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Student artwork stolen MATT HELM STAFF WRITER Student works of art on display in the Union Gallery and in the Center for Faith and Life have gone missing as a result of recent art thefts whose perpetrators are unknown. “This hasn’t happened for quite a while,” Art Gallery Coordinator David Kamm said. “The long history with art shows here is very good in terms of things not being disturbed, not being vandalized, not disappearing. To have two incidents within a few weeks of each other is disturbing. We don’t want it to be something that gets traction—we don’t want people to think it is okay.” Art major Dia LeFebvre (‘14) discovered that one of her paintings from her exhibition in the Union Gallery was missing last weekend. “People need to think about how much work goes into those paintings,” LeFebvre said. “That’s both my physical and intellectual property that they took. It’s like working on your senior paper and your hard drive crashes.” The painting was recovered behind Farwell face down in the snow. “The canvas was wet and the frame was warped,” LeFebvre said. “It structurally destroyed the painting. I built that frame, I stretched that canvas and I painted it. All of that work I put into it and to have somebody take it just because they can and STOLEN ART, PAGE 4

ART HEIST. Dia LeFebvre (‘14) displays her art piece, “Emily,” that was stolen from the Union Gallery. It has since been replaced. Photo courtesy of Dia LeFebvre

Sullivan named Paideia director Three cited for marijuana possession SPENCER HODGE STAFF WRITER

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies Rebecca Sullivan (‘84) has been appointed by the Dean as Paideia director for the next three years beginning next fall. Sullivan was first a Rebecca Sullivan (‘84) Paideia student when Spencer Hodge / Chips she attended Luther and then became a Paideia instructor later in 1986. She plans to use her familiarity with the Paideia program to head its effort toward liberal arts education. “Paideia had a big impact on me,” Sullivan said. “After I left Luther, in fact, I had gone into interdisciplinary studies. My first master’s degree was in American Studies, which was an interdisciplinary study of American culture. I just really think it’s an interesting way to study.” Sullivan believes students can develop critical thinking, effective writing and strong voice through Paideia.

“Paideia is a very distinctive first-year program, sort of a signature course here at Luther, and I think one of the secrets to that has been its continuity,” Sullivan said. “[Professor of History] Jackie Wilkie and the faculty have a very strong program in place. There will be no big changes coming just because I am the Paideia director. I think my job is to just stay the course.” The Paideia director traditionally has many duties. Sullivan will often be in consultation with the Paideia Planning Committee, which she has once been a part of herself. Together they will develop the future Paideia teaching staff with a focus on interdisciplinary instructors. With all academic departments represented, there are usually over 30 Paideia professors per semester, so it can take considerable effort to coordinate them all. Selected staff will then develop the curriculum for the next year’s Paideia courses, including the reading list, music selections and artworks. “It’s a lively part of the job when we all get in one room and talk about our approaches to teaching a text,” Sullivan said. “It’s a very collaborative kind of staff.” The director also meets with a governing board

“There will be no big changes coming just because I am the Paideia director.” - Rebecca Sullivan (‘84)


BRITA MOORE NEWS EDITOR Three Luther students faced police actions because of marijuana-related charges over March 4-5. The cases are all separate from each other. The first incident occurred at 1:54 p.m. on March 4. According to the police report, Brett Bradford (‘17) was allegedly found with approximately 1.3 ounces of marijuana in his room in Brandt Hall after a narcotics search warrant. He was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp. Both charges are Class D felonies. The second occurred around 11 a.m. on March 5 in Dieseth Hall, according to the police report. The Decorah Police Department allegedly found marijuana and cited Jon Hagen (‘14) with possession of a controlled substance. The third was also March 5, around 3:40 p.m. Nicholas Brahs (‘17) was allegedly found to have marijuana and drug paraphernalia and cited with possession of a controlled substance, according to the police report. These three incidents were part of a larger group of marijuana-related arrests and citations around Decorah over the week of March 3-10 as a result of narcotics investigations. Out of five, Bradford, Hagen and Brahs were the only Luther students involved.


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Decorah named River Town of the Year KATIE WOLTER STAFF WRITER On Friday, March 11, a reception was held in Peace Dining recognizing Decorah as the 2014 River Town of the Year. This annual award is presented to an Iowa city or town by the Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR) project, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Iowa’s rivers and streams. According to the IRR’s website, the River Town of the Year award recognizes efforts to “reclaim river-fronts as anchors for economic development, recreation and good ecological practices.” Director of Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau Brenda Luzum nominated Decorah for the award. Mayor Don Arendt and City Administrator Chad Bird accepted the award on behalf of the city. “The people of Decorah and the Oneota Valley are deeply aware of the legacy they have inherited with this beautiful valley,” IRR Director Roz Lehman said. “They have a passion for protecting the legacy and passing it on for generations to come.” At the reception, Bob Brammer, a member of the IRR Board of Directors spoke on behalf of the IRR. He noted Decorah’s key river-related projects such as Trout Run Trail, Nordic Fest with the “Elvelopet” river run and “Kanalopet” river race and the “Keep It Clean, Keep It Fun” campaign which aims to educate river users on eliminating litter and respecting landowner rights. “Such projects almost always have an eye on protecting the environment as well as enhancing enjoyment,” C hair of the IRR Jerry Peckumn said. “City park lands provide green buffers and native grasses to protect water quality and protect bluffs from erosion.” Luther alum Josh Dansdill (‘09) spoke at the reception ceremony, also remarking on Decorah’s river-related projects and efforts. He also shared how

RIVER OF SMILES. (From left) Director of Decorah Parks and Recreation Andy Nimrod, Mayor Don Arendt, Iowa Rivers Revival Board Member Bob Brammer, former Decorah City Council member Steve Matter and City Administrator Chad Bird pose with the River City of the Year award Decorah recently received. Bob Brammer / Iowa Rivers Revival

his passion and connection to the river has influenced him. “I spent a lot of time on the river, and it really helped me to grow and to appreciate the river and Decorah,” Dansdill said. “It’s the people, the passion, the love for the river that breeds a culture of respect for the river.” At the end of the reception, the floor was open for anyone else to speak. A few of the attendees expressed

their gratitude and thanks to the IRR for selecting Decorah as the 2014 River Town of the Year. “The people of Decorah and the Oneota Valley are fully engaged,” Peckumn said. “They are indeed passionate about preserving the precious legacy of their river and passing it on for generations to come ... They richly deserve the ‘River Town of the Year’ award.”

PRIDE, Res Life discuss co-ed housing one, students can chose to live in co-ed clusters that include double rooms. Similar to Norby, these require individuals to choose a same-sex roommate. The other Student Senate will soon hear a proposal attempting option is an eight single-room cluster, where students to expand the availability of co-ed housing at Luther occupy their own living space. The single room option College. This proposal revisits a similar proposal from was the objective of last year’s co-ed housing proposal.   last year that did not pass and attempts to establish at The single-room cluster creates the ability to live in a least one co-ed townhouse in Baker Village. co-ed environment that is free of direct living contact The proposal comes two years after establishing the with a same-sex roommate. According to PRIDE, this first co-ed cluster of single rooms in Farwell Hall. The option allows for a greater level of comfort for many co-ed cluster is now an option due to the efforts of students at the college. many outspoken members of the Luther community, “[Having the single-room option] is important, including human rights and diversity group PRIDE. especially for students who do not identify as a straight Another co-ed residence option is Norby House, or as cis-gender,” President of PRIDE Marley Crossland which is comprised of (‘15) said. “It’s crucial that multiple living spaces “It’s crucial that [students] live in they live in environments that can be occupied by they feel safe.” environments where they feel safe.” where members of the opposite Co-ed living areas, such - Marley Crossland (‘15) as Norby or the doublesex. However, Norby still requires that within the room options in Farwell, individual rooms that constitute the shared living provide some relief to these students, but do not areas, students must choose a roommate of the same consider every student’s gender. sex.   “[They are] a step in the right direction, but aren’t Farwell Hall has two options for co-ed living. In different enough from options already on campus,” Jesus Lucero (‘16) said. Farwell’s single-room option, which solves Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm | Thursday 9am - 8pm the roommate issue, has another issue: price.  Single rooms out-price double rooms by $980 per semester.   This price increase of more than 28% creates serious issues for students with financial needs.  As of today, no price subsidy is available for the co-ed Farwell singles. Another issue comes from the logistics of forming a group. Lucero notes that finding eight individuals to live in a cluster is FASHION. FOR REAL LIFE. difficult in any social group. AFFORDABLE BOUTIQUE SHOPPING The proposal for co-ed housing in Baker may help to alleviate the logistical issue. Baker houses six individuals, compared to 115 Winnebago Street | Decorah, Iowa | 563.382.3600 NILS JOHNSON VOLUNTEER WRITER

Photos courtesy of Residence Life Farwell’s eight. In combination with a more private living environment, Baker may be easier for these individuals. “It’s easier to accommodate a smaller group of people,” Lucero said. In support of the available co-ed options, Residence Life includes information about alternative housing in emails and makes it visible on the multiple bulletin boards around the Residence Life office. Regardless of student support, Residence Life has struggled to fill available co-ed housing. “For the last three years that we’ve had co-ed housing, we haven’t filled them up yet,” Housing Coordinator of Residence Life Renee Bay said. “They’re just not very popular.”




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10 women chosen for co-ed house Nietert (‘15), reapplied for the house but was not accepted by the committee. “When I found out I didn’t get it I was shocked,” Residence Life recently selected 10 residents to live Nietert (‘15) said. “When I found out it was all females in Sustainability House for the 2014-15 academic then I got really upset.” year. Unlike past years, the typically co-ed house will Sustainability House is still technically co-ed. Yet, consist entirely of female residents. some are concerned about the decision to admit According to their website, Sustainability House females only. or LEFSE (Luther’s Environmentally, Fiscally, and “To me that just seems wrong because it says in our Socially responsible Edifice) is a co-ed two-story [Sustainability House] constitution that no one will home that “offers a living-learning environment be discriminated against for entrance into the house where students reside together based on their gender,” Nietert that share a dedication to an said. environmentally, socially and “I hope it doesn’t deter males Current resident Sarah Stutzke from applying in the future. It is (‘16) will live in Sustainability fiscally sustainable lifestyle.” According to Residence Life, a supposed to be a co-ed house House again next year along majority of the applicants this year and works great that way,” with two other current female were female and very experienced - Sarah Stutzke (‘16) residents. in the area of sustainability. “I don’t really have a problem “The selection committee had with it,” Stutzke said. “There’s a a challenging job of selecting the members of the little something being lost by being an all-girls house, house,” Assistant Dean for Student Life Kris Franzen but I am glad they picked the people they thought said. “The feeling was the best applications should be would be best fit for Sustainability House.” selected for the house and in this case the committee In order to encourage more students to apply, selected all women.” Residence Life changed the process from an individual Current residents expressed mixed reactions regarding the news that Sustainability House will be SUSTAINABILITY HOUSE, PAGE 4 female only next year. One current resident, Travis ANNA JEIDE STAFF WRITER




Life Outside Luther U.S. network to scan workers with secret clearances Stung by internal security lapses, U.S. intelligence officials plan to use a sweeping electronic system to continually monitor workers with secret clearances, current and former officials told The Associated Press. The system is intended to identify rogue agents, corrupt officials and leakers and draws on a Defense Department model under development for more than a decade, according to officials and documents reviewed by the AP. General’s court-martial is thrown into jeopardy The sexual assault case against an Army general was thrown into jeopardy Monday when the judge said the military may have improperly pressed ahead with a trial to send a message about its determination to curb rape and other widespread misconduct. Judge Col. James Pohl refused to dismiss the charges against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair but offered the defense another chance to plea-bargain the case with a set of military officials not previously involved with the matter. Crimean Tatars fear return of Russian rule The arrival of Russian troops in Crimea has opened old wounds among the Crimean Tatars, who were deported during World War II. Fearing that once again they will be unwelcome in their homeland, some are organizing community-watch patrols to protect their families and homes in a place they strongly feel should remain part of Ukraine. Tensions have grown with preparations to hold a referendum on Sunday on whether Crimea should stay in Ukraine or join Russia. Elephants prove discerning listeners of humans Dr. Seuss had it right: Horton really does hear a Who. Wild elephants can distinguish between human languages, and they can tell whether a voice comes from a man, woman or boy, a new study says. That’s what researchers found when they played recordings of people for elephants in Kenya. Scientists say this is an advanced thinking skill that other animals haven’t shown. It lets elephants figure out who is a threat and who isn’t. “The result shows that while humans are studying elephants, the clever animals are also studying people and drawing on their famed powers of memory,” study author Karen McComb said. New Mexico sets deadlines for handling nuke waste Democratic Senate candidates, facing withering criticism on the national health care law, are gambling they can turn voters against two billionaire brothers funding the attacks. In an accelerating counteroffensive stretching from the Senate chamber to Alaska, Democrats are denouncing Charles and David Koch, the key figures behind millions of dollars in conservative TV ads hammering Democratic candidates and their ties to President Barack Obama. “I guess if you make that much money, you can make these immoral decisions,” Reid, D-Nev., said in a recent Senate speech. “The Koch brothers are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”

DINNER TIME. Sarah Stutzke (‘16) and Travis Nietert (‘15) prepare a meal at Sustainability House, also known Anna Jeide / Chips

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Theft concerns art department STOLEN ART, PAGE 1 then to find it in the snow like that was frustrating.” A basketball, which was a part of an art piece in the upper level gallery of the Center for Faith and Life, was stolen as well. “I [also stole] my own work out of that space,” Ian Carstens (‘14) said. “I went in and grabbed my painting, went to the river and burned it, walked past the head of security and then brought it back. Something institutional needs to be done with the space. It is a huge undertaking to take care of that, I understand. It sucks, we want to show our

artwork but we don’t have a safe space to do it.” The gallery was curated by Carstens as a part of his senior project. “If you didn’t take photographs of your work before somebody stole them, nobody would know what that stuff looked like,” Carstens said. “You put all of that time into it and then it is just swiped out from under you. I just want my basketball back.” There are no security cameras running in either gallery. The Union gallery gets locked when the Union closes at midnight. “We take a lot of risk, there is art all over campus and that’s great. I think it makes a richer environment for everyone. But to a certain degree we take our chances,” Kamm said. The art department encourages Luther students to be on the lookout for suspicious activity DESTROYED PERSPECTIVE. LeFebvre’s work was surrounding the art galleries. LeFebvre said she stolen from this gallery in the Union. Brita Moore/Chips had heard from custodial staff that a camera may be installed outside the Union gallery, but this has not been confirmed. a little more aware, a little more alert. Maybe it will “We just want the Luther community to know that encourage people to be more vigilant. It’s theft. It is this has happened,” Kamm said “We want people to be not a prank and it is not a joke.”

“We want people to be a little more aware, a little more alert ... It’s theft. It is not a prank and it is not a joke.” - David Kamm

Upcoming Events Thursday, March 13 Make Your Own Greek 9:45 a.m., Valders 379 Yogurt La Dispute 7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre Norse Theatres Presents: 9 p.m., Valders 206 “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” Friday, March 14 Center Stage Series: River 7:30 p.m., CFL Main Hall North Dance Chicago La Dispute 9:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre Saturday, March 15 Faculty Artist Series: 1 p.m., Noble Recital Hall Spencer Martin, viola La Dispute 1:30 p.m./7:30 p.m., Jewel Theatre Faculty Artist Series: 4 p.m., Noble Recital Hall Hannah Leffler, flute Sunday, March 16 Faculty Artist Series: 4 p.m., Noble Recital Hall Murasaki Duo Holi Celebration 7 p.m., Peace Dining Room Tuesday, March 18 Grad Finale 2014 9:30 a.m., Union Lobby Digital Media Center Open House SAC Leadership Presents: Miss Iowa Religion Forum: Todd Green Center for Ethics and Public Life Lecture: Os Guinness

3 p.m., Preus Library Lower Floor 7 p.m., Valders 206 7 p.m., Olin 102 8 p.m., CFL Main Hall

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composed of past Paideia instructors to discuss how funding is spent toward the program. In 1987, Paideia received a grant from the National Endowment for

the Humanities that supports the monthly Text and Issue Lecture Series, sabbatical grants and the Writing Lab in the library. Another smaller NEH grant overseen by Sullivan and the board funds Paideia classroom technology.

Sullivan looks forward to her extended duties within the program. “I get a lot of joy out of helping first-year students discover their abilities,” Sullivan said. “In my mind, that’s very empowering.”

LEFSE residents selected for 2014-15 SUSTAINABILITY HOUSE, PAGE 3 application to a group application. “We received feedback from students that there was a lot of interest in living in the house, but students were not applying for the house because they could not pick their roommates,” Franzen said. Current Sustainability House residents had the goal of increasing applicants as well. “When I found out they had a record number of applicants, I was excited because our goal was reached,” Nietert said. Despite the achieved goal, some residents are curious as to how a single-sex house will impact the mission of the house.

“I hope it doesn’t deter males from applying in the future,” Stutzke said. “It is supposed to be a co-ed house and it works great that way. It adds a different dynamic to the house.” The change in application process is tied to a larger goal of reevaluating the objectives of Sustainability House. Residence Life is exploring ways to improve and develop more realistic goals and initiatives by working with residents. Some residents feel that the expectations outlined in the constitution are unrealistic and outdated. “I think the current members of the house have a good understanding of the time commitments of college students and a love for sustainability, and I feel they will come up with good, realistic expectations for members in the future,” Franzen said.


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MEREDITH BRUSTER STAFF WRITER On Thursday, March 6, a capella group Pentatonix performed in the CFL as the featured spring artist for SAC Concerts. The CFL was packed, with audience members eagerly awaiting the performance. “I love listening to the Pentatonix . . . I’m super excited. I’m guessing it’s definitely going to be worth the wait,” Erin Steward (‘17) said before the show. Many Luther students were happy to have the group at Luther. “I know it’s difficult to get a lot of good talent . . . the a capella sound is unique, and it fits the bill for Luther for sure,” Paul McKay (‘15) said. Luci Holte (‘17) agreed with this statement, commenting that Pentatonix “opens up new musical

horizons” for artists. Using only their microphones and their voices, the Texas-based, five-singer a capella group featuring Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola used harmonizing and vocal percussion techniques to create upbeat covers of popular music. Students were also impressed with their incorporation of vocal percussion within the music. “It sounded like they had instruments,” Daniel Andersen (‘14) said. “I knew they were a capella by how they used their voices to create the instrumental feel.” Pentatonix performed a variety of pop music covers and original songs, opening with a medley of Daft Punk songs. In the middle of the concert, the group brought audience participation to a new level by serenading an audience member to the tune of “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. Student Jordan Daley (‘14) appreciated the concert’s change in tone during the song “Run to You,” an original composition from the group. “You can tell that they are so passionate about everything they do,” Daley said. “It was so powerful.”

Due to the popularity of the concert, tickets sold out to the public in less than an hour, SAC concerts cochair Dani Basche (‘15) said. “It was probably the fastest that we have ever sold tickets,” SAC Flamingo Ball co-chair Jenna Darsee (‘14) said. Some students, including Becca Lahey (‘17) expressed disappointment in not being able to get a ticket. “For Macklemore and Mat Kearney, the Box Office would send the emails about when would be the available time to get [the tickets], and I don’t think they did for Pentatonix,” Lahey said. Basche admits that it was difficult for the SAC Concerts committee to publicize the event. “The problem was that none of the co-chairs were here over J-term, and so I know that was kind of a struggle, and lots of people were complaining about not being able to get tickets because they sold out so fast,” Basche said. Despite the challenge to receive tickets, Luther students responded to the performance with positive reviews. “I thought [the concert] was great,” Hannah Fisher (‘14) said. “It was awesome–probably one of the best ones I’ve seen [at Luther].”

Theater students to perform “La Dispute” HANNAH GARRY STAFF WRITER

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“La Dispute,” a play directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Vrtis and student Cydney Roelandt (‘14), will have its opening performance on Wed., March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewel Theatre. The script was a collaborative effort by Vrtis and students that took his J-term class this year. They worked on adapting the original script written by Pierre de Marivaux in 1744. Vrtis was drawn to the play’s premise of children who were raised in isolation being thrust into a wider world. “I thought that was a really interesting metaphor for coming into your own and discovering yourself and moving from a phase where you are very self-interested to someone who has to be aware of other people,” Vtris said. However, Vtris felt the original script needed to be reimagined to update it from the 1700s and to explore some other ideas. “Originally, I thought I was just going to change a couple lines here and there, but I think we’ve really re-invented the script at this point,” Vtris said. “We’ve had to change it from ‘adapted from La Dispute’ to ‘inspired by La Dispute’ because we’re so far afield at this point that it’s really not accurate to say that we’re using Marivaux’s text.” Vtris feels that the big role students played in the writing process largely affected what the play has turned into and sets it apart from other productions he’s worked on.

“In other productions where I’ve done adaptations it’s really just been me doing the writing,” Vtris said. “I think the student input really shaped the show and created the world that it is.” Four of the students who worked on writing the script in the J-term class are also actors in the production. They were all assigned their own characters to focus on when working on the script. Gillian Constable (‘17) feels that while at times this was challenging, she felt more confident about her character when it LA DISPUTE, PAGE 8


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Peace Scholars selected Anna Jeide (‘16) and Imsouchivy “G.V.” Suos (‘15) were selected as this years Peace Scholars. ZORA HURST VOLUNTEER WRITER What do you get when you combine 8,046 air miles, 47 days spent, two Luther students, courses of study at two world-class institutions, young people from 96 countries and the opportunity to learn from some of the planet’s most renowned thinkers? You get what Imsouchivy “G.V.” Suos (‘15) said is a “once in a lifetime experience.” Though the name of the program may be vague, becoming a Peace Scholar requires much more than a love for braiding flowers into one’s hair or making baskets out of hemp. For Luther students taking the initiative to apply to this program, there is a rigorous application process that culminates with interviews conducted by the Honors Advisory Committee. And forget about memorizing dates and short answers; the interviews are totally free-form. 2013 Peace Scholar Maggie Steinberg (‘15) recalls the interview process. “I didn’t know what to expect ... there were no real guidelines. Most questions were personal and opinionbased, with lots of follow-up questions,” Steinberg said. For the few that make it through this process, incredible doors are opened. Each Peace Scholar is invited to the Nobel Peace Prize

Forum, the only other event that’s affiliated with the Nobel Peace Prize outside of Norway. Each speaker at the forum slated for this year’s conference leads a life dedicated to bringing peace to the world. Originally from Cambodia, Suos has been to over 37 countries in the past four years. As a business and economics double major, Suos is interested in economic empowerment and human rights. He is looking forward to making new friends with similar goals and mindsets while he is abroad. “It’s not just about learning, but also sharing,” Suos said. Director of Nansen Fundraiser Steinar Bryn heads a program devoted to the reconciliation of varying ethnic groups in the Balkans during the summer program. Anna Jeide (‘16) felt drawn to the program because of her own experiences, which parallel the mission of the Nansen Dialogue Center. In 2006, Jeide traveled to Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda with her grandfather, a retired pastor. “[We] talked about forgiveness,” Jeide said. She recalled the reconciliation retreat where members of the Hutu and Tutsi tribes were able to conduct fruitful dialogue and find a way to live in the present without letting the wounds of the past fester. As Jeide and Suos travel this summer, they will participate in a dialogue for five days at Bryn’s Nansen

“It’s not just about learning, it’s also about sharing.” -Imsouchivy“G.V.”Suos(‘15)

School for Peace where they will observe and partake in sessions between students from the Balkans and Caucasus regions. After that, they will travel to Oslo to attend a group-wide seminar, as well as an undergraduate course of their own choosing where they will be able to commune with students from the International Summer School. Last year, according to the Peace Scholars’ Wordpress account, the International Summer School had 575 students from 96 different countries. This can be a jarring experience for Luther students who attend. “It was the most globally diverse group I’ve ever been part of,” Steinberg said. “And I became much more aware of my monolingualism.” Steinberg recalls that most of the students spoke at least two languages, but that didn’t deter her from an enjoyable experience. “We had artists, nurses, math majors, chemistry majors, but everyone was laid back, easy-going. There was a mature friendliness that made friendships natural,” Steinberg said. As a student who attended three prestigious high schools, the Australian Centre for Education, United World College at Hong Kong and Bressi Phreahsisowath Suos looks forward to making a new home during his time in Norway. “That’s part of how I chose [Luther]... I wanted a better sense of community instead of the cramped life of metropolitan areas.” Jeide looks forward to her studies this summer because “our different faiths guide how we see the world, and how we see ourselves as members of that world [...] I hope this experience will guide the rest of what I do at Luther, as well as beyond.”

“Our different faiths guide how we see the world and how we see ourselves as members of that world.” - Anna Jeide (‘16)

FROM DECORAH TO NORWAY. Anna Jeide (‘16) and Imsouchivy Suos (‘15) were selected as the Peace Scholars for 2014.

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Carolan retires after 20 years Carolan retired on March 4. ABBY CARPENTER STAFF WRITER After serving Luther for more than 20 years, Lead Security Officer Dean Carolan is hanging up his security jacket and retiring. “I’ll miss the place, but this is something I’ve been planning,” Carolan said. “I thought when I got to be 62 I’d retire, but I’m 65 now, so I stayed an extra three years. I’ve always enjoyed the job, but now at 65, I’ll let it go and let some younger person enjoy it.” Director of Campus Safety and Security Bob Harri says that Carolan will be missed. “Dean has been an icon here at Luther,” Harri said. “When you talk to people in the community and graduates at Luther, everyone knows Dean Carolan. He’s the kind of person that always has a positive attitude. He’s excellent at problem solving, and he’s got a genuine concern for people. He’s generated a tremendous amount of goodwill to Luther and our community.” Always the type of person to help, Carolan has repeatedly gone above and beyond the terms of the job description. Harri recounts just one of Carolan’s acts of kindness. “Last weekend a family visiting brought a dog with them and they didn’t know what to do with it while they ate brunch,” Harri said. “They asked for some place on campus they could go, and they mentioned to Dean that it liked to ride in cars. So Dean just put the dog in the security vehicle and kept it with him until the people were ready to leave.” After 20 years, Carolan has dealt with a lot of crazy situations on campus. Many of the stories Carolan was reluctant to share, worried that it might give students ideas for shenanigans, but he does recall one strange incident from many years ago. “Probably one of the strangest calls was when I got a call at five in the morning when one of the visitors was having a baby,”

LAST DAY IN THE OFFICE. more than 20 years.

Carolan said. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And she said, ‘Well, my water broke!’ so I ended up taking her and her friend to the hospital. And she did have a baby!” For his last shift on Tuesday, nothing quite so eventful happened. “It was actually pretty quiet–not too much to deal with,” Carolan said. “Just locking the buildings like usual, and there was the snow to deal with. A few jump starts and a couple cars stuck. Nothing serious.” Now that he has retired, Dean looks forward to spending time

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on his farm, outdoors and with his family, but says that he will miss being at Luther. “I’m going to miss the people and the students,” Carolan said. “The students make you feel young. And I’ll still be in the area, so I’ll probably come to some of the games and things.” Carolan will miss Luther, and Luther will certainly miss him back. “I can find a replacement, but it won’t be somebody that’s been here with the longevity Dean has; it takes years to make up that experience,” Harri said. “He will be missed.”

StoryPeople: Local and global acclaim Luther alum Brian Andreas (‘79) makes art that is distributed worldwide as well as in Decorah. HANNAH LEEPER VOLUNTEER WRITER StoryPeople is artwork created by Brian Andreas (‘79), a part-time local and Luther graduate. For over 20 years, his creative sculptures, original paintings, books and prints has interested people all around the world. The huge success of StoryPeople on a global scale has sparked curiosity for this unique art. As a child, Brian Andreas enjoyed writing short stories and sending inspirational quotes to friends. He completed his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture, though many years passed before his creation of StoryPeople. studio in Berkley, California, while selling art pieces at into an art show, he secured places for StoryPeople in four art galleries. From there, business skyrocketed. His business range expanded into a large

TELL ME A STORY. Brian Andreas’ (‘79) “Obvious Mistake” is featured on a sculpture at the StoryPeople studio. Hannah Leeper / Chips

States. StoryPeople became a national success. Andreas and his family moved to Decorah in 1994. He opened a StoryPeople studio in town where he now works a few months out of the year with a small staff. When asked how he makes his art, Andreas laughed. “A lot of what I do is I listen to the impulse of the divine,” Andreas said. “Like the spirit coming through intuition. I am the channel … I am the hands, the body and the mind that it comes through.” Andreas demonstrated his thoughts by taking a pen

from his pocket and a piece of nearby cardboard. He set the pen on the cardboard and, holding it loosely in his hand, allowed it to aimlessly scribble. Once he saw a pattern he could work with, Andreas stopped the pen and began to add features– such as eyes, a mouth, arms, and legs– that transformed the scribble into a Andreas explained that StoryPeople “captures the quiet moments of what it means to be alive.” Indeed, the and the short stories–make StoryPeople appealing to people of all ages. Annette Laitinen (‘93) who has worked at StoryPeople studio for 19 years, says that the studio continues to affect her. “I feel inspired with the stories and by the customers’ reactions.” Laitinen said. Juli Franzen, another employee who has worked at the studio for 14 years, agreed with Laitinen. “[StoryPeople] has made me a calmer person,” Franzen said. “[It has] made me realize that the world is a much smaller place than people imagine.” Andras creates StoryPeople with the intent that it will appeal to people around the world. “[Story People] is not written from the head,” Adreas said. “Instead, it is written from the heart.” Kadie Smith (‘15) enjoys the message of StoryPeople. “[StoryPeople] takes the moral values from stories and places them into colorful artwork,” Smith said. Melissa “Missy” Musselman (‘99), who has worked at Story People for 17 years, commented that the art makes her believe “that anything’s possible.” The story and quote texts of StoryPeople have also been translated into eight different languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Chinese. Today, StoryPeople can be found in stores around the world.


‘La Dispute’ reimagined LA DISUPTE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 came time to perform. “I think because we did it ourselves we were really invested in our characters because we knew a lot about them,” Constable said. Another challenge actors and co-writers Eva Gemlo (‘17) and Josh Weisenburger (‘17) identified was the amount of world building they had to do once they decided to remove the story from its original setting in 18th century France. The adapted script sets the story in the future in an unknown place. “Something that immediately stood out was just how

strange the concept this whole experiment is in the first place,” Weisenburger said. “I felt on some level that taking a sort of science fiction approach to figure out the world of this show made sense.” Actor and co-writer Madeline Geier (‘17) spoke of the strange situations that come up in the script that have challenged her as an actor. “After being heartbroken repeatedly and deciding that there’s no hope for her with humans, my character falls in love with and attempts to seduce a plant,” Geier said. “I think my favorite thing about it was that it was challenging for me to get out of my own head.” Because the premise of the show is so alien, the writers worry that at some moments the audience may have trouble connecting with the characters. They worked to make them relatable despite the circumstances. “I want people to sit there and watch the show and be like, ‘That is exactly how I felt when I first fell in love,’ ” Gemlo said. Vtris, on the other hand, worries that the audience may not find the show amusing. “I always panic about comedies because by the time we get to this point I don’t laugh because I know the jokes,” Vtris said. “I worry that it won’t be funny. I think the material’s great though, I think it’s really strong.” Because of the amount of time the student actors and writers invested in the play, the fear of bad reviews is a concern. “We’ve been invested since day one and we’ve put a lot of ourselves into this show,” Weisenburger said. “If people don’t like it, it’s kind of on us.” In the end, Vtris believes the script and student performances are strong. If nothing else, he says the audience will have to be receptive to the show’s closing. “I really like the end,” Vtris said. “The actors bring a really sincere simple sweetness to it, I just love watching it every time.” Performances of La Dispute will be at 7:30pm on March 12 and 13, 9:30pm on March 14 and 1:30pm and 7:30pm on March 15 in the Jewel Theatre. Tickets are $12 or free with CAF.

“I want people to sit there and watch the show and [think], ‘That is exactly how





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MOVEMENT. Photo courtesy of River North Dance Chicago

Dynamic Dance ELIZABETH HURLEY STAFF WRITER The Center Stage Series will be hosting River North Dance Chicago this Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the CFL. The nationally known Chicago-based group will be performing six different pieces ranging in styles from modern jazz to ballet en pointe. For those who are familiar with Sweeny Todd, River North Dance Chicago will be performing a piece choreographed to the song “The Worst Pies in London.” “Havana Blue” is based on Cuban and AfroCaribbean music and dance, while “Eva” is a piece dedicated to the late singer Eva Cassidy. SAC President Britany Thorpe (‘16) is excited to see “The Worst Pies in London,” but what she loves most about River North Dance Chicago is their energy, calling them “explosive” and “dynamic.” The use of theatrical elements combining dancing and singing has brought River North a lot of praise. Director of Campus Programming Tanya Gertz describes River North as “a lush experience in dance.” Their “lush” nature is what inspired Gertz to book the group for the Center Stage Series. “Dance is a unique experience,” Gertz said. “It’s so physical and it’s so emotive. It has the power to touch us.” Because Gertz is only able to bring in one dancing company a year, she is very selective. She chose to bring in River North because of their power and ability to strike emotions into the audiences, and she hopes that those attending feel that emotion. “Movement and dance is poignant and very real,” Thorpe said. “It taps into emotions that are very akin to music. Putting the two together is an art form. Coupling it with well–known music takes it to a whole new level–it’s beautiful.” River North Dance Chicago will also be hosting a post-performance discussion with the dancers. Tickets for the performance can be purchased at the Box Office for $27 or free with CAF.




MARCH 13, 2014

The latest on co-ed housing A Sit-Down With Senate Last year, the Student Senate passed a proposal for a co-ed housing option in Baker Village. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful last year, but we have not given up. Once again, Student Senate is hard at work on a co-ed Baker proposal for the 2014-15 academic year. Currently, the Student Life Committee, within the Student Senate is revising the proposal. Once revised, it will go before the full Senate. If passed, the proposal will then go to the Campus Life Committee (comprised of students, faculty and staff ). If passed by Campus Life, it will move on

to the Cabinet and Board of Regents for approval. If the proposal is implemented it will allow students applying for Baker Village to form groups of six without regard to gender. It would not, however, allow a male and female to share the same room in houses that have double rooms. Additionally, none of the houses would be specifically designated co-ed or single gender. It is the belief of Student Senate as a body that giving students such options better reflects the diversity of the student body as a whole and would make students of various gender identities and sexualities feel more comfortable living on campus. In this way, it would make recruiting students of diversity easier and ensure that each student feels welcome knowing that there are co-ed housing options available.

Implementation of this proposal will also make forming groups of six much easier for those applying to live in Baker Village, since most students today have close friends who are not of the same sex or gender. Moreover, precedent for a co-ed arrangement within a house has been set in Sustainability House (note: although Sustainability House will be single gender next year, that decision was made based on the strength of individual applicants and not an intentional eschewing of co-ed housing). For these reasons, Student Senate is dedicated to representing the best interests and desires of the student body in presenting this proposal a second time.

don’t understand exactly what you did by stealing my painting and discarding it in such a disrespectful way, I will let you in on the secret process that was involved in making that precise piece of work: A. I built that wooden frame myself. Yes. Measured, cut, glued and nailed that together. Trust me when I say there are a couple fingers that were not so happy with this portion of the process. It’s timeconsuming, frustrating when you measure wrong and it hurts when you catch your pointer finger with that hammer. B. The canvas that went on the frame? I stretched it. Yup. All by my lonesome. That means getting a clamp and making sure that there aren’t any wrinkles in that fabric. Again, time-consuming and when the stupid

staple gun decides to jam or wuss out and not work properly, it is extremely frustrating. That particular canvas experienced all those phenomena with a staple gun, so understand when I say I am “beyond frustrated” with your stupid little antics, know that I most definitely am. C. Gesso. Oh, let’s not get too into this part. Takes forever. Gets everywhere. Put on the gesso, wait for drying, sand gesso, put more gesso on, wait for that to dry, sand again, gesso again, etc. D. Then, and only then, is the canvas ready to start painting on. Now, the process of painting isn’t just “Oh, hey! Let’s paint a pretty picture of flowers and rainbows and it only takes two minutes to do!” Oh, no. This is oil paint I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t know, oil paint takes forever to dry and even when it is sometimes it refuses to cooperate with you.  To start a painting in general, you have to plan. Only when you have planned what you want to do can you start painting. But before all the pretty colors come in, there is the underpainting. All one color to establish a base for all the others that go on top of it. So, underpainting, then painting. And there are layers to the actual painting portion as well.  The painting itself is probably the most frustrating part, but it is also the most rewarding if you can get the stuff to work for you. Things don’t shape the right way, colors mix wrong and get muddy on the canvas. The painting is constantly taunting you with “Oh, you wanted a nice, vibrant red-orange? How about a nauseating brown?” You get frustrated, angry at both the painting and yourself when you can’t get it to do just what you want. But when things go right ... it’s the most wonderful thing in the world.  So, perhaps that painting you stole wasn’t my best. Not even my favorite, but I want you to know and understand just what it was you took from me because that is not just a pretty picture that can be reproduced. It was original. It was days upon days of my life that now has a warped frame as a result of days face down in the snow. It was both my physical and intellectual effort that you saw fit to just pick off a wall, walk away with and throw away like it was trash. So congratulations. I hope you’re happy.

“If the proposal is implemented it will allow students applying for Baker Village to form groups of six without regard to gender.” - Ashley Meyers (‘16)

- Ashley Meyers (‘16)

Originality stolen with art

Letter to the Editor Dear steal

individuals someone’s

who think it’s cool to artwork from a gallery,

This is just a small update to tell you something: It’s really not cool at all. First, stealing is generally frowned upon in society. Second, to take it only to throw it into the snow and leave it makes it even worse. You essentially just pulled a move that makes you someone despicable, which, I guess if that’s what you’re aiming for, then go right ahead. Since you obviously


“...but I want you to know and understand just what it was you took from me because that is not just a pretty picture that can be reproduced. It was an original.” - Dia LeFabvre (‘14)

Spencer Hodge / Chips

Sincerely, Dia LeFabvre (‘14)


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Practice makes perfect Career Corner Practice makes perfect; a simple phrase that makes so much sense. This mentality can be applied to pretty much every facet of life including work. For college students the work part of life often involves finding a job. An important step in the job search process is the ever-daunting interview. However, there is no need to fret because with a bit of practice and coaching anybody can become an interviewing pro. One of the many services that the Luther College Career Center offers is giving mock interviews. This program allows students to prepare with actual interview questions and learn how to tailor their responses based on the place they are interviewing with. This is an ongoing program that helps students to get ready for graduate school, medical school, internships, full-time and part-time job interviews. Joni Rollinger oversees the Mock Interview Program and has worked with many students to help them excel during their interview. During the mock interview appointment students are given the opportunity to respond to the most frequently asked interview questions, practice their nonverbal language and perfect their professional etiquette. Rollinger explains that it is necessary to study for an interview. “Studying” includes researching the company

and being aware of the skills and qualifications for the job as well as being able to provide reasons as to why you would like to work there. A way to think of this is by creating a mental resume; what experiences do you have that have provided you with skills that would be beneficial to this particular position? An additional thought to consider is that the most common interview questions tend to revolve around three main themes: teamwork, leadership and problem solving. These themes are categorized as being part of a behavioral interview. Prepare several examples of scenarios in which you exhibited these qualities so that you are prepared should a related question arise. By having more than a few examples you will be able to provide ample proof that you would be a capable and supportive addition to the company. It is also important to prepare what may seem like the simplest of questions; would you please tell me a little about yourself? Rollinger says that this is often the first question employers will ask and can throw the interviewee for a loop if they do not have an answer prepared. Before going into an interview, brainstorm some adjectives or anecdotes that would provide a good description of your character. The Mock Interview Program offers a chance to perfect technique and responses while receiving encouragement and proven advice. The thing to remember is the more you practice these answers, the more natural they will become. Scheduling a mock interview appointment is not going to hurt your chances so why not give it a try? Stop by the Career Center on the second floor of the Union and schedule an appointment soon.

“The Mock Interview Program offers a chance to perfect technique and responses while receiving encouragement and proven advice.” - Hannah Fuhrman (‘14)

-Hannah Fuhrman (‘14) Career Assistant

Tips for March Madness

CAMERON MEYFERTH HEAD COPY EDITOR It’s that time of year again, Luther College. The excitement of the NCAA March Madness tournament is about to grace our dreary snow-filled lives. Friends, coworkers and floormates will soon be flooding email inboxes with invitations to partake in bracket competitions. If you’re a clueless sports fan like me who hasn’t watched a single collegiate basketball game all year but still wants to take part in the fun, here are some tips from a casual sports fan to turn that amateurish bracket into a mediocre or even an OK one. Seed isn’t everything While seeds are supposedly given to the “better teams,” you should still go with your gut instinct. It may be tempting to pick 1 seeds all the way, but chances are others will also pick those “good” teams. When that 16-seed underdog wins it all, you’ll be the basketball wizard who gets to say, “I told you so, you non-believing heathens.” Pick some twelve-over-five upset For some inexplicable reason, at least one 12-seed team will upset their 5-seed opponent in the first

round. Roll a four-sided die to determine which of the four matchups will be the upset. If for some reason you don’t own a four-sided die, craft a spinner out of some paper, crayons and a brad. If these materials prove difficult to find, count the numbers of squirrels you see on the walk between your residence hall and the Union. Pick teams with funny names or mascots For example, I like to make sure Oral Roberts shows up as many times as possible on my bracket. Other good teams to irrationally pick are the Wichita State Shockers, the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns and the Akron Zips. “Saint” schools will probably win at least the first round. Probably. St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s are often contenders in the tournament. Don’t be deceived by their frequently poor seeds, as these schools are probably good for a win or two. Probably. Besides, do you think it’s a good idea to bet against God? Two teams enter, one team leaves That means you have a 50/50 chance at picking the right team for each matchup, right? Flipping a coin for every matchup will result in a guaranteed 50-percent chance of getting them all right. Because math. Just trust me on this one. Spend a disproportionate amount of time on the title for the bracket While a cheesy or funny title for your bracket won’t score you any actual points, it will certainly score you some bro-points with the one or two people who see your bracket. Good titles often include, but are not limited to, basketball puns, sexual innuendo and random current-events jokes. “March Sadness,” “Balls” and “Praise Be to the Helix Fossil” are all acceptable.



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2 divers compete at regionals LUKE MANDERFELD STAFF WRITER The swimming and diving season has come to an end, and with it comes the end to divers Zoe Johnson (‘16) and Brandie Schierland’s (‘14) season. They both competed in the regional swimming and diving championships at Grinnell College Feb. 28 to March 1. Johnson finished sixth on the one-meter board and seventh on the three-meter board. Schierland wrapped up her season with a tenth place finish on the onemeter board and eighth on the three-meter board. This trip was Johnson’s second in two years. This season she set the school record in the three-meter board at the Liberal Arts Swimming and Diving Championships with a score of 416.85. However, she has had her share of difficulties “My biggest challenge has been balancing school and sports, but it is definitely worth it,” Johnson said.





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Schierland had a very successful senior season. Making it to her first regionals ever, she has had to overcome some roadblocks in her season this year. She was worried about her practice time getting cut before the championships because of a busy J-term class. Her four-year goal in diving was to make it to regionals so it was clear that she was excited to make the trip. “I’ve gotten close multiple times this year,” Schierland said. “I finally qualified at the championships and I was really excited to accomplish that goal.” Both of the divers put in a lot of hours of work in the season to get to the point of regionals. When they qualify for regionals they change up their training a little bit, focusing more on the perfection of each dive, rather than learning new dives. The divers also have to tackle the two types of boards that are required in the divers competition in college. The one-meter board is one that divers are familiar with from high school, but the three-meter board is not required in high school. That means that a lot of the divers going into college do not have a lot of experience on that type of dive. “I definitely like the three-meter board better,” Schierland said. “I’m not a big fan of doing all of those flips in the air at that height.” This year was the first that Schierland and Johnson have gone to regionals together. The moral support that they give each other is helpful to both. “I was really excited to go with [Johnson],” Schierland said. “It was great for both of us to make the trip to regionals together so that we could be there for each other.” The competition at regionals was great for both divers, even though they did not qualify for nationals. “Having my family drive down to watch the meet was amazing, and being able to compete against some great competitors was great,” Johnson said.

really had to step up this year, and I think they’ve done an outstanding job thus far. We’ve also had difficulty finding practice space while indoors. When you play a sport that’s meant for a full-sized field and all you have is the turf room for 27 guys, you have to get creative. What is the best part about playing in tournaments? Seeing the team develop throughout the weekend. The team that arrives on Saturday morning is not the same team that leaves Sunday- both emotionally and strategically. It’s clear that we grow tremendously from

Norse of the Week JULIA JOSEPH SPORTS EDITOR LUFDA, one of Luther’s men’s ultimate frisbee teams, traveled to St. Louis March 8-9 to play their first tournament of the season. The team went 8-0 for the weekend with many contributors to the success of the team. Sam Berglund (‘16) was voted Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Chips: Why did you decide to join LUFDA? Berglund: I started playing ultimate my sophomore year of high school, and ever since then I knew I wouldn’t stop playing until my body quit. I’m also a very competitive person, so naturally LUFDA was the next step for my ultimate career. What was the best part of the your first tournament this season? While warmer weather is always a huge plus, the best part is just being there with the team. We’ve been cooped up inside the SRC and turf room for so long that it feels great to be outside competing and see everything that we’ve worked hard at over the past few months really pay off. What is your ideal temperature to play in? Warm enough that I don’t need a jacket

PERFECTING HER DIVE. Zoe Johnson (‘16) competes in Luther’s pool earlier this season. Kate Knepprath/ Photo Bureau

or sweater, but cold enough for a long sleeve jersey. How has the team progressed since the fall? It really feels like people are beginning to find their rolesw on the team. Unfortunately in tighter games not everyone can be given equal playing time, but I think that every player performed outstandingly wherever they were on the field this weekend. We have a few kinks to work out, and we’re nowhere near our peak, but it’s exciting to see everybody do what we’ve been practicing and have it work. What is your favorite frisbee throw? The backhand. It’s the simplest throw, and everyone knows how to use it, but I really like its reliability in tough conditions. What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to face this season? Individually or as a team, or both? It’s hard to answer this question without bringing up what happened to Scott Boehm (‘15) in the fall, as that was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to deal with. But for our team as a whole, I think the loss of our full-time coach Reid Wilson (‘10) has been a struggle. Our captains Trent Erickson (‘14) and Cole Puffer (‘15) have

our first to last game. Do you prefer playing indoor in the SRC, or when you guys get to move outside? I will always prefer playing outside. One of our biggest advantages against teams around the country is the weather. I can’t remember the last time we’ve practiced without a strong presence of wind, and I believe it makes a difference for us. Just last week we had practice outside in a snowstorm and I hadn’t had that much fun at practice in a while. The outdoors brings a bit of uncertainty to ultimate that I really enjoy.

LAYOUT. (From Left) Sam Berglund (‘16) playing in a tournament last summer for Plymouth, Minn. Photo Courtesy of Rachel Johnson




Zumba fever

MARCH 13, 2014

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#1 Wartburg #10 Coe #15 Loras #17 Luther Dubuque Buena Vista Central Simpson

MOVE TO THE BEAT. Cody Arndtson (‘17) leads a dance workout.

Zumba, continues to gain popularity on Luther’s campus. HANNAH BUTLER STAFF WRITER Zumba premiered at Luther last year, as a cardio based fitness class, under Zumba certified instructor Lucy O’Connor (‘14). The class is currently available under Zumba certified instructor Cody Arndtson (‘17), who began teaching Zumba at Luther this past fall. Director of Recreational Services and the Legends Fitness Center Vicky Jaeger describes the class. “It’s a dance type exercise to upbeat songs,” Jaeger said. The number attending his class has been consistently increasing. “Well I started out with about five [people] on a regular basis, and at J-Term I hit 70 in a class,” Arndtson said. “I’ve reached over 190 people so far including each week since October.” According to Jaeger, the number of students attending Zumba is impressive. “That’s huge,” Jaeger said. “I know there’ve been times in his classes where there’ve been 69 people in the dance studio, which you barely have room to move your arms.” Before the number of participants began rising, Zumba was only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “First semester was actually Tuesday and Thursday mornings only,” Arndtson said. “And then I started getting quite a few people, and then we switched it to the evenings because it was a more popular class than what we’ve had in other classes, and ever since then my numbers have been growing which is really good to see.” The number of participants may be

enough to support even more Zumba classes. “Zumba is kind of the hot, new exercise thing,” Jaeger said. “If I could have [Arndtson] every day or if I could find another instructor, we would just probably offer a class every day.” Although fitness classes are not typically offered during the weekends, Saturday Zumba classes are now available for students who are too busy to attend during the week. Students Ashley Kappers (‘16), attended Zumba last Saturday. “I really like Zumba because it gives me the opportunity to work out in an environment that’s welcoming, and it’s really fun,” Kappers said. Jaeger also believes that Zumba is just a fun way to exercise. “It’s lots and lots of fun while burning calories which is like a double bonus,” Jaeger said. Arndtson has his own ideas on why his class has been so positively received. “The reason why I think people are

Bjorne Myhre / Chips popularity of that one has helped the other classes as well,” Jaeger said. “All of them are starting to see maybe, you know, between 15-20 people at all of their classes too, so I think it’s helping everybody.” To continue to cultivate interest in Luther’s fitness programs Jaeger and Arndtson are talking about the idea of recreational services hosting a fitness day. “Cody and I kind of entertained the idea—we probably won’t get it in this year, but doing a huge fitness fest where each of the instructors could maybe do a half hour and see if we can maybe do it as a fundraiser,” Jaeger said. “Each of the instructors would be up on stage and we could really fill the gym.” As well as a fitness festival, students also may be able to look forward to some new fitness programs for next year. “I’m also getting a certification in water fitness, so I might be teaching Water Zumba, which is a different workout than on land. It works different muscle groups,” Arndtson said. Jaeger is also supportive of new fitness classes and encourages students with new ideas to come forward. “We’re always looking for other classes, so if people have ideas they want to try, we try different things every year,” Jaeger said. As for now, students can check out what classes are available on the Recreational Services Web page. “You can drop in, don’t have to sign up and can come when it fits in your schedule,” Jaeger said. “You try out the different ones that will work different muscles.” Arndtson teaches Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:15 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30-12:15 p.m. in the dance studio in Regents. “I can’t say enough how fun it is to teach that group of people and it’s fun to see new faces every time,” Arndtson said.

“There’ve been times in his class where there’ve been 69 people in the dance studio, which you barely have room to move your arms.” - Vicky Jaeger really liking the class I’m teaching is because regardless of how I’m feeling that day it’s really important to keep high energy, because if I’m not into the workout neither are the participants,” Arndtson said. “Part of what I want to do with the fitness program while I’m here is get more of the student body into doing personal exercising.” Jaeger suspects that as one of the most popular classes on campus, Zumba has helped students become more involved in other fitness classes as well. “I would say looking at it, I think the

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March 21-30 Spring Break Trip @ Tucson, Ariz.


#7 Luther #11 Coe Dubuque Simpson Wartburg Loras Buena Vista #4 Central

IIAC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Overall 6-0 10-1 5-1 10-4 7-3 3-3 1-5 0-0

Recent Scores

March 7 @ RCTC Dome vs. Hamline W 10-1

Upcoming Schedule

March 21-30 NTC Spring Games @ Clermont, Fla.

March 12th Issue  

The fifth issue of the Spring 2014 Semester

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