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February 6, 2012

Volume 33, Issue 7




A love story from PLT

Catalyst Retreat

Health staff expands

Audience falls in love with ‘Almost Maine’ - page 13

Allowing faith to open our hearts to the poor - page 6

New additions arrive to Health and Counseling Services - page 18

Interest grows in sustainability contest shane gustafson contributor

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The Science Center is a modern 80,000 square foot addition that will attract more students into the science fields.

New Science Center opens Faculty welcomes students on first day of semester Lauren Pirc News Editor At the start of the spring 2012 semester, students returned to find that the new Science Center was open for classes. The 80,000 square-foot addition and enhancement to the existing Science Building added new laboratories and spaces for undergraduate research, as well as gathering spaces that encourage greater faculty-student interaction. The $16.1 million project includes 52,000 square feet of new construction and a 28,000 square-foot renovation of the Academic Building. “It is the result of some five or six years of planning, looking at other science facilities at other universi-

ties, large and small, that have good reputations and are doing wonderful things in the sciences,” Br. James Gaffney, FSC, president, said. “The quality of what you see over there is reflective of a very collaborative process — creative, concerned, competent people who wanted to ensure that this new center would be responsive to our goals and aspirations in science education.” The building was created in anticipation of a rapidly growing demand for majors in the science fields. There has been a 50 percent growth in science enrollment over a span of a few years. “The fact that the College of Nursing is the largest undergraduate program in Illinois, with the expansion over there, they’ve grown even further and they’ll

grow more for next year ance… of faculty and reand the projections are re- search projects, and so much ally good,” Br. James said. more.” “About 40 percent of the The process of research enrollment in labs is nurs- and developing the idea for ing students, so they have a the center took place over a heavy scientific component four- to five-year span. Facto their curriculum.” ulty and staff visited other The building itself will universities to research more help students to be able to about what kind of science experience new technology center would be the best to and research areas that are build at Lewis. pertinent to their majors. “There were certain build“It went far beyond my ex- ings that they looked at, and pectations,” Br. James said. they not only explored the “It’s a stunningly beautiful layout and configuration, building; it’s a highly func- but they also explored how tional building. It has excel- do you teach in these areas; lent technology; its labs are how do students learn best in significant enhancements to these areas?” said Br. James. what we had before in size “Faculty have been excited and technology… It reflects and creative. There are new a different style of teaching programs, even at the gradand learning. It’s much more uate level, and we are still experiential, more hands-on, experiencing growth.” involving students early in their career under the guid- Continued on page 2

The University Environment and Energy Conservation Council (UEECC), an organization that increases interest in an eco-friendly campus, is sponsoring its annual “Come Clean, Go Green Contest” to find new ways for the university to become environmentally friendly. According to UEECC advisor Simone Muench, the goal of the contest is to “create proposals for projects that will positively impact the environment, improve quality of life and be implemented by Lewis University in 2012.” Every submission to the contest will be looked at and will be judged blindly by many members of the UEECC. The winning projects will then be based on many criteria, including production cost, relevancy and need. “We encourage students to consider their environmental impact and to begin to implement beneficial environmental impacts,” said Muench. The top three winners will receive a cash prize, with first place winning $1000, second place winning $500 and third place winning $250. The money will be divided equally, with half of the money going toward the production of the object, and the other half going directly to the winner. “Half of the prize money will be used for the creation and implementation of the winning projects, which will then be publicized,” said Muench. Continued on page 4



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science center Continued from page 1 The new center gives students more opportunities to create and research in their respective fields. They are given more in-field experience with the development of the new labs. “The building, its design and functionality really have to be reflective of the philosophy of science education, and that’s what they did,” Brother James said. “Workplaces need to have students coming out of Lewis who are competent enough to step into those environments, well-prepared.” A unique feature of the building is a piece of artwork created by art professors Mark Swain and Paul Mitchell. During the construction, many trees had to be either transplanted or cut down entirely. As an arboretum school, Lewis’ policy is that for every tree lost, two more are planted in its place. Pieces were gathered from the trees that were cut down and were treated. The two professors created the artwork from the tree pieces, and titled it “Unity” as a memorial for the trees that were lost.

“My sense is that you have even in the design of the building, it’s glass from the lower level up to the top, so it’s nature and research, teaching and learning; it’s the exterior environment which is a learning environment in itself, and the beauty and variety of campus,” Br. James said. “It’s even the unity and integration of the sciences. It was respectful of the environment and ecologically sensitive. It’s all part of a richer learning environment.” The new center is a prelude to other additions that will soon be happening on campus. The former Science Building will be renovated and will become the Humanities Commons. An addition to the College of Nursing building, an addition to the business building, growth for education and more College of Arts and Sciences facilities are also planned. “It’s a very hopeful new science facility, and already there are new groups that are coming through to see it to learn more about the university and science education,” Br. James said.

Biology major Cindy Valazquez and computer information systems major Reinhardt van Wyk enjoy the open spaces in the new Science Center.

Dental hygiene major Jaclyn Viano sits in one of the many lounge spaces available in the Science Center.

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The Science Center has integrated nature by including skylights and transparent materials and is currently being considered for LEED certification.

The artwork displayed, created by professors Mark Swain and Paul Mitchell, is a symbol of unity and a memorial for the trees lost during construction.

Event set to celebrate scholarly endeavors Katie Esposito Asst. News Editor Lewis University will host its first Celebration of Scholarship event April 19, from noon to 8 p.m. The event will celebrate the research, scholarly work and creative endeavors of Lewis students and faculty. Throughout the event, there will be poster sessions, performances and concurrent sessions during the period. In order for students to

submit work, they must first ask a faculty member to sponsor them and then submit an abstract of their work. An abstract is “essentially a summary of one’s work or project that helps sell it by engaging a reader’s interest,” according to Dr. Simone Muench, Associate Professor of English. “The abstracts submitted to the Celebration of Scholarship event should answer the following questions: why did you do it, how did you do it, what did your work allow you to find and

how would you summarize the work’s impact?” Students may submit works in a variety of categories, including original research focused on an issue or problem in a certain field, a project one has performed individually or as part of a group, a painting, illustration, photograph, or other visual work, a musical composition to be performed at the symposium, a poem, short story, nonfiction essay or other literary work. A committee will then se-

lect the pieces that exemplify scholarly merit in a quality manner. The deadline to submit work to a concurrent session to showcase a poster or performance is March 1. According to Muench, this event gives students a chance to showcase their work to a larger audience, including other students as well as faculty, while allowing them to consider their work in a more professional manner. “The symposium provides a nice bridge from student work to professionalization,”

Muench said. “Showcasing one’s work to the public takes courage, and students ultimately benefit by gaining confidence in themselves and the work they produce.” For more information, students can visit http://, and students can also submit their work online at http://cs.lewisu. edu/celebrationofscholarship/apply.php.


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Martin Luther King Jr. honored during Lewis’ Diversity Week

Attempted robbery found as falsified

Michael Gates

Katie Esposito


Asst. News Editor

Lewis University celebrated its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Week by holding events on campus that highlighted past and present issues of human diversity from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27. “The Purpose of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Week at Lewis University is to honor the legacy of Dr. King in exploring issues in human diversity relevant to the world in the 21st century,” said Carlos FernandezSerrato, director of Multicultural Student Services. “His message is accomplished by Lewis faculty who have lectures and other presentations on the contributions of Dr. King in the various academic disciplines.” During the week, Lewis held 12 events on campus that gave students the opportunity to view and participate in diversity-based presentations and activities. “As a historian, we think that these events happen in the past, like the 1965 Voting Rights Act or something else like that,” said Dr. Dennis Cremin, associate professor and director of the Lewis University History Center. “We also have a number of speakers this week who addressed diversity issues that go on to this very day. Just because we think they are in the past doesn’t mean it’s necessarily so.”

An incident that occurred Nov. 15, 2011, on the university’s campus was recently found as falsified due to tips and interviews with the Romeoville Police Department and students. According to Chief of the Lewis University Police Department, Jim Montanari, the initial report included a female student claiming to police that two men with knives had approached her in Lot W. She indicated that they had intentions of robbing her, but that she was able to run away. The student also claimed that she had not been harmed, but believed the suspects left the area in a vehicle. “The report of the crime was taken very seriously and was particularly troubling,” said Montanari. “It caused a great deal of apprehension and anxiety among students, faculty and staff. Deputy Chief Zegadlo and a detective from the Romeoville Police Department continued to work together to exchange information and investigate leads.” After the incident, LUPD received several tips through phone calls, in-person interviews and the “Silent Witness” program. The information that was developed through the ongoing investigation cre-

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Lewis University’s Diversity Week payed tribute to the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

One presentation that took place during the week was “Place-Based Learning: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement.” This presentation emphasized the positive effect of place-based learning on the understanding of past civil rights events. Placebased learning stresses the importance of visiting important historical sites and locations to enhance one’s perspective on what occurred there. “The local location can really put you in the setting and give you great insight into these events,” said Cremin. “Being at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, is a powerful place. They preserved the room where he was and built the National Civil Rights Museum there. I think it’s really a

successful site, because it was so powerful to be on the site where King died, but to also learn about the civil rights movement from that place.” The overall goal of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Week was to promote a message of respect and understanding for one another’s differences. “Understanding diversity is not just about one’s ethnicity or race; it encompasses acceptance and respect,” said FernandezSerrato. “It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.”


ated much doubt concerning the events that were initially reported to police. The information collected led to many interviews with students to further investigate the possibility that the attempted robbery report was actually false. “Multiple pieces of information were put together before confronting the female student and two other students about inconsistencies and inaccurately reported information,” said Montanari. “Each student made statements which clarified their involvement and revealed that the incident as reported did not actually occur. In my opinion, it is terrific that community members trusted us enough to pass on information.” According to Montanari, the Will County State’s Attorney authorized misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges against the female student who made the report to the police. An arrest warrant was issued, and the student subsequently surrendered herself and was processed at the Romeoville Police Department. This student has a pending court date and also faces a campus Judicial Board Hearing for violating the Student Behavioral Code.

Food from around the world comes to campus Taylor Donnelly Contributor Lewis University is made up of about 6,500 undergraduate students. Most of the students are from the Chicago region, but there are also international students enrolled from over 25 different countries.    A number of these students’ countries, 26 to be exact, came together Jan. 25 in the Student Union to share a special part of their culture: food. The International Student Association (ISA) and International Student Services held the International Food Fair 2012. Beginning the ceremony were students who said prayers in English, then in Swahili and ended in Mandarin. The main feature of the event was the food offered. The Student Union was broken up into four different divisions: Asia, Europe, Africa/Middle East and the Americas. Asia was inside the Big Red room and had dishes from China, India, the Philippines,

Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. Europe, located in the Morton Boston room, had food and treats from England, Estonia, Hungary, Scotland, the Netherlands, France and Poland. Inside the Cultural Center room was Africa and the Middle East with choices from Iraq, Ghana, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Cameroon. Lastly, in the main section of the Student Union next to the musical performers, the Bahamas, Brazil, Mexico and Canada offered samples. The students in ISA selected all of the dishes which the Lewis University chefs prepared. The food and socialization of the event was also accompanied by the musical talent of Callaloo, with Lewis instructor Terrance Peeples. The Student Union was decorated with tall tables covered in red tablecloths. On each table was a flier detailing what each country had to offer. Also on top of each table was a fortune cookie, since the event was around the time of the Chinese New Year.

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Br. James Gaffney FSC, president, opened the International Food Fair, praising the opportunity for cultural interaction.

In the main area of the Student Union was a fundraising booth. On one side was candy offered for $0.25 to help raise money for people in Kenya. On the other side were necklaces made by African people and sold to help raise money to help build schools.

The room was crowded, and each table constantly had a few people. People came in large numbers and left in few. Martha Villegas-Miranda, member of the University Ministry and Multicultural Student Services also said the fair was excellent and had outgrown the space.

“This was a much bigger turnout than I expected,” said ISA member Katy Newberg. The event was one of many during Diversity Week in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.



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Race for the White House heats up Kylen Mills Contributor The holidays are over, school is back in session and the remaining months of winter loom ahead. The year 2012 is now in full swing, and so is the 2012 presidential race. The current leader, Barack Obama, will represent the Democrats, seeking his second term in office. Several milestones of Obama’s term in office include signing in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, his Affordable Health Care Act and the capturing of Osama Bin Laden. He also oversaw the repeal of the 1993 law “don’t ask, don’t tell” that barred gays from serving openly in the military, backed multiple renewable energy companies, removed all U.S. troops from Iraq and has supported liberation movements in Egypt, Syria and Libya. He is also the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize while still in office. However, Obama has been criticized by many for not upholding the promises of his 2008 campaign. One of the main focuses of the upcoming election is the economy. Although Obama’s stimulus act did help create up to 3.3 million jobs as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, Republicans argue that unemployment rates haven’t seen a significant drop and the economic growth is far too slow. One of the GOP’s potential candidates is conservative Newt Gingrich. Gingrich was best known for

eco-contest Continued from page 1 Some students on campus think this contest is a good idea because it will help save the environment and make Lewis a better place. “I believe it’s important for everyone to give back, even if it’s just one student or a group of students,” said freshman Nikki Martinez. Other students believe Lewis is not the only place that should start thinking

co-authoring the “Contract With America,” a document that outlined the planned policy changes the GOP would make if it won the majority of the House in the 1994 elections. This led to Gingrich being elected as the first Republican Speaker in over 40 years, where he was involved in the impeachment of President Clinton. In the 2012 race, Gingrich stands out as the most articulate and experienced of all the Republican candidates. According to his website, his response to the economic crisis would be to make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent, to eliminate capital gains taxes, lower the corporate tax rate and eliminate the estate tax. He also has said that if elected, he would repeal the health care reform bill and restructure the U.S. approach to the Middle East. Despite his experience and communication skills, Gingrich’s turbulent home life has plagued his political career for years. The final candidate within contention is Mitt Romney. Romney’s business experience stands out; he rose to CEO of Bain & Company (predecessor to Bain Capital), where he steered the company out of a financial crisis. As governor of Massachusetts, he helped eliminate a $6 billion debt during his term. If elected, Romney would look to cut and cap federal spending, repeal the health care reform bill and take a more aggressive approach to foreign policy. Continued on page 5

about being eco-friendly. Some students wish the entire country would be more environmentally friendly. “I believe an eco-friendly precedent is the way to go,” said freshman Enrique Larios. “Healthy living is the best living.” All proposals are due to Muench on March 2 by 5 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held on April 25 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

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SOPA inspired many protests over the freedom of the Internet, like this one in San Francisco.

Piracy legislation pulled amid protests Alex Veeneman Asst. Opinions Editor Votes on controversial legislation to tackle online piracy were postponed indefinitely by Congress Jan. 20 as protests across the country and on the Web reached a climax. In a statement, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (DNev.) said the vote on the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in his chamber would be postponed. “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT IP Act,” Reid’s statement said. Almost immediately after that statement was issued, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said a vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) taking place in his chamber would be postponed indefinitely. “I have heard from the critics, and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Smith said. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.” Protests against SOPA and PIPA were led by Google and Wikipedia amid concerns that the legislation would be a form of censorship. The Capitol switchboard was flooded with phone calls and emails from constituents, with petitions and requests from both sites to reach out to representatives and Senators. According to a report from the BBC, Google’s online petition to help stop action on SOPA and PIPA drew more than seven million signatures. Calls to Google and Wikipedia for comment were not returned. Major cities in the U.S. were

also sites of protest, including in San Francisco. “This is not about letting piracy win,” said Jennifer Kirk, a former U.S. Copyright Office specialist who was at the protest. “This is about keeping the Internet free and making Internet users responsible for their actions, not the website providers. This is about steering copyright in a direction it was not intended to go — a way to kill creativity.” Kirk added that while those against the laws support action against piracy, this won’t accomplish it. “It’s a good intention that has been put into poor actions,” Kirk said. “[The laws] just won’t censor Americans, but it will have a domino effect worldwide.” Marsha Knight, who was also at the protest, says the Internet has reached an exciting point, mostly because of social media. “I love to see problems solved and people working together to help each other, especially on a global basis,” Knight said. “I love to connect people and companies with each other on various levels in my personal and work life — the opportunities to do this now are more amazing than ever. Social and search are two areas I am extremely passionate about, and they could be most harmed.” The language of the legislation, according to Ray Klump, the chairman of Lewis’ Math and Computer Science Departments, is far too big. “The legislation requires Internet service providers to shut down sites that are accused of hosting pirated material,” Klump said. “Who decides that a site is guilty of that? Are adequate protections put in place to prevent someone from just capriciously crying foul against a site they’d like to take down?” John Catalano, a senior double majoring in political science

and philosophy of law, says that SOPA and PIPA go too far when it comes to dealing with piracy. “Entire sites found in violation could be made virtually nonexistent if accused of being in violation of copyright infringement,” Catalano said. “For instance, if someone posted a clip of ‘The Walking Dead’ on Facebook, the entire site would be shut down without trial.” As this legislation has been withdrawn, the question on how to address the issue of piracy remains. But, as Klump says, there was a reason why many objected the legislation initially. “There needs to be more protection, more due process,” said Klump. “And that is why so many object to this legislation so passionately.” Catalano adds that something needs to be done. “Movie and music industries lose money when sites like MegaUpload [which has recently been indicted] place copyrighted materials on their site for people to view for free,” Catalano said. “Common ground needs to be found where both the Wikipedias and the Paramounts of the world can prosper, not just one particular group.” In San Francisco, Knight hopes the protest sent an important message to Congress and to the U.S. with regard to this legislation. “We are a community that works together to continue to raise the bar on content creation/generation and problem solving,” Knight said. “We care about our community and our peers around the globe. We want to use our knowledge as a whole to help propel the next generations into an era of success.”


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election Continued from page 4 As a Mormon, Romney may struggle to win the far right conservative voters. He’s also been criticized as disconnected with the American people and the current economic crisis due to his family’s vast wealth. Also still on the Republican ticket are Ron Paul, Buddy Roemer and Rick Santorum, although the public seems to favor Romney and Gingrich. However, as explained by Lewis political science professor Joe Gaziano, there could be another option on the horizon. “If the public still isn’t happy with either candidate and is generally split, there is a possibility of a third party candidate joining the race later on,” Gaziano said. “Someone like Hillary Clinton that is already wellknown and has a wide appeal could have a chance to win.” The economy is the leading issue impacting all Americans, but is especially concerning for college students as they will be looking to enter the job market soon. Senior Brandon White explained why this is causing him to lean toward Republican candidate Mitt Romney. “His business record is unmatched,” White said. “I think we need a person with real financial and executive experience. I don’t agree with his position on a lot of social issues, but those

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As the primaries heat up, candidates for the presidency are causing much debate among voters.

aren’t as important to me. Since they won’t be the focus of the next presidential term, I don’t vote based on those issues.” On the other hand, many Obama supporters think the country has been on the right path economically and that he would be the right choice. They blame the slow growth on the financial situation he inherited and the time it takes to turn around a recession. “Although not much has changed yet, [Obama] is moving in the right direction, and people need to realize that things are going to take a while to change, because the U.S was in a very deep hole,” said junior

Labrenthia Murdock. Another issue concerning students is the candidates’ proposed handling of rising education costs and allotting of government grants and funding. Obama recently announced in a speech at University of Michigan his strategy to manage college costs. According to CNN. com, “Obama outlined plans to boost total federal spending on Perkins loans from $1 billion to $8 billion. He also announced plans to push for the creation of a $1 billion competition encouraging states to contain public tuition rates, among other things.” On the other hand, Gin-

grich has sparked controversy with his recent response to mounting college rates. He declared that students are being indulged with luxurious dorms and unnecessary amenities. “Students take fewer classes per semester,” Gingrich said in the Washington Post. “They take more years to get through. Why? Because they have free money. I would tell students, ‘Get through as quick as you can. Borrow as little as you can. Have a part-time job.’” Potential Republican nominee Romney has also caused a stir because of his comments on the rising costs of higher education. The Huffington Post and New

York Times both reported that Romney has repeatedly endorsed for-profit colleges — schools that are controlled by private businesses looking for personal gain — as a solution. However, the Department of Education reports that the average tuition at for-profit colleges is almost twice that of public four-year universities and nearly five times as much as community colleges, reaching up to $40,000 a year. Coverage of the latest election news will continue on websites, TV news and newspapers. Students can register to vote at or for a straightforward registration process.

RELIGION The other side of this life: Reflections and thoughts on the 2012 Catalyst Retreat Angela Cotta Religion Editor Along the shore of Lake Michigan lies one of the most beautiful city skylines in the United States. Government offices, residences, theatres, department stores and some of the finest educational institutions in the country form the city blocks that create this beautiful skyline and make Chicago an excellent tourist location. Most of us who were raised in and around Chicago or have lived in this area for a long period of time are familiar with the extravagance that Chicago has to offer. However, there is another side of life hidden within those city blocks lined by numerous skyscrapers and buildings adorned with architectural elegance. This side of life is dictated by the cycle of homelessness, and this year, an estimated 94,000 homeless men, women and children will be sleeping on the streets and in the shelters of Chicago. The third annual Catalyst Social Justice Retreat, sponsored by University Ministry, took place Jan. 21 and 22. Seniors Kristen Calvert and Liana Vantrease were this year’s co-directors. Seniors Carissa Johnson, Ryan Snow, and juniors Ron Pollak and I were this year’s leaders. University Ministers Adam Setmeyer and Sabrina Poulin have been Catalyst’s moderators since they started the retreat back in 2009. The retreat focuses on

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Catalyst participants gather in downtown Chicago for a Stations of the Cross walk.

homelessness and poverty through a faith-based lens. Retreat participants learn about these issues along with social justice through prayer, reflection and a talk presented by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. A significant event of the retreat is the immersion experience in which everyone participating in the retreat socializes with the people currently living at a shelter. Catalyst has been a positive experience for many Lewis students regardless of their areas of study. “It was an incredible retreat that helped me realize the injustices that are present in our society today,” said junior Bryan Bolton. “It let me take a step back and figure out what

I could do to make the world a better place. I now am grateful for all that I have been given in this world, because not all people are given the opportunities that I was.” Students also find the retreat to be very educational and end the weekend with a stronger understanding of social justice. “The retreat definitely enhanced my understanding of social justice, as well as how to move beyond service to social justice,” said junior Kelly Schreiber. “I’ve been hearing about social justice and Catholic Social Teaching since high school, but I don’t think I really understood the concept of solidarity until last weekend.” Schreiber also said that the

retreat was a valuable experience, because she was able to engage herself in these important issues outside of the classroom. “Talking with the men at the shelter immersed me in a practical application of solidarity and transformed it from a textbook theory to a real-life experience,” said Schreiber. “The experience made social justice feel more accessible, more like something I can legitimately get involved in.” Sophomore Adam Smetana offered the following when reflecting upon his experience: “The Catalyst Retreat is not only eye-opening, but soul searching as you really grasp the importance of good deeds and perseverance in

the world. We all need to help others out as much as possible, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because they are people just like us.” Smetana’s interaction with those at the homeless shelter strongly affected him in a positive way “What I learned from this weekend was how much of an impact the smallest deed can have on a person,” Smetana said. “All it takes is a friendly conversation to cheer someone up. This was apparent at the shelter we went to, where most of the people there just wanted company and a little attention. I loved listening to their stories as they told me about their daily life and the ways in which they were going about to make a change in their own life. All it took was some positivity from our end, and by the end of the night, they were sad to see us go. They were extremely optimistic and hopeful for their futures as they tried to get their feet back on the ground. It was this determination that I found most encouraging and inspiring.” As the retreat matures, Setmeyer and Poulin are adapting some of the activities. “It’s a dynamic process,” said Setmeyer. Catalyst also holds a great value in how it enhances Lewis’ mission. “It really drives home the idea of justice,” said Setmeyer, “Catalyst really emphasizes the principle of justice, which is a part of our mission statement.”

InterVarsity holds new prayer meetings Jennifer Prokop Editor-in-Chief InterVarsity Christian Fellowship recently decided to begin holding weekly prayer meetings in addition to their large group meetings that take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Lewis Living Room, which is part of the Ministry Center. “InterVarsity is an organization that works to build Christian communities on campuses worldwide,” said junior Kelly Schreiber, InterVarsity student leader. “At Lewis, InterVarsity is one of many University Ministry programs. Our chapter ’s vision is to be a community seeking to fol-

low Jesus in loving others. In recent semesters, we have only met once a week, for a large group meeting.  Each week, the format is a little bit different, but each large group meeting explores different aspects of our faith.” The prayer meetings are held in the same location at 4 p.m. on Thursdays. The meetings are open to anyone who would like to participate. Schreiber also talked about why the group decided to have the additional time of prayer each week. “We have discussed possibly adding a prayer meeting for a few semesters,” Schreiber said. “The pri-

mary reason is that prayer is an essential component of Christian community. An added bonus is that an additional weekly meeting would accommodate members who are unable to make it to Tuesday night meetings and allow them to stay connected.” Schreiber explained that the meetings are informal and vary from week to week. Each week will feature a different style of prayer. “Some ideas that we have right now include ‘popcorn prayer ’/‘praying out,’ Scripture, journaling, silent prayer, examination of conscience, musical or video clips, etc.,” she said.  “Anyone who would like to par-

ticipate may just come by, and the prayer style will be introduced at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who would like to pick a day to lead a prayer is encouraged to do so.” So far, the additional meetings have received a positive response from those in attendance. “At the prayer meetings, we can come together as a community and just pray in silence or together through the creative ways in which Kelly Schreiber leads us in that prayer,” said sophomore Jonathan Hicks. Other than their regular meetings, the group is enthusiastic about helping with several service activi-

ties this spring. They will be contributing to a benefit concert April 11 for the Bolivian mission trip and holding a bake sale to raise additional funds for the group. They will also be hosting the Invisible Children organization for a presentation April 26. “This will be our second year in a row hosting Invisible Children, an organization that travels the U.S. to raise awareness about the issue of child soldiers in Central Africa,” Schreiber said. “We had an amazing turnout for Invisible Children last year, so we are excited to be able to bring them to campus again.”


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Are you Catholic? Then it’s time to come home! Ryan Tadych Contributor Approximately 23 percent of the U.S. population consider themselves Catholic; however, only 33 percent of the Catholic population attend Mass on a weekly basis. In an effort to increase Mass attendance, a campaign known as Catholics Come Home began during Advent 2009. “Catholics Come Home, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit Catholic apostolate that creates effective and compassionate media messages and broadcasts them nationally and internationally, in order to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others, and invite them to live a deeper faith in Jesus Christ, in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church,” according to the Catholics Come Home website. In simpler terms, this campaign is aimed at bringing non-practicing Catholics back to the church. The campaign has been successful to this point. It was launched in the Archdiocese of Chicago back in 2009, and there was an 8.1 percent increase in Mass attendance in Chicago. The campaign was also launched in the Dioceses of Joliet and Rockford. The Archdiocese of Chicago partnered with the Dioceses of

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The Catholics Come Home campaign seeks to draw Catholics back to the Church.

Joliet and Rockford when airing TV commercials and promotion to try to maximize the amount of Catholics to return to the Mass. The Diocese of Joliet witnessed an eight percent increase in attendance as well. Overall, there has been a ten percent increase nationwide. Many Catholics are unfamiliar with the Catholics Come Home campaign. It has only been introduced on a local level in major dioceses. This past December, it was launched on a national level. You may have seen TV commericals or heard radio commericals for the Catholics Come Home campaign. This campaign is an ongoing process, and although it may not seem that

much is changing, the organization is always working to continue to increase Mass attendance and bring Catholics back to the church to develop a closer and deeper relationship to God. For more information about Catholics Come Home, you can visit their website,, find them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or ask me personally. Keep the Roman Catholic Church going stronger and become closer to God. If you would like to come back to the church here at Lewis, there is Mass every Sunday at 8 p.m. in Sancta Alberta Chapel and Mass at noon (Tuesday-Friday) in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.


An option for the poor Kristen Calvert Contributor As a child, I never realized all the privileges that I had growing up. Both of my parents had wellpaying jobs, we vacationed annually and we always had food on the table. We weren’t rich by any means, but looking back, I realize that I never — not once — worried about the financial stability of my parents. Naturally, I assumed that everyone lived as I did. It wasn’t until I was in third grade that I saw poverty in the world around me. I was on a school bus, returning home from a field trip to downtown Chicago, when we went under Wacker Drive; there were mattresses and people laying down there. I understood immediately, but it was a strange reality for me as I started to compare — I sleep in a warm bed where my mother tucks me in at night, and these people sleep out here in the cold. I was so upset. Devastated. I ended up writing a paper about it and about how I wanted to make a difference. From a child’s dream to an adult’s reality, I still want to make a difference, especially in the lives of those I deem less fortunate than myself. Simply by chance, I was dealt a good deck of cards at birth, and I have been blessed with many opportunities throughout my almost 22 years of life. What about those who haven’t been so lucky? What about homeless children or people born into a cycle of poverty without the resources to ever get out for a chance at a better life? There are so many people in this world liv-

ing in extreme poverty, and I cannot simply sit by idly as if nothing were wrong. It feels morally wrong doing nothing, so therefore I serve. I have had many different volunteer opportunities, but my most powerful experience took place this summer while I was on a mission trip to Sucre, Bolivia, where we served children living in extreme poverty. One of my favorite sites that I worked at was a soup kitchen for the street children and the elderly. I enjoyed this experience greatly because it showed me the difference between WANT and NEED. Many of these children were malnourished and probably starving, but they never took more than they needed. Based on age and size, the children would ask for “grande” or “poquito” (large or small) servings. On multiple occasions, I accidentally gave a child a “grande” when he deserved a “poquito” and he told me; he wanted to make sure there was enough for everyone, for his friends, for his brothers. Seeing these children being selfless for the benefit of those around them inspired me to do as much as I can to serve the poor. In my daily life, when an opportunity presents itself to lend a hand to those in need, I am always more than willing, because I view it as me only doing what I would hope that they would do for me if I were in their shoes. I know that the world cannot become perfect in a day, but I realize that if I want things to get better, I must do something. I try to emulate one of my favorite quotes, by Mahatma Gandhi, to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”


Religion February 6, 2012

Come join us! Sunday




Mass, 8 p.m. Sancta Alberta Chapel STAND, 5 p.m. Morton Boston Room

(Upper Level of Student Union)


Rosary Prayer Group, 9 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel Java Detour, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. D’Arcy Great Room

(next to Sancta Alberta)

Mass, 12 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Chapel

(inside Sancta Alberta)

Finding your New Year’s resolution for 2012 Mary Carroll Contributor It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, new obstacles to face, new friends and of course the always cliché New Year’s resolutions. Now, we’ve all got them; whether they be to get more fit, spend less money, see family more or break some old bad habits, everyone has managed to think of one. Thinking of these resolutions is the easy part; the challenge comes when we are faced to actually fulfill them. I will be the first to admit that this year I am not asking myself to stop making those late night trips to the C-store, or to not procrastinate studying for my midterms, because let’s get real — that probably won’t happen. This year, I am asking myself to accomplish one thing and one thing only, and that is to simply open myself up to an aspect of my life that I truly never have before — to my faith.

Other Lewis students share my desire to become more connected with their religious backgrounds. “Last semester I barely prayed, and for me, prayer keeps me grounded and gives me strength, so my goal is to pray more regularly,” said senior Colleen Mitros, psychology and sports management major. Mitros has also decided to make it a goal to attend Mass more in order to remind her “what’s important in life and to help prioritize what is going on that week.” Now, the real challenge becomes how to actually reconnect yourself with your faith. So let’s make it nice and easy for everyone. First, find yourself a center to recollect your thoughts and, as Mitros stated, help recognize what is important. That may be attending Mass on Sundays at Sancta Alberta, attending outside services, or even just

finding a quiet corner on campus to reflect. Next step: pray, pray some and then pray some more. Pray not only when life is rough and you need strength, but pray when life is wonderful. Pray for family, friends or strangers. Pray for peace, pray for an A on your exam or a stellar performance during Friday night’s game. Pray for anything and everything that you feel connected with. Finally, spread your faith! Join Ministry Outreach, create a faith-based group on campus or even share ideas with The Flyer! Reach out to others, because alone we are only a link in the chain, but together we are a circle that has no end. So throw away those New Year’s resolutions that you know you probably won’t stay committed to. We all know with “Bosco Sticks” being introduced at the Flyers’ Den, we have no chance of sticking to that diet this semester.

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Faith is an often forgotten aspect of New Year’s resolutions.

This year, challenge yourself to open your mind and spirit to an aspect of our lives that we sometimes forget. Reconnect yourself with your faith or maybe help spread your spirituality and beliefs to others in need.

Let’s make 2012 the best one yet, and let’s do that by slowing down this fast-paced society through strengthening simple, core values of our faith.

Reflection on the 2012 Philippines mission trip John Michelli Contributor People ask me why I do what I do; I say simple, I want to help change the world, and I have dedicated my life to pursue that. So what, I give up some things in life — at least I am still alive. Well, this January, I went to

Bacolod, Philippines, to help build a house for people who live in bamboo huts. I have to admit I was not looking forward to the hot and humid weather; nothing makes me more angry than being hot, but I knew I was willing to make myself suffer what I hate the most in order to help people, and it was worth it. It was amazing to see people

in the village welcome us with open arms. In addition, building the house was very unique. Using shovels, they made cement by mixing dirt, rocks and water inside a house that was being built. In order to transport the cement, the village people and we volunteers lined up and passed buckets filled with ce-

ment to the area that needed filling. Everyone helped out — even the children helped by carrying empty buckets or light bags of sand. It is amazing to see people come together on any normal day to help build a house. The people and especially the children in the village have touched my heart forever. I al-

ways say: to seek the greatest good is hard to do, but possible. John is a regular contributor to the Religion section. He will be going on University Ministry’s Bolivia mission trip this June. To learn more information and to donate, visit

TEMPO Group aims to keeps Pardon our dust: Construction PEACE with animals process moves forward at PLT Toni Focosi Contributor Every year, countless animals are subjected to cruelty, whether it is in the form of abuse, slaughtering or mistreatment. In order to help reach out and protect the rights of these animals, a club was established here at Lewis. PEACE (People to End Animal Cruelty and Endangerment) began in 2009 as a way of connecting students who hold compassion for a variety of animals. According to the club’s President, Ron Jovi Ramirez, a mathematics and philosophy of law major, PEACE’s goal is to, “inform the general population about how animals are being treated in today’s society and how we can help.” Ramirez became involved with

PEACE this year. He had always hoped to go to meetings during the previous year, but was never able to due to other conflicts. However, once he was actually able to attend, he was immediately hooked. It surprised Ramirez to learn that many Lewis students shared his feelings toward animal rights. He quickly took over a leadership role that increased his involvement with the group. One of the reasons why PEACE is such a great organization to be a part of is because of the wide variety of events. Last semester, PEACE organized a movie “feet-ure” where students gathered to watch the film “Happy Feet” and learned about several endangered arctic animals. Continued on page 14

Kevin Meyer tempo editor Changes to the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) and Oremus Fine Arts Building have begun with several new additions and improvements on the way. Anyone trying to get through the main entrance of the PLT in the beginning of the semester has noticed that changes are already well on their way. The new doorway has been moved to the left of the old entrance in order to accommodate those trying to access the building. The construction in the front of the building marks the place of a completely reinvented doorway for students, faculty and show goers. This new entrance will have handicap accessible doors, as well as a revolving door for patrons. The new changes come with the opportunity to include a

above the new doorways. Beyond the entranceway, there is even more construction being planned for the future. On the first floor, there will be a new conference room, a reception area and an art gallery. The art gallery could potentially be used for showcasing students’ work in the arts. With these changes, the original location of the shop and storage area for theatre belongings was moved to a new area at the back of the building. This scene shop area will be accessible through the backstage area. “It’s exciting to see all the changes underway, and I can’t wait to see how everything looks once it’s all completed,” said Jo Slowik, the theatre manager at the PLT. The upstairs may include the biggest addition of the whole project. Above the new conference and community rooms will be what

is called a “black box.” This box is basically a mini theatre or a studio. It will have around a 100 seat capacity and give the theatre more flexibility concerning what they are performing in the more “intimate” area. “With the box, we can do much more cutting edge contemporary with a commercial appeal. It also gives the staff more opportunities in terms of teaching methods, which will benefit the actors in the long run,” said Slowik. The completion of all the new areas will be finished around this time next year. The fine arts building, which is one of the oldest buildings on campus, has been in need of rennovations. These changes aim to benefit everyone involved with the building as the university continues to undergo changes all around campus.

English professor’s poetry published in new book Anthony lyen Asst. tempo editor Many people view being a published author as a personal dream or goal. Lewis University’s Nathan Slawson can check that off his bucket list. The English lecturer is the author of “Panic Attack, USA,” his first full-length book of poems, although he has been published before. While the feat of writing a full-length book of poetry is something he is certainly proud of, Slawson uses another word to describe completing his collection of poems: relief. “So much work went into it, and now I don’t have to worry about those poems anymore,” Slawson said. Slawson is a resident of Chicago’s Northwest side in the Avondale neighborhood, but he will soon be moving to the Southwest side. Growing up, he moved around quite frequently, primarily in the Midwest and even a little further south. Slawson went to Elgin Community College for two years. Afterward, he took

two years away from college, but he ultimately finished his BA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The author then earned an MFA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Slawson credits his educators for fueling his passion of writing. “I always read a lot, and I mean A LOT,” said Slawson. “I never thought about actually writing poems or stories. Not until my second year of college when I took a writing class and thought ‘Hey, this is cool.’ Once I started writing, I kept going.” Slawson realized writing was one thing that truly stuck with him. As he wrote more and studied more, he noticed he had a knack for poetry. “I took poetry classes … and it became very clear that my mind, my attention span, just the way I think, is better-suited for poetry.” Slawson describes his writing style as “more poppunk than anything else.” While visiting an art academy in Cincinnati, it was determined he was an “emo

poet.” Not the emo we may be familiar with though. More of an emotional writer who writes in what Slawson described as “in bursts, in fits of intense brain energy.” And in true poetic fashion, Slawson said “none and all” of his poems are autobiographical. Being a writer requires tons of motivation. For Slawson, that motivation comes from writing itself. “I suppose my motivation is to NOT stop writing, [and] to write something every day if I can.” Nathan Slawson truly knows that life is a balancing act, especially when it comes to writing, teaching and being a father. While all three are passions of his, he was able to give advice on one of them. “READ! And when you think you’ve read enough, read some more,” said the author. “Writing is reading and vice-versa. And there’s always time to write what you want to write. There’s writing you do for classes, and then there’s everything else. Do what you like.” The real advice, however,

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English lecturer Nathan Slawson recently released his first full-length book of poetry, “Panic Attack USA.”

aimed not at the success of being an author but at quite the opposite. “Fail spectacularly again

and again. Keep getting up. Keep working. Keep hope. And don’t forget to love. Hard.”


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Group gives a PULSE to social events on campus anthony lyen Asst. tempo editor

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A group of theatre students attended the KCACTF at the University of Illinois, where they presented a scene from their latest adaptation “Rose and the Rime.”

Theatre students showcase dramatic talents at festival Kevin Meyer tempo editor A group of student actors traveled down to the University of Illinois to compete and learn more about acting at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Jan 3-7. This annual event hosts all the nominated actors from the previous year’s shows in both the acting and technical aspect. This time around the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) was one of nine schools, picked from a four state area, to act out a scene in the “Evening of Scenes” at ACTF Jan 4. The scene was from the theatre’s last production before the break, “Rose and the Rime.” freshmen Rachel Tau reprised her role as Rose from the show and was accompanied on stage by other nominated actors from Lewis. The scene they choose to perform was when Rose went on her long journey to kill the Rime witch. This journey scene was filled with audience interaction and elements that the student actors wanted to showcase about the show. “When I mentioned it to peo-

ple, I didn’t know what we were going to perform, so I asked for some feedback,” said Jo Slowik, the theatre manager of the PLT. “Everyone was pretty much on board for the ‘ropes and trees’ scene because it showcased our conceptual idea for the show.” Other than performing in the “Evening of Scenes” showcase, the festival allowed the 12 Lewis students who attended the event to learn a little bit more about acting through the various workshops and presentations. All the nominated actors from a given school have the opportunity to compete in either a technical competition or the Irene Ryans’ acting tournament. Actors are nominated by respondents from other schools who come and see the performances. The respondents sit down with the cast and can nominate one or two actors from each show. Some of the Lewis participants in the technical competitions included Melanie Gillies, Ashley Daun and Melissa Chicola. Jackie Staszak and Matt Carlson competed in the Irene Ryan’s portion of the competition based on their nominations from “Nickel and Dimed” and “Rose and the Rime.” The Irene

Ryan’s are normally a tough competition with over 250 nominees from the four state regions. There were tons of workshops presented at the festival for both students and faculty. Some of the workshops included learning how to safely use fire arms, Shakespearean ways, and different acting techniques. Students were also able to watch other schools perform and see shows they may have never heard of. “It’s exciting to see a lot more scenes from plays you may have never of heard of, performed by other schools,” said Gillies. “You learn a lot about what you can do/use in future productions at your own theatre from the different presentations and workshops offered at the festival.” The whole festival is meant to be a learning experience and honor the best actors in the Midwest region. “The experience is all a bit overwhelming with so many things to do,” said Slowik. “We kept busy between the workshops, practicing for our own performance and watching other schools’ productions, it was as always a rewarding experience.”

College life, as many may agree, is about the experiences. Sure, there are the exams and the seemingly endless studying, but once in a while, one must simply relax and enjoy the experiences college provides. You may find solitude in reading a good book, hanging out with some friends in the residence hall or trying to finally beat Mario Kart 64 (seriously, how come I never get a lightning bolt?). But you can’t stay cooped up in your room forever, and that goes for you too, commuters. So, where can you find some fun here at Lewis? Well, PULSE has all the answers you need. For those who are not familiar with PULSE, they are a student-based group on campus who put together various events and activities. This campus activities board is in charge of not only planning the events, but they also market them to as many Flyers as possible. PULSE has seen many successful events take place for Lewis students. Perhaps you attended one of the many concerts held in the past. Or maybe you were present for the everpopular Casino Nights they hold. I’m sure most upperclassmen can share stories about the amazing Spring Formals that took place on the Odyssey in past years. PULSE hopes to continue its long line of success by learning from the past and making way for the future. Hypnotist Jim Wand’s College Club Show has always been quite popular at Lewis, with students usu-

ally making it a full house for the event. Jim Wand’s comical entertainment will be back again Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Student Union. For all you snow lovers out there, a ski trip to Devil’s Head, Wis. is in the works. One possible event for the future that has been circulating throughout PULSE meetings is “Friday Night Live.” The idea is to bring in entertaining acts for students to enjoy, whether it’s live acoustic concerts, poetry slams or even an open mic night for all those hoping to display their talents. What many students do not realize, however, is the cost of these events is either free or at a greatly reduced cost. This is an incredible benefit for students, especially those using the “poor college student” card. In order for PULSE to be successful, however, students need to speak up and get involved. In colleges throughout the US, the campus activities boards are often the most popular groups to join. PULSE hopes students will recognize this and help out when it comes to getting amazing acts and showcases to come to Lewis. PULSE meets every Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Seiler Room, which is located in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center. The group is currently recruiting new members, so this may be the perfect time to get involved. If you do not want to join the organization but still have some ideas, PULSE is always open to ideas and suggestions. Remember: it’s your college experience, so make it the best you can.

Writing Center announces new logo contest winners Jennifer prokop editor-in-chief Last semester, the Lewis community was invited to participate in a contest to design a new logo for the university’s Writing Center. After looking through all of the entries, the winning creations were chosen last December. The new logo will appear in publications, flyers and other additional Writing Center materials.

“We had three winners — a tie for first place and a second place winner,” said Jennifer Consilio, director of The Writing Center. “Amanda Ferrise was the second place winner, and Joe Smith and Michael Sansone were the first place winners. The judges liked aspects of both of their designs so we asked them to combine their two logos into one new logo, incorporating both their designs to be used for the Writing Center.”

Consilio, along with .Sheila Kennedy, Jackie White, Writing Center graduate assistant Brittany Moore and Writing Center intern Allison Penchar served as judges for the contest. “We encouraged all creative ideas as long as they integrated The Writing Center in the logo,” Consilio said. “Many entries also incorporated Lewis University in the logo.” The first place winners received a $100 gift card to the

bookstore and a featured blog entry in the “Jet Fuel Review,” if they chose to do so. The second place winner was awarded a $50 gift certificate to the bookstore. The winners of the competition enjoyed being able to use their creativity and design talents to create something for the university. “I’ve always loved graphics and designing photographic art,” Sansone said. “It has always been a hobby of mine, so

it’s [kind of] cool to win a contest for it.” “I wanted to do something fun and simple but yet memorable,” Ferrise said. “I have to thank my computer graphics design class for showing me how to be creative. I was honestly shocked when I got the email telling me that I came in second place. I am honored, and second place is awesome.”

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Oscar nominations are in! It’s award season again! Hollywood’s top films and performers will be hoping to win the coveted Oscar at this year’s 84th Academy Awards, airing on ABC. Comedian Billy Crystal will host the celebrity filled awards show for his ninth time after Eddie Murphy stepped down as host several months ago. Martin Scorsese’s family hit “Hugo” leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. George Clooney’s critically-acclaimed “The Descendants” was originally thought to be the frontrunner for winning Best Picture, but it seems the silent film “The Artist” and Emma Stone’s “The Help” are aiming to take home the Oscar this year. Make sure you check out the 84th Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 26.

‘Fault in Our Stars’ debuts at #1

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When your book hits the top of the New York Times bestseller list in its first week of publication, you know you have yourself a hit. John Green’s newest novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” completed that very feat in mid-January. The book is sure to be a tear-jerker when it focuses on the love and life of a 16-year-old cancer patient. The book’s protagonist, Hazel, received good news at the age of 14, when the tumors in her lungs actually shrank, and she was given a fighting chance. At a cancer kid support group, Hazel meets someone that makes her re-evaluate how her illness and her life will define her legacy for the people around her. The book has been receiving great reviews and is sure to spark the interest of anyone who knows or knew someone who has or had to battle with this disease. The book was published Jan. 10 and is now available almost anywhere for purchase.

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‘Walking Dead’ returns AMC’s zombie-infused hit “The Walking Dead” returns from its brief midseason hiatus with the last six episodes of the second season. The last time we left Rick, Lori and the other survivors, we witnessed an emotional conclusion to the search for Sophia, who has joined the legion of undead. With Rick seemingly becoming hopeless, the camp becomes more unbalanced and in need of salvation more than ever before. Everything has changed for those living on Herschel’s farm, currently their safe haven from a world dominated by the flesh-hungry Walkers (aka zombies). Those in charge of the show have promised more zombies and even more heart-pounding moments. Good news for fans, bad news for Rick and Co. How will the group handle the continuing burden of living – and surviving – in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse? Find out when “The Walking Dead” returns Feb. 12.

Valentines get set to take ‘The Vow’ A perfect date night movie just in time for the most romance filled holiday of the year — now there’s a good marketing strategy. “The Vow,” starring Channing Tatum (Leo) and Rachel McAdams (Paige), is ready to set those romantics’ hearts a-fluttering. The story is about a recently married couple who gets in a car accident; when Paige wakes up from a coma, she experiences severe memory loss. She doesn’t remember her husband Leo or why she supposedly loves him. Leo must now work to win her heart again. The story is based on true events of a New Mexico couple who was struck by this very same tragedy. “The Vow” is set to hit theaters Feb. 10.

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Nicolas Cage returns as ‘Ghost Rider’ Fans of the 2007 comic book-turned-film “Ghost Rider” are ready for the return of the Marvel superhero in the sequel “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” Johnny Blaze (Cage) has exiled himself, convinced the powers of his alter ego, Ghost Rider, are more of a curse than a gift. The Devil, however, is intent on making Johnny/Ghost Rider’s life a living you-know-what. Enter Roarke Carrigan, who is ready to take on Ghost Rider as the intimidating Blackout. Prepare for action and a whole lot of hellfire when “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” hits theaters Feb. 17.

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Experience your inner hippie in ‘Wanderlust’ Funnyman Paul Rudd and leading lady Jennifer Aniston bring the laughs in this charming comedy from David Wain, the director of the hit comedy “Role Models.” Rudd and Aniston team up as George and Linda, two New Yorkers living the busy life in the Big Apple. After George gets fired, the couple decides to pack up and head to Atlanta, where George can work with his brother. Realizing this isn’t the life for them, the couple stay at the bed-and-breakfast Elysium, which they soon find out is a hippie commune, full of free-loving, guitar-playing hippies. A good time is surely guaranteed in this wonderful comedy, coming out Feb 24.

Music’s ‘biggest’ night: the Grammys The self-proclaimed biggest night of music is back with the 54th Grammy’s airing on CBS Feb. 12. The award show has already compiled quite a list of performers for the evening, some including Paul McCartney, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Coldplay the Foo Fighters and others. The show is being hosted by two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J. This is his first time hosting the gig, and it’s the first time in seven years that the award show has even had a host. In terms of this year’s awards, Kanye West led everyone with seven nominations, but was closely followed by a host of artists with six nods, each including Adele, the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars. Music of all sorts is combined and celebrated the night of the Grammys, so anyone can watch and enjoy the telecast.

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War! What is it good for? Fighting over a girl can be rough on two guys. Two CIA operatives fighting over a girl can get downright dangerous. That’s exactly the premise behind the new movie “This Means War,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. The basic premise of the movie follows two best friends (Hardy and Pine) who work for the CIA and have a host of skills when it comes to fighting and high - tech gadgetry. They realize one day that they both have been dating - and have now fallen in love with - the same girl (Witherspoon). They decide it will be best if they keep their knowledge a secret while they try to ruin each other’s dates in the process. In order to win the girl, they will have to out fight each other, spy versus spy. Find out which spy takes home the girl when the movie hits theatres Feb. 17.


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A love story ‘Almost’ too good to miss Kevin Meyer tempo editor With the ever-romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day coming up, the Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) is opening the new semester with “Almost Maine,” the collection of nine different love stories for audiences to enjoy. The show, which will start right after Valentine’s Day, will run from Feb. 17-19 and then again from Feb. 23-26. This show longs to provide students, faculty and those in the surrounding communities even more hope in the scary concept of love. “Almost, Maine” features a collaboration of nine difPhotos provided by Jo Slowik ferent couples who find, and then in one way or another, struggle to keep their Students look to portray a series of onstage romances in the Philip Lynch Theatre’s production of “Almost love strong. The play is be- Maine,” which opens Feb. 17. ing directed by associate professor Kevin Trudeau. thought it would be perfect love,” Trudeau said. “There involved in the ensemble “The overall theme of ‘Al- given the time frame of the are a bunch of ‘love meta- include, Greg Rossbach, most, Maine’ is basically performances; it was a good phors’ throughout the play, Ashley Daun, Adam Smetalove. This includes what it’s challenge to the actors in- which stand for the much na, Matt Carlson, Alex like being in love, falling in volved. There are only eight bigger ideas of what love Weaver, Victoria Vega, Carli love and of course people students cast for the play, so actually is.” Wheeler and Mike Sansone. realizing they are in love,” each student will be playing One metaphor used in the These actors will have the Trudeau said. “I’m really in- two or possibly three char- play is when one character task of convincing the auditerested for this play in par- acters throughout the play. says she had her heart broken. ence of their true on stage ticular to see the audience’s “It will be interesting how Her heart is not literally bro- love stories. Erika Young reaction and what they get the final product looks since ken, but she symbolically has been given the duty of out of the experience.” I haven’t done a lot of plays and metaphorically carries stage manager for the perTrudeau heard about the dealing this closely with re- her heart around in a bag. formance. play a little while ago and lationships and falling in The eight Lewis students “This show, we hope,

will be for people trying to get someone to go out with you. The timing is perfect for a date night, and who knows couples may get past hand holding if the show really inspires them,” said Trudeau. “People are inspired in their own romantic ways, it takes courage to put your love out on the line and be vulnerable like that.” The show is recommended for patrons 13 years or older. The evening performances will start at 8 p.m., while the Sunday matinees will start at 2:30 p.m. In addition to the evening performance, there will be a 4 p.m. performance on Saturday, Feb. 25. With the construction to the entrance to the PLT starting, patrons should use the door directly to the left of the old entrance to access the building. If you are feeling in the romantic mood or desperate lonely and looking for a romantic pick me up, then the performances of “Almost, Maine” may be exactly what you’re looking for post Valentine’s Day. Who knows — maybe it will be the spark you need to go out and find yourself a love of your own.

Meet the Campus Media Day Lewis students were given the chance to meet their campus media at Charlie’s Place Jan. 25. Students got the chance to learn about all the different media outlets on campus. There were several giveaways and contests taking place as well. “The Lewis Flyer” itself ran a contest where two lucky participants, Stephanie Daley and Michael Deimert, walked away with their very own Flyer T-shirts.

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Animal Peace Continued from page 10 “The event was a great way to take a break from homework, while still learning about something I care about,” said PEACE member Tina Focosi, an elementary education major. This semester, PEACE plans to host more exciting events. One of their most popular is their vegan social; where students have the opportunity to sample vegan cuisine. In addition, there will be several educational events throughout February. PEACE plans to take their mission off-campus with the hopes of volunteering at a shelter this spring. The qualifications for being a part of PEACE are quite simple. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you must be either a vegan or vegetarian to join, which is not the case. You just need the affinity toward animal rights and the dedication and care toward our animal friends. If anyone is interested about joining the club, they can try to attend the group’s first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Morton Boston room, or contact Ramirez for more information concerning the club.

Foreign Language club connects cultures Andrea Earnest Contributor Every student has heard countless times how beneficial foreign language courses can be. Teachers, employers and parents have all given that advice, so why aren’t students listening? According to the Foreign Language Newsletter published last fall, only 129 students at Lewis are enrolled in a foreign language course. That’s about two percent of the entire student population. Taking a foreign language class has countless perks for students. Not only does it look good on a resume, but learning another language allows you to learn more about the different cultures. Foreign language courses can shape students into more well-rounded individuals, and that’s what employers like to see. Lewis offers nine different languages: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Spanish, German and French. Minors are offered for Arabic, Chinese and Spanish. Last semester, senior business major Paige Verikas decided that something needed to be done to generate more interest about foreign language on

campus. Verikas, with the help of Dr. Gettys and Professor Hu Lao Shi, formed Lewis’ first Foreign Language Club. Verikas assumed the role as President of the newly formed club, and recruited senior business major Laurie Panek. “I realized that there was a lack of interest in foreign languages and cultures on campus. Most students don’t believe they have the time or available credits to take a foreign language class,” said Verikas. With that thought in mind, the Foreign Language Club hosted Chinese New Year on Feb. 1. The event was worth Culture and Civilization points and Panek adds, “We do have events throughout the semester, several of which will offer Culture and Civilization points. We hope students become more aware of [the] club if we offer them incentives to come to our events.” At the moment, no additional events are planned, but meetings for the club are held weekly. “We are hoping to begin having club meetings where students are able to learn the basic greetings and culture of a language. Some languages will be taught to club members by teachers and other by stu-

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Lewis students Lisa Higgins, Alyssa Ruswick and Brianna Markgraf participated in the Chinese New Year event hosted by the Foreign Language club Feb. 1.

dents,” said Verikas. Both Verikas and Panek have high hopes for the club and are excited about future events and student interest. “[Foreign Language club] gives students a chance to grow and experience new things. To learn about the culture we plan to have a cultural activity tied to the language. The cultural activity could be anything from Chinese calligraphy or Russian dances,” added Verikas.

The purpose of the club “is to help students become more culturally aware and hopefully stimulate some interest [in languages] outside the United States,” concludes Panek. Enrollment in the foreign language program or prior knowledge of a foreign language isn’t necessary. Foreign Language club will hold meetings every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in McNamara Hall. Any Lewis student is welcome to join!




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Staff Editorial: WHERE WE STAND There must be a free, transparent Internet Controversial Internet legislation has been at the epicenter of Congress’ workload since they returned Jan. 17. The intentions of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are to reduce piracy by deleting Web results linking anything to another website with copyrighted material. This legislation, supported by the American entertainment industry, would require companies like Google and the Wikimedia Foundation to monitor content uploaded or face mounds of legislation — the censorship used similar to China. This would cause a significant amount of destruction in the creativity of the United States, with jobs and innovations in the technology sector facing a significant decline. It also would cause concern for the abil-

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The message Wikipedia displayed during their SOPA blackout Jan. 18.

ity of expression through the content on the Internet, which is conveyed in the freedom of speech entitled to us as individuals in the U.S. Constitution. The legislation has been globally criticized, President Obama has publicly opposed it, and the Majority Leader of the House,

Eric Cantor, has stopped all action on SOPA. Yet, PIPA still remains on the Senate floor. Although votes have been postponed, interest remains in SOPA by some lawmakers. As the opposition has been made clear, we call on Congress to completely withdraw this legislation and ensure the

promise of an Internet free of censorship, having our ability to express ourselves flourish. A free democracy starts with the Internet. Legislation like SOPA and PIPA will end that if it goes further.

Student Governing Board Update 2012 brings a renewed vigor to the ever-changing Lewis campus — from the opening of the new Science Building to the media enhancements in the Student Union and the launch of the new portal, all has brought tremendous excitement to the entire University community. Using this fresh environment, your Student Governing Board (SGB) plans on making this semester one to remember. Albeit a little late, we hope your break was joyful and welcome back! Going forward, we at SGB are very excited after holding our Spring Leadership Retreat Feb. 3-4 in the Student Union. This year, SGB turned its focus toward fulfilling the theme “Empowering OUR Generation” through several student leader break-out sessions, which focused on the topics of time management, transitions & turnover, and communication within student organizations. As we’re sure many of you have noticed, the student records page layout has changed in format. Your SGB team has brought your concerns forth to both the financial aid and business offices. As a result, SGB was informed that with the launch of the new portal, several of the communication issues that students were experiencing will be solved through a personalized notification system. Both the business office and financial aid office are here for the assistance of students. So if you are experiencing any trouble, don’t hesitate in contacting these offices. This semester, General Assembly meetings are held every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in HW126. We want you to know that the Student Governing Board is here to serve as a link between the students and the administration of Lewis. We are here to address your concerns and make your life easier on campus. Do not be afraid to stop by our office, or to attend a General Assembly meeting. If you have any concerns or just want to say hi, send us an email (, write on our Facebook wall (, tweet us (@lu_sgb), become part of our portal community (https://mycampus.lewisu. edu/web/student-governing-board/my-sgb) or stop by our office and let us know what’s on your mind.



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The Leckrone Academic Resource Center (LARC), in cooperation with the IMPACT Lab, is pleased to launch a new form of online, academic support for all Lewis University students called Smarthinking. Smarthinking is a 24/7 online academic support and tutoring option designed for those students who are unable to visit campus during traditional business hours to obtain disciplinespecific tutoring or writing assistance on campus in LARC, the Writing Center, or the IMPACT Lab. Adopted at Lewis to especially meet the needs of students enrolled in graduate, adult accelerated and online programs, Smarthinking also responds to the needs of our students taking classes at our regional centers and at other sites. Smarthinking doesn’t replace in-person tutoring or writing assistance; it simply becomes one of a variety of academic support options for Lewis University students. Using an advanced queuing system providing little or no wait time, students are connect-

ed on-demand with an expert educator. Students work oneon-one, in real-time with a tutor, communicating using virtual whiteboard technology. Tutoring is available in a wide range of subjects including technology, writing, math (basic math through calculus II), accounting, statistics, finance, economics, biology, intro to human anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, Spanish and more. Smarthinking integrates with Blackboard and is easily accessible for all Lewis students. Over 1,500 Smarthinking tutors are available, 90 percent of which are faculty members with a Master’s or Doctoral degree with an average of nine years of teaching experience. This service is completely free to our students. To access Smarthinking, log into Blackboard, click on the student tab and then click the Smarthinking Button (shown below). For additional information or assistance, contact Melissa Eichelberger, IMPACT Lab and Academic Technology Coordinator, at or (815) 836-5583.

Perpetual perils of procrastination Krystel Moran Asst. Opinions Editor It’s 8 a.m. and I have an article due in a few hours. I haven’t even written my name, let alone picked a topic. That’s when it hit me… Procrastination is always a bad idea. Although I would argue that I work well under pressure, it’s safe to say I would work even better if I hadn’t stayed up all night thinking of ways to put off writing this. I cleaned my room, set up the printer I have been meaning to assemble for the last two years and I even went as far as walking around aimlessly in Target in hopes of finding something that would further distract me. And it worked — I am the proud owner of not one, but two new shades of red nail polish that I applied twice and immediately removed both times. I then tried to go to sleep, but this article haunted my dreams. I wrote the intro a million different ways until enough was enough. I woke up and decided that I was finally going to write it — after I made myself some coffee. Well, one thing led to another. My roommate just so happened to be making macaroni and cheese and of course I wanted some! After the second bowl, I was beginning to worry about my self-destructive behavior that would only lead to this —

writing my paper last minute. I just had to set up the printer (that I don’t even have paper for, by the way). I did everything I could think of to put this very assignment off as long as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time. During my senior year of high school, I had a 12-page term paper about all things Civil War. When did I start it? The night before. The entire night, my dad was complaining how I “always do this.” Little did he know, I planned it out completely, because the thought of writing that painfully long paper was unbearable. But I had to do it no matter what, so why didn’t I get it over with? I could claim that “you can’t rush perfection,” but even I know I just love to waste my own time. Maybe I do it because I love the pressure from the time crunch? I do become extremely focused, which is odd because when it comes to homework, I usually have the attention span of a goldfish. My new-found focus cannot make up for the fact that I am still rushing around at the last minute, though. There’s an enormous amount of stress, my fingers are typing away at record speeds and it usually is never quite right. But it often happens to the best of us. Continued on page 17

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Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond

The Flyer’s World: Scotland’s referendum sparks a vigorous debate alex veeneman Opinions Editor The issue of Scotland’s independence from the U.K. is one its First Minister Alex Salmond has advocated. Now, come 2014, a referendum will decide if independence happens. Salmond’s Scottish National Party captured a majority in the Scottish Parliament last May and advocated for this referendum. With this announcement, one of the U.K.’s key political debates for 2012 has been set up. On Jan. 27, days after the conclusion of a consultation on the referendum by the Scottish government, Salmond met with the Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, who represents the British government’s interests for Scotland. A meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron is to follow, though the timetable is not clear. As news of the referendum was set, Cameron took to the floor of the House of Commons and made his views clear. “I passionately believe in the future of our United Kingdom,” Cameron told MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions Jan. 11. “I passionately believe we are stronger together rather than breaking apart.” The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, echoed Cameron’s statement, adding, according to a BBC report, that its independence would damage the U.K.’s economy. Yet the debate goes beyond Westminster and Holyrood. Perspectives across the U.K. are

varied. In Scotland, the debate has opposing sides. Sophie Bridger, a student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and the leader of the Scottish youth wing of the Liberal Democrats’ Liberal Youth organization, supports the referendum, but will vote against an independent Scotland. “I, and the Lib Dems, believe in Home Rule,” Bridger said. “We believe in handing power back to the people, and that means more powers for Scotland, including tax-raising powers. But Scotland is better off as part of the U.K.” Bridger adds that a lot of people in Scotland take pride in their British and Scottish identities, and recent polling indicates little support for Scottish independence, despite the SNP’s popularity. “The referendum will happen, but I don’t believe that Scotland will choose isolate itself from the world,” Bridger said. Clare O’Brien, who was born in London but lives in the Scottish Highlands, is supporting the referendum. “The Westminster government no longer adequately represents Scotland,” O’Brien said. “Scotland is also a very different country to England and getting more different all the time. The Union as it existed in the past is out of date. Scotland can be a viable European nation in its own right as long as it is allowed its freedom.” However, Michelle Priestley, who lives in Cambridgeshire, England, says independence may not really be what the

Scottish people want. “I do not think that the Scottish Independence will be achieved through the referendum, as there does not appear to be enough support for it amongst the general public,” Priestley said. “The feeling amongst those in the whole of the U.K. is that this is merely another political move by the SNP to show their strength.” Priestley adds that this referendum puts a strain on Scottish-English relations. “As a referendum held by the Scottish Parliament is not legally binding, and subject to Westminster’s backing, the issue of devolution is likely to become a hot topic once again,” Priestley said. This referendum has ignited a strong debate into the union of the United Kingdom, and between now and 2014 that will intensify, as the eyes of the U.K. will glance onto Scotland for what their next move is. But for the supporters of Salmond’s SNP, including Dave Ferguson, this is a long time coming. “I have always wanted independence for my country and have always believed that I owe it to my descendants to support it,” Ferguson said. “I believe the people of every country deserve the right for self-determination and not to be ultimately governed by a parliament in another country. The Scottish Parliament has given us a taste of this and hopefully this has been a step toward the ultimate goal of separation.”


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procrastination Continued from page 16

NHL should not prohibit fighting jennifer prokop Editor-in-chief Fighting has had its place in the NHL since the league began. There is an unwritten code of conduct in the game of hockey where players police questionable actions committed by members of the opposing team. Despite the tradition of the league tolerating fisticuffs in the game, many believe that it is time for fighting to be eliminated from hockey. But could that cause the game more harm than good? Sure, there is plenty of evidence that fighting can cause serious health problems for those involved. After his death, resulting from an accidental mixture of drugs and

alcohol last May at the age of 28, it was discovered that the New York Rangers’ Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease that is a relative of Alzheimer’s. C.T.E. has been linked to be caused by repeated hits to the head. Boogaard had a reputation as one of the league’s top enforcers, known for getting into his share of scraps each season. Boogaard’s death came five months after he endured a season-ending concussion. Concussions in hockey and in other professional sports as a matter of fact, have been a huge topic of debate. However, according to an article on the New York Times website, data from a previous NHL

season showed that only eight percent of concussions in the league are a result of fights. Many stem from illegal hits to the head and boarding hits from behind. The league has recently strengthened its rules prohibiting those types of illegal hits. The NHL’s Vice President of Player Safety, Brendan Shanahan, has handed out several suspensions to noted instigators like Chicago’s Daniel Carcillo, Columbus’ James Wisniewski and Boston’s Brad Marchand. These types of hits have been season- or career-ending for several players like the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and the Bruins’ Marc Savard. These dirty plays happen more often than fights in the


NHL, but fighting tends to garner more attention. Allowing fighting may actually cut down on dangerous hits, however. If fighting was illegal, there is the potential for an increase in cheap shots because those who play dirty would know that the league’s “tough guys” wouldn’t hold them accountable. Knowing that John Scott or Deryk Engelland will be there waiting after those types of plays surely deters some players from irresponsible actions. Getting rid of fighting in hockey could cause more problems than it would solve. Not only is there the chance of more illegal or behind-theplay hits, it could potentially alienate fans who like that traditional aspect of the game.

We have all been there before. The night before a paper is due, when we sadly sink into our chairs as we begin typing what we have been dreading for days. Next time, think of it this way: the task has to get accomplished anyway, and usually it doesn’t take as long if you start it right away. I know I am always wishing I had more time at the end. And you know what? I’m still cursing myself for just having to have that second bowl of macaroni and cheese, because I could have had 10 more minutes — 10 more minutes to check the grammar and spelling and figure out a clever title. Why didn’t I start earlier? Well, shoulda, coulda, woulda. But to leave you with a bit of advice, cut the stress out of your life next time by planning ahead. And whatever you do, don’t go for the second bowl.

Debate: The Death Penalty

A need for reform, not death Angela cotta religion Editor The United States’ judicial branch are supposed to seek out justice. Punishments administered in the United States’ judicial system should teach right from wrong and serve as a part of a convicted individual’s rehabilitation process. The death penalty is a poor source of punishment, because ultimately it does not bring about any kind of justice. The death penalty is a source of revenge: a worthless cause that offers no real healing to any individuals involved in the crime. Most of us learn that “two wrongs do not make a right.” While many people consider this phrase a cliché, it is also a fundamental lesson that emphasizes what not to do when trying to make the world a better place. The big question with this issue is: What are we teaching younger generations by keeping the death penalty legal? We are demonstrating that ultimately, any person can go to school and become a lawyer or judge with the potential authority to decide that an individual’s life should end. Regardless of level of education and where that education was obtained, no human has the right to end another’s life. Enacting the death penalty is no less immoral than committing a murder. What the judicial system needs is effective reformation (how to go about that is an entire debate in itself). The death penalty is an expensive, ineffective solution. It costs more to execute an individual than to keep him or her in jail. “It’s 10 times more expensive to kill them than to keep them alive, though most Americans believe the opposite,” said Donald McCartin, a former California jurist, in a 2009 article. Instead of simply filling up our

Don’t pity the monster

prisons, we should be searching for alternative solutions that will still promote the dignity of human life. One may argue that a convicted individual deserves no dignity, but what about the individual’s family? The death penalty strongly reduces the dignity of that individual’s family, because it is likely that they will face an awful amount of humiliation. Additionally, just because an individual is convicted of a crime by the judicial system does not change the fact that he or she is someone’s relative or friend. Error in judgment occurs far too often in the courtroom for reasons such as prejudice and other biases. Juries, judges and attorneys can be too hasty in forming conviction-related decisions. Those decisions, even if it is later learned that they are wrong, are irreversible. It is possible to create a system of just rehabilitation that responsibly disciplines the convicted; we have to take the time to make it happen. Instead of demanding revenge, we should be encourag ing a search for ref o r m that promotes the dign i t y of all people.

anthony lyen asst. tempo Editor It may have been over nine years ago, but I still remember the Laci Peterson disappearance quite well. Everybody was talking about the beautiful 27-yearold California woman who disappeared from her home on Christmas Eve 2002. She was over seven months pregnant with her first child, who was to be named Connor Latham Peterson. Initially, people showed despair and pity toward Laci’s family, particularly toward her husband, Scott. The real Scott Peterson, however, soon came to light. Scott was having an affair; he showed little emotion about his wife’s disappearance and evidence began to pile up. All fingers pointed to him as the main suspect. On April 13, 2003, Connor’s body was found on the San Francisco Bay shore. A day later, so was his mother’s, only a mile away from her unborn son. With overwhelming evidence, Scott Peterson was eventually convicted, proven


guilty of murdering his wife and unborn child and punished to death. Scott Peterson, to this day, sits on death row at San Quentin State Prison. So, when it comes to the death penalty, is it fair? Is it right for people to kill people for killing people? I hate when people tell me — a supporter of capital punishment — that the death penalty is not a deterrent. I also despise when people tell me it isn’t moral. Judge Alfred Delucchi, who presided over Scott Peterson’s trial and sentencing, called Scott Peterson’s murder of his wife and unborn child “cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous.” Is that moral? Is it moral to brutally murder your pregnant wife? As a husband and soon-to-be father, Scott Peterson had a duty, a responsibility. Perhaps Sharon Rocha, Laci’s mother, said it best when she spoke to Scott following his death sentence: “You’re nothing … you have no soul.” I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to let a man who murdered his wife and soon-to-be son live. Because it’s not humane? Like the many murderers on death row, Scott Peterson is not humane. Those who kill give up their humanity. Capital punishment is exactly what it says: a punishment. Those proven guilty of murder should be punished for the crime they committed. And please do not tell me if we put murderers to death, then we are the murderers too. That is a load of crap. And the prisoner simply gets to fall asleep? Seriously? One person violently and brutally murders someone. The victim’s last moments are filled with terror as the killer maliciously ends their life, but the murderer gets to die peacefully in his or her sleep? Yeah, makes perfect sense. So, is it fair? At San Quentin State Prison, Scott Peterson typically spends his days working out, shooting hoops and playing cards with inmates. His wife and son lie in a grave. Now, you tell me what’s fair.

HEALTH All-nighters hitting the body harder Roxy Damico Contributor Everyone is aware that as students, sleep is something that is necessary for everyday functioning. Without it, our bodies lose their ability to keep up and our brains lose the ability to focus on what they should. A normal and recommended amount of sleep for a student in college is an average of eight hours. However, there are many factors that can get in the way of us achieving this each night. Aside from stress, which is something that distracts the mind and will routinely keep us awake, there are other things that we are doing wrong. Mixing up sleep patterns can cause our bodies to constantly attempt to adjust to new resting periods and will decrease the ability to fall asleep at the time we desire. “I don’t go to sleep at a routine time every night and that definitely affects the way that you feel when you wake up and also that night when you try to go to sleep again,” said freshman Lindsey Quigley. “Having different times you sleep throws your entire body off and makes it way harder to fall asleep when you know you want to.” Going to sleep is not the only issue sometimes. Staying asleep can be another issue that students have. states

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This picture portrays the many nights students are up fulfilling academic obligations. These habits can be detrimental to physical and mental health.

that more than 60 percent of college students have disturbed sleep patterns that cause them to wake up during the night, and many of them turn to the use of drugs or alcohol to either avoid this, or to help them go without sleep altogether. There are many substances out there that teens as well as adults can turn to when having issues with sleep. Sara Mednick, Ph.D., an assistant adjunct professor of psychiatry at University of

California, San Diego stated that there have been numerous studies linking lack of teen sleep and an increase in drug use. Popular aids for sleep for teens are cold medicines such as Nyquil or any other nighttime cold medication. Even though they seem harmless, there are ingredients in them, including alcohol, that can become easily addictive when taken regularly. Instead of turning to dangerous alternatives in order to get

rest, students can try other options during their daily routines that can help positively influence their nightly sleep patterns. Exercising is one of the most recommended ways to help your body during the day and aid sleep at night. Other options can be turning off any electronics such as computers, televisions or cellphones at least an hour before going to sleep. Staring at the bright screens alters the amount of melatonin that our

brains produce in order to help put us to sleep. Many stores sell melatonin supplements as well, which can safely help aid sleep without becoming addictive and can help strengthen immune systems as well. Here at Lewis, we can even learn ways to calm ourselves and our bodies down before bed to get our minds away from the stress that we commonly focus on. In Intro to Philosophy, professor George Miller demonstrates yoga poses and breathing methods that can be a routine for any student before falling asleep at night. They help to draw the mind away from dwelling on unnecessary things that will only keep you staring at the ceiling instead of getting a proper night’s sleep. Not getting enough sleep can take its toll on any person of any age, but for students, it is especially important to avoid. It can easily attack weak immune systems, affect normal daily function and even cause weight gain, which is something that every college student wishes to avoid. Being aware of how much sleep you get and how you get it is crucial to a well-functioning brain and body, so don’t just sit back and let yourself be miserable. There are many alternatives and ways to help.

Health and Counseling office welcomes new staff Ross Reed Health Editor With a new semester at Lewis, the Center for Health and Counseling Services has added new members to their team. Working in Health Services, campus nurse Cathy Hopp came to Lewis after working at Loyola University Medical Center. Now in Counseling Services, mental health counselor Janeen LeFevre held recent positions at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital in its psychiatric and a private practice called Urban Balance. While at Loyola, Hopp worked in surgical services. In her experience she worked with a diverse group of patients. “I really enjoyed educating and talking to my patients,” said Hopp. “And I came to Lewis here because I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my knowledge with the students, and pro-

mote their health and wellness.” LeFevre brings a diverse background of experience to Lewis. Through the years, she has worked in a diverse range of colleges, universities and private practices. “I spent a lot of time looking for the right environment in my job search, and when I found Lewis, I really liked what I saw,” said LeFevre, commenting that working with young adults was her niche. “I’m really excited to start this journey.” Michelle Ronchetti, Director of Health and Counseling, is very enthused to have new staff members in the Center. She commented that it is a good sign, showing growth in their department. Hopp has mentioned that while working at Lewis, she finds every day to be different. “You never know what you are going to see day to day, and that’s the nice thing about this job,” said Hopp. “I

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Cathy Hopp (Left) & Janeen LeFevre (Right) are really enthused to be working at Lewis, and look forward to share their knowledge with students.

learn a little something new.” While enthused to see her first clients soon, LeFevre has high expectations for her new position. “I’m ready to jump in,” said LeFevre. “I just expect to help students, to be there for them, and to support them.” Both staff members left ad-

vice for aspiring nurses and counselors. “Nursing school can be stressful, and I can recommend that you put resting, good nutrition, healthy habits (exercise) in their schedule, because with the stress of nursing school, you have to feel well in order to do

well,” said Hopp. LeFevre commented, “Keep your eye on the goal because it’s worth it. It’s a very fulfilling career. Yes, it’s challenging, but the impact you have on clients and students is very rewarding. It’s worth the effort.”


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A new year to lose big

Health Editor

Health Editor Bad news­— many of us have weight we want to disown. Good news — there’s help and support to make that happen. Students have been working at their fitness resolutions through the variety of classes, programs and events held by the department of Fitness and Recreation Services and the Wellness Committee. For example, during the holiday break, some decided to pledge with the “Don’t Gain, Maintain Holiday Campaign.” In this program, participants did a confidential weigh-in before and after the holidays. This year, about 50 percent of the participants succeeded in maintaining their weight over the holidays, according to Jill Siegfried, director of Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness. Siegfried also noted the most successful candidate of the program was faculty member Alina Rivas, who works in University Ministry. “I am getting married in May, so I had my wedding dress in mind every time I had to motivate myself to exercise or choose the healthiest food option” said Rivas. “At first, I considered this to be my ‘wedding diet,’ but now I see that this is not just a one-time diet; it is a lifestyle I would like to continue to have.” Students have also gained suc-

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Student Ryan O’Keefe is taking advantage of the excercise equipment at the Rec. center.

cess participating in the “Biggest Loser” program. For a $10 fee, students and faculty created teams and participated in confidential weigh-ins. The team that loses the greatest percentage of body weight will split 75 percent of the entry fees among members. The individual who lost the greatest percentage of weight will win 25 percent of the fees. Last year, junior elementary/ special education major Phoebe Conner was one the most successful of the competition. She talked about what motivated her to take on this event. “Last year, I hit the highest weight I had ever been at in my life,” said Conner. “I have always struggled with my weight, and it always fluctuated a lot. I decided to join the Biggest Loser here at Lewis because I lack motivation a lot of the time, and I figured it

could be the motivation I needed since the weigh-ins really kept me accountable. I am also on the softball team, so I knew I needed to be in better shape in order to play.” Siegfried urges students to take better care of their health and promotes a number of different programs and classes to help students with that task. Along with exercise classes, there is “Boot Camp” where, for a $40 fee, students and faculty will get an intensive six-week total body training program taught by graduate assistant, Samantha DeLegge. She also teaches a variety of free exercise classes as well. For any more information on wellness programs or exercise classes, contact Jill Siegried at

‘Superfoods’ a source of nutrition for students Jennifer Prokop Editor-in-Chief One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people make each year is to eat healthier. Although this can be difficult to do for busy college students, there are some easy dietary changes students can make that have incredible benefits. Including “superfoods” such as blueberries, broccoli, tea and salmon is a good start to improving one’s diet. Blueberries are very high in antioxidants, which help decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer. Cathy Hopp, a nurse on campus, described what antioxidants do and why they are important. “What it does is it can go and enter the body and kind of scavenge for free radicals, which are bad byproducts from other foods,” Hopp said. Those free radicals are known to have cancer-causing properties. In addition to having cancer-fighting properties, Hopp explained some of the other qualities of “superfoods.” “By incorporating some of these ‘superfoods’ into your diet, you’ll be able to not only

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make yourself healthier, but you can fight off disease,” Hopp said. “You can maintain a healthy weight. You can improve your mood, have more energy and possibly increase your lifespan even.” Blueberries not only contain antioxidants, but also lipoflavonoids, potassium and vitamin C, which are essential in protecting the immune system. “They also have anti-inflammatory properties, which is important because a lot of diseases are caused by inflammation,” Hopp said. She recommended eating half of a cup of blueberries each day, either fresh or frozen, to receive those benefits. Tea and broccoli are also easily available to students on campus. “Tea is another one that I think is really easy for the students to have access to,” Hopp said. She explained that there is a lot of news about the good qualities of green tea, but black tea has equal amounts of polyphenols, which is an antioxidant. “Green tea is a little better, they say, because it has this product called ECGC, which besides having the antioxidant properties, this ECGC

has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer,” Hopp said. In addition, she mentioned that tea has been shown to lower cholesterol. Broccoli also contains antioxidants, several vitamins, fiber and calcium as well. Hopp suggested that it is better to eat broccoli, or any vegetable, raw or steamed to get the most out of them. Avoiding canned vegetables is also important. “You are still getting some of the health benefits, but you also have some preservatives, which have their own kind of not-so-healthy properties,” Hopp said. Hopp discussed how easy it could be to substitute “superfoods” in place of unhealthy options. She suggested having oatmeal for breakfast instead of a granola bar or having tea instead of soda. Student can still treat themselves to foods like ice cream once in a while too, but consider using fruit as a topping rather than chocolate or caramel. There are many other “superfoods” in addition to those mentioned, such as beans, oats, soy, spinach, oranges, walnuts and turkey. For more information on these foods, visit


While many of us enjoy sausage and bacon for breakfast, we may not think that our favorite breakfast foods may cause cancer. Reports from ABC News stated that eating a serving of processed meat a day could increase one’s risk of pancreatic cancer. The link to this is connected to nitrates, chemical preservatives that are broken down in the bloodstream and carried to the pancreas. “Pancreatic cancer overall is a very deadly cancer because of the detection is usually when it’s so far advanced,” said campus nurse Cathy Hopp. “The five-year survival rate is only about 5.5 percent, which is very poor.” These studies are recent, but they show that a serving of processed meat increases the risk of pancreatic cancer by 1.7 percent, which is very small. The nitrates are linked to other cancers as well. Nitrates have been long known to be linked colon cancer. Statistics show that people who eat 3.5 ounces of processed or red meats will have a 17 percent increased risk of colon cancer. People who eat seven ounces per day will have 34 percent increased risk. Processed meats aren’t the only home for nitrates. Any-

thing boxed, canned or frozen contains nitrates used to increase shelf life. “That’s why they always tell you to shop the perimeter of the store … fresh is key,” said Michelle Ronchetti, Director of Health and Counseling Services. “Obviously, we all do it. It’s about balance and moderation.” Nost preservatives lie in processed food — for most college students, in 90 percent of what’s stocked in their dorm rooms. “That’s the most affordable food,” said Hopp. “Eating healthy is expensive. When you go shopping when you find fresh produce, it’s more money than Ramen noodles.” Processed foods are probably more abundant in our diets than we like to think. There are still small things a person can do to better maintain their health. “If you’re going to have bacon, say you only do it once a week and also have a piece of fresh fruit as well,” said Ronchetti. “If you can balance that out, hopefully the antioxidants in the superfood will balance out the cancer-causing properties from the nitrates.” The staff members at the Center for Health and Counseling Services advise students and faculty to always have a piece of fresh fruit or vegetables on their plate, and to not neglect exercise.

Health Events February: 2/13: What is Love?

(One time, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Big Red Room)

2/27: Assertiveness: Discovering Your Inner Strength

(One time, 5 p.m. Location TBA)

March: 3/13-19: The Clothesline Project Display (Ongoing from March 13 to the 19, Academic Building)

3/14: Distorted Figures:

Women, Food and Body Image: Screening of “Thin” and panel discussion on Eating Disorders (One time, 2 p.m.


3/15: Eating Disorder

Screenings (One time in person and continually available online, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Academic Building and Anonymously online at the Health and Counseling Services webpage)

April: 4/16-20: Stress Relief Week 4/16: Stress Strategies: Organizing and Prioritizing

(One time, 11 a.m.-noon, Location TBA)

4/17: Therapy Dogs

(One time, 1-3 p.m., The Green)

3/19: Self-esteem: Beyond

the Superficial-Beauty from the Inside Out (One time, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Location TBA)

3/21: Alcohol Screening

Day (One time in person and continually available online, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Academic Building and Anonymously online at the Health and Counseling Services webpage)

4/18: Subs & Rubs (One time, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Student Union)

4/19: Fun on the Green (One time, 2-4 p.m., The Green)

4/20: Frisbee Friday (One time, 2-4 p.m., The Green)

SPORTS Lewis swim teams gear up for GLIAC Championships Brian Neal Contributor The regular season is in the books, and the experience was priceless for Lewis’ young swim teams. One of their best dual meets was back in the first week of December when they competed in the Carthage College Swimming Classic up in Kenosha, Wis. The men came in third (out of four) and the women placed second (out of five). They each swam against Carthage, Lake Forest and Olivet, with the women’s team also facing Robert Morris. Carthage won the meet on both sides as they hosted. Despite the third place finish, the men certainly had highlights. In the 500 freestyle, they grabbed the top three spots with sophomore Derick Carlson winning

with an NCAA B cut time of 4:37.55. Junior Brandon Drogemuller (and freshman Edwin Welsh came in second and third respectively. Senior Chris Bonavolanto set a new Lewis record in the preliminaries for the 100 breast stroke event, clocked at 59.25. They won the 800 freestyle relay swam by freshman Brett Busch, Carlson, Drogemuller, and Welsh with a time of 7:01.56. Head Coach Roger Karns commented on the event in an interview with the Lewis Athletic Department. “We had best times all over the place. Today was exactly what I was hoping for.” The women had an even more impressive meet with a second place finish. “We have only 13 women, but we still took second out of five teams,” said Karns. “There were lots of things to

be happy about today.” And happy is exactly what they should’ve felt with 11 top three finishes during the two-day event. Freshman Katie Hallenbeck won the 200 backstroke (2:07.63) and 200 butterfly (2:10.01). Junior Angela Cusack snagged a second place finish in the 100 freestyle (54.44), while freshman Kristen Silvey also placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:09.88). Hallenbeck and junior Orla Power finished first and second, respectively, in the 1650 free (17:40.34; 17:49.44). Hallenbeck then won a fourth event, the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.88. “As the freshmen get more comfortable in the collegiate atmosphere, we’re seeing better and better swims,” Karns told the Lewis Athletic Department. “They are talented individuals and they are

showing what they are capable of doing.” After a month off of meets due to winter break, the Flyers returned to action at home on Jan. 7. The women fell to Carthage again 127-78, but the men took care of business with a 114-87.5 victory . The highlight of the victory included another win for Drogemuller in the 1000 freestyle (something he has done with regularity this swim season) with a time of 9:46.09. “Beating a Carthage team we lost to last month is a feather in our cap,” Karns told the Lewis Athletic Department. “When you only have 11 guys and are trying to win a dual meet everyone has to step up and they did. We’ve been training really hard like everyone is at this time, but the guys battled through some discomfort and pushed for some strong finishes.”

On the women’s end Cusack had a good day winning two events: the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 25.34 and 56.00. Freshman Cindy Jezuit was right behind her in both events with second place finishes at 25.54 and 56.31. The Flyers’ following meet at Wayne State in Detroit was canceled due to weather conditions. However, the following weekend featured two separate meets: the first on Friday at home against Lincoln College, and the following on Saturday on the road in Indianapolis. The women split the events (103-86 win and 78-100 loss), but the men dropped both (84-100 and 85-109). The Flyers will now prepare for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships that take place Feb. 8-11 in Jenison, Mich.

Thomas skips out on White House Kevin Ryan Asst. Sport Editor Sports and politics. Those are the two topics people try to avoid talking about together, because they generally don’t mix well. If you want to watch sports, you can turn the channel to any of the ESPN stations, and if want to watch politics, there are plenty of political channels. That’s just how it works. Two weeks ago, however, the clear division between politics and sports became less apparent as the Boston Bruins went to the White House to celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup championship with President Obama. Only one thing was missing: Bruins All-Star goalie, Tim Thomas, decided not to make the trip. His reason wasn’t easy to understand either. Thomas posted a statement on his Facebook page saying, “I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.” Thomas continued, “This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government. Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not

about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.” Thomas ended by saying, “This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic.” That’s all fine and well. I’m glad Thomas stood by what he believes in and didn’t back down because as an American, we have the right to think and speak the way we feel. But what myself and plenty of other people can’t understand is how he said his issue isn’t about politics, when it clearly is about politics. When you start talking about the executive, legislative and judicial branches, you’re talking about politics. I would also like to know how Thomas is being threatened by the government because as a guy who has become an icon in Boston and makes over a million dollars per year, one would think life would be good. Apparently, life could be better for Thomas, and he believes the government is preventing this from happening. He couldn’t put aside his differences for one afternoon, as he is one of only three Americans on the Bruins roster. It should have been an honor and a privilege for him to lead the Bruins to Washington D.C. and show his team-

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Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas elected not to visit Barack Obama at the White House with his teammates.

mates who come from all over Canada and Europe where the President of the United States works and lives. Like I said before, I believe people should stand up for what they think is right, but why wouldn’t you make the trip? It’s a time of celebration for something you achieved and you’re being honored on a national stage. Even Obama went out of his way to say, “This Stanley Cup was won by defense as much as it was by offense. Tim Thomas posted two shut outs

in the Stanley Cup Finals and set an all-time record for saves in the post season, and he also earned the honor being only the second American ever to be recognized as the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP.” Now I’m not defending Obama because he most likely didn’t watch the Stanley Cup and probably doesn’t even know who Tim Thomas is, but Thomas was clearly one of the leaders on that team. With him being only the second American to win the Stanley Cup MVP, and just one of three

Americans on the Bruins roster, it would have been nice to see him there. So Tim, if your team does get invited back to the White House in the future and you don’t want to go, take note from former Bears player and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton. Back when the 1985-86 Bears got invited to the White House, Hampton decided not to go and simply said, “I’m not a fan of the guy in the White House.” It would be a lot easier for people to understand.


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Flyers drop five straight alex gasick Sports Editor Coming off losses to UWParkside on Jan. 16 and Bellarmine on Jan. 19, the Lewis women’s basketball team resumed play Jan. 21 against GLVC opponent Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights, Ky. The Flyers, who dropped the contest, 59-44, were within single digits for most of the game until the Norse pulled away at the end. Head coach Lisa Carlsen thought there were some aspects the Flyers could have performed better at. “We had difficulties scoring against their defense and gave them too many second chance opportunities,” Carlsen said. “Northern Kentucky is a very good team, though.” Jess Reinhart led the Flyers with 12 points and eight rebounds. It was her fourth straight game scoring in double digits. Labrenthia Murdock added seven points and six rebounds. The Flyers returned home Jan. 26 for a conference matchup against University of Indianapolis. Lewis dropped their third straight game, this time by a score of 82-59.

To say Lewis struggled with Indianapolis’ juggernaut of an offense would be an understatement. Indianapolis closed out the first half with a 28-11 run and shot 56.1 percent (32-for57) from the field, including eight three pointers. “Indianapolis has great balance offensively,” Carlsen said. “We struggled with our one-on-one defense and weren’t able to get enough stops.” Jamie Johnson led the Flyers with 13 points, while Madeline Kish and Reinhart added 11 apiece. On Jan. 28, Lewis traveled to Rensselaer, Ind. for a conference game against St. Joseph’s. The Flyers lost their fifth straight game, this time 87-82. “We played better against St Joe’s, but again gave up too many second chance opportunities,” Carlsen said. “They shot the ball very well from three-point range against our zone.” Reinhart scored a careerhigh 27 points, and also added six rebounds and three steals. Johnson pumped in 15 points, and also had eight assists and seven rebounds. Devon Carbaugh and Kish both contributed 12 points. With the loss, Lewis fell to 4-15 (2-9 GLVC).

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Freshman Ryan Jackson has helped the Flyers to a 13-6 record.

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The two Manchesters alex veeneman Opinions Editor It is arguably one of the English Premier League’s most contested rivalries. In Manchester, situated in the north of England, two of the key teams in the League reside: Manchester City and Manchester United. City, who haven’t won a League title since the 196768 season, with manager Roberto Mancini at the helm, seem by critics and fans to be poised to take the League title. They’re on top of the League table. “City have performed superbly this year, exceeding expectations and playing a style of football that has won admirers,” said City fan Steven, who blogs at View from a Blue. “At times, the passing has been exquisite, the finishing clinical and in David Silva, City have had the player of the season so far.” Yet, Manchester United wants to prevent that. They

are second in the table and are frequently tied with City on points, and also the current champions. United, Sir Alex Ferguson recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the club as manager; meanwhile, his title record is as long as the League’s history, consisting of strong players known around the world. “United have the experience and knowhow of winning the Premier League,” Steven said, but added that United “lacked quality this season, often grinding out results rather than impressing with their football.” Steven adds, though, in United’s defense, “They’re a touch shaky but it could come down to who has the bottle, and United have certainly shown in the past that they know how to win trophies.” There is a long way to go before the end of the season, but the matchup between City and United has already proven to be one worthy of watching.

Sports Editor In college basketball, every game is a hard fought battle once conference play rolls around. The Lewis men’s basketball team is living proof, as four of their games in conference play have been decided by single digits. On Jan. 21, the Flyers traveled to Heighland Heights, Ky. to square off with Northern Kentucky. At the time, Northern Kentucky was ranked No. 9 in the country. The Flyers put forth a valiant effort, but were unable to come away victorious, dropping the contest 77-66. Head coach Scott Trost felt his team was in a good position to win the game. “We were right there with a couple of minutes to go with a chance to win the game,” Trost said. “They just made a few more plays than we did.” The difference in the game proved to be Northern Kentucky’s red-hot shooting from three-point land. The Norse converted on 15 of 29 three point attempts. “They hit some tough shots, so you have to give

them credit,” Trost said. Justin Jarosz led the Flyers with 16 points off the bench. “Justin has been playing well as of late,” Trost said. The Flyers returned home Jan. 26 for a matchup with conference foe, University of Indianapolis. The Greyhounds were ranked No. 21 at the time. Lewis was victorious, upending Indianapolis by a score of 78-66 in overtime. The Flyers trailed 55-44 with 10:55 left in the game, but rallied back to force overtime. In overtime, Lewis outscored Indianapolis 18-6 to secure the Flyers’ first win against a ranked opponent this season. Trost was proud of the resilience his team showed to bounce back from an elevenpoint deficit in the second half. “Our guys stuck together and found a way to make some plays down the stretch,” Trost said. “I was very proud of the way we hung in there and battled for 40 minutes.” The Flyers were led by three seniors in the game. Chris McClellan had 25 points and six assists, while Lonnie Lawrence added nine points and 11 rebounds. Matt

Toth contributed 13 points. Though Trost thought the Flyers could’ve rebounded the ball a bit better, he was pleased with what he said was a good, quality win. On Jan. 28, Lewis packed their bags and headed to Rennselaer, Ind. for a conference matchup with St. Joseph’s. The Flyers won 86-64, and shot the Pumas out of their own gym in the process. Lewis shot a season-high 65 percent (13-for-20) from three-point range, and also shot 57.4 percent (27-for-47) from the field. They knocked down 95 percent (19-for-20) of their free throw attempts as well. “We shot the ball extremely well,” Trost said. “That being said, I thought this was one of our better all around games of the year.” Toth had a season-high 24 points in the game, while McClellan added 17 points. Julian Lewis also pitched in 19 points. With the win, Lewis improved to 13-6 overall and 5-6 in GLVC play.


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British MPs to hold inquiry into possible racism in sports alex veeneman Opinions Editor Members of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of the British Parliament are to conduct an inquiry into racism in sports in light of incidents surrounding Liverpool player Luis Suarez and Chelsea FC and England national soccer team captain John Terry. The committee, whose members decided Jan. 10 to hold this inquiry, is to examine concerns of racism that were raised after these incidents occurred. A spokeswoman for the select committee said the evidence session planned for March 6 is a one-off session at the moment and added that it is not the intention of the committee to rehash any of the incidents. Damian Collins, a Conservative MP and member of the committee, told the U.K.’s Press Association that the Suarez case played a deciding role in conducting this inquiry. “The events have reignited concerns about racism in the game,” Collins said. “Although this session will not necessarily be restricted to football, it will be the principal area of inquiry following the Suárez case and the concerns that have arisen from that.” Collins added that witnesses and reference information would be made available nearer to the date of the inquiry. The Football Association, which oversees England’s national soccer team, has not received an inquiry, but according to spokesman Scott Field, the Association does anticipate receiving one. “The FA will always cooperate with any request from

the CMS Committee, not least where we can demonstrate strong practices across football to continue our work to eradicate all forms of discrimination in English football,” Field said. The Press Association reported that representatives from the Liverpool club may be summoned. A spokesman for the club said no formal request had been submitted and declined to comment further. Richard Scudamore, the chair of the Premier League, told reporters that he expects the League to get involved. “When it comes to the racism issue, there is zero tolerance,” Scudamore said, according to a PA report. “We as a sport have led the line and continue to lead the line; there’s no room for it.” Scudamore added that there was always more work that could be done to prevent further attempts of racism. The Labour MP Steve Rotheram, whose constituency is in Liverpool, has also welcomed the inquiry. “I continue to support the Show Racism the Red Card initiative and believe, given the nature of recent events, that it would be appropriate for this issue to be looked at by parliamentarians from all parties and from different football, sporting and non-sporting allegiances,” Rotheram said. “Sport should be rightly proud that in many ways it has led the field in tackling social issues such as racism, homophobia and sectarianism, and it will be interesting to see what conclusions the select committee draw from the evidence session.”

Sore losers in the NCAA alex gasick Sports Editor Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery had seen enough. His team was playing so bad; they would’ve struggled to win an intramural contest against five random frat boys. The Hawkeyes were losing by 29 points to Michigan State with roughly 11 minutes still remaining in the game. Sensing things would only get worse, McCaffery lost it. First, he received a technical for shouting at an official, which is nothing out of the ordinary. However, he proceeded to strut onto the middle of the court where he jumped up and down and yelled obscenities at the officials. McCaffery’s assistants followed him onto the court, but unfortunately did not restrain him. Instead, the Iowa assistants cornered one particular official, like bullies trying to steal lunch money at recess would, before joining McCaffery in shouting at the official. McCaffery didn’t stop there. In a timeout shortly thereafter, McCaffery picked a chair up over his head and slammed it to the ground, before giving his own players an earful of what I can only guess were not the kindest of words. McCaffery, who usually looks like a middle-aged accountant, suddenly looked like he was auditioning for a role in the WWE. He embarrassed himself, his team and most importantly, the University of Iowa. Even worse, McCaffery showed no remorse for his actions in a post-game press conference. “I have no regrets, I have

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Iowa coach Fran McCaffery threw a temper tantrum in the Hawkeyes loss at Michigan state on Jan. 10.

no apologies, none whatsoever,” McCaffery said. “I’m going to continue to coach the same way, and we’re going to keep working, improving, and battling, and fighting until we’re up by 40.” Yikes. What would happen if a professor or any other faculty member for that matter went on a rampage like that? I’d bet all my marbles they would probably be fired. I understand why McCaffery was upset, and I understand coaches have to be hard on their players at times. However, McCaffery is an employee of the University of Iowa, and that type of behavior has no place in college athletics. It’s poor sportsmanship. People complain about what is wrong with college athletics all the time. The biggest issue with college athletics may very well be the poor sportsmanship that

is so often displayed. Aside from the Iowa incident, Xavier and Cincinatti’s men’s basketball teams partook in a bench-clearing brawl when they squared off back in December. The fight was so gruesome that the game had to be called early. Xavier guard Tu Holloway helped instigate the fight by talking trash the whole game, and like McCaffery, he showed no remorse after the game. “That’s what you’re going to see from Xavier and Cincinatti,” Holloway said. “We’re a tougher team; we’re grown men over here. We’ve got a whole bunch of gangsters in that locker room. Not thugs, but tough guys out on the court, and we went out there and zipped them up at the end of the game. That’s our motto: ‘zip ‘em up.’” Yikes. Continued on page 23

Despite tough schedule, Flyers are on a roll Kevin Ryan Asst. Sport Editor Heading into the 2012 men’s volleyball season, head coach Dan Friend knew his team would have to be prepared to play well right away. Four of the Flyers’ first five matches were scheduled against ranked opponents. With the Flyers returning six of seven starters from last year, Friend believed his team would be able to handle the tough matchups. “We have a core group of guys returning, and we

thought it would pay off and evidentially it did,” Friend said. “It was kind of the reason we did that type of scheduling.” To open up their season, the Flyers flew to Malibu, Calif, to play No. 9 Pepperdine University on Jan. 7. Lewis came into the match ranked No. 13, and went on to defeat the Waves 3-1 (2523, 22-25, 25-20, 27-25). The Flyers came out with the hot hand in the first set and jumped to an 11-5 lead. Pepperdine did come back to tie the set twice, but Lewis eventually pulled away and won 25-23. The Waves

came back and won the second set to tie the match. The third set was tight until the Flyers went on a 5-0 run to give them a 24-17 advantage. Jay Petty got the final kill of the set for Lewis to give them a 2-1 lead. The fourth set was close again, but the Flyers’ Aaron Flick ended the set and the match with a solo block to give the Flyers the win. “I thought the guys were definitely prepared for that game [against Pepperdine],” Friend said. “We came out and basically jumped on them fast.” The next day, Lewis had

to quickly turn around and face the Waves again. This time, Pepperdine got the better of the Flyers, winning the match 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 15-11). Friend knew it would be tough to beat the same team two days in a row on their home court, as he went on to say, “I just thought playing that same team [Pepperdine] a second night in a row, we didn’t quite bring that same energy level.” After leaving Malibu, the Flyers got the luxury to play in Hawaii’s Outrigger Invitational in Honolulu. Their first match in the tourna-

ment was against No. 3 UCLA Jan. 12. The Bruins showed why they are regarded as one of the best teams in the country, beating the Flyers 3-1. Despite the loss, Jay Petty had 13 kills, and Ian Karbiener had 9 kills and 10 digs. Even though Lewis lost their first match of the invitational, Friend decided to look at the positives. “I think the problem was it was our first match out there,” Friend said. Continued on page 23


men’s volleyball Continued from page 22 “They [UCLA] are a really good team, ranked third in the country right now and at the same time, they have a great core of returning guys that are juniors and seniors for the most part. But overall, what we took away from that match was we know that we can compete.” The Flyers’ next match would be against the host school, University of Hawaii on Jan. 13. Lewis came ready to play and beat the Warriors on their home court 3-2 (25-21, 25-11, 16-25, 2325, 15-11). Blocks by Karbiener and Flick ended the fifth set and gave Lewis the win, which was their first win in the tournament since 2004. The next day, the Flyers wrapped up the invitational by sweeping Springfield College 25-20, 25-18, 27-25. Friend decided to start four freshmen in this match, and the newcomers proved to their teammates they could play at the college level. “We felt like we had enough

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depth that it was a great opportunity for those guys to play,” said Friend. Eric Batch led the Flyers with 33 assists, and Greg Petty hit .619 with 15 kills. The Flyers then came back to Romeoville to prepare for their home opener against No. 6 Penn State on Jan. 21. Students and faculty took notice as Neil Carey Arena was sold out for the home opener. “We have a great home contingent,” said Friend. “The student body, faculty, staff and outlining community really support men’s volleyball. It’s neat to play at home in that type of atmosphere, and the guys really enjoy that.” The Flyers proved they were pumped to be at home as they beat Penn State 3-1 (25-23, 2225, 25-19, 25-20). It was the first time Lewis beat Penn State in Friend’s tenure. “It was gratifying to beat them,” said Friend. “They’ve been a top tier program for the past 10 years. It was great for the guys and great for the program.”

The Flyers continued their home stand on Jan. 27 when they welcomed St. Francis (Pa.) into Romeoville. St. Francis (Pa.) was no contest for Lewis, as the Flyers swept them 25-15, 25-20, 25-15. Lewis held St. Francis to a -.014 attack percentage. Friend was pleased with Karbiener’s performance as he went on to have nine kills, six digs and three aces. “Ian’s been really solid, said Friend. “He’s been one of those glue guys who maybe doesn’t always put up the flashy numbers, but the guy is just solid. He’s consistent night in and night out.” The following night, the Flyers extended their win streak to five by beating George Mason 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18). Jay Petty led the Flyers with 20 kills, while his brother Greg contributed 11 kills. The win improved the Flyers’ record to 7-2 on the season. They opened up conference play Feb. 3 at IPFW. Their next home match is Feb. 11 against Loyola.

Sore losers Continued from page 22 At least Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin showed remorse for his players’ actions after the game. “I will decide who’s on the team going forward,” said Cronin. “I’ve never been this embarrassed. We represent an institution of higher learning. It’s way more important than basketball games.” Cronin continued, “And whoever puts their jersey back on — I made everybody take their jersey off, and they will not put it on again until they have a full understanding of where they go to school, and what the university stands for, and how lucky they are to even be there, let alone have a scholarship, ‘cause there’s a whole lot of kids that can’t pay for college.” In the end, though, Cronin only suspended three of his players for six games and one other player for a single game. The punishment hardly fit the crime.


Possibly the worst act of sportsmanship seen in the NCAA in recent years came from New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert. Lambert became an internet celebrity after a video clip of her game against BYU in the fall of 2009 went viral. In the clip, Lambert is seen grabbing an opponent by her pony tail and yanking her to the ground. While Lambert would’ve made the Jersey Shore cast proud, her actions had absolutely no place in a NCAA contest. Lambert was suspended, but remained on the team. However, unlike McCaffery and Holloway, Lambert was very apologetic for her actions. Still, the NCAA needs to crack down with stricter rules on sportsmanship. Poor behavior isn’t tolerated when it happens on campus. It definitely shouldn’t be tolerated when it happens on national television.

Bulls top the East behind great depth Brian Neal Contributor A third of this shortened NBA season is in the books. That’s right, only 22 games, just five weeks and a day. The most prominent headline has been injuries. Teams are playing three, four and occasionally five games per week so that the playoffs can still start at the end of April. Injuries such as fractured ankles and torn muscles are expected and happening at a relatively normal pace. The issue is instead with these “fatigue” injuries, described as lower back pain, twisted ankles, sore hamstrings and more. We are now seeing players sit out with injuries they’d usually play through. Since games are being played more often, not only the veterans of the league, but even a lot of younger guys are having to sit an extra game or two so that they can just rest for a couple of days. This wasn’t an issue in the past because rest days were more frequent. This all brings us to the Chicago Bulls. As of Jan. 30, they were sitting rather nicely at 17-5 atop the Eastern Conference. They have impressively accomplished this with one of the most injury-riddled teams in the league. Derrick Rose has missed five games with turf toe. Richard Hamilton and CJ Watson have missed right around 10 games each with lower extremity issues and an elbow sprain, respec-

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The Bulls hope Luol Deng will be able to play through a torn ligament in his left wrist.

tively. Even Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson have had some ankle tweaks that forced some rest time as well; Gibson’s being a bit more serious. And the most frightening issue of all is Luol Deng’s sprained wrist. Just for clarification purposes, a sprain is a torn ligament, and his is a complete tear, which is why it won’t heal for several months. If this type of injury happened anywhere else on his body but the fortunate placement of his non-shooting wrist, he would be forced to get surgery. However, Deng has decided that he wants to try and play with this injury. It’s not all bad as it can’t really get any worse, but the pain is something he is going to have to deal with. And being “the glue of the team” as head coach Tom

Thibodeau puts it, the Bulls certainly need him to play effectively if they are going to make a run to the Finals. “I know it’s a bad injury and it sounds terrible, but really I think it will be fine,” said Deng. “We’ve got a good team, and I think I’m going to be fine.” Deng has seen several specialists and knows the risks of playing, and it is ultimately his choice, according to Thibodeau and the Bulls organization. With all of these injuries, it is surprising how the Bulls have grabbed so many wins. Last year, the sports world was enamored with how complete of a team the Bulls were from one through 12, as their backups earned the nickname the “Bench Mob.” This year,

they’re even deeper with the acquisitions of Jimmy Butler through the draft and Richard Hamilton through free agency. Not to mention the improved play of nearly everyone on the team, especially Watson, Omer Asik and Deng, even though he’s hurt now after playing at an All-Star level. As of Jan. 30, the Bulls had a one-game lead over Miami in the East, but they did lose to them in their first meeting of the season, which took place Jan. 29 in South Beach. That game is really a great gauge as to where they are without Deng on the floor, and certainly against the team that everyone predicts they will have to beat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bulls lost 97-93, and never had the lead in the game, but with 22.7

seconds remaining, the Bulls were down just one point (9493), and Rose had two free throws. After going 12 for 12 to that point in the game from the stripe, he missed both. LeBron James got the rebound and was fouled. He then proceeded to miss both free throws, and off the second miss there was an inadvertent whistle and a jump ball. Miami won the jump, and Mario Chalmers was fouled. He made the first, but missed the second, and the Bulls got the ball and called timeout. Rose then had one last chance and got a good look with one of his patented floaters, but it was six inches short, and that was it. LeBron was unstoppable in that game, and based on history of the past two years, Deng is one of the only players in the league that can match up and limit James, even if it is only a little. Even one of the analysts during that broadcast brought up that Deng might be the only legitimate defender in the NBA on James because of his length and effort on defense. If we base what Deng means to the Bulls on that game, the Bulls are just shy of championship material. This brings up one question: should Deng get the surgery and miss the rest of the regular season, but then be 100 percent for the playoffs? Or should he continue with the route he has chosen? Only time will tell.

Volume 33, Issue 7

February 6, 2012

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Samantha Linck hit a provisional mark in the high jump at the Dick Pond Open.

Flyers open up indoor track season at home jennifer prokop editor-in-chief The men’s and women’s track teams had a great start to their season with an impressive home performance at the Jan. 13 Dick Pond Open and the Jan. 20 Dick Pond Invite held in the Recreation and Fitness Center. At the Jan. 13 meet, junior Scott Tanis had a first place finish in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:21.25, while freshman Matt Jemilo won the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:32.12. Jemilo’s time in that race earned him a place in Lewis’ top-10 in indoor school history. Senior Lonzo Harris took home the high jump title with a 1.95 meter finish, while Jesse Steward Jr. was victorious in the long jump. Freshman Kevin Dorenkamper received second place in the

55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.04, and sophomore Brock Massie was a runner-up in the triple jump. The team of Dorenkamper, Jemilo, John Kolanko and Peter Lengsfeld placed second in the 4X400 relay with a time of 3:33.14. For the women’s team, senior Karissa Hoffman really stood out, setting an NCAA provisional in the triple jump with a finish of 11.52 meters. Not only that, she also tied for first in the long jump with a finish of 5.28. Hoffman was not the only Flyer to set NCAA provisional marks, however. Freshman Shakea Mercer and senior Samantha Linck did as well. Mercer finished first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.22, and Linck’s 1.7-meter high jump earned her a win also. Sophomore Megan Marchildon finished just before team-

mate Kamille Ferguson with a first place time of 8.80 in the 55-meter hurdles. Marchildon also competed with the team of junior Karina Carbajal, sophomore Kristen Sebby and freshman Amy Polhemus, which placed first in the 4X400 relay. The teams’ performances at the Jan. 20 event were also notable. For the men’s team, Harris placed first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.53. Tanis again won the 1-mile run with a time of 4:24.17. Sophomore Robert Sterling was victorious with a time of 51.43 in the 400-meter dash, and Jemilo took home the title with a 1:56.36 finish in the 800-meter run. Dorenkamper received two second place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash. Placing second in the long

jump was Steward, Jr., and junior Anthony Smith was a runner up in the weight throw with a finish of 14.34 meters. For the women’s team, Linck earned a provisional mark for the second week in a row with her 1.71 meter finish in the high jump. Junior Alexis Atkins followed with 1.56 meters. Marchildon also again finished just before Freguson in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.49. Sebby and sophomore Samantha McGaha placed first in their events, the 800-meter run and the long jump, respectively. The 400-meter relay team also achieved a first place finish, while senior Dana Lenc was part of a three-way tie for first in the pole vault. Head coach Dana Schwarting was pleased with how well each team did at both meets.

“Our first two home meets provided a great start to our season,” Schwarting said. “It’s nice to compete in our own house, and a lot of our alumni and our athletes’ families can come and watch. I was happy with a lot of performances, and we had a number of national qualifying marks. I wish a few more teams had signed up for both meets, and the weather really affected the quality of the second meet.” He also talked about how these first two meets can help to gauge how the rest of the season may play out. “We use our home meets to see how our team looks coming back from Christmas break, and now we are ready to go out and compete at some bigger meets and get mentally and physically ready for the stretch run of the indoor season,” Schwarting said.

Athlete of the Week • N  amed American Volleyball Coaches Association Men’s Division I-II National Player of the Week.

• R  ecorded 14 kills with a .522 attack • Notched 11 kills in Flyers win percentage in Flyers win over Penn over George Mason State

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