A weekly publication by Loras College students
Vol. 90, Issue 14
March 29, 2012
Mind games The psychology department goes ... well, a little nuts, during Brain Awareness Week by SURya pandey features editor
Brains on tables, in boxes, and everywhere in between. The Loras Ballrooms turned into a brain symposium this past Sunday. Faculty and students in the Loras psychology department put together a one day event to educate children in the community about the importance of the brain. The event was Loras College’s recognition of international Brain Awareness Week (BAW), which is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress of brain research. BAW is a weeklong event in March that celebrates the brain through various events and activities for all age groups. As mentioned in the Dana Foundation website, “events are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more.” The event started with a welcome by Dr. Sarah Hankerson, professor of psychology at Loras, and organizer of the event. This was followed by an introduction to the brain led by a group of students in a Neuroscience course taught by Hankerson herself. Students that led the informative session included seniors Stephen Brandt, Surya Pandey and Joe Klauer, as well as junior Amanuel Hmariam. The audience was informed about various brain regions and their respective functions using an artificial brain model. They were also given the opportunity to observe preserved sheep and human brain. Both children and their parents were enthusiastic and engaged. “I know we all enjoyed the brain awareness event and we all left with some valuable information about the brain and how it works,” Jessica Deutsch, a parent and Carver Elementary Girl Scout Leader said. “My daughter was so excited about everything she learned. She couldn’t wait to tell everyone about the event. The Girl Scout troop would love to come again next year.” After a basic introduction to the brain, the kids participated in a series of activities that included constructing brain models out of Play-Doh while being quizzed about brain lobes and discussing brain health and safety. They also made neuron (brain cell) models out of pipe cleaners and styrofoam, while talking about communication within the brain. At the end, kids were handed out different books and stationary items related to the brain to take home with them. This was the fourth year Loras has been a part of the BAW events. In previous years, Loras took the celebration to the Dubuque community schools. This year, because of restructuring within the school system and at Loras, the event was run on campus. Due to the site re-location, participation was lower compared to previous years. “While we did have fewer children involved in BAW events this year, we still got to talk to over 50 children about brain anatomy and health,” Hankerson said. “This included children in outlying communities that normally, due to their location, would not get the benefit of BAW.”
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Junior Cody Wolter browses the shelves of the ARC for literary material.
photo by Rajendra Thakurathi
Booking the future
Library officials mull over changes to the ARC, including a 24-hour room Another goal is the ‘weeding of books.’ There are books that are no longer necessary for the collection. Meldrem Retooling of the Loras Academic Resource Center has be- said that there is not a sense in having “50 books about gun, and the underlying theme in the initial stages is rath- George Washington when you can have 15 good ones.” But that is not all. The student-centered mentality brings er simplistic. “Students first, faculty second,” said Deone Merkel, hospitality to the forefront of the plan. Merkel said she feels very strongly about the hospitaliCirculation Coordinator at the Library. That is the motto of the library and the guiding principle behind the Li- ty of the library.” “It should be the family room of the colbrary’s new ‘Strategic Plan.’ lege,” she said. The plan, which outlines the library’s poWith the theme of hospitality comes the tential goals for the next three years, includes Students first, idea of adding more study rooms, including a 24-hour room, an increased e-book colleca smart-board room. This type of room would tion, and more study rooms. faculty second. be used for students to create and practice The planning process began two years ago, according to Joyce Meldrem, the library’s diDeone Merkel their presentations. “There is a demand for that,” Merkel said. rector. But even after those two years the plan ARC circulation When the library closes for the evening, there is still in an exploratory phase with many coordinator will potentially be a space for students to use. questions still to be answered. But, plans are The plans explore the possibiliy of blocking off picking up in steam. space to make such a room. The space would be “All of us on staff were integral in the a hang-out area, as well as a formalized learning center. plan,” Merkel said. Because the project is still in the exploratory phase, ofThey started off with a focus group and then broke into small groups. But the process was slowed down because ficals do not feel comfortable talking about cost until more of staffing issues. So, one of the goals is to have a Col- data is provided. The data comes from an annual survey givlection Development Librarian. this person would analyze en during “Library Week.” By participating in the survey, data about the kind of books that are checked out and the students can take an active role in the process, because the individuals that are checking them out. Because there is data collected will be used to see where there is demand. no one currently in charge, the director ends up doing a lot However, the goal right now is to see how the library can best serve both students and teachers. of the work.
by NICK Sentovich staff writer
27 students, faculty and staff members have been nominated for The Lorian ‘2012 Person of the Year’ award ... pages 10-11
photo by Jon Denham
Reflecting on Haiti ... page 2
March 29, 2012
Daughters dig the dapper dancing The Daughters of Isabella hosted a formal dance last Saturday night in the ACC Ballroom to raise money to send one Daughter to the DOI International Conference by K.T. Heidorn copy editor
This past Saturday, the Loras Ballroom was decorated with candles and sparkling lights as students danced the night away. A date night for couples, or a fun night out with friends, the third annual formal, “A Night Under the Stars,” was sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella and helped raise money to help send one Daughter to the DOI International Conference in August. Women donned prom dresses and dapper;ydressed men learned how to dance swing, waltz, and cha-cha for about a half-hour. After the dance lessons, participants swayed and boogied-down to both modern and classic tunes. When the dancing became too strenuous, dancers took a break to chat around tables while enjoying beverages and a variety of desserts. Lindsey Davis, a junior, found the dance lessons very helpful “With our (her and fiancé Joshua Moris’) wedding in only a few months, it was great to be able to learn how to waltz in preparation for our first dance.”
Haitian school of thought by MARY AGNOLI news editor
During J-Term Break, five Loras students and two faculty members traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for a week-long service trip through The Haitian Project (THP), which supports and operates Louverture Cleary School (LCS) — a tuition-free Catholic boarding school for students from the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince who are dedicated to rebuilding their country. Although the class assumed they would be merely serving the people at LCS, they ended up receiving more than they could have imagined. And their gift came in the form of knowledge and a better understanding of the real needs of Haiti. After strenuous physical labor in the mornings, (moving compost, rock piles, crushing cans with bricks, and burning trash among other things) the volunteers had the opportunity to sit down with THP President, Deacon Patrick Moynihan. One of the ideas he stressed the most, was that the people of Haiti are not helpless. They are not victims to save; they are capable and smart individuals who may not have the same opportunities — especially educational — as others. That is one reason why THP and, more specifically, LCS was founded — so that, as a community, members of THP/LCS can work at the most local level to build upon the needs that is already in Haiti. “[THP] needed to support education if they wanted their efforts to make a real, sustainable, and internal change in the country,” said Tim Scordato, the Rockford Office Manager. The school, which was founded in 1987, began with many goals, but one main mission. “…to build future leaders for Haiti,” said Scordato. With only 50 percent of the country’s children attending school, the
Pro-life Thought for the Week Umbert the Unborn by Gary Cangemi
photo by MARY AGNOLI
Sophomore Jacob Urbelis helps a little girl from the neighborhood around the LCS with an art project. presence of LCS has greatly benefitted its community. “Today, there are 350 students and 343 LCS alumni who are committed to making sustainable change in Haiti,” said Elizabeth (O’Connell) Cross, the LCS vice-president of Community Development and a 2001 Loras graduate. Although the academic aspects of LCS are vital to the education of the students, they are not how The Haitian Project measures the program’s success. “The success of THP and LCS aren’t found in the personal achievements of our students,” said Cross. “The success is found in what our students are able to do for others.” This idea feeds directly into the school’s mantra and heart which
comes from Matthew 10:8: “What you receive as a gift, you must give as a gift.” All of the positive work by THP has only been possible through the work of both local and United States volunteers (both long-term and short-term). “THP would not be the mission it is today without volunteers,” said Cross. The Loras volunteers took everything they learned in Haiti back to the States with them where they have been truly trying to live out another one of The Haitian Project’s goals: to live simply so that others may simply live. For more information regarding The Haitian Project and Louveture Cleary School, visit their website at http:// www.haitianproject.org.
Marathoners needed Dance Marathon organizers gear up for another night of fun and fundraising by kalli miner staff writer
— Advertisement from Duhawks for Life
It’s time again for DuHawks to support DuHawks as Loras College Dance Marathon makes its final push to recruit dancers for the Children’s Miracle Network charity marathon. Loras is counting down the days until it will host its 7th archive photo D.M. on April 20th through Loras students dance with some kids during the 2011 the 21st as a celebration of the Dance Marathon year-long fundraiser. “Besides some sleep, I don’t t-shirts, food, and the opportuThis year’s fundraising goal of $135,000 would surpass see what dancers have to lose nity to be a part of a 12 hour previous L.C.D.M. records if in signing up,” said recruit- dance party. To add to this reached, but 50 more dancers ment committee co-chair Ei- year’s excitement, an all-new rave hour will be included are needed to help meet the leen Torpy. “Someone once told me that in ‘007: Dance another Day’ objective. The recent GO BANANAS ‘If you have the ability, you theme. DuHawks have until 11:59 campaign to help raise money have the reason.’ These famifor miracle child Anna Weitz, lies go through so much, and p.m. of March 29 to sign up at niece of Loras staff mem- this is our one night to make a www.lorasdm.org/register! to be a dancer and to be a part of ber Kim Walsh, has helped difference in their lives.” Along with helping make something that Torpy describes to boost dancer sign-ups but miracles, dancers receive two as “simply life-changing.” more are still needed.
March 29, 2012
illustration by EMIL FULL
photo by NICK JOOS
Argaw Oremo, native of Ethiopia and Loras employee, stocks the shelves in the POD.
been busy. Namely, starting his foundation, Friends of Homacho. The organization is a non-profit aimed at “[I want] the children to become educated people for helping the villagers of Homacho and educating the Ethiopian children. the future.” “First we need to build a preschool and kindergarThis is one of the main goals for Argaw Oremo’s projten in the village,” Oremo said, “because they do not ect, Friends of Homacho. Oremo is well-known across camous as the kind- exist and children under the age of seven cannot go to ly man working in the POD, as well as in the Duhawk school.” Being a former math teacher gave Oremo a love for Market. But that’s not all that occupies his time. He also takes foundational English classes in the ACC. education, and so his dream for this project is to help children near his home become eduHe’s taking advantage of all opportucated. nities America offers him, because he Another goal is to get more drinkis here thanks to a stroke of luck. I like to help children, able water to the area. In 2008, Oremo won the Diversitydo not get enough water,” OreVisa Lottery, a lottery held each year and so if I had a better mo“We said, “and so our hope is to get wato bring people into America from unchance to, I would. ter for the village, too.” der-developed countries. Oremo just wants to help wherevThis lottery, Oremo says, at one er he can. point had 5 million applicants. He put Argaw Oremo “You know, if I had the chance in his name in 2007 and a year later to teach the students, to help them I found out he had won. would,” he said, “because I have expeHis parents sold their home to help rience. I like to help children and so if pay for the trip, and he has been workI had a better chance to, I would.” ing two jobs to help pay for their new home. Oremo also said that while he is hopeful for Friends This past winter he traveled back to his southeastern for Homacho, they still need to raise at least fifty to sixEthiopian village, Homacho. “I spent time with my family, my wife, and my broth- ty thousand dollars. So far, the project has raised only $6,000 which is not ers and sisters,” said Oremo. “[Also], my friends and I went to a type of YMCA center where we distributed enough for what he hopes to accomplish. He is worried because, since this is all independent [supplies] to two schools.” Oremo works with his friend Don Koppes, a volun- work, with limited donations, it will take a long time for tary English teacher, who also serves as mentor for Ore- his goals for the children to be realized. mo and who was took him in after he came to America. For more information on Friends for Homacho, visitSeizing the opportunity of American life, Oremo has check friendsofhomacho.blogspot.com.
by JOEY RUDDY staff writer
Musically inclined photo by JIM NAPRSTEK Singer/songwriter Hana Pestle performed at Loras last Saturday night courtesy of the CAB concert committee.
The Dubuque City Council has passed a new law requiring businesses to report how many plastic bags they use in hopes to help the environment by ANDREA BERNS staff writer
Plastic bags will soon be forgotten in the city of Dubuque. Plastic’s decomposition is alarming, and it is just one of the many reasons why plastic is disappearing. Once the plastic bags reach the landfill, they take up to four hundred years to decompose, due to their lack of biodegradability, littering the earth and harming animals. The Dubuque city council plans to have the amount of shopping bags cut by 90 percent by the year of 2017. Last week, the council gave their consent to the new regulation that requires businesses to report the The council amount of plastic bags they use. However, has been reported that at least one busi- plans to have ness is hesitant about sharing this information due to its competition with other busi- the amount of nesses. In response to this report, howev- shopping bags er, it was stated that without this informa- cut by 90% by tion, the city will not be able to know effective limiting the use of plastic bags will be. the year of 2017. In the meantime, one thing we all can do to limit the use and wastage of plastic bags is to bring our own reusable bags when shopping. Our very own Duhawk Market has already been following this idea, refraining from handing out plastic bags to customers. While this may be seen as inconvenient, the Market does, however, have inexpensive reusable bags up for purchase that can be reused again and again. Take part in protecting the environment, and refrain from using plastic bags. It will help maintain the environment’s cleanliness and keep the Earth eco-friendly.
Brains: ‘Kid-friendly’ continued from page 1
Lisa Grinde, professor of psychology, took part in the event with her 4-year-old son commended the students who led the activities. “I was impressed with our students’ knowledge of the brain and their ability to transmit that knowledge in a kid-friendly manner,” she said. “You could clearly see their passion and respect for the complexity of the brain and their enjoyment in sharing that passion.” “It is important that we educate others about the basics of the brain and its involvement in our everyday life, like thinking, listening, making decisions, etc,” Brandt said. “This event attempted to do just that.” Amanuel Hmariam said, “I think it was so much fun to interact with the young ones and teach them what we learned. The most amazing thing about it was that we were talking about one of the most important organ in our body and a significant aspect of our life.”
Corrigendum by DR. SALVATERRA
There were some inaccuracies in the 2/23 Lorian article entitled “Happy 175th Anniversary.” The college’s 100th anniversary was celebrated in 1939, the 150th in 1989, so if that is accurate we SHOULD celebrate the 175th in 2014. BUT The 50th was celebrated in 1923, making the college’s founding date 1873. Therefore, the centennial should have been celebrated in 1973 and the sesquicentennial in 2023. Yet someone decided that the centennial should be celebrated in 1939 (only 16 years after the 50th was observed) and we have used 1839 as the founding date since 1939.
March 29, 2012
Why I’m a liberal T Rockin’ RObbins
urn on talk radio for about five minutes and you will likely here some politician or political analyst branded as a liberal. In the worlds of commentators like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Ann Coulter, liberalism is the “sign of the devil.” Coming from a family populated with republicans, I can recall the lamenting, frustration, and genuine hatred felt for liberalism. Even in my high school years, I became indoctrinated into
detesting them. Now in college and blessed with a mind rational enough to make informed decisions, I thought about liberalism and why people have such potent hatred for its name. It’s my conclusion that liberalism is simply a scapegoat for right leaning politics. Any and all political, social, and economic problems are the fault of liberals, accumulated in the Democrat Party, who secretly hate America and want to destroy and subjugate our country to our enemies. Sound nuts? Listen to talk radio and that message will be relayed ten times over. But what is an actual liberal? Who are they and what have they done? I’ve collected a few bits of personal analysis on liberals, and what I’ve concluded to be their historic effect on America. Liberalism is defined within its name: a person who has liberal, or more open minded, ideas on an issue. When applied to politics, liberals generally support more tolerant, inclusive, and progressive ideas. In a historical context, liberals can be found on the prevailing end of all of our major civil rights issues. The campaign to give women the right to vote in the 1910’s was orchestrated by liberals, people who wished for society to empower women and give them political equality. This stance stood against the “traditional values” of the time and was radical to many. Liberalism pushed for women to be Herman Cain may allowed equal political be a conservative participation, giving female right-wing African American, pundits like Ann Coulter but if it were not for their right to blabber liberal abolitionists about “liberal tyranny” on national television. challenging the Liberalism has given conservative a lot to those who call for its destruction. system, he’d be Herman Cain may be picking cabbage a conservative African rather than running American, but if it for political office. were not for liberal abolitionists challenging the conservati ve system, he’d be picking cabbage rather than running for political office. The catholic conservatives at Loras have their own debt to pay, for anti-Catholic sentiment was a traditional value of protestant America for much of the nation’s history. Liberalism has brought, and continues to bring, equality to minorities, as well as innovative new ideas. The value in that is more than anyone can articulate. Liberalism as a word has been twisted and manufactured by the radical right as a tool for invoking fear in those who hear it. I find this abhorrent and honestly ill-informed and ridiculous. I am proud to call myself a liberal. Liberalism is what continues to make this nation a more accepting and equal place. I owe my rights and human dignity to the liberals who fought against the conservative norms of society to bring me the freedoms I so frequently take for granted. Don’t let the radical bloodhounds on talk radio or Fox News pollute your mind on the value of liberalism, we all are indebted to it. Everyday progressive liberals fight new battles to empower the weak and bring justice to those who are deprived it. Don’t let liberal be a hush word, wear it on your forehead and let it shine with pride!
What do you think...? ... of the standstill in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida? Rob Farano
sophomore He should be charged. It was wrong because he ignored police orders and took matters into his own hands.
junior It’s wrong and extremely disappointing. There’s a lot that could have been done to provide justice to his family. It questions our justice system.
I think all the right actions were taken and he was only defending his property, feeling a threat from an intruder.
Chris Fabian sophomore
I think anybody who possesses a registered weapon in their hand should follow rules similar to law enforcement when they are using their
Aleksandar Serafimoski senior
He should have called police and let them handle it. He shouldn’t be misusing his weapon.
senior The shooter shouldn’t have guns; that’s too much power in his hands. He should have let the cops handle it.
sophomore I don’t think he should be let off. Based on what I’ve heard, it doesn’t seem like Trayvon had done anything life threatening that he
junior That’s stupid. It’s racial profiling.
first-year I think the shooter should be charged for murder. The descriptions he gave doesn’t justify his acts.
Casey Wilgenbusch junior
I believe in the use of deadly force to protect onself in self defense, but from what I know of the case, the shooter wasn’t right to use the lethal force in the
Jon Moore first-year
The fact that a minor was killed and no charges were held against the shooter is surprising.
first-year Although we aren’t sure of all the details, the use of lethal force seems excessive in this situation.
March 29, 2012
Racism taints the American Dream
March Nov.29,3,2012 2011
— A little over the top — food for thought: Time magazine once doctored up a photo of O.J. Simpson. Now, virtually every Major news outlet has been transmitting one photo of George Zimmerman. It’s the one on the right, of course.
he American dream speaks to a conception and an overarching response to the challenges we face as a nation, society, and as a people. We are faced with two roads: one that leads to success and one that ends in failure. All too often we place too much emphasis on ourselves and forget that we do not control our lives as much as we would like ach ittle to believe we do. Due to situations outside of our control, life can get a bit overwhelming at first blush, until we realize that much of the course of our life is out of our hands. And then we must ask: does everyone have the same chance at the American dream? From our faith to our friends, life happens unexpectedly. When political parties are met with animosity, tragedy can strike. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, and every conspirator in between, the shape and trajectory of American history has often been shaped by the more ignoble among us. America stands proud of its many accomplishments, but many folks recognize a giant blemish across our history: the enslavement of a people. History has given us generations of Africans enslaved to white, male landowners. One hundred fifty years, a King, a mountaintop, a Civil Rights Movement, and an AfricanAmerican President later, we are still in want of a promised land. We are still thirsting for an equal society. We are still searching for a post-racial society. When a people is systematically oppressed albeit “quietly,” when words such as “welfarequeen” become the not-so-secret code word synonymous with hate and prejudices, when a young man is feared and “lynched,” due to the color of his skin, in the streets of Sanford, Florida, by a neighborhood watchmen acting in “self-defense,” we as a nation must take a good long hard look in the mirror. Reeling from this answer, we must recognize the horrible truth we wish would disappear: racism still exists and is more present than we think. However, it is encouraging to hear three in four Americans are calling for George Zimmerman’s arrest, according to the latest CNN/ORC International poll. But until we understand that the death of Trayvon Martin was entirely unnecessary and completely preventable, the problem of racism will go nowhere. Until those who imply race is being overemphasized in this issue and that it was not the driving factor understand the absolute ignorance of their position, will be stuck in neutral. Trayvon Martin was killed because of the color of his skin, plain and simple. It is a tragedy that has caught the eyes and ears of many. Personally, I do not frighten too many neighborhood watchmen with my skittles and iced tea in hand. Then again, I’m white, so I have never scared someone simply because of my skin color. While some of you may be finishing your laughter here, it is some serious food for thought. Calls for justice are echoing across the nation, and George Zimmerman may have found himself in the center of a firestorm encirciling a new and earnest dialogue on the prevalence of racism and its draining effects on our culture. This issue extends far beyond the reaches of an article in any newspaper. It calls to each and every one of us. It beckons us to either recognize Jesus’ call to love everyone as children of God, or to deny the basic Christian ethic that Christ compels us to live. Maybe one day, just maybe, the noble American dream can become attainable by all, not just America’s “privileged” descendants and civilians.
Little to the left
Free ponies from the president?
Know your ‘knews’ Do you believe what the media tells you? Odds are, most of the time you do. That’s a debate we could go on with for days. What is certain is this: media bias is everywhere, and some outlets are more guilty than others. Pay attention to the source. In order to understand what you’re facing, find facts. Don’t take what you read or see on the news at face value. It pains a newspaper editor to say this, but it’s true: Creating and distributing the news is a business. The goal of news organizations is to sell their product. Bending some truths to rile up readers sometimes is the sad outcome. It can be tricky to distinguish between truth and tall tales. To illustrate this disappointing reality, look no further than the situation in Florida. There, a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Much of this case is unclear; Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense and is cooperating with authorities. Some say Martin was not acting maliciously towards Zimmerman, but the police think otherwise. Details are sketchy in a case like this. All too often in criminal cases, including murder, factual information is rather scarce. With those small facts to run on, how can it be that anyone, outside of Zimmerman and a few people close to the situation have any insight? But the photos being run and the tones of the articles suggest this case is “open and shut.” As illustrated above, the photo of George Zimmerman used by most media outlets is quite condemning. The media apparently is opting for the one photo because it makes Zimmerman look like a thug — as opposed to the one of him wearing a suit. The mugshot-like photo
reflects many Americans’ opinion on the situation. The media does this for one simple reason: If a story or image stirs the masses, more people will read about it. It sells. A news organization is not obligated to show a suspect in a good light, but it also should not go out of its way to show him (or her) in a bad light. The media is simply a messenger. It does not sit in judgment. Providing anything except an unbiased narrative is a direct violation of a journalist’s code of ethics. Question what you read. Check up on facts, because sometimes the most trusted news sources can be the most misleading.
Editorial staff co-executive editors Nick JOOs and rajendra thakurathi news editor MARY AGNOLI features editor SURYA PANDEY sports editor JACK METZ photo editor KeLSEY BERGAN illustrator AYUSH SUBEDI advertising manager Mike Broton assistant features editor
COLIN HALBMAIER copy editors Laura Hebbeln K.T. Heidorn Hannah way Matt Koch moderator TIM MANNING
ith the GOP primary heating up headlines across the country, little is being said about President Barack Obama’s Democratic challengers. While Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich continue to duke it out state by state, the alternatives on the left are absent from the spotlight. Where is a disgruntled atrick rady Democrat to turn? Fear not my leftist friends, self-avowed “friendly fascist” and “tyrant that you can trust” Vermin Supreme is waiting in the wings. A short YouTube search of “Vermin Supreme” renders one with a five minute comprehensive view of Mr. Supreme’s platform. Supreme may be exactly what your party needs for the 21st century. Think of the charm of Joe Biden, the spark of Howard Dean, and facial hair not seen on a democratic candidate since Grover Cleveland. Aesthetically, Vermin Supreme fits the direction in which the Democratic Party is headed. Crowned with a large black rubber boot, dressed in an animal print robe, and sporting a wild and untrimmed beard, Supreme looks like (and probably smells like) your typical “Occupy Wall Street” protestor. In a political time when a candidate’s ability to relate to the American public is more important than ever, is there a better way to make a connection with your most vocal and present group than looking the part? Have President Obama’s failed green energy programs got you down? Don’t rethink your stance on the Keystone pipeline, for Vermin Supreme has an energy vision for the future. Supreme advocates tapping into America’s “zombie power” reserves. This unique energy program places zombies on turbines, and then baits them with brains. Provided with their natural incentive, the zombies begin to walk, moving the turbine the same way wind propels a windmill, or water powers a hydroelectric plant. Supreme’s plan is brilliant because it prevents eyesores from invading the landscape, and fewer environmental problems from dams. The naysayers will call zombie energy impractical, but “Supreme Energy” (it markets itself) promises to create as much energy as government subsidized Solyndra during 2012. Are you worried about the effect of losing Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity? Fear not, socially aware Democrats! Vermin Supreme champions oral health. Kids across the nation, when faced with President Supreme during the commercial interlude of their favorite shows, will be thrilled to brush twice a day, if not more. After all, a crusade for oral health is just as noble as ending childhood obesity. Finally, the corner stone of Vermin Supreme’s campaign is his free pony entitlement program. Under President Supreme, all 319 million United States citizens will receive a free pony. Research renders the average price of a pony at about $2,500. This figure, multiplied by 319 million American citizens results in a product of about $797 billion. Compare to the economic price tag of President Obama’s stimulus package. The CBO now estimates the plan will cost $831 billion. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act is expected to cost over $1 trillion. If Democrats are looking for a fiscally responsible representative for their party, they better toss President Obama aside and look to Vermin Supreme. The policy is clear. The numbers are clear. The best choice for Democrats across the country is the man in the animal print robe with a boot on his head: Vermin Supreme. Behind President Supreme, may we “ride our ponies into the future!”
Read and Right
March 29, 2012
Down By The River
CAMPUS-WIDE CLIMATE SURVEY
by NICK JOOS
Photo by KT Heidorn
Full-time student, full-time bride by KT Heidorn staff writer
You’ve got classes, you’re in a few clubs, have a job, enjoy a social life, and volunteer. Every minute already seems planned out. Do you think you could add another responsibility to an already busy semester? One student, junior Lindsey Davis, is doing just that. She’s planning a wedding. Lindsey, a sport science and psychology major, and her future husband Joshua Moris are getting married on June 30 at Pikes Peak State Park. After having met at their workplace, Culver’s, in Prairie du Chien, WI, the two eventually began to date. On their 3 year anniversary, Josh got down on one knee at Dubuque’s Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, and proposed. This past August the couple decided on a date and has been planning ever since. Lindsey and Josh, because of distance, can only get together on the weekends, which is when they spend time planning. According to Lindsey, Josh doesn’t mind helping plan the wedding, “He doesn’t like making final decisions without my input, but he is more than happy to roll up his sleeves and help me with anything and everything.” Even though they’re planning a day for themselves and 300 plus guests with a budget between $7,500 and $10,000, Lindsey said they haven’t gotten overwhelmed yet due to “a lot of family support.” Though they’ve had plenty of help, there’ve been some difficult parts to planning the wedding, “We have the majority of the bigger things planned out, but figuring out and dealing with all of the small things is such a hassle.” What’re the next things on the list? Addressing invites and figuring out songs for the DJ. Lindsey also mentioned that she’ll be creating a lot of the decorations herself, and got many ideas off of the website “Pinterest.” Though it’ll be time consuming, the couple will save money. “The best part (of planning the wedding) is piecing together and creating the most memorable day of our lives. What girl doesn’t fantasize about creating her ideal wedding day?” said Lindsey. “I am truly excited to be getting married.” However, there’s one part of her special day that’s already getting her nervous: having 300 guests watch the first dance. “I’m not exactly graceful on the dance floor,” she said. When asked if she has any regrets in deciding to get married while still attending Loras, she said, “Absolutely not. The planning may be hard work and time consuming, but I’ve been waiting to marry my best friend for almost 5 years. And I want to walk across that stage at graduation as a ‘Moris.’” Here are Lindsey’s words of advice for wedding planning: 1. Be flexible with your planning. Don’t have your heart set on something before it’s set in stone. 2. Find creative ways to be frugal. Wedding costs add up too fast. 3. Don’t let planning stress you out. It may be the best day of your life, but if you let everything get to you then you won’t be able to truly enjoy yourself or your significant other.
“The masterpiece on the Mississippi,” as Dubuque is nobly christened, seems like a fair title. Nearly ten years have passed since the 400 million dollar riverfront project was completed, and Dubuque is now one of the most lucrative tourist destinations in the state by traffic per year. But just up the river from the sprawl of casinos, restaurants, and convention centers, you’ll find Loras sophomore Brett Epping, and many like him, with a pole in the water, and a Styrofoam dish of worms at his side. Epping likes to fish. In fact, he’s been doing it since he was old enough to hold a pole, and he’s attending college in the right place. The Upper Mississippi is home to over 100 different kinds of fish. Around Dubuque, walleye, bass, and perch are the most common. Epping says fishing is a great recreational activity for college students who want to relieve stress and find something, well, easy. “It is fairly inexpensive when starting,” Epping explained, “and it’s pretty easy to catch fish.” Not only is it easy to catch fish, it’s easy to find “hot spots” around the Dubuque area. HookandBullet.com is a good resource for the recreational fisher to find good areas, and according to Epping, simply finding a good location to throw out a line is half the battle. “As you gain more experience try different things, and don’t be afraid to move a little if you’re not catching anything,” he said. Unique fishing laws in the tri-state area, or more specifically, the O’Leary Lake area, benefit college students and their budgets, especially those who want to fish, but have strict monetary obligations. In the O’Leary Lake area, just northeast of Eagle Point Park, on the Wisconsin side of the river, those with an Iowa or a Wisconsin fishing license are allowed to fish. It’s a rule that benefits a multitude of people, and the only place in the area where both licenses are allowable. Not only is O’Leary Lake legal, it’s a hot spot. Epping says that’s one of the best places in the area to fish, especially in the early spring. “The fish go there to spawn,” said Epping, “and the water is calm, so the baitfish tend to congregate there.” Baitfish are just that – smaller fish caught and used as bait for larger fish. O’Leary Lake is a haven for fishing enthusiasts; it is situated just off the Lock and Dam No 11, off the main current. Sedimentary deposits have created a sand bar that juts out into the water, offering optimal depth, and as Epping explained, calm waters. Lake O’Leary is just one of many fishing location around the Tri-State area, and it only takes a simple internet search to find more. The sport of fishing has Brett Epping’s endorsement, and with its low cost and low activity level, others might quickly jump in as well. “Fishing is so relaxing. Most of the time there are no distractions, and it’s good to get away from school and people for a while and catch some fish,” Epping said. photo by Nick Joos
A separation of movie and state by RAJENDRA THAKURATHI
At a time when Iran is seen in the media losing hearts because of its stance on nuclear programs and its tiff with Israel and the US, an Irani film succeeded to win hearts in the Academy Awards 2012. The film, “A Separation,” by Asghar Farhadi, peeps into the Irani society, talking much about relationships, gender, religion, and complexities of law and divorce. It turns the
story of a couple’s collapsing marriage into a vision of an entire society. Nader and Simin decide to divorce after their marriage of 14 years. What keeps them close, however, is their daughter Termeh, who decides to live with Nader and his father, an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and on the verge of dying. The story takes off from here, and soon Nader is dragged to court on the charge that he physically abused poor Razieh, a poor young woman that Nader hires to take care of his father at home. The rest of the movie depicts the complexity of the law system, difference of gender power and the
vitality of relationships. The film also shows the difficulties that can come from being honest and truthful. The juxtaposition of gender, generation, religion, and class, which can be unfamiliar and mysterious to the American audiences, provoke a lot of philosophical and ethical questions. There are a few moments in the film when the story can look monotonous and unstimulating, but the ending is what keeps the audience glued to their seats. Farhadi is smart to keep the audience waiting until the credits roll, and the audience leaves the theater with questions and ideas playing in their minds. Farhadi might not have made the film targeting the American audience or British audience specifically, but the story is borderless and smart, beautiful and astonishingly gripping. Through the story, he might even be alluding to “the separation” of Iran and the rest of the world through the themes of truth, honesty, relationships, and tyranny.
March 29, 2012
7 The meaning of Easter is ... Off by a Hare? by COLIN HALBMAIER
assistant features editor
For most of us, memories of Easter go back as far as we can remember. While traditionally considered to be a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this holiday has been observed by a wider group with a different meaning: a recognition of spring and rebirth. The name “Easter” is not a Christian word but is a reference to the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring, Easter. In her honor, an annual celebration would be held at the vernal equinox, or the ending of Winter and the beginning of Spring. The white Easter lily has become a symbol of this tradition and what it celebrates. Despite its religious significance, Easter is not traditionally celebrated with images of Jesus, but rather, a bunny known for leaving eggs for children. Like Easter, this symbol does not come from Christianity. Instead, it is symbolic of Spring as a time of re-birth. Rabbits are very fertile, and it is not uncommon for a mother to give birth multiple times in her lifetime. This characteristic has led them to be considered a symbol of fertility, and therefore relating to the “time of re-birth.” The eggs which the Easter Bunny (once referred to as the Easter Hare) leaves behind are also viewed as a symbol of life. Varying philosophies include the Romans, who believed that “all life comes from an egg,” and the Christians, who see eggs as “the seed of life” and therefore similar to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While some cultures colored eggs in the past, the official meaning behind coloring eggs for Easter is unknown. The tradition of egg rolling, in which children race to roll an egg down a hill the fastest, is a tribute to the stone rolling away from the tomb of Jesus. While the Easter traditions of today do not belong to specific religion, they do embrace the common secular value of Easter: Spring and re-birth.
T h e G i r l O n Fi r e by MATT KOCH
assistant news editor
May the odds be ever in your favor— that is the motto used to comfort the people of Panem as their children are raffled to their death, or rather, the 95.5% chance of their death. For people with hardly enough to satisfy their basic needs, with disease and squalor dominating their lands, and perhaps worst of all, and the certainty that their life will not improve, odds are really the only thing that can be in their favor. The plot line is fairly simple. In this futuristic society, there exists a “Capitol” and 12 districts. Each district has their specialty: for instance, the main character Katniss is from District 12, which specializes in coal mining. The districts have differing standards of life—all imposed by the Capitol—and, of course, the Capitol has an extremely high standard of living. Seventy-five years earlier in the story’s history, there were 13 districts and they revolted against the capitol. District 13 was annihilated during the civil war, and the rebellion was crushed. The system was re-implemented, but not without retribution. The Capitol saw to it that the districts paid for their sins through the creation of the Hunger Games. Every year, two tributes from each District, a boy and a girl, are to be drawn and compete to the death until one victor remains. These games are
broadcast throughout the country, and are highly anticipated by the citizens of the Capitol. The story begins by introducing sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12 with her mother and twelve-year-old sister. She lost her father in a coal mining accident five years ago, and since then Katniss has taken up the role as provider for the family. Her closest friend is Gale Hawthorne, and in the early scenes of the movie in which they are hunting in the forest, the audience gets the feeling that their relationship may surpass friendship. That is, until Katniss’ life takes an unexpected turn. Her sister, Prim, against all odds, is drawn for the Hunger Games, Katniss becomes the first District 12 volunteer for the Hunger Games, as she can’t bear to see her sister die in the games. Having read the Hunger Games trilogy last November, I had high excitement and even higher expectations for the movie. It did not disappoint. For me there were two major successes of the movie: the actors were superb— especially Jennifer Lawrence who played Katniss—and the movie captured the right atmosphere. Some of the most moving parts of the book were captured quite beautifully in the movie thanks to the cast’s stunning performances. The
atmosphere created the feeling of intense dread and suspense as the plot develops, and even though I knew how it would end, I was on the edge of my seat. With any bestselling book that is made into a movie, there are always those book purists who are unsatisfied (and I admit I have been on that side from time to time). However, I disagree with their objections this time. Of course, the two hour and twenty-two minute movie left out certain aspects of the book. How could it not? They are quite different modes of story telling and therefore require different approaches. The grim picture presented at the beginning of the Hunger Games Trilogy is the terrifying prospect of systemic evil. The archetypal story of good versus evil usually begins with a good and then is threatened with evil. In the case of The Hunger Games (but is by no means unique to it), evil is the status quo and good must circumvent it or perish. Considering the circumstances, the latter seems far more likely to occur.
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Jessica L. Withey Robert S. Steinhoff Rachel R. Kolbeck Sondra F. Dean Michael A. Place Elizabeth R. Kellom Megan D. Smith Hannah O. Wilson Hillary S. Wilson Rachel M. Godshall Karli A. Jonasen Olivia C. Young
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The Lorian received nominations for students, faculty and staff alike. Here is what the nominators had to say. Please note that some statements are edited for space, clarification and brevity.
‘Person of the Year’ 2012 candidates
Kinsey junior Campbell
Brad Cavanagh professor of social work
professor of history
Michelle has been involved in the LGBT community for over 20 years. She has been instrumental in organizing and creating a community-based group for LGBT at Loras and in Dubuque.
Kinsey’s nomination is for being named the captain of women’s soccer team, being named MVP of the 2011 team, her work on Student Union, her volunteer work with struggling readers at Fulton Elementary, and her volunteer work with PALS (Physical Activity with Loras Students).
Brad is the chair of the guiding coalition for the Circles Initiative here in Dubuque. The Initiative is affiliated to the Bridges out of Poverty program. With his energy and passion, he is trying to connect those in need with concerned community members and creating support networks.
With Dr. Eby’s initiative, Loras has put an emphasis on interfaith dialogue this academic year. He is a wonderful examples of how to be firmly grounded in your own faith tradition and yet remain open to diversity.
Maria has significantly contributed to the identity and community of Loras College. She was able to bring the student body together like no one else could this year.
Helen has worked at Loras for 20 years. Not only is her work superb, but her ability to get her work done in a seamless and efficient manner is uncanny. Her projects touch every part of campus – from signage to tickets.
Khai’s passion and intimacy with his home country has always inspired him to be involved in social activism. Be it UNICEF, LISA, Student Union or SOA, he has drained endless hours and energy. This nomination is a toast to say that Burma has ought to change and he can be man behind it.
professor of social work
Katie Kasten sophomore
head coach, women’s volleyball
The nomination is for Katie’s work with Du-Buddies. The organization started last year with an aim to overcome misconceptions and overcome possible prejudices in solidarity with people with disabilities.
Teresa’s nomination is for being so supportive to her team members. She is genuine in her actions and is always understanding and a huge advocate for those who need her help and guidance.
Cassie Koetz senior
Cassie is a great role model and mentor not just for students here at Loras, but also for high school students who come to Discovery retreats as well as to visitors of Christ the King.
Some of Andy’s involvements include Admissions Office, Lead for Loras, Student Alumni Council and Dance Marathon. As DM executive, he has gone to countless DM meetings and off-site events helping to support the kids.
Mary Lynn Neuhaus
Loras has put an emphasis on interfaith dialogue this academic year. She is one of the great leaders on campus to promote this initiative and encourage diversity of faith and religion.
Zach is passionate about things that matter. I’m always impressed when young people get involved politically even though they’re busy with college life. Zach doesn’t do that. He knows it takes work to achieve the right things in our democracy.
Dan is the student body president, has an academic all American, is a staunch supporter of student organizations and above all else one hell of a friend. His biggest accomplishment is that he brought Chicken Nugget Mondays to the Cafe.
Dr. Neuhaus’ nomination is because of her selfless dedication to the mock trial program. She will be leaving the mock trial team after the year. In addition to that, she juggles the hours of teaching, which can only be exhausting as well.
director of campus ministry
professor of communication arts
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‘Person of the Year’
Ally Satterlee sophomore
professor of communication arts
Surya’s nomination is for his great leadership skills through his involvements in LISA, Student Union, Residence Life and a myriad other organizations here. He is a creative thinker, a hard worker and keenly interested in brain. This nomination is a salute his talent, thinking and energy.
Sergio is a resident advisor in Binz Hall, former president of LISA, serves as Judicial Chair of Student Union, co-founder of Beautify Loras Project.
Ally is compassionate toward all that she encounters. She is an active leader on the Loras campus. She is someone that truly values the human dignity of all people with every action she makes.
Craig’s energy, passion and dedication for media arts has made LCTV and the whole media studies department one of the best in Iowa. He continues to inspire new students and old alike. Through his work, he has spread the name of Loras and Bishop Loras all across America which is a matter of pride for all of us.
Dr. Speckhard is an amazing person, a great professor, and an outstanding adviser. He always has time for his students/advises, no matter how tight his schedule is. This nomination is because of his extraordinary personality and an ungrudging willingness to help everyone.
professor of chemistry
professor of economics
Among the demanding course load that comes along with being a double major in math and computer science, Ayush makes time to develop his work as an artist of photography, illustration, and graphic design. Plus, it is heard that he makes pretty mean crispy chicken wraps at the Pub.
Dr. Sula is the best professor on campus, comes to class to teach his students what he’s passionate about, and makes class fun. He’s retiring at the end of the year, so what better way to honor him with a nomination?
Raj’s personable and affable nature has made him a friendly figure on campus. His contributions have succeeded in winning the hearts of many at Loras. He has taken his gifts and talents to serve the community outside of loras as he worked as an intern for the Telegraph Herald and The New York Times.
Anna’s selflessness should be acknowledged throughout campus. She motivates not just the volleyball team, but everyone she happens to meet. There is not one person that would disagree with me when I say she is the nicest, most honest and sincere person you will meet.
Carolyn is never shy about taking on new tasks for the community, and her kindness of spirit extends beyond campus through involvement with Dance Marathon and Campus Ministry where she’s served in leadership positions. She has a zest for life and a passion for people.
New (and safe) voting The fact that someone made the effort to nominate each of our 27 candidates tells me that the competition will be formidable. It’s going to be interesting, but we’re going to try to narrow it down to several finalists in a “primary” that we will post on our new website over the next couple of weeks, then hold another “election” in late April to pick a winner. This “primary” has two parts: n First, we’re going to ask everyone to pick one student, one faculty member and one staff member they think is especially deserving of the attention. We’re hoping this will increase the likelihood that at least one member of each “group” is a finalist. n Second, you may select three “wild card” nominees. These may be any three individuals among the remaining 24 nominees after your first three selections. The “wild cards” each will count for half as much as your “categorical” picks.
Maggie has committed herself in countless ways to Loras. She’s been on the softball team, lived in the Peace & Justice House, is a voice that embraces what is diverse on our campus, and is a willing volunteer to help improve the world.
The nomination is for Kevin’s position as Loras football coaches assistant for 4 years, and countless hours of unmatched dedication and service. He has received high praise and honors from players coaches administration and alumni.
We’re not going to be doing any campus e-mails this time. A few folks, including the provost (Yikes!), said our e-mails came gift-wrapped with a computer virus. And myduhawk.com apparently was murdered by us as well. So, we’ll do this on a new website. No one will confuse this site with myduhawk.com (we haven’t had much time to build it, and it’s a cheap imitation to boot). But it’s brand new and nobody has been creeping around in there, so it’s impossible that the website could wreak havoc ... right?
So, please, take a minute of time over the next two weeks and go to mylorian.com and click on the “nominations” page or just go to mylorian.com/nominations.html.
March. 29, 2012
Dr. Mike Boyd, the director of the Counseling Center, answers student questions concerning anything that relates to keeping it together while doing this crazy thing called college.
Rules: Your aim is to fill up each column and row with numbers 1 to 5 without repeating any of the numbers. At the same time, each heavily outlined cages must produce the mathematical operation indicated in the top corner.
courtesy of kenken.com
My friend tried to send me an email but ended up sending one to everyone. And in it she said she had heard about a kegger I was at. Now I’m worried that everyone back home will think that I drink, which I don’t. What should I do? Just leave it alone? Please help. --Misunderstood Mike Says: Worrying about gossip is very common among young people. This is a sort of electronic gossip. You are worried about what others will say about you with this misinformation out there. As you get older, Misunderstood, you will care less about what people say and more about what they do. Think about how you would act if you had received this e-mail about someone else. Most of the people who received the e-mail will be like you. They smiled slyly with amusement, and deleted it. Think of it this way, anyone who treats someone differently, without giving them a chance to correct the gossip, is not worth knowing. You already came up with the answer. “Just leave it alone.
I think my Mother has a mental disorder. She has lied throughout her life. Even as children she told us what could be considered as major lies , even saying she had a different name to the one she was christened. We have found her out in so many lies , mostly tall stories she has told other people which usually made out that she had a much better upbringing than she did. She has always been a flirt, lying to men and even writing to men in prison as me and sending my photo . She even told me and my sisters that we had a baby brother who died when he was 3 months old when it had really happened to a friend of hers. She went into all the details but only after our father had died so he was unable to say anything about it. We knew anyway that he would never have kept that secret. It’s like we can’t believe anything she says. Can you give any understanding of why my Mother is this way. Her lies have made our lives miseries for years, now we just don’t believe anything she says. --Angry Son Mike says: There are three things about your letter that are very important. First when you were a child your mother’s lying was very difficult for you and your siblings. It has made some very bitter memories. Second, she has demonstrated that she isn’t going to change. Yes, your mother has a mental illness. In her case, it is probably something very long standing. These types of problems are often difficult to change, even when a person wants to. In her case she may not even admit that she has a problem. Finally, you are no longer a child. While you want a good relationship with her, she no longer has direct control over you. You need to make sure you do not give her control over your emotions. You don’t need to trust her and in fact should be careful to not be drawn in and then disappointed. So hold her at arm’s length, but you will be more comfortable and happy within yourself if you try to find a way to be compassionate of her. This problem probably messes up her life and hurts her much more than it does anyone else.
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by MIKE HARLOVIC
The spirit of Columbus lives on in the Knights by JACOB CLAY knights of columbus chancellor The Knights of Columbus—the name says it all. We are men who live by the virtue of chivalry and are quick to serve our community in the defense of the oppressed. Although there may be some historical discoveries that may be contrary to this, Columbus is believed to be the man to have discovered the New World in 1492. The significance of that statement is that the New World has been influenced by Catholics from its very beginning with Christopher Columbus. Knighthood in the past was defined by a vow to protect your king or baron’s land or to go off on some military quest. Today it is the same thing for us as well. Instead of militaristic adventures we travel spiritual journeys. We are here to protect and spread the Catholic faith. We have been called the strong right arm of the Church and protectors of Life. We have a strong devotion to Mary and have all made promises to pray the rosary as often as possible. As Knights we are called to serve the community through charity. Every weekend the Loras Knights go around campus and pick up the garbage, volunteer to clean the grotto, and raise money for charities both on and off campus.
At the time of our founding, being Catholic was not a popular thing. It has been said that the construction of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, had created the same type of uproar that was seen at the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. It was Protestant territory and Catholics were not welcome. At this critical moment,, strong Catholic men banded together in a time of crisis and helped each other both financially and spiritually. The first two pillars of the Knights of Columbus and with them you get the Insurance Program. The Life Insurance Program has been rated the highest quality year after year by outside rating companies. After a member has passed on, the Knights of Columbus financially take care of the family, and half of all the profits go to charities around the globe such as the special Olympics, the pope’s personal charity fund, institutions that counsel pregnant women, and the list goes on and on with the other half of the profit goes toward reinvestment. If you want to make a difference in your community join the Knights of Columbus. The requirements are that you must be 18+, a male, and Catholic. There are over 1.8 million members worldwide, making us the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. If 1.8 million people thought they could make a difference by joining, so can you. Go to kofc.org to find even more reasons why you should become a Knight.
Student Senate and Dance Marathon: A rift finally healed by PATRICK O’GRADY opinion columnist A few weeks ago, you would have been hard pressed to have found more than a few allies for Loras College Dance Marathon within the ranks of Student Senate. In fact, the annual Dance Marathon fund allocation meeting is one of the most dreaded agenda items for class officers. In the past, the meeting has been long, heated, and only minimally productive. In the mind of many class officers, Dance Marathon was believed to hold a sense of entitlement. They had only to show up, and Student Senate would cut a check for their desired amount. Furthermore, class officers expected to be criticized if they did not support Dance Marathon’s fund application because of the organization’s popularity on campus. The question was never if Dance Marathon’s work merited the funding, but rather if an organization that raises over $100,000 could not self-fund their yearly event. Would it be a responsible allocation of funds and, more importantly, responsible to the students of Loras College if Student Senate simply gave the money with no strings attached? Unfortunately, a misunderstanding between Dance Marathon and Student Senate has existed for years. Last week’s meeting finally cleared up the confusion. Three Dance Marathon representatives clearly and articulately outlined the good work that Dance Marathon does, but more importantly to class officers, presented the amount
of fundraising that goes toward their yearly event. Many class officers were amazed to discover that $14,000 of the $22,000 bill for Dance Marathon comes from their annual fundraising push. They only ask for $4,000 from CAB and $4,000 from Student Senate. Large events like Dance Marathon’s typically require 50 percent fundraising. Dance Marathon raised close to 63 percent of their total cost. With this new knowledge in mind, Student Senate and Dance Marathon have reconciled. With this long rift finally over, it is important to highlight communication amongst fellow Duhawks. Dance Marathon is a great organization doing fantastic work, and it was wrong for Student Senate to presume an attitude of entitlement. At the same time, it should not have taken Dance Marathon this long to have been this open with their finances. At a 63% fundraising rate, who would say no? The dispositions of Loras point her students in a virtuous direction. Conflict is unavoidable, but should be approached in the interest of mutual understanding, always keeping the best interests of the students in mind. Over the last few weeks, a lot has been said about being “better together.” That is a fundamental truth. Let the past ills of Student Senate and Dance Marathon be an example to other campus leaders. Learn from past mistakes to promote an atmosphere of cooperation for mutual success. Patrick O’Grady is president of the junior class. estions or comments from juniors may be sent to Patrick. O’Grady@loras.edu.
March 29, 2012 my lorian.com
I could write a book about Antioch by ANDREA BERNS staff writer Star-gazing, rosary-making, and many laughs with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met are only several of the many things that made up my weekend from last Friday night, March 23rd, through Sunday, March 25th. These experiences took place at St. John’s Parish in Placid for the event that is known as none other than the Antioch retreat. I am so honored to finally be able to be called a member of the Antioch family—and that is exactly what we all have become throughout the weekend: a family of followers of Christ. And this is what Antioch is all about, for the name of this retreat comes is named after the place in which the disciples discern their faith. “And it was in Antioch that they were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26). At the very beginning of the retreat on Friday evening, I don’t think many of us knew what to expect. Many were there whom we’ve seen around campus or have shared classes with. However, there were also many there whom were strangers to us. But by the end of the weekend, we were all close like family. Together we shared laughter, tears, and many hugs throughout the retreat, a few of which I still have bruises from being hugged so tightly (you know who you are). These hugs weren’t expected from each other, either. At one point, we were merely asked to share a sign of peace with the ones around us. We all ended up giving a hug to not merely the ones standing around us, but every single Antioch member there—candidates and team. It was one of the most emotionally inspiring experiences of the weekend for me, and a moment where I felt God was truly present. Throughout this retreat, I learned so many things about my faith as well as things about myself that I never realized until this weekend. The talks given by seven wonderful team members spoke to me in ways I never thought possible. I could write a book on the inspiring words I’ve heard these individuals express to us (perhaps someday I will!), but a few highlights of these talks for me included, “True freedom is not doing what you want to do—it is doing what you ought to do,” and “Everyone has a story,” as well as, “Treat the word of God as a living person.” Other food for thought I pondered on this weekend that we all should all take a moment to examine our conscience with is, “Do we truly know Jesus or do we merely know about Jesus?” and “Do we ever do all the right things for all the wrong reasons?” These words spoken by these seven team members were truly inspired by the Holy Spirit, and I believe God was speaking to every one of us through these seven beautiful individuals. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to attend this wonderful retreat yet, but I will say that there will be many things to look forward to, many surprises along the way, and many people who will be there to support you and catch you when you fall. They will become your family. And I recommend this retreat to anyone at all—no matter what stage your faith is in. If it is in need of strengthening or renewing, or even if it is nonexistent, I recommend this retreat. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to spend my weekend with every wonderful person who attended. They have shown me the meaning of true joy and for that, I am truly blessed. This is because, as I learned on this retreat, “Joy is the foundation of our lives.”
March 29, 2012
from the seminary
Jesus gives examples by Ben Dennis seminarian
When we think of the suffering Christ, automatically our minds turn to images of thecross, of horrific abuse, and of a tattered and bloodied Jesus. This is completely natural for a Christian and is absolutely right since this is how Our Lord conquered death and won our salvation. The Passion is the ultimate price that He paid for us. There were, however, many other occasions of suffering for Jesus. We hear that He came to earth and suffered alongside of us, and this means more than the Passion alone. He suffered the common human experiences which are often more accessible and relatable for us. He suffered the death of loved ones. He suffered rejection. He suffered being let down by friends. During Lent we recall a time of suffering for Christ that is closely related to His Passion and death — His self-imposed forty day exile and fast in the desert. Perhaps we overlook this critical part of salvation history at times, as we are so powerfully drawn to the cross, but it is a time in the life of Christ that is inexhaustibly rich in meaning. If the Passion of Jesus gives us the supreme example of how to endure suffering and even of how to die, then the forty days in the desert shows us how to live. Jesus, before beginning His ministry, set out alone into the desert to fast and to pray, a kind of formation process. The Church in her wisdom has focused more on formation in recent times — for seminarians, for religious, and for the laity. Our Lord gave us an indication of the necessity of this Himself, going out into the desert to experience His own excruciating formation process. Here He was tempted by the devil with “riches” and “glory” beyond human imagination, but which could not begin to approach the glory He already knew. He was fully tempted because He is fully human while being equally divine, but Jesus succeeded in staying true to Himself and true to His Father. He reveals the devil as powerless and inept when resisted and gives each of us strength to do likewise. Knowing that we can beat the devil is vital. Here is where Jesus gives us leadership by example. Every day we face temptations that challenge our sublime dignity as sons and daughters of God. Jesus our brother experience this and He did not cave. And why wouldn’t He give us such a powerful model? It was His love and sacrifice which won for us our status as God’s children in the first place. He undeniably wants only the best for us. He will also give us the grace we need to follow Him. There are times when we cannot see past the immediate “satisfaction” of sin. Fortunately Our Savior contemplates eternity and knows where the true good, the true satisfaction is. He also knows our struggle, He knows we can win, and He will help us.
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Let’s quit bickering about oil prices and start drilling for it
NWR, Alaska that deficit must either FlinnNational Wildlife be discovered or bought. sanity Refuge, represents Considering tensions in the 19 million acres of wildlife Middle East and Northern refuge. It is located in Africa Americans are the North-Eastern part subjected to drastic changes of Alaska and is larger in the price and supply of than many states. There is oil, it also seems fiscally estimated to be billions of irresponsible to transport oil recoverable petroleum in from Asia and Africa when ANWR; though it would there is ample supply on take 15 years to reach this continent. Americans eith linn the market. One-hundred do receive a lot of their miles west of ANWR rests oil from this hemisphere a depository where 25 percent of from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, American oil is pumped out every Colombia, and many other places year. America is amidst an energy but still reliantly import from places crisis today and a debate is fought like Saudi Arabia, Russia, and over whether or not to open ANWR Nigeria. The transfer to continental to drilling. oil would greatly reduce energy As aforementioned ANWR costs, and environmental problems rests adjacent to America’s most rooted in the transportation process. productive area for oil drilling; Americans need a new supply Prudhoe bay being the most drilled, of oil on this continent to lower in combination with other fields in dependence on foreign markets, and the area. Each year thousands of issues of political stability, as well water fowl and other birds nest and as to meet the increasing demand reproduce the Prudhoe bay and a for oil. healthy and increasing caribou herd Several alternatives to gasoline migrates through these areas. This have peeked their heads out indicates that wildlife is already their shell, yet none provided the living amidst the most productive control of gasoline power, and area for drilling. This along with the most increase dependence on industrial infrastructure works to other fossil fuels such as coal. The fortify that wildlife and petroleum greatest impediment to alternatives collection can indeed coexist. to gasoline power is the American Current infrastructure maximizes marketplace. This is the case for environmental protection; three main reasons: they are too environmental protection is also expensive, they have limited driving at the forefront of innovation range, and the infrastructure is not in this industry. The industry put into place. Alternatives like the is only improving upon their Nissan Leaf are far too expensive process, and the process is already for most American drivers. The environmentally sound. The fact is distance that alternatives like the petroleum collection and wildlife Nissan Leaf can drive is drastically can coexist. lower than gasoline powered cars. The projected deficit for oil in Yet the most expensive quality is the this country is 10 million barrels. lack of infrastructure put in place. This means the oil to recuperate Gas stations are everywhere but no
At this point there is no foreseeable date Americans will be off oil, and we need to plan accordingly.
one comes across a place to dock the Nissan Leaf. At this point there is no foreseeable date Americans will be off oil, and we need to plan accordingly which means at the minimum meeting our demand for gasoline. There is no means of compensating for the American demand for oil responsibly without taking advantage of continental oil. The industry has the means to do so in a manner which coexists with the environment. Continental oil would decrease dependence on foreign markets. Continental oil would decrease costs in transporting oil. Continental oil would enable us to more aggressively deal with issues in the Middle East through trade embargoes. Yet most importantly, the demand for oil is increasing, and there is no foreseeable time Americans will be making the move to an alternative. It is fiscally irresponsible to not take advantage of our resources with the current deficit. ANWR must be drilled, and we will certainly see many benefits from doing so. It doesn’t make sense to buy oil when Americans have it, and are planning on lowering their dependence on it. Why not exhaust the resource to some extent in the process of transformation?
March 29, 2012 my lorian.com
Men’s golf team eager to compete for IIAC crown
Softball team eyes conference competition
Junior Sam Herrmann, a 2011 All-Conference honoree, will have all eyes on him this season
by JACK METZ
by RYAN BINSFIELD sports writer
The men’s golf team will kick off their spring season on the first of April with the Duhawk Spring Invite. Thanks to great weather, it has been able to get on the links a little early this year ahead of match play. Last season the Duhawks placed third overall in the conference championships and hope for similar success this season. “I expect our team to compete for a conference title this year,” said head coach Jeremy Hawkins. “Our goal is always to do our absolute best, and we have the talent to make that happen.” Hawkins is relying heavily on four players to lead the team: junior Sam Herrmann who was all-conference last year, sophomore Bubba Carter, junior Matt Hillard and first-year Drew Massey. “We aren’t very deep this year as far as numbers, however we have the potential to have the solid four scores needed to be competitive,” said Herrmann. The Duhawks have also spent a considerable amount in the offseason to prepare for the spring season. “This off season we really focused on our fitness. We utilize the same fitness program as the Titleist PGA tour staff, and have really seen some nice results,” said Hawkins. With two weeks of practice under their belt Herrmann noted that the team is still “starting to shake off the rust that comes with the off-season,” but have been focusing on perfecting their game. With one week until the first meet, Hawkins is eager for competitive play. “I am excited about our first tournament; hopefully we will see great improvement from our fall season. You never know how any other team is going to perform. The only thing we can control is ourselves and how we perform. Hopefully we will rise to the challenge and have some success.”
The golf team will tee off its season with the Duhawk Spring Invite
photo by LEAH SEDELLE CHAPMAN
Senior Dan McDermott and junior Katie Flogel partake in some of the fun events that took place during the Alumni Meet last weekend.
Fun and games this time, but outdoor season upon us by JEFF SCHMIDT sports writer
Last Saturday, the Duhawk track and field team had their first outdoor meet of the year. While not exactly an official scored competition, the Alumni Meet was still an excellent chance to compete in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Dozens of current and former Loras Duhawks faced off on the unseasonably warm Saturday. “As a first-year, I did not know what to expect out of the Alumni Meet,” said 400-hurdler and heptahlete Kayla Balke. “Once the meet started up though, I realized just how relaxed and fun it really was. People tried new events, wore funny clothes, and it was cool to see the alumni competing as well. It made my fellow first-year teammates and I excited for our next four years of track and even more excited for the day when we can come back as alumni and participate in the meet.” Now that the Duhawks have gotten rid of some of the outdoor rust, they are looking forward to their first real outdoor meet of the year, the Viking Olympics at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. This will be the first year that Loras College has ever participated in this meet and the setup is a little different than usual. Instead of having the meet take place on just one day, the Viking Olympics take place on both Friday and Saturday. Many of the field events- such as the javelin and pole vault- take place on the first day, with the majority of
the running events happening on Saturday. The track and field team has been itching to get back to competition, and the Viking Olympics are an excellent chance to finally get back onto the track. “I am excited for our first outdoor meet as well,” said Balke. “It will be exciting to participate outdoors and run events such as 400 hurdles that are not run at indoor competition. Also as a heptathlete I am excited to throw javelin! I believe both teams can score well at this meet because I know we have put in a lot of hard work since indoors.” All across the team, the anticipation is high. The last month of practice has been especially difficult for everyone, and the chance to let that hard work pay off is well overdue. Of all the Duhawks, the distance and mid-distance squads have had especially grueling workouts, with little reward or rest. The time for every event and distance to come together and compete is at hand.
Track & Field Schedule 2012 Upcoming Outdoor Schedule n March 30-31, Viking Olympics, @ Augustana College n April 4, Loras College Mid-Week, @ The Rock Bowl n April 11, @ UW-Platteville
This weekend the Duhawks showed the potential that the team can raise their play to on the softball diamond, while also showing shades of disappointing defensive play that lead to some tough losses. “I thought we had an OK weekend,” said Coach Ashley Rogers. “I thought we did some things really well throughout the weekend. It was great to see us score as many runs as we did. Defensively, we saw a lot of things we can still improve upon.” Loras swept a triangular in Beloit, Wisconsin over Beloit College, 3-0, and Rockford College, 8-0, on Saturday before losing a pair of games on Sunday to Carroll University, 54 and 7-5, respectively. Entering Wednesday’s game against University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the Duhawks had a record of 9-5. The Duhawks came out strong to start the weekend against Beloit behind the pitching performance of Kellie Klein, who earned her fourth win of the season on a complete game shutout performance, allowing only three hits while striking out four opponents in her seven innings of work. The offense against Beloit was carried on the bats of first-year Katie Serpico and senior Katelyn Jones who each had two hits, to account for four of the six total hits in the game, with Serpico’s hit in the third inning to drive in Jones on the bases proving to be all the Duhawks needed. The small ball formula continued into the Duhawks second game against Rockford early as junior Shelby Perkins led off with a double, followed by a Jones and Serpico base hits to load up the bases. Sophomore Lara Mangialardi got a baseon-balls and junior Niki Rivera sacrificed flied to give the Duhawks a two-run start, which is what the coach likes to see out of the team. “Yes, I definitely enjoy seeing the team scoring runs like that,” said Rogers. “I know I have talked to the team a lot about manufacturing runs, whether it is a leadoff walk or single, bunting them over and getting a single up the middle to score the run. Small ball is not a bad thing and it is all about just doing the basics to score the runs.” Unfortunately, on Sunday, the Duhawks could not push their record into double-digits victories as they dropped two games to Carroll University. Klein struggled from the mound, giving up five runs on seven hits, and despite runners on the bases in the last two innings for the Duhawks; they could not overcome the Pioneers, losing 5-4. In the second gam,e Loras saw a little more pop in its bats as Jones hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Rivera led off the second with a solo shot to give the Duhawks a 3-0 lead. However, errors costs the Duhawks as Carroll was able to score two unearned runs following the outfield error by first-year Holly Klein, who would also take the loss after pitching the final inning and allowing an unearned run that would cap off the Pioneer’s four-run inning to give them the 7-5 victory. This weekend begins the first conference games for the Duhawks as they kick off the inconference schedule against Simpson College.
March 29, 2012
NCAA should be hogging up all the headlines in March, but NFL still relevant
his week alone we have seen a press conference for a back-up quarterback in New York, suspended New Orleans Saints coach, Sean Payton, ask his mentor, Bill Parcells, to come be interim coach, and Tiger Woods, partying like it is 2009. Now I know why they call it ‘March Madness’.
Wait, what? March Madness is a basketball term, but considering there has not been one buzzer beater yet in the tournament this March’s ‘Madness’ has been lacking a bit. Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, and Ohio State will have to make up for the lack of nail-biter finishes the tournament has been able to drum up so far. In fact, Tiger’s win drew higher viewer ratings than the NCAA tournament, which was aired at the same time. Maybe the NCAA tournament could benefit from a little bounty payment system. But wait. Doesn’t John Calipari already pay his players at Kentucky. I feel like everything that could have been said has been said about the New Orleans Saints bounty system by now, and the lesson that comes from the whole investigation is this: Don’t lie to Roger Goodell. That man does not condone that action at all, and it makes you wonder what kind of suspensions all parties involved within the Saints organization would have gotten if they spoke up and said there may or may not have been money exchanging hands for dirty deeds done on the field. Making money in Gregg Williams’s bounty system was not as easy as some would think, however. Reports from anonymous athletes who played for Williams in Washington said for one, the bounties were only paid out if they won the game, and let’s be honest, the Redskins were not known for their winning ways over that period of time (they won a total of 30 games from 2004-2007). But in all seriousness of the matter, if a coach is walking into team meetings and placing 15,000 dollars on table with the statement, “Brad Johnson doesn’t finish the game” it has to give players an eerie feeling knowing they could have been the one whose head was being hunted. Of course, Williams’ suspension is not surprising at all. He is suspended indefinitely with a review of his situation to come in April of 2013. I would not be surprised if Goodell keeps Williams away from the field for a long time because it is not like Williams can do much to show that he has changed his philosophy concerning bounties. Let’s remember that his suspension is only for what he did in New Orleans, and when the investigations are completed from Williams time as coach with the Redskins, and possibly even his time with the Buffalo Bills, it will depend on how red in the face Roger Goodell is to estimate how long Williams ban will be. The other guys suspended in the matter, Sean Payton, gets a one-year suspension, but could appeal, though unlikely, to get the suspension shortened. I bet, for the most part, he is telling the truth when he says that he had no part in the bounties. According to the anonymous former Redskins player, head coach Joe Gibbs was never in the know of anything Williams was doing as his defensive coordinator. What does it say about the “prestigious” player’s fraternity, the past and present of men who have played in the NFL, that no players ever had suspicions and came forth to tell of Gregg Williams bounty system, especially in a day where concussions are the root of all dangers in the sport?
photo by JIM NAPRSTEK
Senior Kyle Barton prepares to make contact against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earlier this season. The Duhawks are 8-8 overall, with the next five games coming against conference opponents Cental and Luther.
Baseball team enters the meat of conference play
Duhawks look to rebound against Central after a rough weekend by JULIAN GALLO sports writer
After a rough weekend against Simpson College and a close loss to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the baseball team looks to find the edge they had earlier in the season. With Central coming up next weekend, the team has a chance to make a move in the conference as they are 0-3 so far in conference play. Although the team is being outscored, the pitching has been quite solid earning a team ERA of .254 which is still better than their opponents. As coach Tebon at the beginning of the season one of the things that is hurting them in the close scoring games is the missed opportunities to get an out. The error count is up around 50 now, but even with some issues in the field the team continues to keep the scores close. Not only that but many of the teams’ victories have been generally by more than 4 runs. Bats are moving as Mike Pudlo, Cody Richter, Billy Kass, and Eric DeSousa are still batting over .300 and scoring a good amount of points, with their teammates following close behind. “We feed off each other so if one guy gets rolling then it seems to affect the whole team,” said Ries. “In those games we have had guys have big games and we all see that and want to step our own performance up to match their intensity.” Talking with junior infielder/outfielder Jordan Ries about the team’s position right now, I got a great look into what the team is focusing on and what they need to do to continue to improve. “We need to focus on the little things,” said Ries. “We need to do the little things right to win the one and two run games.” Those one and two run games have been the Achilles heel of this
We need to stay positive and focused. It is a long season and we have a long way to go, we cannot take our losses lately to heart. We need to tell the younger guys that they are going to fail sometimes, but it is how we come back as a team the next week that is what is important.
Jordan Ries, senior outfielder
photo by JIM NAPRSTEK Senior Austin Safranski is 1-0 with a 3.18 era in 11.1 innings from the mound in three appearances
season so far, and just like coach Tebon, the team is realizing it. However, the upperclassmen on the team are doing even more to ensure that everyone is keeping their heads up and ready to go. “We need to stay positive and focused. It is a long season and we have a long way to go, we cannot take our losses lately to heart,” said Ries. “We need to tell the younger guys that they are going to fail sometimes, but it is how we come back as a team the next week that is what is
important.” Even though the team lost the last four games, they still have a .500 season with a record of 8-8 and are still in the hunt for a conference victory. The team is still finding its place, but they’re learning now that this conference is wide open to anyone who wants to go after the conference championship. While they search for those winning ways once again, the positive attitude continues to be a focal point for the team and where it wants to go from here. “We need to stay positive,” said Ries. “We have been in every game this year and we need to keep the positive attitudes. We also need to come up with big plays at crucial times.” With all this positive energy flying around, and all of the talent, both from young and veteran players, the team looks to take off this season and make a great impression on the conference.
Update for Baseball Overall Record (IIAC) 8-8 (0-3) 2012 Upcoming Schedule n March 30-31, vs. Central College, @ Petrakis Field n April 3, vs. Luther College, @ Petrakis Field n April 5, vs. Monmouth College @ Monmouth College