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Alleged harassment and theft in Brotz Students feel unheard; security laments lack of reports By Leah Ulatowski
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ecent cases of harassment, theft, and other misconduct in Brotz Hall have left several female residents disconcerted and feeling as if their complaints are unheeded; three women desire to anonymously share their experiences and bring attention to their plights. On the other side of the spectrum, security personnel find themselves perplexed and exceedingly concerned at the news, stating they received virtually no reports in relation to the incidents. The women all agree upon the necessity of adding keycard locks to pod hall doors or to restrict strangers’ access to specific floors by some other means. The root of every complaint is that unwelcomed guests have the privilege to explore any hall they desire upon entrance into the dorm area. The students feel vulnerable when these non-residents infringe upon the all-women’s floor, many of them male.
One senior believes that a student’s floor should be a sort of sanctuary. “The open-door policy [which prohibits a lock from being placed on pod hall doors] is
male students gained access into the building so as to harass her and a few other women as they were enjoying a night in. Having had their door open to accommodate
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stupid. If we have to pay so much to live in a pod, then we should have a say in who comes in,” she said. One junior shared that two
them in the crowded little room, the men invited themselves in and proceeded to be verbally abusive, unwilling to leave when asked. The men also allegedly
poured chemicals onto the floor and made several other attempts at damaging property. Witnesses expressed concern over the fact that a nearby RA watched the encounter unfold but did little to curb the situation. The targeted junior feels as though she has exhausted the resources, but to no avail. “Security don’t do much in my opinion; the RAs walk into my room without permission, people keep having intimate relations without discretion in my room, and stealing my belongings, so I just don’t care anymore,” she said. Despite her sentiments, the junior revealed she is utilizing the security resource to file harassment reports against the men for repeated offenses. Another junior also agrees with placing locks on lounge and pod hall doors. “There are locks on every other door,” she said. “If you run to go potty, [random strangers] can catch the dorm door behind you and slip in
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Lakeland student plans to give the gift of hope: Kayla Stevens focuses on children’s battles with cancer
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ayla Stevens, senior early childhood/elementary education major, is planning something a little different from your average gift-giving ritual this upcoming holiday season. On Sunday, Nov. 4, Stevens announced the beginning of her Ro Love Fundraiser via Facebook by saying, “This holiday season, my goal is to raise 1000 dollars for The Ronan Thompson Foundation, a pediatric cancer charity. Serious question: what would I have to do to get you to donate?” Stevens has been deeply interested in the cause ever since she heard Taylor Swift sing a song called Ronan on Sept. 7. The song was inspired by the story of a young boy by the same name that lost his battle with childhood cancer. Stevens has done a lot more research since then. She read more about Ronan and his bravery in fighting his battle with cancer. “He continued to celebrate life, to laugh, to brighten the lives of others even as his own life was being
stolen from him.” what she knew about childhood Since her interest in the topic cancer before she heard Swift’s began, Stevens has begun to fol- song, Stevens said, “It’s embarlow the storassing to ries of several a d m i t other children how little with cancer. I knew. Their bravChildhood ery inspires cancer is Stevens, who the number says, “These one disease kids are who killer in I want to be children. when I grow Now that up.” I do know, As SteI wonder vens broadhow I spent ened her 21 years on research on this planchildhood et doing cancer, she Kayla Stevens. Picture from www.firstgiving.com/fundnothing to was particular- raiser/kaylastevens/rolove. change it.” ly floored by one statistic. Stevens believes that others “Did you know that pediatric might not treat the idea of childcancer receives only 3.8 percent of hood cancer very seriously beall cancer research funding?” says cause they think it won’t happen Stevens on her fundraiser’s web- to someone they know. But acpage. Stevens aims to change this cording to Stevens, seven children with her Ro Love Fundraiser for The pass away every single day due Ronan Thompson Foundation. to childhood cancer. “I have no Stevens is very passionate choice but to do something about about the cause. When asked it,” she said.
But Stevens’ goal is more than just raising 1000 dollars this holiday season. Her hope for a better future with a cure for childhood cancer is distinct. “I want to increase awareness for childhood cancer, to be a voice for those brave warriors who have fought and continue to fight every day. Most of all, I want a cure. If we all work together, I know that we can make it happen in our lifetime,” she said. As of the writing of this article, Stevens has raised 306 dollars toward the cause and is still looking to reach out to more sponsors. Sponsors can donate by going to www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ kaylastevens/rolove. Stevens encourages those interested in learning more about the cause to visit www.rockstarronan.com to read Maya Thompson’s blog about her son Ronan’s battle with cancer. You can also visit www. theronanthompsonfoundation. com to learn more about The Ronan Thompson Foundation, where Stevens’ fundraising results will be donated.
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Faculty and students get involved in literary magazine’s latest issue By Sean Gilligan
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oets, writers, artists, and many people from the Sheboygan and surrounding areas gathered at the Paradigm Café in downtown Sheboygan on Nov. 11 to celebrate the release of a brand new issue of the literary journal Stoneboat in an event that included readings of pieces from the new issue both by the authors themselves and others who were willing to fill in for those who couldn’t attend. Stoneboat is a literary journal based out of Sheboygan that has a very close relationship with Lakeland College given that its founder, Rob Pockat, is a Lakeland College alum, and Lisa Vihos, Alumni Director, and Signe Jorgensen, Assistant Professor of General Studies, both work on the editorial staff of the publication. Lakeland College Studio Art Major Jake Belknap was just one of many said readers who filled in for absent authors. About the new issue Belknap said, “It’s nice, HARASSMENT FROM PAGE 1
to steal your clothes, your hangers, or your twenty dollars,” the junior said of her experiences with non-residents and the extreme cautionary measures she must take. The student said that the installation of locks would not limit the access of Brotz residents because something along the lines of a keycard lock could be purchased that would only allow access to those who live in the building, such as the ones placed on the entrances of residence halls. She said doing so would limit non-residents to certain confines, even if allowed in by someone at the main entrance. The junior also expressed concern over a particular male non-resident who frequents the building. “He came into my room acting suspicious while I was writing an essay. He left to ‘go to the bathroom’ and I realized the 20 dollars from my backpack was missing,” she said. “I’ve lost a total of 320 dollars this semester, and I’m pretty sure he’s taken it.” She took the issue to a residence life staff member only to be told they couldn’t look into the situation as it would be incrimination. The junior also said that
piece a sense of exclusivity and I really like the new style.” The new style Belknap is importance. More spacious pages also alreferring to is the much larger low for paged and Stoneboat laminated to pubcover that lish more Stoneboat appealdecided ing, lonto adopt ger pieces for this isof prose. sue, as opA photo posed to essay by the smallStephan er, stapleMazurek b o u n d covering publicahis trip tions they through used prean Afriviously. can prison T h e quickly larger comes to page formind as mat en- The cover of the newest issue of Stoneboat. one partichances the experience of reading through ularly powerful piece that would this journal, providing significant not have been published effectiveamounts of white space around ly in the smaller format. The laminated and vibrant the poems to let the eyes rest. With only one poem on each of cover art of the new issue also these large pages, it grants each greatly enhances the experience
and overall quality of the magazine. The reader really feels that what he or she owns is something of significance and importance as opposed to a paperback issue with staples holding it together. In many ways all the elements that make the larger format so appealing are perfectly complimented by the pieces in this issue. There are some excellent works in this issue and, compared to previous publications of Stoneboat, they seem to have a more important and powerful feel than that of any of the previous issues. New issues of Stoneboat cost only 5 dollars. For the quality of publication, as well as the excellent work within its pages, this is more than worth it, and it never hurts to support your local literary scene. Stoneboat can be ordered on their online store at www.stoneboatwi.com. It may also be purchased at the Paradigm Café in Sheboygan.
“I don’t know what they would be afraid of,” Gamache said. “We have an anonymous tip line on the security website, somebody is on security 24/7 and it is always accessible. I don’t understand why they aren’t reporting or calling, even anonymously.” In terms of pod door locks, Gamache says, “If we place a lock on the door, half of the pod would be locked out of the common area. There are two hallways to each pod: one hallway is before the common area and one a person needs to go through the common area to get to. By placing a lock on the pod door, half of the pod is excluded. ” In any case, Gamache maintains that the best measure students can take is to utilize the security office’s resources, as well as their tips presented at freshmen orientation. In terms of possessions, Gamache provides her advice of “If you’ve got cool stuff, lock it up” and “out of sight, out of mind.” Even in the lounge there are various cabinets and compartments in which important kitchen related possessions can be placed, and security is always willing to engrave items at no cost to the student. Also, if students report the items missing, there is a chance they will be returned as
security successfully reunited an expensive blender with its owner a few months ago. Concerning the harassment complaints, Gamache said, “If they call in anonymously and leave the room number and an explanation of the situation then we will most certainly take care of it. If they come to me and say ‘this happens to a lot of rooms in my pod, but I don’t want the guys to know it was me who said something’ for fear of retaliation, we can keep your name out of it and just talk to the guys.” “There are a lot of different ways to handle things, but, like I tell my kids, if I don’t know there’s a problem then I can’t help,” said Gamache. Security believes their system to be effective, and that their personnel are diligent. They consider every complaint and are prepared to combat any misconduct that may arise. However, they can only do so much of their own accord; it is vital for students to keep them informed. Meanwhile, the three female students feel thwarted. They continue to push for preventative measures so as to reduce the number of incidents in the first place, before they are stolen from or harassed.
the offender has harassed her by violating personal space and refusing to stop when asked, resulting in her having to physically strike him out of discomfort. She has witnessed the man roaming the floor while intoxicated and making lewd gestures, she even heard rumors that he had physically pinned down a female resident. The junior now wears a rape whistle and refuses to leave her appliances in the lounge or carry significant cash around campus. Despite the various complaints, Director of Campus Security and Safety Annette Gamache said there were no reports in relation to any of the incidents, save one on the two men who were verbally abusive, which the RA witness wrote. Gamache affirms the incident was promptly taken care of, but even then there was no report of damaged property. “I have not had any complaints or inquiries about such,” Gamache said, also mentioning neither her personnel, nor the residence life staff received reports and that the news of such occurrences was a surprise. “I don’t know who they are talking to.” Gamache also doesn’t believe the women should have any reason not to report the incidents.
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Issue 5, December 6, 2012
Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?
is the season for Holiday cheer, a time when people go nuts trying to find the best deals on gifts to give to loved ones, decorating their homes with lights, and spending time enjoying family traditions. Around this time of year, you also hear people wishing blessings upon one another, even strangers. Which brings me to my pet peeve: political correctness. Have you ever said, “Have a Merry Christmas” to someone and had them get mad at you simply because you did not say, “Happy Holidays”? If you have, you probably quickly apologized, like me, saying that you meant no disrespect, only to find out that the person doesn’t even practice a different religion from Christianity. I’m not saying that I disagree with the concept of political correctness, because I wouldn’t
like being forced to say, “Happy Hanukkah” when I am not Jewish. But, when people try not to offend anybody by saying “Happy Holidays,” they run the risk of offending everyone because the greeting is so vague that it does not communicate anything in particular. Didn’t you ever stop to think why we don’t say “Happy Holidays” around Halloween or Easter? It could just as easily apply to those times of year. Whether I celebrate a particular holiday or not, I should be able to wish someone to have a happy day on that holiday. “Merry Christmas” should never be something to take offense in. Neither should “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Kwanza” incite any more malice than “Happy New Year.” When receiving any such greeting, one should not be
concerned with what he or she personally believes or celebrates. Rather, he or she should simply take it in stride and accept that the speaker simply wants him to have a nice day. In fact, if anybody has a right to take offense when exchanging greetings this December, it would be someone who has had their cheerful greeting of “Merry Christmas” or what-have-you rejected by the listener. When a listener rejects such a greeting, they not only reject the goodwill that the speaker was trying to communicate, but they also are showing some amount of malice toward the belief system from which the holiday in question originates. I have noticed that public schools have made a change from using the term “Christmas Break” to using “Winter Break.” It has come to my attention
that with this people now assume that Lakeland also switched over, but to clarify, Lakeland says, “Christmas Break” in its student planners. The reason is because Lakeland is a UCC affiliated school. Although Lakeland does not require students to practice Christianity, they still maintain their Christian background and use “Christmas Break” because this is a private school, and they are not legally obligated to follow political correctness. It is my personal opinion that people should be able to have freedom of speech, one value which our country was founded upon. So, if need be, forgive me when I say, “Have a Merry Christmas my Lakeland family and a Happy New Year. I will see you come the beginning of spring semester.”
New debate program
Lakeland’s addition to the beginning communication major By Benjamin Wilks Staff Reporter email@example.com
ebate is the art of arguing, and soon students at Lakeland College will be participating in this art. The program will begin next spring semester and will be headed by the instructor of the communication program, John McKenzie. McKenzie has been an instructor at Lakeland College for a year and
a half now, and is very excited for the program. “Students have been asking for it since the beginning of the year,” says McKenzie. “I did speech and debate in high school, and it was very fun. Since so many students want to have it here, I thought, why not.” McKenzie states that the program doesn’t have a budget yet, but they are working on it. The program will have a class to go along with it
called the Debate Practicum. “The class will be for the participants in the program, and students majoring in communication,” says McKenzie. Students with and without experience will be able to participate in the program. The coach for the team will be David Henning. Henning has thirty years of experience teaching debate and forensics. Allyssa Ourada, a freshman
who is majoring in communication, is also joining the program. “I’ve always wanted to join the debate team in high school but didn’t,” said Ourada. “I enjoy arguing very much.” Ourada just got elected to the public relations seat for the debate program. “My job is to advertise and get the word out around campus so students who don’t know but would like to join will be able to.”
What the media does not want you to know about the polls Copy Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
oter fraud is a concept that major media outlets have long attempted to write off as a myth; it is one of the ultimate American taboos, a subject generally not addressed unless to counteract it. Nonetheless, evidence suggests that the media has taken it upon themselves to shield Americans from the existence of voter fraud, but isn’t it the citizens’ right to know? The New York Times and Rolling Stone are among the media empires that have recently featured editorials claiming that fraud does not exist. After all, the nation is respected for its democratic processes and the concept of voter fraud has the potential to undermine one of the foundations on which America was built, as well as the fairness by which its administrations are elected. In any case, elections are not immune to human flaws, especially as the political divide grows starker. A consequence of that
divide is increasing cases of voter intimidation, which have been largely overlooked by the media. Wisconsin State Senator Neal Kedzie’s son was attacked and hospitalized due to asking a group of young men to refrain from tearing the Romney/Ryan signs on his property. The incident was almost entirely ignored on the national media level. In addition, Black Panther Party (an American socialist group) members were stationed outside of Philadelphia polling places during the 2008 and 2012 elections. While the men haven’t initiated violence, that isn’t to say the unusualness of their tradition does not potentially turn away voters. Interestingly, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Gov. Mitt Romney received zero votes in 59 of the state’s precincts, as well as zero in 37 of Chicago precincts. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections revealed that Romney also received zero votes in at least nine Ohio precincts, regardless of receiving 48 percent of the state’s
votes overall. President Barack Obama managed to achieve more than 99 percent of the vote in at least 100 precincts of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. A few counties in the country had more registered voters than adult citizens. Gilpin County, Colorado, which the U.S. Census states has at most 4,494 inhabitants of voting age, managed a 110 percent voter registration, suggesting an excess of over 500 votes. Another peculiar result was the sudden 4,000-vote swing in the span of an hour that cost U.S. Rep. Allen West his congressional seat in Florida as opponent Patrick Murphy won by 1,000-2,000 votes. The unusual numbers were largely ignored by news outlets. Election Day 2012 was filled with alleged illegalities. Fox News reported the displaying of political propaganda, including an Obama mural, at several Philadelphia polls. Nation-wide voting machines switched votes for one candidate to the other. GOP poll watchers were allegedly
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Voter fraud is under reported
By Leah Ulatowski
intimidated off the premises, the Michigan GOP sharing that a Detroit voter threatened one with a concealed weapon unless he obliged to leave. There were also alleged reports of buses with out-of-state license plates showing up to the polls and several accounts of poll watcher prodding. The Election Protection Coalition received 70,000 voter complaints on Election Day. In addition, The Military Voter Protection Project estimates military and overseas ballots have dropped by at least 70 percent since 2008, perhaps in part due to the Move Act, which installed voting guidelines demanding ballots be completed 45 days before the election with no room for extensions. The Act was to include the installation of voting assistance offices at most bases, but the Department of Defense general inspector’s office found that not all necessary offices have been established. While the media fails to report on many incidents, a story
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that received widespread coverage by outlets like MSNBC and The Huffington Post featured a Nevada Republican woman committing voter fraud to “test the system.” It was a safe story in that the vote went toward the losing side and the woman was promptly arrested. The coverage only serves to undermine fraud as it insinuates it was the only case in the entirety of the election. As the saying goes, the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it. The Judicial View states that a 1981 lawsuit processed by the Democratic National Committee against its Republican counterpart resulted in the Consent Decree, which as of now restricts the RNC’s ability to engage in fraud prevention. Americans have the right to know what is happening in their country and it is the media’s responsibility to provide them with information; only then can Americans make up their minds concerning election fraud and whether or not steps should be taken to prevent it.
Issue 5, December 6, 2012
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Mission House Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes Aunt Jemima a myth? Reverend speaks about racial stereotypes Heather Hartmann Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
he 2012 Mission House Lecture was held on Nov. 14 at seven o’clock in the Bradley Fine Arts building and was the fifth installment in the Great Thinkers series of guest speakers. Reverend Dr. Emilie Townes, professor of African American religion and theology at Yale Divinity School, was the featured speaker. Townes opened her presentation entitled The Peculiar Career of Aunt Jemima: Race and Stereotypes in U.S. Culture by sharing a bit about herself. Townes explained that she really wasn’t supposed to be working on the day of rest, as observed by her
faith, but when Kelly Stone, Lakeland’s former chaplain, asked her to visit a few years ago she just couldn’t resist. Townes stated that Mission House, the seminary school that evolved into Lakeland College, was built during the Civil War era. This interesting fact was the perfect lead in to Townes’ discussion of racial stereotypes in the U.S., which utilized the historical truths of yesterday to combat today’s misconceptions. Townes says she “relies on the power of memory even though it can fail or fade, because just as often it succeeds.” “The reality is, Aunt Jemima is a lie,” said Townes during the lecture. “Slaves rarely had enough to eat so fatness was impossible,
and house slaves were usually lighter skinned and young.” Both Aunt Jemima “the creator of natural rising pancakes” and Uncle Ben of Ready Rice are made up to help sell the product, perhaps even in an attempt to appeal to minorities, but neither of them ever really existed. As it turns out, many African Americans have tried to send Aunt Jemima into limbo since she made her first appearance. Another topic Townes touched on was how what is now considered a fashionable trend to wear one’s pants down low originally started as a protest for the people who were in jail and had no choice but to wear clothes that were too large for them. After Townes had finished
Winter Concert delights all By Michelle Fromm Managing Editor email@example.com
ith evergreen trees alit and a cozy atmosphere among the modest crowd, the Lakeland College Music Department put on their Winter Concert on Thursday Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The groups featured in this display of musical holiday cheer included the Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble, the Flute Choir, a handbell quartet, the Recorder Consort, the Lakeland Singers, and the Jazz Ensemble. Each group had something unique to offer with their talents. The Handbell Ensemble opened the evening with Joy to the World as arranged by Cynthia Dobrinski. The arrangement sounded energetic and exciting when played on the bells, and gave the piece the feeling of church bells on Christmas morning. The transition time was long, but Lakeland’s Flute Choir came onstage and delighted the audience with Dance of the ReedFlutes, Air from the Suite in D, and Carol of the Bells. The Flute Choir, which included a piccolo, gave these classic pieces a lighter-thanair feeling. Next, a quartet of handbell players played Deck the Halls. Beginning with a rhythmic introduction and sounding warm and friendly, Valerie Stephenson’s arrangement of the piece was wellreceived. The bell players ended by striking interesting poses. Following the quartet was the Lakeland College Recorder Consort, which is a new group on campus. For their first-ever performance, the group played Greensleeves Galliard, a traditional piece of Christmastime music. The Recorder Consort traded off between melody and harmony lines, coming in and out for their separate parts that came together to sound like a real Renaissance
dance. Next, Lakeland Singers sang Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus a cappella. The piece sounded rich and heartfelt. It was followed by O Come Little Children and Ding Dong! Merrily on High, which sounded like a difficult piece but was well-managed. T h e Lakeland College Jazz Ensemble came on next with their less traditional, upbeat versions of holiday tunes. Their first song was a lively rendition of In the Mood. It was followed by Winter Wonderland. Lakeland’s own Jenna Lee Howell, music education major, arranged and provided the vocals for the Jazz Combo’s first song, a smaller group from the Jazz Ensemble. Howell starred in The Christmas Song, which may also be known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. The Jazz Combo then played a version of We Three Kings, which they say they learned by ear. It allowed some of the instrumentalists the chance to feature their talents with short solos by Malcolm Blakley on saxophone, Kyle Stowers on trumpet, and Jared Ertman on trombone. The audience seemed thrilled with the performances, and left the Bradley auditorium in high spirits, having absorbed their share of Christmas cheer in the form of music. Photos from top to bottom: The Lakeland Singers delight the audience with selections of Christmas music. From left to right, Brittany Beckmann, Nevin Gordon-Keolanui, Halie Hackbarth, and Matt Troyer carol with the Lakeland Singers. From left to right, Reinlyn Tucker and Dayle Gerber play for the flute choir. Jenna Lee Howell sings the song she arranged for the Muskie Jazz Combo. Cody Linder, Brittany Beckmann, and Nevin Gordon-Keolanui sing with Lakeland Singers. All pictures photographed by Michelle Fromm
the lecture portion of her presentation, the questions and answers portion of the lecture began. Before opening the floor to the eager audience, Townes said that if anyone desired to share a story rather than ask a question, they should feel free to do so. One of the men who stood up told a story from his childhood of when a car had broken down in front of his house during a colder time of year. When his father came home and asked why he hadn’t invited the gentleman inside, his response was, “he’s a negro.” His father responded simply with, “they get cold too,” and went to invite the man inside. The man spent most of the night with the family and even enjoyed dinner
with them while waiting for his friend to come pick him up. The fact that the audience member was not only willing to share this, but that his father responded in the way he did despite living in a society that at the time did not respect those from other ethnic backgrounds, was the perfect example of the effectiveness of Townes’ presentation. It certainly looked to the events of the past to shed some light on the present. Overall, the lecture was interesting and insightful. While a few critics stated it was dry, many others attested to the fact that it was an informative presentation that was made even better by Townes’ engaging speech and intriguing perspective.
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Music Department holds departmental recital Features student musicians in a variety of classical music By Katie Amundsen Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
he Lakeland College Music Department’s Departmental Recital was held on Nov. 20 in the Bradley Building. The recital featured a large number of varied musicians, both vocal and instrumental. Matthew Troyer opened the program by singing Silent Noon by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and he did a great job at performing his piece. Kristal Klemme accompanied him on the piano. Next to perform was Serina Jones, who sang Star Vicino and was accompanied by Thomas Pibal on the piano. Darcie Wieck was the first instrumental performer of the recital, beautifully playing
Sicilienne by Gabriel Fauré on her flute. Kevin Schmitz then sang Quellafiamma by Francesco Conti. Dr. Arthur Johnson accompanied him on the piano. Jesse Freiberg followed by singing O Del Mio Dolce Ardor from Parideedelena by Christoph Willibald von Gluck, with Katie Christensen accompanying on the piano. Miranda Miller played Hasse Suite by Johann Adolph Hasse on her trombone, and was also accompanied on the piano by Katie Christensen. Next, Gregor Wunderlich performed The Call (Herbert) from Five Mystical Songs, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Wunderlich, a German exchange student, received an especially warm round
of applause from the cheerful audience. Seika Itoh sang next, performing a song that sounded familiar to the audience as he gave the night’s second rendition of Quellafiamma by Francesco Conti. Dr. Arthur Johnson accompanied him on the piano. Paige Gerber followed on the trombone. She performed Emarald by Vander Cook, with Katie Christensen accompanying on the piano. Thomas Pibal then sang O Ma Belle Rebelle (Baïf) by Charles Gounod, with Fabian Qamar on piano. Rachel Hakala then sang Vergin Tutt’amor (Pagans) by Francesco Durante, and was accompanied by Kristal Klemme on piano.
Following Hakala was Abigail Schneider, who switched things up by playing Divertimento in B-flat on her clarinet. Schneider’s piece was lively and fun to listen to. Siera Elaine Ramirez was next to perform, singing Star vicino. Thomas Pibal played the part of the piano. Next, YorihiotIitaka sang a song called I attempt from Love’s Sickness from The Indian Queen by Henry Purcell, with Kristal Klemme playing the piano. Tia Pribbernow then sang Lachen und Weinen by Franz Schubert, with Dr. Arthur Johnson on the piano. Fabian Qamar followed by playing Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in G Major by Georg Philipp Telemann on his viola, the only stringed instrument present
for the recital. Thomas Pibal accompanied him on the piano. The next student to perform was Ben Johnston, who sang Le Violette (Morselli) by Alessandro Scarlatti, with Kristal Klemme playing the piano. The last performer was Brittany Beckmann, who ended the recital on a high note, both literally and metaphorically, by singing Angus Dei from Mass in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, with Dr. Arthur Johnson on the piano. The recital was well-received by the audience, who was enthusiastic about every piece that was performed. It was clear that the musicians worked hard on their performances, and in the end this hard work had paid off.
Christmas at Lakeland sparks holiday spirit By Katie Amundsen
Frauenchor (women’s choir), who were conducted by Lani
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he Lakeland College Music Department held their annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 1 and on Sunday, Dec. 2 as a part of the Christmas at Lakeland 2012 celebration. The Concert Band, Frauenchor, and Concert Choirs all performed. President Grandillo welcomed the concert-goers, and he was followed by the students in the Concert Band, who were the first to perform. They started out with a vibrant march called Amparito Roca which was composed by Jaime Texidor. Among their other songs, the audience particularly liked the Muskie Combo’s rendition of We Three Kings. The Muskie Combo is a jazz group consisting of six members: Kyle Stowers on trumpet, Malcolm Blakley on alto saxophone, Jared Ertman on trombone, Thomas Pibal on drums, Andrew Kay on piano, and Cody Linder on bass. After this, the Concert Band came together for one last spirited Christmas melody, entitled A Christmas Festival, which featured a blend of many classic Christmas tunes. After the Concert Band’s chairs were cleared away and replaced with rows of risers for the singers, all members of the choirs proceeded to the stage while singing Personent Hodie, which was arranged by Lara Hoggard. This part of the performance was very dramatic. Next to perform was the
song they sang was the Hawaiian tune Mele Kalikimaka. The audience
this, and they were conducted by Janet L. Herrick, with Dr. Arthur
An artistic interpretation of the Lakeland College Concert Choir’s singing of “Silent Night” by Caitlyn Bailey and Michelle Fromm
Knutson, along with the piano accompaniment of Dr. Olga M. Rua. Their third song, I Wonder as I Wander, was particularly beautiful, and it featured the mezzo-soprano soloist Kimmie Singer. The last
couldn’t help but laugh when the women pulled leis out of their folders to wear throughout the performance of the song. The members of the Concert Choir returned to the stage after
T. Johnson accompanying them on the piano. The first two songs they sang were classic Christmas songs: O Come, All Ye Faithful and Deck the Halls, but it was after these that it became apparent who the
star of the show would be. Senior Cody Linder, bass baritone, sang a solo piece titled O Holy Night. He did a spectacular job and when he finished singing, he received a standing ovation from the audience. At this point, conductor Janet Herrick said a few words about the three seniors in the choir who will be leaving Lakeland after this semester: Gregor Wunderlich, Aaron Kraemer, and Linder. She spoke about each one of them in turn, and was even beginning to tear up. The choir ended with a rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas that was very enjoyable and funny because it had a nontraditional style that allowed it to switch between different songs, and included comic bits that the audience loved. After a Christmas blessing by Rev. Robert Sizemore, the Concert Choir finished the show by singing Silent Night. They ended as they had entered, walking down the aisles out into the audience. This time, however, they had lit candles in hand. Gregor Wunderlich, tenor, had a solo that was sung in German. When the concert was over, it was obvious that the audience was satisfied with the performances that day. The beginning of December is the perfect time to get into the Christmas spirit, and what better way than being serenaded with holiday songs from Lakeland’s musicians? The Lakeland College Christmas Concert did not disappoint.
Upcoming Arts & Entertainment Events January 10 Laser Tag Field House at 7 p.m. January 25 Senior Art Exhibition in Bradley Fine Arts Building at 4:30 p.m.
Funny February Comedians: February 5- Seaton Smith February 12- Chris James February 19- Samuel J. Comroe February 26- TBA **All Funny February events will be taking place in the Pub at 9 p.m.
February 19 Founders’ Day Lecture: Lillian Daniel- “When ‘Spirtual But Not Religious’ is Not Enough” in Bradley Fine Arts Building at 11 a.m.
March 1 Senior Art Exhibition #2 in Bradley Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m.
March 21 The Mystic Art of Tibet in Bradley Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. This event requires a ticket, which students may get in Nash.
Issue 5, December 6, 2012
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Inside Sports: Joel Frias By Brandon Rooker Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
he Lakeland College wrestling program is at the beginning of what they hope will be another successful season. With a roster full of talent, one of the main leaders of the group is senior Joel Frias. “Joel brings experience, support, and encouragement to our young team,” said Head Wrestling Coach Michael DeRoehn. Frias’ teammates agree with this statement and add other merits to his leadership. “Joel is a great leader. He led our captain’s practices during the off season by giving us tough workouts to do. During the season, he fills his leadership role by doing all the right things and leading by example. He also gives us good pep-talks after the practice to help motivate us as a team,” said teammate Grant Franson. Frias, who attended high school at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, began
wrestling as a freshman at Richards. He credits his brothers, Jacob and Robby, as his greatest influences in the sport. In Frias’ younger years at Lakeland, all three Frias boys were a part of the wrestling program in one way or another. “Having my brother Robby as a teammate and my other brother [Jacob] coaching us during my sophomore year at Lakeland [is my greatest college wrestling memory],” Frias said. Frias is a team player in every sense of the phrase. He recalls his proudest accomplishment as his team winning conference last season. “Overcoming early season losses and coming back to win conference as a team last season [was my greatest accomplishment],” Frias said. What is Frias’ secret to being a great wrestler? Frias credits his brothers and a certain former teammate of his that many Lakeland wrestling fans should remember. “[I don’t pattern my wrestling
style after] any wrestler in particular, but certain aspects of my style have been influenced by my brothers and former teammate Ryan Renon,” Frias said, noting his greatest strength in wrestling is his hand fighting. Frias is a Criminal Justice major. He plans on acquiring a job in the field after graduation; however, he does not intend to leave wrestling behind. “I plan on pursuing a career in Law Enforcement,” Frias said. “And hopefully volunteering as a high school wrestling coach.” Though excited about the future, Frias will miss certain aspects about Lakeland both as a school and as the place where he wrestled. “[I will miss my] Zeta Chi fraternity brothers and all the support they’ve given me during my years at Lakeland,” Frias said. “[As far as wrestling,] I will miss the close bond I have with all of my teammates and going to battle with them on a daily basis.” Frias will not be the only nostalgic individual after he
wrestles his final season at Lakeland College, both Coach DeRoehn and his teammates will be saddened to see him go. “I will miss our talks in my
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office,” DeRoehn said. “He often stops by to chat about wrestling and life and it’s great to know we can share what’s on our mind.” “I will miss his work ethic and leadership both on and off the mat,” Franson said.
Though the future is arriving soon, Frias’ senior season is still in its infancy. Nonetheless, Frias has great expectations for himself and his teammates. “For the team, I am expecting to win another conference championship,” Frias said. “Individually, my goals are to become an All-American, as well as an Academic All-American.” “I expect Joel to do everything in his power to reach his goals,” DeRoehn said of his own expectations for Frias this season. “If he follows through on giving his best effort, win or lose, he is a success.” Despite anything that has or will happen in his lifetime, Frias has always and will always love the sport of wrestling, an activity he feels helps him in many avenues of life, even off the mat. “I love wrestling because it has taught me valuable life lessons,” Frias said. “Such as discipline, responsibility, and accountability, which I use in other aspects of my life.”
Megan Derse’s Kenya service Education major reveals big post-graduation plans By Brittany Beckmann
Associate Professor of Education Dr. Homstad supports Derse’s ideas and goals. “It’s egan Derse, an interesting for people to take what elementary education they are learning and see them do major from Sheboygan, something with it,” Homstad says. has made post-graduation plans Her entire family is planning to move to Kenya and start a to go with her. Derse’s dad, who preschool with her mother after is a doctor, will be working in her anticipated graduation in the medical clinic spring 2014. Derse, there. Derse will a transfer student return in May from Concordia to finish her University and UWdegree. Unlike Sheboygan, came to her parents, Derse Lakeland College last doesn’t know if spring to finish her she will live in education. Kenya long term. The idea to start “I’m going to a preschool came to wait and see what them last October happens with when the Derse involvement in family traveled to Oasis for Orphans, Kenya to help their to see if there is an sponsor child, Mikal, opportunity for which led to them me to teach there also rescuing his part-time or fullsister, Gladys. The DERSEM@LAKELAND.EDU time,” Derse says. sponsorship is made Megan Derse poses with a child. “The organization possible by Oasis for program that will help the is growing; they opened up one Orphans, an organization whose younger children at the home more children’s home this year goals include rescuing orphaned prepare for their upcoming years and they have a couple more children and helping them to of schooling,” Derse says. “In sites they’re looking at in Kenya develop physically, spiritually, academically, and socially so Kenya, an education is something to open up children’s homes. they may grow into contributing that not many people have the So, the organization is growing; members and leaders of their opportunity to pursue. Therefore, their need for employees is also education is valued.” growing, so it’s hard to say where countries. Needless to say, the preschool their needs are going to be in two The Oasis for Orphans will serve as an important aspect years when I graduate.” organization has schools set up in these children’s lives. In Nevertheless, as far as her for children in grades first through addition to her work with the trip in January is concerned, Derse ninth, but nothing for the younger preschool, Derse also plans on couldn’t be more excited, “I love children. Beginning in January, increasing her involvement with each one of those kids so much Derse will take a break from school the sponsorship program through and I cannot wait to spend five for a semester to go to Kenya and Oasis for Orphans. months with them.” start the preschool with her mom, Staff Reporter email@example.com
who has her degree in education. “I’m going to be head of the sponsorship program,” Derse says. She also plans on helping with the communication between sponsor families in the United States and the kids in Kenya. “We are going to be working together to create a preschool
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Issue 5, December 6, 2012
Four Lakeland wrestlers finish at MSOE invite By Josh Schartner Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
akeland’s 141 pound freshman Marcus McCaulley finished fourth in his weight bracket on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) invitational.
Lakeland finished ninth out of eleven teams with a team score of 44 points in the meet. McCaulley dropped his first match before winning four straight matches in his weight class in the wrestle back bracket. McCaulley then lost the third place match against Mason Bohm of the University of
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Wisconsin Platteville. Sophomore Matt Weber won his first match before falling one match short of the third place match at 157 lbs, taking fifth in his bracket. He battled back to beat Thomas Dahlke of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in a 3-1 decision.
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Sophomore Jeremy Kroeger won three of his five matches at 197 lbs, finishing strong with 5-1 decision over Abe Graziano of UW-Platteville to take fifth place. Andy Crivellone, also a Sophmore, finished 3-2 in his season debut at 285 lbs, winning his final match in exciting fashion,
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pinning Zac Oranger of Concordia University of Wisconsin in 42 seconds to take fifth place. Lakeland competes in its final match before winter break on Saturday, Dec. 8 travelling to Naperville, Illinois, for the North Central College invitational at 9 a.m.
Women’s Basketball’s early season woes By Alec Noa
Staff Reporter Noaa@lakeland.edu
akeland College women’s basketball team started their week off on Nov. 28 against Concordia University Wisconsin. The Muskies dropped the contest 72-57. Committing 20 turnovers in the game, the Muskies were simply unable to
get any type of momentum going in their favor. Top scorer was Becky Mayo, who dominated inside the paint with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakeland College women’s basketball team looked to gain some momentum against Benedictine University on Dec. 1, but came up short and ultimately dropped the contest 49-38. The
Muskies were unable to get any kind of offense going as they only shot 29.2 percent for the game. The loss put the Muskies to a 1-5 overall record and a 1-1 conference record. The Muskies’ only win of the season is over Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and they have lost three games in a row since. The Muskies started off cold
when Benedictine went on an 11-3 run, but were able to rebound and take the lead 18-16 going into the half. The second half was not a successful one for the Muskies, finding themselves shut out in the last three minutes and ultimately dropping the game. Muskie stand-outs were Taylor Jandrin who had eight points and Leah Eisner who
Men’s Basketball dominant in early season By Alec Noa
Staff Reporter Noaa@lakeland.edu
he Lakeland College men’s basketball team took on conference foe Edgewood College in their home opener. This game was a rematch from last year’s conference finals in which Edgewood beat Lakeland to take the title. This time Lakeland wasn’t having any of that, taking it to Edgewood and upping the
tempo the entire game. After a game filled with cheers and suspense, the Muskies prevailed 79-65, remaining undefeated in conference play. Stand-out player was senior Jake Schwarz who had 23 points in the second half to lead the Muskies to sweet victory. The Muskies looked to maintain perfection when they took on Benedictine on Dec. 1. The Muskies achieved their goal in taking down Benedictine 87-80.
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The win put the Muskies to a perfect 4-0 and 2-0 in conference play. The Muskies were led by Junior Justin Ward who scored a noteworthy 32 points. The Muskies shot for 57 percent in the impressive performance on the road. The recent outstanding performances by Schwarz and Ward are par for the course thus far in the season. In his first four games, Schwarz has averaged 25.3 points per game while grabbing
8.8 rebounds per contest. Ward has also been more than productive, averaging 20.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per a game. In addition, sophomore Joey Burris has contributed 18.8 points while adding 3.0 rebounds per contest. The Muskies look to extend their winning streak at home on Dec. 4 when they take on Concordia University Wisconsin at 7 p.m.
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scored seven points and had seven rebounds for the Muskies. The Muskies look to rebound at home on Dec. 4 against Alverno college.
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Joe the Rooskie meets a chick First snow of the year introduces Joe to excitement By Amanda Smith Staff Reporter email@example.com
awoke one morning to a world that had changed over night. Everything was covered in a light, powdery snow; it was so bright that it hurt my eyes. I wanted to go out and explore, but I had to wait to be let out by Dr. Grandillo. When I was finally let out, I jumped down onto the plowed driveway. The snow was still clean and white. I quickly ran into the tallest drift I could find, but it was deeper than I expected because the snow promptly covered me. Dr. Grandillo, who was watching me from the house’s doorway, came to my rescue. He set me down on the driveway and lectured me. “You can get lost in the snow,” he said. “Be careful today.” I tried to look sorry but all I wanted to do was go play. Dr. Grandillo gave me my breakfast and left for a meeting at WAK. After finishing eating quickly,
I took off for the snow again. That made me so mad, since I’m going to have a lot of fun today, This time I found a smaller drift, I’m sure that I’m not the first to I thought. I just need a playmate. so I dove in, but went too far. I go sliding into a snowdrift on I looked around for someone smacked my head on the solid accident. I wanted to go after him to play with me and saw someground and came up with a beak but decided that it wasn’t worth thing in the football field. After infull of snow and a sore noggin. vestigating, I discovered that it I shook myself off and headed was a chicken. She was white toward the pond, but the pond with black marks. My day had wasn’t completely frozen yet. just gotten better. I hope that she Where might there be ice? I wants to hang out, I thought. thought. Then I remembered “Hello,” I said, feeling shy. the pond next to the football “What’s your name?” field. I quickly headed over “It’s Sam,” she said brightbut I didn’t realize the road ly. “What’s your name?” was still slippery. As I ran into “Joe,” I said. “Do you live the road, my feet went sliding around here?” until I skidded into the bank “Yeah, I live nearby and I on the other side. come to the woods every day,” Unfortunately, the bank I she said. “Do you live here?” slid into was deep and I com“Yeah, I’m the President’s pletely disappeared again. rooster.” JOHNSONT@LAKELAND.EDU Someone must have been “That is so cool. So, are watching me because, all of a Joe the Rooskie you famous?” sudden, two hands reached “I’m well known by the into the snow bank and wiped the it. students, if that counts.” snow away from me. Instead of walking, I flew to “That is so awesome. Want to I really need to remember that it is the pond where I discovered that hang out?” icy out, I thought. it was frozen, and also noticed “Sure,” I said, thinking about The student left, but I could that the woods nearby had many how lucky I was to be spending see that he was laughing at me. places to explore. the day with such a pretty chick-
en. “We should go check out the pond.” As we headed over, I suddenly said, “Race you!” We took off, and I was winning until I hit a bump in the ice. I went flying into a snow bank for the third time that day. Sam was laughing at me as I freed myself from the snow. “Nice landing,” she said. “It is better than what you could’ve done,” I stammered, feeling embarrassed. She disagreed, so she tried to do what I had just done. I had to admit that she was more graceful than I was, but I wasn’t going to tell her that. We spent the rest of the day together in the woods. She headed home as the sun started to set with a promise of coming back tomorrow. I headed home feeling incredibly happy. Tomorrow promised to be another fun-filled day with a chicken that just might become my girlfriend.
Burks heading to Green Bay By Brandon Rooker Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
he Green Bay Packers’ running game has been stuttering all season. This week, Coach McCarthy and General Manager Thompson decided to do something about it. Their answer: Lakeland College’s leading rusher, Kendrick Burks. Burks ran for 647 yards on 182 attempts, netting a 3.6 yard average for the Muskies this season. This compares with Green Bay’s leading rusher, Alex Green, who has 360 yards on 109 carries (a 3.3 yard average) since taking over for the injured Cedric Benson earlier this season. Burks, a sophomore from Pontiac, Michigan, has not been out of high school long enough to be eligible for the NFL (NFL rules state a player must be at least three years out of high school). This was a concern for Green Bay until Linebacker Clay Matthews put together his own little swat team to force the commissioner to make an exception. In the cover of night, Matthews, along with teammates
Jerel Worthy, Tramon Williams, and special dance captain extraordinaire B.J. Raji, broke into
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Kendrick Burks, Lakeland College’s half back, and possible future player for the Green Bay Packers.
Commissioner Roger Goodel’s Long Island vacation home and made him waive the age restriction on Burks. They also forced the commissioner to create a one team, one pick draft in order to obtain Burks from the NCAA. “Basically, we held his Hello Kitty collection next to a lighter and threatened to burn it,” said Matthews on how the Packer Special Forces were able to
persuade the commissioner. My first words were ‘Go great players, including Aaron “We also had to grant him Lions!’ This is horrible. At least I’m Rodgers, will not be able to two-months free lessons of how making money.” be resigned due to salary cap to do the Raji dance,” limitations. But Matthews said. that is the price “I really didn’t we are willing to want to teach him my pay for this young dance,” added Raji. man. He’s got “White people always loads of talent.” screw up dance moves. “Also, I Channing Tatum is the didn’t like Aaron only white boy who Rodgers anyway. can dance. I mean, did Whenever I you see Step Up? That wear my salmon boy has moves.” shirt he always After all of the makes fun of Packers’ hard work, me and calls it Burks was informed pink. There’s a that he would be huge difference headed to Green Bay between pink PHOTO FROM ZIMBIO.COM to practice with the and salmon. Clay Matthews jumps on teammate BJ Raji in celebration after the Packers land Burks. Packers. I know from He will suit up talking to Burks and play when the team The Packers expected Burks’ that he knows the difference,” plays Detroit, Burks’s negativity when they found out Thompson said. hometown team (well, almost he was from Michigan, but they So, there you have it. Burks hometown). figured the money could persuade will be heading to Green Bay to be “This sucks,” Burks said of him to like Green Bay a little more. the Packers’ new running back of the opportunity. “I’ve grown up “We offered him seven the future. my entire life hating the Packers years, 210 million dollars,” said Perhaps great things will be and now I have to play for them Thompson. “Sure, we know that in store for Lakeland’s second against my Lions. Dude, I’ve been our salary is ruined for the next career NFL player. a Lions fan from the time I could seven years, that we are paying “Whoopdi-do” said Burks, “I walk. Burks so much money that many think I’ll demand a trade.”
The Mirror Flea Circus By Michelle Fromm Managing Editor email@example.com
he editorial staff of the Lakeland Mirror, finding themselves with extra time on their hands, decided to start a flea circus. Production Manager Sirin Avci’s dog has had a flea problem for the past week, making it the perfect opportunity to start the Mirror Flea Circus.
The Mirror’s editors and staff writers took it upon themselves to train the fleas in various acts. By the end of a three-day intensive training program, Sports Editor Brandon Rooker had trained his flea to do an acrobatic act with a three-headed pig with a mustache named Simon, who was actually a finger puppet that Rooker created. Copy Editor Leah Ulatowski trained her flea to ride on a
miniature stuffed elephant, which she pulled across a table top with a string. Ulatowski’s flea ran up and down the elephant’s back as it moved. Managing Editor Michelle Fromm and
Editor in Chief Stephanie Rebek trained a group of fleas to do some complex acrobatics together, including some impressive launches from a miniature trampoline. Unfortunately, the fleas were lost one night after a training session. The staff suspects that the housekeeping staff may have exterminated the small circus.