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Recycling program in the works for spring semester By Jim Giese

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hanks to a concerted effort between EcoFriends and Lakeland College’s facilities staff, a pilot recycling program is coming to campus beginning in the spring semester. In addition to the existing recycling bins in Old Main and Chase, recycling bins will be placed in WAK and the four apartment complexes on campus – Kurtz House, Morland

House, Hill House, and South Hall. Larry Simolke, Lakeland’s manager of housekeeping operations, stated that the purpose of the pilot program is to test compliance with the new recycling bins. Once the program is shown to be effective, facilities will arrange for the efficient arrangement of dumpsters with Larry’s Hauling, who is contracted to handle waste at Lakeland. Currently, there is a concern that the current ratio of

garbage dumpsters to recycling dumpsters is not sufficient to handle a campus-wide recycling program. Simolke stated that the new recycling bins will be arranged at a central location on each floor in WAK, and in each of the laundry facilities in the apartments. Students and staff in the respective buildings are expected to take all their recyclables to the central locations where facilities staff will then take the recyclable material

to the proper dumpsters. Simolke added, “The student trash will still need to be taken to the proper dumpster by the student.” According to Assistant Professor of Writing and Faculty Advisor for EcoFriends Nate Lowe, the collaboration between the facilities and EcoFriends is what made the implementation of the recycling program possible. “One of the great things that came out of this semester’s discussion is a RECYCLING/PAGE 2


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Out with the old, in with the new Lakeland upgrades emergency notification system By Ashley Paulson Advertising Manager paulsona@lakeland.edu

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here will be no Jyngle this holiday season, or for any other time of year for that matter, as Lakeland College makes the switch to a new way of informing the college of emergencies through ConnectEd. Jyngle, the formerly established system at Lakeland, was in place to alert students, faculty, and staff of campus emergencies through mass communication. Emergencies such as tornadoes, fires, severe weather, or plane crashes might warrant the usage of such a system. This technology was developed after serious school shootings, including Columbine. Jyngle is a computer-based system that allows users to input a message via computer or telephone that then disseminates to all numbers programmed in. Director of Campus Safety and Security, Annette Gamache, had previously worked with Jyngle while employed at Marquette

University. “I worked with the service before, but it was not always a very timely type of function. There was some sort of an emergency, and we used the Jyngle system, and 45 minutes later, some students, faculty, and staff still had not received the message,” commented Gamache on the usage of Jyngle at Marquette. There are a number of reasons why the Jyngle system was faulty according to Gamache. “Let’s say you have 1,000 phone numbers. It [Jyngle] will only dial out ten at a time. If a number goes to voice mail, it takes longer. If no voicemail is reached or other problems would occur, that number that wasn’t reached stays in the first queue.” “When I got here, the Jyngle system was in place,” added Gamache, who joined Lakeland in April. “But shortly after I got here, Jyngle decided to charge for their previously free service.” This helped fuel the colleges decision into switching to a more reliable emergency contact system.

By Suguru Takebayashi Staff Reporter takebayashis@lakeland.edu

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ational AIDS Day is on Dec. 1, and the Beta Sigma Omega fraternity is holding AIDS Awareness Week from Monday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 5, to inform LC students about AIDS. AIDS Awareness Week is going to have five separate events Monday through Friday. On Monday, there was the AIDS Kickoff / Balloon Release, and people will release a bunch of red balloons into the sky. Red is the symbolic color of AIDS awareness. This event took place at noon outside the Laun Center. Some participants wore red to support the cause. On Tuesday, Beta Sigma Omega held a Spoken Word starting at 8 p.m. in the pub, where people recited poems, sang songs, and talked about AIDS. On Wednesday, the members of Beta Sigma Omega went to visit a local high school in Sheboygan to pass out information about AIDS and how to prevent it. Today, members of the Health Department of Family and Community Health Services from Milwaukee who raise AIDS awareness are at Lakeland to speak about AIDS. The open discussion will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Pub. Friday is the Day of Facts, and members of Beta Sigma Omega will post notices about how AIDS spreads, where it comes from, and so on. All these events are open to everybody. “AIDS is really serious because there’s no cure for it,” said Kevin Strowder, a committee member of Beta Sigma

Omega. Strowder points out the fact that African Americans suffer AIDS more than any other race. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a U.S. federal agency operated by the Department of Health and Human Services, 468,578 people were living with AIDS as of the end of 2007. Of them, 44.1 percent were African Americans. This percentage is larger than 35.3 percent of whites and 19.1 percent of Hispanics. AIDS took 14,561 lives in 2007 alone. The death toll has been decreasing since 1994, when the number of deaths was approximately fifty thousand. However, many people still suffer from this incurable disease in the United States and we all need to be wary because anybody could be infected. “[AIDS Awareness Week] has a purpose and it’s good for a lot of people,” Strowder said. “I want the students to come and learn and find out what the event is really about. Take information that you can, and spread the word to other people. Students’ participating helps increase awareness of AIDS.”

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“What Lakeland has decided to do is to go with ConnectEd,” commented Gamache. This is a service that the college is paying for. ConnectEd, in the event of an emergency, can send out messages to email, cell phone, and landline numbers. The program also allows voice messages to be recorded, which in turn can be translated into a text format that can reach email and text messaging as well. Each student has the ability to supply six contacts. “Say your parents are really concerned about you while you’re here. You can put their email, their cell phone or landline number, or even their work number into the system,” commented Gamache. Gamache and six other faculty members have access to input emergency information into the ConnectEd contact system. Information can even be sent from home in the event of an emergency if Gamache would happen to not be on school grounds. Gamache and the security staff have been busily entering information into the ConnectEd system. Students may recall filling out a release of confidential information and emergency form. However, Gamache is finding that many students did not want to have their cell phone numbers added to the Lakeland College emergency notification system. On the form, students checked that they do not want to be notified in case of an emergency. “Some students are concerned about getting a ten, fifteen, or twenty-five cent charge

for every text message that comes in. I can understand that, but this is emergency use only,” reiterated Gamache. Even though it may be difficult to get all student’s contact information, Gamache is hoping to have enough people informed that in the event of emergency, students will spread the word as well. Gamache did a small scale test of the ConnectEd contact system. “We tested it out with twelve people, including staff and administration. I sent it out, and within thirty seconds, we had cell phones going off and desk phones where going off. I then got the email and text message. It was great,” said Gamache. With reaching the larger Lakeland community, it may not be quite as quick, but Gamache is certainly excited. “It’s more effective than Jyngle.” A larger scale test of the program is expected to be run in January. Finals and winter break will be out of the way. At this point, students, faculty, or staff who did not receive the test notification may notify the safety and security office. ConnectEd will also allow Gamache to view a summary of how many messages were sent out, how many people answered the call or how many went to voicemail. Hopefully Lakeland will never have to use ConnectEd. But the campus can be reassured that if an emergency does arise, we will be notified in a timely manner.

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material. Garbage bins will also be placed adjacent to the recycling bins in non-resident buildings. Lowe was also optimistic about the compliance in WAK. “I have talked to faculty members on my floor who are in full support of it. Not only is this an ethical thing we should do, it is a financial thing we should do. If we do thirty seconds of work a week, we can relieve the housekeeping staff to go do something else that is a higher priority.” Lowe agrees that the principal challenge to the growth of the recycling program at Lakeland is non-compliance with which items go in which bins. “The biggest problem we have had is that people don’t take enough time to realize this is the bin that plastic goes into. Just be aware.” He added, “If anything is going to defeat this, it is going to be continuous misuse, not complying with the very basic simple rules.” Sims would like to remind students of the ongoing efforts of composting events in Bossard Hall during lunch. The event is an effort to raise awareness of the volume of compostable material that is being thrown away as waste each day. During the noon hour, members of EcoFriends and volunteers dump garbage receptacles on a tarp laid out on the floor in Bossard Hall. The volunteers scavenge through the waste and separate all compostable food scraps from the waste. The first two events, which were held on Oct. 21 and Nov. 18, yielded 41 pounds of compostable material that was diverted from the garbage bins. The next composting event will be announced early in the spring semester.

separation of duties. They [facilities] take care of the infrastructure; EcoFriends takes care of the marketing, education, advertising, talking to students, talking to new students every fall when they come in, and being part of orientation. We have defined those two roles very clearly. We don’t have to worry about buying bins or getting the right color; they are doing that, which I think is a huge step.” Prior to the program being started, Lowe, and EcoFriends Student Chairperson, Cathy Sims will be meeting with the residence life staff to lay out what is going to happen with the recycling program, how the new system will work, and what the implications will be. Reiterating the importance of compliance, Lowe added, “If we can get the apartments to do an amazing job, then we just keep moving into other buildings. If we can get hall directors to promote it and develop the plan, I think it will be great.” Sims also wanted to reach out to students living in the apartments and make them aware of the importance of their role in the new recycling program. “Students should take the initiative. If the bin is full, take the bag out, don’t just keep putting stuff in there. There will be extra bags in the bins.” She added, “Look at the color of the bins. Know the colors and know what goes in there. We will have signs that will be posted.” According to Simolke, the bins will be color coded with green bins for cans, glass, and plastic; blue bins will be for mixed paper; and grey bins will be for e-waste

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Monster movies, H1N1, & APS

LC attends undergrad science symposium in Illinois By Ashley Paulson Advertising Manager paulsona@lakeland.edu

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n Friday, Nov. 13, Lakeland College juniors, Grace Jairo and Manying Szetu, had the privilege of attending the Undergraduate Symposium at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois with Associate Professor of Biochemistry Jeffery Schwehm. This is the fourth time Lakeland students have visited Argonne. The Argonne Undergraduate Symposium attracts students from all across the country. In addition, university professors and researchers also attend. Students present their findings to researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory, as well as to other undergraduate students and professors. Jairo presented her summer research to a group during a structural biology session. Collaborations are sometimes formed when researchers find student’s presentations insightful. “We actually had a gentleman from the University of Southern Mississippi ask if we wanted to do some collaboration with him,” added Schwehm. Jairo, Szetu, and Schwehm attended several presentations throughout the day, including a lecture on H1N1. The lecture looked at how flu viruses mutate, and also the development of the H1N1 flu. Another interesting lecture that they attended was by a man who researches biomechan-

ics. He presented his findings on his evaluation of monster movies. To see if the monsters were portrayed in an authentic way, as in, with the monsters’ size, if real, would the monsters move as portrayed on the big screen. All topics from Jurassic Park to zombies were discussed. “I think it’s going to change the way we watch monster movies,” commented Schwehm. “We’ll be looking and saying, ‘I’m not sure if that movement for that kind of creature is anatomi-

land College in 1975 with a degree in philosophy. Jairo and Szetu had the luxury of touring the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne with Stockmeier. Schwehm explained the process used with the APS. ���Basically, what they do is they have a ring of electrons that flow in a circle. They change the energy in these electrons that go through the circle and whenever that happens, the electrons will emit a form of radiation known as a photon.”

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cally possible.” The Lakeland trio also had the opportunity of meeting with Lakeland Alum Bruce Stockmeier, who works as a safety officer in the nano technology area of the laboratory. Stockmeier oversees scientists to ensure that they conduct their experiments in a safe manner. He graduated from Lake-

He further explained that X-rays can be taken from the photons to produce three-dimensional structures of protein molecules. “It’s a really powerful instrument,” Schwehm added. Both Jairo and Szetu agreed that the highlight of their trip was the personal tour of the APS. “I wasn’t there for that. I’m really

jealous,” added Schwehm. Not often do undergraduates get to experience such a close up tour as did Jairo and Szetu. “Very rarely do you get a chance to actually go down to where they do the actual research,” said Kenya native Jairo. “They do really cool research and people can actually write a proposal and then use the X-ray for free,” added Jairo. Of course, certain conditions apply to those writing proposals. In addition, students also have the ability to apply for summer research at the Argonne National Laboratory. Funding for the trip was provided by the Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), which also funds summer research. For those Lakeland female students who are still undecided as to their majors, Jairo and Szetu offered advice. “Women have the ability to actually do a lot of troubleshooting and come up with new ideas. Science is all about questions,” Jairo continued. “Science is all about curiosity.” Szetu agreed whole-heartedly. “Most people who do science are men, and we need women who have different mentalities and different ideas. That will help the world a lot.” If interested in learning more about science, contact the Chemistry Club advisor Jeffrey Schwehm.

Sexual Assault Awareness week Phi Delta Omega sorority raises funds for Safe Harbor By Jessica Lillie Editor-In-Chief lilliej@lakeland.edu

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tarting the week of Nov. 9, the Phi Delta Omega sorority hosted Sexual Assault Awareness week on Lakeland’s campus. During the week, they held several events to bring awareness to this crime. The women also had the goal of helping Safe Harbor, a shelter for battered women and children who need help and support. This is the second year that the women of Phi Delta Omega have hosted Sexual Assault Awareness week. Last year, the women sold t-shirts and had a speaker from Safe Harbor. The women felt that this was an important topic that needed to be addressed on this campus. “One of our sisters drew attention to this because of an experience she had,” said Rachel Nieman, president of the Phi Delta Omega sorority. “I thought it was important this year because we had a lot of success last year.” “There are many people on campus who don’t know that sexual assault occurs and has occurred on this campus,” said Carlea Liermann, Phi Delta Omega pledge master and Inter Greek Council (IGC) president. Events were held on different days of the week during evenings and lunch hours. On Monday Annette Gamache, the head of security, gave a talk to an intimate group of women who were interested in learning about sexual assault. Gamache, whose presenta-

tion was held in the Campus Center, talked about the intricacies of sexual assault. She passed out brochures and told women about the importance of speaking up and doing so early. “Sexual assault is very underreported because we feel it is our

community. It is vital that sexual assault is reported early, said Gamache. The suspect can then be moved and evidence can be collected much sooner. Gamache is also a supporter of the buddy system when friends plan to attend parties.

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fault or we shouldn’t turn in our friends,” said Gamache. She went on to say that most sexual assault happens between friends or acquaintances, as well as to men, and within the gay and lesbian

“Since sexual assault more often happens by someone you know, whenever you’re [taking drugs], be sure you have someone there you can trust who is sober… and do not leave your buddy be-

hind,” Gamache warned. “I think awareness really is the key,” said Gamache. “If something does happen, there are resources available… sometimes not knowing what to do is just as scary as the event.” During the day, the Phi Delts sold teal bands for one dollar each in Bossard Hall for the entire week. On these bands were the words ‘Speak Up’. “We have ‘Speak Up’ bracelets because it’s a silent crime,” said Liermann. With bracelet sales and donations, they were able to raise 89 dollars for Safe Harbor. On Tuesday, the women hosted the musician Beau Bristow in the Pub with the help of LC-CAB. The Phi Delts hosted the game “Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader” with a Sexual Assault Awareness twist on Wednesday evening in Bossard Hall. “It’s a way to have fun with a really difficult topic,” said Marie Perry, a member of the Phi Delts. On Thursday night, the women worked with Blue and Gold Dining to allow students to frost their own cookies with teal frosting. They also had announcements during lunch with facts about sexual assault. “[Sexual Assault Awareness week] is our one really big thing we do, and I feel good about it,” said Kayla Korth, IGC Traditional Affairs chair and member of the Phi Delts. Overall, the women of the Phi Delta Omega sorority felt that their week was a success.

in brief WIN PRIZES this Friday in the pub! Karl Elder's Core III class, Excellence and Innovation, will be hosting a fundaiser concert this Friday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Pub. The cost at the door is $2. Musicians will inlcude The Plutoniates, Lillie Lemon (Jessica Lillie), Phil Papaya (Phil Sontag), Dicky Do Dah (Professor Rick Dodgson), Alan Mock, and James Trazile. There will also be a game that students can play in the Pub. A jar of water with a shot glass at the bottom will test students' skill. Students who land quarters in the shot glass will win various prizes. The prize for landing four quarters in a row is a $10 gift certificate to Target. The class designed an organization titled Project BURRN - Burmese United Refugee Relief Network - in order to help Burmese refugees currently living in Sheboygan and the surrounding area. These refugees come from high-conflict areas and are often political outlaws in their home country. Next week, the Core III students will be selling secret Santa gifts for $1 to continue in their efforts to raise money. They will be delivered with a note to the buyer's recepient. For more information, please contact Karl Elder at elderk@lakeland.edu.


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Why only half a credit? Balancing the pros and cons By Miho Kaimori

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ecause Lakeland College offers its college education as a liberal arts college, it offers a variety of classes. Basically, most classes give two to four credits. A three credit class has three hours of class per week. There are classes which give only half credits, such as Frauenchor, Concert Choir, Hand Bell Ensemble, and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Even though these classes are half a credit, it does not mean thirty minutes per week. For example, Frauenchor has an hour “class” twice a week and Concert Choir has a one-and-a-half hour class twice a week. Some students complain about too few credits compared with time spent in class. Other classes in the music department also offer classes with fewer credits, and some students have to work a lot more than usual. For example, full-time students are required to take at least 12 credits per semester, so some music majors take nine or ten classes per semester to fulfill the requirement. Moreover, if students want to fulfill the three semester hour requirement of general studies in Artistic Experience with those classes, students have to take six semesters. Some international students

find it difficult to fulfill the requirements in six semesters because some of them, like Japanese and Chinese students, come to Lakeland as juniors. Most of them are planning to graduate within two years after they come here. So the six semester requirement is hard for them. When we think about other artistic classes such as drawing class, they are six-hour classes per week, and they award only three credits. Comparably it makes sense when we think about music classes; students can only earn half a credit even though students spend three times the number of hours than credits earned. It is true that these classes do not give assignments such as essays as other academic classes do, so it is not fair if they give two or three credits. But it is also true that there are some students who work extra on their music studies outside of class time. We can find students that practice by themselves when they feel they need the extra practice. Most students put in more work than half a credit value signifies. Therefore, it is natural that some students want to be given more credit. On the other hand, why don’t we change our point of view? Many students who are not majoring in music also take Frauenchor, Concert Choir, and Concert Band. They already have their major classes with around 12 to 15 cred-

its. Some students take even more. For those students who are not music majors but want to participate in music activities, half credit classes are best because they will not affect students’ plans. For me, I am majoring in International Business but I’m participating in Concert Band and Frauenchor now. Of course, I’m already taking 15 credits besides. Therefore, if these classes were more than two credits, I would not have been able to join them without paying for a credit overload. When I asked some of my friends who are studying as international students at colleges or universities in other states, such as California, they said that those classes also normally give half to one-and-a-half credits. Some sports classes, such as volleyball, require two hours of practice twice a week but only give one-and-onethird credits. Some students also complain about the number of credits but most of them are just enjoying the classes to refresh their skills. They also have around 15 credits besides these classes so their school lives and social lives are well balanced. Since these classes offer fewer credits, students have more opportunities to take them. Otherwise, students could not afford to do it because their class load will already be full. Even though this credit system sometimes seems unreasonable, actually, it matches students’ school life plans.

New LC registration unveiled My.Lakeland simplifies registration By Becky Meyer

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s a junior, I am used to registering for classes with my advisor, filling out a written form, and turning it into the Registrar’s office. However, this semester was the first in which students had to register for spring semester online via My.Lakeland. I was a bit nervous about this at first when I heard about it because I am inept when it comes to technology, but I was surprised to find that the process was actually very simple and much quicker than the previous method. Registration opened for seniors first on Friday, Nov. 6 at midnight, and registration for juniors opened on Monday, Nov. 9, and the two days following were open to sophomores and then freshmen. Since I am an upperclassmen I wasn’t too worried about my classes filling up, but I made sure to register right when registration opened at midnight, and the pro-

cess was very quick: I went to the my.lakeland Web site, went to the “Students” page, clicked on “Day Registration,” and clicked “Add/ Drop Courses.” From there I was able to find and add all the classes I wanted, and I had no problems with any of them filling up. After this my advisor was able to approve my courses online the next day. This online process felt much less stressful than the paper method used in years past. There was no rush to run down to the Registrar’s office before everyone else turned in their paperwork, and registering online is much less tedious than wasting time filling out a form. Though I had to stay up until midnight to register (and everyone was counting down until 12:01 a.m.), I felt relieved once I registered, and it only took a few minutes. I think registering online for classes works much better than filling out forms because it takes less time and is so much less te-

dious, but the only downside is the rush to register. Some upperclassmen even had difficulty getting all the classes they need because everyone else was online at the same time, right when the clock reads 12:01 a.m., and they went online to register just a bit too late. Freshmen were at a disadvantage because they registered after everyone else, whereas with the old method, upperclassmen registered first and then there was “Open Registration,” which was open to both sophomores and freshmen. Now with online registration, freshmen really do get last pick, which can make it difficult for them to choose classes because many of them are already filled up. My.Lakeland is not only used for registration. You can also view your grades, transcript, and even a projection of your cumulative G.P.A. The Web site is still being developed, but as it is fine-tuned and updated, it will be incredibly useful to students.

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PHOTOOPINION What do you think of music classes worth half a credit? Torreon Anderson Junior Marketing “In the future I hope to see more credits awarded to the music classes and an expansion of the creative arts program”

Ian Johanson Sophomore Computer Science “It is inconvenient if you need a lot of them to fulfill your requirements, although if you’re at an upper level it’s convenient so you don’t go over.”

Andre Glass Senior Religion and Spanish “We dedicate a lot more time than our other three credit courses with rehearsals and concerts on the weekend. It’s not fair, damn it.”

What did you think of registering online? Munenori Togo Sophomore Sociology and Non-Profit Organization “It was easy and I think it was a good idea.”

Kristie Heese Senior Exercise Science “I liked it, but it was kind of confusing if you weren’t used to My.Lakeland. There were flaws in it, like the tab for fitness studies was still there. But, it was better than walking to the Registrar’s office.” Tyler Thiesfeldt Senior Accounting “It was nice to sign up online instead of waiting in line. It’s also nice to know your spot was saved.”


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It’s time for students to re-learn civility Ser ving the community should be key to our actions

By Jessica Lillie Editor-In-Chief lilliej@lakeland.edu

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t is President Stephen Gould’s tradition to tell all incoming freshmen that they are responsible for three small but important things here at Lakeland. They must treat themselves right, treat others right, and treat this place, our temporary home, with respect. We must leave all the things we come across in life, including Lakeland College, better than when we found them. These are not just ideas. Lakeland expects people to act in this manner and work towards developing these positive behaviors. Part of Lakeland’s job is to help us learn what it means to be positive citizens in the larger community. However, many on campus have noticed a disheartening trend of students not completing these tasks. We are not seeing civility in the world or on television; we hold our individual rights higher than the rights of the community we live in. Neither Lakeland nor the working world will find this behavior acceptable. It’s time for our generation, and the generations to follow, to learn the skills of civility. On our campus, Jim Bajczyk, director of Residence Life, describes the way student civility has rapidly disappeared. “Students, when confronted during possible policy violations, have gotten in the faces of RA and security staff,” said Bajczyk, “even when they’re only being given a warning.” This is unfortunate for everyone, but mostly for the student.

Cases that might only be warnings turn into sanctions, as noncompliance is another policy violation by itself. Students feel, for whatever reason, that no one has any right to tell them what they can and cannot do – even though each student signs a contact upon arrival that they will indeed follow school policy. It’s as if their signature, their word in pen, doesn’t matter – not even to themselves. Instead of taking responsibility for their policy violations, students are blaming others and falling back on denial. It doesn’t help that pop culture sensationalizes uncivil behavior. Hip-hop star Kanye West received tons of press for thinking whatever he has to say is more important than Grammy winner Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. The most popular shows on MTV are ones like “Bret Michael’s Rock of Love,” shows that have stars who drink to excess and then fight with one another, from catty shouting matches to straight-up fist fights. For young adults raised on this, it’s no surprise some might emulate this behavior. Even in national athletics, trash-talking seems to be on an upward trend. We have a running back from Oregon, LeGarrette Blount, who got suspended for throwing a sucker-punch at a player from Boise State. And let’s not overlook the football player from the University of Connecticut, Jasper Howard, who was stabbed for supposedly being “disrespectful” to someone, as if stabbing a person who insulted you is a way to earn respect from society at large.

On campus, often these situations are not much improved. When a student says something about an individual that the individual doesn’t like, instead of being the bigger person and walking away, students will throw punches or get into shouting matches, escalating a sour comment into a

It’s time for us... to see how we fit into the community rather than how the community can serve us.

full-blown fight. There is nothing more uncivil than an adult who thinks they have the right to assault someone after an exchange of words. I think it’s time for us, as students of higher learning, to see how we fit into the community rather than how the community can serve us. Service is earned and shared, not taken greedily from the pot. In order to receive, one must give – that age-old value that the religious and non-religious alike must hold dear. We also must step back and

truly define the word “respect.” It’s an odd and sad truth that many students demand respect from others, but don’t afford respect at equal measure. While everyone can earn respect, as an adult, one must handle confrontations with responsible discourse. If you feel someone has disrespected you, you can choose to respond as an adult, with quiet reasoning. You can’t control what others say, but you can and must control your response to them. In the end, the only one that controls your anger, the only one that can make you feel anything at all, is yourself. No one can make you angry – you can only allow yourself to be angry. A fully developed person can control this to a certain degree, and this control should be the goal of all students of higher learning. An individual always has the ability to choose civility, and P. M. Forni has ways that are described in his book, “Choosing Civility”. To choose civility, you should pay attention. Think, “I’m not talking to a person, but to this person.” Listen to others – honestly listen. Always think the best, and don’t speak ill of others. Respect even a subtle “no,” and allow others their space. Also, remember that everyone has the right to silence. Les Blomberg said, “My right to swing my fist ends at your nose. My right to make noise ought to end at your ear.” Silence should never be considered a void for you to fill, but a choice for peace. Constant talk, loud music, and other interruptions of silence are only signs

that a person is not comfortable with themselves. To be able to sit in silence is a sign of a high selfesteem and the courage to face one’s own shortcomings. If you have the desire to make noise, do it outside where others will not be bothered, or put your headphones on. Silence is civil. Never forget to be kind. Don’t complain to excess, think twice before asking favors, and never shift blame or responsibility to others. When you do these things, you expect much of your friends and neighbors – you are asking them to be responsible for you. Finally, you must respect your own body. When you take care of yourself and your appearance, you let the world know that you respect yourself, and are worthy of their respect as well. Drinking to excess, doing drugs, and avoiding personal hygiene are all damaging to the body and show a lack of self-respect. If you cannot respect yourself, why must others respect you? When you take care of yourself by eating right and avoiding things that will harm you, such as alcohol, you will feel good about yourself, which in turn will make you want to treat others better. It’s time for Lakeland students, and all students of higher learning, to re-learn civility. Being civil is the best way to improve yourself and your community. Remember that respect must be earned, and treating others well is the only way to earn it. Together, we can make Lakeland, and the world we venture into, a better place for everyone, ourselves included.

ff PHOTOOPINION a t S r o r r i M What was your favorite part of the semester?

Kristen Van Gasse Senior Staff reporter

Becky Meyer Junior Copy editor

Danny Spatchek Sophomore Sports editor

Carlos Millan Senior Fun house editor

Brittney Sandberg Junior Managing editor

“Taking stats for the women’s basketball team and being part of the camaraderie.”

“The random things that Rachel Brooks and I do all semester long.”

“Some one said to me, ‘Thanks for writing that [story], it was good.’ Often times, if you write stuff, you never hear anything about it, so it’s good to have feedback.”

“Getting a perm.”

“Going to the women’s soccer games and cheering on my podmates.”


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Deadly Sin from Japan By JD Botana III

Contributing Writer botanajd3@lakeland.edu

R o c ksta r Ho r o s co pes March 21 - April 19 A snuggie does not make a good Christmas gift, especially if your friend has no arms.

April 20- May 20 A very ugly second cousin will attend your family Christmas party. Beware of mistletoe.

May 21 - June 20 Your obsession with caffeine will come to light when you gift five 24 packs of Pepsi this holiday season.

June 21 - July 22 You will return from winter break and smell an odd odor. Suddenly, you’ll remember you were taking care of your roommate’s goldfish.

July 23 - August 22 Your ability to see at night will taper off dramatically. That is, until you realize you’ve been wearing your sunglasses.

August 23 - September 22 Don’t worry about eating too much this holiday season. You’re not getting fat; your pants are only shrinking.

September 23 - October 22 Remember, Santa only checks his naughty list twice, so your third offense will go unnoticed. Make it count.

October 23 - November 21 At the end of the year, it’s not easy to let go... especially when it’s a quart of HäagenDazs ice cream you’re holding.

November 22 - December 21 Don’t step outside on the twelfth; the sunlight will make you glitter like a dreamy vampire we all know.

December 22 - January 19 You will become fascinated by polar bears this winter. Remember to wear your bear fur underwear when you take the first plunge.

January 20 - February 18 Don’t worry about receiving that lump of coal this Christmas. You’ll have plenty of charcoal come summertime.

February 19 - March 20 Just because it’s your New Year’s resolution to lose ten pounds doesn’t mean you should gain them in the first place.


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Professors reveal their alternate lifestyles The Kuhn Ranch turkey farm promotes sustainability By Jessica Lillie Editor-In-Chief lilliej@lakeland.edu

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ong before sunrise on Nov. 12, when most students were still sleeping, Paul White, director of the Hayssen Academic Resource Center and assistant professor of general studies, drove his white van through the early morning mist. “Beautiful time of day to be awake,” he said as he made his way to the ranch of Reverend Dr. Karl Kuhn. His headlights lit on low fog and sleepless trees; his mind focused on one goal: turkeys. There were about 30 of them. For the second year running, Paul had convinced Karl to use part of his ranch for a small turkey farm. Karl was used to having birds on his ranch – namely, broiler-fryer chickens – but turkeys were a different kind of bird. “They seem to be a lot more inquisitive and curious,” said Karl. Paul told the story of a time when Karl was out of town, and the clever birds had escaped their enclosure despite their wings being clipped. Eventually, Paul and Karl discovered a well-worn escape path the turkeys had been using for quite a while. “They’re very social birds,” said Paul, which explained why the turkeys always returned at the end of the day to roost with their brothers and sisters. Paul and Karl repaired the fence so the turkeys would stay put. Paul’s trip to Karl’s house on that early morning in Nov. was not usual. This time, Paul and Karl were going to take their turkeys on “their final ride to glory,” as Paul put it. It was two weeks before Thanksgiving, and many professors and friends were waiting for one of those special turkeys to head their feast. And the turkeys were certainly special. Known as Heritage Breed turkeys, they are free-range birds that are independently viable. They are smaller, smarter, and need more space than the commercial Butterballs and their competitors. “They don’t have the Dolly Parton-esque qualities that Butterballs do,” said Paul. These birds, with their small chests and smart

natures, were raised in a free-range environment. “I think they have a lot more room to run than most,” said Karl. Commercial birds, on the other hand, cannot stand due to their drug-induced size; neither can they breed or forage as nature intended. “Our birds… are fed a vegetarian diet,” said Karl. He was obviously proud of their turkey farm. “It’s a higher quality of meat when you raise it on your own,” he said. Although they sell their turkeys, they don’t make a profit off of it; they hope to come out even on their expenses. Instead, the goal is the promotion of sustainability.

Both professors are supporters of living a sustainable lifestyle, and the proof is in their food sources. Both the chicken and turkey coops were made from mostly recycled materials – a barn that was taken down on Karl’s property and used to build the turkey coop, for example, and poles for the turkey fence were collected from around the property. Paul and Karl also have small farms for vegetables. “Plus, there’s the benefit of knowing these are birds we can safely call free-range,” said Paul. “They have been humanely kept and cared for.” The coop and fencing was erected with the help of Professor Nate Lowe, who came in one day in early summer to trade his labor for a few turkeys. When Paul pulled up to Karl’s property on Nov. 12, Karl was waiting to help him load the tur-

keys into a trailer and take them on their last ride. All of this would happen hours before the men went to live their alternate lives as professors at Lakeland College. Karl pulled his truck up to the turkey coop, the headlights shining into the eyes of the turkeys being the only source of light. They gobbled, small cooing sounds and louder bleats like raptors from “Jurassic Park”. The curious birds watched calmly as Karl guided them one-by-one into the trailer. As more turkeys made their way into the trailer, they poked their heads out and peered around at Karl and Paul inquisitively, dark feathers shining in the headlights. Twilight was barely breaking as Paul and Karl finished loading up the turkeys. They pulled out of the Kuhn ranch and made their way to the butcher’s shop. This was a busy morning for the butcher: many other fowl were waiting, their fates sealed. There were other turkeys as well, and as Karl and Paul guided their turkeys from the trailer, it was clear that their birds were a notch above the rest. Their vitality, compared to the other birds, was much better; they leapt from the trailer, wings blowing open to reveal dark feathers and their obvious health. Although they weren’t the biggest turkeys, they may have been the best. “They really are beautiful birds,” said Karl. He reached out to pet one for the last time, his touch calming on their soft feathers. “It’s kind of a strange irony,” said Karl many days later. “When I’m taking care of animals, I feel responsible for them. I want them to be safe when they’re with me.” After five months of taking care of the turkeys, he knows his children will miss them, but he doesn’t feel bad for their end. “They lived good lives,” he said. “I get a sense of satisfaction that the year went well… satisfaction and relief.” The turkeys turned out beautifully. The largest turkey was over 28 pounds, and ten of them were more than 20 pounds. “Come next spring, I’ll be looking forward to getting them again,” said Karl. Then, the fivemonth process will repeat itself, and Karl and Paul will continue to care for their animals, promoting a sustainable and humane way of raising animals for food. Photos by Jessica Lillie and Karl Kuhn


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Third annual Boar’s Head Festival is this weekend Students, faculty, staff, friends, and family prepare for Christmas at LC By David Fayne

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t’s that time of year again: Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival 2009. Christmas at Lakeland will take place in the Bradley Theater Dec. 5 and 6. As you read this, students, staff, and faculty are preparing for another great year of showing off Lakeland College musical talent and creativity. Janet HerrickStuczynski, professor of music & director of college choirs and hand bells, is the leading lady behind this event. The idea of this festival was brought from a church Janet worked at when she lived in Texas back in 1993. When Janet felt the time was right, she presented the idea to Charlie Krebs in 2007 when he arrived here as the new assistant professor of theatre and speech. These two great forces joined together to put together one of the most legendary events on Lakeland College campus. For those who do not know the story behind this festival, it started around the year of 1340 in Oxford, England at Queens College. A student from the school

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was attacked by a wild boar while walking through a forest. The student’s only weapon was his philosophy book that was metal-bound. To defend himself while being attacked, the student jammed the book to the back of the boar’s throat, and it choked to death. That night the boar was groomed and beautifully prepared for the university’s dining room for singing. Soon after, the Boar head was a center piece and a symbol of evil. After being brought to America in the very late nineteenth

century, this festival is performed mostly in churches across the country. The festival must be led by an ordained minister to be even considered a legitimate festival. There are other requirements as well that must be fulfilled in order to be official. Herrick said, “Absolutely everything you see and hear has some kind of symbolic meaning. For example, the boar represents evil and the archer who processes in immediately following the boar represents the Christ Child who conquered evil. The cooks bring

in food representing God’s bounty to us. The noble women who follow the cooks teach us that both the rich and the poor worship together. The program will have sidebars explaining some of the symbolism.” The 2009 festival is expected to be better than last year’s. Herrick has reached out to the Lakeland College campus to get everyone involved. The Concert Band, Concert Choir, Frauenchor, and the Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble provide the sounds to the ear. Not only are there people with musical

talents in this event, but there are also regular Lakeland students, staff, faculty, Greek organizations, and Lakeland College friends and family involved in this event. Out of the 95 cast members, about 70 are musicians. This year the festival will surely leave you impressed. Not only will it bring the Lakeland College community together, it will also bring the surrounding community together as well. “My favorite part of the Festival is when the Holy Family is revealed. I was always a little teary-eyed at the Texas production and was a little surprised to find that the same thing happens at our Lakeland production,” said Herrick. Herrick would also like the community to know how grateful she and Lakeland College are for those who donate their time and talents to this extraordinary event. “Not one person receives any kind of compensation for their work. I can’t imagine any other college or university where this would be the case. Lakeland is a very, very special place.” Make sure you do not miss this event this year.


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“New Moon” shines with stunning actors and drama Sequel to “Twilight” brings werewolves to the stage and packs theatres in Sheboygan By Celine Elzinga Staff Reporter

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he sequel to “Twilight”, “New Moon”, easily surpasses fans’ expectations with the audience sitting at the edge of their seats. In the last scene, during a surprising moment, even the girl sitting two seats from me dumped her popcorn all over the people in front of her. “Twilight” made over five million dollars in the first five weeks; “New Moon” made over 140 million dollars in the first three days. Thousands of theaters were sold out before opening night. This film broke all the pre-ticket sale records to date. Yes, it even surpassed “Dark Knight” and all the Harry Potter movies. This film pleases the book club audience much more than the first movie by following the novel much closer. In “New Moon”, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) break

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up their dangerous romance because of the danger posed by his family. Edward leaves town. lla is not herself for months; she is devastated, and Bella finds comfort from a close friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Bella comes to realize that if she puts herself in danger, she can see Edward better in her mind. The rush from the danger brings Edward to her, but in reality the person there to help her or to save her is Jacob, who turns out to be a werewolf. In the last scene in the movie, Jacob and Edward have a little argument over what is best for Bella and they make her choose a path. The excitement doesn’t end there, but who am I to ruin it for you? In my opinion, this movie has everything a love story or action film should have. There is love to all ends. There are fights between the the good and fights between the good and the bad charters. I don’t know if many would agree, but if you are looking for a great

date movie or just something a little different, this is the film I would recommend. I will not lie: it does have its weird moments and at times it’s hard to believe, but if you keep an open mind, it is bound to be a good time. Plus, because of its popularity I am sure you won’t be the only person in the theater. As far as the actors in this film, they are cast wonderfully. The boys are gorgeous and the women are stunning. Put these two together and you have every teen heart throb’s dream come true. I can tell you I was at the edge of my seat watching this film and not just because of the half naked boys, even though it did help get me there. I liked the excitement of seeing this film. I like going out late to a theater packed with people, everyone happy to be there and excited to have a ticket. It is all in the excitement of “going to the movies,” and I plan on going to see “Eclipse,” the third movie in the saga, for this same experience.

End-of-times action flick is ridiculous, but fun “2012” is unbelievable but fully entertaining for action film fans By Ross Derosier

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wise man once said, “F— the naysayers, ‘cause they don’t mean a thing…” Alright, maybe Nick Hexum, of the band 311, isn’t a wise man in the conventional sense, but those lyrics, from “All Mixed Up,” are words to live by—or at least to help justify watching the movie “2012.” With an average rating of three-out-of-five stars on metacritic.com, “2012” has gotten some mixed reviews, which can turn off potential viewers. But, if you live by 311’s “F—the naysayers” philosophy and follow your intuition, you would find that the latest installment of director Roland Emmerich’s series of global catastrophe flicks does exactly what it should: it entertains, it educates, and it raises interesting moral questions about individual actions and the role of the government. Did I mention it entertains? “2012” is one of those movies that needs to be seen on the bigscreen. It’s the ultimate action movie. During the film’s two hours and thirty-nine minutes, viewers are thrown into the middle of cityswallowing earthquakes, nuclearblast-like volcanic eruptions, and continent drowning tsunamis. The movie is a constant race against the clock. Whether the protagonist, Jackson Curtis (John Cusack), is navigating a limo or

mobile home through natural disasters, or his ex wife’s boyfriend is trying to remember how to fly a plane in time to make it off a runway that is turning into a canyon, there is no shortage of suspense. However, if you are looking for believable, “2012” will disappoint. At least in the sense that Jackson Curtis and his family should not have made it a block away from his wife’s house after the L.A. quakes began. With concrete undulating like choppy water on Lake Michigan, Curtis weaves his way out of the neighborhood, driving a black stretch limo, as homes and whole city blocks crumble away into the yawning earth. The close-calls in the movie are laughable. The science, however, seems to center around known phenomenon and theories. How factual these ideas are is debatable. Central to the movie is the idea that the ancient Mayan Calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012. Some people interpret this abrupt end of the calendar as a sign of Judgment Day, and the end of civilization as we know it is just around the corner. This is the theory that Emmerich is exploring: the end of the world caused by the changes that occur due to Earth’s core melting. A boost in the amount of neutrinos, neutral sub-atomic particles given off by the sun, causes the heating of Earth’s core. Usually, neutrinos (which actually exist) pass through the matter in the solar system, including the Earth

and everything on it, without affecting anything. Somehow, during an intense solar-flare that is anticipated in 2012, the neutrinos start to heat, and melt the solid iron core of the Earth, which in turn causes the Earth’s crust to shift and separate from the liquid center. The change to our planet causes the global disasters mentioned earlier: earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and tsunamis. All of this has been predicted by a few prominent figures around the world. However, as they come out with data to support the claims and try to inform the masses, they tend to end up dead. Conspiracy theorist Charlie Frost (played by Woody Harrelson) has been gathering data, and tracking developments about the 2012 phenomenon and shares his message on a daily radio broadcast out of his RV. In the end, the crazy-sounding S.O.B. turns out to be right. Beginning his film-making career in 1981 with a grad school capstone project, “Das Arche Noah Prinzip” (The Noah’s Ark Principle), Emmerich has been contemplating the destruction of the world for longer than most of Lakeland students have been alive. His specialty is the catastrophe flick, which he has mastered. No one around has been able to destroy the world as well as Emmerich has. With “2012,” he has

set a new benchmark for the genre, that even he will be hard pressed to surpass. In addition to the stunning special effects, there are some great moral questions raised in the movie. How would the governments of the world, with prior knowledge of the pending disaster, work together to try to weather the storm? If a plan could be devised to relocate, how would people be chosen to carry on civilization? The ending doesn’t seem too farfetched, which is disturbing.

So is 2012 worth seeing? Definitely, but viewers should understand what type of movie it is they are going to see. First and foremost it is an action/suspense film about the end of the world. Don’t expect a marvelously realistic story. It is sensationalism at its peak: tons of action, with some very unlikely escapes, and spectacular special effects—think “Armageddon,” “Titanic,” “Independence Day,” and “Volcano” all wrapped into one mega movie.

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Cheap Surviving the eye of the storm: finals holiday Study tips to help students sur vive finals week gifts By Kristen Van Gasse Staff Reporter vangassek@lakeland.edu

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ith the semester coming to a close, final exams are just around the corner. Final exam week is often a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. Following these study tips will help you overcome the stress of finals, allowing you to breathe and relax. Start preparing for your finals early. Throughout the semester, make sure that you are paying attention to material that is important. Taking notes, reviewing those notes, and completing all of the assigned reading material in the textbook, can be helpful in preparing for the final in the class. If you are having trouble understanding the material, ask your professor, a classmate, or an APA (Academic Programming Assistant) for help. By starting to review material early, you will be more prepared come final exam time. It is impossible to retain a whole semester’s worth of material in only one or two nights Be aware of the format of the final exam. By knowing if the exam is comprehensive or non-comprehensive, you will be

able to determine how much material you will have to study and which exams you need to spend more time studying for – the subjects that have the most study material are going to be the ones that you want to concentrate on the most. Make an exam schedule. Write down the time and day of the week that you have each exam. By doing this, you will be able to clearly see, in an organized fashion, what day and at what time you have a specific exam. Make sure to put the schedule in a place where it is a constant reminder, so that you aren’t apt to miss an exam. Make a study schedule. Make a schedule of the activities that you have for the week before finals begin and map out specific time to study. By doing this, you are able to better prioritize your study time and you are less apt to procrastinate. You may even want to map out time to study each specific subject, so that you are more motivated and stay focused. Figure out where and how you study best. Because not everyone studies alike, it is important to figure out how and

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where you are most comfortable studying, whether it be in a group or alone, in your dorm room, study room, or the library. Do whatever is most comfortable to you. Make sure that you take study breaks periodically. If you study for several hours without taking a break, your brain is going to become tired and it is going to become harder to retain what you are studying. Take at least a five minute break every hour or so to rejuvenate your brain, but make sure not to take too long of a break because then you are going to lose focus and become unmotivated. If you are having difficulty remembering material, figure out a method that is helpful in retaining the information – this may be using flashcards, mnemonic devices, or creating a game. Find what works best for you and stick to it. Concentrate more on studying your notes that you took in class rather than reading (or skimming) chapters in the book. It is easier to organize what material you have to study by looking at the information in your notes rather than trying to read all of the material in the book. Notes that you take in class are designed to help sort out pertinent information versus impertinent informa-

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tion. In this case, the more concise and focused the material that you need to know the better. When studying for final exams, make sure that there are no distractions. Make sure that your television is turned off, that you are not surfing the internet, and that your cell phone is turned off. Also, if you are studying in a group, don’t engage in side conversations. The less distractions there are, the more you will stay focused and on task. Make sure that you don’t pull an all-nighter cramming for an exam the next day. In order to be focused on the day of the exam, you need to get a full night of sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, your brain will not be able to function at its optimum level, making it hard for you to concentrate and think. These are just a few of the many tips that can help you get through the dread of finals week and allow you a fair shot at doing well on your exams.

Great holiday events in Sheboygan County By Jim Giese

Copy Editor giesej@lakeland.edu

Holiday Events A Wade House Christmas – Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., W7824 Center Road, Greenbush, 920-526-3271, wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org Experience the beauty and simplicity of the mid-19th-century celebration of Christmas. Traditions of the season (including hands-on activities for young and old, period games, colorful stories, and holiday-festooned, horse-drawn wagon rides) will add to this unique holiday experience. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5.50 for children. The Moscow Ballet performs “The Great Russian Nutcracker” – Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, 826 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan, 920-208-3243, www. weillcenter.com Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian

dancers, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” is a rare treat to Sheboygan. Imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the “Great Russian Nutcracker” a unique performance not to be missed. This performance is a fund raiser for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the hospice organization. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and range from $32 to $64.50. “A Christmas Carol” – Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, and Dec. 18 to Dec. 19.,7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m., The Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, 920892-8409, www.plymoutharts. org Renew the holiday spirit with the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol” as performed by the Plymouth Arts Center. Cost is $10 for Plymouth Arts Foundation members and $12 for non-members. Hair of the Dog Party – Jan. 1,

starts at 12 p.m., The Victorian Village, 279 Victorian Village Drive, Elkhart Lake, 920-876-3323, www.vicvill.com Celebrate the New Year with brats, burgers, and a polka band. Prove you’re not a fair weather friend and visit the outdoor Barefoot Tiki Bar for refreshments. Odds and Ends Budweiser Classic Race of Champions, Jan.9 - 10, Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, 229 Fairview Drive, Plymouth, 920-893-0079 United States Snowmobiling Association sanctioned professional snowmobile racing on both oval and sno-cross tracks. Check out www.plymouthsnowrangers. com for ticket information and race schedules. Polar Bear Swim, Friday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m., Sheboygan’s Northside Beach, 920-467-8436 Join the nearly 400 enthusiastic souls as they plunge in bone numbing waters of Lake Michigan during this annual New Year’s Day

tradition. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at the Sheboygan Armory where there will be music, entertainment, a brat fry and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The BoDeans - Saturday, Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m., Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts, 826 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan, 920-208-3243, www.weillcenter.com The BoDeans were formed in Waukesha, Wis. in 1983 by Kurt Neumann (vocals & electric guitar) and Sam Llanas (vocals & acoustic guitar). Their ability to tell great stories in songs brought them global success and the BoDeans became international recording stars. In 1985 after adding a drummer and a bassist, the band recorded their first album. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the band had several singles in the top 40 charts which lead to tours of the US and the world. Tickets range from $41 to $46, and are available through Ticketmaster.

Another semester is almost in the books, and that can only mean one thing... winter break, and somewhere in the break is Christmas. With the large amounts of money spent by the average American, it means you either need a great paying job... or, you could buy the people on your list cheap yet thoughtful gifts. So, I, your Lakeland RockStar, am givin’ you an early present of the top five gifts to give this holiday season. For a cheap yet thoughtful gift, chocolate is the way to go. Chocolates come in a variety of flavors and, unless the person is allergic to chocolate, it’ll put a smile on anyone’s face. You can get it cheap, if you’d like, or you can splurge and go to Godiva. Tie blankets are frickin’ awesome gifts to give this holiday season. For those of you who do not know what tie blankets are, they are two pieces of material, one is a solid color and the other is some sort of design. My girlfriend made me one and I sleep with it every night. My blanket is neon green and the design pattern is shapes of Mickey Mouse. Both squares are slit every two inches or so along the perimeter. The two pieces are joined together by “tie knots.” If you want to make a lasting impression on someone one, make a tie blanket. Trust me, it’s worth the effort. Buying jewelry doesn’t have to wipe the bank out. Going to Wal-Mart, Target, or Shopko can help you find the perfect gift for mom, grandma, or that special someone. If your woman is anything like mine, guys, she loses earrings left and right, so why spend tons of money on them? Those stores have nice jewelry that won’t totally throw your wallet off. And if you’re looking for something for a guy who has piercings, then body jewelry is the way to go. A carwash, make-up, or body wash gift set is always much appreciated. These sets are usually around ten dollars and can be found at any retail store. Carwash sets usually have a scrubber, soap that won’t scratch the paint off the vehicle and car wax. A makeup set typically comes with makeup that covers the eyes, lips and cheeks. Body sets can be either perfume/cologne or shower gels. Axe is known for their holiday shower gel sets. The last idea is the “I have no idea” gift, which means the gift card rounds off my top five ideas. I put it at number five because everyone says that gift cards are nice, but they show a serious lack of effort. I think it’s true, but yet when you have an uncle you just have no clue what to give, the gift card is the best option.

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M I R R O R Issue 6, December 3, 2009

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Men’s basketball starts the year with 2-3 record Schwartz scores career-high 38 points against conference foe Maranatha By Danny Spatchek Sports Editor spatchekd@lakeland.edu

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he Lakeland men’s basketball team split a pair of games at the North Central College Holiday Inn Select Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 20 and 21 in Naperville, Ill. The Muskies lost a Friday game 89-78 against Mississippi College before defeating Oberlin College out of Ohio 77-63 on Saturday afternoon. “We played with a lot of energy against Oberlin,” men’s basketball coach Aaron Aanonsen said. “We played aggressive defense and shot the ball extremely well to get up 23 at the half.” Oberlin scored the first points of the contest before Lakeland went on an 11-0 run to gain a lead that they wouldn’t surrender for the remainder of the game. The Muskie lead swelled to 27 in the second half of the game where Lakeland shot a stifling 51 percent from the field and had a plus-14 advantage on the boards. Oberlin narrowed the lead towards the end of the game when Lakeland had the game well at hand. Sophomore forward Jake Schwarz led the Muskies with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Josh Regal added 14 points—half of which came via a 7-of-7 performance at the free throw line. “Jake played well on the offensive end. He shot well and

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Sophomore point guard Josh Regal puts up a shot in the lane at Tuesday night’s home game against Maranatha Baptist.

was very aggressive,” Aanonsen said. In their first game, Lakeland committed 21 turnovers which led to easy points for a taller, more athletic Mississippi College squad. “They were the most athletic team I’ve ever coached or played against at the division three college level,” Aanonsen said. “They were very aggressive—that and their size allowed them to get easy baskets.” The Muskies took a 25-16 lead just after eight minutes had elapsed in the first half before be-

ing outscored in a 30-10 run by Mississippi College. Senior guard Khendal Andrews’ three-pointer cut the Choctaw lead to seven just five minutes into the second half, but that was as close as Lakeland would come to Mississippi College. Josh Regal got back on track after going 0 for 4 with five points in the previous game versus Lake Forest, collecting 21 points, four rebounds, and six assists. “It was good to see Josh play as well as he did after being frustrated in the Lake Forest game.

He used his teammates really well,” Aanonsen said. Jake Schwarz grabbed nine rebounds and chipped in 14 points. Lakeland lost a 77-57 nonconference game to Finlandia on Tuesday, Nov. 24 in their first home game of the season at the Moose and Dona Woltzen Gymnasium. Lakeland shot 32.8 percent during the night while Finlandia was able to hit on 50 percent of their shots, including 6-for-12 from behind the arc. “We didn’t play well, and

we didn’t work hard,” Aanonsen said. “It was a very disappointing loss. We need to learn to play hard and practice hard every single day. We didn’t do that Tuesday night.” The Muskies were losing by 18 in the first half but brought the deficit to only five after a layup by junior forward Trevor Mckown early in the first half. But the hot-shooting Lions were able to stave off the Muskies with back-to-back three-pointers. Khendal Andrews posted 15 points which included four three-point baskets for a Lakeland team that shot just 29.6 percent from the field in the opening half. Jake Schwarz had nine points and eight rebounds. Schwarz scored a career-best 38 points on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to power Lakeland in their NAC opener against Maranatha. The sophomore shot an impressive 89.5 percent, a drastic improvement from his 2-for-11 night against Finalandia. He also secured a double-double by grabbing eleve rebounds. “It’s all mental with Jake,” Aanonsen said. “Tonight, he posted up hard and wouldn’t let anybody stop him. He also didn’t turn the ball over, which is key.” Maranatha cut Lakeland’s lead to one in the second half but a Josh Regal jump shot began a 10-2 run that Lakeland never looked back from. Lakeland returns to the court this Saturday, Dec. 5, when they play Benedictine at home.

Wrestling team does well at the Knox Invite Senior All-American returner Sutter places first; J. Frias, Renon take second

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he Lakeland wrestling team rebounded from their previous duel loss to UW-Stevens Point at the Knox Invite in Galesburg, Ill. on Nov. 14 where four Muskie wrestlers placed. “It was a good day all around,” wrestling coach Pete Rogers said. “Our guys won a lot of matches. Even though we’re not where we want to be right now, things are finally heading in the right direction.” Senior All-American returner Adam Sutter finished first in the heavyweight division in his debut after being injured for the first part of the season. Sutter’s win came via forfeit in the final match. “Adam was disappointed he didn’t get to actually wrestle in the finals, but at least he won the tournament,” Rogers said. “He had two first period pins and manhandled people today.”

After barely losing his first match of the season at Stevens Point, freshman Ryan Renon continued his winning ways by finishing second in the 157 pound division. Renon’s sole loss came at the hands of UW Platteville’s Jesse Milks in the finals. Milks is a two-time All-American and a three-time conference champion. Senior 165-pounder Jake Frias joined Renon as a tournament runner up, dropping his only contest to UW Platteville’s Vinny Alber in the final. Sophomore Rob Frias, previously sidelined with an injury, debuted at 133-pounds and placed fourth. “Robby beat a national qualifier from Luther, so that was kind of exciting,” Rogers said. “He wrestled a ton of matches and was pretty worn down at the end, but I know I can expect a lot from him for the rest of the season.” Lakeland’s next contest is at the MSOE Invite this Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9:30 a.m.

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Junior 133-pounder David May at the Lakeland Duals. Four Muskie wrestlers placed at the Knox Invite on Nov. 14.


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Issue 6, December 3, 2009

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Women’s volleyball goes down in NCAA opener Hope College beats Muskies; second straight NCAA appearance for team By Carlos Milan Fun House Editor milanc@lakeland.edu

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ith their last win, the Muskies had earned the right to play in the NCAA Division III tournament vs. Hope College in the first round of the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Mich. The Muskies (23-13) played evenly against the number six seeded Hope (31-3) through much of the match. They fought hard in every set but could not overcome Hope’s offense. Hope won the match 25-27, 25-16, 25-16 and advanced into the second round, leaving the Muskies out of the tournament. In the first set the Muskies were keeping up with them until Hope pulled away with a 7-1 run to close the frame. In the third set the Muskies fell behind 13-6 and couldn’t overcome the deficit. Senior middle hitter Kim Linger had an impressive eleven kills in the match and Allison Davis was close behind with seven kills of her own. Senior Tonia Strebelinski had a team high 13 digs but had help from senior Kaylyn Kasper with ten kills. “Kim has risen a step above in her senior year,” Lakeland head coach Chad Schreiber said. “She has improved her blocking, attacking, and now added a lethal serve.” The season had come to a close but the loss did not take

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Kristin Raeder (left) and Allison Davis combine for the block against Aurora on Oct. 23. Lakeland won the match, 3-2.

away from the accomplishments the team had earned throughout the season. Senior outside hitter Brittanie Paulus was selected to her second consecutive American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III All-Midwest Region team. She also ended her career as

the Muskie all-time leader in career digs. “Brittanie is the heart and soul of our team and one of the best players to ever wear a Lakeland uniform,” Schreiber said. “If her numbers ever look unimpressive, it is only because we ask her too often to make the impossible play

that she makes with regularity.” Four other members of the Lakeland women’s volleyball program were recognized as the Northern Athletics Conference released its 2009 All-NAC Women’s volleyball teams. Linger and Paulus were placed on the first team in the NAC and

junior Kristine Raeder earned honorable mention accolades for her setting. Head coach Chad Schreiber was named the league’s Co-Coach of the Year after leading the Muskies to their third consecutive NAC regular season and tournament titles. Schreiber is in his fifteenth season with the Lakeland program and has won three consecutive coach of the year awards and six overall. One of Schreiber’s accomplishments this season was winning his three hundredth game. An interesting note about coach Schreiber is that, out of all the coaches in all the levels of the NCAA, he is one out of 21 coaches under the age of 40 with at least 250 career victories. “I am humbled by the award, especially since it was chosen by my coaching peers,” Schreiber said. “This is always more of a player-performance award than a coaching award.” The Muskies claimed their third consecutive Northern Athletics Conference Tournament title this year and also shared the NAC regular season championship. This season started with a home victory in the Muskie Classic, but even though it ended with a loss, many goals established early in the season were met and several achievements were earned.

Women’s basketball remains perfect with overtime win Dennewitz’s clutch shooting at the charity stripe pushes team to 5-0 By Celine Elzinga Staff Reporter elzingac@lakeland.edu

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he Lakeland women’s team started their season off strong with a 5-0 record overall and 1-0 in conference. The women have played against Carroll University, Lawrence University, North Park, Finlandia University, and in conference, Rockford College. The Muskies played against Lawrence and North Park in two separate tip-off tournaments. The tournaments are a good way to get play in and to see what the freshmen have to offer the team. Newcomers this year are Dana Henrichs, Alyssa Breider, Becky Mayo, Leah Eisner, Tavea Peterson, and Vashia Gordon. Also new to the court are Allison Davis and Alyssa Schuttenhelm, both sophomores. Returning to the team are a strong group of girls playing at a very competitive level. We can plan on seeing a lot come from these ladies: seniors Chelsea

Coenen, Terra Hiben, KC Blahnik, and Katie Kilton; juniors Mary Dennewitz and Whitney Diedrich; sophomores Erin Cepa, Becca Tilleman, and Becca Paulson. On Nov. 24, the Muskies battled Finlandia at home. The women pulled out a 77-57 win. They had a season-high 35 turnovers, with 25 of them in the first half. The stars that night were Coenen with 23 points and seven rebounds, and Blahnik with 18 points and nine rebounds. At halftime the Muskies were up by 20 points at 39-19 and held that lead for most of the second half. At their best, the Lions could only bring the score to a 15-point difference. Hiben has an outstanding defensive ability and used it on the Lions to have a game high of four steals. On Nov. 28 the team was the road for their its first conference match up against Rockford College. This was the first conference match for both teams and the Muskies, after being down by 21 at one point in the game, took the

win 79-72. In the last three seconds of the game, Dennewitz made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 65. “I nearly had a heart attack,” said Dennewitz. “My hands were shaking, but I just focused on the free throws. I am at the line a lot, so it wasn’t really anything new for me.” In overtime, the Muskies scored only one field goal but made 12 free throws to win the game for the Muskies. “In the first half, we couldn’t connect on open looks from the perimeter and in the paint, and gave up too much defensively,” Lakeland coach Teri Johnson said. “However, we continued to pressure defensively, which is our strong suit, and our defense produced our offense.” Blahnik had a game high 30 points and eight rebounds. Blahnik’s steal handed Lakeland the ball with 26 seconds remaining before Dennewitz sent the game into overtime. “We pressured a lot more in

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Senior forward Katie Kilton drives towards the basket against Finlandia.

the second half,” Dennewitz said. “We knew they were tired ... we did a nice job clogging the middle and created some easy steals.” You can see the Muskies back

in action on Thursday, Dec. 3 as they battle Maranatha Baptist at 7 p.m. in Watertown, Wis.


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M I R R O R

Issue 6, December 3, 2009

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Football plays UW Whitewater in NCAA Tournament Win versus Aurora; Concordia Chicago loss propels Lakeland to NCAA bid By Carlos Millan Fun House Editor millanc@lakeland.edu

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oming into the game versus Aurora, the Muskies needed a victory and for Concordia Chicago to lose in order to have sole possession of the Conference Title and advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament. First, the Muskies needed to take care of business. The Lakeland Muskies (6-4, 6-1 NAC) shut out Aurora (4-6, 2-5 NAC) as this win made sure they would have a piece of the conference title. The game did not start out well for either club as both of them punted their first possessions of the game, and the fans did not see a score until the 32 second mark in the second quarter. The Muskies took advantage of a fumble by Aurora on their own 26 yard line for their first score. Sophomore running back Jeremy Williams caught a 26 yard pass from junior quarterback Jake Dworak for the first of many Muskie scores. As soon as the first touchdown was earned, the Muskie offense scored a touchdown in each of their following two possessions. Junior wide receiver Roberto Flores caught a 20 yard pass from Dworak early in the third quarter and Flores caught another touchdown pass from Dworak, this time a 19 yard pass midway through the third quarter. The final Muskie touchdown was midway through the fourth quarter, when freshman wide receiver Justin Laack broke through for 14 yards to the end zone. The offense wasn’t the only one to shine in this game. The Muskie defense created two fumbles and recovered each of them. Sophomore defensive back Tony Faller and senior linebacker Blaine Hornes each had an interception for a combined total of 81 yards. “Our defense played awesome all game and kept us in it,” Lakeland head coach Kevin Doherty said. “We had to be a little patient on offense. We made some mistakes and penalties in the first half that set us back a little bit. We regrouped ourselves at halftime and got focused. It was an emotional game, a roller coaster ride. Once we got going, we didn’t let up.” After the game, the team started to celebrate their win with their families and friends and, for the seniors, it seemed to have been the last time they would wear yellow and blue on Taylor Field. There were flashes everywhere as cameras were clicking away, trying to capture this memory. Soon after, the internet audio from the Concordia Chicago game was played over the public address system while the players were still on the field celebrating their victory. An explosive celebration soon ensued as they announced the final score of the BenedictineConcordia Chicago game.

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Senior linebacker Blaine Hornes (13) and defensive lineman Tyree Curry (43) take down an Aurora ball carrier. Lakeland’s defense shut the Cougar offense out.

“It was the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in my sports career,” said senior wide receiver Jacob Heinemeyer. “I could not stop running around the field. I can’t even describe it - it was just a pure feeling of excitement.” “A lot of people wrote us off going into this season because we lost some great players,” Doherty said. “We were resilient throughout the entire year. It means so much to the program and to these kids that we won the conference and we’re going to the playoffs. I’m really proud of these kids they deserve it.”

The NAC title is the first for Lakeland and the fourth conference title for the Muskies in six seasons. “The way the season started, a lot of the guys were gloomy,” Hornes said. “It shows how we handle adversity. We made some changes, came together and got better each week. If everyone makes sure they are doing everything in their power to get things done, good things will happen. I truly believe the best team in our conference is going to the playoffs.” The Muskies started the sea-

son 0-3, but, like Hornes said, they did not allow the beginning to dictate the end. The football team faced adversity all season long, but they managed to overcome it game after game. With the win, the Muskies had earned the right to face number two-seeded UW-Whitewater in the first round of the NCAA tournament. There was much hype for the game as Lakeland provided bus transportation to students that were interested in attending the game in Whitewater, Wis.

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Sophomore running back Jeremy Williams reaches for yards. The win put Lakeland in its second-ever conference tournament.

At the beginning of the game, it looked like the Muskies would give Whitewater all it could handle. The Muskies got the opening possession, but went three and out. After a Muskie punt, Whitewater ran one play of 55 yards for a touchdown. This scene looked pretty discouraging, but in their ensuing possession, the Muskies went down the field for a touchdown. Dworak threw a five yard pass to Heinemeyer to cap off a 76 yard drive. At that moment, it looked like the Muskies were determined to hang around until the end, but as the game progressed, it looked like Whitewater was a much more complete team than the Muskies. “Whitewater has a great football team, and they clicked on all cylinders today,” Doherty said. “We have a young team, but I’m proud of our ten seniors. We now have a taste of what it’s like at the playoff level as we come back for next year.” The Muskies lost the opening round of the playoffs 70-7 that night, but the impressive notion to remember is that they weren’t supposed to be there. With a 0-3 start, many people had written them off, but still they persisted. The Muskies season did end in defeat, but their season was a success. They are the NAC champs and had many of their players honored with awards. Heinemeyer and Doherty were recognized as co-offensive player of the year and co-head coach of the year, respectively, as the Northern Athletic Conference released its 2009 football awards.


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M I R R O R Issue 6, December 3, 2009

MVP of the Issue: KC Blahnik leads Lakeland Highly accomplished senior dishes on senior season; past challenges By Danny Spatchek Sports Editor spatchekd@lakeland.edu

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lready the holder of multiple all-conference honors in two different sports, Lakeland athletic records, and the respect of her coaches and professors, KC Blahnik, with graduation in her sights isn’t ready to get nostalgic just yet. In her final season in a Lakeland basketball jersey, KC Blahnik is firing on all cylinders, averaging 17.8 point per game for a women’s basketball team with a spotless record through five games. Unsatisfied with the variety of her game this summer, Blahnik worked on her jump shot extensively at her home in Gladstone, Mich. Blahnik cited her shootingintensive summer and the confidence she gained in practice as the sources of her current shooting percentage this season—a whopping 55.4 percent. “I’ve never had the most confidence in my jump shot, and this year I’ve been trying to take open shots in practice so I’ll be able to do it in the game,” Blahnik said. “Having more confidence in my outside shot has given me more opportunities to score than be-

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KC Blahnik readies to shoot a free throw against Finlandia this season.

fore when I was only looking to drive.” So far this season, Blahnik has needed every ounce of her newfound offensive versatility, as the Muskies have twice gone into and

won games that have gone into overtime. Down 21 on the road at Rockford, Lakeland rallied behind 30 points and eight rebounds from Blahnik, whose steal with time

waning set up a pair of free throws for teammate Mary Dennewitz that propelled Lakeland into an overtime period where they outscored Rockford 14-7. Blahnik complimented the mindsets of her teammates and Lakeland women’s basketball coach Teri Johnson which she says are responsible for their success so far this year. “This team is unique in comparison to previous teams in that there’s not a lot of drama but more focus on winning as a team,” Blahnik said. “We know that we need to work hard at practice and keep the motivation up and it will carry over to games. “Coach Johnson is good at seeing the end result and working towards that. Coming in, I thought Coach Arvan would be my coach for four years so there were growing pains—as there would be with any new coach, but she’s gotten me to see the big picture.” Blahnik experienced more emotionally trying growing pains than adjusting to a new basketball coach. In the first semester of her freshman year, homesickness had Blahnik seriously considering leaving Lakeland. “I cried a lot and I talked to my parents on the phone a bunch,” Blahnik recalled of her first months in college. “I dealt with it by relying on my friends, teammates, and coaches—I even saw the counselor briefly.” Blahnik’s homesickness lessened in her second semester. “I told myself that I had made the decision to come to school here and that there were good people here who cared about me and my future. My whole emotional outlook about being away from home changed. Did I still miss home? Definitely. But I told myself that

this was a great opportunity and to take advantage of it.” Taken advantage of it she has—and then some according to Johnson, who’s watched Blahnik set and accomplish lofty goals from a front row seat. “I expect the focus from KC Blahnik every single day—which is hard to do as a player I think but if anyone can be that focused it’s her,” Johnson said. “She knows the expectations we have as coaches for our players and she adds a coach’s instinct on the court which helps us out tremendously.” While Blahnik’s “coach’s instinct” will be missed on the court next season, it very well may be at Johnson’s disposal as Blahnik intends to remain at Lakeland after graduating this May to pursue her master’s degree in counseling and apply for the women’s basketball graduate assistant position. She didn’t get ahead of herself, though, as she talked about her ideal conclusion to an already prolific career. “I’ve never won a conference championship in all my years of playing—I’ve never made it past the first round. If we win the conference championship and I don’t get one award I’ll be happy,” Blahnik said, before adding, like someone asking for nothing, “I’ve never made first team All-Conference, either.” The psychology major encouraged her underclassmen teammates to view going to school and playing basketball at Lakeland as an opportunity. “You could get hurt, you could decide not to come back to school for financial reasons or just decide not to come back. You can’t take practices or games for granted— you really have to treat everything like it’s your last chance.”

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Taking a breather against Finlandia. Blahnik scored 18 points in a Lakeland win.


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