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THURSDAY, April 25, 2013

Underkofler Award presented

Frink, a humble professor, is suprised by receiving the award By Stephanie Rebek Editor-in-Chief

Leah writes about the importance of autism awareness month.

Tyler, The Creator

Does the exposure of dark thoughts in “Wolf” live up to the hype? Josh Meronek reviews the album.

Kid Cudi


tunned and honored, Dr. Brian Frink, associate professor of chemistry and physics, received the 2013 Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at the Honors Convocation this spring. “I am humbled by the fact that students think that I do a good job as well as my colleagues. I just try to do my best and so I didn’t expect to ever win any award,” said Frink. Dr. Elizabeth Stroot, division chair of social sciences and associate professor of psychology, presented the award to Frink. In introducing Frink as the winner, Stroot said, “He is a master not only of the subject matter, but a master at articulating the complexities of the discipline in clear and simple language.” Surprised to hear his name spoken at the end of Stroot’s speech, Frink explained, “When Dr. Stroot was speaking, you sit

there and you go, ‘Oh, I wish I did dents in his office or in the lounge ligent, straightforward, and givthat,’ or, ‘Man! I should be tak- located on the second floor of ing. ing notes, so I can be doing that Chase where he pushes students “There are very few professors in my classes.’ And that’s not just to think outside the box. I know who are willing to give as this time, it’s evmuch time and effort ery time you hear for as little reward that [introductory [as he gets],” said speech].” Biter in explaining Frink says, why Frink deserved “I don’t think we the Underkofler [faculty] really reAward. alize what we are However, Frink doing. You are just is not of the same doing it because it opinion as Biter. is the right thing “I truly don’t to be doing. It’s think the award is a what the student faculty award. Stuneeds at the time. dents deserve the You don’t think award. Without about how it is hard-working stuREBEKS@LAKELAND.EDU seen by your peers, dents, I would just Brian Frink sits in his office in Chase. by the student, or be standing up there by anybody else. You’re just doing Lindsay Biter, English and bi- [in front of class] making lots of it.” ology major, said, “I think he is an noise,” said Frink. According to Stroot, Frink outstanding teacher who devotes The plaque, however, is not teaches outside the classroom way too much of his time to help- what moved Frink the most. more frequently than he teaches ing students.” “What really touched me is inside the classroom. Nearly every Frink’s students describe him SEE UNDERKOFLER/PAGE 5 day, Frink interacts with his stu- as being relatable, prepared, intel-

Reaping threefold benefit of going trayless

No-meal trays promote earth-friendliness, economics, and health

By Michelle Fromm

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tudents in fall 2012 were among the first to try out the Lakeland cafeteria line without trays; now the ripple effects of the decision are producing a variety of benefits. The blue trays of Lakeland lunches past are gone. In the past, students were able to use the roomy trays to assist them in carrying a variety of plates, bowls, and cups to their tables. But this school year, students must carry all these items without trays, though they are still permitted to return for more food as many times as they like once their ID cards are swiped for the meal. Mark Wagner, director of dining services, and Joe Johnson, sous-chef, explained that renovations around Bossard Hall were being made as early as July 2012 in preparation for the elimination of trays from the main meal line. “We were one of the last colleges in the area that still used trays,” said Wagner. But, why the change? Can getting rid of trays in the cafeteria really make that much of a

difference? Dining Services is saving Lakeland quite a bit of money by keeping food waste down, as one might expect. They are also saving

environment is also significant. With fewer chemicals being used to wash dishes, the amount of waste water that has to be treated has gone down. But, water was not the only wasted resource prior to the decision to go trayless. “When a person puts [a lot of food] on a tray and only eats 50 percent of it, that is crossing the line,” said Wagner. W i t h o u t the trays, about one third of the FROMMM@LAKELAND.EDU cafeteria’s waste has Lakeland students carry plates and cups of food and drink as they leave been cut. Wagner the lunch line. says this means money when it comes to simply that about 85 to 100 pounds of washing dishes. food waste per day are no longer “We saved so much on finding their way into landfills, chemicals that go into washing all thanks to his simple idea of no dishes!” said Wagner. “We longer using trays in the main line. eliminated a fourth of our dishes.” The lack of trays is good for Over the course of the first the earth and good for Lakeland’s three months of going trayless, pocketbook, but it’s also good for Wagner says Dining Services the students’ stomachs. saved about $4,300 on chemicals, “They’re eating less, and dish detergent, and rinse agents. they’re eating better,” says Wagner But, Johnson added, “It of students after the switch. wasn’t just a [financial] cut.” The Though health was not among positive impact it is having on the the top goals for the initiative, the

effects on student health are now apparent. Johnson says that although he still observes students loading up their plates, “They just can’t hold it all.” Wagner has noticed a significant drop in students’ soda consumption and an increase in eating from the salad bar. He theorizes that when students come back for more food, the salad bar is closer, so students tend to take salad rather than go back into the main line to grab another dessert. Wagner says that he only had people come to him with problems for the first two weeks of going trayless, and after that his critics seemed to understand that the benefits outweighed the inconveniences, a truth which is even more apparent as we come to the close of the school year, noting that the cafeteria has gotten rid of an entire trash dumpster and now has a cardboard recycling dumpster in its place. But, Wagner humbly gives the credit to all the students who were willing to participate in the initiative. “I wholeheartedly say thank you to them for doing it,” said Wagner.



Issue 5, April 25, 2013

The Lakeland College


Historical archives relocated to new home By Amy Kumrow Staff Reporter


here sits an old clock in the president’s house on Lakeland’s campus. Everything has a history, and the clock is no exception. From a visitor’s angle, the grandfather clock looked pristine, but hidden from sight was a charred wooden panel. By the late 1960’s, Lakeland’s campus had started remodeling after the split with United Theological Seminary. Such changes included switching wooden furniture to steel and plastic. Most individual desks were replaced with tables. Some classrooms in Old Main, however, still house the old furniture. Maintenance was asked to store the old furniture but no longer had a barn for storage due to a fire. The solution was to use the parking lot behind William A. Krueger Hall (WAK) (formerly Jubilee Hall) to build large bonfires and burn the old furniture. The charred remains were bulldozed and taken to the landfill. According to Allen Wangemann, former professor of biology, maintenance even saved broken furniture through the year for homecoming bonfires. Faculty at the time were also required to furnish their offices. Reverend David Lauer, new to the college in 1968, pulled out six chairs and a desk from a burn pile before the next bonfire. “The only danger was losing historical pieces from the school,” Lauer said. The rescuer of the clock remains anonymous, but the pres-

ervation of Lakeland’s history had begun. “We probably would have lost everything without Catherine Krueger [wife of former president William Krueger],” Lauer said. “About the middle of the 70’s, she started grabbing everything she could find from the school [down to] the smallest coat hanger.” “She believed that we needed to recognize our history and that

Hall (formerly North Hall). Under former president Michael A. Grandillo, an archives committee was created in December 2012. Members include Crawford; Lisa Vihos, director of alumni relations; Rick Dodgson, assistant professor of history; Richard Wixon, associate professor of history and political science; Krista Feinberg, associate professor of history, and Pam Engebret-


In the early years of the college, jars were taken to local churches to be filled with food for the men of Mission House.

we needed a museum,” Lucretia Crawford, associate professor of English, said. Many of these artifacts were taken out for display in the 2012 Sesquicentennial celebration. Krueger filled the top floor of Nash Admission Building (formerly president’s house), then moved everything to the basement of WAK where a museum was created. Wangemann took over as curator in 1997 when Krueger retired. When the college needed the basement space for faculty and staff in 2007, the contents of the museum were boxed up and stored in the basement of Brotz

son, assistant professor of general studies and director of academic advising. “Grandillo called us all together and said ‘I am giving you the house on Prof Drive as long as you agree to move everything from Brotz by the end of January,’” Crawford said. The timing coordinated with Lakeland’s decision to move IT to the basement of Brotz Hall. Dating back to 1862, the house on Prof Drive is the oldest house on campus and was originally located where the WAK building is today. Crawford’s Core 1B class helped move the boxes for their

community service project. “Right now the house is stuffed,” Crawford said. Big furniture is housed on the first floor and the second floor has rooms of papers and books. The attic is relatively empty except for a collection of old typewriters, which are a remnant of when Lakeland bought Sheboygan Business College in anticipation of new instructor Professor J. Garland Schilcutt in 1958. Crawford and Vihos started sorting through the items over Spring Break. “This is a huge endeavor,” Joe Beniger, manager of facilities and grounds, said. “There are so many artifacts, pictures, and writings. It will take time to go through all of these, sort accordingly, and display in a reasonable manner. “The real challenge when talking about archives is what you keep and what do you not keep, because you can’t save everything,” Dan Eck, interim president, said. “You have to focus your resources on the most important things.” Help from an archivist is needed, and Vihos has begun looking for outside help. Vihos hopes that under the supervision of an archivist, the endeavor might be a great opportunity for a students as practitioners (SAP) project or student internships. “For a college that has such a long history, it’s a no-brainer to have a place on campus where you showcase the history,” Vihos said. “This little house is perfect.”

Students & faculty seek Trustees’ answers By Michelle Fromm Managing Editor and

Leah Ulatowski

Copy Editor


ith former president Dr. Michael Grandillo’s and former athletic director Kellen Winslow’s resignations over a month past, students and faculty alike are still struggling to sort through a deluge of emotions and questions that have arisen since March 12 when Grandillo’s resignation was announced over Spring Break. Recently a group of trustees from Lakeland’s Board of Trustees came to visit and speak with students and faculty to address their concerns. The main question that has been in many people’s minds is: What did Robert Melzer, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, mean when he said, “In the end, the trustees and Dr. Grandillo differed philosophically on a number of decisions”? Melzer’s statement claiming differing philosophies was sent in an informational email that went out to all Lakeland College students on March 14. Paul White, director of the Hayssen Academic Resource Cen-

ter and assistant professor of general studies, attended a meeting the Trustees held with faculty on April 2. When asked whether he had any further insight into the nature of the philosophical differences, White said, “Not really. I think Bob Melzer mentioned a few things, but those were very general sorts of things. ...

team. ... But that’s just an example. I think that’s just one piece of it.” When the Trustees met with students later that day in an open forum setting, Melzer discussed Grandillo’s emphasis on speed and second connects as well. “Second connects are things that you do outside of the classroom that are a part of your [college] experience,” said Melzer.


Chairperson Robert Melzer fields students’ questions alongside other members of the Board of Trustees.

“They did provide some examples in the context of the faculty and staff meeting. The one example that stuck in my mind…had to do with some of the very rapid expansion of athletic programs and the decision to pull back a little bit from a women’s bowling

Upon hearing about the speed with which Grandillo was pursuing the improvement of second connects, one student at the open forum asked, “Do you think that he maybe had reason to think that he had to move quickly?” Melzer replied, “I guess it’s

really a difference of perception. The search committee and the Board of Trustees have been at the school for a long time. We have a sense of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. “We have an understanding of the future needs of the school and in our analysis we’re not debating whether there’s a need for includement (sic) or a need for change. “But in our estimation, we wanted to do this in a prudent fashion, as opposed to Dr. Grandillo who arrived at the scene, and he looked at the facts, and he reached a conclusion that there was a need for quick action, and in his mind he came up with the expression of being ‘nimble, quick, and entrepreneurial.’ “We’re not against being nimble. We’re not against being quick. We’re not against being entrepreneurial, but we want to do it in a proper fashion. “Based on what we know about education, about the school, and about the local community, we did not see an alignment between the actions that he thought were appropriate at this time.” SEE TRUSTEES/PAGE 5

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Issue 5, April 25, 2013

Student morale down post-resignation


ith the still too recent resignation of President Grandillo, Lakeland has been left with a loss of direction. The Board of Trustees and others who are aware of what happened are not being completely open with students, making these students feel confused and out of the loop. The problem with the behavior of these higher-ups is that it leaves people wondering and also makes them question why something is being hidden. However, it is not solely the loss of our president that is so confusing for students, faculty, and staff. A large number of people have decided to leave Lakeland as of late for a variety of reasons— Dr. Michael Grandillo, Kellen Winslow, Dr. Russell and Megan Pettitt, Alicia Helion, Brittaney

Prosser, Dawn Hogue, and others who say that they may leave in the near future for their own reasons. Even Musko the Muskie can’t seem to stay the same, as we saw when our beloved crocodileshaped fish mascot left us to be replaced by a new mascot that looks a bit more like a swollen shark. Where is Lakeland going from here? What is happening? Why are so many people suddenly leaving? These are the questions that come to mind when looking back on this semester. It makes you wonder if the chemistry department put something in our water that is repelling people. But in all seriousness, Lakeland has, in these past weeks, become more like the United States government in that there are secrets that will more than likely never be revealed to the students, secrets that students are dying to

know. Now, we are not saying that Lakeland is not trying to communicate with students about what happened, because that would not be accurate. What we are saying, though, is that the Board of Trustees and higher-ups around campus think it is for the better to keep students in the dark on certain issues. Not only do students pay significant amounts of money to come to Lakeland, but Lakeland has also become a community and a home for many students and faculty. For many of us, all of our best friends are here, and oftentimes our professors can feel more like our grandparents and parents than our real grandparents and parents back home who we may not see as often. The point is, we are united as a Lakeland family, and when one

family member leaves unexpectedly, we feel we should know exactly why. A lot of vague phrases and wandering speculations have been thrown around lately, and it has all been very professional, but that is not what a body of closely-knit students and faculty are looking for. We are looking for a real heart-to-heart conversation, a reminder that the powers that be still care. Obviously, Lakeland is going to take care of the students, faculty, and staff during this time of transition, but the majority of students still perceive Lakeland as “falling by the wayside.” What is causing Lakeland to “crumble”? We don’t know, but hopefully we as a community will be able to come together and advance again really soon.

Letter to the Editor: Condom Machines Dear Editor:

I believe some clarification is necessary in response to the Editorial and the Letter to the Editor regarding condom machines in the bathrooms at Lakeland. During a section of PSYS 221 Sexuality, students formed small groups and engaged in Student-asPractitioner activities. Students were allowed to select any topic

related to contraception for their project. The group of students who selected “condom machines in bathrooms” interviewed officials at other college campuses in the area to learn of their policies regarding the availability of contraception. They contacted businesses to learn the price of the machines. The students in this group gathered evidence to support their

belief that the current availability of condoms on our campus could be improved. At no time did this group of students suggest that condoms were more important than, say, scholarships. The journalist who wrote the original article was simply trying to report a story about the work of a group of students at Lakeland College. I applaud the students in this


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By Stephanie Rebek Editor-in-Chief and

Michelle Fromm

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lettuce was not helping. For one entreé, we ordered a bacon cheeseburger. Well, what did we expect? A sloppy little sandwich with some crispy bacon thrown in. And that is exactly what we received. It was alright, but when one goes out to eat at a restaurant, one expects something more of that meal—the “it” factor. This burger did not have the “it” factor. It is fine for the simple diner for a simple meal, but it’s hardly worth the drive out there. Opting for a more healthy option next, we ordered ourselves a

n our quest to find good ol’ American fare, we stopped FROMMM@LAKELAND.EDU at a classic burger joint that Onion rings are the perfect fat-filled side to counteract the lean turkey burger with tomato and lettuce on not only offered a variety of ways a whole wheat bun. to eat greasy ground beef patties, turkey burger, which we discov- much that can go wrong. They but also a selection of creamy, ered is a pairing of words that was were salty and perfectly fried. hand-scooped milkshakes and— never meant to be. Not only was But even if they were a bit on the you guessed it—the all-American the turkey dry, but it tasted nei- crunchy side, we wouldn’t have apple pie, this time in turnover ther like turkey nor like burger. minded because curly fries are form, but still just as classically It left me feeling quite hungry af- simply flawless. American. ter eating the But onion rings, as we’ve menWe ordered whole thing in tioned in the past, can have their a nice little numjust a couple of faults. In this case, the fault of the ber for our appeminutes. But onion rings was an overwhelming tizer: a barbeque that’s what crunch. The coating was overlychicken wrap. you get for be- thick and over-cooked. Do you Unfortunately, ing healthy, like biting into slices of PVC pipe? the presentation isn’t it? Yes? Then you would have loved was simply awSo our these onion rings. ful. The wrap arnext move For dessert, we ordered rived, lukewarm, was to add on two—very cheap—apple turnin a wrinkled sides of curly overs. They had a crispy, flakey paper wrapper, fries and onion outside with warm and gooey which happened rings. Now, center. The cinnamon did not to be the only curly fries are overpower the apple. But the apthing holding hard to mess ples were still rather tart. Howtogether this up. You season ever, the place you could taste the mess of a tortithem with that cheapness was when you realized lla snack.It was FROMMM@LAKELAND.EDU magical curly just how little filling your tongue entirely unappetizing to look A juicy burger with crisp bacon and a side of seasoned curly potato fries sits in front of a barbeque chicken fry seasoning, was actually finding inside that and there’s not little bread-like pocket. at, and the wilted wrap and a plate of apple turnovers with a soda and chocolate milkshake to wash it all down.

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The shake was smooth. It had a nice balance of chocolate and creamy ice cream. It was like a beautiful, chocolatey iceberg upon which adorable little penguins might have huddled, had they been small enough. Though the shake was impressive, we did have to agree with the evaluation that Hardee’s gave itself: one big star painted on the outside of the big, beige building.

STARS: 1 out of 5, as their logo suggests. ATMOSPHERE: A separate room was available for parties, possibly an ex-playland. The main seating area was average in quality and too high in quantity to make the small space comfortable. SERVICE: Patient and efficient, though in a machine-like way. DRINKS: We recommend the hand-scooped chocolate milkshake. PRICES: Not too bad until you factor in food quality.


Issue 5, April 25, 2013


The Lakeland College


Recently tenured Helion says farewell to Lakeland By Josh Meronek Staff Reporter


r. Alicia Helion said that a sense of longing to be closer to her family and to become more active in the public health field was behind her decision to leave Lakeland College. “The decision to leave was not an easy or quick one,” Helion said. “I had been thinking about it for many years, but over a few weeks in March, it just hit me like a ton of bricks that this was the time. It was not going to get any easier to make the change.” Helion has been a psychology professor at Lakeland College since she joined the faculty in 2007. During her time at Lakeland she has not only been a professor, but also has done much traveling worldwide trying to cut down disparities in health care both domestically and internationally. Feeling that her ambitions and heart are moving on, Helion is going onto the next chapter of her life. Graduate assistant football coach Joey O’Brien said, “Helion

was a very personable professor that exemplified the mission of Lakeland College through her dedication to the students. She was a professor that I could rely on. It really makes me sad to hear that she is leaving Lakeland.” Helion comes from a small town in South Dakota and grew up in an area that consisted of less than 300 people. From these beginnings, Helion worked her way up the academic ladder. Originally taking college classes to earn a promotion, she was inspired by a captivating advisor to go onto bigger and better things. She succeeded in academics, earning a master’s degree in psychology at Brown University (2003) and her Ph.D. in health/social psychology at UWMilwaukee (2007). To understand Helion, you must understand her strong moral beliefs that drive her to work towards medical equality. She is strongly driven to work toward a world where everyone has accessible healthcare and believes that this problem is much more common than most people assume.

she has traveled to several remote areas of Africa to help give HIV workshops that addressed several different topics such as prevention, nutrition, and how to deal with the stress of living with HIV. Other nations she has visited include Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Cambodia, and South Korea. Following her extensive time at Lakeland, Helion has a large range of possibilities in her future. She is looking to make a large impact in the public health LAKELAND.EDU sector and is working Associate professor Alicia Helion for the betterment of up when I think about the lack everyone. In the next few years she plans of access to healthcare some people experience or the lack of to work directly with several nonknowledge that prevents people profit organizations in Africa or from getting proper care. It’s to earn a master’s degree in Public happening in Africa, but it’s also Health. Dr. Elizabeth Stroot, division happening in our own backyard.” Helion has spent much time chair of social sciences and traveling the world for a multitude associate professor of psychology, of reasons. In the past few years said, “It is really courageous of Helion said, “I’m very passionate about health disparities—I get really fired

[Helion] to be moving on and pursuing her dreams. I have no doubt that she will find a place where she fits in perfectly. She will dearly be missed as both a coworker and a friend.” Helion is sad to leave Lakeland, but she believes that this is the best decision for her. The toughest part about this split was that Helion really loved Lakeland and put forth a great amount of effort to assist any student needing help. This sense of dedication drove her to have close relationships with students. Anne Garvery, a former student of Helion, said, “She was an inspiration. Her personality was full of passion and wit. She helped change how I looked at psychology. I really enjoyed the bond that I had with her as a professor, an inspirational figure, and as a human being.” Stroot said that while the psychology department is changing, the requirements to graduate will still be the same. In the future they will look to change some of the curriculum based on the new professors’ areas of research and interests.

Brittaney Prosser decides to leave Lakeland By Amanda Smith Staff Reporter


rittaney Prosser, residence hall director of Arthur M. Krueger Hall, bids farewell to Lakeland after three years. She came to Lakeland in 2010 because she liked the campus size and environment. “Everyone was laid back and extremely friendly. I felt I would fit in well,” Prosser said. “It was a great decision to come here.” Prosser will be leaving after May Term because she plans to finish the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the summer. She is interested in a career in the corporate business area. According to Kathleen “KC” Blahnik, residence hall director of Muhlmeier Hall, and Jim Bajczyk, director of residence life, Prosser’s strengths include communicating

energetic, and going above and beyond to form bonds with RAs and residents. “She’s got a very big heart, she’s approachable, [and] she’s available,” said Bajczyk. “[Prosser] is a very selfless, caring person who loves to help others,” said Jenny Kjin, sophomore, communicaJOHNSONT@LAKELAND.EDU tion and nonprofit manageBrittaney Prosser and her dog, Blitz, on the Sheboygan beach. ment major with residents and resident assisand RA of Krueger. “You can tants (RAs), being creative, being always see [Prosser] walking

through campus with a smile on her face, ready to assist in any way possible.” Prosser also made some improvements to Lakeland College. One change was that she started office hours for the RAs at Krueger in spring semester of 2011 and encouraged other halls to follow suit. The traditional halls started doing office hours the following year. Prosser has also improved the atmosphere of Krueger Hall, according to students residing there. “Her presence has inspired the safe, home feeling that we have in the building today,” said Anna Faust, junior, education major, and RA of Krueger. When asked what she will miss most about Lakeland, Prosser’s first response was the people because they made the job enjoyable, exciting, and rewarding. She will also miss the

annual Spring Break trips with Habitat for Humanity. Blahnik and Prosser worked together for the three years that Prosser held her position as residence hall director. According to Blahnik, their personalities complimented each other, which allowed them to balance ideas and play off of one another’s strengths. For Blahnik personally, the goodbye is bittersweet. “I’m excited for her because she’s going to be done with her master’s, but at the same time it’s hard to see her go… she’s been a lot of fun to work with,” said Blahnik. “I wish her the best of luck.” According to Bajczyk, the position for Krueger Hall director has not yet been filled, but Prosser should have a replacement by the beginning of next year. To the students who have gotten to know her, she will be missed.

Senior from Kenya triumphs over bullying By Leah Ulatowski Copy Editor


n her life, Laurine Achieng has been both the victim of tremendous adversity and the recipient of matchless opportunity. Born in Kenya, Achieng lost both her parents at the age of 7 and was separated from her older brother and sister as she bounced between several relatives’ homes. Circumstances certainly seemed bleak, but Achieng went on to attend boarding school and became the institution’s top student. Through Lakeland College and

the Zawadi Africa Organization, Achieng was given the opportunity to study abroad and become the promising accounting and international business major that she is today. Unfortunately, the initial transition was more difficult than she anticipated. “I feel like people go through a lot in life and often times they don’t let others see what they are going through, but I think it’s important to know that they are not alone,” Achieng said of the decision to share her story. It is clear to see that talking about her trials and triumphs is extremely hard for the Lakeland senior. She is able to smile through


Senior Laurine Achieng hopes her story will encourage others

the tears and retain composure with the knowledge that her courage might inspire others in similar circumstances. “When I got accepted to come here, I thought all my major life challenges were over just to realize that coming not only opened the door to opportunity but also new challenges—those that I wasn’t mentally prepared to handle,” Achieng said. According to Achieng, the Zawadi Africa Organization was a blessing in that it helped her adapt to the basic trials of culture shock and minority status, but nothing could prepare her for the verbal


News Lakelanders give a piece of their cultures The Lakeland College


By Amanda Smith Staff Reporter


onight you’re going to take a trip around the world without ever having to leave Sheboygan County,” Jen Siebert, director of international programs, said. Indeed, it was a night around the world with 26 countries being represented on Lakeland’s annual International Night event. The hosts of the evening were Alex Dudek from Japan and James Trazile from Haiti. They introduced the acts, but it was hard to understand them at times because of the sound system. They did try to keep the crowd entertained during the slow transitions and technical difficulties, but it seemed they were unsure how to do so at times. The night started with a short performance by the Greek life groups on campus. They performed a dance to the Harlem Shake. Some of the people were wearing masks. CJ Chen then sang a song in Chinese. Latin America was the next stop on the trip around the world with a mix of dances. There was also a storyline developing during the performances. The story was about passion, infidelity, power, and comedy. Traditional and modern African dances were performed next. A group of women performed a step dance first and then the men and one woman went after them with a traditonal Ghana dance called Azonto. They were UNDERKOFLER FROM PAGE 1

they also gave me the letters that the students had written. That was way more valuable as an award than the plaque ever will be,” said Frink. For this reason, Frink is hesitant to ever place the plaque up in his office. Rather than draw attention to his hard-earned diploma of six years’ labor, Frink proudly shows off his CORE classes’ art projects. Frink even compares teaching to parenting. “You give an 18 year old the means to be a functional member of society, give them those skills and you let them go. They are our children. I often refer to students as kids for that exact reason, not because they TRUSTEES FROM PAGE 2

In the same vein students at the meeting also questioned the Board of Trustees as to why Grandillo’s differing philosophies were not seen earlier on in the hiring process. One animated student asked the Board, “I think that you should have at least had a view of where he was standing, how fast he wanted to make the changes. Why wasn’t this seen before? Why did we go with him, and now nine months later, he’s gone?” Michael Bogenschuets, vice chairperson of the Board of Trust6ees, responded by saying, “It’s a

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accompanied by African music. Rick Dodgson went next to represent the United Kingdom by singing a few songs. Before the performance, he put on an “English” outfit, which consisted of the British flag, a hat, and a shirt from England. He also included the audience in his performance by having them sing along and whistle. The traditional clothing show was next with clothes from China, Africa, Peru, Japan, Thailand, and Romania being showcased. Each woman showed off a colorful dress from her country. The dresses also included the traditional accessories that one would see in that specific country, which included head pieces, shoes, and jewelry. There were also a few men showcasing traditional African clothing. James Trazile and Camilo Potillo-Yanez performed the song “Me Gustas Tu”, or “I like you.” Trazile played the piano and Potillo-Yanez played the guitar while performing the song in Spanish. Next, Behnaz Bolhassani showed off her belly dancing skills. Her costume consisted of a green two-piece that was covered in bling and was paired with black leggings. She danced to music from the Middle East. South Korea also had a performance in the show. David Cho performed the song “Peppermint” with musical accompaniment. A school favorite also returned for the third year in a row. Japan showed off the fisherman’s

dance after a three-minute video that showcased traditional and

are young, and not because I don’t think they are adults.” This is the reason why Frink often stresses to his students, “I am not here to teach you but to help you learn.” To Frink, “Successful teaching means that the student has learned.” Frink is also known by his students and co-workers for having a wonderful sense of humor and an upbeat personality. Stroot says that Frink smiles and laughs often and is frequently in a good mood. Although Frink may have a good sense of humor, it is his dedication to helping students learn that not only nominated him but awarded him with the Underkofler Excellence in Undergradu-

ate Teaching Award. Deborah Mahaffey, senior vice president for educational services for the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, described this award as being designated to those who reflect the college’s “mission, purpose, and commitment to provide the very best in undergraduate education,” as well as demonstrate excellence as a habit. Mahaffey said, “It’s not one single heroic activity, but rather a high standard of performance that’s demonstrated day in and day out.” After all, Stroot said, “Teaching is Brian’s normal state of being. It’s what he does. It’s who he is.”

very tough process. It’s a process that is as good as you want to be at it, the resources that you spend at it, or the help that you try to get with it with consultants or hiring agencies. It still is not a perfect process. ... “We were looking for someone with the right qualifications, and we thought we had it, but there just was not that mesh that we were hoping for.” As for Winslow’s replacement, April Arvan was chosen as interim athletic director through a discussion with Nate Dehne, vice president for student development. Arvan was an interim ath-

letic director in 2004 as well. In this temporary position, Arvan plans to “continue on the path that we have been on for the past six months of ensuring our student athletes have the best Division III experience in the nation.” “After Kellen resigned as athletic director, there were continued discussions with him through our administration,” said Arvan. Arvan does not plan on staying in this role as athletic director. “My passion for being in the classroom is too strong to move out of that role,” said Arvan.

outfits consisted of black pants and white shirts with colorful


wrapped around the women’s torsos.


Above: The international night performers take a bow at the end of the show. To the Left: Four performers pose before the clothing showcase.


modern Japan. They were wearing Japanese outfits and were very in sync with each other. The African Dancers came back onstage for another performance. This dance was called Lingala and was performed by the men and women who were dressed in the same outfit. The

sashes. The sashes were worn around the men’s waists and were

China ended the night with two dances. The first was Tai Chi and featured a visiting professor from China. The Tai Chi dance was relaxing and soothing. A demonstration of Kung Fu concluded the night with 14 people performing in it. This was done to upbeat music. From America to China, International Night was indeed a trip around the world for the students, faculty, staff, and public who watched. Visit the Mirror online to view the photo gallery.



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Issue 5, April 25, 2013

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Proposition 8 makes its way to the Supreme Court By Josh Meronek Staff Reporter


he topic of homosexual marriage is one of the most controversial topics in modern American society, and simply used in passing mention can cause stirs of anger on both philosophical sides. Proposition 8 is set to stand as one of the most important court cases of the early 21st century and will cause sweeping changes for either possible outcome. Proposition 8 was a public vote for the legality of same-sex marriages. The ballot was to be voted upon, and if the resolution was passed, then there would have been a revision to the Declaration of Rights in the state of California Constitution. Following the 2008 vote, the resolution was passed by the people of California. This divided many within the state and caused great deals of controversy nationwide. This initiative was challenged in different forms throughout SENIOR FROM PAGE4

bullying and manipulation she faced as an underclassman. “When you meet some people, they seem like the sweetest people on earth and just perfect,” Achieng said, “but sometimes the first person you put that much trust in is the first to turn around and say things about you. For me, that was my first time experiencing something like that.” Coming from a small, close knit village, Achieng had an even harder time learning to cope with betrayal and bullying than perhaps American students who are more familiar with such unfortunate social situations. Achieng also felt completely isolated—her sister, Juliet Atieno, whom she considers her cornerstone, is attending university in Kenya. Achieng truly desired to go home at times or to at

many of the state’s lower courts, and finally found its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The case, known as Hollingsworth v. Perry, directly challenged Proposition 8 as unconstitutional because it discriminated upon the base of sexual orientation. Hollingsworth v. Perry consisted of some of the most prominent lawyers in the country and sparked massive public interest. The WWW.ULC.ORG three judge panel took time to process the evidence, so as to be sensitive to both sides of the argument. After several months of deliberating, the panel concluded that the motion was unconstitutional. They came to this decision based upon the concept of equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to

the United States Constitution. The court argued that the state of California had no rational reasoning for this proposition and that it discriminated against

Court and are sent back to state level legislation. In this case, the court accepted this initiative, and will decide the legality of samesex marriages nationwide.

same-sex couples. Several years later, an appeal against this court case was accepted by the Supreme Court. This action was not expected by a majority of pundits following the topic and even caught the public off guard. Often times, topics as divided as this are avoided by the Supreme

The defendants in this case argue that marriage is defined as a consummate relationship held between one male and one female. They point to a long historical tradition of marriage being heterosexual and say that allowing same-sex marriage will change and tarnish the religious and social connotations of marriage.

least share her struggle in America with those back at her village, but she did not want to worry anyone or let them down as many children back home were inspired by her studying abroad. Fortunately, Achieng began to adapt to the social issues that surround college life. She learned to be more discerning in who she shared personal information with. She also learned to withstand the words of others and not to fight back, “If you let it consume you then they have won,” Achieng said. Often this strategy confused the offenders so much that they ceased their efforts. Achieng also recalled the advice of her late father, “He said you don’t repay evil for evil; you know you are [the bigger person] and everything will fall into place eventually. If someone tells a lie about you, the truth will always

come out.” Achieng eventually found friendship in a fellow student named Hyacinthe Botty-Irie. She could confide in him and encourages all those who are the victims of bullying to look for someone they can trust. “If there is any definition of true friendship, he is a true friend. When I’m with him and when I’m not present, he is someone I can count on to [respect me],” Achieng said. “I could share [my struggles] with him and he helped me move on. He was a Godsend.” Achieng made even more friends by joining student organizations like Global Student Association and also found support in various Lakeland faculty members. Of course, her sister back home has always been her angel and the most supportive person in her life. Achieng shares that Lakeland

College and the Zawadi Africa Organization were always there for her and she is eternally grateful for the opportunities they provided her with. “I had dreams when I was growing up, but my dreams were never this big, such as coming to study in America,” Achieng said. “This was only realizable because of the full scholarship that I received at Lakeland and the support of the Zawadi Africa Family.” Achieng hopes to remain in the United States to obtain her master’s. She desires to then go back to Kenya in order to begin an orphanage with her sister and further their efforts to give the children in their village the same opportunities they have known. Achieng strives to help others, whether it is through financial donations to children in Kenya or sharing her story to inspire victims

The Pub undergoes changes regarding minors By Sean Gilligan

Staff Reporter


s many Lakeland students already know, The Pub, Lakeland’s on-campus bar, has recently made some significant changes involving its schedule and policies regarding under-21 patrons. The changes came about when a non-pub related incident resulted in the Sheriff having to come out to Lakeland and then visit The Pub in search of members involved in the incident. This led to some questions about The Pub’s policies regarding minors, and ultimately, a suggestion that the school look over the statutes regarding whether or not minors should even be allowed in The Pub. Ultimately, it was realized that The Pub’s class B license didn’t permit them to allow minors

in when alcohol was being served. After some discussion between staff members, bartenders, and students, new hours and policies were set in place. Although for the time being it seems The Pub will not be making changes to the new policy, pub management is looking for ways to return the bar to the way it was before. The most promising prospect in this regard involves acquiring a class C license which would allow for minors to be present when alcohol is served on the condition that 50 percent of the bar’s sales are food. Nate Dehne, vice president for student development, said, “Over the summer it’s our intention to intensify conversations with dining services to see if there’s some possibility for use to go to a class C license.” For the time being, however, The Pub has adopted

a new schedule that is in better compliance with state law. It goes as such: The Pub is now open to 21 and over students only on Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 to 11:00 and from 10:00 to 2:00 on Fridays through Saturdays. The Pub will also be open to minors from 7:30 to 10:00 on Fridays through Saturdays. Dehne said, “It will be permanent if we can’t find other conclusions, but we’re going to do everything we can.” Dehne shows a sincere concern about the future of The Pub and stresses the importance of providing a safe place for students to go and unwind on campus. Pub management will even be bringing in lawyers and other outside people this summer to consult with them on what kind of options they have regarding The Pub as they move forward. Lakeland students have also shown significant concern

for The Pub’s future and Dehne was satisfied with the feedback he has received from students. Though some students seem to be a little disappointed with the new changes, they are sympathetic to the situation and realize there was very little else that could have been done. Senior Criminal Justice major Matt Weber said, “It’s a little disappointing some of my underage friends won’t be able to come hangout [at The Pub] anymore, but I think we all understand the law has to be followed.” As The Pub moves forward and looks for new possibilities regarding their policies, Dehne encourages students to come forward and voice their opinions and concerns. Dehne can be reached at or at his office which is located in Laun 100.

They also note the historical precedence in the United States of outlawing same-sex marriage and argue that it is legal for a state to declare marriage as between one woman and one man. The plaintiffs in this case argue that Proposition 8 discriminates against same-sex couples because it does not allow them to become married. They purpose that the traditional definition of marriage has not always been between one woman and one man, but instead had been defined by the society. Psychologically, these people experience pain as the direct result of discrimination, and they contend that sexual orientation is not one of choice but of biological orientation. These plaintiffs also contend that same-sex marriage does not hurt children who have parents of the same sex. The outcome of Proposition 8 is far from definite, and it will take the court sufficient time to review all sides of this argument. The only definite in this case will be that no matter the outcome, someone will be extremely upset.

of bullying. She realizes that she has experienced many trials and triumphs in her life, but she would not have it any other way and firmly believes everything worked out for the best. “Always, always trust in God,” Achieng advises anyone whose life has not always gone as planned. “We may think we have our plans set up, but He has His own plans, and often times they are better!”

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Disclaimer: the fun in the FunHouse stays in the FunHouse. Please read responsibly, and do not take FunHouse too seriously. By Stephanie Tutor Guest Writer

To read the beginning portions of “The Adventure of the Dead Musko,” please see Volume Spring, Issue 3, Thursday, March 7, d2013, page 7 and Volume dSpring, Issue 4, Thursday, March 28, 2013, page 7 or go to


verything was so complicated. No matter what I did I just kept hitting road blocks.


Fun House

I didn’t know who would kill the New Musko. From the janitor to the cheerleader, everyone had an alibi. Pretty soon I was going to say the New Musko did it himself! Frustrated, I walked away from Wehr. I could not be pacing for too much longer. Not only was my head pounding, the people in Wehr started looking at me strangely. I did not need them thinking that I was the killer. I never killed anyone and I was not going to be the one to blame for this. I needed a break, so I started to walk to my room. Before I even left the front doors of the Wehr Center, the fear of the Muskrat came back. Every little sound would make me jump thinking that the Muskrat was there. The slightest movement from the water puddles

would cause me to change my path. You just don’t know when a mutant rat-like thing will chase after you. If you got bitten you could turn into one yourself! Or so I was told. After the brisk walk, I was able to make it past the suites. Right by Brotz something started to move that was rat size! It was rat-sized! My heart jumped out of my throat, and I was practically running to the side door of Krueger. I keyed myself in like an axe murderer was after me. The door opened and I scurried in. I was almost the Muskrat’s next meal. Getting to my room was a blur. I just remember opening my door and flipping the light on. That is was adrenaline will do to you.

My roommate was not back yet. With this in mind, I turned on some indie music and flopped onto my bed. I had a few moments to relax and then Jessie, my roommate, walked in. “Did you see that cat outside. She was such a cutie. I even got to pet her!” “Oh, cool! I have to have you do something for me.” “What’s that?” Jessie looked confused, but she was the best roommate ever. She was always helpful. “Can you look through these pictures with me and tell me if there is anything out of the ordinary?” “Of course, I would love to help you out!” Pulling out my camera, we sat by our desk. It was time for the investigation to begin again. We flipped through the pictures over and over again. Nothing stuck out to her. “No, I don’t see anything. What are you looking for?” “Well, this is top secret stuff, but I am looking for a killer. Did you see one in the photos?” “Of course I did.” In shock I started to look at my camera. Before I could make any sounds, Jessie continued, “I saw some killer abs on that fish.” “Darn, I thought you saw who I was looking for.” “I still do not know what you are talking about, but no, I did not see any killer. I did not see someone. I did see something though; a fish to be exact.” Jessie started to giggle, and we talked about our days. She had

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a long day and needed some sleep, so I turned off my music and shut off the lights. I needed to go back to the crime scene. I think I knew what was going on. Quickly running, I got to Wehr. The basketball game was about to begin. I walked up to the cheerleaders and started a conversation. I did not want him to catch on. It was not a person who killed the New Musko, it was a thing… an animal. “Hey Musko! I have a quick question for you. Where did you get your hook from?” With that the Musko started to run. I found the killer. Now all I had to do was chase him. For a fish he could move fast, but my human feet worked much better. All my force went into the back of the fish. We tumbled to the ground. “Why did you do it Musko? Why?” Everyone started to huddle around us. Many started to yell “fight, fight, fight.” If only they knew. “I killed him because he was taking my position. I may look like a dinosaur but I have the same amount of abs! I worked hard! I kept up morale. All I needed was a stupid hook! But they had to replace me with a shark of all things!” Silence filled the room and security broke up the mob. I knew something was fishy the entire time.

The End

Lakeland wins the $2 billion lottery

The college’s investment allows them to make critical changes Disclaimer: the fun in the FunHouse stays in the FunHouse. Please read responsibly, and do not take FunHouse too seriously. By Stephanie Rebek Editor-in-Chief


akeland College won the $2 billion lottery this week and is starting plans for the “betterment” of the college. According to Lakeland’s financial department, they wanted to take the college’s financial stability into their own hands. After investing a $1 million donation into buying lottery tickets, Lakeland pulled it off and won the $2 billion lottery. The first thing Lakeland plans to do with this large sum of cash is to build a waterpark. Kaye Martin, director of student activities, said, “There is too much learning going on here and students are so uptight. I suggested that Lakeland should build a waterpark so that students can let loose and have fun more frequently.” The news of Lakeland’s plan to construct a waterpark is drumming up a lot of enthusiasm among students. “I’m excited for this change. It gives me an excuse to go shopping

for a new swimsuit,” said According to Kalie Wilfred, freshman Dehne, one such business major. ridiculous suggestion Fred Swimmer, junior was a discotech, resort management major, which is essentially a said, “I hope Lakeland will night club. let me apply for the lifeguard “I don’t underposition seeing as how I have stand why Lakeland five years of experience as a won’t allow a dislifeguard already.” cotech for those who The concept of a are 21 and over. Then waterpark also excited Sally the Pub can be desSummer, sophomore biology ignated for just those major. “It’s going to be students under 21,” awesome! I’m finally going said a student who to have a place large enough wishes to remain to swim with my fish, which anonymous. “All I’m is a muskie.” saying is that it would News of Summer’s plans be beneficial because to put her muskie in the pool it would create more frightened many, but she on-campus jobs for reassured students that her students.” muskie, Musko, is friendly Buying a rocket and doesn’t bite...hard. and building a waterFROMMM@LAKELAND.EDU Lakeland also decided park leaves Lakeland to order a rocket, the Musko the Muskie takes the first slide into Lakeland’s new waterpark during his much needed study break. with $500,000, half of reason being that the the original donation about this [getting a rocket]. student development. college desires to expand its No one instructing or going for Dehne said, “The week started amount. aviation minor. Apparently the an aviation minor is qualified or off with good suggestions. Their The financial department National Aeronautics and Space trained in how to fly one,” said Joe ideas were valid and intelligently could only comment that in hindAdministration (NASA) was Gifford, senior non-profit major focused, such as building an on- sight, perhaps these changes having a major sale on rockets and aviation minor. campus tennis court for the tennis weren’t the most economical or due to their recent lack of This past week, students teams. Then suddenly everything supportive of the original plan governmental support and the were asked to give their ideas on changed, and the students were that the school had if they were to need to expand their budget. how to spend the lottery money beginning to give me ridiculous win the lottery, but the majority of “I don’t know how I feel to Nate Dehne, vice president for suggestions.” students seem happy.

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M I R R O R Issue 5, April 25, 2013

Arts & Entertainment


Annual Student Art Exhibition brings out the best By Michelle Fromm Managing Editor


f you’re looking for a selection of two-dimensional and threedimensional artwork handpicked by Lakeland’s own art professors, look no further than the body of work on display from the Annual Student Art Exhibition in the Bradley lobby. The art will be on display until May 22. While you’re there, take some time to see some of the award-winning pieces. Guests at the exhibition were encouraged to vote on the piece that would win the People’s Choice Award. The crowd chose Hiroe Terasawa’s colored pencil drawing of Johnny Depp for the award. Terasawa created the incredibly detailed portrait in an illustration class and received an honorable mention for the same

piece. She received a second honorable mention for her colorful still life painting featuring a flower and three oranges. The first place Best of Show award, chosen by the art department faculty, went to Zhiheng Gu for what Bill Weidner, associate professor of art, calls “Triple Self Portrait with Earbuds.” The painting


music with helping him to regain that focus. T h e art faculty awarded second place to Tyler Holman for his pastel drawing of a dog on a bed. Holman’s work often exhibits fresh perspectives WILKSB@LAKELAND.EDU on comTop: Zhiheng Gu stands beside monplace objects, as further evihis prize-winning triple self denced by his honorable mention portrait. for a print featuring the image of Left: A student examines her favorite painting. a shutter. Third place was given to shows three images of Gu in a fanciful land- Timothy Wiverstad for his quirky scape including over- seven panel digital art, which he sized earbuds. Gu says has titled “Beautiful Gentleman.” that sometimes when Wiverstad says he enjoys working he is painting he loses with bright colors and dripping focus, and he credits paint, which is how the digital art

appears. Wiverstad also received an honorable mention for his printed self portrait with Britney Spears. Other honorable mentions went to Katie LaPlaunt for her self portrait drawing, Yuko Mamiya for her printed “Self Portrait with Wings,” and Jake Belknap for his “Self Portrait with Grenade.” Weidner; Denise PresnellWeidner, associate professor of art; and Mark Weber, adjunct instructor of art, selected over 400 pieces for the show from their students’ best work. The work on display represents students with a variety of majors and minors. In a statement introducing the exhibition, Belknap said that “the viewer’s reaction is arguably the most rewarding part of creating art.” The students seemed excited to show their peers what they had been working on all school year, which Belknap said was “driven by passion, hard work, and the support of fellow artists.”

Equus stuns audience with urbane production By Katie Amundsen Staff Reporter


quus is the story of a boy named Alan (played by sophomore psychology and sociology major Todd Szymuszkiewicz), who, to someone who doesn’t know his story, might

seem relatable to many teenag- with the horse before the stage criminal justice and sociology about the stage, blinding his ers. His parents fight, but are con- goes black. major Yaphay Harvey. beloved horses. stantly worried about him, and he “On three of the four nights, Each “horse” had special shoes “It’s awesome stepping out of just wants to have a normal date there was no applause at the end of with horseshoes on the bottoms my comfort zone and showing my with a girl. Act I, and that was very powerful. that forced them to walk in the talent in a different way,” Harvey Look deeper, however, and That has only happened one other same way that a horse would. said. you’ll find the story of a disturbed time in my life,” said Krebs. The actors must be commended “What I think went well was boy who confuses on learning to walk in that everyone came together on the concepts of those—it didn’t look all four shows,” Szymuszkiewicz God and horse, easy. said, “We all got along which just leading him They also wore made things that much better.” to the violent open masks framed It was apparent that the act of blinding with metal, through cast had chemistry. Another several horses, which the audience interesting aspect of this play which lands could see their faces, was that the actors were exposed him in a mental although they were on stage the entire time. When institution. Equus clearly horses. The they weren’t in a scene, they was certainly actors did a great job were seated at benches along the s o m e t h i n g of moving their heads outside of the stage. Lakeland College from side to side and The audience could see the had never seen stomping their feet as actors yawn, scratch their heads, before, and a horse would; it was or even whisper something to the undoubtedly it realistic. person sitting next to them, which was a play that “My favorite part was an interesting experience. In WILKSB@LAKELAND.EDU challenged its Alan, portrayed by Todd Szymuszkiewicz, talks to his psychiatrist, played by Charlie Krebs. was the last scene a way, it took the audience out audience. when Alan blinds of the mindset that these people “My favorite thing was that Krebs played the part of Dr. [the horses]. It was powerful, and were characters, and reminded I kept getting emails from people Martin Dysart, Alan’s psychiatrist it got the audience’s attention,” spectators that these were actors. saying that after the performance and one of the major roles in the Harvey said. That was the general feel of they couldn’t stop thinking about play, as well as taking on the role The last scene of the play, the play—exposed. Actors wore it,” said Charlie Krebs, associate of director. which Harvey spoke of, was simple, understated costumes, professor of theatre and speech, “What I would change faces could be director, and actor in the play. [about the play], I think, is that seen through “My acting class couldn’t stop I wouldn’t act and direct at the masks, and talking about it,” Krebs said, “I same time. It was too difficult,” actors could loved that the play made so many Krebs said. Although he says that be seen as the people think—critically think.” he was happy to play the part and human beings The acting was fairly strong be reminded of how difficult it is that they throughout, especially in the to be an actor. are. The set leads, and the members of the cast Krebs said that he had to rely had a gritty, picked up even more power as the heavily on the assistant director, metallic feel show progressed, really getting Thomas Gerleman, to help with to it. into their stride in the second act. directing, especially in the last In doing The closing to Act I was one couple of weeks before the show. these things, of the most dramatic and truly There were many the play WILKSB@LAKELAND.EDU surprising moments of the play unconventional aspects to the succeeded in The nurse, played by Tia Pribbernow, checks in on psychiatrists played by as Alan jumps onto Nugget’s (a performance, and the portrayal Charlie Krebs and Heather Berry. highlighting the horse’s) back, standing at the of horses had to be one of the acting, which point of the stage that protrudes most interesting things about the only thing that could top was quite good. The audiences farthest into the audience, the play. There were five actors the end of Act I. With red lights may have been small, but overall, and whoops with joy at the playing horses. The lead horse, flashing, Todd gave an emotional Equus was worth the watch. indescribable feeling of being one Nugget, was played by sophomore performance as he ran screaming

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