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February 13, 2014

Blogger sniffs out dog’s story

Photos courtesy of Maja Proescholdt

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many young people, she watched the 21st Century

Volunteer Writer Fox movie “Anastasia” and got swept up in the

story of the Romanovs’ deaths during the Russian Every year Luther students receive recognition Revolution. and awards for their exceptional research, which Because of her considerable research on the typically comes about from senior papers. However, Romanovs, Proescholdt sees beyond their titles one student has shown that technology is allowing and views them as just another large family that changes in the ways people can become connected included dogs. in scholarship. Even something seemingly simple, “I knew that their other dogs were killed during like a blog post, can garner international attention. the execution and I had always assumed that [Joy] Maja Proescholdt (‘15), who had also died,” Proescholdt is studying in Nottingham this said. “He was mentioned in a year, was recently cited by The couple of books that I read, and Siberian Times for her research I always wondered what had and blog post on Joy, one of the happened to him. I went online dogs that belonged to the last and I couldn’t find anything imperial family of Russia, the about him.” Romanovs. With time, Proescholdt found “Obviously my parents read my a post online that referenced blog, I hope, so they’ll read about an article that told otherwise. it, along with other people who -Maja Proescholdt (‘15) Following the trail, she set out care about me, but I didn’t expect on a journey that put her in anything I was really touch with scholars around the surprised when I found out,” Proescholdt said. world, each of whom were kind enough to help her The entire saga began years ago with something in her search for the true story of what happened seemingly simple: her passion for history, to the royal dog. Joy originally belonged to Alexei particularly Russian history. Romanov, the son of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and “Just growing up as a kid and hearing about Tsarina Alexandra. Anastasia and, of course, watching the movie, Associate Professor of Russian Studies Laurie Iudinthe mystery surrounding it was really interesting Nelson was pleased to hear of Proescholdt’s success. to me,” Proescholdt said. “I really care about the “She is very interested in what she is learning Romanovs and started to care about their story. It’s (Russian language and history), and her enthusiasm fascinating and there’s lots to discover.” Proescholdt’s research Proescholdt has felt a particular connection to continued on page 4 this part of Russian history from an early age. Like

“I really care about the Romanovs... It’s fascinating and there’s lots to discover.”

Since 1884

Students campaign for debt awareness Abby Carpenter

For the love of dogs. Maja Proescholdt‘s (‘15) research led her to Alexei Romanov and his dog, Joy.

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Staff Writer

The United States’ national debt is currently $17 trillion and increasing every day. To involve Luther in discussions related to debt, Jordy Barry (‘15) and Laura Mesadieu (‘15) applied to participate in Up to Us, a nationwide campaign that strives to educate students about the national debt. Out of more than 70 schools that applied, Luther was one of 24 schools selected to participate. As an economics and political science double major, this campaign is something Barry feels very passionate about. “We want to spark conversation on campus,” Barry said. “We want people to be thinking about this. We as a generation need to come together and urge those that are in power to take the steps needed to reduce the national debt.” Mesadieu decided to join the campaign because she wanted to make a difference. “I like the idea of being someone that does something in the community and of being a leader,” Mesadieu said. On Saturday Feb. 8, Barry and Mesadieu hosted a game night in Marty’s. Students played games and joined in the conversation about the national debt. To ignite conversation, Barry and Mesadieu provided fortune cookies that contained facts about the national debt. If enough students participate and get involved in the campaign, Luther could have the opportunity to attend the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in Arizona. There, students will discuss the national debt with other schools and the Clintons, as well as represent Luther and northeast Iowa’s ideologies about the matter. Additionally, the winner will receive a $10,000 prize. If they are selected as the winners, Barry and Mesadieu intend to donate a portion of the money to Luther student organizations. Barry and Mesadieu invite students to attend the debate held on Feb. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Valders 206. Panelists will include Decorah Mayor Don Arendt, Director of the Center for Ethics and Public Life Greg Jesson and Northeast Iowa Tea Party member Thomas Hansen. Barry reiterated the idea that the national debt is a problem that affects everyone in the U.S. “This is something that extends across all party lines,” Barry said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, somewhere in between, Up to Us continued on page 4




February 13, 2014

Savaş researches pay gap

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Assistant Professor of Sociology Gökhan Sava ş ’ recent study analyzes the effects a student’s gender, fields of study and postsecondary institutions have on his or her career prospects. Above, Sava ş lectures his Social Statistics class in Main.

Hannah Garry

Staff Writer to reduce the pay gap with men, even in the same

recently co-authored a study titled “Which Is More Consequential: Fields of Study or Institutional Selectivity?” The study dealt with the effects education and gender have on income. “We found that we still have a gender pay gap in America among college graduates, so this is one of our The study was published in the winter edition of “The Review of Higher Education.” The

an edition of the NPR show “Marketplace” on Dec. 10, and a piece in “Inside Higher Ed” covered the study recently.

LIS announces printing changes

major makes more of a difference than the selectivity of their postsecondary institution. “Women in the United States, if they go to selective institutions, let’s say Yale, Harvard, Princeton, but are majoring in education or history, they are not able to reduce the

“We found that we still have a gender pay gap in America among college graduates.” -Gökhan Savaş

women in the U.S. from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who may be at a disadvantage when it comes to affording prestigious institutions. Based on his research

researcher Yingyi Ma became curious as to what women could do to close this gap. They found that a

backgrounds can make up for this by choosing

“If women in the United States choose, let’s say,

“We know that going to selective institutions of course will improve your salary, but for women from lesser socioeconomic backgrounds college said. education affects different demographics for six have to Luther students. “In our research, especially for women here at Luther College from relatively less privileged social class backgrounds, they might need to know that their college major choice is the key to their

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Lindsey Bohr (‘15) uses a printer in Preus Library, where color printing is no longer available for student use. Other changes to printing policy include GoPrint accounts for student organizations and work study.

Matt Helm

Staff Writer

Recent changes in printing policy will allow students separate accounts for personal use, recognized student organizations and work study positions. “Before the changes, students would use their own accounts for things that weren’t their work,” Director of User Services Diane Gossman said. “Student organization work was coming out of individual accounts. Work study printing was coming out of their account. RAs and Assistant Hall Directors were using their own accounts to print for Residence Life. Students were using up their quotas for work that wasn’t theirs.” Student quotas remain unchanged, with $20 for Fall and Spring semester and $5 for J-Term and Summer Sessions. Students who run out of funds can deposit money into their NordiCash account in the Office of Financial Services. Color printing is no longer offered through the GoPrint accounts. Students can print in color for 25 cents per copy in the Document Center in Main. “Looking at the numbers we decided that the quota was fine where it was,” Gossman said. “Less than 10 percent of students approach the quota, even when they were printing for other organizations as well as for themselves.” Library and Information Services encourages students who encounter problems with broken printers to contact them as soon as possible. “We have replaced some printers on campus because we became aware of problems,” Gossman said. “If you see issues with any of the printers let us know so we can fix them sooner rather than later. We are looking at all of our printers on campus and putting a proposal together to replace more of them.”


February 13, 2014

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Walker Nyenhuis News Editor

Unwilling to spook the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government’s debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury’s borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House. The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would relent.

*** Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death - extending the that it will only apply to the handful of teenage boys and girls who are in advanced stages of cancer or other terminal illnesses. Photo courtesy of Libby Logsden

Libby Logsden (‘15) (center) poses with campers from Ox Lake Bible Camp in Amery, Wis., where she was a counselor last summer. Summer camp recruitment fairs will be on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Union lounge.

Summer camps recruit Anna Jeide

“I got to peak a mountain that was 13,252 feet,”

Staff Writer Homeier said, “It’s such a good experience and

there’s really nothing like it. You learn a lot about As Luther students settle into the rhythm of yourself and the world.” Another former summer camp counselor, Libby spring semester, many consider how they will spend the upcoming summer. Some will search for Logsden (‘15), also found her position at Ox Lake internships, study abroad programs and summer Bible Camp in Amery, Wis., through a connection at Luther. Despite Logsden’s initial plans to seek classes and some will work at camps. In coming weeks, the Career Center will be out an internship, she felt called to work at camp. “I just felt pulled to it,” Logsden said. “It was sponsoring two Summer Camp Fairs in the Dahl five hours away from my house, Centennial Union Main Lounge. and I knew no one, but I just The fairs will be from 10 a.m. felt like, ‘I need to do this.’” 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Logsden reported gaining Thursday, Feb. 20. The latter new perspective and skills fair is for ELCA camps. through her experience. Annual camp fairs have “I learned how to put my facilitated many discussions personal things aside and between camps and Luther share my love with kids,” students over the years. Some Logsden said. “I grew as a camp representatives attend -Brenda Ranum person immensely … I think it both camp fairs in order to should be a requirement. Yes, maximize their recruiting it’s difficult and challenging at prospects at Luther. “As far as why the camps like to come to Luther, times, but it’s probably the most rewarding job I that’s pretty easy; it’s the students,” Director of will ever have.” Because of the multitude of camps that come to the Career Center Brenda Ranum said. “Employers have said it’s the quality of the students, their work recruit at Luther, the Career Center has coordinated ethic, their ability to work with young people, the two different days to host camp representatives. “The fairs are so big that we can’t accommodate values that they have and the fact that they can them all in one day,” Employer Relations bring that across in their work.” Camps from across the country come to the Coordinator Joni Rollinger said, “The same day as annual Camp Fair. A few months after last year’s the fair, [camp representatives] will also interview fair, Maggie Homeier (‘16) was leading hikes, students.” Even if students are not ready to apply and climbing mountains and mentoring youth as a camp counselor at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp interview at the fair, the Career Center encourages students to come, ask questions and see what in Hillside, Colo. “I 100 percent knew I wanted to work at a camp,” possibilities might await at camp. Homeier said. “I didn’t have any affiliations with any camp so I was up for anything … Rainbow Trail seemed really cool and adventurous. I’d never been to Colorado before so I thought it would be a good experience.” From literal mountaintop experiences to the more tiring moments that come with being on the job 24 hours a day, Homeier reflected positively on her summer as a camp counselor.

“As far as why the camps like to come to Luther, that’s pretty easy; it’s the students.”

*** Govt report: Cyberattacks not coordinated A multi-agency government task force looking into cyberattacks against retailers says it has not come across evidence suggesting the attacks are a coordinated campaign to adversely affect the U.S. economy.

*** Investigators said Tuesday that a package sent to a rural Tennessee home exploded, killing a lawyer who lived there and injuring a woman. Police said 74-year-old Jon Setzer was killed and 72-year-old Marion Setzer was in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital on Tuesday.

*** With Bob Costas sidelined with an infection that has reddened both his eyes and blurred his vision, “Today” show anchor Matt Costas said he simply couldn’t do the job because his eyes had become blurry, watery and sensitive to light. “I’m walking around, I might as well be playing ‘Marco Polo,’” he said in a telephone call to the “Today” show Tuesday. “I have no idea where I am.”

*** They were a British family on a day out - almost a million years ago. Archaeologists announced Friday that they have discovered human footprints in England that are between 800,000 and 1 million years old - the most ancient found outside Africa, and the earliest evidence of human life in northern Europe.

*** A remarkably lifelike sculpture of a man sleepwalking in nothing but his underpants has made some Wellesley College students a bit uncomfortable, but the president of the prestigious women’s school says that’s all part of the intellectual process.

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February 13, 2014

Students discuss debt

HISTORY (2/13-2/19)

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Games for a cause. Laura Mesadieu (‘15) and Jordy Barry (‘15) encourage debate about national debt. Up to Us continued from page 1

this is going to affect everyone in the United States, and it’s something we need to actively take steps toward reducing. So

2/14/278 C.E. - Valentine, a Christian priest under the Roman Emperor Claudius II the Cruel, is beheaded for performing secret marriages for young lovers in spite of a decree banning marriages and engagements. Legend has it that while imprisoned, Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it, “From your Valentine.” St. Valentine’s Day was established as February 14 in 496 C.E.

2/13/1633 - Italian scientist Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for his support of Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun and is put under house arrest. 2/15/1961 - The entire 18-member United States figure skating team is killed in a plane crash in Belgium on the way to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague. 2/16/1923 - English archaeologist Howard Carter opens the tomb of ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen (“Tut”) in Thebes, Egypt. 2/17/1820 - The U.S. Senate passes the Missouri Compromise, an agreement to help calm the debate about which states should be slave states and which should not, as the nation continues to expand westward. 2/18/1885 - Mark Twain publishes his famous and controversial novel “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” a story of a young boy and his friendship with a runaway slave down the Mississippi River. 2/19/1847 - California-bound immigrants, known as the Donner Party, are rescued in the Sierra Nevada Mountains after a snowstorm stranded them and forced them to resort to cannibalism.

we need to put politics aside and think about future generations.” To get involved, students can join the Facebook page Up to Us: Luther, take the one minute quiz and sign the petition titled, “Tom

Harkin and Bruce Braley and Terry Branstad: Think About America’s Children and Address the National Debt.” Additionally, there will be events on campus that students can attend coming soon.

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and her passion for the subject matter is contagious,” Iudin-Nelson said. Three months after her initial post, Proescholdt discovered that The Siberian Times had used her blog post as a reference for an article of their own about Joy. At the end of the article, they acknowledged Proescholdt’s contribution, writing: “The Siberian Times would like to thank and salute blogger Maja Proescholdt for her research in bringing the story of Joy to a new generation,” calling her post a “superb account.” With this experience, Proescholdt has brought up yet another possibility for the ways in which technology could change learning in the future. “If blogging taps into student interest and enthusiasm, I think that’s great,” Iudin-Nelson said. “However, solid research and backing up one’s facts of course are of critical importance in a blog about history; it is not just one’s personal opinion or feelings.” To read more about the details of Maja’s research as well as a full account of Joy’s story, visit http://

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Photos courtesy of Maja Proescholdt

Puppy love. Above, Alexei Romanov plays with

Arts & Entertainment


February 13, 2014

Photo courtesy of Alison Vuolo

The sights and sounds of southern Africa. 23 singers returned from their J-Term trip to Namibia and South Africa for a homecoming concert Feb. 7.

Crossing cultures, coming home Meredith Bruster Staff Writer A group of 23 Luther students returned from their January term trip to South Africa and Namibia to share their choral experiences with the Luther community. Lead by Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Last (‘97) and Associate Professor of Music Gregory Peterson (‘83), the student choir learned from local singers to capitalize on the intercultural musical exchange. According to the course description, students learned through “choral exchanges and concerts, schools and hospital visits” to understand the history of Namibia and its fight for independence. They also learned of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. The concert opened with the traditional Namibian processional “Yaloo Omuwa we tu hangaitha” which means “Thank you, O God, for uniting us, America and Namibia.” Other choral arrangements

included pieces from the South African, Namibian, and Western traditions. Between song sets, singers shared their personal journal entries with the audience, reflecting on the memorable experiences from their trip. Throughout the evening, other choir members shared highlights from their time abroad, expressing their delight in the hospitality that the South Africans and Namibians shared. “There’s just such love over there,” Fred Scaife (‘16) said. “It’s in their music, [yet] we’re bringing that music back to share with everyone. Some of that has emanated with us through our performance.” Kolin Walker (‘15) had a similar reaction, claiming that music served as a vehicle for the group to connect with Namibians and South Africans. “They’re just people like you and me…being able to connect with people my age halfway across the world was nothing short of incredible,” Walker said. Toward the end of the concert, the

Nordic Choir tours Texas Spencer Hodge

Staff Writer

The Luther community often hears the Nordic Choir during homecoming weekend and Christmas at Luther, but last week the choir traveled across the U.S. to share their talents with national audiences during this year’s Nordic Choir Midwest and Texas Tour. “We started by performing in Illinois and then we continued south,” Nordic member Christine O’Brien (‘15) said. “Once we back around the Midwest for our last concert in Edina.” Every year the tour ventures to a different region of the country. Last year the choir toured the East Coast. Next year they will tour the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region. This year’s Texas tour was special because choir director Allen Hightower grew up in Houston. The choir sang among the stain-glassed churches of Houston and of other Texas cities such as San Antonio, Midland, Fort Worth and Plano–where Hightower’s family, friends and coworkers live. “It was really fun to see him in his hometown,” O’Brien said. “Countless people came up to us saying how much they love Allen Hightower and how we were lucky to have him as a teacher.”

group shared a piece choreographed African people in ways they did not and inspired by the Namibian song imagine. “Tutyapuleni,” which was written by “It’s not anything like you would Luther alumni Sam Simataa (‘13) and expect,” Last said. “In the sense that you composed by Ehler Orngard (‘10). go over there thinking you’re going to be Every J-term group to South Africa a choir, but it’s so much more than that. and Namibia The amount of time in the past has we were on display sung “Create singing as a choir in Me A Clean pales in comparison Heart,” and the to the time we were group of 2014 standing side-by-side continued that a little school choir, tradition. or they’re teaching As the us.” concert ended, These experiences, -Kolin Walker (‘15) students and leaders many of the singers had claimed, helped unite tears in their the group throughout eyes as they embraced each other. the trip and during their performance. “It was very powerful,” audience Peterson shared this sentiment by member Miriam Sellers (‘17) said. admiring the ways music can bring “Words cannot describe this experience.” people together and break down barriers. Although the trip was focused around “Singing together is an instant way of performing, the choir was able to just being together,” Peterson said. interact with the Namibian and South

“Being able to connect with people my age halfway across the world was nothing short of incredible.”

O’Brien and other members of the choir had the opportunity to meet Hightower’s former community and church members across the state. They were even welcomed to church meals before performances and given places to sleep at the homes of the church members. This helped save the choir money on hotel rooms and offered members a unique opportunity to develop a closer relationship with their audiences. “We got to learn so much about people,” Nordic President Pat Fagan (‘14) said. “For some people, that is the most important part of the trip. It is one of my favorite parts; getting to go see people that are passionate about what we do and are just willing to accept humans into their house.” While the choir got to meet many different Texas community members, they also got to create deeper friendships with each other. The tours strengthen the bonds of the members who ride together for hours on the same buses, spend nights together in various homes and, in whatever free time they are allowed

between rehearsals and performances, walk around unexplored cities. “We just hang out with each other which is just as meaningful as the actual performances,” Fagan said. “We got to know each other on a deeper level than just coming to rehearsal to sing together for an hour and going off again.” The tour ended with a homecoming concert on campus Tuesday, Feb. 11.


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February 13, 2014

Luther students spend their January all around the world! Katie Wolter

Staff Writer

January has come and gone, and some of our good friends and professors were abroad. Luther students traveled to places inside the United States such as the West Coast or the Southwest, and many went overseas, stretching from Brazil to New Zealand to Italy. While our friends brought back stories to tell. Breanne Pierce (‘16) spent her J-term in the course Tolkien and Lewis in Context and traveled throughout England, France and Northern Ireland, all while reading “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Lord of the Rings.” Her time spent in Northern Ireland was her favorite part of the trip. “You hear a lot of people talk about Ireland and they say ‘Go to Dublin,’ but Northern Ireland is probably just as cool,” Pierce said, “It’s very underappreciated.” Almost 12,000 miles away, Hailey Johnson (‘16) went backpacking across the mountains of New Zealand during the course Fitness and Wellness Abroad. “We did the Keplar Trek, and it was a four-day, threenight hike,” Johnson said. “We walked over thirty miles, and it was really cool because we got to go on the ridgeline of the mountains. We could see the entire range, and we also saw some spots ‘Lord of the Rings.’” Along with hiking, Johnson got to experience sea kayaking. “You just looked around and saw the open sea and then looked the other way and saw the mountains,” Johnson said. “It made the world seem so much smaller because we were sea kayaking across the world.” Johnson also said she gained important life lessons and experiences while studying abroad in breathtaking landscapes. “I think a lot of the important life lessons that you learn are through experience, and the amount of physical and mental toughness that we all had to exhibit was outrageous,” Johnson said. “You can sit in a classroom and be surrounded by kids, but you’ll never get rid of the bond that you had with kids while you were hiking up mountains and holding each other’s lives in your hands while belaying them on a massive boulder.” Matt Borchart (‘16) wanted his J-term experience to be unlike any he’d ever had. For him, it involved going to Southern Africa in the course Choral Singing in Namibia and South Africa. “Africa was one of those places I’ve always wanted to go

just because it seems so different from everything we know,” Borchart said. “You think of Africa and you think of somewhere that is completely different.” One of Borchart’s favorite parts of his experience was when his group visited a school for the blind. “I went into it expecting it to be a pretty tough day dealing with these kids and seeing how rough their lives were, “ Borchart said. “But honestly, I’ve never seen people more inspired and happy in my life.” In the end, Borchart’s experience abroad will always serve as a constant reminder to be thankful for your blessings. “A lot of the trip boiled down to really cherishing everything that we have and also realizing that people around the world are just like us,” Borchart said. Southern Africa was the destination of choice for another student as well. Ami Gilbert (‘15) spent her time abroad studying Reconciliation in South Africa and the transition from the apartheid government to democracy in the last 20 years. “We got to experience South Africa in a very unique way,” Gilbert said. “We learned about the country from its people. We went to museums and monuments but we spent most of our time learning by meeting and talking with people who experienced apartheid and the transition to democracy.” The group spent their time traveling through the cities of Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Cape Town. “South Africa is a truly beautiful country,” Gilbert said. “That word doesn’t even do it justice. I’m not talking about the scenery, but the country and its people.” One thing that Gilbert cherishes most about her

trip was the opportunity to get to know her professors better. “One of my favorite things about this trip is that we got the gift of knowing our professors on a different level,” Gilbert said. “I was able to learn so much because of how the professors placed themselves in our class and learned with us. We got to really experience our professors as people who were learning with us.” In yet another part of the world Catherine Lewis (‘16) was experiencing the diversity and history of Israel and Jordan. “I feel like we allude to these biblical areas in Israel and Jordan a lot because they’re in the Bible, and we hear about them often,” Lewis said. “I also just wanted to know a lot more about the archaeological sites and traveling across the lands of the bible, a favorite part of her trip was hiking up Masada. “Masada is one of King Herod’s fortresses,” Lewis said. “It was really pretty when we got up there because you could see the Dead Sea, and there were a lot of archaeological remains.” On one of her last days abroad Lewis had an experience she will never forget. “I was kind of just going to look at it . . . but I walked into the tomb and I just started bawling,” Lewis said. “It was just the whatever you believe that is, I immediately felt it. To go and see the place where supposedly Jesus’ body was laying was just an incredible experience, and it moved me a lot more than I thought it would.” Students aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the experiences of studying abroad. The professors that accompany them also enjoy the ability to teach courses abroad. “I love teaching whether it’s in the classroom or abroad, but teaching abroad has distinctive advantages,” Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History Richard Mtisi said. “It allows students and faculty to experience a different culture and learn from people what they can’t learn from reading textbooks. Because of the adventure and experience of teaching in a foreign country, a strong bond and sense of community develops among the professors and students that you Many professors such as Mtisi, who led a program in South Africa, believe that studying abroad is a great opportunity for college students. “I think living abroad and experiencing another culture gives students and professors a more unique outlook on life and a keen appreciation for the world outside their own society,” Mtisi said. “Many students who study abroad come back with better appreciation of their own culture. The rigors involved in many study abroad courses tend to challenge students to become and understanding, traits that are critical to good leadership and global citizenship.” Luther students enjoyed yet another January abroad where they learned, bonded and grew. Most students would agree that the choice to study abroad was one they were happy they made. “I strongly urge people to study abroad,” Gilbert said. “You need to do it at least once in your life. I learned more this J-Term than I ever could have learned in a classroom.”

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Laughter and games. Ami Gilbert (‘15) plays with children at Ubuntu Rescue a Child at Risk Center in Mdantsane, South Africa



February 13, 2014

Day of Love: Valentine’s Day in Decorah Casey DeLima

Features Editor

With Valentine’s Day coming up, the people of Decorah are scurrying around faster than the squirrels to make plans with their partners, crushes and friends. In anticipation of the upcoming day of love, I asked students and faculty about Valentine’s Day, picking their brains about their ideal dates and gifts, favorite memories and this year’s plans. “My partner and I usually have dinner at the Rubaiyat,” Assistant Professor of Social Work Ginger Meyette said. “We used to always get eachother heart-shaped boxes of Russell Stover candy, but now we usually go buy whatever gifts we get each other together.” Meyette recalled fond memories of Valentine’s Day with her children. “I have a lot of favorite Valentine’s memories,” Meyette said. “When my children were younger and I wasn’t with a spouse, my children would secretly buy things for me on Valentine’s Day. I would wake

Photo Courtesy of Lauren Maze

Giddy Up Down Under! Ryan Vijums (‘16) and Jordyn Dudek (‘14) follow their guide as they ride horses along the beach in New Zealand during their J-term abroad.

pretty special. They knew I like Russell Stover candy, too.” Meyette views Valentine’s Day as a way to celebrate any kind of love. “Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love in whatever shape or way that love happens,” Meyette said. “As soon as you think of it beyond the couples aspect of it, you can celebrate love no matter what love it is.” Associate Professor of Religion Guy Nave was not Day but is looking forward to the holiday nonetheless. “What I’d really like to do is go dancing,” Nave said. “I love dancing. I could go dancing every weekend. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places in Decorah that you can do the freestyle dancing that I love.” Nave is one who enjoys Valentine’s Day and its romantic aspect. “I think what I enjoy most about Valentine’s Day is getting to spend time with my partner,” Nave said. “I’m a hopeless romantic, so I enjoy reminiscing on special moments in the past, and I also enjoy looking forward to the future and thinking ahead to future special moments.”

For Alex Lohrbach (‘15) Valentine’s Day is centered around things she loves: pottery and food. “I would really like to go to The Clay Studio,” Lohrbach said. “That would be my ideal date. I want to go with my boyfriend to The Clay Studio and make pottery. Afterward we would go get some cheese from Don Jose’s. That’s Photo Courtesy of Sarah Forsythe

Bonjour from France! Nikki Thompson (‘15), Taylor Kaare (‘15), Logan Kochendorfer (‘15), and Sarah Forsythe (‘15) pose in the Garden of Versailles outside of Paris.

The queso at Don Jose’s is not the only food that Lohrbach hopes to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Ranchers and chocolate.”

Pat Fagan (‘14) considers himself a lover of Valentine’s Day. “A lot of people think Valentine’s Day is very commercial and shallow,” Fagan said. “But I think there’s something really great in having a reason to show someone you care for them.” Also still uncertain about this year’s Valentine’s plans, Fagan recalled last year’s Valentine’s Day. “Last year my girlfriend and I went to McCaffery’s, which is probably my favorite restaurant,” Fagan said. “It’s great because it has a romantic atmosphere. It’s tucked back in the woods and has wonderful Christmas lights everywhere.” As students and faculty alike continue to plan for their Valentine’s Day, the air

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Relevant ruins. Students wander the ruins of Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland.

Day is going to be cold and cloudy, Decorah is certain to be showered by love and affection this February 14th.



February 13, 2014

Arts & Entertainment


Tinkering with the past The Simon Shaheen Ensemble fuses Arabic, Western and jazz traditions

Being immersed in another culture is something that many Luther students only experience in study abroad opportunities, but this Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m., everyone in the Decorah community can immerse themselves in the culture of the Middle East through the music of Simon Shaheen. A Middle Eastern musician, Shaheen fuses Arabic classical music with Western classical music and American jazz. Elizabeth Hurley “He’s a man who loves music, who is extremely good at it and is able to meld multiple cultures of Staff Writer music into one really enjoyable whole,” Director of Campus Programming Tanya Gertz said, who has seen Shaheen perform. “It sounds fantastic. It’s really a lot of fun. It’s a wonderful way to have a world– class international experience brought to your doorstep.” Shaheen, who plays violin and oud, a plucked lute, is a virtuoso of Arabic music. According to Luther Ethnomusicologist Michael O’Brien, Arabic music distinguishes its artists by their ability to improvise, which is something that Shaheen is very skilled at. “He has a great improviser’s mind but also a great ability to switch between musical languages,” O’Brien said. Shaheen’s ability to switch between musical languages is part of what makes his music so unique. “My ideas come from my background, from the environment I grew up in, my parents and my experiences with many musical cultures from the world,” Shaheen said. Performing and working with different musicians from around the world is something that Shaheen is certainly well versed in. After studying in New York in the 1980s and interacting with many musicians of different cultures and styles, Shaheen continued to expand his knowledge through performances and other opportunities. Shaheen teaches at the Berklee College of Music, which is a melting pot of various cultures and whose approach Photo courtesy of the Photo Bureau caters to the musician. He is also a founder and Shaheen mixes member of the group “Qantara Berklee,” which musical traditions to produce his unique sound. focuses on bringing together musicians of different

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Simon Shaheen plays the oud, a stringed

instrument similarily constructed to the lute. styles and nationalities. Not only will people be able to experience Shaheen’s unique music but will also get the chance to learn from him. He will be hosting a workshop titled “Connecting Arabic Music and Jazz – A Workshop with Simon Shaheen” on Friday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. All students are welcome to attend.One can expect to experience a wide variety of musical traditions. “You’ll hear things that a jazz musician understands and resonates with,” O’Brien said. “You’ll hear things that -Michael O’Brien come from a classical Arabic tradition and you’ll hear Western classical music.” But as with any art form dealing with improvisation, there are bound to be surprises. “He has such a chameleon range of what he could do that I don’t really know what will show up,” O’Brien said. Tickets and a preview of the concert can be found at

“[Shaheen] has a great improviser’s mind but also a great ability to switch between musical languages.”

Film Review

From the Stork’s Nest: “Her” Andrew Stork Film Critic Some may imagine it like a Facebook status: “In a relationship with Siri, and it’s complicated.” Brush away what initially appears absurd and find that “Her” offers a deeply profound look at romance and life. The story takes place in near-future Los Angeles, a place that seems very conceivable to the viewer. Here we meet Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a man on the verge of a divorce he doesn’t want. His melancholic state Photo courtesy of IMDb is emphasized as he walks amongst a society that hemorrhages true emotion

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams

“A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.” -IMDb

with a dependence on technology. Following the recent release of OS1, an artificial intelligence program possessing a “humanized touch,” an intrigued Theodore decides to purchase the device. Selecting a female personality and name, Theodore begins to interact with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson); as her personality evolves, Theodore’s does as well. Their unique relationship continues, and they fall in love, pushing the viewer to ponder questions about the challenges and joys related to love and humanity. Not without flaws, the film drags occasionally, sometimes overlapping messages of love and society in contrary

ways. Despite this, Director Spike Jonze puts detailed investment into his visuals and dialogue, and it overcomes any shortfalls through its ability to make us think and feel. Johansson’s voicing of Samantha generates a woman that feels eerily real, exploiting an odd empathy for the viewer. Phoenix is masterful, demonstrating an internal turmoil that gives strength to the movie’s moments of joy and struggle. “Her” is certainly strange, but don’t mistake such abnormalities as lack of quality, for if you do, you’ll miss out on a very well– done film. Grade: A-


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February 13, 2014

Profits before people: the problem with Sodexo is is

“Sodexo made $1,306,137,200 in Noah Lange

Web Manager

year.” - Noah Lange (‘14)





Anna Jeide

@LutherCollege: pay attention

Staff Writer

-Anna Jeide (‘16)




February 13, 2014



A responsibility to care

Chips is a student publication of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The paper is designed, composed, edited and managed entirely by Luther students. It is published weekly during the academic year, excluding the month of January. The opinion section is designed to provide a forum for Chips, its staff members and the Luther community. Opinions expressed in articles, editorials or columns do not necessarily represent the views of the Chips staff. The author is solely responsible for opinions expressed Casey DeLima Features Editor in Chips commentary. Chips will not accept submitted Before going to South Africa this articles or campus announcements. January, I knew very little about the Submissions for letters to the country itself. I knew that I wasn’t going editor should be submitted as a word to be staying in a grass hut in Cape Town document to with or navigating my way through herds of “Letter to the Editor” as the subject elephants in Johannesburg like many of line. Letters to the editor are subject to my relatives may have imagined when I told them I would be studying in Southern editing without changing the meaning of Africa, but I wasn’t sure what exactly of changes prior to publishing. Letters must be signed, 300-400 words and submitted by Sunday at 5 p.m. the week before publication. Publication of all letters is at the discretion of the editor. Contact Chips Phone: 563.387.1044 Fax: 563.387.2072 E-mail: Advertising: website: Facebook: Twitter: @LutherChips

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to expect. After studying the oppressive apartheid government and then the transition to democracy, I expected almost all South Africans to be enjoying equality and high quality lives like they have long deserved. During my time in South Africa, however, I found that my expectations had been unrealistic and uninformed. Though South Africa has taken some bounding leaps of progress, I came into contact with many people who were still suffering in the vicious cycle of poverty and living in conditions that no human being should ever have to live in. Some houses do not have electricity or clean water, and many of the people have no other option than to live in these conditions. People that have mouths to feed other than their own do not know where their next meal will come from.

people had constructed houses out of slabs of tin and old tomato crates. The rich and the poor live in close vicinity to each other, but their lives are vastly different. During my month in South Africa, we visited people of all different backgrounds, some of them being residents of the townships and informal settlements where Black South Africans were forced to live during the regime of the apartheid -Casey government. Many of them were survivors of massacres and tragedies, most of them have still not been able to escape the terrible living conditions that they’d endured 20 years earlier. The people that lived in these townships were the ones who impacted me the most. Despite living incredibly hard lives, they welcomed all of us American students into their lives and homes and spoke to us for extended periods of time. They showed me that despite horrors and tragedy, the human spirit is remarkably resilient. The people who had been abused repeatedly by an oppressive government,

who were continuing to be abandoned by a government that was supposed to free its people from inequality and poverty, were still hopeful, loving and ready to forgive. All of that being said, it must be acknowledged that poverty is not only South Africa’s problem, nor is it only Africa as a continent’s problem. It’s the world’s problem. Though the poverty rate may be higher in South Africa and other places DeLima (‘15) such as Guatemala, Afghanistan or Haiti, there are people being crushed by the unrelenting jaws of poverty quite close to home in the United States as well. People are suffering all over the world, and it can’t be ignored anymore. No human being should be abandoned by his or her fellow human beings and left to starve and suffer alone. Just because we don’t have to live in it and we don’t have to walk through it every day to get to school does not mean we can turn our heads the other way. As humans, it is our responsibility to care for one another and help in any way we can.

“They showed me that despite horrors and tragedy, the human spirit is remarkably resiliant.”

whole country, however. As one of the most unequal societies, you can see beautiful mansions only a minutes-long Casey DeLima/Chips drive from informal settlements where Poverty is a problem. A house at the Crossroads outside Capetown, South Africa.


Love differently

Maggie Steinberg

A&E Editor

Ah, the season of love is upon us. Every shade of pink and red imaginable is decking the halls of Wal-mart, couples are getting together and breaking up left and right and people are trying to think of new and clever ways to show their love to each other this Valentine’s Day. Then come the opinions. We all know the routine: “I hate Valentine’s Day, it was invented by corporations,” “The actual person of St. Valentine is totally misunderstood in this

and, my personal favorite, “I’m single so I’m

going to get so many discounted chocolates accepted by society. But to me, this doesn’t on the 15th.” say that my generation is loving less, we’re So what does just loving differently. this historically The traditional love based, exploited by stories aren’t going corporations, bittersweet away, they’re just being day really mean? What thrown into the mix of does this all have to do unique ones. Same-sex, with love? interracial, inter-religious Looking at the and international love U.S. today, the way stories are commonplace Americans love each with the ones of previous other is fascinating. generations. We’ve all heard that While challenging, 50% of marriages end these relationships are -Maggie Steinberg in divorce (a misleading happening and have the (‘15) right to be celebrated statement—there are half as many divorces for the thing that binds in a year as there are them and not the things marriages, which doesn’t exactly mean that that divide them. So this Valentine’s Day, love differently. Go out with friends, write a young people today don’t always think of love letter to a family member or write a love letter as having to do with marriage. This worries to yourself. We don’t need a day to show some people, who claim this generation is others that we love them, but since the day’s loving less and, therefore, committing less. happening anyway, it doesn’t hurt to make Without a doubt, the relationship that day different. After all, a little love can go landscape of the U.S. is changing, as more a long way. And that’s an idea I can commit non-traditional relationships are becoming to.

“But to me, this doesn’t say that my generation is loving less, we’re just loving differently.”



February 13, 2014


Wrestlers continue winning streak Carrie Juergens

Staff Writer we want guys to make it to nationals and the

next level we still need to step it up. It’s about making every situation matter.”

Eight Norse wrestlers placed at the UWEau Claire Blugold Open on Saturday, Feb. 8. In the 125 pound weight class, Cody Hanson (‘17) placed fourth, and Nick Scheffert (‘15)

Brennen Russell (‘17) placed sixth. In the was the consolation champ. In the 157 pound Moreno (‘14) took third and Nick Jazdzewski (‘14) took 6th in the 174 pound weight class. “A lot of our starters wrestled on Friday night against Central, and we left for the meet right after,” Assistant Wrestling Coach Jeff O’Gara said. “So lots of the backup guys were in the lineup for the Blugolds meet. It’s an open tournament, so we just wanted people to wrestle to their ability and to perform.” Evan Obert (‘15), who normally wrestles as a starter in the 133 pound class, was mat side through it all. He said Head Coach Dave Mitchell was hoping for more from the boys at the meet against Central. “The performance was good, but it’s not the level that we want to be at,” Obert said. “Our coach talked about our intensity level, and if

things to improve upon. “It goes back to just not giving up easy points, going all the way to the whistle,” Blaser said. Luther won 36-7 against Central in the home meet Friday Feb. 7. O’Gara emphasized the importance of the meet against Central. “The meet against Central was a bigger meet. It was the last dual meet of the regular with a win,” O’Gara said. “Whenever you wrestle conference teams you want to wrestle well, because you’ll see them at regionals to qualify for nationals.” Obert says the team has challenging but achievable goals for the end of the season, national tournament, and these next weeks of preparation make it well within our goals,” Obert said.

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Holding until victory. Brent Blaser (‘14) pins an opponent at the home tournament.

performance in the coming weeks. “Our guys typically do really well at the end of the year,” O’Gara said. We’ve been training all season long for the guys to do their best at the end of the year.”

Blaser, a senior, is coming to the end of his last season as a Luther wrestler. “[I’ll miss] the camaraderie,” Blaser said.“How our teammates are able to rally

around and support each other,” Next up for the team is a match against Loras at home on Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Norse of the Week: Logan Hjerleid Julia Joseph

Sports editor

Logan Hjerleid (‘14) is a guard on the Luther Women’s Basketball team for the 2013-14 season. Hjerleid is a captain and three-year letter winner.

Breanna Pierce/Photo Bureau

The balls in our court. Logan Hjerleid (‘14) looks for open teammates.



brightening your day since 1884

Chips: How many seasons have you played at Luther? Hjerleid: I have played four seasons of basketball at Luther. And two seasons of volleyball What’s your favorite way to get pumped up before a game? My favorite way to get excited for a game is listening to loud music in the locker room while practicing my awesome dance moves. I also like to read an inspirational quote or excerpt from a book on leadership or basketball in general. (“On Leadership” by John Wooden, “Mind

Gym” by Gary Mack & David Casstevens). What is the best thing about being a Norse? The best things about being a Norse are my teammates and the lifelong relationships we develop by being part of a team. What is your favorite pregame food? That would have to be noodle casserole. However, this is eaten the night before game day. This has been one of my traditions since I played ball in high school. Have to have those carbs! What is your best basketball memory at Luther so far? Best basketball memory at Luther so far would have to be setting records as a team. This year we set two records. I think my sophomore year we set another record. Our South Africa trip was pretty amazing as well. What game are you most excited for this season? The game that I am excited

for would be Wednesday Feb. 12 which is PINK night. This is my favorite game every year because it is a fundraising event for making strides against breast cancer. This is a great way to give back and help the community through playing the sport that I love. Plus we get to wear pink jerseys! How does the team show Norse Pride? Our team shows our Norse Pride by giving back to other sports teams. We work the ticket tables for football games and are ball girls for the women's soccer team. We are also very close with the volleyball and softball teams. We travel with the men's basketball team so we have the opportunity to cheer them on at home games and road games. We also support our Norse by attending many of the other athletic events, musical events, and are involved in many other organizations here at Luther.


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Athletes spring into action

February 13, 2014 Weekly Standings Men’s Basketball #23 Dubuque Central Luther Buena Vista Wartburg Loras Coe Simpson

IIAC 9-1 8-2 6-4 6-4 5-5 4-6 1-9 1-9

Overall 20-1 15-6 14-7 11-10 11-10 11-10 9-12 3-18

Luke Manderfeld

Recent scores: -Feb. 8 vs. Buena Vista W 95-85 -15 three-point single game school record

Spring is still over a month away, but that does not stop spring sports teams at Luther from working hard. With below freezing temperatures outside, Luther College’s track & field and tennis teams have started looking forward to the spring season that lasts until May. Both teams started their season with victories Saturday Feb. 8. The Luther College Track & Field Team had an alumni meet at the indoor track in the SRC. Luther’s men and women edged out over the Luther alums and St. Mary’s from Minnesota. The men’s team won by a wide margin of 60 points, and the women won by a close two points over the team of alums. In Green Bay, half of the Luther College men’s tennis team won both of the two matches they played. The first match put them against St. Norbert which Luther took in a 9-0 sweep. In a later match, Luther played AugustanaRock Island and won by a score of 7-2. The other half of the team stayed at Luther College and swept Buena Vista 9-0. Both of the teams start their work early, training in the off-season. To prepare for the season, both of the teams have various workouts that improve their endurance, strength and skills. The track and field preseason workout kicks-off during January term with most of the days dedicated to strength training or resistance running. One specific workout involves running in the pool, which is good for resistance and is low impact. The off day is dedicated to classroom discussion about sports

Upcoming schedule: -Feb. 15 @ Wartburg 4:00 p.m. -Feb. 19 vs. Central 8:00 p.m.

Staff Writer

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

IIAC 10-0 8-2 7-3 6-4 4-6 2-8 2-8 1-9

Overall 15-6 13-8 12-9 13-8 10-11 11-10 8-13 9-12

Recent scores: -Feb. 8 vs Buena Vista L 85-97

Practice make perfect. psychology and goal setting to motivate the student athletes. The tennis team utilized the offseason training to improve their skills after the IIAC finals loss to Coe College last season. They focused on elevating their skills by practicing almost every day. In the cold winter months, the tennis players could be seen on the indoor courts enhancing specific skills as directed by coaches and captains. Throughout off-season workouts and season competitions, captains are there to lead and keep the team motivated. Each team has their share of leaders that are important to maintaining confidence in the team. “The team captains are the ones that make the difference on the team,” Track & Field Head Coach Jeff Wettach said.

ing. “We want them to perform well but also to be great examples and help teammates with skills.” The two teams look to make strides in the first few competitions of the season to set a tone for the rest of the year. “I expect the guys to bring the energy that they show in practice and bring it to these first few matches,” Tennis Head Coach Adam Strand said. “We want our guys to go out there with confidence and work hard.” After the successful start, the teams have high expectations for the rest of the season. “We are going to have to play well every match, but that’s just part of playing for Luther College,” Strand said. “We want to win the league every year.”

Upcoming schedule: -Feb. 15 @ Wartburg 2:00 p.m. -Feb. 19 vs. Central 6:00 p.m.

Wrestling #1 Wartburg #11 Coe #13 Luther #28 Loras Dubuque Buena Vista Central Simpson

IIAC 7-0 6-1 5-2 4-3 3-4 2-5 1-6 0-7

Overall 16-0 13-4 15-6 10-10 9-8 3-8 5-10 3-13

Recent scores: -Feb. 8 @ UW Eau Claire 8 placed Upcoming schedule: -Feb. 14 vs. Loras 7:00 p.m. -Feb. 18 vs. St. Olaf 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Swimming/Diving Loras Luther Coe Simpson

IIAC 3-0 2-1 1-2 0-3

Overall 6-1 3-4 2-7 0-6

Recent scores: -Jan. 25 vs. Morningside W 113-90 Upcoming schedule: -Feb. 13-15 Liberal Arts Championships

Women’s Swimming/Diving IIAC

Luther Loras Coe Simpson

3-0 2-1 1-2 0-3

Overall 7-1 6-2 3-6 0-6

Recent scores: -Jan. 25 vs. Morningside and College of St. Mary W 187-33 Upcoming schedule: -Feb. 13-15 Liberal Arts Championships

Cheering Norse on to victory.

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