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Student charged Nobel Forum attendees with intent to examine the price of peace produce LSD Michael Crowe

Managing Editor

Executing a search warrant on Feb. 28, Decorah Police officers arrested Jordane Lauver (‘15), who has been charged with “possession of drug precursors with intent to manufacture LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide),” according to filings in the Iowa District Court of Winneshiek County. The arrest occurred at 5:30 p.m. in Olson Hall. These charges are a class “D” felony, which carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and fines ranging from $750 to $7,500. Items detailed in the search warrant as having been seized from the room include a copy of “The Anarchist Cookbook” by William Powell, 1500 morning glory seeds, VM&P Naphtha (ethyl ether, a type of paint thinner), methanol alcohol, a grinder, a quantity of bottled water, several syringes and an “Israeli gas mask with NATO filter.” According to the police citation, “These items are the primary ingredients for an LSD recipe also found in her room.” According to Decorah P.D. Sergeant Marc Heffern’s attachment to the search warrant, an anonymous informant witnessed these items being ordered on Lauver could not be reached for comment. Heffern’s sworn affidavit stated that Lauver told him “she had purchased the items for a friend that wanted to manufacture LSD ... because her friend couldn’t afford them.” Bail was set at $5,000 and Lauver has been released pending a formal hearing. Heffern’s attachment to the search warrant continues, “In this recipe LSA (lysergic acid amide) is extracted from morning glory (ipomoea purpurea) seeds. Student arrested

Calling out for peace.

Sarah King

“It’s designed to help students, the

“The Nobel Institute in Oslo is not

understand better the underlying causes of war and the need for peace in the world,” Martin-Schramm said. “The Nobel Peace Prize is the one Nobel Prize that’s awarded out of Norway; a bunch are awarded out of Sweden. It’s probably the highest and most prestigious award an individual can receive on earth.” Martin-Schramm noted the unique relationship between the forum and the Nobel Institute.

Schramm said. “This is the one event they are partnered with and they let us use their name, and so the Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a huge deal for us.” In the past, the event rotated its location among the participating colleges. Last year, the forum was held at Luther. However, from now on, the forum’s location will be permanent. “Last year the college decided that to

Staff Writer general public and faculty and staff partnered with anyone else,” Martin-

Luther students and faculty promoted world peace by attending the 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum held this year at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. A unique learning experience, the event brings together Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, civic leaders and scholars to discuss the importance of world peace. The Luther trip was led by Assistant to the President Karen Martin-Schramm.

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Completion in sight for Trout Run Trail Jayne Cole

Paving the way.

Staff Writer

opening is set for September, but will be usable for runners, walkers and bikers as early as June. Construction will resume on the last four miles, which includes the bridge across Highway 9, at the end of March to complete the $8 million project. The citizen advocacy group Trails of Winneshiek County (TOW) was the driving force behind the 17-year project that began with funding for a bike trail to the trout hatchery. “We set out to develop some sort of recreational trail that would connect destinations around the community,” TOW President Mike Huinker said. “As that progressed, we came up with a loop concept.” The group negotiated with landowners,

developed a trail design, fundraised around the community and applied for grants to begin the biggest grant was a $1.5 million contract from Vision Iowa, a division of Iowa Economic Development Authority which aims to improve the economy of Iowa communities. “They told us that the project was exactly what Vision Iowa was made for,” Huinker said. “This project has been going on for over 10 years, and we are right at the cusp of it being a reality.” Those involved with trail construction hoped to capture important parts of Northeast Iowa. It will pass the Decorah bald eagle’s nest and the trout hatchery and passes through “The Cut,” a segment that was blasted from rock near Pulpit

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March 8, 2012

Administration aims Hearing set for to ease transfer process student arrested Sarah King

Staff Writer

Members of Luther’s administration met recently to discuss ways to make the process of transferring schools more streamlined. “We’re working on something to make the process more user friendly so that if a person does choose to go to a twoyear school, then they can see what they can take, how it transfers to Luther and then how long it will take to do that,” Vice President for Enrollment Scot Schaeffer said As the current -Scott state of the economy has many people worried about the affordability of higher education, Luther continues to try to make itself accessible for transfer students. “Two years ago, people who made over 100,000 [dollars annually] … 12 percent of their children went to community colleges,” Schaeffer said. “This past year, [of] that

community colleges.” Schaeffer explained Luther’s goals for attracting transfer students. “Our transfer population is all over the board,” Schaeffer said. There have been years … that were as high as eighty. So part of our goal is having forty students be transfer students each year.” A l t h o u g h Luther’s tuition will rise from

“We’ve got to

$35,950 for the 2012-2013 school year, Director of Financial Aid Janice Cordell does not think this will greatly affect students’ decisions to come to Luther. Schaeffer “I don’t think the tuition cost is what’s driving the number of two-year transfer students here,” Cordell said. “I do not believe it is necessarily the

student [transfers institution

aid is equal for transfer students A controversial point for transfer students is the Paideia requirement. A transfer student who has more than 28 credits from an accredited

institution after graduating high school is not required to take Paideia. If the student has fewer than 28 credits, their English and history credits may be approved by the Paideia department, allowing them to opt out. If not, the Paideia Director decides what courses could serve as a –––substitute. Professor of History and Paideia Program Director Jackie Wilkie highly recommends Paideia to transfer students. “Any transfer students who feel focus on close textual reading, practice in writing academic arguments, the development of library research skills and strong discussion skills are not barred from taking the course,” Wilkie said. “Indeed I think they would be welcomed as long as they take the courses immediately upon transfer.” Although Luther does not currently have an articulation agreement, which makes the transfer process go smoothly by setting standards for transferable classes and grades, members of Luther’s administration hope to make the process easier. “We’ve got to make sure that we’re prepared to be able to make it a seamless and user-friendly process if a student [transfers to Luther from] a two-year institution for whatever reason,” Schaeffer said.

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This recipe claims LSA can be converted into LSD but [the and very unsafe.” after an anonymous tip was called in earlier in the week. The caller is on record as having about possible narcotic activity.” Campus Security was present during the arrest, although their policy is to defer to law pertaining to illegal drugs. “We’re pleased with how the police handled the situation,” Director of Campus Safety and Security Bob Harri said. Harri declined to comment further on the matter. Roommate Rigzin Dolma (‘15) had no idea anything had

occurred until she received an email the next day. “I don’t go back to my room that much,” Dolma said. “I didn’t have any clue.” Winneshiek County Attorney Andrew Van Der Maaten says no federal charges have been “A lot of variables play into it,” Van Der Maaten said. “No product was produced in this case, so it just doesn’t interest [federal agents].” Director of Residence Life Kris Franzen declined to comment on their stance on this issue. It is unclear at this time whether Luther will be pursuing additional sanctions against Lauver. Lauver’s hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 15 at the Winneshiek County Courthouse in Decorah.

Honor Code forum to be held March 13 The Campus Betterment Committee and Student Senate announced that the Student Honor Code has been rewritten and will be going to a vote before the student body in two weeks. Student the Mott/Borlaug room of the Union where students will be able to review changes to the Honor Code. These changes primarily include expanding the Honor Council to 12 students, adding an educational committee to inform students about the Honor Code and adding an anonymity clause to protect the identity of the claimant and respondent.

Johnson hunts down a new way to publish Hannah Lund

point of the book is that it’s character-driven.”

Staff Writer

Director of Public Information Jerry Johnson Lives and Legends of the Pine County Rod, Gun, Dog and Social Club,” which is now available online at’s Kindle website.

Out of the woods, onto the web. Johnson explores the woods where he hunts with his friends, a ritual that served as

long dream for Johnson, but also sparked an interest in creative writing. “Most of my writing has been journalism, expository writing or propaganda for Luther,” Johnson said. “I’ve taken a few creative writing courses from Amy Weldon about two years ago, and the reason I started taking those courses was because I started to dabble a bit with creative writing.” The “dabbling” came in the form of several short stories inspired by Johnson’s hunting friends who got together along Iowa’s Snake River. “Whenever we would go up there, the neighbors would come over to have a beer or smoke a cigarette or go hunting, and they would always bring a story with them,” Johnson said. “I would just catalog these stories. I wrote them just to entertain the guy who owns the cabin up there.” Little did Johnson realize, these stories would The novel, which Johnson says focuses on “the seedy side of Lake Wobegone,” strings the stories of a group of divergent characters who come together to go hunting. “The book is nothing like I’ve ever written in my entire life,” Johnson said. “It’s kind of slapdash, bawdy, written from the point of view of a redneck, working-class kind of guy, who has a real selfcentered view of the world and what goes on in it. Within 100 pages of the book, you’ll be able to see through the book like a glass of water. The whole

to pursue publishing. However, after over 125 deadnovel-buyers were women, his book wouldn’t be marketable, Johnson realized that he needed to try a different method. After a recommendation from a friend, he turned to self e-publishing on Amazon. com. “Getting published in America has a whole lot to do with publisher’s evaluation, or the commercial success of the piece, than it does the quality of the piece,” Johnson said. “[E-publishing] doesn’t cost you anything. You can publish it if you want to publish it.” Which is exactly what Johnson did. On Amazon, design by art major Astri Snodgrass (‘12), and purchase it for under $5. Though this may not seem like much money, Johnson believes that e-publishing may be the direction many writers decide to take. “I think e-publishing just allowed me to have some fun with it,” Johnson said. “It allowed me to send out hundreds of copies to my friends. This could be a literary revolution since people are getting a little more bold about putting their stuff out there.” Already, many authors have taken advantage of this trend. For example, A young Minnesotan writer named Amanda Hocking reportedly became a millionaire by self e-publishing a series of paranormal romance novels on Amazon. However, this is not what has inspired Johnson to continue writing. “It’s an important thing to do if you have any

you launch yourself out a little bit, be a little daring. achieved this, I did this.’”



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Romney takes three states, Santorum two, Gingrich one Mitt Romney won at home in Massachusetts and in Vermont and Virginia, Rick Santorum countered coolly with Oklahoma and Tennessee and the Republican rivals dueled for supremacy in Ohio on a Super Tuesday that stretched from one end of the country to the other in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation. season as Republicans choose a challenger for Democratic President Barack Obama. *** Obama, Netanyahu talk unity, underline differences Taking sharply different stands, President Barack Obama on Monday urged pressure and diplomacy to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized his nation’s right to a pre-emptive attack. Even in proclaiming unity, neither leader gave ground on how to resolve the crisis.

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A fast-paced meeting. Lunch Smith with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network talks with Emmanuel Avila (‘13) and Joseph Schifsky (‘12) at the recent speed-networking event.

John Freude

Staff Writer

practice an introduction over and over again,” Director of the Career Center Keley Smith-Keller said. The event took place in the Adams

The Career Center recently hosted an event in which students were able to practice their interview skills where small tables were positioned with actual employers in an informal for employers and setting. students to mingle This speedwhile enjoying networking appetizers and event was mocktails. modeled after “The key the popular element is that speed-dating the students are activity in which meeting people individuals are who could be used given a few as future resources minutes to meet and connections,” one another Smith-Keller said. before moving on to a new year for the speedpairing. networking event, Several which included 23 -Carrie Juergens (‘14) students and 15 students were paired up with professionals from local business around the area. Students were given employers and representatives eight minutes to connect with each and given just enough time for an professional until the clang of an oldintroduction and to ask key questions fashioned cowbell signaled that time about what employers are looking for was up. in potential employees. The individual time spent and “It’s an accelerated way to meet quality of each meeting created a people through a series of brief personal environment that Carrie interactions where students can Juergens (‘14) found to be helpful.

“The contacts I gained were the most beneficial part, along with the experience of emphasizing my attributes to appeal to different companies.”

tried to speak for each other, and other times spoke past one another. The president and prime minister are linked by the history and necessity of their nations’ deep alliance, if not much personal warmth, and both sought to steer the Iran agenda on their terms. ***

“I feel like the contacts I gained with the experience of emphasizing my attributes to appeal to different companies,” Juergens said. The speed-networking event came just one week before the Career Center will be hosting its spring Career Fair on March 8. “Speed networking gives you the information and practice to be better prepared for the actual fair,” SmithKeller said. While none of the employers at the event were seeking new employees, the representatives were able to use their experience to help students prepare for the fair while also promoting their businesses. Magpie Coffeehouse owner and Decorah Chamber of Commerce board member Kathleen Ritner, who met with students at the event, believes that getting an employer’s viewpoint is key for securing a job. “The students get to see what we employers are looking for in employees in a much more relaxed setting than an actual interview,” Ritner said. With the success of the event, SmithKeller believes that speed-networking will become a regular event at Luther in years to come.

visit the stricken town of Henryville and other parts of southern Indiana’s Clark County on Tuesday to assess tornado damage. The assessment will help decide whether the area is eligible for federal assistance under a disaster declaration. Monday that they were committed to ensuring the devastated town gets help, but that it might take several days to get a federal disaster declaration. *** “Lorax” rakes in the green with $70.2 million debut The environmental fable “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” grew mightily

children’s book and features the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. *** Poll: US belief in warming rises with thermometer Americans’ belief in global warming is on the rise, along with temperatures and surprising weather changes, according to a new university poll. says 62 percent of those asked last December think the Earth is getting warmer. That’s up from 55 percent in the spring of that year and 58 *** Mitt Romney’s wife says she doesn’t consider herself to be wealthy. In an interview Monday on Fox News, the wife of the Republican presidential front-runner, Ann Romney, was asked about criticism that her husband can seem out of touch with average Americans. His worth *** McWashington? Presidential McNugget sells for $8,100 Call it McWashington. A Nebraska woman has sold a three-year-old McDonald’s Chicken eBay. Rebekah Speight of Dakota City sold the McNugget to raise money in Sioux City. Speight says her children didn’t eat the chicken during a McDonald’s visit three years ago. She was about to toss it, then spotted Washington’s resemblance. Speight stashed the McNugget in her freezer. Life outside Luther compiled from:

Arts & Entertainment


March 5, 2011

You’re invited Original dance piece allows for inter-department collaboration. Brita Moore

Staff Writer

The Theater/Dance Department’s production of “Invited to Tea” treats audience members with intense movement, eerie music and a chance to use a cell phone in the theater without risk of repercussion as long as it’s on silent, that is. Assistant Professor of Dance Amanda Hamp directed and choreographed the piece, which centers around a Buddhist tradition. “The story is that Mara is the name of a perceived demon for Buddha,” Hamp said. “When this being shows up, instead of pushing Mara away, the Buddha invites her to tea.” The performance does have social subtext, but each audience member can see it in the way that makes sense for him or herself. “In terms of what it’s about, there’s no push for people to glean that exact story,” Hamp said. “They might see something The openness of the production’s interpretation provided a new experience for MUS-356 Electro-Acoustic Music, which composed the sound backdrop in a “musique concréte” (real world sound) style in a computer program called Reaper. “The majority of us in the composition studio are so used to working with our own musical terms, and writing music for us and

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Not your grandparents’ dancing. Members of the dance group performing while others are visible behind a screen. our performers,” student composer Seth Duin (‘12) said. “With ‘Invited to Tea,’ it’s nice to get a grasp on a new sense of collaboration, especially in working with different technologies as opposed to our usual pen-paper-piano writing methods.” Associate Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence Brooke Joyce, who taught the class along with Web Programmer Analyist Steve Smith, echoed Duin’s assessment of the work as a different kind of collaboration. “Musicians have a language, including

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Dressed to a tea. Josh Dale (‘13) and Calli Micale (‘13) performing together.

terms like ‘key signature,’ ‘tempo,’ those kinds of things,” Joyce said. “The dancers have their own language, and we had to learn how to respond to the movements and gestures.” The musicians, who attended the dancers’ rehearsals in order to grasp the were not the only collaborative group. Hamp was connected with 5-D Immersive Design, which led to the incorporation of the Smartphone Interactive aspect of the show. “[5-D] integrate[s] technology and collaborates with other artists in order to create ‘world-building,’” Hamp said. “We thought about in what ways can we use


in the show, then e-mail the photos to The photos then appear on the backdrop of later scenes, or as a spotlight on the two main characters. As far as the dance itself, it evolves throughout the show. The movements in grow more physical. In the fourth scene, the cast members use cell phones and coffee mugs as props, seeming to express was in charge overall, the dancers had structured freedom to move how they liked as well. “The most exciting part for me is that, with the inclusion of improvisation, the dance is a little bit different each time we perform it so it always feels new,” student performer Jenn Winder (‘12) said. “Invited to Tea” is unique in its collaborative aspect, involving several faculty and staff members and even more students. “We’re all producing within our areas, like choreography or design or sound,” Hamp said. “But we’re also meeting together Performances for “Invited to Tea” are on March 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewel Theatre.


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technology as a way to connect with the audience in a non-invasive way.” Audience members simply take photos




Arts & Entertainment

March 5, 2011

Rising young musician comes to ArtHaus Charle Parrish

made me the musician I am today. Realizing I had to do something with my life, I started writing songs for a CD that I wanted to record. Once I recorded the CD, I caught the attention of a booking agent who really wanted to help me out. She has been wonderful at getting me gigs and opportunities. C T so intrigued by the blues and what it was, what it meant. I have come to realize that it’s nothing more than music, and music connects with people.

love just blues or just rock; that’s stupid. How can you only like one type of music? I love the connection I have with certain artists and the feelings I feel when I listen to them.,that’s a beautiful thing. I don’t care what you wear or what you look like as long as it’s real. I love angry hip-hop like Odd Future, I love the dirty gritty Jack White stuff, I love the gentle yet hit-you-like-a-hammer songs that Bon Iver creates. If an artist is being sincere, then I respect what they’re doing. C: How does it feel to have had the recent success of your new album? T: Having the success that this album had is the most amazing thing. unknown. I had nothing; I knew that a few family and friends would listen to it and maybe that would be it. To be able to be playing gigs and sharing my music with an audience who's willing to listen is the most rewarding thing ever. C: How does your songwriting process work? T: My songwriting process is basic. I have hundreds of rough recordings of song ideas. Eventually a few of them became more favorable than others. I will work at the song until I feel it heads in the right direction, then I will start lyrics. Lyrics can come naturally just from me singing what comes to mind with the melody. The main thing is keeping my mind in a place where I’m not writing or playing anything I think people want me to play and write, but doing whatever I want to do. That’s an important rule of thumb for creating anything I believe. C: What our your hopes for the future? T: My hopes for the future are that I can tour the world and play music that connects with people. Yeah, that’s the simplest way to put it. I wouldn't mind being able to pay the bills somehow while doing it. I also do want to record and perform with some of my idols. That would be gnar.

Ethnic Arts keeps up tradition If you ventured into Dahl Centennial Union Saturday, March 3, you most likely noticed happening all day. The Ethnic Arts Festival ’80s, and this year was no exception. There are three different parts to the Ethnic Arts Festival: the country fair which takes dinner in Peace Dining Hall and the grand “The country fair is really great,” festival coordinator Rachel Miessler (‘13) said. “Many different countries are represented, showcase different aspects of their country: they always have stories to share.”

of photographs, instruments and sweaters from her home country. “It is important for people to see different asked to participate in the festival I did not

was important that I do this instead of having

Cole Matteson

KWLC Folk Director

Staff Writer That’s what it does, that’s what it should do, forever. I love music, I do not

Charlie: I know you are 19-years-old, and have been fronting a band for about a year, playing a lot of festivals, opening for some major acts and getting some acclaim for your album. How did you get to where you are today as a musician? Trent: I started playing guitar when I was 11. I always really enjoyed music, but never saw it as a serious role in my life like it is today. My parents loved music and going to see music. So there was always music around the house. Year after year of practicing and being obsessed with

Staff Writer

KWLC Review: Punch Brother’s “Who’s Feeling Young Now?”

Trent Romens

Dressed in a black shirt, silver tie, long hair sticking out the bottom of a black beanie, wailing on a Gibson SG and howling the blues. This is Trent Romens. He’s a 19-year-old who has been fronting a band for about a year, played 13 festivals, including two festival headline sets and opened for “Everclear” and Ivan Neville’s “Dumpstaphunk.” His debut album, “Aware,” was on the Grammy entry list for Best Blues Albums of 2011. Romens shows promise and is bringing his talents to the ArtHaus in downtown Decorah, as part of the “Baker London Presents” concert series, on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m.

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Many people from the Decorah community especially children. “Everyone who comes to the country fair can pick up a passport,” Miessler said. “Every country has a stamp, so a lot of kids from the community come in for the fair.” At the Ethnic Cuisine Dinner

performance. “A pipa is a Chinese string instrument,

we also have things like pop music from other countries. These are all things that the Each performer seemed excited to most of their classmates might not realize they have.

of the community tried food from all over the world. The room was set up like a market, with food from different countries course dishes, appetizers and desserts. The dinner represented six different continents, and most of the recipes used were

ignorant to the fact that there is so much diversity here.” The theme for this year’s Ethnic Arts Festival was “Inspire, Believe, Transform.”

Perhaps the most exciting part of the

you can do something, you

portion — the performances. For two hours, students showcased a variety of performances, including South African Dance, Haitian song and a pipa

to have inspiration as well,” Miessler said. The fruits of these ideals resulted in community. Margaret Yapp/Chips

Pipa-pan. Yunfei Xie (‘15) on her pipa.

When people hear the term ‘bluegrass,’ many people think of the genre as “old timey” and “hokey.” Chris Thile and his band Punch Brothers are here to change that. The group evolved from the backup band in Thile’s 2006 solo record “How To Grow A Woman From The Ground” into the Punch Brothers, which just put out their third album “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” The album sees Thile and company evolve from a more unrestricted and uncensored endeavor, sounding less like an insane mandolin player with an almost equal backing ensemble and more like a band and almost something like a progressive rock band at that. Thile is best known as the mandolinist and singer for Nickel Creek, a contemporary folk trio that disbanded in 2007. For a group that commits to a traditional bluegrass instrumentation, mandolin, the band comes remarkably close to representing something you would hear out of an indie band. Thile still handles most of the vocals, outstanding contribution on “Hundred Dollars”) he’s just as likely to act as the song’s rhythm section as he is to trade solos with banjo master Noam Pikelny. This isn’t to say that Thile’s playing isn’t brilliant — he is debatably the best mandolin player in the world — but his Get Married Without Me” and “New York City” show that Thile has allowed himself to shift away from the spotlight and showcase the group’s insanely intricate arrangements. The album features two instrumental tracks which both incidentally happen to from Swedish band Vasen, which is easily the album’s most bluegrass sounding track. The second is a wonderful adaptation of Radiohead’s “Kid-A” showcasing the groups musicianship by transforming a song that has no place in bluegrass into Punch Brothers’ new album “Who’s Feeling Young Now” is a fantastic album. Every new album released pushes the boundaries of what bluegrass can become. Featuring very technical and really shines, bringing something new to the table. Keep your eyes on Chris Thile and Punch Brothers. 5 stars out of 5



March 8, 2012

Who is the juggler? Connor Jones (‘15) has been wowing audiences at campus talent shows. Who is this juggler and how did he aquire his unique hobby? MEGAN CREASEY

STAFF WRITER “I had three or four drops, but I did a lot of

If someone were to walk through the North Gym of the Regents Center one evening, he or she might

Connor Jones (‘15)




“I like to do tricks that no one else does.”

-Connor Jones

something new to work on and a new level to work

pins weigh four pounds and these weigh about






However, Jones looks forward to further building his

Photos by Walker Nyenhuis/ Chips

These are not bowling pins. Jones practices his juggling in the Regents Center.

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Action shot. Jones performs to a cheering crowd at the BSU Talent Show on Feb. 25.



March 8, 2012


Little interest leads to fewer chapels LISA DIVINEY

STAFF WRITER will be evaluated at the end of the semester, as only time to grab something to eat during their busy

of interest on the part of

semester is a trial-run to determine if and how

“This is really breaking our hearts. Having chapel is so core to our community.” -Amy Zalk Larson

Meditation that happens time for mediation allows students the time

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Preaching the Word. Campus Pastor David Vasquez delivers a sermon at a campus service.

New turkey vulture camera takes off JOSH HOFFMAN





that boasts a 5 to 6 foot wingspan, but

entertainment to many in a similar “I think we will learn many new

time so staff and students visiting the

“Vultures nest in solitary pairs in

use it as a reason to get out of bed and

have heard from hundreds of people suffering from diseases that use the

humans, they spend most of their lives Moreover, reports suggest that people for the low-energy lifestyle of a you will see a live map of the world showing people from around the planet Currently, turkey vulture populations

Eagle eye. A still shot from the Decorah eagle camera shows a family of nesting eagles.



March 8, 2012

CHIPS Beyond the Looking Glass by Hannah Lund (‘12)

Chips is a student publication of Look at the ads in your inbox. How many like and constructs our lives based on that. The moments that matter the most don’t Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. The are addressed to you by name? How many According to the computer, my name is usually appear along with the bill. When I go paper is designed, composed, edited have specialized their product ‘just for you’ HANNAH L. LUND and I am a COLLEGE out to eat with someone, it’s not the amount STUDENT who likes WRITING and ICE of money we’ve spent or how much we’ve and managed entirely by Luther and told you that you’d be a fool not to buy? If you have any kind of answer to those CREAM. saved. It’s about the intangibles, the moment students. It is published weekly questions, then you know what I mean when True, on the surface. But what does that of understanding between bites and while during the academic year, excluding I say that I feel like each ad is trying to be actually say? If someone saw only those four waiting for the food to come. the month of January. my life partner, as if in trying to win over my things, they’d think it a small wonder that I I don’t want to think that when I die, the The opinion section is designed favor, they will also win over my life. get dieting ads and invitations to publish only true obituary will be the trail of ticket Lately, I’ve been noticing that the stubs I’ve left behind. I like to think that to provide a forum for Chips , ‘recommended reading’ on Amazon has like Butter Brickle, that I sometimes write I’ll leave some kind of good impression, or its staff members and the Luther been hitting closer to home, to the point myself into a corner, that college has taught that people won’t have to read HANNAH community. Opinions expressed in that I actually do stop and think ‘well, that me everything from the taxonomy of primates L. LUND was a COLLEGE STUDENT articles, editorials or columns do not might not be so bad …’ before recoiling to the misadventures of spelunking? who liked WRITING and ICE CREAM to necessarily represent the views of from the mechanized friend that pretends to I don’t want to be bought and paid for, remember who I am. the Chips staff. The author is solely be a recurring presence in my life. I’ve been as though there’s a barcode running along Don’t let computers replace your identity responsible for opinions expressed in noticing that my inbox remembers what my spine, waiting to be brushed under the with words that have no meaning. Don’t let websites I’ve gone to and offers suggestions them take away rhetoric in favor of propaganda Chips commentary. about what I should do with my life. “MFA we really only worth as much money that can that will make you more marketable as a Chips will not accept submitted in Creative Writing! Click here!” “Get be pumped from our bodies? Are we only a product. Don’t even think about letting ad articles or campus announcements. collection of receipts and IOUs? My mom companies do the talking for you, or let them Submissions for letters to the FOR FREE!” tells me that she can track my adventures tell you what kind of person you are. editor should be submitted as a word based off of my checking account. But is Because the moment that this happens is document to Because, the moment they do, I’ve lost to a that something to applaud, or does that say the moment that we forget how to talk, how with “Letter to the Editor” as the system designed to win with a smile on its something about the driving need I feel to buy to use words for the better. And that moment another worthless trinket that I only assumed will not be categorized by a register’s ring. It subject line. Letters to the editor are face and pockets bursting with money. An online system decides what we might would accumulate worth over time? will be silent. 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 by Michelle Boike (‘13) Sunday at 5 p.m. the week before Whenever someone mentions London to me, the first of this country’s monarchs. publication. Publication of all landmark I see in my mind’s eye is Big Ben, the clock tower, an After we had toured the royal areas, we moved on to the letters is at the discretion of the extension of Parliament. While standing next to Westminster areas designated as the House of Lords. The House of Lords is editor. Abbey, looking over at the elaborately-designed Parliament furnished with deep red furniture, and in that room resides the

True Brits

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Buildings is glorious. What is even more brilliant is actually going inside Parliament. Yes, you read that correctly. The Luther Notts went down to London on Saturday and toured Parliament as part of our class, Communication Studies 339: Perspectives on Global Media. We started by going through a fairly rigorous security check, in which we put our bags through security and walked through a scanner. Then, we walked outside into the sunshine, which quickly slipped away from the shadow of the impressive building. There were police officers walking around with guns, which frightened me at first, because British citizens are not allowed to carry a gun, as Americans can. Our tour guide began our tour at the end of Westminster Palace and we worked our way toward Big Ben. We started out in the oldest part of the buildings, in the Queen’s Chamber, complete with a throne from the 1900s and frescoes of scenes from King Arthur representing good qualities, such as respect, and honour. We then saw the room in which the heads of countries such as the U.S., France, Germany, Spain and various other countries had given speeches. The portraits of the kings and queens of England graced the walls. I couldn’t help but stand there flabbergasted and at a loss for words at the majesty

actual throne on which the Queen sits. It is made of 23 and a half karat gold. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the details. After the House of Lords, the furniture turned from red to green, to indicate that we were approaching the House of Commons, the area in which elected, salaried officials worked. The tour guide showed us their mailboxes, and there was Prime Minister David Cameron’s mailbox. It was so surreal, that we were in the same building in which Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair have worked. As I thought that, the statues and busts of these prominent political figures stared back at me. The House of Commons was just as exciting as the House of Lords, except in this case, everything was green, instead of red. The room was just as it was in the film, “The Iron Lady,” in which Meryl Streep portrays Margaret Thatcher. The visit to Parliament helped solidify my understanding of British politics and history, while helping me gain a new appreciation for Britain. The day was littered with other fantastic outings, such as visiting 221b Baker Street, the Tate Modern and meeting a fantastic Irish woman who told great stories. All in all, it was a day filled with the essence of British culture.

Campus Security Capers by Bob Harri, Director of Campus Safety & Security

Doggonit! At about 2 a.m. on Feb. 19 an adult male was found sleeping in a Farwell cluster with his dog. Neither the former student nor the dog would provide any identification when asked by staff. When Security arrived the pair was already outside and the human, apparently the spokesperson for the two, stated he did not wish to deal with us at that time. Efforts to collar the pair were unsuccessful as the man only pawsed long enough to pick up his dog before fleeing to his vehicle. (It only makes sense that six legs would move faster than two.) But dog darn it they did not escape for long as the Decorah Police did catch up to the desperados. The male was initially detained and tested for OWI before being released. Perhaps he should have let the dog drive. That really would have made for an interesting tail. A deep-seated issue This week we received information that two chairs are

missing from the Valders Concourse. The chairs have a metal frame with a fabric seat and back. The seat of the chair flips up like a folding chair and it has casters on all four legs. The chairs come in a variety of colors so we are not sure what color the missing chairs are. I believe the brand name is Hon. Similar chairs taken in the past were valued at $275.00. I know chairs have legs but I doubt these walked away on their won. Hopefully, they will find their way back. iPad stolen On Feb 14 at 11:45 a.m., we received a report of a missing iPad. A student left his iPad in Brunsdale from about 8:00 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m. When he went back to retrieve the iPad it was gone. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of this device is asked to contact Security. Or, if found, the item may be returned to the Welcome Center in the Union.



March 8, 2012


Editorial: Michael Crowe (‘13)

Good-bye yearbook, old friend

I’m usually pretty quick to accept new technology. I’m practically married to my iPhone. I think my Kindle is super neat, and a welcome distraction with its copious Star Wars novels (ladies?). The move to ebooks is certainly a worthwhile one. On the other hand, I don’t think we should go completely paperless. Newspapers, magazines, yearbooks – these have a place on shelves and tables around campus, and will for years. That’s why I am so dissappointed to hear that we will no longer be receiving yearbooks as part of our SAC fees. For me, the appeal of a yearbook lies entirely in its physical existance. In 20 years when I take a brief respite from my exciting career as a space-journalist/ rocket-cowboy (ladies?) to paw through a box of college memorabilia I want to stumble upon my old Pioneers. I want to be able to laugh at how dorky my haircut was – erm, well, is – now. The physical copy is what makes this stumbling-upon possible. If we move to an online photo book, the odds of me digging out my login info down the line to browse old pictures are

pretty slim. Plus, I lose stuff like that. A lot. Frequently. All the time. Those memories are doomed. And there will be login info, because how else can they make us pay for this online adventure? Of course, students who want to can still print their own physical copies,

which is a fair compromise. Many won’t remember to though, and that means they’ll never have the opportunity to pick up that dusty tome that is the Pioneer and look at the old group photo from the Chips staff and think about all the chuckles they shared. That’s too

Graphic by Noah Lange/Chips

Forever alone. Look how sad this little guy is. Do you want to make him sad? DO YOU?!

bad. I recognize that it does feel wasteful to print a costly, resource consuming book every year especially in this world of finite resources we inhabit. That’s valid. Maybe it’s selfish (shelf-ish?) to keep printing books just to sit on shelves. The imminent demise of our physical year book reminds me of a similar push for Chips to do likewise. Task Force 150 recommended in their report that Chips go paperless to save our printing costs. This I oppose now, and will continue to do so vehemently while it is in my power to do so, for similar reasons. Digital content is sought out by active users seeking information, while the general news reader is far more passive in their consumption of content. If I see a paper sitting on a table in Oneota, I’ll flip through it because its there in front of me, and maybe learn something new. Same goes for the yearbook. Digital content doesn’t give the reader this opportunity. It’s a great supplement, and a growing medium at that. But let’s hang on to print. I’m not ready to let it go. Maybe Luther shouldn’t be either.

Is campus too busy? by Brita Moore (‘14)

An older, wiser person once told me he thought campus was too busy. Ever since then, I have been constantly wondering if this is true. Being busy is nothing new to me, as I came from things as they wanted to and even things that they didn’t want to, and this goes for many other places, not just Mercer Island, Washington. When we arrive on campus, we are excited about all the activities and classes here. We don’t have parents to tell us what to do, siblings to shuttle around or much need to drive. I continued to be excited about these things up to the beginning of fall semester, when I found myself with two majors, 20 credits, two work-study positions, a major performing ensemble and a boat-load of reading to do. There’s the idea out there that college students, faced with

the choices of good grades, sleep and a social life, must only pick two of these. I refused to settle for this. School is the most important priority, but sleep is healthy, and a social life keeps the fun in college. So there I was in the middle of October, doing these things I thought I loved, and at the same time, completely unhappy. I tried to obtain all three ideals, but it seemed that I had none. There had been no pressure on me to be that busy. I legitimately wanted to do all of it. But was it worth the price of being homesick and depressed, caught up in the never-ending cycle of things to do? I’ve cut back this semester. I have one major, one minor, 18 credits and one work-study position. The orchestra and the reading are still there, of course. I’m still busy. But I’m doing Along with the comment I began with, I have been inspired to

with a more cost-effective photo book. There have been many years of discussions about the Pioneer Yearbook and its costs, by SAC, with other students, in Senate, within the program review of Student Activities four years ago, and by the all-college Task Group 150 this past year. yearbook has steadily increased and we believe the funds designated to the yearbook can be more effectively utilized in this position as well as in the funding of a SAC Leadership Committee. In Dear Luther Community, After several years of discussion and review, the Student Activities Council will be making some changes starting in the 2012-2013 school Luther community by providing more resources for student development and individual student organizations. Included in the changes for the coming year will be the development of a staff position in aspects of student organization support and resources. enhancing a variety of student organizations through assistance to each organization and its leaders and advisors, formal training on student development software and outreach to all students who want to develop a co-curricular transcript. The creation of this position is possible only if we discontinue the Pioneer Yearbook, as it has traditionally been printed, and replace it

yearbook, the coming year will bring transition to an online format for archiving photos as well as developing a digital photo book that students digital option, the opportunity remains to have a printed book through private printing. In recent studies, we have found that approximately 70% of colleges in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) no longer print a yearbook or have data collection and photo archives available to students. With decreased participation in the yearbook from the experienced the same trend as many of our peer colleges. As Facebook and many other multimedia photo sharing options improve, the value of a printed yearbook is decreasing. In response to this changing environment, we are taking action to best utilize student funds raised from the CoCurricular Activities Fee. We hope the Luther community will embrace this change with as much excitement as we have, and we look

write this by the friends who surround me, who are constantly talking about all the reading, papers, exams and presentations they have to do that are worth a large percentage of their grades. I know they aren’t just saying it to complain, either. So what’s the answer? Well, we can’t expect each of our professors to know what the others are doing, but we can pick our battles. We can decide which readings need to be fully understood and which can be skimmed. We can perhaps take a day off from practicing our instruments or singing to do projects we care about. We can spend time with our loved ones and enjoy it. There are so many wonderful things to do on Luther’s campus, but we can only get the meaning we are looking for impossible. You don’t have to be too busy. You just have to be you.

forward to the enhancement of student activities and leadership opportunities on campus. Feedback surrounding this change is welcome and encouraged. On Tuesday March 13 at 9:40 a.m. the Coordinator for Student Activities along with the President and VicePresident of Student Activities Council will be

available for questions in the Student Activities Comments are also welcome by email at sac@ Mallory Heinzeroth (‘12), SAC president Nick Fisher (‘12), SAC vice-president

Par for the Norse


News March 8, 2012 Remembering Rockwell and Running


Community members reflect on coworkers’ lives Margaret Yapp

attended Luther. department.” Running was a full-time Professor of Art at Luther from 1946 to 1986 and a part-time professor for ten years after that.

Professor Orville Running,” Assistant Professor of Art George

Sandra Rockwell Jan. 5, 1955 - Jan. 29, 2012

friend who just happened to be really ill.”

Administrative Assistant for part of the foundation of my life’s

Staff Writer

everyone would see. Even in the worst times, she endured

Orville Running

strength, fighting every day.

Sept. 19. 1910 - Feb. 6, 2012

Professor Emeritus Orville Running passed away at the age of 101 this February. When Running was hired at

elsewhere in Luther’s art department with the humorous story of Professor Running wearing a suit and tie during a printing

She fought “that stupid stuff,”

how well he treated his materials

about her own situation, but invited her students and friends

she was Sandra,” Patterson said. “She had angels all over away this January. very important in her life. I angel now.”

“I learned from Running how to were offered. Running was hired

needed to,” Doris Patterson, a

artist and an ordained pastor. “Running was instrumental in shaping the art department and

from her very first day had an

future,” personal friend of Running and Art Gallery Coordinator David Kamm said. “For a long

Orville Running

These are all very important lessons that I learned from Running.” Although Running stopped

Work to start on new section of trail Trout Run Trail continued from page 1

Local art will mark the beginning of the trail and will be scattered throughout. TOW member Kirk Johnson credits cooperation from the community as the biggest reason for the trail’s success. “The biggest lesson learned from this project is that there is no end to what people can do if we work together,” Johnson said. “It has been a positive experience for everyone involved.” Much credit has been given to the landowners, who either sold or leased their land for the trail. “Without the landowner’s cooperation, it wouldn’t have been possible,” Johnson said. “All of the landowners had to think it was a good idea.” Many also credit the APO fraternity and their Million Pennies project with beginning construction of the Dug Road Trail in 1995. The months, to the penny, to begin the

Correction Blair’s quote was errantly omitted Chips. titled “Poster damaged, message questioned” should have read, “We

with a white person’s image being removed,” Blair said. “When you

Trout Run Trail. “I was a sophomore APO member and we were trying to on the community,” leader of the Million Pennies Project Jason Zabokrtsky (‘96) said. “The mayor at the time had this high-in-the-sky idea that there could someday be an expensive jewel of a trail loop system.” Zabokrtsky is excited to see the “Looking back it seems gratifying that what we did was built on,” Zabokrtsky said. “It’s exciting to know that we were part of the beginning.” Many believe the trail will be a as it has seen statewide and regional attention. “It will be a great thing,” Rick Edwards of Decorah Parks and Recreation said. “Not only will it bring tourism and economic development, it will be for the citizens as well. Every segment of the population can use it.”

“She made everybody she important,” Patterson said.

“Everybody mattered genuinely,” Buzza said. “There with Sandra. But she was Sandra Rockwell

remain at Luther for a long time.

Students present at peace forum Peace forum continued from page 1

gain more national visibility and to gain a bigger crowd that it should be held permanently in the twin cities,” Martin-Schramm said. “Personally, I’m really sad about that because when it came to Luther it was a huge unifying event on campus, and the last two times we hosted ... it was packed. It brought a nice energy to the campus.” In light of the tragic terrorist attacks in Norway that took place mid-July, 2011, the theme for this year’s forum, The Saturday morning ceremony included a keynote address from former President of South Africa and 1993 Nobel Laureate F.W. de Klerk, who gave his speech titled, “Making the Right Decisions in an Unpredictable World.” The rest of the day, Luther students and faculty had the opportunity to participate in and give workshops about various issues threatening or contributing to peace around the world. For the closing ceremony, attendees were fortunate to receive a unique message from 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and listen to a call to action address from founder of the Tutu Foundation for Development and Relief in Southern Africa, Naomi

Tutu. “The price of peace is the price of our pride ... catching ourselves when we fall into ‘us’ and ‘them,’” Tutu said. “The price of peace is the comfort that we are on God’s side. The price of peace is recognizing that, just like our other, we are fallible human beings.” Thirty Luther students and several faculty members attended the event Saturday. A few played important roles in the ceremony. Thandokazi May (‘15) read an original poem titled “Freedom” on Thursday and Thato Masire (‘12) introduced Saturday’s keynote speaker. Luther’s peace group Paigaam, as well as Associate Professor of Religion Guy Nave and Professor of English Martin Klammer held workshops of their own. President Richard Torgerson was among those attending from Luther. He encourages more Luther students to attend the event in the future. and network with people [from] around the world, to look at very complex issues and gain a greater understanding of how we help to engage each other and work together in order to have any chance of addressing these very complex global issues that seem to get more complex each and every day,” Torgerson said.


“Nothing fancy, just good food”



March 8, 2012


Wrestling takes third at IIAC LAUREN MAZE



Chelsea FC manager fired (again) Gunnar halseth

sports editor

Dave Belrichard

Test of strength. Daniel Mendoza (‘14) grapples with an opponent during the IIAC tournament.

Spoon Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship sports information

Out of a job. Andre Villas Boas has been relieved of his duties as manager of Chelsea.

Emma Spoon (‘12)



Track and Field wraps up indoor season Preparation for outdoor season begins

March 8, 2012 Weekly Standings Softball Coe Luther Cornell Simpson Loras Buena Vista Dubuque Wartburg Central

Overall 4-0 4-0 8-2 10-4 7-3 4-2 2-2 3-11 0-0

Recent scores: -Mar. 2 vs. Hamline W 10-2 (6), 8-0 (5) -Mar. 3 @ Augsburg W 7-0, 13-6 Upcoming schedule: -Mar. 18-24 NTC Spring Games Clermont, FL.

Men’s Tennis

Brandon Boles

Staff writer

The Luther College track and field team completed the team portion of the indoor season Feb. 24-25 in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The men’s team finished 5th and women’s team 4th in the eight team IIAC meet. Head Coach Jeff Wettach said the indoor season has provided good preparation for the outdoor season this coming spring. “It’s been a good process, particularly for our young team this year,” Wettach said. “The indoor season provides good training for the spring, which is our primary focus.” Eight athletes on the women’s team finished with all-conference honors after strong performances in the 800m, 3,000m, 5,000m and distance medley relay. On the men’s side, the distance medley relay finished with all-conference honors. Andrew Papke-

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

Luther Coe Dubuque Cornell Central Buena Vista Simpson Loras Wartburg

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

Overall 8-3 9-2 7-2 7-4 5-4 3-4 2-8 0-8 5-4

Recent scores: -Mar. 3 vs. Simpson -Mar. 3 vs. Central Upcoming schedule: -Mar. 19 vs. Carthage College -Mar. 20 vs. Oglethorpe University

Men’s Swimming

Courtesy of Adam Frye

Nicole Powers (‘14), Lauren Stokke (‘13), Devon Hovey (‘15) and Ashley Matthys (‘12) run around the bend in the 800 meter dash during a home meet. Larson (‘12) and Logan Langley (‘13) first and second in the mile run. The Norse will also have one member compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10. Dalen Dirth (‘12) will

Jeff Nelson

Over the top. Dalen Dirth (‘12) clears the bar while competing in the heptathlon during a home meet.

represent the Norse in the men’s heptathlon. “To go to the indoor championship to me is a bonus,” Dirth said. “Just to see all the training pay off to go indoor and outdoor is pretty awesome.” Coach Wettach gave credit to the hard work the athletes have put in to accomplish that goal. “As a coach it makes me very happy to see those guys succeed and have those performances,” Wettach said. “It’s a treat to see a student athlete achieve things and they feel good about themselves.” Now, the teams have a month off from competing to train for their first outdoor meet of the season. The teams will be pushed hard in training to gear up for what could be a solid spring season. “Our focus is on preparing well and being our best,” Wettach said. “We’re going to challenge them with training they may not be used to now.” Assistant Distance Coach Yarrow Pasche said the time away from competition will benefit the athletes. “We still have a solid time of three weeks for training, Pasche said. “We are excited to race down the road, but

this gets them back to their roots and ready for spring.” As for the athletes who throw and compete in field events, Assistant Throws Coach Adam Frye and the athletes will focus primarily on strength training to improve distances in their throws. “I told them in our meeting that I was going to really push them during this time off,” Frye said. “We can really get after it, increasing our strength and getting a lot fitter for the spring season.” The Norse will begin their indoor season March 31 at the Central Invite in Pella, Iowa. Luther will host their first home meet on April 14.



brightening your day since 1884

Luther Loras Simpson Coe

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

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

Recent scores: -Feb. 16-18 Liberal Arts Championships T2 of 10 Upcoming schedule: -Mar. 21 NCAA III National Championships

Women’s Swimming Luther Coe Loras Simpson

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

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

Recent scores: -Feb. 16-18 Liberal Arts Championships 1 of 12 Upcoming schedule: -Mar. 21 NCAA III National Championships

Wrestling Wartburg Coe Cornell Luther Dubuque Central Loras Simpson Buena Vista

IIAC 8-0 6-1 6-2 5-3 4-4 3-5 2-5 1-7 0-8

Overall 19-1 11-3 11-4 13-5 5-6 13-11 5-18 6-14 4-11

Recent scores: -Feb. 24 IIAC Championships 3 of 9 Upcoming schedule: -Mar. 9 NCAA III National Championships

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