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Issue Highlights Features

Kevin Fitchett leaves his mark at Lakeland


Student Life Photos from Sam Vanden Plas and Mike Muhs

Habitat for Humanity helps in Kentucky Habitat members spend spring break in Lexington

Learn how to go green in your dorm room with plantlife


Fun House

Is YouTube the soap box for idiots of the world?


By Jessica Lillie

Managing Editor


eventeen members of Habitat for Humanity spent their spring break in Lexington, KY building homes with students from the University of New Hampshire. “Our main goal was to help out with whatever they had,” said sophomore Tom Kuehl, Habitat member. Habitat members helped with the construction of two houses, and they helped to deconstruct one house that

was falling apart. "I decided to go on the Habitat trip because I helped build a house in Sheboygan last fall, and it was a lot of fun,” said sophomore Pratikshya Bhandari, Habitat member. “I had zero experience with construction, but it was worth trying it.” There were two adult chaperones for this trip: Lakeland football coach Mark Halbach, and Executive Chef Al Berg. “Our supervisors made sure we knew what we were doing and that we were being

safe,” said Bhandari. The students stayed at a Christian Youth Group campsite in Lexington. They spent time split up into groups, alternating between deconstruction and rebuilding. The houses being built are commissioned with specific families in mind. Families have to meet certain criteria and then apply for a house with Habitat. They set up a payment plan and must work a certain number of mission hours on other houses. The house up for deconstruction was unlivable, and

the land was going to be used for other housing. Seventy percent of materials from the deconstructed house could be recycled and used for other housing projects. On the first Sunday of the trip, the group visited Red River Gorge and hiked with Mike Muhs, Lakeland alum who works with schools in KY. On Thursday, they had the day off and were able to explore Lexington. Students visited the Buffalo Trail disSEE HABITAT/PAGE 3

CORRECTION - "Lakeland sends panty prowler packing"

the March 5 issue, The Mirror erroneously stated that the student who was caught stealing underwear was IRossnexpelled from the college. The student was not expelled, but he is no longer on campus. The author of the article was DeRosier, not Erik Hyrkas.

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Housing for the 2009-10 academic year Housing applications are now available to students By Kristen Van Gasse Staff Reporter


ith a new academic year just around the corner, applying for housing has been on the minds of many Lakeland students. Applications to apply for housing for the 2009-10 academic year are currently available for the apartments (Kurtz House, Hill House, Morland House, and South Hall), Brotz Hall, and the Friedli and Hofer suites. In order for students to apply for housing in the Apartments, Brotz Hall, or Friedli and Hofer Suites, applicants must have at least a 2.25 cu-

mulative GPA (for South, Kurtz, and Morland) as of the end of first semester 2008-09, and must be registered for Fall 2009 classes. Students will qualify for housing by way of a point system. The way that the point system is determined is based on a student’s year in school, cumulative GPA, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and any campus policy violations. In order for housing assignments to be granted to each group, all members must have submitted their housing application, housing contract, meal plan choice, and a $50 deposit.

Director of Residence Life Jim Bajczyk said, “It is one of the fairest processes I have ever seen for housing. This is the most student-friendly way to reapply for housing. It is also the fairest because it is based on what you earn while you are in school.” Sign-up for housing in Grosshuesch, Krueger, and Muehlmeier Halls will take place on April 21 and 22 in Bossard Hall. All other housing applications are available in the Residence Life Office and from all Hall Directors and must be turned in by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

Above: Lakeland's housing form for the apatrments, Brotz, and the suites.


Issue 4, March 26, 2009


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Tuition increase lowest in decades Lakeland's decision based on families struggling in harsh economy By Brittney Sandberg Copy Editor


ost college students could use a little extra money. Thanks to Lakeland’s Board of Trustees and the collective efforts of the Lakeland community, students next year could have more cash and fewer worries.

As the second most affordable private college in Wisconsin, Lakeland has always prided itself on being accessible to students. As such, next year’s tuition will increase by only 2.9 percent, or $535. That is Lakeland’s smallest tuition increase in over 25 years. In order to better assist students struggling with the economy, Lakeland is also

implementing a Special Assistance Grant Program in addition to the college’s current financial aid program. Qualifying students could receive a grant from $1,000 to $3,000. The grant money came from smart spending and saving with campus-wide energy conservation and waste reduction and from sacrifices on behalf of all of Lakeland’s em-

ployees whose salaries were frozen. As of now, this program is only slotted for next year. The economic situation will be reassessed on a year-by-year basis to determine if the fund will need to be continued. Students should visit the Financial Aid Office to see if they are eligible and to inquire about the application process.

Lakeland's little known Food Advisory Board

Board designed to create pleasant dining experience By Becky Meyer

Copy Editor


he Lakeland Food Advisory Board is an organization set up to facilitate communication between students and food services. The board was founded by Student Association (SA) after Greg Hopkins, director of dining services, came to Lakeland. SA member Hailey Wisner and last year’s SA president Rob Pockat were the main students to implement its establishment. Pockat said, “Under the suggestion of Sandy GibbonsVollbrecht, I talked to Greg Hopkins about starting this board in conjunction with Student Association. SA representatives have positions on the board, as well as some

other students who have a sincere interest in providing the highest quality dining services available for guests to Bossard and to the Muskie Grill. “The purpose of the board is to be the voice of Lakeland College students regarding their dining experiences. Our goal is to provide all who use dining services to come away with an enjoyable experience in the form of a wide variety of good-tasting food,” said Pockat. Wisner also talked to Hopkins about starting the advisory board. She said, “Eating is one of the top activities for most college students, so why not improve what and where they eat?” There are three other members on the Food Advi-

sory Board: Pratikshya Bhandari, Grace Jairo, and Kristi Borts. The meetings are split into two parts. The first part is discussion of old business that has not been completed, and the second part is the time when the student members discuss comments or suggestions they have heard from peers about food services and other announcements are shared. Pockat said, “One concern I've heard lately is the need for more vegetarian dishes. Dining services has now begun to include vegetarian dishes in with their various other dishes. While every suggestion cannot be implemented—for example, we have had many requests for a soft-serve machine which is a very high

budget item—the board certainly tries to maintain a high standard of quality food and service to guests who dine in our facilities. “Every guest to our oncampus dining facilities is allowed to contribute to the board. We have implemented a napkin note system this year, which allows guests to post comments or suggestions about their dining experience.” “[The board] has changed many things already this year, from the menu to the seating arrangements. I enjoy being a part of the change,” said Wisner. The board meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in Bossard Hall. Any students, staff, or faculty interested are welcome to come to the meetings.

Free laundry plans for next semester Students living on campus to have free laundry in the fall

By Ross DeRosier

Staff Reporter


ccording to a Residence Life poll, the average student spends anywhere from three dollars and fifty cents to five dollars and twenty-five cents on laundry per week, doing between two and three loads. Well, say good-bye to your laundry fund. Beginning next semester Lakeland will be footing your laundry bill. LC is teaming up with Bull Pen, a contract negotiating company, to set up a new laundry service for residents. While still in the first stages of dialogue, what is certain is that the new program will eliminate the card swipe system, supply industrial quality machines, and include twen-

ty-four-hour on call maintenance. Now you won’t have any more late nights trying to get a hold of I.T. to fix a network problem just so you can have clean underwear for class in the morning. The new system will be lumped into the room cost for resident students, so if you don’t live on campus, it won’t cost you a dime. With the lowest rise in room, board, and tuition in twenty-five years, Joe Botana, the Vice President of Finance, says, “We are doing everything possible to make it as easy as possible for students to be here and be part of the LC community. We are trying to keep the costs low and are working to remove sources of

headache, hassle, and friction wherever we can.” Although he doesn’t live on campus anymore, Senior Kevin Fitchett definitely recalls the laundry system being a hassle. “It was annoying to have to go to the Muskie Mart to put money on my card when I was actually inspired to do laundry.” Junior Jessica Lillie says, “It’s quite silly how often the machines and card swipe system break down. It only makes sense to make laundry part of the room and board cost, so we won’t need people to come and fix it all the time.” According to Nate Dehne, the Vice President for Student Development “We are trying to be responsive to a par-

ticular student concern. We aren’t always able to do that. In this case it made sense for the students to make the change, it made sense for the college to make the change, so we made the change. It’s important for students to share their concerns. At times we will be able to address those concerns quickly and in an efficient manner, other times it may take a little longer.” Also, part of next semester’s low room and board cost increase will be wireless internet for all of the residence halls. According to Botana and Dehne, the Wi-Fi network should be up and running in the dorms by the beginning of the semester.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation to endorse courses for various skill levels


Experienced Rider Course Dirt Bike School Supermoto Demo Course Supermoto Basic Course Supermoto Competitive Course The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has endorsed Road America’s Basic and Experienced Rider Courses and the Dirt Bike School, which are taught by rider coaches who have completed

extensive training through the MSF. Students who complete the Basic Rider Course fulfill part of the requirements needed to obtain a motorcycle license from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Detailed course descriptions are available online at or by calling (800)365-7223. Located between Green Bay and Milwaukee in Sheboygan County,

M I R R O R STAFFLIST Erik Hyrkas Editor-in-Chief

Jessica Lillie Managing Editor

Becky Meyer Brittney Sandberg Copy Editor

Alex Giese Opinions Editor

Nick Nelson Features Editor

Madeline Shields A&E/Student Life Editor

Brad Wilk Sports Editor

John Sieglaff Fun House Editor

Nicole Holland Advertising Manager

J.D. Botana Ross DeRosier Shaun Forsyth Jake Frias Yosuke Ito Georgiana Porlier Daniel Spatchek Suguru Takebayashi Kristen Van Gasse John Wagner Emily Wilhelms Staff Reporters

Erik Hyrkas Brittney Sandberg Jessica Lillie John Sieglaff Alex Giese Madeline Shields Nick Nelson Layout Staff

Martha Schott Faculty Advisor The Lakeland College Mirror is printed by Wisconsin Newspress, Inc. The Mirror is published every two weeks during the first and second semesters while classes are in session and is distributed free of charge to students, faculty, and staff on the Lakeland College campus. The Mirror is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press, University Wire, College Media Advisers, College Publisher, and Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

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Road America Announces 2009 Motorcycle School Schedule lkhart Lake, Wis., – Road America has released its 2009 Motorcycle School Schedule. Entering its third year, the school has educated hundreds of two-wheel enthusiasts in its controlled, off-street environment. The following courses are offered April through November in a variety of day, evening and weekend formats. Basic Rider Course, motorcycles or scooters

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Road America is a 640-acre, year-round motorsports facility entering its fifty-fourth race season. In addition to major race events, Road America offers a karting club; weekly test days for karting, supermoto, and motorcycles; group adventure programs; and topof-the-line hospitality. Special promotions are held throughout the year and can be found online.

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Issue 4, March 26, 2009

Lakeland's campus crime report


Campus crime reports dated from February to March 2009

in brief Information to let people know what's Lakeland going on goes here!! Information to let people know what's upgrading going on goes here!! to Information to let people know what's Blackboard going on goes here!!9 Lakeland’s Blackboard system will undergo an upgrade from the current version, Blackboard 7.3, to version 9 on May 8.

StWEA celebrates Read Across America Students read to children to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Suess

By Rob Pokat Contributing Writer


ou’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” These words were the inspiration for the 12th annual Read Across America event in which the Lakeland chapter of the Student Wisconsin Education Association (StWEA) recently took part. The event, sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), is the nation’s largest celebration to promote children’s reading. The event is held yearly on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, a popular children’s book author. This year the StWEA encouraged the Lakeland College community to help out. Information was placed in the Crier and Muskie happenings, and posters were displayed throughout the campus. StWEA provided a total of 84 students, staff, and faculty with certificates demonstrating their involvement in the celebration. Eileen Hilke, advisor to HABITAT FROM FRONT PAGE

tillery, which was one of a handful of distilleries allowed to remain open for medical use during the prohibition era. Some students also visited a retired horse sanctuary and enjoyed the nice weather. “I learnt a lot, and I felt my contribution counted. For once, my vacation was not about me,” said Bhandari. Jesse VanCamp, president of Habitat, put many hours into the organization of the trip. Samantha Vanden Plas, vice president, also put in a good number of hours organizing the event and helping VanCamp with the project. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that runs on donations. They welcome volunteers and build on a global scale, providing zerointerest repayment plans for families with Habitat homes.

Contrary to Blackboard 7.3, Release 9 features new options designed for students such as blogs and journals. Larry Marcus, director of IT operations and Blackboard administrator, believes the new system will help students. “With added features in version 9, the learning experience will be greatly enhanced,” Marcus said. Along with blogs and journals, Release 9 contains several other new applications.

Above: Some StWEA members get ready to share Dr. Seuss books for the Read Across America event. StWEA said, “It is so important to read to children. They will notice your excitement about presenting books, and this should enhance their motivation for reading. I am so proud of the many participants who shared their love of reading with a child. I feel this event was a great success.” Each year, Dr. Seuss’s

birthday is the reason for the big celebration. Dr. Seuss, a.k.a. Theodor Geisel, was born in 1904. He wrote and illustrated 44 books for children. His imaginative use of rhyme coupled with his whimsical illustrations make his books an effective and fun tool for teaching young people basic reading skills. The annual event is

sponsored nationally by the NEA. The 3.2 million members of the NEA are committed to advancing the cause of public education and driving home the message that reading is important and enjoyable. To learn more, visit w w w. n e a . o r g / r e a d a c r o s s or contact Rob Pockat at

Lakeland recieves accreditation Lakeland awarded maximum ten years from NCA By Emily Wilhelm Staff Reporter


arly this month, Lakeland College hosted the North Central Association, an accrediting agency. The team consisted of six employees from other colleges and universities. When they left on Wednesday, March 4, Lakeland was holding a tenyear accreditation. Everyone on campus deserves to be thanked for making this a success, but seven people of the Steering Committee stand out: Stephen Gould, president; David Stein, director of institutional research and

planning; Meg Albrinck, interim vice president for academic affairs; Jeff Elzinga, general studies division chair; Scott Niederjohn, assistant professor of business administration; Peter Sattler, humanities division acting chair; and Richard Gaumer, associate professor of accounting. When asked how it felt to know that the team was done with the accreditation, Elzinga said, “It’s a relief to be finished. I’m sure that’s true for everybody.” Elzinga pointed out several points that Lakeland needs to focus on over the next ten years. “What we need to do is continue to record our progress between

now and the next ten years, to monitor progress, and to continue to operate under the best practices. “When they come again in ten years, we’ll be ready for them. It would be a mistake for us to celebrate the re-accreditation visit and do nothing for eight or nine years. We need to continue to reevaluate ourselves and to give everyone opportunities to be the best they can be at what they’re doing.”

The new user interface, Web 2.0, allows Blackboard’s users to navigate through the site more efficiently due to its drag-anddrop ability, drop-down menu, and contextual help options. Release 9 has an application designed for forgetful users, as well. The site’s notification dashboards remind users about upcoming assignments—keeping teachers and students prepared for class. The new system also allows students to use their Facebook accounts as a way to view their grades or assignments. Patti Jorgensen, director of Lakeland’s Kellett School, said, “Safe assign is going to be easier to use, and students can now access Blackboard from their Blackberries or mobiles. Everybody is going to feel the benefits of Blackboard Version 9.” Jorgensen recommended that students visit the webpage, release9, to familiarize themselves with the new features.



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STAFFEDITORIAL The Clery Act and the importance of reporting about crime on campus


s a Lakeland College news publication, one of our larger purposes is to inform you all of important news and events that pertain to this community. This includes stories that involve campus security. That responsibility is why we publish stories like “Lakeland sends panty prowler packing” (in our previous issue), and why we are now introducing a bi-weekly campus crime report. The Clery Act of 1998 requires institutions of higher education that participate in federal student aid pro-

grams to report annual crime statistics on crime that occurs in the jurisdiction of campus security. Lakeland shares this information with the campus community; non-compliance with The Clery Act can result in fines up to $27,500 imposed by the U.S. Department of Education. We at The Mirror feel it is important to make this information from campus security as accessible as possible to our readers. If our community members know when and where crimes are committed, we may be able

to better report and prevent crime, keeping our campus safer. The Clery Act was initially created after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered at Lehigh University in 1986. She was asleep in her residence hall dorm room when it happened. Subsequently, the parents of Jeanne found that there had been 38 other violent crimes on Lehigh University’s campus in the three years prior to their daughter’s murder, and these were not disclosed to students. The parents of Jeanne believed if this infor-

mation had been disclosed to the community, Jeanne and the rest of the community would have been able to thwart such events. The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to report three pieces of information about campus crime: the type of crime, the location of the crime (in association with the campus), and the date and time of when the incident was reported and/or when the crime incident occurred. Schools are also required to report crimes that could be considered an on-going

threat to students and employees in a timely manner. This is the information that we will be publishing in our crime report each issue. The Mirror believes the information gathered by Lakeland Security is important to the safety of the Lakeland community. If you witness a crime, we encourage everyone to call security and the Sheboygan Police Department. And if you are a victim of a crime, do not hesitate to fill out a police report afterward. Information in police reports is accessible to the public.

PHOTOOPINION Did you fill out a March Maddness bracket? If so, how are your teams doing? If not, why didn’t you do one?

Robert Schoettler Art Sophomore

Eric Sauld Market/Managment Junior

“No, Basketball doesn’t interest me.”

“Yes, pretty good so far. I’m expecting some upsets soon.”

Brittanie Malwitz & Adriana Coopman Resort Managment & Writing Freshman & Senior

Kevin Strowder Psychology Junior

Christine Giacalone Accounting Freshman

Chris Weber Education Freshman

Michelle Traylor Psychology Junior

“No, I didn’t know about it. But I want UNC to win.”

“No, but Duke is goin’ all the way. I hate North Carolina.”

“Yes, my bracket is not doing so well, but I have Louisville winning it all.”

“No, I didn’t know about it.”

“No,we don’t care.”

Louis Colletti Broad-field Social Studies Freshman

Cathy Pesch Buisness Manament Sophomore

“Yes, I have about 1315 teams remaining in my bracket.”

“No, because three years ago I did it, and I had no idea what I was doing. And I lost.”

Kristie Heese Fitness & Sport Junior

“No, but I know who I want to win: UNC.”


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Kevin Fitchett: Lakeland’s outlier Senior writing and English major tells of his academic successes and residence life trials By Danny Spatchek

Staff Reporter


he dictionary’s definition of the word outlier reads as follows: 1) something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body. 2) a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample. 3) Kevin Fitchett Okay, Webster hasn’t listed Kevin Fitchett as one of the definitions to the word “outlier,” but Webster doesn’t know Kevin Fitchett. During his four years at Lakeland College, Kevin Fitchett has indeed gained the reputation as an outlier amongst the school’s student body for his excellence in every area he’s involved in. Fitchett pulls a 3.73 GPA as a double major in Writing and English and, perhaps even more impressive, does so while enrolled in Lakeland’s reading intensive honors program. “I’ve always liked to read, and it’s exciting to be able to write something and read it in its initial entirety,” he said in a quiet corner of Lakeland’s Academic Resource Center, where he works as a tutor to undergraduate composition students. Of all the writing genres, Fitchett has an enduring affection for poetry. “I like the idea that you can write a poem regardless of money or who you are and have it published for the price of a stamp alongside great or famous writers.” As a writing major, Kevin inevitably met Fessler Professor of Writing and Poet Laureate Karl Elder and the

two formed, as described by Elder, something close to a “collegial relationship.” A formidable writer in his own right, with two nominations up for the 2010 Pushcart Prize and his own literary magazine to boot (SEEMS and Word of Mouth Books), Elder offered high praise to Fitchett’s writing ability. “Kevin is a remarkably prolific writer, and he’s had success in virtually every genre he’s attempted.” While most writing majors work on The Mirror, Fitchett’s writing prowess gained Elder’s attention and soon he was employed as a student editor of SEEMS, one Elder can count on when in doubt. In 2008, the pair travelled to the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective in Fond du Lac where Fitchett’s creative nonfiction piece turned heads. Two exceptional writers on nearby college faculties praised Elder’s pupil, essentially saying, according to Elder, “God, I wish I could write like that.” Kevin’s talents extend beyond the classroom as he excels on Lakeland’s soccer team as the team’s left midfielder. Kevin’s outstanding play during his senior season placed him in impressive company when he was chosen for the Northern Athletics Conference First Team, AllWisconsin Team, All North/ Central Region Team, as well as being tagged with the prodigious Adidas Scholar Award. His skill is evident even

to bystanders unfamiliar with the game as he easily cuts past opposing players and bamboozles defenses with his vast arsenal of moves. Even though Fitchett often holds the ball for extended periods of time, teams rarely dispossess him due to his physical style of play. His on-field physicality, coupled with the idea of being a student-athlete, intrigues Fitchett the most. “I like being able to play soccer aggressively and then leave the field and be a student,” says a delighted Fitchett, grinning ear-to-ear while deliberately searching for a simile to express the manner in which he plays his role as a student-athlete. “It’s like a housecat that goes out and slaughters a mouse and then goes home and lives in domesticity and

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factly in perhaps the most unapologetic tone of all time. He insists on offering his own, slightly-modified version of the events. “Every year someone has to be sacrificed and that year it was us. But, if a parade goes on in the streets, do you blame the mayor? The paraders? Or do you blame the spirit of the fiesta? They blamed the mayor.” Despite Kevin Fitchett’s controversies at Lakeland, he has undoubtedly gained the respect of his peers and teachers. “I fully expect that not only will he be accepted into a graduate Gina D’Amato/ school master of fine arts program, but he can sit on the carpet with will probably get a full ride,” blood on its paws.” says a nostalgic Karl Elder, Vintage Fitchett. as if realizing he can’t hold on Fitchett’s coach, David to his favorite student. Madsen, has a slightly differAnd Fitchett feels the ent view of the team’s gradu- same way. Fitchett is proud ating midfielder who, by the of his collaboration with Elway, led a freshmen-laden der and Lakeland alumni Lakeland team to its first Dave Hillstrom in a musical winning season since 1994. rendition of Elder’s recently “Kevin’s an intense, dy- published poem “The Hounamic player who has quali- dini Monologues.” He’s apties that you just can’t teach. preciative to Professors Meg His more-than-proficient skill Albrinck, Peter Sattler, and set, combined with his abil- Linda Tolman, who offered ity to grab the game when him “a different type of eduwe needed it, made him that cation.” much more dangerous.” “If I ever do succeed as a “Dangerous” is just the writer and educator myself, it way to describe Fitchett’s will mostly be because of my time in a Lakeland jersey teachers, especially Karl,” as he accumulated 21 yellow says an equally nostalgic cards and 2 reds over four Fitchett. He’s also grateful seasons due to his over-zeal- for his first writing teacher at ous tackles and sometimes Lakeland, Jeff Elzinga, who disrespectful treatment of of- inspired him to be a writer. ficials. Fitchett doesn’t deny In fact, Fitchett says he’s the allegations. gained something from every “I probably had the most Lakeland teacher he’s had. suspensions in the history of “I usually am not one to Lakeland soccer,” admits a get sentimental, but I think misty-eyed Kevin Fitchett, these stories capture the seperhaps longing to give one rious respect and joy I associmore official a tongue lashing ate with Lakeland College.” for a whistle against him. Ironically, Fitchett’s senWhile living on campus, timents, which virtually Fitchett faced much more mirror the feelings of every serious charges than soccer graduating senior, aren’t as suspensions. Fitchett and his maverick as you’d expect. roommates frequently held Lakeland’s greatest outliparties in their apartment er wouldn’t have it any other which led the Resident’s Life way. Staff to sanction the apartment. When the parties continued, the police intervened Above: Kevin Fitchett recieves in what Fitchett refers to as photos of his soccer career on senior a “historic mishap” and re- day. moved Fitchett from campus. Left: Fitchett rushes down the field “We were written up for during a game versus Concordiavarious reasons I like to call Wis. on Oct. 28. ‘good-hearted shenanigans,’” explains Fitchett matter-of-


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International students take a spring break Trips around America bring cultural experiences By Yosuke Ito

Staff Reporter


uring spring break, many international students left the campus for new experiences. On Tuesday, March 17, six Lakeland College Malawi students presented songs, a Powerpoint show, and information about Malawi to the seventh and eighth graders at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. The exchange was reciprocal: the Malawi students, Gloria Thom, Mary Potani, Elizer Kalilombe, Charles Laini, Frackson Liteleko, and Aries Mcherewatha also learned about the Jewish culture. They visited the new Milwaukee Jewish Museum and then returned to have lunch with the students at the school. “It was an educational visit. Not only did they learn from us, but we learned a lot from this visit about the Jewish culture” said Thom. “We learned that not only in Malawi do students have to learn subjects in school in a different language. At this school, the students have to learn some subjects in Hebrew,” she said.

Above: (Clockwise from the left) Charles Laini, Aries Mcherewatha, Mary Potani, Gloria Thom, Elizer Kalilombe, and Frackson Liteleko standing in front of the Jewish Day School. Photo provided by Martha Schott

“The visit to the Milwaukee Jewish Museum gave us a real picture of how things were in Jewish history – more clear than we got in textbooks,” said Thom. Many Japanese students spread out to various states. “I [went] with my family in San Francisco,” said Manami Morioka, a student from Japan. “Now the Yen is a bit stronger than U.S. dollar, so this is a good chance

to go there.” She also flew to Los Angles. Hirotaka Murai travelled to Las Vegas as well as Houston, Texas to see the NASA Museum. Murai felt that NASA is a site not to be missed in America. Many Korean students went to Chicago for shopping. Hyun Dong Yeo was excited to visit Chicago and ejoy a variety of Korean food. Since most of them are from urban areas of Korea, all of

them say that they want to feel the urban atmosphere. On the other hand, other international students followed Lakeland’s tradition of Habitat for Humanity. “I’ll built a wooden house in Lexington, Kentucky for eight days,” said Pratikshya Brandari, a student from Nepal. She is the only international student among the organization’s members. “I was really excited,” said Brandari.

Le Nhung, a student from Vietnam, went to Milwaukee for a couple of days to have fun with her friends. “I’ve been tired of the tough academic schedule, so this was the time to get refreshed,” she said. Some international students went far away to meet with friends. Zhiheng Gu, a student from China, flew to Portland, Oregon. “My girlfriend rented a house there, so this was a good opportunity to stay in a city outside of Wisconsin,” said Gu. Still, assignments filled every minute of break for some international students. “I had to go to an elementary school to do observation for two days,” said Ryoung-Ki Kim, a student from Korea. “Assignments, assignments and assignments; it was something like a nightmare,” Margarita Barraza Diaz, a student from Columbia, said jokingly. Her friends, Swe Swe Htay, a Myanmarese student, and Hye Jin Kim, a South Korean student, were stuck on campus over break. Many students remained on campus, but had the chance to finish work and see friends.

Dartanian holds video game program Madden and NBA video game tournaments bring Grosshuesch residents together

By Suguru Takebayashi

Staff Reporter


hanks to a creative resident assistant, Grosshuesch Hall residents had their second annual video game program this February. Dartanian Taylor feels that his main job as an RA is to entertain residents and get them to socialize with one another, and that’s why he began hosting the video game program. “The goal of the program is to create a fun, social atmosphere where everyone would be around with each other and meet new people,” said Taylor. When Taylor became an RA, he found that many people had not played video games before. He attempted to resolve this by using some video games to attract his residents. In the beginning of each year, he asks Grosshuesch residents what kind of games they want to play, and so far the results lean towards bas-

ketball and football video games. Just like last year, he hosted the program in the Grosshuesch Hall lounge. The basketball video game program, named “NBA Live ’09 Tournament,” was held on Feb. 4, and the football video game, “Madden Challenge,” on Feb. 10. Seventeen people participated in the basketball video game tournament, and 25 people attended the

football program. Because TV sets were limited, the “NBA Live ’09 Tournament” was held every night for a week. “It was tiring,” Taylor confessed. “But I don’t do it for myself; I do it for the residents.” Using PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 consoles, the participants played one-on-one against each other. One of the participants was Ryan Ophale, the hall director of Grosshuesch. “He was a terrible player,” Taylor said and laughed. “He sucked at both games. But he laughed, and had a lot of fun.” The winner of the tournament was given a gift card for Wal-Mart, and the second-place winner received a certificate for Subway. As a consolation prize, the other players feasted on free pizzas.

Taylor said that those programs were a great success; everybody had fun and got together. He was able to keep the cost of the programs below 50 dollars, because some residents lent video game systems. RAs are commissioned to build good relationships among the residents. The Department of Resident Life gives RAs a handout in which it states, “Lakeland College is an open community where freedom of expression is protected… The very quality of the college is measured by the quality of communications within the college.” Taylor believed that his video game program fulfilled this requirement perfectly. “It is a fun way to get all residents to meet,” he said. “It’s not necessarily easy though; we have to prepare TV sets; we have to get pizzas, and so on. That takes a lot of work and time, but it’s worth it.” Taylor hopes to host a similar but more competi-

tive program next year. And he hopes to circulate it to the other residence halls so other students can participate as well. He may even host it in the Campus Center, so the whole campus can be involved. Photos:


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Spring Homecoming Choral Concert Lakeland to hold annual choral concert in the Bradley on Sunday, March 29 By Jennifer Duenk Staff Reporter


akeland’s annual Homecoming Choral Concert will be held Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. in the Bradley Fine Arts Building. The Frauenchor, the Lakeland Singers, the Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble, and the Concert Choir will all be performing.

The concert is the last part of Lakeland’s choir’s spring tour around the Midwest. Part of the program will be conducted by Janet HerrickStuczynski, associate professor of music and director of the college choirs. Three advanced conducting students will assist HerrickStuczynski with the conducting. They are Holly Helmer, Emily Rendall, and April Wasmer. During the tour, each of the

women conducted musical pieces, but the Homecoming Choral Concert will be their first time conducting a choral concert on campus “The featuring of student conductors is a major part of their education. They’re fully in charge when they’re on stage,” Herrick-Stuczynski said. For an unusual twist, the hand bell ensemble will not be playing traditional hand bell mu-

sic for the performance. Instead, the audience will have the chance to hear rock songs played on the hand bells such as “Desperado” and “Hotel California.” “It’s a lot of fun playing nontraditional hand bell songs,” said Herrick-Stuczynski. Dr. Arthur Johnson is the pianist for the tour and will also be accompanying the choral groups for the Homecoming concert. Instead having the pianist only play

accompaniment for the choir, the concert choir will be accompanying the pianist during a piece titled “Reverie.” “The music spans many eras of music and many different styles. It shows a tremendous variety in the performance. I’m very proud of all my students,” said Herrick-Stuczynski. As always, this event will serve as a convocation credit for the students who attend.

Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” McCarthy creates a deeply moving, post-apocalyptic world

By Jessica Lillie

Managing Editor


ake your deepest sense of longing, your hardest time, your greatest loss, and add that mild flicker of hope which saved you from darkness. There are novels that ask as much, and sometimes more; then, there is “The Road.” The world of “The Road” is desolate and horrifying. Some terrible unknown happening has shattered the earth and the humans that remain face nuclear winter. Everything seems dead and colorless, and memories of the past are only dangerous distractions from a reality in which humanity is mostly lost. “The Road” follows the lives of a boy and his father,

characters unnamed and all the more memorable for it. They travel south towards the ocean, hoping for some relief from the ever-present cold, the boy longing to view the blue of the sea. They live for nothing, it seems, “each the other’s world entire.” The boy was born soon after the world collapsed, so he is not burdened with constant memories and the longing which often holds his father captive. Yet, he is the moral compass between the two, raised on tales of heroes and constantly reassured by his father that they are “the good guys” among a world of bad guys. And there are certainly bad guys. With food sparse and resources gone, many humans have turned to cannibalism to

survive. Certain unforgiving scenes of death, of humans chained and eaten alive piece by piece, will remain scorched in your memory forever. Why immerse yourself in such an unforgiving, griefstricken world? Because author Cormac McCarthy’s lush prose keeps you in that world and provokes gorgeous images as vivid as sight. It is so magnificently written that when the father feels hope, you will feel it; when the boy weeps, you will weep with him. This place is fully imagined, so real that one might fear stepping into its grey at any moment. McCarthy is not unknown for being austere and pitiless. With novels like “No Country for Old Men” and “All the Pretty Horses,” one comes to expect McCarthy’s harsh

worlds and his vibrant prose. But “The Road” is a different creature altogether; it seems that McCarthy is most comfortable writing the stories of the damned, and he does it with maddening skill. As novels of end-world come, this is not typical by any means; do not conjure images from Stephen King’s “The Stand,” which would allow plenty of room for a hopeful future. There is little hope to be had here, and the final pages are emotionally shattering; but you will read them again and again because there is great power in them, a spirit of something like celebration. And it is a kind of quiet celebration; in all that despair and recollection, there is a memorial of what we have

now, a deep appreciation for the smallest blessings that our world can give us; the image of a trout, hovering in water; the vast blueness of the ocean; the sweet taste of apples; the quiet persistence of mushrooms hiding. These are the desires the novel speaks to, and they are ones that we ourselves can realize and appreciate. Although this may not be regarded as McCarthy’s masterpiece (like Hemingway, his most memorable stories are not necessarily those most praised), it is a journey to a different reality that will remain with the reader, perhaps carried in our sincere love for our humanity, and the constant threats that face it.

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essica Lillie, junior writing major, opened for the hit band The Plain White T’s under the stage name Lillie Lemon. The concert was held at the Rave/Eagles Club/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wis. on St. Patrick’s Day.

Lillie Lemon was accompanied by Dave Durian (David Shults, professional musician) and a temporary replacement drummer known only as Andy. Regularly accompanied by drummer Phil Papaya (junior biochem. major Phil Sontag),

Phil was absent from the show due to a prior Belize-related engagement. Having recently produced their first album, titled “Nobody to Thank,” Lillie Lemon and co. are steadily gaining steam in the Wis. music scene, and it wasn’t

long before the opportunity to open for the Plain White T’s presented itself. For more information about Lillie Lemon or to purchase your own CD, tote bag, or ninja rubber ducky, check out their website at



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Game Review: Fear you can’t forget By JD Botana Staff Reporter


arlier this month the eagerly anticipated “Resident Evil 5” was released for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles, earning the top sales seat for the week. Capcom originally released Resident Evil, or Biohazard in Japan, for the original Playstation. The game was one of the first games to be classified survival horror, a branch off of actionadventure, where the player’s primary objective is to endure/ escape a supernatural threat. In the initial installment of the series it is revealed that a pharmaceutical conglomerate, Umbrella Corporation is conducting experiments with the T-Virus, a genetic mutagen which turns people into the undead and has a tendency to transform animals into vicious murdering machines. Resident Evil 5 sends Chris Redfield, an agent with B.S.A.A., to Africa in order to stop a major weapons deal and find as much information out about the doomsday project known only as the Oborbors. The B.S.A.A.

is a group dedicated to destroy Umbrella products. Upon reaching a small village in the fictional region of Kijuju, he is greeted by Sheva Alomar, a local B.S.A.A. agent. Together the two will encounter villagers wielding chainsaws, contaminated individuals with black slugs constituting their body, giant sea creatures, and series arch-nemesis Albert Wesker who has a devious plan to perpetuate natural selection. The game mechanics are virtually the same as they were in Resident Evil 4. This format stays original and true to the survival horror design, which might call for some adjustment on someone picking it up for the first time. The survival horror genre is usually shot from several classic fixed camera angles which add a sense of uneasiness to the game. Those angles have been eradicated from this game, leaving the single viewpoint from over the shoulder of Redfield. This camera is free based, allowing the player to look wherever they wish without being impeded. While maneuvering throughout the environment, Redfield must stop to use his

weapon. This gimmick adds to the game play, as it leaves you stationary for enemies to assault you. This might frustrate people who are used to first person shooters that enable you to dodge more easily. What has changed severely is how the inventory is set up compared to prior titles. To access health items and change weapons, one could simply push start, pausing the action, and select whatever they wished to eradicate their foes. Now the enemies do not wait for you to select your weapon of choice. All switches occur in real time, causing you to make quicker decision in the middle of a fray. The inventory consists of nine slots, with each item taking up one slot. Four of these slots correlate with the four directions on the d-pad allowing quick changes. Alongside of the player is Sheva, who can either be controlled by another player or the computer. The A.I. is competent enough in most parts but occasionally it feels like you are babysitting. Seeing as this can be a co-operative game there are times which require teamwork, especially

during boss battles. This is where it is useful to have assistance from real intelligence; otherwise battles can be excruciating, calling for different tactics then what the developers intended. The second player does not have to be taken over locally. RE 5 can be played online through the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, adding another level of enjoyment to the game. After completion of the game, a new option is unlocked. “Resident Evil 4” introduced a minigame entitled “Mercenaries” in which the player has to score as many points as possible by eliminating many enemies within a certain time limit. RE 5 introduces a new version with more playable characters and levels to unlock than before. This addition, coupled with the online capabilities, allows you to get more than your money’s worth.


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Plant Par ty in the Dor ms Houseplants in dorms make any room stylin’

By Alex Giese Opinions Editor


o you want to have a pet in your room but can’t because of the “nopets-allowed” rule? Do you want to celebrate the arrival of spring? Do you want to decorate your room but don’t know how or where to begin? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, a solution may be closer than you think. Consider adding a plant to your room. House plants make a great centerpiece or décor, and in a sense, it requires care and feeding, like a pet. They can also purify the air, which can be a great boon for some students. Since spring officially began last Thursday, now is as good a time as ever to get a plant. House plants are reasonably affordable and are very inexpensive to maintain. However, don’t think you can rush off to Wal-Mart and grab whatever pleases your

eye. Just like different breeds of dogs and cats require different types of training and care, so goes with picking a plant. If you’re not going to bother taking care of it, you’re better off buying a plastic plant. However, a real plant is always better than a fake plant. Several factors play into the role of how a plant should be cared for, depending on the species. It needs either direct or indirect sunlight (leave it out in the sun or provide it some shade), the proper type of soil, temperature and a watering regimen. In some cases, you might need some fertilizer. A general rule to know whether your plant needs watering is to stick two fingers into the soil. If it is moist, you can wait a day or two, if it is dry, you should probably water it. There are several types of plants that work best for the college lifestyle. One of the most popular house plants is called the golden pothos vine (Epipremnum pinnatum). Able to survive almost anything, the golden pothos, as known as Devil’s Ivy, is a very tough plant and won’t suffer if you’re negligent. It grows best in indirect light and only needs to be watered once a week, or even less. In its natural habitat, the golden pothos can grow to gigantic proportions, with leaves the size of basketballs. Fortu-

nately, your plant won’t grow to this size, but you may need to trim it occasionally. Just keep it by the window, and don’t let the soil go dry. You can’t go wrong with the golden pothos, an excellent plant for beginning botanists. Orchids are another popular common house plant, and while they bloom beautifully, they are little fussier than the Devil’s Ivy. If you buy an orchid from Wal-Mart or Target, you’ll want to buy it prior to blooming, and after blooming, you’ll want to place it in an orchidspecialized pot with special potting mixture. All of this can be easily acquired at your local store. The orchid’s roots need to be trimmed if they are shriveled or rotten, and needs a mild amount of light. While maintenance is high compared to other plants, the orchid will reward you with beautiful flowers every year. Perhaps you’re very forgetful when it comes to watering or you don’t think you can grow

an orchid responsibly. No need to fear. You can always buy yourself a cactus. Cacti hate pampering; they usually thrive best under neglect, just like in the desert. Just be careful not over water it or provide it very cold water. Some cacti, like nyctocereus serpentinus, will bloom best during night hours, making it optimal décor for your late-night party escapades. Just remember NOT to water it, and you’ll be fine. Another possibility is to grow some fruits and veggies in your room. These types of plants are very demanding, but the reward is your very own homegrown meal. Don’t expect to grow an apple tree in your room (you won’t have enough space), but you can try your hand at beans or carrots. If you decide on growing vegetables, you will need to take care of the plants every day. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try your hand at bamboo. Deceptively easy to grow, bamboo can give an exotic look to your room. They require a balanced soil mix and a fair amount of light. You can use fluorescent lamps to supplement the light the bamboo receives from the sun, but you should ask Residence Life first. Since bamboo grows quickly, you may have to constantly prune it (the plant equivalent of grooming) or place it in a larger pot.

But don’t confuse bamboo with “lucky bamboo”, which is not a part of the bamboo family at all. From the Dracaena family, the lucky bamboo (also called Chinese bamboo or curly bamboo) requires minimal light and good air circulation, making it a hardy plant. As the name implies, the plant is a Feng Shui symbol of good luck. A house plant, in a way, is a pet, just like a house cat, house dog, or even house fish. With a little care and attention, you can make your bland dormitory into a stylish greenhouse with a lavish, lively atmosphere. Just remember that a distressed plant (yellowed, shriveling leaves, etc.) will provide the exact opposite of the above, so take care of your plant responsibly! Bottom Left: Katie Koch’s variety of plants in her room.Top: Koch’s Aloe Vera plant. Bottom Right: Koch’s Lucky Bamboo plant. Photos provided by Koch.

R ocksta r H o r o s co pe s By Nick Nelson Features Editor

March 21 - April 19 One minute you’re hot. The next you’re cold. You are in a tremendous hurry to get nowhere. Ask someone to do a load of your laundry since you have no idea how to use soap and turn a dial.

April 20- May 20 Your shower singing this week may lead to a solo singing career, just like how every other Rockstar got his or her start. The dictionary is your friend this week.

May 21 - June 20 This week, the bank could be your friend or your worst nightmare. You may get some extra cash OR you could be out of some dolla’ bills.

June 21 - July 22

Speak slowly, and you will be heard. People may think you’re strange, but people will definitely understand you. To everyone around you, you and your Libra partner look perfect together.

July 23 - August 22 This week, pets and babies find you amusing. Ha, well, not really, but they can’t speak up. Write how that makes you feel and it may be turned into a bad Eddie Murphy movie.

August 23 - September 22

A small, yappy type dog and a medium- sized cat are set to fight outside your window this week. Keep a bucket of water on hand to throw at them.

September 23 - October 22

December 22 - January 19

You will learn how to do that foreign thing where you kiss both cheeks. You do it so that word gets to other countries, and they ask for your advice on how they should do it.

October 23 - November 21 Your “high-five” aim is so bad at times that it could do severe bodily damage to someone. Oh and for pete’s sake, wash your bed sheets. It’s about that time of year you know. Gross.

November 22 - December 21 Make sure you understand how to bow or curtsy correctly. It may be time consuming, but you want to be safe rather than sorry.

Beware of tripping over peanut shells. They randomly appear as you walk along the streets, and in the shower while you’re bathing.

January 20 - February 18 Make your own stimulus package. Instead of paying for a year-long family membership at 24-hour Fitness, buy a Wii and Wii Fit. The couch is complaining.

February 19 - March 20

A friend you barely like will throw another hissy fit. Pretend not to notice and wander off. Take pictures while you’re wandering.

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John Sieglaff: the old fart on campus A baby boomer among Generation Y Nobody else my age seems to take pleasure in these quieter sides of life, and what’s worse is that I can’t help but to think that they’re all missing out on it. They’ll never know the joy of a vigorous constitutional down county road M or the natural connectedness one feels while inhaling the scent of cow manure on the brisk morning air. It’s invigorating. They’re all too caught up with their mypods and that damn Introweb everyone keeps yammerin’ about. Even television seems to have gone downhill with the rest of modern technology. What ever happened to quality programming like “Bonanza,” “Matlock,” and “The Andy Griffith Show,” starring Andy Griffith? Now you need cable just to watch those programs and all the smut they air on the two hundred other channels hardly seems

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espite my boyish charm and copious coils of curly hair—which both point to my tender age of 22—I feel that I am an old guy at heart. I was brooding over a warm bowl of oatmeal and a grapefruit for breakfast when this sudden revelation became clear to me. Straight from I have the John always felt a disconnection with my own generation, but associated it as an outcome of my bad manners or maybe personal hygiene. I now see, however, that I am simply an old soul. At first this idea seemed to be a stretch since I don’t even believe in reincarnation, thusly denouncing any aging of the soul. But once the idea got into my head, it settled there and, to my surprise, actually answered many questions I’ve had concerning my own behavior. How else could it be explained that I enjoy my nature walks? Why else would I make wild accusations of modern technology and Satan being one and the same? And how the hell did I ever develop an appreciation for Barry Manilow?

worth the buy. As far as I’m concerned, TV is the devil. Well, depending on what’s on. And as for Barry Manilow—what can I say? I don’t like him on purpose. I think my disconnection with the younger generation is most apparent in my irritation with little children. They’re all so lively and buoyant—it makes me sick. It’s so hard for me to believe I was ever one of them that I often wonder if I was. Anyhow, as I sit enjoying my oatmeal, I can only wonder what changes I’ll undergo as time passes and I grow older, not only spiritually, but physically too. I can only hope I don’t evolve into those old people

who comprise one-third of Aldi’s shoppers—those dirty old men. They walk around in their Velcro shoes and suspenders, farting as they go down the aisles. And you know when you spot these geezers that right after they get done buying their groceries at the cheapest prices known to man, they’re right off to the Walgreens pharmacy down the block to pick up their Metamucil. Old people love their fiber. I shudder to think of old age coming over me. That notoriously ‘old’ musk will undoubtedly envelop me and ear hair will suddenly sprout (though I always thought mysterious locations of hair growth were supposed to subside directly after puberty.) I don’t want to end up like that. I half-suspect that as my actual physical age begins to deteriorate my stubborn outlook on life, I will—in a grand showing of hypocrisy and premature senility— revert to the technology that I presently denounce so ardently.

Despite my obvious youthful physicality, I take this as proof that I, indeed, never was a child.

By my late fifties I see myself totally engrossed in television, hopelessly addicted to “Jag,” regarding it as ‘old-timey’ and saddeningly nostalgic of ‘the good ol’ days.’ Of course, I’m sure I’ll still be just as unforgiving toward the shows on television, but I’ll watch them anyway. I see myself sitting on the end of the sofa, planted in front of the flickering screen, nodding off after the seven o’ clock rerun of Wheel of Fortune. Well, actually, something similar happened Tuesday. That Pat Sajak does it to me every time. In fact, everything that I currently reject in speculation of my future will most likely come to pass since I’m almost always wrong in any predictions I make concerning my own prospects. I’ll have a wife, kids, a job. I may even graduate from college. Yes, it seems all too likely that every direction I currently see my life taking will suddenly fork in a completely reverse route. I’m sure that I’ll have children and that I’ll have even developed the capacity to love them…mildly. Someday, off in the distant future, little John Jr. may even cuddle up with me on the sofa while I’m completely engrossed in an episode of “Antiques Roadshow” and, for just a moment, we’ll have a bonding, nearly-emotional connection. We’ll sit there in front of the flashing screen late into the night, watching television together; and it won’t even matter what’s on.

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Welcome to the world of YouTube

iTube, YouTube, we all scream for BoobTube

By Alex Giese

Opinions Editor


hen I was a rambunctious child, my dad would always say to me, “Alex, snap on the boob tube.” Fortunately, he wasn’t referring to the latest Skinimaxxx special, lest my mother have a fit. He was referring to the television set, of course, and he argued that since a baboon would be the best receiver of televised programming, he nicknamed it “The Boob Tube.” This generation, however, has a new kind of tube. Unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the past decade or two, you know what I’m talking about: YouTube. It’s only the second most visited Web site on the entire Internet, next to Google, closely followed by Facebook. With over 200,000 videos, or 9,200 hours of content uploaded every day, everyone seems to have something to say about themselves or someone else’s self. To digest this, imagine watching television nonstop for 385 days. That’s the amount of content created in a single day for YouTube. Don’t go and watch television this long, though, or you’ll burn your eyes out and your social life will fizz out like day-old root beer. “Broadcast yourself,” they say. Well, is YouTube really all about “You?” Isn’t it about me? In which case, why isn’t it called MeTube? There is a certain culture within YouTube that demands a little probing to decide whether it’s for you or me. One look at the Web site provides plenty of analysis and commentary. If you can think it, there is a video of it. Nearly every music video and movie clip has been documented into the conscience of the Tube. Any daring act of stupidity is there, too (try searching “Leprechaun Alabama” or “Fred on Shrooms” for examples). There’s also “vlogs,” or video blogs, of people recording themselves and their emotions like a public diary. And there’s always another video that responds to said video, sometimes resulting in an infinitely regressing chain of videos. Or, all the videos become inbred with each other, leading to a series of malformed videos with very special needs. Let’s look at one of the first YouTube phenomena: the Numa Numa dance. Some young fellow in New Jersey was inspired to make a fool

of himself and lip synced the song after watching the Italian music video, providing a crazy dance in front of his webcam. Shortly after, everyone across America and the world was doing their own dance and singing the Numa Numa. This is probably the closest anyone has ever gotten to a real world musical where people break out in song in seemingly random occasions, with the orchestra kicking in from nowhere. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. YouTube has the uncanny ability to turn common folk into hip, global celebrities, further verifying Andy Warhol’s proclamation that everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. Soulja Boy’s song “Crank Dat” began as a simple song composed with music software that was uploaded to YouTube. Soulja and two of his friends choreographed a dance to the song, sent it away, and the rest was history. The song and the dance caught on fire to the point that high school teachers and prisoners in the Philippines alike were doing the dance, thanks to YouTube. Soulja was signed by a major record company in Aug. 2007 for his phenomenal feat, four months after the original uploading. Dozens of hilarious remixes

and reinterpretations have spawned as well, including Barney, Winnie the Pooh, the Lion King, and Spongebob Squarepants all doing their take on the song. I can’t make this stuff up. Oh yeah, and to top it off, “Crank Dat” was nominated for a Grammy for best rap song in 2007. Shame he didn’t win. Even President Barack Obama uses the Tube to address American citizens about what’s on his mind/agenda. Obviously, YouTube is really, really important if the president has his hands in it. Let’s not forget the whole “Obama girl” phenomenon, which probably convinced more than one person to vote for the guy based solely on her video. If that wasn’t enough, there was a college course on the topic! Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College, in Claremont, Cal., taught a class entitled “Learning from YouTube” in the fall of 2007 in an attempt to find educational value on the Web site. Needless to say, the students in the class pwn3d teH pr0Ff in her feeble attempt to organize the chaos. Speaking of “pw3n1ng teH pr0fF,” you will see similar “1337” text in the comments area located below every video across TubeLand. Go to any video for yourself and you’ll see some inane gobbledygook being thrown

about the most random of topics, many of them unrelated to the video. You’ll abhor at the logical fallacies people make, from non sequitor to appeal to fear. You’ll hear insults such as “n00b,” “t4rD,” and “[expletive]” as people who never met each other exchange potshots and ad hominems in attempt to prove one is right and the other is a bucket of bean lard. Your best bet is to stay away from this war zone and keep your eyes on the video, which was the main reason you came to the site in the first place, was it not? This leads into how people on the Tube behave. For every jolly Numa Numa-noid and John Q. Public “supermanning that ho,” there is a pack of dark trolls lurking around harassing any poor user that gets in its way. People can behave and act in any way they want to, regardless if that is their true demeanor. You know that shy kid from high school who never said anything in class? Well, he or she probably has a vlog of himself or herself going absolutely psycho. What your parents told you was true: you can be whoever you want to be, and the Tube is here to allow you to do just that! This leads to some scary conclusions. Judging by the various uses YouTubers have come up with for their site, it

seems the place is a violent free-for-all, with attention and fame as the prize. YouTube shows us, with the blessing of anonymity, the true nature of humankind. Behind the Numa Numas, the Obama girls, the music videos, the drama, and (let’s admit it) the porn, there’s something to be said about people in general. All I have to say is: people are out of their minds. Think about this the next time you snap on the YouTube for some cheap quality entertainment, or for some educational information (yeah right). I suppose my old man would be proud of all the baboons broadcasting themselves on the Internet. If he thought that local and cable television was the only place to find such people, he was way wrong. YouTubers take baboonery to a whole new level, for a whole new generation. This is the future, people. Get used to it. Perhaps you, dear reader, feel inspired to start your own vlog on the Tube in an attempt to get strangers to pay attention to you. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you about the dangers in TubeLand. While it may be for you, it definitively isn’t for me. Now it makes sense why they didn’t call it MeTube. So what’s the lesson to be had out of all of this? Eight words: People are crazy. Embrace it or take cover.

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Men’s volleyball continues to prep for tournaments By Brad Wilk

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By Danny Spatchek

Staff Reporter


he Lakeland baseball team dropped a pair of games to nationally-ranked teams to begin its 12-game spring break trip in Florida. In the first game against Wooster, the Muskies stranded four men on base in the first two innings en route to a 7-0 loss. Lakeland head coach Chris Thousand attributed the missed opportunities to nervousness at the plate. “I think our guys were a little anxious, and put a little too much pressure on themselves,” Thousand said. “They tried to do too much at the plate.” In the second game, the opposing Red Men used a seven run second inning to defeat Lakeland, 13-2. The Muskies gained an early 2-0 advantage when junior center fielder Jake Heinemeyer scored on a single by junior third baseman Doug Novak. Freshman left fielder Mike Huber walked and would go on to score off of a groundout from sophomore designated hitter (DH) Jeremy Williams. Lakeland recovered quickly in its first Gene Cusic Classic game with a 17-4 win over St. Lawrence thanks to a stellar pitching performance from Lee Chepil. Chepil got his first career win by allowing three earned runs and no walks in six innings. Chepil got plenty of run support in a game where every Lakeland batter recorded at least one hit as the team totaled 20 hits. Freshman DH Alex Finke, second baseman Ryan Polizzi, and Doug Novak posted three hits apiece. Lakeland rallied but came up short in both games of a doubleheader against Scranton the following day. The Muskies stranded a runner in scoring position in extra innings of the first contest, and a bases-loaded single by Scranton’s Matt Rayha ended the second game. A quick turnaround had Lakeland playing two games the day after the Scranton losses. The first game against Babsel marked the first start for freshman pitcher Garrett Morris. Despite taking a loss, Morris threw seven innings, the most for any Lakeland


Above: Sophmore pitcher Mike Ruzek had a solid outting for the Muskies during the team’s spring break trip to Florida. Below: Sophmore shortstop Brad Young will help anchor the middle of the infield for Lakeland this season.

starter up to that time. In the second game against Bethel, Lakeland surrendered 10 runs in the first 3 1/2 innings on the way to a 22-3 loss. Freshman pitcher Trevor Hannes took the loss. St. Lawrence, the same team Lakeland bested 17-4 earlier in the week, gave Lakeland its fifth straight loss with a 7-5 setback. The Muskies left 12 runners on base during the course of the game. The team returned in good form the next day, taking both games of doubleheader against St. Michaels, 7-0 and 4-3. Sophomore pitcher Mike Ruzek led the team in game one, pitching a complete game that included five strikeouts and five earned runs. Lakeland’s defense did its part by committing zero errors, a first this season. Pitcher Bill Miller went the distance in the second game, striking out eight with one earned run. Lakeland closed out the trip with two losses to Plattsburgh St. A number of Lakeland players impressed Thousand


in Florida. “There were a lot of pleasant surprises on this trip,” Thousand said. “Doug Novak led the team in a lot of offensive categories, and Alex Finke hit a lot better than we thought he would. Both Alex and Mike Huber played great in the outfield.” Thousand also pointed to the close losses, saying the

team needs to perform better at the end of games. “We played some good teams and we played well too, but we got tight as games got close,” Thousand said. Lakeland begins its NAC play on Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran, and the Muskies host Concordia, Wis., at noon on Sunday, weather permitting.

he Lakeland men’s volleyball team is preparing for some important tournaments in the next few weeks. Lakeland, 23-5 overall, 8-1 in the Wis. Volleyball Conference (WVC), and No. 15 in the nation, will get back in action tonight at UW-Stevens Point. When Lakeland plays tonight, it will be the team’s first match in two weeks. Head coach Chad Schreiber said the team usually takes spring break off each year and it does the players a lot of good. “Usually, they’re actually pretty sharp,” Schreiber said. “The first practice back is typically pretty brutal, but after that they’ll jump right back in. It’s worked every year for them to come back with fresh legs. As much jumping as we have in our sport, that week off we have this time of year is critical.” The Muskies final home match was on March 12, a win over UW-Whitewater, and the team honored its three seniors: outside hitter Joe Julkowski of Carol Stream, Ill.; middle hitter Chris Plamann of Appleton, Wis.; and defensive specialist Nick Wiskirchen of Schaumburg, Ill. “Joe has meant a ton to our program from a leadership standpoint and a playing standpoint,” Schreiber said. “It’s something that you can’t always find in one person. He really has all the qualities you want in anybody. “Nick defines hard work and loyalty to a program. He’s someone who never says no to a friend, and he plays volleyball not for a personal gain as much as for the love of being around teammates. “Chris is an important type of player to me. I didn’t have the opportunity to play high school volleyball, and [I] ended up making volleyball a career. Chris came in not having played any [volleyball in] high school, and [he] ended up his senior year starting many important matches for us.” The Muskies will play in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Assoc. Championships at Northern Ill. University on March 28 and 29 and in the WVC Tournament in Milwaukee on April 3 and 4. They then head to the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Assoc. Championships in Kansas City, Mo., from April 9 to 11 to defend their national championship.


Issue 4, March 26, 2009


The Lakeland College


The All-American Muskie By John Wagner

Staff Reporter


unior wrestler Adam Sutter became only the second All-American in Lakeland history at the NCAA Division III National Tournament, March 6-7, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Muskies only had two wrestlers, Sutter (285 pounds) and senior Jonas Flok (157) competing and advancing to nationals. Sutter was named an AllAmerican after his sixth-place finish at the heavyweight division. After being defeated in his opening match, this giant from Gladstone, Mich., redeemed himself with three

wins, two by pin-fall. Sutter joins Lee Kadinger, who was named All-American at 165 in 2002, as Lakeland wrestlers to win this prestigious honor. “Sutter wrestled his heart out,” Lakeland coach Pete Rogers said. “The coaching staff and everyone are so excited for him. This is a huge thing for the younger guys in our program to witness, so hopefully it opens the flood gates a little bit for the future.” Sutter said his achievement has made all his hard work pay off. “Going into the All-American match, I felt like it was very winnable,” Sutter said. “I

told myself that this was it either I would win and become an All-American, or I would lose and be done. That helped me find the drive I needed. “Hopefully, this will help future Lakeland wrestlers get the nod because of our reputation.” Flok, a four-year varsity wrestler from Egg Harbor, Wis., wishes he could have the two matches at nationals in which he lost by decision back. Still, Flok logged an incredible accomplishment to make it to nationals and represent Lakeland. “Things just didn't pan out for Jonas,” Rogers said.

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Sutter, Flok represent Lakeland at wrestling nationals

Adam Sutter

Jonas Flok

“He came so far during his career. When he came in as a freshman, qualifying for the national tournament wasn't even on his radar screen. He came an awfully long way, and he's still a top 16 wrestler

in the nation.” Rogers said he was happy with this season. “I'm so proud of our guys for what they've been able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” Rogers said.

Softball team off to solid start By Jake Frias


Staff Reporter


rom March 15 to the 19, the Lakeland College softball team made its annual spring break trip to Arizona where the Muskies won five of the 10 games they played. “It’s the best we’ve ever come back (from the trip) with the goal of getting everyone experience,” said head coach Chad Buchmann. According to Buchmann, the team faced better competition during this year’s trip then in years past. The Muskies started off with a 3-2 win against Augsburg College. Following the win, the team hit a slight bump in the road, dropping their next four games to Central, Amherst, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Eau Claire. Even with the loss to UWEau Claire, last year’s NCAA Division III National Champions, the Muskies hung in there, only losing 5-1 and only allowing one fly ball hit to the outfield. The team then went on to win four of its next five games on the trip. According to Buchmann, freshman Christina Moore was a huge standout during the trip, as she has now taken over the reigns at the catcher position. She is currently third on the team in hits. Other standouts on the trip were junior Sara Roberts and freshman Leah Sheahan, who are both tied for the team lead in hitting. Sophomore Sam Shepeck also stepped up when she was in the batter’s box as she now leads the team with hits following the trip to Tucson. Looking back at the spring break trip, the Muskies had one or less errors in the games that they won. However, in the games that they lost, the

Above: Junior pitcher Sara Roberts will be one of the Muskies’ main weapons this season.

team had multiple errors and lacked timely hitting, according to Buchmann. “People stepped up in the games we won,” said Buch-

mann “We played better when the people in the line-up put the ball in play.” With their first conference game (scheduled for March

25) being postponed due to inclement weather, the Muskies will look to start their conference schedule this Saturday with four straight home games

against NAC opponents. “If we get some of our freshmen to be more competitive, we’ll be in real good shape,” said Buchmann.

Spring 2009, Issue 4  

Lakeland Mirror

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