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The search continues Fight in
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Recent presidential history.
The Board of Regents consider their next steps post-Hagerott. Brita Moore
In the past week, Luther College has begun to move forward with its presidential search following Mark Hagerott’s withdrawal of candidacy. The Board of Regents is currently deliberating on what the next steps should be, meeting in executive sessions
via conference calls. “The next step with the presidential search will be determined by the Board of Regents, not the Search Committee,” Assistant to the President and Search Committee Member Karen MartinSchramm said. The information the members of the Board are discussing remains confidential at the time of print. Board of Regents members Paul Torgerson (‘73) and Sandy Lee are responsible for any Search Committee inquiries. “Right now, we do not have a statement to give,” Lee said. “When more is known, we will release a statement to
the campus.” A presidential search marked with uncertainty is not unprecedented in the college’s history. Most recently, after President Jeffrey Baker died of lung cancer in 1999, Richard C. Hemp (‘65) stepped in as interim president during the search that eventually led to the selection of current President Richard Torgerson. Another instance occurred in 198081, after President Elwin D. Farwell stepped down. One of the three finalists, Terence Fretheim (‘56), received many recommendations from students and faculty, but withdrew from the candidacy. Neither of the other finalists were selected, leaving the committee to re-open nominations and continue searching over the summer. H. George Anderson was chosen to assume the position after deliberation. In both of these cases, the Board of Regents had the authority to appoint an interim president should the need arise. Careful deliberation and confidentiality are important for ensuring the best decision. Presidential Search
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between several members of the men’s soccer and basketball teams on Sunday, March 10 during dinner hours. Injuries resulted from student’s head being slammed into a table. The incident was allegedly a continuation of disagreements the night before at Club Pyramid. Students involved declined to comment on the incident. intervention by teammates. Campus Security was not called to the scene. last Sunday, Security was not called and had no involvement,” Director of Security Bob Harri wrote in an email concerning the incident. Men’s Soccer Coach Christopher Garcia-Prats is currently looking into the issue. “I am investigating the matter at this time and I will take action deemed appropriate,” Garcia-Prats said. It is unclear if any charges will be
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Nobel Peace Prize Forum inspires ideas Courtesy of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Listen up! Clara Bergan (‘14) listens to the opening lecture entitled “Sex and War: Doomed by Liberty or Biology?” on Science and Health Day, given by Malcom Potts.
The 25th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum was held
Paul Farmer, a humanitarian who co-founded the
Staff Writer March 8-10 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. world health organization “Partners in Health” and Some of the ideas presented at this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum were controversial, but all provided a solid base for discussion, according to attendees of the event. “We will hear ideas we do not like …and ideas that propel us to different action in our own lives,” the program said.
This year’s theme, “The Power of Ideas: People and Peace,” lent itself to reflection on what kinds of ideas shape people’s definition of peace. In an attempt to attract different types of people to the event, each day had a certain theme. Friday was Business Day, Saturday was Science and Health Day and Sunday was Global Day. Most Luther students who went attended on Saturday only. The keynote speaker for the day was
was the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” Assistant Professor of Anthropology Maryna Bazylevych, who took her medical anthropology Nobel Peace Prize Forum continued on page 10
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News March 21, 2013 Forensic Speech and Debate Team places third in National competition 2
For the Luther College Forensic Speech and Debate Team, spending over 24 hours
From March 7 to 11 the team competed in
our tournament this semester and nationals.
literature, either humorous or dramatic.
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impressive considering the challenges the
Winning. The Forensic Speech and Debate Team earned multiple awards and placed third at the Junior Varsity National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
the team. do, it’s all up to us.”
and have been managing it since. Together an even higher level.”
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Staff Writer in it,” Coulter said. “[Fire alarms] upperclassman.”
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Life outside Luther
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Students learn about listening
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Police say Florida college student plotted attack A college student with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the open so that he could slaughter them, authorities said. He instead took his own life as police closed in.
Florida. No one else was hurt.
*** High court divided over Arizona voter requirement Supreme Court justices disagreed Monday over whether states can require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. Arizona and other states told the justices the precaution is needed to keep illegal immigrants and other noncitizens from voting. Some justices asked whether states have the right to force people to document their citizenship when Congress ordered the states to accept and use federal “motor voter” registration cards that only ask registrants to swear on paper that they are U.S. citizens.
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Get on my level. Owen Metzger (‘14) and other students sit in a circle at council practice and watch as Luther alum Amy Chicos (‘89) explains the basic principles of listening well to others.
Staff Writer opinions,” Budihas said. settled among Democrats, should she decide to run.
each other where one person shares without After leading council practice on One Billion this case a rock, around the circle answering with on campus sponsor a session each week. to communicate that is unlike a discussion or a
the speaker and focusing on listening. “Another principle of council is
Budihas thinks that the session helped the group assess where their members stood on some issues relating to mental health. group, we can hear different opinions without
GOP rolls out roadmap amid party divisions This was to be a roadmap for a new, more inclusive GOP: attract minority voters, support immigration reform and embrace “welcoming and inclusive” attitudes on gay rights. But minutes after unveiling the proposal on Monday, the party chairman distanced himself from it, and some conservatives and tea partyers balked. It all illustrated the GOP’s precarious balance as it works to unite battling factions. “This is not my report,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told reporters, describing the contents as simply
defended” Budihas said. council practice in the future. Budihas said. “I think after this semester we number of these in order to earn her masters in
person who had commissioned the self-audit after the party lost a second consecutive presidential election last fall. He made the comments immediately after declaring Monday “Day One” of the party’s push to change perceptions the audit uncovered that the GOP is “narrow minded,” “out of touch” and “stuffy old men.”
help promote mental wellness, which is one of practice can benefit the groups sponsoring the sessions as well.
helping the group find purpose and direction and
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that people are not used to, and I think it is a
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March 21, 2013
Litardis blasts off
Litardis, a new book club on campus, is dabbling in the time-space continuum. Litardis is a word combination of “literature” and “TARDIS”, the time machine from the British television series “Doctor Who.” Time and space are elements of each book that is discussed by the club. Andrea Beauvais (‘13) started the book club along with Assistant Professor of English Andy Hageman. Hageman was surprised that considering the amount of student organizations Luther has, there were none with the primary focus of literature. He approached Beauvais and, following her enthusiasm, Litardis was born. As an English major, Beauvais was excited to form this club because it would help her stay committed to reading for pleasure and not for class. “Litardis was a way in which I could read something simply for fun, and take a break from the stress of homework and get lost in a different world,” Beauvais said. “I know there are other people out there who feel this way, too, and in my opinion, a book should never be experienced alone.” The particular focus of time and space was chosen because it can be found in almost all genres. Beauvais also said that these topics provide a good opportunity to have deep, perplexing discussions. Currently, the members of Litardis are reading “Cloud Atlas” by Nose in a book. David Mitchell. The club reads one book per semester. Emily Alpers (‘14) is another member of Litardis. club. She said she has a lot of respect for Professor She said she likes to read an additional book for Hageman and that she liked the idea of being involved pleasure outside of in an organization that reading for class, and emphasized reading Litardis has become a for pleasure. She said fun way for her to do so. that requirements for Discussing a book outside a class are harder to of the academic setting is be enthusiastic about also a draw for her. versus reading for a fun “Personally, I try to discussion with fellow read a free book outside book lovers. of class just to keep “I liked the idea of the -Andrea Beauvais (‘13) myself sane,” Alpers club because normally, said. “‘Cloud Atlas’ has outside of classes I don’t become that book.” have time to read for fun,” Towell said. Kathleen Towell (‘13) was also drawn into the The club will also try to incorporate other types of
“Litardis was a way in which I could read something simply for fun, and take a break from the stress of homework and
media as well. First, they hope to construct a Peep diorama for the annual bookstore contest after spring break. Beauvais mentioned a few creative ideas for the club’s future. “Other things might include experiments like how listening to music might affect the emotional response to reading,” Beauvais said, “Or maybe even an artistic interpretation project where members will think of a scene and show either the scene itself or how they responded to them through a form of art.” Beauvais said that the club intends to draw people in from all majors. She hopes that the club provides an opportunity for those who find English courses too intimidating to discuss literature in a low-pressure environment.
Tenured Professors: Eric Baack Bailey Mulholland
The liberal arts experience is all about asking questions and exploring options – activities Professor Eric Baack engages in frequently. Baack, who was recently approved for tenure by the biology department, admits to having no idea what he wanted to do with his life during his college search. He even chose his first semester college courses based on how “cool” their titles sounded. “Nothing I wrote down as a potential major interest on college apps was anything I ended up doing,” Baack said. Although he was unsure about his future, Baack is grateful for how his education developed and where it has led him thus far. “I got my bachelor’s degree at Carleton in philosophy,” Baack said. “The great thing about philosophy is that no professor ever told me to stop asking questions.” When he began taking biology
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Die, buckthorn, die! Newly tenured Professor Baack poses with buckthorn, which he likes to tame in the Decorah area during his spare time. classes his senior year, he was able to apply his inquisitive nature to a whole new field. After receiving a master’s in education he went on to teach biology
and English at an inner-city Portland, Ore. high school, eventually earning his Ph.D. and doing post-doctoral work studying evolutionary biology and
ecology in Colorado, South Africa and Colombia. At Luther, Professor Baack teaches Biology 151, Evolutionary Biology and Biology Statistics, as well as two January Term trips which he especially enjoys. One of these trips, Paideia II in London, incorporates his interests in biology and theater while the other, Ecology of the Southwest in Arizona, allows him to teach and conduct research. “I would consider myself a field biologist, and [Ecology of the Southwest] is really the only time I truly get to teach field biology,” Baack said. Outside of academia Baack loves to spend time in nature, going for hikes with his dog Saskatoon or maintaining the Decorah landscape by taming buckthorn and burning prairie. He also enjoys Shakespeare and cooking unique vegetarian food. An ideal weekend? “I love to go to the American Players Theater in Spring Green, Wisc. for a Shakespeare play with some friends. A nice hike [beforehand], then dinner and a show – it just puts it all together.”
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March 21, 2013
Stepping into the ring
Alex Carney (‘16) talks about his pro wrestling career under the persona ‘Ricky Sanchez.’ Abby Carpenter
At Luther, he’s known as Alex Carney (‘16), a student majoring in education. But to the wrestling world, he’s known as professional wrestler “Ricky Sanchez.” Alex has been interested in professional wrestling from a young age, regularly watching it on TV since he was only 4 years old. But he never knew he could be a part of it until he was contacted by his middle school guitar teacher in October, asking him if he wanted to form a wrestling tag team. Alex agreed to be a part of the team and immediately began
own gimmick as a heel named “Derek Golden,” a millionaire playboy from Mexico, so Carney added on to the gimmick forming his own persona “Ricky Sanchez,” Derek Golden’s pool boy. “It’s kind of inappropriate, but kind of cool,” show and we did a promo trying to get heat from the crowd, my partner was talking and introducing me saying ‘My apprentice, my protégé, my poolboy Ricky Sanchez!’ and I was kind of rubbing my body in a way, trying to get the crowd to boo us, and my mom’s like ‘What the heck is this?!’ You kind of have to have a taste for it.” Besides the persona, there are other aspects of showmanship involved in wrestling. In a show, all the matches are pre-arranged and planned out, and the winner is already decided before the show. Leading up to an event, the wrestlers plan
practice these moves beforehand. The wrestlers practice the moves prior to the match not only to make it easier to perform but also to make it safer. match. “You have to form “In my training a good relationship session, what we did with the person.” was basically build up Carney said. “Even my tolerance to taking if you don’t trust body slams,” Carney them as a person, you said. “My partner have to trust them as would just lift me up a wrestler, to know and throw me down. -Alex Carney (‘16) they’re going to get I would get right back you to the end of the up, and he just kept show alive.” throwing me down again and again until I said Leading up to his latest match in February, ‘uncle.’” Alex met with his opponent, a wrestler who Training wasn’t the only way Carney had to goes by the name of “T.J. Bones,” a 6’3” prepare for his match – he also had to develop man weighing in at about 300 pounds. In this his wrestling persona. In professional wrestling, company, weight class doesn’t matter, and the there are two types of characters. “Heels” are the booker sets up matches purely based on what he villains who the crowd is supposed to dislike, and thinks the crowd will enjoy. Alex, who is 5’10” “faces” are the “good guys” that the crowd wants and weighs 180 pounds, was acting as a “jobber,” to win. Carney’s teacher had already formed his which meant he had to lose on purpose to make his partner look good. This involves a lot of pain.
“My partner would just lift me up and throw me down. I would get right back up, and he just kept throwing me down again and again until I said ‘uncle.’”
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Alex Carney (‘16)
Correction “Tenured Professors Series: Sean Burke,” published March 14, failed to state that Burke is a pastor at St. James Episcopal Church in Independence, Iowa. He is also the organist.
myth that the wrestling ring is soft and padded like a mattress, but that is not the case at all. I would actually compare it to landing on plywood that only has about an inch of give. I always go to the chiropractor the day after training or a show. Your body just kills.” Despite the amount of pain and intensive training that’s involved in professional wrestling, Alex is passionate about it and hopes to continue wrestling for a long time. “I love the community of it,” Alex said. “Everyone is one big band of brothers and we get along like a fraternity. Even if we dislike one another we have to respect each other, because we are literally holding each other’s lives in our hands.”
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Hearts to fill. Students, faculty and community created over 2,000 bowls for the eighth installment of community fundraiser Empty Bowls. The event has raise
Eight years of Empty Bowls foster community with a common cause and a shared meal. Peter Jarzyna
Years ago, Assistant Professor of Art George Lowe (‘76) was on the church council at Decorah’s First Lutheran Church when he recognized the church’s food pantry was in dire need of donations. Community event Empty Bowls, having completed its eighth annual installment this past Sunday, March 17, was his answer. Described online as “a grassroots movement to help end hunger,” the Empty Bowls project has gained a national following over the past two decades. When former Associate Professor of Art Jack Raddatz (‘70) was seeking a charitable opportunity for Luther’s Art Department to adopt, Lowe suggested Empty Bowls. “He agreed to it, and we made a few hundred bowls and a few gallons of soup and raised about $5,000,” Lowe said. “The next year we raised $8,000, and soon enough we were bringing in $20,000. Last year was $15,000, making a total of $91,000 raised so far.”
Located in the CFA atrium, Sunday’s event saw this progression meet a benchmark goal of Lowe’s, surpassing a staggering $100,000 in total donations over the course of its history at Luther. Bowl and soup production has also seen remarkable growth over the years. Lowe, ceramics students and local potters crafted upwards of 2,000 stoneware bowls while community members and local businesses donated over 140 gallons of soup. “We take a 25 cent piece of clay, then make a bowl that sells for 20 dollars,” Lowe said. “Since food pantries have access to discounted prices, the value of the money gets even further multiplied. The 20 dollars you donate ends up buying about 100 dollars’ worth of groceries.” Attendees had the choice for their donation to be given either locally or globally. Proceeds of $17,200 will be distributed between 5 local food pantries, Lutheran World Relief and Potters for Peace. Lowe noted that the First Lutheran Church food pantry is doing much better now that more people recognize the need for giving. “I think this Empty Bowls thing has really accomplished its goal in that respect, in raising
“An inspired way to br
Jamnesty highlights peace Sam Molzahn
The two groups had a table that had information about the congressional
Staff Writer DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act and
Amnesty International’s annual open mic night Jamnesty capped off this year’s Peace Week on Sunday, Mar. 17 with jams, peace and the frosting of cookies. Jamnesty is an annual show sponsored by student organizations Amnesty International and Spread Love Like Violence and it traditionally ends Peace Week. The open mic night is hosted to raise awareness about human rights issues and raise money for the two groups. Each year, Global Concerns groups celebrate Peace Week through discussions, art and other events. This year’s theme was “Closing the Gap” and focused on the gender gap in societies around the world. Amnesty International is a global human rights advocacy group that looks to solve issues including women’s rights, immigrants’ rights and wrongful imprisonment. Spread Love Like Violence works to show that acts of love are greater than acts of violence. “At Luther what we’re trying to do is really just raise awareness about issues both globally and domestically,” Amnesty International Chapter President Michael Peterson (‘14) said.
a petition that students could sign. “Originally we were going to tie in with the gender equality theme with having petitions for reintroducing the violence against women act, Peterson said. Student members of H.O.L.A (Hispanic Organization of Latinos y Amigos) suggested that Amnesty International look into
immigration, leading the group to look into the “[The DREAM act] would give children of un an easier path to citizenship,” Amnesty Inte Anderson (‘15) said. “There are lots of kids wh almost their whole lives, but because they’re ch immigrants they have a hard time getting into co Almost 50 students signed the DREAM act show.
In perfect harmony. Vocal Jazz peformed an arrangement of Manhattan Transfer’s “Operator” to open Jamnesty o
March 21, 2013
KWLC Review: The Growlers “Hung at Heart” Cady Buche
KWLC Rock DJ
Orange County based band The Growlers bring some sunshine to the grey skies with their newest album “Hung at Heart,” released this past January. Their music usually has what the band calls “beach goth” vibes and takes advantage of voice effects and distortion to create a heavy psychedelic feel. They have also been known to use the sounds of different genres such combination. However, with “Hung at Heart” they revert back to that late 1960s rock that makes you want to take off your shoes and run along a beach into the sunset. This is demonstrated perfectly in “Pet Shop Eyes” with its upbeat “groovy” rhythm that doesn’t fail to make you feel like dancing despite its
ed over $10,000 in donations for the food pantry since its inception at Luther. awareness,” Lowe said. “You don’t see these people out in the streets, but they’re here and they need food.” Associate Professor of English Kate Narveson, an enthusiastic attendee since Empty Bowls’ inception at Luther, has been drawn to the event for its consistently communal atmosphere.
Romance is a common theme throughout the album. Oftentimes when artists try to do this, it can escalate to being unlikable and cliché, however The Growlers prove otherwise and create a unique spin on it. The band illustrates the good and the bad qualities of love without making it over the top, corny and unpleasant listening. One such track is “One Million Lovers,” which highlights a newly found romance. The band’s energy stays constant throughout the album. The flow does not really change drastically from one song to the next. That being said, the album as a whole provides a lot of variety. Each song is a little different and fresh for the ears. If you are ready for summer as much as I am, I would definitely suggest checking this album out. I knew almost nothing about this band, but they successfully drew me in with their latest Audiotree Live session, where
“Hung at Heart” has made The Growlers one of my favorite bands yet and they will now have a permanent spot on my summer playlist. The album is easy to listen to and brings a lot of variety to the table, especially if you are into that “beachy” type of sound.
said. “Not only is it an effective fundraiser for a good cause, it draws on lots of different talents, and it brings a fun variety of people together. You never know who you’ll sit next to and strike up a conversation with. And you end up with a work of art.”
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(‘15), the cooperative involvement between Luther’s student and faculty community, local residents and businesses was a crucial factor to the event’s success. -Kate Narveson “It’s amazing how supportive the community is,” Knutson said. “Over the years the support has only gotten stronger.” Unless the event is taken under the wing of a new leader next year, the future of Empty Bowls remains uncertain, as Lowe will not be returning to Luther next fall. “This will be the last year,” Lowe said, “unless someone else decides to take up the event.”
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on Sunday, March 17.
Amnesty International also used the event to run fundraisers. Students could win gift cards and vouchers from local businesses by donating. Students could also buy buttons and other merchandise at the event. The money raised at the event goes toward funding future group events. “We’ve had some issues in the past getting enough acts,” Peterson said. “It was really exciting this year, the response has really been awesome.” Groups had to register before the event and no groups were turned down. Twelve student groups from many different genres performed to and The Avengers brass quintet. “When we signed up we didn’t know what Jamnesty was,” Vocal Jazz member Christie Owens (‘16) said. “It was nice performing for a cause and not just another open mic night.” Following the success of Peace Week and Jamnesty, Luther’s chapter of Amnesty International is hoping to expand their reach. “We’re really looking to take the group into a more involved state on campus,” Peterson said. “That’s what both the fundraising and the whole event is about. It’s about getting us to a point where we can get more involved in campus life and really do things with our message.”
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Sunday Service @10:30am . St. Benedict School (402 Rural Ave.) . 563-387-7706 is offering rides from campus to their 10:30 church service. A van with the LifeHouse logo leaves from the Union @ 10:00 Sunday mornings.
March 21, 2013
Editorial: Great taste, less filling
CHIPS Praise and consequences
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Two events in the last week have raised an exceptional amount of tweets and media attention, especially considering it being a week with the announcement of a new Pope. The first was the support and backlash of the support to the convicted rapists in the Stuebenville case. Many flocked to the Internet to try to garner pity for the convicted students, including CNN, who notoriously pitied the two males with little to no mention of the trauma caused to the victim. The other was a mass of Lil’ Wayne followers begging for prayers in his struggle against self-induced seizures, after an overdose of Sizzurp (a mix of codeine and cough syrup). I read through and watched the responses, but nowhere could I find a reason to pity these people for their poor choices other than the fact that they were talented.
Personal attacks To the Luther College community and Dr. Mark Hagerott: Although Luther College has always been a place where I feel accepted, recently I have been reminded that not everyone is afforded that privilege. The future of Luther College is murky due to President Torgerson’s retirement in June and the need to restart a presidential search process to replace him. Despite this impending need, it seems that discussion has been dominated by the differences in dogmatics of Lutheran denominations. Conversations about the characteristics we are looking for in the next president are essential to the process, but I think that we are having this conversation in a way that is unproductive and will only continue to bring out ugly feelings between the people involved. In the past few weeks, I have been reminded that Luther College, despite claims to be open and accepting, has problems accepting diversity in a healthy that have happened in these very opinion pages of Chips. Recently, we have seen letters from Noah Lange (‘14), Paul Esker (‘14), and Dr. Mark Hagerott regarding the presidential search happening at Luther. Last October and November, we
This praise in our society is a common occurrence that needs to stop. Who cares if the students who raped a fellow minor were promising athletes? Who cares if a seizuring Lil’ Wayne is (debatably) a good rap artist? They shouldn’t get the mercy of the public any more than any other criminal or drug addict – groups of people who are frequently denounced in political and social spheres. Although these two instances might be easy to dismiss, especially considering that the Stuebenville students were unknown until the trial, and Lil’ Wayne is Lil’ Wayne, any time a celebrity or athlete ends up doing something wrong, the public usually tends to overlook it. Chris Brown might be still generally disliked on online forums, but he continues to sell a large number of albums and sell out concerts despite his extreme physical abuse of Rihanna (for which he served only 60 days probation). Michael Phelps is still considered an American hero, even after being caught smoking pot, yet thousands of people are in prison solely for marijuana possession. What gives? I believe that we should be allowed to forgive others eventually, no matter how severe the crime, but the stark contrast between how we treat John Q. criminal and a promising or flourishing actor/musician/athlete is ridiculous. We can’t say that “justice is blind” if blind justice also means pardoning celebrities simply because of their fame and talent. It is that mentality that bends laws and perpetuates justifications like “boys will be boys” as acceptable in cases, like the Stuebenville case, that should be taken much more seriously.
saw letters written by Neal Abbot (‘15), Hans Becklin (‘14), and Matt Yan (‘14) debating the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment. I draw from these letters because they show exactly what is wrong with the discussion between people of differing opinion at Luther. We are so quick to be offended by the slightest disagreement that we respond emotionally rather than rationally. It is much easier to become offended and shut down to conversation than to actually engage in discussion Therefore, we must learn how to converse in a positive way that facilitates growth of the community rather than carry destructive conversation that revolves around attacking beliefs and assigning blame. To be a community where people feel truly comfortable sharing their opinions, we must be open-minded. This is why I am disturbed by the episodes of personal attacks through letters to Chips. I do not think it was Noah’s intent to attack Dr. Hagerott on a personal level. Noah talked in very general terms about the differences in LCMS and ELCA stances. However, his article diminished Dr. Hagerott’s autonomy and personhood by suggesting that someone who subscribes to doctrines of the LCMS can only follow the LCMS teachings. I feel that Paul took issue with this generalization in his letter. Paul framed his letter in response to Noah’s claims, not in response to Noah himself. In this way, Noah’s and Paul’s discourse in Chips was open to more conversation and opposing views. However, Dr. Hagerott, taking a different approach, attacked Luther College in response to what he saw as an attack on himself. He closed down the discussion by pulling his name from the
presidential search. He could have been the person to help show Luther that people with opposing viewpoints can live together in community, but instead took the easy way out. The conversation turned from impersonal discourse about Luther College leadership to an attack on the community in response to a perceived attack. It is unfair, however, to assign blame to Dr. Hagerott alone. As I mentioned earlier, a similarly destructive discussion happened last fall with regard to the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment. Neal, Hans, and Matt attacked each other’s already-held claims. This cannot happen if we are to be in productive conversation with each other. We must instead encounter personhood. How do we do this? For me personally, meditating on why I hold certain beliefs shows me that I am a product of my life experiences. If this is the case, others must also be products of their experiences. Rather than reducing people and their beliefs, this lifts people up as individuals who hold very personal beliefs. This understanding allows me not only to engage with what people believe, but also with the process their lives have taken to bring them to that belief. This opens up deeper conversation that can be used for more personal and communal growth, and allows Luther to become a community that can truly strive our renewed presidential search. It is said that you cannot hate someone that you truly know. Let it then be our goal to truly know one another and grow together as a community driven by compassion to better communication. Seth Rumage (‘13)
Egelof, a former FBI agent, arrived at the scene right after the 2005 Red Lake MN high school massacre. From TIME, January 28, Courtesy of Harland Nelson, professor emeritus of English
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March 21, 2013
Editorial: Ben there, done that
Who wins in an argument? that I am right and the other party acknowledges it.” I think we tend to value more our ability to defeat an opponent rather than winning others to our way of thinking. The problem with this pattern, as Dale Carnegie puts it is this: “When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity … Even if I had convinced [them] that [they were] wrong, [their] pride would have made it difficult for him to back down and give in.” The problem we face is our inability to be critical of our own ideology. When was the last time you opened your mind to the possibility that you might be wrong? Although, once you enter into an argument, as Carnegie says, it is impossible to really win. Even if you are right, you will never get someone to submit once you have damaged their pride. In the age of cyberbullying, trolling and #sorrynotsorry, we have lost sight of our accountability. For some reason, our generation acts as if the Internet is some magical
realm where there are no consequences — like Las Vegas. How many of you have seen a friend post pictures or statuses of underage drinking, etc.? A few days ago I saw a post on the Luther College Confessions page that chastised the people who repeatedly comment on posts (of which I am one) saying that the page was for people to anonymously post things free of judgment. To me, this makes no sense. It is a public forum, and anything stated publicly will always be subject to -Benj Cramer (‘13) scrutiny and judgment. We must take responsibility for our actions and stop hiding behind our keyboards (yes, I know. I am figuratively choking on irony right now). If anyone disagrees with anything I have to say, I welcome their viewpoint. I don’t see this as a challenge, but rather an opportunity to grow. I, unlike many, am completely open to the possibility that I could be wrong. If someone has a more compelling and factually-sound viewpoint, then I change mine. To once again quote Carnegie, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
it is the duty of our newspaper to report what occurs. However, it is absolutely ridiculous for you to publish that student’s name, on the front page no less, as you relay to the public what was no doubt a highly personal, humiliating, life-changing event for the student. I’m aware that Chips can legally publish this information because it is technically public record. However, to hide behind that defense as validation for dragging a fellow student through the mud in front of the whole school would be nothing more than a spineless avoidance of responsibility. The student in the article is my friend. He’s an honest, hardworking, selfless member of our community that has made this school a better place with his presence. He made a huge mistake that is not indicative of him as a whole person, and it’s sad that so many people who read your article will probably never know that about him. Is the embarrassment of having to face the consequences for his mistake in front of his family and friends not enough for you? How about you be normal f***ing human beings and have some empathy? Though I suppose this is evidence that Chips could care less about empathy when there’s a story to be had. In no way do I condone what he did or do I
campaign for leniency in his punishment. We’re very lucky that no one was injured and the only damage was to property; it could’ve been much worse. My friend knows how easily someone could’ve been hurt or killed in a different set of circumstances; this is something that he will be conflicted about, and will have to come to grips with throughout his life. It is our moral obligation to support him and the people affected by his mistake during this tough time. Your article does nothing except exacerbate an already unfortunate situation and ostracize a good man from his community during his time of greatest need. The handling of this article by Chips is a testament to the lack of journalistic insight into the Luther community within the publication. This is a college newspaper about our school and our people. It makes me sad to see it being used in this way that hangs somebody out to dry with absolutely no regard for the human side of journalism, and the implicit responsibility. Whoever wrote this story, and whoever approved its printing, should be ashamed. You have lost a once-faithful reader.
“When was the last time you opened your mind to the possibility that you might be wrong?”
Head Copy Editor
One of the most fascinating things I enjoy is observing the way we interact with others. Through Facebook and Twitter, e-mail, text, casual conversation and formal discussion we are constantly shaping ourselves and the way others think of us. But why should it matter? Over the past few months I have observed several instances of difficult social exchanges — many of which have occurred in this very publication — and I would like to share some observations with you. Our society loves being right (then again, what society doesn’t?). We pride ourselves on our arguing skills and passive-aggressive comebacks without consideration of purpose or function. It’s like saying “it doesn’t matter if the situation is resolved, it matters
OWI name published I’m not going to censor this “Letter to the Editor,” as I doubt you’ve got the balls to run it in your next issue anyhow. I am writing this to express my resentment and general disgust for the Chips newspaper regarding the article “Campus Destruction,” specifically the section detailing a recent incident on campus in which a student received an OWI and damaged several parked vehicles. My issue is not that the story itself was published; I understand that this was an on-campus incident, and
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Opinion: Jesus H. Lucero (‘16)
First Years and Sustainable Living
Stepping onto Luther’s campus as a student for the first time, I was plagued with the rather common first- year questions. Will my roommate be normal? Will I like my classes? Can I live this far away from home? Will I find friends? Am I going to fit in? As I moved my stuff into my room, met my roommate, hugged my parents and watched them drive away, I felt a sense of purpose. I knew why I was here: to educate myself. Little did I know that the learning would not only come from inside the classroom but also from work, friends and the professors that I’ve had the opportunity to befriend. I started my year hopeful and scared of this whole new experience, as I’m
hoping my fellow first-years and nostalgic upperclassmen can empathize. As I began my work in the Sustainability Office as a Sustainability Rep, I was definitely unsure about how I might fit in. I knew nothing about sustainability; I’ve never recycled, never composted and never been an advocate for a greener tomorrow. As I have been slowly exposed to a campus culture promoting eco-minded literacy, it may sound cliché to say, but I have been changed. I am a believer in sustainable action and I know a better tomorrow is possible. This is not a PSA and I am not asking everyone to dramatically change their lifestyles. Live for today and keep the future in mind.
To my fellow first years, I ask you to educate yourselves. Some of us come to college knowing nothing about sustainability at Luther, save the wind turbine, and most of us have little exposure to a sustainable life. assimilate into Luther life composting in the caf, recycling in our rooms and participating in the annual Energy Competition. We don’t ask why, we just do. As a representative for sustainability I can’t say that I’m exactly thrilled if people just do the things we encourage them to do. We, as Sustainability Reps, want students to not only live sustainably but know and understand its importance. Ask any Rep and they’ll
say the same thing; we rejoice when we’re asked a question because that’s what we are, a resource to our fellow students promoting sustainability in the residence halls. As we near the end of our first year in college, what better way to spend it than with a little reflection? It’s amazing to think that in such a short amount of time we have stepped away from home, from our Moms and Dads and some have traveled a great distance to be here. We’ve established bonds, broken some, built ourselves up and have fallen apart. We have only begun to understand what kind of people we are and what we can bring to our community and even to our world.
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THIS WEEK IN
**** 3/21/1871Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous search through Africa for the missing British explorer David Livingstone. 3/22/1765 -Hoping to raise sufficient funds to defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War, the British government passes the notorious Stamp Act. 3/23/1839 - The initials “O.K.” are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for “oll correct,” a popular slang misspelling of “all correct” at the time. 3/24/1953 - Elvis Presley is inducted into the United States Army, starting his day as the King of Rock and Roll, but ending it as a buck private. 3/25/1911 - In one of the darkest moments of America’s industrial history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 145 workers. 3/26/1979 - Egyptian President Anwar elSadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign a historic peace agreement, ending three decades of hostilities between Egypt and Israel. For their achievement, Sadat and Begin were jointly awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize for Peace. 3/27/1998 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves use of the drug Viagra, an oral medication that treats impotence.
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Courtesy of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum
From mountains to Minnesota. Paul Farmer sits down with MPR host Tom Weber after the Science and Health Day keynote address. Many of the questions answered were sent via text during the lecture from viewers around the world.
“Peace as healthy communities” Nobel Peace Prize Forum continued from page 1
Bazylevych also agreed of the forum’s importance.
class to the forum Saturday, appreciated how the forum approached the different ideas of peace.
consumers and informed citizens of the world,” Bazlevych said.
holistic perspective and I think that’s important,” Bazylevych
that parallel their other engagement with the world.”
healthy world.” arts community.
and engage in the forum in a meaningful way.
may not agree with myself and my own ideologies,” Bergan said. “I have a much keener sense for how international peace and
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“These are people who have committed their lives to try to
Peace, love and happiness. Luke Hanson (‘14) smiles as last years’ Peace Scholars are presented on stage.
History points to interim president Presidential Search continued from page 1
candidates, more communication with one
“This ‘open’ process is one we’d like to preserve,” Professor of English Diane Scholl said. “Everyone, at the same time, recognizes
Scholl said. “Certainly search committees at other institutions have made similar decisions; it’s not that unusual, and in fact it issues of that year were never fully addressed. Ohle also had a controversial track record at
respected also, the same as in any search.” previous presidential searches. She remarked that each one was different from the others them. Scholl remarked that the process, Committee. “I respect the Search Committee for deciding that, after visits from two
Students and faculty at Gustavus have called for President Jack Ohle’s resignation after accusations have arisen that he has interfered with faculty searches. According to a story
similar charges to those at Gustavus. It remains unclear what will occur next president, will step down this summer after 14 years of service. With past precedents and colleges, anticipation continues to surround the search.
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March 21, 2013
Students try trainers, CrossFit Ingrid Baudler
Students who do not participate in collegiate sports and are looking for other ways to receive guidance for workouts have additional student resources.
Personal Trainers While Carson Adams (‘14) is not a lot from his brother who is. Adams plans workouts and nutritionally dollars a month each. “I take people to the gym and go through a regimen that I designed and I talk to them about nutrition and how to keep in shape,” Adams said. He plans each program depending on what the student wants to accomplish. “If they want to just build muscle versus tone muscle and get muscular endurance
then I change it up with different workouts,” Adams said. Cuyler VanDerwerker (‘15) has been one of Adams’ trainees since the beginning of spring semester. VanDerwerker was looking for a different type of workout after fracturing his knee last year. He did not want to strain it with his usual running workout. “It started out that I didn’t know how to use any of the equipment and now it’s just fun and it keeps me coming,” VanDerwerker said. Adams is open to helping more people and can be contacted at adamca02@luther. edu.
CrossFit There are students on campus leading 6-week cycles of high-intensity, diverse CrossFit workouts. “The goal is just to be good at everything Schultz (‘14) said. “So every day you do
I work out! Alisa Schultz (‘14) performs an overhead press exercise in Legends. something different.” Schultz leads the workouts with John Mumm (‘16). The two lead a group of three students in workouts and also post their workouts on their Norse Fit Facebook page. Mumm enjoys this type of workout because he values the encouragement and motivation from the -John group. “You might not want to do something when you’re on your own, like squatting, but with the group you’re more likely to do it,” Mumm said. Schultz likes the CrossFit workouts because they can be adjusted according to the amount of weight each person wants to use. This allows for everyone to do the same weight-lifting exercises according to their
personal skill level. “The part I like is that everyone does the same thing,” Schultz said. “Although I’m a girl, I’m still doing the same movements as the guys.” The two have been doing the workouts all year and have enjoyed seeing each other progress. “Seeing the weight go up, that’s the best Mumm (‘16) part,” Schultz said. To join the group, email Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mumm at email@example.com. “We welcome everyone who wants to come,” Mumm said. Adams, Schultz and Mumm are not
“We welcome everyone who wants to come.”
Making it look easy. Carson Adams (‘14) demonstrates proper lifting technique as Peter Ecklund (‘15), Cuyler VanDerwerker (‘15) and Carl Bates (‘15) look on.
researched correct form, workout programs and nutrition.
Wrestling ends with three All-Americans Matt Yan
The men’s wrestling team concluded the 2012-2013 campaign on a high note with three All-Americans. Trent Flegel (‘13), Evan Obert (‘15) and Kyle Windquist (‘13) all placed at the national tournament for the Norse. The three took 8th at the Division III National Tournament to lead Luther to a 16th place finish. Flegel finished his career as a two-time AllAmerican, while Windquist and Obert earned their first All-American honors. Flegel secured his spot on the podium in the round of 12 with a 7-5 victory over Nathan Schmitz of Concordia-Moorhead. He scored with a single leg takedown in the last six seconds of the match to seal the victory. Schmitz had beaten Flegel in the 197-pound fifth-place match at the national tournament last year. “I didn’t know the score,” Flegel said. “I just knew WAKE UP WITH
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he was ahead of me and I just had to keep wrestling.” Entering the tournament unseeded, Windquist outperformed expectations, pinning the No. 4 seed Jake Fredricksen of UW-Whitewater in 8:59 in the All-American round. Windquist credits his performance to his attitude and belief in himself. “You have to believe you can accomplish what you want to accomplish,” Windquist said. “I knew I had it won after I lifted him the second time. I felt his spirit break.” While Windquist and Flegel both qualified last year, Obert became an All-American in his first career appearance at the national tournament. He started the tournament seeded sixth at 133 pounds. “I feel [like I’m] on cloud nine,” Obert said. “All that extra time in the weight room, going out on latenight runs, it just finally paid off.” Obert finished his sophomore year with a 29-10 record. He will be one of five national qualifiers returning for the Norse next year.
“I’m going to miss the camaraderie,” Flegel said. “This team cheers for each other no matter what. It’s not just you out there, it’s the whole team and they’re all behind you.”
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Face smasher. All-American Evan Obert (‘15) tries to turn an opponent from UW-La Crosse at a dual meet this year. Obert scored a 6-2 decision victory.
Softball predicted to win IIAC Tournament
March 21, 2013 Weekly Standings Softball Coe Simpson Central Luther Buena Vista Dubuque Wartburg Loras
IIAC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 13-1 17-3 11-5 1-1 3-3 4-4 4-10 1-3
Recent scores: • Mar. 6 vs. U.W. Stout, W 9-2, L 4-7 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 19 vs. Bethel Univ.
Men’s Tennis Coe Buena Vista Dubuque Central Luther Simpson Wartburg Loras
IIAC 1-0 3-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-2
Overall 18-0 7-3 3-9 7-3 3-5 2-7 6-5 0-7
Recent scores: • Mar. 16 vs. St. Olaf W 7-2 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 24 vs. Carthage College @ Orlando
Men’s Swim and Dive Photo Courtesy of Photo Bureau
Getting the ground out. Paige Seibert (‘12) throws the ball infield during a game last spring. Luther returns AllAmericans Becca Girvan (‘14) and Shari Huber (‘13) and look poised for another successful postseason run.
All-Americans Huber, Girvan hope to lead women to IIAC championship and 4th NCAA tournament in a row. Noah Lange
In the last week of February, the Luther College softball team was voted the unanimous favorite for the 2013 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball crown. A finalist in the NCAA Division III championship for the last three seasons, Luther's formidable stature in softball appears to be unquestioned: the team received 56 points and seven first-place votes from each of the seven other IIAC participant college coaches. “It’s an honor to be voted the top prospect in such a competitive conference, ” team member Elisa Smith (‘13) said. “The IIAC usually has three or four teams that go on to regionals. But at the same time, we’re just at the beginning of our season. We’re just
going to take it one game at a time.” The softball schedule consists of the IIAC season, which will begin on April 3 this year with a game against Wartburg College, and the IIAC tournament. The winner of the IIAC tournament receives an automatic bid into the regional tournament. The regional tournament consists of games played against other schools in the Midwest region, and culminates in a national tournament. The winners from each of the eight Division III regional tournaments go to nationals, which was held last year in Salem, Va. and is scheduled this year for May 17-21 in Eau Claire, Wisc. Luther’s track record in both academia and softball has been important in attracting high-caliber players in recent years, but Smith attributed just as much of the team’s success to skilled recruiting and passion on the part of the coaching staff, as well as the team’s close group dynamic. “We’re a family. We get along so well; we work together so well.” Smith said. “[Recruits] see how close we are as a team and our coaching staff is amazing, so I think they just see that passion that our coaching staff has, and the passion that our players get from that.” Luther enters the IIAC season with two returning All-American players, Shari Huber (‘13) and Becca Girvan
(‘14). “It’s always good to get those honors,” Smith said. “But it’s a new season, and we’re excited to have some more All-Americans. And they’re excited to work harder this season and get those nominations again. I think every year, we start over new. We’re just working for this year.” With their first games behind them and more close on the horizon, the softball team is enthusiastic about the upcoming weeks. “We’re excited for our spring break trip to decide what kind of team we’re really going to be ... and how we’re going to deal with the losses,” Smith said. “And how we’re going to challenge ourselves to get better every single day. We’re excited to find out who we are as a team, and to win some games.” The softball team played a doubleheader against Bethel University in Rochester, Minn. on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m.
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 Luther Loras Coe Simpson
IIAC 2-0 2-1 1-2 0-2
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
Baseball IIAC Luther Wartburg Central Buena Vista Loras Coe Simpson Dubuque
0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Overall 2-0 10-2 6-3 3-2 3-3 4-4 4-5 0-2
Recent scores: • Mar. 9 vs. Macalester College, W 2-1, 4-1 Upcoming schedule: • Mar. 23 vs. Gustavus Adolphus • Mar. 24 vs. Oberlin College Photo Courtesy of Photo Bureau
Pitch perfect. Becca Girvan (‘14) winds up as she prepares to throw another strike during a game last year.