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Taking a stand. Luther students Bryce Kilker (‘13), David Pedrick (‘13), Max Molzahn (‘12), and Sam Zook (‘13) travelled to Washington D.C. on Feb. 17 to protest a proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline out of environmental concern with nearly 50,000 other people.

Peter Jarzyna

Staff Writer

Several Luther students and one alum were among nearly 50,000 people gathered at the nation’s capital to protest an extension of the Keystone Pipeline this past Sunday, Feb. 17. To date, it was the largest environmental rally in the United States. Running from Alberta, Canada, the Keystone Pipeline currently transports fossil fuels extracted from tar sands to refineries in Illinois. The proposed

extension, the Keystone Pipeline XL, would re-route the system for easier transportation to refineries in the Gulf coast region. After an all-night drive and a day of sightseeing, Bryce Kilker (‘13), David Pedrick (‘13), Sam Zook (‘13) and Max Molzahn (‘12) gathered their rally signs and joined the throng at the foot of the Washington Monument to listen to speakers from the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace, among others. Last year, President Obama stalled the construction of the pipeline, ordering it to be re-routed around

a sensitive area of Nebraska. Kilker expressed urgency for the President to take his vocal role in this conversation to the next level. “At the rally, we were asking president Obama to start acting instead of just speaking,” Kilker said. “This would be the first time a president has really taken a definitive stance against the oil lobbyists.” The Keystone Pipeline XL would traverse the Protesters continued on page 10

Meal transfers cut, cafeteria to renovate Katherine Mohr

Staff Writer

Two major changes have been proposed for the meal and dining system for next year: a major renovation for the cafeteria’s serving area and modifications to meal plans that will no longer allow for meal transfers in Marty’s Cyber Café and Oneota Market. All of the serving stations will be completely remodeled,

updating each section and making the flow through the cafeteria easier to manage. In lieu of meal transfers, plans will utilize dining dollars. The proposed plan includes a “Cart Blanche” option, which offers unlimited access to the cafeteria, plus 100 dining dollars. Many of the other meal plans will remain the same, just with more dining dollars than before. Vice President for Finance and Administration Diane

Tacke believes the value of the new meal plans to be much greater. “This meal plan option is 100% better than the other one,” Tacke said. Some students are optimistic about the changes. “As a worker of the cafeteria and athlete, [I am] most looking forward to the cafeteria’s new hours,” Tony Dischinger (‘14) Dining changes continued on page 10

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New arrangements. Various stations will move in proposed changes.




February 28, 2013

Examining academic dismissal MArgaret Yapp

Staff Writer

When Matt Dickinson returned to campus for spring semester this year he was ready for classes to start. He bought $200 worth of textbooks, and was excited to get even more immersed in his philosophy and art majors in the second half of his junior year. Then he got an email telling him that he was kicked out of school.

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Pack your bags, hit the road. Reasons for student dimissal go beyond academics.

“I was on academic probation after fall semester, and Koschmeder indicated that personal situations then I didn’t get a good enough grade over J-term,” sometimes become severe enough that they impact Dickinson said. “So one class was the deciding factor academic performance along with other aspects of for my dismissal.” students’ lives. He also said that sometimes dismissal Dickinson has always struggled with school, mostly can be a positive situation, serving as a break for students because he never had a major that he was very passionate that need it. about. At the end of his sophomore year, however, he “If Luther did not have a dismissal policy, it could mean found a passion for philosophy and art. “I felt like I was doing a lot better this year in terms of motivation,” Dickinson said. end up having more and more of a “But it’s hard to see that from the outside.” “My question is, how that they can’t get out of.” In 2012 a total of 17 Luther After being dismissed Dickinson students were dismissed from am I supposed to show was given the chance to appeal, and school, the same amount as 2011. personal growth if not by he did send the committee a fourThe numbers from two years those grades? letter pleading his case. He was, Grades page ago increased only slightly from however, never able to meet with 2010, in which 14 students were are the problem that they the committee that read his appeal dismissed. in person, a reality that he found have diagnosed.” In last week’s Chips, Staff Writer frustrating. He was also disturbed by Emily Gehlsen (‘16) illustrated the - Matt Dickinson the steps he must take to be readmitted unexplained rise of Luther students into Luther, something that he wants on academic probation this school to do. year. As she stated, students on “If I take twelve-or-so credits at a academic probation are required to complete an academic community college and do well enough, then maybe I recovery plan, or ARP. will be let back in,” Dickinson said. “But they want to see The ARP is meant to help students identify the personal growth before that. My question is, how am I reason for poor grades and set goals for their following supposed to show personal growth if not by those grades? semesters. The ARP also sets grade point standards that Grades are the problem that they have diagnosed.” the student must meet in the following semester; if the student does not meet these standards they run the risk of hopefully taking classes online. Although it has not been being dismissed from Luther College. fun, he says the experience has been eye opening: “Based upon solely academic ability, no student should “I’ve gotten a lot of insight about the way I learn and be dismissed from Luther College,” Registrar Doug my attitude towards school in general, which is good, I Koschmeder said. “A lot of times what impacts the am getting something out of this. It is all so frustrating ... grades is not related to academic ability.” but I sort of had it coming.”

10% of students opt-out of CAF Sam Molzahn

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Admission for events held at Luther such as the fun. concert, Cirque Ziva and the Norse Theater can add up fast for students strapped for cash. With one simple payment at the beginning of the year, the CAF fee allows students to attend these events for free with a simple swipe of their student ID. Without paying individually for these big-ticket events, as well as smaller ones, students can easily get their money’s worth out of the CAF. Some choose not to pay the nearly $200 fee. Every year students receive a form to opt-out returned, they automatically pay the fee. “It was one of those things as a freshman they told me I could waive and I didn’t know what it was,” Caley Danielson (‘13) said. “I wanted to save as much money as I could.” Danielson feels that if the CAF was more

“Some of the Center Stage series are really cool,” Danielson said. “But borrowing friend’s tickets was easier.” Many of the tickets included with the CoCurricular Activities Fee (CAF) are planned and booked by the Student Activities Council (SAC) and the Performing Arts Committee (PAC), such as the Center Stage Series and the upcoming Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert. Many students do not know, however, that the CAF also supports distinguished lectures and the art galleries on campus. Some feel that the CAF is vital. Without it, they say, the quality and quantity of events at Luther would greatly diminish. “The CAF fee is just one portion of our funding, but it’s an essential portion,” Director of Campus Programming Tanya Gertz said. “In addition to that we have our ticket sales. The combination of the two is what makes it possible for us to bring the level of artists that we bring.” Taken apart, neither the CAF fee or ticket sales could provide such talented artists alone.

“If we were dependent only on CAF it would drastically change the series,” Gertz said. “And if we were dependent only on external ticket sales it would drastically change the series.” Student ID cards are electronically activated and registered each year when a student pays the CAF. It costs $195 per year, but allows the student to attend as many events as they would like. Full-time students could spend over $500 purchasing the tickets without the CAF fee in a single year. To purchase a ticket a student only needs to Center for Faith and Life. Tickets are often also available at the time of the event outside the venue. Student ID cards provide quick and easy access to tickets and events. “It’s nice to swipe your card and get into an event,” Britta Nyberg (‘15) said. According to Gertz, however, over 90% of students choose to pay the fee each year. “The vast number of students who opt-out are studying away,” Gertz said. “It’s more often that we have someone who is a non-traditional student opt-out.” Gertz urges students to take advantage of

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Pinching pennies. Seth Rumage (‘14) picks up a ticket with his student ID from Emily Alpers (‘14). this resource. “You’ve already paid for [the tickets]. Redeem those tickets, take advantage of them.” Gertz said.



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Jobless Americans who have been out of work for a long time and

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Trolling for tasty treats. Katie Kust (‘15) checks out the new trail mixes in the C-Store.

New local snacks

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Luther’s sustainable initiative is extending to the C-Store, which is now offering food from nearby Iowa companies. Next to the Tostitos and Twizzlers there is now coffee from Calmar and ice cream from Waukon. Marty’s Staff Member Lisa Chensvold has hunted down local producers according to student feedback about what they want to see in the C-Store. To help with working with Colette Johnson, who started her own company three years ago, called That Iowa Girl. Johnsonborn and raised in Iowa- works as a distributer for local companies. “I work with small mom-and-pop

how to get it out there,” Johnson said. Johnson believes in the quality of food northeast Iowa has to offer. “We have some of the best food here in Iowa,” Johnson said. “We offer a variety ... It’s good, healthy, wholesome food.” To make sure she’s getting the best food, Johnson has her family taste test all of it, and so far has only had to refuse and feed a product to her dogs once. “You can’t promote a product that you don’t like or don’t believe in,” Johnson said. Some of the businesses she works with that have products in the C-Store include O’Brien’s Own Granola in Center Point, La Casa in

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Ice cream crazy. Taylor Johnson (‘14) and Nellie Nelson (‘13)

Iowa City, Timber Ridge in Osceola and Wildwood Farms in Wellsburg. Also sold in the C-Store are products from K’uun Coffee in Calmar, which is served in Sunnyside, and W.W. Homestead Dairy in Waukon. Tom Weighner, one of the dairy farmers and owners of W.W. Homestead Dairy, enjoys selling to local buyers. “Being able to go out and meet the consumer and explain to the consumer about your product is pretty neat,” Weighner said. “It’s also really neat to see the students’ reactions to our products. It just you see other people amazed at the difference in the taste and quality of something that is locally grown and produced.” Having this close connection with businesses has also allowed for specialty products catered to Luther. The owner of K’uun Coffee supplies Luther with a special Christmas at Luther blend and a Norwegian blend for $10.99, which Chensvold said are very popular. “He went to the trouble of calling companies in Norway to see what type of bean he needed to make Norwegian coffee,” Chensvold said. Some businesses have also been receptive to student wants and the student athletes have been especially involved. Taylor Johnson (‘14) of the women’s basketball team requested Norse ice cream bars, which are $1.95. “[My teammates] all eat these bars,” Taylor Johnson said. “We came up with blue ice cream with a white chocolate topping and blue and white sprinkles.” Homemade protein bars, trail mixes and roasted nuts are all at the request of other student athletes. According to Chensvold, the wrestling team’s favorite protein snacks are the cocoa-roasted and cinnamon-roasted almonds from Wildwood Farms for $3.60. Coming soon to the C-Store will be special-order ice cream cakes from W.W. Homestead Dairy. Visit Chensvold in the C-Store with suggestions and feedback about local products.

in tough spots when it comes to the automatic federal budget cuts that are scheduled to kick in Friday. About 2 million long-term unemployed people could see checks now averaging $300 a week reduced by about $30. There could also be reductions in federal payments that subsidize clean energy, school construction and state and local public works projects. Low-income Americans seeking heating assistance or housing or other aid might encounter longer waits. week, though cuts in their work hours won’t occur until April.

*** Syria said Monday that they are ready to hold talks with those who plan on overthrowing President Bashar Assad, the clearest signal yet that the regime is growing increasingly nervous about its long-term persistent headway in the civil war.

*** B disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages. The London-based oil giant acknowledged it made “errors in judgment” before the deadly blowout, but it also cast blame on the owner of the drilling rig and the contractor involved in cementing the well. It denied it was grossly negligent, as the government contended. The high-stakes civil case went to trial after attempts to reach an 11th-hour settlement failed.

*** The Onion is apologizing for calling the 9-year-old star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” a vulgar and offensive name on Twitter, an attack The satirical newspaper on Sunday referred to Quvenzhane Wallis lambasted overnight and asked for forgiveness Monday.

*** Nepalese mountaineer Chhurim has entered the record book by scaling Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. In fact, she executed the climbs a week apart. Nepal’s Tourism Minister Posta Bahadur Bogati handed over the Monday. She scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit on May 12, 2012, and again on May 19.

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Art students curate exhibit of 19th century prints from France’s Barbizon school. Hannah Garry/Chips

Assembled with care. Olivia Brooks (‘16) enjoys a series of Barbizon prints in the Kristin-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery.

Hannah Garry

Staff Writer

A series of prints from the Barbizon school has been donated to Luther College and curated by the students of Assistant Professor in Art History Kate Elliott’s Fall semester 19th century art class. The prints are on display in the Kristin-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery in the Center for the Arts until Friday, March 22. “The Barbizon school emerged in the 1830s after a group of artists settled in the French countryside eager to experience the last vestiges of rural France,” text reads on

one wall of the exhibit. It goes on to explain that painters of the school wished to depict France in a way that it was quickly ceasing to be in the rural and idyllic 19th century. The prints came to Luther by way of donor Alexander Platt. Elliott said that Platt had been collecting prints from this era for a long time and had acquired a large collection. “He lives in a rather small apartment and wanted to downsize his collection,” Elliott said. According to Elliott he chose Luther over other schools because Elliott promised him that students would be involved in the curating process. Names of the students responsible for curating the prints

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are listed alongside the exhibit. “I’m always looking for ways to get students to hone their research skills,” Elliott said of her teaching methods. “I hope they got a sense that curating an exhibition is a lot like telling a story.” Elliott’s student Nicole Billips (‘14) found that the project gave her a taste of where her major may lead her. of work you have to do,” Billips said. She explained that the class was split into groups, each with their own duties relating to the exhibit. Billips’ group was in charge of designing the show. “I think our goal is to show these artists that maybe aren’t looked at in art history but still have a lot of weight Elliott noted that the project was a good way to remind students that what they learn in the classroom does not end there. She hopes that Luther students gain an appreciation for the Barbizon school as well as the work that their fellow students put into the exhibit. After the exhibit ends on March 22, the pieces will be along with other pieces from Luther’s Fine Arts Collection.


February 28, 2013

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Swinging away the competition Abby Carpenter

Marley Crossland (‘15) said. “It’s a really

(‘15) said. “We’re really poor right now

go to the gym.” The dancers of Ballroom/Swing work hard to perform at the best of their ability. There are both required and optional practices, and many dancers go beyond these, devoting time outside of practices to run routines with their partners one-onone. With their big competition right around the corner, many dancers spend 10-14 hours a week practicing their routines. The Star of the North competition, the event for which dancers spend all year preparing, will take place this Saturday, March 2 in the Minneapolis, Minn. Due to expense, this is the only competition that the Ballroom/Swing club will compete in this year. “Next year we’re planning on doing a lot more competitions,” Dakota Lancour

expensive.” The lack of funding for the club is mainly due to the fact that the Ballroom/Swing

Staff Writer good way to get exercise without having to and have no money, and competitions are

In preparation for the upcoming Star of the North competition the Ballroom/ Swing competitive dance team showcased Saturday, Feb. 23. The showcase was a culmination of six months of hard work and practice, and was the club. of the club participated in the “big six”

waltz, tango and foxtrot. The dancers’ excitement and enjoyment was evident throughout the entire showcase. For many, ballroom dancing is a fun way to meet people and get exercise.

funding, there is little money to pay for competitions, and dancers are expected to pay for their uniforms themselves. (‘13) hopes to see ballroom dancing

practicing as hard as some of the organizations here, and ballroom isn’t bump’n’grind down at ‘Scoe’s. It actually does require athletic ability.” The teams that Ballroom/Swing will be competing against at the Star of the North competition are typically Division I schools like Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota,

which all view dancing as a club sport. Not only does the status of “club sport” open up more opportunities for competitions, but there are also scholarships involved that are rewarded to some of the top dancers. “We’re eventually trying to get it to be at least known as a club sport, for said. “Corporations that sponsor the schools want it to be known as a sport, and for there to be an athletic purpose behind it, instead of just ‘Oh, we’re here to socialize.’” In order to be taken seriously as dancers, and to continue moving forward, team members feel it is crucial that the Ballroom/ club sport. In the meantime, team members will continue to remain positive and enjoy dancing for what it is.

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Take the lead. Marley Crossland (‘15), Bryan Waznik (‘15), Anders Lund (‘15), Natalie Sims (‘14) and other members of the Ballroom/Swing team perform their routine.

KWLC Review: Frightened Rabbit “Pedestrian Verse” Noah Lange

KWLC Loud Rock Director

record — a low, warbling piano note that peels off into a progression of broken chords — is as good a suggestion as any that “Pedestrian Verse” is an album quite unlike their oriented than 2010’s “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” less wounded and plaintive than 2008’s “The Midnight Organ Fight,” but with more than enough similarity to provide a holding-on point for longtime listeners. The lyrics are still there, brilliant and self-effacing as always. The band’s weakness for what Pitchfork calls “big, soppy metaphors” is still on display, as is their uncanny ability to make them work through sheer bravado and dedication. Lines like opener “Acts of Man”’s “I’m here, I’m here / not heroic but I tried” that in the hands of lesser artists — Marcus Mumford and his troupe of sons comes to mind — would come off as bland and self-aggrandizing, are given life and genuine feeling in singer Scott Hutchison’s Scottish wail. So are the miniature songs, the minute-long interludes that provide some of the best respites in “The Midnight Organ Fight” and “The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” incarnated here in “Housing (In)” and “Housing (Out).” These short pieces give the record cohesion between songs a more

conventional band with a more conventional track list would be unconcerned with. But gone is the relationship-centric focus of their previous records — the devastating, gloriously productive break-up that formed the core of “The Midnight Organ Fight” and the new-love-joy of “The Winter of Mixed Drinks.” The

introspection remains, but more often than not, the album’s focus is directed at the lives and everyday miseries of those strife narrative purview. This is front and center in “State Hospital,” the title track from last year’s “State Hospital” EP. The song tells the story of a young woman “born into a grave,” with a mother worn into submission by “the national

the band’s work, but in substance are quite unlike anything The anthems of their previous records are still present, role for the record, and does it as well as any of Frightened per se, there are really only a few songs that can compete with “The Modern Leper,” “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms,” “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” “The Wrestle” and the dozen or so other brogue-along earworms in the Frightened

better or for worse. “Pedestrian Verse” is a great record, but its quality something I’ll have to mull over for the next dozen or Courtesy of beat-surrender

Backyard Skulls, Dead Now, State Hospital, Nitrous Gas.




February 28, 2013

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Emily Voss (‘13) chats about opening a photography studio, her NYC internship and the beauty of the camera. Dylan Hinton

Staff Writer

Growing up, Emily Voss (‘13) had a unique career aspiration. “I was always artsy, and I wanted to be a medical illustrator,” Voss said. “Then I tore the tendons in my wrist and had a few surgeries and realized I wouldn’t be able to do detailed illustrations like that.” Luckily for Voss – and the photography world – when a pencil case snapped shut, a camera bag opened.

“I started delving into photography when I was in 8th or 9th grade. My twin sister was my main model, and I’d drag her outside and snap photos of her all the time,” Voss said. Though she never had formal training, Voss dove dedication to her craft has paid off, and after graduating this spring Voss will be opening VOSStudios in Wausau, Wisc. “I can’t believe how many hours she’s putting into it already,” Voss’ friend and model Sarah Lemon (‘13) said. “This business is the next step for her, and I know it’s going to go well.” Voss has spent her summers shooting senior portraits in her hometown of Wausau. She is in the process of renovating her studio, which was built in 1867. When her but hopes to travel around the world and incorporate aspects of fashion photography into her work. “It’s been so much work,” Voss said. “I’ve been trying to be a student and a real person at the same time.”

The road to opening her own studio has been paved with determination and incredible opportunities. Voss took an internship under fashion photographer Jill Wachter over J-Term her junior year. The experience introduced her to the world of fashion photography, and to an assistant of Annie Liebovitz, the famous portrait photographer. Voss showed the assistant her work, and

semester of her senior year as an intern for Liebovitz. “She talks about [the internship], and it just sounds like ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’” Lemon said. “It’s all so intense and such a completely different world than Decorah.”

photography. “We were photographing some of the most beautiful women in the world, and their photographs are still

edited to the point where it’s just n By comparing unedited and r by side, Voss hopes to demon photographs of models can be, an extreme nature of fashion photogr for Voss’ project, and was impre professionalism. “She is so comfortable to be “She gives great advice and is alw intimidating. It makes posing her Through her stunning photogra internships and eye-opening proj she has much to offer the world photography. With the opening o own graduation from Luther rapi

to her. “My camera is my passport not always outgoing, but my c opportunity to meet the most am the most incredible places.”



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not real,” Voss said. retouched photos side nstrate how unrealistic and to shed light on the raphy. Lemon modeled essed by her poise and

around,” Lemon said. ways encouraging, never for her effortless.” aphs, once-in-a-lifetime ojects, Voss has proven of portrait and fashion of VOSStudios and her idly approaching, Voss

rt,” Voss said. “I am camera gives me the mazing people and visit

February 28, 2013

Peace Scholars

Casey DeLima

Terry Sparkes spoke about the program and the

“The best thing that Luther can do for its students

year to fourteen this year. Sparkes expressed how pleased she was to see the increase because of the value of this program and peace studies. “I can’t think of an issue that’s more important in the world today,” Sparkes said. “Think of the kinds of challenges that we have on a global level in relation to the kind of mission we have as a college of the liberal arts and the way that we’re trying to shape citizens and leaders of the world.”

education. Luther isn’t just an institution of faith and learning, it’s a place dedicated to making the world a better place and forming global citizens who care about helping others. The Peace Scholars program is a perfect model for that kind of further education.” The Peace Scholars will spend some time in Lillehammer where they will participate in the

Staff Writer increase in applicants – from nine applicants last now is to offer additional opportunities for

This summer, Luther students Maggie Steinberg (‘15) and Cate Anderson (‘14) will along with ten other students from various colleges such as St. Olaf, Augustana, Augsburg The Peace Scholars program is a seven-week opportunity to study and research peace in

agreed with Sparkes about the importance of keeping this program going at Luther College. “The Peace Scholars program was an incredible


Oslo to attend the Oslo International Summer School, continuing their Peace Scholar Seminar.

an essay. It’s too good to pass up.”

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Maggie Steinberg (‘15) “I applied for the program because I’ve always been interested

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Cate Anderson (‘14) Cate Anderson (‘14) will go from the French Alps – where she is studying this semester – straight to Lillehammer and Oslo,

really like to learn about what other people have done to address type of culture.”

“While I had heard about the Peace Scholars program, I hadn’t seriously considered it until this summer,” Anderson said. “Before this year, I went through the usual terrfying melange of

abroad. In her junior year of high school, she was sent to the same year, she also went to El Salvador to study the after-effects of their civil war. This past J-term, she interned for Congressman Earl Blumenauer in Washington D.C. On campus, Steinberg has sung with Aurora and Cantorei, and she is a member of Alpha Phi Omega. Steinberg said. “We get to talk to some amazing people who have Steinberg expressed enthusiasm when spoken to about this opportunity, as well as an awareness of how important the Peace Scholars program is.

solution is without causing too much damage.”

The location for the second community conversation on guns and public safety has changed. It will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Parish Hall on March 7 at 7 p.m.

Bonhoeffer course and studied the idea of a life defined by active responsibility to neighbors. I started getting really excited about pursuing work in conflict resolution. I realized the Peace Scholars program would be an incredible opportunity to learn about peace-building and reconciliation practices.” On campus, Anderson is involved with various choirs, KWLC Radio and the Children’s Radio Foundation. She has written for the Gadfly and Artscan and been a member of Obama for America. Anderson is quick to show her enthusiasm for continuing adventure this summer. “It may be nerdy or unoriginal, but I can’t wait to study peace,” Anderson said. “I have to say I’m the most excited about what I’m going to learn. It’s absolutely incredible that we will be to take part in dialogue sessions with students from the Balkans at




February 28, 2013

Editorial: Great taste, less filling

CHIPS Defending Seth MacFarlane

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that, but more importantly, these articles claiming MacFarlane was especially

Ethan Groothuis

Managing Editor

I am not a fan of Seth MacFarlane. I haven’t enjoyed “Family Guy” since I was in high school, and recently watching “Ted,” MacFarlane’s raunchy talkingteddy-bear-centered comedy, made me question why something so stupid could be so popular. My distaste for him makes me especially sad considering that I feel I need to start defending him after the unnecessary blowback from his Oscar performance. Like every morning after the Oscars, thousands go to the Internet to read with plenty of disgust and negativity. This year featured some great headlines like “The worst Oscars ever” and “Hostile, Ugly and Sexist,” and I have to say that it is such a disappointing overreaction to his performance. His “rampant” sexism, as one blogger put it, is “proven” by journalists and bloggers by naming the same 5 jokes that were, not in his defense, actually sexist, or could be construed that way. The rest of them try to stretch joke meanings and even instances under the control of the producers that happened throughout the rest of the show to try to convey this overarching sexist theme of the night, including a misunderstanding of a joke involving George Clooney dating younger women. You could say that it is an argument of semantics, and that arguing the genesis and interpretations of jokes is a very time consuming slope to go down. I can buy

number of jokes make fun of himself, let alone a large host of social issues and Hollywood in general. Cherry-picking is not the way to critique someone’s performance, especially when his self-deprecating humor outnumbered his offensive jokes, on top of the clean one-liners and zingers that failed to sizzle. It starts to beg the question if our society is capable of understanding the role of comedians anymore. Choosing a comedian to headline the Oscars is usually front page news, notable considering it is announced months in advance. The TV audience each year begs the Academy for a funny, entertaining host, yet complain when hosts like Ellen DeGeneres or the host of last year’s Oscars, Billy Crystal,

aren’t edgy enough. The Academy delivered to the throngs of requests of Crystal being too nice by bringing in a comedian known for his offensive humor and, to ABC’s delight, it had the highest rating for the Academy Awards in over 5 years. We need to question how divisive comedian’s jokes actually are before jumping down their throats. Ignoring all other jokes and painting the night as being extremely sexist is being incredibly sensational, and I would argue more divisive than the show itself. If we are going to place so much importance on comedians as a means of entertainment, we have to accept that the art of their craft sometimes involves shock humor, and even offensive jokes, especially when asking a notoriously offensive and raunchy comedian to entertain members of the Hollywood community.

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Out of line or out of touch? Seth MacFarlane hosting Sunday’s Oscars.


Survival skills and Sustainability

Libby Holmes

water. Here is where the energy competition comes into play.

Sustainability Rep. With goals of decreasing electricity and water usage, the

A zombie carnival on Feb. 24 marked the start of the Third Annual Luther Energy Competition. With this year’s theme being a zombie apocalypse, I started to wonder: in the event of a zombie apocalypse, how long would I last? I figure I have about three weeks to live, give or take. Years as a Girl Scout have provided me with first aid skills and the ability to build a pretty legit campfire; party planning translates nicely to organizing and managing a base camp; video games taught me about strategy and, if worse comes to worse, a frying pan is totally a melee weapon. I figure with these skills I can convince my friends to keep me out of the fray for three weeks. Okay, maybe two. But personal survival skills will only get you so far. If and when a zombie apocalypse occurs, power grids will be knocked out by zombie hordes, power lines will get ripped down and power plants will be decommissioned. The water supply will be suspect since the zombie virus, H1Z1, could be waterborne. To survive, you clearly need to use less electricity and

energy competition will help you build habits that prepare you for a zombie apocalypse and win the competition. When you think about it, these habits will be important after graduation too. Paying for utilities can eat up a large chunk of your housing budget. Right now, it is hard to see. Our Luther room and board fees cover our water and energy use. If I wanted to, I could take an hour long shower or leave the water on while I brush my teeth and it wouldn’t cost me anything. But when I am on my own, these thoughtless habits may make the difference between buying groceries and having running water at all. If we all participate in the energy competition, imagine how much more prepared we’ll be to enter the “real world.” By unplugging a phone charger while not in use, turning down the thermostat by a few degrees and cutting shower time by a few minutes each day, we can make a surprisingly big and long-term impact on our energy usage, carbon footprint and utilities bills. And who knows? Along the way, we might even survive a zombie apocalypse! Will your habits help you to survive?



February 28, 2013



Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency

Noah Lange

Web Manager

I am the son of a clergy couple in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and as such, grew up with an acute awareness of the differences between the three major Lutheran denominations in America—the ELCA, the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Where some people grow up with a knowledge of the Green Bay Packers’ rivalry with the Chicago Bears, I grew up with a knowledge of our theological differences with the LCMS. Now, I won’t pretend to be an especially qualified resource on the matter, seeing as I’ve nothing but a pastors’ kid’s perspective, but it seems that much of

I was delighted to see the coverage of the recent community conversation on guns and public safety in the most recent issue of Chips. Both Eve Christensen's reporting and Michael Crowe's editorial were good additions to the broader conversation on the role


our theological conflicts stem from the LCMS’s view on the Bible as the inerrant word of God. The ELCA views it simply as the inspired word of God. In this case, the devil’s in the details—the word “inerrant” means that in practice, we ELCA Lutherans have much less in common with the LCMS, than we have with the half-a-dozen denominations with which we hold full communion. In 1971, the LCMS took a turn from a fairly moderate Lutheran denomination that had made overtures toward the American Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church in America (the two, more liberal, founding bodies of the ELCA), to a substantially more conservative body under the leadership of J. A. O. Preus II (a member of Luther’s Preus family). The transition was a bloody one that saw many liberal members of the LCMS leave the denomination altogether. Among the victims of the transition was the teaching of historical-critical methods of biblical interpretation in LCMS seminaries. In effect, the LCMS rejects the last hundred-and-fifty years of liberal biblical scholarship. The repercussions of this move have left the LCMS considerably more conservative and resistant to change than the ELCA. What does this mean in practice? It means the LCMS refuses to ordain women, believing that men should always be in positions

of guns in our country. As the spouse of one of the event organizers, I was a tangential part of the planning process that resulted in the Feb. 12 event at city hall. Though it was billed as a “community conversation,” that was a misnomer, at least in the traditional sense. The organizers realized that a topic as charged as this one would be difficult to address in a single evening. Therefore, it was decided that at least two events would be offered, the first one being more of an opportunity share perspectives than to debate or discuss. Though I disagree with Mr. Crowe's description of the evening as a series of rants, there were certainly passionate arguments made on several sides of the issue, and yes,

of authority over women. It means the LCMS holds that abortion is immoral and should be disallowed in all instances—including cases of rape and incest— except to prevent the death of the mother. It holds a conservative stance on gay parishoners and recognition of gay unions. Why does this matter? Why am I talking about this? It appears that Mark Hagerott, the recommended candidate for the presidency of our college, is a parishoner with the LCMS. I have no qualms with someone worshipping as a member of the LCMS. My aunt’s family is LCMS, and I have good friends with roots in the LCMS. But I do not believe that a member of the LCMS is a good fit for the presidency of this institution. I’m uncomfortable with Luther having a president who is not allowed, by the strictures of his religion, to commune with the students and faculty. Who identifies with a religious tradition that refuses to ordain women, and believes that men should always be in positions of authority over women. A religious tradition that, in opposition to everything that the Luther congregation’s status as a Reconciling in Christ congregation stands for, considers homosexuality an “intrinsically sinful distortion.” The ELCA and the LCMS are both Lutheran, but only one denomination represents the Luther College community.

a few speakers veered into extreme territory. It was a tough evening for many of us in the room, but in the end, I think it was a valuable first step. As we witness in the daily reports from D.C., we no longer actually talk or listen to one another — we make speeches to our supporters and lob verbal assaults against our opponents (Washington Post editorialist Alec MacGillis describes this as the era of “passive aggressive” politics). What happened on Feb. 12 in Decorah was, mostly, a series of onesided conversations; even so, everyone in the room listened, no one stormed out in disgust, no one interrupted and following the event, attendees with differing views continued the

discussion in small groups. It's a sad commentary on our times that such basic civility is cause for celebration. As the event organizers have made clear, this was but a first step, and the next one will be much more difficult. On Tuesday, March 5, the community is invited to a follow-up event, which will be in the form of a mediated series of small-group discussions, allowing opportunities for dialogue and debate. One final note: the location of the March 5 event has been changed—it will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church in downtown Decorah at 7 pm. Brooke Joyce Associate Professor of Music and Composer-in-residence

Musings from a proud nerd

Drew Mick

Social Media Director

Anyone who knows me knows that I am pretty nerdy (although I like to use the word awesome). I love science fiction and fantasy of all kinds, and I get my fix of these genres through various mediam, including books, video games, movies and even comic books. If I truly love something, then I have been known to immerse myself in that, and in fact I have come two label my primary obsessions as my

three M’s: Marvel, Mass Effect, and Middle-earth. “The Avengers” midnight premiere found me at the theater dressed up as Captain America, homemade shield included. “Mass Effect” is a science fiction video game trilogy that I have poured countless hours into playing (an exact number would be better counted in weeks rather than hours). As for Middle-earth, my room at home has two full shelves of Tolkien related works. When “The Hobbit” movies were announced to become a trilogy last summer, I squealed and jumped more than any grown man should ever be allowed to. Seriously, it was an embarrassing amount, but I would definitely say it was merited. The point I am making is that if I love something, I will engulf myself in it and everything related to it. That is just the sort of person I am, and I am more than okay with it. Do my nerdy obsessions get in the way of my normal life? Not at all! Over the years I have surrounded myself with friends who enjoy the same things as I do, and therefore our conversations must sound so strange to outside people (but they are so awesome to us). I can say, “Hey, did you see they announced a

Doctor Strange movie?” and from there it erupts into what we think of it and who should play the title role (fingers crossed for Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme). Remember how I said I dressed up as Captain America for “The Avengers?” Well, I was joined by two of my friends, Thor and Tony Stark. I have the coolest friends... As for my studies, I will be the first to admit I could be a better student, this doesn’t mean I am a bad student. More like average. If I wanted to, I could play my role as a student supremely and above all expectations, but that’s not who I am. I’m often asked why I don’t apply the same passion to my fantastic interests to my schoolwork. After all, with that logic, subjects like history should be a breeze. Well, it’s not the same, and I find it hard to explain. Think of it this way: if I love candy to the point that I devour all of it in sight, then I should be able to apply that love to vegetables like beets. But let’s be honest, beets are so boring and bland compared to the fantastic variety of candy. That’s how I view my nerdy obsessions. They take me to places unreachable and so much more interesting than anything in reality. And it is in those fantastic places that I wish to be.


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said. “I’ll be able to show up to eat at oddball hours, and have more opportunities to work equally oddball hours which is a nice bit of flexibility.” Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Student Senate Representative Sarah Matthiesen (‘15) is looking forward to the change in meal plans. “I understand people do meal transfers at Marty’s or Oneota, but they’re trying to get people to the cafeteria because it’s economically better for the food service,” Matthiesen said. “And these things are always subject to change: if it doesn’t work next year, they can always change it.” A major goal of the cafeteria renovation is making the dining area compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). This will include getting rid of the turnstile exit. Yet another change includes the cafeteria dining hours. The cafeteria will remain open the entire day, from the beginning of breakfast through the end of dinner. According to General Manager of Dining Serviecs Wayne Tudor, the longer hours will not result in added food safety risk or greater food waste. “From 2-5 in the afternoon, we’re

not going to be cooking more entrées and putting them out there, because we know it’s going to be very slow,” Tudor said. “The grill will be cook-to-order. It’ll take [students] five minutes longer, but it’s going to be custom-made, so that way we’re not creating all this extra waste.” For students who do not have an extra five minutes, the cafeteria will now feature a to-go station located near the exit, which features that day’s entrée and other options. It will be open for at least 30 minutes past closing in the evening. Tudor and Sodexo are also looking to offer Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwiches, which would be managed and staffed by Sodexo employees and student workers. It will be located in Marty’s, taking the place of the C-Store. The C-Store will move to the computer area in Marty’s as an open kiosk. The renovation project will cost $1.5 million and will be paid for completely by Sodexo over the next 10 years. However, if Luther decides to end their contract with Sodexo before then, Luther will have to foot the remainder of the cost. To give feedback on the proposed changes, contact Tacke at tackedia@, Tudor at tudowa01@luther. edu, or Diane Narum at narumdia@

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Transformation. General Manager of Dining Services Wayne Tudor explains one possible change: installing an Erbert and Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop in the current C-Store location, which would then move to the computer area as a kiosk.

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Photo Courtesy of Max Molzahn

Environmental concern. 50,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. on Feb. 21 to protest extension of the Keystone Pipeline.

Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest aquifers. Much of the concern for the extension regards the consequences of a spill in this region. “The Keystone Pipeline has leaked 14 times in the two years that it has existed,” Kilker said. “It’s just unrealistic to imagine thousands of miles of pipeline without a problem. The Ogallala Aquifer is rapidly depleting, but it would be tragic if it were to be contaminated.” One argued benefit of the pipeline’s construction is job creation. Pedrick noted that while this may be true for a short time, the jobs would not be sustainable. “It’ll bring in jobs, but they’ll be boom and bust jobs,” Pedrick said. “It isn’t exactly a great model of economic growth for struggling communities.” To conclude the rally, the participants marched around the White House. Days before, upwards of 50 people chained

themselves to the White House’s gate. “It was the first time members of the Sierra Club exercised civil disobedience,” Zook said. “There were a number of arrests.” According to Pedrick, returns from the tar sand extraction process are quite low. “It requires a lot of heat and energy and chemicals in order to distill the oil from the sand,” Pedrick said. “Previously, oil hadn’t been sold at a high enough price to make tar sands economically viable. Now as prices are going up,

these other alternative sources of fossil fuels are becoming more attractive options to oil companies.” Kilker remained convinced that the pipeline is nothing more than a bad business decision, rather than an innovative alternative. “People are being lied to,” Kilker said. “They’re told it will create jobs and lower gas prices, but they don’t see the hidden costs. If it means your water is poisoned, or the government has to implement new taxes to clean up the aquifer, you’re going to be paying for it in other ways.”



February 28, 2013


Wrestling cut from 2020 Olympics

Photo Courtesy of Mike Duroe/Cornell College

Save Olympic Wrestling. The Luther and Cornell College wrestling teams come together in a show of unity at the teams’ dual meet held in Mount Vernon Feb. 18

Matt Yan

Sports Editor

The announcement was sudden and unexpected. The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board voted Feb. 12 to cut wrestling from its list of 26 core sports for the 2020 Olympic Games. The board made its decision after reviewing several criteria including global participation, TV ratings and ticket sales. The verdict has sparked outrage from the wrestling community. “It was shocking that they would be willing to do this,” Luther 133-pounder Robert Patino (‘14) said. “The Olympics are the highest level you can reach. Taking that away from [wrestlers] is shattering dreams.” While the decision is disheartening for many competitors and fans, there is still a chance that wrestling may be reinstated for 2020. The IOC is accepting bids for a single opening, but baseball and softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu are also vying for the spot. The committee will meet again in May to decide which of these to put to a vote and will make a final

decision in September. Critics have pointed out that FILA, wrestling’s world governing body, has no members on the IOC’s Executive Board while the modern pentathlon, which was also in danger of being cut, has supporters on the Board. Wrestling competitions date back to the ancient Olympics in Greece and matches were also held at the first modern Olympics in 1896. The importance of the sport’s existence is not lost on Cody Orr (‘14), who has wrestled since the age of five. “[Without wrestling] I wouldn’t know half the people I do in my life now,” Orr said. “I would be a totally different person. It would be unfathomable to not have wrestling in my life.” Luther Wrestling Head Coach Dave Mitchell believes that if wrestling is ultimately dropped from the Olympics, it could mean the end of USA Wrestling, the organization that governs wrestling in the United States. “I suspect what happens is the quality of wrestling decreases, first at the high school level, then collegiate,” Mitchell said. “That’s what happens first because they won’t have the summer opportunities to

develop as wrestlers.” As of now, college wrestling has not been directly affected by the vote, but participation in Olympicstyle events could decline. “Is there going to be as much interest in it?” Nick Pearch (‘14) said. “I don’t think so. But I’m hopeful that [wrestling] will be reinstated.” Numerous efforts are being made to retain wrestling in the Olympics. In Iowa, a traditionally strong wrestling state, Governor Terry Branstad launched a campaign called Let’s Save Wrestling, which has an online petition that has collected over 22,000 signatures. Other online petitions have been circulated on Twitter and Facebook. Although many observers are still angry about the situation, Mitchell thinks there may actually be some benefits to the struggle in bringing wrestling back, particularly in terms of international relationships. “One of the positives that are coming out of this is that amongst all the political turmoil that we see across the world, unlikely allies such as the United States and Iran are coming together in a common way, putting political differences aside and fighting together to keep wrestling,” Mitchell said.

Serres, Sindelar smash school records Emily Gehlsen

Photo Courtesy of Ally Fillmore

Achievement unlocked. Tricia Serres (‘16) runs the mile in her record-breaking performance at the UNI indoor track and field meet. Serres beat the old record by ten seconds.

of Platteville, Wisc. Attending Luther has

she’s done yet,” Wettach said. “She

feed her running talent. In addition to track, she is also a member of Luther’s cross country team, earning All-American honors last fall. Serres’ early success and recent record is a product of her extra work off the track. “I really like to watch the little things,” Serres said. “Doing strides, core strength, stretching; I think those things are all really important.” When asked about Serres and her accomplishment, Head Coach Jeff Wettach (‘79) praised Serres and her talent for running. “I’ve not been surprised by anything

see her continuing to improve during her years at Luther and beyond.” With the largest track team in Luther history, Wettach hopes to see a high number of his runners qualify for the Drake Relays this year. In order to achieve this, he is focusing on day-by-day improvements of his runners. With the outdoor season beginning in early March, Coach Wettach is currently preparing for continued success during the rest of the indoor season. With two records already broken, the future looks bright for Sindelar, Serres, and the rest of the track and field team.

Staff Writer provided her with vast opportunities to doesn’t leave any stone unturned. I can

Only a month into the season, Tricia Serres (‘16) and Sarah Sindelar (‘14) broke school records in the mile and the 60-yard dash at the UNI indoor track and field meet. Serres broke the school record in the mile with a time of 4:55, a ten-second difference from the previous school record set by Janet Dobyns in 2007. Sindelar broke the record in the 60-yard dash with a time of 8.21 seconds, beating the former record of 8.29 seconds. The girls both credit their team with their success, with 147 other members this year on both the men’s and women’s teams combined. “We have a really incredible team,” Sindelar said. “It’s huge, and there is a great sense of community.” Sindelar has run competitively since she was six years old. Her ultimate goal for the season is to return to the Drake Relays in April after a consecutive five-year appearance streak through high school and her freshman year at Luther. Sindelar finds success by focusing on running her hardest, regardless of the outcome. “I didn’t even know I had broken the record until I came back and I found out on Monday,” Sindelar said. “I always want to run my best in the next race.” Serres has had a passion for running for as long as she can remember; her dad is the high school track coach in her hometown



February 28, 2013 Weekly Standings Women’s Basketball Simpson Wartburg Dubuque Loras Coe Luther Buena Vista Central

Women take second and men take sixth at indoor conference, records in the process. Brita Moore

Overall 25-2 16-10 20-8 18-9 13-13 13-13 12-13 10-15

Recent scores: • Feb. 16 vs. Wartburg L 63-70

Staff Writer

Records fell as the the Norse track and field team closed in on the end of its indoor season at the IIAC Indoor Championships. The women finished second in the meet while the men finished sixth, bringing 34 and 36 athletes, respectively. On the track, school records were broken in both the men’s and women’s 4x800-meter relays, the men’s 200 meter dash, the women’s pentathlon and the first-place finishing women’s distance medley team. Jayne Cole (‘14) won both events she competed in, the 5000-meter run and the 3000-meter run. Tricia Serres (‘16), who recently broke the school record in the mile, won that event with a time of 5:03.95. Incredibly, Serres improved on that time with a 4:46 split in the distance medley. Serres, Maggie Pierson (‘14), Kelsey Strand (‘15), and Annie Klepper (‘13) ran the relay together to set a Luther record of 11:50.55. “The benefit of an indoor conference meet is that it really gives you an indication of how we’re doing relative to competitors within our conference,” Head Coach Jeff Wettach (‘79) said. The team spent all of January training, with three indoor meets in February before the conference meet. Addy Rickels (‘13) anticipates that the momentum will continue to build. “Indoor season is a really good time to work up your fitness, along with the whole month of March,” Rickels said. “You’re more at your prime during outdoor season than indoor, so you can really see those improvements.”

IIAC 13-1 9-5 8-6 7-7 6-8 5-9 5-9 3-11

Men’s Basketball Luther Buena Vista Dubuque Wartburg Coe Simpson Central Loras

IIAC 11-3 11-3 9-5 8-6 8-6 3-11 3-11 3-11

Overall 18-8 19-7 22-6 15-12 15-11 7-19 10-14 8-17

Recent scores: • Feb. 22 vs. Wartburg L 57-62

Men’s Swim and Dive IIAC 2-0 2-1 1-1 0-3

Luther Loras Simpson Coe

Hannah Theisen (‘16) gets her hands set as she prepares for the 200 meter dash. Theisen ended up with a time of 28.04. The results of the conference meet indicated that the training is already paying off. Rickels placed third in the pentathlon (point total accumulated from a 55-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and 800-meter run) and second in the individual high jump with 1.59 meters. Her pentathlon score of 3101 ranks second all-time at Luther. As a multi-eventer, she has more to prepare for than just running. “With the field events, you have that extra element of technique involved,” Rickels said. “There’s a specific approach, and the standards can be shifted back and forth.” For pole vaulter Erik Queoff (‘16), who recently transferred from UW-La

Crosse, the experience is more than just about competition. “Everyone on the team, regardless of skill level, is so positive and supportive of the rest of the athletes,” Queoff said. “It's also clear that everyone on the team is in it for the love of the sport.” His teammates’ support helped Queoff score a personal record in the pole vault, with a jump of 4.20 meters, enough to place eighth. This supportive atmosphere is something Wettach works to maintain, so the sport can be a way to relieve stress rather than a cause of it. “It’s truly a team endeavor, since there are team points being scored,” Wettach said. “The expectation of me is to model that behavior … because I think it spreads if I do that.” Multi-eventer Megan Hatfield (‘13) agrees that the team aspect of the sport, often overlooked, is beneficial to the athletes as individuals. “There’s no way I could be running as fast of times as I am without my team,” Hatfield said. “It’s a great atmosphere when you’re working towards that common goal.” The Norse athletes express their team pride through out-cheering their opponents as well. “You see all these athletes who are competing in a couple hours out there, screaming their butts off for their teammates,” Hatfield said. “We’re so loud, and I absolutely love it. You have this sea of blue anywhere around the track that you look.” Overall, the Norse demonstrated their team depth, with at least one athlete scoring points (placing first through eighth) in nearly every event. The rest of the season is sure to be worth watching. “The next meet on the schedule is always the most important one,” Wettach said.

Overall 3-3 3-5 2-2 0-7

Recent scores: • Feb 14-16 Liberal Arts Championships 2nd of 10 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 20 NCAA III Championship @ Shenandoah, Texas 10:00

Women’s Swim and Dive IIAC 2-0 2-1 1-2 0-2

Luther Loras Coe Simpson

Overall 6-0 5-4 1-6 1-3

Recent scores: • Feb. 14-16 Liberal Arts Championships 1st of 12 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 20 NCAA III Championship @ Shenandoah, Texas 10:00

Men’s Wrestling IIAC Wartburg Coe Luther Dubuque Loras Central Buena Vista Sinpson

7-0 6-1 4-3 4-3 3-4 3-4 1-6 0-7

Overall 19-0 13-6 12-8 10-8 10-13 12-6 2-9 1-14

Recent scores: • Feb. 18 vs. Cornell W 21-15 • Feb. 14 vs. St. Olaf W 36-6 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 2 NCAA III Regional @ Dubuque

February 28th Issue  
February 28th Issue  

Chips: The student newspaper of Luther College fifteenth issue of the year