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Honors core temporarily cut Megan Creasey

Staff Writer

The Honors Core program will be suspended for the 2012-2013 school year

the chance to review and revamp the curriculum. This year marked the fourth year of the program, which consists of a series of

four courses spanning over a variety of disciplines that students begin during their sophomore year. Associate Dean and Director of College Honors Terry Sparkes says Honors students have enjoyed the program. “The students who have been through the Core think it’s a marvelous addition to their liberal arts curriculum — the breadth, the perspective, the connections,” Sparkes said.

program and researching other schools’ honors programs, says taking the classes in

people see the progression of thought, so obviously you want to take them sequentially,” Darling said. “Programs [at … [at Luther] people ended up having a dropping out.”

completing the program this year, the the courses are designed to be taken in

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Honors core classes coming to a close. Assistant Professor of Physics Erin Flater (left) talks with Jill Hughes (‘12) (right) during her honors class.

Honors course into his or her schedule, dropping out of the program may be the only option. “We can only offer a couple of sections, and if they meet at the same time as a major requirement, then there’s a bit of a delay in completing the next course,” Sparkes said. Magie Darling (‘12), who has been working with Sparkes to revamp the

of the goals as the faculty involved with the Honors program consider changes. Part of this process involves examining other schools’ honors programs. However, Sparkes said, programs like Luther’s are rare. “The most selective schools don’t have [honors programs], the less selective colleges tend to have a bigger Honors Core continued on page 10

Groundbreaking date set for new aquatic center Fundraising goal met; project moves forward Jayne Cole

Staff Writer

Construction of Luther’s new aquatic center is set to begin this July. A groundbreaking ceremony for the $5.5 million project is set for May 11, after a meeting with the Board of Regents. “We made good progress to secure the funding,” President Richard Torgerson said of the largely donation-based aquatic center. The center will -Steve be built on the northeast side of the Regents Center, adjacent to the existing structure. The current 50-year-old pool will be replaced after many years of discussion around the community. “With a community this size, we should collaborate as much as possible,” Torgerson said.

The new aquatic center will be nearly twice the size of the current pool, which will help swimmers, in particular the swim team. “It will provide more space to train as a team,” Swimming and Diving Head Coach Lance Huber said. “Right now it is so limited. It would be like if you took a basketball court and chopped off 20 feet on each side.” The larger pool will include eight competitionwidth lanes. The pool depth will be a consistent eight feet, which will make for a fast pool. “The deeper the pool, the Sorenson faster it is,” Huber said. (‘15) There will also be an added 14-feet deep diving section. 3-meter diving boards will replace the current 1-meter boards. The diving area will slope upwards to include a shallow area. A larger pool deck will incorporate seating for more than 250 people.

“We need more space, and will be able to host bigger meets with better facilities.”

State of the art equipment, including starting blocks and timing systems, will complete the project, which hopes to make the facility more efficient. The swimmers, especially the ones who will see the completed project, see the aquatic center as a great benefit to the future of the program. “It will definitely help the team, Steve Sorenson (‘15) said. “We need more space, and will be able to host bigger

meets with better facilities.” With the new aquatic center, the swim team can look forward to hosting multi-team competitions and possibly even the Liberal Arts Championships. The current pool will be dismantled after the project is complete. Plans are to hopefully turn the area into a recreational center. The current pool schedule will not see many changes and will still continue to incorporate lap

swim, classes and high school practices. Many hope that the larger pool space will create even more community involvement. “The atmosphere is exciting and it is an attraction to all people,” Huber said. “It will be great for adaptive P.E. classes and other classes. A lot of new ideas will come up as well.” Aquatic Center continued on page 10

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A breath of fresh air. A video posted on explains the plans for the new aquatic center.




May 3, 2012

The sport without shorts Administration voices opposition to naked soccer on the 10th anniversary of its ban Bailey Mulholland

Volunteer Writer

This spring marks the 10th anniversary of a controversial event in Luther’s history – the banning of an event dubbed “naked soccer.” This legendary game, initiated in 1991 by a few students as a low-key senior week event, came to be known as a rite of passage, a last chance to do something rebellious and cathartic with each other before graduation. Its escalation throughout the subsequent decade, however, led to the inclusion of alcohol, underclassmen, high school students, an audience from outside Luther and

to 30 days of jail time. Sanctions against participants currently remain the same compared with previous years. “Anything that’s dangerous or unsafe which also involves nudity has another layer of negativity to it,” Highum said. “If you’re arrested it becomes a matter of public record. It can affect your entire future and career.” Highum emphasized themes of sexual harassment, safety and the possibility of

The event even achieved international attention in the spring of 1997 when an intoxicated student was arrested taping for evidence of indecent exposure. In 2001, when the event drew an estimated 500 people decided to address the issue. Faculty and students met throughout the spring of 2002 to formulate “There was talk of withholding diplomas if students were caught, but the president didn’t accept that,” Dean of Student Life Ann Highum said. “He thought it was too harsh. But there are some pretty serious implications.” These “serious implications” include city and state

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Keep your eyes on the ball. This graphic accompanied an article outlining the history of naked soccer in an April 1999 edtion of Chips.

students having to register as sex offenders if caught. Three students were cited during the spring of 2002, sounding a death knell to the bare-bodied romp. A variety of opinions circulated at the time. Some considered it a sacred tradition, others an inappropriate offense to Luther’s sense of community and still more couldn’t see why it was such a hot topic. banning the event gave Luther a “stuffy, anti-fun and selfrighteous” reputation, albeit notice from the larger world and even an increase in applicants. Torgerson, however, asserted that Luther’s reputation as ‘the naked soccer college’ “will be less humorous ... when someone is hired or promoted ahead of you because they graduated from a prestigious college and you graduated from ‘the naked soccer college.’” Ten years later, talk of the event remains but seems to be unaccompanied by action. “I didn’t realize that it still goes on or was even an issue,” Christina Storlie (‘13) said. said. “In my personal opinion there are few things as wholesome as some good old-fashioned American nudity.” This is the attitude Highum fears. “Students presently on campus don’t know the context,” Highum said. “Some are probably thinking ‘what’s the big deal?’ I’m not about taking away everybody’s fun, but there is a potential for things to get out of hand.” Highum explained that the college is taking measures to prevent the event from occurring. “We’re short staffed in security this month,” Highum said. “So we’re hiring Decorah police of the semester.”

Luther experiences growth in local dairy purchases Luther College

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In collaboration with two local dairies, Luther College has achieved another milestone in sustainable food purchasing. This spring, Luther has begun to procure all of its yogurt and hard ice cream from two dairies that are located within a 30-minute drive of campus. Country View Dairy near West Union, Iowa, and WW. Homestead Dairy in Waukon, Iowa, are the farms that supply Luther with the yogurt and hard ice cream the college's Norse Culinary Team serves at all campus food venues. Country View opened in August 2011 and is currently meeting Luther's considerable yo-

Country View Dairy's cows are milked in a barn that is adjacent to the yogurt facility, helping to assure the freshness of the product. WW. Homestead is new on the dairy scene, but the dairy certainly does a lot for Luther. and Queen of Norway during their visit in conjunction with Luther's Sesquicentennial celebration this past autumn. The ice cream from the dairy is used for milkshakes in Marty's Cybercafe and is sold in pints in the college's convenience store. High quality, local dairy products can sometimes be unaffordable for institutional dining operations, but WW. Homestead made the bulk ice cream less expensive for Luther by reducing the butterfat content. The respective dairies have found ways to work together, embracing the idea of local foods suppliers collaborating. Country View Dairy has an excess of cream, while WW. Homestead tends to be in need of cream. They work together to solve both of their problems, as Country View sends its excess Graphic by Noah Lange/Chips cream to WW. Homestead for processing to meet customer demands.


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Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples Disturbing new research says the number of U.S. babies born with signs of opiate drug withdrawal has tripled in a decade because of a surge in pregnant women’s use of legal and illegal narcotics, including study of the problem. The number of newborns with withdrawal symptoms increased from a little more than 1 per 1,000 babies sent home from the hospital in 2000 to more than 3 per 1,000 in 2009, the study found. More than 13,000 U.S. infants were affected in 2009, the researchers estimated. *** AAA: Inadequate guardrails at New York site where 7 died has narrow lanes, steep hills, tight turns, inadequate guardrails and no breakdown lane, an auto safety group said Monday. features,” said Robert Sinclair, spokesman for the American Automobile Lauren Maze/Chips

Take a break. Krista Herrling (‘14), Anna Showers (‘14), Kristen Bandy and Alex Bandy (‘14) in the SRC.


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*** Mother, son die in accidents hours apart in Wisconsin

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Luther’s Pre-Registered Nurses Stork’s Nest Walk-A-Thon on April 28. “I was happy with the turnout walk,” Cindy San (‘12) said. “The weather was horrible, but people still showed up and those who participated had fun.”

and their families in the Decorah community with opportunities to earn points for participating in prenatal and postnatal healthcare points they earn for participating can be spent in place of cash for necessary baby items. This year, the Luther Nursing because of budget cuts in public health programs. “A lot of the community-based programs are losing money that’s supported through the state and a the Stork’s Nest program,” Britta

Pederson (‘12) said. “Since the program is in need of funding, Luther stepped in to support it.” So far, the group has raised $72 to support the Stork’s Nest program and payments for t-shirts are still coming in. As part of a community-centered care class through the nursing department, students are required for the program in which they are students in the class are a part of the Stork’s Nest program. “Part of our clinical hours come from working within the community,” Jessica Mietz (‘12) said. “We create learning opportunities for mothers and their families about prenatal and postnatal care and manage the points they earn from participating.” Lindsey Getchell (‘12) proposed the idea of the walk-a-thon to help fund the Stork’s Nest program. “I was inspired by a walk-a-thon that my high school hosts each year,” Getchell said. “I wanted to bring that good feeling you get from helping others to Luther because, as nurses, helping people

is our passion.”

crashes just hours apart in a Milwaukee suburb, police said Monday. and the opportunity to walk with other members of the community for a good cause. “It was just a stay-healthy walk to support mothers and families and healthy babies,” San said. “We just want the community to be aware of this program and know it’s a program that’s here to promote a healthy family and healthy prenatal and postnatal care.” Luther will continue to run the Stork’s Nest program in the next to the community in educating new mothers about prenatal and postnatal care, as well as the expense associated with raising a family. “Stork’s Nest is a way for mothers and families to get

in West Allis. A friend was speeding her son, Thomas M. Olson, 22, to West Allis Deputy Chief Charles Padgett said. Olson was killed in the crash about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. ***

bankruptcy is what’s best for her children, according to the Orange County Register. Chapter 7 was one of them,” Suleman said.

*** Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn’t ‘celebration’ the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate campaign bumper sticker.

families and healthier babies,”

the means for them to participate in families.”

presidential challenger Mitt Romney as unprepared to make the kind of hard call required to send U.S. forces on that highly risky mission. Without mentioning Romney by name, Obama recommended looking *** The widow and mother-in-law of a Pakistani man killed by a CIA contractor last year were murdered Monday, allegedly by the widow’s

the killer, a common legal practice in Pakistan. The money normally goes to the wife if her husband was killed. *** Vermont House in resolution: Thanks for the M&Ms members for the peanut M&Ms. Rep. Ken Atkins, a Winooski Democrat, has carried on a tradition

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Babies, babies, babies. (From left to right) Scott Bisbey (‘12) tries on a baby bump. Ruth, daughter of Assistant Professor of Nursing Angela Kueny holds a baby doll. Kaci Hyland (‘12) guesses which candy bar is melted in a diaper.

he used to tell his students not to bring a snack to class without enough to share. Atkins says he tried putting out plain M&Ms with the peanut ones once, but no one took the plain ones. Life outside Luther compiled from:

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Tim Peter bids farewell Margaret Yapp

Staff Writer

Professor of Music Tim Peter (‘86) has taken

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Hup we go! Tim Peter accepting praise after a song by Collegiate Chorale.

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Give it up for... Hampton (‘15) presenting a gift to Peter on behalf of the Norsemen.

Album Review: General B and The Wiz Michael Crowe

Managing Editor

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Grow up and sing the blues. The album art for “Right in the Head,” created by Erik Wadman (‘12).


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Artist combines nature and paint Brita Moore

Staff Writer

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Students get “cosi” for spring opera Sarah King

Staff Writer

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Lights, Carmen, Action. Professor Judisch gives feedback to Erin Persick (‘13).

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Not mezzanine around. Evan Mitchell (‘14), Matt Stump (‘12) and Adam Bradley (‘13) practicing their musical numbers.



May 3, 2012

Learning the ropes A journalist’s first time on Luther’s ropes course Hannah Lund

Staff Writer

“Are you ready?” “Yup!” “Are you sure?” As I stand on the small circular top of a 25-foot wooden pole, about to jump, I question how “ready” I was before climbing up. It’s one thing to think about climbing up a pole for an article assignment – quite another to stand there as the wind tries to topple me over. Many feet below, students yell “You’re so close! You can do it!” Sure, I’ll bet I can fall from a pole. I just don’t know if I should. I was the one who insisted on going up. Seeing the wooden skeleton of the ropes course by Lindeman Pond on morning bike rides has made me more than a little curious to try it. As it turns out, so was the rest of the class I met that Thursday morning.

“I love being up there,” ropes course class member Liz Bouma (‘12) told me as we put on our harnesses. “The ‘Floating Islands’ are probably my favorite. It’s just these planks of wood on cables and you jump from one to the other. You have nothing to hold onto except for your belay rope.” I looked up at the dangling planks of wood she was talking about, relieved that we weren’t doing that event today. But that was before Visiting Instructor in Physical Education and ropes course builder Jeff Boeke led us to the Pamper Pole. It’s called “adventure education,” which is something that Boeke has been interested in since the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. The program lets participants learn key concepts while doing something risky in a safe, controlled environment. Boeke brought adventure education to Luther in 2010 with his ropes course. “A lot of the core values in adventure education exist in teaching effective communication skills, providing team experiences for people to learn to work together collaboratively, identifying what “healthy” and “unhealthy” risks are, learning how to take the initiative to do new things,” Boeke said. “Those kinds of teaching practices are hard to get at in a classroom.” Walking through the course as class members strain and stretch to make it to the end demonstrated exactly that. Heidi Darrington (‘12) yelled as she and her partner Ethan Schultz (‘12) climbed up a giant ladder together. The event is designed in such a way that the two climbers must use each other’s weight to get to the next rung. Darrington and Schultz step on each other’s braced legs to get higher up, a feat that, needless to say, makes climbing up the hill by the CFA look like child’s play. After watching Darrington and Schultz scale the ladder, I turned around to the Pamper Pole, where another class member stood on top prepping to jump. Outside of this course, doing something so risky would be next to impossible, but as Wellness Director Greg Lonning said in an interview, the course is designed to take students out of their comfort zone.

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Teamwork. Ethan Schultz (‘12) lends a helping hand to fellow classmate Heidi Darrington (‘12) on the ladder.

Lonning said. “It’s very individualized. They’re all thinking of themselves: ‘I can’t wait to do it, I don’t want to do it.’ By the time we get to the last event, which is the Pamper Pole, they’re encouraging everyone to try it. They’re working together so nicely in just a matter of hours.”

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Such great heights. A student takes a “leap of faith” in the ropes course skills class. years, as well as a new event in the Special Olympics. Tyler Wedemeier (‘12), who helped coordinate the Special Olympics, found that the ropes course provided a great opportunity for participants. “It was amazing to watch all athletes respond to the challenges,” Wedemeier said. “There was instantaneous trust and relationships formed. I think it changed how we all viewed people of special abilities. Everyone has certain characteristics of bravery and being scared no matter the ability or disability.” No matter the group of students, Lonning said, the amount of trust and cooperation never changes. Throughout the course of the class, the students illustrate this not only with the ladder, but also when cheering as another person successfully jumps from the Pamper Pole. Which brings me to where I stand, feet slightly too big to “Okay,” I say, letting go of the belay-rope and sticking out my arms to the sides. My knees tremble. The pole shakes. Everything about this seems like a rash decision, possibly brought on from senior paper stress, but there’s no going back – not when you’re that high in the air. “One…two…three…JUMP!” I yell. in the air, I realize that Boeke is right: this isn’t the kind of feeling you can get from a classroom.

Seniors rejoice after completing projects Lisa Diviney

her work study hours in the Registrar’s

said. “There was a group of young

shift on the project due date. “There were a few people who just sighed with relief,” Norman said. “But there were also a few who were over the top excited to have it turned in.” After turning in a copy of their paper, seniors were encouraged to take a picture of the momentous moment before signing sheets in the hallway, already littered with excited remarks. At the 5:00 p.m. deadline, Preus Library decided to help congratulate those who had completed a project. Innovative Services Librarian Jennifer Rian helped to organize an ice cream social outside the front doors of the library. “The library hosted the event as a means of celebrating all of the hard work students put into their senior papers while also capitalizing on that last minute frenzy that takes over the building on the due date,” Rian said. According to Rian, nearly 70 celebratory students attended the firsttime event. “The energy was just great!” Rian

humming “Chariots of Fire” and encouraging their fellow students to fist pump. That really got things off to a good start.” Katie Goodroad (‘12) was one of those young women. “I just couldn’t help it,” Goodroad said. “My friends and I sang that song as we turned our papers in, we sang it through Main and the Union. And then we just didn’t stop.” The library’s social was added to a larger Luther tradition: the Senior Paper Run. In the past, this event consisted of a pack of gleeful seniors sprinting from the library to Main in the final minutes before the paper deadline. This year’s Senior Paper Run was composed less of a celebratory mob and more of joyful individuals sprinting to beat the deadline. Yet Rian is hoping to create a new custom on the senior project deadline. “This was a new event for us. After receiving such a positive response, I would say there’s a good chance of it becoming a new tradition,” Rian said.

Staff Writer office, Norman pulled a nine to five women who jogged up to the library

After a semester or year of research and work beneath an ever-looming deadline, many seniors finished their senior projects on Wednesday, April 25. Not only was Kayla Norman (‘12) one such senior, but Norman was also able to witness each and every relieved senior turn in his or her project. Completing

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Thumbs up. Danielle Gibbs (‘12) is feeling good after turning in her senior project on Wednesday.

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Oh happy day. Megan Creasey (‘12) gleefully skips to the library to celebrate the completion of her senior project. Eli Johnson (‘12) attended the library’s social in celebration of completing a 23-page English unit plan and paper. “Finally,” Johnson said, “The beast is vanquished!”



May 3, 2012


WWOOFing all over the world Charlie Parrish

wanted to take part but didn’t

in Decorah, an organization he

With a big mission and a slightly odd acronym, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) provides opportunities for volunteers interested in learning about farming and sustainability. WWOOF is a network connecting people who wish to volunteer on organic farms with organic farmers who are willing to host them. It is a system based on an exchange. A volunteer will work for four to six hours a day on the farm in exchange for free room, board and a breadth of knowledge about more sustainable living from their hosts. WWOOF began in England in 1971 in an effort to provide access to the countryside and a way to support the organic movement for those who

since grown globally, and offers opportunities worldwide, as the name suggests. Author and WWOOFer Steffen Mirsky recently published a book titled “WWOOFing Adventures Down Under: Living and Working on 36 Organic Farms in Australia and New Zealand” about his experiences WWOOFing in Australia and New Zealand for a year and a half. He gave a presentation on the subject at Luther last Wednesday, April 25. “The essence of WWOOFing is really in the exchange,” Mirsky said. “It is not just a work exchange, but an exchange of education, culture and skills.” Mirsky, a graduate of the University of Washington, currently works at Seed Savers

homestays while WWOOFing. Mirsky believes that WWOOFing can teach volunteers valuable skills. “The opportunities for WWOOFing are endless,” Mirsky said. “You can learn about all aspects of sustainability. Sustainability issues are incredibly important now and will only become more important in the future. Beyond that, you learn a lot of new skills and have a lot of fun.” During his time WWOOFing, Mirsky learned many skills straight from experts such as blacksmithing, permaculture and other ways of sustainable living and self-subsistent living. Many Luther students have had the opportunity to WWOOF in foreign countries and in the U.S. Sam Zook (‘14), Clara Bergan (‘14) and Preston Hopkins (‘14) WWOOFed in Arkansas at an organic vegetable farm over spring break this year. “I am interested in farming and growing vegetables when I’m older, but WWOOFing is also just a great way to get out into the world,” Zook said. “It’s cheap and you can experience a different culture without doing the touristy stuff.” The three spent about sixty dollars each for their trip down to Arkansas, where they spent their mornings working on the farm and their afternoons hiking or at the beach. They stayed with an interesting couple: a 25-year-old German man and a woman from New Orleans who, according to Zook, was about

Staff Writer know how. The movement has learned about in a few of his

Preston Hopkins

Field of dreams. (From left) Preston Hopkins (‘14), Clara Bergan (‘14) and Sam Zook (‘14) pose with their host family.


SENIOR Megan Creasey

Steffan Mirsky

G’day, mate. While WWOOFing, Steffan Mirsky’s neighbor nurses an orphaned joey while a Rusa deer sniffs Mirsky’s jacket. twenty years older. “It was so different from our approach to life,” Bergan said. “The two of them were very content, living off just a little bit.” Arkansas was not the first time Hopkins had WWOOFed. Over J-term this year, he WWOOFed in Florida at another small organic vegetable farm. He was also able to receive credit from Luther for this as a J-term II communications independent study. “I am going to WWOOF again next January, hopefully in a foreign country – somewhere warm preferably – and then after school, once I graduate

... I plan on WWOOFing for a while.” Zook hopes to WWOOF again next fall in Italy, where he will be studying abroad. His study abroad program runs from the beginning of August to late October. He is not coming home until December, as he plans to backpack and WWOOF throughout Europe during that time. “WWOOFing is a fabulous experience,” Hopkins said. “I gained a lot from the people that I met. I learned a lot about myself, how to live off very little and a little bit about farming along the way. I definitely recommend it.”

Astri Snodgrass Majors: Art and Spanish

Staff Writer

What are you doing next year? I got into the University of Alabama. I’m getting a teaching assistantship. This summer I’m going to New York with some friends I went to school with in Norway. Then we’re going to Chicago, and I’ll be staying here in Decorah working in the greenhouse for the rest of the summer. You’ve got your senior art show coming up. What’s the theme for that? It’s called “Home Reconstructed”—it’s about how your relationship to where you grew up is constantly changing. It changes from an idea of place to more of what you value about home, and how that becomes what’s most important. I’ve been painting these collage-like images where I’m stacking different images on top of each other. A lot of the images are my own from places I’ve lived or traveled or studied. What’s your favorite thing to paint? It changes a lot. Right now I’m really digging foliage, and I really like painting the lights in night scenes especially. I’m starting to learn more about saturation of paint and how to build up the color so it doesn’t looked washed out in a really dark space. What spot on campus will you miss the most? Korsrud, maybe? The green spaces.

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“Home Reconstructed.” Astri Snodgrass (‘12) poses next to one of her paintings.



May 3, 2012

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

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by Ethan Groothuis (‘13)

With spring finally here, many have taken to the great rite of passage of wearing shorts outside. Being a big fan of showing off my pale, chicken legs to anyone willing to melt their face a la “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” I made sure to pull my favorite pairs out of their dusty, moth ball tomb. I proudly walked outside into the beautiful sunshine, to the unfortunate sound of cackling. I usually get laughed at for plenty of reasons, including small hands, my loud voice and the way I cry when I eat ice cream alone on the weekends naked (I’m watching a Pixar movie, none of that Nicholas Sparks garbage), but this was for how I was dressed. Upon inquiry, I discovered that the harassment was due not to my glowing, white extremities, but my choice of pants: my jorts. For those of you who are unaware, “jorts” are jean shorts, because I guess some people have a syllable quota, and need to save as many as they can in conversation. Jorts, for some reason unknown to me, are not as socially acceptable as they were in the ‘90s. I understand that in fashion and style,

patterns rise and fall, but these are just made of denim. My mom even tells me that they are flattering on me. Jorts will have their day, if I have anything to say about it. There are poor, starving children in developing nations who get their 20 cents a day because we buy denim from them. How could we neglect these children by not buying excessive amounts of denim from banana republics, and not the kind that produces clothing for Mad Men? Far from that idea. Unrelatable attempts at jokes aside, I don’t understand the reason for all the hoopla about jorts. Is a shorter length of the most popular form of pants really all that awful? Look at what you are wearing right now. Is there a chance that it looks perhaps a bit bizarre? Here is a checklist: Are you wearing overalls? Is there more than one crack visible enough to fit a CD into? Are you wearing a shirt with cars on it? If you said yes to any of those things, you are guaranteed to look better in jorts. Who knows, maybe you might like them.

True Brits by Michelle Boike (‘13)

Ahh, Paris – the city of croissants, Moulin Rouge and inescapable people. Paris is like many other big cities in the world. Full of people, languages, and as any, a likely place for crime and the reason for your mom’s increased heart rate. But as I finished up my spring break in this particular city, grabbing a ‘pain au chocolat’ (chocolate croissant) each morning and making my way to the metro, I had a revelation: I was no longer the nervous, bumbling wreck of a traveler that I once was. At the beginning of this school year, the thought of spending three days in Paris was unthinkable. Me? Alone? In Paris? I’m five-feet-tall for goodness’ sake! My second trip to Paris was in a word – wonderful. I managed to catch my trains back to the airport, find my way, slowly, to my hotel, and then there it was, out my window: Paris. I walked out the door of my hotel and there was a Patisserie next door. Further down the street was a hair salon, and I was determined to get my hair cut. I successfully did so, while using about five words in both French and English. I met with a friend from high school and we had dinner at a little café near the Centre Pompidou, the modern art

On retaining the freedom to mustache Dear Editor, In light of recent events, I thought it would be suitable to have my story be made public in order to prevent rumors from giving me a bad label. My name is Jake Seibert, and I was recently in a quarrel with the yearbook editors over my yearbook portrait, in which I am sporting a mustache. The yearbook editors deemed my picture as “not appropriate for submission,” but I did not stand for it. I was completely baffled and offended when one of the editors said, “I don’t care what anyone else’s picture looks like, to me, yours is inappropriate.” I understand and respect the fact that the editors reserve their rights as

museum. As we walked around, I realized I had become an independent traveler. I was not worried about getting too lost. It was dark but there were lights everywhere, and I knew where I was going. My worry of being in a large city had nearly evaporated. True, I held on to my bag closely, and made sure I was alert at all times, but there’s something great about exploring a city you’ve been to before, except this time around, you’re not lost. Over the last few days, I saw an exhibit on Egyptian Dynasties, walked down the Champs-Elysees towards the Arc de Triomphe, went into the most hipster store in Paris, saw a film with my friend, went to a trendy restaurant in Madeline, checked out the renowned ‘Shakespeare and Company’ bookstore across from Notre Dame and managed to get a glimpse of the famous Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I found myself loving the city, and the people I met, and trying to decide ... London or Paris? Which is better? I still haven’t decided, but I learned a lot about myself while I was in Paris. I have become someone who wants to travel the world, broaden my understanding, and work hard to be someone who does good things in the world, for the citizens of the world. Because the world we live in is pretty neat.

such to deem something inappropriate. However, I did not see how sporting a mustache was considered inappropriate, especially considering the fact that some people wear makeup, body modified jewelry, hats, etc. in their yearbook portraits. Those enhancement features also change the appearance of those individuals that choose to incorporate them into their external appearance, so why couldn’t I display a mustache for my yearbook portrait? Furthermore, I was unaware of any potential rule that I was breaking, which is due to the lack of policies and regulations regarding yearbook portrait submission. I did not find the situation, let alone my picture, amusing in any way. I am paying to receive the yearbook, and as such, I should be able to choose to express myself in any manner I want. If I am not able to have a mustache for my portrait, then people who display makeup, earrings, or anything else to enhance their natural external appearance should not be able to be displayed in the yearbook either. In the end, my struggle did not go in vain. According to the editor, “There was no sheet outlining our policy on appropriate dress the day your portrait was taken. Because of this, you are allowed to keep your picture, despite

its inhibition of our book’s integrity.” I wanted to reiterate that I did not put up a fight to be a jerk. I simply fought to stick up for myself and what I thought was right. Perhaps my struggle will inspire those who experience similar situations to stick up for themselves and for what they believe is right. I also wanted to make this story public to get my side of the story out and prevent any rumors giving me a bad label. Jake Seibert (‘12)

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Seibert says he doesn’t understand why this was initially turned down for yearbook publication.



May 3, 2012

Beyond the Looking Glass


by Hannah Lund (‘12)

One of the first things I remember from freshmen year is when I fell from a 15-foot cliff in the Hodag Cave. I was swinging my leg over the edge, really about a few inches from grabbing onto my friend at the top, only to slip and flail my way down through the gloom. I screamed, a noise that bounced off the walls, into the cave, through my skin and back up into the world outside. There wasn’t time to be scared, or really time to think. In fact, though I wish there was something Hallmark-y about how I learned to look at life differently because of my potential confrontation with death, there wasn’t much in that moment at all. I fell, I landed on some of my friends, who grabbed onto me, and I lay at the bottom of this cave as my own shrieks faded away into the damp air. A rock at the bottom pierced my head exactly in the clump of my ponytail, leaving me unscathed. Looking back on that incident, it’s hard to believe that I was so incredibly naïve. I’d never gone caving before. I didn’t like heights. I didn’t even have a headlamp, so had to grip my flashlight in my teeth as I scrabbled along muddy rock-edges. It was such a stupid situation, yet one that I was desperate to be part of. Maybe that’s a freshman/college thing: this

never-ending panic that if you’re not always trying something new with someone new, you’re failing. Or falling, more like. In my time at Luther, I’ve more than done my share of stupid things. Whether it’s sliding down a concrete water-chute (ouch) or throwing green army men from Pulpit Rock and getting them caught in the trees. Sometimes it’s in groups, sometimes by myself. Still, there’s no denying my incredible capacity to do something really, really dumb. I always think: “Well, at least I learned something here.” But then I’d do something stupid all over again, I’d fall from another height despite putting up warning signs for next time. It seems like, no matter how often I tell myself not to climb up too high, I’m always falling, taking the plunge into a new world, whether planned or not. And let me tell you: everything changes in the darkness of a blink. In the Hodag Cave, blundering in the dark wasn’t exactly a testament to my integrity. It wasn’t a soulsearching test, or even an “I should try this because I’m a writer” adventure. Though I sometimes like to think of it as my failed attempt to impress men at Luther, it was nothing but a moment when the ground I thought would always be there leapt away

and made me figure out how to land all over again. It was a fall. It was my becoming, just as every tiny fall between breaths and foot-fall has added up to the “me” of right now and will do so for the “you’s” who do this every day. It’s the leap from one place to another as life takes us by the hand and changes us in startling ways we never could have foreseen. It’s the tap on the shoulder to remind us that where we are was only built up from the falls in the past, and the falls yet to come. Because no matter how we promise to be better, we still will fall. And maybe that’s okay. I’m a grown woman now – for all intents and purposes – capable of making somewhat less reckless choices. My test today is trying to untangle the pulley system in my ship so my sails can unfurl for tomorrow. In a few weeks, my life will be up to me to configure. In a few weeks, I will be an alum. And yet, underpinning all of my shining moments at Luther, sustaining the lonesome in-between times of inactivity, is a fall. A fall from the person I thought I was to the person that was waiting for me beneath the scars of everyday uncertainty. I can’t find it when I’m looking. It’s one of things that I have no comment for as it happens. I just fall.

From the newly elected Student Senate President: To the Luther College Student Body: I am honored to be selected to serve Luther College as the 20122013 Student Senate President. It’s certainly been a busy couple of weeks, however through canvassing and other campaign strategies, our team was able to bring forward many

student voices on topics we hope to tackle for the upcoming year. One of our goals will be to continue this constant visibility with students in order to keep the student body informed and involved with what Student Senate is working on. I would also like to extend a sincere compliment to Laura Harney and Sarah Webb for their

AmeriCorps It’s no secret that the present job market is dismal. MPR recently reported that one in two recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed. Having graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in

Par for the Norse

hard work and support for Luther College. While this is the end of a great campaign, today marks the start of what will be an awesome year of teamwork and success! “T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Achieves More.”

May 2011, I can attest to the fact that it’s not easy out there. However, there is another crisis in the state of Minnesota. Currently, one in four Minnesota third graders does not read at grade level – that’s 15,000 children. And for children who are not successful readers by the end of third grade, the chances of catching up become significantly less likely. Consequently, their prospects of even considering going to college and experiencing a job search will be bleak, and for some, it will be an unattainable goal. Since August, I’ve been a key player in helping a few children prepare to become successful future readers. I am one of nearly 800 tutors for the Minnesota Reading Corps – the largest state AmeriCorps program in the country. Reading Corps is an earlyliteracy program that uses research-based instruction methods that are proven to improve children’s reading abilities. There are options to work in a preschool classroom with only kindergarteners, or with kindergarten through thirdgrade students. If math is your forte, consider joining the Math Corps. They work with fourth through eighth graders who are not proficient in math,

Charles Banta (‘13) Incoming Student Senate President

helping them become algebraproficient by the end of eighth grade. Not only has being a tutor helped me make a tremendous impact on the lives of children both academically and personally, but I’ve also made many professional connections and built up my resume. I have built strong relationships with the principal and teachers at my school, Reading Corps employees and several other professionals in the education and communications realms. Reading Corps has a unique professional development aspect to it, ensuring members are on the right track to finding a job at the end of their service term. Whatever walk of life you’re from – recent high school or college graduate, retired person, parent, career changer

Editor’s Note: The incoming leadership of Chips extend their congratulations to Banta and wish him and Student Senate a successful year. Michael Crowe Editor-in-Chief, Chips 2012-2013 Ethan Groothuis Managing Editor, Chips 2012-2013 – the only requirement for you to become part of Reading or Math Corps is that you believe all children deserve to succeed and have endless possibilities in their futures. The Corps will expand to more than 1,100 members next year and needs dedicated and caring individuals just like you to be part of the program. If you’re interested in becoming a reading or math tutor for the 2012-13 school year, visit or If you would like firsthand accounts of tutors and the experiences that come with being a tutor, check out the blog at blog. Briana Gruenewald AmeriCorps




May 3, 2012

Donations finalize plans for new pool Aquatic Center continued from page 1

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Layout plan. The aquatic center will be named after donors David E.G. (‘64) and Partricia Miller (‘64).

The swim team has already begun to see the benefits of the new aquatic center. The recruiting class for 2012-2013 is the biggest Huber has seen. “It will be fun in three years to see where we are nationally,” Huber said. The swim team sees the increase in lanes and more space as the most important updates. “The new pool will have all the things we need,” Katie Storey (‘15) said.

about bigger lanes and having a new space for our team.” Sorenson did add that there could be one more improvement. “I’m disappointed we’re not getting a hot tub,” Sorenson joked. Huber credits the donors for making the project successful. “A huge thanks to all those who donated,” Huber said. The pool is projected to be ready for use by late spring of

Research underway to restructure program Honors Core continued from page 1

program that operates like a separate college, and Luther has never wanted to be Overview of the current honors core Requirements for admission:

Required Classes:

either one of those,” Sparkes said. Darling narrowed down her research of other colleges’ honors programs to schools that were comparable to Luther in terms of liberal arts focus and size. “I looked at how they structure [their honor programs], whether it’s a set of classes or something different, to get interesting ideas to see what Luther could do to make a more vibrant honors program,” Darling said. Many honors programs, Darling discovered, have similar focuses in which students learn about ancient history and philosophy, then progress through the database that the faculty can refer to as they consider possible changes to the Honors Core. “I think it’s healthy for us to take a fresh

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Changes to come. Kelly Dotseth (‘12) (left) and Okete Dakwa-Agyekum (‘13) (right) review their notes during their honors class. look at this and see if there are ways we can some curricular connections that we had not

been able to make in the past,” Sparkes said. As of now, it is uncertain what the honors program will look like in the future.

Human mosaic wraps up climate justice month

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Courtesy of Kristi Holmberg

Teamwork to shape our world. Students form a human mosaic (left) of Kristi Holmberg’s (‘12) Climate Justice Campaign logo (right) to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. “I hope the dialogue that has begun this April will be able to continue in the future at Luther,” Holmberg said. “When granted awareness and provided opportunities for action, hopefully students will recognize their collective and individual responsibility to climate change and their ability to make a positive impact on a campus, local and global level.”



May 3, 2012


Men’s Tennis defeats rival Coe John Freude

staff Writer

The Luther men’s tennis team continued their undefeated streak within the IIAC by handing Coe College their first conference loss of the season this past Friday. After sweeping doubles and

Gunnar halseth

sports editor

The governing body of English football, the Football Association, announced on Tuesday the appointment of current West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson to the managerial role of the English National Football Team. Hodgson will take over

Norse walked away victorious biggest conference rivals bringing their season record to

rivalry continues to grow as Luther has faced Coe in the finals of the conference tournament the past seven years and left with the championship the last five. Assistant Coach for the Coe Kohawks, Rob Rye, explains his team’s feelings going into the match. “If it’s not the championship we try to approach it like any other match, but we know what’s at stake against Luther,” Rye said. “What’s important is seeing how we match up against the team we will probably see in the finals next week.” This is an impressive victory for the Norse as they were trailing behind the Kohawks in the regional rankings just two weeks back. However Luther recently surpassed Coe and has been dominating its spring schedule, having lost only one match since February where Luther played without its No. St. Olaf.

Opinion: Roy Hodgson announced as England Manager

after the conclusion of the current English Premier League season, just before this summer’s Euro

Double header. Nick Mozena (‘13) (foreground) and Quinn Foley (‘15) during a match vs. St. Olaf. men’s team, Scott Sundstrom time spent in Orlando, Fla. over spring break. “We started the season off a little slow, but turned it around in Orlando,” Sundstrom said. “We won every match down there and got a lot better in doubles which has been huge for this season.” Sundstrom, who has been named IIAC Performer of the Week the past two weeks, attributes his personal success this season to not trying to change his own game too much through the season. “I don’t go out there with a bunch of different swings. Some guys swing hot and cold and are all over the place, but

I stay pretty consistent and it’s helped me throughout the season,” Sundstrom said. Sundstrom’s idea of not changing too many things is the same idea that Head Coach trying to extend to the entire team this season. This being Strand’s first year as head coach after serving as assistant coach to Brian Huinker, Strand wants to transition into his coaching style smoothly. “Brian and I have enough of the same core values that there have not been too many changes,” Strand said. With the end of the season quickly approaching and the conference tournament merely

days away, Strand sees this concept as more important than ever. “We’re working on some individual fine tuning and practice competitions, but we won’t change anything this late in the season,” Strand said. A sixth straight Conference title on the mind brings about the idea of the Norse heading to Nationals for the sixth consecutive year. “Winning conference means going to nationals so yeah they’re both goals of ours, but conference is what’s on our mind now,” Strand said. The Norse will head to Iowa City this Friday for two days of tournament play with the IIAC Conference title on the line.

Luther softball IIAC regular season champion Sports Information Delayed one day by inclement weather Conference softball regular season drew to

Luther. In game one, Luther scored twice in the second and exploded for four in the third en

hits and allowed two runs, walked three and struck out eight. In the nightcap, Broderick drove in the game winner in the bottom of the seventh

to left in the second. Broderick also drove in started the inning with a walk, scored from second base. Hatting advanced to second on

the seventh overall and fourth outright for

distance in the circle. Girvan spread four

Kittleson, Broderick and Christian led the offensive attack with two RBI each. Kelsey gave up two runs on four hits and struck out four. Girvan was credited with the victory

by Poland and Ukraine. Hodsgon’s appointment has come as somewhat of a shock for many fans, as almost all media speculation as to who would replace Fabio Capello, who resigned amidst a controversy surrounding England’s captain in February, pointed to current Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp to take over the helm of England’s national side. many fans and critics seem outright hostile to the announcement of Hodgson as England’s manager. The Times’ football editor Tony Evans has described Hodgson’s appointment as both “bewildering” and a “retrograde step”, describing Hodgson as a manager whose “bathroom cabinet is larger than his trophy cabinet”. Ultimately, many speculate that the decision to appoint Hodgson over Redknapp came down to money, with Tottenham Hotspur requiring over £7 million to part with manager, a price the Football Association was likely unwilling or unable to pay. Regardless of the speculation surrounding his appointment, Hodgson unarguably boasts an impressive resumé, with experience in seven countries managing some of the world’s biggest national and club teams such as the Swiss National and Liverpool F.C. Fans of the latter team may fear the worst however, as memories of Hodgson’s tenure at Liverpool are almost unanimously bleak.

In addition to capturing the title, Luther this weekend’s Iowa Conference tournament. tournament opens Thursday. the No. 2 seed and captured the tournament’s

Champions. Norse softball won its seventh overall title and its second in a row. Roy Hodgson is an experienced, although at times unpopular, football manager.



Rec sports wrap up school year Full semester of activities for Luther students to choose from draws to a close

Weekly Standings Baseball IIAC 18-5 12-8 12-8 12-8 11-9 10-11 8-12 5-15 4-16

Central Coe Luther Wartburg Buena Vista Simpson Loras Cornell Dubuque

Overall 28-9 21-14 21-15 20-16 19-15 16-20 19-17 8-28 15-20

Recent scores: -Apr. 27 vs. Dubuque W 6-3 -Apr. 28 vs. Dubuque W 5-4, 3-1 Upcoming Schedule: -May 4 @ Coe -May 5 @ Coe

Brandon Boles

Staff Writer

Luther students have been given many opportunities to participate in many different sporting events during the spring portion of the school year. As the year winds down to an end, spring activities are also coming to an end. Director of Recreational Sports Vicky Jaeger feels rec sports give students a great chance to be involved. “I think our program gives students an opportunity to simply enjoy life, which I think we don’t do nearly enough of,” Jaeger said. “It’s something fun for the students here at Luther.” Many students see other

May 3, 2012


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Balancing act. Jordan Burkhart (‘13) (left) slacklines on campus with outdoor rec. benefits with rec sports here at Luther as well. “It keeps me active,” Matt Moen (‘12) said. “It allows a change from a workout. The treadmill does get old after a while.” The most popluar event rec

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Paddle up. Leif Vandersteen (‘14) and David Duba (‘13) on the Upper Iowa River during an Outdoor Recreation event.

sports offers in the spring is sand volleyball, according to Jaeger. “I have 22 teams playing,” Jaeger said. “Definitely the most popular activity in the spring.” Ryan Fett (‘12), who played sand volleyball this spring, said it is his favorite way to stay involved. “Vicky Jaeger does a great job of setting up tournaments and leagues,” Fett said. “It allows me to be active and involved with my friends as well.” For rec sports, however, there are more activities set up by Jaeger than just sporting activities. This past Saturday, Jaeger and Outdoor Recreation organized a canoeing event for students in Decorah. “We have tried to incorporate more “day”

activities since I was assigned outdoor recreation,” Jaeger said. “We want to introduce students to the wonderful outdoor opportunities that we have in northeast Iowa.” Many students have noticed that the amount of activities set up seems to have increased over the past few years. “Not just the spring, but all year there is something going on,” Moen said. “There are so many times you can get your friends signed up and participate, which is great.” Jaeger believes the key is not only picking and setting up events popular with students, but the timing the events take place. “For example, flag football is being moved to the fall instead of the spring now,” Jaeger said. “Sometimes you just have to play around with the schedule and see what works.” As the school year comes to an end, rec sports leagues are winding down, though a few events will still occur in the final weeks of the school year. “Rec sports has been a very beneficial aspect in my time here at Luther,” Fett said. “A lot of fun times with friends getting to do things that we all love to do, it has been fun.” As for Jaeger, she feels rec sports will continue to have an impact for students at Luther. “Will people play competitive football for the rest of their lives? Probably not,” Jaeger said. “But they might play flag football for ten years after college and they might camp or canoe or rock climb for the rest of their lives.”

IIAC 15-1 12-4 10-6 9-7 7-9 7-9 6-10 6-10 0-16

Luther Central Simpson Coe Loras Buena Vista Cornell Dubuque Wartburg

Overall 34-4 31-7 27-13 31-9 20-16 17-15 20-18 18-22 6-34

Recent scores: -Apr. 18 @ Dubuque W 5-0, 4-0 -Apr. 29 vs. Cornell W 6-2, 8-7 Upcoming Schedule: -May 3-5, IIAC Tournament

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

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

Overall 21-6 20-7 14-9 13-10 13-6 11-10 5-11 3-15 4-15

Recent scores: -Apr. 27 vs. Coe W 7-2 -Apr. 29 @ Gustavus L 1-8 Upcoming Schedule: -May 4-5 IIAC Team Championships

Women’s Tennis Coe Luther Wartburg Cornell Simpson Central Buena Vista Dubque Loras Recent scores: Wartburg W 5-0 Coe L 1-5

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

Overall 19-3 17-11 12-9 13-6 10-8 8-13 5-8 5-16 1-13

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