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Dr. Mark Hagerott has withdrawn from consideration for the Luther presidency, according to a mass campus email distributed late Tuesday. The reason for his decision is unknown at the time of this publication. “In light of this new development, the next step is for the Board of Regents to consider its options and choose a new course in connection with the college presidency,” the email stated. Hagerott currently serves at the U.S. Naval Academy as a military professor and senior was tasked to further explore his candidacy following a meeting of the Board of Regents last weekend. At the time of his withdrawal, Hagerott was the sole candidate. Hagerott continued on page 10
Macklemore tickets selling out, students get thrifty with resales. Eve Christensen
Thousands of tickets were sold to students and the public for a chance to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform. The concert, scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, may be one of the most popular events ever held at Luther. 2,250 tickets are available for each SAC concert in Regents as well as an additional 250 tickets reserved for the public. As of Wed.
February 21st, 2,112 tickets were sold. As with fun.’s sold out show in the fall, however, many students are already reselling their ticket online – often, for a profit. Mark Gisleson (‘13) has not yet sold his ticket, but he has received three requests from different people to purchase it. Prior to the fun. concert, he sold his ticket to his cousin who attends Iowa State for fifty dollars. Gisleson said he needed the extra money to fix his computer and pay rent for his offcampus house. “I do enjoy Macklemore’s music,” Gisleson said, “but with my past experiences with live shows, I do not expect them to be as good as
they sound on the CD.” SAC Concerts Co-chairs Ben Jarvis (‘14) and Katherine Tangen (‘15) expressed their disappointment regarding the resale of concert tickets. Tangen said she would like the profits to stay on campus. Jarvis said they would prefer that the tickets were not resold, but they are powerless to stop the resale. “We’d like the people who get the tickets to attend the show,” Jarvis said. “At least the concerts are getting tickets sold. At least they’re doing well in more than just our Macklemore continued on page 10 Photo illustration by Michael Crowe/Chips
Tuberculosis on campus Meth arrests Abby Carpenter Staff Writer campus. Luther students recently received an email pertaining to the student that has contracted pulmonary tuberculosis. For
matters of privacy, this student will not be named. Students should not be overly concerned with their safety or health, however as the situation is being carefully monitored and does not pose serious health risks to others in the Luther community. According to Vice President of Communications and has occurred on campus. It is still unclear how this student contracted tuberculosis. Many people who contract tuberculosis, however, do so from traveling internationally. “The usual ways that students would be exposed to, or contract tuberculosis, would be if they had travelled abroad,” Director of Health Services JoEllen Anderson said. “So traveling outside the United States, especially Southeast Asia and Africa, South America, some of those countries, they would be more apt to be exposed.” Tuberculosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis that grows in the lungs. The infection is spread by breathing in air droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person. Tuberculosis can be either latent or active. Latent tuberculosis means that a person has tuberculosis bacteria inside of their body, but their immune system is preventing it from becoming active, and there are no symptoms. Active tuberculosis means that the bacteria is actively growing inside of the body and causing symptoms. “The symptoms of tuberculosis are night sweats, fever, a cough lasting longer than three weeks, coughing up blood and unexplained weight loss,” JoEllen Anderson said. Tuberculosis is not easily transmitted. Generally,
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Increasing use of a new methamphetamine-making method poses a threat to the Decorah and Luther communities. The “shake and bake,” or one-pot, method allows meth to be produced in a two-liter soda bottle and similar containers. The small size has resulted in the possibility for mobile “bombs” as the highly unstable process can be carried in something as simple as a backpack or car. Luther Director of Campus Safety and Security Bob Harri explained that meth producers often throw these bottles on streets and in parking lots. “People who generally manufacture methamphetamine aren’t very environmentally concerned,” Harri said. “They will throw those containers with hazardous waste just about anywhere. What’s concerning when you hear about these labs near campus is what’s happening to the waste.” According to Decorah Chief of Police Bill Nixon, makers of meth often rent properties and leave the property in a state of disaster. “Most of the people making meth rent property and related to decontaminating the property,” Nixon said.
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Shiva predicts farm-based future Peter Jarzyna
and stewardship for the local
Staff Writer one narrative, that if we don’t environment, while also creating
World-renowned environmental activist and thinker Vandana Shiva shared her optimistic message of justice, sustainability and peace with extreme gratitude. She visited Luther this past Tuesday, Feb. 26 for this spring’s Farwell Distinguished Lecture. Shiva advocated for principles of stewardship intended to build a stronger, democratic tie with the earth. Her mission is to prevent commerce-driven initiatives from undermining the life it’s meant to support. “When I talk about creating, reinventing, shaping earth democracy, I talk about a transition from an economic constellation that is destroying the planet, livelihoods and work,” Shiva said. Much of Shiva’s work involves battling the forces of industrial farming, and advocating for the more nutritionally dense and biodiverse family farms.
go down the GMO path, if we don’t go down the industrial agriculture path, if we don’t go down the path of consolidating landholdings, there won’t be enough food,” Shiva said. “What I’ve learned over the past three decades of studying agriculture is that in actuality, small farms produce more food.” According to Shiva, 80% of the food eaten today is grown in the gardens of small farms. “The next era is going to be the era of the family farm,” Shiva said. Attending student Luke Hanson (‘14) felt a strong resonance between Shiva’s message and Luther’s mission of sustainable living. “The way that she talks about the environment and globalization very saliently addresses the issues of how to move forward and make a better world,” Hanson said. “I feel that of demonstrating intense care
global citizens who can make a powerful difference in the world.” For Ben Nordquist (‘15), the idea of globalization as a rupture between local producers and local consumption was especially enlightening as a context for the role Luther might be playing. “[Dr. Shiva] was very encouraging in regards to a lot of what Luther is doing— trying to localize instead of globalize,” Nordquist said. “To reestablish that connection between local producers and local consumption.” Shiva is the director of Navdanya, a seed bank organization after which Decorah’s Seed Savers Exchange was modeled. Seed sovereignty and food sovereignty play a decisive role in her grand vision. “There are new laws being passed that make seed-saving a crime,” Shiva said. “We will continue to save our seeds,
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Sustainable smiles. Visiting lecturer Vandana Shiva shares her vision of replacing industrialized food with small, farm-grown goods. conserve our seeds, share our seeds, breed our seeds, so that we can hand over to future generations the diversity and
richness of our agriculture. This beauty of our laws is a higher duty than the laws being passed against it.”
Incentives, installments reduce false fire alarms Sam Molzahn
said. “As second semester started we
Staff Writer seemed to be getting more.”
Residence Life and Campus Safety and Security are concerned with the amount when pulled in residence halls. In the school year of 2010-2011 there that number jumped to 77. The current total for the 2012-2013 year is 54 alarms. Actual pulls account for two-thirds of alarms while the remaining alarms were planned drills or mechanical defects. “We started off slow this year,” Director of Campus Safety and Security Bob Harri
Brandt Hall has received the most alarms so far this year with 11, often between the hours of 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. Recently Brandt Hall experienced two false pulls on Sunday, Feb. 24; one at 1:35 a.m. and the second at 2:20 a.m.. Early morning alarms can pose danger to disoriented students. “Initially, only one of my roommates woke up for the second alarm,” Brandt resident Ehren Kluge (‘16) said. “He had to wake the rest of us up.” Alarms in residence halls pose problems for Resident Assistants as well. They face a
“Fire alarms are just as inconvenient to an RA,” Brandt Resident Assistant Allison Feltes (‘15) said. “There is only so much you can do as an RA. We try to all be extremely quick out of our rooms to see if we see any suspicious stuff, and we are also trying to encourage our residents to be extra cautious when letting in people they don’t recognize.” Residence Life hopes incentives will reduce false alarms. “We’re allowing [the Brandt hall council], if they want, do some sort of reward system if students turn somebody in,” Assistant Dean for Student Life and Director of
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Residence Life Kris Franzen said. “I’ve worked at other institutions where that’s worked really well.” Campus Safety and Security is working to combat the number of false pulls by installing plastic covers over the alarms. “[The covers] have an alarm on them so if [a person] lifts the cover it’s going to start beeping,” Harri said. “It prevents accidental alarms.” Dahl Centennial Union, not usually targeted with false pulls according to Harri, has received ten alarms so far this year. The pulls have occurred during meal times and even during performances in Marty’s. “It’s very disruptive to have it at meal times,” Harri said. “We’ve had two occur during performances at Marty’s. Our community members they don’t leave the building. If we Ultimately, Franzen believes most students do not understand the danger they put their fellow students in. “I think students sometimes forget the purpose and the reason behind our halls and it’s really discouraging when we have false pulls,” Franzen said. “Students get desensitized to the alarms. When [students] do the false pulls they’re really putting the community in danger.”
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U.S. Cardinals seek answers on Vatican dysfunction Cardinals said Monday they want to talk to Vatican managers about allegations of corruption and cronyism within the top levels of the Catholic Church before they elect the next pope, evidence that a scandal over leaked papal documents is casting a shadow over the conclave and setting up one of the most unpredictable papal elections in recent times. day of pre-conclave meetings, at which cardinals organize the election, discuss the problems of the church and get to know one another before voting. The red-capped “princes” of the church took an oath of secrecy and decided to pen a letter of “greeting and gratitude” to Benedict XVI, whose resignation has thrown the church into turmoil amid a torrent of scandals inside and out of the Vatican.
*** Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. There’s no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’ genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure.
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The threat of frac sand mining has now reached Decorah, first stirring up a controversy in Allamakee County at the beginning of the year. “Northeast Iowa is a flat-out cool area,” Allamakee County Protectors Leader Jeff Abbas said. “It is the only place where we have two desert areas of open sand.” Frac sand mining is not to be confused with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Hydraulic fracturing uses water to drill deep into the ground to mine oil and natural gas. The sand wanted from Winneshiek county would be used to prop open the fissures so the elements can more freely move to the surface. The sandstone deposits in Northeast Iowa are desirable because of their hardness and uniformity. Many feel that the negatives of frac sand mining far outweigh the positives. “It is literally mountain top removal,” Abbas said. When the possibility of frac sand mining became apparent in Allamakee County, people were quick to respond. The Allamakee County Protectors was founded and worked quickly to pass an 18-month moratorium against any mining permits in the county. “After seeing what happened in Wisconsin and Minnesota, we knew that sand mining destroys the area,” Abbas said. “It becomes totally alien.” The group is now working on education and awareness about frac sand mining and frac mining as the issue is increasingly in conversation statewide. “There are no regulations in place against fracking,” Abbas said. “Miners claim they will have minimal impact. Helicopter Flyovers The prominence of the topic of fracking in Northeast Iowa has created rumors concerning the helicopters that occasionally are seen in the
area. Even though a variety of rumors about the intent have been circulating, it is crucial to know that the helicopters are not associated with mining companies in any way. The U.S. Geological Survey is in charge of the flyovers and is undergoing a research project to discover rock formations 2,000 feet below the surface. “The survey was in the works for years,” Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Laura Peterson said. “The timing was pure coincidence.” The surveys are looking for evidence of metals such as copper, nickel and silver deep below the surface, not the sandstone used in fracking. It is thought that the basement complex of Winneshiek County is the same as near Lake Superior, which is a result of glaciers many years ago. “Right now, they are working on the fundamental question of what’s down there,” Peterson said. “No private companies are involved. Still, it is not impossible that it could lead to mining in the future.” The future of fracking in Decorah Many are interpreting the possibility of any kind of mining as a sign for action in Decorah. “The time is here,” Associate Professor of English Amy Weldon said. “[Fracking] is an amazingly bad deal.” The severity of the consequences due to frac sand mining has caused local citizens to begin taking action. The Winneshiek County Protectors, modeled after the group in Allamakee, serves to inform and take action against the threat of frac sand mining in the county Luther students call home. Weldon, who is a member of the Winneshiek County Protectors and speaks passionately against fracking, equates the frac sand controversy with the Keystone XL pipeline. “I see it as separate chambers of the same value,” Weldon said. “This is about our souls and the souls of the land.”
the Korean War, citing a U.S.-led push for punishing U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills. Without elaborating, the Korean People’s Army Supreme Command warned of “surgical strikes” meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula and of an indigenous, “precision nuclear striking tool.” The statement came amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for sanctions in response to North Korea’s Feb. 12 nuclear test. The draft is expected to be circulated at the U.N. this week.
*** Study shows declining life span for some US women A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can’t explain. The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation’s counties - many of them rural and in the South and West. Curiously, for men, life expectancy has held steady or improved in nearly all counties. The study is the latest to spot this pattern, especially among disadvantaged white women. Some leading theories blame higher smoking rates, obesity and less education, but several experts said they simply don’t know why.
*** ‘Batman’ hands suspect over to UK police A man dressed as Batman has brought a suspected burglar into a police station in northern England. West Yorkshire Police said Monday that they do not know the in a 27-year-old suspect to police in Bradford, England.
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A former Luther opera singer on cheese factories, country music and her new album. Margaret Yapp
Over the past year, Rachel Barkel (‘10) has gone from touring cheese factories looking for work to writing a successful country album. Barkel, who has taken on the stage name “Rachel Rhodes,” has had a long and strange jouney, and it all started here at Luther. “While I was at Luther, I don’t know that I would say I was a troublemaker, but I was only focused on singing,” Rhodes said. “I would skip my science classes to practice.” All of this practice paid off. Rhodes starred in several operas during her time at Luther and was a member of Nordic Choir. From their very first meeting, she impressed her voice professor David Judisch. “Ever since I have known Rachel it has been obvious to me that she is extremely talented,” Judisch said. “She is a very instinctive singer, and probably could have done anything in the performance field as far as singing goes.” Despite her versatility, Rhodes took the traditional route after graduation, and continued to study opera in a graduate school program. “It is what I had seen most of my friends and classmates at Luther do,” Rhodes said. “So I figured, why not? I was offered a full ride, did it for about six months, and hated it.” Rhodes had expected the musical focus of a graduate program to reignite
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“Remind me where my heart lands.” Rhodes’ (‘10) released her debut EP album “Heartland” on January 15, 2013.
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Going to the country. Rachel Barkel (Rhodes) (‘10) went from singing opera at Luther to putting out “Heartland,” a country album.
her passion for school, but it did the potentially do and be good at, but it opposite. Despite her love for music, was not until the threat of working the creative process in the program was night shifts at a cheese factory became not for her. all too real that she realized her vague “At that point I just took a breather consideration needed to become a and dropped out of grad school,” Rhodes reality. said. “I moved “Everyone was back to northwest just holding their Iowa, with my breath because parents. Which Nashville is the city was so glamorous where everyone and exciting ...” comes,” Rhodes Back in small said. “Everyone town Iowa, brings a guitar and in early 2011, is hoping for the Rhodes found same thing.” herself touring Luckily, in a cheese factory what she calls a and interviewing “twisted turn of at various office events,” Rhodes positions, all in was able to get hopes of finding -Rachel Rhodes (‘10) her album – called a job. She was “Heartland”– finally offered a put together and secretary job that financed quickly. would keep her in her parents’ house for On top of that, she was able to find a while longer. A-list musicians to play on her tracks “Getting that job was the kick in for “dirt cheap.” the butt that I needed,” Rhodes said. “We ended up coming out with an “Within ten days of getting it I told my amazing album for what we put into it parents that I had gotten an apartment in monetarily,” Rhodes said. “Everything Nashville, and that I was going to go be just kind of came together.” a country music singer.” That album that “just kind of came Her decision to move to Nashville together” has been well-recieved. surprised everyone, including herself. Freelance writer for Maverick Magazine She had always vaguely considered Sara Hunt wrote, on the title track, “It country music something that she could is classy, confident and vocally strong.
“Everyone was just holding their breath because Nashville is the city where everyone comes. Everyone brings a guitar and is hoping for the same thing.”
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A really exquisite song full of passion and drama. It is one of those songs you will never tire of listening to. Rhodes is an exciting prospect for the future of music.” After years of operatic training and success, and a night or two touring cheese factories, Rhodes took the road less traveled, and succeeded – a feat due not to luck, but talent. “Rachel is a versatile performer and can go whatever way she chooses,” Judisch said. “This seems to be her thing right now – and she has certainly made quite a big splash.”
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In the spotlight. Rhodes (‘10) was a familiar face in the music department during her time at Luther.
For more information on Rachel Rhodes and her music, check out her website at rachelrhodesmusic.com. She is also on Facebook and Twitter (@rachelbrhodes).
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Bedtime in Bagram. Maher’s (‘14) first deployment was to Afghanistan, where he slept in one of these buildings and worked as an intelligence analyst.
From Service to student Blane Maher (‘14) on returning from deployment in the Middle East and studying at Luther.
night you’re deploying to Afghanistan. Get your shit ready.” He was sent to Afghanistan to start his duties as an intelligence analyst. The reality
Maher was part of the 319 Special Operations Squadron. He read hundreds of topsecret articles and knew the who, what, when, where and why of every mission. He was also
Bagram Airbase. went out about what they were supposed to “We’re coming into the country and they do and any background information on the hit the lights [on the plane] and all of a sudden situation or country that they needed to know. we’re at a 90 degree bank,” Maher said. One mission that Maher especially “I can look and see the ground and the next remembers is the rescue of Jessica Buchanan Ingrid Baudler Staff Writer second I can see the and Poul Hagen Thisted ground on the other in Somalia last January. Blane Maher (‘14) sits in the front right side because they were The American and corner of his global politics class in Koren. The afraid that rockets Danish aid workers had students discuss theories on the role of the U.S. were going to shoot been captured by pirates in the Middle East. While most students can them as they came in. and had been held only attempt to grasp what it would be like in They dropped from hostage since October. 8,000 feet to landing Buchanan’s health was experience. in about 30 seconds. It -Maher’s (‘14) commander rapidly depreciating and After spending one year at Luther in 2006, was awesome but at the the Air Force knew they Maher left to enlist in the military. He was one same time you’re like, had to act quickly to Courtesy of Blane Maher of two soldiers out of his basic training class ‘this isn’t the United save her. In uniform. After a year at Luther, Maher who were asked to be in the Air Force Special States anymore.’” Since Maher was the expert on Somalia, he (‘14) enlisted in the military in 2006. Operations (AFSOC). The day before, two rockets had killed both was called in to help with the mission. of the gate guards and destroyed the buildings “The FBI gave us a report saying that she Afghanistan. He was called in on a Monday they were in. Maher was suited up in his body was going to die in seven days from a spleen when compared to the greater responsibility he armor and helmet when he got off the plane problem if we didn’t get her out,” Maher felt as a member of the military. any family commitments in the next couple and was confused as to why no one else was said. “So from Wednesday or Thursday until “It’s really tough to accept that I am doing weeks. wearing any gear. Tuesday I was at work and we got this lady something positive with my life,” Maher said. “Yes sir, my sister’s getting married in about “Aw, dude, don’t worry about it,” a fellow out. We dropped a SEAL team in Somalia and “I’m not able to help my friends the same way a week and I’m in her wedding,” Maher said to soldier said according to Maher. “Just carry we killed, I think, 8 pirates that were holding as I was.” his commander. your gun and leave your body armor in your them hostage.” Maher also plans on starting a veterans’ “Anything else?” his commander asked. hut where you live. If a rocket’s gonna hit you, Maher’s job on missions like this one is to group on campus so he can talk with people Maher said ‘no’ but thought that his sister’s it’s gonna hit you. You’re gonna die.” brief the SEAL team before they go out at who have had similar experiences and help wedding was a big enough deal. It took him four days to get over this and night and prep the plane with the information them with the transition back into college life. “Alright,” his commander said. “Thursday accept his position. it needs. These experiences have changed his While Maher was proud of what he perspective and he now offers a different view accomplished with the Air Force, it didn’t during foreign policy discussions in Global Politics. time was the bombing of a Taliban training “We’re not doing this because we feel one camp in Yemen that involved women and way or the other way,” Maher said of being in children causalities. He also witnessed the the military during a time of war. “We do this loathing Afghans had for Americans. because if you believe in our country, you have “[It changed my perspective] to see how to believe in the system and if the system is much hate people have for American and how right then we go to war for the right reasons.“ religious of a war it is sometimes,” Maher said. While he recognizes that this arguably hasn’t After being deployed twice to Afghanistan, always happened in the past, he believes the once to the Philippines, and once to Djibouti, people in the military don’t necessarily have different views than ordinary citizens. management. “Most people [in the military] don’t want to The transition back to college has been hurt anybody,” Maher said. “You do it because Courtesy of Blane Maher On foreign soil. Maher (‘14) poses in Djibouti, where he was deployed. you have to.”
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Vows Culture, community, and courtship tie the knot at annual Ethnic Arts Festival.
“We’re in Morocco and a bunch of people escort my friend, who is a girl, and I up to a room and put us in all these fancy clothes,” Zach Razo (‘13) said. “Suddenly, we’re in the middle of some sort of ceremony and our tour guide comes running up to us and goes ‘You guys realize you’re in a marriage ceremony, right?’ ” The annual Ethnic Arts Festival, a spectacular display of Luther’s vibrant cultural diversity, was held Saturday, Mar. 2. This year the country fair, ethnic cuisine and arts entertainment were bonded together under the theme “A Wedding Story.” “Every year we choose a theme, and it’s usually just an idea for the festival,” Ethnic Arts Coordinator Rachel Miessler (‘13) said. “This year we wanted to have a theme that we would incorporate into every aspect of the festival, and one that everyone could connect with.” The festival’s overarching theme was woven into the fabric of each featured event. The display tables of the country fair featured wedding traditions from each country and hosted a bustling crowd in the Union. Proud students represented their home countries, study abroad temporary homes, and distant heritage. In the evening, Peace Dining hosted a night of ethnic cuisine, with many traditional wedding dishes featured. “The food was absolutely wonderful,” Robbie Helgason (‘15) said. “My tastebuds were thrilled by the unique cuisine and I was excited to be celebrating our campus’ ethnic diversity in Casey DeLima/Chips such a delicious way.” Universal smile. Njabulo Maseko (‘15) proudly represents garb from her home country of Swaziland. The Ethnic Arts Festival culminated in a dazzling arts
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performance in the performers graced t parts of the world, playing traditional m love stories between “I really was surpr Jake Putnam (‘15) s acts, even while mos of ‘weddings.’”
A sensory performance of America
words “Gettysburg Address” are shown on the giant screen in the middle of the stage. Though the two are not connected by a noticeable thread, the Center Stage Series performance “First Person: Seeing America” accomplished many such blends on Tuesday, March 5. Telling the story of America’s growth to the country it is today, traditional music mixes with photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and readings from prominent works in the American canon. The show was a blend of three components: Ensemble Galilei, a group of six musicians, many of whom have a background in Irish music; the aforementioned giant screen with photographs; and two actors, Rob Nagle and Lily Knight, reading the texts. And yet, with all the talent on stage, no one dominates the performance: each element is vital in its own right. Whether the photographs or music was the background of the production is up for debate. Ensemble Galilei conceived the project after performing two similar shows: “Universe of Dreams” with images from the Hubble space telescope and “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World” with photographs from National Geographic.
The ensemble obtained permission from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to use such iconic images as photographs from the days of slavery and from the Great Depression. Then the group read through hundreds of pages of text, trying to discern which pieces should be read during the show. “We decided ‘freedom’ was going to be part of the show, and the price of freedom,” viola da gamba player Carolyn Surrick said. “My job was to read as much war material as I could. I read books about the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and the Civil War. And then [we brought] in hundreds of pages and we all sit around and go, ‘what is it that speaks to everyone?’” As with the other productions they’ve done, members of the ensemble composed much of the music they played. The music was a mix of several different cultures: Irish, Scottish, Swedish and early Americana. Each member of the ensemble had to approve the music selection and how it went with each written work before moving forward. perfect thing,” Surrick said. “There’s no question because when we come across that perfect piece, everybody knows it.” The audience at Tuesday’s performance enjoyed the merging of cultures and art forms in one performance.
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Sounds of liberty. Instrumental sextet Ensemble Galilei accompanied historic photographs and writing with a live soundtrack of primarily folk and celtic music. “They blew my expectations out of the water,” Zach Razo
“Luther is a good place for a program like First Person because it drew students who were passionate about all different areas of study, like history, music and literature,” Ashley Urspringer (‘14) said. “The performance combined them in a captivating and inspiring way.” The performance was a testament to America’s history of hopefulness in the face of adversity. “In America these days, we tend to get caught up in the politics and we forget where this country has been and the extraordinary will that it takes to keep a country like this together and going,” Surrick said. “I think that this show does a really good job reminding people what is extraordinary about the American experience.”
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one. Student dance group Ethnic Beats performs a Bollywood dance at the Ethnic Arts Festival’s evening performance in the Center for Faith and Life.
e Center for Faith and Life. An array of the stage, performing dances from different reading poetry in their native tongues and music from several countries. The MCs told n acts, adding romance and spice to the evening. rised at how diverse the performances were,” said. “Each culture really shone through the stly revolving around the pretty narrow theme
Of the many events the Diversity Center hosts each year, the Ethnic Arts Festival is one of the largest. Luther is a diverse campus, with more than 50 countries represented in the student body. For many students, this festival is an important reminder of the diverse student population. “Luther College is a small liberal arts school, so many people don’t realize we have students from so many different countries,” Yingyan (Shelly) Yao (‘15) said. “I think the Ethnic Arts Festival is a great way to show that Luther has a great emphasis on diversity.”
The festival was successful and “A Wedding Story” proved to be a romantic and unique way to connect countries all around the world. The festival had a happy ending, which the two students in Morocco experienced as well. “Luckily our tour guide warned us and were able to get out of the ceremony,” Razo said. “We didn’t get married, but it was one of those moments when we thought... Wow. I think we bit off more than we can chew.”
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Four chairs, the infamous dividing wall and Game! March 1 marked SAC Special Events’ third annual rendition of The Dating Game, the classic game show. Four bachelors and bachelorettes searched for love before an audience of over 500 in Marty’s. Top Banana, Luther’s student-led improv comedy troupe, helped keep the tone light as the evening progressed.
The Dating Game follows a simple format, which has led to its popularity in numerous One bachelor or bachelorette is seated opposite three others of the opposite sex. The contestant asks the three others, placed on the other side of the dividing wall, a battery of questions in an attempt to ascertain their romantic compatibility. The contestant then selects one for a date. Both contestants and would-be suitors & Grill, courtesy of SAC. Each round was bookended by a short sketch by Top Banana, who have further cemented their relationship with the event by performing for the third year in a row. “They went to one of our events and thought it would be a good idea for all of us to come in and share hosting,” Chris Paulson (‘13) said. “Since it was traditionally not as long as they wanted it to be, they said maybe we could play some games in between, spice up the crowd.” Paulson described Top Banana’s role in the event as a tempering one, helping to keep the night from growing too uncomfortable for those who might be otherwise put off by its occasional awkwardness. “I think it can be uncomfortable for people who aren’t used to this kind of thing,” Paulson said. “Hopefully people in Top Banana can help make people feel more comfortable.”
Making a connection. Top Banana host Chelanga Langason (‘16) facilitates a blind flirtatious exchange between Laura Harney (‘13) and Sam Thrun (‘16). That was less of an issue for bachelorette Laura Harney (‘13), who participated in 2011’s Dating Game. “I thought the Dating Game was super fun,” Harney said. “It was awesome to be a bachelorette and get to be around such wonderful people.” Harney described the pressure of being on the opposite side of the stage, but admitted it “I think it’d be a lot more pressure to actually have a good and witty response ready,” Harney said. “I have the easy job of just coming up
with the questions.” Bachelor Leif Vandersteen (‘14) was effusive in his praise upon stepping off the stage. “It was enthralling,” Vandersteen said with. “I felt alive, like I never have before. I was really impressed at how many people came. Great job, SAC.” Audience members had similarly positive reactions. “I found it pretty entertaining,” Tyler Anderson (‘15) said. “I started to think how I would have answered, but I didn’t have the courage to go myself … Maybe next year.”
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membership precludes a president from encouraging such policies. At Luther, a president whose church college would not be without precedent. H. George Anderson, one of Luther’s most popular presidents, was a member of the LCA ([Lutheran Church in America] Luther being a college of the ALC [American Lutheran
Presidential Search Though I haven’t been able to pick up an issue of Chips since I moved out of Baker Village in 2007, I came across a recent opinion piece, “Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency” (2/28/13), via Facebook. I’m glad to see that questions of faith and learning, are still being discussed at my alma mater. I share Mr. Lange’s concern that Luther’s president share a commitment to the inclusion of LGBT persons and a high level of scholarship with regard to biblical study. However, I do not think that LCMS
years as Luther’s president while maintaining membership in a congregation of the LCA, at which point that congregation, and Luther, ceased to be ALC and LCA but rather ELCA. Given our commitments to social justice and rigorous scholarship as an institution, I have no fears that an LCMS Luther president would suddenly bar inclusion of LGBT students, insist on male-only chapel speakers, or strip our religion department of the historical-critical method. I trust that the search committee has selected a candidate who shares our values as an institution. Furthermore, the search documents themselves spell out the requirement that upon election a president must be willing to “become an active member
Academic Dismissal I read with interest the story “Examining Academic Dismissal” (Feb. 28), and am heartened that Chips is investigating issues that are so central to the academic integrity of Luther. I will not in any way comment on the particular student who was interviewed for the story; my intention here is to clarify for all readers what it means to be placed on academic probation. When students receive the letter informing them that they have been placed on academic probation, THAT is the warning light—a serious and strenuous one—to indicate that they are in danger of being dismissed. In a sense, no student who is dismissed from Luther should ever be confused or puzzled about why that happens—the probation letter constitutes the warning, and it also explains clearly what students need to do to avoid being dismissed: 1) Create an “academic recovery plan” with the help of the 2) Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the next semester; it doesn’t matter whether that next semester contains 4 credits or 14 — the student has to show the capacity to pass the course(s) with a C average. The Academic Recovery Plan (ARP) is designed to help students take a serious and thoughtful look at why their academic performance deteriorated in such a drastic way that their overall
Meal transfers I love food. Compared to other schools, Luther’s Dining Services do a spectacular job of listening to students, providing local
the world when we care so much about the initials that follow a church’s name? The question that confronts the Church today isn’t “why ELCA?” or even “why Lutheran?” It’s “why Christian?” If Dr. Hagerott shares Luther’s values, an LCMS Luther presidency would be a faithful witness to our true membership, not in Chicago or St. Louis, but in the Kingdom of God. The Rev. Nathaniel S. Anderson (‘07), Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church (ELCA) Wilbraham, Massachusetts
academic probation and then use that warning in an intelligent way to set new goals, perhaps change a major, or even take a leave from Luther for a semester in order to work through personal or health concerns. The status is not damning, but it does require students to take it seriously and to do the necessary two steps to show the college that they are up to the task of completing their degree in a timely manner. Indeed, if the college were not to hold ourselves and students accountable for making adequate progress, we been seen as nonchalant or oblivious about whether some going to graduate from Luther. No one wants to be looking at that scenario, so the purpose of academic probation is to provide a fair and clear warning for students to look hard at what is interfering with their academic success, take appropriate steps to make sure it doesn’t keep happening, raise their cumulative GPA one semester at a time and then graduate. It’s not always as easy as that, but it’s not that complicated either. Nancy K. Barry Director of Advising Professor of English
week. With classes that run back to back and numerous meetings to attend, I have little time available to sit down for a meal. Meal transfers allow me to grab a sandwich from Oneota Market or Marty’s, quick swipe of the card, and then I’m on my way to my next activity. By removing meal transfers I am no longer able to have the option of enjoying delicious fried food or eating soup in a bread bowl. I am on full board because I love breakfast. Breakfast food is one of the greatest perks of Oneota Market. Breakfast at Oneota Market is quick, painless, and Egg-like material found only in plastic bags week. Plus Oneota Market has a friendlier
I, like most Luther students, have a busy
of a local ELCA congregation.” No, I’m not concerned about Luther’s president belonging to the LCMS. Instead I’m concerned about what forcing Dr. Hagerott to join an ELCA congregation means for the larger Church. H. George Anderson’s presidency helped show the fruits of mutual ministry among Lutherans – could an LCMS president help bridge the widening chasm between Lutherans? What would it do to the LCMS to lose yet another moderate member?
efforts to help students complete the plan in a way that will actually help them avoid pitfalls in the future. The goal is to complete that plan before the next semester begins, to make sure the course selection is wise and the student is on track to do well in that next semester. The student must then show that he/she is capable of completing the next semester’s course work with a term average of 2.0. Note that the student doesn’t have to completely “rescue” the cumulative GPA above 2.0; the student does have to show that he/ she has recovered enough to achieve a “C” average. It’s a modest threshold, but it does suggest the student is doing something to keep all course grades at C or above.
changes outlined in last week’s edition of dismissal of meal transfers. Removing meal
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card, and say to me, “Have a wonderful day, Sarah.” With the proposed plan, meal transfers are
thrown out the window and run over with an overhaul of surplus Dining Dollars. Diane Tacke was quoted in Chips proclaiming, “This meal plan in 100% better.” Better for whom, Mrs. Tacke? Certainly not better for me or other students on full board. I understand that Dining Services is a business. Businesses change their services in
exponentially. However, all businesses need to respect their customers’ needs. This removal of choice by Dining Services may With fewer customers, would the need for student workers decline at Oneota Market or Marty’s? Would Dining Services cut the hours of supervisors at these two locations? If Dining Services’ goal was to cut expenses, they found their perfect solution at the potential cost of customer happiness. Sarah Forsythe (‘15)
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Opinion: by Travis Houle (‘14)
Translating belief into action
College is a time of changing passions, beliefs and values. We spend our days in class and our evenings online, pummeled with information on injustice, violence and the chief calamities facing humanity. We reside in a community incredibly conducive to discussion and debate, which makes it difficult to not be aware of these issues. This process often leaves us with adamant beliefs, but we are often confused about what we are supposed to do with these beliefs. Our first option would be to do nothing, as many of us do. I would argue that this is degrading to our beliefs and makes them of little worth. Let’s say that you claim to hold the belief that stealing is bad. If you were to see someone stealing, and you had the ability to stop them but you didn't, that belief does not appear to be important to you. If you were to go a step further, and steal yourself, then you would be a hypocrite. By not acting on your belief that stealing is bad, it is fairly
Presidential Search Last week, Chips published an opinion piece entitled, “Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency.” The candidate in question, Dr. Mark Hagerott, will not be the next President of Luther College. According to a message from the Presidential Search Committee, “Dr. Mark Hagerott has withdrawn from the Luther College search process.” One can speculate for days about the factors behind Dr. Hagerott’s withdrawal, but that is not the focus of this letter. The presidential search continues, and as such, the assertions made in “Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency” are worth discussing. The author explained his discomfort with the idea that a member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
clear that you either do not believe stealing is bad, or it is just not that important to you. Our second option when confronted with a moral dilemma would be to do something; to take action. You could despise stealing so much that you become a lawmaker or a police officer, but you could also simply chose not to steal or stop stealing when you see it. In both cases you would be acting, intentionally pursuing to uphold your beliefs. I use the idea of intentional pursuit because I recognize that it would be difficult to act with the same vigor for all your beliefs, especially with the overworked schedule of a college student. In the context of Luther, it may seem cliché to bring up the topic of environmental issues, but I find it quite relevant to this discussion. Here at Luther the majority of students believe that environmental issues are present and deserve action, yet many of us chose not to act. By not acting we are not only devaluing our
(LCMS), was being considered as the next President of Luther College. Among the author’s concerns were biblical literalism, an inability to fully commune with the Luther community and generally conservative views on abortion, homosexuality and gender roles. Would an individual who subscribes to the beliefs decried in “Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency” fit as the President of Luther College? Probably not. But the author of the “Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency” made a very different argument. That author asserted that Dr. Hagerott’s religious affiliation alone made him unfit for the presidency of Luther College. The Board of Regents seemed to disagree with the author. From the onset of the presidential search, the position has been open to individuals of any religious affiliation, provided they agree to join a local ELCA congregation upon their hiring, something Dr. Hagerott was willing to do. Nevertheless, the opinion piece in question included no discussion of Dr. Hagerott’s personal views on these issues, only an unwarranted assumption that he subscribed to every doctrine of his denomination. Look at Catholics and contraception (the latest study suggests a 98% rate of use), or the ELCA and same-
beliefs, but we are also devaluing our credibility as individuals. I'm not suggesting you all instantly become environmental activists, but I do suggest action, which is incredibly easy, especially at Luther. As a student there are an unlimited amount of simple actions that you can take: walk downtown instead of drive, turn off your lights, recycle, eat local foods in the Caf, go to Dunning’s Springs for a Saturday instead of using electricity in your room. Sustainability’s ongoing Energy Competition offers many resources to help make action easy. Though I suggest a change in action for the sake of the environment, this is only one belief of many held here at Luther. I urge you all to take a look at your own beliefs and consider what they mean to you. Please consider this: what good are your beliefs if you don't do anything about them?
sex clergy; to say that there was doctrinal disagreement within congregations may be a bit of an understatement. Taking the question one step further, if Luther encountered a presidential candidate who did hold views contrary to those held by the ELCA, should those views disqualify them from the position? I argue that they should not. Of course, certain views would not fit well with the mission of the college, but we must not require homogeny, religious or otherwise, from the leadership of a diverse Luther community. In fact, I expect better from this institution. To this point, the author of “Lutheranism and the Luther Presidency” pointed out that a non-ELCA president would be unable to fully commune with the Luther community. But with what “Luther community” would an ELCA president be communing? Certainly not all of it: according to a Fall 2011 survey produced by students in the the student body self reports as ELCA Lutheran, with only 58.8% reporting as non-Catholic Christian. Furthermore, as the original author noted, there are numerous denominations with which the ELCA is in full communion. The College is doing itself a disservice by precluding
members of these denominations from holding the position of President. I agree that the mission and heritage of Luther College compel the Board to hire an individual with a personal faith that informs his or her decision-making. That being said, it was unnecessary and obtrusive to put one man’s personal faith journey under a microscope, and who knows, maybe that contributed to his withdrawal. As the search process moves forward, let us work for openness and consider more of a candidate than their religious affiliation. As stated in the Board of Regents handbook, our identity as a college of the church calls us to avoid dogmatism, instead striving for “faithfulness without fundamentalism.” Luther stands at a crossroads. We must choose a leader who will shape this institution for years to come. This leader will not have an easy task. Let us not cheapen the discussion down to sound bites and over-generalizations, but rather focus on Luther’s identity amongst a changing student body, how our position as a college of the church strengthens our ability to face the changing landscape of higher education and the role of our next President in the journey of our college. Paul Esker (‘14)
Across the Water: Angela Stancato (‘14)
How to avoid embarrassing moments
I have had more than enough time in the 45 minute journey to campus to fully realize the merits of small college life. The two-minute walks between buildings at Luther and only having to leave home ten minutes before class feels like an entirely different universe. I’d give anything now for the walk from Towers to Ockham. The short walks punctuated with hugs, hellos and polite smiles make for sweet moments. But they also mean that someone is always watching. On such a small campus it’s standard for everyone to know or at least recognize almost everyone else. This makes it very difficult to get away with embarrassing mishaps. It’s practically impossible to trip on the sidewalk (and then fall to the ground while scraping both knees on the way down only to turtle onto your back because your backpack is stuffed) without half your Paideia class seeing it all transpire. Everything on the scale between general freshman awkwardness and sitting in Sunnyside for twenty minutes eating breakfast with a black lace bra hanging from your backpack is bound to be noticed by someone and mentally recalled every time they see your face until graduation day.
I’m not saying that small campuses are a hotbed of public ridicule; it’s just hard not to have an audience for public displays of lingerie. At Luther there will always be someone who will have your back, but isn’t it always easier to be yourself when no one is watching? I myself never count the drunkard who is inevitably at the bus stop singing to his pile of empty beer cans. Luckily for a frequent victim of embarrassing moments like myself, a city of 300,000 and a campus of 30,000 is the perfect backdrop. The constant crowds of people work only to my benefit. In Nottingham I can hold my head up proudly as I flail heartily while rolling my ankle as I walk past a crowded bus stop because, as my new favorite mantra goes, I will never see these people again. It didn’t take long to realize this, because one’s awkwardness factor increases hundredfold when trying to maneuver the ins and outs of a country where everyone drives on the wrong side of the road and where for the first month or so you feel as if you’re left out of an inside joke. Usually this inside joke goes something like this:
if you are the last person on a packed bus you should really look out for the doors because they will push you face first into the breasts of the tall and put together British girl you’re standing next to. But it’s all okay, because you will never see her again. And when you’re not unintentionally motorboating innocent bus riders, you’re probably outside said bus frantically trying to hail it at full sprint with a contorted grimace that makes the already seated 15-year-old harpies laugh all the more maniacally. But it will only be a short ride until you can skulk away forever and continue to be your freaky self in peace. So if tripping over yourself and falling down a few stairs sounds like the best way to make your entrance into a club, Nottingham may suit you. The same goes for all you drink spillers and snorting laughers. And I’d never forget those of you who sometimes find yourselves being chased by a pack of angry geese in a public park. Just take a deep breath, whip the remainder of that dried out hamburger bun at the mob, and hope to God you never see the likes of those geese again.
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Diagnosing a disease. Mycrobacterium Tuberculosis enters into the lung, causing infection. Symptoms include weakness, fever, coughing and chest pain.
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a person cannot contract tuberculosis from a brief encounter with an infected person. “People are exposed all the time on airplanes,” JoEllen said. “Unless it’s a flight over 8 hours, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) doesn’t recommend doing any testing. And even at that point, the only people that are tested are the people that are
sitting directly around the person with tuberculosis; two rows ahead of them and two rows behind them. So that tells you that it’s relatively difficult to get tuberculosis from casual contact. You have to have prolonged contact with someone who has the active disease to get tuberculosis.” Even though it is difficult to contract, tuberculosis can be a deadly if left untreated. According to the CDC, tuberculosis is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Because of the
severity of the infection, the Winneshiek County Public Health Department and Iowa Department of Public Health have become involved in the situation. “These organizations have been conferring with each other, the Center for Disease Control and the student’s health care providers,” Rob Larson said. “They have been involved with the diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of public health issues involving the broader community.” Students that have been in contact with
the infected student and are concerned for their health are advised to test for tuberculosis. Students should not be overly concerned with the situation, however, due to the difficulty of contracting tuberculosis and the careful measures that Luther and the student are implementing to keep the infection contained. As the e-mail stated, “The student is living in a college-owned apartment without roommates and will not be attending classes, college dining facilities, or activities.”
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Though some have raised concerns Missouri Synod and his military background, several faculty members declined to be interviewed concerning this unexpected additional Luther exploration of the candidate. Professor of Chemistry Brad Chamberlain is a faculty representative on the search committee. When asked to clarify rumors regarding the further
exploration of Hagerott’s candidacy, he brought the questions to the committee’s attention, though they declined to release a statement. “Please understand that this is not an effort to obscure the process to the student body,” he said. “We desire transparency, but we are limited in as well as the fact that the ultimate decision of the matter rests not in the search committee but in the Board of Regents.”
Dr. Ann Duin (‘77) was the second the committee focused further on Hagerott. Currently, she is a Professor of Writing Studies and Director of and technical program in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. It is unclear if she will be reconsidered for president in light of Hagerott’s withdrawal, or whether another national search will be conducted.
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“This comes at great expense if it is done correctly and in some cases requires the property to be torn down due to the contamination.” Laws have been passed restricting the sale of large quantities of over-the-counter decongestants, cold and allergy medicines in order to prevent drug production.
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Close encounters.The most recent meth arrest took place on 2705 College Drive, 1.3 miles from Luther.
Unfortunately, those making drugs have found loopholes in the system, allowing drug production and activity to rise. Harri explained one way in which drug producers have been doing this. “This new method they’ve developed for making methamphetamine involves smaller quantities of ephedrine so it’s easier for them to get,” Harri said. “Because of the small quantities that are produced it’s mostly for personal use, but a person can also sell the small quantities as well,” Harri said. The Decorah Police Department and the Northeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force have worked together on two recent meth lab busts. Two search warrants busting methamphetamine labs were executed in February and resulted in the arrests of 13 people. These incidents mark a growing national trend, spreading from the West Coast across the nation throughout the past twenty years. According to Nixon, meth labs are on the rise everywhere, including Decorah. “Through the ‘90s to the present time we have seen the rise in meth use and production,” Nixon said. “Iowa has been a leader in meth production for many years.” Nixon expects more similar investigations in the future due to a number of reasons. “Part of that is due to more activity and part is due to the fact that we have young, highly motivated investigators working these cases,” Nixon said. “The more energy and resources we put into these investigations, the more you will see.”
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community, which is nice.” The box office is chiefly concerned with ensuring that the students who want tickets receive them. Box office worker, Esmeralda Flores (‘14), discussed the importance of the time period in which the students can purchase tickets. It is crucial for students to get their tickets before they go on sale to the public, especially with such high-profile performers visiting Luther. As far as what is done after the purchase, Flores says it is out of their control. Tangen and Jarvis said they are expecting the concert to be even bigger than last fall’s sold-out fun. concert. As of Wednesday, Feb. 20, the day before tickets went on sale to the public, more tickets were sold to students than there had been for fun. by that time. Tangen said that interest in this concert has spread to other communities and schools who have contacted Luther for tickets. The co-chairs also expressed their own expectations for the upcoming concert. “I think we can anticipate a lot of hype,” Jarvis said. “It is going to be maybe the most extreme show that we’ve ever put on at Luther.” Jarvis said that SAC Concerts tries to exhibit various genres with the artists they choose, and they are branching out with their choice of Macklemore for this semester’s concert. Jarvis believes they will receive positive feedback following the performance.
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Inaugural Norse Awards celebrate athletes
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A night of appreciation. The audience recognizes SAAC Board Members Alexis Dorschner (‘14), Shari Huber (‘13), Tyler Wedemeier (‘13) and Mackenzie Pierson (‘13) for their work in organizing the Norse Awards.
The first annual Norse Awards were held Mar. 3 to commemorate the hard work and dedication of Luther College athletes and coaches for the 2012 competitive year. The Norse Awards was an awards show, with around ten awards given to honor athletes and coaches. Some award winners included the cross-country team for “Best Winning Moment,” Becca Girvan (‘14) for “Female Athlete of the Year” and Tyler Wedemeier (‘13) for “Male Athlete of the Year.” “We really wanted to celebrate Luther athletics in a different way,” Secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Mackenzie Pierson (‘13) said. “There are almost 600 athletes at Luther. I think this will be a great way to connect student athletes and show off what we’ve done.” The event has been in the works since early December. SAAC board members (Tyler Wedemeier, Shari Huber (‘13), Mackenzie Pierson (‘13) and Alexis Dorschner (‘14)) have been hard at work to make this event a memorable one for Luther athletes and coaches. SAAC was given an NCAA grant
earlier in the year that made the event possible. The committee decided to use the money as a benefit for the entire Luther athletic community. Nominations for each category were decided by a voting committee chosen by SAAC. The voting committee included faculty members who hold distinguished positions at Luther and have no bias toward the nominees. Some members of the voting committee included Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Kevin Kraus and Associate Professor of HPE and Athletic Training Program Director Brian Solberg (‘88). A video clip of nominees from each category was sent to the voting committee who each voted for their favorites. In addition, President Torgerson was chosen to give the keynote address. He was also selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Some of my fondest memories in these past fourteen years at Luther are the times I have watched Norse athletics excel and achieve by using their talents,” Torgerson said. “Norse athletics always express great character.” The Norse Awards were held in March for the convenience of athletes, coaches and faculty. The SAAC board wanted to hold the event during the
Men’s Basketball sweeps IIAC awards Sports Information
The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) has announced that Luther College was presented all three of the major men's basketball awards for the 2012-13 season following a vote of the league’s coaches. Tyler Wedemeier (‘13) was selected the Most Valuable Player, headlining the 15-member allIowa Conference teams. Wedemeier is a twotime all-league pick and was last year's IIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Wedemeier led the Norse in scoring and rebounding, producing 428 points and grabbing 250 rebounds. John Androus (‘14) was named the Defensive
Player of the Year. Androus is the third consecutive Luther player selected for the award, following Jacy Dillahunty (‘11) in 2011, the award's inaugural year and Wedemeier a year ago. Head Coach Mark Franzen was named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year. Picked to finish fourth in the IIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, Franzen led the Norse to an 11-3 Conference mark and a share of the program's second title in three years. Zach Matos-Pritchard (‘13) was named first team all-conference. Matos-Pritchard finished second on the squad in both scoring and rebounding. He tallied 290 points while shooting over 46 percent from the field and nearly 70 percent from the free throw line.
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A man of character. President Torgerson talks about the importance of Luther athletics after receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award. awards show season. SAAC is hoping that this event is something other IIAC schools will pick up on. Luther is the first school in the IIAC to hold an event like this for the athletic program. Before the event, a social hour was held with a “blue carpet” to take professional pictures with teammates and coaches. A slideshow of various pictures of all of the teams played during the social hour as well. The all-girls a capella group Beautiful Mess performed for the athletes and coaches during the show. Each athlete in attendance received a small glass with “Norse Awards 2012” inscribed. Desserts for the attendees followed the show. Over 500 athletes attended the formal event. Head Softball Coach and the Faculty Advisor of SAAC Renae Hartl praised the four board members of SAAC for coordinating this huge event in such a short amount of time. “The four executive members of SAAC have literally done this by themselves,” Hartl said. “This is a huge event … the time and energy and creativity behind what they’ve done has amazed me. It’s really exciting.”
Correction Due to space constraints, several outstanding performances were not credited to athletes in last week’s issue. Leah Broderick (‘15) set a new school record in the women’s pentathlon with 3108 points. Broderick also placed second at the IIAC Indoor Championships as a result of her record-breaking performance. Other records were broken by Nick Clark (‘13) in the 200 meter dash and Kurt Hellman (‘16), Jack Espeset (‘16), Logan Langley (‘13) and John Donovan (‘16) in the men’s 4x800 relay. Maggie Pierson (‘14), Annie Klepper (‘13), Kayla Uphoff (‘14) and Tricia Serres (‘16) broke the record in the women’s 4x800.
Freya competes in Iowa City
March 7, 2013 Weekly Standings Softball Simpson Coe Buena Vista Dubuque Loras Wartburg Central Luther
IIAC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 13-1 7-1 3-3 1-3 1-3 1-7 0-0 0-0
Recent scores: • Mar. 6 vs. UW-Stout* Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 19 vs. Bethel Univ. @ Rochester
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Never back down. Meg Ostrem (‘13) marks the thrower while Maria Brown (‘13) and Kari Imhof (‘14) scramble to guard
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee starts season with a 3-3 record. Brita Moore
“We’re going to try to bring in some teams from around the area and just have a scrimmage on a Saturday,” Brown said. Freya frequently faces off with Division I schools, like in the most recent tournament. These schools have the advantage of a larger student body to choose from, including graduate and undergraduate students, while Luther has a pool of 2500 undergraduates. Yet the women remain motivated to give their best effort, often keeping close with the larger teams. “It’s easy to get down on yourself and your teammates when you’re down in points, so staying positive is important,” Anderson said. “But it’s also exciting playing teams that are better than you, because that pushes us to get better.” Because ultimate is a club sport rather than a varsity sport, motivation is a huge factor to keep the team focused, without some of the benefits that varsity sports receive. Because of how busy the Student Recreation Center is during winter, Freya has to
practice late in the evenings. “Of course homework is a factor, and some girls can’t come to every practice because of labs or work,” Brown said. “But there’s a high retention rate from year to year.” Freya has eight seniors, twelve juniors, seven sophomores and nine first-years this year. After spending the fall practicing the basics of the game, the women are taking on intensive training, running sprints, doing ab workouts and practicing drills that simulate the kinds of throws and cuts they would use in games. “We try to get as many touches per girl on the disc, so when it does come to a game, it feels natural for them to throw and becomes a habit over time,” Anderson said. The hard work has definitely paid off for Brown over time. “When I came to Luther, I probably could not throw a frisbee [very far],” Brown said. “But now I can. And it’s a unique group of individuals that come out for Frisbee.”
Freya, the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, will take on all challengers. The women demonstrated that desire when they competed in a tournament in Iowa City over the weekend of Feb. 22, going 3-3 overall against some formidable opponents such as the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin and Drake. “We lost by a lot to Drake, but if you disregard the score and look at our playing and their playing, we held our own, had great flow and got past them many times,” veteran Freya player Maria Brown (‘13) said. The first tournament was a chance to see what each of the players could contribute and show what skills she has. “I can’t say we had key players that weekend,” Hannah Lindblom (‘14) said. “It was equal amounts of playing time, trying to get people experience.” A major difference between this year’s team and past ones is the addition of a coach, the first time Luther has ever had one for women’s ultimate. Admissions Counselor Kelsey Anderson (‘11) has stepped in after serving as a captain during her senior year. “I give the time that I can to the team that I have grown to love over my years as a player and now as a coach,” Anderson said. Freya trains all year and goes to tournaments both semesters, but the spring tournaments must be USA Ultimate-sanctioned and can give the team a chance at going to the national tournament. The team will play in a tournament in Georgia over spring break and a regional tournament Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Anderson in Northfield, Minn. There is also A new disc-overy. No. 8 Alyssa Landin (‘13) looks on as Hannah Garry discussion of hosting one in Decorah. (‘16) throws a quick pass to Freya Team Captain Laura Siebenaller (‘13).
Coe Buena Vista Dubuque Wartburg Central Luther Simpson Loras
IIAC 1-0 2-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2
Overall 9-0 5-3 3-7 4-1 6-2 2-5 2-7 0-6
Recent scores: • Mar. 3 vs. Kalamazoo College L 4-5 • Mar. 2 vs. Case Western Reserve L 2-7 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 16 vs. St. Olaf @ Rochester
Men’s Swim and Dive IIAC Overall 3-3 2-0 Luther 3-5 2-1 Loras 2-2 1-1 Simpson 0-7 0-3 Coe 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: • Mar. 2 2nd of 11 at NCAA Central Regional Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 15-16 NCAA III National Championships @ Cedar Rapids *Score unavailable at time of print