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Recent gun threat leaves campus at risk By Brittany Seemuth firstname.lastname@example.org
A notification was sent from Mount Mary University’s Rave Alert System to approximately 140 Caroline Hall residents, putting the dorms on lockdown at 9:34 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. The Rave Alert System was first initialized in the fall 2011 semester. The system sends out an immediate notification through text message to subscribed cellphone users. In prior years, emergency notifications were sent through the university email system. According to Paul Leshok, director of public safety, the Rave System was needed to “add an extra layer of communication aside from email. Email does not reach everyone all the time.” Text fails to notify some The text message buzzed residents of Caroline Hall 24 minutes after campus security was first alerted by a resident assistant about a gunman on the fourth floor of the dorms. Paul Leshok was off-campus at the time of the incident and is the only person on campus with the power to initialize the Rave Alert. Leshok had to be reached by phone before the alert could be sent. The Rave Alert System did not notify 1,335 remaining Mount Mary campus students, staff and faculty. “It’s based on time of day,” Leshok said. “There are not classes on Friday evenings … so there are very limited people on campus. It [the Rave Alert] was sent out to residents because he [the suspect] was in the residence hall … Most of the other campus had already been secure.” According to Leshok, at the time the event was happening, a decision was made by him to only notify the resident students because they were the ones in jeopardy at the time. “After the incident was handled, immediately there were emails sent out by the president to all people on campus, explaining that there was a situation,” Leshok said. “There have been followup communications to all members of the university letting them know what happened.”
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Safety concerns addressed On Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:29 a.m., President Eileen Schwalbach sent a single email to all Mount Mary community members informing them of the gun incident. The email closes with reference to changes in security procedures following the gun incident: “We are reviewing our safety procedures to see what improvements can be made to avoid a future incident of this kind. While Mount Mary remains one of the safest campuses, we know that it will only remain so if we all place a high priority on safety. As we review our safety practices, please continue to apprise our public safety officers to any circumstances on campus that you feel are unusual or suspicious.” Since the gun incident, public safety has moved its headquarters to the former Alumni Center, located in the basement of Bergstrom Hall for more space and visibility on campus. “We also want to be in more of a live spot, where things are actually going on,” Leshok said. “That’s a pretty main entrance there by Bergstrom, so we want to be closer to a main entrance so that when visitors come they see that we have security here.” When asked to address the concern of staff and students who did not receive an emergency notification on Jan. 24, President Schwalbach said, “We are very fortunate to have highly qualified officers, who were former policemen, to deal with difficult situations, such as the one that occurred on January 24.” Madelene Birenbaum, a resident assistant of the fourth floor on which the gun incident occurred, feels assured that the Rave Alert System was utilized appropriately. “If a resident does not have her phone number in the Rave System, she will not get the Rave alert,” Birenbaum said. “Public safety did the best that they could under the circumstances and I have full confidence Paul and other officials involved will do their best to improve security and alerts.”
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Mission on the move
MMU students advocate for social justice, women’s equality By Natalie Guyette email@example.com
Eight students in Professor Julie Tatlock’s United Nations class last fall will now be able to observe the development of policy-changing discussions that will help improve women’s lives across the globe. A week at the United Nations headquarters will be the culmination of their semester-long study as they attend meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, March 8-15, in New York City. The course is a requirement for international studies majors but is offered to everyone as a humanities credit. The class is offered every other fall semester with the U.N. trip following in the spring. Sophomore Irma Nayeli RondinValle, an international studies and Spanish major, is excited about the trip, which will include her first experience on an airplane. She said she hopes students will get some inside information about how the U.N. works and operates. The trip takes place during the CSW’s 57th annual two-week sessions
at the U.N. The CSW, founded under the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council, was designed to keep the women’s voice at the U.N. table as clear as the men’s. The women of CSW write reports and present recommendations based on the needs they see and hear in their countries. Additionally, the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for action, a document that established gender equality and women empowerment, will be reviewed. The diversity of the women involved and the contrasting cultural backgrounds is key in calling attention to real world issues across the globe. “It’s a life-changing experience,” Tatlock said. “I talk from my students’ perspective. Perspective requires reference points. The more reference points you have, the better you can place your own life in context with the rest of the world.” Tatlock hinted that such an experience can lend to the development of your whole person, part of Mount Mary University’s mission statement.
According to U.N. Women, the U.N. organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, the focus of the 57th gathering is the “elimination and prevention against all forms of violence for women and girls.” The CSW chose this theme to highlight human rights violations. It will establish tactics of violence prevention and aid programs for survivors. Participants in the assembly will include women like Beatrice Some Mwimbele of Venezuela, a female genital mutilation survivor, who is working to put an end to female genital mutilation through her work with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Human rights activists, survivors of traumatic violence and those closely involved with prevention of women’s abuse will also share their stories. Many of these sessions will produce proposals and programs to put an end to violence against women and girls around the globe. Joining the CSW and Mount Mary students are U.N. representatives from various backgrounds, including many
non-governmental organizations by invitation only who balance out the conversation. Mount Mary’s own non-government organization, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, are invited to send a representative each year. Sister Eileen Riley is the current representative. Heather Thomas-Flores, an international studies and Spanish major, is one of the eight attending. ThomasFlores admitted the class is heavy on reading, though the positive opportunity outweighed the difficult workload. “I want to teach international studies to kids and work in that arena,” Thomas-Flores said. “I think this trip will help me focus on my goal and expand upon my knowledge of the U.N.” Professor Tatlock encourages students of all majors to take the class and emphasizes the appeal of the trip has on resumes, while offering opportunities for networking. “You get the chance to meet women from all over the world,” Tatlock said. “In my third trip, I look forward to learning more about the world and myself.”
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After speaking at a board of trustee’s meeting on Feb. 21, new deans Dr. Kathleen Poorman Dougherty, Barbara Armstrong and Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu share good company and lively conversation before getting back to business.
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Three new deans were recently hired by Mount Mary University in the hopes of growing enrollment and infusing creativity into academics. The deans are charged with working with faculty and students to develop Mount Mary’s future graduates into leaders. Kathleen Dougherty, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Humanities Dougherty is well acquainted with an educational setting, with previous positions at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. and Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. At these institutions, Dougherty has held titles as both teacher and administrator. “I gained a breadth of perspective that makes it easier to face challenges and work creatively toward solutions,” Dougherty said. Dougherty began her educational path at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., earning a B.A. in philosophy, then going on to the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. to pursue both a M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy. Dougherty’s educational background firmed her belief of the importance of the humanities. “I am a strong advocate of the kinds of skills that are gained through the humanities disciplines: critical thinking, effective writing, good verbal communication and a strong moral foundation,” Dougherty said. “I think these are some of the central skills required to be an educated person, and I hope to help keep the value of the humanities disciplines at the forefront of our educational mission.” Dougherty was previously employed at Notre Dame of Maryland University, also sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, where she was associate professor and chair of the philosophy department. Dr. Eileen Schwalbach, Mount Mary president, said Dougherty has “a passion for education, an entrepreneurial spirit and a dedication to the mission of Mount Mary.” Dougherty sees the uniqueness of Mount Mary, saying, “The integration of a wide variety of programs, including science and the arts, coupled with a strong
Barbara Armstrong Dean of the School of Arts and Design Armstrong has only been on the job since January 2014 and already has a strong plan of action in place. “[I intend to] identify what the future should look like – what we want to be for the next 100 years,” Armstrong said. “Where do we want to position ourselves in the higher education marketplace?” Armstrong earned a Bachelor of Science in art from Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. and a master’s degree with a concentration in environment and behavior studies from UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Careerwise, she has had upwards of 25 years of experience involved in interior, art and graphic design as well as in leadership roles at two nationally recognized firms. Mount Mary was always on Armstrong’s radar as a unique institution contributing to community growth. “One of my strongest passions is to engage in growing the next generation of leaders by helping people grow their skills and talents,” Armstrong said. “I enjoy working collaboratively with people to problem solve and creatively explore what is possible in the context of a strong vision for the future.” Karen Friedlen, Ph.D., vice president of academic and student affairs, said, “Barbara is very well positioned based on her academic background, professional experience and community service to lead our faculty through the many initiatives that result in developing our students as creative leaders.” Armstrong said she is prepared to bring tough questions to the forefront and so she can pave a clear road for the school. “Together we can create a clearly articulated plan to close the gaps between today’s realities and the future we want to achieve,” Armstrong said. Armstrong sees it necessary to work side-by-side with all parties eager to participate in the movement. “I hope that by leveraging a collaborative approach with the leaders of the School of Arts and De-
“[The new deans] are playing an integral part in moving Mount Mary to the next phase in our history as we think more boldly about who we can become as a creative campus,” said Dr. Eileen Schwalbach, president of Mount Mary University
sign — students, staff and faculty — we can achieve our vision,” Armstrong said. Chioma Ugochukwu, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Education Mount Mary’s student-run newspaper, Arches, has a potential fan and critic. Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu, new dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Education, received her Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and worked as a professional journalist and editor. She also completed a doctoral portfolio in women’s studies from the same institution. Ugochukwu is familiar with the educational scene, having taught journalism at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. and serving as the coordinator of the Journalism and Electronic Media unit. Most recently, she was assistant dean in the College of Communication at Marquette University. Ugochukwu is passionate about social justice and Mount Mary’s mission. “Working to educate and empower young women capable of transforming the world resonates with me,” Ugochukwu said. Fostering relationships and growing responsiveness to our campus is part of her plan. “One of my goals is to ensure that our presence is felt in the greater Milwaukee area and to make sure that more people are aware of our majors and programs,” Ugochukwu said. “As a result, I hope to facilitate partnerships with other institutions and organizations.” Ugochuku emphasized the long-term benefits of service learning. “There is a strong correlation between challenging courses and high persistence rates, so we will continue the efforts to ensure that our students are challenged in the classroom and that we are exposing them to experiential learning and more communitybased programs and activities,” Ugochukwu said. “My hope is that we graduate students who are unique in terms of their sense of ethics and their passion for social justice.” Friedlen is thrilled about what Ugochukwu and the other new deans are bringing to the school. “[The deans] have a commitment to growing enrollment and are working with faculty in their schools to establish innovative programming and delivery formats that will serve diverse student needs and interests,” Friedlen said. A fourth dean for the School of Natural and Health Sciences is yet to be hired.
4 By DENISE SEYFER firstname.lastname@example.org
Employers scan hundreds, maybe thousands, of resumes looking for qualified candidates to fill their vacant job listings. However, some of these positions remain unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates. A Chegg study conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Interactive in August 2013 “revealed a gap between the skills hiring managers reported seeing in recent graduates and the skills the During the first week of February, 78 students were surveyed about their participation in activities. students perceive themselves as having mastered.” Top 7 Organizations Things Preventing The report found 93 percent of hirStudents Joined Student Participation ing managers want to hire graduates who demonstrate the initiative to lead; 56 Homework Demands Fashion Association – 16.7% 91 percent hope to hire applicants who Work or Internship 47 MMU Athletics – 15.3% have participated in extracurricular Academic Honor Society – 12.8% 45 Conflicts with Class Schedule activities related to their field of study; and 82 percent want recent graduates Sports Athlete Advisory Committee – 7.6% 22 Family Responsibility to have completed a formal internship Caroline Scholars – 7.6% Lack of Interest 14 before graduating from college. Dance Association – 7.6% “When I see on a resume a canLack of Transportation 12 didate has a degree in marketing and Program & Activities Committee – 6.4% Volunteering/Service Hours 4 looking for a job in marketing, I know Lack of Information & Awareness 3 they have the hard skills necessary to do the job,” said Aimee Sellon, a re2 Too Many to Choose From cruiter for Manpower in Milwaukee. “The biggest skills new grads are lackPercentage and Number ing are soft skills like communication of Organizations Students Participate In and interviewing skills.” Transferable skills or “soft skills” can stand out on the application of a new graduate. Kristen Wright, a career coun0 2 3 1 4 5+ selor at Mount Mary’s Career Develop34.6% 24.4% 17.9% 15.4% 3.8% 3.8% ment Center, suggested becoming the treasurer of an organization if you are majoring in accounting. Mount Mary University offers its students many opportunities to enrich their learning Each image represents the number of organizations and the percentage of student involveand leadership experiences. By joining ment in different organizations on campus. For example, 24.4 percent of those surveyed participate in two organizations. and participating in on-campus associations and societies, students could develop the transferable, “soft skills” Graphic by Lisa Roehner and Denise Seyfer employers crave.
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On the Job Transform from student to staff member By ASHLEIGH Brown email@example.com
Congratulations! You landed the job you’ve been itching for, put in your notice to your current employer and have that wide permagrin that only comes from the excitement and anticipation of something new. Now what? Starting a new job can be a nerve-wracking yet thrilling experience. It is also a major life change; after all, people spend more time at work than anywhere else. Make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Experts recommend the following tips when starting a new position: Before you start • Get your body clock on track – If you haven’t been working, practice your new sleep schedule a week or two ahead of time. • Test your new commute in advance – Account for traffic delays and parking issues. • Read up on your new company and connect with your new boss on LinkedIn – You won’t need to write a report, but you can never be too informed. Once you start • Dress appropriately – Use your interview panel’s attire as your guide. It’s better to be overdressed than too casual. • Introduce yourself to everyone – Be friendly and outgoing, but do more lis-
tening than talking. Once the “I’m new” window is closed, your introductions could be awkward. • Remember names – Your coworkers will appreciate it. Don’t be afraid to take business cards or jot down mental associations. • Ask questions – There is no such thing as a dumb question, especially when you’re new. You won’t want to ask how to use the copy machine or how to make coffee one month in. Your first weeks • Establish the relationship with your boss – Whether it’s weekly progress emails or daily impromptu checkins, make sure you are on the same page of communication. • Set goals – Company or personal, it’s important to lay out this step in your career early so that you don’t lose sight of the big picture. • Start good habits (and end bad habits) – Consider your start date Day One, and move forward with a workout routine, a consistent workday schedule or a new hobby/activity. The most important thing you can bring to your job is confidence. Trust your abilities. Use your strengths to make good impressions and stand out. The interview was the easy part – prove to your new employer that he or she made the right decision when hiring you.
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Trish Kuehnl, Mount Mary University instructor and Fashion Association adviser, tested products at the Pashmina Party on Feb. 12. Attendees could purchase merchandise from the Fair Trade for All store, and 10 percent of sale proceeds were donated to Exploit No More, a local Milwaukee organization that fights human trafficking.
Horsin’ Around Finding balance in a blizzard By shannon venegas firstname.lastname@example.org
For domesticated horses, this winter probably doesn’t seem so bad. There isn’t a bug or tick in sight, the horses are double-layered in blankets, and their owners spend extra hours making sure their water stays unfrozen and they have plenty of hay. For a horse owner, it is a bit different. I guarantee you probably hear more curse words coming out of Wisconsin horse stables this winter than in any other year. No one dares argue with the fact that Wisconsin has experienced one of its coldest winters in nearly 20 years. But now that spring is near — fingers-crossed — we can take time to reflect without the intense desire to curse Mother Nature along the way. In years past, I can remember looking at the forecast and seeing those -40 degree wind chills and saying, “But look, it’s only for a day or two, and then back up to 20 degrees.” This year was different. Instead, it was, “Oh, oh, look, after a week of below zero wind chills, we are actually going to hit 5 degrees. Yay! Isn’t that exciting, honey?” I am crazy enough to own horses in spite of the weather. Not only that, but my husband works full-time at a horse barn that doubles as our home.
We also own a horse care company. What did I do on one of the worst, chilliest mornings we had this winter? I got up at 5:15 a.m.; put on blue jeans over a pair of leggings in an attempt to insulate; layered on several extra shirts; grabbed my Carhartt jacket and dorky hat with the extra-long ears; and hurried into a car that still remained frozen, despite warming up for 20 minutes. After driving 35 minutes through drifting snow on the winding roads of Dousman, Wis. to get to a barn that is usually only a 20-minute commute, I walk into a barn with frozen pipes and frozen horse crap. Out come the heat lamps and hair dryers. If you could only see the concoction I had to invent to keep the hair dryers pointed at the pipes while I fed the horses. While this may seem like just a rant on the weather, I am getting to a point. I think God sends us weather like this for a reason — two reasons, actually. First, he intends to show us that no matter what kind of technology we have, Mother Nature can still slow us down. No matter what kind of fancy phone is invented next, I will still have some clients with unheated barns that require cracking ice out of buckets and unfreezing
pipes with hair dryers. And I don’t care how big we make our trucks, driveways made of sheet ice are still going to keep us at home for the day. The second thing God has intended is just that, keeping us home. Slowing us down. Cold weather and snow storms force us to take a breath and slow the crazy schedules of our lives. Maybe on those days we can’t go run errands or get to work. Maybe it’s a sign we just need to take a day home to breathe, and enjoy the quiet splendor of simplicity. If you are someone who loves the outdoors, embrace it. A good friend of mine reminded me the other day that if she does not embrace the snow and cold, she will end up pouting on her couch under a blanket. So put on your snow shoes, and go for a walk. Or maybe take your kids for a ride on the sled. If you’d rather not embrace Mother Nature, maybe you do want to crawl under the blanket. But don’t pout. Take a book under the blanket, or cuddle with your significant other. Make a scavenger hunt for your little ones, or take the time to bake cookies. While spring is right around the corner, we all know Wisconsin could easily toss us another round of freezing weather. Embrace it! Bask in the hidden gift of simplicity!
Ink on the brink: Tattoo trends only skin deep by Andjelka Bogunovic email@example.com
Just like clothing and fashion, the tattoo industry has its own unique pattern of trends. Imagine fluorescent colors of ink only visible beneath black lighting. Glow-in-the-dark tattoo ink is an emerging trend throughout the tattoo industry; however, experts continue to advise a set of precautions for safety and selection. Calen Curley, a tattoo artist of four years at No Good Tattoos, located in Jackson, Wis., is happy to declare that the former trends of butterflies and Japanese characters have died out. “As far as women go, the infinity symbol is very popular right now,” Curley said. “The watercolor effect is also gaining quite a bit of popularity.” As for the tattoo trend that requires black lighting, Carley warned of its limitations. “Glow-in-the-dark ink does exist; however, there is not much that you can do with it,” Curley said. “Basically it’s a solid fill type scenario. I can’t create an interesting piece of art with it.” Even though Curley has not personally worked with glow-in-the-dark ink, he called it a “novelty” and said those he knows who are tattooed with the glow-in-the-dark ink are generally pleased with its effect. Because this style of ink is so new, some may say its longevity is still unknown. “I think people end up figuring out that they wasted money on this because how long is it really going to glow?” Curley asked. “How often are they going to be in a black light?” Terese Nadboralski, a senior at Mount Mary University majoring in occupational therapy, has three tattoos. Nadboralski does not see the appeal of the new ink trend. “If I put a tattoo on my body, I would like to be able to see it and enjoy it,” Nadboralski said. Tattoos and Pain “Are tattoos painful?” seems to be a common ques-
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Calen Curley is one of three artists at No Good Tattoos in Jackson, Wis. Here he works with a tattoo machine in his studio, daubing off some blood with gauze in order to see where the ink has already been applied. Curley also sketches his own designs.
tion prior to getting a tattoo. “Pain is very subjective and varies from one person to the next,” Curley said. “I always tell people that the sensation of getting a tattoo is like a burning sensation.” Tattoo Safety Some myths claim that tattoo ink can cause hepatitis C and the tattoo machine can spread disease. Calen said because there are many rules and regulations when it comes to licensed tattooing, people have nothing to fear. “Look for clearly posted state licenses and health board
certificates from recently passed inspections,” Curley said. “Look for general shop cleanliness, read and listen to client reviews if possible, check portfolios, etc. Professionalism is huge.” Curley said people can, however, develop a staph infection as a result of improper tattoo care, such as touching a fresh tattoo with dirty hands. He said the best way to avoid a staph infection is to follow instructions given to you by your tattoo artist. “Staphylococcus bacteria is everywhere,” Curley said. “The area where you get your
tattoo and the machines we use were made to be sterile.” Artist Selection Choosing a tattoo artist is similar to buying a used car. You must do your research. “The biggest mistake that people make when they come through the door is show us something [a sketch of their tattoo] and they immediately want to know a price,” Curley said. Artists such as Curley use portfolios to showcase their art and style in order to give clientele a perspective aside from pricing. “You get what you pay for in this business,” Curley said.
“If you want a quality tattoo, money should not be a deciding factor … if you come up with a design and sit on it for at least a month or so and you still want it as much as you did in the beginning of the month, chances are you’re going to be okay with it.”
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“Alice in wonderland was my childhood favorite movie. Tim Burton directed the newer version and Johnny Depp played the mad Hatter. I love both Tim and Johnny.”
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bridal vision: In my opinion Avoid Adjust your focus before breaking the bank By Megan Palbicki firstname.lastname@example.org
Many young girls have dreamed of their wedding day since they were old enough to play with Barbies (and the ever-attached boyfriend/husband Ken dolls). It’s supposed to be the single day that you are entitled to be a princess — the dress, the tiara, the walk down the aisle, the party. Somewhere in there you pledge your undying love to someone. The wedding industry has gotten out of control. It needs to be called out. According to theweddingreport.com, a website dedicated to tracking the trends of the wedding industry, Milwaukee-area weddings on average cost $21,587 in 2012. I’ve known couples that have taken out loans to have their perfect day. That figure does not indicate if bridal party expenses are included, or if members of the bridal party paid their share separately. Speaking of the bridal party, at one point it was an honor to stand up for close friends or relatives while they committed themselves to marriage. In the past, bridesmaids did not need to worry about outrageously expensive dresses, hair styling and gifts. Today bridesmaids are racking up debt to contribute to the expectations of the bride: designer dresses, celebrity makeup and destination weddings and bachelorette trips. (Please put an end to these!) By not attending some of these events, or opting not to take part in hair and makeup extravaganzas, a bridesmaid is risking the loss of the bride’s friendship.
You may think this sounds silly, and it does, but it is a very real situation that can happen to anyone when a woman gets, as I like to call it, “bridal vision” (similar to tunnel vision, but with more tulle). Why do brides think they need all of these expenses and “traditions?” Well, the wedding industry spoon-feeds it directly through your TV and Internet, preying on your emotions. Competition to show off social status is the basis for reality shows like “Four Weddings,” a show in which brides compete for who had the “best” wedding, and “Bridalplasty,” a show that has women compete against each other for plastic surgery before their wedding day. The fact is your wedding day is not as important to everyone else as it is to you. Many traditions that have become part of the American wedding were put there by the industry itself. It is all too easy to get swept up by the wedding vendors, some who use nostalgia tactics to pull heartstrings, some who use razzle dazzle to “help” your wedding stand out from others. Before planning your wedding, do some research. I am not just talking about vendors. Research the emotional and financial stakes of being part of a wedding. Listen to the stories others have shared from their experiences. Avoid “bridal vision” to ensure a smooth planning process and focus on who you are marrying in the first place. A wedding is one day; a marriage (in theory) is forever.
In my opinion Fitness Center remains on back burner By Natalie Guyette email@example.com
After a satisfying, boundary-pushing workout, the body feels refreshed and ready to tackle life again. This good feeling from exercise influences a person’s ability to work and get things accomplished, especially in school. Issues with the condition and availability of Mount Mary University’s fitness center leaves much to be desired. The fitness center equipment here at Mount Mary includes basketballs and volleyballs, treadmills, strength training equipment, free weights, medicine balls and other exercise machines. Although the range of equipment is varied, there are concerns with the equipment and availability. A number of machines are often not available for use. It is not uncommon to see a message scrawled with a sharpie noting that the machine is “out of order.” Even when they are all working, the number of treadmills is insufficient. It seems the luck of the draw as to whether there will be one available. With students’ time at a premium, it is inconvenient to have to wait around to get a turn on a machine. Exercise is meant to relieve stress, not create it. Another problem is the limited hours of operation for the fitness center: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.–7 p.m. The fitness center is not open on Saturdays. Despite the fact that health and wellness are a high priority for college students and staff, Mount Mary’s facilities do not reflect this. The limited hours and the lack of working equipment does not promote or encourage an active lifestyle. Many students are in class until nearly 10 p.m. and begin class at 8 a.m. The fitness center’s hours do not serve the class schedule of a typical Mount Mary student. Extending the hours is not the only way the center can remain open. For example, a swipe card system that works only with a student I.D could be added for late evening or early morning hours. Certainly, equipment should be maintained and repaired in a timely manner. The machines that are most popular should be purchased in greater numbers. If Mount Mary wants its students to feel healthy and satisfied with themselves and their schoolwork, it is key for the school to take action on these concerns with the fitness center.
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gunman made his way into the residence hall on Friday, Jan. 24. He threatened a student at gunpoint for about two hours. When a resident assistant was notified about what was happening, she found a public safety officer. It took 24 minutes before residents in Caroline Hall were notified of the danger via an emergency text message. Other faculty members, staff and non-residents on campus were not warned that a gunman was on campus. It took 13 hours for campus security to alert everyone else about what had happened. While it is commendable that the public safety officers resolved the incident efficiently, we are troubled about the lack of timely communication to the Mount Mary community. The gunman was loose on campus before being apprehended. He could have accessed any building. Anyone, anywhere on campus could have been in danger. The situation
could have been very different if he decided to pull the trigger. We were lucky that he did not. A safer option should have been to notify everyone immediately of the potential danger. It is time to revise the protocol for emergency notifications. We can learn from schools like Virginia Tech and deliver emergency notifications quickly through a variety of channels, including: • The Mount Mary homepage • Desktop computers on campus • All school email accounts • All cellular devices (students, staff and faculty need to ensure they are subscribed to these services) • Desktop alerts (when this application is downloaded, students are alerted on their home computers) It is unusual that such highprofile incidents of crime have been occurring on our university’s campus in such a short period of time. Now we need to act! Let’s learn from this and make Mount Mary safer for all.
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Online Comment A response to “Campus on alert: Recent string of thefts threaten security,” published December 2013 in Arches and on Archesnews.com.
“I am really disappointed in the way this story was covered. This article details all the ways in which people can enter the residence hall unsupervised, publicly, on the Internet, where anyone could see and try these methods. Please think of the safety of the residents when reporting crime.” Concerned Mount Mary Student on Dec.15, 2013 at archesnews.com
The article you mention does spell out several ways in which students are vulnerable to crime on campus. However, our purpose in reporting crime on campus is to caution students and elicit action from our administration. Our call to improve security measures has proven effective. Our December 2013 issue identified outdated or missing lists of safety procedures and the need for security cameras. Since the issue, updated proce-
dures are now listed in every classroom on campus. Cameras have also been installed on campus. Security is moving its headquarters to a more visible area on campus and continues to make improvements. We hope that as a result of our investigative reporting, these changes are being put into effect. Brittany Seemuth, editor-in-chief firstname.lastname@example.org
In my opinion President responds to campus safety concerns Jan. 31, 2014 Knowing that Arches is interested in gathering facts, I spoke with several people here to get some additional perspective before responding to your questions. When an emergency exists, the university utilizes RAVE, an emergency alert notification system, to communicate quickly and broadly with students, faculty and staff. Last weekend, this system was utilized and students in the residence hall were quickly notified that an emergency existed. During the course of this event, we also utilized social media channels to expand our communications reach. We are fortunate to have a Public Safety office staffed with experienced law enforcement and security professionals. These were the officers who responded to last weekend’s incident in the residence hall. Their quick response and timely decision to bring in the Milwaukee Police Department for assistance led to the subsequent arrest of the man implicated in this incident. Police interviews were conducted with residence hall students and staff that evening and again the next day, which provided a basis for law enforcement reports and an ensuing court case. From everything that has been conveyed, both MPD and our public safety officers handled this incident in a calm, professional and reassuring fashion. However, it is also good to review our safety procedures and responses. Mount Mary has a critical incident committee which regularly reviews our emergency and security procedures and makes recommendations for changes, when situations call for them. This recent resident hall incident is an opportunity to once again review our procedures – and we welcome this. You posed a good question regarding the staffing of the front desk in Caroline Hall. This matter is under review. This month, cameras are being installed in public areas of our campus. We have heard from a number of students, faculty and staff that this is a welcome addition. In recent months, when circumstances called for it, I have gone directly to our Mount Mary community with a follow up message of my own. This is an effort to increase transparency and shed light on new information, when we can provide it. We know that some people want more information. Sometimes, we can provide it, other times, an ongoing investigation limits what is shared with us or what we can convey. The December incident that you reference was handled by our Public Safety department. Our officers reviewed a threat and subsequently determined, in consultation with Milwaukee police, that it did not rise to a level of a police investigation. There are circumstances when our community has to trust the work of our public safety officers knowing that security is their area of training and expertise, 24/7. Thank you for the opportunity to share this perspective and to once again offer a reminder that while campus security is the focal point of one department, we all have a role in ensuring a safe campus environment. Mount Mary is a safe campus but we are not immune from issues that surface in our larger community. Public safety is a shared responsibility — a collective responsibility. We all have a responsibility and a vested interest in watching out for each other and in reporting unusual activities to public safety.
Interim softball coach levels playing field By DENISE SEYFER email@example.com
Old man winter hasn’t stopped Mount Mary University women’s softball team from starting the season, nor has losing coach Melinda Wallace this past fall. As cold temperatures and snow continue to trap people indoors, the team trudges to the Bloechl Center to prepare for what it hopes to be a winning record. Tim Edwards, who assisted with coaching last year, will take over as interim head softball coach for the 2014 season. “I am excited to have coach Edwards leading the softball program,” said Athletic Director Marc Heidorf. “His organization, planning and especially recruiting efforts since taking over are exciting, as they have been infectious to the rest of the athletics department. Right now, my sole focus is on filling our department with as many people willing to take ownership in the building process ... Coach Tim has certainly done that in the preseason and I am confident he will be able to carry his enthusiasm into the regular season.” Edwards, a certified club softball coach with the American Softball Association since 2006, brings his career record of 117-48 and recruiting skills to help inch the team and the program forward. After a 0-19 season last year, Edwards remains hopeful about achieving a winning season. The team will have seven returning
Photo by DENISE SEYFER
Top left: assistant coach Bob Waldera, Harmony French, Katie Edwards, Nicole Ordway, Katie Wolk, Nicole Weggan, Head Athletic Trainer Bailey Leeson, coach Tim Edwards Bottom left: Tracey Boutell, Phoenix Hulsey, Michelle Argenzio, Angela Drew, Kadesia Hill, Lauren Wiech
players on the roster this year. Three senior players. Katie Wolk, infield; Kathryn Reynoso, pitcher and utility player; and Nicole Ordway, catcher and infield. However, pitching may continue to be a problem this year. “Pitching is the most important part of the game and we do not have regular pitchers,” Edwards said. “We are going to struggle at that.” The weather creates additional obstacles, forcing the team to practice indoors where throws and fly balls are limited distance-wise. “It’s really hard to transition from drills and with new kids to a field for the first time,” Edwards said. “Whatever we do here [in the gym] is so limited. Their arms always look stronger. It’s easier to get to fly balls.” In order to better prepare the team for regular season games, the team is heading out-of-state for two tournaments this March. The Blue Angels travel to Marquette, Mich., to play in the Finlandia Dome Tournament, March 10-11. Next, they will head to Fort Myers,
Fla., in order to play the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic on March 10-13. The Blue Angels will play eight games in four days. The team returns to Mount Mary to host the Mount Mary Triangular on March 22. It will play against Dominican University and Northland College. “The softball team going to Florida was an important thing this year,” Heidorf said. “From a weather point certainly, but to give the players something back for the work they are putting in.” These tournaments also allow Mount Mary’s athletic program to remain competitive with other local NCAA Division III schools. When teams participate in out-of-state tournaments, it aids recruiting efforts. Due to new NCAA regulations for women’s softball, which state that teams must have an outfield fence, this year’s home games will be played at Kulwicki Park in Greenfield. According to Heidorf, the athletic department wants to promote student participation and attendance at offcampus softball games. Some options being discussed are using Mount Mary
athletic department’s Facebook page and website, http://mtmaryathletics. com, to provide directions or set up transportation options. “It is very valuable to have fans at games due to the fact we don’t even have our own field,” said junior pitcher and catcher Katie Edwards, daughter of coach Edwards. “We don’t get the privilege to have people just walk outside and watch our games...having support really helps us push forward in the games.” Blue Angels SOFTBALL HOME SCHEDULE April April April April
1: 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. vs. MSOE 5: noon & 2 p.m. vs. Maranatha Baptist 25: 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. vs Maranatha Baptist 26: noon & 2 p.m. vs. Trinity International
Blue Angels SOFTBALL Away SCHEDULE April April April April April
2: 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. @ Rockford 8: 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. @ Lawrence 11: 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. @ North Park 12: noon & 2 p.m. @ Maranatha Baptist 23: 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. @ MSOE
LEFT: Junior forward Katie Edwards (no. 52) slips past a line of Finlandia players to circle around them on her way to the hoop. The last game was played on Thursday, Feb. 13., Finlandia won, 101-38. BELOW: Coach Marc Heidorf huddles with the team as freshman forwards Andrea Roell (no. 30) and Phoenix Hulsey (no. 24) look at the play he is sketching.
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Tough hoops season
A Finlandia player appears to check forward Taylor Baumgart, during a free throw. Even though she is a freshman, Baumgart averaged 31.6 minutes of play time per game this year.
Freshman forward Becca Heup (no. 50) looks to pass over the three approaching Findlandia players, trying to find an open teammate.
The Blue Angels recorded a single win this season in 20 games in challenging and sometimes lopsided games. The Mount Mary University athletic website reported on the Jan. 8 win against Illinois Institute of Technology: “A season-high five players recorded doublefigure scoring, as the Mount Mary University basketball team seized its first win of the season with a 77-58 victory.” According to the article, head coach Marc Heidorf said, “I’m very proud of our resiliency tonight. There were two times where momentum was clearly against us and we were able to battle back at the end of each half with a decisive run.” Unike the past two years, the team stayed intact through the end of the season. Coach Heidorf was obviously proud of his team. “The goals are different,” Heidorf was quoted as saying in the article on
the Mount Mary athletic website. “The chances of you winning 25 games a season, one year removed from not playing at all and with no recruiting class coming in are clearly not high,” he said. “We tried to focus on what we could control — let’s lay the groundwork for a culture of consistency. Let’s do things the right way and set the tone of being a program that will battle to the end no matter what.” And right down to the season finale, the Blue Angels did just that, the website article said. Sixteen players filled the roster: forwards Taylor Baumgart, Andrea Roell, Donielle Yendriga, LaDonna Honey, Becca Heup and Katie Edwards; guards Shandrieka Richardson, Emily Barker, Yolanda Coleman, Katie Wolk, Phoenix Hulsey, Marti Dixon, Hayley Hove and Amber Andrastek. Ashley Leverenz played forward/center.
Sophomore forward Donielle Yondriga (hidden at left) drops her free throw into the net. She shot 17 points with 13 rebounds in the game.
Sustainable fashion empowers Ethiopian women Sales of scarves, leather products create jobs, transform lives by shannon molter firstname.lastname@example.org
Genet, an Ethiopian woman, was brought from the countryside into the city of Addis Ababa at age 3 by an aunt who promised she would have a “better life.” Instead, she was groomed to be a housemaid and given so many responsibilities that the workload became impossible. “By age 12, I ran away and began living on the street,” Genet said. “I felt lost and I was continually raped. Eventually, I became pregnant. With a baby at 15, I learned to have sex for money so I could support her. I coped with life through drinking, drugs and smoking.” Genet’s life drastically changed when Live FashionABLE, a nonprofit fashion company that creates sustainable business in Africa, offered her a job. Live FashionABLE designs and sells accessories, such as scarves and leather wallets. While headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., its products are all produced in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Live FashionABLE employs underprivileged women, who make all of its products by hand. “It is different [from other fashion companies] because it is a social enterprise,” said Rebecca Blair Pettit, campus representative program manager at Live FashionABLE. “Its sole purpose is to provide accessories to people while simultaneously providing jobs to people in Africa.” Live FashionABLE was launched in October 2010 after its founder, Barrett Ward, returned from living in Ethiopia for a year. Ward said he was inspired to create the company after “witnessing the number of young girls and women having to make awful choices to support themselves and their families. When I talked to these women, I found that they didn’t want charity; they wanted an opportunity and the dignity to stand on their own feet and earn their money.” Live FashionABLE features products made from materials that are indigenous to Africa. “Weaving and leather are big traditions in Ethiopia and by working with products that they already have skill with producing, we’re going to do much better in craftsmanship and the manufacturing process,” Ward said. Live FashionABLE creates scarves in many different colors, patterns and styles, all made out of 100 percent Ethiopian cotton. “Our design team researched fash-
ion in Africa to inspire the designs of the scarves,” Ward said. “For example, the Eden scarf is very much inspired by the local Ethiopian wear.” Live FashionABLE launched its leather line in August 2013. The leather products include a clutch, an iPad sleeve and a wallet. According to the company’s business model, “Through your purchase, you are ABLE to provide opportunity, and a woman is ABLE to have a new choice.” The company builds a relationship with every woman it employs in Ethiopia. “It’s not just about giving them a job; it’s about a holistic relationship,” Ward said. It honors the women who create its products by naming each new accessory after one of these artisan women. The scarves and leather products have names such as Seble, Anchinalu and Tigist. Live FashionABLE also gives its customers a chance to get to know the artisans making the products personally. There is a section of livefashionable. com titled “Women’s Stories,” where you can read a paragraph about each woman, as well as see images of her creating the products. Live FashionABLE has partnered with the organization, “Women At Risk,” which is a rehabilitation program for former sex slaves. The company also partnered with another organization, “Modern Zege,” which supports the empowerment of women. By working with these organizations, Live FashionABLE is able to help women get off the streets and rehabilitate them, as well as promote fair wages and social change. One of the main goals of the company is to encourage Western companies to manufacture in developing countries. “Solutions to poverty don’t lie in continuing to only do charity ... we have to create jobs,” Ward said. “We want to teach people that the next wave of social entrepreneurship is not about starting a business to give charity to Africa, but starting a business to give opportunities to Africa.”
Use the promo code ‘MMUshannon’ to receive $5 off any purchase at livefashionable.com
Photos provided by barret ward
Live FashionABLE employees like Genet are able to support themselves by making accessories to be sold in the United States. The Tennessee company is proud of the opportunities it provides women in Ethiopia.
Attached to every product is the story of the woman who made it, telling the consumer what she is ABLE to do because of the purchase. This one says, “Because of you, I am ABLE to see my son Abel, grow in character. Thank you, Etanesh.”
Some handmade accesories that can be purchased at Live FashionABLE include leather clutches and this Eden scarf.
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All the flavor, none of the glam Speed Queen dubbed barbecue royalty
with the chicken meal, were not too crunchy and not too soft, although they could have used more salt. However, I am a salt queen. So take that with a grain of salt. 3. The outside meat and chicken meal are tied for third. The outside meat sounds unappealing by the title, though packs enough juice and flavor for any avid carnivore. The only downside was its chewiness, so much so it reminded me of eating beef jerky. As for the five-piece chicken meal, there was hardly any meat on the wings. The Photo by Brittany seemuth chicken meal will not be on my next order. This pork dinner features “outside meat,” a specialty 4. Though complimentary with cut of meat on the outer part of the pork shoulder. every dish, the coleslaw Speed Queen Bar-B-Q was a letdown. With an inch of liquid sitting at the u Location: 1130 W. Walnut St. base of every container, Milwaukee I could not force myself u Contact: to have more than a few 414-265-2900 l speedqueenbbq.com Walnut St. bites. The liquid/solid u Hours: ratio was way off, even Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. for coleslaw. It had to be Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Sunday: Closed tossed out. n Fo
Speed Queen Bar-B-Q satisfies the blues for finger-licking flavors in the dead of Wisconsin winter. Located at 1130 W. Walnut St. in Milwaukee, Speed Queen first opened in the summer of 1956 and has been serving its trademarked secret sauces to barbecue lovers ever since. The restaurant is easily accessible from the East Side of the city, as it is mere seconds away by car from Milwaukee’s bustling downtown. Although there is seating available inside, Speed Queen lends itself to carryout as it does not have a hired wait staff. Instead it offers a drive-thru and fast carryout services. This prompted me to call mid-afternoon to place an order for pick-up. I was given a 30-minute wait time for my order of pork shoulder, the “outside” meat, a five-piece chicken meal and mac & cheese. Each order of pork comes with a side of coleslaw, while the chicken comes on a bed of fries. Be sure to bring cash when visiting Speed Queen as the restaurant does not accept any form of plastic. I came to understand why many opt for take-out soon after I arrived to Speed Queen. The entrance is used as a crowded waiting area for the bus.
This did not bother me. My discomfort stemmed from the fact that there were what appeared to be several homeless men lying in the Creamsicle-colored plastic booths that are intended for customer dining. It was clear to me that the employees were aware of the loitering, but in the 10 minutes I was there, no effort was made by staff to turn any of the loiterers away. Despite the outdated interior, which was pocked with candy dispensers and uncomfortable-looking booths, I came to appreciate that Speed Queen makes minimal effort at presentation. I enjoyed seeing the plaques of recognition for its food, which hang on the wall just behind the cashiers and the ever-returning clientele who do not need the security of white linen napkins and sterling silverware to know what a good meal truly is. Here’s my ranking of the food: 1. The pork shoulder was the best item I took home. The sauce enfolded the pork in an incredibly smoky, powerfully sweet flavor, which seemed to melt the meat into my mouth with each bite. 2. Two sides held my heart for second place: the mac & cheese and fries. The mac & cheese had a perfectly smooth, cheesy texture that spoke to my stomach as good home cooking, while the fries, which are complimentary
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