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Opinion

CHIPS

Chips is a student publication of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The paper is designed, composed, edited and managed entirely by Luther students. It is published weekly during the academic year, excluding the month of January. The opinion section is designed to provide a forum for Chips , its staff members and the Luther community. Opinions expressed in articles, editorials or columns do not necessarily represent the views of the Chips staff. The author is solely responsible for opinions expressed in Chips commentary. Chips will not accept submitted articles or campus announcements. Submissions for letters to the editor should be submitted as a word document to chipsedt@luther.edu with “Letter to the Editor” as the subject line. Letters to the editor are subject to editing without changing the meaning of the letter. Authors will not be notified of changes prior to publishing. Letters must be signed, 300-400 words and submitted by Sunday at 5 p.m. the week before publication. Publication of all letters is at the discretion of the editor. Contact Chips Phone: 563.387.1044 Fax: 563.387.2072 E-mail: chipsedt@luther.edu Advertising: chipsads@luther.edu website: http://lutherchips.com

Fall 2013 Staff

Editor-in-Chief....................Ingrid Baudler Managing Editor......................................Jayne Cole News Editors........................Casey DeLima Brita Moore Features Editor....................Margaret Yapp A&E Editor......................Walker Nyenhuis Sports Editor..................................Matt Yan Staff Writers.......................Abby Carpenter Hannah Garry Laura Hayes Matt Helm Dylan Hinton Anna Jeide Carrie Juergens Julia Joseph Sam Molzahn Marin Nycklemoe Maggie Steinberg Britta Thompson Head Copy Editor......................Katie Hale Copy Editors............................Nils Johnson Cameron Meyferth Ad Representative..........Lauren Meintsma Ad Accountant.....................Sam Matheson Photography Coordinator..........Casey DeLima Photographer................................Abby Carpenter Web Manager...........................Noah Lange Design Technician..................Bjorn Myhre Web Technician........................Isaac Davis Social Media Director.........Eric Anderson Circulation Manager................Tess Wilson Adviser.....................................David Faldet Associated Collegiate Press National Online Pacemaker Award 2011 lutherchips.com

Dear Editor, This letter is in response to Hana Bachman’s letter to the editor from last week’s Chips. We would like to comment specifically on her point concerning Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” In her letter, Bachman said about TVM that, “it’s just about women shouting angrily about their vaginas and contains no actual or visible point.” As the co-directors of this year’s TVM production at Luther College, we respectfully disagree. The Vagina Monologues are intended to be “brave, fierce and funny” (Quote taken from the Director’s Notes for TVM). While female sexuality is indeed a serious and sensitive topic, it is crucial to present this topic in a way that is accessible to a wide range of people, and humor is used to achieve this. These monologues are more than just angry rants—they speak to the experiences that real women have encountered and are meant to be inspiring and empowering to all people. To minimize this does a great disservice to the women whose stories inspired the monologues and to women worldwide.

Editorial

December 12, 2013

Furthermore, in the Director’s Notes, production by other means, such as it is stated that the women who were tabling, selling tickets, advertising or interviewed in the process of creating working tech for the shows themselves. The purpose of the monologues did an all-female cast not see themselves (meaning anyone as victims or pity identifying as a themselves. It’s woman) is not to about sharing their exclude men, but experiences in a rather to break the frank and honest silence surrounding way to highlight the women’s sexuality struggles of women by giving them and to promote an arena to speak equality. frankly of their The most important experiences. This “point” of “The is not meant to Vagina Monologues” tear men down, remains, however, to nor does it aim to raise funds for local elevate one gender organizations that above the other. serve women and It comes down to promote equality. In women sharing the rules for TVM, it stories of women is stated that “10% of and highlighting net proceeds must be donated to the V-Day the oppression that Spotlight Campaign they face. Starting this dialogue is not and the other 90% to harmful. local organizations We invite Hana working to end - Marly Crossland (‘15) Bachman, as violence against and Michael Ehrecke well as the rest women and girls.” (‘15) of the student Therefore, “The body, to attend Vagina Monologues” a performance has a direct and of The Vagina positive impact on Monologues in our community. The second point in Bachman’s letter February 2014 with an open mind and that we would like to address is her to appreciate the experiences of the point that “it gives off the vibe that women in our lives. it’s not okay for men to be a part of the performance or the stories.” While Sincerely, it is true that men cannot be cast as Marley Crossland (‘15) and Michael performers, they are welcome—and Ehrecke (‘15) encouraged—to be involved in the Co-Directors of “The Vagina Monologues”

“‘The Vagina Monologues’ are intended to be ‘brave, fierce and funny.’ While female sexuality is indeed a serious and sensitive topic, it is crucial to present this topic in a way which is accessible to a wide range of people...”

Never stop learning course. Getting into LCSO was a major kick in the pants, as well as an honor. I didn’t blend my sound in with the cello section, and the other members of the section were frustrated with me. No fun at all. But something clicked within me that year: no matter how talented I am (or am not), I don’t know everything. There is more to be learned, - Brita always. So, I turned my ears towards my section and the rest of the orchestra, striving to make my voice one with its own. That is how we grow - we learn from others and come together with them, knowing we are all equal. My experience with Chips has been similar, actually. I began as a staff writer sophomore year, believing again that I knew everything because I’d written for my high school paper and knew AP style. Becoming a section editor seemed like a shoo-in once I got some writing experience under my belt. However, the ways I would neglect my writing efforts took away that chance. I

would wait until the last minute to write them, because I figured, “Hey, I have enough quotes, the story will basically write itself from those.” Now I wish I’d put in the time to make those stories pop. Every week when I edit the news section, I hope for stories like that, but I feel like a hypocrite because it’s not like my work was Moore (‘14) that amazing. Just as I hope people in orchestra will blend together, I hope writers will put in the effort to pull together the best angle for their stories. Even though I did gain the section editor position I wanted, I still don’t know everything about journalism. So I’ll keep searching for the best angles myself. I guess that’s the best way I can describe Luther: it makes you realize how much about the world there is to learn. We may be stuck in a bubble, but that bubble has transparent walls. And there are some pretty interesting people already inside. Never stop learning from them.

“We may be stuck in a bubble, but the bubble has transparent walls.”

Brita Moore

News Editor

I wish I could fully describe my Luther experience in 300-500 words, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that’s not adequate. However, I have devoted a great deal of my time to two groups on campus: Luther College Symphony Orchestra and Chips. If I can say just a little about these organizations, I can show you a glimpse of who I’ve become. When I started out as a first-year, my ego was through the roof. I’d already spent a lot of time on campus and thought I knew everything about both Luther and music. I was wrong, of

December 12 issue  

The final issue of the fall semester

December 12 issue  

The final issue of the fall semester

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