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December 8, 2011

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Vandalism on the rise, costs escalate

Tim Peter to resign

Ashley Matthys &

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Ingrid Baudler

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Professor of Music Timothy Peter (‘86) announced Monday that he will resign at the end of the spring 2012 semester. He will become Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Stetson University in DeLand, Fl. In addition to teaching music courses, Peter directs Collegiate Chorale and Norsemen and has been a member of the Luther faculty for 21 years. “It’s with tremendous gratitude from my years at Luther, both for the colleagues, administrators and most importantly the students that said. “In that same light, I’m also extremely excited that I’ll be moving on and leading a great program where I’m hoping that I can have an impact. The way in which I hope I can impact is just to inspire students to be the best musicians they can and the best citizens they can. That’s what excites me.” Peter voiced his hopes for his “I hope that I continue to connect with students and that I share in the vision and mission of making beautiful artistry that we’ve been able to do so far and that my departure does not overshadow the experience that these students will have,

especially the seniors,” Peter said. “The focus in the spring should really be on the students instead of me.” Many students feel that Peter has held a vital role at Luther and will be sad to see him leave. always associated with Luther,” music major and Collegiate Chorale member Carl Sorenson (‘13) said. “When people think of Luther music, they think Tim Peter.” will especially miss is Peter’s optimism. “I think that his level of energy and enthusiasm spread through campus,” Norsemen member Cole Puffer (‘15) said. “It is impossible to come out of a Norsemen practice without a smile on your face because of Tim Peter. The campus will miss everyone that walks in JensonNoble Hall of Music.” Professor of Music Sandra Peter commented on her husband’s announcement. “I am thrilled for Tim and the opportunity he has been given to serve as Director of Choral Activities at Stetson University,” Sandra Peter said. “It is an exciting time and we are both so very grateful for the support and enthusiasm people have extended. I am honored to continue serving Luther College and as a family, we maintain that our homebase is Decorah at this time.”

Staff Writer

Vandalism at Luther College has been an increasing problem in recent years. Last year alone, over $20,000 was spent replacing lost or damaged signs, caf dishes and other miscellaneous items. vandalism than other schools, it is important to note that reported cases on campus have risen over the last few years. “Last year we had 21 incidents of damage to property that were recorded,” Director of Campus Safety and Security Bob Harri said. “I would say this year, with all the signs, if we’re not already at that number, we’re rapidly approaching it.” Not only has the number of incidents increased, repairs have also been more costly. This is due to the number of lost or damaged signs, a damaged piano and a broken bench, which was the gift of a donor. Already this year, to replace only the lost or damaged signs would be over $10,000. “We had two educational signs along the path from Baker rain gardens and the oak savanna that just disappeared,” Assistant to the President Karen Martin-Schramm said. “It just makes me heartsick to see these signs destroyed because so much work has gone into them.” dorm room signs in the residence halls. Many students take their old room number with them when they leave a dorm for the year as a type of souvenir. “What students don’t realize is that signs are a requirement from code,” Vice President for Finance and Administration Diane Tacke said. “The signs not only have to say the room

Photo by Lauren Maze

Hup we go. Peter conducts his final Christmas at Luther this past weekend.

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Lauren Maze

Laying down the law. Stoen stands by an unvandalized sign. number, but also have to have Braille so a student without sight would be able to feel them. That’s why we can’t just paint the number on there – because it doesn’t meet code.” While stealing residence signs is not a new issue, other types of vandalism at Luther are different this year. “There’s been more of what I would consider senseless damage this year than in the last two years,” Harri said. “We’re seeing a lot of bicycles get thrown around, so it’s both college property and personal property being damaged. I think it’s more of poor judgment, maybe it’s releasing Vandalism continued on page 10

Student group, B.R.E.T.T., demands tenure reform Josh Hoffman

Staff Writer

The tenure denial of Assistant Professor of Sociology Brett Johnson in Spring 2011 has upset many students and sparked a dialogue between administration and students about the tenure process. Many sociology students and other students sympathetic to Johnson’s tenure denial have formed the Bring Reform to the Educational Tenure Track group (B.R.E.T.T) which calls for change to the tenure process. “The B.R.E.T.T. group has two rejection re-evaluated and, second, to revamp the tenure process so decisions like this about great professors will not happen again,” B.R.E.T.T. member and sociology major, Fred Burdine (‘13) said.

The group’s Facebook page has 158 members. “From what I understand, the ideological debate that is going on in the upper levels of Luther is: do we want professors who are known for scholarship … or do we want professors who are interested in mentorship and students’ overall transformation?” Burdine said. “Brett falls into the second category more This year is Johnson’s eighth and

faculty member is denied tenure they are permitted to teach one additional year at Luther while they search for a new position elsewhere. The tenure process involves a third year review as well as a sixth year is made. During the third year review, the

Appointment, Tenure and Promotion (ATP) Committee, comprised of senior faculty, review the candidate’s to how he or she is doing. “When reviewing a professor for tenure, the [ATP] committee looks the ATP Committee and Professor of Accounting and Management

comprised of a record of all the courses they have taught at Luther, student evaluations, students’ comments from the most recent two semesters, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement from the professor about their commitment and service to the college, evidence of teaching, letters of recommendation and a section on scholarship.” Tenure

continued on page 10


News December 8, 2011 Students’ new shopping Alumna lives on website gives back through books


Megan Creasey

Mirror image. Nelson’s book cover features main character Marianne Faithful.

Sarah King

Staff Writer

“A Dead Woman’s Mirror,” a novel by Susan Nelson (‘70), was featured at a book launch last Saturday in Baker Commons. Nelson’s mystery novel was written

before she passed away Jan. 22, 2011. A short memorial was held, during which family and friends spoke fondly of their memories of Nelson. Photographs and Nelson’s artwork were featured, as well as her two published books, “In Search of Emily” and “A Dead Woman’s Mirror.” Friend of the family Bill Musser opened the book launch with a memorial to Susan. “In many ways I think that Susan’s books were a mirror for her: a mirror for her own love of life, her imaginative sense of adventure and her amazing determination,” Musser said. “Susan beat the odds by living 16 years after a major heart attack while battling diabetes, and there was just too much to live for, too much good to be had in life for her, too many colors, too many textures and stories that came in and poured out some of the beautiful work you see here.” Before her years spent writing, Nelson had a variety of passions. Following graduation from Luther with a degree in Art, Susan ran a deli with a friend in a local pub, worked with children and senior citizens, Susan Nelson continued on page 10

While most students are worrying about finals, Tyler Zey (‘12) and Kelly Dotseth (‘12) are working on their recently launched website, Changejars. com. The site, which donates percentages of online sales from various companies to charity, started as a project for a management class. “You can click on the business link and you shop on the site as normal,” Zey said. “You don’t pay anything more, but a percentage goes to a charity you support,” Zey said. Zey conceived the concept and presented it in the Entrepreneurship Club’s Elevator Pitch Competition. After his idea won, he promoted the

website at a national pitch competition before approaching Dotseth in September about joining him. Since both Zey and Dotseth are in Entrepreneurship Club and had run online businesses before, they knew the steps involved and they recognized the opportunities online shopping presents. “Once you dabble in the online business world, you see very quickly that there are a wealth of opportunities to make a lot of money,” Dotseth said. Dotseth and Zey wanted to direct that money to nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Kiva and the American Red Cross. continued on page 3

Photo by Megan Creasey

Photo by Sarah King

Staff Writer

Entrepreneurs in the making. founders Tyler Zey (‘12) and Kelly Dotseth (‘12) chat in the union about their new website.

Survey reveals attitudes about Honor Code &

uncomfortable reporting cases of

STaff Writer suspected violations.

Ashley Matthys

News Editor

A recent survey regarding the Honor Code conducted by Student Senate’s Campus Life Committee revealed attitudes of Luther students and faculty concerning policies about academic integrity. The survey, which was emailed to all Luther students and faculty, revealed that 67 percent of faculty members and 87 percent of students who responded believe that the Honor Code is effective, while 33 percent of faculty members and 13 percent of students who responded think that it should be reformed. Most students who think the Honor Code should be revised criticize the current system because they believe students are

“Because of the fact that students felt this way, we’re working on a way for students to be able to anonymously turn people in,” Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer Green said. The survey was part of a routine reassessment of Luther policies. “We started reviewing and revising the Honor Code simply because the whole student handbook periodically goes through review and this was the next thing in the process,” Green said. Associate Professor of German and faculty advisor to the Honor Council Soeren Steding believes that students presently know little about policies regarding academic integrity. “There currently is a lack of education about what the Honor

Code is and what the Honor Council does,” Steding said. “Hopefully they’ll be able to address this problem.” Luther’s student handbook states that the Honor Code is in place “because we as students believe that one of the basic goals of an institution engaged in higher education and dedicated to the Christian faith is to develop academic integrity and responsibility within its student body.” There are three types of disciplinary bodies for violations of academic integrity at the college level: student-run, faculty-run and a hybrid. Luther operates on a nearly entirely student-run system. Luther’s Honor Council is the group tasked with enforcing the Honor Code. Composed of three seniors, two juniors, one sophomore and a non-voting faculty advisor,

the Council hears cases of alleged Honor Code violations and determines whether the individual is guilty or not guilty. “Most of the time it is liberal arts colleges that have these honor systems because there is more of an idea of citizenship and community,” Green said. “It seems as if students realize that their actions affect not only themselves, but their entire student body and school.” One of the proposed changes

to the Honor Council would be the addition of six new members, doubling its current size. “Another thing we really want to do is create long-term cultural change here at Luther by changing how people see the Honor Code as a part of their identity as a Luther student.” Green said. Those involved with the review process continue to formulate ways to improve academic integrity policies on campus.

Photo by Sarah King

Joel Barkel

Test time. Stephen Brockman (‘13) and Jon Koch (‘12) begin a test in their French 201 class. The Honor Code is Luther’s academic integrity policy for all tests and assignments.



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Professor Nave contributes to new Bible translation Joel Barkel

Staff Writer

One example is how the translation approaches

contribute to a new translation of the Bible that came out just last summer. The translation is called the

word “of,” like in the phrase “the hand of God.” In the CEB possession is shown by using an apostrophe, making the phrase “the hand of God” into “God’s hand.”

“[The CEB is] enlightening, inspiring and very user The translation was done with the expertise of

“I got involved in the project because I considered representing 22 different Christian denominations. Visiting Professor of Religion Tom Blanton believes that the CEB is accomplishing exactly what it set out to do: be more accessible to readers everywhere. “This is an attempt to make the Bible more accessible to more readers; the idea is to come up with a fresh and engaging translation while appealing to people from various Christian denominations,” said Blanton. The translation is able to be more relatable because of the translators’ use of idiomatic English usage. “As the title of the Bible suggests, the translation aims not only for accuracy but also for ‘common’

Compiled by: Ashley Matthys News Editor

Obama prods GOP on payroll tax cut President Barack Obama accepted a move by Senate Democrats to scale back his Social Security payroll tax cut extension on Monday, then prodded Republicans to support it despite a requirement for the very wealthy to pay more taxes. Obama also called on lawmakers to renew a program of extended which kick in after six months of joblessness, are “the last line of defense between hardship and catastrophe” for some victims of the recession and a painfully slow recovery. ***

in an English translation project of the Bible.” the Book of Luke. Each book was assigned two different translators to ensure that their work was peer reviewed. “As one of the phrases used to promote the Common English Bible states, ‘The best translation

16,000 Holocaust victims to get German pensions After a year of tough negotiations, Germany has agreed to pay mostly survivors who were once starving children in ghettos, or were forced to live in hiding for fear of death. *** FAMU student leaders call for an end to hazing Florida University A&M President James Ammons said Monday the university is committed to breaking a conspiracy of silence that resulted in a band member’s death. Robert Champion, a drum major in the school’s famed band, the the annual Florida Classic football game between the Rattlers and

outside a hotel after the game after he had been seen vomiting. Police his death. ***

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UK auditors warn Olympic budget is on the edge Britain’s spending watchdog warned London Olympic organizers

unforeseen costs. ***

A new way to read an old book. Professor Nave studies a copy of the Common English draws charitable shoppers continued from page 2

“The goal is to change why people shop online, to turn marketing costs into something that goes to a cause, and we’re trying to allow you to have some say in where your money goes,” Zey said. The pair of entrepreneurs have done calculations about how much money they could raise for organizations. “If we could pick one organization that has a million followers and if we could even get 50 percent of those people to use Changejars once, they would make four million dollars,” Dotseth said. “It’s absolutely insane once you run the numbers and realize how much

consumerism is going on online.” is now launched and Zey and Dotseth are constantly working on improving and expanding the site.

business, Dotseth and Zey say they will steer away from past mistakes and keep brainstorming. keep people [interested in] us, because when they go shopping

Protesters accuse Putin’s party of rigging vote Several thousand protesters took to the streets Monday night and accused Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s party of rigging this weekend’s parliamentary election in which it won the largest share of the seats. It was perhaps the biggest opposition rally in years and ended with marched toward the Central Elections Commission near the Kremlin, but were stopped by riot police and taken away in buses. *** ‘Hamburglar’ Suspect Turns Himself In Cedar Falls police have made an arrest for a burglary that occurred at the McDonald’s in Cedar Falls in which a suspect apparently cooked himself a meal there.

now, Zey said. “We’re making making the website interface better.” Although the site is new, the “For an early stage we’ve gotten impressive is the average time people are spending on the site, which means people are looking around and staying there,” Dotseth said. As they continue to grow the

think of,” Zey said. Dotseth and Zey hope to have a solid business up and running by the time they graduate this May and will continue with the business from there. “It has a ton of potential and I think we could grow this business said. “Once you’re exposed to the online business world you realize how much potential is out there, and it’s kind of captivating.”

Wartburg College student. Police had made reference to the animated character “the

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December 8, 2011

Woman vs Food McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita Margaret Yapp

Staff Writer

variety of international pastas, salad and soups, as well as a lengthy beer and wine list.

Atmosphere Upon entering McCaffrey’s, I was immediately struck by the warm color of the room. Opposing deep forest green and peachy salmon walls are illuminated by white Christmas lights lining the windows and twinkling candles on every table. The dining room is fairly spacious, but the tables and booths are just big enough to create a private dining experience, while still maintaining the feeling of being open to the rest of the room. Trust me, you’ll want to be open to the rest of the kept naturally lit during the day by tall windows that open up to the beautiful Decorah woods. You won’t be distracted from the scenery or your company by any unwanted smells coming from the kitchen; the whole restaurant smells like rising bread and herbs. The only downside to the delicious scent is that it makes the wait seem even longer. Food The menu at McCaffrey’s is short, but diverse. I went to dinner with a friend, and we decided to split the bruschetta

food, but for two hungry swimmers it turned out to be the perfect amount. Bruschetta is a straightforward dish: toasted baguette topped with McCaffrey’s does it a little differently by adding garlic infused olive oil and onions. The result is scrumptious. The baguette was crispy, but moist enough that I did not lose half of it due to freshly grated and wonderful.

usually a Caesar Salad girl, but the combination of fresh tomato, red onion, kalamata olives, green pepper and handcrumbled feta cheese in this salad is perfect. All the fresh ingredients tossed with freshly made olive oil and lemon dressing creates a wonderfully tangy, crisp, large-enough-for-two dish (think high-class

feta cheese, tomatoes, artichokes, kalamata olives and thinly sliced red onions. The crust was slightly was expected and charming. Besides a few black En joying th e Dolce marks, it was super thin, crispy and made the an Vita “It’s All G reek to M : Staff Writer Ma rgaret Ya e” salad p (bottom) one topping was overwhelming; they all worked and a piz p sampled za (top). about $18 each. The perfect price for a special date, but too high for a regular night. I strongly recommend McCaffrey’s Overall Being at McCaffrey’s is the perfect break from busy for anyone willing to dish out the cash, make this review campus life. This is not a restaurant where you will be your excuse to ask out that special someone, and to live served by some kid in your chemistry class; the wait staff the dolce vita. was experienced and helpful. Our waitress knew her way Rating around the menu and told us what to expect from the food. It 9 out of 10 on the sweet life scale is pretty pricey, my friend and I split the bill and it came out to

Luther Winter Fashion Compiled by Margaret Yapp, Staff Writer

Tom Reimann (‘13): A RayBan Vision Proof that boys can dress nice without it getting weird. This

S t y l i s h sunglasses are not just for summer, make sure to protect your eyes even when the weather is cold. Replace those sweatpants with Levi’s, they’re classic and super cool. “I don’t see the point in sweatpants as long as the jeans are nice and comfy,” Reimann said.

This one is easy. Stay warm.

sweatshirt is a lot less sloppy than a big loose one, and it is just as comfortable. Opt for a darker color and a thinner fabric with insulation next time you’re looking for loungewear.

For more fashion insiders, check out the Chips website at

Associate Professor of English Kate Narveson: Our Fashion Idol Students rave over this English professor’s skirts. She makes ease of looking cute by shopping at local secondhand stores and getting hand-me-ups from her younger sister.

herself, out of Angora wool from the Blue Heron Knittery. “I knit during faculty meetings, and we have had a lot lately,”

Hair this winter is easier than ever, let your natural texture run free and long for an easy-going yet beautiful style. Wear a summer skirt in the winter,

Cinch your sweaters, and dresses with a thin to medium width belt to show off your waist. Doing this is a lot more comfortable than

print one, by adding leggings and boots to stay warm. “Layers, layers, layers,”

Photos by Margaret Yapp

To get to McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita and Twin Springs Bakery, I had to go over the hill and through the woods and over another hill ... and through some more creepy woods. After getting lost twice, and almost hitting a deer, I arrived at a wonderful restaurant that by the end of my visit, made the stressful drive completely worth it. McCaffrey’s is located deep in the woods on Twin Springs Road, just a few minutes from campus. Though



December 8, 2011


Taekwondo in it for Kicks Megan Creasey

students can advance through the ranks and continue at

Staff Writer other ATA clubs without having to start over.

Instructor Anna Linnell, who has been teaching

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What better way to end the week than with breaking a few boards and throwing some punches? That’s how students in Luther College Taekwondo Club spend their Friday evenings.

students grow and continue on with taekwondo after they graduate. “I have a student who has opened up his own taekwondo club in Mason City,” Linnell said. “I’ve had students who get married to each other, and I’ve had students who have become doctors and lawyers and taekwondo instructors.” The school year is broken into four different sessions and any interested students can join at the beginning of a session. From there, they learn different forms and combinations of kicks, punches and blocks to advance through the ranks. However, taekwondo is about more than strength and agility, Linnell says. “We train students physically and mentally, so we see the whole person grow,” Linnell said.

Kick it to the Man: (from left) club members Gavin Markee (‘14) and Aaron Mertzenich (‘14) hold the board for Doug Winkie’s (12) front kick during practice.

Holidays Around The World By Brita Moore, Staff Writer

Christmas at Luther is the biggest reminder that one of the world’s most widely celebrated holiday is coming– Christmas. However, Luther College has students who celebrate a variety of other special days all year round.

Reed Dance, every year in late August or early September. “It is a dance which attracts young maidens from every area of the Kingdom and provides the occasion for them to honor and pay homage to the Queen Mother,” Simelane said. This festivity is mostly comprised of teenage participants. They bring reeds from their hometowns for the royal couple. “The girls wear short beaded skirts with anklets, bracelets and jewelry and colorful sashes,” Simelane said. “The royal princesses wear red feathers in their hair and lead the maidens to perform before Their Majesties.” This has also been an opportunity for the King to choose a wife in the past, although not recently.

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started taekwondo his junior year. “I stumbled upon the group photo in Pioneer [yearbook] sophomore year and I decided that I wanted to try some new stuff, so I started showing up,” Winkey said. Winkey plans to continue with

“A lot of people stop at black belt, but it’s actually just the beginning,” Markee said. “I want to keep going and get to the point where I could have weapon mastery.” Taekwondo students don’t learn to use weapons until they reach a certain rank. before you can master another weapon,” Pruckler said. A typical practice session often starts with free sparring, then continues with learning forms, sparring sessions and closes with breaking boards. The boards are varying strengths of plastic, a change from the traditional wooden free sparring and board breaking, taekwondo is not intimidating, Winkey says. “It’s not like what you see in the movies, and a lot of stuff that seems impressive really isn’t, because you move up incrementally as your skill increases,” Winkie said. Pruckler agrees. “You get a lot of bruises doing this, but it’s nothing serious, no more dangerous than any other contact sport,” Pruckler said. While the club does have a fee, Linnell says it’s worth the investment. “It’s the cheapest place you can get taekwondo and still advance through the ranks,” Linnell said. Everyone interviewed remarked on the closeness of the group. “We become a family, we really do,” Linnell said. Markee also feels the close ties. “We all have common interests and we all like what we’re doing, which is a really nice environment to be in,” Markee said. Linnell and those involved encourage interested students Regents Center dance studio. “Even if you’re not sure you’d like it, give it a few tries,” Markee said. “Just keep at it and you can do some cool things with it.”

Arts & Entertainment


December 8, 2011

Charlie Parrish

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Local authors agree on importance of Mythology Staff Writer

Zeus, Thor, Jupiter, trolls, dragons, giants. Douglas “Dag” Rossman, local Decorah storyteller and author, says that it’s our imagination that makes these mythical creatures real. “Mythology is a living system,” Rossman said. “You are myth speaks to us today. You can use the old characters in new ways that we understand today. It’s a trip into the imagination.” Rossman has spent 31 years studying Norse mythology

to our ancestors that we can value today,” downtown Decorah on Tuesday, Dec 6, entitled “Is Norse Mythology Still Relevant?” Rossman’s answer is, “yes.”

original short stories with traditional characters in new they were kids, and there are some great stories and Northern that

Europe, gets


heritage largely

original stories.

then a hundred years later, you have another author tell It’s all Greek to me. The bookcover to the upcoming novel by Professor Phillip Freeman. politics.

May the Norse be with you. Douglas “Dag” Rossman giving a lecture on his Norse novel.

“These stories give us some insight into what our ancestors at that time thought,” Rossman said. “They ask

or Dante and how the worst sin you could ever commit

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KWLC Music Review: Doomtree’s “No Kings” perhaps lacked identity, “No Kings” sees the

Gunnar Halseth

Kwlc hip-hop director and Dessa, there is a distinct and unparalleled in the opener “No Way” which stays strong Minneapolis. alike are eagerly and rightly anticipating a latest drop, “No Kings.” and Paper Tiger. themselves as the hip hop collective in

releases last year and the Wugazi project where raps, sound the same,” an outright and perhaps project.

individually and collectively, a rise which can

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however, who wouldn’t wish they were in with Doomtree?


December 8, 2011

Arts & Entertainment


Best Non-traditional Christmas Movies When people think of the holidays, some people think about the movies that they like to watch as a tradition with their families. Big favorities like

Ethan Groothuis

A&E Editor “Home Alone,” “Elf” and “A Christmas Story” remain some of the most watched movies each Christmas. However, these movies can get old year in and year out, so here are some that can spice up holiday traditions and bring back that lost sparkle to your living room. “American Psycho

Eastern Promises

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convince him to change his ways. Together

“Saw” enthusiasts will appreciate this

“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ever created, “Die Hard” continues to entertain audiences with high volume action and witty, improvised one liners.

summer release to appease the action movie

crazy antics.

“A Christmas Carol” lights up the stage Lisa Diviney

Staff Writer


staged towards children, Phillips said. The company encourage children to use their imaginations. Hollywood movies, never any stage productions,” Phillips said. “It’s great to see the way children will react and connect with the show.”

area schools to participate in and attend live theatre

The two said that they had high

Having read Dickens’ masterpiece nearly

which the student audience helped to solve a crime. they react to it and respond to all the characters,” Marty said.

school production, something that Marty

Rochester, Minn. and Wisconsin. Phillips, along

various schools. to work with them,” Phillips said.

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Fall 2011 Staff

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December 8, 2011

Le moine et le voyou by Charlie Parrish (‘13)

Editor’s note: The title for this column comes from the nickname for French composer Francis Poulenc. Translated idiomatically, the phrase means “Half Monk, Half Delinquent.” When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound In fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. -Wendell Berry from “The Peace of Wild Things” In our society, we have no need we cannot immediately fill. If we want to know something, we look it up on our iPhone. If we are cold, we turn on the heat. If we are hungry, we know we will soon eat. If we are thirsty, there is clean water in the tap. This ability to fulfill any need deceives us into thinking we are our own god. We see ourselves as the all-powerful, the all-knowing. This ends up giving us more anxiety as we feel the pressures of trying to be something we are not. This summer I led a group of seven high school boys in the Boundary Waters. The food for the trip was packed out by

some of my co-workers, and it wasn’t long into the trip that I discovered we didn’t have enough food. There was enough to get by, but by the last lunch, my campers were scrounging the food pack and squeezing extra mustard packets into their mouths. Being the leader of the group, I had to give up part of my portion every meal to help feed them. I was also spending too much of my time and energy guiding, getting the camp set up and cooking every day and not making time for getting myself enough water. I was exhausted for a lot of the week, but it was still probably one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. Being in the wilderness is always humbling. The wilderness separates us from all the comforts of first-world living, the breadth of knowledge available to us on the Internet, the feeling of being able to meet any need we might have. We become aware of our own selves. For myself, I can better understand the significance of when Ecclesiastes tells us, “God is in Heaven, and thou art on earth.” It is in the wilderness, away from instant access to anything you can think of, we better understand the reality of our human-ness, as a separation from God. “I rest in the grace of the world, and am free,” says Wendell Berry.

Sustainability Update by Rachel Selvig (‘14), for Luther Sustainability

Green Room Certification is getting off to a roaring start this year. The number of certified dorm rooms on campus has already surpassed that of last year, with 21 so far this semester. There were only 20 all of last year. Green room certification is a way for students to get recognition for living a sustainable lifestyle on campus. There are three levels of certification each more rigorous than the next. Students can certify their room individually or with their roommates. To reach level one certification, you must fill out the green room certification application and sign the energy conservation pledge, both located on the sustainability website. Once you reach level one, you can apply for level two, which requires you to go to two sustainability-related events and fill out a shower worksheet to track your water consumption. From there you can apply for level three certification, where you have to check out a watt meter to measure how much energy you use on a daily basis in your room. As soon as you reach level one certification, you will get a sticker to put on the outside of your door acknowledging that it is a green room and what certification level you are. There are currently 21 green certified rooms. The class of 2014 is in the lead with 12 rooms certified, 2013 and 2015 are tied with four rooms each, and 2012 has one. Of all the residence halls on campus, Miller has the highest number of certified rooms. In addition, there is also a green office certification program for faculty and staff. Participation in the green

office program is up from three last year to 12 this year. The application for the green office program is also located on the sustainability website. To see the statistics of green room certification and to start the application process, go to and look under the energy section.

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December 8, 2011

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Beyond the Looking Glass by Hannah Lund (‘12) narrator to say: “Welcome to Christmas at Luther 2008” instead of 2011. I was shocked that she didn’t. I was actually about to exchange looks with my viola friends to was going on. 2008. That was freshman year. This is senior year. Sometimes, it’s as though we demonize the things we love to make transitions easier in life. I remember remarking to some of my friends how funny it was to see Christmas at Luther become an obstacle to overcome, rather than the yuletide celebration that it is. To that, a friend replied “Life itself is an obstacle, really.” She might have been kidding (I’m notoriously bad at picking up on sarcasm), but there’s something ominous in words like those. If life is the obstacle, then what is the goal? I get it: when I’m surrounded by mounds of homework, illness and personal dramas, I like to think that there’s something better coming along. There has to be, right? Why else would I be slogging through all this? I don’t necessarily believe that there’s going to be an eternal game of Jeopardy that will justify all of my life’s homework assignments, but I can’t help but hope that if I wait long

I often catch myself waiting still. I mutter ‘before you know it…’ when caught in situations like that. Before you know it, this will all blow over. Before you know it, you’ll be on break. Before you know it, it’ll be Christmas. Before you know it, you’ll have graduated Luther with nothing more than a stack of ‘before you know it’s staring blankly at you. Life, the obstacle. What happened? Was I so focused on overcoming all those tiny hurdles along the way that I forgot about the faces around me, the

act of leaping, the racing heart as I overcame each one? Or, have I focused so readily on the ‘there and later’ that I’ve forgotten the ‘here and now?’ Waiting becomes less and less of an option, the further on in life we get. Where once we could say ‘we’ll things don’t just wait for you to return. I used to work at Americana, with the naïve thought that it would always be there for me to go to when I needed some more shifts. Now, it’s closed and I hadn’t even gotten the chance to say goodbye. The time for waiting has come to an end. The time for ‘before you know it’s’ has run dry, just as the time for someone else to decide things for you (so you can secretly resent it later) is ending. No longer can we stand at the base of a hurdle and wait for someone to carry us over. No longer can we pretend that hurdles no longer exist. Hurdles stand tall, as if to reach out and trip you before you’ve even started running. The worst part: there’s never just one. It’s a series of successes that hinge on your ability to come away unscathed. But we will get scathed, whether we leap over them or not. This is the problem with ‘hurdle thinking:’ once we get to the other side, we won’t know how we’ve even gotten there. Sure, we’ll have overcome this obstacle that we call life, but it will all have passed by carelessly. Worse yet, when we let our personal hurdles overcome our thinking, when we line them up until they become a fence barring us from our potentials, they paralyze us. Let’s not give this day to the hurdles. Let this be a day where right now is the gain, right now the goal. Let’s have today be our turning point. Because, before we know it, ‘right now’ will have passed, our hurdles will be overcome and we won’t even know what happened. Before we know it, life-as-obstacle will be gone.

From the desk of the editor: by Melissa Erickson (‘12) “Look at those ugly skanks that make up the female leadership of the Democratic Party.” Believe it or not, the above quote broadcast on the Lee Rodgers Show on September 17, 2008. When a friend of mine invited me to a recent showing of “Miss already heard a lot of what the documentary was going to say. I already knew ays seemed like just an unfortunate reality of the way society that women are subject to skewed


That was until I saw Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s take on the issue in “Miss Representation.” Premiering at the Sundance Film Festive this past October, Newsome wrote, directed and produced this documentary that “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in

the media’s promotion of the “ideal” woman. While certainly troubling, this knowledge has alwhas come to be. What really could I do to change it, except to work within my own

in America.” Through a mix of eye-opening statistics, media advertisements, TV commercials and clips from network news broadcasts, “Miss Representation” reveals the sad truth about just how poorly women are portrayed in our media. I was shocked as I watched clips from mainstream TV and radio broadcasts in which male hosts passed judgment on female political

to make sure that I and the women closest to me are not harmed by this incorrect message?

on their appearances. Comedian and talk show host Chris Baker broadcast that Former U.S. Secretary

of State Madeleine Albright should “get another facelift, lady,” before declaring that this was “another woman worthy of serving in political Two days later, I was at WalMart purchasing Christmas Cheer gifts with one of my Chips coworkers. The family of four we were sponsoring had requested a hat and mittens for their four year old daughter. It didn’t take long to see that nearly all the hats the store had to choose from for little girls were either pink or purple and decorated It’s easy to see when our girls transform from little pink stocking caps with hearts to the scantily clad, teaches us are the norm. The question is, why? And more than that, what if they

Submitted by:

Bob Harri Director of Campus Safety and Security

On Nov. 29 a student left his coat in the hallway of Jenson-Noble at about 2:20 p.m. but when he returned to the place he left the coat at 4:00 p.m. it was gone. Perhaps someone took the coat mistaking it for their own. The missing coat is a mostly royal blue Columbia Bugaboo coat, size medium. The cell phone and Luther ID belonging to the coat’s owner we would appreciate it if you would drop it off at the Welcome Center in the Union. Or, if you know who has the coat or have any information on its whereabouts please contact Security.

table was missing from the classroom in Loyalty. At about 11:00 p.m. the same night the custodian observed one male and two females return the table to the room. In the spirit of the season I could not help but be reminded of the classic holiday tale of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Remember how the Grinch came down from Mount Crumpit and took all the decorations and other Christmas related items from the all the homes in Whoville, only to have a change of heart and return it all the next day. The Grinch thought he could stop Christmas from coming, but when the Whos down in Whoville celebrated the holiday with song anyway his heart grew and he was transformed. Well, perhaps these students thought they could stop class from coming by taking the table. When they realized class was coming anyway they brought the table back and joined in the celebration of learning just as the Grinch celebrated Christmas with the Whos. We do appreciate the return of the table but it is important to remember not to take Luther property without authorization. Then again, perhaps since the table has legs it decided to go for a walk and the three people were merely escorting it back to where it belonged.

Safety Tip – Now we have experienced the type of weather that leaves our sidewalks, grounds and hallways slippery it is important to wear proper footwear when walking outdoors. Every year many people are injured from slips and falls on ice and snow; let’s do our best not to become one of them. Rubber-soled shoes or boots work the best. Try to stay away from high heels. I was the girl who, when playing with my friends in elementary school, always wanted to be the yellow power ranger, because “pink is too girly.” As I stood in front of the Wal-Mart shelves, I found myself thinking, “What if this little girl we’re shopping for doesn’t like pink either?” Each of these messages that tell girls what they are supposed to be is bad enough, but what is possibly even more troubling is the fact that

Great taste, less filling “When I grow up...”

deciding what to do next. Our teachers, parents and family friends are always asking where we are going to go after we get our degree. After many painstaking hours of pondering, I think I have decided the list of things I want to accomplish after I graduate. I am going to join the Air Force. They are a respectable group of individuals, and I would love to have the reputation. However, I will very shortly get my father to pull me out of training and eventually any commitment (the title will stay, however). To get the edge off, I will do a smorgasbord of illegal drugs, including marijuana and cocaine (no one will tell). I am then going to join up with some radical organizations,

possibly those involved with bombing many places including the Pentagon. I assume at this point, I will be in a high enough position in life. (possibly lofty, considering I haven’t won any beauty pageants because why the hell not? After this, I will probably settle down, that being the natural step after such a busy young adulthood. Most likely, I will have an affair with a woman while my other wife is very ill, and then divorce her and get remarried. Then after a few years I will get tired of her, cheat on my second wife, and marry my third (proven) mistress. marriage. I will begin an affair with a woman, and unfortunately

girls are told they need to be either of them. I hunted for frogs in the mud when I was a little girl, and now, as a twenty-one year old college senior, I cringe when I see the way women’s bodies are exploited and displayed in the media. I believe girls can wear green and dress modestly, and still be known for more than their physical appearance. And I think that’s a representation women can agree with.

by Ethan Groothuis (‘13) get her pregnant. But that’s okay! I will have plenty of money to pay her off with, and possibly even continue my affair. I will eventually have to tell the public, most likely a month before my cancer-ridden wife passes away. Actually, that seems a little harsh. I might need to start a little tamer than that. I will become the President of an organization and when people come and ask for a job, I will sexually harass them. Because, I mean, come on, if they are taking time out of my busy schedule, I will need to get some sort of payment out of that. I can always pay them a year’s salary when they turn me in. From there, I would have an affair with a woman that spans and when my other scandals were revealed, I would call her 61 times in one month. Or maybe I’ll just run for President.




December 8, 2011

Strong response to tenure denial Tenure continued from page 1

During the sixth year review the ATP committee

Speaking out. B.R.E.T.T. member and sociology major Sam Anderson (‘12) wrote a letter criticizing Johnson’s tenure denial.

there coming up with their own ideas and sharing “Sharing is

The administration is open to student opinion on the tenure process.

Photo by Sarah King

Photo by Josh Hoffman

recommendation to either grant or deny tenure. This

Her work lives on. Supporters browse Nelson’s (‘70) books on display at the book launch and memorial service.

Memorial service held in author’s honor Susan Nelson continued from page 2

The cover art on the two granting or denying tenure. “When she started writing her American Museum in downtown

campus according to their strengths.

in the tenure process.

them out there to continue her

tenure process.

Vandalism problem growing Vandalism continued from page 1

transparency in the tenure process.

“We’re trying to put it in the hands

raised. in getting students to discourage their



December 8, 2011


Luther swimmers make waves “As a team, we have been pushing each

Staff Writer other to work harder in and out of the pool,”

Photo courtesy of Photo Bureau

Hild said. “We all try to push everyone to be the best they can be.” After competing in the Falcon Invite in That group-centered mentality has made Minneapolis this past weekend, Luther this group a very close team, which the men’s and women’s swimming and diving swimmers have cited as their biggest teams look forward to continued success strength. throughout the season. “We work hard for each other and when Head Coach Lance Huber credited the someone swims well at a meet, everyone strong leadership of the upperclassmen with goes crazy,” Sam Weinberg (‘15) said. “We the swimming and diving team’s success are just a super close family.” thus far. Coach Huber and the swim team realize “We have basically given the reins to that they will need a lot of mental focus and the junior and senior classes,” Huber said. concentration during the coming part of the “They have set the standards on training and season. attitude in a great way, and all this has led to “It is a pivotal part of our season,” Huber success.” said. “It can make or break it if the training While many team members have had is not done to 100 percent effort every day, strong individual performances each meet, hence the mental toughness of staying on Eric Hild (‘13) thinks that teamwork is the course.” most important reason for the teams’ success. While the teams are working on mental strength at this stage of the season, their physicality and athleticism has been improved in practices and shown in meets thus far. “The team is convinced that sometimes Coach writes sets for us that he thinks are too hard, but we always crush it,” Weinberg said. “We believe in ourselves and work Ready to go. The men’s and women’s swimming and harder than a lot of diving teams get pumped up and ready for their meet. teams out there.”

Blow them out of the water. A Luther diver plunges into the pool during a Jan. 7, 2011 meet against Loras.

Photo courtesy of Photo Bureau

Brandon Boles

Huber hopes that this team’s success early in the year and its improvement throughout the season will lead to a triumph at the end of the swim season. winning the Liberal Arts Championships again,” Huber said. “And as always, we want people at nationals.” Huber believes that both goals will be achieved this year because of both the mental and physical strengths of the team. “This year we have the maturity and physical training to do so,” Huber said.

Student-athletes excel academically Noah Langholz

Norse Spotlight Athlete

Tim Cutler (‘13) Sport: Swimming and diving Hometown: Chippewa Falls, Wisc. Major/minor: Chemistry major, mathematics minor

Favorite swimming and diving memory: To be eligible for IIAC all-academic team honors, student-athletes Breaking a minute in Volunteer Writer must achieve a 3.50 grade point average at sophomore standing or above, my 100 breast stroke is compete at the varsity level and have attended the college for at least a my favorite swimming year. memory.

Luther College had the highest number of all-academic athletes in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) this year. According to Athletic Director Joe Thompson, Luther has had the highest number of all-academic honorees for every one of his seventeen years here. Thompson believes that Luther’s academic achievements speak volumes about the students’ devotion to excellence. “The students here are dedicated to excellence in everything they do,” Thompson said. However, it is not solely the students’ dedication that consistently places Luther at the top of the conference all-academic team. Thompson attributes much of the studentathletes’ success to the coaching staff. “I think the coaches reinforce the ideals of the institution,” Thompson said. “It is ‘student-athlete’ and not ‘athlete-student,’ and the coaches foster that notion.”

Three-hundred twenty-four students in the IIAC received this recognition. Cross-country teams had the highest number of studentathlete recipients with 89 total athletes – 45 men and 44 women. Soccer teams came in second with 83 student-athletes, including 52 women and 31 men. Third was football with 70 studentathletes. In addition, 38 volleyball players were honored, as well as 28 women tennis players and 16 women golfers. Fifty-nine Luther students were awarded all-academic team membership. Next was Wartburg College with 47 student-athletes, Simpson College with 45, Central College with 42, University of Dubuque with 40, Buena Vista University with 29, Coe College with 23, Cornell College with 21 and Loras College with 18. “These kids are darn bright,” Thompson said. “[They] are very committed to their studies and are very talented in an institution that’s

Favorite part of swimming and diving at Luther: The best part is creating a family on campus. Pre-meet rituals: I “eye up” my competition and breathe heavily. Favorite movie: “Role Models” Favorite food: Lasagna What are you most looking forward to this season? I am looking forward to our Liberal Arts Championship meet and watching how well our team does after a tough year of training. Whippy Dip or Sugar Bowl? Sugar Bowl is much better, and almost all of Personally I go after chocolate chip cookie dough.



December 8, 2011

McGivney sets Division III career tackle record Gunnar Halseth

Staff Writer

of upcoming opponents, and sometimes we would have to Marlow believes that MgGivney’s mental preparation made him a better athlete.

Kyle McGivney (‘12)

competitor who had a great instinct on where the ball was going, and had the desire to be in on every tackle,” Marlow said. “You can’t do that week after week without intense preparation in all areas.” M c G i v n e y ’ s

Ready for some football. McGivney and his teammates line up during a St. Olaf game on Sept. 3. accomplishments include not only breaking records, but also being chosen for various all-conference teams, all-American teams and being selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in the IIAC. “It is nice for Kyle and our football program to get the teammates, especially those defensive lineman in front of him. When the D-line plays well, it is easier for linebackers to get tackles” Marlow said. A double major in management and health, Kyle is currently planning on a career in law enforcement and has undergone testing with the Illinois State Patrol. “Wherever he ends up, I have no doubt that he will be successful because of his self-discipline and his ability to prepare,” Marlow said. No matter what the future holds, one thing is for certain: McGivney’s records and contributions to the Norse football program will long be remembered by his coaches and teammates. “Kyle has no doubt established himself as one of the great football players in the history of Luther College, as well as one of the great athletes in the college’s history,” Durnin said.

Wrestling starts the season right Sports Information

Major decisions were posted on the board

Luther College by Daniel Mendoza (‘15) (125 lbs.), Kyle

Luther’s #20 nationally ranked wrestling team opened its dual meet schedule with an impressive 37-10 victory over Simpson College in the Regents Center on Dec. 1. The Norse picked up bonus points in seven of the ten weight classes en route to the victory.

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

CHIPS brightening your day since 1884

Overall 5-1 5-1 4-1 3-3 4-4 2-4 2-5 2-5 1-5

Windquist (‘14) (141 lbs.), Stephan De La Cruz (‘14) (149 lbs.) and Garrett Bonte (‘14) (174 lbs.). Evan Obert (‘13) (133 lbs.) recorded a fall at 2:31 over nationally ranked #9 Spencer Courier who entered the match with a record of 7-2. Trent Flegel (‘14) (197 lbs.) and Andrew Waites (‘15) (285 lbs.) completed the evening with falls

at 1:56 and 2:13 respectively. ***** The Norse then traveled to UW-Parkside for the Wisconsin Open on Dec. 3 and wrestled well. The Norse had 14 place winners that included three champions and three runner-ups. Recording individual titles were Mendoza, Windquist and Flegel. Louis Mazzetta (‘13) (133 lbs.), De La Cruz and Jarid Groth (‘14)

Upcoming schedule: -Dec. 9 @ Northwestern University 8:00 p.m.

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

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

Overall 6-1 5-2 5-3 5-2 4-3 3-3 2-3 3-3 1-5

Recent scores: -Dec. 3 vs. Loras L 43-65 Upcoming schedule: -Dec. 9 @ Northwestern University 6:00 p.m.

Men’s Swimming & Diving Loras Luther Simpson Coe

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

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

Recent scores: -Dec. 2-3 Falcon Invite @ Minneapolis, Minn. NTS Upcoming schedule: -Jan. 7 @ Loras 2:00 p.m.

Women’s Swimming & Diving Coe Luther Loras Simpson



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

2-0 4-1 1-2 0-3

Recent scores: -Dec. 2-3 Falcon Invite @ Minneapolis, Minn. NTS Upcoming schedule: -Jan. 7 @ Loras 1:00 p.m.



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

Recent scores: -Dec. 3 vs. Loras W 69-58 Photos courtesy of Photo Bureau

This football season was one to remember for linebacker Kyle McGivney (‘12), whose 145 tackles this year were enough to set the all-time NCAA Division III career tackles record, with a total of 546 during his four years with the Norse. McGivney also broke the NCAA Division III single-season record during the 2010 season with a total of 198 tackles. Head Football Coach Mike Durnin attributes McGivney’s success to the player’s dedication to preparation before every game. “Kyle has been an amazing person to be around and watch develop into a great football player during the past four years,” Durnin said. “One of the aspects allowing Kyle to perform at a very high level has been his dedication to being prepared physically and mentally for each and every game. Kyle spent many hours watching videos of opponents, which allowed him to have a great indication of where a play was going a second or two faster than anyone else. In addition, Kyle was always willing to be an active member of special teams, giving him more opportunities for tackles.” Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach Dan Marlow agrees that Kyle’s pre-game focus helped him throughout a recordbreaking career with the Norse. “He is the most physically and mentally prepared player I have ever coached,” Marlow said. “He would spend hours in

Weekly Standings

Coe Luther Wartburg Cornell Dubuque Loras Central Buena Vista Simpson

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

Overall 1-0 1-0 4-1 5-2 0-0 0-7 1-1 0-1 0-2

Recent scores: -Dec. 1 vs. Simpson W 37-10 Upcoming schedule: -Dec. 18 Gator Duals @ New Orleans, La. 8:30 a.m.

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Chips issue 12, Fall Semester 2011