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Lakeland celebrates the Lunar New Year Students follow Eastern Asian traditions with a party in the Pub By Miho Kaimori

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n Feb. 12, a Lunar New Year party was held, Chinese style, at the Pub. Many Asian international students celebrated the occasion. Though six weeks had passed since the world celebrated New Year’s on Jan. 1, some international students at Lakeland celebrated New Years again. This New Year is called the Lunar New Year, and it is a very important event for Asian people. In many Eastern Asian countries, most people used the lunar calendar or the solar calendar until the calendar system was revised into the Gregorian calendar. The lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon. The day of the Lunar New Year changes every year because the cycle of moon phases also changes. This year’s Lunar New Year day was on Valentine’s Day. Just like Western people spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with their family, Asian people also spend Lunar New Year with their family. In many Southeast Asian countries, the Lunar New Year is celebrated on a larger scale than the Gregorian calendar’s New Year. In 2008, the Lunar New Year for Lakeland students was celebrated at Golden Chopsticks in Sheboygan. This year was the first time that Lakeland held a party to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The party was hosted by Chinese students who started to plan the party over a month ago. Starting at 7 p.m., each participant who went into the Pub was given a red envelope. The gifts were called “Hong Bao” in Chinese, and were traditionally presented to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The majority of people received a dol-


Students enjoy the festivities in the Pub at the Lunar New Year celebration. Left: the calligraphy, drawn by Miho Kaimori, is a wish for wealth in the New Year.

lar bill in their red envelope. Once people stepped into the Pub, they noticed it was decorated in red. The color red is deemed to bring wealth and happiness; so around the Lunar New Year in China, you can expect to see a lot of red wherever you go. Peanuts, sunflower seeds, and Chinese candies were available on each table. The Chinese beer, Tsingtao, was also served. Tsingtao is one of the oldest Chinese beers and has been produced since 1903. There were also side dishes served, such as white rice, some meat dishes, and Jiaozi and Shuijiao, or fried or boiled dumplings. Dumplings are very important to

the New Year because the form looks like a crescent moon. Dumplings are also a very popular food for other Asian people. Moreover, Chinese tea was served in a tiny special Chinese tea cup by Fei Cai, a sophomore from China. He organized the party and made the decision to hold the Lunar New Year party on campus. “It was the first time to organize an event for me, so it was difficult to prepare,” said Cai, dressed in traditional Chinese clothing. “But it seemed successful and was a good opportunity to introduce our culture to other students.” Because of time differences between the U.S. and Asian countries, many Asian students awoke

during the night or got up early on Feb. 13 to make a phone call to their parents to wish them a “Happy New Year.” Again, it is a very important event in the year to spend time with family amongst Asian cultures. “I’m homesick at that time because I have a lot of memories about Lunar New Year spent with my family. Every year, we gathered and had big dinners from the night before New Year’s Day to celebrate,” Qin Ding, a junior from China, said. Asian students enjoyed the gathering, and the party ended with Cai’s speech and the phrase, “Happy New Year” in Chinese.

StWEA receives award for literacy efforts "Celebrate Literacy Award" is given to Lakeland student organization By Jim Giese

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T The Mirror is an award winning member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Collegiate Press, Wisconsin Newspaper Association and College Media Advisers. Photo provided by Eileen Hilke

From left: Rob Pockat, Eileen Hilke, and Kelly Ochalek receive the "Celebrate Literacy Award."

he Lakeland College Student Wisconsin Education Association (StWEA) recently received the “Celebrate Literacy Award for an Organization” for their work in promoting literacy around Sheboygan County. On Jan. 28, StWEA Advisor and Professor of Education Dr. Eileen Hilke along with StWEA CoPresidents Kelly Ochalek and Rob Pockat, travelled to the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee to accept the award from the Wis-

consin State Reading Association (WSRA). The award recognizes the dedicated work the StWEA has been doing. It is especially meaningful since it is rarely given to a student organization. This award is the recognition of continued efforts by an organization that has only existed for a short time at Lakeland and has already garnered numerous accolades for their ongoing literacy efforts. “As an organization which has only been up and running for two SEE StWEA/PAGE 2


Issue 3, February 25, 2010


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Blue and Gold Dining spices up the menu Cafeteria expands menu and provides portion plates for students By Lee Van Der Sande Staff Reporter


eginning with the spring 2010 semester, students are experiencing changes to the Blue and Gold Dining menu. The Mirror spoke with Greg Hopkins, director of dining services, to get the details. Hopkins, who holds an MBA in hospitality management from Michigan State and has 33 years of experience, was eager to promote the new program and boast about his staff. He has worked in college dining rooms on the East coast and in the Midwest. Hopkins is also an author who has had several articles published, including one for students on how to make their own pizza. Under the guidance of Hopkins, Blue and Gold Dining serves approximately 2,475 meals per week, and the Muskie Mart and Muskie Grill serve an additional estimated 3,400 customers per week. The Daily Grind and catered events are also under Hopkins’ direction. The first order of business was to change the menu from a fourweek cycle to a six-week cycle, meaning favorite items are now on the menu more often. In addition, the menu will change each semester for added variety. According to Hopkins, college dining is challenging because


The portions plate helps students make healthy choices.

you can’t change the décor or the atmosphere. To compensate for these challenges, dining services believes their extensive selections keeps the dining experience attractive to students. Every four weeks, Hopkins and his key staff spend 250-280 hours planning the menu. Staff members include Assistant Director for Blue and Gold Dining, Chef Mark Wagner; Assistant Director for Catering and the Daily Grind, Caroline Korhonen; Executive Chef Alan Berg; Manager of the Muskie Mart and Muskie Grill, Jean Fowler; and Manager of the Daily Grind, Sarah McBroom. Clearly proud of his staff, Hopkins says, “I have never had a more

Zeta Chi Blood Drive By Jinlong Biao

semester. The staff of the Blood Center of Wisconsin comes to Lakeland’s ast Thursday, Feb. 18, a campus twice a year, once during blood drive was held by Zeta the winter, and again in the spring, Chi fraternity in Bossard in order to provide the opportuniHall Nearly 40 students and staff ty for students who are willing to attended and donated throughout donate blood. the day. Based on the participation of The Blood Drive is an activity students that attended the blood in which staff members from the drive, it appears that this semester Blood Center of Wisconsin in She- was more successful than last seboygan come to Lakeland to pro- mester. “Not everyone who signs up can donate, but even signing up is helpful because it increases our chances of helping more people,” said Reich. The Blood Center of Wisconsin says that eligible donors should be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in "generally good health." The Blood Center also recommends that donors eat a good meal before and after donating. This semester, there were two forms of donations accepted. Along with the normal blood donation, there JINLONG BIAO/BIAOJ@LAKELAND.EDU was also a dual red cell donation. The dual red vide the chance for students and cell donation takes an average of staff to donate blood. Students 30 to 45 minutes, but the benefit and staff were encouraged to do- it provides to patients is twice as nate blood and the attendance much as a normal blood donation. was revitalizing. If you missed the blood drive “This semester we hoped but are willing to donate, you can for a pretty large turnout,” said make an appointment by contactjunior Christopher Reich, who ing the Blood Center in Sheboygan took charge of the blood drive this at (920) 457-7510. Contributing Writer


talented and capable crew than I have here.” Hopkins also invites and encourages students to attend planning sessions. When planning each day’s meals, not only does dining services offer items in five categories, (soup, entrée, starch, veggie, and desert); they must coordinate the use of the grill, oven, and deep fryer. For instance, a meal may include pizza (oven), cod nuggets (deep fryer), and a veggie burger (grill). Each weekly menu offers approximately 350 items, with approximately 121 items per meal. The entire weekly menu, which may be subject to change, is available on under the StWEA FROM PAGE 1

years now, we have accomplished some great things,” said Ochalek. Hilke added, “I am so very proud of the amazing dedication of the officers and members of this organization and their involvement in state literacy projects. Receiving a state award is a wonderful accomplishment because it recognizes the importance of future teachers putting effort into a project to enhance the reading skills of young children.” This past fall, the StWEA received a grant from the Interlake Reading Council and the WSRA. The proceeds from the grant were used to purchase children’s books for Esch Library. “The students enjoyed selecting quality, age appropriate books for this collection while reminiscing about their childhood favorites. This was a fun student as practitioner project,” said Hilke. During “Make a Difference Day,” students renovated the small study area attached to the curriculum portion on the third floor of the library. A child sized table and chair set, bean bag chairs, and stuffed animals were purchased to provide a welcoming environment where young children can relax and read. According to Pockat, the area was established in part to allow a family friendly study area for commuter and non-traditional students with children. An additional grant from the National Education Association (NEA) was used to fund a reading center at Maywood Environmental Park in Sheboygan. Thanks to the grant and the additional work of StWEA members, the reading center now contains a newly built bookcase, environmental books, newly developed books lists, and literacy backpacks for children.

“This Week’s Menu” link. Every effort is made to have selections that will appeal to individual palates. In addition to the salad bar, there are items for vegetarians. Healthy choices are promoted along with a “portions plate.” Nutritional data is available on all items. Even the rice comes in several varieties and includes white, brown, jasmine, or herbal. For added variety, staggering the entrées is done so they don’t show up on the same day of each week. For example, if hamburgers are served on a Tuesday of one week, they may be served again the following week, but on a different day. Asked what she thought of the new menu, Miho Kaimori, sophomore international business major, said, “I like that there are more selections on the salad bar this semester.” Kaitlyn Novara, junior nonprofit management major, said, “The food presentation could be more appetizing.” Offering a suggestion, Novara said, “I strongly believe that the ads on the dining tables regarding food waste makes the students feel like children.” She would like to see them removed. Clearly, a great deal of thought, experience, and work goes into Blue and Gold Dining.

This past Saturday, during Maywood’s annual Local Food for Global Thought event, the first children’s story time was held using environmental books to help young children see the importance of caring for our environment. The StWEA also received a grant last year from the NEA which was used to purchase 600 brochures to distribute to parents of children attending the Early Learning Center in Sheboygan. According to Hilke, “The brochures focused on providing reading tips for parents to encourage their young children to enjoy reading and start building literacy skills. For their efforts, the StWEA was awarded the Outstanding Community Learning through America’s Schools (CLASS) Award from the state.” During the WSRA state conference, Pockat and Ochalek also attended literacy-focused workshops. Pockat stated that the workshops were wonderful and informative. One of the workshops he attended was titled, “Let Them Read Garbage,” and promoted the idea of allowing alternative types of literature in the classroom. “Kids need to read. It’s not necessarily about what they are reading, but just about getting them to read,” said Pockat. “Don’t push them on stuff they hate to read; it’s only going to hurt them in the long run.” Pockat was quick to praise the dedicated direction of Hilke, who will be retiring at the end of this academic year. “None of the literacy programs we have taken part in would have happened without Eileen’s guidance, support and leadership,” said Pockat. “She has been a driving force behind StWEA.”

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M I R R O R STAFFLIST Jessica Lillie Editor-in-Chief

Brittney Sandberg Managing Editor

James Giese Michael Knaak Copy Editors

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Nick Nelson Student Life Editor

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Ashley Paulson Advertising Manager

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Issue 3, February 25, 2010


Essence of Heritage VITA brings assistance See the Mosaic student B L show on March 4 By Casey Schaetz Staff Reporter

people to embrace their natural beauty, as opposed to what American standards tell people they should look like. BSU members are excited about sharing the new and improved Essence of Heritage show, or EOH2.0, with the Lakeland community this year. “It is different from last year; we won’t be talking about black history as much as we’ll talk about what African-Americans face today. I think everyone should come out and see the show, to get an idea of what life is like through AfricanAmericans' eyes, said senior marketing major Torreon Anderson. EOH2.0 will be held in the Bradley building today, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Students will also receive one convocation credit for

lack Student Union (BSU) is in charge of many of the events held at Lakeland College during Black History Month. One of their events is Essence of Heritage. This is a performance put on by BSU members. There are different people putting on skits, performing dances, and singing solos. Each is designed to reflect some part of black history. This year, however, BSU members decided to go with a different approach. They felt that their performances in the past few years have been slightly repetitive, and wanted to add something new. According to BSU President Kenya Ward, a senior writing major, “It’s like a MySpace upgrade, the whole layout is different.” This year, there will be a more modern focus incorporated into the performances, along with some of the historical aspects. “The focus is more on who we are today - our images, and the struggles we face - rather than where we came from,” stated Ward. Some highlights of this year’s show will be two solos, performed by Ward and senior psychology major Kevin Strowder; step shows, performed by Alpha Psi Alpha Sorority and Beta Sigma Omega Fraternity; poetry written in response to the works of famous poets, such as Alice Walker and Maya Angelou; and various skits. Photo courtesy of SPECTRUM One skit in particuBSU member Kevin Strowder practices for EOH2.0. lar that is most meaningful to Ward is entitled “Ameri- attending this event. ca the Beautiful.” Ward said, “[the Ward also invites students skit] is about trying to live up to to attend regular BSU meetings. the American standard for beauty The meetings are held on Monday (such as stick thin magazine mod- nights at 7 p.m. at the Daily Grind. els), something that is unnatural “It is open to anyone, don’t be infor African-American women.” timidated by the name, we want The piece is meant to encourage to spread our heritage, not keep

By Ashley Paulson Advertising Manager

akeland College is giving back to the Sheboygan area community through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Led by Lakeland Associate Professor of Accounting Rick Gaumer, a team of roughly 50 volunteers are making a difference for hundreds of low income individuals at the Salvation Army of Sheboygan. Twenty students are from Lakeland, another 20 students are from Lakeshore Technical College, and ten participants are alumni. VITA is a nationwide program in place to help low income individuals. To qualify for VITA, individuals must have an income of less than $49,000. According to Gaumer, “Most of our returns in prior years have had an average income of $13,000 to $14,000.” Lakeland is unique compared to most colleges and universities that offer VITA on their campuses. At other universities, tax returns are prepared on campus grounds. Gaumer states that this may be intimidating. “A lot of the low income people would rather pay H&R Block $150 to do their tax return than to walk across a college campus, which reminds them of hopes and dreams gone bad.” On average, other colleges and universities do only 100 to 300 returns. Lakeland’s VITA site at Sheboygan’s Salvation Army is directly on a bus route and, as a result, Gaumer believes they see more individuals than if it were held on campus. Gaumer has witnessed an increase in the number of tax returns prepared each year. Six years ago, when VITA started at Lakeland, 125 tax returns were prepared. “Last year we did 770 and this year we’re tracking to around the 700 or 800 mark again,” adds Gaumer. Last year’s tax returns generated $1.25 million in refunds for participants in the program. Most students trained to do tax preparations are accounting majors. Students first take the personal income tax class in fall, followed by the Corporate Tax class

in spring. Several participants are also earning internship credits for their work with VITA. James McCollum, an accounting major, is one such student. “This year as an intern, my duties include helping the students with interviews and preparing returns, submitting the returns electronically, reviewing returns that have been rejected by the IRS or State, and resolving and reporting the mistakes that caused those rejects,” says McCollum. “Many of our clients are very grateful to us for doing their taxes for them, which is very rewarding.” VITA is available to Lakeland students who meet the qualifications, including international students. International students who are employed on campus must file tax returns to receive their withholdings. Preparations are being done in the Esch library. A sign-up sheet for international students is also available in the library. Gaumer, a 1974 Lakeland alum, sees his involvement in VITA as a way to give back to the Sheboygan community that once came out in droves to support him. When Gaumer was a Lakeland student, the campus consisted of only about 400 students total. He was on the basketball team and recalls when competitive games were played at the Sheboygan Armory. Three thousand locals would fill the Armory to cheer on Lakeland’s basketball team. “People really enjoyed going to Lakeland athletics in downtown Sheboygan,” said Gaumer. Although the Sheboygan Armory is no longer filled with packed crowds on Saturday nights cheering on Gaumer and the Lakeland basketball team, just six blocks away, Gaumer can now be found giving back to the very community that cheered him on years ago. Gaumer adds, “We’re helping people really where they need it most; in their pocketbook.” VITA started Jan. 26 and will be running through April 15. Reservations for tax preparation at the Salvation Army can be made by contacting 565-1543, or stop by Laun 129 for more information.

History club talent show helps raise funds Jerry LaCrosse and family receive much-needed support from LC

By Becky Meyer Staff Reporter


he History Club at Lakeland hosted a talent show in the Pub on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in order to raise money for history major Jerry LaCrosse and his family, who are currently going through troubling economic times. On Sunday, Nov. 8, LaCrosse’s 14-year-old son Alex spilled a pan of boiling water over himself and was rushed to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Unit in Milwaukee, Wis. It was first thought that surgery would be required because of the seriousness of the burns. After a couple of days, however, doctors decided that the injuries would heal on their own. By Thursday Alex was back at home to recover. On Friday, Nov. 13, a second tragedy occurred. LaCrosse’s five-

year-old son Jacob was hit and run over by a garbage truck outside of the LaCrosse’s home, and his arm and leg were crushed. In critical condition, Jacob was transported via Flight For Life to the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Jacob was on life support for the first 48 hours of his hospital stay, and to date has had 14 operations. The skin on Jacob’s leg and arm was deteriorating because of a lack of blood flow caused by the crushing of blood vessels and muscle tissue; doctors are attempting to do all they can to repair the limbs. Thankfully, Jacob’s health is predicted to improve with time, but the LaCrosse family is currently struggling to pay for everything. The medical expenses from Jacob’s injuries are expected to amount to almost a million dollars, and the insurance policy requires the LaCrosse family to pay

a 20 percent deductible. The talent show was emceed by Assistant Professor of History Rick Dodgson, and he also played the guitar throughout the night. Many students and alumni performed music for the event. Performers included Lillie Lemon, K-Matic, and James Trazille, and faculty members Alan Mock and Bill Weidner. Numerous other faculty and staff members took part in the show, including Larry Marcus (who performed magic tricks), Nate Lowe, Nate Dehne, Fessler Professor of Poetry Karl Elder, and Lisa Vihos. Dodgson said, “The response from Lakeland has been overwhelming. These are troubled economic times, but I’m delighted by the generous response of the Lakeland community.” LaCrosse said, "I have been

very humbled and honored by the compassion and caring that I have received from the Lakeland community. I would like to thank everyone who sent well wishes and prayed for Jacob and Alex as it helped them to know that so many people cared.” He also sends his thanks to the professors, especially Dodgson, for their compassion. “At Lakeland, you are not just another student, you are a part of an extended family. I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community." If you or someone you know would like to help, contact Rick Dodgson at dodgsonr@lakeland. edu. The History Club has already surpassed the goal of raising $500. For more updates, please visit the Lakeland Mirror Web site at

By Jessica Lillie Editor-in-Chief


medley of music and creative arts will be held in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. This program, called the Mosaic Concert, will include on-the-spot artwork, practiced vocal and handbell pieces, as well as a non-fiction reading. Russell Pettitt, director of bands, brought the idea before the Fine Arts Division after experiencing a similar event at the University of Oklahoma. “This is an opportunity for all areas in the creative arts to showcase our talents,” says Pettitt. “The other division areas are really excited about it.” Pettitt feels this is a great opportunity for faculty to come together and showcase students' talents. The program will be completed in sections based on the type of artwork being performed. The first part will be two pieces performed by Concert Band. Afterwards, theatre students will perform a short play titled “The Trojan Women.” One unique aspect of the Mosaic Concert will include on-the-spot artwork. Much like five-minute fiction writing, senior art major Liz Lange will create a piece of artwork while music major Elisabeth Daniels will play piano in response to Lange’s piece. Choir students will perform a piece from “the Phantom of the Opera,” and senior writing, education, and English major Rob Pockat will read a short non-fiction piece entitled “Fog.” The Spectrum Yeardisc will also do a brief presentation on a behind-the-scenes look at the arts. The Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble will round off the night with a performance of “Viva La Vida” by Guy Berryman and arranged by Janet Herrick, professor of music and director of college choirs and handbells. The students will not only be on stage, however. Art students are even involved in the design of the program cover as well as advertising. There will be posters on campus and posters will be sent to area UCC churches. A press release has been sent to the Sheboygan Press, as faculty hope to have many community members in attendance. After the program is complete, the division will try to push for convocation credit in the future and hold the Mosaic on an annual basis. “We have such a variety of quality things on this campus,” says Pettitt. “We want to showcase that.”



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M I R R O R Issue 3, February 25, 2010

Living to Make a Difference at Lakeland College Kati Jendraszak’s impact on campus and in the community

By Adrianna Coopman Contributing Writer


ati Jendraszak, a hall director of Krueger and Lakeland’s community service coordinator, reflects on her time spent in New Orleans at a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Camp While students across the United States played in the sand and soaked up the rays, Jendraszak and her classmates spent their spring break in 2005 tearing down and rebuilding homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. “It was really sad, but you knew that you were helping, even though you were tearing some-

thing apart,” says Jendraszak. In the few days that Jendraszak and her group helped with the aftermath of Katrina, Jendraszak says the most amazing part was actually doing the work, and she made fond memories because of it. “Through the four days I was there, I learned there’s always somebody that needs help. You can’t just expect someone else will do it, and it’s my responsibility as a human being to help,” Jendraszak said. To this day, Jendraszak is still in contact with her group’s bus driver. She calls him once a year to catch up, and of course to chat and relive old memories. “You’ll never forget the mem-

Photo provided by Kati Jendraszak

ories,” she says. “Memories will live on forever. Those were probably the most amazing three or four days I have ever had.” Jendraszak’s ambition to make a difference in the world didn’t begin with Katrina. Ever since her youth, she has been living to make a difference. Jendraszak first became involved with community service through her family church in Ill. She volunteered for the church and assisted with turkey and beef dinners. Her mother became the church’s fundraising chair, and she was right by her side, helping out with activities such as flower and bake sales. “As a young child, [community service] became part of my life,” she says. “It wasn’t like a chore or job; it was something I just enjoyed doing.” Throughout high school, Jendraszak was involved in athletics and created small events such as car washes and walk-a-thons. From organizing these activities, she gained recruitment skills that would benefit her later in her lifetime. Community service continued to be part of Jendraszak’s life throughout her college years. As an undergrad at Concordia University Ill., she was involved with “Relay for Life” and became the event’s entertainment chair.

Soul Food Sunday feeds the soul What you did not know about soul food By Shiho Kirihara Staff Reporter


n Sunday, Feb. 21, Soul Food Sunday ushered in the celebration of Black History Month at Lakeland. Students, staff, and their families were treated to samples of traditional soul food in Bossard Hall. Black Student Union (BSU) planned this event and requested specific menu items. Jessie Falls, a cafeteria chef, and the staff of the Lakeland cafeteria satisfied BSU’s wishes. Items on the menu for Soul Food Sunday were fried chicken, catfish, baked macaroni and cheese, corn bread, collard greens, okra, cheesecake with assorted toppings, pineapple upside down cake, and tropical punches. According to the African

American Registry (, the origin of soul food in the U.S. dates back to African slaves whose survival depended on unfamiliar foods such as collard greens and the beet leaves. African slaves crafted their soul food by mixing recipes from their original African cultures with the limited foods in the U.S. New vegetables and organs from livestock that the slave owners had thrown away became important ingredients in various soul food dishes. Soul food further developed when slaves began to work in their owner’s kitchens as cooks. During this time, recipes for fried chicken and croquettes, which utilized available provisions and spices, were added to standard soul food fare. However, at that time, slaves were prohibited from learning to read and write, so recipes were passed down orally from mother to daughter. Two main traits of soul food resulted: improvising amounts

rather than taking accurate measurements of ingredients when they cook, and using materials which are locally grown and easily accessible. Finally, by the middle of the twentieth century, many soul food recipe books were published by African-Americans, and soul food became popular all over the U.S. According to seniors Kenya Ward, Charmaine Harris, and Jasmine Golden, Falls truly outdid himself this year. Said Falls, “I cook these soul foods and eat them every New Year. Every item I cooked on this year’s Soul Food Sunday is one of my favorites.” Many international students, who had never heard about or eaten soul food, also enjoyed Soul Food Sunday. Yuuka Abe from Japan was surprised by the variation of soul food. “Eating corn bread and collard greens is a first for me, but I love them so much! I want to ask [Falls] to add them to the regular cafeteria menu,” Abe said. Left: A smorgasbord of soul graced the plates of those who attended Soul Food Sunday. Photo taken by Shiho Kirihara.

“It was a very empowering position,” Jendraszak says. “People jumped at the opportunity to help. I love when people come together to celebrate and raise money for an important cause.”

My goal is to teach students what I have learned and the value of teamwork.

She went on to pursue graduate school at Southern Mississippi University. As a grad student at Southern Miss., she was a hall director for 450 women. Between her responsibility as a hall director and attending master’s classes, she squeezed in small fundraisers, such as selling candy hearts and musical telegrams for Valentine’s Day. In Aug. 2009, just a few months after graduating with her Master of Education in psychology, Jendraszak was hired by Lakeland to become the Krueger resi-

dence hall director and campus community service coordinator. In addition, she is also Lakeland’s dance team coach. Although she is only starting her second semester at Lakeland, she is already making an impact on campus. As the community service coordinator, she is taking the initiative to ensure that there is 100 percent community service participation throughout Lakeland. “My goal is to teach students what I have learned and the value of teamwork,” she says. “I want students to realize that they can make a difference. They shouldn’t view community service as something they have to do, but instead as something they want to do.” As Jendraszak continues to engage students with community service, there are goals she would like to accomplish for the future. She would like the college to have a community service office on campus and to start a community service student organization. With all these goals for Lakeland in the works, Jendraszak is hard at work trying to accomplish them by helping students understand the value of volunteering. With all the work Jendraszak is putting in, it’s only a matter of time until 100 percent of Lakeland students participate in community service.


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Issue 3, February 25, 2010


Level Teen Lounge provides mentoring for young students Local teens find a new home in Plymouth; founded by Lakeland alumni By Jenni Klamm

Opinions Editor


evel, a teen organization which is held at the Plymouth Youth Center, has been running for two consecutive years now. If you read the Muskie Happenings or Volunteer Opportunities, you may already know that Level Teen Lounge has been looking for college-aged mentors for the past couple months. Mentors work with middle school and high school kids to help with homework, give advice, or even act as a friend to play or hang out with after school. This non-profit organization’s roots were planted right here at Lakeland. Kim Oreck, a graduate of Lakeland College, was inspired by Pam Engebretson, the Head of academic advising, and Doctor Don Francis, professor of nonprofit organization management. “If it weren’t for either of them, this organization would probably have never started. I originally was an education major, but I switched to non-profit and fell in love with it,” Oreck stated. However, this was not her first non-profit organization. She also started a group honoring stay-at-home mothers, but she admitted she did not know much about grant writing, among other things, which is why she made the switch. Oreck realized that the Plymouth community needed something for the kids to do after school to relieve them of boredom, ultimately keeping them out of trouble and away from drugs and alcohol. “I interviewed 275 teens, and this is what they came up with,” claimed Oreck. The students who helped Oreck initiate Level’s existence were in charge of everything from planning how it would run and the name of the organization to its marketing. “I let the kids take ownership of the whole thing so they felt trusted. If they made a mistake, I let it go; that’s how you learn, by finding things out on your own,” Oreck stated. One of

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the founders was Adam Ackers, a sophomore nonprof management and Sociology major at Lakeland. Level provides a safe and drug-free environment for the students after school every day, free of charge. Anyone can come and will feel welcome. “Kids [who] don’t feel they fit in anywhere are accepted here,” says Oreck, whom is called “Mom” by many of the kids. “Many of them even add me as their mother on Facebook.” Depending on the day, 200 students or less show up, drop their coats and books off, and come right inside. Food and beverages are available to the kids at a low cost – the food ranges from ice cream and pizza to popcorn and hotdogs. “Our prices haven’t changed in ten years,” said Bennie Fritz, one of the volunteers at Level. He and his wife, Joyce, have been working at the Plymouth Youth Center for many years. Kids who attend Level can also play video games, board games, billiards, and ping pong, along with other activities. Couches and chairs are located around the room for those who want to relax. According to the Fritz’s, “Ninety-nine percent of them are pretty good kids, and they warm up to you quickly.” Joyce Fritz added how wonderful it has been

to work at the Youth Center for so long. “When you work here from year to year, you see how they grow, and you wonder how they are after they have outgrown the youth programs. Sometimes old kids we had will stop in just to say hello, it’s like we’re their grandparents.” Every second Friday of the month, middle school students are invited to dances hosted by Level at the Youth Center. The cost is $4, and usually fills the building’s maximum capacity of 200. Other special events run by Level include concerts, murder mysteries, movie nights, and whatever else the kids can come up with. The high school Level is on Friday and Saturday nights, and they, too, have frequent dances. The current mentors are there to keep an eye on things, while having fun working with the kids. “The Fritz’s can’t do everything themselves, so we are here to help, but we all enjoy working here,” stated Bob Baier, a regular volunteer mentor. “It is something free where kids can come, enjoy themselves, and relax – personally, I think that’s pretty cool.” Baier explained the interworking of Level by adding, “It’s a process; college students would ideally help high schoolers, and high schoolers would ideally help middle school-

ers. That way the mentors are more on your level, hence, the name.” “At first, I wasn’t excited about the name, but it grew on me,” stated Oreck. “It really sums up the whole organization.” When Oreck was teaching theatre, she noticed that kids responded to those who were closer to their own age, rather than teachers who were 20-plus years older than them. “The larger the generational gap, the less kids are interested in what you have to say,” stated Oreck. For that very reason, more mentors are needed. Level is always looking for more volunteers. Normally, there are about two to five mentors, but that is not enough to efficiently and effectively influence 200 kids. Mentors are positive role models who the kids can look up to. The interaction you have with them is more powerful than you could imagine. “One positive word to kids [is that they] can make a difference for the rest of their lives,” she added. For instance, “College may be stressed by the parents of a

Helping these kids will also benefit you. The pay may be minimal, but there are plenty of scholarships out there for students who volunteer for non-profit organizations. You will also learn a broad spectrum of skills and it keeps college students, especially, in check. “Instead of pubin’ or playing beer pong because you’re bored on a Friday night, you can be a role model and impact others’ lives,” stated Oreck. Quite a few Lakeland students already volunteer at Level, and Engebretson’s Core I class helped clean up the building during their community service day. If mentoring doesn’t seem to be your forte, there are other opportunities to help support the Level program. Donating books, furniture, video games, and old movies are all things you could do to help out. As long as the materials are PG-13 and under or “kidfriendly”; donations are greatly appreciated. Level can sometimes offer money for items you want to get rid of, especially the “Twilight” books. Level has plans of expanding to communities nationwide. Among their future plans are dance lessons, grants to pay volunteers, a When you work with new location for high schoolers, the kids at Level, you and summer programming. As a final statement, the Fritz’s are saying ‘Hey! You’re added, “I think [Level is] doing a very good thing.[Students] need a special and worth place to go and do things.” Oreck spending time with!’ added, “Volunteering at Level really opens your eyes up to what goes on in the community. I’ve had to place homeless kids with families before, so this is a great opportunity to understand [them]. I was child, but they may not care until always told at Lakeland, ‘If there’s someone closer to their age says it. a problem, do something about it.’ That’s why we have mentors stress I hope that is what I’m doing with the importance of college.” this organization.” “When you work with the For anyone who would like kids at Level, you are saying ‘Hey! more information, Level has a FaYou’re special and worth spend- cebook page and is also listed as ing time with!’ That can mean the a cause. The permanent location world to one kid because some of is 609 North Street in Plymouth, their parents do not care,” Oreck right next to Riverview Middle added. School.

RA and APA hiring process in full force

Lakeland’s Residence Life in search of new leaders in living quarters on campus By Ye Cheng

Staff Reporter


n Feb. 11, the application process to be a Resident Assistant (RA) or Academic Programming Assistant (APA) was completed. The individual interviews began on Feb. 15. The whole process of the applications will end Mar. 4, and on Mar. 11 the candidates will receive decision letters from the college. An RA is an important employee on campus. RAs should be good role models and leaders who know how to manage their time efficiently. They need to have a strong sense of responsibility, and not only for their assigned duty

nights. As Jim Bajczyk says, “RAs are always on duty.” They should also be good listeners who are ready to help others. An APA is a job linked with Residence Life, academics, and Career Development. APAs should have good study habits and high GPAs. They need to be strong writers, as one aspect of their work is to help others with their résumés and cover letters. They are also required to offer help to students and have regular office hours. Every year, many students apply to be an RA or APA. RAs need to prepare many activities per semester. They experience planning events and learn the process of

how to organize those events. APAs have many chances to work with Career Development. They will be taught how to write a perfect résumé and cover letter so they can pass on this information to residents. Both positions will be great experience students can add to a résumé. Being an RA or APA, those students receive some benefits from the school. They live in a free single room so they can avoid disturbing a roommate if they must get up at odd hours of the night. They also get free meals, and each month, they receive a paycheck from the school. However, it is not easy to be-

come an RA or an APA. They will face some tests from the school, including group and individual interviews. There are many applicants, and the competition is tough. There are three steps given to all applicants who want to be RAs or APAs: Students need to prepare a three-page short essay to explain why they want to apply for the position. They also need to prepare a cover letter, résumé, and reference list of past employers. This step was to be completed by Feb. 5. The second step was the group interview which was held on Feb. 11 and convened from 5 un-

til 7:30 p.m. During the interview, applicants were divided into four groups by assigned colors – yellow, purple, green, and orange. They each had three different sessions. In each session, they worked with different colored groups as a team. The teams were to work together to complete tasks given by the interviewers. The difficult tasks were a trial of teamwork abilities for the students. The final step was the individual interviews, which started on Feb. 15 and end on Mar. 4. RA and APA applicants will be interviewed by Residence Life, academic faculty, Career Development, and former APAs.



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M I R R O R Issue 3, February 25, 2010

Sweet events around Sheboygan County By Jim Giese

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paghetti Dinner – Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., Sheboygan County Aviation Heritage Center, N6191 Resource Drive Sheboygan Falls, 920-467-2403, Former Air Force One Pilot and current Director of Aviation and Business Travel at Kohler Company, Greg Cayon is the guest speaker for this benefit dinner. Cayon will discuss his storied aviation career that spans from flying cargo planes during Desert Storm to flying then President Clinton along with numerous former Presidents to Jordan for the funeral of King Hussein. Advance admission is $10; admission is $13 at the door.


he Vagina Monologues – Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, Friday, Mar. 5 and Saturday, Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m., The Bubbler Theatre, 421 N. 8th Street, Manitowoc, 920-6291506, www.thebubblertheatre. com The award-winning play is based on Valentine’s Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more

than twelve years, “The Vagina Monologues” has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.


eginning Birding Class - Sunday, Feb. 27, 1:30 p.m., Maywood Environmental Park, 3615 Mueller Road, Sheboygan, 920-459-3906, Members of the Sheboygan County Audubon will be presenting information for anyone interested in exploring bird watching. The free class is a great opportunity for beginning birders and will cover the basic techniques for birding, provide information about equipment, and share helpful hints on how to get started.


hamrocks and Shenanigans – Friday, Mar. 6 and Saturday, Mar. 7; Friday, Mar. 13 and Saturday, Mar. 14, 7 p.m., Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, 920-8928409, The Plymouth Arts Center provides the chance to celebrate the Irish in all of us- and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This revue will consist of traditional Irish songs, both sung and instrumentals, as well as Irish dancing, poetry and folk tales. Advanced tickets are recommended and are $15 for members and $18 for nonmembers.


iz Lerman Dance Exchange - Friday, Mar. 12 and Saturday, Mar. 13, 7:30

p.m., Sunday, Mar. 14, 2 p.m., John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, 920458-6144, Through explosive dance, personal stories, humor, and a company of performers whose ages span six decades, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange stretches the expressive range of contemporary dance. Its unique brand of dance theatre breaks boundaries between stage and audience, theatre and community, movement and language, tradition and the unexplored. Tickets are $13 for non-members and $10 for members.


riting the Making – Each Sunday through May 2, John Michael Kohler Arts Center New York based artist Heather Willems uses text as her image and handwriting as her process for making art. In a room-size installation titled “Writing the Making,” Willems presents two nine-by-forty-foot scrolls covered in handwriting. Over the course of 8 weeks, she will spend twelve to sixteen hours a day recording her stream of conscious thought. The resulting work is an abstract drawing of obsessive detail, revealing fragments of personal narrative as well as chronicling eavesdropped conversations. The work also references a monochromatic landscape of undulating lines that recall the farm fields of rural Wisconsin where she was raised. For more information on Willems go to

Final days of Funny February

Ronnie and Retta finish out the month of laughter By Danielle Rammer, Staff Reporter & Carlos Millan, Fun House Editor


n Tuesday, Feb. 16, comedian Ronnie Jordan entertained a packed house in the Pub. Jordan was the third comedian to perform this month. He has been seen on the show “Bad Boys of Comedy” on HBO. The jokes that were told seemed to be quite hilarious to a large majority of the audience. He told jokes that were related to his own personal experiences with relationships, friends, roommates, and college. “I think the show tonight went well,” said Jordan. “This is

the perfect setting for a comedy show. Its small and it feels like a club. What could be better than watching a comedy show while eating fried foods and beer? “The best part of my job is that I get to travel around and meet new people, while still having fun and getting paid.” Junior Alyssa Hoehne said, “I really enjoyed this particular comedian because he didn’t just focus on one group, and he didn’t ramble on about one thing. He mixed it up a bit. I wish ‘Funny February’ wasn’t just in February. There isn’t a lot to do on campus and these events give us something to look forward to.”


To find out more about Jordan, you can log onto, or you can find him on Facebook or Twitter. The fourth and final comedian to perform for Funny February was Retta Sirleaf. She performed last Tuesday, Feb. 23 in the Pub to an audience of 90-plus. Sirleaf has appeared in several films like “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” as well as television shows like “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Her jokes focused not only on college life but life in general. Her jokes regarding her laziness still seem to be echoing within the Pub’s walls as well as her jokes about her experience attending an ultrasound party. At first, the audience was slow to respond to Sirleaf’s jokes, but this late reaction slowly disappeared as the audience got used to her humor. When asked why she enjoyed the comedian, sophomore Erika Smurawa said, “She’s for real.” To find out more about Sirleaf, visit her MySpace page at www. The crowd reacts to one of Retta’s jokes.

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Issues of sexism in “Whale Rider” remain relevant Witi Ihimaera’s characters bring island legends to life in a tale of a young girl’s courage By Jessica Lillie Editor-in-Chief


he legend goes that the great Kahutia Te Rangi, the father of the Maori people, rode to a distant island on the back of an ancient whale. This great feat created an eternal bond between the Maori people and their whales. This bond is passed down from generation to generation until the birth of young Kahu, the last descendant of Kahutia Te Rangi, who must save the Maori from the traps of modernity. In the meantime, the sea is waiting, waiting, waiting. Hui e, haumi e, taiki e. A novel by Witi Ihimaera, “Whale Rider” tells the story of young Kahu from the point of view of her uncle, Rawiri. Facing the distain of her grandfather, Koro Apirana, Kahu must overcome the female-limiting traditions of her native people to lead them back to their lost traditions. Kahu, whose birth eventually causes the death of her mother, is the latest descendant of Kahutia Te Rangi, the father of an island off the coast of New Zealand where Kahu and the Maori people live. To Koro’s outrage, Kahu’s father names her after the great Kahutia Te Rangi. Koro is a strong traditionalist, and he sees Kahu’s mere existence as a slight against their ancient ancestors. Although Kahu is not born

on the island, her grandmother, Nanny Flowers, asks Rawiri and his small gang of bikers to bury her umbilical cord and placenta (or pito) on the beach of their island. This way, Nanny says, Kahu must always return, and Rawiri and his friends will forever be her guardians. From that day forward, Rawiri feels a strong bond to little Kahu, and her obvious love for Koro is often too much for this lighthearted and sarcastic narrator to bear. But he always recalls the burying of Kahu’s pito, and when he leaves for Australia and then Papua New Guinea, his desire to return to his Maori roots is not for the land but for little Kahu, whose fate Rawiri oversees with the sort of awe that can only come from the love of family. Although the greatest theme here is that of breaking traditional sexism, other forms of discrimination come into play. There is conflict between generations and genders, but also between natives and

non-natives in Papua New Guinea. With Rawiri’s absence from the island, he becomes the subject of great distain from a New Guinean family he comes to live with. At one point in the novel, Rawiri is riding in a vehicle with this husband and wife and their son, his newfound friend, when they strike a man crossing the street. The family members freeze,

and the mother cries, “It’s only a native,” forcing the father to speed off into the night. There is a fear there that Rawiri does not understand, and this event, along with two others, triggers his return home, where he brings back a new understanding as well as a greater appreciation for his small island. Spackled with native terms and painted with the rituals and tales of the Maori people, this novel becomes a vivid image of the life of Rawiri and his family. Although the story is one of a people many readers will have never heard of, their struggles and their love for one another sound alltoo-familiar, reinforcing the idea that families everywhere face the same battles and deal with similar hardships. Here is a people led by a man who clings desperately to tradition, so much so that he cannot see salvation, not even when it bites him quite literally on the toe. The description of the relationship between Kahu and Koro

is sad and beautiful. The two of them are clearly of the same family, both of them stubborn and willful and loving of their traditions. But even this does not keep Koro from seeing Kahu as only a “useless” girl, one who cannot learn their traditions and who cannot become a leader of their tribe. Ihimaera has accomplished much with this tale of courage and familial love. As the first Maori writer to publish a collection of short stories, Ihimaera was the first author of his kind. This small novel, with the tender way it handles family and tradition, is quite a triumph. By telling the tale through Rawiri’s eyes, we get a unique view of Kahu’s world, and the re-hashing of old themes becomes fresh, new, and completely digestible. With Ihimaera’s writing, Kahu becomes a powerful emblem of hope. Her love for her family is so clear and so strong that the reader will feel as if he is swimming in a gentle sea of it. In a moment of great strife, when the only person threatened is Kahu, she wishes for the good health of her family “always. She wanted them to live for ever and ever.” And with Kahu’s strength, the Maori people are able to reconnect with their natural roots and grow on with their traditions carrying them like whales on the sea. Hui e, haumi e, taiki e. Image from

Love it or hate it, “Valentine’s Day” shines with stars Director Gary Marshall covers sappy plot with an A-list of stunning actors By Nick Nelson

Student Life Editor


ove it or hate it, Feb. 14 is not technically a national holiday, but it has become a day that everyone is affected by, whether good or bad. Remember as kids, we gave those little squares with a picture of an X-men that said “Happy V-Day to a really cool cat!” to our best friend, and we would save those cute valentines that asked “Will you be mine?” for those we had a crush on. These days we’re more grown up, and commercialism has put tons of pressure on people, especially guys, to give their special someone a Valentine’s Day present. It also has put pressure on women to have a special someone to spend the day with so that they don’t feel lonely and unloved. Recently, people are not as worried about all the pressure from commercialism regarding the need to

be in love to be happy. It’s just like Dionne Warwick’s hit song, “That’s What Friends are For.” As long as you’re surrounded by what makes you happy, that’s all that matters. “Valentine’s Day” is a story that follows the lives of a handful of

coup l e s during this lovey-dovey day. Each couple has a completely different story, but the plot builds in a way that somehow they all interconnect with each other in the end. Some will figure out that there is potential for a relationship – and

others, not so much. Director Gary Marshall, who also directed “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” and “The Princess Diaries 1 and 2,” has a prize-winner here. No joke. This movie has topnotch celebrities with such stars as Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifiah, Julia Roberts, Taylor Lautner, and Taylor Swift, the 2010 Grammy winner for Album of the Year and making her filming debut. Oh and, by the way, those are just some of the names. After seeing such an amazing cast list, you might be thinking to yourself, how in the world is a movie like this possible? How do they pay these big-time actors and actresses? One word: favorite. I’ll give an example. I mentioned that Gary Marshall was the director of “Pretty Woman.” “Pretty Woman” starred a young Julia Roberts. Twenty years later, Marshall calls up Rob-

erts and says something like “Hey Jules, I have a movie that I think you’d like. It has tons of cool people like Ashton Kutcher and Jamie Foxx. I’ll send your agent a copy of the script. Get back to me ASAP.” People want to be in his movies. Some of the actors in “Valentine’s Day” probably could have paid Marshall, that’s how much they liked him. No matter who you are, there is a message for everyone in this movie. Maybe you are the person who has a super close friendship with the opposite sex and maybe you two have not found that special someone because you’re both too stupid to realize that it is supposed to be you two together. Or maybe you are the one who needs to find the courage to “come out of the closet.” Of course, there are a lot of other plots in this movie that you could relate to, but that means you would have to go see it because I’m not going to tell you anymore. HA. “In this Russian roulette world of finding love,” said Ashton Kutcher. “Everyone in the film is asking for advice on how to find and keep true love, but honestly, who isn’t?” Image from


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Vonn, White, Miller, Davis, and more win gold Setting the bar high, Team USA continues to break records in Vancouver By Michael Knaak Copy Editor


he ultimate stage for the world’s top athletes meets in Vancouver this year. The Winter Olympics XXI is the place to win a competition, especially for such U.S. superstars as Shaun White (snowboarding), Lindsey Vonn (skiing), and Apolo Ohno (speed skating). Gina Dinunno for Seattlepi. com reported that Ohno, with his bronze medal performance on the ninth day of the Olympics in the men’s short track 1,000meter, made history as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympics athlete ever. The record was previously held by Bonnie Blair, who achieved five gold medals and one bronze medal during the 1980s and ‘90s. Ohno also won the silver medal in the 1,500-meter men’s short track in this year’s Olympics. As of Sunday, Feb. 21, Ohno’s medal count was two gold, two silver, and three bronze, for a total of seven medals. Arguably one of the biggest moments so far in this year’s Olympics was White’s performance in the snowboarding men’s halfpipe competition. Before the Olympics, White’s Web site,, was generating hype over the snowboarder as the site featured new tricks that White had been working on. He had videos posted that were filmed on his secret halfpipe in Silverton, Col. The move speculated to make its first-ever appearance in a snowboarding competition was the double McTwist 1260. According to, a McTwist is a front flip combined with a backside 540 (turning towards the rider’s heels one-and-ahalf rotations). After he had completed two of his three runs, White was already guaranteed a gold medal. His victory-lap run left the crowd roaring with applause after, on his final jump, White landed the double McTwist 1260. Lindsey Vonn was also a recipient of much hype and criticism from the media in the past month. Vonn was featured Feb. 8 on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and was then feared to become the next victim of the Sports Illustrated “cover jinx.” She proceeded to injure her leg the same week that the issue came out. The cover shot also stirred up controversy over whether the image was too sexual or objectifying. On the cover was a photo of Vonn, smiling big, in a crouched stance – much like the stance downhill skiers are in during a run. Despite all of the controversy, Vonn was able to pick up a gold and bronze medal in the ladies’ downhill and ladies’ super-G, respectively. Vonn was scheduled to compete in the ladies’ giant slalom

Feb. 24 and looks to compete in the ladies’ slalom Feb. 26 at noon. In some embarrassing Olympic news for Wisconsinites, a former United States speed skating coach threw away a gold medal for Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer. Gerard Kemkers, who was based in Milwaukee from 1994-98, made a critical misjudgment with eight laps remaining in the 25-lap, 10,000-meter, men’s speed skating event. According to a Yahoo Sports article by Martin Rogers, Kramer had a substantial lead through the back straight. He had the time to have a few words with Kemkers. “But then a single point of Kemkers’ finger and a cry of ‘inside lane’ directed the skater to the inner course when he should have switched to the outer, providing one of the most surreal moments of [these Olympic Games].” Ohno was not the only U.S. athlete to make history at the Vancouver Games, as Bode Miller became the most decorated U.S. skier in history with his gold medal in the men’s super combined event on Feb. 21. Miller has earned five total medals as of Tuesday, Feb. 23, with one event left to participate in, the men’s slalom on Feb. 27. After getting a silver medal in the Super-G and a bronze in downhill, Miller had earned a staggering three medals in one Olympics, while past U.S. skiers could not even earn more than one. Miller had somewhat of a disappointing performance in the men’s giant slalom. According to an article titled “Janka wins; Miller out of giant slalom” on ESPN’s Web site, Miller nearly crashed during his first run in the top half of the course and could not come out of a righthand gate correctly in the second half. “‘I’m taking more risk than everyone else. That’s partly why I’m able to get medals,’ Miller told The Associated Press afterward.” Other U.S. gold medal winners include: Shani Davis (speed skating – men’s 1,000-meter) Hannah Kearney (freestyle skiing – ladies’ moguls), Evan Lysacek (men’s figure skating), and Seth Wescott (men’s snowboard cross, defending champion). As of Tuesday, Feb. 24, the United States has accumulated 26 total medals in the Games – seven gold, nine silver, and ten bronze. For an up-to-date medal count and more information on this year’s Olympic Games, visit Top: Apolo Ohno raises seven fingers to represent his seven Winter Olympic medals. Image from Middle: Shaun White proudly celebrates his Olympic gold. Image from Bottom: Lindsey Vonn is elated after crossing the finish line during her gold-winning downhill ski run. Image from

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Curling for love; love for curling The tale of a young man curling more than hairs By Carlos Millan Fun House Editor


he Olympics stand for greatness and perseverance, and have a tradition of getting people overly-hyped about his or her favorite games. I have never been much of an admirer of the Winter Olympics, but this year something has captured my attention with a rigid hand. One of the hottest (please excuse this pun) games this winter is the fast-paced, gut-wrenching, ice-sliding game named curling. For some reason, this game has swept up both my imagination and my dreams at the same time. For those who haven’t seen this sport – and yes, it is a sport – curling consists of sliding stones across a sheet of ice while two other team members sweep like there is no tomorrow. Who knew a simple household chore could prepare someone to compete at the Olympic level? With all the “training” my mother instilled in me, I could easily be an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team. All those hours spent sweeping the kitchen floor seemed like a task with no end, but as it turns out, the end has become curling. Watching the shivering athletes compete for

gold fills me with hope. It is the sweeping of the patio floor that gives one hope to get his or her fifteen minutes of welldeserved fame. But how does one curl? It’s obvious that when I curl a stone, no matter what its weight, it will slide dangerously and deceptively through the house. The stone twists and turns while avoiding every obstacle. I’m not one to toot my own horn – [honk] – but when I curl, my stones slide slicker than clean socks on a waxed floor.

Being the genuine person that I am, I worry that some people might get too discouraged with the squandering of their natural mother-made talent. Not being able to use your talent effectively is something that can be devastating to a young athlete, not that I have any personal experience with this theory. As I get sucked deeper and deeper into this sport of hurlers and sweepers, news articles hit me from all directions about the disappearance of this majestic sport. The more I read, the more I realize

I was born a generation too late. I fear that many teenage athletes are making the wrong decisions concerning their curling development, and are turning to the God-forsaken sport of straightening, which involves sucking up their stones with a plastic tube. How can they just take the easy way out of a mess and not sweep? Don’t they realize how beneficial sweeping can be? If I could speak to the Pepsi generation, I would say, “If not for the love of the game, do it for the tail.”


oul food: Cat fish, corn bread, and collard greens. Who can say no to that?


alentine’s Day: Who knew Taylor Swift could be that blonde?


anny Spatchek: 2000plus reads for “The Saints: the team that really hit home.”



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A/APA Process: Looks like Residence Life won’t be attracting any lazy people this year.

Communal Horoscopes March 21 - April 19 Swimming might not be a feasible idea right now; how about skinny-dipping in the heat of the night?

April 20- May 20 Mono is the new Zhu Zhu pet, everybody wants it.

May 21 - June 20 Your evil twin will turn out to be your reflection.

June 21 - July 22 Don’t get too crabby when you receive your midterm grades. Things will be looking up when you inadvertently gain leverage over your advanced fiction professor.

July 23 - August 22 You will be complimented on your ability to draw fabulous boxes. Savor this moment as it will be your last compliment for some time.

August 23 - September 22 Don’t get too excited with all those Red Bulls in your fridge. Too many of those and your wings might become overly large.

September 23 - October 22 As you finish off your midterm week, you’ll realize that the information you studied has already been replaced by this week’s flavor of the month.

October 23 - November 21 While day-dreaming, you will imagine what a glorious world it would be if everyone got paid in Trident Layers.

November 22 - December 21 Four chicken fajitas for lunch are not a good idea, especially if you’re trying to be a vegetarian.

December 22 - January 19 If you want to attract the opposite sex, you better start curling, and not just your hair.

January 20 - February 18 Your paper-throwing ability will be sub-par this week.

February 19 - March 20 The answer to any future literature analyses will always be “sex.”

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Fun House

Issue 3, February 25, 2010


Second semester slump By Jessica Lillie



ou gotta read it to believe it



2. Performed magic tricks: Larry ______ 5. Kenya Ward is president of ___ (abbreviation) 7. Student Life Editor: Nick _____ 8. Comedy sketch 9. Rob Pockat’s short non-fiction piece 10. Chinese beer 12. February’s birthstone 15. The E in StWEA 16. Sophomore libero 17. The V in VITA 18. Residence Life Director: Jim ____

1. Mayday! 3. Women’s Basketball’s previous opponent 4. Men’s Tennis Coach’s first name 6. Wrestler who advanced to the NCAA Div. III Tournament 11. Calendar system we use today 13. One of Kati Jendraszak’s fundraisers for Valentine’s Day 14. Play: The Trojan_____



The Lakeland College

M I R R O R Issue 3, February 25, 2010

Public speaking: requirement or not? Why people would benefit from this three-credit class By Nicole Geurts

but everyone could use some improvement in their public speaking abilities. A majority of schools, or many students, their ma- whether they are public or private, jor already requires them to offer some form of a public speaktake a public speaking class. ing course, but don’t require stuHowever, the dents to take it. only way that a With Lake“Everyone needs the science major, land being a libbasic knowledge of how eral arts school, for instance, would take to speak to a group. It will one might this class is if help their credibility later think a public they were to on in life when they have speaking course go to graduwould be manto present something.” datory, considate school or if they were part ering that it is a Dane Maier, freshman of the Honcourse that benors Program. efits one long afMany graduate schools have some ter they leave the classroom. Howsort of public speaking class as a ever, this is not the case. pre-requisite. Therefore, if pubCertain majors and minors lic speaking was required, they require students to take public wouldn’t have to worry about speaking to prepare them for meettaking it at a later time. ings and presentations that may Public speaking is a very im- help them sooner or later. A lot of portant skill to have. Some people students take the class because of need more practice than others, encouragement from their advisor.

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This is understandable considering public speaking helps polish a lot of skills that will be required in almost any professional environment, from the science lab to the business office. Most people don’t know exactly how to prepare a proper presentation. While many of us are familiar with things such as PowerPoint, a lot of us have trouble organizing what to say in a logical and professional manner. One thing that helps with organizing one’s thoughts is making an outline, which is one thing that you will learn from taking a public speaking course. You get to learn the basics within the course, and don’t have to worry about being put down. With the help of your teachers, you will learn the proper way to talk to an audience while giving a presentation instead of simply reading to them. Engaging the audience is something that keeps

them interested in what you have you appreciated their help when to say and reinforces the relevance you took the class. of the discussion. All of the skills While many people have a learned will not only help you get fear of public speaking, the best through the initial job interview, way to get rid of it is by becoming but will also help you in other familiar and comfortable doing it. public settings The only way your job requires this can happen “In Japan it’s different. is by applying you to be in. Personally, We don’t discuss in class. yourself in a I think that this It’s passive, unlike what public speaking is a great class to you do here. It’s good to course. take. Not only No matter practice.” will you build what profession confidence in one chooses to Ikumi Kakoi, junior yourself as far pursue, there is as talking in no doubt that front of people, but you will also public speaking will be beneficial know how to keep your audience to them at some point in his or her interested in what you are talking life. For this reason, I think Lakeabout. land should make public speaking People don’t always realize one of the required general educahow advantageous a certain class tion courses. It is a great skill to can be until they have used it in have in any professional environthe real world. That will be the ment, and with today’s economy, day when you go back to your any edge you can have over the professor and tell them how much competition is critical.


PHOTOOPINION How are you handling mid-term exams?

Markus Savaglio Senior Resort Management

Virgil Snipstad III Senior Resort Management

Shuenn-Fong Yang Senior International Business

Kayla Stevens Freshman Elementary Education

“Very well.”

“Wait, is it mid-terms already?”

“I have no mid-terms.”

“I haven’t had any big ones, so that’s okay.”

David Fayne Junior Art Major

Juleya Tucker Freshman Psychology

Céline Elzinga Senior Graphic Design

Sam Chones Sophomore Sports Management

“I haven’t really had any because I have art classes.”

“I’m reviewing all of my notes and making sure I get all my homework in so that I know I understand the material on the test.”

“I don’t really have very many. The one I did have was extremely difficult.”

“It’s kind of hard, but I’m handling it pretty good.”


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M I R R O R Issue 3, February 25, 2010


Women’s basketball earns No. 3 seed in NAC Johnson’s squad heads into tournament with head of steam after three wins By Joey O’Brien

Staff Reporter


he Lakeland College women’s basketball team claimed the third seed in the NAC Conference Tournament with a win against Benedictine in the NAC Challenge Game Saturday, Feb. 20. The Muskies finished the season winning two of their last three regular season games. On Feb. 11, the Muskies traveled to Madison to take on the Edgewood Eagles at the Todd Wehr Edgedome. The Muskies fell short in this divisional match-up, losing a heartbreaking game that ended 52-51. The Muskies had taken an early lead in this game, and held the lead deep into the second period. With 7:51 left in the second half, the Muskies pushed their lead to ten when senior guard Chelsea Coenen put down both of her free throws. The Muskies were only able to knock down one field goal in the remainder of the game, along with a few free throws. The Eagles picked up the pace of the game and ended the contest with an 18-7 run. Lakeland led the entire game until Shea Beckith of Edgewood knocked down both her free throws to tie the game with 1:16 left in regulation. Edgewood took their first lead with just under a minute to go. A missed lay-up and a turnover gave the Eagles the ball with 16 seconds left in the game. A foul put Edgewood’s Hannah Shultz to the line and she knocked down both of her free throws to put the Muskies out of reach. Lakeland junior guard Mary Dennewitz ended the game with a futile three-point shot. Senior forward Katie Kilton lead the Muskies with ten points, six rebounds, and two steals. Off the bench, freshman center Leah


Above: K.C. Blahnik (left) and Becca Tilleman (right) trap a Finlandia opponent earlier this season. Below: Sophomore guard Erin Cepa defends a Finlandia opponent.

Eisner contributed eight points, three rebounds, and three steals. Freshmen guard Dana Henrichs defensively contributed a team high five steals. The Muskies bounced back on Saturday, Feb. 13, as they

dominated Marian 68-44 on Senior Day, at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium. During a halftime ceremony Lakeland thanked seniors Blahnik, Coenen, Terra Hiben, and Kilton for their contributions to the women’s bas-


ketball program. “It was certainly an emotional day for our four seniors, not knowing if they’ll play another home game this season,” Lakeland Head Coach Teri Johnson said. “They came out wanting to make a statement. We were very happy with their play as a group.” The Muskies took the early lead, but the Sabres fought back to tie the game at 19 with 9:41 left in the first half. The Muskies defense held the Sabres to only one made field goal for the remainder of the first half. After sophomore Erin Cepa was able to knock down both of her free throws, Denewitz was able to put down a jump shot and assisted on the buzzer-beating layup from Henrichs to give the Muskies a 32-21 lead at the half. The Sabres were able to bring the difference down to six within a few minutes into the second half, however the determination of the Muskies would put hold on any Sabre comeback. The Muskies made over 50 percent of their field goals in the second half compared to the Sabres 32 percent shooting which proved to be the difference in this ball game. The four seniors played ex-

ceptionally well in this contest, combining for an astonishing 36 points and 17 rebounds. Blahnik led the Muskies with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Dennewitz contributed eleven points and three rebounds, and Cepa added nine points. The Muskies won their season finale against the North Division leader Concordia Wisconsin at the John Buuck Field House in Mequon. Dennewitz came through in the clutch when she made four free throws in the remaining 35 seconds of the game, which gave the Muskies the edge in this 72-66 rivalry game. Blahnik put the Muskies up by two on a 3-point play when she converted a lay up while being fouled with 1:40 to go. On the next Muskie possession, Henrichs made a layup of her own. Then Dennewitz was fouled on the next three Lakeland possessions, and would make four out of six of her free throws. The Muskies would go on to end the game with a Blahnik steal and another Henrichs layup, giving Lakeland the victory over the number one seed ConcorSEE BASKETBALL/PAGE 16



Issue 3, February 25, 2010

The Lakeland College


Men’s basketball eliminated in quarterfinals Team’s run ends against 2nd seed Aurora; bench steps up at Dominican By Danny Spatchek Sports Editor


he Lakeland men’s basketball team lost 86-56 at Aurora in a Northern Athletics Conference quarterfinal on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Lakeland, the seventh seed in the tournament, trailed 41-35 at one point in the second half but the Spartans used a 32-8 run, capped off just under the nine minute mark, to put the game beyond all doubt. Aurora, the NAC South Division Champions and the tournament’s No. 2 seed, will host MSOE on Thursday, Feb. 25. Senior guard Khendal Andrews finished out his Lakeland career by leading the Muskies with 18 points off of four 3-pointers. In the previous game, the team defeated Dominican in Chicago 68-61 on Saturday, Feb. 20 in the Northern Athletics Conference challenge game. Junior forward Trevor McKown was one of three Muskies to score in double figures, recording 15 points, and shooting 7-of-9 from the field to go along with nine rebounds. Freshman forward


Junior forward Trevor McKown goes up for a shot close to the rim against Benedictine.

Christian Baker matched McKown’s scoring performance, tallying 15 points of his own while missing only one of his eight shots. Freshman guard Jamie Koebe shot 4-of-5 for 13 points, six of which came from behind the arc. Sophomore point guard Josh Regal had a complete game statistically –

recording eight points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. “One of our keys today was to pound the ball inside,” Men’s Basketball Coach Aaron Aanonsen said. “Trevor and Christian gave us a great effort in establishing our post game today along with Jamie’s performance beyond the

3-point line.” The Stars grabbed their second lead of the game at the 10:25 mark in the first half. RJ Dilay hit a 3-pointer to give himself five unanswered points and Dominican a 17-14 advantage. Eight consecutive Muskie points in the next two-and-a-half

minutes capped off by two made free throws by sophomore guard Eric Vandivier gave Lakeland a 22-17 lead. The Muskies would lead by as many as 16 points after a Koebe 3-pointer with 10:53 remaining in the second half. Dominican pulled within two with a little over five minutes remaining, but Lakeland was able to hold them off to bring home the seven point victory. Lakeland, who were without their leading scorer, sophomore Jake Schwarz, shot 52 percent from the field on the day, including 57.7 percent in the second half. Dominican managed only a 31.7 shooting percentage. The Muskies also out-rebounded the home team 45 to 25. “We’ve struggled at times with our rebounding, and with Dominican shooting a low percentage and not turning the ball over, being able to out-rebound them really helped. With Jake Schwarz and his 25 points per game still out of the lineup, it was good to see some other players pick up the slack as we head into the conference tournament,” Aanonsen said.

Sutter advances to nationals a second time Heavyweight to Nationals on March 5 and 6; other wrestlers miss out By John Wagner Contributing Writer


he Lakeland College wrestling team finished sixth out of the 15 teams at the Great Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, Minn. on Feb. 20. Senior heavyweight Adam Sutter advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second year in a row. Sutter was also an AllAmerican last season after finishing sixth nationally. Sutter, a Gladstone, Mich. native, lost 4-1 to Elmhurst’s Mark Corsello, the nation’s second- ranked wrestler according to, in the championship match. The runner-up finish qualified Sutter for the national tournament on Mar. 5-6 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There is no doubt Sutter will continue to train hard and will be prepared. Lakeland Coach Pete Rogers will keep the “monster” focused and determined for the tournament as he represents his family, friends, teammates, coaches, hometown, and Lakeland College. Sutter enters with a 25-3 record after having a 4-2 overtime win over second-seeded Augsburg’s Andrew Witzel. Sutter lost to Witzel twice last season. This win makes him the fifth wrestler to qualify for nationals in school history.

“Sutter had a great day,” Rogers said. “He got redemption beating somebody who he lost to in last year’s regionals. The final match was definitely one he is capable of winning. If he’s on and continues to improve over the next couple weeks, the sky’s the limit. I don’t think he has peaked yet, so hopefully he does at the national tournament.” The Muskies won their third straight Northern Wrestling Association title last week. They finished sixth out of 15 teams at the regional tournament and placed five individuals in the top six of

The guys wrestled their hearts Junior 133-pounder David May wrestles an opponent earlier in the year. out . . . it just wasn’t meant to be.

their respective weight classes. “The guys wrestled their hearts out, but it just wasn’t meant to be, as far as going to nationals,” Rogers said. “It’s disappointing, but I can’t say they didn’t leave it all on the mat.” Freshman Ryan Renon was Lakeland’s next highest finisher.

Renon secured fourth place with a 4-2 record on the day. The 174pounder knocked off Matthew Pfarr of St. John’s, the nation’s fourth ranked wrestler and top seed, in the consolation semifinals. Renon, who was seeded seventh, concludes his rookie season with a 32-12 mark, which sets the school record for wins in one season by a freshman. “Renon continues to wrestle his tail off,” Rogers said. “He wrestled two weight classes up from where he started the season, and is every bit as good as the three

guys from his weight class that are going to nationals ... his future is bright.” Senior captain Jacob Frias wrapped up his Lakeland career with a fifth place showing at 165 pounds. Frias was 34-10 on the year and finished with 103 wins in his four year run. Frias has the second most wins in school history. Junior Isaac Roberson, a 149pounder, and freshman Chris Weber, a 184-pounder, finished the tournament in sixth place. Roberson took sixth for the second straight season at the Great Lakes


Regional. Senior Ben Chapman concluded his career with a win at the regional tournament. “Jake and Ben put their heart and soul into the program,” Rogers said. “I couldn’t ask for two better people to represent the program. They are both extremely hard workers and will succeed in whatever they do in life.” Congratulations and thank you to the team on a great season. Best of luck and skill goes to Adam Sutter at the national tournament.


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Issue 3, February 25, 2010


Tough non-conference teams best men’s tennis Lakeland loses matches against powers Lake Forest, Lawrence By Danny Spatchek

guys who could serve like they were serving, really flat and hard,” Green said. “Our lineup was fronthe Lakeland Men’s Ten- heavy, and I think it worked out.” nis team fell 5-4 to Carroll The revamped No. 1 pair of College on Feb. 20 at the senior Andre Glass and freshman Moorland Park Tennis Center in Andy McGlashen were down 3-5 New Berlin, Wis. in the eight-game set before they The Muskies, now 1-3 overall, employed a new strategy to deal picked up decisive wins at No. 1 with the Pioneers’ hard-serving doubles and at singles flights No. duo en route to their 9-8 victory. 1, 2, and 5. “In traditional doubles the Men’s Tennis Coach Doron players are offset—one player at Green, who was forced to shuffle the net and one at the baseline. the lineup due to the unavailabili- Andy and Andre both moved to ty of No. 3 singles player freshman the baseline, and they stuck with Jake Halverson, talked about the that strategy for the rest of the match at No. 1 doubles. match and were able to win the “It was very exciting tennis tiebreak 7-4 and win the match,” to watch. We haven’t run into Green said. In singles matches, McGlashen handily defeated Carroll’s No. 1, 6-0, 6-3 while Glass claimed a close win at No. 2, 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 tiebreak. Junior Yuki Shiono picked up his second singles win of the season 6-3, 6-3. “Andy dominated his match against a player with a big serve. He let three games get away in the second set but the match was never in doubt,” Green said, going on to praise Glass’ composure during the super tiebreak, which he won 10-4. Green went on to comment on Shiono’s perforCARLOS MILLAN/MILLANC@LAKELAND.EDU mance, “From the first point Andy McGlashen at a recent practice. of the match, Yuki had the Sports Editor



Junior Tom Keuhl hits a shot at a recent practice. Kuehl played No. 3 singles for a shorthanded Muskie squad against Carroll.

kid [he was playing] talking to himself. Yuki out-steadied him from the baseline.” Freshman Dane Maier nearly gave Lakeland its second win of the season against a Pioneer team that routed the Muskies 8-1 the previous year when he took the No. 6 singles match to a tiebreak, only to lose the tiebreak 10-4. “Dane lost the first set, but really concentrated and played hard and managed to win the second set. We both felt that if he had been able to play a third set instead of just a tiebreak, he would

have won,” Green said. Carroll’s No. 2 doubles team blanked juniors Tom Kuehl and David May 8-0 while Shiono and Maier lost 8-2 at No. 3. Kuehl lost 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Green was content with his players’ performances and believes his team is still capable of improvement. “I’m very satisfied and pleased with the outcome. Last year we had an 8-1 loss to these guys and this year we were six points from winning the entire match,” he said. “The team’s lineup is in no

way set. We’re working on strategic doubles combinations for the rest of the year.” On Saturday, Feb. 13, Lakeland lost to Lake Forest and Lawrence 6-1 and 8-1, respectively. McGlashen picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win against Lake Forest’s No. 1, while Glass pulled off a close three set win at No. 2 singles versus Lawrence, 6-4, 7-6. The tough non-conference matches continue this Friday, Feb. 26, when the Muskies will take on UW-Oshkosh at the YMCA Tennis Center in Oshkosh.

Men’s volleyball battles tough team in new season Men take care of La Crosse, Whitewater; one set from victory vs. Oshkosh By Carlos Millan Fun House Editor


he Lakeland College volleyball team took on UW-Oshkosh Feb. 12 at the Moose & Donna Woltzen Gymnasium primed to win for the second time against the Titans. However, the team dropped a heartbreaker to rival UW-Oshkosh, in a game in which the team was just one set away from pulling off the victory. The team won two out of the first three sets of the match, but the Titans made four critical points that gave them the fourth set. The team lost 23-25, 25-13, 26-28, 25-21, and 15-12 in heavily competitive sets. In the fifth and deciding set, the Titans soared to a 12-6 lead that the Muskies were incapable of overcoming. Every set except the second one could have gone either way. This added to the excitement brought by the crowd. Offensively the Muskies committed some mistakes, but powerful serving by UW-Oshkosh proved to be the difference maker. “I said going into this you never want to lose, but it was entertaining and I really enjoyed

watching this match,” Lakeland Coach Chad Schreiber said. “[UW-Oshkosh’s] serve was virtually overpowering at times, and we made some offensive mistakes that compounded our problems.” Lakeland was led by grad outside hitter Joe Julkowski, who had 17 kills, and sophomore setter Mitch Wiskirchen, who had 45 assists. Sophomore libero Andrew Cheever led the back row with 14 digs, while junior middle hitter Beau Bradshaw helped the defense with four blocks. Despite the loss the Musk-

ies had to refocus themselves and face UW-Whitewater on Feb. 19. The Muskies took care of business by winning in three straight sets. The team fought through a pair of tightly-contested sets to defeat Whitewater, 32-30, 27-25, and 2517. Middle hitter grad Avdo Omerbegovic had a huge night for the Muskies posting 12 kills, four blocks, and three service aces. Sophomore setter Mitch Wiskirchen also had a big night with 41 assists. This level of play continued through their next match against

UW-La Crosse on Feb 21. The Muskies defeated UW-La Crosse 25-22, 25-22, and 25-20. Lakeland’s offensive attack was led by outside hitter Julkowski who had 16 kills. Wiskirchen also posted an impressive 57 assists. The defense was led by Cheever with 12 digs, while Omerbegovic and junior right side hitter Chris Kubacki pitched in four blocks. With these wins the Muskies now stand as the second ranked team in the NCVF Mizuno Men’s Division I ranking and moved to


The men’s volleyball team in a recent match. The men beat UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater, but lost to UW-Oshkosh.

an 11-2 overall record and 5-2 in the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference. The number one ranked team is Virginia Tech. The next Muskie match is against Marquette in Milwaukee on Feb. 25, at 7:30. The next home match is also against Marquette and this match is also the team’s Senior Night on Mar. 4, at 7:30. On another note, the JV Volleyball team reached the semifinals of the WVC Playdate beating UW-Green Bay but losing to Northland International in the championship match. Freshman right side hitter Ray Lewis led the offense with 44 total kills in the WVC Playdate, also sophomore outside hitter Dan Sheets-Poling helped Lewis with maintaining the offense with 32 kills and had a .355 hitting percentage. Freshman setter Jake Halverson helped keep the offense in check with 115 assists, while sophomore outside hitter Chris Guimon supported the defense with 32 digs and even added to the offense with 27 kills. The JV team has three more matches in their schedule and two of the three are at home.



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M I R R O R Issue 3, February 25, 2010

MVP of the Issue: wrestler Jake Frias Senior reflects on career marked by hard work By Danny Spatchek

to put him as one of the elite wrestlers in our program’s history,” Rogers said. oming from Harold L. Busting his tail is what Frias Richards High School in prided himself on most during his Oak Lawn, Ill. as a fresh- career, a trait facilitated during his man, Jake Frias never thought sophomore year as he watched in about working hard as a means admiration as his then-teammate to put his name in the Lake- Paul Hartt, riding an unmatched land wrestling record books. He work ethic, became the first wresworked hard so he could say he tler in Lakeland history to qualify was the hardest worker—the re- for nationals. For the rest of the cord books were just a bonus. In his four years as a Lakeland wrestler, Frias compiled the second-most wins in team history with 103, a total second only to teammate Adam Sutter. In addition, Frias recorded sev- When I was a freshman, I had eral team-high marks in this, his senior season at Lakeland. to take four losses before I He led the team with 130 team points and 34 wins, and was got my first win. When people second in near falls with 53, and third in takedowns with 70. say I can’t do something, I Lakeland Wrestling Coach Pete Rogers complimented his want to prove them wrong. senior’s approach and dedication to the sport, the latter a quality that oftentimes resulted in additional workouts this season spent working on technical skills, in addition to regular year, Frias set out to match Hartt, team practices. not necessarily in accolades or re“Jake has busted his tail to get cords, but in hard work. to where he is. He has done all the “People on the team said he right things throughout his career was the hardest worker on the Sports Editor


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team,” Frias remembered of the Florida native, a 2008 nationalqualifier. “I remember people saying that about Paul at the end-ofthe-year banquet, and I wanted them to say the same thing about me when I was done—that I made my mark with hard work.” The fitness studies major, who plans on pursuing a graduate degree in counseling at Lakeland following his graduation in May, attributed his accomplishments on the mat to his determination. “I have it tattooed on my back for a reason. When I was a freshman, I had to take four losses before I got my first win. When people say I can’t do something, I want to prove them wrong,” he said. Frias, who closed out his career by placing 5th at the Great Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, Minn. on Feb. 20, said he is satisfied with the role his determination played in the rejuvenation of Lakeland wrestling. “I think I’ve set a good example for younger guys by trying to be the hardest worker on the team

every year. If guys are willing to work as hard as me, that will be great for the team,” Frias said. Frias added that his determination and work ethic weren’t the only factors in his own success and the success of the team. “A lot of the credit goes to Pete for believing in me from square one. I never won 100 matches in high school and he still believed in me and kept after me. If not for him I don’t know if I’d be where I am today,” Frias said of Rogers. “In other programs that are ranked nationally, if you’re not starting you’re pushed aside. Being in a program with a coach like Pete who cares about everybody and pushes everybody the same has been great.” Despite not accomplishing all of his goals this season, Frias said he was proud of becoming an Academic All-American and Conference Champion. “I didn’t finish precisely the way I wanted to, but I did accomplish a lot of goals. I know I did all the right things, so I have no regrets. I think I’ve set the bar for younger guys to strive towards.” MUNENORI TOGO/TOGOM@LAKELAND.EDU


dia Wisconsin. Four Muskies scored in the double digits as they shot just under 40 percent from the field as a team. Blahnik led all of the scorers with 22 points, shooting eight of 16 from the field and six of eight from the line. Dennewitz added thirteen, and both Henrichs and Kilton scored ten. The Muskie offense was able to protect the ball, only turning the ball over seven times, and the Muskie defense was able to take the ball away from the Falcons fifteen times. On Feb. 20, sophomore guard Becca Tilleman’s 3-pointer broke a 61-61 tie and proved to be the deciding bucket in the Muskies 66-61 victory over Benedictine at the Rice Center in Lisle, Ill. The Muskies used terrific ball movement on a key possession to find the open Tilleman on the 3-point line. “We were able to pound the ball inside and that helped us get an open look on the perimeter,” Blahnik said. “Becca hit a huge shot.” The Muskies dominated in the paint in the first half on both ends of the ball racking up 14 points in the paint and taking control of 23 rebounds. However the Eagles had a strong performance from beyond the perimeter making six of nine shots from the 3-point line in the first half to take a 28-25 advantage into the break. The Muskies set the pace in the second half by using defensive

stops to push the ball forward, which created easy shots for the Muskies inside the paint. The Muskies dominated the paint on both ends as they scored 38 in the paint and held the Eagles to just 18. The Eagles took their largest lead of the day, 45-37, with just over 12 minutes left in the game. The Muskies were able to tie the game with less than ten minutes left and they took their first lead of the half at the 6:52 mark. The two teams would exchange the lead four times until the game came to a tie again at the 4:23 mark. The game would remain tied until Tilleman knocked down the 3-pointer with 1:12 left in the game. The Eagles came up short on their last two possessions, and Blahnik added two free throws to give them the five point victory. Freshman Leah Eisner played an important role in Saturday’s victory over the Eagles as she was able to score a career high and team high 20 off the bench. Eisner also added seven rebounds, five blocks, and two steals. Blahnik was right behind her with 18 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Alyssa Shuttenhelm also contributed from the bench with ten points and five rebounds. The Muskies will host the Alverno Inferno on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium. The Muskies beat the Inferno the first time they met this season 61-55 on Jan. 9, at Lakeland.

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