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Campus celebrates student research

“EXPERTS FOR THE DAY.” Students presented posters, performances and papers during the Research Symposium on May 9. Toby Ziemer / Photo Bureau SPENCER HODGE STAFF WRITER Luther College gave students the opportunity to present their research at the annual Research Symposium on May 9. Students from across the spectrum of disciplines presented, along with select firstyear students presenting Paideia research papers. Assistant Professor of Religion Todd Green, a member of the symposium advising committee, reflected on the event’s relevance. “[The symposium] reminds us what kind of learning community we want to be, which is not simply that [professors] have a discipline and they teach it to students on a certain Tuesday/Thursday schedule,” Green said. “Instead, we have students teach us their discipline and their research, things

that we won’t be doing with our research lives and agendas otherwise. That is part of what a liberal arts college is about. The type of learning community we are on this day really embodies what we are.” Another committee member, Associate Dean and Director of Curriculum Development and College Honors Terry Sparkes, commented on the benefits of having students present. “We mean it when we say that we are learning along with our students,” Sparkes said. “They are the experts for the day and I think there is something powerful and creative about being in a different environment that asks a different question we have never thought about before. It generates thinking for all of us.” Research presentations were divided into oral and poster sessions that grouped research topics into correlated themes

to attract interested audiences. Oral presentation sessions gave students 15 minutes to present their research, followed by a five-minute question and answer session. Poster presenters were given an hour and a half poster session that allowed them to display and explain their research to passing audiences. Clara Lind (‘14) and Jordy Barry (‘15) presented a project on the relationship between women and United States politics called “Skirts and Sex Politics: A Theoretical Analysis of Hillary Clinton’s Success with the Big Boys.” The presenters noted that though over half of the United States’ population consists of women, only 20 percent of the members of the federal government are women. To complicate this statistic further, they noted that of the women elected, only SYMPOSIUM, PAGE 4

Carlson gives first address BRITA MOORE NEWS EDITOR Luther’s president-elect Paula Carlson gave her first address to the college on May 9. She was the keynote speaker of the Student Research Symposium opening celebration. Carlson and her husband, Thomas Schattauer, also attended sessions at the symposium and had lunch with the community. “Today is a day that clearly epitomizes what Luther excels at: learning and teaching together in community, shaped by a compelling mission,” Carlson said in her address. Carlson articulated an experience she and Schattauer had at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Luther hosted in 2011. “We were passing through the Union lobby and saw some friends of ours, so we went and greeted them,” Carlson said. “A faculty member walked by and greeted our friends. This faculty member had had one of these friends’ children in a Paideia class and met the parents at a previous event on campus. As we listened to their conversation, we were very impressed by the way this professor engaged with the parents and showed interest in the student’s course of study since Paideia. We told this professor, ‘This is very impressive, your concern for the student.’ The professor responded in a memorable way: ‘That’s the way the faculty at Luther are. We’re artisans. We craft education with our students, one by one.’” Carlson reiterated the importance of the college’s commitment to fostering relationships between faculty and students and the way the symposium exemplifies this. “The Luther community has known for a long time that these things matter: caring, inspiring faculty who mentor students and an engaging, rigorous curriculum that gives all students the opportunity to learn and grow,” Carlson said. Carlson will begin as Luther’s tenth president on July 1.

College pauses hiring for 2014-15 ANNA JEIDE STAFF WRITER

The Board of Regents will meet to establish the budget for next year and face a new challenge on May 16-17. Currently, first-year enrollment is down from the previous year by about 50-60 students, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Kevin Kraus. This could have an impact on the size of the budget and consequently the number of new hires. To accommodate for the uncertainty of enrollment, Interim President David Tiede has decided to “pause” the hiring process for faculty and staff for next year until after the Board of Regents meets. “We don’t want to hire someone and then have more people than we need for [class] sections,” Tiede said. “Some of our colleague schools are

going through some really hard times and are having to make cuts. We’re trying to not get into that bind by being very careful.” Last year the college received a number of enrollments after May 1, which is national declaration day for high school seniors. “Last year, from when we did the report on May 1, until we started school, we received about 80-89 deposits, including transfer students,” Vice President for Enrollment Management Scot Schaeffer said. Tiede clarified that the decision to delay hiring for next year is only a pause in the process. “We’re learning a lot in this process and no one is panicking,” Tiede said. “This talk about a ‘freeze’ is reflective of the concern that some people are feeling.” If enrollment does not increase, it could affect HIRING PAUSE, PAGE 4

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Leach recalls Iowa leadership SAM WARD VOLUNTEER WRITER Former United States Representative Jim Leach gave a lecture titled “The Importance of Inspiration: Leaders Who Make a Difference” on Thursday, May 8 in Valders 206, hosted by the Center for Ethics and Public Life. Having served the second district of Iowa for 30 years before becoming a professor of law at the University of Iowa, Leach offered his thoughts on the role individuals can play in politics. “America has never been better led, except we’re lagging in politics,” Leach said. “Never in human history has it been more possible for individuals to make a difference.” Leach went on to describe the lives of six Iowans who were never elected to office but made a difference in their community. The first Iowan was plant scientist Norman Borlaug, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work to improve wheat yields and combat world hunger. “Some credit him with saving over a billion lives,” Leach said. “Others more modestly put it at only a few hundred million ... No one stood taller than this son of Iowa.” Leach continued with lives of three

Iowans who lived during World War II: Jim Van Allen, Harry Hopkins and George Stout. “Jim Van Allen was the single greatest combatant in the single greatest war,” Leach said. “[Through his work] he increased the firepower of the US navy by 50% and increased accuracy by 600%.” Harry Hopkins served in President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration and was associated with two major New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Work’s Progress Administration. “[He was] one of the greatest advisers to a President,” Leach said. George Stout participated in an art preservation movement during World War II. George Clooney portrayed Stout in the film “The Monuments Men.” “He was a professional who was committed and never stopped working,” Leach said. The last two Iowans he discussed were 19th century women’s leader Anna Wittenmeyer and lawyer John F. Dillon. “America is loaded with leadership. It just isn’t in public life as much,” Leach said. “I’ve mentioned biographically these men and women [in order to ask], ‘Are we letting them and ourselves down today? Can we do better?’”

“Never in human history has it been more possible for individuals to make a difference.” - Jim Leach

INSPIRATION FROM INDIVIDUALS. Former Congressman Jim Leach presented a lecture on Thursday, May 8. Toby Ziemer / Photo Bureau Leach took questions from the mix of students, faculty and community members in attendance. Many of the questions centered on the current partisan gridlock and the problems in Washington. “We are looking at party interests first,” Leach said. “If you go to American philosophy, if you assume all men are created equal, doesn’t it follow everyone’s views are worthy of respect? How do you respect everyone’s views if your view is, ‘I got to vote the party line?’” Many students stayed after the lecture

in order to thank the Congressman, take a picture and ask more questions. Jamie Stallman (‘14) reported feeling encouraged by the talk. “What really spoke to me was that these people started where I started and just pushed themselves into their opportunities and used their talents to contribute what they could,” Stallman said. “It didn’t seem like they were trying to be anyone but themselves. Rather, they were honest in their abilities and contributed to the common good.”

LIS improves Internet in Towers SAM MOLZAHN STAFF WRITER The access points to the wireless network in Dieseth Hall, Miller Hall, and Brunsdale Lounge are undergoing renovations. The number of access points found in the two residence halls and the lounge is going from 59 points to 187 points. “The access points that made the former network are being replaced with newer ones, and the design is changing to not have them in the hallway but to have them in every other student room,” Director of Network and Systems Adam Forsyth (‘99) said. “This puts the access points closer to where the students are using them and puts less walls between the student using it and the access point and more walls between the access points hearing each other, so that makes for a design that has less errors and can handle more devices.” The installation of access points in Dieseth Hall is completed and the installation process in Miller Hall has begun. Students living in Dieseth Hall have already noticed improvements to the

wireless network. “I’m pretty happy with how much faster it is than what it was,” Kyle Rosacker (‘16) said. “I think it’s made a big improvement from what it was. Before this, watching videos online took forever. You would try to watch a four minute video and it would take fifteen minutes to load.” The project was initially scheduled to begin after students left at the end of the semester, but preliminary steps were completed ahead of schedule. “We primarily phased the project in,” Telephone and Network Technician Dennis Blake said. “The first phase is what we call prewire so we were going to run the wire to each student’s room but not go in the room. Then we were going to wait until after graduation to go in the rooms. The prewiring phase of it went so fast that I met with Kris Franzen of Res Life and asked if we would have a problem penetrating every other room–which

means drilling through the wall, putting ten feet of conduit on the ceiling and mounting the box.” Because the access points are being installed in students’ rooms while Luther is in session, students have had to adapt to the installation crew working in the residence halls. Rosacker was present when the access point was installed in his room. “They knocked on our door and asked if they could put it in,” Rosacker said. “It took fifteen to twenty minutes to install. They were apologetic for all the noise they were making ... They were pretty nice about everything.” Blake was aware of the disturbance to students and is thankful for their cooperation. “I would sure like to thank these kids that reside in [Dieseth],” Blake said. “They have been spectacular. They have offered us cookies, they’ve offered us pizza, they’ve carried ladders for us. They have been very accommodating, and that’s one of the reasons that this has gone as rapidly as it has. We’ve gone into their rooms, we’ve woken them up, they’ve jumped out of their beds and let us do our work. I would personally like to thank each and every one of them.” Now that the new access points are available to more students, students should see improvement in the wireless network. “I hope to see that students are able to connect and not get disconnected as often and that the connection works,” Forsyth said. “Reports from students I’ve talked to say that it has been working well. If there are dead spots, we hope people tell us about them.”

“The access points that made the former network are being replaced with newer ones.” - Adam Forsyth (‘99)




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Life Outside Luther Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlin’s hand and putting pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule. Russia signaled it has no intention of subsuming eastern Ukraine the way it annexed Crimea in March. Instead, Moscow is pushing to include eastern regions in negotiations on Ukraine’s future–suggesting that Russia prefers a political rather than a military solution to its worst standoff with the West since the Cold War. Harvard club drops much-criticized Satanic mass A Harvard University club says it has dropped sponsorship of a Satanic mass that drew condemnation from the Archdiocese of Boston and the university’s president. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club said Monday a Cambridge restaurant and nightclub would not host the black mass as planned. It says no other location offered a site.

BREAK IT DOWN. Lukas Hampton (‘15) clears food waste into a compost station in the cafeteria. Walker Nyenhuis / Chips HANNAH GARRY STAFF WRITER Luther became a participant in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Food Recovery Challenge along with seven other colleges in April, following a recommendation from Sustainability Council to the President’s Cabinet. “The EPA challenge serves as a way to continue setting goals to reduce waste and to hold us accountable to the goals we make,” Sustainability Council member Emily Dufford (‘16) said. The Food Recovery Challenge encourages participants to reduce as much of their food waste as possible, according to the EPA’s website. The program involves tracking Luther’s food waste, which Dining Services will allow Sustainability to monitor. “We were concerned that participating might take additional time for Dining Services staff,” Sustainable Foods Educator Maren Stumme-Diers said. “But seeing as all food waste is already recorded each and every day, it should be fairly easy for us to track our progress over time by having a Sustainability work study student enter data on a regular basis.” Students have worked to raise awareness of Luther’s waste management regime this semester as a part of several class projects. Composting is one area students have hoped to see improve. Dufford notes that having students compost properly can be challenging. “It’s been habit for a lot of us to throw everything into the same bin since you don’t have to think about it,” Dufford said. “If you know what to do, it only takes a few more seconds to put compostables in the proper bin and trash where it belongs.” Stumme-Diers points out that composting is not the only way to reduce food waste at Luther. She suggests that tracking the source of food waste can be more effective. “As eaters on this campus, we can make a difference, simply

by taking only what we know we can eat,” Stumme-Diers said. Because the school purchases food based on records of past consumption, Stumme-Diers says students can have an impact on Luther’s food waste over time by reducing what they take from lines in the cafeteria. “Dining Services has been tracking food waste closely for the past year and has already made changes to purchasing and production,” Stumme-Diers said. “My guess is that our participation in the EPA Food Recovery Challenge will only help us to further achieve food waste reduction goals.” Another way Luther can reduce its food waste is through donation. The Cafeteria to Community Program, started in November 2013, has helped Luther donate over 3.5 tons of overproduced food to the homes of northeast Iowa residents in need. If Luther demonstrates a record for good food waste reduction, the school may be eligible for local, state or national grants to further these initiatives, according to Stumme-Diers. Luther’s participation in the program also could mean reducing the amount of money coming out of students’ pockets. According to Dufford, Luther pays to take trash to the landfill and the fee increases with the amount of trash. “Not only are we wasting resources by sending the nutrients from the leftover food to rot in the dump, but we’re also wasting our tuition dollars,” Dufford said. According to Stumme-Diers, reducing food waste doesn’t just have monetary incentives. Being a part of the challenge allows Luther to continue contributing to the alleviation of a nationwide issue. “Given that approximately 40 percent of the food produced in this country goes to waste at some point in the supply chain and many people in this county, state, nation and world are going to be hungry, food waste is a serious issue,” StummeDiers said. “We have the power to do something about it, each and every time that we eat.”

201 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine Rescuers struggled to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground early Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 201 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history. ABC News building in New York named for Walters The ABC News headquarters in New York has been named in honor of Barbara Walters, who’s retiring after a storied television reporting career that has spanned five decades. ABC News says the 84-year-old Walters was honored on Monday in a ceremony dedicating The Barbara Walters Building in Manhattan. Walters announced in 2013 she would be retiring this year from regular TV appearances. She’s scheduled to say goodbye as co-host of “The View” on Friday. Couples challenging Alaska gay-marriage ban Five gay couples filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The Alaska lawsuit, filed in federal court in Anchorage, lists as plaintiffs four couples who were married outside Alaska and one unmarried couple. It alleges that Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit seeks to bar enforcement of Alaska’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Wandering Oregon wolf may have found a mate Oregon’s famous wandering gray wolf, dubbed OR-7, may have found the mate he has trekked thousands of miles looking for, wildlife authorities said Monday. It’s likely the pair spawned pups, and if confirmed, the rare predators would be the first breeding pair of wolves in Oregon’s Cascade Range since the early 1900s. Compiled from:


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Symposium exhibits learning SYMPOSIUM, PAGE 1 25 percent are Republicans. The presentation explained the possible reasons for this. Lind commented on the purpose for their study. “Sexism in politics is nothing new and everyone seems to be outraged,” Lind said. “But few people actually study it. I think that simply informing the public of the types of obstacles women, especially conservative women, face in the media throughout their candidacies is a positive impact.” Jenna Darsee (‘15), Claire Baur (‘15), Nicole Billips (‘14), Robin Hengesteg and Katie Mathis (‘15) presented a project

called “Empowering Pre-service Elementary Teachers to Develop a Critical Eye in the Era of the iPad and Pinterest.” Their focus was to warn the audience of bad lesson plans, including restrictive material such as pre-drawn coloring sheets and step-by-step compositional instructions often found on websites like Pinterest. With a developed critical eye, they hope educators can find more creative material online. “I gained a further understanding of what is out there for resources for art educators,” Darsee said. “Because Pinterest is such a dumping point for great ideas, I found a lot of both good and questionable resources on Pinterest, while remembering the importance

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of looking through said lessons before implementing them in the classroom.” Katrina Okerstrom (‘14) presented during the poster session. Her presentation, “Morality Foundation Differences Among Atheists, Agnostics and Theists,” focused on the relationship between religious orientation and five foundations of morality: care, fairness, in-group loyalty, authority and purity. “I love poster sessions because we have the ability to give an interactive presentation tailored to each individual’s familiarity to the topic and specific interests in findings,” Okerstrom said. “I think those who visited my poster had the opportunity to think about moral concerns in a new perspective.”

LEARNING COMMUNITY. Dan Gibson (‘15) presents a poster on oak restoration. Toby Ziemer / Photo Bureau

Enrollment down HIRING PAUSE, PAGE 1 the hiring process of faculty and staff. According to Kraus, sabbatical and retirement positions have already been filled, but there are some vacancies in academic departments due to professors leaving for other institutions. “What might happen is that teachers who are here might have to teach extra [courses],” Kraus said. The pause in hiring is effective for all departments, including facilities, custodial and academics. The number of positions available for hire will be determined once the

budget is presented. “Right now all the positions are covered in the proposed budget, but it will be a matter of how to trim the budget if we come up short,” Kraus said. It is not clear why enrollment is down from last year, but latedecision and late-enrollment has been a growing trend over the past few years. “This year the students have been much more indecisive,” Schaeffer said. “Other schools have been down three or four years, and this is the first year Luther has been down.”

According to Schaeffer, the admissions staff will account for projected enrollments that might arrive after May 1. These projections will be included in a proposed budget, which will be submitted to the Board of Regents. Despite the possible decline in enrollment, Schaeffer remains optimistic that enrollment will increase over the summer months. If an increase does occur, the Board of Regents can adapt the budget to accommodate the changes. “I’m confident that this is just a little blip and we’ll see things turn around,” Schaeffer said.

Lecture honors 200 years of Norwegian freedom EMILY CROWE COPY EDITOR The Scandinavian studies department hosted the Knut Gjerset Annual Lecture in celebration of the bicentennial of Norwegian Constitution Day, entitled “200 Years of May 17,” on May 8. About 100 people attended the lecture in Olin 102. The first lecturer was Assistant Professor of History Anna Peterson, who spoke about the creation of the Norwegian Constitution. “The constitution that was written in less than five weeks in 1814 is the same constitution they have today, so it’s able to stand the test of time,” Peterson said. “It’s actually the second oldest constitution in the world, after the American Constitution.” Peterson laid out the historical context of the constitution, including Norway’s secession from Sweden and the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian Union that allowed Norwegians the freedom to write their own constitution. She also spoke about the conditions under which the constitution was written. “Just this year, the National Archives in Norway uncovered the accounts for that time which lists all the different food that [the authors of the constitution] ate and the alcohol they consumed,” Peterson said. “They ended up consuming an outrageous amount of alcohol. I calculated it, and on average each person consumed three quarters of a liter of hard liquor and, in addition to that, half a liter of wine a day. So it wasn’t all work and no play at Eidsvoll, the place where they wrote the constitution.” Professor Emeritus of American Studies at Telemark University College in Norway Øyvind Gulliksen gave

the first Knut Gjerset Annual Lecture in 1984. He spoke again this year, focusing on the 100-year celebration held in the Twin Cities in 1914. “The celebration lasted three entire days,” Gulliksen said. “There were never so many Norwegians together in one place as were there.” Gulliksen presented a slide show of pictures of the parade from the 1914 celebration. “You would see the Norwegian flag then the American flag,” Gulliksen said. “The two flags together represent the importance of the constitution day.” Following the lecture, Visiting Instructor in Scandinavian Studies Kari Grønningsæter, Assistant Professor of Chinese Hongmei Yu and Vesterheim Education Specialist Darlene Fossum-Martin made traditional Norwegian waffles called vaffler for a reception held in Shirley Baker Commons. “The vaffler brigade [did] a lot of work to get the vaffler ready,” Head of the Modern Languages Department Laurie Iudin-Nelson said. “Vaffler is very traditional, and so is the red, white and blue décor at the reception.” This lecture was the fourth Knut Gjerset Annual Lecture given since Professor Emerita of Scandinavian Studies Kathleen Stokker started the series in 1984. Gulliksen was the first to speak. Two lectures were given by visiting Norwegian scholars before they stopped. “This is such a big year for Norway with the 200th anniversary of the constitution that it was just a great year to renew this lecture series,” Iudin-Nelson said. “We hope to have this become an annual event and hopefully in the future bring in speakers from Norway and other institutions who are specialists in Scandinavian and Nordic cultures. We really hope to build on this.”


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Offstage and outdoors The Decorah Indie Music Collective held their first “Forest Fest” concert May 8, featuring student artists and Iowa City singer/songwriter Brooks Strause. ABBY CARPENTER STAFF WRITER The Decorah Indie Music Collective (DIMC) had a concert in the woods that they dubbed “Forest Fest” on May 8. Although the concert was not an official college event, many Luther students participated and attended. Max Green (‘17) and James Stortz (‘17) created the group because they felt a need for a different type of nightlife for Luther students. “I’m used to going to a lot of concerts, and I miss that,” Stortz said. “There’re a lot of people here who don’t always want to go to the bar to listen to music. I like the [do-it-yourself ] feel.” Green thinks that the Luther music scene could use a little modernity. “Everyone raves about Luther being such an active music school,” Green said. “But it seems to be primarily catered towards classical material and through the choirs and orchestras, so we are really trying to bring a more contemporary music presence here.” Forest Fest took place in the woods behind Farwell and lasted from 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Halfway through the performance, the performers and attendees moved Forest Fest to the area above the football stadium for better lighting. The performances were all acoustic, usually with singing accompanied by the guitar. The performers included Avery Mossman (‘17), Seamus St. Clair (‘17), Noah Lange (‘14), Green and special musical guest Brooks Strause, a singer/songwriter from Iowa City. “DIMC gives musicians like me a chance to perform for a great group of music lovers,” St. Clair said. “It helps create a tight music community in Decorah, which is something I much look forward to participating in.” A close community of listeners was present at Forest Fest. A crowd of approximately 20 people sat scattered about listening to the performers, while passing around a tin of chocolate chip cookies. The crowd enjoyed the student performances, and Strause’s act was the most anticipated of the night. “I enjoyed the weird dude from Iowa City,” Matt Boelter (‘16) said. “He made some funny faces when he sang and stared kind of creepily, but he was pretty talented, too. He reminded me of Bob Dylan.” This is DIMC’s second event of the year. Their first

STICKS AND STRINGS. (From left) Seamus St. Claire (‘17) and Dante DeGrazia (‘17) played a set at the second Decorah Indie Music Collective concert in the woods behind Farwell. Bjorn Mhyre / Chips

SINGERS AND SONGWRITERS. Musical guest Brooks Strause from Iowa City played guitar and harmonica for Forest Fest. Abby Carpenter / Chips event was held at Roscoe’s when they helped Luther fraternity Omega Omega Omega organize a show with a few local indie bands and student performers. Both Green and Stortz hope to see DIMC grow and expand. “We really want to support local artists here at Luther and in Decorah,” Green said. “We will continue to book and support them. As we grow and start to make a bit of profit off of low entry fees and bake sales at shows, we plan on bringing in some more touring artists such as Winona favorites Driftwoods Bones and people like Brooks Strause.” Green encourages anyone who is looking to perform, or would just like to know where and when shows will be, to like the Decorah Indie Music Collective page on Facebook.

“We really want to support local artists here at Luther and in Decorah. We will continue to book and support them.” - Max Green (‘17)

CONNECT ONLINE. Future concerts can be found on the DIMC Facebook page. Photo courtesy of James Stortz


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Fish Fry festivies Students participate in games, dancing and win prizes at this year’s Fish Fry. KATIE WOLTER STAFF WRITER Only at Fish Fry brought students carnival games, root beer floats and entertainment, and on Friday, May 9. Due to rainy weather conditions, Fish Fry was held indoors at Oneota Market. Residence Life, along with Wellness and Sodexo, were all involved with the planning of this event. “We have been doing it the past four or five years, and every year it has been getting better and better,” Brandt RA Ben Nordquist (‘15) said. “We make it our goal to create community amongst the Luther students, especially during such a crazy time of the year.” Fish Fry has now become an annual event and is an opportunity for students to take a break and have some fun during a stressful time of the year. “Fish Fry was created as an opportunity to get the Luther community together on a spring afternoon during a busy time of the year and to use Bentdahl Commons for the purpose

that it was created for: to bring the community together in a beautiful setting,” Larsen and Olson Area Coordinator Anna Murray (‘12) said. “So unfortunately we couldn’t be outside this year, but this event certainly still serves the same purpose to just gather people together for fun, entertainment and food.” A lot of the planning for this year’s Fish Fry was done by the RAs on the wellness floors of the residence halls. “The planning for Fish Fry this year went great,” Brandt RA Holly Harris (‘16) said. “We had an amazing team, and I think we pulled off a pretty successful event despite the uncooperative weather.” At Fish Fry students played carnival games such as the ring toss and paddle wheel. “I think watching the paddle wheel game is hilarious,” Nordquist said. “Res Life has a giant wheel with numbers on it and every participant is given a paint stick with numbers written on it. Someone will spin the wheel and everyone slaps the paint sticks on the table and cheers, when it lands on a number, if you had the same number on your paint stick you win a prize. Watching people cheering and celebrating next to total strangers is such a cool way to see community in action.” Prizes such as candy and pop were given to the winners. There was also a raffle held in which three students won a $25 gift card to the

Oneota Food Co-op, The Chick Hatchery and Java John’s. “I enjoyed the ring toss,” Christian Borne (‘16) said. “It was like the casino, I couldn’t stop until I won.” Along with carnival games there was also entertainment provided by Top Banana, and students were led in Zumba dancing toward the end of the event. “We wanted to be creative so we scheduled

Top Banana to perform and Cody Arndston (‘17) to lead Zumba, brought back some of the popular games, served root beer floats and provided awesome prizes for students to win through the drawing,” Harris said. Overall, those who organized the event were pleased with the result. “There was a lot of energy at Fish Fry this year, and all our hard work planning it paid off,” Harris said.

SPIN THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE. Tim Komatsu (‘15) spins the wheel and hands out prizes to lucky contestants at Fish Fry on Friday, May 8. Katie Wolter / Chips

International students spend summer away from home MATT HELM STAFF WRITER Many Luther students look forward to summer break as a chance to get away from the school day hustle of homework and tests and to enjoy some quality time with family and friends. However, for many international students, the chances to go home are few and far between. According to Residence Life, there will be approximately 32 international students living on campus this summer. “My first summer at Luther I stayed on campus working for a

month and then went to California,” Chinese international student Shelly Yao (‘15) said. “I worked at a summer camp where we hosted students who were from China, and we just took them around and gave them assistance and checked out some tourist destinations. I didn’t go home that summer, so I was really homesick.” This year, Yao plans on participating in an internship in Rochester, Minn., before heading home to Shanghai, China. With stops, the flight home can take up to 30 hours. “I miss home a lot,” Yao sad. “I’ve

been homesick for the past month. I’m really looking forward to going home to see my friends and my family. And the food, I love food.” Esteban Rodriguez-Hefty (‘14) is from Cancún, Mexico. Past summers he has stayed in Decorah and subleased with friends at homes, but he is heading home this summer. “Mexican culture is a beautiful culture that is very different than American culture,” Rodriguez said. “I miss the passion that Mexicans exhibit when communicating or performing activities they enjoy. What I miss the most from home is

probably the cuisine and the people.” Njabulo Maseko (‘15) is planning on going back to her home of Swaziland this summer but has spent the last two summers staying on campus. During her summers in Decorah, Maseko struggled with homesickness. “It is difficult because when everyone leaves you are reminded that you are away from home and can’t be with your family,” Maseko said. “It gets lonely and frustrating especially because there’s no public transport to get to other cities.” Maseko also acknowledged that

there were benefits to living on campus. “On the positive side, you get to spend more time with your friends, explore beautiful Decorah and make money from working on campus,” Maseko said. As much as Yao misses Shanghai, she appreciates the community at Luther. “We have a small community so it is really easy to interact with people, international and not,” Yao said. “I think it is nice to be at a small college. You form tighter relationships.”

HOME AWAY FROM HOME. George Mapaya (‘16) from Zimbabwe and Bamwesiga Kabete (‘16) from Tanzania are both international students living on campus this summer. Bjorn Myhre / Chips




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Christian worship at Luther College

CARRYING ON THE TRADITION. Campus Pastor David Vásquez and Luther students walk to First Lutheran Church in downtown Decorah in September 2013. Photo courtesy of Photo Bureau

There are many worship opportunities available at Luther, including chapel. HANNAH BUTLER STAFF WRITER At Luther, ministry and worship play a large part in the institution. There are as many as six worship opportunities offered regularly on campus, including Sunday church services, Focus, Soul Food, Catholic Mass, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), and chapel, as well as many off-campus and special occasion opportunities that are also encouraged. Chapel occurs during the block of time between 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. According to Campus Pastor David Vásquez, chapel has a long history at Luther. “There’s always been a worship component to the community,” Vásquez said. One of the oldest traditions of worship at Luther dates back to the beginning of the College’s arrival in Decorah, the Walk to Church. “On the first Sunday of the year we do a walk to church, and that’s a tradition that was originally done when the campus was moved here,” Vásquez said. “The president would lead the student body down to First Lutheran. There was actually a sidewalk just for that–to get people from Luther’s campus over to First Lutheran for worship. Initially, for the first couple of years, First Lutheran and Luther College were the same corporation.” Over the years, chapel at Luther has changed from an event requiring the entire student body’s attendance to a 45-minute block of free time in which a worship service is optional. It wasn’t until the 1950s or 1960s when the chapel requirement was lifted. During this time, however, chapel was taken into the hands of the students. “The student body themselves decided to recreate a different commitment and way of being part of that, and that’s how the student congregation was formed,” Vásquez said. Until recently, chapel was held nearly every day of the week, but with staff meetings on Tuesdays and scheduling changes causing Thursday chapels to be dropped, chapel now occurs only three times a week.

During chapel, a campus pastor will always be present, but speakers vary from faculty and staff members, community members, guests of the college and senior students. Vásquez is currently in charge of the chapel schedule, a duty that rotates among the campus pastors, leaving him in charge of informing and inviting the public to speak. Marissa Satern (‘14) is one of the many senior students who have spoken at chapel this year. “I got asked to do it with my co-worker, Emily Browning (‘14), because we both work in the Diversity Center and Ethnic Arts was having their festival.” Satern met with Vásquez several times before speaking. “We met two or three times where [Vásquez] talked us through the whole process, step by step, what would be happening at each point during chapel, and about what he does when he’s writing a sermon,” Satern said. “Having all of that assistance made it a really good experience, and it was very reflective for me to think about my whole Luther experience.” One student, Casey Tecklenburg (‘16), is especially appreciative of the musical aspect

of chapel. “I enjoy how music and scripture are used as a vehicle to bring people together and celebrate their community and celebrate their faith together,” Tecklenburg said. Chapel often utilizes the many musical groups on campus to provide hymns and times for reflection during the service. Most days, hymns will be accompanied by Associate Professor of Music and College Organist Gregory Peterson (‘83). As chapel has changed over the years, so has the attendance. A schedule change may have also affected chapel attendance numbers, according to Vásquez. “The numbers have definitely shifted as the schedules for people have become really

maxed out,” Vásquez said. “We have noticed that there was a change in the daily schedule maybe 10 years ago or so making this the only break in the day for people, so some people have to get lunch during this time. That has had significant impact.” Vásquez reminds students entering their senior year next fall to look into speaking for chapel if they are interested. As well as speaking, he also encourages students to come to chapel and listen. “It certainly becomes harder to call the community together,” Vásquez said. “There’s a bit of a disconnect between the willingness of people to share, to speak. What we need is more willingness to listen to each other to create the space and time to listen to each other.”

“There’s a bit of a disconnect between the willingness of people to share, to speak. What we need is more willingness to listen to each other to create the space and time to listen to each other.” - David Vásquez

“AFTER THESE THINGS.” Campus Pastor David Vásquez discusses the past school year at Luther at Chapel on Wednesday, May 7. Hannah Butler / Chips


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A final exhibition YEAR’S END.

Jenna Nelson / Chips

After a semester of work, senior art majors are displaying their final pieces in the Center for the Arts. JENNA NELSON STAFF WRITER This year’s senior art majors are recognized for their work at Luther in a shared exhibition showcasing their individual pieces from the past year. The artwork, curated by Art Gallery Coordinator David Kamm, is currently on display in the Kristin WigleyFleming Fine Arts and Gregerson Galleries located in the Center for the Arts. The larger exhibit includes work from 20 senior art majors, each having a unique capsule exhibit that is oftentimes representative of a larger show. Nicole Billips (‘14) and Jessica Zottola (‘14) represent a sample of the many artists and pieces on display. Billips’ piece is plaster casts of 35 unique human hands, each representative of different common hand gestures. “Each hand is one individual person ranging in age and walks of life here at Luther,” Billips said. “It focuses on this idea of isolating the beauty and the subtlety of gesture that we don’t normally notice when we’re talking and communicating with others. [It’s] a sort of homage to this beauty in gesture that makes us all very unique in our own forms of communication.” In contrast to Billips’ piece, the inspiration behind Zotolla’s senior exhibition work was the materials she used: a group of textured and layered panels of paint and cork.

“This particular work was really hard for me to get into,” Zottola said. “My inspiration really does come from the material, the capabilities of the material and being able to decide how it moves and how it works to assemble as a whole.” The installations came together over the course of a semester; all artists are part of the course Art 490. The course allows them to get feedback from professors and from one another throughout the term. “I’m so thankful for everything that they do,” Zottola said. “[The art faculty] really have instructed us well in learning ourselves.” Billips also saw the value of working with the professors. “Having the opportunity to collaborate really ideawise with other people was beneficial in progressing my work,” Billips said. Both student artists discussed how the art department requires a large amount of time commitment, but they both appreciate the passion shared among students and faculty. These connections make the department program beneficial to the students. “I lived in my studio this semester,” Billips said. “I ate meals in there. I took naps in there. I just kept working, and working, and working. So this show is almost like a top glory moment where I’m like, ‘Ahhh I did it, I finished!’” Other art majors share Billips’ sentiment. “There’s nothing else I’ve ever wanted to do,” Zottola said. These senior artists are grateful for the strong community at Luther and in Decorah and look forward to sharing their work with the entire Luther community. “Your creative self is something that can be so hard to share,” Billips said. “Being able to have opportunities to apply and be in shows–whether it

“All the work is here now. It is present, and it’s going to be able to affect others, just as it has affected me, which I think is the most rewarding part.” - Nicole Billips (‘14)

RECOGNITION. Art majors have worked all semester on their final projects. Jenna Nelson / Chips

COLOR AND CORK. Jessica Zottola (‘14) used layers of paint and cork for her piece. Jenna Nelson / Chips is in the greater Decorah community or just here at Luther–it’s awesome we get these opportunities as art majors.” Billips has a sense of satisfaction in seeing her work come to fruition. “All that work is here now,” Billips said. “It is present, and it’s going to be able to affect others, just as it has affected me, which I think is the most rewarding part.” Along with the exhibitions, there will be an artist’s reception in the CFA galleries on Saturday, May 24 from 4:00–5:00 p.m., open to all who have further questions or are simply interested in the exhibits and the artists behind them .

GESTURES. Nicole Billips (‘14) cast hands in plaster to represent the various ways people use their hands to communicate with one another. Jenna Nelson / Chips




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Senate plans for next year A Senate Sit-Down Hello fellow Luther Students, As this year draws to a close, we just want to take a moment to reflect on this past year in Student Senate and to give you a preview for what we will be working on next year. First of all, we would like to applaud the hard work of every senator this past year and thank them for the time and energy they put into transforming various student concerns and ideas into policies that positively impact the student body. As Leif Vandersteen (‘14) eloquently wrote in last week’s Senate column, the main accomplishments of Senate this past year were allocating $14,500 to student organizations, hosting Happiness Week, reworking the Co-ed Baker Proposal and successfully

implementing the Amnesty Clause in Luther’s Alcohol Policy. Senate also collaborated with Luther’s Pep Band to welcome Dr. Carlson during the Student Research Symposium. As we look forward to next year, we hope to build on the accomplishments of this past year’s Senate and are excited to collaborate with new senators to turn our ideas into realistic and helpful policies. When we ran, we promised to promote an increased connectivity between Senate and other leadership across campus as well as bringing Luther stakeholders together through Campus Connection events. We are committed to following through with this promise. We also believe that resources for student organizations need clarification and easier accessibility. The Student Leadership Committee will be working to streamline these processes and be a

resource for student organizations that have questions or concerns. We want to form a strong relationship with next year’s administration, particularly with the office of the president, by representing the concerns of the student body in this time of transition. This will be of the utmost importance as we monitor the progress of the Coed Baker Proposal as it progresses through the various stages of becoming a policy. We, as a Senate, have many ideas about how we can make Luther a better place, but it is critical that you, as a Luther student, share your concerns and provide input regarding your experiences on campus. We are excited to work with you to strengthen our Luther journey.

“We, as a Senate, have many ideas about how we can make Luther a better place, but it is critical that you, as a Luther student, share your concerns and provide input regarding your experience on campus.” - Libby Logsden (‘15) and Maggie Steinberg (‘15)

See you in the fall, Libby Logsden (’15) and Maggie Steinberg (’15)

A gendered culture of education Letter to the Editor

Dear editor, What would it take for us to believe that sexism is a part of the vocal curriculum at Luther College? Perhaps if we could observe two sets of expectations: one for the men, one for the women. Maybe if the male


expectation were one of confidence and intellect, while the female expectation were to be his complement: the supporting role/love interest. Unfortunately, this is exactly the case. This role-specific climate is a reality, but we’ve become so used to it that we no longer notice that women lack access to full participation in the vocal classroom; rather, they take on a restricted, prescribed, identity. Voice seminars are public spaces with both students and a professor, making them a good place to start an investigation into this gendered culture of education. The role of a woman within the voice seminar is

handed to her, and she fills it with practiced precision. She wears heels, sings her piece flirtatiously from the perspective of a coy (or sad, or jealous, or pining) love interest, and ends her song with a bow and a smile. She fields comments about her singing, but also about her appearance. “Nice curls.” “I love your dress.” She is not as lucky as the male student, who has only to answer for the quality of his academic and artistic work. When the professor begins their work with the student, the woman’s identity is further defined by every comment, critique, and suggestion. The professor suggests that the student’s swaying motion is distracting, but as she stands up straight, a fellow student adds “be careful though, you’re starting to look too manly.” Every ear in the classroom understands that looking confident is for men, and that women would do well not to tread on their territory. Stand straight, but not too straight, don’t forget your role. Other words are equally restrictive, and teach a lesson of their own. “Get sassy,” says the professor, “act like you have curls.” “Act a little more like a girl,” the prof suggests, “flirt more.” The class learns that only women with straight hair can be serious, and that to be a girl means to flirt. The words gain authority when said in a setting of classical repertoire with a history of male dominance. Full, whole participation will be when the woman has the ability to musically express herself as something other than the love interest. It will be when she can expect performance comments based only on her musicianship, and when she is not derided for appearing too confident. Full participation will be when the woman defines for herself what it means to be a female, a student, and a human. Spencer Hodge / Chips

“Full, whole participation will be when the woman has the ability to musically express herself as something other than the love interest.” - Andrea Malek (‘15)

- Andrea Malek (‘15)


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Luther College 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 and 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 Microsoft Word document to chipsedt@ with Letter to the Editor as a 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 before Sunday at 5:00 p.m. the week before production. Publication of all letters is at the discretion of the editor. Contact Chips: Phone: 563-387-1044 Fax: 563-387-2072 Email: Advertising: Website: Facebook: Twitter: @LutherChips Spring 2014 Staff Editor-in-Chief: Managing Editor: News Editors:

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Nutritionist on campus Letter to the Editor Dear editor, Most students don’t know that we have a nutritionist right here at Luther. Anne Blocker is a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator who has been working at Luther for 10 years in the Student Life department and with the college Wellness Program and also as the food council adviser. There are a variety of services that are available free of charge to students, faculty and staff. Services that have been provided are sports nutrition consults for athletes looking to improve their performances. As a competitive athlete, this has been beneficial for my performance on the track. Sports nutrition consults are not the only service provided, Blocker also does nutrition consults for persons with food allergies and coordination with dining and disability services to help ensure we meet students’ nutritional needs on campus. This can include but is not limited to gluten free, dairy intolerances, egg, soy, fish and

other allergies. Blocker also provides consult for diabetes. For those with type one diabetes (5%), the transition to college can sometimes make the disease difficult to manage, so Blocker is available to assist those students in working with their insulin, meal and activity plans. She has also worked with staff members and students concerned about diabetes prevention.  Blocker is also trained to assist those with eating disorders and disordered eating concerns. This can also include concerns about binge eating and being overweight.  Throughout her ten years, Blocker has enjoyed giving well-recieved presentations to  residence halls, sports teams and guest classroom lectures. She has also assisted with the faculty/staff campus weight management program with Greg Lonning (‘83). Blocker encourages students who are interested in nutrition to make an appointment. Blocker is able to meet with students interested in pursuing careers in nutrition and discuss the types of classes they need to take to prepare for a career in this field along with information on accessing training programs across the country and options for obtaining certification and licensure. She can also provide and/or help students set up job shadows, internships and directed readings. Whether you have questions, concerns or interest in the field of nutrition, we encourage you to set up an appointment. Blocker’s office is located in the Student Life suite on the second floor of the Union. 

“There are a variety of services that are available free of charge to students, faculty and staff.” - Jayne Cole (‘14) and Anne Blocker

-Jayne Cole (‘14) and Anne Blocker

Opportunity trade-off Letter to the Editor Dear editor, As another spring semester at Luther draws to a close—a spring semester that I have spent off-campus in Paris, France—I find myself reflecting on all the things I missed out on this year. It’s hard to leave your friends and family for six months, and even harder to go on Facebook and see pictures from the events you didn’t get to attend. This semester I’ve missed the junior recitals of two of my best friends (and even more from other friends), the Pentatonix concert, Ballroom competitions, the first-ever Luther Ringers tour and three 21st birthdays for close friends. I feel a twinge of sadness and guilt every time I see a picture of my friends all gathered at a recital or concert to support another friend when I’m halfway around the world. Losing a semester at Luther means losing a lot. But, at the same time, I live in Paris. I’ve seen works of art I had only ever studied in books. I’ve taken a Seine dinner cruise and seen the Eiffel Tower sparkling at night. I’ve walked along the Champs-Elysées, I’ve had a birds-eye view of my city from the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur and Notre Dame. I’m basically fluent in French now, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places and I’ve found an amazing group of friends for life. And honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that I need to graduate and that I miss my friends,

family and boyfriend so much it hurts, I probably would never leave! It’s true that studying abroad means missing out, but you gain so much more in the meantime. It’s a trade-off of opportunities. And even with those lonely twinges of guilt, I wouldn’t trade this semester for anything. So as you’re trying to decide what to do in the coming years, consider taking a trip abroad. There will be things you miss, but you could also have the greatest experience of your life. I know I have! -Katie Hale (‘15)

JE T’AIME PARIS. Katie Hale (‘15) poses near the Eiffel Tower. Photo courtesy of Katie Hale



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JULIA JOSEPH SPORTS EDITOR Participating in sports at Luther is a commitment that lasts all four years of their college career for many student athletes. With spring season coming to an end, many seniors are saying goodbye to the sport that they have been playing during their college career and longer. “I’ve made so many memories, laughed way too much, shed a few too many tears and shared so many great moments with my softball family,” softball player Kayla Hatting (‘14) said. “The countless hours we spend together and the bond that we all share is what I will miss the most.” The time and energy Luther student athletes put into their sport teaches the athletes lessons larger than just how to compete. “Golf has been great in my life, but especially here at Luther because it provides the balance I need between academics and athletics,” golf player Matt Axelrod (‘14) said. Seniors play a large role on their teams since they have been in the program longer than most of their teammates. They understand the commitment it takes to help make their team successful. “I look at seniors in a program to be a true extension of the coaching staff and provide leadership on and off field,” Head Baseball Coach Alex Smith (‘05) said. “It is obviously their final season of their collegiate careers, and the passion they can bring to the team can have a heavy influence over the younger players in the program.”

Whether it be a favorite memory, game or the feeling of success after a hard practice, the seniors in spring sports are ending their last season as Norse. “I’ll miss the energy and drive everyone has everyday,” track & field athlete Dan Blattner (‘14) said. “Everyone is always there for you. When you have a bad competition, they are there. It makes the worst of days seem to fade away.” Being on a team at Luther is about having the opportunity to compete, but after four years of competition athletes have taken away more than just their records. “It's about being with a group of girls and coaches that want to see you excel and do your best,” Hatting said. “It's about a group of people that love the game so much and always put the team before themselves. In the end, it’s not about the wins and losses but rather learning something about yourself, your teammates, your coaches and contributing to the growth of the program for years to come.” While at college these student athletes have found that learning can take place in more than just the classroom. They are students first, but also dedicate time and effort to making themselves and their teams better. “I’ve loved every second of being a part of this family,” track & field athlete Jordyn Dudek (‘14) said. “It’s been such a great support system and influence on my life at Luther. I will miss so many of my teammates, coaches and friends that I’ve gotten to know so well and have touched my heart along the way, but I’ll never forget all the great memories we all share together. I feel I will forever be a Norse.”

Spring senior athletes Seniors that competed in a spring sport during the 2014 season are listed below. Softball Becca Girvan* Kayla Hatting* Baseball Andy Briggs* Eric Pittman* Corey Miller Joel Martin* Women’s Golf Laura Davis Katie Gaudian Men’s Golf Matt Axelrod Joel Bruns Tobias Kohl Andrew Peter Men’s Tennis James Ayer Matt Bellio

Aaron Ford Ramesh Karki Women’s Track & Field Jayne Cole* Jordyn Dudek* Amanda Dunn* Kathleen Guimond Kelly Guimond Riley Jamison* Madeline Lambert Dia LeFebvre Nawang Palkit Maggie Pierson* Nicole Powers Kayla Uphoff* Men’s Track & Field Austin Bauer* Dan Blattner* Tony Dischinger Dan Etter* John Freude* Devin Gilbertson* Scott Mittman* Siphamandla Simelane Soren Thompson Sam Zook *Captain

Softball plays in regional tournament JULIA JOSEPH SPORTS EDITOR Luther’s softball team competed in the NCAA III Regional Tournament May 9-11 at Central College in Pella, Iowa. The team went 2-2 in the tournament, making it to the championship game on Sunday. On May 9, the team played Washington-St. Louis and lost 2-7. Scoring for the Norse, Kelsey Rose (‘15) and Katie Wieland (‘15) hit solo home runs. Rose tied the game in the bottom of the first with her home run and Wieland tied the game 2-2 in the fourth.

On May 10, the softball team played two games and won both. Their first game was against Central college with a 7-3 win in an elimination game. Alise Miller (‘15) hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth for the game winner. In the seventh inning Wieland hit three runs in, and Kristen Winter (‘15) batted two runs in to score. In their second game the Norse faced Washington-St. Louis in a second elimination game. Annie Versnik (‘17) was credited with the 7-6 win, pitching the final five innings. The Norse took the lead in the top of the third scoring four runs on four hits. With a 5-3 lead

the team scored two more runs in the fifth that made the difference with Washington also scoring twice in the fifth. In their final game of the weekend, Luther played North Central (IL) in the championship game. Luther lost 6-2 ending their season. The tournament left the team with a record of 32-8 for the season. The team went on a month-long winning streak in April and won the IIAC Tournament Championship. Rose, Carli Radil (‘16) and Becca Girvan (‘14) were named NFCA First Team All-Midwest Region selections during the tournament.

PLAYING CATCH. Kayla Hatting (‘14) catching against Loras this season. Kate Knepprath / Photo Bureau Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm | Thursday 9am - 8pm


SAFE AT HOME. Luther scores a run against Loras earlier in the season. Photo courtesy of Luther sports

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Weekly Standings


Buena Vista Wartburg Central Loras Simpson Coe Luther Dubuque

IIAC 22-6 19-9 17-11 13-15 12-16 11-17 9-19 9-19

Overall 36-7 25-17 28-15 19-23 22-22 15-24 16-24 14-26

LET THE RACE BEGIN. (From left, in Luther blue) Nicole Powers (‘14), Maggie Pierson (‘14), Kayla Uphoff (‘14) and Tricia Serres (‘16) start the 1500-meter race. Photo courtesy of Ally Fillmore LUKE MANDERFELD STAFF WRITER The Luther track & field team competed in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) Championship May 8-10. The women placed second, 103.5 points behind Wartburg, the third ranked team in the nation. The men finished fifth with a total of 67 points, 164 points behind first place Wartburg. The championship was held at Carlson Stadium at Luther College, giving the Norse a home advantage. “Since the meet is [at Luther] we get some people that normally wouldn’t travel to stay here and help out to motivate the athletes,” Track & Field Head Coach Jeff Wettach said. Luther also hosted the IIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, one of the

few years where the Norse have hosted both meets. Thursday and Friday started out with the heptathlon for the women and the decathlon for the men. Leah Broderick (‘15), Anna Burke (‘15) and Anna Lampe (‘15) finished 1-2-3 for the Luther women. Broderick defended her title, finishing with 4818 points, an Iowa Conference and school record, followed by Burke (4329) and Lampe (4318). “It feels great to win, and I especially did not expect to get that many points,” Broderick said. “My teammates did great, and we all went after it [Thursday and Friday].” Broderick was also named the Iowa Conference Most Valuable Performer for Field Events after finishing in the top three for high jump and third in the javelin throw. It was her second time winning the award.

Caleb Freund (‘15) finished fourth for the men in the decathlon, totaling 5598 points. Dan Etter (‘14) won the only all-conference honor for the Luther men. He finished third in the hammer throw, one of his throws going 50.13 meters. Etter finished with a mark of 164-06. Amanda Dunn (‘14) won the hammer throw for the women, finishing with 16105. She was followed by Jackie Hoyme (‘16) totaling 154-07. Kayla Uphoff (‘14), Maggie Pierson (‘14), Nicole Powers (‘14) and Tricia Serres (‘16) finished second in the 4x800 meter race to end Friday’s events. They ended with a time of 9:11.43. On Saturday, Serres won the 1500-meter run for Luther, breaking the Carlson Stadium record with a time of 4:29.45. She also placed second in the 800-meter race.

“It feels good to win,” Serres said. “I executed the plan I made perfectly, and it was a great time running with my teammates.” Jayne Cole (‘14) earned all-conference honors with a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run and third in the 10,000-meter run. Cole held the lead entering the final laps when sophomore Maggie Saenz Ruiz from Loras turned it on and passed Cole on the final lap to earn first. Saturday also saw Joel Clarke (‘15) getting fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles, running a season best 15.05. The meet ends the Norse’s season as a team. Some of the student athletes will go on to compete individually in the NCAA III Outdoor Championships at Delaware, Ohio, starting on Thursday, May 22.


#11 Coe #8 Luther #17 Central Simpson Dubuque Buena Vista Wartburg Loras

IIAC 11-3 10-4 10-4 10-4 8-6 5-9 1-13 1-13

Overall 36-10 32-8 30-12 27-15 22-15 15-21 17-19 14-22

Recent Scores

May 11 NCAA III Pella Regional vs. North Central L 2-6 May 10 Regionals vs. Washington-St. Louis W 7-6

Men’s Tennis Coe Wartburg Luther Central Buena Vista Simpson Dubuque Loras

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

Overall 25-8 11-9 23-7 13-10 5-14 8-13 2-14 1-13

Women’s Tennis

KEEPING STRIDE. Austin Bauer (‘14) ran in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter races at conference. Photo courtesy of Ally Fillmore

LUTHER, LUTHER, LUTHER. after the championships.

RACING TO VICTORY. (From left) Anna Burke (‘15), Leah Broderick (‘15) and Anna Lampe (‘15) swept the Heptathlon. Photo courtesy of Ally Fillmore

Photo courtesy of Ally Fillmore

Coe Luther Wartburg Central Loras Buena Vista Simpson Dubuque

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

Overall 19-6 14-8 11-7 11-6 4-10 6-11 1-16 4-15

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