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“Lutheranpalooza” celebrates 150 years Jenny Bonnell/College Ministries

How can I keep from singing? Luther students and Decorah congregations celebrate 150 years with a special service in the Center for Faith and Life on Nov. 10.

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Professor Emeritus of Music William Kuhlman on organ, Cathedral Choir, and also a

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The congregations of First Lutheran Church, Decorah Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Luther College Student Congregation gathered in the Center for Faith and Life Sunday, Nov. 10 to celebrate 150 years of Lutheran churches in Decorah. Campus Pastor Mike Blair expressed excitement about the event. “It really is a unique thing,” Blair said. “I’ve served at Luther for 22 years, and we’ve had a lot of different festival services, but this is a remarkable thing that the congregations have decided to come together and have a shared worship on Sunday morning, so that we celebrate our history and mission together. It makes it a rich event. Our unofficial name for the event is ‘Lutheranpalooza.’” “Lutheranpalooza” included a variety of special services, including the music of

was unique because anyone was welcome to sing in the choir, as long as they attended the rehearsal the day before. Adding to the specialness of the event, a new hymn entitled “Creation Bloomed when God first Spoke” was sung at the services, with text written by Luther professor emerita Carol Gilbertson, and music composed by Associate Professor of Music and College Organist Gregory Peterson (‘83). Bishop Emeritus Rev. Harold Usgaard (‘69) of the Southeast Minnesota Synod returned to Decorah to preach at the service. Usgaard was born and raised in Decorah and is an Sesquicentennial continued on page 4

Interdisciplinary panel discusses immigration

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Raising questions. Three Luther professors discuss aspects of immigration at a forum Nov. 6. Maggie Steinberg Anthropology Anita Carrasco, Associate Professor Staff Writer of Spanish David Thompson and Professor of Latino cultural advocacy organization HOLA/ Political Science Michael Engelhardt were the Enlaces hosted an immigration panel on Nov. 6 panelists. They spoke about immigration from their with the goal of bringing immigration awareness to various areas of expertise. Carrasco spoke about the traumas associated members of the Luther community. with immigration. Focusing on what she labeled “It is our duty to be informed about the changes the “TICS” of immigration – Trauma, Ignorance, happening in our government,” HOLA/Enlaces Criminalization and Stigma – Carrasco told personal member Ryan Goos (‘16) said. The panel focused on immigration in the United States and other countries. Assistant Professor of

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Search committee reflects on past issues Laura Hayes

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The search for the 10th President of Luther College is beginning to take shape. The Presidential Search Committee, a group comprised of faculty, staff, members of the Board of Regents and one student, met in the Center for Faith and Life Nov. 7 for a forum to discuss the current search for the person to fill the shoes of former President Richard Torgerson, who retired in spring 2013. “At the end of February, we found ourselves without a recommendation for a new president, an empty pool of applicants, a confusing process, a frustrated community and more questions than answers,” Co-Chair of the Search Committee and Vice Chairperson of the Board of Regents Sandy Lee said. “The search committee felt the need to pause, listen, reflect and learn. We still needed to find that individual who was called not to just become a college president, but called to Luther College to become its president. We needed a new plan.” With the aid of AGB Search, the committee continues to look for individuals who exhibit specific skills and experience. The committee said that these traits were “critical for the leadership of Luther College,” identifying a knowledge of the external challenges facing higher education and excellent communication skills among these traits. According to the search profile available on the Luther website, additional traits included a “commitment to Luther’s leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability” and “a deep affection for students and an appreciation for the relationship Search forum continued on page 4




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More music ensembles to be streamed online this year Hannah Garry

Staff Writer

This year Luther is streaming one concert for each ensemble in the music department. The Wind and Percussion Ensemble’s concert this week will be their first ever to be streamed live. Director of Wind and Percussion Ensemble Joan deAlbuquerque is excited by this opportunity because in the past only a select few ensembles got the chance to have their performances streamed live. “They always did stream the top group once a year, the top band. This is the second band, so it’s exciting that they’re going to be streaming it live,” deAlbuquerque said. Vice President for Communications and Marketing Rob Larson said the change is due to an effort to increase coverage at Luther. “The objective is to stream as many events as possible to give as much access to the music, worship, athletic and other events as possible,” Larson said. The process of streaming can involve up to four cameras with a student running each one, as well as a student director to run the broadcast, according to Multimedia Lead Matt Baumann. DeAlbuquerque is excited for the ensemble to get a chance to exhibit their musical ability in the first concert they have to themselves of the year. “We have a stronger ensemble than we did last year, all of the instruments are filled out completely,” deAlbuquerque said.

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Make noise! Joan deAlbuquerque conducts the Wind and Percussion Ensemble during the Family Weekend Concert. Besides being able to showcase their ability to the physical audience, for this concert the ensemble may be heard by many who are not actually in attendance. Larson said the audience size depends on the event being streamed. “Some events have very low viewership, and some have reached over 500 for a single event between live and on demand alternatives. Concerts and higher profile athletic teams tend to draw the best,” Larson said. Partially based on her personal experience, deAlbuquerque believes many alumni and relatives may be interested in

listening to the ensemble’s concert live online. “I went to Michigan State University. If I know Michigan State is going to have a concert and they’re streaming it live. I’ll listen to it online because I can’t go there,” deAlbuquerque said. She also thinks Decorah’s distance from major cities plays a part in demand for concerts streamed online. “We have quite a few parents and relatives who live far away; you know Decorah’s out in the middle of nowhere,” deAlbuquerque said.

Animal liberation activist speaks on speciesism and religion Marin Nycklemoe

exist for reasons other than human use,”

Last week, the religion department had their final lecture for the fall season of Religion Forums. The title of the lecture was “Animal Liberation; The Failure of Religion and the Promise of Atheism” and was presented by Professor of English at Normandale Community College (St. Paul, Minn.) Kim Socha, an avid activist on many fronts. Her lecture, which was on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m., focused on the idea that religion and its ideologies are what have led to the exploitation and oppression of animals. The lecture itself was along the same idea of her new book, “Animal Liberation and Atheism: Remaking the Procrustean Bed.” “My hope is that, first and foremost, people left the presentation thinking about nonhuman animals as beings who

the import of my explanations of sentience and consciousness as they apply to other species with whom we share this planet.” During her lecture, Socha called into question the idea of speciesism in relation to religions all around the world. She asked the question of how hierarchy plays into human and nonhuman relations. Socha presented on a provocative topic and got the attendees thinking.

Staff Writer Socha said. “I hope attendees understand

“I think Dr. Socha has made an advancement in the field of animal liberation-related thought. I thought she did a good job of lecturing, though at times it seemed she was drawing from generalizations.” Ben Jerke (‘16) said. Some were not necessarily in favor of what Socha was discussing. For many, the ideas presented seemed impractical or impossible. -Kim Socha “Anthrocentrism is natural and being an omnivore is convenient,” Teresa Zaffarano (‘14) said. “While I agree our treatment of

“Live in the way most conducive to your ethics even if others don’t understand or support you—then keeping looking because you will soon find you are not alone.”

animals is usually unethical, the drastic overhaul she expects is impractical at best.” While Socha’s ideas may be frustrating or impossible to some, her presentation got people thinking. Socha encouraged those interested in activism. “Take a risk even if it takes you out of your comfort zone,” Socha said. “If there are no groups in your area that are doing what you want to do, start one. Live in the way most conducive to your ethics, even if others don’t understand or support you—then keeping looking, because you will soon find you are not alone.” Professor Socha’s book, “Animal Liberation and Atheism: Remaking the Procrustean Bed,” will be available in the fall of 2014. Those interested in learning more can read her previous book, “Women Destruction, and the Avant-Garde: A Parading for Animal Liberation.”


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Aid trickling into hard-hit areas in Philippines Desperately needed food, water and medical aid are only trickling into Tacloban that took the worst blow from Typhoon Haiyan, while thousands of the area victims jammed the damaged airport Tuesday, seeking to be evacuated. “We need help. Nothing is happening. We haven’t eaten since yesterday afternoon,” pleaded Aristone Balute, an 81-year-old woman who failed to get a flight out of Tacloban for Manila, the capital. Five days after the deadly disaster, aid is coming —pallets of supplies and teams of doctors are waiting to get into Tacloban —but the challenges of delivering the assistance means few in the stricken city have received help. Officials were also working to determine how many people had been killed, with the country’s president saying the death toll could be lower than earlier feared.


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“Say Cheese!” The Luther College Mock Trial team poses before one of their meets.

Britta Thompson

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Here at Luther, student groups, clubs and teams can be found in abundance. But there is one competitive team on campus that many students might not hear much about. As many as five times a week, the Luther College Mock Trial team members meet to prepare for the tournaments they attend on weekends. The team is advised by Professor of Political Science Michael Engelhardt. “The best way to describe it is like a simulated trial,” co-captain Margaret Kienitz (‘16) said. “It’s like ‘Law & Order’ on TV, with the judge and the attorneys and the defendant and all that.” So far this semester, the team has participated in two tournaments. The first was at St. Ambrose University where they took first place out of six teams. The other took place at Macalester College, where they tied for 10th place with two other teams, out of 36 teams total. “We’re really happy with our performance so far, because in the past, we haven’t always done well at Macalester,” Kienitz said. “It’s a good start to a season where we think we could do really well.” The good performance that Kienitz and her fellow team members report is a direct result of the work that goes into preparing for the tournaments. At the beginning of the semester, members of the team receive a fictitious court case from the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). For the rest of the year, the team examines the case and learns it inside and out. Each team member is also assigned a particular role as an attorney or a witness in the case, though one’s role can change from tournament to tournament. Aside from placing in tournaments overall, team members can also win individual awards, like Outstanding Attorney or Outstanding Witness. “We started practicing the second or third week of

school,” team member Olivia Brooks (‘16) said. “The week before a tournament, we spend about ten hours preparing. We practice every day, talking to our own witnesses, practicing in front of each other, doing a dress rehearsal, things like that.” On the day of a tournament, the team travels to the place where the tournament is hosted and competes against any number of Mock Trial teams from other colleges or universities. “There are no divisions, so Luther’s team can compete against any school that has a Mock Trial team,” Engelhardt said. “It’s competitive, but not vicious.” Members of the team agree that the more challenging part of Mock Trial is not facing other teams at tournaments. Rather, it is the effort of balancing the time spent on tournament preparation with coursework and jobs that can become difficult. For that reason, some students on the team have been thinking about proposing that Luther offer credits for participating in Mock Trial. “Through some other teams we’ve met at tournaments, I’ve heard that some colleges give credit for doing Mock Trial, and Luther does not,” team member Lilja Amundson (‘14) said. “I know I and a few other members are interested in campaigning for that to change.” Though Brooks and her teammates agree that the workload is heavy and that being offered credits would lighten it, they also report that the payoff is worthwhile. “It’s something that I get a lot out of,” Brooks said. “It teaches you how to articulate your points, how to react under pressure, how to interact in a team atmosphere and it teaches you critical thinking skills – everything that’s applicable to daily life, as well as future careers.”

Oldest big cat fossil found in Tibet Scientists have unearthed the oldest big cat fossil yet, suggesting the predator — similar to a snow leopard — evolved in Asia and spread out. The nearly complete skull dug up in Tibet was estimated at 4.4 million years old — older than the big cat remains recovered from Tanzania dating to about 3.7 million years ago, the team reported. While the new specimen is not a direct ancestor to big cats like tigers, lions and jaguars, it is closely related to the snow leopard, said study leader Jack Tseng of the American Museum of Natural History in New York said.


Biden to push immigration at naturalization event Vice President Joe Biden will head to Atlanta this week to promote the need for an immigration overhaul during a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens. Biden will speak at a naturalization event Thursday at The King Center in Atlanta, the White House said. About 8,000 new U.S. citizens will be naturalized during 120 ceremonies at the beginning of November. A day earlier, Biden and President Barack Obama plan to huddle with religious leaders to urge the House to act on immigration. Among the leaders that will meet with Obama, Biden and top aides at the White House Wednesday morning are megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and Jim Wallis of the social justice group Sojourners.

*** UN rights elects new council seats China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Cuba and Algeria won seats Tuesday on the U.N. Human Rights Council, riling independent human rights groups who said their election undermined the rights watchdog’s credibility. The General Assembly elected 14 new members to the 47-seat Geneva-based council, which can shine a spotlight on rights abuses by adopting resolutions - when it chooses to do so. It also has dozens of special monitors watching problem countries and major issues ranging from executions to drone strikes. Britain, France, the Maldives, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa were also elected to three-year terms.


Man held for didgeridoo attack on Southern Calif. cab Southern California man has been arrested after police say he whacked a taxi with a didgeridoo in an argument over the fare. Police Lt. Phil Collum says when they arrived, the man got into an argument with the cabbie over the fare. Collum says he went into the house and came out with a didgeridoo — a long, wooden instrument from Australia. Collum says the man threatened the driver with it. The cabbie drove off, but the man allegedly chased the cab and whacked it several times with the didgeridoo, denting the vehicle. Global News Compiled from:




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Former Minn. bishop preaches, congregations come together Sesquicentennial continued from page 1

alum of Luther. Usgaard had a particularly special connection with Decorah Lutheran Church because he was both baptized and married there. “It is an honor to be invited to such a special celebration,” Usgaard said. “I can remember a similar celebration 50 years ago held for the centennial of the churches. It was held outside on the old Nustad Field on Luther’s campus. It is always a privilege to be welcomed back to one’s hometown.” A special offering was also made on Sunday, supporting the local Path to Citizenship Fund, Jenny Bonnell/College Ministries Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services work Celebrate. The Rev. Harold Usgaard (‘69) preached Nov. 10. in the United States, and Lutheran World Relief

response in Syria. “Because our congregations have an immigrant history as a congregation, one of the ways we express our gratitude and our faith is to help other people in their immigrant journeys, and recognizing that it’s a global story,” Blair said. Coincidentally, Nov. 10 was not only the day marking the anniversary of the sesquicentennial of Lutheran congregations in Decorah, but also Martin Luther’s birthday. “Because Nov. 10 is also the day of Martin Luther’s 530th birthday, our college’s namesake, the service [had] a birthday cake and coffee for reception afterward,” Blair said. “So it [was] a mini birthday party as well.”

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between the curriculum and cocurriculum.” With these traits in mind, the committee took other measures to expand the pool of candidates. “While this [traditional search] process had worked well in the past, the search committee did not feel that we had enough time to really get to know the candidates—their leadership style, the depth of their understanding of the

college and their passion to serve,” Lee said. “We are going to make changes to the process this time to correct some of these issues.” In order to appeal to candidates, one of the primary changes in the search process is the amount of information available to the public. While past searches have been conducted publicly, the current recruitment process will be conducted privately in order to respect the sensitivities of potential candidates and appeal to a wider

range of applicants. As a result, the committee has identified 51 potential candidates. However, not all of them will be pursued. “Based on these efforts, we did conclude that the recruitment efforts were worthwhile and productive and did expand our pool, but that we would also need to be more flexible in our process to keep some of these individuals interested,” Lee said. In addition to providing information about the search process, the forum

allowed the audience to ask questions. For example, Executive Director of the Diversity Center Sheila Radford-Hill raised the issue of diversity within the pool of candidates. “As we look for our 10th President, we need an open and robust campaign to engage with diverse candidates and address their concerns so that they choose to remain in the pool,” Radford-Hill said. The committee is still accepting nominations and will continue to examine its current pool of candidates.

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stories of people she has encountered who have dealt with these issues. From the anthropological perspective, Carrasco said that the challenges of immigration to the United States come from the immigrant’s loss of dignity and the condescending nature of the American system and societal attitude toward particular groups and people. Thompson approached the topic of immigration from a linguistic perspective, highlighting the way languages change when a society has two language groups come together. “Language is the cornerstone of cultural and national identity,” Thompson said. “A person often feels as if his or her identity is under attack [when pressured to change].” There have been many attempts to make English the national language of the United States, and 28 states have English declared as the official language. Thompson pointed out, though, that language will always change over time, even without immigration. For the education system, money and other resources are in short supply to accommodate young people who have English as a second or third language. Thompson argued that immigration stimulates intercultural knowledge and skills, giving people the ability to negotiate between and among people of different cultures. Political Science Professor Michael Engelhardt spoke about the political factors of immigration, namely the Republican/Democrat divide. “Immigration is an issue for who will win this next election,” Engelhardt said. “If there is an amnesty [bill passed], there could be 17 million new voters by 2035.” Republicans generally have aimed to prevent amnesty because the new voters will likely vote for the Democratic Party and Republicans would risk alienating minority voters who are already U.S. citizens. Democrats, on the other hand, fear alienating the white working class, but believe that any amnesty proposal would help businesses without lowering the working wage. Having three professors from various fields of study allowed for a comprehensive view of immigration, which was the hope of HOLA/Enlaces Co-President Lenny

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Coming together. HOLA/Enlaces raises immigration questions for the area. Ulloa Silva (‘16). “We didn’t want only people who were for immigration, but we wanted more of a conversation of what’s actually going on,” Ulloa Silva said. “We wanted [to bring] professors from other parts of the world and teaching in different areas.” The group is already getting feedback to make future immigration panels on campus even more far-reaching and engaging for the Luther community. HOLA/ Enlaces member Brianna McClain (‘15) commented on how much she enjoys talking about immigration with other people. “We just connect more as a community,” McClain said. The group intends to put on another panel next year, continuing engagement in the Luther community and the broader Decorah/Postville communities as well.

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seeing sounds Brett Van Hoesen discusses sound art in the avant garde for Gerhard Marcks lecture. Dylan Hinton

Staff Writer

Each semester the Gerhard Marcks lecture series seeks to bring prominent members of the international art community to Luther College. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada-Reno Brett Van Hoesen served as a workshop leader Van Hoesen and the Marcks program’s distinguished lecturer on “Visualizing Sound: The German Avant-Garde and the Acoustic Realm.” Former Luther College President Hugh George Anderson and then-wife Jutta F. Anderson endowed the Gerhard Marcks lecture series in honor of Luther’s extensive collection of the German artist’s work. Jutta F. Anderson was recognized before the lecture for her work in founding and funding the lecture series, as well as for her continued passion for emphasizing the importance of art history at Luther. “I came to the United States from Germany in 1968 for

art’s sake and when I came to Luther in 1983 we didn’t even have an art historian,” Anderson said. “ I thought that if we at least had a regular lecture in art history, we could keep this idea going ... a liberal arts college should have an art historian.” Anderson has retired from running the Gerhard Marcks series but continues to attend as many lectures as she can. She was particularly drawn to Van Hoesen’s lecture because of the subject’s timeliness. “I was trained as an art historian,” Anderson said. “My specialty was American art of the 1970s … I’m really happy to have someone speak who doesn’t just speak about the Renaissance or medieval art, but really covered the latest thing [in art] … I really learned a lot from [Van Hoesen].” Van Hoesen’s lecture covered histories of the German avant-garde and the Acoustic Realm while also discussing the modern movement in Germany. These subjects also appeared in an interactive workshop entitled “See Europe through the -Jake Eyes of an Art Historian,” which Van Hoesen directed with Luther’s 20th Century Art History class earlier on Tuesday, Nov. 5. “In the workshop, she really emphasized the importance of traveling as an art historian,” Katie Mathis (‘15) said. “She especially stressed how important it is if you’re interested in a specific artist or movement,

actually seeking out the places where those artists lived or those movements occurred.” Van Hoesen’s lecture focused particularly on sound art and the many forms it has taken throughout the ages in Germany, beginning in visual representations of sound and progressing to modern pieces that incorporate recordings and speakers. The lecture pushed the definition of art beyond a purely visual medium, and following Van Hoesen’s presentation there were many questions in the audience about the nature and future of sensory arts. “[The lecture] addressed a pretty big innovation in the art world and demonstrated art’s ability to evolve over time,” Jake Putnam (‘15) said. “I developed my ever-expanding views on what the fine arts really are. What makes something a work of art is harder to define than ever.” Following the lecture was a brief reception outside the hall where Van Hoesen answered further questions from students and community Putnam (‘15) members. The Gerhard Marcks lecture series will fund another art historian next semester, continuing Anderson’s hope that there will always be a place for art history and inquiry at Luther College. “I wonder where the art world will go from here in terms of incorporating the other senses into the visual arts,” Putnam said. “Can I expect to smell, touch and taste art in the future? I hope so.”

“What makes something a work of art is harder to define than ever.”

KWLC Album Review: Arcade Fire “Reflektor” Peter Jarzyna Rock Music Director In the world of modernity, precious things like love, community and genuine human expression are routinely and systematically smothered by the powers that be. The good folks of Arcade Fire have never been content with this fact. Their fourth studio album “Reflektor” finds the band wrestling with a breadth of issues in the ilk of isolation within society. The first half doubles as an exploration of influences and an introduction to themes that will take shape in the more narrative-driven second half

“We Exist” rides a bass line in the vein of “Billie Jean” and mocks the dehumanizing pride of nay-sayers the world over. At the beginning of “Normal Person,” frontman Win Butler slurs “Dooo you liiike..rock ‘n’ roll music? Cause I dunnooo if I dooo.” It’s a humorous, tonguethrough-the-cheek admission, opening a swampy, shredding stomper that laughs in the face of normalization. Butler has been spending a lot of time in Haiti, the home country of his wife and bandmate Regine Chassagne. The percussive spirit of rara drummers reinvigorated him with the living passion of folk music. “Here Comes the Night Time,” a dub-reggae calypso, rallies against modern

colonialism and swells with this newfound inspiration. Most demonstrative of the band’s collaboration with James Murphy, who assisted in producing much of the album, is opening track “Reflektor,” a disco-noir epic — and a scathing indictment on smartphone religiosity. Late in the eight-minute breakdown, David Bowie’s prophetic baritone makes a brief and surprising cameo, intoning, “Thought you were praying to the resurrector!” Butler’s response echoes throughout the song: “It’s just a reflector.” In the second half of “Reflektor,” a dirge-like reprise of “Here Comes the Night Time” preludes the tragedy to befall a modern-day Orpheus and

Eurydice, victims of the world introduced in act one. Loose parallels to the Greek myth begin with the two-part suite of “Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)” and “It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus).” In the midst of a swirling and swelling calamity of “Awful Sound,” Butler and Chassagne plaintively sigh, “We know there’s a price to pay, for love in a reflective age.” “It’s Never Over” is charged with an absolutely thunderous guitar riff, and may just be the perfect intersection of New Order and Pink Floyd. Though the names of the lovers are absent in the remaining songs, the narrative of a friendship squelched by external forces continues. “Porno” is the name Butler gives to the lowest low of

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the modern age’s perversion of beauty in life; he simultaneously chides and pleas, “Little boys with their porno … if this is their world, where can we go?” This question is soon answered by “Afterlife,” the album’s penultimate and most anthemic track. Arcade Fire have always held the weight of the world on their shoulders. On “Reflektor,” they remember to dance and to return to what makes life truly joyful. In a recent interview, Stephen Colbert asked Butler if it was true that their new music was written just so people could “shake their booties to it.” Smiling, Butler answered, “The hope is that people will dance with a tear in their eye.”




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A man and his cam Director of Visual Media Aaron Lurth (‘08) balances work and play through the lens. Carrie Juergens

Staff Writer

Aaron Lurth (‘08), formerly a Luther art student, returned to Luther in 2012 as Director of Visual Media. After he graduated from Luther in 2008, Lurth completed his MFA in Photography and Graphic Design at the University of Iowa. He now works in marketing and continues to do his own art in his spare time. There is a sharp contrast between what Lurth does during his work day and what he does when he’s shaping his portfolio. “I’m kind of in a weird position because I have multiple venues of interest,” Lurth said. “My formal education is in fine arts, and so I have my Bachelor’s in Art, my MFA in photography on the arts side of things, but all my formal training outside of school has been through journalism, documentary and public relations work, and those two sides don’t always like to play nice with one another.” During the day Lurth works to photograph people and moments at Luther, but at night he turns to a different venue. “I’m very interested in space,” Lurth said. “How space is used, and how spaces change when people aren’t around. And I’m interested

in how we can use the camera to see differently next spring, and Zauner is an advocate of this plan. than the human eye sees…” Lurth said. “He’s really good at explaining things Lurth’s interest in using the camera to see the world differently was reflected in his thoroughly, but also clearly and most recent project, “Parking,” which was concisely,” Zauner said. “He has a featured in Preus Library earlier this semester. really good understanding of “Parking” is a collection of long-exposure how to do something, and he’s photographs of empty parking lots featuring good at articulating it.” Lurth uses his camera to see unique lighting and varying conceptions of color. Long-exposure shots take a significant the world in a different way but notes that there are many amount of time ways to do this. to set up and “I think that any art class complete, a sharp begs of you to look at the contrast to Lurth’s world differently,” Lurth busy days with said. “Now my entire life is the Photo Bureau full of potential moments where every of still images. They’re second matters. fleeting moments Many students of photographs. who are part of Sometimes you’ll be the Photo Bureau walking down the have had the street, and you’ll see opportunity to -Aaron Lurth (‘08) a fantastic possible work with Lurth, image, and you such as Aaron don’t have your Zauner (‘14), who has worked for the Photo Bureau since camera with you, and you last spring. Zauner is impressed with Lurth’s get really angry at yourself [for not bringing it], and insight and ability. “Practically speaking, he’s taught me to use other people might not photoshop programming and photo editing,” notice that. I think it Zauner said. “I don’t have photoshop on my completely changes the computer, so I’ve never had an opportunity way you look at what’s around to work on editing my photos. That sort of happening knowledge has helped me produce a better you, and makes you quality photograph. It’s trained my eye better.” more aware of your Lurth will become a photography professor surroundings.”

“...any art class begs of you to look at the world differently. Now my entire life is full of potential moments of still images.

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(Right) Lurth in Action. Aaron Lurth (‘08) earned his MFA in Photography and Graphic Design at the University of Iowa. (Above) Parking. A shot from Lurth’s most recent project, “Parking,” featured in Preus Library earlier this semester.

No Shave The hairy beasts of November are back and scruffier than ever. Margaret Yapp

Features Editor

The infamous 11th month is back. Unfortunately, the calendars are correct: it is November. And as per tradition, as autumn breezes blow through campus and golden leaves twinkle to the ground, some Luther students have chosen to work through thirty days of no razors, no tweezers and most importantly: no shaving. As a writer for Chips over the past two years, I have delved into the thick of things. I have run with the fuzzy wolves, if you will. Every November since coming

to Luther I have met with a few of these non-shaving students, figured out their passions, their fears, the patterns of their facial hair. Meeting face-to-face with nonshavers is a terrible, terrifying thing. They constantly itch their faces where patchy growths sprout, and this year, their armpits are gardens of thick black vines. You heard right: for the first time, the Chips “No Shave” feature will feature a woman and her armpits. I am the first to admit that nonshavers are quite disgusting, but it is important to remember that they are people, too. Honestly, over these past years, that has been the most important thing I have learned. As the second week of No Shave November comes to a close, meet a few of this year’s participants. Check back with Chips at the end of the month to see how they did.

Sam Raiche (‘15) Over the years I have walked in on Sam Raiche (‘15) doing a number of weird things. Lets just say that the past two Novembers have created a bond between us that will never be undone. Nothing has been so strange, however, as what happened when we met up for the first time, and so far the only time, in November 2013. As I walked up the stairs of Larsen to Raiche’s room, I heard screaming: “Sam Raiche got a dream! Sam Raiche got a dream!” I slowly opened the door, sweat pouring down my face, and saw Raiche in front of his mirror. He was doing power squats and rubbing his face, yelling “Sam Raiche got a dream!” to the tune of Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle.” “All my life I want long beard with powers!” I quietly closed the door and sprinted out of the building. Maybe next time.



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Matt Helm

Staff Writer

It’s senior paper season! The time of the year when soon-tobe graduates buckle down, head to the library and study a topic that they are truly passionate about. Chips met up with a handful of senior students across the various disciplines to find out just what it is they have been researching so diligently. Check back next week for part two.

Eating disorder research and education

The flipped classroom

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Abby Mesnik

Abby Mesnik (‘14) is a mathematics major and an education minor. This fall, she is doing her senior paper on the “flipped classroom,” a revolutionary new teaching technique.

“It’s a new movement so there is not a lot of research done on it,” Mesnik said. “[In a flipped classroom] you are presented the lecture material as homework outside of class and then when you come to class you do some kind of activity to further your knowledge. It’s the reverse of what is traditionally done.” Mesnik hopes to implement some or all of her research in her future classroom when she becomes a teacher. “It sounded interesting and applicable to the math classroom,” Mesnik said. “Students have more control over their pace of learning and become better at identifying when they have problems so that they can discuss it with the teacher. You can reach people who are lower in the class and higher in the class at the same time.”

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Christina Scharmer

Christina Scharmer (‘14) is majoring in psychology and mathematics. Her senior project was inspired by the volunteer work she did over the summer with the Emily Program Foundation, a nonprofit eating disorder education and advocacy organization based in the Twin Cities. “The Emily Program gives presentations that are geared toward accurate education about eating disorders in a way that doesn’t glamorize them and

Kurt Hellman (‘16) There is no denying that Kurt Hellman (‘16) is an underdog. When I first met him earlier this month, his smooth cheeks were so hairless that they sparkled. I became immediately anxious, worried that featuring his inability to grow facial hair in Chips might ruin his reputation. Luckily, Hellman has a plan. In our most recent interview, he revealed his secrets. “At first I tried meditating,” Hellman said. “I tried that for a while, early mornings, late nights. Eventually I realized that wasn’t going to work...” Suddenly Hellman grew distraught, he wouldn’t make eye contact with me for the rest of the interview but blurted out something quite revealing as he ran away: “I’M DOING PUSHUPS, OKAY? AND OTHER MANLY STUFFTESTOSTERONE! TRUCKS! PULLUPS! LEAVE ME ALONE!” Kurt, it really will be okay.

Photo courtesy of Peter Ecklund

ive and confused. Strafelda’s right armpit after only two weeks.

helle Strafelda (‘14)

helle Strafelda (‘14) is the first woman I ver interviewed for the Chips No Shave mber feature. After meeting with her rly over the past two weeks, I cannot out why I didn’t ask her sooner. felda is no stranger to body hair, and ted about this November’s promise of nderarm fuzz. my armpit hair gets long enough I will t and put a ribbon on the end,” Strafelda “This didn’t work out the last time I

really works toward them and promoting healthy body image and living styles,” Scharmer said. “This is something that I’m really interested in and passionate about so I adapted it and brought it back to Luther with me and I’m giving presentations around campus.” Scharmer plans on finding out what Luther students think about eating disorders. “What I’m doing is measuring the efficacy of my presentation but also I’m looking at mental health stigma and stigma toward eating disorders because a lot of people think that eating disorders are shameful,” Scharmer said. I have a measure that’s looking at the extent to which people actually hold these attitudes here at Luther.” Scharmer encourages students to look forward to future presentations. She hopes to work towards the potential destigmatization of eating disorders. “I’m hoping that what I’ve brought back and what I’m doing here on campus with my education programs provides a non-triggering, effective education program,” Scharmer said.

grew out my armpit hair, so if anyone has experience with braiding please contact me.” As Strafelda explained her plans for a new beauty routine to me, she was multitasking. With crayons and ribbons, she crafted a stack of “HELP WANTED” posters, advertising for a personal armpit hair braider. Together, we looked online and found that the average wage for an armpit hair braider ranges from minimum wage to $10 an hour, similar to babysitting. “I look forward to this journey,” Strafelda said. “And I hope you do too.” *wink*

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Just ... confused? Hellman after only two weeks of No Shave.


Arts & Entertainment

November 14, 2013


Center Stage Preview:

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain have an extremely good time with it,” Director

Anna Jeide

Staff Writer of Campus Programming Tanya Gertz said.

According to, the Hawaiian word “ukulele” translated in English means “jumping (lele) flea (uku).” uku).” Roots of the word can be traced back to the 1890s, when a British army officer was nicknamed “ukulele” for his stylistic playing of a small fourstringed instrument in the court of the Hawaiian King Kalakaua. Like the British officer, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain travels around the world, entertaining audiences with the lively sounds of the “jumping flea.” According to, the ensemble is “a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele.” This eight-member chamber ensemble has an international following that draws crowds to concerts in worldrenowned venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The next stop is none other than the Center for Faith and Life. “They play all sorts of crazy, fun music and they

The Orchestra explores a wide range of music on the ukulele. “I think they’re really fun and playful. They do all sorts of music, from classical to pop,” Performing Arts Committee President Sarah Nolte (‘14) said. The Orchestra’s comedic adaptations of pop songs, such as “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

and “Mamma Mia” by ABBA, are just a few pieces from their expansive repertoire. Some audience members not only attend the Ukulele Orchestra performance but also participate in making music themselves. The Orchestra is asking concertgoers to bring their ukuleles

for a “ukulele-along.” “We certainly do things where people get to play with artists,” Gertz said. “But I can’t think of any time when we’ve encouraged people to bring their instruments to the show and play along and be part of the show in this kind of way.” Ukulele enthusiast Olive Peterson (‘16) is excited to bring her “small soprano ukulele” to the upcoming performance. Peterson began playing ukulele six years ago and uses her musical talent to benefit others. “I’ve played at different hospice and charity events, everything from pop to oldies to reach older audiences,” Peterson said. Peterson loves the ukulele for its small size, versatility and portability, but noted others’ reactions as her favorite quality of the instrument. “I think my favorite thing about the ukulele is that whenever you play ukulele everyone seems to smile right away,” Peterson said. “It has such a happy ring to it.” The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life. Tickets and music for the ukulele-along (Tom Petty’s “American Girl”) are available through the Ticket Office or online at tickets. Photo courtesy of AMG

Film Review

From the Stork’s Nest: Last Vegas Andrew Stork

Film Critic

Las Vegas: a city of escape, where boys will be (and remain) boys. Toward the beginning of “Last Vegas,” we see movie legends Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline arrive at the airport, preparing to rain hell on America’s playground. Freeman’s character says to the crew of old-timers, “We need this.” And, despite skepticism of the actors’ comedic inexperience,

we discover as an audience that we need it too. Although “Last Vegas” may not meet all expectations, we somehow leave satisfied to see these actors execute this story. The movie opens with a short look at the characters’ rebellious teen years. Shifting quickly from this period using a unique “58 Years Later” transition, the movie then reintroduces the characters, now older and discontent. Sam (Kline) lives with his wife in a nursing community, where his only joy comes from mocking the elderly. Having suffered a

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mild stroke, Archie (Freeman) lives with his son and must deal with an overly precautious living situation due to concerns for his health. Paddy (De Niro) is a recent widower who hasn’t left his apartment since his wife’s death. The group’s final member, Billy (Douglas), hopes that proposing to his 30-year-old girlfriend will prevent him from becoming old and lonely. Celebrating Billy’s engagement, the old friends tempt fate and Father Time in a decision to meet up for one last Vegas bachelor weekend. As these seniors drink, gamble, flirt, fight and dance, we ultimately see the film contrast the characters’ Vegas experience with their struggle of “being old,” helping the audience identify what joys life has to offer when living in the present. The film’s strength is not the story, but the characters within it. These specific actors are essential to making the film work. The movie’s flow is disjointed, the story is predictable and occasionally short on comedy, but because of their strong individual performances, a very relatable group dynamic forms, letting the film offer subtly

profound messages about life and friendship. So, even though you may not point to it first on their filmographies, fans of these

actors looking for some fun and relatively thoughtful entertainment should not consider “Last Vegas” a last option. Grade: B

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November 14, 2013

CHIPS Half marathon: Spain style Column

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:

Fall 2013 Staff

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

Bailey Mulholland


I’ve read about crazy athletic people embarking on crazy athletic adventures around the world and experienced a kind of helpless envy – the unforgivable kind, really. Those who scale the highest peak here or hike a million miles across there or dive with [insert cool dangerous creature] seem to be on an unreachable pedestal of awesomeness. Oftentimes behind their gloried achievements lie years of training and specialization, permits and publicity, endorsements and bottomless bank accounts which create a rift of impossibility for the lowly normal folk such as myself. Or so I used to believe. On October 27 I ran a half marathon in Tordesillas, Spain. I run track and cross country for Luther, and while studying abroad in Europe this fall I knew I’d need a more immediate training incentive than the

impending indoor track season. So, naturally, I signed up for a half marathon. Because why not? I did a little research on local races and connected with two other athletically inclined students in my program, we registered under the character pseudonyms Hermione, Luna and Cedric from the Harry Potter series and bought bus tickets and then … ran. Broken into simple steps, the extraordinary concept of racing thirteen-plus miles on another continent becomes quite attainable. Attitudes toward athletics differ across the globe, but Spain generally encourages physical activity. Although I was always the only female in the university weight room, I frequently found myself in good company on the running paths with people of all ages and genders. The race itself was particularly interesting – a mostly older, male, extremely fit crowd, but no complaints since that meant less competition in my age/gender division. Almost no competition, in fact. My friend Heidi and I were the only girls 20 and under, rendering us second and first to our own delighted astonishment. I received a trophy and bouquet of flowers to show off to the host family upon my return. So about that “helpless envy” I

mentioned earlier: It’s a choice. If you construct invisible walls between yourself and apparently impossible feats, if you seal them up with the tape of doubt and lock the box with a key of resignation, you build your own cage and you stay there.

This isn’t to belittle the work required or the significance of accomplishment, but most people are capable of most things. Life can be cool if you let it be cool – or better yet if you MAKE it be cool. I dare you.

Courtesy of Bailey Mulholland

Top of the line. Bailey Mulholand (‘15) (right) wins her age group at a half marathon in Tordesillas, Spain.

Column: Eve was framed

“Go Ahead, Call The Cops. They Can’t Un-Rape You.”

Melinda McMahon


A story recently reported by 3 News in New Zealand covered the crimes of an Aucklandbased group who call themselves the Roast Busters (reportedly a play on Ghostbusters). The actions of this group involve picking up random girls (sometimes underage) getting them drunk and then gang raping them, recording it and posting the video online. According to 3 News, this has been a recurring event for the past few years and no one has been able to do anything about it. The group makes no effort to hide their actions, even having a now defunct Facebook group dedicated to their actions (others have made an appreciation page, thanking the boys for “putting b*tches in their place since ages ago. Outing the sluts giving them the treatment Associated Collegiate Press they deserve”), but until recently efforts to National Online Pacemaker Award 2011 have both pages removed have failed (when researching this article, the appreciation

page was still up). New Zealand law forbids fact any human being could do this to another anyone from having any sexual relations with human being—this is what infuriates me. someone under the age of 16. One of the boys The fact that someone thinks these actions freely admitted he had sex with a 13 year old. toward another human being are in any shape Law enforcement has not been able to take or form acceptable is what infuriates me. I know some of you reading this will action because none of the girls are willing to come forward. On top of that, the Auckland think, “this is happening in New Zealand. community has shown support for these boys, What can I do? Why do I have to worry?” If you’re thinking along with one woman stating, these lines, stop for a “Of course it wasn’t OK! moment and consider I know that! But the girls how you would feel that did it gave consent if something like this and even went back for happened to your more!” By New Zealand sister, your mother, law, no one as intoxicated your girlfriend, as the girls in the videos your friend, to you? appeared to be is giving Different story now, consent; Article 128 of right? Yes, this case the New Zealand legal is in New Zealand code clearly outlines and there is little any that simply because of us can do about someone allowed this specific case, but sexual connection to be performed -Melinda McMahon (‘14) there is something we upon them does not can do right here, right necessitate consent. now. We can decide Personally, this story that these kinds of infuriates me to an actions are not OK unspeakable level. My anger is not at law and that we won’t stand for them anymore. enforcement, nor is it entirely directed We may not be able to change what happened towards the Auckland community or even the to these girls, but we can change the culture Roast Busters themselves. The fact that these that cultivated the acceptance of these actions. By the way, the title of this article is a quote boys have been getting away with it for years, the fact that community supports them, the from one of the Roast Busters.

“The fact that someone thinks these actions toward another human being are in any shape or form acceptable is what infuriates me.”



November 14, 2013

I am a feminist, and I am a member of LC Feminists. I believe that men and women are equal. I do not believe that women should be restricted to “making sandwiches.” And I was shocked when the Luther College Confessions Facebook group published “confessions” that contradicted this set of beliefs. The “Luther College Confessions” page is an open group on Facebook that welcomes all to anonymously “confess” their thoughts with the promise of “No filter! Just your confessions.” The page is linked to a Google document where people can submit their confessions, and the only disclaimer is “Please do not use real names.” While this is not the first confessions page, following in the wake of several similarly named groups, its primary function is to serve as a medium for students to “safely” express their opinions. I first became aware of this group when a friend showed me a confession that read, “I want to walk in


the Luther college feminist meeting and say ‘this is a his or her name. These posts are attached to Luther College and its weird looking kitchen.’” After sitting, dumbfounded and unable to believe that this post existed in the first students simply by naming the page “Luther College place, I responded and commented, “I don’t get why Confessions.”These posts create the assumption that this is funny. I’m afraid the joke went over my head.” these opinions are reflective of the entire student body. Later, I looked through the page By posting multiple misogynist and sexist jokes that paint feminists and found similar gems involving as the bane of Luther’s existence, the LC Fems, either directly or this page describes a campus-wide indirectly: animosity towards feminists—an “God feminists suck. Isn’t it animosity not as blatant outside hilarious that they’re all ugly as of the Internet. Yet through these f*** too?” posts, the page attaches these “I figured out why the sandwich beliefs to the entire student body. line is so slow in the caf. The After all, the page does not offer Luther feminists haven’t taken it a disclaimer to suggest that these over yet.” opinions are unique to certain My mouth dropped. Was this individuals. really what the campus thought In addition, these confessions are about feminists? -Laura Hayes (‘15) “jokes” that feminists are expected When I checked the page the to take with a grain salt. Is it a joke next day, I discovered that I was to diminish one’s personhood, to banned. I could no longer comment on or “like” any of the posts, and my initial comment say that all women are good for is making sandwiches? was deleted. It was as if I had never been there in the More specifically, why are these jokes “liked” by so many people? In reality, these jokes reflect underlying first place. This page displays the dangers of anonymity attitudes of modern-day misogyny. in our Internet-driven society. Under the guise of While students have called out these posts as anonymity, people have the ability to make such posts offensive, some of these commenters are later banned without consequence. Yet “with great power comes from the groups. Why are these posts allowed, but great responsibility,” to quote Spiderman, and these students offering differing views are silenced? Is the submissions allow students (presumably) to say racist, freedom of speech truly so one-sided? homophobic and sexist comments without attaching -Laura Hayes (‘15)

“Most crimes, other than alcohol and drug reports, are at zero cases.” That being said, we are by no means perfect; bike thefts are on the rise, some of us seem to have trouble aiming while we pee (I’m looking at you 4th floor Miller), and one evening last week, I found the remains of a chocolate ice cream cone smeared on the mirror and sink of a Union restroom. To the people that are responsible, I just want you to know that your actions affected someone. Whether it is the custodian that This is a letter of congratulations, and cleans up after you or the former bike of challenge, to the student body. Last owner that now must buy a new one, your year, there were significant problems with actions affected another member of the vandalism and destruction on campus. The Luther community. If you, the reader, new aquatic center see someone throwing was vandalized while ice cream at Ylvi, under construction. or witness a bike Some students made theft (even if they a habit of urinating are “only borrowing in recycling bins in it” to get to the Sampson-Hoffland. bar), don’t be afraid Parking signs were to say something. vandalized. Golf Whether it’s a friend carts were stolen. Fire or a stranger, say alarms were falsely that this community pulled 55 times. All of this happened last - Paul Esker (‘14) does not put up with unnecessary theft and year, and it made a destruction. To those lot of people’s jobs a who have already lot harder than they done so, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. needed to be. But this year has been a different story. It is because of you that this year is going To date, there has only been one false so well. fire alarm pull and vandalism is almost In community, nonexistent! As Chips noted last week, Paul Esker (‘14)

“When I checked the page the next day, I discovered I was banned ... It was if I had never been there in the first place.”

“If you, the reader, see someone throwing ice cream at Ylvi or witness a bike theft, don’t be afraid to say something.”

Courtesy of Paul Esker

Vandalism in the Union restroom. Ice cream was found smeared across the mirror in the bathroom last week. Overall, vandalism at Luther is declining.



November 14, 2013


Wrestling ranked fourth, aims for national title

Chips Starting Lineup Predictions


continued from page 12

Photo courtesy of Jill Jentz

Getting turned. Jerad Lee-Gay (‘16) turns an opponent with a tilt maneuver at the Alumni Meet.

Bonte lost a 3-1 decision to Dusty Jentz (‘16) at the Alumni Meet. The upper weights have 2013 national qualifiers Jayden DeVilbiss (‘15) and Nick Pearch (‘14) at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively. DeVilbiss was the Outstanding Wrestler of the Central Regional, while Pearch qualified up a weight at heavyweight. “[Jayden] is a physical beast,” Mitchell said. “He’s tall, explosive, strong. He doesn’t even know how good he can be yet.” A high school 215-pounder, Pearch has settled into the collegiate 197-pound class. “Pearch can taste a national title,” Mitchell said. “He was the spark of our team last year.” Luther is ranked fourth in one preseason coaches’ poll but Mitchell is hesitant to buy into that prediction. “I wouldn’t rank us that high yet,” Mitchell said. “I do think we could finish that high at the end of the year. That’s the goal.” Luther will compete first at the Luther Open, held in the SRC on Nov. 16. Wrestlers from Iowa, Wartburg and Cornell are expected to compete.

125- Nick Scheffert (‘15) 133- Evan Obert (‘15) 141- Dakota Gray (‘16) 149- Chris George (‘14) 157- Blake Letney (‘16) 165- Garrett Bonte (‘14) 174- Jarid Groth (‘14) 184- Jayden DeVilbiss (‘15) 197- Nick Pearch (‘14) 285- Conner Herman (‘15)

Volleyball ends season in IIAC tourney Women fall to Wartburg in semifinals 3-2, Lynch is Coach of the Year. Sam Molzahn

Staff Writer

The fourth-seeded Luther Volleyball team competed in the 2013 IIAC Volleyball Tournament held Nov 4, 5 and 6. After a 3-1 win against the University of Dubuque, Luther was knocked out in the semifinal round in a 3-2 loss to Wartburg College. With the completion of the IIAC season, Natalee Johnson (‘16) and Hannah Wilson (‘14) were named all-conference. Lindsey Ryan (‘16) set Luther’s single-season record for assists with 53 and was named an all-conference honorable mention. Head Coach Danielle Lynch also received Iowa Conference Coach of the Year honors. “In the Dubuque game we knew that we had to be on our game,” Lynch said. “It was nice to see that they executed well. The fourth game went awesome, to win 25-8. When they were on they were unstoppable and it was nice to see that that came together at the end of our season in a playoff game.” The team had confidence going into the game ranked above the fifth-seed Dubuque,

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Air time. Leah Broderick (‘15) spikes the ball on Dubuque in a game earlier this year. but initially lacked that same intensity when playing the number one seed Wartburg. “Our game against Wartburg I think we were a little nervous coming in because we came out and lost the first game,” Jordyn Dudek (‘14) said. “But once we got the nerves out, we got on a roll and played out of our minds. I’m so proud of how well we

played together and really gave Wartburg a run for their money. I don’t think they expected us to take them to five games.” After losing the first game 25-18, Luther won games two and three 25-19 and 25-15, respectively. Wartburg won the fourth and fifth games 25-12 and 15-12, respectively. Despite the loss, players were optimistic

about the level of play during the tournament. “In the four years I’ve played we’ve never taken Wartburg to a fifth game,” Wilson said. “We were even ahead in the fifth game but just couldn’t close it out. It was so fun to even be able to say that as a number four seed we almost beat the number one seed in the tournament.” Dudek echoed Wilson’s positive outlook on the game against Wartburg. “I’m happy with the outcome,” Dudek said. “Obviously I would have liked to beat Wartburg and it would have been a great accomplishment for us, being the underdogs. I’m very happy with how we played and I think we peaked at the right time of the season. We knew they were going to be good, but we didn’t let them walk all over us.” Lynch saw the loss to Wartburg as fuel for the training fire to come back next fall as a top IIAC contender. “It’s a double-edged sword,” Lynch said. “I’m proud of them and what they accomplished and how well they played at the end of the season. Everyone is going to compliment us on this game, but we know that we can achieve more and we want to make the NCAA tournament and get that automatic bid. I think finishing off the season with Wartburg was a good loss to have to set us into next season so we can want to achieve more.”

Soccer exits IIAC early, men get nationals bid Julia Joseph

Staff Writer

Soccer runs in the family for Luther athlete James GarciaPrats (‘14) and Men’s Head Coach Chris Garcia-Prats. After four years of having his brother as a coach, Garcia-Prats says that it has only helped them become closer. “Having my brother as a coach has been a blessing, and not as weird as some people would think,” James Garcia-Prats said. “I always looked up to Chris – Coach – on and off the field so it was impossible to turn down the opportunity to get to play for him.” With the team’s regular-season conference championship and a winning record of 14-6, the brotherly bond on the team does not seem to have a negative effect. James Garcia-Prats does say there are parts that are hard about having his brother as a coach. “On and off the field he holds me accountable like everyone else on the team,” James Garcia-Prats said. “The hardest part of it all is having to call him Coach. It has gotten easier to do around

the rest of the team but is still weird at times.” The men’s team won the first round of the IIAC tournament against Central with a score of 1-0. The following game brought them to the home of the Wartburg Knights with a tough loss in the 104th minute due to a penalty kick. The women’s team finished their season second in the Iowa Conference with a record of 9-9. Their semifinal game was at home against Dubuque, with a loss of 0-1. The Spartans scored their game-winning goal in regular play in the 64th minute. “This game was disappointing because we have such high expectations for ourselves as a team,” Erin Wilson (‘15) said. “It’s the little things that could’ve been better. In the end, they finished their chance when we couldn’t.” With their season ending in a less than ideal way, the women’s team is trying to stay positive and reflect on the season. “This definitely gives us motivation for next season,” Wilson said. “Losing to Dubuque in the tournament two years in a row just adds fuel to the fire. We will be ready for them next season.”

The men’s team was similarly disappointed after their loss, but received a pleasant surprise when they won an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament on Monday, Nov. 11. They traveled to Lake Forest, Ill. on Thursday, Nov. 16 to face Lake Forest College in a first round game. “At first we didnt know if our name was said for sure but once we saw it on the screen we all went pretty nuts,” James GarciaPrats said. “It was just a relief to hear our names after waiting five days to know if we were in or not.” This is the seventh time that Luther has qualified for the NCAA Tournament and the second time under the direction of Chris Garcia-Prats. The Norse last went to the tournament in 2011, where they made the round of 16. “Obviously it is special to keep playing for my brother but at the same time it is about way more than just us, it is about the Luther program and my teammates and all the work we have done together,” James Garcia-Prats said. Results from the game were not available at production time.



November 14, 2013 Weekly Standings Football IIAC 5-1 4-2 4-2 4-2 3-3 3-3 1-5 0-6

Wartburg Coe Simpson Dubuque Central Buena Vista Luther Loras

Recent scores: -Nov. 9 vs. Coe L 14-31

Overall 7-2 7-2 6-3 5-4 5-4 3-6 2-7 1-8

Upcoming schedule: -Nov. 16 vs. Simpson @ Home 12 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

Ready to rumble Matt Yan/Chips

Triple threat. National qualifiers (left to right) Jayden DeVilbiss (‘15), Garrett Bonte (‘14) and All-American Evan Obert (‘15) lead the Norse this year. Luther is ranked fourth in a preseason coaches poll. The team competes next at the Luther Open.

Matt Yan

Jazdzewski appears to be comfortable at the

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Nick Jazdzewski (‘14) knows he only has one shot left at being an All-American. The problem is, he has to go through his friends to get to his ultimate goal. Jazdzewski (pronounced Jazz-jess-key), a senior 174-pounder on the wrestling team, has competed anywhere from 157 to 184 pounds during his career at Luther. He started for the Norse at 174 his first year but decided to make the drop to 157 during the 2012-2013 season. “Last year I went down to 157 thinking that I’d be a lot stronger than anyone else at the weight, but it didn’t work out that way,” Jazdzewski said. Jazdzewski spent the summer weightlifting and training to prepare for his return to the 174-pound weight class. Luther is deep at 174, with Jazdzewski, Jarid Groth (‘14) and Eric Moreno (‘14) also at the weight. The three are close friends, which makes competition more complicated than usual. “I think that in one sense you just have to be selfish with it,” Jazdzewski said. “Outside of the room, we’re still going to be friends. You can’t take a step back for someone just because they’re your friend.” Despite jumping up two weight classes,

“I think 174 pounds is where he needs to be,” Head Coach Dave Mitchell said. “He’s just a workout maniac. He trains very hard.” The Luther lineup is anchored by 133-pound All-American Evan Obert (‘15) at one end and 2012 national qualifier Conner Herman (‘15) at heavyweight. Obert placed 8th at the NCAA Championships last season, helping lead the Norse to a 16th-place finish. “Having my name up on that board as an All-American really puts a little weight on my shoulders,” Obert said. “8th place is something good, but I’m definitely striving higher. I keep thinking about that match and how I could’ve prepared differently.” Obert’s preparation appears to be paying off as he went 3-0 at the recent Alumni Meet, beating two former All-Americans. He says the main obstacle to his success is weight management. “The beginning of this year I was walking around at about 155,” Obert said. “Now I [typically] weigh around 143.” Nick Scheffert (‘15) placed fourth at the Central Regional last year at 125 but has a challenging path back to the starting lineup. He won a narrow overtime decision against Garrett Wangsness (‘17) last Saturday, Nov. 9. Dakota

Gray (‘16) also placed fourth at the regional while up a weight at 149. He will drop to 141 for his sophomore campaign. The 149-pound weight class is another question mark, as several different wrestlers will be expected to compete for the spot. Chris George (‘14), John Leibforth (‘15) and Brent Blaser (‘14) have significant college experience, while Utah State Champion Jesse Carlisle (‘17) could also contend for the position. Hans Holkesvik (‘17) is a dark horse contender at this weight, as he holds the Decorah High School single-season pin record. “There’s not a guy I don’t feel good about in our starting lineup,” Mitchell said. “Whoever starts at 149 or 174, I’m going to feel good about.” At 157, Blake Letney (‘16) had a 22-17 first-year campaign and looks to be the starter. Letney beat former NCAA runner-up Ryan LeBeau (‘05) at the Alumni Meet. He will be challenged by Cody Orr (‘14), a Missouri state finalist who had a 7-4 record last season. 165-pound national qualifier Garrett Bonte (‘14) was one win away from All-American status last year and was ranked in the top ten, but his spot isn’t guaranteed. Wrestling continued on page 11

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

Loras Luther Dubuque Wartburg Central Simpson Buena Vista Coe

Overall 17-3-1 9-9 16-5 8-11-1 12-6-2 4-16-1 3-15-1 3-14-1

Recent scores: -Nov. 6 vs. Dubuque L 0-1 Upcoming schedule: -Season is complete

Volleyball Wartburg Coe Loras Luther Dubuque Simpson Central Buena Vista

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

Overall 26-11 33-5 15-17 16-19 12-21 17-14 13-19 17-12

Recent scores: -Nov. 7 vs. Wartburg L 2-3 -Nov. 5 vs. Dubuque W 3-1 Upcoming schedule: -Season is complete

Women’s Swim and Dive Loras Luther Simpson Coe

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

Overall 2-1 1-1 0-0 2-3

Recent scores: -Nov. 9 vs. Grinnell W 194-105 -Nov. 2 vs. UW-Whitewater L 96-147 Upcoming schedule: -Nov. 16 vs. Augustana and Simpson @ Home 1 p.m.

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

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

Overall 17-1-2 15-4-2 14-6 12-7-2 6-11-1 9-9-1 5-13 5-12-1

Recent scores: -Nov. 6 vs. Wartburg L 0-1 (OT) -Nov. 2 vs. Central W 1-0

Upcoming schedule: -Nov. 14 vs. Lake Forest College 1st Round NCAA Tournament*

Photo courtesy of Jill Jentz

Taking it to the mat. Garrett Bonte (‘14) tries to escape from Dusty Jentz’s (‘16) grasp during a match.

Photo courtesy of Jill Jentz

Mullet vs. Mohawk. Eric Moreno (‘14) and Nick Jazdzewski (‘14) face off.

* No results as of production time

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