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October 11, 2012 — Vol. 91, Issue 5
Falling into art
5 graduates honored
by ANDREA BERNS copy editor
An evening downtown with friends, refreshments and breathtaking paintings, photographs and sculptures. This is what Fall Into Art had to offer for the people of Dubuque last Friday evening from 5-10 p.m. Artists consisted of local professionals and students from the University of Dubuque, Clarke and Loras. The event had a successful turnout, with buildings all over downtown filled with onlookers, one of them being the Loras College Off-Site Exhibition, which contained art by Loras students. “The Loras College Off-Site Exhibition gives art and digital design students a unique opportunity to showcase their artwork to the Dubuque community in downtown’s Cultural Corridor,” said Seth Myers, professor of art and digital design. “The students also get Students get to see firsthand how to see first- their work can have a hand how genuine impact on the and detheir work can revitalization velopment of downhave a genuine town Dubuque. The impact on the art and digital design are proud of revitalization faculty the work the students and put in to make this exdevelopment hibition a success. It a testament to their of downtown. iscommitment to their own creative growth.” Seth Myers Students displaying professor of their art included seart and digital niors Ted Whittman design and Molly Devine, juniors Holly Hartman and Sarah Steuer and sophomores Marlon Torres, Kalli Olberding, Mark Fuentebella, Mallory Heims and Shane O’Connell. The art included paintings, photographs, collages, a short film and a hologram. “It’s an exciting process because we work very hard and it’s very enjoyable,” O’Connell said. “It’s great to see people’s expressions, whether they’re good or bad. Then we know what we did well and what we need to work on.”
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Some students reportedly are struggling to fulfull their meal plans as a result of some class-scheduling changes.
Trading food for thought by NICK JOOS
ue to a new class schedule adopted by Loras administration, first-years and
sophomores are finding it difficult to eat the lunches they’ve purchased with their meal plans, leaving them hungry or scrambling for time and money. The Cafe’s full service is in operation from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and this is an issue for those students. Previously, there was a slot in the class schedule between 12:20-1 p.m. where students were not in class and had the opportunity to grab a bite. This year, however, brought changes to the schedule, and that half-hour suffered because of it. According to Cheryl Jacobsen, provost and academic dean, two key elements of the academic schedule made the change necessary. “The old schedule had fewer class teaching times,” she said. “And we were discovering that courses always bunch. The primary time for students to take classes, in their minds, is between 10 and 2. It’s not a very big window, and we don’t have enough classes to offer them all in that time window, nor should we.” The other issue was Common Time, held last year on Wednesday but moved to Monday this year. Jacobsen said moved Common Time
to Monday allowed them to utilize more of that precious time of the day. “We had to ask whether Common Time was giving us everything we hoped it would when we started it five years ago,” Jacobsen said. “There had been a few (Common Time events) that took the whole block. But, for the most part we had, in some instances, 45 minutes or a whole hour going unused for Common Time. Given the need for more teaching times, that wasn’t working. Those were the two things that drove the calendar to the schedule change.” So, in order to make space for the required academic classes, Loras moved Common Time to Monday and added a 12:30 p.m. class period, eliminating the customary break. The committee deliberated on the new schedule’s format, keeping in mind many student issues, but Art Sunleaf, dean of students, said the college schedule varies greatly from what students are used to in high school.
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Ar Loras’ 2012 homecoming, five alumni were honored for contributions to their communities, professions or to the college. Douglas J. “Doug” O’Brien (’92) was lauded for contributions made in public service. O’Brien graduated in 1992 after just three years and then pursued a law degree at the University of Iowa in 1996 and an LL.M. in agricultural law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. His career began as a legal specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and eventualDoug O’Brien ly was invited to Washington, D.C., to first serve as senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary and then deputy undersecretary for the USDA—all by the time he was 40. “College taught me to read and write, and cultivated my zeal for equity and justice,” O’Brien said. “The breadth of courses also exposed me to a broad range of ideas and gave me the tools to make connections between those ideas. Meanwhile, my experience with campus ministry and the numerous opportunities for service provided a new depth to my faith and the need to actively work to improve the lives of others, and in particular those who are less fortunate or disenfranchised,” he said. Elizabeth M. “Libby” Birky (’97) was celebrated Libby Birky for Christian service and volunteer work. While at Loras, she immersed herself as a mentor with Freshman Seminar, got involved with Right to Life efforts, participated in intramurals, dug into Campus Ministry and Peace and Justice and jumped into many roles in the Loras Players. Birky left Loras with a degree in education and dedicated 12 years to teaching. Eventually she felt a calling to combine her love of teaching with her love of serving others and co-founded with her husband the SAME (So
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Ballroom gets down to business for 2012 career fair by NICK JOOS
On Monday, Oct. 29, students from all four area colleges will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to a variety of business professionals. And a lucky few might even be interviewed, on the spot. The 2012 Career Fair, hosted by Loras, is a booth-style gathering of business professionals and grad-school programs attempting to both entice students to register, and to scope out prospective employees. Jeff Roberts, Asst. Coordinator of Career Services and Academic Internships, says the event is not only important for Loras students, but the attending business as well. “The key here is not so much about how many students show up, but it’s engagement. It’s students coming and checking things out and connecting with five, six, ten different people,” Roberts said. “If we have 100 motivated students from the schools, they can dominate an event like this, because everyone is connecting. And employers can realize that it’s a cool event, and how engaging the students are.
The event will be grams will have booths. held in Marie Graber For seniors, the event is Ballroom from 11 a.m. an opportunity to meet If we have 100 motivated stu- with professionals. to 2 p.m., a time slot Roberts hopes will be dents from the schools, they can Faye Finnigan, internconvenient for studominate an event like this be- ship coordinator, says dents. the event is much more cause everyone is connecting. than meeting people in “This will be one of the Common Time your field. She emphaJeff Roberts, sized the art of resumeevents,” he said. “It’s assistant coordinator of career building and tuning as one of the biggest chalservices and academic internships an important endeavor lenges we’ve faced. Students sometimes when searching for emsay, ‘I’m in class and I ployment. can’t do it.’ For us to go “The professionals at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is great for us so we can have the event are there for much more than just netthat spot open for the whole time.” working,” she said. “As you look at resumes There are over 70 organizations already slat- these days, you need to ask yourself, what ed to be in attendance at the Career Fair, and stands out? What would make you an interestthat number is expected to grow in the weeks ing interview subject? These (professionals) leading up to Oct. 29. review resumes all the time. They’re a huge reOrganizations from near and afar will be source. What do you look for when someone there, with representatives from local busi- steps into your office for an interview? nesses like McGraw-Hill, Hilles and Dales and For the first time in the Career Fair’s history, Epic. Dozens of schools with graduation pro- students will have the opportunity to sit down
for an interview. It’s a new feature that Roberts says will make a big difference. “If (a business) sees someone they like, they’ll redirect the student to another room to meet with one of their professionals,” Roberts said. “This is really different than what has been done in the past. It’s going to be fascinating.” Due to the prospect of possible interviews, Roberts and Finnegan both urged students attending to dress appropriately. For seniors looking for potential employers, business formal is a must. And for underclassmen beginning their own personal searches, business casual is a minimum. Finnegan said first impressions are vital. “Eye contact and a strong handshake are big,” she said. “If you don’t have those, an employer may or may not continue interviewing you.” The event is sponsored by Loras, the University of Dubuque, Clarke University, and Northern Iowa Community College. For more information, contact either Jeff Roberts or Faye Finnegan via e-mail.
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The world served on a platter Students sample traditional foods from 10 countries cooked by Loras students, buffet style by K.T. HEIDORN copy editor
This past Saturday, students, staff, and members of the Dubuque community sat down in the Loras ballroom to enjoy the annual International Dinner. The ballroom, with a serving station in each corner, was surrounded with flags and facts about the countries featured. Each serving station was complete with the recipes of each of the dishes, giving participants an opportunity to recreate his or her favorite dish. The dinner, organized by the Loras Intercultural Student Association, or LISA, was comprised of dishes from 10 countries, including Colombia, Nepal, Lebanon, and China, and dishes such as sushi, kolaczkis, and yabra. The dishes featured ranged from desserts to main courses. Many Loras students and staff worked to create such a spectacular event. José Ortiz, LISA president and senior, said that the event took “about 40 people (to) come and volunteer.” Many of the volunteers spent hours of their time on the Friday, Saturday, and the morning leading up to the event preparing the special dishes in the cafeteria kitchens. Ortiz emphasized the work of the volunteers: “This is an
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The buffet line at the International Dinner on Sunday.
event that so many students work so hard to conjure up, put in time for, and sweat over to showcase part of their culture for one day.” LISA, according to their webpage, “strives to provide
opportunities for students from various ethnoracial backgrounds to acquaint one another with their own unique social, cultural, economic, and political experiences.” Clearly, the International Dinner did just that. “Food is another way of expressing diversity, a different way to represent a country without stereotype. Language is one part of culture, and let’s say music, but with food, you can bring a lot more people to join in and enjoy something as a community,” said Ortiz. “You don’t need to speak Spanish to know what Mexican food is, you don’t need to know Hindi to enjoy the wonderful smells of Nepal.” The hard work of volunteers from year to year has produced a consistently delicious and successful event. The proof was seen in the immense line that had appeared outside of the ballroom doors before the start of the feast and in the pleased faces of participants as they sampled food from around the room. Though the previous year included a whopping 33 dishes to this year’s 25, Ortiz wasn’t disappointed with everyone’s work and the “outstanding turnout.” The International Dinner, though confined in one place, took its participants and their taste buds on an amazing adventure through a taste of the world.
Fall concert showcases variety Reflecting on Loras: The people and culture On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the Loras College wind ensemble, jazz band and choirs will present their fall concert. The theme of this year’s concert is “Music from Around the World.” The ensemble will be performing music from many countries, including the U.S., Mexico. Korea, France, Africa and Austria. “The music is phenomenal,” said junior brass player Joel Pohland. “We will be showcasing our abilities and also our ability to play various music styles.” “I’m excited, because we’re playing some really neat pieces, and it’ll be a cool concert because all of the music we’re playing is themed from different places around the world,” said junior percussionist Nicole Feldhaus. “It will be very fun,” added Pohland. “Everyone should attend.” “It consists of a variety of pieces and includes everything from beautiful ballads to loud, in-your-face African-influenced
drum grooves,” said sophomore percussionist Johnny Mitchell. The band will welcome a guest performer. Dr. Jim Sherry of Dubuque will be the featured soloist performing the third movement of Haydn’s Eb trumpet concerto. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Loras fieldhouse on Alta Vista. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
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Students strive to make a difference by NICK JOOS
On the fourth Saturday in October, the nation takes a step back, just for a day. In a national display of selflessness and charity, millions of Americans go into their respective communities and lend a hand to their fellow citizens. The occasion is National Make a Difference Day, and it’s happening in Dubuque. For years, the annual Make a Difference Day has helped thousands of those in need, from handicapped veterans to single mothers, all across the U.S. In the Dubuque area, this year’s focus will be on helping dependent veterans, elderly and handicapped citizens. Tasks will range in difficulty with both light and heavy duty chores around the house, including yard work. Also, there are many non-labor intensive jobs that will mean just as much, such as socializing with home-bound individuals, playing games and other ways of entertainment and helping with shopping. Also, due to the impending winter, volunteers will be asked to “winterize” homes, including putting up plastic sheathing on windows and caulking around door jambs. These homes will be decided by Operation: New View Community Action Agency, as well as by local churches. Over the next few weeks, the agency will compile all the necessary tools and materials to complete the jobs.
illustration by COURTNEY BRANDT
On Make a Difference Day, those volunteering will meet at 8 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian church at 2155 University Ave. in Dubuque. The predetermined teams of six volunteers will get together. Following a breakfast and training session , the teams will break off and pursue their responsibilities. Each team will be responsible for two homes apiece. After the work is completed, the teams will return to Westminster to recap the day’s events. Teams must be volunteered before the 27th. In-kind donations of supplies and materials are also needed and appreciated. For more information, call Tom Stovall at Operation: New View CAA at 563-556-5130 x32.
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May Eat) Café. The concept is simple, everyone gets a meal and pays what he or she feels is a fair price. If a person cannot afford to pay, he/she can offer a helping hand in clearing tables, washing dishes and assisting in other ways. No one walks away hungry, and many leave inspired by their surroundings. The Birkys have been recognized nationally for their humble approach to changing the world, and many others have followed in their footsteps to make a difference in their community. Birky’s passion has also extended to other volunteer efforts. She has helped at rescue missions, the Catholic Worker House, service trips to Appalachia, Special Olympics and homeless shelters. William C. “Skip” Brennan (’64) was celebrated for professional achievements and contributions made to Loras. Brennan explained that while attending Loras he was “involved in intramural sports, fraternities and the general mayhem everyone experiences with classmates.” That involvement earned him a degree in economics in 1964. He took this knowledge and quickly put it to use at his father’s grocery store William business in Monroe, WI. Brennan Less than a year later, in April, 1965, a tornado destroyed the family store, but they immediately put up a “shack” in the parking lot, and continued serving customers. That worked so well that they operated from that location for eight years and built the current building housing Brennan’s Market in 1973. In 1972, Brennan purchased the business and property from his parents and continues the family tradition today. He noted that Loras deepened his faith, increased his self-confidence by allowing him to face fear head-on and produced many lifetime friendships. Donald W. Freymann (’61) was celebrated for service provided to Loras as staff, faculty or administrator. Loras truly is home to Don Freymann. Most of his professional life has been spent on the Loras campus, not to mention time enjoyed while attending Loras Academy and eventually Loras College for his post- Academy education. His interests as a student extended to the Commerce Club, Young Democrats and Delta Sigma, just to name a few. Freymann left Loras with degree in hand and began working for Dohrn Transfer before starting Freymann Insurance. But after
13 years, he felt a calling back to campus and returned to work in the Development Office where he found a home and stayed for 30-plus years. Throughout his career he was involved with the Academy reunion classes, Donald helping to grow the HerFreymann itage Society and serving on numerous campus committees, including dedicating many hours to assist in launching the National Catholic Basketball Tournament. His passion and commitment for Catholic education extended into the Dubuque community with his volunteer efforts with St. Joseph the Worker Parish and eventually Holy Family Catholic Schools, offering advice and help with fundraising and planned giving projects. Wendy L. Schrunk (’07) received the Young Alumni Award. Growing up in the small town of Lemars, IA, Schrunk had no plans to attend Loras, but once she came for a visit, she was hooked. As a student she became a resident adviser, active in Campus Ministry with its CORE team, service trips and retreats, part of the Student Union, Honors Program and study abroad. Double majorWendy ing in finance and ecoSchrunk nomics, Goldman Sachs recognized her talents and offered her a position straight out of college. Schrunk began as a client services analyst/associate and in 2011 was promoted to team lead in the client services area. Reflecting on her Loras experience, Schrunk credits the people and culture who make up the campus, stating, “The faculty, staff and students I interacted with and got to know through my time at Loras and through my involvement in the alumni community have shaped the way I think, act and live. The people I met and the relationships I formed during my four years on campus helped me define what’s important in life and helped me discover my strengths.” Her strengths have been witnessed in her volunteer efforts with the Loras Network of Chicago, the Young Alumni Advisory Board and now through the National Alumni Board. From organizing socials to promoting the importance of giving back to Loras, Schrunk does not miss an opportunity to make a difference.
The Pulse Dutalk: presidential election edition
Join other students, faculty, and staff for civil discourse regarding the presidential election today at 4 p.m. in the Arizona Room (presented by DuTalk).
dr. James pollock poetry reading
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Arizona Room, Dr. James Pollock will be reading from his recently published book of poetry, Sailing to Babylon. Dr. Pollock will have copies of his book available for purchase after the reading.
This Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., seniors are welcome to attend the Senior Tailgate on the AWC patio. Enjoy brats, hot dogs, and snacks (free of charge) before the soccer game. A cash bar will also be available to seniors that
catholic identity committee
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the ACC Ballrooms the Catholic Identity Committee at Loras will be putting on a hospitality dinner and discussion on “Catholics and Voting: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” After a brief presentation from Fr. Joensen and Dr. Cochran, students will have the opportunity to engage in conversations on voting and Catholic Social Teaching.
School of the americas trip applications
This Nov. 15-19, Loras students will be traveling to Fort Benning, Georgia, with thousands of others to demand the closing of the School of the Americas (now known as WHINSEC). This facility trains Latin American soldiers in counter insurgency tactics, and the graduates are known to go back to their countries and murder innocent people (including priests and nuns). Applications can be found on insideloras.com and are due Oct. 12, to Stacia McDermott via e-mail or in Campus Ministry
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Magically musical by MARY AGNOLI news editor
Romance, action, murder and … adding? These were just a few of the words members of the Loras Players used to describe their upcoming musical, “The Adding Machine.” “Mr. Zero (the protagonist) has been working at the same menial job for 25 years,” said senior Charlene Becicka when previewing the show. “Everybody, including his wife and his boss seem to walk all over him. In a moment of anger, Zero snaps and kills his boss.” The cast would not give away the plot any further, but emphasized the deeper messages that come forth from the musical. “It is a great show that forces the audience to critically think about the meaning of life,” said sophomore Anne Spoden, who plays the protagonist’s love interest in the show. The cast, crew and director Doug Donald have been hard at work for the past two months mastering the lines, the steps and the music for this production. “We’ve had at least 100 hours of rehearsal time,” said Spoden. “Not to mention the time spent on our own memorizing lines, building the set, and working on music.” The cast was in consensus on the fact that this last point proved the most difficult.
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The cast of “The Adding Machine” rehearses under the direction of Doug Donald.
“The biggest challenge by far is the music,” said first-year Michael Okas who plays the lead in the production. “The show is almost all music, so learning all of that is difficult. Fun, but difficult.” The cast and crew enthusiastically invite all Loras students, faculty, and staff to attend this musical for free on Oct. 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. or Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work and effort, and we hope that those who come to see Adding Machine really enjoy it,” said Becicka.
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know what we did well and what we need to work on.” It’s safe to say that these Duhawk artists blew attendees away with the talent it took to create the magic of their unique pieces of art. “It’s hard work,” continued O’Connell, “but you can’t be an artist without hard work.” The pieces of art from Clarke and UD were impressive as well. Sketches of skeletal structures, ceramic sculptures of surreal creatures such as a cat-fly-spider, and papier-mâché masks of animals including a goat, an alligator, a bird and a shark were only several of the works on display at the Clarke exhibit. The University of Dubuque’s exhibit was no less impressive with their photographs, paintings, and collages. Between the three colleges of Dubuque, we should all be proud that we live in a city with such talented student artists.
fr. naumann award nominations Since 1994, the Student Government has presented an award in the memory of Fr. John Naumann. This award is given annually to a Loras employee who, through their work with students, shows effort above and beyond the call of duty. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 17. Please e-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org
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In addition to the college artists, local professional artists also made an appearance. The Carnegie-Stout Public Library featured three local artists: painter Janet Checker, mosaic beadwork artist Stephanie Failmezger and photographer Dawn Pregler. Checker’s paintings were in the styles of several cultures including Brazilian, Guatemalan, Cherokee Indian and Mexican. The different color hues used made each piece of art their own distinct cultural style. Stephanie Failmezger’s mosaic style was one of my personal favorites. The colors of beads she used were brilliant—rich blues and glistening silvers to make one piece that took place under water, the earthy greens and soft browns to make a summery piece, and finally the soft tawny hues of rolled up paper to make a shaded moon and star-shaped beads to look like the night sky. Her work was breathtakingly beautiful. The third artist, Dawn Pregler, an alumni of Loras, graduated in 1982 with an education major. She was a teacher for 23 years before she retired in 2005. During that time, she would take pictures, and still continues to do so. Pregler said she was inspired by her father, also a photographer. “If your parents were interested in orchestra, you probably would be too,” she said. “I’ve always loved taking pictures.” Her art consisted of beautiful photographs including shots of trees and mist as well as rivers and oceans.
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“It’s not necessarily the college’s problem, or campus dining’s problem; it’s an issue about how folks lay out their days,” he said. “Particularly for first-year students, life management remains the challenge. Coming from a K-12 school, everything is structured. Now they choose the times for things. That can be difficult, no doubt about it. The main issue that stands is the meal block plans. Incoming first-year students and those in traditional housing have a choice between the 125 and 180 block meal plans, which is also a new plan. In the past, those same students had one choice for a meal plan, a 200 plan. Regardless of the number, DuHawk dollars used in the Pub and DuHawk market remain the same. Due to the meal plans emphasizing eating in the Café, students have trouble finding the time to eat. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said the new schedule was difficult to maneuver. “The first few weeks, I either didn’t eat, or I would take something home from the Café the
night before so that I would have something to eat. It usually wasn’t enough.” Daniel Thole, the student body president, agreed with the students voicing their opinions, but also understood Loras’ position. “I feel that there should be at least a 20-25 minute block in scheduling for students to eat lunch. I know this is very tough for the college to work out because they are probably sacrificing other benefits for the students if they focus on this one. There is never a perfect solution to anything, but I feel meals are very important.” Loras is aware of the issue, and Sunleaf suggested students explore a few solutions already available, including the boxed lunches in the café, which can either be ordered ahead of time, and do not count against Duhawk dollars. Or, utilizing the deli in the Café, which is open more often than the set hours for the fullservice Cafe. For more information on how to supplement lunches to ensure both meal plans are fulfilled and bellies are full, contact Susi DuBois.
The Lorian Oct. 11, 2012
Come out, come out, whomever you are T oday, Thursday the 11th of October, is nationally celebrated as “Coming Out” day by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered communities. For openly LGBT-supportive heterosexuals, this holiday is just a “good for you” for their LGBT friends rett obbins and family, and for openly LGBT people this day serves as a day of reflection or perhaps is seen as irrelevant since they are already “out.” But for those individuals who are in the closet, this day revolves around you. People casually refer to people who are not open with their sexuality as “in the closet,” but in reality the closet is more
like a department store harboring hordes of individuals afraid to acknowledge their sexuality to themselves or to others. As an openly gay man, let me tell you that living your life in the closet, as reassuring as it may feel at times, is in reality an oppressive hell when you observe it through the lens of being out and proud of who you are. Now, I’m not going to simply announce that anyone who is closeted and who is reading this should kick open the door and go to CNN with the news story, but understanding that being openly LGBT, despite the vitriol and discrimination present in our culture, is rewarding in ways you could never imagine. Being open with one’s sexuality was, for me at least, the most liberating experience of my life. I was closeted all my high school years, and I regret the loss to my youth I experienced because of it. While
The closet is more like a department store harboring hordes of individuals afraid to acknowledge their sexuality to themselves or to others.
my straight friends got to date, go to prom with people they liked or loved, and watch romance blossom and wither, I had nothing. The closet is a vacuum of loneliness, selfhatred, and personal oppression that no one should be subjected to. I understand that coming out is terrifying, can carry consequences, and can be hard on LGBT people and the people they care about, but the end result far surpasses any bumps in the road or pain you may encounter along the way. My experience thankfully carried no
resentment or rejection from my friends and family, which sometimes is the case. People I assumed were vehemently homophobic ended up not caring at all, even being supportive. You never know how coming out will go until you do it. I was joyfully surprised, and you very well may be too. If you don’t know how to go about coming out, want resources on how to handle the process, or just need some positive encouragement, hit the web and Google “coming out”. You’ll find endless information and support to assist you make this glorious transformation in your life. Gaylife.about.com and the website for the Human Rights Campaign have good resources. However the coming out process goes for you, know that the end result will be you living your life true to yourself, free to love and be loved in the way God made you to be.
The beauty of being human Jennifer Livingston has a solution. She’s not a doctor. She’s not a psychologist. She’s a human. For those who have not had the opportunity to hear her story, it’s a powerful message. Livingston is a news anchor in Wisconsin. Recently, she received an e-mail critiquing her physical appearance on television. The sender of the message said, among other things, “I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn’t improved for many years. Surely you don’t consider yourself a suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular.” The e-mail goes on to say, “I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.” It happens in schools, workplaces and in the public eye all the time. People judge people for appearance. It’s 2012. If you’re taking time out of your day to comment on someone’s appearance, shame on you. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and people like Livingston are subject to this sort of behavior every day. The worst part is that the behavior is completely preventable. All it takes is a little application of a simple lesson: Love. Fall is the time of year where people in small town across America come together on Friday nights to cheer on their team under the blazing lights of teamwork. It’s a time where families get together and share a feast, expressing their gratitude. It’s a time when the weather gets colder and people seek someone to keep them warm. It’s a simple concept: we’re communal beings, and
we work with and learn from each other. Having a positive outlook about those around you can go a long way, especially for those who have the fortune to be a child’s mentor. “If you’re at home talking about the fat newslady,” Livingston said. “Guess what? Your children are going to probably go to school and call someone fat.” It’s the learned behaviors we accumulate over time that shape our opinions and tolerances. And those who shape them are our friends, parents, co-workers and other acquaintences. Do yourself a favor. Let the chain stop at you. Be conscious of what is being said at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Take into consideration what the children in the line at Wal-Mart think when they see you commenting on the tabloids. It’s our responsibility to understand and rationalize our fellow homosapiens’ different opinions and appearances. That’s the beauty of being human; we have that ability. We as humans have the mental and physical capacities to care for another member of our species for far more than mating. Bullying is a way to take that precious ability and slap it across the face. The act of openly passing prejudice or scorn onto another human takes everything we value about ourselves and turns it on its head. Take some time to observe those around you. If the dialogue around you screams of oppression and hurtful to the downtrodden, speak up. Make the change that Jennifer Livingston and thousands of others seek. Our species may depend on it.
Beware of social advertising by COLIN HALBMAIER features editor
Let’s face it: social networking is a market, and the featured product is you. For the first few years after the conception of sites such as Facebook, Twitter or even MySpace, businesses were a little slow to catch on, and the general public enjoyed checking their newsfeed without being bombarded by advertisements. Once they caught on that these free platforms could be used to turn a profit, however, it all went downhill for us. We’ve all seen the familiar statuses, pictures and advertisements — “Share this if you support women’s rights!” “Can this page reach 50,000 followers by Sunday?” “Like this status in three seconds if you remember this incredibly popular TV show!” What many of us don’t realize, however, is that for every like, share, comment, retweet or smoke signal we send per request from other people is that your profile becomes a walking advertisement, free of charge. Every time you do one of these things, the hundreds of friends you have connected to your account are seeing your action appear on their newsfeed. Peer pressure ensues, and before too long, everyone is doing it. How else do pictures of random cartoon characters reach millions of likes? It’s not because the picture is good; it’s because all their friends like it. All the while, the person or organization behind that post is getting hundreds of thousands of new views without lifting a finger. There’s more than just peer pressure causing this onslaught of
free advertisement. It’s not uncommon for the original poster to play to guilt as well. “Like this is you believe in God,” they say, with a beautiful picture of an angel, “Ignore this if you worship the devil.” If you or your friends are involved in a religion that involves rebuking the devil, then chances are that you’ll like that picture, lest someone accuse you of ignoring it. When was the last time someone honestly walked up to you and said “you didn’t like that picture on Facebook, so I know how you really feel”? That’s not to say that all such things are simply looking for attention or profile views, of course. It was only last year that Invisible Children raised awareness for their cause with their viral Kony 2012 campaign. This was a perfect example of social networking being used for legitimate and passionate advertising. I would guess that, like Invisible Children, there are a majority of groups out there who really do care about such things. It’s perfectly normal and acceptable for religious groups to encourage others to share their faith, or medical organizations to seek a sense of community through a common discussion. It’s a rally point for those who believe in something, which is the best way social networking can be used. It was once said, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Perhaps the same could be said for every like, comment, share and retweet. Every time we do so, even if it’s to renounce something, we only promote their cause and share it with their friends. So next time you’re thinking about liking that status, stop and ask yourself if this is really what you want the world to take a step toward.
On Sept. 27, the Loras library did what it always does: serve coffee and help students. We would like to thank the Lorian for writing about the experiment that Dr. Grinde’s Research Methods and Statistics I class (PSY 211) conducted using Thursdays at the Library. The article illustrates one of the many unusual ways the Library serves students. While we always provide basic services, such as checking out power cords, books and DVDs we strive to go far beyond that. A significant part of our mission is to support the curriculum of Loras, which we take to mean much more than helping students find books and periodical articles in the Library. Some examples of other unusual ways we have worked with classes: •
Students conducted a cultural analysis by studying our communication habits through attending staff meetings and shadowing staff members for their Organizational Communication Class (Com 204, spring 2009) Students scanned a Special Collections manuscript, The French Book of Hours (from the 15th century) and created an interactive web exhibit for their Age of Love and Reason Class (HIS 341, spring 2011) Students provided a spatial analysis for their Business Speaking and Writing Class (Com 330, fall 2011) A student presented lectures on her research conducted in Special Collections (Lindsey Hefel, spring 2012) Most of the Loras community already knows about the basic resources and services that the Library offers, but we invite everyone to dig deeper. The library is much more than a beautiful building full of books. Our staff has unique experiences, training, insight and talents that we are happy to share. Help us combine what we have to offer with your unique course, project or individual objective. Through collaborations such as “The Great Caffeine Experiment,” we learn together as a community, and we might just all have a good time doing so.
Thank you again to Dr. Grinde’s class for letting the library enhance their educational experience. — Joyce A. Meldrem, Library Director
U.S. not designed to be ‘tri-partisan’ T he U.S. Constitution lends itself to a two-party system of government. America’s “winnertake-all” electoral system typically protects Democrats and Republicans alike from third-party intrusion. atrick rady With broad political parties, encompassing multiple ideologies, there is no need for the Libertarians or the Green Party to strike out on their own into the political wilderness only to be trampled by stampeding donkeys and elephants. Gary Johnson, for all intents and purposes, is a Republican. He always was a Republican and, in most respects, he will always be a Republican. If he wanted to influence the formation of the Republican Party platform, he should not have sold out to the Libertarian Party. He will be largely ignored and discredited as a thirdparty loon. Ron Paul (for good or ill) has been commenting on contemporary conservatism for decades. His isolationist stance on foreign policy has been the source of much soul-searching within the Republican Party. His view has met with little legislative success, but it has highlighted the pitfalls of nationbuilding, and it has helped the GOP recover from its Cold War hangover. In that respect, Paul has done a great service to the republic, and he has impacted his party. Johnson, for pride, for glory, or for free-market idolatry, opted to abandon his Republican roots last year. He has spent months chasing white whales on
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his ship the S.S. Libertarian, a vessel the political equivalent of the S.S. Minnow. On board, he assumes his Gilligan-esque role amusing Democrats and Republicans alike on his platform of unchecked capitalism and marijuana legalization. If Johnson wanted make a measurable difference, he should have emulated Ron Paul, who has rambled on for decades about personal liberty, the virtues of the free market, and the putting America in the green (in every sense of the word). But running as a third-party candidate makes his only realistic goals ballot access and avoiding op-eds like this one. Third parties don’t make a difference in America. The two major parties allow everyone to have a fair say. If a third-party position is popular, it will be adopted by one or both mainstream parties. Breaking off from the greater body politic is a sure way to defeat your own voice. If you have Libertarian sympathies, respond to every poll with “Gary Johnson.” Tell your friends you are voting for Gary Johnson. Emblazon your ThinkPad with “Gary Johnson: 2012,” but please do not throw your vote away Nov. 6 on a third-party candidate. Vote for the mainstream candidate that most closely represents your ideology. It can be our little secret. Don’t let romanticism get in the way of the political realities. Impact the political system by gradually moving the whole toward your ideal. The U.S. enjoys a representative government. This does not mean everyone’s view is reflected in policy or platform, but rather that everyone gets a chance to frame the argument and make their case. Johnson and the Libertarians missed the boat here and will largely go discredited and ignored because of it in 2012 and beyond.
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— A little over the top — The battle of the fruits
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Editorial staff executive editor: Nick JOOs managing editor/ sports editor JACK METZ news editor MARY AGNOLI features editor
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Yet another victory for the status quo L ast week, we saw a debate between two presidential candidates. It was a monumental victory for Mitt Romney by most accounts (including MSNBC). However, there should have been a third candidate involved who would have actually offered a in the status quo. ndy iller change The Commission on Presidential Debates, which was founded by and governed by Republicans and Democrats, unsurprisingly have kept their fists around a bipartisan
debate, barring what should have been a tripartisan affair between President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson. Upon the news that the commission officially would not allow Gary Johnson to participate in the debates, three of the 10 major sponsors of the televised debate pulled their funding. Phillips Electronics was the biggest of the three to pull out their funding for the debate. Mark A. Stephenson, the head of corporate communications at Phillips North America said that Phillips “has a long and proud heritage of being non-partisan in the many countries it serves around the world. While the Commission on Presidential Debates is
There should have been a third candidate involved who would have actually offered a change in the status quo.
a nonpartisan organization, their work may appear to support bipartisan politics.” The commission is “nonpartisan” only in name. Any candidate who is appearing on a majority of the ballots across the U.S. should be allowed to participate in the nationally televised debate. Why won’t the commission allow this? It would give Gary Johnson the platform
that he needs in order reach the average American, especially since he does not have access to the same amount of mega-funding that the Obama and Romney campaigns have. It would allow him to share where he stands on the issues, which is drastically different from the status quo options that most Americans think that we’re stuck between choosing. Americans who aren’t happy with how these past four years have gone likely wouldn’t like the next four years under either of these two major-party candidates, which would only result in a continued stranglehold on who can be elected to positions by “non-partisan” Republicans and Democrats.
Libertarians don’t bring much to the table “ I love big government. The more intrusive the better; please take my money now and tell me what to do with it!” — Bobby Bauch “No civil rights for you! I also want to control your life, but I want to do it with my rich people money! That’s how Republicans get to power, and we love it!” — Patrick O’Grady Patrick and I never actually said those things, but if you talk to a libertarian, that well could be the impression that you obby auch very get of us. The new Libertarian movement; I say new because though libertarianism has been around for quite some time, it has experienced a resurgence and vitalization in the past few decades and especially the couple of years. With the addition of Gary Johnson to the ballot across the country, it seems that the Libertarian Party has hit its stride. Criticizing a “broken” two-party system, promoting a rigorous abhorrence of “big, intrusive government” and
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supporting socially liberal issues, Libertarians have been able to sell themselves as a sort of hybrid. “Socially liberal, fiscally conservative” seems to be their unofficial motto. I won’t fault them for this. I agree with the socially liberal part and you can read my stance on fiscal conservatism from past articles. The problem I have lies not in what the party believes but what they do. Firstly, I cannot help but liken the Libertarians to the Tea Party. Of course, many of the ideas are different or even diametrically opposed between the two groups. Where they are similar is the behavior I’ve seen. Both groups — which aren’t necessarily “parties” so much as they are ideologies — take advantage of the political climate at the time. The reason no one seems to realize that Libertarians are similar is because they come at the situation from the middle, not the reactionary right. They jump on people’s political dissatisfactions, causing further division rather than political compromise that a two-party system (usually) works towards. Gary Johnson opposes Citizens United. I don’t agree
with the ruling from Supreme Court ruling, either. I also don’t think that corporations should be allowed to donate large sums of money to a political party or to a candidate. But Libertarians aren’t consistent when they rail against Citizens United, then turn around and say Americans should give all the “power” to the corporations? To rely entirely on the free market and taking the government completely out of the economic equation is what we call unregulated capitalism, and it doesn’t work. The market is a temporary investment, and the gains are temporary as well. The government (on the whole) is the better investment and the better, more-centralized entity set up to deal with economic issues. Libertarians seem to have it backwards. Let me be clear, I hear some good ideas from my Libertarian friends. My problem stems from the fact that, in selling themselves as a nuanced political party, they bring nothing new to the table. Don’t be surprised when Gary Johnson goes the way of Michele Bachmann, and the new Libertarian party goes with him, absorbed into the time-tested two-party system we hold dear.
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Chances are good that if actually help you see across By Colin Halbmaier and mary agnoli you’re reading this, you’ve heard the Mississippi, it sure looks features editor and news editor of The Lorian, the newspaper impressive when you see here at Loras. If you haven’t, I’d like to invite someone standing there, holding a newspaper to you now to look at the front cover of this piece of their eye. literature, and return here once you’ve confirmed 6. Kindling – Out for a bonfire with friends, but your knowledge. have no easy way of starting a fire? Our consultants Every Thursday, 1,500 papers are delivered to here at the Lorian have informed us that newspaper campus, in a number of visible places, such as is excellent tinder that will keep your hands warm the ACC, academic buildings, and most residence and your marshmallows toasty all night long. halls. While most consider the newspaper to be 7. Megaphone – When was the last time you a dying form of communication, slowly going saw someone holding a megaphone and weren’t the way of the dodo bird, the fact is that this impressed? Megaphones are (supposedly) likely wonderful piece of slightly transparent paper can to help you command the attention of your peers be used for a number of useful and not-so-useful without raising your voice. Simply roll up your tasks in everyday life. Many do not realize this paper and holler away! power, however, and may have come to this very 8. Arts and Crafts – Working with paint, glue, newspaper seeking guidance. Today, the Lorian or other messy artsy stuff? Don’t risk painting is proud to present eleven useful ways mankind your dorm room blue; lay down some newspaper intended the newspaper to be used. and have a mess-free painting session anytime you 1. Hats – Everybody needs a stylish hat to get want. them through the day, particularly in the freezing 9. Pet Bedding – If you’re fortunate enough to weather as of late. Unfortunately, being the often own a fluffy little friend of some kind, then chances poor college students that we are, such fashion can are that you need to clean their cage from time to be hard to come by. time. Thankfully, the Lorian is there to catch all 2. Umbrellas – As the rain and snow begin to of your pet’s surprise presents, and they’re easy to relentlessly fall on Dubuque, a proper form of dispose of too! shielding is often necessary to keep your only 10. Creeper Tool – Want to check out that clean clothes presentable. Thankfully, a Lorian is attractive guy or girl walking by, but don’t want available at most exits. Simply unfold your Lorian to get caught staring? Cut some holes in the umbrella and stay dry all day long! paper, cover your face, and stare creepily as your 3. Blankets – Let’s face it, Dubuque winters are attraction walks by. We’re not responsible if you cold, and blankets are not always as portable as get caught, mind you. we would like. On the other hand, the Lorian is a 11. Read It – In all seriousness, the Lorian is compactable sheet that you can carry in your purse. one of the few sources of news we receive here on Find a comfy place and let the information-covered campus. A number of wonderful men and women sheets carry you to paradise. put a lot of time and effort into making it as good 4. Weapons/Projectiles – Need to get someone’s as it can be for your benefit. So next time you’re attention from across the room? Caught in a duel thinking about throwing away the latest issue of with a one-eyed pirate and lack a weapon? Have no the Lorian, just remember that there might be fear, the Lorian is here. Simply sculpt the paper into something of value inside. It never hurts to be the tool of your choice, and fire away. informed, after all. 5. Telescope – While the Lorian might not
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It’s the year 2044 in the beginning of “Looper,” thirty years before the development and outlawing of time travel. The United States has fallen into a state of disrepair as the economic situation worsens while organized crime reaches new heights. Humanity is beginning to evolve as over a tenth of the population develops the ability of telekinesis, while vice and violence become a common occurrence on the streets. It is in this day and age that a group of trained assassins, called “loopers,” thrive. As the technology thirty years in the future makes it hard to dispose of the mob’s enemies, they are sent into 2044 where loopers kill, do the dirty work and are paid in copious amounts of silver. Joe Simmons (Joseph GordonLevitt) is one such assassin, but quickly learns that things are amiss when his friend Seth comes to him, saying that he has just let his future-self escape. When the futuristic mobsters have no need for a looper, they send back their future self to be killed – an act referred to as “closing the loop.” Seth and his future self are promptly found and killed, but
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it’s not long after that Joe’s own future (Bruce Willis) self is sent back and escapes. The present and the future meet, and Joe is told that in the future, a man by the name of the Rainmaker has taken over the mob, and is slowly closing the loops. The future Joe has come back to kill the young mobster, but only has a number and a map leading him there. The concept of time travel is used frequently in movies, and as such, can be difficult to put a fresh spin on. “Looper” succeeds in doing so, however, creating an intriguing opening which introduces its talented cast. The potential for a great plotline is evident from the beginning, and it follows through with it until about halfway through, at which point the action becomes cliché and altogether strange. It should be said up front that the cinematography of “Looper” was excellent, with little to no complaint to be made about the camera, effects, or acting – it was visually appealing in every way. Unfortunately, the plot eventually gave way to a number of clichéd concepts, such as a
typically movie romance and spacing issues, as well as many scenes that felt overly dramatic or inappropriate for the overall flow of the movie. The film has a distinct lack of development at times, particularly with the concept of telekinesis. In the beginning, it is introduced as a means for men to hit on women at the clubs, with little purpose otherwise, despite its incredible nature. Without spoiling anything, it takes on a greater meaning near the end, but the sudden jump from pick-up line to incredible ability is jarring, and will likely leave the viewer unsatisfied. Several key points throughout the movie were also glossed over, building up the tension only to completely skip the moment with little afterthought. While “Looper” certainly falls short of being considered the best of the best, its many redeeming characteristics make it a memorable experience for anyone who loves movies. In a dry spell of movies as of late, “Looper” is satisfying enough to last movielovers until they are able to make it to other releases of the season, such as “Skyfall” or “Taken 2.”
SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, whatever-PA. It’s hard to keep track of all of the legislation that the government is trying to push through regarding the internet. They all have the same end result: Destroying the internet’s ability to exercise freedom of speech more fully than any other medium. The goal of these bills is very hard to define, but from the government’s point of view, all of these aim to stifle copyright infringement. This goal, on paper, looks great. But then again, so does communism. The reason this bill is frightening is because it’s written by those who do not understand the medium, and their informants are simply the loudest yellers and rabble-rousers in Washington. The silent majority of users know why the internet is so beautiful. It allows a universally “flat” landscape in which all users are created equally. On websites such as Reddit, celebrities have the same amount of weight as a college student. With no barriers for entry, any user, big or small in other aspects of life, can shout their opinions into the infinite void and see if people will listen. The government wishes to make the internet a regulated medium. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is when the people writing the rules don’t understand the internet.
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They grossly overlook how things could be turned around and used against corporations. For example, it makes websites responsible for comment sections on their sites. With open forums, this means that if anyone posted a stolen picture without attribution to your comment section, your entire site could be taken down. Users immediately posted unattributed material on the White House’s website, and made posts stating that the government would have to take down their own site. The government only sees the negative impact of the internet, and tries to push this view onto the people. Why would we want to support something that, without regulation, would support child molesters to collaborate and attack our children? Of course no one wants that. But how would the law differentiate between that and the forums where pedophiles carry their feelings as a curse. I never understood what it could be like until I read the heart-breaking story of a man who was sexually attracted to children, and hated himself for it. He viewed it as a permanent curse that he could not ignore nor get rid of. He wrote as though he was trapped, because people view the word “pedophile” as a criminal label, rather than a legitimate mental illness. Some of these people want to reach out and get help, but the judgment of the public is far too great. These
Frankenweenie Lives Again
people lean on each other, and the internet is one of the only places for them to meet. Is everything on the internet perfect? Of course not. Any medium causes some abuse of the system. But the principle of the First Amendment is at stake. Is it worth the risks to have the benefits? I say yes. The internet is the hallmark of our generation. It revolutionized the exchange of opinions and ideas in a way that has never before been seen in human history. We are creating more data in a few than has ever existed in human history. That excites me. So most people know that these bills are bad and oppose them, which was characterized by a petition against SOPA from January sporting a hefty 4.5 million signatures. So why does this issue need to be rehashed over and over? Because the government is trying to burn us out. With SOPA getting such high resistance, people became immune to hearing about these internet censorship bills. When round two, PIPA, came through, the public was not nearly as inflamed, because the American people can only be upset about something once. Every subsequent attempt gets less and less resistance. If this trend keeps up, the irresponsible writers in Washington will irreversibly cripple the internet. It will hinder everyone. The press, the bloggers, the average reader. Everyone. Please keep fighting for the greatest innovation of our generation. Do not allow the government to outrun you because of laziness. Continue to fight, and please be sure that this medium will never be taken away from the people.
Let’s face it. 2012 really hasn’t been But enough about spiritual By nino erba staff writer the greatest year for animated films. pondering. Frankenweenie is another In that, I mean there hasn’t been an fun effort from Burton. What gets animated film that gets people excited about the you immediately are the visuals. This is a world Oscars. Usually, that job falls to Pixar, but Brave we’re all familiar with when it comes to Tim was only a decent film; when it comes to Pixar, Burton: characters who are all grotesque in one we expect masterpieces. There have been wellway or another, whether it’s their tea saucer received animated films this year as well, but eyeballs, stick-width arms, or their disfigured, can we name one film that sticks out as the best? out-of-proportion bodies. But it’s more magnetic While it isn’t a shoo-in, Frankenweenie is one of than anything, and Frankenweenie should be a the better animated films this year, and if all goes contender for Best Cinematography this year. For well, it just might earn Tim Burton the Oscar that a stop-motion animated film, its black-and-white he has deserved for way too long. filming is unbelievably vivid and detailed. It’s The story, expanded from Burton’s 1984 short by far one of the best-looking films this year, but of the same name, is relatively simple. 10-yeargreat visuals have always been one of Burton’s old Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) is a strong suits. genius when it comes to things like science and It’s also good fun, especially when they amateur moviemaking, but he’s hardly the most emphasize the competitiveness of Victor’s popular kid in his town. His best friend is his fellow classmates to win an upcoming science dog Sparky, who gets killed when he runs after a fair. (Hmm, another good discussion topic.) baseball and gets hit by a car. Hurt and depressed They range from the inherently weird girl and by his loss, Victor has a light bulb go off when he the almost-too-perfect stereotypical Japanese sees his science teacher (a deliciously demented whiz-kid, to kids who look an awful lot like Igor Martin Landau) put electricity through a dead and Frankenstein’s monster. Things really kick frog, causing its legs to move. Inspired by this, into high gear in the third act because of their Victor digs up his dead dog, puts a lightning wildly misguided attempts to recreate Victor’s bolt through him, and Bam! Sparky is alive once experiment, resulting in sea monkeys becoming more! Of course, things spiral out of control, but sea gremlins, a turtle getting turned into Godzilla, it all works out. and havoc being wreaked across the town! The best animated films have always been the Frankenweenie isn’t for every taste, neither ones that either reach us emotionally or give is it Tim Burton’s best film (it doesn’t have the valuable lessons to its target audience: just look same pull as The Nightmare Before Christmas or at Pixar for proof. With Frankenweenie, there are Corpse Bride, and even those animated wonders some points made about life and death, science have masterworks like Sweeney Todd to contend and its layers, and what to do about the love for with). But it’s one of the stronger animated films someone, or something, you care about. This so far this year, and it’s a scrumptious treat for film should create worthy discussion about these the Halloween season. It puts our faith back into topics, especially with kids who don’t quite Burton and his weird, yet wonderful creations. understand what it all means to them. It’s hard to Now to see if it can bring life back into the lose a pet; imagine what it likes to bring it back Oscars. to life.
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NaNoWriMo 2012 Writers, At The Ready! By Colin Halbmaier features editor
Have you ever thought about writing a book? Chances are that you have at some point in your life, whether or not you actually planned on doing it. For centuries, writers have often been considered some of the most intelligent and respectable people in our society. To say that you have written - or even published! - a novel is a great accomplishment to many. Unfortunately, writing is often a “someday” dream, as in, “someday I will write a book.” On November 1st, hundreds of thousands of writers around the globe will turn “someday” into “today.” This coming November, the fourteenth annual NaNoWriMo will take place around the globe. NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month, is a challenge presented by The Office of Letters and Light, a nonprofit organization which seeks to inspire creativity in every person. The goal is to write 50,000 words in the timespan of a single month - in this case, November. For reference, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was 76,000 words. Order of the Phoenix, the longest book in the series, is over 250,000 words. That hasn’t stopped thousands of people from different backgrounds and situations from participating over the last thirteen years, however. In 2011 alone, 256,618 people from around the globe participated, and 36,843 of them reached their goal of 50,000 words. That’s over 36,000 new stories put into words, any of which could go on to be the next bestseller. “I am really impressed with anyone who can accomplish or even try NaNoWrimo, especially as a college student,” said Monica Shaffer, a junior at Loras. “With all the demands put on us already homework, sports, clubs, and social lives - I hardly have the time to sleep as it is.” There’s no doubt that NaNoWriMo can drain time from your day. An average of 1,667 words is required each day in order to complete the challenge on time. This is slightly less than a five-page, double-spaced paper. While writing a paper can be daunting, a novel does not have to be. The Office
of Letters and Light recommends writing a fictional novel, meaning you don’t have to worry about checking facts or sticking to the details. This is the time to silence your inner editor and simply let the thoughts flow. The time for editing will come later, after you’ve expressed yourself. While there are no concrete or guaranteed prizes for completing NaNoWriMo, the rewards of your efforts are far more profound than a medal or cash prize. Not only will you have claimed the title of “author” for yourself, but you will have proven that you are capable of overcoming a challenge which may seem impossible to others. “Writing projects like NaNoWriMo are great means by which students can learn about living as a writer in a busy world, squirreling away moments and chunks of time to pursue one’s passion as a writer,” said Dr. Kevin Koch, an English professor at Loras as well as a writer himself. While many choose to accept that they have written a novel and get back to the life they have neglected for a month, there are some who choose to take their novel to the next level. Through careful editing, hard work, and just a trace of luck, dozens of authors have taken their literary adventure far beyond the first draft. Perhaps the most notable of these success stories is that of Water for Elephants, which went on to win several awards and resulted in a successful film adaption in 2011. If you’ve ever even considered writing a novel, whether you’re an English major or not, give NaNoWriMo a try. More often than not, the journey becomes more than just a quest to write 50,000 words, but rather becomes a personal and emotional endeavor which will change you forever. Participation in the program comes free of charge, and connects you with thousands of writers across the globe who are all striving to meet the same goal. For more information and to register, please visit www.nanowrimo.com. After all, what have you got to lose? The person who at least tries writes more than those who do not.
Phantom Thumb By andrea berns copy editor
My grandfather has a phantom thumb. It extends from a large bump where the knuckle stops, and has an invisible fingertip, a short and cylindrical phalange as if he stubbed it on something solid and angry, leaving it puffy and raw. He can still feel The tickle of a baseball’s red stitching His phantom thumb still catches fly balls in the musky leather mitt, still throws potential scores to a man with a bat, and still swings homeruns over the stadium walls. It’s all but a memory. Because the left-handed pitcher lost his left thumb to the same appliance that held the leftover chicken.
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This week at L o r a s Thursday, Oct. 11 Holy Family Choral Festival (Graber Center) 2 p.m. Mass (Christ the King), 5:15 p.m. Holy Family Choral Concert (Athletic & Wellness Facility), 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 • Intramurals — Soccer Kick and Jungle (Graber Center), 10 a.m. • Mass (Christ the King), 5:15 p.m. • Jim Pollock Poetry Reading (Arizona Room), 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 • Special Olympics Play Day (Graber Center), 7:30 a.m. • Senior Tailgate (Smyth Turnaround), 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 • Mass (Christ the King), 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 • 25th Anniversary of Bioethics Center (Ballroom), 11 a.m. • Mass (Christ the King), 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 • Mass (Christ the King), 5:15 p.m. • Fall Wind Ensemble (Fieldhouse), 7:30 p.m. See the Sports section for athletic schedules. If you or your organization would like to see your community events featured on this calendar, please send an email to email@example.com. • • •
Thought for the Week You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. -Jim Rohn
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What You (Don’t) Need To Know Still (Space) Jammin’ - The movie “Space Jam,” which features Bugs Bunny alongside Michael Jordan, grossed over $230,000,000. Its soundtrack went on to become a sextuple platinum record. Teachers of War - According to Islamic Law, a prisoner of war is able to earn his or her freedom by teaching ten Muslims to read and write. Third World Terminology - The term “Third World country” does not refer to a poor or impoverished country. Rather, it refers to a country which was not aligned with either the U.S. (the “first world”) or Soviet Russia (the “second world”) during the Cold War. No Flight Risk - Since Nov. of 2001, there have been no fatalities caused by a major airline crash in the United States. Costly Comedy - The movie “Jack and Jill,” starring Adam Sandler, cost $79 million to make. Political Programming - When the second season of “The Simpsons” was televised, former First Lady Barbara Bush said the show was “the dumbest thing [she] had ever seen” during an interview with People magazine. The creators of the show sent a letter in return under the name “Marge,” saying that the two women had a lot in common. Barbara was so moved that she sent an apology in return. Hanging By A Cable - In 2011, a 75-year-old woman stole a portion of fiber optic cable. As a result, two countries were entirely cut off from the internet. The Galactic Network - The earliest name for what would eventually be called the Internet was “The Intergalactic Computer Network.” Sources: Wikipedia, Huffington Post, Time, Reddit
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I DON’T HAVE TIME TO EAT LUNCH
#DuChat What is your favorite movie of all-time? Anne Spoden Mean Girls is by far the best movie ever! Why? Because it is so fetch! Anna Nash Cars! It has a great message, and it’s just really funny. Daniel Thole Lion King! Every time Mufasa dies, I die a little on the inside. I find myself wondering why he has to die every time in hopes that one time he will survive the fall. But his death makes way for the destiny of Simba, my hero. Michelle Dutton (500) Days of Summer because it goes against conventional expectations about love and friendship and because it features the amazing Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoey Deschanel. Charles Warren Inception, because this is an answer within an answer. Eric Page My favorite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail, because it is the funniest movie I have EVER seen! Emily Mast My new favorite is Pitch Perfect! It’s like a combination of Bring It On and Glee! It’s a cute story about college life (to which we all can relate) and has amazing singers and current song mash-ups. Matthew Marter Love is my favorite movie because it is all about human connection, and it has a powerful message behind it. It also features music from Angels & Airwaves.
BECAUSE I’M TOO BUSY WITH MY $32,000 EDUCATION
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“Duhawks for Amurrica!” By Abby McIntosh (‘09)
This year, the Loras Alumni held a Homecoming Photo Contest, challenging alumni to send in their best picture from this year’s celebrations. The winner was Abby McIntosh for her photo of Justin Vorwald, a 2007 graduate. Congratulations, Abby!
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Kyle Marugg My favorite movie of all time is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The songs are incredible! Nathaniel Kapraun The Dark Knight. With its A-list cast, it is a movie worth watching over and over again. It is a sad fact that it was Heath Ledger’s last work, but he is forever immortalized as his role as the Joker. Anna Labedz My favorite movie is Rebel Without A Cause because I am a HUGE James Dean fan and I love older movies. It has a great cast as well. Sara Hahn Sweet Home Alabama hands-down! What could be better than Southern-style humor and a sweet, quirky love story? Garett Prusha My favorite movie is The Royal Tenenbaums. I love it because it has many of my favorite actors and because Wes Anderson’s directing makes the movie flow look like a picture book.
mind and soul
Boydology The Lorian is continuing a column by Dr. Mike Boyd, our campus counselor. He is the director of the Counseling Center. Here he will answer student questions concerning anything that relates to keeping it together while doing this crazy thing called college. Send questions or comments to Dr. Mike, Loras Box 100, or to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. All names of those sending questions will be kept confidential.
Watching from the sidelines
Hey Mike, I hate my roommate’s boyfriend. He constantly calls her and asks what she is doing and if he is not calling, he is in our room--at ALL hours. I don’t trust him and he gets really jealous of her when she does anything with me or our friends. It just seems that she has changed since he started dating her. Should I be concerned? -Roomie Mike says: Big question. I’ll answer this one a piece at a time. Well, lots of things come to mind from what you have written--so I understand that your head must be swimming. Often, when a relationship first gets started, the couple does spend a lot of time together. Maybe you are feeling a little left out because she has a new companion, but on the other hand, him being in your room all the time or not giving her (or you) a little breathing room is something to be aware of and stop. You have a right to your privacy in your own room. Set ground rules. Compromise, but stand up for yourself. A question: does she seem to mind his presence or constant phone calls? If she seems to, but does not say so to him, this might be in the beginning stages of a controlling relationship and could lead to verbal, physical, or mental abuse. Talk with your roomie about it. Maybe she has recognized the signs too. If, on the other hand, they are both into the relationship and happy, set up some rules for the room so you can both be comfortable there, and find other activities to fill in for the time you used to spend with your roommate.to someone who can help you sort out these issues.
by JACOB ROUSE “When Elizabeth to start at the beginning for the lorian heard Mary’s greeting, of life itself: conception. the infant leaped in her womb, and ElizaYes, Jesus was a fetus. Our powerful Savior beth filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in chose to be a vulnerable, defenseless child a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you in the womb. It all started with Mary’s “yes” among women, and blessed is the fruit of your (Luke 1:38) to new life, but also to new hardwomb.’” Luke 1:41-42 ships. In the scriptures, God has given us a perfect Has it occurred to you that the first person example of trust and abandonment to His will. on earth to worship Jesus Christ was an As Catholics, we believe that every conceived unborn child? This passage taken from Luke person has a right to life. However, there are (the Visitation), depicts how a baby John the so many factors that work against this right: a Baptist recognized and praised the Messiah. family’s unwillingness to have another child, The Catholic Church has named October inadequate living conditions and the threat of “Respect Life Month” in addition to The abortion, just to name a few. Month of the Holy Rosary. This beautiful Jesus and His family had to deal with all of prayer is the most popular and central devothese things as well. For starters, Mary had to tion to our Blessed Mother Mary. The pro-life face being disowned or even stoned for havmessage and the encouraged devotion to Mary ing this child; giving birth in a barn is far from go hand in hand with each other very well. ideal; and King Herod ordered the killing of As I make the daily trip around the beads thousands of babies at the time of Jesus birth. of my rosary, I am continually astounded with All these reasons to say “no” to this one little how pro-life the mysteries are. Personally, I baby’s life, yet Mary fully trusted in God’s am especially drawn to the Joyful Mysteries, plan and said “yes.” We must pray for strength the events in Jesus and Mary’s life that emso that we can say yes to God, too. body the virtues of hope, childlike faith and The fact that Jesus was recognized by an joy. I love meditating on the fact that the Lord unborn child and the reality that God decided God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth to become an infant places an incredible was willing to come down from His shining, amount of dignity on our brothers and sisters Heavenly glory, and be with us here on this in the womb. It’s hard to pray a full daily planet for thirty-three long years. rosary, but I encourage you to start with three He could have just popped down as a man Hail Mary’s everyday, praying for the rights and hurried things along, but no; God chose of all the unborn.
Knights to New Haven by COLIN PRIEST
chancellor for KOC
The Knights of Columbus have always been something special to me. The work they do for the community and the brotherhood they share is something that I have admired. On Sept. 29-30, I had the opportunity to travel with my brother Knight, Lucas Evett, to New Haven, CT, to meet up with other college Knights Councils and learn how to improve our councils. The conference was amazing. I met Knights from all over the United States and I learned about all the things that the Knights of Columbus did over the last year for charities. One council saw a statistic about women who wanted to get an abortion and found out that 9 out of 10 women will not go through with
an abortion after seeing an ultrasound of their child. The Knights raised money for an ultrasound machine and donated it to help protect unborn children. Another council raised money and bought books for underprivileged children. With the money they raised. the Knights were able to buy over 3,000 books for children in their area. After they bought the books and donated them, the Knights sat down with the children and read some of the books to them. This is just a few examples of all the great things the collegiate Knights of Columbus have done in the past year. It is men like these that inspired me to become a Knight of Columbus and to help out my community.
The Lorian Oct. 11, 2012
Ms. or Mrs?
Hey Mike, I’m going to graduate soon, and I’m feeling really confused. And even a little . . . scared. It’s not that I’m not doing well in my classes or anything like that. I just don’t know for sure what I want to do after I graduate! And I can’t even talk about this with my friends because the thing I really want to do is so un-PC. Annie, I want to get married. I’m sort of “between” relationships right now, but I’ve thought about getting closer to my old high-school boyfriend, who is still a good friend. I used to dream of being a career woman and I know I should be independent and career-oriented and a Brave New Woman, but what’s wrong with sharing your life with someone, building a home, buying dishes, starting a family together? Am I nuts, or just old-fashioned? -Looking for a Mr. Mike says: Whew. Well I got married in my senior year, and it has been good, so I cannot say to you absolutely, “Don’t do it!” And I know what you mean about building a home; with the right person it can be wonderful. But here’s my advice to you and anyone else who begins to rethink plans and finds that the first dream isn’t working out just the way he or she thought it would. Note that I am not going to tell you to either give up on marriage and family and all that homey stuff or to jump into marriage and family as soon as possible. I will suggest that you spend some time thinking up another dream. Call your two dreams Plan A and Plan B. In Plan A, you find Mr. or Mrs. Right, have a gorgeous wedding, take out a mortgage, and pick out baby names, etc. etc. In Plan B, on the other hand, you dream up a really nice future on your own. Let your imagination run wild, just like you do when you’re planning that fantasy wedding. Think about which city you’d most like to live in, how you would spend your days at work, how you would furnish your first place (including dishes), what you would do in your free time, and so on. You never know - - Plan B might begin to look so good you might want to switch it from Plan A. Or you might come up with some other alternative. Knowing that you have many options to being happy is the important part. Oh, and one more thing, when you are busy and happy and self-sufficient, you are much more likely to attract the attention of the kind of people who make the best partners. So go ahead and connect with Mr. Ex from high school if you’re truly attracted and think he’d make a good partner (and if he’s changed whatever it was that caused you to break up the first time), but be sure that you are not doing so because that is your only option.
From the Seminary
Religious liberty and the constitution by ZACHARY DALY
St. Pius X Seminary
Last week, Mr. Ralph Davis wrote about religious liberty, which is being threatened by the recent mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services. Building on him, I will continue to examine what religious liberty is, and point out what would appear to be a principle misconception about that liberty. Religious liberty is a protection which is built into the Constitution to prevent society from bifurcating a religious person into two people: the public civic person, and the private religious person whose religious convictions do not affect the civic person. Religious liberty means that I, as a Catholic person, may enter the civic sphere and attempt to influence society as a Catholic person; in other words, I do not check my religious convictions at the door. A common philosophy in vogue right now would deny the Church and religious believers this right, leading to the bifurcation between the public and private person which I just described, and it is that separation of religion from the public persona of the citizenry which the Constitution sought to prevent. Religious liberty is, as Mr. Davis said, much more than “freedom of worship.” In reality, no one gives a hoot about
freedom of worship; Catholics worship in China and Vietnam, even though the Church is underground in those secular countries, numerous bishops are incarcerated, and all known Chinese clergy are now being required to go through “re-education.” Take away our freedom of worship, and we’ll still do it. Religious liberty, though, is the ability to enter the civic sphere as a member of my religion – fully, without having to make a mental reservation. This means that our religious faith of course influences our view of marriage, life, death and all other issues of the day. Many secular-minded individuals are very boring, and are upset that other people aren’t as boring as they are. These people say “you can believe what you want, but when you enter the civic sphere, you cannot let that affect your view.” For the secular-minded person to require the citizen to mentally stop his or her religious beliefs from influencing his or her civic decisions is to say that a person must think exactly like the secular person (or that I may hold a public view for any reason or none at all, provided that it is not religious – which is completely arbitrary). In the case of life, the Church believes that life begins at conception – and so will attempt to influence society to the recognition of that. In the case of marriage, she believes that – founded on the Natural Law – marriage is a union of one man and one woman, and hence will attempt to influence society to the recognition of that.
Christ the King 5:15 p.m. M, Tu, Th, F 9 p.m. Wednesday 8 p.m. Sunday
St. Joseph’s Chapel 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F Christ the King 9 p.m. Thursday
Oct. 11, 2012
Potts places 2nd despite adversity
Dickhut looms bright for team’s future By DANNY Zeets
assistant sports editor
By RYAN BINSFIELD staff writer
Senior Abby Potts finished her Loras career with a second overall finish in the IIAC Women’s Golf Championships as the season came to a close on Saturday. Entering the final two rounds of play, Potts was tied for first atop the leaderboard with a score of 152 and in good position to take the title in her final year of competition. However, Potts struggled in the third round posting a score of 94 to set her back. “Friday was a tough day for me,” said Potts. “I grew frustrated with myself; I knew I was better than what I shot.” Returning to the course on Saturday, Potts put together a final round best of 80, 6 strokes better than the rest of field, to take the second place finish just two strokes behind the champion from Simpson. “The weather conditions were cold and windy, but I was able to block that out and focus on my next shot by staying in the present,” said Potts. “I never thought I would finish in second; I cannot be upset or disappointed in my performance.” The runner-up finish was the second best for a Loras women’s golfer since Stephanie Schwartz in 2007. “After the first two rounds of conference I was so proud of myself. I have really dedicated time into my game over the summer and this fall making sure I was ready for conference.” Potts played extremely well in the tournament but that wasn’t the only thing on her mind throughout the final rounds. “Last Sunday (Sept. 30), I visited with my great-grandma. She told me how proud she was of me and she saved the TH article for me. That Wednesday she passed (away). I was devastated and I didn’t think I would be able to compete this weekend. With the help of my family, Coach Hawkins and my teammates; I knew that my grandma would have wanted me to compete and play my hardest. I knew that she would be watching over me no matter what the outcome was this weekend.” Following the second place finish by Potts was sophomore Lauren Gonner, who finished tied for 14th overall after a disappointing fourth round score of 102 after posting scores in the 80s the previous three rounds. First-year Mary Simonson finished one stroke behind Gonner with a score of 359 to place 17th overall. Juniors Megan Gregg and Kathryn Belanger finished within one stroke of each other with scores of 378 and 379 respectively to round out the scoring for the Duhawks. “We were close we just couldn’t put it all together,” said Coach Jeremy Hawkins. “I am happy with our fourth place finish.” Despite the entire field posting high third and fourth round scores due to cold weather conditions, the Duhawks were unable to capitalize and finished with a final team score of 1414 placing Loras 4th overall in the tournament, 7 strokes behind the third place team, despite entering the final two rounds just two strokes behind the third place team. “We needed to be able to post 4 good scores each day. Missing (senior) Christina Jackson to illness really hurt us this weekend; she played well here earlier in the season and we could have used her,” said Hawkins. “We had a great opportunity to have the best finish in recent history and we didn’t capitalize.”
photo by KATHERINE EDWARDS
Junior quarterback Dylan Jones gets the ball off before the pressure gets to him. The Duhawks are now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Iowa Conference heading into Simpson.
Learning from mistakes key for success After losing to Coe 69-7, the Duhawks look to bounce back at Simpson this week By JACK METZ
managing editor/sports editor
rushing, netting 121 on 21 carries, despite a chunk of the yards coming on the Duhawks only touchdown in the third quarter on a 65yard run. “Coe was very focused on stopping our run game,” said Carrier. “They were filling up all of the holes on the inside and not leaving much open on the outside. We were never really able to get into a rhythm offensively.”
Expectations heading into the game were that it was not going to be an easy one for the Duhawks when they visited the Coe College Kohawks for their second match on the Iowa Conference schedule. The Duhawks have had a 100-yard rushThe offense displayed by the No. 25 ranked team in Division III was too much for er in each game this season, and are ranked fourth in the conference in the Duhawk defense to handle rushing offense. the Duhawks record dropped Junior Dylan Jones comto 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conpleted seven passes on 21 We were not very good. ference following the 69-7 deattempts for 70 yards. Sefeat. There were a couple nior Kyle Killian and ju“We expected to win the things. First of all we nior Brendan Oates caught game. We went in with the mind were playing a really two passes each from set that we had a good plan,” Jones for a total of 31 and said Coach Paul Mierkiewicz. good football team and 11 yards, respectively. “We felt confident coming off playing them on the “I am more assessing our the win against Luther; we just team throughout the week. road, so we had that really never got started.” The game gets played on Loras is hardly the first opadversity right away. Tuesday and Wednesday. ponent that Coe has beat conWe had every bad thing We get paid on Saturday,” vincingly, coming off a 51-0 possible happen to us. Mierkiewicz said. “That is win against Buena Vista Uniwhen the team has all the versity, the Kohawks are now Paul Mierkiewicz, fun and gets a chance to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the confootball coach play. But all the work has ference. to be done at a higher inMierkiewicz pointed to a tensity on Tuesday and host of issues that went on Wednesday. Until we can during the game that seemed change that we are going to struggle with to doom the Duhawks from getting anything good teams because they are playing so much going for the team. “We were not very good. There were a faster than we are because they are practicing couple things. First of all we were playing a faster than we do. We have to get out of this really good football team and playing them mentality that every day is a walkthrough.” Seniors Brandon Ronan and Kyle Kirchon the road, so we had that adversity right hoff led the team with tackles with nine and away. We had every bad thing possible hapeight, respectively. Kirchhoff also wrapped pen to us. From slipping at the 1-yard line on the opening kickoff, catching a punt that up the Duhawks lone sack of the game. Firstwandered in the wind inside the five, ran year Tim Mikeworth followed with six total into our own punt returner and turned the tackles as well as an interception in the secball over,” said Mierkiewicz. “We bobbled a ond quarter. It will not get easier going into this weeksnap on a punt in the end zone, uncovered a end for the Duhawks as they travel to Simpguy that wound up talking him at the 1-yard line. Everything that could have happened son (4-1 overall, 2-0 IIAC) to face the top passing offense in the conference. did happen.” “They are very good offensively. Their Coe continues to lead the IIAC in many categories including scoring offense and de- junior quarterback has started the past two fense, and rushing offense which was in full years. He is as athletic as you will see at quarterback,” said Mierkiewicz. “They have display from the beginning of the game. Coe running back Brendan Leiran had five some big time receivers, they have great touchdowns in the game, and collected four speed and size, this is an impressive football team. When I voted for conference I voted in the first quarter. The Iowa Conference leading rusher, first- them No. 1 because of the impression they year Nate Carrier, was able to extend his made at the end of the year and the strides streak to four games with over 100 yards they had made.”
The Duhawks struggled at the Conference but excitement around the success of some young players give hope for a promising future. The Duhawks played well in their singles matches, and were led by sophomore Elizabeth Dickhut, who won her first match in two sets of 6-3. Dickhut then lost in the quarterfinals in two sets of 3-6 and 1-6. In the second flight, The Duhawks had four girls compete. Senior Sarah Alt and senior Rachel Weglarz lost in the round of 32. Sophomore Caroline Rainey and junior Est Mungai won their round of 32 matches with scores of 8-4 and 8-5. Both of the girls lost in their next match in the round of 16. Along with injured senior Carly Villano, these matched marked the final time Alt and Weglarz would take the court for the Duhawks. Throughout the four years of playing there have been many positives gained regardless of record on the court. “I would have to say that during my four years I have been constantly put into situations where I have been challenged and I believe that this is what has ultimately helped me improve my game more than I ever would have thought,” said Weglarz. “I have built such strong relationships with girls on the team and I feel that I have also learned a lot about dedication, perseverance, and determination as well. I feel that I can look back and say that I am happy with all that I have accomplished and I will carry all that I have learned with me into the years to come.” In flight C the Duhawks had 3 girls compete and all of them lost their first match, but freshman Kristina Reyes put up a good match and only lost 3-8. “I feel that for the tough draws most players on the team had first round, everyone gave it all they had. Many of us got stuck playing people/doubles teams in the first round that eventually made it to the semi-finals, so it was tough,” said Rachel Weglarz. “A few of our players, including Caroline Rainy, Est Mungai, and Elizabeth Dickhut were able to make it past their first round matches and play a second match. Overall, I am proud of everyone, and I think in spite of the cold weather, everyone was able to bring their best game out on the court.” The Duhawks finished the season with a record of 1-13 overall. Their signature win over Bethany Lutheran College was a highlight of the season. The Duhawks had a great season, and they will look to improve when the next season rolls around. It seems like these girls have a lot of fun with what they do, and they are a great group of girls. “I am excited for the future of the team. We have some promising young players who have demonstrated great potential thus far as well as older players who show great leadership and outstanding work ethic,” said Weglarz. “I feel that if our team continues to work hard in the off season, we will be a strong and very competitive team come next fall.”
photo by KATHERINE EDWARDS
Junior Rebecca Weglarz readies up on a forehand hit to return it back over the net.
Men’s Cross Country
Duhawks rock the Regents in three sets
6th-place finish tunes up team for IIAC races By RYAN BINSFIELD staff writer
Loras will look to ride momentum of recent victories to the UW-LaCrosse tournament this weekend. By DANNY ZEETS
assistant sports editor
The Duhawks got the job done against Rockford College in three sets over the weekend. The Duhawks had no troubles getting ahead and not letting up as the match progressed. The Duhawks won with scores of 25-14, 25-16, and 25-21. Leading the Duhawks with 11 kills was senior Kenzie Goedken. Leading the team in digs was sophomore Micaela Mertens with 13. The Duhawks played well during all three sets, and this will give them a big boost of confidence moving on in the season. “We tried to take advantage of the opportunity to work on our side of the net against Rockford,” said senior Regan Riley.”The focus was to do the little things right in order to succeed.” The win brought the Duhawks overall record to 8-12; they still remain 2-2 in IIAC play. The Duhawks are currently in fourth place in the IIAC, only two games back from Coe College and Wartburg College who are both undefeated in IIAC play. The Duhawks right now are leading their opponents in overall kills 769-721. They are also leading their opponents in digs 1249-1126. Riley leads the team with 206 kills, followed by sophomore Kara Grant with 190. Mertens leads the team in digs with 231, and Grant follows with 199. Riley leads the team in points with 232 and Grant follows with 221.5. “Working towards the next match we want to eliminate mistakes as much as possible, reducing our errors will help us put ourselves in a better position to win more matches,” said Riley. The Duhawks will take the court next on Friday against UW-LaCrosse in the UW-LaCrosse Tournament. The Duhawks will look to improve their overall record before getting back into IIAC play. The Duhawks next home match will be Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. when they take on Buena Vista University.
Oct. 11, 2012
photo by JIM NAPRSTEK
Junior Alejandro Cosmopolis connects on a corner kick, but can’t find the net.
Winning ways lead to top-5 rank By Katie truesdale staff writer
On a cold Saturday afternoon, the Duhawks kicked off at 3:30 p.m. in the Rock Bowl for another Iowa Conference match up against the Central Dutch. Thanks to having a few days off of games, the men had a full week to train and continue to get themselves ready for the rest of the season’s games, putting them in better game shape than they already were. The week off made the Duhawks eager to play and excited for Saturday’s game. The men came out and were ready to take control of another game. But the Dutch were not about to give them the game easily. “We knew Central was going to be a good team because they beat Luther, a team we just played,” said senior Sean Lewis. “They could compete, so we had to come out strong as usual and take over the game.” The men put themselves on the scoreboard early when junior midfielder Kevin Cavers assisted senior forward Brad Joiner for a breakaway that he slid right past Central’s keeper, giving Joiner his 6th goal of the season. With a score of 1-0 the Duhawks were awarded with an own goal from the Dutch when a defender attempted to clear the ball which had a deflection off another Central player. The game was not one of most intense the team has played, but no matter how boring or slow the game got, the men had to keep their focus and not let the Cen-
tral Dutch think they had a chance of winning the game. The score of the game remained 2-0 for the rest of the match as the Duhawk goalie Dillon Milkent only had 3 saves for the match. The win was the 9th shutout game for the Duhawks. Having only 4 goals scored against them this season, this gave Milkent a goals against average of .38 and a save percentage of .857. Along with improving their record to 121-1, the Duhawks are now 3-0 in the IIAC Conference. The men are now on a 5 game winning streak and plan to keep it that way with games to come. This week junior marking back Mitch Burgmeier was named IIAC’s defensive player of the week for men’s soccer. The men had a game Wednesday, Oct. 9, against the Coe College Kohawks for an Iowa Conference match up; results were not available at press time. The Kohawks are 4-9-1 in regular season and 1-2 in the IIAC. “We have done really well so far this season and have created great depth as a team,” said junior captain Dan Figura. “We only have a few games left so we need to not look past any team and come out and play our game against Coe to keep our undefeated record in conference.” The season’s last home game is also Senior Day for 9 of the Duhawks. The game is Saturday, Oct. 13, against the Wartburg Knights at 3:30 p.m.
The cross country team was back in action this past weekend after having a week off, competing at Pre-Nationals at Rose Hulman, IN. They were able to pick up where they left off with a 6th overall finish in the field of 30 teams. For the second straight meet the Duhawks were without their top runner junior Jerry Olp, who is still nursing an injury with no timetable for return. With Olp out, senior Austin Steil finished first overall for the Duhawks with a time of 26:12 and a 28th overall finish of in the field of over 700 runners. Sophomores Ty Wittman and Rob Howe finished seconds behind Steil with times of 26:16 and 26:17 respectively, placing them 31st and 33rd overall. Sophomore Steve Loran finished 48th overall with a time of 26:33, and rounding out the scoring for the Duhawks was another sophomore Kyle Wagner with a 73rd place finish and time of 27:01. The 6th and 7th place finishers for Loras were senior Chris Higgins (79th) and sophomore Adam Varnas (89th). Overall, Coach Bob Schultz was “relatively happy” with the team’s results. “We wanted to get a good feel for the course with this being the site of the NCAA Championships,” said Coach Schultz. “Our pack running was very good.” The Duhawks finished with a team score of 213, just three places behind the 5th place team, McKendree University. Up next for the men’s team is the Dr. Tucker Invitational hosted by Loras at the Dubuque Soccer Complex on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. “It’s our final tune up before conference so we are looking to have a great team performance,” said Schultz.
photo by KYLE SCHAFFER
First-year Sam Whan ran the fastest first-year time at Rose-Hulman Pre-Nats.
Women’s Cross Country
Duhawks focus on defending their Dr. Tucker Invitational title By KAYLEIGH MCDANIEL staff writer
The women’s cross-country team has reached the peak of its season and is on the downhill with two races left as a whole team. The Duhawks had a week off from racing but spent their practices enduring tough workouts. “We just completed two tough weeks of workouts on top of everything else we have done this season. We have tired legs right now,” said junior Kellie Wagner. This past Saturday, the Duhawks took their talents to Terre Haute, IN, for Pre-Nationals racing under wet, windy and muddy conditions. The women placed 21st out of 30 DIII
teams. Running her best race ever as a Duhawk, junior Kellie Wagner led the Duhawks with a time of 23:51 placing 63rd overall. First-year Nora Gawlik made a comeback placing 2nd for the Duhawks, 115th overall with a time of 24:55 after not racing the previous meet due to illness. Senior Katie Flogel finished 3rd for the Duhawks with a place of 118th overall and a time of 25:06. Junior Bridget Hall crossed the finish line just 12 seconds after Flogel placing 126th with a time of 25:18. First-years Melissa Kroll (132nd) and Kayla Barnes (139th) once again complimented the top 7 line-up for the Duhawks finishing with times of 25:29 and 25:35. Sophomore Hallie Martin also ran for a spot in the top 7 with a time of 25:34 placing 138th.
The Duhawks have not been able to run all 21 runners yet this season, but they are hoping to before the end of the season. “We need to work on getting everyone on the starting line, which it looks to be something that will happen at our home meet Friday,” said Coach Bob Schultz. “I still believe we can be a really good team this season, we just haven’t had a chance to show it yet.” Junior Mary Rector and first-year Amanda Runde made their 2012 season debut at Pre-Nationals finishing 8th and 11th respectively.. “I think as Rector and Runde get a few more workouts and another race under their belts, we will see them improve a lot and they will really become an important part in reaching our team goals,” said cap-
tain Katie Flogel. As the season is nearing the end, the Duhawks still need to perfect the skills they have been working on all season. “We have our most successful races when we have people running together and calling each other up. This will hopefully help close the gap between our front pack and second pack,” said Wagner. “That will be huge in helping our team get to where we want to be at the end of the season.” “We would like to hold our title as the reigning Dr. Tucker Invitational Champions and come back to beat Augustana who beat us at their home meet” said Flogel. The Duhawk cross country teams run at their only home meet at the Soccer Complex Friday, Oct. 12th. Races begin at 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 11, 2012
Duhawks topple No. 2 Tigers After their double overtime upset over No. 2-ranked Trinity, the Duhawks received votes in both the NSCAA and d3soccer.com polls, while knocking Trinity down to No. 9 with its first loss in 45 regular-season matches. Truesdale, DeVriese and Wilson provided pivotal goals and big-time saves. By CLAIRE MURPHY staff writer
On Sunday, the Duhawks traveled to Wheaton to play the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, Trinity University, from San Antonio, TX. Trinity had an impressive resume coming into the match, having won 45 straight games in a row. The women understood it would be one of the biggest games of the season and that it would be a physical and mental battle. They knew it was going to be a difficult game, especially because Trinity had tied Wheaton the night before. Wheaton had beaten Loras handily, 5-0, earlier this season. The women knew it was time to step up and
truly prove what they could do as a team, and they did just that from the time the starting whistle blew. 70 seconds into the game, sophomore Kristina Everding passed a ball to first-year Katie Truesdale (pictured, right) as she took off on a break-away up the field with one defender chasing to keep up. She took a shot from 25yards out of the box and powered past the diving Trinity goalie. “We knew Trinity was a good team because of their ranking and the fact that they tied Wheaton, who we lost to, but we couldn’t let that affect our mentality. We had to put all of that in the back of our minds because that meant nothing,” said Truesdale. “We knew we
We had already come so far and done so much to get us where we were that we were all willing to put in that 100 percent to come out with the game. Going along with proving ourselves, we finally stepped up and got the signature win Coach Rothert had wanted and we had been waiting for. With that win on our back, we have a lot more confidence in ourselves.
junior forward and IIAC offensive player of the week
couldn’t play scared and that we had to come out strong and take over the field from the start. Scoring so quickly in the game gave us that much more confidence and made us play that much harder because we knew we could compete with this team.” The Duhawks kept up their intensity and they found the net again before Trinity could recover. Junior Lynn DeVriese headed in a pass from Everding, her second assist of the game. During the play, Everding sprinted after a ball that was rolling out of bounds, a n d Everding was able to loft the ball toward the goal just before it crossed over the end line. And DeVriese was ready. “My eyes were closed the entire time. It was the weirdest thing... before Ding (Everding) passed the ball, I remember telling myself ... ‘I’m going to get my head on this ball. I’m going to win this ball,’” said DeVriese. “And the next thing I knew, I stepped in front of the defender and the ball was in the back of the net.” DeVriese received Iowa Conference “Athlete of the Week” honors for her performances in all three victories last week, tal-
lying a goal in each of the wins. Coming off the field at halftime, the women felt confident. But there was still another 45 minutes of game left knowing that anything could happen in a game with two competitive teams. Trinity came out of haltime with high pressure to start the half. As the Duhawks defense fought to keep up, Trinity swept the ball past the keeper, sophomore Hannah Wilson, twice in the second half to even up the score. The score remained tied at 2 throughout the remainder of the second half, and the match eventually headed into
overtime. “We knew we needed to prove a point that we’re a team that can compete with the best,” said senior captain Kinsey Campbell. “Even after 90 minutes of playing and heading into another 10 minutes of overtime, we knew it would be a battle out there. My legs wanted to give out, and physically I was so tired, but I knew I had to keep a level head.” It took an ef-
fort from all areas, with tough defense from the back line and from outside midfielders, particularly junior Maddie Tennant and Everding. The intensity in the air and on the ground from the center midfielders and forwards, along with well-timed saves from goalkeeper Hannah Wilson also kept confidence up. With no goals scored in the first overtime, an opportunity finally arose late in the second overtime for Loras. In the last two minutes, Truesdale charged up the field once again on a breakaway with a defender fighting at her side. As she reached the outskirts of the goal box, she was fouled and the a penalty kick was called. Truesdale stepped up to take the shot, and with the crowd biting their nails, she put it away in the bottom-left corner. The whole team stormed the field with screams of joy and piled on the first-year forward who again stepped up to put the game away. “We had already come so far and done so much to get us where we were that we were all willing to put in that 100% to come out with the game,” DeVriese said. “Going along with proving ourselves, we finally stepped up and got the signature win Coach Rothert had wanted and we had been waiting for. With that win on our back, we have a lot more confidence in ourselves.” Loras prevailed even though Trinity outshot Loras, 21-10, and had seven corner kicks to the Duhawks’ four. Loras also beat conference rival Central, 2-0, the previous Saturday. The women move on this week to play Wartburg Sunday while honoring five seniors on Senior Day.
Loras vs top-5 teams
Game Stats 2 Goals
Game Stats 1 Goal
Season Stats 7 Goals 2 Assists
Season Stats 10 Goals 2 Assists
Game Stats 7 Saves 0 Goals Allowed Season Stats 1.29 GAA .756 Save %
Aug. 31, 2007 Sept. 13, 2008 Sept. 28, 2008 Sept. 18, 2009 Nov. 20, 2010 Sept. 25, 2012 Oct. 7, 2012
@ #1 Wheaton vs #1 Wheaton vs #4 UW-Eau Claire @ #4 Wheaton vs #3 Otterbein vs #5 Wheaton vs #2 Trinity (TX)
Senior Day vs #16 Wartburg Saturday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.
L, 4-1 W, 1-0 L, 3-0 L, 3-1 D, 0-0 L, 5-1 W, 3-2 (2OT)