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Men’s basketball team makes it to the Sweet 16; women’s indoor track-and-field team finishes 4th in the nation

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Wrestling team No. 2 in nation 5 All-Americans propel Duhawks to best-ever NCAA finish by CONNOR HALBMAIER sports writer

Throughout the past three seasons, the wrestling team has been knocking at the door of respectability. Two weekends ago, that door was reduced to a pile of sawdust. At the NCAA DIII Wrestling Championship in Virginia, the Duhawks left little doubt as to their destination: Loras has developed a premier wrestling program under third-year head coach T.J. Miller. At the end of the national tournament, five Loras wrestlers had earned All-American honors and the team as a whole finished No. 2 in the country. Only perennial power Augsburg stood in the way of a national title. Clint Lembeck started the magic for the Duhawks by capturing a third-place finish at 141 pounds. The junior from Cedar Rapids is now a two-time All-American.

The wrestling team poses for a picture after a successful run at the national title. Loras finished behind Augsburg won the title, but the Duhawks finished well ahead of defending champion and conference rival Wartburg. photo courtesy of LORAS COLLEGE ATHLETIC

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Austin Kuchenbecker by AUDREY MILLER staff writer

Austin Kuchenbecker is a senior biochemistry major, originally hailing from Muskego, Wis. He has been involved in the Honors Program Planetarium Initiative, the Student Ambassador program, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and as a student-athlete on the men’s volleyball team. Out of everything you’ve been involved in, what was the most significant thing you’ve been involved in?

My involvement in building the campus for the better. From the projector our Honors group brought to the planetarium, to the countless tours I’ve given, to my part in building the school’s first collegiate men’s volleyball program, I like the idea that those are things that will continue to positively impact the campus and community that first brought me to Dubuque. How have you seen yourself change over your four years at Loras?

The biggest change I have seen in myself is my disposition toward excellence. I spent most of my time before college identifying excellence as the quantified result – the “A” on the grading scale, the most minutes played, the most renown. Now, as I’m wrapping up my senior year, I find that so much more of what excellence is cannot be so clearly defined. I feel that everyone has their own journey, and to define that journey as a success only requires

The Art of Speech Spoken-word artist caps Black History Month by entertaining and educating audience

Lacey spoke about many times. The idea is that if you tell yourself no, then you’ll live up On Feb. 28, Loras College welcomed the to it. On the other hand, if you tell yourself appearance of Kyla Lacey, a spoken-word yes, that you can do it, then you will. It’s an artist. Black Student Union brought her back idea that is supposed to help keep anyone gofor the second time as part of Black History ing and bring the confidence up. Lacey used Month activities and while also drawing at- this to encourage anyone who needed it and tention to the power of poetry. as advice to future writers. Five Loras students shared their own poet“I’m gonna be a diva for 37 seconds ... inry, with Lacey encouraging every poem read. stead of the normal 38,” Lacey said at the beLacey was published when she was ten and ginning of her reading. She started the night through big-name publications like Huffington Post. She speaks at various colleges every with humor and kept it up throughout the year, gathering followers and spreading her whole night. Before and after every poem, views. there was a joke along with a backstory to Kyla Lacey performed in the ARC on the help enforce the messages of the poem. Most final day of February, capping campus festiv- of her comments were with explicit language, ities marking Black History Month. poking fun at Iowa, Chicago, or that Loras is Lacey was a different take on the usual poets that visit Loras. She embraces who she is a Catholic college in which strong language is and what she’s been through. She channels discouraged. There were jokes about ex’s and a strong comment about Womthis into her poems and writes en’s History Month happening about her differences. She embraced the stereotypes placed in March. Self-fulfilling around black people and not Any audience likely could prophecy is only owned them, but made relate to at least one of the pothem her own. . a concept ems she read. Her poems could “What made me want to that Lacey be heard throughout the library bring her back was the big and this attracted an even larger alluded to crowd that she had last time, audience. People were crowding but also her work and what she many times. along the fourth floor balcony to does for a living. Kyla is a poet listen to her perform. that is what I classify as freelance, meaning that it’s real and “She was funny, very authentic, had really is based off of things she experienced or good poems that needed to be heard,” firstwent through in her life,” said sophomore year Samantha Watts, president of BSU, said. Dominique Jeter, BSU secretary. She saw She was not here the first time Lacey was at Lacey last year and worked to get her to reLoras, but was thrilled to be able to see her. turn this year. “She’s relatable to the audience and has that “I’ve heard nothing but great things, so I was connection. She bases her poems off real life so very excited.” Lacey closed the night with a Q & A sesexperiences and things that help shaped her sion to answer questions ranging from hair into who she is today,” Jeter added. Self-fulfilling prophecy was a concept that care to tips for writers. by ROSE GOTTSCHALK staff writer

that person deem it was. What advice you would give to a younger student who is just starting their Loras journey?

You’re going to grow and change. Remember that just because something doesn’t go as planned, that isn’t a reason to give up or think yourself a failure. Aspirations will shift, goals will change, but you don’t need to be afraid. You are surrounded by people that will help you navigate the twisty-turny route that your next four years will bring. If you had one word to sum up your Loras experience, what would it be and why?

Insightful. I learned so much about myself and others through the experiences and challenges I was exposed to. I am leaving Loras with an insight into both my person and my world I previously never knew I could have.

CORRECTION In the Feb. 28 edition of The Lorian, the wrong name of the author accompanied the article entitled “Life Lessons in mercy.” The online and printed editions both should have labeled Daniel Charland as the author. The Lorian staff apologizes for the error.


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Tips with Trish: Ruminating about possible roommate they helped my adjustment to college life. Recently though, I’ve been drifting from some of these people. It’s not like we hate each other or anything ­— we just seem to be hanging out with different friends. We’ve talked for months about living together next year, but now I’m not sure I want to. How do I know if I should stick with these friends or venture out and live with someone else next year? Housing sign-up is getting close.

Signed, Another Transition

In this column by Tricia Borelli, director of Counseling Services, she answers questions from students about their emotional well-being while attending college. Send Questions or comments to Ms. Borelli, Loras, Box 100, or e-mail All names will be kept confidential.

by Trish borelli Director of the Counseling Center

Dear Trish,

Last year was definitely a year of transition for me as a first-year student at Loras. Most of my friends were from my floor or MOI. I was so happy to connect with them early on, and know

Trish says,

I will address your question in two parts. First: the benefit of having different groups of friends, and second: how to choose a suitable roommate. Hopefully, you will make a lot of friends in college. Just because you met some great people your first year, doesn’t mean you’re done making friends. I met some of my best friends in college during my junior year. The fact that you and your friends feel comfortable branching out says a lot about your relationships. Sometimes friends get jealous or possessive, so count yourself lucky that you aren’t involved in that kind of stress

or drama. Having a variety of friends is good for lots of reasons. The best reason is that surrounding yourself with all kinds of people brings a broader perspective to your world view. Having a diverse group of friends brings out different sides of your own personality as well. Maybe associating with new people will help you learn more about yourself. If all of your friends are on the cross country track team, you will always have that bond based on your love of running, but you might benefit from spending some free time with a different group. If some of your friends aren’t into the partying/ drinking scene and are uncomfortable with going out on weekends, that doesn’t mean you can’t socialize. It just means you need to find some friends to go out with and hang with other friends on a night when you stay in. Hopefully your friends won’t judge you, and you shouldn’t judge them. Regarding finding the best roommate, it’s important to take a few things into consideration. Respectfulness and trustworthiness should be at the top of your list. There will definitely be times

What’s In your Shamrock Shake?

by Audrey Miller staff writer

Well, it’s finally March and that can only mean one thing: St. Patty’s Day is approaching, and Shamrock Shake season is almost half-over. This shake begins its annual month-long availability on Valentine’s Day—Feb. 14—and finishes sales on St. Patrick’s Day— March 17. Soon, the seasonal treat will be coming up on its 50th anniversary, after debuting on menus in 1970. This iconic green dessert has been mentioned in popular culture for many years, and many consumers make it part of their spring tradition. Everyone knows it’s a dessert and a health splurge, but how much of a health splurge is it, really? Let’s get down to the basic ingredients. Shamrock Shakes are made from vanilla soft-serve ice cream, special “Shamrock Shake” syrup, and whipped topping. According to the ingredients list found on the McDonald’s website, this special syrup is composed of (1) High Fructose Corn Syrup, (2) Corn Syrup, (3) Water, (4) Sugar, (5) Natural Flavor, (6) Xanthan Gum, (7) Citric Acid, (8) Sodium Benzoate (which is a preservative), (9) Yellow 5, and (10) Blue 1. Without even going into the additives found in the ice cream and whipped cream, this syrup ingredient list contains a few informational holes. To even the most nutrition-savvy student, this list really only gets us halfway to the goal of knowing what goes into our Shamrock Shakes. We can confidently recognize about 75 percent of the ingredients, at most. Of course, water and sugar are ubiquitous in our daily life. We’ve heard of citric acid, and probably consume it every day in fruits such as oranges, lemons, tomatoes, and grapefruits, but also in vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, potatoes, rhubarb, and beans. In this case, citric acid is most likely being utilized as a preservative. We can also safely assume Yellow 5 and Blue 1 are the dyes that give us the green color of the shake. And we’ve all heard of

high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. However, even the ingredients we recognize raise a bit of uncertainty. What’s the difference between “high fructose” corn syrup, and plain corn syrup? What’s the purpose of having two preservatives: citric acid and sodium benzoate? What sort of biological effect do Yellow 5 and Blue 1 have on the body? And what in the world is my personal pet peeve ingredient name: “Natural Flavor”? Honestly, is there a more ambiguous ingredient? There’s really no way to even know what this may be. Another descriptive qualifier would certainly be nice, such as “Natural Mint Flavor.” That way, we’d expect peppermint or spearmint extract in our shake. Without the qualifier, however, we really have no idea what the company means by “Natural Flavor.” Of course, McDonalds is certainly not the only culprit in this ambiguous ingredient list game. In most of the food industry, it’s difficult to read labels and immediately know what ingredients are healthy, unhealthy, or non-impactful. For Shamrock Shakes, there’s a good mix of ingredient toxicity, ranging from “not too bad” to “yeah, this is pretty bad”: High Fructose Corn Syrup & Corn Syrup: Corn

syrup is 100 percent glucose (which is a type of sugar) while high fructose corn syrup is a mix of glucose and fructose (another type of sugar). The difference between these two sugars is how they are metabolized by the body. Glucose is metabolized in brain, liver, muscle, and fat tissue, and directly increases your blood sugar and insulin levels. Fructose is primarily metabolized by the liver, and primarily affects fats in the blood. Although there are metabolic differences between these two sugars, no sugar is “good” sugar, and therefore, the 2015-

2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend no more than 50 g of sugar per day. A small Shamrock Shakes has 63 g of sugar; a large: 113 g of sugar. Xanthan Gum: This polysaccharide operates as a thickening agent. However, it also operates as a laxative, so if you know you have digestive issues, you may do well to avoid any foods with this ingredient, including Shamrock Shakes. Citric Acid & Sodium Benzoate: Both compounds are treated as preservatives in the Shamrock Shake and alone, are not hazardous to your health. However, these two compounds are often found together on ingredient labels. This is particularly concerning, because the combination of sodium benzoate and citric acid creates benzene rings: a known carcinogen. Yikes. Blue 1: The jury’s still out on this food colorant. Preliminary research at the Slovak University of Technology reveal this compound (commonly called “Brilliant Blue”) may inhibit cellular respiration at high concentrations. Yellow 5: Also known as tartrazine, this compound doesn’t seem to affect most people, but does cause some increased hyperactivity in some with attention deficit disorder. And no, this increased hyperactivity is not just due to the large amount of sugar in your shake. So if you’re only getting your Shamrock Shake fix once a year, you’re probably fine. It’s very high in sugar, and the additives aren’t great, but your body can handle one splurge per season. However, if you’re just looking for a green March beverage to be festive and celebrate the month, green tea would be a much better option.

when you and your roommate will disagree about things, but if you pick a roommate that is respectful, honest and trustworthy, then conflicts or disagreements will be easily resolved. A good communicator is also something to look for. Too often conflicts build up if someone is too passive or too aggressive to talk about problems when they arise. Feeling comfortable to air thoughts and/ or grievances is especially important when sharing a space with someone. Another thing to look for is whether you are physically compatible. Some students need their room neat and organized, and some want their surroundings quiet. Think about what works best for you. You may have a friend you adore who is an extreme extrovert and wants your shared space to be welcome to all. If you are an introvert or like to study in your room, this friend might not be the best roommate for you, and that’s okay. You can still be friends. Don’t try to force something -- it may save the relationship if you don’t live with certain people.

Hope this helps! Trish

Spirituality and Music by Tyler Fahey staff writer

In the 1970s, a lot of Christian churches deemed rock and pop music as un-Christian. They felt people who made that kind of music were devil worshipers. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do know that gospel music has had a big influence on popular music. In the 1930s through the 1950s, gospel music was as popular as folk and blues music. A lot of gospel music originated from the deep south. African-American communities were known for their great influence on gospel music and on the early development of popular music going into the 1960’s. Aretha Franklin began singing gospel music as a child in her church, which led to the influence of gospel music in her future career. A lot of her lyrics don’t reflect Jesus as a whole, but they do reflect interpretation of the Bible and intuitive connections with God and the human soul. Soul music has been influenced by gospel music. Not only has gospel music influenced popular music, but rock bands like U2 are very influenced by religion -- they use religion and religious elements in their songs. The Book of Job is frequently referenced in songs on the album “Achtung Baby”. U2’s singer, Bono, goes to church sometimes and sits in a pew with his family. He’s a member of the Church of Ireland, which is a branch of the Anglican Communion. I think religion has had an influence on all kinds of music. Religion can make a big impact through music too. We’re now seeing modern Christian artists break through mainstream radio with songs like “For King and Country,” that played at the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2015. Religion and music can and do overlap, and in some ways it’s a really good thing. Music has a lot of power. If you’re trying to get a message out, music can get that message out and rally people behind it.

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St. Patty’s: A History by Maddie Smith staff writer

St. Patrick’s Day: a fun Irish holiday reserved for parades, catching leprechauns, corned beef and cabbage, and shamrocks. But how and when did this treasured holiday originate? Well, it all started with a guy named Patrick, who was later named the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Though born in Roman Britain in the fifth century, St. Patrick was kidnapped and forced to Ireland where he lived as a slave at only 16 years old. After fortunately escaping, he eventually returned to Ireland and was recognized as the one who introduced Christianity to its people. March 17, the spirited holiday we all know and love, more deeply depicts the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. Now that you know a little bit more about who the hol- iday celebrates, let’s take a deeper look into some of the symbols and traditions that take place year after year. First, the legendary shamrock. A well-known tale told following St. Patrick’s death is that he actually taught the people of Ireland about the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the native Irish clover, or the shamrock. As symbols and stories evolved, however, the shamrock later signified the rebirth of spring. Further along, by the 17th century, as the English seized their lands and implemented laws that blocked any practice of Catholicism and the Irish language, this 3-leafed clover stood as a national symbol to illustrate Irish heritage and pride and was worn to display their disapproval of the English rule. Today, at least in America, shamrocks are now often associated with the irresistible shamrock shake. Next is the ever-so-loved corned beef

and cabbage. While we view this as a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal, the combination began only in the late 19th century. Though cabbage is known as an Irish food, the integration of corned beef originated in New York City. Interestingly, Irish immigrants substituted corned beef for their classic Irish bacon in order to save money. To my surprise, this alternative was fitting because the Irish immigrants found corned beef not only at a cheaper rate than bacon, but as a luxurious dish. And so, the corned beef and cabbage tradition was born. One of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day traditions growing up was making traps to catch leprechauns. While I would have loved to find that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, my 6-year old self never did catch a leprechaun. We are all familiar with these little orange-bearded men in a green coat and hat; even its original Irish name “lobaircin” means “small-bodied fellow.” These tiny Irish folklore figures were associated with other fairies but were often described as cranky, wealthy tricksters who must protect their gold and treasures. They were considered deceitful and mischievous little creatures, but if you caught one, legends say that he would grant you three wishes in exchange for his freedom. Though leprechauns are only part of fables, we are lucky enough to have them as mascots for the Boston Celtics, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and most importantly, the legendary Lucky Charms cereal. While celebrations in the United States can get crazy, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is surely a sight to see. It wasn’t always that way, however. Because it was traditionally a religious holiday, Irish pubs were ordered to be closed on March 17, but in 1995, the government sought interest in the holiday’s tourist attraction and opportunity to showcase everything Ireland and its culture has to offer. Today, Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival covers several days that include parades, concerts, theater productions, and fireworks galore. How will you celebrate?

Interviewing and Networking for Communication Arts Majors

You are invited to learn from professionals and Loras alumae during an interactive workshop on Thurs. March 14th from 4pm-6pm. The workshop will give you the tools you need to learn how to successfully land a job in

communication. Be sure to bring your laptop to complete some exercises. We are thrilld to say that these alumae will be returning to campus to share their stories and expertise: • Beth Mund (‘96) • Meg Bucaro (‘98) • Penny Gralewski (‘96) • Anna Johnson (‘18) • Allison Wong (‘17) Contact Cayla Schneider for more details or any questions.

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Why Smash Bros Club is worth a look by Josh vogt staff writer

I have not found myself getting involved with many of the clubs that exist on campus, and while they all sound like wonderful communities, there’s something about the Smash Bros club that is just so welcoming and fun. It does not ask any commitment of you, save that you show up, hang out with other people that like to play games, and have a good time. It takes place in Hoffmann 111 biweekly on Sundays at 2 p.m., so its not filling up the time you need in the middle of the week to work on schoolwork. The club is a fine place to go at the end of an especially rough week in order to relax and just allow yourself to forget your troubles for a little while. Smash Bros Ultimate is at its core a game for a large group of friends, up to eight, to play together, fighting against each other as beloved Nintendo and third party characters. At the club, there are three set up at the same time, with one always open for as many as eight to just mess around on, while the other two are one versus one tournaments. No skill is required to enjoy the game at all. When I first started going to the club, I was getting my rear end handed to me constantly, but it wasn’t a bitter moment at all. The people there are understanding and willing to teach you to get better, or just enjoy the game

with you if you aren’t invested in doing so. Nobody will make fun of you or make you feel bad about yourself for not understanding how to play a video game. The leadership of the club, namely President of the club Nathan Kelleher, is very welcoming to the new or inexperienced players coming to hang out. He, along with Vice President Shane Holsclaw, have taken time out of their day to help new members get acclimated to the game, training you to get better at the game as long as you are willing to try. I’ve seen a lot of players arrive very confused, and leave laughing and waiting for the next tournament eagerly. Usually how the tournaments work is that you get entered into a bracket on a site that automatically randomizes the entire thing. You’ll fight against one person at a time until you lose a match, but even then, it is not over yet. You still have a chance to come back through the loser’s bracket, fighting others that didn’t make it in the first chance, which could often be for a silly reason, giving you another chance to make it. If you beat the whole loser’s bracket, you can climb back up and fight for the overall win all over again. The club is a wonderful place filled with wonderful people, and it is a great place to spend the afternoon on a Sunday before another week of classes and stress, allowing you to get some much needed relaxation in your life.

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Can cooler heads prevail in gun-control debate?


by Conor J. Kelly staff writer

n my experience, the issue of guns has been a contentious one with little to no nuance and plenty of tribalistic attacks that do little to tone down this emotionally charged, multifaceted issue. When discussing the gun control issue, the framework always is that you are either in favor of gun control or against it. This is framing is self-destructive to any debate regarding how we address guns and does nothing but divide us. For one, it puts the issue of gun control into one general camp or another, ignoring the fact that some gun control advocates will support some gun control policies and not others. On some core issues surrounding guns, many Americans agree. In 2017, it was found that gun owners and non-gun owners have some common ground as evidenced by the fact that 89% of both groups supported preventing the mentally ill from accessing firearms, 77% of gun owners supported background checks along with 87% of non-gun owners and so on (Pew Research Center, Igeilnik and Brown). It shouldn’t be all that surprising to us as gun control isn’t a singular palate of ideas that one side subscribes to and the other doesn’t. People can subscribe to one aspect of gun control while opposing another. It is better that we look at the gun control debate issue by issue, not in such general terms. The problem is that specific policy decisions are completely lacking from the discussion as most of the time when the issue of guns comes up, the question always becomes: “Do you support gun control or not?” This duality on these complex issues is destructive but

hardly new as we have seen numerous arguments that emphasize this divisive nonsense, robbing the debate and the American people of any nuance. Speaking of nuance being robbed, there is a common point of contention between the so-called gun-control activists and gun owners. That would be the claim that cars kill more people than guns or vice versa. However, the issue with this is that both claims are lacking specifics and are both technically right without specific perimeters or context.

Between 1975 and 2015, car deaths were, in fact, killing more people than guns in both total amounts and per capita, but in 2015, the amount of gun deaths and car deaths roughly equaled out as gun deaths had risen to a rate of 11.3 deaths per 100,000 compared to

cars’ 11 deaths per 100,000 (CDC and NHSTSA). Now if someone was looking at a debate between two political figures and this came up, chances are the two will inevitably be citing different aspects of the statistics. For those watching the debate, it can appear one of them is lying and the other is being 100 percent honest. This is dangerous for a lot of reasons. For one, the reason car deaths have gone down is that officials have been working to advance safety measure both technologically and in policy, but even then there was still some slowing in the trend of car deaths decreasing. This is evidenced by the plateauing effect recorded between 2014 and 2017. Conversely, when one reads the line “guns killed more people than cars”, thoughts immediately go to shootings, but in reality, gun deaths were driven up by suicides as 60 percent of the gun deaths in 2017 were suicides with firearms (Center for Disease Control). By ignoring the reasons these trends occurred, politicians rob people of their ability to support specific policy and create needless polarization. Now that we have the context and causation of these trends, we can look at solutions that would work to address this issue. Accessibility to guns, not banning of guns, would be an area where, as previously stated, gun advocates and gun control advocates could work together as both have generally supported mental health restrictions for gun ownership. Restrictions for purchasing guns could be placed on those with histories of suicide and as such, could address a massive cause of suicide without causing needless conflict between each other. Simply put, the sooner we cast aside generalities, the sooner we get into specific policy and the sooner we solve problems.

Problems with the death penalty by darby Callahan


features editor

s the death penalty effective? Is it moral? These are just a few questions I aim to answer in a short manner. I personally do not believe the death penalty is an effective way to deter crime and the following study supports this claim. According to a study at the University of Colorado, “88% of criminologists do not believe the death penalty is an effective deterrent.” In that same t study it was concluded that, “There is overwhelming consensus among America’s top criminologists that the empirical research conducted on the deterrence question fails to support the threat or use of the death penalty.” A similar study done in 1996 came to the same conclusion as this study in 2008. I feel that if the study were done now it would come to the same conclusion as these two previous studies. I also feel that it is immoral to kill someone even if

they killed someone else. God is the one and only judge who can decide our fate in life. We are all called to be His flock. I believe in the sanctity of life, and the sanctity of life carries over to those in prison. The imprisoned should be allowed to hear God’s word. What we need to do is allow those who have been convicted felonies to listen to God’s word and repent for their crimes. I know that there may be people of the opposition that believe the death penalty is necessary for the justice of the victims of these people. To respond to that, I would say that all people are made in the image and likeness of God and deserve to hear God’s word and receive the Eucharist after confessing their sins. Some people would argue that the death penalty is cheaper than allowing someone to live in prison for the rest of their lives. I would respond that the life of the convicted is more important than the economic gains of eliminating the life of that person.


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A return to the best form


by Tyler Fahey staff writer

n early 1989, the Rolling Stones headed to Montserrat in the Caribbean to make their 21st studio album, “Steel Wheels”. The Rolling Stones had faced a lot of trouble in the 1980’s, not legally or economically, but socially. Lead singer Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were at war through the mid-1980s and had a cold war with each other from about 1983-1987, both during this period released solo records. It was also a period where their popularity had again faded. After “Some Girls” came out in 1978, the Rolling Stones were one of the most popular bands in the world going into the 1980’s. Eventually in 1980, they released “Emotional Rescue” and in 1981, “Tattoo You”, both were successful. But, when in 1983, “Undercover” came out, the new, new wave and dance sounds of the Rolling Stones kicked fans away. Also, their 1986 album “One Hit To The Body”, it was a failure because the band was feuding and there was very little promotion. So, when in 1989, “Steel Wheels” came out, it brought the band back into the spotlight again. With “Mixed Emotions” hitting the top five on the Billboard Hot 200 and “Almost Hear You Sigh” being nominated for a Grammy Award, the Rolling Stones reestablished themselves as the best band in rock music. They performed in one of the best selling tours on the 1980’s, “Steels Wheels Tour” and traveled the world. The album was marked with a return of the new, modern version of their old self as a band. The song “Rock and A Hard Place” a pop rock song along with “Terrifying” and “Sad Sad Sad”, the band infused pop and rock together and it was a major success. “Steel Wheels”, “Tattoo You”, “Emotional Rescue” and “Some Girls” are my favorite Rolling Stones albums. It’s fantastic and I get great joy listening and playing along to all the songs.

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It would be understandable to mistake the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day as something akin to “Irish Heritage Day” or, judging from how many people choose to celebrate it, “Excuse to get Drunk Day”. However, behind the secular symbols of leprechauns and green beer, St. Patrick’s Day has the significance of being one of the few feast days of a Catholic saint to be widely considered a holiday. This was actually something very common during a period of the Middle Ages where many saints’ feast days were treated as public holidays and days off from work. While modern American culture is far more mixed and secular, there still remain a few trappings of this old Catholic tradition. As the

patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick has historically been held in very high esteem by the country’s Christian population in thanks for his being the first to introduce them to the Gospel. While this would normally have been a celebration largely confined to Ireland, the 19th century’s potato famine and mistreatment from British landlords drove many Irish to other parts of the world, spreading the tradition first as a preservation of their faith and culture, and later catching on to other non-Irish people. Fitting for March, the holiday is considered a sign of the coming of spring as well and, in Ireland, outdoor dances and parties are often held, decked with sprigs of shamrocks and green ribbons, and ser ving the traditional holiday dish of boiled bacon and cabbage. In Ireland, American,

by Maddie smith staff writer

E ng l an d , Ne w Z e a l an d , or anywhere Irish culture has had an influence, March 17th remains a day of significance in honor of a man and his willingness to follow God’s plan of evangelizing the pagan druidic clans of ancient Ireland in spite of the great dangers it would bring. Such courage is something that can inspire and relate to anyone, Irish or not.

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Ultimate Oreo Cookie Desert

The Significance of St. Patrick’s Day by Daniel charland

March 14, 2019

Ingredients • • • • •

1 package of Oreos ½ gallon of vanilla ice cream 1 tub of Cool Whip 1 jar of Smucker’s hot fudge 1 stick of butter, melted

Directions 1. Crush Oreos. Set aside about 1/4 of the Oreos. 2. Combine the cookies with the melted butter. Flatten into a pan as a crust. 3. Quickly fill in the cookie crust with the vanilla ice cream. 4. Microwave the hot fudge and pour over the ice cream layer. 5. Spread the Cool Whip over the top and sprinkle with the remaining Oreos.

The Black Glove by Sarwan Moghamis staff writer

What could we say about Charlie Kingsley? He’s an obnoxious, rude, teenager who occasionally saves lives. What makes this insignificant, childish, shrewd, cynosure a hero? One piece of clothing that changed his life forever… the Black Glove. The Black Glove one connects to the hand of the Chosen One. With the Glove, Charlie has the ability to manipulate fire, open portals, transport, disappear, control time, and read minds. Charlie has had a rough childhood. His father, Charles Kingsley, walked out of them when he was eightyears-old. His mother, Lois K i n g s l e y, holds down three jobs just to afford groceries. As life went on, things got better, until she arrived. She, b eing an alien, lands her silver space ship in the center of his hometown. She exits from the front, revealing her pale white skin, shiny white hair, and yellowish white eyes. She wears a lime green dress with dark purple lining, dragging against the ground as she moves forward. As Charlie greets her, he learns her calling, Taurican. Taurican claims to have come to Earth to warn Charlie of a dangerous threat. That threat being Captain Nemo, a gutless, ruthless sailor who captains a submarine. Charlie indulges Taurian’s warning. She takes him to the deep seas, following after Captain Nemo’s submarine. While traveling, Taurican spreads her flirtatious attitude towards Charlie. He senses ill thinking wrapped around Taurican’s mind. He holds the feeling of false candor. Once arriving to Captain Nemo’s

submarine, Charlie throws the despicable captain against the wall, knocking him out. Charlie then stops the submarine from further mobility. Taurican is found in the submarine’s vault, where Captain Nemo keeps all the treasure he located in Poseidon’s tomb. She picks up a sword, made with solid gold. The sword can cut through anything. He learn that Taurican tricked him in order for her to have position of the sword. Taurican swings the sword in the air, chopping off Charlie’s hand, the hand that connects to the Black Glove. Charlie screams in horrific pain as Taurican carries his powered limb. She begins transitioning the power of the Glove within herself. Charlie closes his eyes, digs deep within himself, let’s go of all the aggression he holds toward his disappointing childhood. He slowly rises up, feeling the power rightfully given to him. His heart, with all the strength it has, builds up. Charlie’s hand slowly grows back. Once it is fully grown, a burst of energ y is released. The energy recreates the Black Glove. As Taurican tries sticking once more, Charlie has the sword disappear and hits her with an energy beam. Taurican falls unconscious, unable to get back up. Charlie makes peace with Captain Nemo and allows him to take Taurican as a prisoner of his submarine. Charlie returns home to his ordinary life, but continues to protect his hometown. You can take away his Black Glove, you can even chop off his hand, but there’s one thing you can never take away from Charlie Kingsley, he is the Chosen One.

The End.


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The Lorian

Team’s 1st opponent? The weather Unusual conditions pose obstacles for baseball team’s preseason preparation

The Duhawks feel as if they have a lot to prove this season as sports writer they are looking to build off the The weather has been on successes of last year. As sophthe baseball team’s radar omore pitcher Marshall Rice these past few weeks. “Not said, “With losing eight senior in the last 10 years,” head pitchers last year, we have some baseball coach Carl Tebon big shoes to fill. Our young staff said, “has Loras experienced is excited to get the year started such a persistent cold and and show the conference what wintery feel this late into the we are made of.” spring season.” Few athletWith the experience in the ic teams are as bothered by lineup and the fresh arms of a this cold as the Loras baserevitalized pitching staff, the ball team. Duhawks can wreak havoc in Baseball is an outdoor the American Rivers Confersport, so having to practice ence. The team finished with inside Graber has become four wins in Kissimmee, Florslightly tedious and takes a ida over the University of Pittsgreat deal of dedication to burgh at Greensburg Bobcats maintain a positive attitude (6-2) (9-8), Cornell College and intense focus in prepaRams (9-7), and Juniata Colration for upcoming games. lege Eagles (9-2). Second baseAs head coach Carl Tebon man senior Cole Thompson led reiterated, “We just try to the Duhawks in their last game throw the guys something new each and every day.” photo courtesy of loras college athletics against Greenville University going 2 for 3 with a homerun “Whether that be with Sophomore pitcher Erik Edminster connects during a game against Coe last spring. and two runners-brought-in. live sessions for the hitters, Although they finished the trip different defensive situaon a loss, Loras improves their done a great job keeping the guys ready and teammates, whether it be 7-7 or what the tions, or different condo, we baseball team calls “live days”, tends to grow overall record to 4-2. try to keep things fresh.” Tebon also added motivated.” The team hits the road this weekend to From a player’s perspective, it can be dif- old after a few weeks. This is the result of the challenges of keeping things fresh, “can be difficult, especially with the pitchers who ficult to really grasp the mindset that games both batters and pitchers constantly learning Carol Stream, Illinois to take on Northland are on a strict throwing schedule, but I think are right around the corner. Similar to foot- to make adjustments against one another College and Aurora University on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Jeremy (Gerardy, head pitching coach) has ball’s preseason, competing against your and learning each other’s tendencies. by Patrick Costello

Men’s volleyball team bounces back Duhawks regain their swagger while winning every set during 3-game onslaught by jon quinn sports editor

The Loras College men’s volleyball team had a successful weekend this past week, bouncing back from a loss against Fontbonne University to claim three victories — beating Illinois Tech, Viterbo University, and Maranatha Baptist University. The team did not to drop a single set during the weekend. “I think that we felt confident after a tough week of practice and coming off a hard loss,” said sophomore outside hitter Mihajlo Gomez. “We knew we had to get back on track and get a win streak going again.”

That’s exactly what the team did, improving their overall record to 14-4. Senior rightside hitter Leo Peters lead the team with 14 kills in the Illinois Tech match, while junior libero Joe Berka tallied nine digs, and junior middle blocker Ian Walsh added four blocks. Senior setter Alfredo Lopez totaled 36 assists and as a team, held the Scarlet Hawks out of reach of the match in all three sets. After topping IIT in Chicago, Illinois, the team then moved on to Watertown, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 9, for a triangular against Viterbo University and Maranatha Baptist University. “[I’m] really happy with how we played,” said Berka. “We played cohesive and played

off each other’s energy. Our middles played out of their minds and our setters were feeding the ‘hot hand’ which lead to us being successful.” The team was so successful that the statistics from the games Saturday are well spread throughout the entire team. The starters took care of business in the first set, while the rest of the team was able to go sub one of the starters out. “We just played very clean volleyball,” said Gomez. “We had the opportunity to play everyone on the bench; it was a whole team thing this weekend. It shows how much work all the guys put in day in, day out. Some of the hardest workers don’t get

credit and it was cool to see those guys play.” Topping off Viterbo University and Maranatha Baptist, Gomez closed the weekend road trip with a team best of nine service aces. The three-set sweeps acquired this past weekend are the momentum the team needs to take down conference match-ups Olivet College and Adrian College this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. The team also has a non-conference match-up against North Park on Saturday at 4 p.m. “Looking forward to another week of tough practice, our next four games are all conference games so we really need to prepare and get some wins,” said Gomez.

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photo courtesy of Loras college athletics Sophomore forward Marissa Schroeder dropped 23 points during Loras’ first-round game in the NCAA Division III Tournament against DePauw University. Despite Schoeder’s strong performance, No. 19-ranked DePauw defeated the Duhawks.

Women lose tournament opener, finish season with 22-6 record Schroeder. “Even though it didn’t end the way we wanted to, you have to look at the The women’s basketball team’s season positive side that we were one of 64 teams came to an abrupt end in the first round that were still able to keep playing and that’s of the NCAA Division III Tournament as an accomplishment in itself.” In the third quarter, the Duhawks bata hot-shooting DePauw University squad tled to cut into DePauw’s lead before Kopp that rained 3-pointers on the Duhawks to buried a few more 3-pointers to push the advance to advance the next round. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Du- game out of reach for Loras, which struggled to score down the hawks, but no one can arstretch. First-year forward gue that it was a memoraSpecial shout-out Kennedy Rankin drained a ble season for Loras, which tied the school record for and thanks to the 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in the game, but the wins — 22 — in a season. seniors because shots did not fall after that. The Duhawks also will we wouldn’t have Schroeder finished with not soon forget the thrill of 23 points while Kopp fingotten as far as we gaining an at-large bid to ished with 29 points, 24 of did without their the postseason tournament which were scored in the after losing their American leadership and first half of the game. Rivers Conference Tournaability to bring us “There were so many ment Championship game together as a family emotions going into the against Wartburg. tournament, ” said SchroMarissa Schroeder “We were all so excited sophomore forward eder. “I was so happy that to get another chance to we got the bid but even play and be with the sehappier that I got another niors,” said sophomore forweek to play with the team, ward Marissa Schroeder. “Seeing our name pop up on the bracket was so rewarding especially the seniors.” Loras made 19-of-45 shots from the knowing that all we’ve done this season has field while DePauw was 30-of-66. The paid off.” Titans also outperformed Loras in reIn their tournament game, Schroeder got the Duhawks going, scoring 10 of the team’s bounding (32-35), assists (11-14) and 16 first-quarter points. In the second quar- converting points off turnovers (6-26). ter, Loras found some momentum when junior g u a rd s R i l e y Eckhart and Kari Fitzpatrick both knocked down 3-pointers. However, it was DePauw’s Sydney Kopp who stole the show by nailing eight 3-point shots. She finished with a game-high 29 points — 24 of which came in the first half alone. As a team, DePauw tied a school record by hitting 13 3-pointers in the game. “DePauw was a solid team and the game was a great learning experience to grow from,” said

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Men’s team advances to Sweet 16 for 1st time in school history by jon quinn

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photo courtesy of loras college athletics Senior guard Ryan DiCanio breaks away in the final seconds of a 84-82 victory over North Central in the Round of 32. He poured in 27 points to help lead the program to its first-ever berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division. III Tournament.

by jon quinn


March 14, 2019

The No. 20-ranked men’s basketball team made a run for the history books by advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. It came as no surprise that Loras was granted an at-large bid to the postseason tournament. It would have been hard to overlook the Duhawks’ resume after they defeated No. 1-ranked Nebraska Wesleyan and No. 3-ranked Augustana during the regular season. In the first round of the tournament, Loras took care of business by defeating Albion College, 75-64. The Duhawks then focused their eyes on the nation’s No. 15-rankeed team, North Central College, which also would be playing on its home court. But it didn’t feel like a road game. “We had so much support at North Central,” said senior guard Josh Ruggles. “It was almost like we were playing a home game. When Coach drew that final play up to get the ball in bounds, we all were ready. It was emotional, especially as a senior. We wanted to leave a legacy, we wanted to leave this program in a better spot than we found it, and I think winning that game and cutting down those nets was symbolic of the positive change we worked so hard for.” By taking down North Central and claiming Loras’ first-ever regional championship, the team extended their season for another week to take on No. 4-rankedUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh. The Duhawks were not intimidated by the No. 4 ranking, though.

“Losing at Oshkosh was incredibly difficult,” said Ruggles. “We knew and truly believed that if we played our best basketball, we could beat any team in the country. I think beating the No. 1, No. 3, and No. 15 teams in the country helped support that belief. Unfortunately, we just didn’t play our best basketball that night.” Loras scored the game’s first two points. The Titans responded by burying a 3-pointer to grab the lead, which they managed to hold the remainder of the game. Oshkosh eventually claimed an 86-75 victory. Oshkosh’s Connor Duax led all scorers with 26 points. Statistically, Loras had season lows in several key areas. They made 26-of-68 shots from the floor (38.2 percent), including just three-of-22 shots from beyond the arc (13.6 percent. The Duhawks did outperform Oshkosh in terms of steals and turnovers, but Loras was limited to a season-low of seven assists. “Playing in the national tournament was a dream come true,” said Ruggles. “Making the Sweet 16 and representing this school on the national level is something we all have wanted to do since we stepped foot on this campus for the first time. We have spent thousands of hours in our lives, and we have sacrificed so much for this game, and to be able to make school history made every sacrifice and every hour worth it.” Senior guard Ryan DiCanio lead the Duhawks with 25 points, while Ruggles added 14 points and sophomore Cole Navigato put up 13. The team finished the season with a 23-7 record.

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Flashing the hardware


Patron now is a 3-time All-American, becoming just 3rd Duhawk to do that continued from Page 1

photo courtesy LORAS COLLEGE ATHLETICS The women’s team poses for a picture after two days of preliminary races and events only to move on to finals which deemed them worthy of a fourth-place finish.

Women finish 4th in team standings at national meet by CHRISTOPHER PONTON sports writer

Loras’ track-and-field athletes showcased their improvement over the winter at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships. The Duhawks qualified 14 members for Nationals, including junior Elyse Acompanado, junior Lexi Alt, first-year Elayna Bahl, junior Terrianna Black, first-year Mike Jasa, senior Esther Johnson, firstyear Stevie Lambe, junior Patrick Mikel, junior Tyson Morrison, junior Gabby Noland, sophomore Ryan Rogers, sophomore Kassie Rosenbum, first-year Josh Smith, and senior Bella Solis. With the top 20 in the nation qualifying for each event, you know these athletes were going to give it their all for, not only an All-American berth, but a chance of becoming a National Champion as well. Friday was day one of competition, with Rogers competing first in the men’s

heptathlon. Overall, Rogers showed his capability of being an all-around athlete, shining in events such as the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, and pole vault. When all was said and done with competition the next day, Rogers finished 4th overall with 5049 points and claimed the status of All-American. Continuing with day one, sprinters Noland and Mikel both cemented their place in the finals for the following day with impressive performances in their respective events. Nolan qualified for the 60-meter & 200-meter dash, while Mikel looked to defend his indoor title in the 400-meter dash from a season ago. After all was said and done, Saturday saw Noland grab 2nd in the 60-meter & was named 2019 indoor 200-meter champion. Mikel was also impressive, as he repeats as the 400-meter dash champion, making him a two time National Champion in his collegiate career. Finally, after both 4x400 meter relay

teams qualified for the final round, Saturday proved to be a test of will and determination, as both teams had the chance to capture first place in their respective divisions. Starting off on the women’s side, it was neck-and-neck throughout the race, but Nebraska Wesleyan pulled away in the final 50 meters, capturing the title and seeing Loras women take second in the event. Then, men saw Mount Union take home the first place trophy, but still finished in the third place spot with a time of 3:16.28. As a team, the women’s finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Indoor National Championships with a total of 26 points. The men finished eighth overall at the meet and deemed five All-Americans in the 4x400 meter relay and the 400m dash. Overall, this past weekend proved to be, not only a fantastic showing for Duhawk Track and Field, but one that will never be forgotten by these athletes.

Then, of course, there’s Guy Patron Jr., who placed sixth at 197 pounds, becoming just the third three-time All-American in Loras history. Brandon Murray and Eddie Smith each finished fourth at 157 and 165, respectively. Jacob Krakow placed eighth at 174. “As a whole, I feel like the team performed outstandingly,” said Head Coach TJ Miller. “Every championship that I have been a part of either in college or in high school has been special, but this one beats them all. To be a part of something that has never happened in program history is just an amazing feeling, and it’s thanks to the support of the administration, the athletic department, Denise Udelhofen, and my entire coaching staff.” Junior Brandon Murray’s pinned his first opponent in the 157-pound weight class. Murray also won his second match when his opponent sustained an injury and had to forfeit the match. After losing his quarterfinal match, Murray battleed back in the consolation rounds, eventually working his way up to fourth place. The Duhawk representative in the 165-pound weight class was junior Eddie Smith, who won his first-round match before losing a tough 3-2 decision in the second round. Like Murray before him, Smith also clawed and scratched his way to the consolation title match, and he also earned fourth place in the nation. Competing in the 174-pound weight class was Krakow, who lost his opening match and needed to battle for a spot on the podium in the consolation bracket. He worked his way up to eighth place.. Also competing in the national tournament were 133-pounder Brice Eversen and 149-pounder. Both came out on the wrong end of close, grueling matches that prevented them from joining their teammates in earning All-American distinction.

Men’s tennis team cruises past St. Ambrose by CONNOR HALBMAIER sports writer

It was an easy week for the men’s tennis team, as they only had one meet this past Friday, March 1. On that day, the men traveled to Davenport, Iowa to take on none other than St. Ambrose. Starting off the meet were the doubles matches, led by the No. 1 team of senior Charlie Harris and first-year Kevin Blomquist. It was a tough match for the pair, going into a tie breaker round after reaching 7-7. However, they pulled ahead, defeating Tom Greenwood and Jon Kagan 8-7 by winning the tiebreaker at 7-1. Competing in the number two slot for doubles were senior Sean Baldwin and firstyear Konnor Barth. This team took on the pairing of Michael Alice and Matt Zuccato, who were unable to keep up with Baldwin

and Barth. It was an easy win for the Duhawk team, winning 8-2. The number three doubles team, Ryan Schiedt and Tommy Linkenheld, followed in the number two team’s footsteps. In their competition against Bradley Wheeler and Jake Temple, they held nothing back, as they took the win 8-2, giving Loras a 3-0 advantage over St. Ambrose after the doubles matches. With that early lead backing them up, the Duhawks continued to show their ruthlessness on the courts in the singles matches. In the number one slot was Harris, who once again had to face Greenwood one-on-one this time. Without his partner to back him up, Greenwood couldn’t put up much of a fight against Harris, allowing Harris to win his two sets 6-2, and 6-4. Blomquist showed off his skills in the

number two singles slots. Having no mercy for his opponent, Wheeler, Blomquist dominated his opponent 6-1, 6-0, chalking up yet another win for Loras in the match. In the number three match, Baldwin fought against one of his doubles opponents, Alice. Unlike in the doubles match, Alice fought harder against Baldwin in singles, but at the end of the day, it was all in vain. No matter what he did, Alice still lost to Baldwin 7-5, 6-2. Scheidt, in the fourth slot, took on Kagan from the number one doubles team. Proving superior, Scheidt took down Kagan, defeating him in both sets of the match, 6-4, 6-1. Representing Loras in number five singles was Riley Collins, who faced off against Daniel Rohlf. It was a rough match for this Duhawk, barely winning his first set 7-6 with a 2-0 win in a tiebreaker. In the second

set, Collins was unable to overcome Rohlf, losing 2-6. However, not wanting be left behind, Collins came out victorious in the super tiebreaker, 10-7. Last, but certainly not the least, was Barth in the number six slot. His opponent was Zuccato, from the number two doubles team. Like Collins, Barth had a tough first set, having to go into a tiebreaker. He managed to come out on top, though, winning the tiebreaker 5-0. This ultimately gave him the 7-6 win. His opponent made him work for the second win, but Barth fought it out, awarding him the 6-4 win in the second set. The Duhawks put on a good show on the courts that day, dominating St. Ambrose 9-0. With a second win added to their streak, the men’s tennis team is looking forward to their next meet against Crown College on Monday, March 18, here on campus.

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March 14, 2019, edition of The Lorian  

The Lorian is the official, student-led and award-winning newspaper of Loras College, published since 1922.

March 14, 2019, edition of The Lorian  

The Lorian is the official, student-led and award-winning newspaper of Loras College, published since 1922.

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