October 1, 2012
Volume 34, Issue 2
Fall Formal 2012
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Health editor documents his weight
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Series informs voters on 2012 presidential election katie esposito news Editor
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Lewis students get information at the different tables during the Candidates’ Forum held in the University Dining Room.
Local political candidates encourage students to vote Lauren barnes asst. news editor Lewis University hosted several local political candidates Sept. 20 in the University Dining Room. This is the first year that Lewis and Grand Haven senior community has partnered to bring in candidates for students and faculty to meet personally. Grand Haven is an active senior community located just west of Lewis. It is a resortstyle living, offering many activities and opportunities for the residents. Grand Haven also has a politically engaged population, which turns out to be one of the highest voting turnouts in Will County. “This event was the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people: Dr. Laurette Liesen, Bob Arnold and the students of Pi Sigma Alpha, as well as
Ken Griffin from Grand Haven,” said Dr. James Rago, associate professor of biology. Local political candidates have been coming to Lewis since 2006 to get exposure for their campaigns and talking to students and faculty about the importance of voting. “This is one of the most important elections, and there are so many people who are not engaged yet,” said Ryan Alm, who is running for the Illinois House of Representatives, 86th District. “We can’t go on spending more and more money, creating even more debt. This is the year that we need everyone to come out. We can stop bankruptcy in its tracks and try to make for a better future.” Though local elections may seem less important compared to the national ones, it is local politicians whose policies di-
rectly affect the community. “Every vote counts and really does matter,” said Karen Stukel, Will County Recorder of Deeds. “I feel a person can never complain about how the government runs if you don’t vote. You do have a say in your local government through that person voting for whom they think is the best candidate.” This year, Lewis and Grand Haven focused on the targeted candidates for the following offices: all countywide offices up for election in 2012 (CEO, State’s Attorney, Circuit Court Clerk, Coroner, Auditor and Recorder of Deeds), Will County Board (Districts 3, 7, 9 and 13), Illinois State Senate (Districts 43 and 49), Illinois State House (Districts 85, 86 and 98), U.S. Congress (Districts 3 and 11) and Representatives from each of the U.S. Presidential campaigns.
The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a meet-and-greet format. All the candidates were given table space to meet local community members, and they also had a chance to interact with students and faculty. A voter registration table was set up by the Will County Clerk, Nancy Schultz-Voots. Each candidate was able to give a three-minute speech to the crowd, with a brief time period after every speech for some questions and answers. “Everyone was happy with the turnout and the chance to get the candidates together with their constituents,” Rago said. “We always want to make sure that these candidates get the exposure that they want and need, and that the people of our community are given every possible opportunity to become ‘politically literate’ citizens.”
The political science department and the Alpha Delta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society, will host a series of events on campus to inform voters of issues concerning the 2012 presidential election. The series was organized by the Alpha Delta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha as well as the Director of Arts and Ideas, Dr. Mike Cunningham. “The students coordinated most of the events, invited the speakers and set up the Mock Election for later in October,” said chair of the department, Dr. Laurette Liesen. The upcoming events in the series include: Oct. 3 – The Role of Bishops in American Electoral Politics (2 p.m. in AS-158) Oct. 8 – The Origins of the Candidates’ Economic Policies (2 p.m. in AS-258) Oct. 15 – The Israel-Palestinian Question and the Candidates’ Perspectives (1 p.m. in AS-158) Oct. 23 – On-campus Mock Election (All Day) Nov. 14 – Post-Election Debriefing Panel (2 p.m. in AS158) Among the events planned for the election series, several are creating much excitement around campus. “I was really excited about the Candidates’ Night (held Sept. 20) because it was a great opportunity for students to ask the candidates directly about what they are doing for the university and for them,” Liesen said. “Too much of the campaigns are reduced to sound bites and ads, and this event allowed students and members of the community to speak directly to the candidates.” Continued on page 3
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Students form team to discuss immigration Lauren Barnes Asst. News Editor
Jeremy Ledger Contributor A group of students from Lewis University traveled to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., for the first American Project Summit June 22-24. The summit’s purpose was to gather a number of students from Catholic universities and colleges across the country. It created a chance to begin a dialogue and aid training around issues relating to fair and just immigration policies in the United States. “This is a vital issue as immigration reform is one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time,” said Dr. Tennille Allen, assistant professor of sociology. “Comprehensive immigration reform is something that has been too long of a lightening-rod issue that is used for political points and posturing but not actually addressed. It is time to remedy this now.” This event has inspired the students and faculty from Lewis to create the Immigration Reform Team (IRT). This team will reach out to students who are either passionate about or directly affected by the immigration policies in the United States. The IRT wants to heavily embody the two principles of social justice and service learning, both of which are important to the Lewis community. Though policies are difficult to change, team members believe it is important to inform students and faculty members of the Lewis and surrounding communities of immigration issues. “My personal experience was both very positive and inspiring,” said history major John Nickas, who attended the summit. “The portion of the summit I enjoyed most was being able to interact with other students from around the country of all different backgrounds. We all discussed different techniques about how to address this issue on campus and in our communities.” The Catholic Church encourages people to welcome foreigners as fellow human beings. The church maintains that all immigrants should be referred to as “undocumented” as any distinction between legal and illegal is morally immaterial. The church states these people should not be known as “illegal immigrants;” instead they should be referred to as “undocumented.” Continued on page 5
Author W. Nikola-Lisa returns to Lewis Lauren barnes asst. news editor On Sept. 18, Lewis University’s College of Education welcomed back author W. NikolaLisa after 15 years since his last visit. W. Nikola-Lisa is an awardwinning author, storyteller and musician who loves to give presentations and book signings for all ages. He writes from his experiences from his childhood, being a parent, teacher, professor and musician. “Most children books have a lot of humor in them, even when they are about a fairly serious topic,” W. Nikola-Lisa said. “I was always a natural storyteller, so I always told stories to my family and my students, and then I just got the bug in wanting to write some of these thoughts down. That’s how it all started.” Since the last time W. NikolaLisa has been here, there have been crashes in the book market where they stopped publishing, books were being canceled and editors just were not buying them. He ended up starting his own imprint, called Gyroscope Books, and every year, he pub-
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Author W. Nikola-Lisa reads children’s books and shares his inspiration with guests and Lewis students in the University Dining Room.
lishes one or two on his own. “Eventually, writers should follow these five steps to get their stories out there: create, produce, distribute, market and sell,” W. Nikola-Lisa said. W. Nikola-Lisa made a lot of jokes introducing some of his books, and the audience picked up on them very quickly, as there was an enormous amount of laughter throughout the University Dining Room. He also
used props and even sang to a couple of his books that had catchy lyrics to them. The College of Education has been hosting an author visit for more than 20 years every fall semester. Every year, they look for a person who is a professional author or illustrator who prepares books that are used in schools. “I was very pleased with the turnout of the event, having
about 58 people in attendance, and it has been nice to collaborate with the Will County Reading Council on this particular event,” said Dr. Deborah Augsburger, chair of Reading and Literacy in the College of Education. “We were able to reach out to more of a broader audience, including the whole county being able to collaborate, rather than just the Lewis University community.”
Germany EU contribution ruled constitutional Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor The top court in Germany has ruled that the country’s contribution to assist countries in the European Union experiencing fiscal insolvency is constitutional. Speaking in the city of Karlsruhe, where the court is based, the court’s president Andreas Vosskuhle said it was not the job of judges to evaluate the effectiveness and purpose of the European Stability Mechanism and fiscal treaty, but whether it would violate present budget sovereignty issues in the country’s parliament, according to a report from the British newspaper The Financial Times. Speaking on the floor of parliament in the capital Berlin Sept. 12, the day the ruling was made, the Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a good day for Europe. “Today, Germany is once again sending a strong signal to Europe and beyond,” Merkel said, according to a report from the BBC. “Germany is assuming with determination its responsibility as the biggest economy and as a reliable partner in Europe.” A representative for the German government told The Flyer that Germany remained confident that the EU can operate in a solid fiscal state.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010.
“We are on a primary dialogue,” the representative said. “The mechanism is part of the EU solution, but also there are necessary reforms. That’s what the EU and member states are working on.” In a statement, a representative for the Minister of Finance in Ireland, Michael Noonan, said the minister welcomed the decision. “The Minister for Finance welcomes the decision of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court not to issue an injunction which would have blocked ratification of Europe’s permanent rescue fund, and the European Stability Mechanism can now proceed as envisaged,” the representative said. Ireland is currently one of the countries receiving funds
from the EU bailout. A representative for the French government, which has been working closely with its German counterparts on the issue of the EU bailout, did not respond to a call seeking comment. A representative for the European Commission, based in the Belgian city of Brussels, did not respond to a request seeking comment. A representative for the U.S. Treasury Department did not respond to a request seeking comment. The issue of the case against the conditions of the bailout in Germany arose after a petition was submitted to the court with 37,000 signatures protesting the measure, and that a referendum on the measure should be held, according to a report from the BBC. The re-
port adds that Germany is contributing 27 percent of funds. However, the court put some conditions on the measure, most notably a cap on the contribution Germany can give, and that the condition can be overruled only by parliament, the BBC report adds. The country’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schauble, said the fund could be active within a few weeks, according to the Financial Times. President Obama and U.S. officials have suggested that Greece remain in the euro until Election Day, according to a report from the British newspaper The Independent. Recent polls have suggested the election of the Republican nominee Mitt Romney would see relations between the U.S. and Europe decline, according to a report from the British newspaper The Guardian. Dr. Joe Gaziano of Lewis’ political science department says the issue is not one expected to be raised by either Obama or Romney as the campaign reaches its climax. “Americans are not that sophisticated to understand economic conditions in this country, let alone, Europe,” Gaziano said. “It is hard enough for them to understand the American economic system. I don’t see it as something they will likely raise during the campaign.”
news election series Continued from page 1 President of Pi Sigma Alpha, Casey McKenzie, stated that the event that he is looking forward to most is the Mock Election on Oct. 23. “The purpose of the event is to see how the Lewis campus will be leaning in the election,” said McKenzie. “We also hope to have a survey to go along with it, to get a deeper understanding of why they voted that way. The campus will vote online for their presidential pick, and we will also be having voter registration that day, so you can vote and sign up for the real election.” The series offers students information on a wide range of political topics that will help them explore a deeper understanding of politics, as well as the importance of voting and political activism. “Students have the opportunity to learn about the important issues in this election, particularly in terms of economic and foreign policy,” Liesen said. “Last week, we had the Candidates’ Night, and this was a great opportunity for our students to meet the candidates running for Will County, state and national offices.” McKenzie also offered his thoughts on the benefits of the election series. “The more the students are aware of politics, the better,” McKenzie said. “Most students don’t want anything to do with politics, and I wouldn’t blame them, but being aware of the political environment is key to a more healthy society. The more people know, the less they can be taken advantage of.”
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Service Learning participants weigh in on experiences Michael Gates Asst. Online Editor
David Whitaker Contributor Although Service Learning is deeply rooted in the university’s mission, not all students or faculty know about it or have participated in it before. “To be honest, I did not even know about Service Learning until I took a class that was considered a Service Learning class,” said junior Sarah Palya. Service Learning is a program that allows students to gain occupational experience by completing work related to their courses, while at the same time providing service to the community and organizations that benefit from their efforts. Palya, a double major in public relations and psychology, was introduced to Service Learning through
her public relations writing class. The class focused its skills on the Will County Humane Society. “I was able to use the information I learned in class to compile an entire portfolio of pieces that the humane society used to inform their publics on several topics regarding the shelter,” said Palya. “All my work benefited the Will County Humane Society, which ultimately affected donors, volunteers, adopters, residents of Will County and, of course, the animal residents of the shelter.” Lewis’ Office of Service Learning (OSL) was established in 2010. Since its founding, OSL has been providing Service Learning opportunities to students by working with faculty members to design Service Learning courses and projects. “I have been on the University Service Learning
Committee since its inception, and I love how we are able to promote this type and level of academic experience around and throughout campus,” said Robert Bergman, instructor of marketing in the College of Business. Bergman has used Service Learning in his courses to provide marketing students with job-related experience that, as a result, assists organizations with their operations. “Typically, we learn some aspect of marketing in the classroom and create a marketing campaign plan for an organization designed to satisfy their overall marketing objectives,” said Bergman. “It could be the creation of a public relations media kit, a guerilla marketing campaign, a social media campaign, the development of marketing materials or developing YouTube videos for the organization.”
According to Bergman, his students have enjoyed their Service Learning projects and have found it satisfying to use what they learned at Lewis to complete work outside of the classroom. “Students love teaming up with outside organizations on Service Learning projects,” said Bergman. “It brings the academic material to life and shows how what they learn is immediately transferable in the real world.” Overall, both Palya and Bergman describe Service Learning as a valuable experience that they would recommend to others at Lewis. “Service Learning is a great way to not only gain hands-on, real-world experience, but to also help organizations that could really use a helping hand,” said Palya.
“Students love teaming up with outside organizations on Service Learning projects,” said Bergman. “It brings the academic material to life and shows how what they learn is immediately transferable in the real world.”
Presentation discusses respect for deceased animals Michael Gates Asst. Online Editor The Lewis University Philosophy Department debuted its new “Philosophy on the Edge” initiative with a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Chloe Taylor titled “An Ethics of Respect for the Dead,” Sept. 21. In the presentation, Taylor, an assistant professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Alberta, compared and distinguished human and animal ethics. She shared with the audience examples of the differentiation in treatment that animals and humans receive regarding death. “I think we talk much more about sexual discrimination, racial discrimination and class discrimination and so on, and we talk very little, actually, about violence against animals,” said Taylor. “It is the kind of violence that is all around us. Most of the shoes that people are wearing in this room are made out of dead animals. Violence against animals is such a part of our ev-
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Dr. Chloe Taylor, guest speaker from the philosophy and women’s studies departments at the University of Alberta, informs attendees about the importance for ethics of respect for the deceased animal.
eryday life that it gets (invisible).” Taylor argued in her presentation that a human’s death is viewed through a philosophically deontological perspective, whereas the death of animals is seen through a utilitarian one. Taylor believes that when humans die, there are rules and duties in place
to respect them and give them dignity. However, she argued, humans often fail to give the same respect to animal death. Instead, humans find beneficial ways to use their remains. “The argument I make against people who would say ‘other animals hunt and kill each other, so I can do it’ is that, in general, you are not
living like a wild animal,” said Taylor. “If you are not, in general, taking wild animals as exemplary for your moral behavior, then don’t do it when it’s useful for you.” Some students in attendance said they came to the presentation not only for class credit, but also because they were interested in the subject matter.
“I originally came just because it was a Culture and Civilization event, but also because it was one of the more interesting presentation topics,” said sophomore Frankie Rys. Sophomore psychology major Kelsey Ullrich agreed with Taylor’s stance on the treatment of animals, and found the issues brought up in the presentation to be distressing. “It was somewhat disturbing, but it was cool to see different aspects of what people believe in,” said Ullrich. “For me, I don’t think that eating an animal after I kill it is respectful. I wouldn’t want to be eaten, so we should bury them in respect.” According to Taylor, the main goal of her presentation was not only to open the eyes of students to the treatment of animals, but to also promote analytical and reflective thinking. “Just think critically. Don’t accept things just because it is a part of your culture and how you were brought up,” said Taylor. “Don’t accept what is normal as what is moral.”
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Lewis looks forward to Master Plan Lauren Pirc Editor-in-Chief
Rachel Stella Copy Editor While there were many changes that took place over summer break, Lewis has drafted a much bigger plan for the future of campus development. The Campus Master Plan details some major changes that the campus will be seeing over the next 20 plus years. This draft plan, developed by a Campus Master Plan Task Force with the assistance of outside consultants, includes major campus projects in five-year cycles, beginning with 2011-2015. Some examples of projects that were already approved and completed, or are in progress, are: Sheil Hall renovation, Oremus Fine Arts building renovation and the Science Building renovation. “We’ve got plans, that we’ve put out in some specificity, planned out from now until about 2025, and then we’ve got a category at the end that we see beyond 2025,” Joe Falese, Vice President for Student Services, said. “There’s a little more specificity within the first 10 years as far as priorities. These documents are kind of fluid, based on funding and university priorities.” Because the projects will span the course of many years, there won’t be a significant stress on the students. Senior Sophia Barakat, a member of the Presidents Student Advisory Council, participated in meetings with other faculty and students to discuss the future projects. “At the rate that they’re going with one by one, I think it’s a slower transition for students to grasp,” Barakat said. “I think they’ll be surprised. From my freshman year until now, the campus has changed so much. For instance, I didn’t have a science center; I didn’t have two elevators in the library; all these buildings we never had. It’s just moving forward, and you’ve got to keep up with the times.” The plan is currently under review by the Administrative Council, who will give feedback and suggestions that need to be included in the finalization of the document. The plan will then be presented for approval to the Board of Trustees before any finalized materials are distributed to the public. While the details haven’t been officially released, there are some projects that are being tentatively looked at, such as renovations to the academic building as well as the acquisition of St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center. “In terms of the St. Charles Borromeo property, there would obviously be a transition period,
as the diocese will be relocating their operations,” Falese said. “We will, moving forward, have more of a footprint over there academically, and there is residence hall space over there that we’re planning on using, as well as a cafeteria, so St. Charles is a project we will be working on.” Other tentative plans being looked at are the construction of a new student center, possible additions to the nursing building, adding more residence halls based on the enrollment projections and changes to Charlie’s Place. The student center may be constructed in phases; however, the details are not set at this time, according to Falese. “Our student center right now, yes, it looks like a center for students, but it’s not crazy where you come in and there’s lounges and couches,” Barakat said. “I really hope that becomes a grand, huge building for students to go and sit down. That’s the one I’m really looking forward to seeing.” Barakat’s overall view of the proposed plans is positive. “I think that it’s really good that they are moving forward and thinking ahead so much for students,” Barakat said. “They still are trying to keep the same home-like atmosphere and keep it small enough, but still have a lot of the things the campus is currently missing, for instance, like a quad and more dorm rooms.” With the campus transitions, Barakat hopes that when she returns after graduation, the school will maintain its integration with nature. “I love the chipmunks running around campus,” Barakat said. “I hope they still keep the home-like atmosphere; I don’t like to see buildings and buildings and buildings. I like the green; I love the flowers, so I hope they keep that environment.” Lewis’ ultimate goal is to provide the best campus experience possible, and in order to do that, they aim to keep up with stateof-the-art facilities. “The importance of having this Campus Master Plan is that it provides a kind of road map of where we see the university at in 20 years, and you have to have good planning,” Falese said. “Our goal is to be one of the best mid-sized Catholic universities in the Midwest, and that means quality from your academic programs to the quality of the campus. I’ve been here for a number of years; I’m a graduate of Lewis; I have seen this place be transformed. We want to have quality facilities for the overall educational experience. It’s going to provide students the opportunity to get a wellrounded, values-based, quality education.”
Obama extends lead over Romney Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor
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Michelle Villalobos Contributor A new poll shows President Barack Obama leading the Republican nominee Mitt Romney as the candidate that can fix the economy, with six weeks to go before the elections. The poll, conducted by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News and released Sept. 19, shows Obama’s job approval rating at 50 percent. Obama is also leading Romney 50 to 45 percent, according to the poll, which had a 3 percent margin of error. Forty-two percent of voters also think the economy will improve within the next year. The poll comes after remarks by Romney at a fundraiser in Florida were obtained by the liberal political blog Mother Jones. Romney said 47 percent of voters were dependent on government for services. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a
responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” Romney said, according to a report from NPR. “That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.” Speaking on David Letterman’s late night talk show Sept. 18, Obama said he would work for everyone, a promise he made during his victory speech in 2008, including to those who did not vote for him. “One thing I’ve learned as president is you represent the entire country,” Obama said according to a BBC report. “There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims or simply entitled to benefits.” Obama goes into this election as the incumbent, elected in 2008, and previously serving as a senator from Illinois. Born in 1961 in Hawaii, he was an attendant of Harvard Law School, and was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama also taught law at the University of Chicago. Romney was born in Detroit in 1947 and graduated in 1971 from Brigham Young Univer-
sity in Utah. He founded and served as the chief executive of the Bain Capital investment firm, before being elected governor of Massachusetts. He is also credited with assisting with the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Observers note both candidates bring different ideas to the future of the country, with the economy being the main issue in the race. There have also been conversations on the polarization of the campaigns based on interpretations of the Constitution, an issue that was discussed at an Arts and Ideas Event with political science professors Laurette Liesen and Joseph Gaziano. Ben Pavur, senior aviation administration student, said the GOP’s views are in line with Romney’s. “For the GOP, Romney is much more of a type of business proposition rather than a loving choice,” Pavur said. “They see him as the best out of the weak field that they were given during the primaries. To many Republicans, his views are basically in line with what they want, simply because he is the opposite of Obama.” Continued on page 5
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The Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meets with President Obama at the White House Sept. 19.
The Flyer’s World: A roundup of international news Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor Teachers union votes to suspend strike. CHICAGO — School teachers have voted to suspend a weeklong strike, accepting a deal from the city with a unanimous vote of delegates. A longer school day will be enforced, while test evaluations would not weigh heavily on a teacher’s job security, according to a BBC report. Mayor Rahm Emanuel filed a court action to end the strike Sept. 17, saying it was a threat to health and public safety, the report adds. Students returned to school Sept. 19. Suu Kyi visits the United States WASHINGTON — The Myanmar opposition leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi has visited the United States for the first time in 30 years. Suu Kyi met with officials including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and said she is in favor of the easing of U.S. restrictions against Myanmar. Speaking after her meeting with Clinton, Suu Kyi said that in the end, the country’s own democracies must be built by themselves, according to a BBC report.
students form team Continued from page 2 Campuses and communities are trying to mobilize and educate the nation to help humanize what they see as a problem. “People have to look at undocumented immigrants as human beings, and putting a human face on this issue will provide people with a clearer and sympathetic view,” said Nickas. The summit featured representatives; dialogues and workshops that addressed
‘The Scream’ to go on display NEW YORK — Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which sold at auction earlier this year for a record $120 million, is to go on display at the Museum of Modern Art. The painting will be on display for six months beginning Oct. 24. This specific version of “The Scream” is one of four paintings made by Munch. Leader warns of consequences after film BEIRUT — The leader of the Lebanese political party Hezbollah has said the United States faces consequences as protests continue in the Muslim world over an anti-Muslim film. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the world did not understand the “breadth of the humiliation” as a result of the film, according to a BBC report. The film, released Sept. 12, preceded the assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other American diplomats. However, in an interview with NPR, Libya’s president Mohammed el-Megarif said the attack was pre-planned and not connected with the film. Meanwhile, a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Paris is being investigated by the city’s prosecutor, according to a reways to best organize, mobilize and work for the immigration reform team. According to its website, The American Project focuses on faith-based immigration reform advocacy and seeks young people of all faiths to participate. “This was all in response to a call from former Archbishop of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony’s call for social, political, economic and legal justice for immigrants in the United States,” said Allen. “There were discussions of the ways that positive changes around
port from The New York Times. French court gives injunction for royal photos PARIS — A French court has ruled the French magazine Closer cannot publish further controversial partially nude pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, taken while she was on vacation in the country. The injunction adds that the original photos must be returned or the magazine will be fined 10,000 euros a day ($13,048), according to a BBC report. A St. James’s Palace representative in London told The Flyer the Duke and Duchess welcomed the injunction, and declined to provide further comment. Lawyers for Closer said the reaction of the royal couple had been disproportionate, the report adds. London 2012 legacy published LONDON — The legacy for the London 2012 Olympic Games was published Sept. 18. Britain’s Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said the goal to inspire a generation of Britons would be complete, according to a report from the BBC. The legacy plan includes investment in sports and plans for bids for more sporting events to be held in the U.K., the report adds. immigration could be fostered through particular framings of immigration and immigrants, the use of social media, working with activists, not-for-profit and other organizations, legal and other advocates and legislators.” The team members will announce their goals to the Lewis community Oct. 11. That is when Mahony will visit Lewis and participate in a series of dialogues about immigration.
Pavur added that for the Democrats, it’s a bit tougher, as many believe Obama has not kept the promises he made when he won in 2008. “For example, he promised that Guantanamo would be closed. That has not happened,” Pavur said. “He promised that he would address issues that gays face; so far he has only dealt with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Even his attempts to fix health care left a lot of Democrats confused, simply because they could not understand how Medicare could trump the creation of jobs.” Victor Barcenas, senior political science and human resources major, said while President Obama has done a lot for Americans, many believe there is still more to be done. “Our national debt and unemployment rate are still high. Many American families are holding on by a thread in this terrible economic state that the U.S. is facing,” Barcenas said. “If people don’t see any actual improvement in their daily lives, I think that could cause a serious blow for the Obama administration and campaign.” Barcenas added that if the Romney campaign can’t attract voters quickly, Obama will be re-elected. Yet, Barcenas noted, there is a difference. “He represents everything that Obama doesn’t,” Barcenas said. “Mitt and his campaign team have made it clear that they do not want to be in any way associated with President Obama’s ideology or political strategy (or) plans. Romney has centered his campaign on job creation and the economy, the
number one factor in this election. Romney has experience working in the private sector, one of the things that President Obama lacks.” Barcenas added that Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, has been viewed as a favorite by Republicans, because of Romney’s more moderate stance. However, Barcenas notes difficulty ahead for Romney and Ryan. “Both Romney and Ryan will have a difficult time appealing to the average American who goes out to vote without having sufficient information about candidates,” Barcenas said. “Many voters go cast their vote by party identification rather than knowledge of candidates. The average American doesn’t know a lot about Romney and Ryan, and I think that will greatly affect the outcome of this election.” In the end, according to Michael Scheib of Lewis’ political science department, it will be a battle of rhetoric as opposed to ideas. “The issue will not be who has the better economic plan, but rather who does a better job of selling their economic plan,” Scheib said. “It is a debate that goes clear back to Plato and the Sophists — while Plato loved wisdom and believed in absolute truth, his antagonists loved appearances and the power of persuasion.” Scheib added that presentation will be crucial. “This election, and perhaps the great bulk of elections in general in the United States, I am convinced, will not be based on better policy but rather on better presentation, and the consequences of this may prove considerable.”
White House report raises questions on education spending Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor The White House is expected to release a report to Congress detailing cuts to domestic programs and the impact of cuts. The cuts in the report, which was originally due Sept. 7, are due to take effect in January in response to action on the deficit, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The report, the Journal adds, is required as part of the Sequester Transparency Act passed last August. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the report would be submitted the week ending Sept. 14 due to the time needed to assess cuts, but it has not been confirmed if the report was submitted. Cuts are due to be divided among defense spending and other programs, the Journal report adds; however, an agreement has not been finalized by Democrats and Republicans. It is not clear if funding for
the Pell grant or higher education spending will be affected by the cuts. A White House representative declined to comment. A representative for the U.S. Department of Education did not respond to a request seeking comment. Requests for comment to the offices of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev.; and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., were not returned. Representatives for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee did not respond to requests seeking comment. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the funding of higher education, it is unclear what effect the sweeping cuts are to have when it came to aid for Lewis students. A representative for Financial Aid Services did not respond to a request seeking comment.
TEMPO College of Education embarks on trip to Spain anThony Lyen Tempo Editor Summer is usually about getting away from the stress of schoolwork and relaxing. Sure, summer can be about working and making some money, but it’s still typical to kick back and enjoy the season. Others, however, use the time off to travel. Whether it’s a vacation to Disney World or a simple trip to Wisconsin Dells, some people want to utilize their time off by going somewhere new. This past summer, 15 students and faculty embarked on their own journey, travelling to Spain on the College of Education’s summer travel study trip. Nine students and six faculty members packed their bags and left on July 22. The group visited plenty of exotic locations in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo, Figueras, Malaga and Seville. The students who attended were required to take either a Comparative Cultures or History and Philosophy of Education class. There was more to the trip, however, than just coursework. Just ask Dr. Pam Jessee, the Interim Dean for the College of Education. “The purpose of the trip was to study the culture of Spain and compare the history and culture with that of the United
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The College of Education’s summer travel study trip was a cultural adventure for the fifteen students who attended.
States,” said Jessee, who was a faculty sponsor on the trip. Prior to their departure, the group met and discussed topics such as education, health care, cuisine, music, art and religion. And of course, there was some preparatory homework to be completed. “In order to better understand the religious culture and the history of Spain, all students and faculty read a novel titled ‘Secrets in the House of Delgado,’” said Jessee. This story, set in 15th century Spain, depicts the life of a fam-
ily “who is persecuted for their Jewish heritage, despite their conversion to Catholicism centuries before the Spanish Inquisition.” The group’s first destination was Barcelona, where the students and faculty visited LaSalle University. Eventually, the travelers would visit LaSalle University in Madrid as well. The group received a tour of the campuses, where there was plenty of hospitality and culture to enjoy. “Visiting the LaSallian Universities was very inspiration-
al,” said Dr. Jeanette M. Mines, academic associate to the provost. “It helped us all realize that as a LaSallian University, we are globally connected.” There was plenty to see in Spain, and the College of Education made sure to make the most of their time while visiting the county. While enjoying the beautiful weather (sometimes reaching 100+ degrees), the group was able to sightsee and learn about Spain’s magnificent culture. The travel study group visited the Salvador Dali Museum in
Figueres, which is Dali’s hometown, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Museum Sophia in Madrid. There, the students and faculty got to see one of Picasso’s most popular pieces, “Guernica,” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. The artwork is a depiction of Picasso’s reaction to the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Of course, everyone got to enjoy some authentic Spanish cuisine, which Jessee said students thought was “the best [food] they had ever eaten.” To end the trip, students and faculty alike simply enjoyed the gorgeous weather and time on the Mediterranean beaches while taking in the trip of a lifetime. Senior Allison Penchar described the travel study trip over the summer as an “eyeopening experience.” “Everywhere we went, whether it was a tourist site or just walking around and being a part of the culture, it was all significant to see a different lifestyle,” said Penchar, an English and secondary education major. The appreciation of culture and community was definitely an important benefit for the group, and senior Ryan Arciero, also an English and secondary Continued on page 11
A night in ‘Para-dice’: Fall Formal 2012 Kylen Mills Contributor Friday, Sept. 21 was a night to remember for many Lewis University students. Homecoming Week kicked off with an evening full of dancing, food, casino games and the crowning of Lewis University’s Homecoming King and Queen at the annual Fall Formal. The dance was held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the fieldhouse, which was carefully decorated to illustrate the theme “Paradice.” The event was organized by the Student Governing Board and co-sponsored by PULSE. SGB Vice President Frank Hopkins planned a majority of the dance including the food, music, decorations and games. According to Hopkins, the turnout for Fall Formal exceeded expectations, and an abundance of tickets were sold. It cost $15 for an individual ticket and $25 for a couple. Any additional money made from the dance will be used for a deposit on a venue for Spring Formal, which is typically held off campus. Hopkins added that it took a major collaborative effort of the
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Senior Tony Lyen congratulates fellow senior Natalie Garcia on her Homecoming Queen victory. Lyen would be crowned King shortly after.
SGB, and that he was appreciative to all who came. “Thank you to all the students who attended. After all the hard work that went into this, it means a lot, and I just hope everyone had a good time,” said Hopkins. It seems that Hopkins’ hard work paid off, with an outpouring of positive feedback from students. “I had so much fun at formal. It was my first formal at Lewis,
and I was able to go with a group of friends. We ended up staying until the dance was over,” said senior Amy Vrtis, who was a nominee for Homecoming Queen. “Everybody there was dancing – nobody seemed to just be standing around; it was a crazy, good time.” The casino theme was popular among students. There were a variety of tables and chairs set up with different games, which Hopkins felt gave students
something to do while friends and classmates arrived. “It was very cool that at the dance, there was the option to play with the chips you received at the door if you did not want to dance. It was also great that you were entered into a raffle if you played well at whatever table you were at,” said senior Mike Wall. To further create the casino ambiance, Hopkins noted that much more went into decora-
tions and set up this year. Senior Katie Broenneke took notice. “SGB did a wonderful job incorporating the Las Vegas theme. There was a beautiful photo backdrop when you entered the rec center, and when you entered the fieldhouse there were casino tables, slot machines and plenty of space for dancing.” said Broenneke. In addition to the games, there was food and music throughout the night, and at about 11 p.m., the Homecoming King and Queen were announced. Five male and five female students were nominated by their peers to be on the homecoming court. Votes were cast electronically prior to the dance, and also in person the night of the dance. Hopkins commented that in the three days voting was open online, more than 1,000 votes were cast. The 2012 Homecoming King is senior elementary education and multimedia journalism major Tony Lyen, and the Queen is senior chemistry major Natalie Garcia. Garcia is a highly active stuContinued on page 13
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Drinking, hazing, partying... or do you want the truth? Joey Preston Contributor It’s no secret there are many stereotypes about Greek life. Thanks to many popular TV shows and movies, fraternities and sororities get a bad reputation, and are judged right from the start. But it isn’t always the media’s fault that Greek organizations are looked upon so harshly. It all starts with fraternities and sororities living up to the values they stand for. “In recent years, there has been a call for Greeks to take a hard look at who they are versus who they claim to be. Chapters can fight the stigma that Greeks have by doing those things they say they believe in,” said Coordinator of Student Development and Leadership, Sean P. Fagan. Lewis Greeks have worked hard to overcome stereotypes such as drinking, troublemaking and laziness. Philip Rodriguez, a longtime Lewis University Greek, president of The Inter Greek Council, or IGC, and member of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc, has lived his entire college experience fighting Greek stereotypes. “To be quite honest, I do not feel like Lewis Greeks have fallen into the whole Greek
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The Inter-Greek Council discusses Hazing Prevention Week during one of their meetings.
stereotype,” said Rodriguez. “Our Greeks always have a purpose and mission behind each event or action they do.” These positive actions are one of the main reasons Greek life is a clear choice for any motivated and dedicated individual. “There are many reasons a student can be drawn to Greek life,” Fagan said. A variety of different fraternities and sororities offer impressive missions or values, philanthropy work and important networking and leadership skills, to name a few. Some philanthropic causes
that Lewis Greeks are involved in are domestic violence shelters and helping to raise awareness of childhood cancer and breast cancer. “Becoming Greek has helped me develop myself into a leader,” said Rodriguez. Rodriguez has helped to spear-head the resurgence of the Inter-Greek Council on campus. IGC is the voice of all concerns that may be held by any Greek organization on campus. It also serves as the medium between campus administration and Greek life, as well as allowing an environment for student leaders to
learn new skills to take back to their organizations. If you think joining a Greeklettered organization on campus is a decision that will impact your life, there are several ways to get involved. You can visit the Lewis University website and go to the Student Governing Board page under the Student Services tab. Also, you can call the SORC (Student Organization and Resource Center) office at extension 5834. The next time you think being Greek is based on the movie “Animal House,” you may want to think again.
Last chance to see ‘The Quick-Change Room’ Brent Sumner Asst. Tempo Editor
Mary Carroll PUBLIC RELATIONS The Philip Lynch Theatre will have another showing of the show, “The Quick-Change Room,” subtitled “Scenes from a Revolution,” Oct. 4-7. For those unfamiliar with the production, “The Quick-Change Room,” is set backstage at the Kuzlov Theater in St. Petersburg during the downfall of the Soviet Union. During the country’s czarist and communist years, the fine arts were highly subsidized. Under the new system, though, this support is gone, as are the inexpensive tickets that once drew audiences to the theater. This reality throws the characters into a panic as they struggle to find their place in the new order. The play acts as a “comedic metaphor for the too-rapid transformation of Russia from communism to free-market capitalism.” The comedy was written by Nagle Jackson, and is sure to entertain audiences in the PLT.
“The most interesting aspect of the show is the vast array of characters the audience gets to encounter,” said Adam Smetana, who plays Timofey in the play. “From the suffering dressers, to the young and old divas, to the directors and businessmen of the theater, there is great comedy in all the different personalities within this acting troupe.” Boris, played by Gregory Rossbach, is originally a character in the ticket office, but gradually starts to take control of the theater. Ludmilla Nevchenka, played by Katie O’Neil, is a prima-donna actress. The play also brings Dr. Robert Nulph of the communications department into the spotlight. He plays Sergey Sergeyevich, the deposed theater director. Senior graphic design major Jillian Carlberg looks forward to the production. “I’m really excited to see what the theater department has come up with for this show. I think the play itself has a interesting plot, so I’m eager to see what twist and personality the PLT can give to it,” said Carlberg.
Sophomore Victoria Vega, senior Casey McKenzie, and junior Sabra Thomas rehearse for “The Quick-Change Room.”
With Harold McCay directing the show, Celeste Mackey being the resident costume designer, and Keith White choreographing the hilarious finale, the Lewis presentation is sure to be a crowd pleaser. “I think people should be excited to see this show. It is a really unique, comical and fun show that everyone can enjoy,” said junior Matthew Carlson, the properties manager for the show. The production is recommend-
ed for patrons at least 13 years old. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and off-campus students and $2 for Lewis students with their student ID. For more information, go to the PLT box office or call them at 815-836-5500. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m.
SPAIN continued from page 10 education major, couldn’t agree more. “I believe I learned an important aspect about both myself and others around me from my travel study experience in Spain,” Arciero said. “Personally, I learned that as great a country as the U.S. is, there are many other great locales and cultures around the world to immerse myself in.” “I found that working together to solve problems and growing as a family from those friends is just as valuable as independent discovery,” Arciero added. “Learning can really be a communal experience, and having the opportunity to study both culture and history while having a few great discussions on the long bus rides in Spain taught me the value of camaraderie, conversation, and community as well.” For these education majors and faculty, the trip was more than just a vacation. It was a way to learn about others and themselves, especially as educators. “It is essential if one is to be a proficient teacher to understand, accept and embrace the cultural heritage that students bring to the classroom,” said Jessee. “The College of Education emphasizes the need to be a multicultural educator and cites this as one of the essential standards that all Lewis graduates must possess.”
Don’t miss out! Another Arts and Ideas event coming up is the Electronic Music Midwest festival. The annual weekend series consists of one featured performance and seven short electroacoustic concerts. The festival provides composers from around the world an opportunity to express their vibrant personalities and works. Our society is becoming more enthralled with the electronic music scene, and this festival gives the Lewis community a chance to be involved firsthand. I know what you’re thinking, and no, this series is not your stereotypical Skrillex concert that our culture associates electronic music with. The goal of this performance is to bring together these unique composers to create an unforgettable show, and be an outlet for musicians to share their talents and ideas with others. The Electronic Music Midwest Festival will be held Oct. 11 - 13 in the Philip Lynch Theatre. See the Arts and Ideas calendar for specific times.
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Director Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, “The Master,” has been receiving rave reviews from critics and moviegoers alike. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Freddie Quell, a post-World War II drifter trying to find himself after the war. Quell eventually meets Lancaster Dodd, played by the always entertaining Philip Seymour Hoffman. Dodd recruits the young man into helping spread Dodd’s philosophical movement, The Cause. The film, known as the-movie-that’s-totally-not-aboutScientology, is in theaters now.
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The first preview of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” recently debuted during a hangout session on Google Plus. The highly anticipated film takes a look at the last few months in the life of Abraham Lincoln, one of the most beloved and cherished political leaders of all time. “Lincoln” chronicles Honest Abe’s movement to abolish slavery and end the Civil War. Daniel Day-Lewis’ representation, while considered to be incredibly accurate, has fans scratching their heads as to why Lincoln’s voice is higher than expected in the trailer, even though it has been confirmed that the 16th president’s voice was much higher than most people know it to be. Regardless, history nerds and Spielberg enthusiasts alike are waiting anxiously for “Lincoln” Photo courtesy of coronacomingattractions.com to open in theaters everywhere Nov. 9.
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English alternative rock band Muse is set to release their sixth studio album, “The 2nd Law.” The Grammy awardwinning band’s album title is a reference to the second law of thermodynamics -yeah, the band is weird like that. The album’s cover art is equally unique, depicting the map of the human brain’s pathways. Muse’s “Survival” was the official song of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the song, much like the rest of the album, combines Muse’s thunderous rock, intense electronic and intimate classical tones. The band’s enormous fan base will be pleased when “The 2nd Law” is released in the U.S. Oct. 2.
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“This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It” written by David Wong is the highly anticipated sequel to the cult sensation “John Dies at the End.” The first book received more than 70,000 downloads, and it is now a film, debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, starring Paul Giamatti. Jason Pargin, who goes under the pseudonym David Wong, is the senior editor for the popular comedy website Cracked.com. Pick up a copy of the long-titled novel when it hits bookshelves Oct. 2.
“Dishonored”, the upcoming action/adventure video game developed by Arkane Studios, is attracting a lot of attention from the gaming community. In the game, a trusted bodyguard, Corvo Atano, is framed for the murder of the Empress and is soon driven into seeking revenge. Every decision the player makes can affect the story and will add to the game’s “chaos system.” The “genuinely novel, fresh and outstanding” video game will be coming to stores Oct. 9.
“Lightning” is the title of the new album being released by artists Matt and Kim who are best known for their song, “Daylight.” The new album, which they both co-wrote, recorded and self-produced, has 10 brand-new tracks, including the recently debuted single, “Let’s Go.” With the new single shooting straight up to #13 on iTunes, it looks like Matt and Kim’s latest record will be a popular release. For those wanting to purchase the new CD, it will be in stores everywhere Oct. 2.
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The song “Gangnam Style” has already become a cultural phenomenon in the few short months since its release.
It’s time to dance… ‘Gangnam Style’ anThony Lyen Tempo Editor You can find a lot on the Internet, from the absolutely hilarious (David after Dentist) to the absolutely ridiculous (Nyan Cat). A new challenger has entered the ring. His name is Psy. His song is “Gangnam Style.” Psy is a Korean K-pop artist. K-pop is the genre of South Korean popular music, which blends R&B, electropop and hip-hop. Psy is known for his energetic dance moves, catchy songs and humorous music videos. “Gangnam Style” is no exception. The song was released in July. K-pop is growing in popularity, but is played less in other countries such as the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. When the music video premiered on YouTube, however, many people took notice, including celebrities such as Brittney Spears, Katy Perry
and T-Pain, who are thought to have helped skyrocket the video’s popularity. Eventually, people weren’t just watching “Gangnam Style” on YouTube, but they were also “liking” it. By Sep. 13, the video reached over 1.6 million likes on YouTube, cementing Psy’s hit song as the most liked video on the popular video-sharing website. The video has made Psy an international star, and the singer has already made appearances on “The Today Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Heck, you know you’ve made it when you’re even a meme. While the colorful and outrageous video is fun to watch, it’s becoming known for something else in particular: the “Gangnam Style” dance. The dance is quite simple: all you do is pretend you’re riding a horse while moving your feet to the rhythm of the music. If you need pointers, the video shows
the dance plenty of times (or I can teach you for a small fee). The dance has become the subject of many YouTube parodies and even more flash mobs. In fact, if you were at Charlie’s Place on Sept. 28 or the Family Day BBQ the day after, you probably saw the Flyerettes and various others participate in their very own “Gangnam Style” flash mob. While “Gangnam Style” may seem like a kooky, yet fun dance song, there’s actually some meaning behind the hit jam, involving topics about class, wealth and Korean society as a whole. The Atlantic’s associate editor, Max Fisher, pointed out the many social issues mentioned in the song, saying, “‘Gangnam’ is a tiny Seoul neighborhood, and Park’s “‘Gangnam Style’” video lampoons its selfimportance and ostentatious wealth, with Psy playing a clownish caricature of a Gangnam man. That alone
makes it practically operatic compared to most K-Pop.” Even though there is meaning to the easy-to-getstuck-in-your-head song, the dance is what has gained the most popularity. “I love the song ‘Gangnam Style,’ and my friends and I can often be seen doing the dance just to get some good laughs,” said junior Matt Carlson, who is triple majoring in theater, history and education. “It’s really catchy and fun, and the video is hilarious.” Sophomore Theresa Marten compared “Gangnam Style” to another popular dance. “I don’t think it’ll be as big as Soulja Boy’s song,” said Marten, an English and theology double major. “The video is really funny, though.” If you haven’t, check out Psy’s “Gangnam Style” on YouTube. You’ll probably be glad you did.
dent, which is demonstrated through her roles as president of the Commuter Council, member of the American Chemical Society, member of P.E.A.C.E. (People to End Animal Cruelty and Endangerment), a freshman orientation group leader, and a student worker in the Office of the Provost. She also has been involved in many community service projects. The other women on the court were Amy Vrtis, senior accounting major, Lori Dasher, senior nursing major, Janet Zack, senior nursing major, and Jaclyn Vittorino, senior psychology major. Lyen, now coined “The Lyen King”, is involved on campus as a student navigator, a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council, a student representative for the Board of Trustees, a member of the Student Food Committee, the director for this semester’s Koinonia retreat and the Tempo Editor for The Flyer newspaper, among other activities. “As time has gone on, I’ve really felt like I’m part of this Lewis community. When I found out I was nominated and ultimately chosen to be on Court, I was so honored,” Lyen said. I worked really hard to open up and show people the real me, and in the process, I’ve had so many great opportunities and experiences here at LU.” The other men on the court were Ross Martinez, senior radio and television broadcasting major, Joey Preston, senior radio and television broadcasting and multimedia journalism major, David Anderson, senior sports management major, and Kenny Cronin, senior special and elementary education major.
Getting medieval on the green Brent Sumner Asst. Tempo Editor Many students are familiar with the various clubs and organizations Lewis University has to offer. However, there is one club in particular on campus that tends to attract lots of spectators, even at practices. Originating in 1979, the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society has grown around the world, and it has now found a home here at Lewis. The club participants wear medieval or fantasy-based clothing and fight with foampadded weapons. “Some of us choose to dress in garb (clothing) that is comfortable and represents ourselves,” said Julius VanManen, president of Belegarth at Lewis. “It can be based on a specific time period in history, or from a fantasy movie or period as well.” Some people have misconceptions about the Belegarth club on campus. Students tend to compare the Lewis club with
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Senior Julius VanManen challenges fellow Belegarth member Jeremy Gregory to a battle on the Green.
the LARP community that is portrayed in the comedy film, “Role Models.” In the movie, actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse portrays a teenager who battles alongside people dressed
as Centaurs, or magic wielding wizards. This misconception is dismissed by members of the club. “The core game play of LARP involves people assum-
ing the roles of characters and acting out battles using fantasy abilities and often magic,” said Peter Jokubauskas, co-founder and officer of the club. “In Belegarth, we do not role play in
that sense. We see ourselves and seek to run our club sport as just that, a club sport.” Belegarth is in its third year at Lewis, and even though they are not planning on participating in tournaments this semester, that could change next semester. “Outsiders might want to know that we are an all-encompassing group,” said VanManen. “Whoever wants to show up and fight with us, as long as they follow the rules, will be allowed to fight. No membership forms are due in order to join us for the first few practices, and no membership fees if you decide to become a member, so there is no reason not to.” If you would like to get your combat on or maybe just observe and get a feel for the club, Belegarth holds practice on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Thursdays 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the green right outside the Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
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Peer leaders help freshmen ‘Thrive’ Ross Reed Health Editor
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The 2012-2013 Flyerettes smile as they accept their spot on this year’s team.
Starting a ‘dance dance revolution’ anThony Lyen Tempo Editor Dancing is not easy. Sure, I’m known to bust a move now and then, but I pay for it the next morning. Although I am not the next “So You Think You Can Dance?” contestant, some people are just natural-born dancers. If you want to see some talented dancing at Lewis, no need to blast “Wobble” outside my dorm window. All you need to do is check out Lewis University’s dance team, The Flyerettes. The dance group started off like any other idea: a simple thought. Eventually, the group started up in 2010. The team was put together and orchestrated by students Stephanie Daley, Erin Hupp, Stephanie Delrose and Stephanie Zima, who has since transferred. The team is full of both experienced dancers and those who are willing to grow yet have plenty of potential. The Flyerettes have a wide range of dances they specialize in, and their amazing performances show the true talent the team possesses.
One of the Flyerettes cofounders, Stephanie Daley, feels the group isn’t solely about the dancing, though. “The Flyerettes focus on bringing school spirit to Lewis University’s campus,” said Daley, junior double majoring in early childhood education and theatre. “The team is important to Lewis and LU Athletics because we offer dancers the opportunity to continue dancing and support their school’s teams. We try to raise enthusiasm and energy at home events.” An important rule of being a dancer is when your dance requires you to smile, you must always smile throughout the dance. Many spectators probably notice this to be true among the Flyerettes. The smiles you see aren’t merely show, however. Upon talking to the team, you can notice the group has become more than just a team. They’ve also become a family. “I absolutely love being a part of the Flyerettes,” said Katie Broenneke, senior elementary education major. “Being a part of this group has allowed me to meet such wonderful and
talented people while continuing my love of dancing. I’ve really learned to be a good team member. Your friends need you as much as you need them, it’s important to help each other out from anything to listening to each other, to just having fun.” The group, while still young, has plenty of new ideas to display their immense talent. On Sept. 28 and 29, a flash mob was held by the Flyerettes. The group danced to the popular new dance song “Gangnam Style.” The team also is planning a new event, their first annual Flyerettes Showcase. “The showcase will allow other members of the team, besides the artistic director, to show their choreography skills, and show different genres of dance like lyrical, hip hop and other styles that wouldn’t normally be performed at games,” said Broenneke. If you’ve seen the Flyerettes perform, you know they have plenty to showcase. Their rhythm and skill has proved that Lewis’ talented dancing team is here to stay and ready to make an impact.
It’s common for students to feel lost or out of place their freshman year. Many don’t come in knowing how to conduct themselves, unless they are some sort of super-human hatched from an alien star. Everyone experiences the challenges of transitioning from college to high school, and there are resources to help freshmen “thrive” through it. Thrive is a group formed by the staff at the Center for Health and Counseling Services to help students make connections during the crucial transition from high school to college. The group is led completely by student mentors, and it features a variety of laid-back talk sessions that don’t feel planned or forced. “[Thrive] is for freshmen to make connections with each other and find opportunities to get involved. It’s a chance to socialize, but also the chance to have one-on-one and group conversations,” said senior criminal justice major and Thrive student leader, Matthew Dutton. Student leaders are completely open about their experiences transitioning, and they give helpful tips and tricks that have helped them get through the semesters. “The hardest part of going from high school to college was leaving all my friends. I was so used to seeing the same people day after day for the past four years that going some place new without them seemed unreal,” said senior elementary education major Katie Broenneke. Leaders stress that there are no issues that can’t be addressed in the meetings. “Freshman year is supposed to be a bit different than what
you’re used to. Starting college also means starting a new chapter in your life, so it’s okay to put yourself out there and try something new or weird,” said Broenneke. Thrive also prides itself on being a hub where freshmen can make connections and get involved in everything campus has to offer. “Give everything a shot, and don’t stray away from things because some of your friends don’t want to do them. The more involved you are, the more you will enjoy the campus and the more connections you will keep after you leave from here,” said senior Michael Wall. Thrive has meetings on Wednesdays and usually provides food and drinks. Freshmen are encouraged to come out, if nothing more than to relax from a stressful day of classes, projects and work. “We all go through stress, and it can be hard to deal with that alone. Sometimes it’s nice in a group of your peers who accept you and love you for who you are,” said Dutton. “We know how it is. We get it, so we’re here to support you.” Thrive has had two meetings so far, and there has been no lack of interesting stories, guides through general education classes, and plenty of “LOL” moments. “It’s great to meet some of the upperclassmen, and the idea of meeting other freshmen and sharing thoughts and ideas does make life a little easier,” said freshman flight major Zachary Guzan. For more information, visit the Center for Health and Counseling Services website, or contact Dutton at firstname.lastname@example.org
The evolution of the ‘bromance’ Roslyn Summerville Contributor It’s that time of the year again; different classes, new friends and some budding bromances. Yup, you read that right. The term “bromance” first appeared in the ‘90s magazine “Big Brother,” and was used to describe a group of skateboarders that hung out for long periods of time together. It eventually evolved into the simple explanation of a close, intense friendship between at least two or more guys. The interesting phenomenon has been popping up everywhere, even here at Lewis University. “There’s a bro code, just like there’s a girl code,” said Alex Weaver, math major at Lewis. “If you can find someone who really does care about you, regardless of gender, it’s good to have that.” A bromance, so it seems, is really a way for men to emotionally
connect with their fellow dudes. “It’s like an everlasting slumber party for them,” Weaver said. “Guys don’t have that opportunity [of having a sleep-over] without having their masculinity stripped away.” Dr. Tennille Allen, a sociology professor at Lewis, explained that bromances are a way of “opening up spaces to reconnect with their emotional sides, so that they don’t always have to be tough.” Allen believes showing emotion is healthy. “Being tough all the time isn’t a good thing,” Allen said. “In fact, it’s better for guys to be open so they themselves can become better human beings. Being more emotionally aware can make guys become good, warm, affectionate fathers,” Allen said. Allen also believes that the term “bromance” is just associated with this generation of students. Intense male friendships have been around for such a long time; there are countless
examples of them in literature throughout the years. The actual term seems to be an inflation of the times, something that just became popular because the media made it that way. Lewis students Tyler Jankowski and Jeff Weiss are about to celebrate their one-year bromance. Jankowski regards Weiss as “a brother from another mother,” and feels that they were actually separated at birth. The two are roommates, making it easier to spend most of their time together. It’s no surprise that some mornings, Weiss has to poke Jankowski awake just to make sure he gets to class on time. “It’s nice to always have someone to rely on when no one else is there,” said Jankowski. Weiss agreed. “No one wants to be alone, and the great thing about a bromance is once you’re in a bromance, you’re in it for life.”
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Roomates Tyler Jankowski and Jeff Weiss are a perfect example of a bromance at Lewis.
RELIGION New directions, same traditions: University Ministry Director shares vision for the future Angela Cotta Religion Editor It takes more than a title to run a strong university ministry program. Fortunately for the Lewis community, Steve Zlatic, director of university ministry since early summer, understands how to make a campus ministry program effective. Zlatic has been a part of University Ministry since May 2000. Before being named director of university ministry, he served in the position of associate director of university ministry. “The most prevalent question that I was asked after I was hired to be director was: are you moving offices?” Zlatic said, sharing an interesting fact about his experience. He will not be moving offices; his office is located in the back of the ministry center behind Sancta Alberta Chapel. Zlatic enjoys the laughter and hard work that results from collaborating with a vibrant ministry staff and energetic students. He is
Photo provided by Steve Zlatic
Photo provided by Steve Zlatic
Zlatic and his best friend Kelly were married on Sept. 1 of this year.
Zlatic, along with Br. Tom Dupre, students and volunteers, takes a break during the 2011 Habitat For Humanity trip.
also enthusiastic about the university’s mission, and while he certainly loves his work, he also loves Catholicism. “It’s about faith, like what we know about God and living that. It’s about God’s grace and about our own work. I think in the Catholic tradition there’s some integrity, not integrity meaning a judgment on oth-
rector for a few months, but Zlatic has a strong vision to take University Ministry in some new directions while maintaining its existing traditions. He explained that he spent a significant amount of time praying and thinking about University Ministry’s future during the morning of his phone interview. Zlatic found the future
ers, but [integrity in that] it pulls things together so that when you’re in liturgy, you’re hearing readings that reflect on life as a community being church so there’s integrity to what holds it together,” said Zlatic. Zlatic’s passion for his work and his faith is evident when conversing with him and seeing him “in action.” He has only been di-
to be an exciting time and has made a good transition from one position into another. However, the transition did not come without challenges. He has had to take time to learn new processes and has also learned new ways to relate with the individuals around him. Zlatic considers developing Continued on page 7
LaSallian Service transforms and humbles the human spirit Michael Phipps Contributor Three years ago, I walked into LaSallian Volunteer (LV) orientation with a chip on my shoulder and high expectations of fixing my students’ and the world’s problems. With a degree in hand and my acceptance to the LV program wrapped up, I thought I owned the world, and was preparing to play superman aka director of graduate support at the San Miguel School in Providence, R.I. “A way to change the world,” the slogan of the LV program, seemed a rather daunting task and bold statement, even to those who have participated in numerous service opportunities, but at this point in my life, I was confident I could take on the world. In all reality, none of my pre-
vious education could have prepared me for the leap I was about to take. My first assignment upon arriving at San Miguel in August 2009 was to follow up with all the graduates (roughly 180) of the private middle school regarding their attendance at the upcoming annual Alumni Reunion. Contacting high school and college students who I had never met proved to be a valuable lesson in adjusting my attitude. From stuttered speech on my end to confusion and occasional hostility on the part of graduates and parents, suffice it to say I quickly recognized a need to reevaluate my perception of what being a volunteer meant. Placed in an unfamiliar setting, I was left at the mercy of the students and families I had been sent to serve. This initial experience set the stage for two
years’ worth of lessons no amount of time in a classroom could have taught. Yes, I learned such skills as preparing dinner for seven in 30 minutes after a full day of work, eating lunch in the community car as I rushed across Providence for meetings and setting up crisis meetings with a high school administrator on a moment’s notice. All of these experiences helped me grow professionally and I consider them invaluable lessons. However, perhaps more important was the rich education I was privileged to receive through human relationship that left a significant mark on my life and has forever changed my view of the world. I learned compassion in attending the funeral for a student’s parent and comforting him and his family through the grieving
process. From a teary-eyed student who finally “got it” days before graduation, I learned the true meaning of perseverance in the face of continual adversity. I gained a stronger sense of social justice from one of my community members whose unceasing dedication to his clients helped me find the strength to go the extra mile for my students. The word sacrifice earned new meaning when a mother, with few resources, invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her son (my student) and their family. On graduation day, as my time in Providence was coming to a close, I learned the power of love and care as I proudly (and emotionally) watched my now eighth graders walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. These lessons I
never could have learned in a classroom. Only by the experience of human interaction through the lens of heartfelt service was I able to understand the true meaning of self-sacrifice. A quote from Leo Tolstoy that constantly resonates with me states, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” Post-graduate service stirs up in one a well of compassion and sense of justice so strong that you cannot help being transformed by the experience. Yes, changing the world looks to be a near impossible task, but being the change for one person, one child offers the world one of the greatest gifts available to humanity: hope. So go; change the world one person at a time and in the process, find yourself transformed.
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Director continued from page 6 relationships a significant part of his job. “It does change when the job changes a bit, because there’s different expectations that I’ll have as director that I couldn’t even have as associate director. I can care for people in a different way. And I think I know things now that I didn’t know before and so that enables me to care for people or to help them out in certain ways.” One of the other challenges Zlatic faces is the unknown. He has already had occasions where he has sat down at his computer to unexpectedly find fifty emails waiting for him. Regarding University Ministry’s future, Zlatic envisions “more national trips and faith sharing groups. Sabrina [Poulin]’s been charged with doing national trips and so she’s designing a model for student leaders involved in trips, a model for the goals of the trips and a model for how we involved faculty and staff. She also has a ten-year growth plan.” University Ministry is in the process of hiring a new university minister. The role will consist of coordi-
nating the peer ministry program and faith sharing groups. This person will be responsible for “creat[ing] experiences for people that would be ongoing, weekly events for maybe an hour [of] students, faculty and staff gathering together to talk about faith, to pray, to reflect on things,” said Zlatic. The faith sharing groups and national immersion trips will be the two new ministry programs that will be seen within this school year. Zlatic believes that there are three components to University Ministry’s programs that emphasize Lewis’ Catholic, Lasallian identity: God, service and a community of faith. Students should expect prayer and reflection times “whether it’s a retreat, an immersion trip, service project,” because “there’s going to be a prayerful God component there,” said Zlatic. Service is also a key element. On retreats, people might perform service or they might reflect on previous service experiences. “We’re also trying to create communities of faith.
It’s not just great people who are faithful people but people who can share faith together. It’s a community that can support and encourage each other,” said Zlatic. He works the most with “ministry staff, some ministry students and some staff in other departments” so it makes sense that the people are one of his favorite aspects of University Ministry, “because they laugh and because they challenge me,” said Zlatic. “I love prayer and quiet. I love joyous celebration times,” said Zlatic, who finds fulfillment sharing “in prayer, in service projects, [and] in planning for things.” He likes being able “to share in things that draw and attract students to ministry.” If students are interested in prayer or if they “have questions about God [they] want answered, are committed to God and want to share that faith with other people,” they should consider University Ministry’s opportunities. Zlatic thinks people come to ministry “because they’re attracted by what we do, who we are, and students that are here.”
A look around University Ministry
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Students can volunteer to be liturgical ministers during the Sunday evening liturgy.
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The Empty Bowls project is one of many service opportunities offered by University Ministry.
Mass, 8 p.m. Sancta Alberta Chapel
Monday - Friday
Mass, Noon Blessed Sacrament Chapel
InterVarsity Prayer, 4 p.m. Living Room
(Inside Sancta Alberta Chapel)
Students for Life, 5 p.m. D’Arcy Great Room (next to Sancta Alberta Chapel)
STAND, 5 p.m. Morton Boston Room
(on the 2nd level of Student Union)
Java Detour, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. D’Arcy Great Room
(next to Sancta Alberta Chapel)
InterVarsity, 8:45 p.m.-10 p.m. Living Room
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Koinonia retreat to offer a weekend of spiritual growth Theresa Marten Contributor Lewis University Ministry offers a variety of spiritual, religious and communitybuilding programs for students. One of the most well known and well received of these is Koinonia. Koinonia is a Christian retreat that has a long-standing tradition of influencing participants’ lives. This semester marks the 47th Lewis University Koinonia (LUK). Koinonia is a Greek word meaning “community,” which is made evident through the strong bonds forged among students during the retreat. The getaway allows students to put work and school aside for a few days and enjoy a carefree weekend. By coming together on the retreat, students are able to discover God, themselves and others. The student-led retreat is held at LaSalle Manor in Plano, Ill. One LUK is held each semester with 25 lucky guys and girls receiving
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Photo provided by Katie Broenneke
LUK 46 participants and leaders celebrate community during the retreat.
A large group kickball game has become a tradition during each Koinonia.
their own room. Another big perk of the weekend is the five delicious home-cooked meals that put Charlie’s Place to shame. There are both large and small group activities, along with plenty of free time to play games and meet new people. Ten student leaders organize and orchestrate the retreat, one of whom is senior Tony Lyen. “Koinonia has been an in-
are seniors Kelly Schreiber and Julie Szamlewski, juniors Matt Halick, Stephanie Slivka, Matt Carlson and Ryan Newberry and sophomore Theresa Marten. While some students may be nervous or skeptical, the leaders could not be more excited for LUK 47. “We’re all beyond pumped for this retreat,” said Lyen. “I’m incredibly proud of this team. We have worked so hard, and while there is still
credible part of my life,” said Lyen, who is double majoring in elementary education and multimedia journalism. “The retreat offers so much, and while I know it may seem a little scary to commit to something like Koinonia, I can’t stress enough how worth it Koinonia truly is.” Lyen is the director of LUK 47. His associate directors are seniors Janet Zack and Frank Hopkins. The rest of the Koinonia Core Team leaders
plenty to do, I know it will all pay off come Koinonia weekend.” The retreat is so popular in fact, that there is a waiting list for LUK 47. Koinonia truly is an amazing experience that can transform your life or give it a boost in the right direction. There is nothing to lose and much to gain. Please support and pray for all those involved and going on LUK 47.
HEALTH The editor goes from fat kid to fit kid: Volume 1 Ross Reed Health Editor I’ve decided to try something different in the health section. It’s my second year as health editor, and I admit that when I was applying to be an editor, this was the last position I had in mind. However, I took the opportunity to learn and write stories concerning important issues. Throughout my experience, I have realized that healthy living shouldn’t be taken for granted. Slowly but surely, I’ve realized I want a change for my own life. I’ve always been a chunky kid, and I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. I strained to keep up in gym class in high school and grammar school, and needless to say, I was bullied. I still remember the lyrics of the song my classmates would sing to me; “Fat boy, fat boy, what you gonna do? What you gonna do when they come for you?” I’m not crying over anything that was said to me over the years, but I am going to use it as motivation to improve myself. Right now, I stand at 5 feet 10 inches
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Health Editor Ross Reed sheds some weight running on the treadmill in the rec center.
tall and weigh a solid 275 pounds. I’m ready to be a better me, so I started by joining the Boot Camp class offered on campus. The class is 7 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays; however, I can only attend the Wednesday class due to my radio show. The first
day, I couldn’t sleep because I dreaded going to class. I was reflecting on the insecurities I have been faced with my entire life, but I decided it was time to do something new. When I arrived, I saw some familiar faces that helped to calm my fears un-
til the workouts started. We started off by stretching along with a quick walk to get us going, and then hell broke loose. I kept losing my balance doing the knee squats, and I could barely keep my breath with the running. Push-ups? Forget it. I tried, but success
was not in my reach. Then we did hops and squats. I tried to picture myself as a sumo wrestler while doing them as entertainment. (I’m weird like that – don’t judge.) We ended with jumping jacks and another walk before stretching and leaving. I’m pretty critical of myself, and I felt like I was falling behind the whole class. I have a bad habit of comparing myself to everyone else, and it didn’t help that the whole class was girls; I didn’t want to be the pansy testosterone among a bunch of estrogen. (No offense ladies – it’s a guy thing.) But I realized I was the only one judging myself. The fitness instructor, Sam DeLegge, only wanted us to do our best and nothing else. Even if I wasn’t the greatest during the first class, I tried my hardest, and that feels dang good! I’ll try again next class. With my astrological new year passing (my birthday), this is a perfect time to do something new. I’m determined to be a better me. Until next issue! #VirgoNation #FatKidToFitKid
Service project pushes students to help veterans in need Ross Reed Health Editor Seven students from an applied sociology class are planning to walk and raise awareness for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The organization that the students are helping is K9s for Warriors, which helps veterans who have experienced active combat with pet therapy. According to psychology major Maria Parducci, veterans suffering from PTSD experience symptoms such as hyper vigilance and night terrors. In addition, vets often have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, and they still feel as if they are still acting as soldiers. “We have a lot of veterans in my family. Two of them had really bad PTSD. One was in Korea and one was from Vietnam,” said criminal justice major, Aaron Hart. “My dad said my uncle who was in Vietnam would have week-
long flashbacks, and he would just disappear into the woods by his house, and no one would see him until his flashbacks were over.” The organization uses pet therapy to calm the anxiety of the veterans and build companionship and support between the veterans and the dogs. “Pet therapy has been around in the United States since the early 1900s,” said psychology and sociology major Sophia Tsaras. “Actually, the first time it was used was for veterans in the Air Force. All of the studies show that animals help you come down from your anxiety attacks.” The 5K walk and run is scheduled for Nov. 10. The route of the walk is still pending, but the students confirmed it will be somewhere on the nature trail. There is a $5 fee to participate, and all proceeds will go to K9s for Warriors. The walk is open to non-Lewis students and faculty as well. Reg-
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K9’s for Warriors use pet therapy to reduce anxiety and raise comfort levels.
istration will be held online. The students of this service learning project hope to educate the Lewis community, spread awareness and also show gratitude and support to veterans. “Not only we are trying to
educate ourselves, but we are also trying to educate the community,” said Parducci. “Yeah, we are just seven people, but here we are trying to make a big difference.” Hart emphasised thankfulness as a motivation for
the project. “You’re talking about men and women who have signed away their life and are willing to sacrifice everything for us,” Hart said. “And we don’t show them near enough gratitude or appreciation.”
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College life comes with struggles and rewards Kylie Link Contributor Everyone transitions differently from high school to college, but there are some things students should know be well-prepared for this new adventure . College is different for commuters than it is for residents. Commuters need to worry about one thing that residents don’t, or at least not as much: gas prices. A few other problems commuters face are making friends and waking up earlier, depending on distance. Residents have their own problems. For starters, many residents are moving in with total strangers. They have to adjust to living with new people. The main thing residents can do in this situation is to be open-minded. Don’t make judgments right away, and get to know your roommate. Fitzpatrick Hall resident Ale Mascote said this was not an issue for her because she picked her roommate ahead of time and was good friends with her. “I felt more comfortable because my roommate was my best friend,” Mascote said. Another downside to living at school is moving away from your family. For some people, it may be exciting, but when you look at the big picture, you realize if you mess up, you can’t just go crying home
to mommy. The responsibility may come as a shock as you learn to be your own person. Resident Flora Alvarado said the hardest part of living on her own is, “waking myself up and basically doing things for myself.” Commuters have to deal with new people too. It’s also harder for commuters to make friends, simply because they aren’t on campus as much as residents. Some commuters just come to campus for class and then leave, with no time to socialize. Yesenia Chavez, Lewis commuter, says it’s hard to make friends because she is hardly on campus if not for class. “Waking up early and having to drive to school every day is a hassle, especially after studying until really late the night before,” Chavez said. Everyone hates gas prices, but commuters are getting beat up by it. Having a well thought-out schedule is important for commuters. Unlike residents, commuters don’t have the luxury of just waking up and walking to class. If they have a two-hour break, they can’t just go hang out in their room until their next class. If they want to leave and come back, that’s just more gas wasted. The transition to college life may be difficult at first, but it gets easier as time goes on.
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Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Avacado and Tomato Makes 1 Serving
Calories: 252.9 Fat: 5.3 g Protein: 18.2 g Carb: 32.3 g
1. Slice bread open and smear mashed avocado on the bread.
Fiber: 2.6 g Sugar: 0.1 g
2. Season with salt and pepper.
Sodium: 374 mg (without salt)
3. Top with tomatoes, chicken and add additional fresh cracked pepper.
Ingredients: 2 ounces of Ciabatta 2 tablespoons mashed avocado 2 ounces of grilled chicken breast 3 slices of ripe tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste
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Staff Editorial: WHERE WE STAND Don’t lose the tradition behind homecoming When Lewis students mention “Homecoming,” two thoughts usually come to mind: The Homecoming Game and the Homecoming Dance. While we don’t have a football team (yet), we have the tradition of the dance held in the hangar; however, this was not the case this year. While it’s understood that the dance date was changed because it would be in direct conflict with sports games on Friday, Sept. 28, perhaps more students would have been interested to attend if the dance was pushed back to Saturday, Sept. 29, or was integrated into the Lewis Beach Party. While it is a moot point, as the week has already passed, perhaps these suggestions could help for the future
of Lewis spirit and student turnouts. The formal was advertised only one week before the event, giving students a short amount of time to plan. High schools and other colleges in the area are also having their dances during this time of the year, so if students need new formal dance attire, it’s near impossible to find. The theme also felt like it was hastily added on. The casino-type mood is unoriginal and has been used in numerous other organizations’ activities. While themes could help attract more people, pulling them off can be difficult. Changing the date of the dance turned off a lot of students as many of them go home on the weekends.
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While the Fall Formal offered dancing and casino games, was it enough to bring in students?
Keeping it during Homecoming Week would have not only had a higher showing, but also kept in the Lewis tradition. We call on student government officials to reflect
the views of the students they serve and the traditions which are the focal point of this university. That way, the next homecoming can put the focus on what homecoming is about — tradition.
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On Sept. 21, we hosted our annual Fall Formal, and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to its great success. This year, we wanted to modify the formal from its usual model that we’ve had in the past couple of years. Our focus was giving the students who attended this year’s formal a more enhanced experience, and we decided the best way to do so was by giving the students options. Part of what made Spring Formal this past year so great was the options students were presented with. We wanted to recreate that experience here at Lewis University for this year’s Fall Formal, which contributed to our selection of a casino theme. With the casino theme, we were able to provided casino games for student to enjoy while they were taking a break from their night of dancing. Students were able to enjoy a game of black jack, poker, roulette, craps and spend some time at the slot machines, all for a chance to win prizes. We also were privileged to have Lewis University’s very own a cappella group, Harmonic Uprising, give an amazing performance right before the announcement of this year’s Flyer King and Flyer Queen, Tony Lyen and Natalie Garcia. We here at Student Government would like to thank everyone for attending Fall Formal 2012, and hope everyone enjoyed their evening. We hope we are able to generate the same success for Spring Formal 2013.
Lakeside View: Teacher strike story more complex than it appears Rachel Stella Copy Editor When I heard the news of public school teachers planning to go on strike in Chicago, most of the talk I heard was about the school day’s length and the wages. When it actually happened, on Sept. 10, I started
to ponder the implications of this story. Around me, people talked about how teachers get paid enough, how the state is out of money, and how all these young people were being affected by not being in school. I tried to think of the possible ways the conflict could be resolved, but the conflict
was more complicated than I realized at the time. I had thought it was mainly about a longer school day being implemented without compensating teachers for the extra time. It would make sense, I thought, for anyone to be upset about being required to work more hours without any increase in pay.
It turns out that was only one issue of many involved in the conflict between the Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The strike lasted seven school days, Monday-Friday, Sept. 10-14, and Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 1718. After the first week had
passed, and the strike was continuing into the second week, Emanuel’s side filed a lawsuit Sept. 17 seeking an injunction that would send teachers back to school, according to a Chicago Tribune report. Continued on page 17
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Debate: Who has the right Medicare plan? Obama’s plan to fix Medicare should be trusted Ben Pavur Contributor Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, one of the issues that voters want to see addressed is how to deal with the impending collapse of Medicare. Before fully grasping the problems that Medicare is facing, we must understand what the program actually encompasses. Medicare is a federal program that was created in 1965 to ensure that people 65 and older have access to the medical care they need. There are 44 million members, and it costs around $430 billion a year. Medicare is currently facing a monetary shortfall due to the increasing life spans of Americans, and the sharp increase in the cost of medical care. A hallmark of President Obama’s first term was the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Among other goals, the act strived to deal with the issues that have been plaguing Medicare. According to barackobama.com, the Affordable Care Act ensures that nearly four million seniors who would not be able to access health services on their own are able to do so through Medicare. Also, current recipients can save hundreds of dollars a year on prescription drug costs through the use of cheaper generic medications. To back up these claims, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a fact sheet stating that the Affordable Care Act has bolstered Medicare. The fact sheet adds that seniors can now choose their doc-
Romney/Ryan health care plan is responsible reform
tors, and have the ability to take advantage of preventive care. Since being signed into law in 2010, the changes made by the Affordable Care Act have saved money and improved enrollees’ quality of life by allowing for the prevention of dangerous illnesses through proactive rather than reactive medical care. Despite these steps in the right direction, Obama continues to strive to make the program even stronger. If Obama wins re-election, he will continue to work toward building an even stronger and more effective Medicare system. A September 2011 article published by The New York Times outlined the next step in his plan to fix Medicare. This report stated that Obama plans to cut $248 billion from Medicare, mainly through reducing payments that health insurance and drug companies receive. With these cuts, the only changes that Medicare recipients would see would be a 10-15 percent premium increase for the highest-income enrollees. Even with these cuts, Medicare will still make up 29 percent of the federal budget in the coming years. This sobering fact shows that Medicare needs to be dealt with today. Medicare is a program that many people have relied on for their survival since 1965. As Americans, we need to make the right choices today to keep Medicare strong for the people who made this nation great, and who now need our help.
Brandon white contributor It is no secret to anyone that Medicare is broke. The government currently borrows 50 cents for every dollar spent. If nothing is done to reform the program, Medicare’s annual cost will increase from $526 billion to $980 billion in 2021. The costs will nearly DOUBLE in 10 years. In order to understand the Romney/ Ryan plan for Medicare reform, we first need to look at why the program’s costs are so high. Currently, a Medicare patient goes to a doctor, who provides a service. Rather than charging the patient, the doctor sends a bill to Medicare, which pays the bill with no questions asked. Costs increase exponentially in Medicare because the patient is disconnected from the cost. All doctors are reimbursed the same, regardless of the cost or quality of the service. Patients feel no need to shop around for the best value because they are not paying the bill. Doctors feel no need to competitively lower costs because they receive payment no matter what they charge. In “Obamacare,” the president’s plan for reform is to pull $716 billion from the Medicare Trust Fund to pay for the plan, taking money from one broke program to pay for another. The president’s plan then inserts 15 unelected, unaccountable, hand-chosen bureaucrats to decide how much doctors will be paid back for providing Medicare services. This is what President Obama calls “lowering costs.” To make up the lost revenue, doctors will be forced to charge non-Medicare
patients more for services. Thousands of doctors have already said they will refuse to see Medicare patients because they will lose money on each patient they treat. This will result in waiting lines, exponentially higher costs and restricted access to care. The Romney/Ryan ticket believes patients can do a better job of deciding what is best for their own personal health care than a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats in far off Washington, D.C. For current seniors 55 and older, nothing will change in their Medicare service. For everyone younger, current levels of Medicare spending are repackaged as a fixed-amount benefit tied to each individual senior. People are given an amount to spend on buying private insurance. Seniors pay the difference for plans that are more expensive out of pocket. For less expensive plans, seniors can use the leftover money for other medical expenses. In addition, a form of means testing will be instituted to make sure that wealthier seniors receive a smaller amount and lower-income seniors receive more. Romney and Ryan believe that once seniors are directly involved in the payment portion of the health care transaction, they will shop around for the best value. Insurance providers will be forced to increase quality and lower costs to compete for your business. This responsible, market-driven reform will make Medicare sustainable for decades to come by lowering costs, and it will allow the U.S. government to fulfill its longstanding promise to its citizens.
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Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor As news of the death of the American Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three of his colleagues in the city of Benghazi emerged internationally, so did a number of debates, from why the attack happened and its roots, to the coverage of the story by media outlets. Stevens and his colleagues were killed near the consulate in Benghazi as protests over an anti-Muslim film sparked in many parts of the world. However, Libya’s president Mohammed el-Megarif told NPR he thought the attack had not been related to the film, and it was pre-planned. As news of the death was broken, photos of a graphic nature emerged, one notably of the ambassador unconscious, nearly dead. The New York Times put the photo from the news agency Agence France-Presse in a
gallery shown in its coverage online, which caught the attention of the State Department. The department asked the Times to remove the photo, but the Times did not comply with the request. Responding to the department, the Times’ associate managing editor for standards, Phil Corbett, said the photo allowed the situation to be conveyed to readers. “We understand and are deeply sensitive to the grief and anger surrounding the killing of Ambassador Stevens in Libya,” Corbett wrote, according to a post on the blog of the Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan. “Times editors had long discussions about the decision to include a photo of him after the attack as part of our online report. Such decisions are never easy, and this one was harder than most.” Corbett added that sometimes these depictions are necessary.
“Our news coverage sometimes demands visual depictions of terrible events: bombing victims, famine victims, crime victims, fallen soldiers,” Corbett said. “We regret the pain this can cause to families and to other readers, but we feel the decision in this case is the right one.” The photo in question was not due to run in the following day’s print edition, according to Dean Baquet, the Times’ managing editor, speaking to Sullivan. The State Department did not respond to The Flyer’s request for comment. This story raises the question whether the government should get involved in what the press decides. Dr. Joe Gaziano of Lewis’ political science department says the Times’ decision was just, and it should be their discretion on what is and is not in good taste. Continued of page 17
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“The government should not be telling the paper what to publish,” Gaziano said. “You always have to be skeptical of the government whenever they want to restrict the press. Most of the time, government effort is aimed at the political situation.” Gaziano added that the action was done to protect the image of the foreign policy of the Obama Administration in light of the forthcoming elections. “Mob action at an embassy cannot do (Obama) any good in this election year,” Gaziano said. The debate over what is in good taste will continue at various media organizations, posing a catch-22 to help readers understand the story. Requests of this nature may compromise the understanding further.
The next day, the report continued, the union voted to end the strike. Students were back in school Wednesday, Sept. 19. The union now has a proposed contract that members will vote to approve in the coming weeks. The contract, according to the union’s website, includes several items, some of which are salary raises of 3 percent in the first year and 2 percent in the following two years, the hiring of 512 additional teachers in art, music, physical education and world languages, a requirement that half of all hires must be laid-off members, and limiting student test scores to a 30 percent impact on teacher evaluations. Both sides seem upbeat about the agreement. “We feel very positive about moving forward,” union President Karen
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Chicago teachers went on strike for seven school days in September. Details of the new proposed contract are still being worked out.
Lewis told the Tribune. “We feel grateful that we have a united union, and that when a union moves together, amazing things happen.” Emanuel described the agreement as “an honest
compromise” to the Tribune. The school day will be longer, and the salary raises are smaller than under the previous contract, according to the report. This story is ongoing as the proposed contract
is discussed and likely tweaked. It’s about so much more than pay raises, though. People should take a little time to read about the many issues involved before making a judgment.
Debate: Is ‘Honey Boo Boo’ quality television? ‘Honey Boo Boo’ is real reality Anthony Lyen Tempo editor The first reality television shows I ever watched growing up were primarily “The Bachelor,” “Joe Millionaire” and “Survivor.” Now, I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes, I did actually watch those reality dating shows. Go ahead, judge me. Something I’ve always noticed about the genre of so-called “reality TV” is, over the years, the programs have become far less, for lack of a better word, real. I mean, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “The Real World: Whatever-city-will-let-us-film-this-crap-here” are all fine and dandy — actually, no, they’re not — but it’s not actually real. Sure, it’s “unscripted” (so they claim), but I don’t relate to any of those people. I’ve never met someone with 19 kids (and counting). I’ve never been “stranded” on an island while competing for immunity. And I’ve certainly never married Kris Humphries. I have met some really (and I mean REALLY) trashy people, though. People like the cast of “Teen Mom.” People you may see on “Cops.” And yes, even the kind of people who star on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” TLC, which ironically stands for “The Learning Channel,” gave “Toddlers & Tiaras” hit beauty pageant contestant Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her family their very own show, appropriately titled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” I heard about this show from friends, watched half an episode and felt unclean. The main characters are so trashy; it actually makes you feel as if you need a bath. It’s like that feeling when you go to a carnival during a hot summer night. I then realized, however, this show is
‘Honey Boo Boo’ is a waste of air time
exactly what it’s supposed to be: reality. Now, I’m not saying my family, friends or neighborhood is trashy, but throughout my 21 years on this planet, I have seen and even met some pretty extraordinarily foul people. And I am almost certain you have had the pleasure of seeing people as trashy as the family on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” If you haven’t, go to PeopleOfWalmart.com. I’ll wait. How was that? You had to wash your hands after that one, didn’t you? Now go to Wikipedia and search “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and check out the main image. Looks like it’s right out of PeopleOfWalmart.com, doesn’t it? Am I saying I enjoy watching “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?” Eh, that’s a whole different debate. But the show is a guilty pleasure. It shows us what is actually “reality.” There are really people like the Thompson family. I’m sure there are other people who let their children drink a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew. The 18-year-old daughter (Honey Boo Boo’s sister) just had a baby. A baby with two thumbs on its left hand. In another episode, the family actually found a dead deer — aka roadkill — and made it into sausage. The family even has a pet pig. And it poops on the kitchen table. Honest to God, I’m not making this up. This isn’t just reality. It’s sincerity. This family may be a televised train wreck, but they’re happy. And you know what? Good for them.
Lauren pirc editor-in-chief The phenomenon Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, aka too many other stupid names to list, is slowly taking over the airwaves with the antics of this crazy 6-year-old pageant girl and her country family. Tell me again why this is entertaining? When you see a headline recap of the show that says “I don’t think she farts,” that pretty much sums up what we’re dealing with; that’s about as deep as this show gets. My opponent will say that it’s entertaining because it’s true television. They are a real family, sure, but their actions are still heavily influenced by the producers and viewers. At what point are they still themselves, and how much is influenced by the fact that they have a TV deal? We’ll never really know, because by being on the outside, we don’t get to know how they are offcamera. Alana appears more normal when she’s not in “pageant mode,” but she’s still a total princess who wants to get her way. Her drink of choice, “gogo juice,” is theberry.com a mixture of
Mountain Dew and Red Bull. Do I even need to say how much is wrong with that combination? Kids her age are already super hyped up and don’t really need any help, but with her choice of poison, it’d have her not only bouncing off the walls, but also crashing into them. It’s like watching the “Jersey Shore: country kid’s edition.” She gets wound up, screams a lot because she can and then passes out. That’s not fun to watch; that’s just tragic. My opponent will say that it’s a great show because many people can relate to it. The Hollywood Reporter claims that the “Honey Boo Boo” family earns between $2,000 and $4,000 per episode, possibly hitting $40,000 for the 10-episode season. I’m sorry, but I don’t know any 6-year-old who makes that much money. All for what? Rolling around in the dirt and talking in some alien language in constant need of subtitles? My family can do that too; we have burping contests and talk in weird accents at the dinner table. I’m a clumsy wreck just waiting to happen with a brother who’s half my age; boom, television show waiting to happen! Where’s my $40,000 and a 10-episode season, TLC? Have your people call my people, and we’ll haggle over coffee. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” should warn viewers in the name alone. It’s like a neon sign screaming, “Brain-melting show! Avert your eyes!” This show is probably one of the worst I’ve seen, but I have no doubt that it will linger on like an annoying fungus until the next Honey Boo Boo comes along.
SPORTS 2012 NFL season predictions Brian Neal Asst. Sports Editor In sports, people are always making predictions, and it’s very possible to hear one in almost any random place or from any random person. So, whether you’re with your grandma,
your barber, your dog-sitter, your neighbor or even your taxidermist — because apparently some creepy people have them — people who watch and care about sports are going to share their thoughts. It is, in a sense, the ultimate small talk. And the beautiful thing about
AFC North Winner: Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers are clearly the favorites in this division, as usual. Last season, the Ravens won the division at 12-4 (though the Steelers were also 12-4), and I believe they will remain there. Fifth-year quarterback Joe Flacco should be heading into his prime and will help make this offense a little more explosive to match their still-dominant defense. Though they have a tough schedule this year, the three most difficult of their last six games are at home, which will give them the edge over Pittsburgh. AFC South Winner: Houston Texans. This prediction takes almost no thought. They are easily a top 5 team right now in the NFL and their competition are the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans who may not even win 10 games all together this year.
AFC East Winner: New England Patriots.
Some people believe the New York Jets might be able to contend with them, but I highly doubt it. You can’t trust Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow at quarterback, and their defense is overrated because of how good Darrelle Revis is (who unfortunately, is now out with a torn ACL). It’s that front 7 that is just so… ordinary. As for the Patriots, they have Tom Brady and a very good support cast. That alone is good enough to make the playoffs, and anything good the defense does is just gravy.
AFC West Winner: Denver Broncos. This was cer-
tainly the most difficult decision in the AFC with a lot of mediocrity across the board the past several years in the West. The San Diego Chargers are always hyped to have a good year and then disappoint; the Oakland Raiders seem to only range from pitiful to average year in and year out, and the Kansas City Chiefs don’t seem to be doing much better. If Peyton Manning can return to some type of form close to what he once was, this division should belong to Denver. They also have the best defense out of the four, and that always helps.
AFC Wildcard: Pittsburgh Steelers. AFC Wildcard: San Diego Chargers.
sports is that anybody can have an opinion because even the “experts” get things wrong all the time, especially when they are making guesses. After all, that’s what predictions are: guesses. That is why I normally hate predictions. I can’t stand it
when it’s July before football season or even training camp has begun, and you have these “experts” talking about who is going to win the Super Bowl. I mean, really? Because if one thing is always true, it’s that nothing stays the same in sports.
NFC North Winner: Green Bay Packers. Not that I won’t be rooting against this prediction coming true all season, but there’s no doubt that the Packers are the best team in the North right now. They should be on their way to a 13-or-14 win season and either the first or second seed in the NFC. NFC South Winner: Atlanta Falcons. Before the year started, a lot of people were picking the New Orleans Saints or Carolina Panthers to win this division, but I say Atlanta is going to be the best team, or at least the most consistent. Offensively, they have the best pair of wide receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones since the Anquan Boldin-Larry Fitzgerald combo, or perhaps even Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Their defense also seems to be much improved even if personnel-wise there hasn’t been much change — perhaps it’s because of new defensive coordinator, Mike Nolan. NFC East Winner: New York Giants. I actually don’t like this pick very much, but this division has probably the closest competition of four teams in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys could easily keep up with the Giants and take it, or there’s even the possibility that Robert Griffin III continues to have a great year and leads the Washington Redskins into that race (though that seems the least likely scenario). Despite these issues, I have to roll with the defending Super Bowl champs. They have the most consistent offense of the four, and definitely the best pass rush (even if the best pass rusher alone is in Dallas). NFC West Winner: San Francisco 49ers. I know I said that the AFC South was the easiest choice, but perhaps I spoke to soon. The 49ers may be the best team in the entire league, and their competition is the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks. Now those teams may be a bit better competition than Houston’s, but San Fran is still leaps and bounds ahead of their divisional foes talent-wise. This one should be easy. NFC Wildcard: Chicago Bears. NFC Wildcard: Dallas Cowboys. Coach of the Year: Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans. The Texans will have the best season in franchise
history this year and make the playoffsfor the second time (and consecutively, might I add).
At the same time, however, I do love to make predictions — please don’t judge — but after the season has started. So, now that we’re about a quarter of the way done with this 2012 campaign, here are my predictions for the playoffs and major awards.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin III. I think Andrew Luck will be about equally as impres-
sive as RGIII, but Griffin will have more wins and more highlights. However, there is no questioning that this year the draft was correct with the best two players going number one and two.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Luke Kuechly. The rookie linebacker for the Panthers will make his mark this year. He is a supreme athlete with good size, and playing alongside all-pro middle linebacker Jon Beason will give him plenty of opportunities to showcase that. Offensive Player of the Year: Matt Ryan. I was close to picking Matt Forte for this because I think if the Bears are going to be a playoff team, he is going to have to be the focal point of the offense. If he’s healthy, he will put up monster numbers. The reason I didn’t is because it’s a “quarterback-driven league,” as people like to say. With that said, I believe this year is Ryan’s break out season. He’s had solid years up to this point, but now the offense is as explosive as ever with White and Jones on the outside. Tony Gonzalez is still playing like he isn’t 36. And the running game they have is punishing with a couple of tough backs in Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers. Expect a fantastic year from Ryan. Defensive Player of the Year: Ed Reed. The longtime Raven is the best safety in the NFL when healthy. Unfortunately, health has been an issue in the past. If he does stay on the field though, watch out; this man could end up with ten interceptions and more than a few of them returned to the house. Last year, his teammate Terrell Suggs won this award, but he has an Achilles injury that will keep him out until at least November. Even at age 34, Reed will be the biggest defensive threat in 2012. Most Valuable Player: Aaron Rodgers. Guess who gets the repeat for this award? It wasn’t a perfect start to the year, but there is no holding back the best quarterback in the league, and overall perhaps the most complete player at any position. The defense in Green Bay is certainly nothing special, and the running game is almost non-existent most weeks. If this team ends up with at least 12 wins, Rodgers will essentially be the sole reason why. If I’m correct here, it will be only the sixth time a player has won MVP in back-to-back seasons (only his predecessor, Brett Favre, has done it three times consecutively).
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Around the NHL: Canadians deserve better from their teams
Flyers share their thoughts on rivalries Barbara Kaluzny Contributor
Anthony Lyen Tempo Editor
Alex Veeneman Opinions Editor When the NHL postseason got under way last year, all but two teams were Canadian — the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks. Yet, as the postseason progressed, both teams were eliminated, putting on hold the return of Lord Stanley’s Cup to the country which made this sport an art. Before the playoffs began, the editorial board for The Globe and Mail newspaper tried to provide an answer to why Canada’s seven teams had not won the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993. “The organizations tolerate losing or don’t know how to produce winning teams,” the editorial read. “We’re losers at what we love. And it hurts.” The editorial went on to say that Canada’s hockey fans were fed up with waiting for a team to win the coveted trophy. From Vancouver to the Prairies, to Toronto, Montreal and Atlantic Canada, they’ve waited far too long, so long that the Toronto Maple Leafs took a front-page ad to apologize for their dismal performances. “We make no excuses. Results are the only measure of success in sports and the results speak for themselves,” the ad said according to the Globe’s editorial. The recently imposed lockout does not help either, as it may now be twenty years before Canada sees the Stanley Cup. In the NHL, Canada has some of the best teams in the league. While we are both fans of the Chicago Blackhawks (one of the best teams in the league), we both find our-
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The 1993 Montreal Canadiens were the last team from Canada to win the Stanley Cup.
selves continually interested in the state of Canadian teams and how they stack up as the season progresses. We agree with the Globe editorial board that these performances are disheartening, and the management behind the teams have embraced a culture tolerant of losing. Hockey fans may notice three teams missing from this article of the 7 Canadian teams: the Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are still in the process of figuring out their own identity, so they won’t be featured just yet. The Maple Leafs and Flames aren’t being covered simply because, well, they’re the Maple Leafs and Flames. The Canadiens, the Canucks, the Edmonton Oilers and the Ottawa Senators have stood out in Canada’s pursuit for the Cup.
When the Montreal Canadiens do poorly, the fans let the rest of the world know. In one year, the Canadiens have replaced two coaches and a
general manager while getting rid of top-line capable Mike Cammalleri and talented defensemen Hal Gill and Jaroslav Spacek. The most important thing the Canadiens lost? A spot in the 2012 NHL playoffs. The Canadiens have hired a whole new group in upper management, including former Blackhawk-Assistant General Manager, Marc Bergevin. Hope is high for upper management to put together an exceptional team behind the bench, which starts with the Habs’ new coach, Michel Therrien, who will be coaching in Montreal for the second time. When the Canadiens finished the season dead-last in the Eastern Conference, there was a demand for improvement. The Habs added defenseman Francis Boullion and wingers Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong during the offseason. These players add some talent and plenty of grit to a team desperate for improvement. Don’t get me wrong. Montreal still has plenty of talent.
With players like P.K. Subban, Carey Price and newly drafted 3rd-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, this team has a great advantage at having several incredibly talented players to build the franchise around and possibly even be a Cup contender in a few years.
After back-to-back-to-backto-back (yes, you read that correctly) playoff collapses, citizens of Vancouver are pointing fingers at Luongo for lousy playoff goaltending. Although Luongo typically performs with flying colors during the season, Canucks fans are ready for the Cory Schneider era of Vancouver hockey to begin. The Canucks shouldn’t worry about kicking Luongo to the curb either. Schneider is an excellent goaltender who deserves more than just the backup position, and with minor leaguer Eddie Lack seemingly ready to step up to the big leagues, it looks as if there’s no room for Bobby Lu. Continued on page 22
The Packers have the Bears and the Cubs have the Sox; every sports team has that certain opponent they live to play against — the team that really “brings out the animal” in players. Athletics at Lewis University are huge, but who exactly are our sports rivals? “For Lewis, it depends on the sport, because across our conference, there has not been a defined program that we go headto-head with every single time, in every single sport, so that it’s really our rival,” said Brian Summers, the Associate Director of Athletics. “But I would say, generally speaking, probably our biggest rival is University of Indianapolis.” Lewis volleyball player Patrick Lilly has some first-hand experience with the issue. “The men’s volleyball (rival) is Loyola and the girls’ volleyball (rival) is NKU, I’m pretty sure,” said Lilly. True to what Summers said about each sport having a different rival, men’s and women’s basketball team have different rivals . “Our biggest rival is Parkside, because they are the closest to us and usually are really good,” said Nikki Nellen, sophomore guard on the basketball team. “[For men’s basketball,] Bellarmine University,” said Matt Kren, team manager of the men’s basketball team. But which Lewis sports team has the biggest and most intense rivalry? “Women’s volleyball and the University of Indianapolis is probably the biggest rivalry right now, and then softball and Indianapolis are probably the two biggest two head-to-head; [they] run into each other a lot, and basketball-wise, it would be with Southern Indiana and (Kentucky) Wesleyan,” said Summers. Continued on page 22
Tice had better get it right Kevin ryan Sports Editor We’re only four weeks into the NFL season, and the Bears offense already looks questionable. The additions of Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush have helped and have given a solution to some issues, but the same problems from the past few years continue to come up. Sure, you can look at the left tackle position and ask if J’Marcus Webb is really the best man for the job or you can debate whether Cutler
has the right attitude to lead the team, but my main question is when will Mike Tice figure out his new and improved offense? This was supposed to be the year the offense won games instead of the defense because players like Urlacher, Briggs and Tillman are getting old. However, we have found that so far, those statements are false because the defense has looked as good as ever, and they have given the Bears a shot to be 3-0. Tice was present for two years of the Mike Martz era,
and he should know from firsthand experience what works for the team and what doesn’t. He should be well aware that Cutler is sick and tried of running for his life and sometimes absorbing a blindside hit. He should also know who to put in and what formation to go to when Clay Matthews is not only embarrassing your offensive line, but also creating havoc in your backfield. Not only was he on the coaching staff the past few years, but he was the offensive line coach. Continued on page 23
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The Bears are 2-1 with new offensive coordinator Mike Tice, but have only scored 74 points.
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around the nhl Continued from page 21 Luongo comes with a hefty contract, though, and most teams aren’t willing to overpay for a goaltender who plays sloppy hockey come playoff time. A trade would need to be done for a team to acquire Luongo, but it has been made clear the price tag is quite high. Other than goaltending, the Canucks have another issue to worry about: the health of Ryan Kesler. The Canucks’ center is recovering from “invasive surgery,” and his return is unknown at this point. Kesler is a huge asset to Vancouver, as he provides stability as a secondline center while playing with plenty of skill. Acquiring Jay Garrison was a solid pick-up for the Canucks this offseason, and the departures, for the most part, were manageable. All in all, the Canucks still have a pretty stacked team. The Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, will most likely continue to display their brotherly dominance. Zack Kassian is a young force to be reckoned with on the ice, and the youngster may prove to be a top 6 caliber forward. Alexander Edler, Kevin Bieska and Dan Hamhuis are the Canucks’ top 3 defensemen, and the trio will most likely stick with that
role for the time being. The Canucks are one heck of a team, and they have been for the past few years. They are back-to-back President’s Trophy winners, earning the most points throughout the league come the end of the season. Vancouver fans want more, though. They particularly desire a Stanley Cup parade through the streets of the downtown area.
While the past few years has been pretty dark for Oilers fans (they’ve either finished last or second-to-last over the past three seasons), the future is looking incredibly bright. The Oilers shocked everyone when, for the third year in a row, they won the draft lottery, securing the first-overall pick yet again. Having already picked high-caliber forwards Taylor Hall and Ryan NugentHopkins in 2010 and 2011, respectively, the Oilers were in need of a young, talented defenseman. Ryan Murray was projected as the best d-man in the draft, but not the best overall player. Who was the best? Russian young-gun Nail Yakupov was considered the best forward in the draft, and with the number one pick, all eyes were on the Oilers. Who would Edmonton choose? The futuresuperstar defenseman in Ryan
Murray or the offensive machine that is Nail Yakupov. Edmonton fans were quite pleased when Oilers upper management did the wise thing and added some more offensive firepower by selecting Yakupov. Roughly a week later, the Oilers persuaded defensive dynamo Justin Schultz to sign a twoyear entry-level contract with the team. Schultz is considered the best hockey player not playing in the NHL. So with Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Schultz, rising defensemen Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry, talented forwards Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner, hotshot rookie Magnus Paajarvi and now Yakupov, how could such a young yet talented team fail? Well, the defense is still very average, and the goaltending has been just as mediocre. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin may not have much more in the tank, and the young Devan Dubnyk is not very reliable. If I were the general manager in Edmonton, I’d try to grab a top 4 defenseman and possibly a batter goaltender, even though Oilers fans seem to be content with their goaltending tandem.
Yet, if there was any outof-nowhere team last season, it had to be the Ottawa Sena-
tors.The Sens started off with a record of 1-5-0. They were choppy throughout the entire season, yet they found the momentum to get to the playoffs. Even though they forced the number one seed New York Rangers to a surprising game seven, the Senators left the Big Apple with a first-round playoff elimination. Ottawa will have their highcaliber players back in action, including Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, one of the most respected captains in the NHL. What’s most exciting about Ottawa is their crop of young talent. At just 22 years old, it can be easily argued that defenseman Erik Karlsson is one of the top blue liners in the league, even though he has only played three seasons. The young dman proved this by winning the Norris Trophy as Best Defenseman during the season. Another exciting player for the Senators is young center Kyle Turris. The 23 year-old hasn’t truly broken out to be the player he has been expected to be, but Turris has tons of potential to be an elite center in the NHL. Ottawa also has quite the goaltending situation. With a stable veteran presence in the net coming from Craig Anderson, the Senators have two
Men’s soccer: So close, yet so far Brian Neal Asst. Sports Editor The Flyers have been in every game, but so far, they can’t seem to find a way to win as they have now fallen to 3-5 through the first four weeks of the 2012 season. In every single game they’ve won or lost, the final score has been one goal ahead or one goal shy. (Other than the first game, which was a 3-1 loss to non-conference foe Saginaw Valley State). Unfortunately for Head Coach Evan Fiffles’ team, they’ve been on the losing end more than not the first half of this season. “Disappointed,” was the word Fiffles used when asked how he felt about the season to this point. “We’ve been winning during the game and then end up losing at the end,” Fiffles said. “How we play during [the final minutes] have been the difference between being 3-5 and 5-3.” That’s been especially relevant the last three games that have all gone to single or double overtime, and the Flyers have only been able to win one of them. All three games were on the road, the first being against Rockhurst with a 2-1 loss in double-OT. Freshman Luke Comerouski was the first to score in the game. During the 72nd, minute, he headed in a goal off of an assist from senior Cristian Chavez. They didn’t allow Rockhurst a goal until the 83rd minute of play, where they were able to tie
the game 1-1. The game wasn’t actually won until the final minute of the double-OT, right before they could have had the game called at a tie. “There’s not much to say when you lose a late lead in regulation and give up the gamewinner with one minute left in the second overtime,” Fiffles told the Lewis Athletic Department. “You can’t do that if you want to beat the No. 1 team in the region on the road.” The next game was against Kentucky Wesleyan. This game didn’t see a goal until double-OT when junior Cristhian Ramirez was able to finally put one in the net. He was assisted on the play by sophomore David Pyle. It’s surprising how long it took to score a goal as Lewis had a ridiculous 41 shots on the day with 14 on frame. The important thing was that in the end, they got the win. Their final of three straight overtime games was at Southern Indiana, the final being a 3-2 loss in single-OT. Through the first 89 minutes of the 90 minute game, the Flyers had a 2-1 lead. Though USI scored first in this one, Lewis came back in the 56th minute when Comerouski was able to net a goal with the help of sophomore George Thomson. Then, in the 82nd minute, freshman Colin Donnally was able to score. Again, Thomson was there with the assist. However, with the game all but sealed, USI found a way to score and then took advantage beating the Flyers in overtime.
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Freshman Luke Comerouski looks to advance the ball in a game earlier this year.
After failing to come through in several close games this year that went down to the wire, Coach Fiffles believes his team needs to continue doing what they’re doing early in the game, but to do a better job and to “pay attention to the time and play accordingly.” And most impor-
tantly, “keep the ball out of the net.” The weekend of Oct. 5-7, the Flyers will be out of town playing Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville. They then return home to play Quincy at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Illinois-Springfield at 12 p.m. on Oct. 14.
spectacular young goalies in Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner. The two youngsters are considered two of the highest potential goalies in the league, and it is almost a guarantee the two will battle in out for a spot on the Sens roster. The Senators have some strong veterans on the roster, but it is easy to say they are building for the future. If the team continues to progress, they may be going further than a first-round exit come playoff time. A border may divide our two nations, but one thing is clear; for the hockey fans of Canada (and indeed the rest of the league), change must be done, and this culture of losing, whenever the lockout comes to an end, must be reversed to find an increase in competition and excitement from some of the best teams in the sport we love. Canadians are expecting more from their hometown teams. Hockey is, after all, Canada’s sport. And while the majority of professional hockey players are Canadian, it’s the Canadian teams that seem to struggle when it comes to constructing a Cup-contending team. As the Globe editorial writers wrote: “No more excuses. No more tolerance of losing.”
rivalries Continued from page 21 Lilly also believed that the volleyball teams have the rivalry at Lewis. When asked what level of intensity these rivalries bring out in Lewis’ different sports teams, Summers said, “I think it varies by the interest of people in that sport. As far as the intensity of the participants, themselves, our tennis athletes are every bit as into wanting to win their conference championship against Drury, who would be their rival in tennis, as women’s volleyball is trying to beat Indianapolis in volleyball and men’s basketball trying to beat Southern Indiana or Kentucky Wesleyan in basketball. There’s that same drive and intensity to it.” Since every team seems to name a different school as their biggest rival, would it make sense for the Flyers to have one rival overall throughout all the sports teams? “I think every sport has their own individual rival because every sport is unique,” said student Nicole Kappelman. Tennis player Roslyn Summerville agrees with Kappelman. “No, I don’t think we should have one specific rival, most schools are better at some sports than others,” Summerville said. “So rivalries depend on each specific athlete’s ability.”
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Understanding the college recruitment process Nicole Kappelman Contributor
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Senior Collen Mitros goes for a kill against St.Francis on Sept. 21.
Women’s volleyball on an ‘upswing’ Brian Neal Asst. Sports Editor After a difficult stretch to start the season, things are looking up for Flyers who have improved to 8-6 with a four-game winning streak through Sept. 27. Not only have they won four straight, but five of their last six as well. The first of those six games began with a 3-1 victory over Saint Joseph’s in Rensselaer, Ind. Their only loss of that span came against No. 10 Indianapolis, 3-0. That is also their only loss in conference play thus far. Following the struggles against Indy, the Flyers started to heat up. Playing UW-Parkside in their home opener, they swept them three games to none. Seniors Jen Krumwiede, Colleen Mitros and Mary Carroll led the way with strong performances. “I think it was a good step forward for the team,” Head Coach Lorelee Smith told the Lewis Athletic Department. “We had our backs against the wall in the third game, and I think they played relatively calm and stayed aggressive.” Their next two games were a double-header against St. Francis and Kentucky Wesleyan. The Flyers took care of business winning both with 3-1 finals.
“[I’m] proud that the team doesn’t lower their effort [at any time], and [I think] everybody did well, even in different positions,” Smith said after the games. The team then went on to beat Southern Indiana the next day with another 3-0 sweep. That win put the Flyers at 4-1 on the season in GLVC play. “We had a few key players step up [tonight],” Smith said. “Leigh [Barea] (sophomore) and Mary [Carroll], right down to the wire. They just refused to let the ball hit the floor and I think that was the difference. Despite the strong play as of late, Coach Smith believes the season so far has been only “mediocre.” “We’re not controlling the ball to the best of our ability,” Smith said. “We’re not [playing] as a unit of six just yet. But not giving up is helping us. Hopefully we’re on an upswing. It’s taking longer to find a groove, but I believe we are.” The next two weekends, the Flyers will be on the road playing Drury, Missouri S&T and attending the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover. Their next home stand is set to begin with a doubleheader on Monday Oct. 15 against Michigan Tech at 4 p.m. and IU Kokomo at 7:30 p.m.
Every year, high school athletes across the country begin looking at schools to get their shot at playing at the next level — college. While athletes are focusing on being recruited, coaches find that the process of obtaining new athletes is not an easy task. Coaches are faced with multiple steps in the process of preparing their possible recruits to pursue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Thinking about the future can be scary, which is why many coaches have found that starting earlier is beneficial when it comes to pursuing their recruits. Most coaches begin contacting students near the beginning of their junior year of high school. While many athletes want to participate in a specific athletic event in college, there are only so many students coaches can put on their roster each year. “Sometimes, you only need six or seven players recruited for one season, but you get 700 to 1,000 students contacting you looking to play,” said Lewis’ baseball’s Head Coach Tim McDonough. “There are a lot of different variables that go into finding those kids that really ‘fit’
tice Continued from page 21 Now, I am well aware that the Bears are 2-1 and sitting atop the NFC North, but in reality, all three games they have played haven’t been pretty, and the fans have expected more out of the offense. Putting up 41 points against a young and inexperienced Colts team was expected, but only scoring 23 points against the Rams was a disappointment. Although St. Louis is no longer a pushover with the help of Jeff Fisher, the Bears should at least put up 30 points with the weapons they have. The only real test the Bears have come across so far was their game against the Packers, and we all know they failed miserably. When the Bears take the field during their next game, how is their offense going to look?
within your program.” While coaches are contacting students at the beginning of their junior year, the athletes can commit to a specific school anytime between the first time they are offered a spot on the team until the end of their senior year. During this time, coaches are in constant contact with their possible recruits. With the increased amount of travel and club sports available, athletes can be noticed at showcase events and tournaments as well. So how do the coaches pick through the thousands of athletes? “There’s always ways to pick through the thousands of kids,” said McDonough. “You meet enough people and other coaches along the way that you’re able to converse with them and figure out who you want from there.” It is typical for coaches to watch students play numerous times before a decision is made. “I like to evaluate as many times as I can. I want to see kids on a good day and a bad day,” McDonough said. “I like to get to know the kids and their personalities.” While the athletes are out there trying to perform their best, there are always things a coach is looking for.
“I like players that look like they love playing and are out there enjoying themselves and smiling,” said Lorelee Smith, head coach of the Lewis University’s women’s volleyball team. “It’s a competitive business, and you have to be able to play. Character is key in any sport, and that is something we look most for,” said McDonough. While the recruiting business is a competitive one, there are some things an athlete should not get caught up on. It is also important for the athletes to realize that they are out there playing for the love of the sport. Smith encourages athletes to never get discouraged and realize that there is always something good to come out of any situation. She also says that coaching style is key when deciding on any school, and it is important to realize that the school athletes choose will be with them for the next four years. “If you’re not playing and you like your coaches coaching style, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Smith. “Don’t get frustrated. It takes awhile to make the jump from high school to college, whether it’s academics or athletics. Everything just takes time.”
Will Tice run the ball up the middle with Bush because it has been more affective than when he does it with Forte? Or will he plan on getting the tight ends more involved? Going into the season, Tice and Cutler said one of the biggest differences in this new offense is that they’re going to use the tight ends more. Where has the 6-foot-7inch Kellen Davis been? What about the six-year veteran, Matt Spaeth? Davis, who was supposed to be a big time contributor this year, has only three receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown. Spaeth has one catch for four yards, while rookie Kyle Adams has two catches for 24 yards. They also have rookie Evan Rodriguez who they drafted as a tight end, but use seldomly as a full back. I only bring up the tight end because not only do I
believe we have four solid tight ends, but if we used them more, the Bears offense could be more explosive. So Mike, don’t go down the same road that Martz did and destroy something that was good. I have total trust in you and believe you are the right man for the job, but if you want to keep the city and the media off your back, you have to put the offense in the position to succeed. Which offense will be next? Will it be the one with Jay scrambling for his life and throwing multiple picks? Or will it be the offense that everyone talked about all summer long, with the Bears putting up 35 to 40 points. All I know is if they continue to struggle and look confused out there, I’m going to be looking at the man who was supposed to be the savoir from the Martz era.
Tice was present for two years of the Mike Martz era, and he should know from firsthand experience what works for the team and what doesn’t.
Volume 34, Issue 2
October 1, 2012
Flyers youth lead the way Kevin Ryan Sports Editor
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The men’s cross country team stuck together as they competed in a meet earlier this year.
Hard work pays off for men’s cross-country Kevin Ryan Sports Editor Many people are familiar with the saying that “hard work eventually pays off.” That’s what finally happened for the Lewis University’s men’s cross-country team who are now ranked seventh in the Midwest region and 34th in the country. “We knew all along we had a pretty good team this year,” said head coach Dana Schwarting. “We’re just kind of waiting for the rankings to come out to see if other people took notice. It’s exciting to see us up in the rankings and getting some respect nationally, because we feel like we should be getting
that. Now we just got to work our way up the rankings.” The Flyers earned their national rank by competing well in the UW-Parkside Midwest Cross-Country Open and the Division II 8K National Catholic Invitational. At the Parkside meet in Somers, Wis., Lewis competed with only four runners. Freshman Matt Jemilo was the first Flyer to finish at 27:20.6 (27th place), while James Weissensel, Rigo Bernal and Alex Kluchki all finished in the top 60. “We thought the kids that raced were good,” Schwarting said. “It’s actually the toughest course we run on as far as the hills and stuff, so the times that we ran were happy with.”
The following weekend, the Flyers traveled east to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Lewis ran to a second place finish behind the performances of Sean Smith at 25:11.8 (second place) and Andrew McLain at 25:29.5 (fifth place). “The National Catholic meet at Notre Dame is the meet we were really focusing on,” Schwarting said. “Our top three are as good as anyone in the country, and them going there and running in the top five just proves to us they are some of the top runners in the area. Senior Thomas Campbell also had a career best in the 8K
event by finishing in 18th place with a time of 26:14.6. Satisfied with the performance, Schwarting said, “Thomas is having a great year. He’s a senior; he’s put in a lot of work over the years. He’s had his ups and downs but he’s really in a great place right now and running phenomenal. All the hard work he’s put in is really playing off and it was great to see him have a great race.” Sophomore Andrew Knapik and freshman Matt Jemilo also ran in the race with Knapik finishing 30th at 26:31 and Jemilo rounding out the Flyers finish at 43rd place at 26:51.8. The Flyers’ next race is Oct. 6 when they travel to UW-Parkside for the Lucian Rosa Invite.
“It’s exciting to see us up in the rankings and getting some respect nationally, because we feel like we should be getting that.” - head coach Dana Schwarting
The Lewis University women’s cross country team continued their season last month by running in the 5K UW-Parkside Midwest Cross Country Open. Head coach Dana Schwarting decided to change up his runners for this race by running five underclassmen. “We didn’t go there with the intention to race all of our top kids,” Schwarting said. “We went there to kind of see the course and do some workouts. We were actually happy where we finished, and got out of it what we wanted to get out of it.” Representing the Flyers were Monica Hahn, Elizabeth Roush, Kaitlyn Sendzik, Paige Gatte and Arely Castillo. The girls helped Lewis finish 11th overall. The following weekend in South Bend, Ind., Lewis made a statement about their team by coming in second place in the 5K National Catholic Invitational. The Flyers had three top 15 finishers with junior Amy Clawson finishing in eighth place at 18:57.9, sophomore Kayla Patterson coming in 11th place at 19:02.4, and sophomore Monica Hahn finishing in 13th place at 19:06.8. “We were really happy we finished in second,” Schwarting said. “Obviously you want to win, but the team that beat us was a nationally ranked team. They were 23rd at the time, and they’re ranked high in their region. So losing to them kind of gave us a measuring stick to where we’re at, and if the women keep running the way they’re running, they’ll climb into the regional and national rankings in the next few weeks too.” The Flyers will be running next in the Lucian Rosa invite on Oct. 6 hosted by UW-Parkside.
Athlete of the Week • Named the GLVC Women’s Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for Sept.17-23.
• H ad double-digit kills against St. Francis (13), Kentucky Wesleyan (14), and Southern Indiana (10).
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freshman cassidy parsons
• Compiled 12 digs against UW-Parkside.