High involvment, variety of activities puts first week back over the top By Jessica Lillie A&E Editor lilliej@lakeland.edu

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elcome Week, hosted by LC-CAB, saw great results with many students praising the variety of events. Both first year and returning students alike participated in the various forms of entertainment. Among the Welcome Week events were various musicians, such as Pat McCurdy, acoustic player Ari Herstand, and humorous duo Ryanhood. Other activities included a Game Night, Karaoke in the pub, and an outdoor movie. The activities were not simply geared at entertainment, however. On Aug. 24, a Resume Doctor program helped students improve their resumes and have questions answered about the job interview process. “I was really happy with the turnout,” said LC-CAB member Carlea Liermann, who helped organize several events. “We had a lot of students this year who really had a good time. I think LC-CAB did a good job this year.” “I thought Ryanhood was good,” said sophomore Tom Kuehl. “They were one of the better bands we’ve had on campus.” There was positive feedback from the freshmen class as well. “There’s freshmen boys over in Muehlmeier I encouraged to attend some

events… and they had a good time,” said sophomore and LC-CAB member Samantha Vandenplas. LC-CAB is a student-run organization that puts together enjoyable events for students on campus. They are responsible for many organized activities that happen throughout the year. In the past they’ve hosted movie and pizza nights, game nights, and trips to the Six Flags theme park. Kaye Martin, Coordinator of Student Activities, plays a huge part in directing LC-CAB members and coming up with various ideas for different activities.

STAFFLIST Nicole Holland Editor-in-Chief Erik Hyrkas Managing Editor John Sieglaff Copy Editor Sandy Sternitzky Features Editor

Jake Frias Sports Editor John Sieglaff Fun House Editor Jessica Lillie A&E Editor Sandy Sternitzky Online Editor

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President’s Picnic, New Students Welcome Ceremony, acoustic musician Ari Herstand, Ice Cream Social Resume Doctor, Outdoor Movie (The Love Guru) South Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, comedic musician duo Ryan Hood Game Night Comedian Kira Soltanovich Musician Pat McCurdy Karaoke in the Pub

Enrollment at LC is up The master plan of Lakeland By Erin O'Kane Layout Editor O'kanej@lakeland.edu

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akeland College is about two hundred students away from its goal. Last year there were exactly 958 undergrad students attending Lakeland, 323 were new students and 635 were returning students. The staff of Lakeland has created a “master plan”

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for the institution, which has a goal of between 1100 and 1200 students by the year 2012. There were over one thousand applications received by Lakeland College for this academic year. Of that number 826 were accepted, and 92 were denied. “The student community is very different, it’s more well-meshed compared to others schools I’ve worked

at,” said the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of students, Sandra GibbonsVollbrecht. The majority of students, about 72 percent, attending Lakeland are primarily from Wisconsin. However, 28 percent, of the students range from other states such as California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Colorado, and international areas.

Although the demand of students wanting to attend Lakeland is on an increase, staff has stated that, by choice, Lakeland will never be a very large institution. Gibbons-Vollbrecht also explained, “in having a smaller campus, faculty seems to care more here. The staff seems to work harder than any other place I have been. To them, it’s not just a job, because they really do care about the students. I know ‘family’ is a corny word, but that’s what we are: a family.” Jim Bajczyk, director of residence life stated, “We have a very conservative growth plan. We are completely ready with a few master plans for new dorms in the process.” As the student population grows, campus officials are making all attempts to accommodate them. In the “master plan,” there are ideas for new residence halls, a new football stadium, and renovations to the library. “We’d like to bring more computers and some soft seating. We would like a more warm and inviting place for the students to hang out. Our goal is to bring them a place where they want to be,” said Gibbons-Vollbrecht. “We have also completely outgrown the campus center. So we are thinking of either adding onto the existing one or building a completely new one to accommodate the students.” Over the summer there were no open spots in any of the residence halls. “After everyone moved in, and got situated, there are now about fifteen openings,” Bajczyk said.

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Campus Improves Faith Community Chapel hours more convienent in hopes students will become more spiritually active By Amanda Sagal Staff Reporter Sagala@lakeland.edu

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he beginning of a new year at Lakeland has brought several changes to campus. One such change is a revamped Spiritual Life program. The most obvious change to Spiritual Life would be the rescheduled chapel time. Due to low attendance last year during Convocation times, Chapel Services are now taking place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Ley Chapel with Campus Chaplain Kelly Stone. Services include music and prayer involvement from many Lakeland students. Last year it was estimated that between eight and fifteen people attended. That range was more than doubled at the first Wednesday service this year when 38 people were in attendance. Besides a new time for chapel services, there are also many new spiritual events that will be held weekly on campus. Following Wednesday night chapel services there will a meeting called SPARC, or Student Participation and Religious Conversation. This event, which includes refreshments, is an activity night where students can talk about their faith with other

Help avoid a tragedy A recent report from the Howards Grove School District indicates multiple instances of vehicles on the roads near Lakeland College driving right past a stopped school bus while its lights were flashing red. Wis. law requires all vehicles to stop 20 feet or more from any school bus displaying flashing lights. This applies both to vehicles approaching from the rear and from the

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Information to let people know what's going Lakeland is Going on goesGlobal here!! Information to let people know what's going on goes here!! Information n Sept.to16 let people at 11 know a.m. what's Lakeland going on College goes here!!will begin hosting a series of presentations collectively titled “Going Global.” The first presentation will be held on the second floor of the Harold G. Laun Center, in the David and Valery Black Room, which is room 209. There are four presentations in all, two per semester. “Going Global” is open to everyone. It will be continuing throughout the year in order to give each group a chance to explain their journey and how it has affected our fellow Lakeland members. “Get a taste of Belize” by seeing a slideshow presentation of the trip to Belize that some of Lakeland biology majors took last May. Greg Smith and Paul Pickhardt, both assistant professors of biology, will be leading the discussion of the 15 day adventure. “It’s going to be slide show mostly, that and students talking about their experiences: what they did for their research projects, what they learned, [etc.]. We spent fifteen days total, about eight of them actually living in the rainforest. We spent another few days on a barrier island reef doing snorkeling and studying marine biology. Basically we’ve tried to get a slideshow that not only shows what we’ve experienced, but allows us to tell the full story about what we did. A lot of people have asked how the Belize trip went, so it’s been great for us to be able to say ‘actually we’re having a slide show, come see the presentation and we’ll tell ya all about it,’” Smith said. Alicia Helion, the assistant professor of psychology, will be hosting the second presentation about her trip to Mozambiek. This presentation will be mostly about introducing the valuable Maringa plant into their culture. “I hope this presentation will get students excited as they see that even a young student of Wis. can touch people’s lives across the globe,” Helion said. This presentation will be held sometime in Nov.

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students. It is a time to engage or reflect on any issues that you have with your faith or to help anyone who is having troubles with his or her faith. Kelly Stone said, “Chapel is a place where students can come to learn, come to pray, and come and be supported by a community of faith.” Kelly Stone will also be

offering a series called “This I Believe” on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Laun 100. This is a series of spiritual issued essays from National Public Radio. On Tuesdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. there is Lunchtime Conversation that will be held in Bossard Hall.

Ley Chapel is a relaxing stress-free environment that is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. During this time you can go to the chapel for individual prayer or reserve it for group meetings. Contact Kelly Stone in Laun 100 or at extension 1349.

Above and left: The Ley Chapel is a gathering place at Lakeland. Campus Chaplain Kelly Stone holds services on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

opposing lanes. All lanes of traffic must stop for the school bus, except in opposing lanes if the highway is divided with a center median. No vehicle may proceed until the bus resumes motion and has turned off the red warning lights. The stop arm on the bus is an added communication to other drivers, but the lack of an extended stop arm is not reason to pass a bus whose red lights are flashing. Drivers

must also be aware that children might not see oncoming vehicles when they get on or off a bus. All Lakeland community members are asked to pay special attention to this matter. All Lakeland employees are also requested to assist in this important effort by bringing this issue to the attention of their student employees. The fine for this violation is between $312 and $375.

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November is just around the corner Democratic and Republican conventions make election decision difficult By Tiffany Kelley Staff Reporter Kelleyt@lakeland.edu

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residential candidates are on the final stretch towards Nov. 4 after being officially nominated and picking running mates. Barack Obama chose Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware as his running mate. John McCain chose Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Both appointments are surprising. Obama has campaigned against the same old Washington, but selected a senior running mate. McCain, who has run on experience, selected a relatively young

politician who has never been to Washington. Biden has served in the senate for 35 years. He ran for president in 1987. He has a strong record in foreign affairs, which strengthens Obama’s lack of international dealings. Palin has been Alaska’s governor for two years. She served in city governments before being elected. The conventions this year have done a lot of candidate praising. Obama and McCain easily received the nomination of their parties. Obama’s acceptance speech was on the anniversary of the million-man march. The total veiwership was 38.4

million people. Palin garnered 37.2 million viewers in her first speech. She took cracks at Obama’s record and Michelle Obama’s criticism of the U.S. system. Obama addressed two main issues in his speech. “We have lost thousands of American lives, spent nearly a trillion dollars, alienated allies and neglected emerging threats - all in the cause of fighting a war for well over five years in a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.” Later in his speech he said, “For the sake of our security and for every American family that is paying the price

at the pump right now - we must end this dependence on foreign oil.” McCain’s acceptance speech was aimed at small town America, traditionally the strongest base for the Republican Party. “I fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Jake works on a loading dock, coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Their lives should matter to the people they elect to office. And they matter to me. And they matter to you,” he said. "My tax cuts will create jobs. Doubling the child tax exemption from $3,500 to

$7,000 will improve the lives of millions of American families.” Both candidates want to help the struggling middle class. Both want stronger boarder control and national security. Both candidates want tighter emission guidelines. McCain supports troop increases. Obama wants immediate troop withdrawal. McCain wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. Obama believes in pro-choice. These issues are just a few in the close race to The White House.

Faculty members open thier doors to UCC effort Safe Space Program cracks down on gender related discrimination

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ew stickers and posters are showing up in the offices of faculty and staff this semester as Lakeland College opens its doors to the United Church of Christ coalition for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns. The coalition’s Safe Space program is designed to spread awareness of gender related discrimination, and ease students’ transitions to a new community by providing information and resources to participating faculty and

staff. The stickers are used as markers for students who would like to talk to someone, but do not know where to go. Campus Chaplain, Rev. Kelly Stone held the first meeting to implement the program on Aug 21. The program has been discussed among faculty for several years. Stone is fostering the program, and she is pleased to see the faculty turnout. Stone stresses, however, is the need for a supportive student group. Students away from the pressures of family life find the opportunity to be themselves.

Despite encouragement and support from friends, this process can still be difficult. The need for further support may arise. This is why the Safe Space program was created. It provides support and most importantly, confidential guidance to those who seek it. The combination of a the student lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allies organization and the faculty program will ensure more awareness, less discrimination, and more retention of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students through graduation. The details of Safe Space

are not yet defined. Many colleges in Wis. have had programs similar to the coalition since the late 1990s. Their success is spoken for by the fact that these programs are still in practice. Safe Space is an eye opening program for Lakeland. The need for awareness exists wherever the phrase, “that’s so gay” is spoken and wherever personal safety is threatened. Stone said that Lakeland College is a United Church of Christ affiliated institution, and it is open and welcoming to all people.

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Sarah Palin: The hockey mom Why McCain’s vice president nominee frightens me

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ockey Moms 4 Palin!” This was just one of the down-to-earth support signs seen at the Republican National Convention last week. You know, that monstrous event that took over my beloved hometown XCEL Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. (The Minnesota Wild hockey team plays there.) I bet if I polled this entire campus, less than half of you would say you had heard of Sarah Palin before John McCain picked her as his running mate. Heck, I didn’t know who she was, and I consider myself somewhat adept in politics. But then I thought, maybe that is exactly it. That’s all Palin is, a hockey mom, and in my opinion, the worst vice president pick McCain could have chosen. If you watched her speech, you would know public policy was the last thing on her agenda. She just made jokes; “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.” She took shots at the media and mocked Barack Obama as a “community organizer.” She spoke about her family and went over her brief timeline from a PTA meeting attendee to governor of Alaska, a state with more caribou than people. Does “Northern Exposure” ring a bell? If you are more interested in what she didn’t say at the Republican National Convention, here are the facts and reasons I believe she is a joke of a vice president nominee for any party. 1. Here is an obvious rea-

son not to pick someone as a running mate. Palin is under investigation for going on a power trip and firing Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. She allegedly did so because he would not fire her sister’s ex-husband. The results of the investigation will be released Oct. 10. Do you know why Obama couldn’t pick John Edwards as a

runn i n g mate? He was found to have committed adultery. That is difficult to flip into a positive spin in the media and the voting booth. 2. Palin’s 17-year-old daughter got pregnant. In all honestly, I don’t care about that. Good luck to her concerning that long, difficult road. However, I do care that Palin said in 2006 that she would only support abstinence-only sex education. See any irony?

I guess she didn’t pass that one onto her daughter. 3. She’s incredibly inexperienced. She’s been governor for less than two years, and she had two terms as mayor of Wasilla. The population of the town is less than 10,000. She has no national or inter-

national experience despite what a certain Steve Doocy claimed on Fox news; “She does know about international relations, because she is right up there in Alaska, right next door to Russia.” Brilliant. Meanwhile, Obama worked with the Illinois Senate for seven years, and has now been a U.S. senator for

four. He’s also spoken to more world leaders in a week on his campaign trail than Palin has in her lifetime. 4. According to the New York Times and many other sources, Palin and her husband have been affiliated with the Alaskan Independence Party in the past. This political party wishes to secede from the United States. Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, joined the party in 1994, and the party now claims Sarah was a member from 1994-1996. She also encouraged the party to “Keep up the good work” when she spoke at their convention in 2006 while running for g o v e r n o r. When did secession become patriotic? 5. Palin cut funding for special needs children in Alaska by 62% in 2007 according to the fiscal year budget comparison between 2006 and 2007. Why is this odd? She has a fourmonth-old son with Down Syndrome. She also paraded him around the Republican National Convention exclaiming, special children need “a special kind of love.” Hypocrisy. 6. Palin spoke to ministry students about the war in Iraq saying, “Our national leaders are sending them [U.S. troops] out on a task that is from

God...That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.” Golly gee, if I knew all we had to do was pray for a plan, I would have been all for the war. 7. Despite popular nay saying, Palin did endorse the bridge to nowhere. She supported it when it was popular and changed her mind when it wasn’t. Better yet, she did not return the $233 million in federal funds Alaska was awarded for the project. She’s using it on other projects instead. 8. Palin sued the federal government for putting polar bears on the endangered species list. Is off-shore oil drilling really more important than saving cute and cuddly Coca-Cola sellouts? Now, Obama took the high road when he said, “Family is off limits.” However, when political candidates find it good strategy to parade their families in front of America for their own benefit, I find it hard to believe they expect the rest of the world to ignore their flaws. In truth, I believe America wants two perfect candidates no matter their political views. And in order to find that perfection, we in the media and the general populace tend to dig until we find the catch. Well, the world has dug deep into Palin and her family, and I don’t think we should ignore the flaws. After eight years of this administration, I know I won’t. Palin may only be running for vice president, but we all know a certain scowling republican who has been running the world from a hidden bunker.

Great, more ridiculous opinions Michael Savage is too savage By Brandon Ezzard Staff Reporter ezzardb@lakeland.edu

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pinions create individuality. Voicing our opinions is a privilege that few would give up. The problem is, some people forget or neglect a little thing called being too opinionated. Take for instance radio host Michael Savage, a person who is no stranger to putting his foot in his mouth. Back in June, he had quite the opinion on autism, making “humble”

statements such as an autistic child is a “brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.” Ah yes, the old “Stop having a disability or disease that you can’t control” method of treatment. I guess he figured if it could work in the case of polio, it could surely work for autism too. Sure, he can have his opinion on autism. However,

it’s my opinion that he has no idea what he is talking about.

thing controversial. At one point, his erroneous remarks got him fired from his job at MSNBC. You’d think calling someone “a sodomite” on live television would have taught him to be a little bit more careful with his opinion on things. For people like Savage, an opinion is like a drug. If they don’t get their daily fix of honing in on other people’s perceived flaws, they will have no choice

“An opinion is a form of power we all possess.” I can say that, based not solely on his comments regarding autism, but from the countless other times he has said some-

but to look at themselves for a change. An opinion is a form of power we all possess. However, some people want too much power at once, and that is not always a good thing. What I’m trying to say is that, people should be careful of their opinions. Think about a speed limit on the road for example: sure, you could drive as fast as you want, technically speaking, but there are consequences that go with it. Of course that’s just my opinion.


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Why 21-dom turns Muskie Money into gold By Erik Hyrkas Managing Editor hyrkase@lakeland.edu

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elcome back Muskies, and say hello to the new Erik Hyrkas. That’s right, something is different about me this year. No, it’s not my point guard height and dashing good looks (Think Ashton Kutcher), and it’s not my affin- Pledging ity for finding Musko something to complain about in this column. You would have to take a gander at my Lakeland ID to notice this change. I am 21 years old! That’s right, I have officially been upgraded in social status with a new stretched Lakeland ID photo (What’s up with that? What if my head was already fat?) with a bold blue background rather than the innocent, freshman yellow. Apparently we signify age with two of the primary colors. But I dig it. It fits the Muskies’ blue and gold. So what’s the big deal? Well, for those ignorant of Lakeland College’s awesome meal plan extension, let me explain. Those Muskie dollars you (and/or your parents) pay for at LC work in numerous places on campus: The Muskie Mart, The Daily Grind, and THE PUB! That’s right; you and/or your parents can fund your alcoholism. (Please sense the exaggeration.) This additive funds your fun, your down time, and gives you a safe, stress relieving hangout for you and your friends. While there has been

speculation from higher-ups about whether or not students should have this liberty, there is overwhelming support from students to keep it this way. Count me in on that coalition as I give you my arguments for supplying students with Muskie Pub money. For one, college students are bound to drink no matter the restrictions. In fact, this is one reason why many college presidents have been discussing changing the drinking age to 18 on campuses this summer. If students can safely consume near their residence, theoretically less drunk driving, less binge drinking, and less irresponsible behavior will result. Just the same, if students at LC can drink cheap beer on campus with faux money, there is more incentive to drink close to home and less people doing irresponsible driving. Andre Glass, who turned 21 last week, celebrated his birthday at The Pub. Regarding the Muskie money policy, he spoke along the same lines. “I like it; It’s a good thing to have. It’s also control. It keeps kids from driving around and being stupid.” Joy Harvell, a student bartender working her third year at The Pub said, “I think it is a good policy, because it is the same as The Daily Grind and The Muskie Mart. And if you’re 21, you should have the same privileges.” The Pub is also a great community establishment. Youthful friends aren’t alienated from “the bar

“I get to see my friends who I wouldn’t see otherwise, but I also have to see people who piss me off.”

scene,” at Lakeland. This is due to the fact even underage students are allowed in The Pub. A quick look at student IDs keep the bartenders from serving minors alcohol. “Anyone can come to The Pub, because we also have non-alcoholic beverages including Pepsi products and juices. Harvell explained. Harvell added, “The only thing we have to be careful about is when people buy their friends drinks; we have to make sure they aren’t supplying to minors.” Nevertheless, security is often present and carding individuals drinking at The Pub. More than once last week, I was carded by security after receiving a beverage. The other community aspect of The Pub is the entertainment. You all know you love to attend LC-Cab’s Funny February where one comedian performs for every week of the month, and the Pint-size Music Series where musicians perform. And who doesn’t like to hustle their friends in pool? That’s right, no one, unless of course you hate laughing and having fun. In which case, you should probably go watch the grass grow. Bottom line, I believe the use of Muskie money in The Pub isn’t hurting anyone. The Pub as an establishment itself is a great community builder, and the Muskie Money policy makes it a safe haven for those looking for a cheap drink without having to find a designated driver. Can you really condemn taking responsibility? Pledge Musko.

The Pub prices Tap: $1 Bottled: Domestic: $2.25 Micro: $2.50 Mixed Drinks: Rail: $2 Call: $2.50 Premium: $3

Compare that with The Green Room pub in Sheboygan Tap: $2 Bottled: Domestic: $3.60 Mixed Drinks: Rail: $2.75 Call: $3.25 Premium: $4 Photo: www.sxc.hu

“Lakeland is close to where i’m from, and I like that I can smell nature.”

“I have fun here, and I have fun in Japan; so it’s both.”

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Joseph Janisch Junior History

Kevin Strowder Junior Psychology

“I got caught up so quickly in all that there is to do.”

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Tim Crabtree Freshman Religion Erica Squires Sophomore German Education

What was positive or negative about coming (back) to Lakeland?

I don’t have to deal with people back home, but I get to get my picture taken for the Mirror.”

It’s small so you get to know your professors well, but you should be able to find someone, and I can’t right now.” Mayo Shimizu Senior Music

Li-Ting Huang Senior International Business

“It’s always good to see friends and make friends and party with friends.”

Ian Johnsom Freshman Computer Science Erie Clark Freshman Business Managment

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The man behind the bar LC’s new pub manager gives a glimpse into his work and world By Nicole Holland Editor-In-Chief hollandn@lakeland.edu

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Above: Kaye Martin sits at her desk as the new director of student activities.

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Kaye Martin is now the new head of student activities By Becky Meyer Staff Reporter meyerr@lakeland.edu

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his fall, Kaye Martin is getting settled in to her position at Lakeland College as the new director of student activities. Before coming to work at Lakeland, Martin got her masters at University of Wisconsin-Superior, and after graduating, she moved with a friend to Jamaica, where they started a travel and wedding planning business. Martin spent a couple years in Jamaica, and then moved to Madison while her friend continued the business in Jamaica. When the director of student activities position opened, Martin jumped at the opportunity, because while living in Madison, she wanted to get back into student activities.

“This is what I used to do,” Martin said. So far at Lakeland, Martin enjoys the contact she has with the students. Her job is one of the few where there is “constant student contact.” About Lakeland, Martin says that she likes that it’s a small school and that it has a sense of community, where people have names, not numbers. In her free time, Martin said that she and her husband, whom she married in 2006, “are homebodies.” “I love to laugh. We used to go to comedians and things like that,” said Martin. Martin is still not completely sure what new activities she will bring to Lakeland at this point. “I want to see what’s unique to Lakeland,” Martin said. “I have to learn.”

New fitness professor Kelly Quick introduced as new assistant professor of fitness studies By Jake Frias Sports Editor friasj@lakeland.edu

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ith the fitness studies field growing at our school and in many other places, Lakeland College has hired Dr. Kelly Quick as an assistant professor of fitness studies in an effort to present more depth to the curriculum. Kelly is a very faith-orientated individual, who brings a lot to Lakeland as she starts her first year. She received a doctorate of education degree in the education of kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado. She also obtained a master’s degree in kinesiology from Lamar University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota-

Morris. Kelly believes that she presents a great passion for students here. Kelly comes to Lakeland after seven years as an assistant professor of exercise science at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

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Above: Kelly Quick now teaches fitness studies classes.

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eaning over the bar in The Pub last Saturday night during the Beta party, you may not have recognized the man serving the beer. A familiar place to many people, The Pub is a pinnacle of Lakeland College. Open to everyone, new faces appear in the hangout all the time. However, this year there are not just new faces sitting at the bar; there is a new manager behind the bar as well. Rob Bouknecht agreed to let me sit down with him for an interview last week. Assuming what is arguably the most prestigious position on campus, Rob is a guy everyone should get to know. As I walked into Rob’s office last week, the only thing I could think about was how I was about to butcher my interviewee’s last name, Bouknecht. It’s pronounced, “bout-neck.” I didn’t know this, and instead of slaughtering it and starting on the wrong foot, I opted to begin the interview with my icebreaking cleaver wit. I joked about how he has some big shoes to fill taking over for Lakeland’s beloved Tim Romanello. “I’m not the guy who will be doing the announcements. That’s not me,” Rob replied. For those who do not know, Romanello announced numerous sporting events, with an emphasis in basketball games, in addition to manag-

ing The Pub. And while announcing is not one of Rob’s priorities, he has an overflowing schedule nonetheless. Rob is a nontraditional full time student at Lakeland. He is working towards getting his degree in non-profit management and sociology. The word “working” should not be taken lightly. Rob is tackling 15 credits this semester, which is a break from his “usual 21 credit” load. While many traditional students think classes are enough to overwhelm them, Rob has three other jobs. He works in Elkhart Lake, at the Osthoff Resort. “I work there, this job, full time student, and I’m a parent.” The mid 30-year-old nontraditional full time-pub managing- student is a proud parent of two. He boastfully let me know that his son Riley was not just ten, “He’s almost eleven.” Rob also has a daughter, Madison, who is nine. They live in Howards Grove now, but Rob is from Reedsville, Wis. I was surprised that he was a native Wisconsinite, because he mentioned that he was a Michigan Wolverines fan. While I’m not too college football savvy, I am sure he will have plenty to discuss with football enthusiasts who visit the pub. But Rob is not going to have much time for sports this semester, because he has a lot of ideas for The Pub. He thinks the position is inter-

esting so far, because there are no real procedures. “[It’s] not just a place to drink, but a place to have fun,” said Rob. He wants to “bring more international students in,” and when he implements some of his ideas I believe he will succeed in doing just that. While the Rum Runner appears to be a favorite drink among students, Rob is looking to get more selections of beer, including some Asian beers. He asked some international students about the three most popular beers from the South Pacific. Rob also would like to create more specials. I’m not sure if students who use Muskie Money know how much they are spending. Mixed drinks are two to three dollars, while a bottle of beer can be two dollars and fifty cents. Those are cheap prices, but Rob’s idea for an “Old Fashion Friday” may seem even better for the thirsty yet financially challenged students on campus. There will be a digital jukebox installed soon, and Rob is looking into seeing if Muskie Money can be utilized as well as regular money. As always there will be Bean Bag Leagues, parties, and Karaoke in The Pub. Just an idea, but maybe Rob should be the first to grace our ears on the Karaoke stage? I bet a chant might get the camera shy guy out from behind the bar, and into the spotlight.

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She served as a strength and conditioning coach there as well. When asked her opinion about Lakeland, she responded, “I love it! No question! The students here are very willing to learn.” Even though some may be intimidated by the title in front of her name, Kelly still has an easy going side to her. She has three tattoos, all of which are about her faith.One has colors of her two favorite teams, the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Flyers, Kelly proves that even Ph.D’s can be laid back and easy to talk to. If the good ol’ “blue and orange” doesn’t bother you, stop in her office on the first floor of Chase, and she will gladly treat you with a snack or some great fitness knowledge.

Above: The new pub manager, Rob Bauknecht, takes a customer’s order in The Pub at the Beta party on Saturday.


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Sandy’s Saucy Soup By Sandy Sternitzky Features Editor sternitzkys@lakeland.edu

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ave you ever wondered if those small-town restaurants have good food and good customer service? Well, my friends, that is what I am set out to do this semester. With this column, my goal is to find small restaurants in Sheboygan County and see if they have what I’m looking for in a good restaurant. During the summer, a friend of mine took me to Charcoal Inn, in Sheboygan. I had never heard of it before, and I was not prepared to trek to a random restaurant on a Tuesday at 6 a.m. I was rather skeptical of the idea, but I went anyway. Of course I had no idea where it was, so my friend drove and the next thing I knew we were on South Eigth Street in Sheboygan, right across from Longfellow Elementary School. Here’s a little bit of history for you. Charcoal Inn (south) was purchased in 1984 by Roger and Scott Prescher. In 1987, they bought another building on Calumet to house another Charcoal Inn (north). Both buildings, I believe, have the same menu. Charcoal Inn has had its appearances in newspapers, such as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the New York Times during the late 1980s after they had been up and running for about four years. When I say it’s a small restaurant, I really mean it. The building itself is small enough that it can be mistaken for a house, but the signs give away

it’s hidden location. Inside, it seems very homey, because it’s full of local citizens. I went there with my editor, Coley, and the place was packed. We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to get a table. Luckily, we got the last available table away from the family birthday party that was taking place. There were other sorts of people there, too. There was a young couple out for a nice meal, some high school students sitting at the counter, and even a small group of elderly men who were arguing about the Packers and the Brewers. After a few minutes, our server, Alex, greeted us. He had only been working there for about a month, and it was a busy day. He got us our drink orders instantly and gave us a few extra minutes to look over the menu. Breakfast includes eggs, omelets, waffles, hot cakes, with sides such as muffins, cereal, oatmeal, hard rolls, and toast. Lunch includes brats, hamburgers, steak, chicken, and tuna sandwiches, and BLTs. Alex came back to our table about five minutes after he gave us our drinks. I ordered a Charbroiled Chicken Sandwich, and Coley ordered a Coney Dog. What is a Coney Dog, you ask? It is just a hot dog with ground beef with several spices in it, cheese, onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Although it was very tasty, Coley was a little disappointed that it was slightly cold, however, the toppings made up for it. She wolfed it down in a matter of minutes. I, on the other hand, took

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more time to eat my Charbroiled Chicken Sandwich topped with mayonnaise. I have a weakness for the taste of burnt charbroil on chicken. To me, it provides a different flavor, compared to being cooked on a frying pan. The bun didn’t seem like an ordinary bun. It had a type of cornmeal topping on it, making the top of the bun nice and crunchy. But that doesn’t mean the whole bun was like that. It was actually soft and slightly chewy. Combining that with the charbroiled chicken brought a simple, but decorative taste to the sandwich. Coley and I both decided to get a side order of onion rings, and they were unlike any other that we have tasted. Even though they were deep fried in oil, I didn’t taste it much. The breading seemed to have more flour and there wasn’t a great amount of onion. When I usually have onion rings, the onion seems to overpower more than it should. These had an equal balance of onion and the breading. I would highly recommend getting this when going to Charcoal Inn. When we were close to finishing our meals, we noticed there were several selections of soup. Coley ordered a cup of cream of chicken and wild rice, and I ordered a cup of chicken dumpling. I have always loved of soup with dumplings in it, because that was the kind of soup my grandma always made. This soup, on the other hand, wasn’t anything like my grandma’s homemade chicken dumpling. There was too much chicken broth in this soup. I think

that if it would have been watered down some more, it wouldn’t have tasted as salty. The combination of the salty chicken broth and the big chunks of celery suppressed the chicken itself, the dumplings and even the carrots. It seems like the food would amount to a lot of money being spent, but it wasn’t a lot. Our bill came out to be around $16. And that was for the both of us, including tax. We both deemed this nice little restaurant’s food as “College

Food Mecca.” It is reasonably priced for the average college student. Most of the meals are under five dollars. However, one flaw to the menu is that fries or onion rings are not included with the sandwich. But still, it’s not that expensive. If you are interested in the Charcoal Inn and would like to check it out, their hours are 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Above: Eating my Charbroiled Chicken Sandwich.

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Arthur and friends serenade Lakeland Dr. Johnson kicks off the Fine Arts Series

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r. Arthur Johnson kicked off this year’s Krueger Fine Arts Series with Arthur and Friends, a musical performance, in the Bradley Building on Sept. 5. Johnson is an associate professor of music here at Lakeland College, where he has been teaching music theory, piano, and other music classes since 2001. He is also the college’s pianist. Friends who participated in the performance included Amy Hartman on flute, Parry Karp on cello, and Debbie Williamson on violin. The concert started out with Johnson, Williamson, and Karp playing “Piano Trio No. 8 in B-flat Major, WoO 39” by Ludwig van Beethoven. This up-tempo song brought an excellent feel to the performance and drew the listeners in for a very promising concert. The next three songs, written by Paul Hindemith, Edward Elgar, and George Adolphe Hüe, were performed by Hartman and Johnson. After the first and second songs, Hartman cleaned out her flute so she could get a clear sound, and also tuned the flute to the piano to make sure they were in the right

pitch. Granted, it was a little time consuming, but it was well worth it because the songs were performed excellently. After intermission, everyone who performed played the song “Quartet in G Major, Op.3, No.1” composed by Tommaso Giordani. Even though it was technically the middle of the concert, the song brought feeling to the concert as if it was starting anew. It kept the audience involved in the music and wanting to listen

for more. The next song, played by Williamson and Johnson, was performed very well despite the fact that Williamson had to stand in a difficult position. Most soloists who are accompanied by the piano stand towards the end of the grand piano, but Williamson was somehow placed directly to the right of Johnson. This provided difficulty for both of them because if they had to make any eye contact at all during the song, both musicians would have had to go

Exhibit opens today L.C. professors to exhibit art in Bradley By Liz Lange Staff Reporter lizlange@yahoo.com

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our LC art faculty will showcase their artwork at the opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bradley Gallery. On exhibit will be paintings by Associate Professors Denise Presnell-Weidner and Bill Weidner. Ceramic work by adjunct instructor Pat Robison and Graphic Design work done by adjunct instructor Mark Weber will also be on display. Fessler Professor of Creative Writing Karl Elder will open the reception by introducing the exhibiting artists to those who attend. The art faculty will give personal statements on their work during the convocation, and time will be provided for

questions and answers. The work of PresnellWeidner reflects imagery of landscape. She is integrating computer manipulated photographs as a way of further abstracting her paintings. New to some of her works are the appearances of animals and man-made structures. Weidner is still working with abstract forms, but his paintings are smaller in size since the faculty show two years ago. He feels less reliant on preexisting forms. “I have a better understanding of what I’m trying to do,” said Weidner. As a graphic designer and sales manager, Weber’s work is corporate in nature. His styles and designs vary depending on the corporate identity of his clients. Weber states that graphic design work must stay on the

cutting edge to keep up with trends and the marketplace. Weber is also an illustrator and has painted traditional portraits of families and graduates. Robison co-owns Two Fish Gallery with his wife, Karen, in Elkhart Lake and has been working with ceramics for over thirty years. Although his work in the exhibit is not recent, it represents the foundation of what he is working on now. Robison likes to engage his viewers by giving them something to think about. His pieces are often conical and incorporate other materials such as birch bark or bamboo twigs. The artwork will be on exhibit Sept.11 through Oct. 23.

out of their way to make that happen. The same issue occurred in Karp’s positioning to Johnson. Even though the performance was well done and Johnson did a great job accompanying the soloists, I would have liked to see him perform a solo piece on the piano himself. It would have added to the array of music that was played. One person that usually doesn’t get a lot of credit when it comes to concerts like these is the page-turner for the

pianist. Although it sounds elementary, a page-turner actually has more responsibility than one would think. They have to read the pianist’s music as it is being played and turn the page at the correct time. I think Brittany Wierzbach excelled at this job. Besides the performers and the page-turner, another crucial part of a performance is the audience. Granted it was a Friday night, I found it very disappointing that there were more outside and older people than Lakeland students at the concert. Johnson is a professor here at Lakeland and I think it would have been nice for students to show support to an educator’s fine work. During the performance, I noticed people texting on their cell phones or listening to something on their iPod. It distracts not only the performers, but the other audience members as well. People also entered or exited the auditorium in the middle of a song. The courteous thing to do would be to wait until applause at the end of a song. Overall, it was a good performance, despite some small distractions. An upcoming Krueger Fine Arts Series event to look forward to is the Jabali Afrika Dance Troupe on Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening convocation Does anyone know a President Graham? By JD Botana III Staff Reporter botanajd3@lakeland.edu

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t the opening convocation on Aug. 26, faculty paraded into the Bradley Theatre in full academic attire. Dr. Richard L. Priem started off his speech with a blunder when he called President Gould President Graham. The faculty reaction was priceless. Despite his slip up, Dr. Priem made a noteworthy speech that was not simply directed to the sesquicentennial class, but also to returning students. “Be brave. Take advan-

tage of all that Lakeland College has to offer,” Dr. Priem said. The speech that led up to that suggestion had three main questions he sought to answer. How does one make a decision? How can education help us? What are the specific contributions of a Liberal Arts education? People try to make the best decision they can on the information they have available to them. Humans are not perfect and have many biases. People tend to invest more in a project that is failing than one that is prosperous. An example he used was that a losing gambler will SEE CONVO/PAGE 12


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MOVIEREVIEWS Top three best and worst films of the summer Blockbuster hits and gigantic flops This summer came packed full of movie goodies, from the best of the season to the secondhighest blockbuster of all time. Likewise, with every good film, three poor ones are made. Check out the best of the best and the worst of the worst for summer 2008. By Jessica Lillie A&E Editor lilliej@lakeland.edu

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umber One: Bad plot. Bad acting. Horrible stereotypes. Unoriginal, uninspired, and too long for its own good. These are only a few phrases used to describe “College” all over the web. Directed by Deb Hagan, “College” is a film about three high school boys (The fat funny one, the boring cute one, and the nerdy, pasty one) who somehow convince a bunch of college girls that they’re old enough to be on their campus. After being subjected to some sick bullying by frat boys, the high schoolers get revenge in the form of similarly cruel bullying. Homophobic, hackneyed, mind numbing and plain, this film is an utter disgrace. Number Two: Ah, what would summer be without a multitude of poorly orchestrated mock films? “Disaster Movie,” directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (famous for two other flops, “Epic Movie” and “Date Movie”) makes fun of everyone’s favorite films of the past year.

The script is made up of poor jokes probably found on a bathroom wall in a truck stop off the Jersey Turnpike. Plotless and pointless, “Disaster Movie” is a two hour waste of time and money that would better be suited on Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken.” With a score of 0.0 percent on the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no wonder this flick never lasted more than a week. But hey, at least this is one movie that knows it’s bad. Number Three: The third worst film of the summer earned its place in large part because it was an incredible disappointment. “The Happening” comes from a director who created masterpieces like “Unbreakable” and “The Sixth Sense.” That’s right, M. Night Shyamalan. After a few hits, Shyamalan either grew lazy or arrogant – “The Happening” is a total bust, with a poor plot, terrible acting, and characters whose strangeness is unnecessarily extreme. Hundreds of people commit suicide in the middle of the day, leading to evacuations of cities and a bunch of people scurrying for the country and www.popcritics.com

Above: WALL-E made second place in the ranking of Best Movies of the Summer. The Pixar film breaks convention by omitting dialogue for the first half of the story.

wondering what could possibly be happening (hence the unimaginative title). A combination of eccentric characters and extreme overacting leads viewers to laugh in all the wrong places. If you enjoy hotdog-obsessed botanists, plant spores that kill people in large groups, and little girls whose biggest lines come in the form of screams, then “The Happening” is the movie for you. The Best Films of the Summer

Number Three: Summer 2008 has revealed a plethora of wonderful superhero movies. Near the top of these comes “Iron Man,” directed by Jon Favreau (“Elf,” “Zethura”), which tells the tale of a rich inventor gone superhero. The storyline is better than one would expect from a superhero film, and the action scenes are stunningly directed. What really makes this film a hit, however, is Robert Downey Jr.’s performance as Tony Stark. Wonderfully complex, humorous, and motivated, Tony Stark makes the perfect (and oddly plausible) Iron Man. This is one film that pretends to be nothing but what it is – a fun, exciting romp with special effects, humor, and action that is well worth watching. Number Two: The folks at PIXAR Studios (“Finding Nemo,” Monsters Inc.”) go above and beyond with their latest adventure, “WALL-E.” This film takes a huge risk – the first half of the movie is completely without dialogue. It is therefore necessary to create characters that are expressive down to the very fabric of their animated bodies. “WALL-E” does just that. Another risk is the very story this film tells – one of humanity destroying the planet and leaving behind robots to clean up after us. Both a story of love and one of thoughtful consideration for the importance of our planet, “WALL-E” caters to no audience (as the comparable DreamWorks Studios often

Above: Iron Man was one of the better flicks this summer. Robert Downing Jr. took the awesome action roll and meshed it with his zany sense of humor. Photo: blog.wired.com.

does by immersing itself in pop-culture) yet makes a wonderful film both for children and adults by maintaining a lighthearted, playful tone and themes with some depth. “WALL-E” is an animated accomplishment, and arguably the best PIXAR film. Number One: Second only to “Titanic” in income and the biggest blockbuster hit of the

year, “The Dark Knight,” directed by Christopher Nolan, tells part two of Batman’s story, with the Joker in the mix. Nolan has upped his game with this new Batman. The acting is wonderful, particularly in Heath Led-

ger’s last and greatest role as the Joker. Heath Ledger is unrecognizable, shaping his face, voice, and mannerisms perfectly into the suit of the anarchic Joker. He gives the best performance in the film, and may even be – dare I say it? – Better than Jack Nicholson. The action scenes are superb and well-choreographed, which can be expected with a director like Nolan, who is famous for creating colossal action scenes without special effects. With explosions to witness and gadgets galore, the action scenes alone could shape “The Dark Knight.” The plot is both interesting and often thought provoking, with many twists and turns to shake the very meaning of a superhero film. There are interweaving stories within “The Dark Knight” that could stand alone as their own plots and characters that are more complex than the basic ‘hero’ and ‘villain’ definitions. The Batman of the 21st century rivals any and all action films of the past, and might very well be a trademark of our generation. With an amazing cast, dramatic action scenes, and a plot that is complex and interwoven, “The Dark Knight” has set the bar higher for all superhero movies to come. Above: Worst. Movie. Ever? Of the summer anyway. Photo: www.latinoreview.com


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“The Dark Knight:” where are all the bats? Why So Serious: my letter to the director of “The Dark Knight” By Jessica Lillie A&E Editor lilliej@lakeland.edu

Dear Christopher Nolan, ith a gross of over $500 million after six weeks, your film, “The Dark Knight,” deserves all the praise it can get (see my article, “The top three best and worst films of the summer“). But I have one burning question for you: Where are all the bats? Let’s be frank. Your film is genius. It plays with disturbing accuracy on America’s new wave of hipster nihilists who love dark, foreboding themes and savor cynicism as intelligence. You take the kiddie version of anarchist psychology and inject it into a film made up of endless action montages and continual climaxes until your audiences are exhausted. With a stunning cast and a freakish villain, “The Dark Knight” seems perfect - or almost. But I know in my gut that there is something wrong. I picked my brain for the problem. Could it be that the movie spends all of its dialogue talking about its own tragic characters? Nah, I’m sure the audience would miss it otherwise. Could it be the overextending capitalist injection that morality is corny? Well, I can admit that morals are for suckers - kind of like that Rachael Dawes character. Talk about a chump! Could it be Batman’s poor impersonation of Clint Eastwood? In the end I chalked that up as a nod to Don Siegel (although I half expected an exchange between Batman, the Joker, and a .44 magnum. “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”). Could it be that Harvey Dent was supposed to be corrupted by an abusive father, years of struggling with mental disorders, and finally Maroni’s bottle of sulfuric acid, but is instead destroyed by other means? No, that’s an understandable plotdevice. Could it be the Joker, who gives a great performance but is still completely full of psycho-serial-killer clichés? Of course not, everyone knows that crazy people always lick their mouths; just look at Hannibal Lector and Barty Crouch Jr.! No, it is none of these things. The truth is, the missing pieces are bats. Yes, big, black, poorly-animated bats. You’ve taken Batman out of the murderous, but fantastic, Gotham City and dropped him off on Wacker Drive, a place that is cool by American city standards but admittedly bat-free. Batman is supposed to be perched upon gargoyles, his jagged blue cape fluttering as thousands of bats pour from abandoned buildings all around him. You plucked him from his perch and stuck him in a condo overlooking Lake Michigan. It’s a high-class little bat cage, Mr. Nolan, but a cage nonetheless, and batman is the only bat in it. I remember the good old days of Batman, when he busted from a wa-

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Above: The Dark Knight stars Heath Ledger as the villain, Joker. “Why so serious,” is a slogan used by the character numerous times in the film. terfall in his bat mobile while Alfred scrubbed bat guano off the floor. I remember when Vicki Vale woke up after Batman saved her and she freaked out because she was surrounded by big, black, squeaking bats. I remember the bat sonar, used whenever Batman was in a tight spot. Oh, how those bats poured in to rescue him! There is an upsetting lack of fantasy and fun in your new Batman. Sure, you’ve got some Bond-esque technology that is cool and all, but that’s nothing you can‘t find in any other action flick.

Superhero films are supposed to be full of unreal villains, funky lighting, and sets that look totally unfamiliar to everyone. Instead, we have villains that are plausible, sets that look suspiciously like Chicago, and monotonous lighting that leaves only a tone of sad darkness. You’ve dropped Batman into a literal world, losing Bill Finger and Bob Kane’s original intentions. Why so serious? Your film is great. It’s the best movie of the summer, arguably one of the best films of the year, and a blockbuster hit second only to “Ti-

tanic.” It’s a great action movie and a somber drama. But is it a superhero film? There is a superhero in it, but nothing about the world you’ve created hints at Batman’s comic book roots. You’ve made Batman as much a superhero as James Bond and Rocky Balboa. With all due respect, Mr. Nolan, before you make another superhero movie, ask yourself: where are all the bats? Respectfully yours, J. Lillie, Superhero Enthusiast


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“Don’t Bet Against Me!” by Deanna Favre Having a story doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to write one By Sandy Sternitzky Features Editor sternitzkys@lakeland.edu

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t age thirty-five, Deanna Favre had it all— a loving husband at the peak of his NFL career. Two beautiful daughters. A wonderful life . . . And breast cancer. No one is immune to tragedy. Deanna Favre is living proof.” That is the excerpt from the back cover of “Don’t Bet Against Me!: Beating the Odds Against Breast Cancer and in Life,” written by Deanna Favre. Many people know who Deanna is, having married NFL star Brett Favre. Being the wife of one of the top NFL players isn’t easy. The same goes for writing a book. Reading it wasn’t that easy, either. Although the

text was simple, the content was poorly organized. I read it in one afternoon, but there were certain parts of the book where I couldn’t help but laugh, regardless of whether they should have been funny.

The book starts out with a six chapter introduction of her story and life with Brett Favre. Does one writer really need six full chapters to tell who she is? During those chapters, she recalled her and Brett dating, their marriage, and the birth of their children. Many other obstacles that were in their way were also described. The main experience that really made me chuckle was when she became pregnant with her oldest daughter, Brittany. She wrote “…I discovered I was going to have a baby.” The fact of her pregnancy wasn’t funny in itself. However, she never mentioned anything earlier in the book about being intimate with Brett, or having any of the telltale signs of pregnancy, such as morning sickness.

The way it was written made it sound as if the pregnancy appeared out of nowhere. When Deanna wrote about when her father-in-law, Irvin Favre, and her brother, Casey, both died, there wasn’t a sense of sadness, or any other emotion, for that matter. Instead of showing how she felt emotionally, she told us how she felt. That is one aspect about writing I have learned: show, don’t tell. Finally, in the seventh chapter, I was able to read about what happened when Deanna got breast cancer, including all the treatments she had to endure. A disappointment was that she didn’t talk about it as much as some readers would have liked. But she did manage to go into detail about her reaction to having breast cancer and what

Matt Pond PA: Last Light

Small indie band gets in touch with nature

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att Pond PA, a littleknown Indie Rock band from Philadelphia, is most famous for their covers of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea” and Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova,” both of which appeared on Fox’s show “The O.C.” Although their own music gets little credit, their newest album, “Last Light,” is worth a listen. Matt Pond PA has released several previous albums and many extended plays. This being their seventh release, “Last Light” shows the growth of the band from one album to the next and is also capable of standing alone. “Last Light” pays homage to various nature and love-related themes, with lyrics that describe deer in the mist and the change from dawn un-

til dusk. Each song includes snippets of the natural world, with feelings lending to the necessity of sunlight and the sadness that comes with witnessing death and change. There are many lyrics that describe the desire to touch and the noticeable rhythms of the human body. The general flow of the al-

bum is acceptable, although at times songs seem to have little connection, which can be noticed especially between “The Crush,” a harder electric crunch song with a thinly laid theme, and “Giving it All

Away,” a song that portrays a sort of resigned sorrow with full-blown emotion. This breakup of styles is not necessarily a bad thing. If anything, it shows that Matt Pond PA is capable of exploring many different musical techniques. The album is diverse, which is more than can be said for many pop-rock albums played repeatedly on the radio. Although their exploration fails at times, it is clear that they are making an attempt at something bigger than pop-rock. However, there is a fundamental problem with Matt Pond PA’s new album. Their songs tend to shift from fantastic, emotionallycharged ballads to others whose lyrics are only sub-par, with music that lacks inspiration. Their most inadequate songs include “Sunlight” and “Foreign Bedrooms,” showcasing some arguably weak lyrics and bland musical underscores.

Despite this, the best songs on “Last Light” are truly wonderful. “Giving it All Away,” for example, has strong lyrics: “For no reason I’m tied to trees / my shoulders scarred from shaky leaves / run and hide along roadsides / I’m giving it all away tonight…” The gem of “Last Light” is buried in the middle of the album. Titled “Until the East Coast Ends,” this track is only a minute and a half long and exemplifies a tired desperation and a desire for things to be different. This track alone deserves praise for its intensity and gentle, sad, powerful lyrics and sounds. Although this song is short, each note and word is played with perfect brilliance. Lead singer Matt Pond plays his lyrics out well, with a strong voice that breaks in all the right places. When appropriate, there’s a palpable sweetness in his voice that clearly relays his emotions. The musical arrangements are intriguing but simple, and there is a loveliness in that simplicity that is worth noting. Matt Pond PA has created an album that has its troubles, but the bits of greatness within “Last Light” are worth hearing.

happens to the body during treatment. Sometimes it’s a touchy subject to talk about God and religion, but Deanna was able to incorporate that into how she was dealt with having breast cancer. There were some points in the book where I felt she talked about her faith in God to the point of redundancy. The book itself was appropriate for an autobiography; there were just some things I would have done differently in the aspects of writing. I won’t bet against Deanna for having a story to tell, but I will bet against her credentials as an author. Left: Deanna Favre’s book takes readers through her trials with breast cancer survivor and her marriage to pro NFL football player Breet Favre. Photo: www.amazon.com CONVO FROM PAGE 9

take larger risks in order to recover losses. The second bias he explained was people tend to remember the first piece of information and the last. The part that happens in the middle tends not to be taken into consideration. The final bias is humans tend to relate to similarities in decision-making. All of these, Dr. Priem said, are not rational. Then, he discussed how education could actually help with decision-making. With the complexities of decision as we grow we are forced to learn from our mistakes. With life-changing choices, we sometimes repeat a mistake multiple times until we learn. That, he said, is where education helps. Finally, he raised two points of why Liberal Arts education was beneficial. The first is that problem solving for different and complex choices in real life are a focus. The second is that taking values into consideration when moral questions arise in the work place. “Be brave,” Echoed Dr. Priem.


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Regarding rhinos What they don’t teach in health class By John Sieglaff Funhouse Editor sieglaffj@lakeland.edu

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oming back from summer, seemingly everyone has a stockpile of tales to tell of outlandish proportions which they experienced in the last glorious, three months. Here is what I have to tell of my summer. Roughly three months ago, back when this last summer was still fresh and ripe, my sister and her friend came to Milwaukee (my home city) and we embarked upon a trip to the zoo. Normally a day at the zoo is a day full of family entertainment and laughs at the expense of caged animals. However, this zoo trip reminded me of a prior trip I had made with my mother when I was nine. This zoo trip I speak of scarred me quite possibly for the remainder of my years and leaves me trembling to tell it. Being from the

city, what I saw was not a normal sight. The trip with my sister and her friend, Aimee, started out like a normal visit to the zoo. We spied a Cheetah-man walking in front of us among the multitude of visitors. It has remained a mystery to me whether this man was simply a cheetah aficionado or if he was actually a crossbreed between a human being and the feline family. My sister assured me he was only a cheetah fanatic, but I swear I later saw him dashing through the zoo at 75 miles per hour. As the day hit noon on this seemingly ordinary zoo trip, we thought we’d stop by to visit the rhinoceroses. This is when the day soured. I noticed a child holding his mother’s hand as we approached the exhibit. They were innocently staring at the rhino. But upon seeing this child and his mother, flashbacks of

a bad time came rushing at me. An intensifying stockpile of rotten memories filled my brain. When I was nine, my mother held my hand as we stared at a spectacle in front of us. Behind the glass, three zookeepers crowded around the rhinoceros’ hind legs. “Mommy, why are they hurting that rhino?” I asked, shocked at what I saw. My mother sighed embarrassedly and whispered “They’re trying to help the rhinoceros have sex.” Remember that scene in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder when Van and his friends feed “jelly” doughnuts to a bunch of fraternity boys? It was like that except for—instead of a dog, it was a rhinoceros. And there weren’t any doughnuts or frat brothers. Of course, now—in my more mature age—I know that the zookeepers were most-

Below: Myself, sporting a pink hat that was meant to brighten my mood. As it can be seen from my long face, the hat didn’t do much good.

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Above: My sister and I, unable to maintain ourselves in our anticipation of the zoo.

likely assisting in the process of artificial insemination. But as I gawked at the scene when I was nine, my look was filled with horror and I could stand to look no further. I ran away, tears rolling down my cheek and my mom calling after me. This summer as I stood, staring at the rhinoceros with my sister and Aimee, and flooded with that traumatizing moment, I suddenly lost my excitement to see the zoo.

I informed my sister that I’d seen all I wanted to see of the zoo that day (and maybe for the rest of my life). We went to the gift shop and Aimee bought me a pink hat in an attempt to cheer me up. Though the hat was rather stylish and tickled my fancy, I was too disturbed with what I had just witnessed to truly appreciate the gift. That is what I have to say about my summer.

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According to him, his son has already spoken his first words. He said, “Hola…we meet at last!”

aturday, September 6, Rob Pockat had his third child. Not “he” physically, of course; though he often made the mistake of uttering the phrase, “I’m pregnant,” to which, when he told me this for the first time, I replied, “Rob! I didn’t even know you were knocked up!” His first son of the three children who bear the “Pockat” name made Rob’s wife, Carrie Pockat, suffer for forty-eight hours and neither father nor mother have slept for roughly ninety-two hours and counting. Rob and his wife dubbed their newborn “The Bob.” It’s his legal name, Rob has assured me. Rob has also told me that the world is flat and that he is, indeed, Santa Cluas. Above: A computer-generated image of Rob sounds good what Rob’s son may look like. about this newbie. He’s very exhausted/tired.


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Planning to make plans By Rob Pockat Staff Reporter pockatr@lakeland.edu

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n the Iliad, Homer wrote, “Zeus does not bring all men’s plans to fulfillment.” To hell with Zeus, or wherever it is that Greek gods go to die; I was more worried about Lakeland bringing all students’ PLANNERS to fulfillment. I’m talking about the 20082009 student handbook and academic calendar. This handy little spiral-bound slice of heaven is the only reason I’ve made it to my second senior year of college. Every year, like clockwork, this most-sacred of all student possessions magically arrived in box 263, waiting to inform me of chapel services, art exhibitions, poster sales, sporting events, and the can’t-miss Mr. Muskie competition, which will be held on Thursday, October 2, at 8p.m. Boy, does that John Wagner fellow look stunning in a strapless. This year, however, peering through the miniature window of box 263, I saw nothing—except for the mailroom worker eating a sandwich. I had academic plans that needed containing and no vessel in which to contain them. My summer plans had been relatively simple. Of course, those only included getting out of bed and playing Guitar Hero, and after forgetting to play Hero for a few days, I completely scratched getting out of bed from my plans. How was I to survive another college year without a planner? With the assistance of fellow students, I coasted through the first day well enough, making it to most of my classes. After that, my life quickly spiraled out of control. I began missing little things— a Timber Rattler’s game, the Pat McCurdy concert, and President Graham’s speech at opening convocation. Then I started missing

big things—Women’s volleyball, karaoke, and Labor Day. On Monday, Sept 1, I sat in my fiction writing classroom by myself for three hours before one of the cleaning staff told me that it was a holiday and there was no school. Finally, my planner arrived at the end of the second week of classes. This was just in time, too. Otherwise I would have missed the first football game of the season and the birth of my third child. Perusing the handbook, I’ve noticed that Lakeland has a class attendance policy. I hope my professors will forgive the first two weeks I missed because of lack of planning, and

they should know that I’m not above washing and waxing cars for extra credit. Oh, and those Greek gods I was talking about earlier; I found out where they go to die. They’re remains are piled up in the corners of our literature professors’ offices. Happy planning. It’s great to be back.

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he general ecology class on campus was lucky enough to have a guest speaker come lecture about some of his research. T. Scott Sillett, Ph.D. is a research wildlife biologist for the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in Washington D.C. His lecture was entitled, “Connecting the seasons of populations of migratory birds.” While these migratory patterns may not spark the interest of every student, the predominant science majors in the class, myself, and science faculty were all very attentive. Sillett happens to be a good friend of third year assistant professor of biology, Paul Pickhardt. Sillett met Paul at Dartmouth, while he was pepersuing Sillett did his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, and he went on to complete his masters’ degree at Louisiana State University, prior to attending Dartmouth. Sillett did his post doctorate studies as the U.S. Geological Survey in Maryland. He met his now wife, a zooplankton ecologist, at Louisiana State University, and has been married for 16 years. Stillett’s lecture not only was informative, and utilized jargon and skills studied by the ecology students, it also shed light on what types of jobs are out there for under-

Wildlife biologist gives future scientists a glimpse into his life

graduate biology majors. He was fortunate enough to have acquired a passion for the study of birds at a young age. “My grandma was a weird-old lady-conservationist, and she would take me out bird watching. So I got into it that way,” said Sillett. While he knew what field he wanted to go into, he still had to actively persue his passion. “My summer between my junior and senior year I went to Colorado to study humming birds with a professor there. It was great. That’s what really got me hooked. “If students are think they’re interested in wildlife, the best thing for them to do as an undergrad- you don’t have to be an expert in the field- just find someone who does work you think is enjoyable or exciting. Try to do an apprenticeship. Work in the field for the summer; you don’t make much money, but it’s awesome. I got to catch humming birds for a whole summer,” Sillett said.

The Lure Program is offered at Lakeland each summer as research opportunity for science majors. Ben Kosewski, a senior biology major, took advantage of this opportunity this past summer. He had a 40 hour work week on a small salary. “The money wasn’t even important,” Kosewski said. “It gave me a chance to do things I never would have gotten to do. “Making my own experiment, finding my own species of tardigrade; supposedly. I’m probably not going to persue any thing I have done; working with tardigrades and stuff. But I learned a lot through the Lure Program; trouble shooting, not everything goes your way all the time, and that you might need to stop and take three weeks out of your experiment to figure out what you messed up on. The things like that, I’ll take out of it and I will use the rest of my life as a scientist.” Trial and error is a good way to figure out what fields of study biology majors want

to work in after graduation. Although wildlife has never been my top priority some of Sillett’s lecture resonates in my mind. “So the birds from the wet habitat, the tall wet forest, arrive earlier than those in the dry forest. Also we are able to show that the birds that arrive earlier are in a better body condition than the birds that arrive later. Birds that came from a wet habitat tend to produce more young than the birds that came from dry habitat. So the earlier bird does in fact not only get the worm, but gets the better territories, gets the better mates, and produces more young. We learn all this, from isotopes, catching the birds, finding their nests, and marking them.” Utilizing the data collected, scientists can help preserve our natural ecosystem. One way in which The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has done so is with “Bird Friendly Coffee.” Humans cause drastic

Above: Students listen and ask questions about Dr. Sillett’s presentation on migratory bird patterns.

changes to the world. Coffee production has consisted of pesticide usage, while coffee plantations do not necessarily have to use these poisons. Organic shade grown plantations have now been deemed, “Bird Friendly Coffee.” This movement is a big step in the conservation of migratory bird habitats, and therefore the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has created such a seal of approval. After the lectures I was able to sit down with Dr. Sillett to ask a few questions. His passion for his work astounded me. He apparently loves all aspects of his job, including finding the nests of the birds he tracks. According to Pickhardt, “that is almost impossible.” However, Sillett explained the complicated process with vigor. He obviously found his lot in life, and when posed the question how he came to be in a job that was so specifically tailored to his interests, he gave all the credit to luck. “I happen to be doing my post-doc in DC, and this job at the Migratory Bird Center opened up,” he said. “It was perfect for me. I was lucky enough to get it.” Luck may have been a factor, but the undergraduate students in the general ecology class, as well as I, know that his success should be accredited to his passion and his hard work.


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Football team given the ‘wooden’ boot as they lose to the Dutch By Jacob Frias

Young team expected to compete, not just play this season Staff Reporter forsyths@lakeland.edu

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he Lakeland Muskie’s golf team is chipping away at it again as the 2008 season is amongst us. The men will be guided by a new face this year, as new head coach, Tyler Bormann joins the Muskie family for his first season. Bormann was previously a graduate assistant basketball coach at Augustana College. He helped lead the team back into the NCAA tournament last year, which was the first time the team had 20 wins since the 1988-1989 season. Bormann talked about how the team needs much improvement but he has faith in a turn around. “The conference voted us to finish eight out of nine,” Bormann said, “and honestly, that seems pretty fair to me. The team is

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very young but with work the future looks bright.” Bormann went on to discuss how he intends to coach the team. “I really want to change the perception of the game here at Lakeland. The guys need to get out on the course and expect to compete and not just play. I’m going to challenge the team to play with more discipline because that’s simply how teams win.” The Muskie’s recently competed in the Marian Invite at the Rolling Meadows Golf Course on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 where they finished fourth out of eleven teams. The next outing for Lakeland will be Sept. 13 at Edgewood College on the Yahara Hills Golf Course at eight a.m. The second and final round will proceed on the Sept. 14 at 11a.m.

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ith one game already under their belts this year, the Muskies look to rebound after a tough 41-0 loss last weekend against Central Iowa. The offense that the Muskies brought to the table on Sept. 6 just wasn’t all there, and it showed against the number nine team in the nation. According to sophomore tackle, Jared Martin, first game jitters seemed to be a factor in some of the offensive line problems. “We just didn’t execute on offense like we do in practice,” said head coach Kevin Doherty. In his first game behind center, quarterback Billy Hughes completed eight of 17 passes for 59 yards, while throwing one interception as well. “He needed this game as experience,” said Doherty. “He should settle down now.” On the defensive side of the ball, junior, linebacker

Josh Schramm showed no lack of pride as he led the defense with nine tackles. Sophomore Keith Woodson also contributed to the defense with an interception. “We needed to make more third down stops. We need to keep opponents under a 40 percent [conversion rate],” said Doherty. “We had highs and lows on defense. We need to man up more in our red zone and third down [coverages],” said senior captain linebacker John Wagner. “There’s promise, we just have to be more intense.” Wagner added that the defense needs fight back better when they are down, but he insists that the defense will get better as time goes on. According to Doherty, the team’s tackling must become more critiqued if they want to be a more successful unit. The anchoring defensive line last Saturday looked great in the first quarter, holding Iowa Central to just a 3-0 lead over Lakeland.

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he Muskies had a perfect 12-0 record in the Northern Athletics Conference last season to win the NAC title, as well as the NAC Tournament title. Lakeland has several key players returning this season and the Muskies were picked number one in the NAC pre-

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season coaches' poll. The team is led by its three captains: seniors Jessica Sparling (Addison, Ill.) and Heidi Kramer (Green Bay, WI) along with junior, Brittanie Paulus (Belgium, WI). Paulus, an outside hitter, was named the NAC most valuable player last season, and she was ninth in the conference with 343 kills. In addition, she was named hon-

orable mention All-Midwest region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Sparling, the team's starting setter, was third in the NAC with 1,033 assists and she was named first-team all-conference for the second straight season. Kramer is a right side hitter and her role will be bigger with this season. Junior, Tonia Strebelin-

in Winona, Minn. "After the first two tournaments, we found that each player has individual skills to work on, and as soon as we each master them and bring it together as a team, we can do some damage to our opponents. As a team, we need to use our serve as a weapon in order to take opposing offenses out of system. Another simple skill we can always work on is

When push came to shove, the tough opposing O-line, and the greater amount of depth on the team for Iowa Central came back and nipped the pestering Muskie defensive line in the rear by scoring 38 unanswered points following the first quarter. “We tried to keep guys as fresh as we could,” said Doherty. “They just had a tough O-line.” In a loss like this, there is room to improve in every aspect of the game, and even though special teams is not a main scoring unit like the offense or a bruising unit like the defense, Doherty says that it needs to improve its coverage on kicks and kick returns. Looking back at history, this loss marked the first time the Muskies have been shutout since before the 2002 archives On the bright side, Doherty insists that all of the mistakes Lakeland made last Saturday are correctable. Doherty believes that intensity and attention to detail SEE Football page 17

the rest of the season. "I feel like we're underachieving right now at 4-4," Schreiber said. "While we don't feel like we have a bad loss - we lost to good teams we don't feel we've built a resume with four wins. We fell short of the reason why we got into these four tournaments." Last season was the NAC’s inaugural season. With that, the winner of the conference was not guaranteed a playoff spot. This affected the Musk-

Ladies still searching for smooth rhythm

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Above: Senior Yarixa Cruz sets her feeet as she prepares for a crucial bump

ski, (Berlin, WI) is the team's libero again this season. Junior middle hitter Kim Linger (Eldorado, WI) is also a returning starter. Junior, middle hitter Jessica Keller (Oostburg, WI) will also contributing to the ‘starting six’ this season. Junior, outside hitter Kaylyn Kasper (Hilbert, WI), sophomore, outside hitter, Andrea Mueller (Manitowoc, WI), and sophomore, setter, Kristine Raeder (Sheboygan Falls, WI), will also be key players for the Muskies. So far, the Muskies have gotten off to a 4-4 start by finishing 2-2 at both the Elmhurst Tournament in Illinois (Aug. 29-30) and the Sugarloaf Classic (Sept. 5-6)

our ball control. If we control our passing, we can control a game." said, Paulus. "It seems that we just can't find a flow to our game," said Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber. "We seem to fix one thing and break another. We can't get into any rhythm or flow. I'm not really sure why that is. Starting with the basics, I think we need to serve more aggressively and have better first contact with the ball. "To steal John Madden's line ‘We're playing volleyball like kissing our sister. It's uncomfortable right now.’" Schreiber said that he schedules tournaments before the conference season begins to help lay a foundation for

ies in a big way following their conference championship last season. Hoping to receive a wildcard bid in last season’s playoff tournament, the women’s volleyball team faced a letdown as they were snubbed when it came to choosing the last wild card team. This season is different. With this being the Northern Athletics Conference’s second season, the conference has been awarded an automatic playoff bid to give to the winner of the conference this season. "I think we're capable of getting through the first round of the NCAA Tournament if everything clicks," Schreiber said. "We don't SEE Volleyball/PAGE 18


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he 2008 Summer Olympics was an event that got a lot of hype and anticipation all around the world. This summer’s games in Beijing, China were no exception to the tradition of greatness. Talent among American athletes was evident as they racked up one-hundred and ten medal victories. Michael Phelps proved that he was the best swimmer in the world by winnning a world record-breaking eight consecutive gold medals. Throughout the nine day event, swimming seventeen times, he broke world records in four of his five individual swims, as well as in three relays. Gymnasts Shawn Johnson and Nastia Lukin were among the best competing to win the all-around title. Nastia Lukin proved to be the best individually when she won gold. Lukin’s teammate, Shawn Johnson, won the silver medal, taking China out of the race for an all-around gold medal. In women’s beach volleyball, teammates Kerri Welsh and Misty May-Treanor were in a league of their own. The dynamic duo was able to capture their second consecutive gold medal in Beijing. The American’s toughest competition came from the host nation’s top pair of beach volleyball players.

Other gold medalists for the United States included the women’s rowing and soccer teams, men’s beach volleyball, and both men and women’s track and field. The gold medal won by the women’s rowing team was the first gold medal won in that event by the United States since 1984. Similarly, the gold medal won by the men’s volleyball was the first won in 20 years by the United States. On the field, the women’s soccer team won gold in the finals against Brazil with a 1-0 victory. Both the men and women’s track and field teams won the gold medal in the 4x400 meter relay. The men crossed the finish line with an Olympic record time of 2:55.39 and the women crossed in 3:18.54. A month or two before the Olympics, activists protested the Chinese government’s censorship on Tibet, which caused a brief disruption in the lighting of the torch in the opening ceremonies in Greece. This act threatened the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing because Olympic officials were afraid of the act occurring a second time. The Olympic Games are held every four years. In 2000, they were held in Sydney, Australia and in 2004 Athens, Greece and then this year in Beijing, China. The next summer Olympics will be held in London in 2012.

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standout freshman, forward Lindsay Rogers, has been a huge force already this season for the Lakeland College Women’s Soccer team. The Sheboygan native had four goals in the first two games of the season. Even with that, she is still very humble and grateful for the teammates she has around her. “It felt great to score four goals; I just need to keep it up for the rest of the season and keep creating opportunities to score.” said Rogers. “I think

we have a great team. We just have to play 100 percent for the full 90 minutes and we will do great.” “She’s successful and she has an impact because she has a high work rate.” said head coach Dave Madsen, “She’s a great asset to the team, and her abilities to score are already getting attention from other teams and that creates opportunities for her teammates.” Niece of Lakeland College Wrestling Coach Pete Rogers, Lindsay’s four goals last week-

end lead the Muskies to their first two wins of the season. Lindsay also received the first Northern Athletic Conference Student-Athlete of the Week award for women's soccer in the 2008 season. “I was extremely nervous going into my first college game, but after the kick off, all the nerves went away.” said Rogers. “No matter what, if you’re playing a sport you love, you’re naturally nervous, but it was just another soccer game to me.”

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he Lakeland Colleg Women’s Golf team is hitting the greens again in 2008, this time under the helm of a new coach. Cathy Hanek, who is also an assistant women’s basketball coach, comes into her first year at Lakeland after having a successful year as a graduate assistant basketball coach for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On the fairways, the women have already started their season by competing in the Concordia Wis. Invite back on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, as the Muskies finished fifth. Leading the way in the rainy conditions for the Muskies was Nikki Commons, who finished in third place overall

as an individual, with a score of 187. Joining Commons on the women’s team this year are teammates Samantha Laird, Kristin Schwake, Anita Curry, Sara Mallion, Sarina Weisner, and Tiffany Kelly. “I think we did okay.” said Hanek. “We made some improvements, especially the second day. Three [individuals on the team] have never played in actual tournament.” The next outing for the women will be the Wis. Lutheran Invite on Sept. 3 at the New Berlin Hills Golf Course, in New Berlin, Wis.

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are all things that the team must work on this week to prepare for their next opponent, Mount Saint Joe. “[Mt. St. Joe] is a playoff caliber team. They have an explosive offense and a very athletic defense,” said Doherty. “We need to play like we practice!” Doherty also added that every Lakeland student should attend the game this weekend, which is the first home game of the season. The

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football team just feeds off of the great atmosphere, and the extra boost will be needed this weekend against Mount Saint Joe, who went 9-2 and made the NCAA Division 3 Playoff Tournament last season. Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Taylor Field. Come out and support your Lakeland Muskies!

have the type of team that's going to overpower someone. We have that type that wears them down, and if we're going to wear them down, we can't wear ourselves down. Right now our errors and inconsistent play is wearing us down before it wears down our opponents." The Muskies play their first home match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. against Concordia of Wis.


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Muskies Look to Defend Their Crown By Jacob Frias Sports Editor friasj@lakeland.edu

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o excuses! Get the job done!” That is the theme going into this football season according to head coach Kevin Doherty, who is taking the reins for his second season as head coach of the Muskies. With a target on their backs, after sharing the final conference title of the now split IBFC last season with Concordia (Wis.), Doherty is positive that the experienced defense of the team will lead the way for the young offense. “A lot of people want to see if we are for real,” said Doherty. Predicted to finish second this season in their new conference, the Northern Athletic Conference, the Muskies will rely on the leadership of the eleven all-conference returning players from last season. Last season’s quarterback, Brad Wilk, passes the role of commander-in-chief of the offense to team’s allconference kicker last season, senior Billy Hughes. “[Hughes] has worked hard transforming himself [into a quarterback] from last year to this year,” said Doherty. Protecting Hughes is a young group of linemen, who will be lead by sophomore tackle Jared Martin and junior tackle Ben Stellmacher. Concerning the offensive line, Martin stated, “We are young, but we know what we’re doing and there should be no excuses.” Stellmacher said, “With the little experience the line has, the older guys should be able to pick-up the younger guys.” According to Doherty, the 16 offensive linemen on the roster this season keeps the depth chart constantly shifting from day to day, but also provides great potential for

the future. Running behind the young, but athletic, offensive line is a dynamic duo of young running backs. Sophomore track star Ben Lombardi will be splitting time with Jeremy Williams, who is considered a freshman on the field due to a season ending injury at the beginning of the year last season. Both individuals contribute to the great speed that the team has this year according to Doherty. Also leading the Muskies in the backfield is senior all-conference fullback Brent ‘Woody’ Woodruff, who is a bruiser fullback with great hands out of the back field. Macarthur White, Lakeland’s all-time leading receiver following last season, graduated in May, leaving the Muskies seeking out to other individuals at the wide out position to ensure that the team can still pressure the opposing defenses with an air assault. Senior co-captains and all-conference receivers, Matt ‘Sunshine’ Pawlyk and Jacob Heinemeyer as well as, senior Paul Smith will be the ones to lead this high-speed receiving core during the season. Defensively, the Muskies return eight starters from last season. Doherty believes that the ‘dark side’ of the team will force turnovers and make it easier for the offense to put points on the scoreboard by putting the ‘O’ in good field position at the beginning of every drive. The main artillery to this defense is the linebackers. Senior co-captains, Brent Miller, who was second team allIBFC last season, and John Wagner, who lead the conference in tackles last season. Wagner was also named IBFC Outstanding Linebacker last season. “We are an aggressive group of guys who just love to hit,” said Wagner. He continued, “The coaches are starting

Intramurals!

“We’re gonna be more visable this year. We encourage that non-athletes come, and it is free. If there is something people want to do, just stop in.” Mike Bachar. Let him know, so he can arrange it for you! Co-ed Sand Volleyball will begin Sept. 17 at 3:45. It will be 4 on 4. Each team is allowd one substitution. One woman must be on the court at all times. Will run for two weeks. Second week of Pick em’ Football! It’s not to o late to sign up. Information is available at the Campus Center, or contact Mike Bachar at X 1411.

from square one and teaching us all the fundamentals again, which is helping all of us refine and retune our skills.” Senior outside linebacker, Stephan Johnson, who was second team all-IBFC last season, looks to utilize his aggressive speed and agility to aide the defense again this year. On the D-Line, senior Mike Nerat and junior Gary Clark, the pride of Scotland, look to do damage on outside of this 3-4 formation. Senior Matt Stuebs, and junior Kellen Grott will also add a lot of pressure on opposing offensive lines as they too will be included in this rotat-

ing defensive line. As for the secondary, sophomore, Keith Woodson, and senior, Justin Medard both look to knock down pass attempts. Aiding the duo will be junior, free safety, Isaiah Calhoun who has been converted from a receiver. Other contributors to the lightning quick secondary will be junior, Joey O’Brien. He has been converted from a running back last year to a nickel back player this year. “As a whole, we look good; the experienced defense makes things a lot easier,” said Doherty. The Muskies as a whole must stay healthy if they want to keep pace with their tough

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non-conference schedule. Central Iowa, Mount Saint Joe, and Carthage are all quality teams in D-3 football this season. Central Iowa being is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation, and may cause some fits for the Muskies in their first game of the season. Look for the Muskies to be near the top of the NAC this season with the ‘Showdown in Sheboygan’ being Nov. 4 against their archrival Concordia (Wis.). With the annual Cheese bowl trophy on the line, as well as the conference crown possibly at risk, this will surely be a game you don’t want to miss!

Men’s Soccer Seeking Shot in Conf. Tourney Head Coach Madsen excited about 16 freshmen By Brad Wilk

Staff Reporter wilkb@lakeland.edu

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he Lakeland College men's soccer team has a lot of new faces this season, and they are hoping those new players can mix with some returning talent in order to have a good season this fall. Lakeland was 4-14 last year and 4-6 in the Northern Athletics Conference, but the Muskies have 16 freshmen this season to go with five returning players. Head coach Dave Madsen said the newcomers are doing a good job of making the transition from high school to college soccer. Lakeland is 0-2 so far this season, but played two good programs in Northland Baptist, which beat Lakeland 3-0, and UWWhitewater, which beat Lakeland 4-0. "The first two games, they've both been challenging," Madsen said. "Seeing those teams has been a good challenge for our guys. I think we've played well against them, it's just those couple of mental lapses set us back. I think our guys are learning the lessons well from one game to the next and we're not making the same mistakes twice." According to Madsen, the team has a lot of talent to rely on this season. The leaders on offense are senior, midfielder, Kevin Fitchett and junior, forward, Ted Cormier. Senior, Matt Van Drunen will control the midfield.

"He plays more of an enforcing role in the midfield," Madsen said. "He plays simple and keeps the play flowing. He will definitely be someone that will lead us.” Freshmen Bobby Rublee and Derek Rasmussen play center back and will help lead the defense for Lakeland.

group. We've got talent, we've got ability as players, but it's a matter of putting the pieces together. We'll defend well in sections, we keep possession well in parts, we create chances, but right now it's putting the whole idea together as one flow for the game. "Sometimes we'll defend well, but we don't really transition to getting a chance out of it. Then we'll attack well, but give up a counter chance the other way. Being able to take chances going forward, and also have strong defending and knowing we can create some chances out of our defending, are things we're working on right now." Madsen said the team has talked about making a run at the conference championship and winning the conference tournament. He said getting into the NAC Tournament and putting together three solid games to win it is probably a more realistic goal for this young group. "It's a matter of how well we learn lessons from nonconference games," Madsen said. "I don't think were lacking in ability to beat the teams we'll play, but we just need to know how to approach each team and carry out the game plan. Well definitely have some very tough challenges in conference, that's for sure." One of the Muskies main goals for the season is have ten shutouts, and Madsen said he expects to see progress toward that goal in the next several games. "I think our goalkeepers are starting to get their feet on the ground and I think our

“I think our guys are learning the lessons well from one game to the next and we’re not making the same mistakes twice.” -Head Coach Dave Madsen

"They're developing a good relationship already with each other and an understanding of how to play," Madsen said. Team chemistry will be important for this season, and the team needs more time on the field together, Madsen said. "There are different guys on different days stepping up," Madsen said. "We need to work to stay connected as a


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Muskies start season at steady pace Women’s soccer team looks to accomplish great feats, despite average start By John Wagner

Staff Reporter wagnerj@lakeland.edu

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he Lakeland College Women’s Soccer team kicked things off on the right foot this season. The ladies will surely continue their success as with Coach David Madsen’s third year as head coach for both men’s and women’s soccer here at Lakeland. Northland Baptist was the first team to fall victim to the aggressive onslaught of the Muskies, as the Pioneers fell 5-0. Freshman forward Lindsay Rogers scored two goals as Kristina Borts scored another. "We really came out strong right away," Madsen said, "We had a lot of early possessions on their end and finally broke through for a couple goals at the end of the half." Junior, midfielder Jessica Hopfinger and sophomore, forward Maria Santelli knocked in the other two in the second half. "The girls really worked hard for each other," Madsen said. "They really moved off the ball well, and I am pleased with their effort." The second team the Muskies made taste defeat was Philadelphia Biblical University. Although it was hot weather and the Muskie’s were down early 1-0, freshman Lindsay Rodgers booted in two goals in the first half to get the current flowing for the Muskies. Senior, forward Amy Christenson also got two goals herself. "It was definitely really hot, but I think we all worked together as a team and fed off our energy. I thought we worked very well together with good combinations in scoring goals," Rogers said. "The second one I got was a really nice ball from Brittney Smit. She sent it through and I just had a clear shot." "We came out a little slow, I think the goal kind of woke us up, and it was good to see that we reacted to it," Madsen said. "Some of the goals we got were a little scrappy today, but that's good to see, and the fact that we're not giving up at any point in the game is a good thing." Megan Stock accounted for the other goal, and Whitney England had four saves in the victory. Unfortunately, the third game and fourth games the ladies played didn’t roll their way losing to Elmhurst College 9-4 and Whitewater 5-0.

Against Elmhurst, Amy Christenson had two goals as Maria Santelli and Maggie Short were credited for the other two. The ladies look to regroup and rebound from the loss. “After the loss to Elmhurst, I feel we just have to refocus on things that went well,” said Coach Madsen. “I feel we move the ball well and we just need to play better defense. We just need to reorganize and challenge ourselves to get better.” “Today we were making some good runs down field. Our passing seems to be getting better and better. It was a close game, they just made more goals.” said Sophomore Hailey Wisner, “We’ll bounce back from this.” With four players out due to injury, including junior Jessica Hopfinger, the Muskies came into the Sept. 6 game against Whitewater as a true underdog. Losing 5-0, the ladies only had six shots on goal. Despite being picked to finish eighth in the NAC preseason coaches' poll, captains Amy Christenson, an honorable mention All-NAC player in 2006 and Leslie Oskey have taken the leadership role to show this team will be a contender. Seniors Jacqui Drexler , Maggie Short, Megan Andrews , Sophomores Maria Santelli and Hailey Wisner, Junior Gina Weiss, and freshmen Kristina Borts, Lindsay Rogers, Autumn Gaylor, and Brittney Smit will play vital roles in the Muskies success this season. Leslie Oskey and sophomore Whitney England will be protecting the net as well.

GINA D’AMATO/DAMATOG @LAKELAND.EDU

Above: Leslie Oskey looks to deceive defenders as she dribbles through her opponents defense.

The Muskies will take the field again at home today 4 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Schedule at a Glance 9/13/2008 @ Concordia of Chicago 3:00PM 9/20/2008 @ Dominican University 3:30PM 9/23/2008 Ripon College Home 4:30PM


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