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Search begins for new president Brita Moore

Staff Writer would be looking for in a president,” Smith will do interviews in Minneapolis next January

said. “I’m the young person on the committee, Luther has begun searching for College and I think they see the value in the students’ President Richard Torgerson’s successor by perspectives on the decision. I feel like I can forming a search committee and gathering give some valuable feedback.” input from the college community. The search will take close to a year to complete, with the Board of Regents candidates. Several weeks before that meeting, anticipating Feb. 22-23, 2013 as a possible a senior consultant with the Association of date for on-campus Governing Boards(AGB), interviews. It will Bruce Alton, will require the voices “We want as many come to campus and of students, faculty, people as possible gather feedback from staff and community concerned parties. He members to develop to weigh in because will speak at a town-hall meeting April 17, the best searches are style president. another opportunity for “We want as many where the process is contributions from the people as possible transparent.” community. to weigh in because “Out of these -Karen Martin-Schramm conversations will come a the best searches are where the process is transparent,” Assistant to the President and “In effect a ‘group voice’ of what Luther seeks search committee member Karen Martin- in [its] next president.” Schramm said. “Everyone knows what’s going on, and everyone feels free to contribute, approved by the Board of Regents, Alton because a lot of people care deeply about this will assist the committee during the summer institution.” to solicit applications. It will be posted on the One way in which students can voice website and will be available for the entire concerns is through the student representative Luther community. on the search committee, Austen Smith (‘13). “We’ll probably get around 60 applications,” “[My role] is to give a student’s perspective Martin-Schramm said. “And of those 60, the on some of the issues that we as a student body

Hague discusses future of reading Sarah King

of six to eight people and invite two to four to campus.” Some feel Luther’s campus climate will draw quality applicants. “Luther is in such a strong place right now,” Martin-Schramm said. “I’m really pleased that we’re looking for a new president from a position of strength and not looking for someone to help us out of trouble.” Smith articulated some potential qualities students are looking for. “A couple people have said that they appreciate how President Torgerson comes down to eat lunch in Oneota,” Smith said.“And you can say ‘hi’ to him as you’re there. He’s a busy guy but he’s willing to talk to you if you want to.” Alton has worked in two other presidential searches with Luther, helping bring President Jeffrey Baker – and later Torgerson – to campus. “Of all those searches [I have done],” Alton said. “There have been only two institutions who I believe truly make good on their promise of providing a comprehensive education for their students. One of those two is Luther.” The outlook for Luther College’s next presidential search looks promising. Students, faculty, staff and community members are strongly encouraged to attend the town hall meeting held April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.

Karlan presents Phi Beta Kappa lecture on adapting Constitution

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Luther alumnus Jon-David Hague (‘91) recently visited campus, presenting his lectures “A Publishing Future: How Will We Read and Learn?” and “The Changing Force of Psychology: An Integrated, Hub Science.” Hague is currently a publisher at California based Cengage Learning-Wadsworth, one of the largest publishers in the world. He recently published a new psychology textbook by John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago. Throughout each of his lectures, Hague used learning and psychology to explain how people can better their lives by incorporating aspects of each into everyday life. The lectures, held on March 28 and 29, were sponsored by the Psychology Department. He also offered possible answers to the question of how technology will affect people’s reading and learning in the future. “When you think about the choices here, I don’t think it’s a strict choice between the book and the technology,” Hague said. “We’ve been making books for hundreds of years. We’re really good at this. We’re not so good at [electronic books] yet. These [electronic readers] are going to get better.” What is most important, according to Hague, is not where you read the material, but what you do with it. Hague continued on page 10

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“Being faithful to the document.” Pamela S. Karlan speaks on the Constitution’s ability to change and our interpretation of it.

John Freude

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Pamela S. Karlan, professor of public interest law and co-director

of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, presented Luther’s 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture. Karlan’s lecture, “Keeping Faith

with the Constitution,” addressed the enduring nature of the U.S. Constitution while attributing that nature to the ever-changing principles Americans have come to adopt over the years. Karlan’s lecture took a political role where she outlined a new way of interpreting the Constitution that is different from originalism yet still uses the text of the original document. “To be faithful is to interpret the Constitution’s words and meaning while being faithful to the document itself,” Karlan said. Instead of trying to determine the meaning the founders intended the text to have, also referred to argues that the Constitution is a living document that changes as our values and practices change over time. Karlan continued on page 10




April 5, 2012

Turbine meets expectations Jayne Cole

Staff Writer

Luther’s wind turbine is on track to be a spinning success, producing an average of 30 percent of Luther’s energy in the past four months. Professor of Religion Jim Martin-Schramm, who monitors the wind turbine’s performance, said that so far the

wind turbine has been working as expected to achieve “The goal is to produce 33 percent of all energy [on campus], and right now it is closer to 30 percent, but the Director of Facilities Services Jay Uthoff, who assists Martin-Schramm in monitoring performance, said that there have only been minor repairs which were all very “It is just a change, like said about the turbine. Uthoff added that General Electric has been helpful in assisting with repairs. The self-monitoring machine can also identify potential problems. If the wind is too strong or switches direction too often, the wind turbine will automatically shut down to prevent damages. The wind turbine is in the best location for Luther

energy. While Decorah is not as suitable as the western side of the state for wind energy, there is still Courtesy of Jim Martin-Schramm potential to achieve wind A look at the numbers. This graph depicts the percentage of energy used speed of up to 7.2 meters per second, which would produce on campus each month generated by the turbine since its inception.

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Gone with the wind. Construction of the wind turbine was completed last September. 4.5 to 5 million kilowatts of energy per year. Twice the amount of transmission lines were also added to prevent eliminating forestry, which was a concern during construction. Turbine continued on page 10

Student scholars share research at NCUR Josh Hoffman

Ogden, Utah to present their academic

where students share their insights not

them on to the NCUR selection committee,

Fourteen Luther students traveled to Weber State University last week in

Undergraduate Research (NCUR). “NCUR is a liberal arts conference

but with students from a variety of different Associate DeanandDirector of Curriculum Development and College HonorsTerry Sparkes said. “Around 2,000 students usually attend from all over the

Ben Gardner (‘12) was one of Luther’s attendees who presented his research in philosophy. He gave an oral presentation entitled “Soren Kierkegaard’s Theory of

Staff Writer research at The National Conference on

“I’ve been interested in Kierkegaard since The conference is divided between student oral presentations, poster presentations and performances. In addition, there are plenary sessions where prominent scholars present their research. “Luther supports sending students to a variety of conferences, but NCUR is the largest, best established, broad undergraduate research

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Scholars of the future. From left to right: Jonathan Grieder (‘12), Magie Darling (‘12) Abby Nance (‘12), Laurie Medford (‘12), Jaci Wilkinson (‘12), Andrew Knight (‘12), Mark Irish (‘12), Ben Gardner (‘12), Joe Thor (‘12) and Charles Driscoll (‘12) pose in the courtyard between sessions at NCUR, held at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

While there is no theme governing student research and presentations, the plenary presentations are typically oriented around a major theme. This year’s plenary theme was focused around genetics. To present at NCUR, students research to Luther’s Honors Advisory Committee early in the fall. The Honors Advisory Committee then selects outstanding abstracts and sends

researching his theory of consciousness last summer when I attended the Young Kierkegaard Scholars program at St. Olaf, and this research has trickled into my senior Prior to the conference, Gardner stated that he was not only excited to present his own research, but to attend other students’ presentations. “There are a bunch of presentations about Kafka I’m looking forward to, and there’s an entire section devoted to neuroscience said. Gardner believes attending NCUR was a valuable experience. “NCUR is an opportunity for undergrads to temporarily try on the shoes of an enlightening experience because you research and the opportunity to


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Abby Nance (‘12) presented a paper on gender roles in the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter book series. Like Gardner, Nance adapted her senior paper for the conference. “NCUR seems like a great opportunity to present my own research and also learn what other Nance said. “I love learning what other people are investing their time and effort into, and NCUR seemed like the perfect place to do



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Sodexo awarded by SAM for commitment to sustainability Megan Creasey

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Man kills seven, wounds three at tiny Christian college A 43-year-old former student of a small Christian university in

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Sodexo was recently given two SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) Awards to honor their leadership in sustainability. Meanwhile, Luther’s Dining Services is getting closer to the goal of serving 35 percent local food. year Sodexo has been selected for these awards, which have come just as Luther is making the switch to all local turkey. SAM, an investment company based in Switzerland, invests in sustainable Walker Nyenhuis/Chips projects and annually rates the 2,500 largest companies in the world. This Gobble it up. The caf will switch from commercial turkey to year, Sodexo achieved Gold Status and local, free-range turkey from a farm in Cannon Falls, Minn. Sodexo and implement what works here at Luther and ranked #1 in the food and restaurants leverage the whole system to make it work better,” Raddatz category. On the campus level, Sodexo is working toward the said. District Marketing Coordinator Alli Brenny is trying to sustainability goal of 35 percent local food, General Manager of Dining Services Wayne Tudor explained. but fears that crowding the caf “We’re somewhere around 22 with signs would be ineffective. percent right now,” Tudor said. “With “There’s always a battle of the strides we’ve made in the last six being overstimulated by signs months, I have set the goal for dining and advertisements. I’m always services that by June 2013 we are to trying to think of new ways to reach 35 percent local food, and I’m tell students about it,” Brenny said. “Facebook and Twitter can Sodexo is in the process of making be effective, but it can become the switch from commercial turkey to ineffective if it’s thrown in your local, free-range turkey from Cannon face too much.” Falls, Minn. Tudor made the switch after learning what “mechanically local food, since Sodexo considers separated” meat meant. multiple factors. “They basically take the insides “We want it to be local, we want out and the feathers off and push it to be sustainably raised and everything else through a screen, I we also look at ethical treatment couldn’t buy it anymore,” Tudor said. of animals. We could have Dining Services has also switched to -Wayne Tudor something a mile from campus, local honey in the cafeteria and local but if it doesn’t meet the other ice cream in Marty’s and the C-Store, standards, we don’t want to be and is in the process of securing a deal with a Waukon dairy for Luther’s skim and chocolate milk. involved with it,” Tudor said. Still, Tudor says the college is making tremendous strides Purchasing Specialist Curtis Raddatz says having the sway of a large company like Sodexo makes deals with with the amount of local food Dining Services is serving. “Nationally, we are really leading the pack here at local businesses easier. “We try to take all the tools available to us through Luther,” Tudor said.

“With the strides we’ve made in the last six months, I have set the goal for dining services that by June 2013 we are to reach 35 percent local food, and I’m it.”

*** Lobbying justices, Obama makes his health law case President Barack Obama on Monday issued a rare, direct challenge to the Supreme Court to uphold his historic health care overhaul, weighing in with a vigorous political appeal for judicial restraint. He warned that overturning the law would hurt millions of Americans and amount to overreach by the “unelected” court. Obama predicted that a majority of justices would uphold the law when the ruling is announced in June. But the president, himself a former law professor, seemed intent on swaying uncertain views in the meantime, both in the court of public opinion and in the minds of the justices about not overstepping the high court’s bounds. *** Romney halfway to clinching GOP nomination Mitt Romney is halfway to clinching the Republican nomination for president. The former Massachusetts governor inched up to 572 delegates on Monday – exactly half the 1,144 needed – after the Tennessee Results in several congressional districts were too close to call on election night, leaving three delegates unallocated. Romney got all three delegates. He also picked up an endorsement from a New Hampshire delegate who had been awarded to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman dropped out of the race in January and endorsed Romney. *** Pa. trial: Priest joked of abusing 3 boys in week Jurors in a landmark priest abuse trial on Monday heard about a priestturned-camp prowler and another who was accused of bragging about having sex with three boys in a week. Monsignor William Lynn is on trial on charges of child endangerment the U.S. charged for his handling of priest abuse complaints. Prosecutors eyes of investigators, civil attorneys and concerned Catholics. *** UN discusses creation of Gross National Happiness concept of Gross National Product be replaced by Gross National Bhutan’s Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley told a high-level U.N. meeting Monday that it not only should but that it must if mankind is to avoid its current unsustainable and self-destructive course. Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan nation which tops Asia in the United Nations’ First World Happiness Report, convened the meeting seeking to develop a new economic model based on principles of happiness and well being. *** Motorist dressed as Batman escapes ticket in Md. Police in Maryland pulled over a motorist dressed as Batman, but the caped crusader escaped without a ticket. Authorities pulled over the driver of a black Lamborghini with Batman logo tags last week in Silver Spring outside Washington. The driver was dressed as the Dark Knight – cape, mask and all. Police, however, weren’t impressed and wanted to talk to him about his superhero logo license plate, which isn’t an approved plate in the state. The driver, who goes by Lenny B. Robinson when not dressed as a superhero to visit sick children at hospitals, was able to show them a shaking his hand and taking pictures of him with his ride.

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Put your money where your mouth is. A board in the caf displays dollars spent on local foods.

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April 5, 2012

A mission that makes a difference Luther students, faculty and staff took part in spring break mission trips around the world Lauren Maze

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Panama Eight Luther students and Associate Professor of Spanish Rita Tejada partnered with Operation Safe Drinking Water in Panama. The group installed three new 600-gallon water tanks near schools in remote areas of Panama where clean water is hard to come by. “We were targeting those who do not have access to safe drinking water in Panama, which is typically the more remote villages on the islands surrounding Panama,” Riley Jamison (‘14) said. “Visiting the villages was almost like taking a step back in time, because modern amenities were certainly not the norm.” The close location of the water tanks to the schools was chosen because of the heavy water usage in schools and importance of cleanliness for young children. “We put them behind schools because they’re predominately for the students and for making food for them,” Lisa Rogers (‘15) said. “Then the rest of the community can use the water as soon as the kids are done with it for the day.” On any given day, nearly 75 percent of students in Panama may miss school due to sickness from unsafe drinking water. When these clean water tanks are installed, this number drops to nearly 15 percent. In addition to installing the water tanks, the group also ran an after-school children’s program. “The idea was to educate kids and to talk to them about God, but at the same time it wasn’t telling them they should be a Christian either,” Rogers said. “We had a skit where we taught them about the Good

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‘Open Windows,’ open hearts. Campus Pastor David Vasquez talks with eager children at an after-school program in the Dueñas community in Guatemala. Samaritan, as well as not being afraid of who you don’t know, with us being the different people they didn’t know.” While the main goal of the trip was to install the water tanks, the students also learned that simple gestures can have a “I learned about the power of a smile and a wave,” Jamison said. “It was amazing how friendly everyone was and how willing they were to greet and converse with us. It was extremely welcoming and a good reminder that a friendly face can make a huge difference.”

Guatemala Twenty-two Luther students, Campus Pastor David Vasquez and Instructor in Spanish Yertty VanderMolen traveled to Guatemala to serve the Dueñas community. The students collaborated with a group called Open Windows, which provides children with the educational tools they need to succeed. The Luther group helped Open Windows by painting a library for the children to use and by running an

after-school program for elementary-aged children. “We mainly focused on the library and the kids there, but we were very open with anything that needed to be done,” Karissa Crouse (‘13) said. “[For the children’s program] we had rotations of groups that lasted 20 minutes and included music, crafts, snacks and games.” For those new to Guatemala, seeing the difference in living conditions was an eyeopening experience. “In Guatemala, there’s a huge divide between people who are incredibly rich and the people who have absolutely nothing,” Allison Schneider (‘12) said. “What amazed me was that the kids come from these situations, but they are exactly the same as kids here, even though they have nothing compared to here.” For some students like Crouse, the experience in Guatemala has had such a profound impact on their life that they will continue to participate in future mission trips. “I went last year with the Mission Guatemala group and I was blown away by the sense of home that I felt,” Crouse said. “It is a fact that I will return to Guatemala – it’s just a matter of time. That keeps me going, knowing that I am going to go back.” After experiencing Guatemalan culture and life, the students realize not only how fortunate Americans are, but also the power of persevering through hardship in order to work through an obstacle. “Amidst all of the hardships some people faced, they persevered,” Crouse said. “The worst of the worst can be yours to claim, but as long as you have faith and keep pushing on, you see past it.” Unfortunately, overseas mission trips next year will not be possible due to the overlapping of spring and Easter breaks. However, the trips to Latin America will hopefully resume in the following years.

the Birmingham chapter of Habitat for Humanity to build houses for those in need. This was the twentieth year of the Habitat for Humanity trip and the first trip to Birmingham, which has been devastated by this year’s tornadoes. “The people we helped either didn’t have the means to buy a livable house or had their house destroyed due to a natural disaster,” Ben Paulson (‘12) said. “This trip was an easy way for me to be able to use my skills to help those who may not have as fortunate a life as I.” Because of the large amount of participating students, smaller groups were created to work on different parts of the house. “While we were on site, we divided into two to three different groups depending on the day and what they wanted us to do,” Anna Arbisi (‘14) said. “That way, we split up the work into smaller pieces.” Although the group was large, the students enjoyed the diversity and the opportunity to get to know students that they otherwise would never have met. “How well we came together in such a short amount of time was remarkable,” Paulson said. “That closeness allowed us to be able to work well together at the work site, even though we had just met two days before.” The Habitat for Humanity trip has and will continue to be a trip that Luther takes annually not only because of the need for homes, but because of the experience it provides – an experience that cannot be taught in the classroom. “I would go again in a heartbeat,” Jessa Anderson-Reitz (‘14) said. “The community was so close and meaningful, and being able to work with my hands and see the progress we made was something school can’t provide.” Luther will again offer the Habitat for Humanity trip next year with hopes of returning to Birmingham, but no plans have been finalized.

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Clean water for all. The eight members of the Panama mission group pose in front of two of the three 600-gallon water tanks they installed.

The largest Luther mission trip took Luther faculty members to Birmingham, Alabama, where they partnered with

Working hard for a cause. Daniel Grainger (‘12) happily moves a load of gravel while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham, Alabama.



April 5, 2012


From Luther to Life – Part III:

The ups and downs of dairy farming Chips’ final look at the lives of recent Luther alums focuses on Sam Egger (‘11) and his time milking cows, tending bees and working as a lab analyst Hannah Lund

Staff Writer

“I got stung a couple times in an attic/loft-thing,” Sam Egger (‘11) said. “They were just there were so many of them. The hum and the buzzing…it was a little intimidating. Working with cows can also be pretty hard— they kick.” After graduating from Luther, Egger knew that he wanted to go to grad school for chemistry. He also knew that he wanted to take a year off between Luther and graduate school. What he didn’t know was that he’d end up at an organic dairy farm in Switzerland for six months. “I just wanted to do something random – something I’d never done before,” Egger said. Egger’s father had connections to a family on a farmstead that was looking for a short-term farmhand. The work included tending to animals, collecting honey, milking cows and harvesting a wide range of fruits and

vegetables. Egger describes the work as “very labor-intensive” and was amazed at the range of skills the farmers knew, from mechanics to carpentry. “I realized how many ways you can lose a finger or an eye,” Egger said. “It’s pretty crazy. It was definitely the only opportunity I’d have to do something like [farming].” Despite being an experience outside of a lab, Egger felt that the time spent farming in Switzerland related to and reaffirmed what he’d learned at Luther. “It was actually pretty cool,” Egger said. “I saw chemistry everywhere in Switzerland. It was in the food, in fertilizers, in the chemicals for potatoes. You just can’t get away from it.” After coming back from Switzerland, Egger moved on to work as a lab analyst for Novartis, a pharmaceutical company based in Nebraska. “It was a change of pace from working on a farm,” Egger said. “It was more catered to my dreams as an aspiring chemist – more up my alley.” In Egger’s time so far at Novartis, he’s learned what it means to work in a lab full-time. “Working at a pharmacy is highly regulated,” Egger said. “There’s no real room for error, no mistakes. They take themselves pretty seriously. Documentation alone is complicated.” Novartis has offered Egger a closer look at what life as a chemist may entail. Being more “up his alley,” this position teaches him analysis tactics, which directly relate to skills needed for grad school. As a lab analyst, he’s closer than ever to chemicals. However, this 9-5 job is not where he

Sam Egger

Udderly delicious. Sam Egger feeds a calf on a farm in Switzerland.

Sam Egger

Departure from the norm. will likely spend a long period me,” Egger said. “‘Go to grad of time. Though Egger enjoyed school’ is pretty vague. I needed his time in to take time Switzerland and working exactly what I a regular job, “I realized how many wanted to do.” taking the year ways you can lose a According off before grad to Egger, school to “do b e i n g something has -Sam Egger (‘11) away random” has strengthened strengthened his need his resolve to go to school and to come back to a learning continue his studies in chemistry. environment. “There’s a little fear that a year “I miss being in school,” Egger off will dull your desire [to go said. “Being out of it, you realize to grad school], but it hasn’t for how awesome it is to go to class

and think about things. As a lab analyst you don’t get to ask why. You just do it. That’s why I think research is where it’s at.” Coming back to a researchbased environment will mean that Egger will be hitting the books harder than before. But, as he learned in his year away, this is something he’s willing and ready to do. “Working on a dairy farm in Switzerland was – well, I had to do it,” Egger said. “A year ago, I really didn’t know what to do, but now I’m ready to go back [to school].”

Arts & Entertainment


April 5, 2012

“Dirt becomes life” The Artists of Empty Bowls

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Still learning. George Lowe practicing his craft.

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Managing Editor Jars of clay. Robby Scott (‘13) hard at work in the pottery studio. Scott threw 35 bowls for the event.

George Lowe is a man who likes to get his hands dirty. That’s why, over the past year, the Assistant Professor of Art and a handful of students have once again done just that in preparation for Empty Bowls. Handling well over a ton of clay collectively, the potters transformed the raw material into the nearly 2,000 pottery vessels on hand for the April 1 event. Raising over both locally and around the world. I sat down with a few of these potters to talk about what makes Empty Bowls so special, and to ask them about how artists can give back to their communities. Lowe is an unassuming man. Dressed in a pair of clay-caked blue jeans and a simple T-shirt, he peers out from behind a pair of dark plastic frames. He sits at a pottery wheel, a frequent perch of his. Nestled between his legs, a slick hunk of clay spins hypnotically as he shapes the material. “Potters are supposed to be starving artists,” Lowe says with an easy smile, looking up from his work. “This is a way to give something back through the simple act of making these bowls, by turning the earth into food. Dirt becomes life.” presses his thumbs into the

center of the clay on the wheel, coaxing it upward. “As a potter, the bowl is the most basic of all the shapes,” Lowe continues. “The most humble of all shapes, inside and outside can be seen at all times. It’s naked, honest and exposed.” Robbie Scott (‘13) also threw bowls for the event. For Scott, “I like the fact that it’s helping people from this area,” Scott says. “Being from around here, I know the impact it can have in the community since my family has used the food-shelves on occasion. All it takes is a little time and effort to make a big difference.” Scott is intent on his wheel during our conversation, raising several beautiful bowls from the wheel. A self-taught potter, he also takes a more tactile satisfaction from the contrasts of the event. “Working with clay is nice because it’s simple,” Scott says, as another bowl takes shape. “It’s elegant and complex, but at the same time it’s just dirt. That’s all it is. It’s just dirt and minerals, perfectly combined to make a beautiful bowl.” Jason Knutson (‘13) has been working with Lowe on Empty Bowls for a couple of years now. His sentiments echo Scott’s. “I really

What is Empty Bowls? Empty Bowls is unique as a fundraiser in their approach to charity. Local potters throw hundreds of bowls in preparation, which patrons recieve for a $20 donation that includes donated soup and fresh-baked bread. Funds

enjoy working with clay because it comes straight from the ground,” Knutson says. “It’s very natural. You can just take it and shape it into something that’s permanent.” That permanence is what appeals to Lowe as well. “I like to make objects that another person can enjoy,” Lowe said. “It’s like sharing a piece of myself.” While these artists are primarily concerned with helping others, “Each bowl is different than the one before it, because you get a little bit more experience,” Scott says. “When people ask you ‘how long did it take you to make this bowl?’ it’s not a simple as ‘3 minutes.’ It’s ‘well, I’ve been throwing for a year and a half.’” Lowe estimates he’s thrown over 4,000 bowls in preparations for events like this, but concurs that his education is still far from over. “I still feel like each bowl is new and different,” Lowe said. “I’m still learning. I can’t wait to make the next one. I keep learning how a simple bowl can make an impact in this world.”

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April 5, 2012


Art majors try for solo exhibits Charlie Parrish

recital approval jury in the music department.

Staff Writer It is designed to encourage students to put their

“I have been thinking about what I would do for my senior show since my sophomore year,” Jasmine Small (‘12) tells me, right after her critique session with the Luther art faculty for her senior art show, entitled “Prussian Blue,” which is being shown in the Union Gallery. “It feels really good to get positive feedback from people, especially from the art professors.” Every senior art major is required to exhibit one or two pieces in the spring senior group exhibition. They also have the option of proposing a solo senior art show. A solo art show for a student is an award of distinction. This year it was only given to three out of twenty-seven senior art majors: Jasper Kange (‘12), Astri Snodgrass (‘12) and Small. “Generally, students begin working on these projects at the end of junior year,” Assistant Professor of Art David Kamm said. Students desiring a solo show apply, and based upon their proposal, they can either be accepted, rejected, or asked to revise their proposal to meet certain standards. “By this review process, we are trying to keep the quality of work from our students high,” Kamm said. “The process is similar to that of a

best work forward.” Assistant Professor of Art Ben Moore (‘02) is an integral part of the review process. “In a senior show, we are looking for work that has been done all outside of class and can be presented in a cohesive show,” Moore said. “The work is of a much higher caliber than when I was a student here.” Bailey Cahlander (‘12) applied for a senior show and was given the opportunity to revise her proposal and reapply. She chose not to reapply because she did not want to change the work that she submitted. “They suggested that instead of doing what I was doing with my mosaics, that I should probably submit my watercolors, which as a faculty they really enjoy,” Cahlander said. “I didn’t really want to cater to that though. I wanted a show for my mosaics.” Senior honors students who are artists are also awarded a solo exhibit, distinct from a typical senior art show. Rick DeVoss (‘12), Molly Tulkki (‘12), and Kelsey Simpkins (‘12) were all honors students who chose to do art shows as their senior honors project. Simpkins’ show, “The End of the World” is currently being shown in the CFA Atrium. As it is currently, every senior art major is required to take the senior art seminar. Next year the senior seminar will not exist and there will only be senior projects, where students work directly with faculty of their choice. “It should be a little bit more of a richer experience,” Moore said.

Colors of the wind.

Courtesy of Jasmine Small

Simple brush strokes. “Students will be able to work more one-onone with faculty.” The process for getting solo senior shows will still be the same, however. “I think the idea for senior projects will be better because it will be more focused on doing critiques and making your own artwork, in

Painting comes ‘easely’ to some.

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order to prepare to exhibit,” Small said. Watch for the work of these talented Luther artists in the Union Gallery, CFA Atrium and the senior group exhibit in the Kristin WigleyFleming Gallery in the CFA throughout the spring semester.

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works in the Union.

Movies You Missed: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Ethan Groothuis

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011) is an espionage film based on the John le Carré novel of the same name set during the height of the Cold War. The film follows a group of top members of the British secret service as they try to find a Soviet double agent. The script is a marvel, but only for those who are willing to pay attention to all the minor details. Unlike the “Sherlock Holmes” movies, which purposely gives information and visuals that the average movie-goer is unable to decipher, this film does it differently. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” condenses a hefty amount of information into a mostly followable movie, if you are willing to pay attention. Although its puzzle-like story is one of the better constructed plotlines, the marvel of the movie lies in the acting. Gary Oldman (“Dark Knight,” “Leon: The Professional”), who was nominated for Best Actor for his role as George Smiley in this movie, is the strongest actor of a wide assortment of

A-list actors. He spends a lot of the movie in a stark silence, in contrast to a busy plot and some very wordy monologues from some of the other actors, yet still

manages to steal most of the scenes he is in with a few words. One especially powerful scene involves Smiley acting out an encounter he once had with the head

of Soviet intelligence, in which they both realize their power and influence in their respective countries. The impresive cast also includes John Hurt (“Alien”) as the leader of the Circus (codename for British intelligence), Colin Firth (“A Single Man,” “The King’s Speech”), Tom Hardy (“Inception”), and Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”). Another strong aspect of the movie is the cinematography. Most of the shots are handled with more care than usual, which adds an extra amount of weight during the very dramatic, tense scenes. Also, with a heavy use of flashbacks in the narrative, the style of filming makes it effectively clear what is happening when, which is necessary for a movie this complicated. There are a lot of great things to say about “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” but the bottom line is that it is a complicated movie to watch. I recommend it, but not to those only expecting a date movie or a way to pass the time.



April 5, 2012

CHIPS TOMS and the pitfalls of feel-good capitalism

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Spring 2012 Staff

by Noah Lange (‘14)

“Why aren’t you wearing shoes?” the young woman asks. “It’s for One Day Without Shoes. It’s a movement started by TOMS—you know, the shoe company?” the young man replies. It’s that time of year again. TOMS Shoes is a shoe company that distributes shoes to impoverished children in other countries through Friends of TOMS, a know the sales pitch—buy one pair of trendy shoes and get an extra pair for a kid without them—and the beautiful photo-op moments featuring founder/CEO Blake Mycoskie When you look at the photos, and then at the same shoes on your feet, it makes you feel good. Like you’re making a difference in the world. But in the emotional rush of “feeling good,” many of us have mistaken capitalism for charity. TOMS Shoes, for all its charitable ostentations, exists to sell shoes and make a

of TOMS would not need to exist—TOMS Shoes would just be another one of the 501(c) (3)s out there. Yes, getting kids shoes is good. There are very real medical issues that can result from not wearing shoes. But dumping planefuls of shoes in foreign countries isn’t the best way to go about solving the problem. At best, it cures the symptoms—for a while. (Unless, of course, you’re a local shoemaker. Then you’re out of business.) What happens a year later, after the kids have grown out of the shoes? That smiling kid from the photo-op plastered in TOMS print advertising and on the TOMS website is shoeless again. If TOMS took a thoughtful approach to charity, they’d focus on what international development circles call capacity building. Instead of merely giving people shoes, they’d work with the cotton farmers and weavers and craftspeople and in doing so, would help break entire communities from the vicious circle of poverty.

Still really love that TOMS look? Search online for fair-trade alpargatas, and you cooperatives in Argentina. More of a sneakers fan? Get a pair of soleRebels. They’re made by a company in Ethiopia that pays their workers three times the local wage. You can get a pair of either for less than thirty dollars. would’ve spent on a pair of TOMS to Lutheran World Relief. Or buy some fair-trade coffee from Equal Exchange. Or buy a scarf from SERRV, an organization that works with 85 small-scale cooperatives in 35 countries. And those are just a few possibilities. So if someone asks you on April 10 why you’re not wearing shoes, don’t tell them TOMS sent you. They don’t need your free publicity. Tell them about the real issues at stake—poverty, exploitation, world hunger, economic devastation—and tell them to save their money for the dozens of organizations out there who are giving more to the world’s disadvantaged than just a pair of shoes.

Editorial: Michael Crowe (‘13)

On preventing “The Matrix”

If you’re anywhere near the Chips you will hear my screams. Oh, how you will hear my screams. Bellows of pure, technological frustration as I do battle with our printer, which refuses to print what I beg of it. But this week, as my battle of life, death and toner raged, it dawned on me: I am far too dependent on technology. The printer, awful denizen that it is, holds in its inanimate hands the power to completely ruin my mood. It has become my master, and it is not a gentle one. But it’s not just the printer. I’ve joked before that I’m basically married to my iPhone, and I’m not the only one. I was having lunch in Oneota lamenting to a group of friends about how I can’t play “Draw Something” anymore because the time commitment is too overwhelming, when I looked up and every single person had his or her nose buried in either a smartphone or laptop. I’m no better though, as I was moments earlier wading through my

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called instead of texting? How about someone under the age of 25? It’s been a while for me, and that’s not just because I’ve been relentlessly practicing my Rocky Balboa impression. Our generation is learning to hide behind technology. None of this is to say that advancing technology is a bad thing, because without the spellcheck running on the computer I’m writing this on, yuo wuld fynd my spellng atrocious, to say the least. Let’s not lose our ability to successfully interact with other

about on the Internet, ironically. The next time you sit down for a meal with a group of people, all phones go face down on the table. First person to crack and look at the screen meets swift punishment from the group, be that ridicule or good ol’ fashioned tar ‘n’ featherin.’ Regardless, we’ll be forced to pay attention to those in front of us instead of being mind-slaves to Siri. It’s disgustingly clichéd to say live in the moment, but ... that. Let’s do that. It doesn’t sound easy. Or fun, for that matter. But, if we don’t, I for one welcome our new robot-overlords. Except for the printer. I hate that thing.

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April 5, 2012


Great taste, less filling


by Ethan Groothuis (‘13)

Lately I have been having a reoccurring dream that has started to shape the way I think about life. No, this is not the one where Scarlett Johansson comes to my house and cleans it while I am in Florida, but is equally as disturbing. In this nightmare, I wake up within my dream (sorry folks, no Inception here) to find that I slept with my contacts in, and then the worst thing happens – they rip. Worse than that is that I, for some reason, wake up in a cold sweat, throw off my sheets and make sure that my contacts are indeed in their case. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what I am noticing as a developing fear of mine. Typically, I was afraid of the normal things that people are afraid of: loneliness, death, that sound that spoons make when rubbed against those styrofoam ice cream cups, but now it has progressed to something far worse. I am afraid of becoming an Adult™. Becoming an Adult™ is one of those events in your life that can be great and horrible at the same time. You get to own your own place, decorate said place with futuristic Tron-like furniture, and throw parties where you sit in absolute darkness blasting Daft Punk music so loud that it feels like you are living inside a robot’s heart. You know, the normal things.

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The makings of an Adult™. Prancing ponies and zippy light cycles may be great, but do they stop the night terrors? All in all, there is no avoiding it. I On the flip side, the thing that is worst the last level, the equivalent of Bowser’s about becoming an Adult™ is that you Lair, or whatever you had to do to beat could maybe escape to grad school for are finally held accountable for your “Barbie’s Horse Adventure” (it was my a few more years, but at some point actions. Of course, even in high school sister’s game, I promise). You have to my transformation into a fully fledged if you try to start your own underground actually be appealing enough in some Adult™ will happen, whether it ends up ring of dog fights, you will be held way to get a job, have to have good with me having a job or reciting poetry accountable for your actions. However, enough credit to get a loan for a house, behind a dumpster. However it happens, as an Adult™, you are held accountable in fact, it is even becoming increasingly for now I can just take the baby steps, for everything. You can no longer impossible to sneak into Nickelback like buying instant oatmeal without the continue to try to get good enough concerts without your ears bleeding dinosaur eggs that hatch when you pour boiling water on them. grades to get to the next level. You are at (that might not be an age thing).

Le moine et le voyou Charlie Parrish (‘13)

Editor’s note: The title for this column comes from the nickname for French composer Francis Poulenc. Translated idiomatically, the phrase means “Half Monk, Half Delinquent.” “For since man has decided to occupy the place of God he has shown himself to be by far the blindest, and cruelest, and pettiest and most ridiculous of all the false gods.” -Thomas Merton My father sent me a video the other day of a song he wrote in 2009. The song gets summed up in the last stanza; “Original blessing or original sin/A man’s born into trouble the day he breaks in.” It is easy to despair as a human being when we eliminate self-

deception. We despair at our sufferings, the suffering we have the unavoidable sin of the world that we are born into. It is only when we are deceived, when we perceive ourselves as spotless and clean, that we see ourselves as good. “No one is good – except God alone” (Mark 10:18). As Swiss theologian, Karl Barth said, “Men have never been good, they are not good and they never will be good.” God’s Goodness when compared to human sinfulness is what Barth – and Soren Kierkegaard

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desire to be God, to try and cross distinction by our own means, to see ourselves as good, that is the greatest idolatry. As Merton says, we are “the blindest, and cruelest, and pettiest and most ridiculous of all the false gods.” To see ourselves as good is self-deception. When we eliminate our self-deception, we see ourselves truly as sinners in need of salvation. Why does this

concept seem so cliché, like it came out of the mouth of some mad Pentecostal preacher? Well, probably because it did. But I mean to possibly intellectualize it a bit more and take away some of the fanatical connotations of the idea, and simply say that we don’t realize our need for salvation because we think that we can save ourselves. Our sin and guilt is evident if one the state of the world and the human condition. When I say sin, I do not simply mean petty things like swearing or smoking weed that you learned not to do in youth group. I mean things from the everyday destructive gossip of our personal lives to the systematic violence of our country’s military-industrial complex, free-market economy, to genocide and starvation (while others feast) across the planet. My brother, Ry Siggelkow, a PhD student in theology at years back, “The depth of human sin is so severe that all our about unity. Indeed, the human race is in need of a much greater transformation, a more radical revolution than the overthrow of systems of injustice: we are in need of forgiveness.” We truly are in need of forgiveness. Let us praise God this Easter, for we have received it in Christ.


News April 5, 2012 Stanford law professor lectures at Luther


Karlan continued from page 1

“Ours is a constitution designed to be able to adapt to the crises of general affairs and to be understood by the general public,” Karlan said. Karlan believes that our Constitution’s ability to adapt to changes in popular culture, technology and accepted practices are the reasons why ours is the longest lasting constitution in the world. “Constitutional understandings have changed and shifted as our social norms change,” Karlan said. To back her argument, Karlan cites accepted principles that we take for clearly outlined in the Constitution. One of these principles is the idea of “one person, one vote,” or that every adult who is a citizen has the right to express one’s opinion about government and deserves to be heard. “To go against ‘one person, one vote’ is to counter the fundamental idea of our Constitution even if it is not explicitly

stated in the text,” Karlan said. Karlan ended her lecture by asking the audience, “If our constitution didn’t then wouldn’t it have been rewritten?” President of the Luther Phi Beta Kappa chapter and Assistant Professor of Physics Todd Pedlar and other faculty members of the organization made Karlan, one of the twelve recognized traveling Phi Beta Kappa scholars of “Phi Beta Kappa’s main goal is to strengthen the cause of the liberal arts education,” Pedlar said. “We are not study so we usually switch up the focus of our lectures over the years. This year choice of the twelve and were lucky enough to get her to come.” In the past, Luther has hosted lecturers literature to biochemists to last year’s focus on Middle Eastern politics and the

Arab Spring. Each year Luther’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter inducts new student members into the group based on distinguishing characteristics and a focus on a traditional liberal arts education. “Part of the criteria that we look at also look at diversity of classes and pay particular attention to traditional liberal arts courses taken by students,” Pedlar said. institutions with Phi Beta Kappa chapters that make up the oldest honorary society in the United States. “We generally accept ten percent of the graduating class into the organization, said. While the group may be selective, it is a prestigious honor that follows one beyond their institution. John Freude/Chips “Not everyone recognizes Luther Karlan claims the Constitution College, but most people have heard of changes as our values and practices change. Phi Beta Kappa,” Pedlar said.

Wind energy fuels campus Turbine continued from page 2

“It’s a community wind project. Locally owned and locally consumed,” Martin-Schramm said. “It’s the best energy source around campus for one to two miles.” Martin-Schramm said that there have been no complaints from the neighboring households. Decorah residents Robert and Nancy Shadwick support the idea of the windmill. Their house is located on Valley View Drive, which neighbors the wind turbine. “It has been interesting to see all of the residents’ reactions. No one has complained,” Robert Shadwick said. The Shadwicks have not experienced many problems with noise or Sarah King/Chips

Hague stresses the importance of oral communication in and out of the classroom.

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“What we need to get to is the doing part,” Hague said. “There are learning activities that you can be doing based on good science of human learning that we’re not doing yet. I would even challenge both the faculty and the students that when you’re in class think about these two things. Yes, reading is going to be important to us, but what are we doing?” Hague explained that the importance of oral communication between people cannot be underestimated. “In a very basic way the fact that in your education you get to participate with a teacher or with students in a verbal, oral communication sort of way, is extremely important,” Hague said. “So if you think that taking online

classes is going to be the future of learning, I’m telling you what, that is not a nice future for learning. Now is it okay to take an online class? Absolutely. Is that the only way you’re getting an education? Would that be the best way to learn? No, because you’re absolutely missing one of the most fundamental parts about being human.” Associate Professor of Psychology Loren Toussaint thought that the lectures offered great opportunities for students of any major to learn more about the ways in which psychology applies to everyone. “There is a little bit of psychology for everyone to learn from,” Toussaint said. “It is a very broad discipline and one in which many diverse interests exist and co-exist. It is an exciting and growing discipline that will probably continue to integrate multiple different perspectives over the next couple decades.”

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“I did notice an unusual noise at night a few times, when the blade comes by,” Robert Shadwick said. “It sounded like a jet, but wasn’t quite a roar. But we only seem to get that when the wind is out of the southwest. It is like the highway noise, you get used to it.” Shadows of the blades were only seen during early and late winter and did not exceed one hour. The Shadwicks would eventually like to learn more about the wind turbine and would be interested in monitoring it, possibly through a website. “We hear people commenting on the wind turbine, if it is not running and why,” Nancy Shadwick said. “But I do think it is a sign of progress.” The Shadwicks agree, however, that one wind turbine is enough for now. “We are tolerant, not pleased, with the wind turbine,” the Shadwicks said. “There have been no negatives.” Luther students are also generally supportive of the wind turbine, although there has been skepticism about the intent of the project. “I think that if it wasn’t going to improve our image of sustainability, there would be much less of a push for it,” Alli Wright (‘14) said. “But I do think it is a good idea.”



April 5, 2012


Softball coach reaches milestone Lisa Diviney

staff Writer

Luther College’s women’s softball team helped Head Coach Renae Hartl achieve her 300th victory over spring break. The team traveled to Clermont, Fla. for the week to compete in ten varsity and three JV games at the National Training Center. Though this year the women came away with eight wins, the purpose of the trip is not just about winning, according to Kelsey Kittleson (‘12), catcher for the past four years. “Our spring break trip is to learn more about who we are going to be as a team,” Kittleson said. The team graduated a pitcher last year, but saw the entire defense return. This year also brought nine new faces to the team. “We have a great softball

Renae Hartl

Opinion: Coach’s salaries cost students Gunnar halseth

sports editor




Championship game of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. This tournament marked a number of things, amongst them Kentucky’s eigth title, the same state (Ohio, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Xavier) made it into the sweet sixteen, and Kelsey Kittleson

Congratulations. The women’s softball team celebrates coach Renae Hartl’s 300th career win. tradition at Luther, but every year the team is different,” Kittleson said. “We face new challenges, have new strengths, mold different personalities together.” The spring break trip is a way to bring all of these different women together as a team. Following the team to Florida was a huge fan-base, a group of nearly 50, made up of family and friends. “We had the biggest crowd there and that adds a lot of fun to the game,” Kittleson said. It was this crowd of fans and team of women that helped to make Head Coach Renae Hartl’s 300th victory so memorable. “I remember my 100th victory, and my 200th victory,” Hartl said. “But it’s the women on the team and the families who are there that I

will always remember.” Hartl is proud of the 308 wins she has accumulated in her 11 seasons as head coach. Having begun the season ranked 1st in the nation, Hartl decided to give her team time to reflect on this kind of pressure. “We take time during physical practice to look at what it means to handle pressure, not only in our sport but in life,” Hartl said. The team then becomes less focused on wins and losses, but becomes performance driven. “I want this team to be enjoying every day of the process,” Hartl said. Hartl’s hard work and dedication to the program have not gone unnoticed. “300 wins is fun and a great accomplishment, but what I think is even more impressive

about Coach is that she brings us the same energy every day,” Kittleson said. “She coaches us as a whole and she coaches each of us individually.” With only eight games left in the regular season, the women’s softball team now looks at how they can finish the season strong. “I think that this year’s team has the potential to win a lot of games and take a deep running into post-season play,” Kittleson said. The team has two home games left before the IIAC tournament begins in early May. “Our hopes for the rest of the season are to play every game leaving it all out on the field and to have the time of our lives playing the game we love,” Kittleson said. “If we do that, the rest will follow.”

Baseball ranked 5th in IIAC Preview sports information The Iowa Conference Preseason Coaches Poll has picked Luther to finish fifth. Buena Vista University, that finished tied for third at the 2011 NCAA III National Championships was no surprise as the coaches’ choice to capture the 2012 league title. First-year Head Coach Alex Smith (‘03) inherits five starters and the entire starting rotation from a year ago. Second baseman Chris Reynolds (‘12) is Luther’s top returning offensive threat. Reynolds, a three-time all-league selection and a 2011 first team all-region pick, led all IIAC players with a .394 batting average and team-highs in hits (65), doubles (14), runs scored (43), home runs (2) and stolen bases (17). Among all IIAC players, Reynolds ranked third in runs scored, fourth in hits and on-base percentage (.463), sixth in doubles and total bases (87) and seventh in slugging percentage (.527). In 24 league games, he lit up IIAC pitchers to the tune of a .444 batting average, 40 hits and 12 doubles, all league-highs, while also scoring 24 runs. His .514 on-base percentage ranked second and his .633 slugging percentage fourth.

Third baseman Ryan Bahnemann (‘12), another first team all-league pick, also returns. Bahnemann hit .297 in 43 games last season with 46 hits and 11 doubles. The Norse lost all four relief pitchers from a year ago, so the starting rotation will be asked to pull much of the load in 2012. On the mound, left-hander Augie Lindmark (‘12) was named first team all-IIAC and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) third team all-region after posting a 5-3 record, a 1.35 ERA and striking out 36 in eight IIAC appearances. Lindmark ranked second in the league in ERA and innings pitched (60), third in opposing batting average (.212), fourth in strikeouts and wins. In 12 appearances overall (10 starts), he posted a 6-5 record with a 2.28 ERA, six complete games, two shutouts and 47 strikeouts in 75 innings. Among IIAC pitchers, he ranked sixth in ERA, seventh in opposing batting average (.232) and innings pitched and eighth in strikeouts. Lindmark was also error-free in 25 fielding chances off the mound, earning him ABCA Central Region gold glove honors. Right-hander Matt Reynolds (‘12) will join Lindmark in the starting rotation. He went 4-1 in 10 appearances a year ago with a 2.78 ERA, 35 strikeouts, and four complete games over 58 1/3 innings.

Opposing batters hit only .215 against him last season, good for third among IIAC pitchers. In seven IIAC appearances, he went 3-1 with a 2.58 record and 26 strikeouts. The team’s current record is 8-9 overall and 1-2 in the IIAC. Recent results include a 1-2 finish over the course of three games against Simpson in Indianola, Iowa and one win and one loss versus St. Mary’s University from games held in Minneapolis, Minn.

were knocked out (Duke and and Norfolk State) in the Round of 64. Another aspect of the tournament, which may very well have been overlooked by many fans, however, is the everincreasing salaries of coaches and the bidding war for their services which has developed. For example, Kentucky Coach John Calipari was slated to earn $5,387,978 this season, the vast majority of which is school pay, but his take could rise to over $6 million after bonuses. After guiding his team to a shock Final Four berth in last year’s tournament, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Shaka Smith saw a pay increase from about $420,000 last season to about $1.2 million this season in order to ward off interest from Illinois and N.C. State. These salaries and their increases, while simply the result of a competitive college market, are unfortunately being funded largely by increases in student fees. This is concerning largely because of the everrising cost of higher education and recent statistics which show that student loan indebtedness has recently eclipsed credit card debt nationwide. Considering the strain already placed upon students and their families in paying for college, the question is begging to be asked: are student fee increases going towards coaching salaries secondary education climate?

Return. Augie Lindmark (‘12) pitching.

Calipari is set to earn over $6 million this season.



Ultimate frisbee teams compete far from home

Baseball IIAC 7-1 4-2 2-1 5-3 2-4 2-4 2-4 1-2 1-5

Overall 17-4 11-6 5-13 11-11 13-8 10-10 9-11 8-9 9-10

Recent scores: -Mar. 30 @ Simpson L 5-8 -Mar. 31 @ Simpson W 4-2 Upcoming Schedule: -Apr. 6 vs. Buena Vista -Apr. 7 vs. Buena Vista

Margaret Yapp

Staff Writer

Over spring break the men of Luther’s Ultimate Flying Disc Association (LUFDA) headed south to Texas while the men’s B-team, Pound, and the women’s team, Freya, traveled to Georgia. All three teams competed in

is a pre-nationals tournament and historically produces many teams that compete at Division One Nationals. To be invited to this tournament is a compliment to a team’s skill and reputation, one that LUFDA did not take lightly. “Being invited [to Centex] was a huge deal for us,” cocaptain Ben Kofoed (‘12) said. “It is a step in the right direction for Luther’s program.” Other teams at Centex included the University of Wisconsin, Carleton and the University of Minnesota, all groups that do well every year. Despite competing

Weekly Standings

Central Coe Simpson Cornell Dubuque Buena Vista Wartburg Luther Loras

Men’s and women’s teams traveled south for tournament play

weekend and were then able to relax for the rest of the week. LUFDA was invited to compete in the Centex Tournament in Austin, Texas for

April 5, 2012

Softball Coe Luther Simpson Buena Vista Dubuque Cornell Central Loras Wartburg

Courtesy of Trent Erickson

Getting air. Ben Nordquist (‘15) competes with players from the University of Minnesota. against some major frisbee powerhouses, LUFDA held “The tournament went extremely well,” co-captain Eric Johnson (‘12) said. “We had very high expectations and it proved to be a very big step for the team.” After a very successful two days the team headed to Port Aransas, a costal town near Corpus Christi, Texas. “We had been training Christmas, so it was really nice to have a couple days off to relax,” Kofoed said. Freya also traveled a ways

to Statesboro, Georgia for a two-day tournament in which they took fourteenth. Freya is a young team this year, which can be challenging but also makes the players very hopeful for the future. “At this tournament our strength was coming out strong and scaring the other team a little bit,” Abby Powell (‘15) is when we struggle.” Most of the women have only been playing for one or two years. “There is a lot of chemistry that still needs developing because we are such a young

team,” Libby Logsden (‘15) said. Freya and pound also took a few days to relax by the beach after the tournament in Tybee Island, Georgia. “It was great,” Logsden said. “We played a lot of frisbee on the beach.” Both LUFDA and Freya have high hopes for the end of the season. Both teams have at least one tournament left, with LUFDA looking at Nationals. “Our motto has always been to have fun and to learn a lot,” Freya player Katherine Huska (‘15) said. “That is how we will take on the rest of the year.”

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

Overall 22-2 19-3 18-7 10-6 10-8 11-7 17-5 11-7 6-20

Recent scores: -Mar. 31 vs. Central W 4-2 5-4 -Apr. 1 vs. UW-Stout W 13-1 4-3 Upcoming Schedule: -Apr. 7 @ Simpson -Apr. 10 @ Coe

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

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

Overall 16-3 13-4 10-5 10-4 8-8 9-5 4-7 0-9 4-11

Recent scores: -Mar. 22 vs. Hope W 7-2 -Mar. 31 vs. St. Olaf L 4-5 Upcoming Schedule: -Apr. 6 @ UW-Eau Claire -Apr. 14 vs. UW-La Crosse

Women’s Tennis Coe Luther Wartburg Cornell Simpson Central Buena Vista Dubque Loras

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

Overall 17-2 15-7 10-9 13-5 8-7 7-11 5-8 4-15 1-13

Recent scores: -Mar. 20 vs. Colorado College 8-1 -Mar. 22 vs. Hope 6-3 Upcoming Schedule: -Apr. 6-7 @ Madison Invite -Apr. 14 vs. Carleton

Courtesy of Alison Vandegrift

Play to win. Members of Freya spent their spring break competing in a two-day tournament held in Statesboro, Georgia.

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