March 19, 2012
Volume 33, Issue 9
Bolivia benefit concert
Pinning its way into students’ hearts - page 11
Event raises money for mission trip - page 6
Campaigns against domestic violence and sexual assault - page 18
SGB opens elections to students RACHEL sTELLA COPY Editor
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In a recent survey, students were asked to rate their satisfaction with different aspects of the first floor library renovations, including computers, furniture and e-books.
Survey reveals student opinions of library renovations Michael Gates and Michelle Villalobos Contributors In a recent survey conducted by Lewis University news reporting students, students were asked about their opinion on various topics relating to the university’s library to determine students satisfation after renovations and to get recommendations for any further improvements. Seventy-nine students were asked to answer eight questions, each regarding their opinion of the library and the new first floor remodeling. When students were asked how often they use the library, 44.3 percent said they used the library three or more times a week, 36.7 percent said that they used the library
twice a week or less, 14 percent said they used the library twice a month or less and 5.1 percent did not answer the question. When students were asked to give their thoughts on the first floor renovations, 59.5 percent said that the renovations were either good or great, 19 percent had a neutral opinion of the remodeling, 17.8 percent said that the renovations were either bad or horrible and 3.8 percent did not answer the question. “Although it’s more modern, too many computers were taken away,” said business administration major David Bajek. “You have more floor space but not enough places to meet. It’s nice, but there needs to be more.” When students were asked to give their opinion of the library’s second floor, 49.4 percent
said that it was a study-friendly area, 13.9 percent had a neutral opinion of the floor, 32.9 percent thought that it could be better and 3.8 percent did not answer the question. “I like it,” said English major Kelly Schreiber. “Especially the cubbies behind all the stacks where it’s quieter, but it doesn’t match the new first floor.” Sixty-two percent of the students surveyed thought that the library needed more computers, whereas 34.2 percent thought that more computers were not needed and 3.8 percent did not answer the question. “The biggest improvement would be more computers,” said biology major Tyler McCue. “But if not that, there should be a crackdown by employees on students using computers for
non-educational needs when others need computers for school work.” When students were asked whether they thought the library needed more e-books, 24.1 percent said yes and 72.2 percent said no, while 3.8 percent did not answer the question. Out of the students who thought the library needed more e-books, 18.75 percent said they should have topics on research, statistics and entertainment. Fifty percent said they would like to see more e-book textbooks and 31.25 percent said more educational ebooks are needed. “Anything to help with papers or some filled with statistics,” said business administration major Sebastian Ortega. Continued on page 3
Students who will be at Lewis as of spring 2013 will have the opportunity to vote for the four positions of the Student Governing Board Executive Board for the 20132014 academic year. This change was made when the General Assembly passed revisions to its constitution Feb. 29. Formerly, only assembly members could vote for Executive Board candidates. Executive Secretary Alaa El-barqua explained that several years ago, SGB held campus-wide elections. Back then, nominees for Executive Board positions were not required to have served as members of the General Assembly as they are now. “This led to the election process being more of a popularity contest,” said Elbarqua, who explained the restrictions enacted after that. The positions of president and vice president were then limited to candidates who were members of the General Assembly. Non-members could apply for the secretary and treasurer positions, but only members could vote to elect candidates. “The benefits of electing someone from the assembly by the assembly included the fact that the people voting understood the purpose of SGB and had seen the person in action and could make informed decisions,” said Executive President John Bradley. “As every student on campus is represented on SGB in at least two ways, each student’s vote was represented.” Continued on page 4
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Bass Fishing Team provides recreational outlet Shane Gustafson Contributor
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Freshman David DeSchepper won the Intercollegiate Outstanding Attorney award, and freshman Megan Arehart and senior Kevin Whelehan won Intercollegiate Outstanding Witness awards at the Opening Round Championship Series in Waukegan.
Mock Trial finishes 9th and 17th at national competition Lauren Pirc News Editor Lewis University’s Mock Trial teams A and B competed in the Opening Round Championship Series in Waukegan March 9-11 for a chance to participate in the National Championship. Through a series of tough matches, both teams missed national placement by a slim margin. Team A finished 17th, while Team B finished ninth, losing the ballot by one point. “When you see who we played and the teams they drew in the tournament, it was a really tough time,” head coach Dr. James Houlihan said. “I really thought we would have one team make it to the next level, but when you look at who we played and everything else, we played very well. All of the matches were close.” During tournament play, Team B tied with University of Wisconsin and defeated Notre Dame, which determined that both of those schools would not proceed to the second round. The A team played third-place Northwood University A, eighth-place University of Minnesota and firstplace University of Illinois Chicago and Elmhurst. “Out of the four they played, three were people that were ahead of them,” Houlihan said. “Overall, a
terrific season, probably the best season we’ve had in years. Two teams to make it nationals period … It really portends for a really good year next year because a lot of our top players are still in school here.” Lewis and Notre Dame earned the most individual awards. Freshman Megan Arehart and senior Kevin Whelehan won Intercollegiate Outstanding Witness awards. Whelehan won five individual awards this season. Freshman David DeSchepper won the Intercollegiate Outstanding Attorney award. “It was my first award of the season, so it was definitely a surprise,” DeSchepper said. “The whole year getting close, maybe just a point or two off, and then finally for the national tournament it was nice.” DeSchepper is an English and political science major who came into Mock Trial during a SOAR visit. “I’ve never done it before in high school or anything, so it was a completely new experience,” DeSchepper said. “Going from Bradley at the beginning of the year and barely knowing how to do anything [and then] going all the way up to Waukegan and doing what we did — it was definitely a new experience. It was really cool.” Among the members graduating is Team A co-captain Michael Park and Team
B co-captain Josh Rehak. “You don’t have to be interested in law school to do this,” Park said. “It definitely boosts your confidence and gives you public speaking skills. I also want to commend my co-captain Cassandra Myers for really leading the team this year. While I was doing my own stuff, she really handled all the statistics and everything.” Houlihan is helped by assistant coaches William Rock, John Senese and Brandi Sanders. “We had a wonderful coaching staff that really helped get us here,” Team A co-captain Cassandra Myers said. “We could never have done it without them.” Myers is looking forward to the prospects of next year and continuing on the team to get to the championships again. “We just really need to keep up the good work and begin training our new members as soon as possible,” Myers said. “For those continuing, we’ve just got to do the same thing next year and keep the ‘nationals’ mindset that got us here in the first place.” Although Mock Trial’s regular season is over, they will participate in the National Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competition at John Marshall Law School April 1314.
Bass fishing is a hobby that many people enjoy. Now, students at Lewis have the opportunity to turn this hobby into a chance to compete against some of the biggest schools in the NCAA with the new bass fishing team. “The opportunity to fish at the collegiate level and compete against Division I universities is not something many clubs or sport teams at our university get a chance to do,” said Derek Johnston, president of the Lewis Bass Fishing Team. The team was created in the fall of 2011, and it was intended to get interested students involved in fishing and to show other students just how exciting fishing can actually be. “The moment you have a fish on the line and your heart skips a beat, praying you are reeling in a keeper — it is hard to get that thrill in your everyday life,” Johnston said. Currently, there are five members of the team, and they plan to travel all across the country to fish on some waters that many students may not get a chance to fish on otherwise. “While we want to com-
pete, we also want to learn, have fun and better our skills as anglers,” said Johnston. Bass fishing has become a very popular sport during the past few years with big network television stations such as ESPN 2 and Versus airing both professional and collegiate bass fishing tournaments. “I wish other students would begin to see the value that an organization such as this one can have and begin to back it … We can gain exposure for the university,” said Johnston. Many students at Lewis think a bass fishing team is a good team to have on campus, especially for those students who like to fish. “If there are people who are interested in [bass fishing], then I don’t see why it wouldn’t be a good team for Lewis to have,” said freshman Edith Martinez. All students are welcome to join the bass fishing team, even if they are not good anglers. Johnston said all that is required is a love for being outdoors, a desire to fish and a love for being on the water. “If you are looking to find a get away from the hardships and stresses of life … we will teach you how to fish and better your skills to become a good angler,” Johnston said.
English professor’s ‘Come Clearing’ chapbook published Katie Esposito Asst. News Editor Associate Professor of English, Jackie K. White, recently had her third chapbook, “Come Clearing,” published with Dancing Girl Press. The cover art was done by Professor of Art Leslie Colonna. According to White, a chapbook is defined as a small book of poetry of approximately 1632 pages. The term “chapbook” differs from a “full-length” collection of poems in that it does not contain 48-84 pages. “My chapbook includes 18 poems and is about 26 pages,” White said. “Like most chapbooks, the poems all ‘hang together’ or are focused on one issue — in this case, issues related to the body, especially the female body, its transformations over time and its vulnerability in human society, which is too often exceptionally threatening, violent or dismissive of the female body and experience.” White had been working
on some of the poems within the chapbook since 2008 and continued developing poems through workshops with Assistant Professor of English Simone Muench and other poet colleagues. “I tried to write a new poem every month and to revise one to two others as I went along,” said White. “In the summer of 2010, I began submitting the manuscript for possible publication while I was also submitting individual poems to various literary journals. Last January (2011), Dancing Girl Press accepted the manuscript, and this January, I began working with Professor Colonna to create the cover while I was proofing the manuscript for its publication release this March.” While White teaches several different English courses, she finds time for inspiration through working, reading and overhearing music in different places. Continued on page 5
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Online learning moves from the U.S. to Ontario
library survey Continued from page 1
When asked if they would like for there to be a coffee shop in the library, 73.1 percent of students said yes and 16.7 percent said no, while 10.3 percent did not answer the question. Lastly, students were asked if they had any recommendations of improvement for the library. Better furniture was requested by 16.5 percent; 13.9 percent wanted there to be more computers; 12.7 percent wanted the library to be opened earlier and closed later; 12.7 percent wanted faster wireless Internet; 12.7 percent wanted more space in the library and 1.3 percent wanted a change to the printing charges. “The library just needs new furniture in some places,” said business administration major Alexandria Bell. “Overall, the improvements have been great, and a coffee shop would be a great addition to the library.” The survey gave students a way to voice their opinion about their satisfaction or displeasure with the library. Results from the survey will give the university a better understanding of how students feel about the library and what they would like to see in future renovations.
Opinions Editor A report from the government of the Canadian province of Ontario has recommended the possibility of the province’s universities moving up to onethird of courses from the classroom onto the Web. The report, titled “3x3,” is to recommend these changes in order to reduce spending at the provincial level. Online courses have not just become a trend in Ontario, but in the U.S. as well, especially at Lewis. A report from the U.S. Department of Education released in 2010 suggests students perform “modestly better” in online courses than in the classroom. Sue Sollie, who works at the Center for Academic Technology Solutions, said approximately 200 courses (undergraduate, graduate and accelerated courses) are available this semester through Blackboard and adds that there are plans to put more online. “There seems to be a clear demand for courses offered in that format,” Sollie said. “The university also has a growing number of blended courses, taught partly online and partly face-to-face.”
Dennis Stachura, a sophomore majoring in Computer Science, is currently taking an online course. “I can accommodate it to my schedule, so whether I am at home or work, I can always access the reading material,” Stachura said. Sollie stresses that online courses aren’t for everyone. “Online courses are not for everyone, and students should consider their work habits and learning styles before opting for online courses,” Sollie said, adding that developing quality online courses is not an easy task. “Well-developed courses take a lot of effort on the part of the instructors and/or design team.” Stachura also adds that an online course requires more selfdetermination than a traditional classroom-based course. “For an on-campus class, you go to class because you ‘have to’ for participation or attendance points, whereas for an online class, there are so many other websites that one can go to and can be easily distracted by,” Stachura said. Additionally, the Canadian Federation of Students, an association that represents Canadian university students, has
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A report from the U.S. Department of Education released in 2010 suggests students perform “modestly better” in online courses than in the classroom.
voiced its objections to the proposal according to CBS. “To think that three in five of all courses, the majority of courses in a year that students would be doing would be online, that is definitely harming the quality of education,” said Sandy Hudson, the federation’s president, in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “If this is a measure to save money, how far behind are Ontario students going to be
with the rest of the country — with the rest of the world — if most of the learning that we’re doing isn’t even in front of a lecturer that we can then approach for assistance?” A spokeswoman for the province’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, which oversees postsecondary education in Ontario, noted that this was a discussion paper and no action had been planned.
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Students walk for cancer Andrea Earnest Contributor Lewis will be hosting a Relay for Life for North Will County colleges on April 14. The event will include relay teams from Lewis, St. Francis University and Joliet Junior College. Relay for Life is an event that celebrates cancer survivors, allows family and friends of survivors to share their stories and raises money to fight cancer. Relay for Life is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and donations go toward finding a cure. Senior Sophia Barakat, who has been involved with nine Relay for Life events, is excited for this year’s Relay for Life at Lewis. “The reason why we have Lewis host Relay for Life is because Lewis is a big university that is able to host all three of the schools,” said Barakat. “[However,] JJC and St. Francis still take the same amount of time to plan the great event.” Different organizations and groups of friends from all three of the colleges have already signed up for Relay for Life. $6,526 have already been raised from donations that different
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Relay for Life will be hosted at Lewis on April 14, and will include relay teams from Lewis, St. Francis University and Joliet Junior College.
team members have been collecting. The event will start at 6 p.m., with the Luminaria ceremony taking place at 9 p.m. The Luminaria ceremony is a special and unique part of the Relay for Life. Participants can dedicate a Luminaria, a paper bag usually with a glow stick inside, to a loved one who has had cancer. Sometime in the ceremony, the
lights will be turned off and the glow from the Luminaria will be the only thing visible. Cancer survivors are considered the guests of honor at Relay for Life. In most ceremonies, the event opens with a “survivor lap,” where all the survivors of cancer present walk a lap and are honored and applauded by the other participants.
“Faculty and staff are encouraged to help out as well,” said Barakat. “So let’s celebrate, remember and fight back this year to end cancer.” The premise for this year’s Relay for Life is a movie theme. All the teams involved are asked to incorporate that theme into their plan for Relay. Each individual member of the team is asked to try to raise $100 before the event. A Relay for Life T-shirt is given to those who do raise $100, and different incentive prizes are rewarded for different levels of fundraising. For example, if $175 to $249 is raised, a participant can pick an iPhone case, sunglasses case or a neoprene accessory for a prize. Planning and committee meetings are ongoing and anyone is welcome to help out. According to the Relay for Life website, “Relay for Life is also a great way for people to meet other survivors in their own community. In many communities, survivors form their own teams, join the Relay committee, or volunteer for the American Cancer Society in other ways.” For more information, contact email@example.com.
SGB elections Continued from page 1 With the passage of the new revisions, campus-wide elections will be held once again. “Over the past semester, there have been concerns about wanting SGB to be more democratic,” said El-barqua. Although the revised constitution opens voting to all students, provisions have been made to avoid the popularity concern. Students wishing to declare their candidacy for any of the four Executive Board positions must have served at least one semester on the General Assembly, be in good judicial standing and fulfill the specific requirements of the position they seek. “SGB is shifting from a body that mainly deals with student organizations to one that works to make sure the needs of all students are met,” said Bradley. The assembly has already elected its president and vice president for the 2012-2013 academic year, as the revisions to the election process will not take effect until next year. Eric Kingue was elected president Feb. 22, and Frank Hopkins was elected vice president Feb. 29. The SGB began to accept applications for next year’s secretary and treasurer on March 14. The SGB General Assembly meetings are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m. in the Student Union.
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Literary journal seeks logo submissions Katie esposito asst. news editor Lewis University’s online literary journal “The Jet Fuel Review,” is currently hosting a logo contest for its blog and website. The deadline has been extended to March 26, and the contest is open to students, faculty and staff members. There will also be a $50 award given to the winner. According to Associate Professor of English Simone Muench, the journal is looking for a distinctive logo that presents an attractive representation of the publication. “We are looking for originality as well as accuracy in terms of expressing what we do as a journal, which is to publish surprising, captivating and quality literature by diverse voices in both our local and national
communities,” Muench said. Founding Editor Mary Egan explained the need for a logo and the ways in which the winner’s logo will aid the journal. “The contest is open to the Lewis community at large, and its aim is to get an interesting, eye-catching logo for our literary journal,” Egan said. “At present, we don’t have anything that resembles a logo, and we’d like something that signals to people when a website or flier has to do with ‘The Jet Fuel Review.’” Participants are encouraged to view the publication’s website and blog in order to accurately consider a logo that will best fit the journal’s title and mission. “We are called a high octane literary journal, and I think that’s open to interpretation by artists and designers for this
contest,” Egan said. “It would be ideal if the logo could be resized for use in different places.” While the winner will give “The Jet Fuel Review” a new and unique logo, this contest is also an opportunity for artists or graphic designers to become noticed. “For students, it’s an excellent opportunity to create a brand that continues to expand its visibility, while helping to develop their portfolio and plump up their resume for post-graduation work,” said Muench. Images must be kept between 200 by 350 pixels and submitted to lewislitjournal@ gmail.com. “The Jet Fuel Review” can be found at http://jetfuelreview. com. The blog can be found at http://lewislitjournal.wordpress.com.
‘come clearing’ Continued FROM Page 2 “I spend an hour every morning, first thing, journaling and reading books, magazine or journal articles of poems, about poetry, about writing, or about seemingly unrelated things — physics, architecture, immigration, travel, cooking — and I make myself ‘practice,’” said White. “I try out lines of poetry or copy down and imitate lines of poetry or prose that strike me in some way.” This third chapbook is not the end. White plans to write another chapbook sometime in the near future. “I recently began working on elegy poems in response to my mother’s death last year, but I hope to explore issues of grieving more universally, including the language and images we have or lack for dealing with grief, particularly in Euro/Anglo-U.S. culture,” said White. “Back in graduate school, I created two fulllength manuscript projects I also want to revisit, refine and, hopefully, get published. In the meantime, I’m work-
ing on finishing a translation of a collection of feminist essays about Caribbean women writers by the Dominican poet Chiqui Vicioso.” Although creating the cover of “Come Clearing” was not the first time White and Colonna had worked together, it was the first time they had collaborated on a poetry and art project. “I was so pleased that she agreed to invite me into her studio to browse and discuss her work — from watercolors to ink sketches to sculptures — in order to find the cover art for my chapbook,” said White. “She had read my poems and prepared a number of options that she felt resonated with the themes of my work, and I was excited when we both agreed on the stunning choice of her mixed media ‘Untitled’ piece. We’ve already discussed our desire to look for ways to collaborate more extensively in the future.” “Come Clearing” can be purchased at http://dulcetshop. ecrater.com/p/14189323/ come-clearing-jackie-k-white.
African-American achievements celebrated at Black Heritage Ball Ross Reed Health Editor African-American students were honored at the Black Heritage Ball Feb. 25. The ball is held annually in the spring to recognize academic excellence of African-American students as well as pay tribute to historical AfricanAmerican trailblazers. The theme of this year’s ball was “Black Hollywood,” which was shown by the red carpet that adorned the floor outside the University Dining Room. “I was overwhelmed seeing how everything came together,” Black Student Union President LaTricia Cleveland said. “I’m hoping everyone has a good time and takes away an education component away from it.” The keynote speaker of this event was Pemon Rami, currently the Director of Educational Service and Public Programs at the DuSable Museum of African-American History. His background includes working with films such as “Coolie High” and the theatrical production “Madame Lily.” He spoke about black films as seminal events, which he defined as events that effect and influence people’s lives. He urged students to pursue work they loved and to give back. “Everybody has a story,”
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The Black Heritage Ball is held annually to recognize academic excellence of African-American students as well as pay tribute to historical AfricanAmerican trailblazers.
Rami said. “Most people have to work hard, get internships, volunteer so they can learn the business. I think most people want to get paid before they deserve it.” At the ball, the Michael and Angelique Parker Endowed Scholarship was given to two recipients. Michael Parker funded the scholarship as way to give back to the African-American community at Lewis. “From the standpoint of scholarship, I don’t think
were just any pointed at black students,” Parker said. “Most were need-based. So I wanted to do something to recognize those people in BSU. So I give the BSU scholarships and the Gospel Choir Scholarship to both. But it’s a recognition to black students.” This year’s recipients were Jessie Stuart, who wasn’t available due to a track meet at the time of the event, and Katherin Puckett. Puckett is a freshman business administration major who applied for
the scholarship on a whim. “I feel blessed,” Puckett said. Special tributes in the program included a thank-you poem addressed to Parker for the extended services he gave to the African-American community. The poem, titled “Walking Blessing,” was written and performed by spring 2011 scholarship recipient Keanna Seay. Junior aviation major Aneika Rivers paid tribute to singer Etta James, sing-
ing the hit record, “At Last.” The Lewis University Gospel Choir also sung “Lift Every Voice” and “Jesus is A-Listening When You Pray.” Attendees of the ball ended the night with picture taking and dancing. “I liked the event,” sophomore Briana Hicks said. “It was very intriguing. I liked the keynote speaker a lot. He said some things that I would never have known about. I’ll definitely come back next year.”
RELIGION Insults, judgment and negativity, oh my: Why religion and politics just don’t mix Angela Cotta Religion Editor As the November presidential election approaches, political conversations and debates are dominating all forms of the media. Conversations and debates can be both good and educational. We are exposed to other views and offered other thoughts that are worth considering. Unfortunately, the tone of most politically charged conversations is very negative, and the conversations quickly become intense and heated. We become so set on our own beliefs that we almost immediately dismiss and criticize the beliefs of others. The worst part is that religion is a major target of the negative attacks. Religion is not supposed to be a weapon; it’s not supposed to hurt others. Religion is a philosophy that people choose to make or not make a part of their lives. For many people, religion is a significant part of their identities; it defines who they are. Social media is a prominent place for political discussion, and sadly, it often gets out of hand and out of control. Political conversations have the
potential to be excellent learning experiences, but instead of remaining mature, people become critical (not in a good way) and hurl degrading, unnecessary insults. Exchanging insults does not advance any conversation and accomplishes nothing. Instead, an exchange of ideas and suggestions of improvements should be taking place. To verbally attack even just one part of a person’s identity is violating the central principle of Catholic Social Teaching: respecting and acknowledging the life and dignity of the human person. Don’t be fooled by the name Catholic Social Teaching; look up the principles-there is no reason why anyone can’t follow them, regardless of religious beliefs. We should be following the principles just because of the general ideas they promote: respect, love and justice. Yes, there are plenty of people who choose not to view life from a faith-based perspective, but that’s not a reason to avoid practicing respect, love and justice. Also, judging a candidate or the incumbent based on his religion alone is just plain wrong. One of the beautiful parts of living in the U.S.
is having the freedom to practice any religion (or no religion at all) of choice without being persecuted. Yet, somewhere along the way this freedom has been lost in translation. People practicing Christianity, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam or another religion should not have to suppress their beliefs. At the same time though, agnostics and atheists should not have religion forced upon them. Religion should not be used to create stereotypes. Judging and generalizing an entire political party based off of one member of that party is also flat out wrong. Most of us know about Rush Limbaugh’s inappropriate comments regarding a female college student’s private decision. His comments were inappropriate and uncalled for, but other Americans should not be judging the entire Republican Party based on Limbaugh’s actions. At the same time, many still dwell on former president William Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. The Democratic Party should not be judged based on Clinton’s actions. The Republican and Democratic Parties both have valuable contributions to offer.
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Religion and politics hold separate ideologies and should remain separate.
Limbaugh publicly apologized, and Clinton’s issues are a private matter between he and his wife; it is time to move on. The real question here is why are both parties focused on attacking each other when millions of people around the world are dying because of war, incurable diseases, hunger, poor living conditions and poverty? Instead of hurling demeaning insults at each other, both parties need to be working together for the good of the country. “Let us not seek the
Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future,” said John F. Kennedywhilehewasservingasa Massachusetts senator in 1958. Both parties need to reassess their values and recall the principles this nation was founded upon. Both parties need to recall the ideals that define America in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
Bolivia mission trip participants need student support Monisa Victrum Contributor Editor’s Note: Monisa Victrum is a participant in the upcoming mission trip to Bolivia. The Bolivia Benefit Concert was designed to make people aware of the issues that other countries face. Many times we tend to remove any thoughts of oppression from our minds because we fear the thought of living in a cruel world. The concert is taking talented student organizations and putting them together to give people the information they need through different art forms. We have the Flyerettes Dance Team, that is expressing the hardships of Bolivia through dance. Our art club is sponsoring a silent auction, with artwork that tells us a story through the paints and the canvas.
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Lewis alum Karen Joy Dizon ‘11 has some fun with a child while on the 2011 Bolivia mission trip.
The voices of the Gospel Choir and Harmonic Uprising as well as the music of the solo performers will call us to act on
some injustices. Finally, the words of campus actors will allow us to hear the cries and thoughts of oppressed
people in our world. All of these together create a concert. All of these unify us. I hope that this concert will allow the
public and the Lewis community to recognize the importance of this mission and allow them to either help us financially or spiritually. The concert takes place April 11 at 8 p.m. and the silent auction will start at 7 p.m. The cost of the event is free however, we do have a suggested donation amount. This amount will help benefit the people in Bolivia through the clothes and food that we provide for them. It will also make this experience possible for the Lewis students to attend this trip. During the trip, we will be in a series of locations: an orphanage, day care centers, food kitchens and a hospital. This planning process has been tough, and we hope that everyone can come together to make this one great concert that will always be remembered.
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Catholics offer concerns on UK gay marriage legislation Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor The Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales has expressed concerns over the British government’s plans to legalize same-sex marriage, as the country’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone prepares to seek comments later this month from the public on the subject. In a letter distributed to 2,500 parish churches, the Church’s leader Archbishop Vi n c e n t Nichols and the Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith said a “radical step” would be taken should the legal definition of marriage change. “I t s consequences should be taken seriously now,” Nichols and Smith wrote. “The law helps to shape and form social and cultural values. A change in the law would gradually and inevitably transform society’s understanding of the purpose of marriage.” Nichols and Smith added the Church has a duty to married couples.
“We have a duty to married people today, and to those who come after us, to do all we can to ensure that the true meaning of marriage is not lost for future generations,” they wrote. The Church also launched an online petition to register opposition against the changing of the definition of marriage in law. Pope Benedict XVI, during a visit to the United States, according to a BBC report, had warned bishops of “powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage.” The Church in England and Wales did not respond to a request seeking comment. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of Scotland’s Church, said the plans would “shame the United Kingdom in the eyes of the world” if they were enacted, according to a BBC report. The Flyer contacted the Church of Scotland for a comment, but the call was not returned. The Scottish government also sought
comments from the public on the issue and received 50,000 responses, according to the BBC. The Scottish government did not respond to a request seeking comment. A spokeswoman for Britain’s Home Office, which overseas equality policies declined to comment. However, there has been some opposition to the archbishops’ letter. Mark Dowd of the group Quest, which represents gay and lesbian Catholics in Britain, told the BBC that the archbishops were out of touch amid changes in other countries. “Probably the archbishop resembles King Canute standing on the shores with the waves coming in,” Dowd said. “It’s really a question of the tide of history turning, and there’s very little that can be done about it.” The U.K. currently has a civil partnership system, enacted in 2005, which grants rights to same-sex couples similar to those of married couples, but does not legally recognize marriage of same-sex couples.
Editor’s Note: Balancing personal beliefs with harsh realities Angela Cotta Religion Editor
Last week during a class, we were watching a documentary on the Holocaust, specifically about one of the Polish ghettos, that showed and described in great detail some of the unspeakable horrors the victims endured. The class is only fifty minutes, but the whole time I sat there listening to the video’s narrator thinking, “Where is God? Where is Christ? He is supposed to be present, but in this horror, there is no sign of Him anywhere.” A significant part of LaSallian ideology is the reminder “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.” After watching the documentary, I spent the rest of the day wondering, is this really true? Still feeling troubled and still wondering about God’s presence during
those events, I raised my questions to one of my former theology professors. The results of our conversation included some challenging, thoughtprovoking ideas about faith. It is one of the difficult facts of life that harsh realities exist…the Holocaust, war, terrorist attacks…the list goes on and on. Although, regrettably, there are people out there who will deny that these events ever happened. Faith is not circumstantial. To have faith is to hold beliefs so strong that they become inner convictions. Circumstances, no matter how horrible, will not destroy true faith overnight. Faith teaches us that God created all things and people good. He did not intend for any part of His creation to turn bad, so therefore God should not be blamed for the world’s evils.
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Koinonia retreat soars beyond expectations Joseph Preston Contributor When arriving at Lewis University my freshman year, I came in with two expectations: to get really involved on campus and to learn everything about my major. But, one thing that was a pleasant surprise was how involved I got with campus ministry. The specific outlet on campus in which I became most involved was Koinonia. Koinonia is a student-led retreat held once per semester that is organized through campus ministry. The retreat offers an opportunity to become friends with 49 other students, while enjoying reflection time as well as free time to relax and escape from the stress of school. Koinonia has helped me with my spiritual growth and made me feel right at home.
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At Koinonia students enjoy the great outdoors, good fun and create special memories.
The retreat gave me time to work on my relationship with God, and at the same time made me feel stronger as a person. However, Koinonia isn’t all
about the religious aspect, but also about what you want to get out of the weekend. The retreat’s tagline is “Discover Yourself, God and Others,” and it presents you with the
opportunity to do just that. Koinonia allows you to get to know others better on campus, have life-long friends and learn things about yourself that you might not have
learned otherwise. Those who have been on the retreat know how important and tight-knit of a community it is, and also how it is open and embracing. Later this month Koinonia is having its 46th straight retreat, and it couldn’t be going stronger. If you haven’t had the chance to attend this retreat yet, make sure you look out for Koinonia 47 in the fall, and don’t forget to go in with an open mind as well as an open heart. Out of all the opportunities presented to students during their four or sometimes five years at Lewis, Koinonia is the one thing every student must do before graduating. It has not only furthered my experience at Lewis, but also really helped me grow as a person.
Lenten Calendar Effective until Easter Sunday (April 8) Rosary-Wednesdays 8:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass-Wednesdays 9 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel Stations of the Cross- Thursday March 22 9 p.m. Sancta Alberta Chapel Stations of the Cross at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John’s, Indiana Sunday March 25-Contact Fr. Dan Torson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass, 8 p.m. Sancta Alberta Chapel
STAND, 5 p.m. Morton Boston Room
(Upper Level of Student Union)
Mass, 12 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel
(inside Sancta Alberta)
IV Prayer Meetings, 4 p.m. Living Room
InterVarsity, 6 p.m. Living Room
(next to Sancta Alberta)
(Inside Sancta Alberta Chapel)
Students For Life, 6 p.m. (1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month) Common Grounds (C-Store)
Java Detour, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. D’Arcy Great Room
TEMPO College success — Yes, there’s an app for that Kevin Meyer tempo editor
Smartphones with application capability can be fun, time-consuming and potentially destructive toward a college student’s GPA. While there is truth to that when it comes to certain students, smartphones can get an
overall bad rap. There are several apps that are not only useful, but can actually help a college student get through some of their more difficult classes, or at least help them with their daily life when they try to balance school, work, their social lives and of course, money. The following are a bunch of apps that can do those very things. Each of these FREE apps has its own benefits for students and proves that not all apps are created equal when it comes to productivity. As most students know, Lewis supports the online system of Blackboard. What most students might not know however, is that yes, there’s an app for that. The Blackboard app allows students to, while on the go, quickly submit that annoying discussion comment or check how they did on that all important midterm. Not every professor at Lewis uses Blackboard to its full extent, so the app can be limited based on your professors. The app is recommended specifically for students taking an online course where there are smaller assignments due. The app is of course not as stable as being on a land-line computer, so beware of how large of an assignment you kept for the last minute; the app may not save you from that. Lewis email is supported through Google mail, or Gmail. The Gmail app does exactly what you think it would; it allows you to view your Lewis email. There are some interesting and useful perks that come with this app. The app allows you to send push notifications so that as with a new text message, the phone will tell you when you have a new email. This can be helpful for students waiting for an important email, or when being notified of a class being cancelled, so you don’t have to actually get out of bed. The one negative about push notifications, however, is all the emails you get that you don’t necessarily care about (cough cough, Student Services), can be annoying, but it’s worth it in the end. Journals and agendas are a thing of the past with the myHomework app for smartphone users. This app allows a student to plan ahead by posting all of their assignments, when they are due and any additional information about the assignment. It’s basically just an easy way to keep your “to do” list in one place on your phone. Time is something that can’t be wasted in college, and this app aims to keep students motivated toward their goals. Along with being able to post your assignments and due dates, there are options to list the current classes a student is enrolled in and a calendar for events that don’t necessarily have to do with school or homework. It’s like an agenda…on your phone! What’s not to love?
Another issue that can arise for college students involves the always powerful concept of money. The mint.com app is an easy way to manage your bank accounts and make note of all the random things you’re purchasing. After finding your bank and logging into your account, you’re able to check instantly when certain payments go through or when you get a direct deposit from your place of work. When you have the ability to track, budget and manage your bank account quickly and painlessly, it won’t be a surprise when you realize you’re either broke or on the contrary, can go crazy at the mall. The most important feature of the app is that it’s secure and keeps your money safe from everyone. Hello app heaven in terms of the digital world. Evernote is an app that allows users to save recordings of lectures, photos or other digital files that can later be accessed on a computer and used. This app allows students to actually share notes or other files from class and pass them along to classmates. Being able to access these files from anywhere separates Evernote from other digital recording apps. The main thing Evernote enables students to do is take “snapshots” of your hand-written notes. Being able to have all your research and study items in one spot is an invaluable gift. A lot of colleges around the country are starting to use Evernote more and more to achieve their learning capacity in an always changing digital world.
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Front man and Lewis student Garrett Castello leads the Barefoot Elephants at one of their recent gigs.
Local band Barefoot Elephants looks to spread its sound jennifer prokop editor-in-chief “BE yourself. BE happy.” Local band Barefoot Elephants hope this simple quote campaign, featuring the band’s initials, catches on with their listeners and catches the attention of new fans. The group, which got its start nearly two years ago, combines different genres of music such as indie, alternative and folk to create their own unique sound. Their Facebook page lists Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons and Wilco as artists they like and that influence their own music. The band was formed in January 2010 by Ryan Hartigan (drums) and Garrett Castello (vocals/guitar), who are both seniors studying music at Lewis University. They later added Jordan Hicks (bass/guitar/vocals), who is also a music student at Joliet Junior College, and most recently, Joe Thomas (guitar/vocals). Hartigan compared his experience with Barefoot Elephants to that of his previous band. “This is just a lot more organic,” Hartigan said. “Things just kind of happen.” The band has a foursong demo located on their Facebook page at
Facebook.com/barefootelephants. Barefoot Elephants has performed with other artists such as The Buckshot Hounds and The Bribes and is looking to book other shows in the near future. As of right now, they are currently focused on their school schedules and getting the word out about their music. They are also working on a new EP. “For me, I’d like to just have people to know our songs and come out and see us for us,” Castello said. “That would be exciting.” The band also described what makes them stand out from other artists in the same genre of music. “The talent and the creativity that we bring to the table is kind of significant,” Castello said. “The fact that we’re all music majors really kind of, I think, helps it because we can speak the same language, and we understand each other. We can feel where we’re going.” Barefoot Elephants have a few upcoming shows in the area. They will be playing at Evolution Music in Tinley Park March 24. The following day, the will be at the House Café in DeKalb. They are also scheduled to be playing at Live 59 in Plainfield April 14. To check out the band’s music and for more information about their upcoming shows, visit facebook.com/barefootelephants.
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Students show interest in Pinterest Anthony lyen asst. tempo editor First, there was Myspace. Then, Facebook appeared as a challenger. Recently, Twitter has stepped into the ring. Now, Pinterest has become the new competitor in the world of social networking. Pinterest was launched in March of 2010, and Time Magazine named it one of its “50 Best Websites of 2011.” Pinterest works as a social networking site, but with images dominating its Web design rather than test statuses. A user of Pinterest simply “pins” a link from a favorite website. The pin is an image, so for example, if you really like a recipe for a delicious triple fudge cake, you can “pin” the picture in a certain category on the site for all to see. Basically, the site is a giant check-thisout image-palooza. Much like Twitter, you can follow people and they can follow you right back, but what you share can still be seen by anybody who has a Pinterest account. Pinterest also has an ever-
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Senior Amanda Ferrise takes a moment to see what new things friends are pinning on Pinterest.
growing fan base. In fact, the site has been experiencing an increase in traffic, especially in January, where Pinterest beat out GooglePlus and YouTube in visits. Since the new year was rung in, daily users have increased by more than 145 percent. In fact, Pinterest hit 10 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S., faster than any other independent site in history, according to
mashable.com. Currently, if one wants to become a member of the site, a request to become a member of Pinterest is required. Hopeful users simply sign up with an email address and password, and an invitation to join is sent. With the increasing popularity the site has had recently, this invite may happen a little later than one would have hoped. If the suspense is killing you,
however, Facebook allows Pinterest users to send requests to their friends. Current members of the popular site, like senior Amanda Ferrise, find Pinterest to be worth the wait. “The website has everything,” said Ferrise, who is majoring in public relations with a minor in marketing. “Whether you want to see new trends on clothes, food, books, animals or even news, Pinterest has some-
thing for everyone. I love it.” Ferrise has even already had a satisfying experience thanks to Pinterest. “The other day I really wanted to bake,” said Ferrise. “So I went on Pinterest, and I typed in baking, and this awesome recipe for mint chocolate chip cookies came up. There were pictures and other people’s comments on how they loved the cookies. It was great.” Even though everyone loves food, junior Carolyn Jones sees the site a little differently. “It’s a time killer,” said Jones, a public relations major. “And it’s becoming an addiction for me.” Jones does say the site offers tons of “ideas and inspiration,” such as the many arts and crafts and recipes. And people are starting to catch on to these ideas and are definitely becoming inspired. Pinterest is definitely aiming to become one of the big social media websites out there. But can it become a dominant force in the heavily populated world of social networking? Continued on page 14
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Welcome to the 74th annual “Hunger Games,”
where 24 teens will enter an arena to battle it out to become the lone survivor. The movie, based on the best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins, is being estimated to make around $100 million in its opening weekend alone. The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth is set to hit theaters in a big way March 23.
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Feel the “Wrath of the Titans”
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when Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson star in the sequel to the 2010 action-packed adventure, “Clash of the Titans.” Once again, Perseus (Worthington) is called upon to be the protector of mankind as he embarks on yet another epic journey to realize his destiny. Photo courtesy of lifeandstylemag.com
(ABOVE) Who’s the favorite on season 11 of “American Idol?” The frontrunner
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Get Ready for “Black Heart,” the third book in the
critically acclaimed “Curse Workers” series. The book continues to follow Cassel Sharpe on his journey to rid himself of his past cons and injustices. The trilogy asks the important questions between what’s good and evil. The series, filled with magic, betrayal and cons, has been a winner among audiences thus far. “Black Heart” is available everywhere April 3. “Black Heart” by Holly Black is available everywhere April 3.
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The new documentary “Bully” by Lee Hirsch is gen-
erating a lot of buzz, especially in a society where bullying is becoming such an important issue. The film follows various youth throughout the United States who are victims of bullying. Due to the many teen suicides that have occurred in recent years, Hirsch hopes to show how much harm bullying truly causes. Make sure to check out “Bully” in theaters now.
Bored? Then “Draw Something!” The big
new app for iPhone and Android users to play (and procrastinate with) is the increasingly popular “Draw Something” app. The game allows users to compete against friends or complete strangers, and the goal is to either guess what your partner is drawing or stump your challenger with your own doodle. The Pictionary-like app is taking the world by storm.
appears to be 16-yearold Jessica Sanchez, who routinely warrants standing ovations. How about comedic genius Heejun Han for the win? How about Dave Mathews inspired Phillip Phillips? The competition is filled with a plethora of talent and should go down to the wire. ho do you think will come out on top in the end?
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Lewis alum returns to PLT with The National Players Kevin Meyer tempo editor America’s longest running touring company, The National Players, is set to perform their adaption of the John Steinbeck classic, “Of Mice and Men” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre March 20. The National Players will be joined by Lewis alum Chad Tallon. Tallon was part of over 20 productions at the PLT before he graduated in 2008. He has been working and touring with them since he auditioned back in February and is performing in their two current shows, “Taming of the Shrew” and “Of Mice and Men.” “I am still in disbelief that I’m coming back to the Philip Lynch Theatre. The PLT stage is gorgeous and really feels like home to me,” Tallon said. “Coming back here feels just like Christmas to me; I’m so pumped. I’m going to be nervous, but at the same time, I’m going to cherish every moment because who knows if I’ll ever come
back? It’s such a blessing.” There are only 11 people involved in The National Players’ production. They are responsible for building the set, stage managing, costume making and of course, acting. They tour all over east of the Rocky Mountains and are currently doing their Midwest portion of the trip. Other than being a performer in the shows, Tallon helps by teaching actingimprov workshops and working on the electric crew. The group’s adaption to the classic story, “Of Mice and Men,” is both different and similar to the original performances of the story. “Without giving too much away, our director and ourselves worked together to make this a real ritualistic experience as well,” Tallon said. “Even though this play is very ‘real,’ we aren’t trying to fool the audiences into thinking they aren’t watching a play. The audience will always know they are sitting in the space watching actors, but at the same time, we will use that
to our advantage to really move the audience while telling this beautiful story.” Tallon was responsible for The Nationals Players returning to Lewis this year. After joining the group, he saw that Mike Cunningham, who helps set up performances for Lewis’ Arts and Ideas program, left a testimonial wanting the group to return again. Last year, The National Players performed a Shakespeare work. Tallon contacted Cunningham saying that he would love for Lewis to book them again. Cunningham booked them, and now they are performing again this year with the help of Tallon. “The Arts and Ideas Program is delighted about the return of the National Theatre Company to Lewis,” Cunningham said. “In the fall of 2010, the ensemble provide a thrilling rendition of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ and we expect that the production of ‘Of Mice and Men’ will be no less accomplished. This is a perfect
selection because it raises important questions about our obligations to our fellow citizens during tough economic times.” For those who have not read the book or seen an adaption of the story in the past, “Of Mice and Men” tells the tale of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant farm workers around the time of the Great Depression. Lennie is mentally challenged, which has a lot to do with the outcome of the tragic novel. “’Of Mice and Men’ is an American classic, and we really just do our best to bring justice to John Steinbeck’s work, and for what it’s worth, I think we do a pretty good job,” Tallon said. The National Players, in their 63rd year of existence, will be performing “Of Mice and Men” and “Taming of the Shrew” until the end of the tour, May 13. The adaption will be performed for the Lewis community March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the PLT.
pinterest Continued from page 11 “I think it already has,” said Assistant Professor of Communications Ben Eveloff. “The site keeps continuing to grow, and businesses are starting to find ways to incorporate it into their online marketing strategies.” The young website is already being used strategically for marketing popular businesses, such as CBS, HGTV, Whole Foods, Gap and many others, who all have their own Pinterest accounts. “Pinterest is just another way to share your interests and ideas online, but with a focus on images,” said Eveloff. “It makes sense that it’s become so popular.” Pinterest definitely is taking the Internet by storm. The future seems bright for the social networking site, so Facebook, you better watch out. And college students, you better sign up. It looks like Pinterest just may be here to stay. “The Flyer,” in an effort to stay relevant, has created its own board, similar to Spotlight. It can be found at http://pinterest.com/flyerspotlight/. Get out there and start pinning!
Students reflect on spring break Anthony lyen asst. tempo editor 2012 may be a leap year, but students were jumping with joy for another reason on March 2. Once the final class ended for all Lewis students, a much needed and certainly appreciated
Freshman Special Education “The beginning of my spring break was spent visiting my boyfriend at Drake University in Iowa. Later in the week, I spent some quality time with my family and friends in Valparaiso catching up on life in Indiana. The break from school was welcome as I needed the time to rest from my studies and recover from a recent track injury.”
spring break was in order. Many students have been feeling the effects of the often demanding spring semester. Classes have become more intense, projects are piling up and the stress of balancing school work and a social life while getting enough sleep, of
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Junior Mathematics/Philosophy of Law “I had to compete with my Mock Trial team. We competed at ORCS for a spot at the National Tournament. This break, although short-lived, allowed to me catch up on some much needed sleep. Procrastination got the better of me again, and I’ve had to pull a few all-nighters before the break. Now I feel re-energized and am ready to take on the rest of the year head-on.”
course is taking its toll. You’re probably getting tired just reading this, am I right? And although spring break is now (unfortunately) in the past for Lewis students, it is time to get in gear and finish off the year strong, however difficult
Sophomore Broadcast Journalism “Over spring break, I took a vacation to Destin, Fla., but also visited Panama City, Fla., I spent most of my time at the beach or pool relaxing and lying out. I also went shopping and went to a local band’s concert in Panama City one night. I really needed this because my classes were getting stressful, and I needed time to let my mind and body relax.”
that may seem. Many students spent spring break keeping themselves busy, whether it meant working hard for some summer spendingmoney, going on a tropical vacation/getaway or even simply sitting on the couch with a bowl of popcorn,
Junior Air Traffic Control “I went on an amazing vacation to California with the most amazing and truly wonderful person I know. It was absolutely perfect in every way.”
catching up on some TV. Don’t worry, though. Only a couple months until the best break of all: summer. Check out what some of Lewis’ very own did on their spring break.
Junior Elementary Education “I pretty much just worked over break, both at home and at Lewis. I needed the money for a trip to Florida I’m going on in the summer. I also hung out with some friends and planned and attended a surprise birthday party.”
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Staff Editorial: WHERE WE STAND Social media: It’s not just personal After the creation of Facebook, social media began to build on the Internet revolution that started nearly two decades ago. Communication through a social networking website was certain to change the way we interact with others and how we are engaged. Similar sites followed suit, such as Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google Plus and LinkedIn. Yet, it is becoming more than just a site for communication. As the number of Facebook users increase by the second (as you’re reading this, more users are joining), businesses and organizations are reaching out to attract new users, new customers and to spur innovation in how the world works. However, the idea that social media is still strictly for personal usage is still out there. The usage of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr have repeatedly conveyed the idea that social
media is strictly for users and their personal interactions. Not so. Many professionals believe that social media would be of no benefit to them. They see its only use as being an outlet for people to post trivial information like what they did over the weekend or what food they ate today. That mindset is not a good one to have. Social media allows for constant communication at any time. With a click of the mouse, a person has access to a wealth of information. It is an incredibly inexpensive way to reach a huge population that is spending increasing amounts of time online. Sure, there are risks involved with using social media. An example of that can be seen involving the company Urban Outfitters. After an artist’s angry tweet accusing the company of stealing her designs, Urban Outfitters’ less-than-
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appropriate response caused them major public relations problems. Despite the risk that continual communication through social media can cause a company, several of them are developing smart and creative ways of using this technology. To stay relevant with today’s audiences, social media is a must. So as the social media chap-
ter of the Internet revolution is continued to be written at every waking hour of the day, we call on students to appreciate and distinguish. Perhaps social media can help you as you build your career or it can help you network. Whatever the case, social media is not just personal anymore.
Books before Nooks except after dark Kevin Meyer tempo editor Books, and words in general, have power. They have the power to change something, stir emotions and make someone think outside of the box. Would books still have this power if everything was read on an e-reader? Books are powerful
things that need to be interpreted to discover their true meanings. There are many people out there who only read via e-readers now, and many people who are strictly hardcover/paperback readers. To me, having that book in your hands and being completely immersed in it is what separates books from e-books.
This may be a personal thing (and I can’t be the only one who feels it), but I struggle sometimes to get into a book as much on my Nook from Barnes and Noble as I do with a regular book. There’s something about just sitting around with a book and reading that inspires me to keep going and completely divulge myself in a story.
An e-book can be distracting. Whether it is the Internet connection on some of the devices or the multitude of apps, an e-reader is ripe for distracting moments. There’s something about reading a book completely excluded from the world around you. I find because of this, I Continued on page 17
Say ITSO: Laptop Ergonomics In this day and age, many people use their laptop as their primary computer, so it’s important to have it set up correctly in order to avoid back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal injuries or strains. The problem is that laptop computers are designed with portability in mind rather than sound ergonomic principles. Basically, if the screen is at the right height, then the keyboard is too high, and if the keyboard is in the right position, then the screen is too close and too low. And laptop touchpads and trackballs are never very user-friendly. Given these challenges, here are 10 simple tips for the best laptop setups: Use a large screen. Get a laptop with the largest screen possible for your needs to avoid the stressful posture that results from straining to see the text on a small screen. Many laptops offer large screens, but these can be difficult to use while on the go. There are a number of smaller notebook and ultra-portable laptops on the market, and while a smaller screen can be useful in mobile settings, make sure that you’re able to read the screen characters and easily use the keyboard (the smaller the laptop, the smaller the keyboard). If you find yourself straining to see your screen, increase the font size. Place the screen at eye level. Ideally, set your laptop height and screen angle so you can easily view the screen without bending or rotating your neck, and put it about an arm’s length in front of you. To do this, you will usually need to elevate the laptop a few inches above your desk, which you can do by placing it on a stable support surface such as a laptop stand or on a thick book. Don’t slouch. Despite the name “laptop,” you want to avoid propping your laptop on top of your lap, as this requires you to slouch down to see the screen. If you have to work on your lap, such as while you’re on the train, at least put the laptop on top of your computer bag or briefcase so you can raise it up slightly. Continued on page 16
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Use a separate keyboard. When using the laptop for extended periods, use an external, full-sized keyboard with your laptop and position it at a height that allows your shoulders and arms to be in a relaxed position, with your elbows at a 90-degree angle when typing. Ideally, place the separate keyboard on a keyboard tray beneath your desk surface to help ensure that your wrists stay in a neutral (flat) position. Use a separate mouse. Be kind to your wrists by using an independent mouse rather than the mouse that’s incorporated into your laptop keyboard. Ideally, place the mouse on an adjustable-position mouse platform so you can keep it near your body and keep your wrist flat while using it. Recline slightly. If you can’t use a separate keyboard and mouse, an alternative is to find a chair that allows you to recline slightly. This will allow you to position the laptop keyboard and mouse with the least strain on your neck. Angle the screen slightly upward so that you can view the screen without having to bend your neck too far down. Prop up your feet. If you have to raise your chair so that your arms and wrists are positioned comfortably, check to see how your legs are angled. Your knees should be at about
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the level of your hips. If your hips are too high, you need to put a footrest or small box under your feet to prop them up and keep excess strain off your lower back. Make your chair work for you. The type of office chair you use is critical. Basically, any office chair that is fully adjustable and has lumbar support will work, but you need to be sure to set it up correctly. Take a break. Take brief breaks every half hour, at the very least taking your eyes off the screen and letting them rest on something in the distance, and doing some simple stretches while at your desk, such as stretching your neck, shoulders, arms and legs. Every one or two hours, leave your desk to walk around to get your blood flowing and move your mus-
cles. Downloadable Stretch Break™ software reminds you to stretch and gives you stretching ideas. Travel light. Be careful when carrying your laptop around. The power supply cord, spare battery and other accessories in your laptop bag may add a lot of weight. If you carry your laptop to work and home again, get duplicate power cords and other peripheral components to leave in each place so that you don’t have to carry everything back and forth. Carry your bag across your lower back in a messenger bag style, or use a backpack with dual padded shoulder straps (and avoid draping the bag over just one shoulder). If your laptop and components weigh more than 10 lbs, a roll-along carrier is the best choice.
In a tent in the center of the parking lot of media hub Bush House in the heart of London, something special was happening. It culminated into the moment where one realizes they are a part of something which they can be proud of. Even though I live across the Atlantic, I had that feeling. The BBC World Service celebrated its 80th birthday Feb. 29. The World Service is distinct from what one is normally accustomed to. No more will you be stuck in a media culture that epitomizes the United States being in the center of the universe. What you will find will allow you to understand the world around you, through the understanding of the events, traditions and cultures that make each country distinct. I became a listener in 2009, having suffered from insomnia triggered by medications to cure an illness during the last of my years in high school. I found it out of the blue as I attempted to occupy what usually were long hours. I was instantly hooked. Not only did I hear impartial and in-depth coverage of key events, but pieces that gave me a true global understanding. The programs were not only thought-provoking, but allowed me to appreciate quality
journalism and become a true global citizen. It also made me feel like a part of something — whether it was conversing with people around the world on “World Have Your Say,” responding to a story on “Newshour” or “The World Today,” enjoying stories and music you’ve never heard before on “Outlook,” “The Fifth Floor” and “The Strand” or any of the World Service’s eclectic line-up of programs. Once the program had finished, I felt better informed and proud of the potential these programs have had for listeners on every continent. The listener was a part of it every step of the way. In these changing times, the World Service is a necessity to keep up with the changing world. I have grown a fond admiration of every individual who works at Bush House because of their passion, talent, creativity and service to listeners. I also have the great fortune to work with some of these individuals on a frequent basis. I hope their work does not go unnoticed. Here’s to the 80 years that have gone and to the 80 years that will come. May the creativity, passion and connections that have come from Bush House be there for everyone for many more years to come. Happy Birthday, BBC World Service.
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Debate: Can money buy happiness? Money may rent happiness, but can’t buy it Angela cotta religion Editor In this day and age, money is a huge source of motivation. We work for it, we give it to loved ones, we donate it to charity, we invest it and we spend it. Many people claim that money buys happiness. Sure, money can buy (rent is actually a better word) happiness, but not permanent happiness. Permanent happiness comes from building all kinds of relationships. Spending time with family, friends, significant others, colleagues, classmates, faculty and staff members at school and other individuals is the true source of our happiness. Humans are social creatures; we thrive on interactions with each other — even negative ones. As unpleasant as those negative interactions are in the moment, they are learning experiences and learning is not a bad thing. It does not cost money to start a conversation, hug or shake hands. Building solidified relationships does not require spending obscene amounts of money, just personal interaction through speaking and writing. Money will get you a nice car, a vacation or some other luxurious item that won’t last forever. Relationships have the potential to last an entire lifetime. Unfortunately, many individuals allow money to interfere with good relationships because of greed and jealousy, which usually stem from
Have you ever seen a sad person in a Ferrari?
financial issues, and do not promote happiness in any way, shape or form. Love and respect between people, whether it’s parent and child, good friends, colleagues, etc. promotes true happiness. One cannot put a price on a heartfelt conversation, laughter or even a conversation on the silliest topic. “Laughter is the best medicine,” is something worth thinking about when considering the value of assets in one’s life. Laughter is one of the major sources of true happiness. Laughter between loved ones promotes “feel good” emotions. Only people can provide laughter, and money cannot buy good people. Life is too short to be spending money on frivolous items that may matter today but will not matter tomorrow. The time we are given should be spent in the company of the people who make our lives worthwhile. Money is just an object that should not hold much value in our lives in terms of “looking at the big picture.” Money cannot make us laugh, cannot console us during times of sadness and cannot provide us with the companionship we need. In the long run, money is trivial and can only provide us with material possessions that bring temporary happiness, not permanent happiness. And who has time to devote to only temporary happiness?
anthony lyen asst. tempo Editor Like everybody, I have a hobby. I collect autographs with my cousin. I have quite a collection going, but my collection could always be better. Also, like most people in Chicago, I’m a huge Derrick Rose fan. Unfortunately, his autograph has become expensive. And by expensive, I mean an autographed D-Rose jersey can fetch a whopping $850. I don’t have the kind of money where I can buy whatever makes me happy. Throw in $1 billion? Now there’s a happy Tony. You see, I have always been rather annoyed by the “money can’t buy you happiness” argument. We are always told if we value money and possessions, then we are terrible people. Well, I’m in the middleclass, and I know that statement is a load of garbage. If I suddenly had a billion dollars, my life would be set. Worrying about paying for schooling? Thing of the past. Not just for me, either. My kids, their kids and so on would never have to live in a world where their educational future was uncertain. I could donate my immense amount of money to various charities, making me a beloved philanthropist. I could even have Lewis name a building after me. How sweet would that be, being forever immortalized in
building form? “Hey, where’s your Cult. & Civ. class?” “Oh, you know. Anthony C. Lyen Hall.” What bugs me is when people say, “But money can’t buy experiences, the simple pleasures in life, peace of mind or even love.” First of all, let’s talk about those experiences you claim money cannot buy. Vacations aren’t cheap, so with a ton of moolah, you can see the world more than ever. Endless money means endless experiences, all thanks to some good ol’ cash money. But what about all of those wonderful pleasures in life that give you peace of mind, like going fishing, admiring the sunset or a morning jog? Newsflash: fishing equipment costs plenty of green, and admiring the sunset is hard to do with bad eyes that need surgery. Jogging? Not with knees that need replacing. And don’t even get me started on the money-cannot-buy-love issue. Girls always throw the dumb “it’s what’s on the inside”argument at me. Well, what’s on the inside of a guy can’t buy a house. His personality won’t pay the bills and his dreams cannot sustain himself, let alone a family. Sure, Jack in “Titanic” seemed like the perfect guy on the inside, but what if he didn’t die? You honestly think he could make the extremely wealthy Rose happy? Yeah, Rose’s dreams would have sunk faster than the boat they were on.
book vs. e-reader Continued FROM Page 15
can read a book far faster than an e-book with the same page count. The faster you read, the more books you can get through, which is always a plus. Being able to share good literature is a significant factor between e-books and real books. With e-readers, there sometimes is a way to “lend” a copy of your book via the device, but it’s not normally the case with your entire library. The first time you buy a regular book, a person does not need to worry about this; they can pass it on to whomever they like or even sell it someplace online if it didn’t fulfill their expectations. I like to think I’m not only creating a library for myself, but also the people in my life now and in the future. A lot of the books that I read may still have impact by the time I have kids of my own. Having these copies lined up on a bookcase someplace will just be a reminder of how they impacted me and how they can still be read by future generations. I’m already in the process of distributing my literature to friends. I
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As e-books become more popular, personal libraries may become a thing of the past.
pass books on to others like it’s nobody’s business, and this simply would not be possible with most e-readers. The idea of a library is just thrilling to me. A room lined with books — books that I’ve read. It’s just something that an e-reader cannot compete with. Cost is another issue with e-readers. Of course, the first purchase of a device can be anywhere from $150 to $250
for the newest technology. Then the cost of each book must be calculated as well. I buy my books online, sometimes even used for under $8; it’s just the way I shop. E-books are regularly $9.99 or more. It doesn’t seem like much, but it does start to add up in the long run, and we’re college students — money certainly matters. With all that being said, e-readers do have their conveniences. The big one is be-
ing able to read in the dark. Unless you own some special light for your book, the nighttime is a book’s worst enemy and an e-reader ’s best friend. However, e-books struggle in direct sunlight, which is a win for books. I think it’s ignorant to say that soon all books will be in this form, since it’s just not practical right now, but there will be more pushes for an e-book world. I can’t fathom a day where
books are just not a part of me or the main contributor of our world when it comes to information, stories and opinions. It’s kind of like when you move away to college. You don’t know how much you need and rely on your parents till you’re without them. The same can be applied to books; people would miss them too much, and the world needs books.
Clothes on a line remember victims of violence Ross Reed Health Editor
On March 12, The Center for Health and Counseling Services sponsored the “Clothesline Project” as a campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. Starting in 1990, this project has grown to a national campaign with over 50,000 to 60,000 T-shirts displayed every year. “The reason it’s called the ‘Clothesline Project’ is because of way back when women didn’t even have the vehicle to communicate with each other the things that were happening in their
household,” said Janeen LeFevre, mental health counselor and current coordinator of this event. “But when they went to hang their clothes on the clothesline, in small neighborhood communities, it was a way to communicate with each other as they were hanging their clothes what was going on with themselves and in their homes.” The project consisted of students designing T-shirts expressing their views on sexual assault and violence. Some students made shirts in the memory of someone they knew or in light of
their own personal experience with this issue. “I would stress that it’s important that even if you haven’t experienced something like this, it’s still important for you to support and be there for those people,” said
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Megan Arehart, freshman criminal justice major. While students were decorating T-shirts, staff members from Health and Counseling Services were sharing various statistics concerning sexual assault and domestic violence. “Between one and four college women are victims of rape,” LeFevre said. “Fortytwo percent of rape survivors never speak about their experience.” Representatives from Guardian Angel Community Services of Joliet were there to speak about their services and to give further support to
students if needed. “We know that college ages of 16-25 are the highest risk age group of sexual assault,” said Samantha Gehrig, prevention educator at Guardian Angel. “So we’re here to support and raise awareness.” After the shirts were made, they were displayed outside of Charlie’s Place from March 12 to March 16. Those who have been victims or know anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence can call Guardian Angel’s 24-hour hotline at (815) 730-8984.
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Advice: Remember your greatest asset - yourself “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” — Dr. Seuss
Lauren Nieminski Advertising Manager Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself, and as college students, we often lose sight of boosting our self-esteem. Many of us work a job, take on the course load of being a fulltime student, join extra-curricular activities, make time for family, and not to mention try to have a social life. At the end of the day we’re so drained it’s easy to feel
sorry for ourselves. It’s actually simple to feel better! I suggest occasionally choosing to please yourself, be yourself, take life less seriously and try to focus on your successes. In the fast-paced life of a college student, at times it may be hard to choose to please yourself. I know at times I feel guilty spending that extra hour watching television or choosing to get coffee with my friends instead of finishing some homework.
However, it isn’t terrible for you to set aside time for yourself. Take 45 minutes to an hour a day relaxing, or try to take 15-minute homework breaks so you don’t feel drained. I know Facebook seems way more inviting than studying for midterms, but if you don’t do well on those midterms, your self-esteem may sink even further. Stop comparing yourself to that perfect person in all your classes who somehow manages to do it all and still smile all through the day. You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors for that person. Just remember to be yourself, and if you stay true to who you are, you shouldn’t be feeling down about yourself. You have to know who you are
and decide what you want so you can better your life. “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” — A famous Dr. Seuss quote that I feel proves that no one should take life too seriously. To me, life is an adventure, and you should enjoy the journey. Sure, your situation may seem bleak at the moment, but if you learn to have a good laugh to briefly take your mind off things, it could even make your task easier to finish and help you feel great. Many people forget to focus on their successes and tend to focus more on what is next. They are not proud, but constantly feeling like what they are doing isn’t good enough. This
is a mistake we all make because we think it’s good to be humble; however, it is fantastic to be confident. Embrace who you are and what you have accomplished. If you consistently make the honor roll, that is for sure something to be proud of. Highlight what you’re proud of in a portfolio you can show off at job interviews, to friends or to family. All in all, just remember to please yourself, be yourself, take life less seriously and try to focus on your successes. By following these guidelines, your self-esteem should be soaring high and you should definitely be in high spirits.
Oven Fried Chicken ◦
1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing
A pack of Saltine crackers
2-3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
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2. Marinate the chicken. I recommend marinating for about an hour or two. According to startcooking.com, two hours is about how long it takes for poultry to absorb the flavor of the marinade and marinating too long can actually cause the meat to toughen. 3. In a food processor, crush the Saltines until they become crumbs. You can add salt and pepper too if you’d like but because the chicken is already seasoned, I usually don’t feel the need to do so. 4. Coat the marinated chicken in the Saltine crumbs and place them on a non-stick foil-lined baking sheet. Makes for easy cleanup! 5. Bake the chicken tenders for 25 minutes and then enjoy! Recipe from ireallylikefood.com
SPORTS Women’s basketball ends season in GLVC quarterfinals alex gasick Sports Editor The Lewis women’s basketball team managed to be the final team to squeak into the 12-team GLVC Tournament. On Feb. 26, the No. 12 seeded Flyers opened up tournament play in Rolla, Mo. against No. 5 seed Missouri S&T. The prior year, Lewis won the GLVC Tournament as the No. 9 seed. Their stellar tournament play continued as they beat Missouri S&T 74-71. Head coach Lisa Carlsen was not the least bit surprised that her team was able to pull off the upset. “The more confidence you build, the more success you are likely to experience,” Carlsen said. “This team kept getting better and that’s a tribute to their hard work and perseverance.” Lewis shot 47.2 percent from the floor in the game, and 52.6 from beyond the arc. Madeline Kish led the Flyers with 21 points, and
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The Flyers upset Missouri S&T in the first round of the GLVC Tournament before falling to Quincy in the quarterfinals.
Jess Reinhart added 20 points of her own. Kish was 5-of-7 from the three-point range while Reinhart shot 9-of-14 from the field. “We shot the ball well
against S&T,” Carlsen said. “Madeline [Kish] was a definite force on the perimeter, and Jess [Reinhart] was able to establish herself inside, which gave us great bal-
ance.” Labrenthia Murdock added 10 points, while Jamie Johnson and Nikki Nellen each added six assists. With the win, the Flyers
advanced to the GLVC quarterfinals March 1 against No. 1 seeded Quincy. The Flyers were unable to pull off a second straight upset, losing 86-72. Heading into the game, Carlsen wanted her team to focus on keeping Quincy out of the paint on offense. The Flyers succeeded in this effort, but Quincy made them pay from the perimeter as they knocked down 15-of-28 three-point attempts. The loss ended the Flyers’ season with a record of 8-20. Carlsen was pleased with how her young team improved throughout the season. “Our overall record is not indicative of the success we had in getting better as the season progressed,” Carlsen said. “Many of our young players were able to get some invaluable playing time in key situations that will help them a great deal going forward.”
Golf opens up spring Track teams compete at GLVC season in Arizona Jennifer Prokop editor-in-chief
alex gasick Sports Editor The Lewis men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., over spring break to open up their spring season. Both teams competed at The Shootout in Arizona March 8-9. The Tournament was held at the Aguila Golf Club. The men finished in third place as a team with a two day total score of 604. Mark Bermele led the Flyers with a 10th place finish individually. He shot a 77 on the first day of competition and followed it up with a 72 on the second day to card a total score of 149. Nick Quagliano (78-75) and Harrison Carmichael (75-78) both carded a total score of 153 to back up Bermele. The men’s team will next compete at the Norse Invi-
tational in Butler, Ky. March 17-18. The women’s team finished second as a team with a two-day total score of 656. Danielle Coffman paced the Flyers with a third place finish individually. She shot an 83 on the first day and came back with a 77 on the second day for a total score of 160. Leila Marquet was just one shot behind Coffman as she shot an 82 on the first day and a 79 on the second day for a score of 161 to tie for fifth overall. Vanessa Phillips tied for 10th (8284), and Nicole Tucker tied for 13th (83-86). The women’s team resumes competition March 24-25 at the NKU Spring Invitational in Perry Park, Ky.
The men’s and women’s track teams competed at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by UW-Parkside, Feb. 24-25. The men’s team struggled during the first day’s events, but they came back on Saturday and finished in fifth place. Junior Scott Tanis placed first in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:16.70. Senior Lonzo Harris’ finish of 1.96 meters in the high jump and time of 6.52 in the 55-meter dash earned him second place in both events. Freshman Matt Jemilo also placed second overall in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:55.01. Junior Phil Hodur’s second place finish of 4,715 points in the heptathlon also earned him an NCAA provisional mark. Head coach Dana Schwarting was satisfied with how the men’s team bounced back after a slow start at this meet. “On the men’s side, we had an abysmal day one,” Schwart-
ing said. “Everything that could go wrong did. We scored zero points. So to come back on day two and climb all the way back to fifth place made me very proud of our team. We went above and beyond in almost every event on day two. We set ourselves up with some confidence going into the outdoor season.” The women’s team had an impressive showing at the meet with six first place finishes and six NCAA provisional marks, but still fell short of winning first place overall. Bellarmine took the title with 177.5 points, followed by the Flyers with 168.5 points. Just after qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, senior Samantha Linck earned a first place finish and an NCAA provisional mark in the high jump. Linck was also named the GLVC Field Athlete of the Year. Karissa Hoffman’s second straight triple jump title also earned her an NCAA provisional mark. Sophomore Megan Marchildon’s first place
finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.24 was enough to earn her an NCAA provisional mark as well. Freshman Shakea Mercer placed first and second in addition to earning NCAA provisional marks in both the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash respectively. Teammate Kamille Ferguson won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.43, earning her an NCAA provisional mark. The team of Mercer, Ferguson, Marchildon and Amy Polhemus achieved a time of 3:57.13 in the 4X400 relay, which allowed them a first place finish. “Our women’s team had a great meet,” Schwarting said. “We won as many events as I thought we would and had many more national qualifying marks than any other meet in my 10 seasons here at Lewis. Bellarmine [University] just flat out beat us. I don’t think we could have done much more. Hopefully we can turn the tables on them outdoors.”
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Blackhawks down? : 7 ways to fix the Chicago Blackhawks
Men’s basketball ends season after NCAA Tournament loss
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The Chicago Blackhawks, after winning the Stanley Cup during the 2009-2010 season, were said to possibly be a “dynasty in the making.” Fast-forward just two years later, and hockey fans in Chicago seem to be shaking their heads in disapproval. With much of the original Cup team long gone, a pathetic power play unit and some panic in net, the Hawks just “ain’t what they used to be.” There are solutions, though. If Rocky Wirtz and Co. want to hang a fifth Stanley Cup banner in the rafters of the United Center, they may need to follow these seven steps: 7. Special teams that are more … special – The Hawks were at a laughable 0-39 on the power play until Feb. 26, when Patrick Kane netted a much-needed goal for both him and the PP. The Hawks’ power play unit is ranked 21st among the 30 NHL teams, while the penalty kill is the fourth worst in the league. These special teams are killing the Blackhawks, and everyone knows it. The Hawks missed out on acquiring an excellent penalty killer in Hal Gill, who went to the Predators over in Nashville. If Coach Q’s squad wants to make the top 10 for both special teams, try switching guys around. Toews, Kane, Hossa and Sharp (the Big Four, as I call them) don’t need to be put together all the time. Mix it up a bit. Dave Bolland and Jamal Mayers are excellent on both fronts, while Andrew Brunette
The Lewis men’s basketball team opened up GLVC Tournament against University of Illinois-Springfield on Feb. 26. The Flyers took care of business in the opening round with a 75-68 win. Chris McClellan led the Flyers with a game-high 19 points and David Bryant also contributed 15 points. Ryan Jackson also added 14 points while Marty Strus snatched a game-high 12 rebounds. In the quarterfinals, the Flyers met the tournament’s No. 1 seed in Bellarmine. The Flyers played the Knights twice in the regular season, losing both times. This time around was no different, as Bellarmine topped Lewis 82-62. Jackson scored 17 points while McClellan added 17. Thankfully for the Flyers, their season did not end there. The NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee announced on March 4 that the Lewis men’s basketball team earned an atlarge bid to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time since 2008. Coincidentally, the Flyers firstround matchup was against Bellarmine, making it the fourth time they played the Knights on the season. Bellarmine proved to have Lewis’ number, ending the Flyers’ season by a score of 66-57. Jackson and Julian Lewis led the Flyers in scoring with 11 points apiece. The Flyers finished ended the 2011-12 season with a record of 17-12.
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Victor Stalberg and the Blackhawks need to improve in several areas if they want to make a deep run in the postseason.
could be a much-needed asset to the power play. 6. Get in front of the net – When the Hawks made their successful run for the Cup way back in 2010, one man stood in front of every opposing goaltender: Dustin Byfuglien. “Big Buff” would screen goalies and quickly pounce on any rebounds. As of late, though, I have been asking myself during almost every game, “Why aren’t the Hawks by the net?” The Hawks have been playing with a pass-along-the-boards type of game-play all season, and it’s quite obvious it hasn’t paid off. Passing has always been something the Blackhawks have done a little too much, and this year is proof of that. Place a guy in front of the other teams’ goaltender, get the shots on net, pick up the rebounds and maybe we’ll see even more goals. 5. Acquire Roy – During the Feb. 27 trade deadline, I was
waiting anxiously by my computer, longing to hear the news I was so desperately hoping for: Blackhawks aquire Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres. The rumor had circulated for a while, and I was positive Stan Bowman would finally get his second line center (Brendan Morrison? Yeah, right). This never happened, though, and I was left a disappointed Chicagoan. Roy would be an excellent fit to the talented Blackhawks. He’s decent when it comes to faceoffs, and he most certainly can score: he has had multiple 20-goal or more seasons. Put Derek Roy with Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on the second line, and that is one scary situation for the opposing team’s goalie. 4. Confidence in the crease – I will openly admit I have, at times, openly voiced my disapproval with the Blackhawks’ current goaltending situation, but in all honesty,
who hasn’t? Goaltending and the Blackhawks organization get along about as well as Tom and Jerry. Ed Belfour and Dominik Hasek, two goaltending legends, went on to win Stanley Cups, which happened after they left Chicago. Cristobal Huet was essentially ostracized by all of Chicago because of his lackluster goaltending compared to Antti Niemi and don’t even get me started on Marty Turco. Long story short: the Hawks must have faith. Corey Crawford could still be the future in net for the Blackhawks, and Ray Emery has been pretty solid and has shown many flashes of brilliance. Let the tandem take its time, and we may see one heck of a goaltending pairing in Chicago. 3. Trade Hjalmarsson – This one may not sit well with all of you Hammer fans. Continued on page 22
Is Redknapp England’s next manager? alex veeneman Opinions Editor Is Harry Redknapp the man who will put England’s national soccer team back on top? After the sudden resignation of Fabio Capello Feb. 8, that’s what many fans have been speculating. The manager of the Tottenham Hotspurs team is considered the long time favorite to replace Capello. Sir Trevor Booking, who is the director of development at the Football Association (FA) oversees the England team and serves on the fourperson committee in charge of naming a successor; he has indicated his desire to take time on this search. Booking told the BBC that the search for a new manager may
be as long as two months. “We’re not in a rush,” Booking said. “We have a couple of months to take it forward. I think we’ll take our time, and try to make sure we’re not locked into any particular time scale.” There also is another figure being considered for the position — Stuart Pearce. He coached the team at their friendly against the Netherlands Feb. 29, but lost to them 3-2. While Pearce indicated that he is willing to stay on through their matches at Euro 2012 this summer, he believed he was not the team’s best option in the long term, according to a BBC report. Brooking added that he hadn’t ruled out Pearce completely. “He’s made it clear, if we’re in a situation where we want
him to take it, he’d be only too pleased,” Brooking said. “He’s done really well, and you can see his enthusiasm. He’s relished the chance.” Yet, it’s not just fans who are insisting on Redknapp getting the job, but also some Premier League managers are expressing their views, especially Stoke City’s manager Tony Pulis. “No disrespect to Stuart or anyone else, but I think Harry should get the job,” Pulis said in a BBC interview. “And I think the FA should do that as quickly as they can.” It is not certain what the timetable is or indeed who it will be, whether it is Pearce, Redknapp or someone else. A spokesman for the FA declined to comment for this article.
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Many people want to see Harry Redknapp as the next coach of England’s national soccer team.
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Men’s and women’s tennis open spring season Alex gasick Sports Editor The Lewis men’s tennis team opened their spring season Feb. 25-26 at the NAC Invitational in Michigan City, Ind., which was hosted by St. Joseph’s College. The Flyers got off on the right foot, beating St. Francis, William Jewel and Quincy all by a score of 9-0. On March 10, the Flyers upset No. 27 Nebraska Kearney by a score of 7-2. On March 11, the Flyers also beat Ohio Dominican 8-1. The Flyers finally had a close
battle when they traveled to Big Rapids, Mich. to take on Ferris State. The Flyers squeaked out the win 5-4. Uno Lapimaa, Erik Aunappu and Armand Levandi all won two matches. Lapimaa and Aunapuu claimed the 8-6 win over Steven Roberts and Laurent Galarneau at No. 1 doubles. Lapimaa also claimed the 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Galarneau at No. 1 singles, while Aunapuu was victorious over Roberts, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 3 singles. Lewis resumes play March 23, as the Flyers head to Kirksville, Mo. to square off with Truman
State for a 1 p.m. first serve. The Lewis women’s tennis team has also enjoyed success in the spring season thus far. They also participated in the NAC Invitational, beating William Jewel 6-3 and Quincy 7-2. The Flyers then beat the University of Nebraska at Kearney March 10 by a score of 5-4 and then took down Ohio Dominican 9-0 the next day. Most recently, the Flyers beat Ferris State 6-3 March 13. At No. 1 doubles, Katie Hargrove and Zsofia Kranczicki paired up for the 8-1 win over Ferris State’s Melissa Flowers
and Laurence LeBlanc. Hargrove also beat LeBlanc, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 3 singles, while Kranczicki defeated Tabitha Simpson, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Zsofia Lanstiak also won two matches for the Flyers. She teamed up with Bayley Brown for the 8-2 doubles win over Natalie Diorio and Julie Fusik. She added a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ana Jan at No. 1 singles. At No. 3 doubles, Kendra Mills and Brianna Markgraf won 8-3 over Jan and Mary Coleman.
Flyers continue dominance Kevin Ryan Asst. Sports Editor The No. 6 Lewis men’s volleyball team is continuing to roll through the 2012 season, and they are stacking up the wins to prove it. One of their most hyped games of the year took place on Feb. 23 when they welcomed the defending National Champions, The Ohio State Buckeyes, to Neil Carey Arena. With the energy in the building sky-high that night, the Flyers came out slow, losing the first set 15-25 in front of the capacity crowd that supported the “Black Out” theme. “I thought our fans section really responded well,” head coach Dan Friend said. “They were there early and really supported us.” In the middle of the second set, the momentum started to shift the Flyers’ way. After being down 9-7, Lewis went on a four-point run and didn’t let the Buckeyes back into the match. They went on to win the second, third and fourth sets to complete the 3-1 victory over the scarlet and gray. “To beat Ohio State was a great win for the guys,” Friend said. “Great win for the program. To do it two years in a row at home is awesome.” Jay Petty had 22 kills in the last three sets and finished the match with a .425 hitting percentage, six block assists and four digs. “When we needed Jay, Jay has stepped up,” Friend said. “He’s an All-American candidate type of player. In matches when we needed him to carry that load, he’s stepped up and been really good.” Two days after the big victory, Lewis made the trip down to St. Charles, Mo. to face off against Lindenwood University. The Flyers won the non-conference match easily, sweeping the Lions 25-21, 25-19, 25-17. Eric Butch was penciled into the starting lineup as BJ Boldog became sick before the game and made an immediate impact for the Flyers, recording 37 assists and six digs. When asked what he thought of Butch stepping up in a crucial
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Jay Petty had 23 kills in the Flyers’ win over The Ohio State University.
situation, Friend said, “It was awesome. We went with Butch and didn’t hesitate. I was really happy for him. He’s done a tremendous job of working hard.” Lewis came back to Romeoville as they hosted Mount Olive three days later on Feb. 28 in another non-conference game. The Trojans were little trouble for the Flyers as they won the match 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18). For the non-conference match, Friend decided to change up the lineup and add young players to the mix, which included Geoff Powell. Powell had a career high 17 kills and hit .624. “You saw us do some different lineups,” Friend said. “Geoff [Powell] was the anchor through the whole match. He was really good for us.” Lewis got back to conference play March 1 when they hosted Quincy University. Disappointed after a losing a set against Mt. Olive, the Flyers came out ready to prove a point as they swept the Hawks 25-14, 25-13, 25-15.
“There was an emphasis,” Friend went on to say. “We didn’t think we should have dropped that game against Mount Olive. There was an emphasis that when we came out for the next match, we were going to turn it up a notch, and we didn’t care who the other opponent was on the other side.” Petty had a match high of 12 kills, and Aaron Flick had 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .588. After resting up for a week, Lewis headed out to California to play in the Active Ankle Classic hosted by Long Beach State. In their first match of the Classic, Lewis played California Baptist University. The 8-13 Lancers were prepared to play as they pulled off the upset over Lewis 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 2521, 15-9). “What you saw in that first game was we just didn’t adjust fast enough,” Friend said. “They did a nice job of playing their system.” The loss snapped the Flyers’
eight-game winning streak, which was their longest win streak since the year 2000. Petty led the Flyers with 18 kills, and Flick also had 13 kills. With the tough loss still on their mind, the Flyers came back the next day and played No. 8 Long Beach State. The match went four sets, and the Flyers got back into the win column with a 3-1 victory. Lewis started the match a little sluggish as they lost the first set 13-25. Although the Flyers lost the first set by 12 points, Friend wasn’t concerned and still had confidence in his team. “[Long Beach State] was on fire the first game,” Friend said. “They hit .660 the first game. Basically what we told the guys was they can’t sustain this level, of play. They’re playing a great game, and they were all fired up. It was about weathering that storm a little bit.” In the second set, the two teams went back and forth until the Flyers went on a 3-0 run to go up 14-11. They never trailed after that, winning the set 25-19. “That second set, we started handling what they were doing,” Friend said. “They made a couple of errors because they couldn’t sustain that level and we were continuing that same pressure.” In the third frame, the Flyers went on a 7-0 run that helped them capture a 25-22 win. That momentum carried into the fourth set with Lewis winning 25-20 to take the match. Leading Lewis to the huge win was Boldog, who had 48 assists and Eric Varney who had a match-high nine digs. “BJ [Boldog] was great,” Friend said. “He really settled in, he set a good match and spread the ball around. Eric [Varney] was really steady. He got some great digs for us at opportune times.” The Flyers will be on the road for their next three games as they head to Loyola, Ohio State and Quincy. Their next home match is April 6 when they host Ball State.
blackhawks Continued from page 21 The truth is in the stats, though. Niklas Hjalmarsson has only 12 points (one goal and 11 assists) in 55 games, which is only one more than Daniel Carcillo, who has only played 28 games this season. Sure, he’s great at blocking shots, but he also has the second lowest shooting percentage on the team, 1.8 percent (the lowest being 0 percent). I know he’s a defenseman, but Hjalmarsson has yet to prove he’s worth the $3.5 million a year cap hit. The Hawks have plenty of defense to work with, so maybe the Hawks would be smart to move Hammer while he’s still trade bait. 2. Drop the dead weight – Although part of me was sad to see him go, I was also, in a way, relieved to find out John Scott was traded on the Trade Deadline Day to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick. Sure, Scott was a much-needed physical presence on the ice for the Hawks, and he was certainly well-liked by fans and teammates alike, but his production on the ice was almost laughable. In 69 games played during his brief two seasons in Chicago, Scott had only two assists. That’s right, TWO assists. In other words, a draft pick could prove to be quite beneficial, and even though it’s in the fifth round, so were Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger when they were drafted. Other players who need to go are Bryan Bickell, Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik. All three of them have had very disappointing seasons, and the Hawks could easily fill the absence of numbers 29, 17 and 67, which leads me to my final point… 1. Utilize the youth – When Tazer and Kaner were still relatively new in Chicago, the few loyal fans who were left saw a revitalized team begin to emerge, full of youth and potential. Several years later, the dynamic duo became forever immortalized with their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup. Youth has been a key component to the Blackhawks’ success throughout the past few years. This year, in particular, we have seen a whole crop of rookies play quite well in the Indian Head sweater, including Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad, last year’s playoff hero Ben Smith and recent rookie sensations Jimmy Hayes and Andrew Shaw. By removing the “dead weight” (Frolik, Bickell, etc.), the Hawks could have the young guns duke it out for a permanent spot on the roster. Youth leads to experience, and experience can win championships.
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Vancouver moves on after riots alex veeneman Opinions Editor It was supposed to be a fun evening spent watching one of the most historic matches in the world conclude. No one wanted to be a part of what happened afterward. In Vancouver, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, the final match of 2011’s Stanley Cup was taking place between the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins. The series score was 3-3, sending the match to a game seven. Boston won that evening, and immediately afterward, rioting occurred. Across Vancouver’s city center and outwards, anger was expressed at what was conveyed. But, more anger was conveyed at the destruction others had caused. The work to hold those to account and to restore life in the city begun in the hours that followed. The Vancouver Police Department, through the Integrated Riot Investigation Team, launched a website to help those who were recorded conducting themselves in this matter. As of Feb. 28, 125 people have been recommended to be charged, 57 have been charged, and almost 1500 Web tips have been sent. Whether or not it has been successful is tricky to answer. “While some accused persons did turn themselves in to police, the police nevertheless still had to utilize valuable resources to investigate each cir-
cumstance in order to provide a solid case for the Crown,” said Christopher Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia’s Kelowna campus. “[They had to] lay appropriate charges against those accused persons, and make sure (as best as possible) that such charges are not later thrown out of court.” Schneider added, however, that despite the resources at hand, something like this cannot be avoided for a future repeat. Many have seen Vancouver move forward and return to normal — many came together and cleaned the city immediately following the aftermath of the riots. Those who rioted, they agreed, weren’t hockey fans, but just wanted to spark trouble. The city they adored stood before them in a different state, and something needed to be done to ensure this wasn’t repeated. For the moment, however, as Vancouver has returned to what people expect of it, one item remains — to bring justice. “The priority remains now as it did the days immediately following the riot, and that’s to hold as many rioters accountable for their crime spree on June 15,” said Sgt. Howard Chow, a spokesman for the Integrated Riot Investigation Team at the Vancouver Police Department. “The victims of the riot wouldn’t expect anything less.”
Invitation to participate in the Athletics Interest survey circulates online All students received an email invitation on Monday, March 12 to participate in an Athletics Interest survey. The link to the survey was provided in the email. Text from the email was as follows: We are writing to ask for your participation in a brief online survey. We are interested in learning the extent to which the athletic interests and abilities of students at Lewis are being met by the current offerings of recreational activities, intramural sports, club sports and intercollegiate athletics. The survey contains questions developed by the U.S. Department of Education designed to measure student interests. Could you please take a few minutes to complete the survey? As an undergraduate student at Lewis, we value your input. Your feedback will
help our planning to meet the needs and interests of Lewis University students. Please be assured that your responses will remain confidential and your participation is voluntary, though we very much hope you will respond. The survey response deadline is Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Thank you for your participation. • Graciela Dufour, Title IX Coordinator Associate Vice President Human Resources • Ray Kennelly, Senior Vice President Enrollment Management and Strategic Initiatives P.S. If you have any questions or experience difficulty with the administration of the survey please contact Vicky Tucker, Director of Institutional Data Analysis and Assessment (firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 836-5252).
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Pitcher Ali Brems has contributed to the Flyers’ recent wins.
Softball streaky early Kevin Ryan Asst. Sports Editor After opening the season in Las Vegas, the Lewis softball team hit the road again at the end of February to play in the Husky Dome Classic hosted by St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn. The Flyers played four games in the tournament and walked away with a 1-3 record. Despite all the games being played in a dome, Lewis had a tough time adjusting to the playing conditions. “It’s a different kind of tournament,” Lewis head coach George DiMatteo said. “The tournament is played in a dome and it was a different kind of turf. I think our plans of driving seven hours, getting off the bus and playing a game was not a good idea.” Although the Flyers finished the trip under .500, DiMatteo thought his team played its two best games of the year. “The competition was very good, and I thought the team still struggled to get the clutch hit,” DiMatteo explained. “Our best two games of the year were the 3-2 loss to seventh-ranked Augustana of South Dakota and the win against St. Cloud. We played very well in those games; but in the first two games we just didn’t play very well.” After the trip to Minnesota, Lewis continued to play games on the road as they opened up GLVC play at Missouri S&T on March 3. Unfortunately, the Flyers brought their hitting woes with them as the Miners swept Lewis in a doubleheader 4-3 and 6-2. The first game was the toughest game to swallow as the Flyers headed to the bottom of the seventh inning up 3-0, but gave up three runs in the frame. “That sent us into the wrong direction,” DiMatteo said. “I can count on one hand how many loss I can recall in my 29 years here at Lewis that we lost a three-run lead in the last inning. It just doesn’t happen.” The following day, Lewis
made the trip to Drury University, and their hitting struggles continued as the Panthers swept the Flyers 3-2 and 3-0. “Drury is a good team,” DiMatteo said. “We had five quality at-bats in the entire seven-inning game. I told the players, ‘let’s start hitting the ball.’” Providing all of the offense in game two was Jayme Hefler, as she had the team’s only two hits. “Jayme is just a great player, DiMatteo said. “She takes pitches because she knows what she wants and she’ll jump on the first pitch and get a base hit. She’s not intimidated and she’s playing at the highest level since her freshman year.” Two days later at Maryville University, the Flyers started to find their swing and started to score runs. In the doubleheader, Lewis swept the Saints 2-0 and 6-2. In game one, Ali Brems went the distance, earning her first complete game, and only allowed four hits while striking out seven. Pleased by Brems’ performance, DiMatteo said, “It’s the start of many complete games for Ali. She’s got a devastating rise ball. She has the ability to start and complete many games.” Lauren Hanford got the Flyers going on offense in the top of the second, hitting a RBI single and putting Lewis ahead early. Jessica Rourke added on with a RBI single, and Hefler went 2 for 3 in the game with a run scored. The Flyers rode that momentum into the following day when they visited the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Despite wind gusts reaching 45 mph, Lewis swept the Tritons 6-0 and 4-3. Game two was rough for both teams as Lewis and UMSL combined for an ugly 10 errors. When asked why there were so many errors DiMatteo explained, “[It was] all because of the wind, bad field conditions [and] very poor infield with nothing but bad hoops. Pop ups
were being blown all over the place. I still don’t accept it.” In game two, Karrisa Habel pitched 4.1 innings, earning her first win of the year, and Kelly Bowler earned her first save. Lewis returned home March 10 for their home opener against Rockhurst University. The Flyers stayed hot, sweeping the Hawks 8-3, 7-4. In game one Lewis, got on the board early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. DiMatteo was happy to see the Flyers strike first as he went on to say, “It was good because this was a pitcher who beat us two years ago right here on our home field. We hoped home field advantage meant better hitters, and Jayme and Jessica had incredible days.” Alyssa Moseley came up with a key two RBI double in game two, and Bowler got the win throwing 4.2 innings. The Flyers came back the following day on March 11 and welcomed William Jewell to the Lewis softball field a doubleheader. In game one, the Cardinals gave Lewis little trouble as the Flyers won 10-2 in five innings. Mary Giancarlo, Alexis Munaco, Hanford and Mosley all had RBIs, and Brems got the victory by allowing two runs on four hits. Game two was a little closer as the Flyers were only winning 1-0 late in the game. However, in the bottom of the sixth, Michelle Vucsko gave Lewis an insurance run by hitting her first home run of the season. “That was a huge home run,” DiMatteo said. “It changed the game. It gave us a lot of confidence. It changes the whole situation when you’re up two runs rather than one run.” With the win, the Flyers have won seven of their last eight games. Their overall record is 10-11. Lewis’ next home game is on Wednesday, March 21 against Upper Iowa. First pitch is at 3 p.m..
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Outfielder Ben Albano dives for a ball in the outfield during one of the Flyers’ games.
Lewis baseball starts hot in Florida Brian Neal Contributor Spring is in the air and that means one thing: baseball season has arrived. The Lewis men’s baseball team began the 2012 season on their annual spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla. Solid play on both offense and defense led the Flyers to a 6-2 win on the trip. The Flyers opened the season on March 4 and won a pair of games in a doubleheader against Findlay. Following a 7-3 loss to Ashland on March 5, the Flyers went on a three-game win streak, beating Maryville 6-0 on March 6, Grand Valley State 12-6 on March 8 and Saginaw Valley State 1-0 on March 9. The Flyers then lost to Saginaw Valley State 3-2 on the same day. Finally, they finished the trip with a 5-2 win against Notre Dame (Ohio) on March 10. “We have gotten off to a solid start at 6-2 on our Florida trip
and have received contributions from many players,” head coach Tim McDonough said. “Mike Bolling and Mike Schroeder have really been swinging the bat well, and Andrew Brauer is starting to heat up.” McDounough continued to say, “On the mound, Pat Lahey has been very good in two starts and Tom Durkin, Mike Schroeder and Matt Frahm have each made quality starts. Quite frankly, our entire pitching staff has been great so far and we hope that continues as we enter conference action starting this weekend.” Bolling and Schroeder have certainly been making their plate appearances count. Bolling has started 11 for 28 with seven RBIs and a dinger, as well as a .500 on-base percentage and eight stolen bases. Schroeder has been equally effective going 12 for 26 with six RBIs and two home runs. Additionally, Schroeder has pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing only
six hits, with five strikeouts and only one walk. Both have been excellent defensively as well with perfect fielding percentages. Brauer has been on and off almost every other game so far this season, but is batting a healthy .310 with a solid onbase percentage at .412. He has contributed four RBIs with one homer, and is second on the team to Bolling in stolen bases with five. On the mound, Lahey is 1-0 in two starts with a 2.84 ERA. His best game came in the first one of the season: a 6-1 win over Findlay. Lahey pitched a complete game, allowing only that one run on five hits, striking out three. Durkin has been sharp, holding opponents to only a .154 batting average on 26 plate appearances. His 1.17 ERA and 1-0 start to the season both attest to that. As for Frahm, he has a 4.38 ERA and 0-1 record early on,
but he leads the Flyers with 14 strikeouts. The Flyers have outscored opponents 41-23 in eight games, and have been extraordinarily hot when it’s time to put a team away, outscoring the opposition 17-3 in the sixth inning alone. A start to the season like this doesn’t happen without hard work and preparation, though. McDonough commented, “Our toughest challenge is always getting enough quality practice time outside during the winter. Thankfully, we have had a mild winter and have been able to utilize the new multipurpose athletics facility a lot to help prepare for the season.” McDounough continued to say, “We always focus on the fundamentals of throwing strikes, playing solid defense and executing on offense by moving runners and driving in runs whenever possible.” The Flyers have high hopes
for this season. Coming off a 24-18 year in 2011, they have 20 returning players from that team. Last season they started strong, but faltered a bit toward the end of the year, so they have their work cut out for them. McDonough has big expectations for his team. “Our expectations and goals are always the same each year: 30 wins, win the GLVC East Division and make the NCAA Regional Tournament,” McDonough said. The Flyers were on the road in Kansas City on March 17 against Rockhurst before moving on to play William Jewell, and finally stopping in Springfield for a matchup with Illinois Springfield. Then, they begin a five-game home-stand against Missouri S&T on March 24, Drury on March 25, Upper Iowa on the Mach 28 and Saint Joseph’s on March 31 and April 1. A complete schedule can be found at www.lewisflyers.com.
Athlete of the Week • Finished eighth overall in the high jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships to earn All-American status
•H er leap of 1.69 meters earned her AllAmerican status
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senior Samantha Linck
• Now a two-time All American