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A weekly publication by Loras College students

Vol. 90, Issue 7

Nov. 3, 2011

A sweet cause 1971 grad becomes a bishop

photo by MArlon Torres

ABOVE: A girl and her elder look at the contents of a purple jack-o-lantern. LEFT: First-year Emma Smith accepts a donation from a fellow first-year.

NICK SENTOVICH staff writer

David Kagan (’71) recently was appointed as the Bishop of Bismarck, N.D. “I was completely surprised and at first, I just stood there staring out the window until he asked me if I accepted the Holy Father’s appointment,” said newly Bishop-elect Kagan. “I said ‘yes’ and, as the saying goes, ‘the rest is history.’” Kagan was born on Nov. 9, 1949 in Waukegan, IL, and grew up in Spring Grove, IL. Since his ordination, he has served at over ten parishes, including his most recent assignment as pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church, the largest parish in the Rockford, IL, deanery. Before that, he was named by Bishop Doran as vicar general for the diocese of Rockford, and has served as associate publisher for, the newspaper for the Rockford Diocese, the moderator of the curia, and as a diocesan counselor. Kagan was ordained a priest for the Rockford Diocese by Bishop O’Neil in 1975. “A great deal has happened in my life since I graduated from Loras, the best, of course, is being ordained a priest,” he said. His new diocese in Bismarck, has, as he says, “98 parishes, 89 priests, 3 Catholic high schools, 13 Catholic parish grade schools … (and) 70,000 Catholics.” As bishop, Kagan will be ordained into the “fullness of the sacred priesthood” and says he “must teach, sanctify and govern God’s people with the mind and heart of Christ.” He will be succeeding Bishop Paul A. Zipfel who served as bishop since 1997. “Try not to hear merely my voice saying thank you for your ‘yes,’” Zipfel told Kagan at a press conference, “ but hear the thousands of people … who will be touched, and wonderfully changed by the faith, service, and the love that you bring.” At the conference, Kagan told reporters that, “I have tremendous shoes to fill, and I only hope and pray that I am able to do that.” Kagan says he thinks the most rewarding part of being a bishop will be, “ordaining other men as priests for the Church and confirming young people in our Faith to be active Catholics no matter their vocations.” On the other hand, he says that the most difficult aspect of being a bishop is hard to answer justly. Bishop-elect Kagan will be ordained on November 30, and will bring his dog, Dash, to Bismarck. “Dash gets to relocate and I think he will like it since one forecast has us receiving snow — he likes the snow,”  Kagan says.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to him.

‘But I’m just a little boy’ CDC urges males aged 11-21 to be vaccinated against a Sexually Transmitted Infection.

Turn to Page 3 for more. illustration by Emily Full

photos by MARY AGNOLI

Students scare up some money for UNICEF by Matt Koch

assistant news editor

The familiar scene of sneering pumpkins, creeps and haunts, scary movies, witches and goons, and candy galore made its annual return. Indeed, Halloween has run its course. Even on campus, there was some trick-or-treating. You may have noticed the group of students going around to various residence halls on Wednesday night. These were not silly college kids trying to relieve the glory days of free candies. They were the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) fundraisers for the annual trick-or-treat. The UNICEF trick-or-treat fundraiser, where members go residence hallsto-residence halls collecting change, was organized by president and senior Alejandra Ruales, and her excitement level was easily detectable. “This is an extremely important fundraiser,” she said. “It is our biggest of the year, trailing the Salsa Fundraiser in the Spring.” “The fundraiser is great because we have a lot of fun while raising money for a great cause,” said Emma Smith, a first-year dressed as an Egyptian. Indeed, it was apparent among the infectious laughter, excited chatter and animated picture that they were all happy to be there. The group emphasized that every cent counts because it only takes 6 cents to provide water for one thirsty kid, $2 to provide nutrition for one hungry kid, and $44 to provide school supplies for 20 kids. Nicole Otruba explained UNICEF’s

Sophomore Austin Wolff gets creeped out by “Jason Voorhees” at the UNICEF fundraiser. cause “We believe in zero” by saying, “Twenty-thousand children die every day from preventable causes — we believe that number should be zero.” These untold, preventable tragedies occurring all around the globe are the fundamental concern of UNICEF. The Loras College UNICEF pro-

gram will be donating the money from fundraisers this year to the hunger relief efforts in Somalia. The following evening on Thursday, kids from the community were invited to come to Loras to trick-or-treat in the residence halls. Simultaneously, dance marathon invited the kids they help from the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital to come trick or treat as well. In the basement of Beckman Hall, they had numerous sweets, games and decorations set up for the occasion. Ashley Miller, a junior and the family relations co-chair for Dance marathon christened the event. “It’s one of the ways that we reach out to the kids that we will be doing the fundraiser for.” Like the kids in the Dubuque area, they also went trick or treating around the residence halls.

UNICEF members pose for a group shot. Junior Reena Dev turned herself into a UNICEF box.

Media students pounce on car dealership’s challenge

The video must be no longer than two minutes, and must present the vehicle in a creative fashion, aimed at a viewing audience of 18- to 30-year-old individuals. The videos will be made public via Faceby NICK JOOS book, asking for votes. There will be one co-executive editor winning video per car, and the winners Loras and UD students are putting the ped- will receive a scholarship. The creator of al to the metal for the next few weeks, hop- the best overall video will be given the oping to become the next commercial produc- portunity to produce the dealer’s next local er for Bird Chevrolet. Clarke University also television ad. was offered the opportunity, but declined. “This is a win-win situation,” said Dave The local car dealership is challeng- Walsh, president of Bird Chevrolet. “This ing students from these two Dubuque-area should expose our products, as well as the schools to create a video showcasing three creativity of our local college talent pool.” of their newest vehicles: the Equinox, Cruze and Sonic. continued on page 2

The winner of Bird Chevrolet’s contest will win the chance to produce a TV commercial


Nov. 3, 2011


The cost of the ‘human footprint’ Luther professor and author shares his insights on the environment by EMMA SMITH staff writer

David Faldet, author of the book “Oneota Flow,” a story of the Upper Iowa River and its people, visited Loras this past week. Faldet, a professor at Luther College, spent the evening discussing serious repercussions of industrialized farming on the land. Growing up in the Upper Iowa River town of Decorah, he explained how he has always been affected by the river, but had never really “paid attention to its wonder.” He explained the effects on the land from tearing out trees in order to have more crop land: the lack of trees around rivers and other small waterways such as creeks, creates erosion because the soil has nothing to hold it in place. The erosion of the topsoil is detrimental not only to the land but also to its people because it is the most harmful impurity that can contaminate the water. Valleys can be washed away unless some “serious” tree-planting begins. The river was always the center of the peoples’ lives who lived there and was their main source for power and clean water. From Native Americans until now, the “human footprint” continues to grow. Although most of the harmful pollutants such as chemicals really became popular in the more recent decades (especially the invention of DDT — a harmful insecticide used from the 1940s to the 1970s), there still seems to be lack of regulation around rivers when it comes to farming. Faldet’s book is full of information about the area’s livestock and birds. He compares them to the Native Americans who deeply treasured the land by using every part of it and not ravaging it with chemicals. “Being a representative of the farming community in the Midwest, I thought his strong feelings toward the sacredness of the earth were beneficial to the awareness of the excessive use of pesticides,” said first-year Nathan Kapraun. The passion and interest Faldet shows towards this serious topic is clearly seen in his book.

photo by NICK JOOS

Junior Katlyn Gerken films junior Lauren DeWitt exiting a Chevrolet Equinox during their film project

Challenge: Every Facebook ‘like’ counts continued from page 1

“It was great combining different ideas around something we see everyday … a car,” said junior Lauren DeWitt, a member of one group. DeWitt’s group was the first from Loras to produce their video. They were generously given the Chevrolet Equinox for four days by Bird Chevrolet. “We want to thank them for trusting college students, whom they don’t even know, with their brand new cars,” said DeWitt. The first group was made up of DeWitt, juniors Ellen Reiss and Katlyn Gerken, and senior Michael Splittgerber. Their production is complete, but there are two more videos, and vehicles, yet to be worked on. Junior Jim Naprstek was assigned the Chevrolet Sonic, along with junior Danny Ready, and seniors Mike Gerken and Michael Splittgerber. Their first video shoot was Monday evening. The third group, made up of seniors Tonya and

Pro-life Thought for the Week Umbert the Unborn by Gary Cangemi By the 20th day, Umbert’s brain, spine and nervous system have begun to develop.

Ted Wittman, and senior Jacob Spiekermeier, will begin its project soon, tackling the Chevrolet Cruze. “This is a unique opportunity,” said Naprstek. “We are practically a professional film crew. I’m confident that the team will produce a video that Bird Chevrolet will be proud of.” “Last night was really exciting,” said Ready. “We hooked up our phones to the car audio and were talking back and forth while driving the car. We also took the car onto a parking ramp. You gotta do what you gotta do when you’re filming. Anything to get that money shot.” Loras, along with UD, will submit one video per car by November 21, where they will be scrutinized by Bird Chevrolet. The videos they choose will then be posted to Bird Chevrolet’s Facebook page. There, the voting commences: the video receiving the most “likes” wins the competition. To vote, visit The videos from both UD and Loras will be up for voting from Nov. 22 until Jan. 1. The winner will be announced on Jan. 2.

Marco’s Italian and American Foods at 2022 Central Avenue

An in-depth review is on by K.T. HEIDORN Distance from Campus: The restaurant is about 1 mile away from campus. It takes less than 10 minutes driving and about 20 minutes walking. How can you go wrong? Service: The service was prompt. Before I knew it, I was handed the check — I almost felt rushed to leave. Atmosphere: The atmosphere is great in a non-sarcastic way. The dining space is relatively small, but also includes a bar. Marco’s is a jeans and T-shirt sort of place. The walls are covered in wood paneling, wine bottles draped with plastic grapes line the shelves, and the lighting is dim. The place was decently filled, and it seemed like everyone dining knew each other: patrons were casually chatting with others a few tables away. I felt as though invited into a house with a big family. Cost: The cost of an entrées ranges from $7.50-15.95. Pizza sizes: 10-inch, 12-inch, and 14-inch. A plain 14-inch cheese pizza is around $10. For a sit-down restaurant, I’d say that’s pretty darn good. For the 2-topping pizza and the entré, my party paid around $35. Everyone was stuffed and decently satisfied. Food: As I could never order everything from the menu, I was forced to pick and choose. From Marco’s menu I ordered a thin-crust pizza (half-sausage/half-pepperoni) and cannelloni. Besides the regular sausage, you can also ask for sliced Italian sausage as a topping. The pizza is the best pizza I’ve tasted in Dubuque; the sauce-to-cheese-tocrust ratio is perfect and extremely flavorful. Sadly, the cannelloni was a disappointment. The sauce, as well as the cheese and meat center of this pasta dish was tasteless.

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n n I give Marco’s Italian and American Foods 3 “Satisfied Stomachs” out of a possible 5. My knocks are for rude service and bland food. On the good side are its closeness to campus, family-like atmosphere, range of prices and delicious pizza. Overall rating:


Nov. 3, 2011

Hunger pains: Easy to fix? Today’s editorial by The Lorian examines the issue of world hunger. Now that the world’s population has surpassed 7 billion, we ask: Is there a lack of food on Earth, or is food yet another sustainability issue? Editorial: Page 5

cartoon by SMRITI SHAKYA

Members of chemical chapter share a bond with success

Loras Chapter of the ACS earns an honorable mention for its past year’s work by RAJeNDRA THAKURATHI co-executive editor

For the eighth time, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Loras Chapter won an honorable mention award for the 2010/2011 academic year. Loras began collecting the awards in 1997/1998. This year, 300 ACS student clubs send their reports for the awards. The Society Committee on Education announced 36 outstanding, 86 commendable and 107 Honorable Mention awards for this year. All the winning teams will be honored at a ceremony during the 243rd ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California in March of next year. On the achievement, professor of chemistry and an ACS advisor, David Oostendorp said, “I’m happy for the award. Last year’s group was very active and they deserve this for their energy.” The Loras chapter of ACS hosts various activities


I’m happy for the award...they deserve this for their energy.”

David Oostendorp


professor of chemistry

throughout the year. Some activities from last year include a chemistry demonstration at Boy Scouts and Dance Marathon, hands-on learning by faculty and students at junior high schools, and awareness activities during National Chemistry week. Last year, students also went to Anaheim, CA, for a national conference, where two seniors presented their research. President of ACS Loras Chapter Kriti Acharya said, “Last year’s team surfaced up head and shoulder above the rest. They

have motivated our team to keep doing more activities this year.” Some activities they already have put on this year are a fall picnic, chemistry demonstration for Dance Marathon Halloween party, and hosting a speaker from Iowa State University. Upcoming activities include a student panel discussion for first-years and sophomores in collaboration with the Health Science Club. American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. It has more than 163,000 members from academia, industry and government. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational science policy and career programs in chemistry. Any student of chemistry and biochemistry discipline can be a part of ACS.


Males aged 11-21 urged to get shots for HPV virus by TASSIE CREWS staff writer

Almost 75 percent of females and 80 percent of males in the U.S. will be infected, at some point in their lives, by a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends receiving a vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to protect against certain cancers that can result from sexual activity. The CDC now recommends that boys ages 11 through 21 should be vaccinated. The vaccine also may be given to boys as young as 9 and to men between the ages of 22 and 26. The HPV vaccination comes in a series of three shots. Although the research orginated with women, the idea of vaccinating boys and men is an idea that is quickly coming to the forefront of medical discussions. So what is HPV? HPV is passed on through genital contact — most often during vaginal and 75% of females anal sex. HPV also may be and 80% of passed on during oral sex. males in the Since HPV usually causes U.S. will be no symptoms, most men infected at and women can contract HPV — and pass it on — some point without realizing it. in their lives People can carrying it by a Sexually even if years have passed Transmitted since their last sexual encounter. Even men with Infection (STI). only one lifetime sex partner can contract HPV. However, boys and young men also may benefit from the vaccine— including those who have not yet had sex — since they are unlikely to have been infected with HPV. Young, sexually active men also may benefit from the vaccine, but it does not act as a treatment if they already have been infected with HPV. Earlier in the year the American Academy of Pediatrics placed the HPV vaccination on the list of recommended vaccinations for young boys. So where do young men, college age men, go to get this vaccination? Calling the health center is a start. The nurses there, Tami and Sue, are happy to educate on the health benefits of this vaccination and answer any questions that might be out there.

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Nov. 3, 2011


Beware of the dreaded Creeperazi


’ll admit I’ve had my moments when I probably displayed more of my physique than was appropriate or necessary. I have a Facebook picture or two that may be a little suggestive, or hell, outright “slutty.” But it’s all in good fun, and I hold no shame in doing it. However, trying to look hot on your Facebook rett obbins page, at a party, or just about anywhere always seems to trigger the arrival of the Creeperazi. What is the Creeperazi? They are the demented, grossly flirty, and scary 40something-year-olds that stalk and prey on college students. They are also the dirty, repugnant and overly intrusive dudes or girls who approach you and blow your personal space to Hell. Plus there are those routine stalkers who end up with your Facebook or even cell number and won’t stop flirting with you, despite your desperate attempts to show contempt or disinterest. I honestly have to lament that I just can’t take it anymore. I’m tired of having 53-yearold men asking me what bed positions I’m into. I’m sick of drunk 30-year-olds talking about how hot I am to their friends while offering to date me. It’s awkward and annoying when a sweaty guy twice my weight keeps calling me cute despite the number of times I claim I have a boyfriend. What is wrong with you people!? I’d say that we need to unite as a society to end the wrath of What is the the Creeperazi, but in reality that isn’t Creeperazi? a practical solution. They are the There are no means demented, of ending the plague of middle aged grossly flirty, weirdos roaming and scary the Earth. However, 40-something- they can be avoided. That relies on taking year-olds that proper measure stalk and prey of protection on college whenever one students. arises. I’ve learned the best option to an unshaven, beer bloated blowhard is to make yourself as unattractive as possible. This may seem hard for all you babes and studs out there, but there are some helpful tips to follow. Some deterrence options are: l Burp and fart as much as possible. l Boast your schizophrenia is overrated. l If straight, pretend to be gay. l If gay, pretend to be straight. l Ask why people call you “scabies.” l Act like Kathy Griffin. l Giggle that you’re using meth. l List off the endless number of people you’ve slept with. l Whine that you hate bathing. l Suggest extensive prayer sessions before dating. l Be Canadian. l Tell stories about your illegitimate children. lListen to Justin Bieber. l Be an elitist bastard. I sincerely hope these suggestions help in preventing yet another innocent person from having their hair felt, party ruined, or body intrusively analyzed by another delusional pervert. You must take it upon yourself to protect your safety and comfort from the yolk of the Creeperazi. They are out there, and they think those pants look cute on you…

Rockin’ RObbins



What do you think? Would allegations of sexual harassment charges affect your vote? Luis Acosta

junior Yes. But the threat of electrifying a border fence to kill Mexican immigrants is more than enough to sway my vote..

Jacob Clay

sophomore No. They’re mere allegations and in this country you are innocent until proven guilty.

Nang T Khai senior

I don’t think so because it could be a plan or a scam to get popularity. we’ve had those so many times; I don’t think we should trust rumors.

Caroline Rainey

first-year Yes. When you vote for somebody you want them to have the same beliefs, values, and ethics as you.

Sergio Perez junior

Absolutely, I don’t want an individual whose character has been stained with such allegations. The fact that there was a settlement involved implies that there was a need to cover something up.

Joseph Hughes junior

No, and Luis Acosta’s comment just shows how much more important actual issues are than frivolous, and let me say expected, accusations from democrats.

Chris Gansen senior

Well, considering I don’t even vote, that doesn’t affect me too much. But if I did vote, it would make an impact.

Anna Cronin

first-year It would depend who is making the allegations.

Laura Wondra

sophomore It’s enough to have me seriously reconsider my voting position.

Megan Redmond

first-year Unfortunately, my vote may be swayed due to the topic because we do not want a president with a background like that to run our country and represent our nation as a whole.

Megan Kelchen first-year

It might make me think twice about it but I don’t know if it would 100% sway my vote either way.

Carolina Rusinque

sophomore I would really analyze the candidate that is under scrutiny.


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GOP cares about 1 job: Obama’s




7 billion reasons for sustainability In a 1971 interview with Dick Cavett in the ABC’s The Dick Cavett Show, John Lennon remarked that he doesn’t believe in overpopulation. “That’s kind of a myth the government has thrown out to keep your mind off Vietnam, Ireland and all the important subjects.” The population that year was merely 3.74 billion. Just four decades later, the population has grown to 7 billion, almost double of what we had that year. Seeing the famine in East Africa, unrest in Syria and Wall Street protests, one cannot deny the lavish lifestyles for a few, but poverty for too many others. Almost a billion people go hungry every night. There are fears and concerns over how the world’s resources are going to sustain ever-growing populations and hungry bellies. But is feeding the growing population really a problem? Although we don’t seem to be able or willing to make that happen, we have always seen food being wasted on a massive scale in one part of the world and starvation on the other. The world has become much clearer and reachable with the advent of modern technology and transportation. Just like the world has advanced in health care, can’t it too advance in food production and distribution? The bigger problem then is sustainability. With the world’s population using resources crazily, what is a future generation going to use? Where are they going to get paper from, what are they going to do with the toxic gas emissions and deforestation, loss of species and global warming?

This makes the concerns of sustainability imperative. The overpopulation explosion could spawn even greater protests and greater actions. Sometimes I wish Lennon’s remark was true that the overpopulation is really a myth and that the governments are merely bringing up these issues to keep people’s minds off conflicts and other important things. Well, when the world’s population reaches 8 billion, we’ll know.

Editorial staff co-executive editors Nick JOOs and rajendra thakurathi news editor MARY AGNOLI features editor SURYA PANDEY sports editor JACK METZ photo editor KeLSEY BERGAN assistant news editor

MATT KOCH assistant features editor

COLIN HALBMAIER copy editors MONICA SHAFFER, TIRA HEPKER and Hannah way illustrator AYUSH SUBEDI advertising manager ELIZABETH BRANNON moderator TIM MANNING


ast week, a segment on NPR’s Tell Me More brought together a leader from the Tea Party and a leader in the “Occupy Wall Street” Movement in an attempt to bridge the gap between the two groups. This was an interesting exercise, because the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street atrick rady are inherently different, if not contradictory, movements. Neither would benefit from the absorption of the other. There are a few parallels: Both movements are looking to give the common man a voice, both are grassroots movements, and both have a vision for the ideal political system. But the approach to politics taken by the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are so different that the two movements are irreconcilable. Core principles represent the first rift between the two movements. The Tea Party’s initial principles were clear: it had an interest in limited government. For the Tea Party, the deficit was a matter of chief concern. They argued the debt needed to be an issue of national priority and that government leaders needed to reign in the Federal budget. Finally, they wanted a return to constitutional principles, a return to a system of limited government and state’s rights. These principles were clear from the onset of the movement and have remained strong ever since. Occupy Wall Street’s principles have been cloudy to say the least. The movement advocates on behalf of wealth inequality and the influence of corporate money in capitalism, but ideological principles are lacking. Occupy Wall Street protesters have no principles aside from showing up to protests against the political and economic status quo. Without principles to form an ideological base from which to work, it is hard to see not only what this movement stands for, and also where it is heading. Principles are necessary to any group. Because of their principles, the Tea Party has managed to become a political force. Because of their actions, Republicans have taken a shift to the right and Democrats rue a challenge from the conservative movement. The Tea Party delivered an ultimatum to the American government: “Change the culture of waste and big government, or answer to us on Election Day.” During last fall’s midterm elections, the Tea Party was the best political ally of the season. Candidates in good favor, such as Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, saw good results at the polls. Those in poor favor risked losing office. As a result, the GOP gained 63 seats in the House of Representatives and six in the Senate, shifting power away from the Democrats. Occupy Wall Street has no such principles and no such plan of action. There has been no call to vote or political action. Instead, there has been a call to write up pithy signs, grab a tent (or tarp if you are really on the rough end of income inequality), and occupy your town’s common area. Occupy Wall Street has neither clear goals, nor a means for real political and economic change. Legitimate political movements have clear, concise goals and a call to vote. Until that message comes from Occupy Wall Street, they will continue to be a rogue and ineffective movement. The Tea Party was able to put their principles into action the only way our political process will allow: voting. Voting gives the people complete control over the political process. Constituents who feel disconnected from their elected officials had best vote, or continue living under the unpopular status quo. The Tea Party has orchestrated real change. If Occupy Wall Street hopes to have a similar impact, they had best pack up, go home, and begin working to “get out the vote” in 2012. Winters in New York are too cold anyway Patrick O’Grady is the president of the Loras College Democrats. Those interested in learning about the organization may e-mail patrick.o’




Occupy ... why? Read and Right


n 2008, young voters played a leading role writing history — helping Illinois Sen. Barack Obama win the Iowa Caucus and then delivering the state for him in the General Election. You would think that Republicans who are hungry to replace him might have learned a lesson and would be trying to ach ittle appeal to young voters this time around. But after many visits to Iowa and participating in televised debates seemingly every week, the Republican presidential candidates have virtually ignored us on the No. 1 issue facing the country — restoring economic security for everyone. The debates are a drumbeat of one tiresome mantra: Beating President Obama next November. My question is this: What is their plan to solve the problems that loom over us today? Do they even have one? Like all of the president’s proposals, the American Jobs Act was dead on arrival. And neither the GOP lawmakers or any of the Republican candidates have offered any serious plans to help young voters. Instead, they recommend lowering taxes on wealthy corporations and generally going backward to irresponsible policies that got us into this mess to begin with. Our president took office on Jan. 20, 2009, a month in which we lost more than 700,000 jobs. We were hemorrhaging, and Obama’s first priority was to stop the bleeding. This was possible because Democrats had majority control of both houses of Congress. But since the GOP regained control of the U.S. House, all of Obama’s proposals has been met by fierce opposition, including proposals that have been supported by Republicans in the past. Republicans oppose the American Jobs Act, but none of them have given a credible reason why. We know why. Much of it has to do with what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says is the Republicans’ primary objective: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Obama’s jobs plan would help young workers keep more of what they earn. The Pathways Back to Work Fund would provide states with $1.5 billion to help develop summer job programs for low-income youth, including the 17.7 percent of unemployed 16to 24-year-olds. By investing in our country’s infrastructure, we can modernize the tens of thousands of public schools that are falling apart and bring them into the 21st century. Obama’s plan also gives $5 billion to community colleges, ensuring their ability to serve future communities and generations of students. Like all of the measures in the president’s jobs proposal, these initiatives will be paid for as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan. This seems to be a fact conveniently glossed over by the opposition,. Senate Republicans would rather wage a filibuster, a procedure to prevent the plan from coming to a vote, than look for a compromise or put forth their own proposals. We need to stand up and have our voices heard. Our silence is not acceptable. If the Republican candidates want us to listen to them, they need to understand something — it’s high time they start listening to us. Zach Little is the president of the Loras College Democrats. Those interested in learning about the organization may e-mail

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The Colors of Languages

Tales by Twain

IVA exhibit by EMILY FULL


staff writer

co-executive editor


Doug Donald as Mark Twain

“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry” by K. T. HEIDORN staff writer

Though Twain died on April 21, 1910, he surely came to life in St. Joseph’s Auditorium this Halloween weekend for the Loras Players production of “Tales by Twain.” For those who don’t know, Mark Twain was a 19th century author made popular, or in some cases unpopular, for the satirical social commentary he wove into his works. Famous for writing “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” this Missouri native wrote short stories based off of his experiences as an adult, as well as his time growing up on the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri. The weekend of Oct. 28-30, the Loras Players presented “Tales by Twain,” which was created and arranged by Doug Donald, professor of communication and fine arts and the director of Loras Players, and Alfred H. Srnka. The play is based off of multiple works by Mark Twain including “Punch, Brothers, Punch,” “Running for Governor,” and “The War Prayer.” Alongside the story-telling is also popular music from 19th century America such as “Billy Boy” and “Oh, Susanna.” Mark Twain, as played by Doug Donald, sits in his study smoking a cigar as he casually narrates the play with a Missourian accent. It’s almost as if the audience has been welcomed into the Twain house to share stories with a few drinks and a cigar to accompany them. Throughout the play, Twain also interacts with the charac-

ters of his multiple stories of fiction and of his life. The play does a wonderful job of portraying the person that Twain was. It allowed the audience a glimpse of his true character as a man who, in a good way, didn’t take life too seriously and as a man with deep critical thoughts concerning the hypocrisy of society. “Tales by Twain” covers many themes and critiques of life and society, leaving the audience shouting with laughter at one moment and somber and reflective at others. The theme that Twain portrays in the “The War Prayer” scene struck me the most. Here, Twain points out that when we selfishly pray for ourselves, we forget about the harm that may come upon our neighbors or even our enemies. Heck, if a play can be both entertaining as well as insightful, it’s in good business. The players in “Tales by Twain” are talented actors and actresses who have strong singing voices, great comedic timing, and fancy foot-work. The musical accompaniment was never more than three instruments and the scenery, as well, was simple yet functional. In their 101st season, it’s no shock that the Loras Players, directed by Lenore E. Howard and Doug Donald, once again put on a great show. The only complaint is that it was presented for only one weekend. Perhaps Twain had to return to the grave.

by MATT KOCH What is so uniquely staff writer interesting, so improbably engrossing and so utterly terrifying about the Paranormal Activity series is the way it plays with human curiosity. From the unexplainable sounds to the uncaused movement, the movie torments you with its subtle haunts.. The movie relentlessly hints at an unimaginable horror that we are helplessly entranced by, waiting to discover more about the powers of this unseen villain. This third installment has by no means reinvented the wheel. Nonetheless, it certainly has a few more tricks up its sleeve

In the midst of the hurly-burly of people during the lunch hour in the Cafe, everybody at a table by the window fell silent. After a pause, all five decided to open their mouths. Juliana spoke up in Spanish, Khai in Burmese, Aleksander in Macedonian, Bhavna in Hindi and Henry in Portugese. Nobody understood one another and after a gush of laughter, they all conversed in English. Loras boasts of having people from varied cultures and countries. With the flow of myriad cultures and nationalities follows a multitude of languages, dialects and mother tongues. Some have enough people to talk to in their mother tongues, some don’t get this opportunity. The only viable chance to actually use their mother tongues or their national languages is while calling family or friends back home. Psychologist and director of counseling center Mike Boyd says, “When people get to use their native language, they feel good. People working in a foreign place, especially when no one in that place speaks their language, they crave the opportunity to visit home.” Junior Amanuel Hmariam spoke 99 percent Amharic and only 1 percent English at home in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia. Now it’s the opposite. He admits it gets little frustrating to try to explain things in English every time. “My mother tongue is Amharic, the working language in Ethiopia. Although there is no student at Loras from Ethiopia, I often talk to Argaw, the Ethiopian guy who works in the POD,” he adds. With the advent of modern technology and communication devices, Skype and Facebook have surfaced up as cost rationale alternatives to making long distance calls. Sophomore Laxman Gautam from Nepal says, “I use Skype all the time to call home. Buying phone cards would have been expensive.” With people speaking different languages at the college gives opportunities for students, faculty and staff to try on something new. Until about the 1960s, the conventional wisdom was that bilingualism had negative connotations. But now the opposite is true. Senior Michael Pennington has had four years of Spanish and two semesters of ancient Greek. “I love the fact that there are different people speaking different languages here on campus,” he says. “Because there are so many students from Nepal, I wish I had

and may be considered the most outright scary movie in the series. The tagline for the movie is “See how it all began.” The movie invites us back in time to revisit the childhood of the two sisters from the first two movies. This review contains no spoilers; I will discuss the plot and the successes of the movie only in the vaguest of terms. The younger of the sisters has an imaginary friend named Toby—and even as imaginary relationships go, this one is quite unusual. There are three night cameras: one in the parents’ bedroom, one in the girls’ bedroom, and one that is attached to an


more time to learn their language. Just being able to say ‘Namaste’ doesn’t quite cut it.” “English speakers don’t learn their own language the way they do a foreign language,” says Cindy Smith, professor of classical studies. “We might not notice grammar and other things while talking, but only when it comes to try to learn a foreign language, you know how things work. These languages could have different patterns and you could also learn cultures of countries of origins.” First-year Dolina Maharjan speaks four languages — Newari, Nepali, Hindi and English. “I feel languages unite us,” Maharjan says. “If you just say ‘gracias’ to Latino people, it obviously brings a wider smiler in their faces in comparison to just saying thank-you. Even knowing some common words of their language helps in bolstering friendship.” In the U.S., most students who study a foreign language begin at age 14 or later. Linguistic studies show that children who begin learn-

Loras also requires honors students to take a foreign language. This requirement is waived for international students. Professor of history and director of Honors Program John Eby says, “We require all honors students to take a foreign language. The ability to function outside of one’s own language can be intellectually beneficial and fun at the same time in learning about other cultures.” Eby also introduced an Arabic class recently that has about 14 students enrolled. It’s taught by Ali Said, professor of Arabic-studies from the Tri State Islamic Center. Eby knows five different languages. “I can read and write Latin, French and German. I have dabbled into Arabic, Kreyol and Anglo-Saxon,” he says. With globalization and the world becoming a smaller place, it can be an advantage for job opportunities. “Multilingual proficiency is an asset in one’s career, although not all the employers may need it at the time of hiring,” says Jeffrey Roberts, assistant coordinator of career services and academic internships at the Center for Experiential Learning. He states that from medical care to education, from crisis intervention in social service to marketing, the value of another language is becoming more and more apparent. The U.S. national reports of languages reveal that the study of Mandarin, Japanese, German, Russian and Spanish have illustration by AYUSH SUBEDI risen. Meanwhile, there is only a slight ing a second language before adolescence exincrease in interest in the languages that the hibit more native-like pronunciation and are U.S. government classifies as critical to nationmore likely to become fluent speakers. Alal security. though German, French and Irish are promAs the college is promised to be doused in ininent foreign languages, there haven’t been terfaith discussions and activities, knowledge enough students enrolled for those classes to of foreign languages can be beneficial. Relisupport majors at Loras. As a result the classgious traditions of Islam, Judaism and Hindues were eventually removed. However, classes ism rely on languages like Arabic, Hebrew and in Latin and ancient Greek are still offered evHindi. Languages offer insights into the cereery third year. monies, doctrines and cultures. “People don’t realize that 60 percent of our “Knowledge and awareness of the language words come from Latin and Greek,” Smith used in a religious tradition are important to resays. “Similarly, in the scientific field, 93 perligious literacy that can be very helpful while cent of the words come from Latin and Greek. talking to a person of a different faith backPeople think these languages are dead, but ground than your own,” said senior Maggie they’re alive and doing quite well.” Writt, also a part of Eboo Patel’s “Better Together Initiative.” Whether it be learning as a requirement for Languages spoken at Loras (on a class, for knowledge or for fun, foreign lanphone, on Instant Messenger or guage can prove challenging and beneficial for intellectual development. Sometimes, foreign face-to-face) language speakers just find it entertaining to have such myriad cultures in one place. Setswana, Spanish, Nepali, Hindi, Kiswahili, Chinese, Portuguese, Macedonian, Burmese, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, Romanian, German, Arabic, Amharic and Latin.

oscillating fan which turns from the dinning area to the kitchen. I have two main complaints against the movie. One, as I indicated, the movie certainly lacks originality; no one will leave being shocked by the new twist or scare the movie provides. Second, the movie did not quite answer all the questions—on the contrary, it ends incredibly ambiguous. We still do not know any more than we found out in the first two films. One of the greatest successes of this film was that it did not build as slowly as the first two. The directors realized that the quiet, almost unnoticeable early scares found in the other films would have little novelty in this third installment. The movie builds quickly, taking no time in delivering incredible scares. And even with this faster paced version, the

finale still exceeds all other scares in the movie. In the first two, it felt like you got some free passes during the first few nights. Not this one. We are immediately thrown into the horror. What Paranormal Activity 3 boils down to is a creative series that finds intriguing ways to build on the formula already provided. I found myself delightfully terrified by the movie, and I think it is fair to say that the majority of those with me at the sold-out midnight showing felt the same way. Perhaps most terrifying of all is the sense of utter hopelessness. No matter what, this demon has its talons sunk deep into this family, and any hopes of defying, conversing, or compromising with this paranormal phenomenon is positively laughable.

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The Loras College Visitation Complex was buzzing with lights, food, spectators, and a multitude of student artwork Friday, Oct. 21 for the Seventh Annual Integrated Visual Arts Exhibition. The exhibition was moved to the fall due to the large amount of senior capstone showcases taking place in the spring. This annual event is the prime time for students who are majoring in Integrated Visual Arts or minoring in Art at Loras to showcase their artwork to the larger Loras community in addition to the public audience. The Woodward Art Gallery inside the Visitation Complex is full of pieces ranging from photography, collage, painting, and graphic design to installation, sculpture, video, drawing and more. The juried exhibition allowed students’ work to be viewed, critiqued, and judged based upon their submissions. The President’s Award, given by President Jim Collins, and the Provost Award, given by Provost Cheryl Jacobsen, are only a few of the many awards several students received for their work. The exhibition will continue until Nov. 18. For more information about the exhibit, or if interested in buying the buying student artwork, please contact Wendy Romero at wendy.

Who’s that?

It’s Jess, the new girl! by LEAH CHAPMAN staff writer

“New Girl” is the story of a girl who recently broke up with her boyfriend and needs a new place to live. She happens to find three guys on the internet, needing a roommate, who she initially thinks are women. They end up taking her in without realizing what an experience they are in for. Jess, played by actress and singer in the band “She & Him” Zooey Deschanel, turns out to be a wacky, awkward and very quirky school teacher. Once the guys realize what they have let into their home they begin to ask Jess to not act anything like herself, or as Jess puts it “suppress the Jess.” In the first three episodes, we start to understand who Jess is and why she is asked to tone down her usual behaviors. But refreshingly, New Girl also shows its viewers that we need to be ourselves and embrace who we are, or as Jess might put it, “appreciate the fake teeth.” This show could end up on either end of the spectrum. Some may hate it and think it simply

annoying. Others may find it truly wonderful and refreshing, thinking “finally, a normal show, about a normal girl who isn’t perfect and full of unnecessary drama.” But this show has more than one star. There are many great quotable lines from the other main characters, such as Schmidt, Winston, Nick, Cece, and even Coach (who only made an appearance in the first episode) respectively played by Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, and Damon Wyans. All in all, we end up with a fresh faced cast that I would call all-star but not in the “Valentine’s Day,” or now “New Year’s Eve” kind of sense. This group is full of talent and I can see them going far with this story line. After a three week break because of the World Series, New Girl returned on Tuesday night in its regular slot at 8 p.m. central time, right after Glee on Fox. So if you missed the first four episodes, don’t worry, you can catch up on Hulu and then you will see why you also need to no longer “suppress your inner Jess.”


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Boydology Dr. Mike Boyd, the director of the Counseling Center, answers student questions concerning anything that relates to keeping it together while doing this crazy thing called college.

Hey Mike, There is a guy where I work on campus who picks his nose. I don’t just mean that he itches it; sometimes it is like he goes in up to his second joint. It grosses me out, and others too. How can we get him to not dig so much. -Nauseated Mike says: Wow, not someone I want to shake hands with. OK there is no easy way to make someone stop doing something that has become habitual. He probably does not realize what he is doing. So, if he is around you enough you can try to raise his awareness by first telling him privately that his “Digging” is unpleasant for others, and then doing something to notify him when you see him delving inward. Just saying, “Ahem,” may be enough and will not be publicly embarrassing. If that does not work, or if you are too infrequently around him for him to change, live with it. When he is around look at your shoes rather than his nose. -Mike










Too much of your love Hey Mike,

I have a boyfriend, and I get to see him on the weekends, because he goes to a college only about an hour from here, but sometimes I feel like he is trapping me and I can’t breathe because all of my free time is spent with him. I care for him so much, and don’t want to hurt his feelings, so how do I tell him that I just need a little room. -Trapped Mike says: Well, trapped, your name says a great deal. When time in a relationship becomes a tug-ofwar it is time to examine what is going on. But even people who have been together for years need time to themselves. The most important thing to do in a relationship is to communicate well and often. That means you have to say right out that you are feeling trapped and need time to yourself. Here are the things that might happen: 1. You may be surprised to learn that he feels the same and is relieved to get time to himself. 2. He may initially feel hurt but acts gracefully, learns to accept it and with time realizes you are healthier and happier which is good for you both. 3. He is hurt and feels angry or sulky and miserable, and tries to manipulate you to change back. 4. He bails. You can definitely live with 1 and 2. You may fear 3 and 4, but look at it this way; the truth is that if either of those happen you do not want a long term relationship anyway, he would be too self-centered if he acted this way. In any event you need to continue communicating in your relationships. Sometimes it is painful but talking through problems solves them; holding your annoyances in makes them fester into contempt.

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Nov. 3, 2011

Be not afraid, we are not alone seminarian of St. Pius X


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h Halloween: ghost stories, mountains of candy, great costumes, and tons of fun. And, what fun is Halloween without a good scare or two? In the last few years movies like “Paranormal Activity” and TV shows such as “Paranormal State” and “Ghost Hunters” seem to have exploded in sheer number. A good scare is tons of fun, but does this proliferation of all things paranormal speak to something deeper? We’re worried about what’s hiding under our bed or in our closets, but I often think that we want there to be something, rather than nothing. We want to know, in some cases no matter how terrifying the results, that we aren’t alone. St. Paul tells us that “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:12a). That’s a very different type of comfort that we are being offered than just simply saying, “You’re not alone.” Instead, St. Paul

is reminding us that we are surrounded by all the Saints, angels, and souls of holy men and women who have gone before us. Why are they with us? They have won the race of this life and are enjoying the fullness of God’s love in heaven, a love that they want us to share in. See, that’s one of the many problems with seeking out a medium or a psychic to “help” grieve a loved one. Our loved ones in Heaven don’t want us to focus in on them, they want us to strive more for the one person who can truly give us the peace, consolation, and love we desire: Christ. It is for this reason that the Church celebrates All Saints and All Souls Day, to remind us that we are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses, and they lived their lives in service of Christ, and in constant hope of the Resurrection. It is this burning hope, provided by the Holy Spirit in the Resurrection, that allowed St. Paul and so many others like him to proclaim: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things,


nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing, and no one, will separate us from God’s love, not even death, not even all the forces of Hell. God’s love is infinitely stronger than both of those things, His Resurrection swallowed their power up. Halloween is mostly harmless fun, but it is an important time to reflect on just how much power we give to fear, of the unknown, of evil, of the devil, and return to what Christ so often urged His disciples: “Be not afraid!” Christians do not bury their heads in the sand and ignore the power that evil might have in this life, or the fact that we remain free to choose against God’s love; rather, Christians draw all of their power from the love of an infinitely good God who is for us. We do not win under our own power, instead “in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). It is true, we are not alone; we have nothing to fear because we have Christ’s victorious love with us. Be not afraid, except maybe of the cavities.

The Knights To Linda, with love keep on S shining by EMILY JAHNKE staff columnist



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s the 2011-2012 year begins, so does the leadership of the Knights of Columbus Council at Loras College. This year the council is led by junior Blake Neebel, Grand Knight. Fr. Boone acts as both staff adviser and council Chaplain. This year has provided sound recommendations for the Knights already. The Knights have already raised over $200 from various events and completed over 100 hours of community service, due to new service opportunities added to our calendar each week. The Knights have spread their name throughout campus by hosting events, too — sponsoring a Labor Day Dance with the Daughters of Isabella, Poker Night, and much more. Events to look forward to are Poker Night on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. and our First Degree Ceremony on Nov. 13. This ceremony is for any Catholic gentlemen looking to be involved in the Knights of Columbus. If you are interested in joining the Knights, contact Blake Neebel or Joel Pohland. Watch for many more events hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Ever since I was young, I have been close to the Knights of Columbus. My dad always had to go to a Knights meeting every Thursday night. I never knew what went on at these meetings — other than that they handed out Tootsie Rolls after mass and they served pancake breakfasts and hosted fish frys. I learned there was much more to the Knights once I actually joined it. I knew I wanted to be a member of the Knights once I found out Loras had a council. I joined and immediately felt the impact. The council gave me a group of men I could count on as friends, spiritual advisers and brothers. Through our deep sense of fraternity, I grew closer to each person in the Knights and developed myself as a fellow Knight. Through serving the community, I learned about the Knights’ mission. This group has proven to me time and time again, how great it is to be involved in an organization that not only gives back to the community, but gives back to yourself through prayer, community service, and fraternity. Each week, the Knights will be introducing a Saint of the Week. For this week, it’s St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus

ince my freshman year here at Loras, I’ve loved going to the Asian counter in the Pub. It’s not because of the food (which is delicious, but that’s a subject for another column), but because of Linda Sangston, the woman who serves the meals. She is as much a fixture of the Pub as the pictures on the walls. She always offers samples of the ala-carte and offers suggestions for stir-fries. But that’s not just what’s so special about Linda. Her gift of being able to always have a smile on her face or a story to tell always amazes me. Linda is laidback and bubbly. You can’t help but warm up to her. And that’s what I love about going down to the Asian food counter. You can talk to her about pretty much anything. She comes up with stories and jokes to tell at the drop at the hat. There have been times when I’ve had bad days and Linda always seemed able to cheer me up when I needed it. Above all every person is somebody to her. She always asks how classes


are treating us and what we think of the samples at the Asian counter. Even if she’s busy serving people left and right, she’ll always give a smile at us and a friendly hello. As a former worker in the food industry, I know how stressful it can be. But Linda always remains upbeat and positive and that says so much about her. And the Pub is very quiet without her there. She’s taking time off to care for her husband. He has Stage IV pancreatic cancer and is currently in hospice care. I can only admire her for the strength that she’s had in caring for him. She’s special indeed to not only her family but to us here at Loras. I’m writing this article, not just to let the community know that she needs our prayers and support through this tough time, but to thank her for being herself and sharing her gift of compassion with us. So Linda, thank you so much for being such a wonderful person to everyone here at Loras. We’re thinking of and praying for you and your family. And also know that we miss you and we hope things get better.

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Forgetting the past ...ruining the future by SARA PENNEBECKER


staff columnist

rowing up, many of us were taught in our US history classes how the 13 colonies were established along the east coast of this country and settled by the British. Yet, we were not the original settlers of the land. Long before the “white man” arrived, Native Americans settled this land, establishing a new home. However, we felt justified in kicking them off their land to inhabit it and claim it as our own. We had no qualms doing this, and would for a long time choose to ignore that this ever happened. We are a country founded by immigrants, but our actions over the next 200+ years suggest that we forgot this fact. We claim to be a country of immigrants that is accepting of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, or country of origin, yet our actions speak louder than our words. Public policy is one area where this has proven to be true. Over the years, numerous attempts of public policy regarding immigration have shaped the demographics of this country and the way immigrants have been treated. Recent examples include policies such as Arizona’s SB1070 (Racial Profiling Law), or permitting the use of race and ethnicity to combat potential terrorist attacks (former President Bush’s ban on racial profiling in 2003). Conversations regarding what should be done to solve our immigration problem dominate our media outlets, government officials on all levels, and conversations between citizens across the country. Honestly, I cannot imagine being an immigrant in this country today, and for that matter a minority, because the treatment they receive in this country is terrible in a variety of ways. Those who are here legally are doubted and questioned. They are judged, forced to prove their citizenship, and their loyalty to this country. As a culture, we force them to assimilate to the American way of life if they wish to be accepted, and even then they still struggle to fit in. Those who wish to follow our laws and apply to become an American citizen undergo a tedious and lengthy process that is ridiculous. I cannot help but wonder if it is really that important for those taking the naturalization test to know who Susan B. Anthony was or to know one country that borders Canada. By the way, do you know the answers to these questions? They are real questions on the Naturalization Test. For more information regarding this topic check out site/uscis. You can also take the Naturalization test if you’re interested in seeing if you would pass.


Nov. 3, 2011


No. 2-seeded Loras ready to dance

Co-IIAC champs prepare for tourney

The men’s soccer team enters the Iowa Conference Tournament believing that it must win it by JIM NAPRSTEK sports writer

Women carry a target on their back entering the postseason by JIM NAPRSTEK sports writer

Finishing the season as Co-Conference Champs would be something to celebrate for most programs across the country, but for the women’s soccer team, they are not satisfied yet. They will not be satisfied until they are sipping on their lemonade in San Antonio in December, and that journey starts now. With their lone conference blemish coming as a tie to Wartburg, the Duhawks quite literally blew their competition out of the water. Only allowing four goals in conference play, they know that they are talented, but they feel they still have a lot to prove. Senior captain Jess Kern is excited for the postseason because she knows that Loras has what it takes. “We’re excited for the upcoming games because of the potential our team has. We feel we can be successful as a team and make it far.” Total team play is what has gotten Loras to this point, and that is what they are going to lean on when it comes time for the NCAA Tournament. After a slow start, the Duhawks seemed to heat up as the temperature went down. In the month of October alone, Loras owned a +34 goal differential, which is certainly a feat to be proud of. But none of that matters now, now it is time to play for the pride and glory that Loras is known for. “We work for the entire year. It’s the best and most exciting time of the season. Every game we have to play our best and hardest because we never know when it could be the last time that we step out onto the pitch,” said senior captain Kate Young. Loras took on the Luther College Norse on Wednesday evening with hopes to return to the Conference Championship match once again. For the women, it’s “go time.”


Hillary Wilson dribbles the ball against her Cornell opponent.


First-year Tim Van Den Bergh lines up for a kick against Cornell. He has 2 goals this season while seeing action in 19 games. The Duhawks hope he can contribute throughout in the postseason.

‘Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story’

Documentary on Green Bay native and current U.S. soccer star is an inspirational must-see by JACK METZ

sports editor

The name Jay DeMerit might not ring any bells, but if you take a minute to research him, you will find out the story of an athlete who stopped at nothing to fulfill his dream of playing professional soccer. The path to fulfilling his dream has now been turned into a documentary, “Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.” It is a moving and inspirational success story that has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. and abroad. “Rise & Shine” will premiere at the Mindframe Theaters on November 3 at 4:50 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. as well as on November 6 at a time yet to be determined. The 92-minute film traces the Green Bay, Wisconsin native’s journey from failed tryouts with Major League Soccer through early frustrations in English football’s lowest divisions. In an inspiring sports tale, DeMerit ultimately triumphs in soccer glory becoming a captain for England’s Watford FC and joining Team USA as a hard-charging, center-midfielder at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Assistant men’s basketball coach Ryan Kane grew up with Jay DeMerit and described Jay as a typical Midwestern, values-to-the-core guy who was not that highly recruited out of high school. He went to the University of IllinoisChicago, never getting notoriety even though he was a good player. He went through the years with a bit of a chip on his shoulder because of that. “We played youth sports together, soccer which he was of course good at, basketball, and baseball. I lived right on the boarder of the district, and we

ended up going to rival high schools, so we grew up as competitors following our years playing together in youth,” said Kane. “He was a multisport athlete in soccer and basketball, where I played against him.” By sharing Jay’s unique story and the behind-the-scenes making of the documentary, Kane was the sole reason the independent movie theater, Mindframe, is bringing the movie to Dubuque. “I put Mindframe in touch with the makers of the movie, and the theater was impressed enough to have it screened. We have used our soccer team’s connections with the young soccer community to get the news out there and promote it,” said Kane. “With the soccer background in the movie, it will speak to soccer fans because they will understand the concept of the story. As Jay says, ‘it’s a story about hope, dreams, team building, and inspiration.’ And so my hope is to get as many people as we can to go and see it.” The makers of the movie had to turn to fans in order to find funding for Jay’s incredible story to reach the public. Nick Lewis and Ranko Tutulugdizija built a huge groundswell and raised funds through the grassroots crowd-sourcing organization Kickstarter ( Kickstarter is an online fundraiser for musicians, artists, filmmakers and others to fund projects via donations and participation from the public. “Rise and Shine” exceeded a $215,000 goal by almost $10,000 claiming the spot as the top Kickstarter campaign ever for an indie film, even yielding donations from Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” and Rivers Cuomo of the band Weezer. “I think Jay wants the documentary to just promote soccer,” said Kane. “For someone who has dedicated his life to and loves the game, I think he just wants to make the sport more popular around America.”

After finishing their regular season at 14-2-3, the men’s soccer team is primed and ready for their postseason. “We had a few slip-ups this year, but I think those help us prepare for the postseason,” said sophomore midfielder Kevin Cavers. Loras closed their regular season by taking its frustrations out against an undermanned and overpowered Cornell squad. The men put a number on the scoreboard so crooked, that the scoreboard was barely hanging on after the 13 goals were scored. They know, however, that those days are as good as gone. Now every team they face will know what is at stake, The postseason is and if they have a slip up, their season may where the good very well be over. teams are filtered “The postseason is out by the great where the good teams teams. What we are filtered out by the have worked for great teams. What we have worked for in the in the regular regular season doesn’t season doesn’t mean anything unmean anything less we do some great unless we do some things in the postseason,” said senior capgreat things in tain and goalkeeper the postseason. Nate DuBois. Everyone would like Nate DuBois, to look forward to the senior goalie NCAA Tournament, but the Duhawks know they have some work to do before they can celebrate anything. After a tie to Central and a loss to Luther, to guarantee an NCAA Tournament berth, Loras must be sure to win the Conference Tournament Championship. “We know that every game from now on will be hard, so we have to come out with our best in order to keep going forward,” said sophomore forward Alejandro Cosmopolis. “We have to be ready to play 120’ but will always be looking to finish it in 90’.” Can Loras return to the Final Four like the teams of 2007 and 2008? Only time will tell, but from the kind of season they have had, this team has all the makings of a National Championship contender.




Sophomore Pat Langan flies toward the net for one of his two goals against Cornell College last week.


Nov. 3, 2011

Grapplers roll out the mats

Brennan tastes his first action The football team will recognize its seniors this weekend against Wartburg

The wrestling season will kick back into gear this weekend with the Loras Open at Five Flags Center


sports editor

by JULIAN GALLO sports writer

The wrestling season is quickly approaching, and the wrestlers are already rolling out the mats and taking to them for their early morning practices. Coach Randy Steward and company are preparing for yet another season. With seven seniors and six juniors, this is an experienced team. “There will be several emerging wrestlers for this year’s team. Junior Matt Holmes at 133 and sophomore Stephan Birt at 174 are both returning NCAA Qualifiers and will be leaders on the mat,” said Steward. “I am personally looking for seniors Chris Gansen, Mitch Gansen, Pat Pfantz, and Josh Kirkland to emerge and be competitive on a national level.” With so many returning men to the team, the year looks bright. Their successes last season were good, but now Steward is looking for even more from his experienced team. His philosophy: get everyone to realize that they are NCAA qualifying prospects. “We had a strong end of the season last year, and my goal is to keep that momentum going and begin the season right where we left off. Expectations are to qualify all 10 weight classes for the NCAA Tournament and bring home a team trophy,” said Steward. “While Rome wasn’t built in a day, I have high expectations and want every kid in our practice room to want to be an NCAA Champion.” This may not be an easy task, but they’re off to a good start. They have had two-adays since Oct. 8, and they are going for “volume,” according to Steward. This week the wrestlers will back off from the two-a-days, but they will be still practicing hard, Steward said. With a large group of upperclassmen, the only thing that comes to mind when you continue having big numbers is chemistry- between the wrestlers and coaches and among the wrestlers themselves. This connection is important to the team, and the coaches want to continue this team chemistry with a little bit of recruiting. “Looking back over 19 years, our best teams had one thing in common — a large senior class. Our goal as a staff from this day forward is to recruit well; recruit kids that are a good fit for our wrestling program and more importantly a good fit for Loras,” said Steward. “Adding to that is making sure that all kids are having a good experience both on and off the mat which will ensure retention and allow us to have large senior classes.” With all eyes looking forward to another great season, it’s hard to imagine that it could be anything but. To show their readiness, the team had their alumni match, where they were able to show what they’re made of against some of the past wrestlers who proved their prowess during their four years at Loras. With their opening match held here at Loras coming up, the team is getting ready with hard work and mental preparations. This season looks to be a promising one.



Senior Julie Rogers sets up one of her final balls for fellow senior Kaity Frost against Central College on Tuesday.

1 and done for volleyball team

In their fourth match this season, No. 5-seeded Central kills No. 4 Loras’ IIAC Tournament championship hopes ers and 5 kills and 11 digs by Frost. Loras could not muster enough to hold back the powerhouse Dutch losing 25-23 The opening match of the Iowa Conference Tournament began with a lot of in the first two sets and 25-15 in the fivolleys going back-and-forth between the nal set. While they ended up getting swept No. 4-seeded Duhawks and No. 5-seeded Central Dutch, but in the end the Dutch for the night, the team and coach Teresa Kehe took a lot away from the loss. were able to sweep Loras in three sets. “We needed to start putting it out there The first set provided many opportunities to go either way but the final few in every game; you know, playing evpoints were extremely hard fought, with ery point like it matters. And I think that the Duhawks diving and spiking in a val- we don’t do that at times,” said Kehe. “I iant effort to stave off the surging Dutch. think that everybody wants to be here, After taking a convincing lead in the but I don’t think that they understand that next set, the Duhawks courageously bat- internal drive that it takes.” After a disappointing loss in the confertled back to even the score late in the secence tournament openond set, eventually gainer, that closes the door on ing the lead at 20-19. the Loras season. HowThe last few points ever, Kehe was able to turned out to produce We needed to start look at the season as a another nail-biter, with putting it out there whole and sum it up. both teams gaining the in every game; you “It was kind of twolead several times. In fold,” she said. “It was the end, the Dutch perknow, playing every disappointing; I thought severed once more, de- point like it matters. we could’ve had a much spite a great effort from better record. I don’t the Duhawks and a frenwe went into our zied home crowd. Teresa Kehe think weekend tournaments Utilizing their movolleyball coach playing at full potential, mentum from the previ“I thought we brought ous two sets, the Dutch more of our game duronce again took an early lead over the Duhawks. And once again ing the week, which was great for conLoras rallied to come within 2 of the ference play,” she continued. “However, the weekend games prepare you for conleading Dutch. Unfortunately, that was the closest the ference play. We had one of the toughest Duhawks would come in the 3rd and fi- weekend schedules of anybody in the region.” nal set of the night. With only three seniors leaving the The juniors on the team, Cassie Crabill, Regan Riley, and Kenzie Goedken led team due to graduation the team should the team in kills with 8, 7, and 6, respec- look strong going into next season with tively. While the seniors, who dressed up the experience that many of the current for the final time, Julie Rogers and Kaity juniors have had as they filter it down to Frost, contributed with 28 assists by Rog- the other players on their team.

by JEFF SCHMIDT sports writer



Following a 19-17 loss to Cornell College, it would not be appropriate to say the season has been getting easier for coach Paul Mierkiewicz as he comes down to the final two games of his first season as Loras coach. Loras, after starting the season 1-1, dropped its sixth straight game to bring its record to 1-7 on the season, tarnishing in sophomore quarterback Sean Brennan’s first college start. “We did not execute well enough early on,” said coach Mierkiewicz. “We just ran out of time in the end. It’s easy to focus in on how the last couple of minutes went, but we left a lot of points out there in the first half.” Brennan, starting in place of injured senior Vaughn Gesing, was able to get the ball out fast. He completed 50 percent of his passes going 12-24 through the air for 261 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and one interception, while only getting sacked twice. “Sean did some nice things. Cornell gave us some looks in the secondary that we were able to exploit,” said Mierkiewicz. “There are always a couple you want back. Vaughn is a week-to-week thing, but he will not be suited up this weekend against Wartburg which will be tough with it being senior day, so we will continue to go with Sean and work out a strong game plan for him.” In the second half, Loras was able to strike at the end of the third quarter to bring the score back within three points. Junior Billy Kass was able to net 20 yards on four straight running plays that were then capped off on the next play with a 29-yard throw to receiver Gavin Kaiser for a touchdown. The Duhawks scored their final points with just over two minutes left to play in the game when Brennan completed four straight passes, one to Nate Even and three, including the 37-yard touchdown, to Kaiser. Wilker trotted on to try the on-side kick, but to no avail, as Cornell recovered the ball to preserve their 19-17 victory. With Brennan still feeling out the collegegame play, it is nice to have a senior receiver in Gavin Kaiser who was on the receiving end of eight passes and the two touchdowns thrown by Brennan for a total of 154 yards. “Vaughn is experienced and can play the position as good as anyone in the conference, so that aspect hurts us,” said Kaiser. “However, I, along with the team, have been very impressed by Sean’s commitment, dedication, and leadership. These are qualities that are important to have as a quarterback, and he has done a great job in possessing these qualities.” This weekend against Wartburg College will mark Loras’ final home game of the season, as well Senior Day to recognize the last time the seniors will get to dress up in front of their fans at the Rock Bowl. Gavin Kaiser gave his perspective as his final chapter as a Duhawk prepares to come to a close. “To sum up the four seasons here at Loras, I would say that we have been through a lot, but we have had a lot of fun in the process. We went through a coaching change; we had some successes on the field while also having less successful seasons, so we have been through a lot. This season, record-wise, was obviously something that this group of seniors did not expect. However, that doesn’t change the fact that we enjoy the game and our teammates.”


Nov. 3, 2011


sports editorial

World Series thriller

Ratings do not lie: the baseball season is successful, despite what I said in the past Jack’s Smack

I need to apologize to everyone who read the edition of ‘Jack’s Smack’ just a few weeks ago when I claimed the baseball season had become dull and changes were needed. Well, I still feel the same way because, to be honest, the second half of the season was pretty stale, but if Major League Baseball wanted to prove baseball is still this country’s pastime, they did a good job of it with this post season. However, the post season would have been a lot nicer in September, cutting out the dull stuff that happens when teams fall completely out of the race. Beginning in the third game of this World Series, between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, the series really gained its traction. Of course, that was the game when soon-to-be new owner of a nine figure contract, Albert Pujols, blasted three home runs to help the Cardinals beat the Rangers 16-7. Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players in baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game, as if the public needed another reason to know why he is one of the best in baseball history. Then we had our drama of game five that will be known forever as the ‘communication breakdown’ fiasco where Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa wanted his closer Jason Motte to get up in the bullpen but the bullpen heard the name Lance Lynn instead ... close enough. The phones in Arlington must run on Sprint. Everyone knows Verizon covers the whole state of Texas (just check out their fancy maps they use in their commercials that show they are the best). In game six we had analysts calling the game the greatest ever because the Cardinals were the first team to come back twice from deficits in both the 9th and 10th innings, and the first team to score in the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th innings. We saw the Hollywood script of David Freese, the hometown boy, hitting a walk-off home run that was complimented by Joe Buck’s homage to his father, Jack Buck, by saying “We will see you tomorrow night!” The Cardinals completed the comeback series victory in game seven by winning, 6-2. I wanted the Rangers to win, they deserved it and now they get to go home as back-to-back World Series losers. However, the Cardinals deserved to win the series just as much as the Rangers: they were 10 and a half games back on August 25th in the Wild Card standings and surged back to beat out the Atlanta Braves from going to the playoffs on the final day of the season. Then the Cardinals took down the Phillies and the Brewers, who absolutely owned them throughout the season in the NL Central division. Game seven averaged 25.4 million viewers to make it the most-watched ball game since 2004 and the highest rated and most viewed Friday night telecast on any network since the 2010 Winter Olympics. Nielsen said the series averaged 16.2 million viewers, besting last year’s five-game contest between Texas at San Francisco, which had 14.3 million viewers. A questionable rating that came out said the average age for series viewers was 52.7; in 2000 it was 46.1 which makes you wonder why MLB is having a hard time attracting younger viewers. In the end, baseball could not have had a greater finish for a season that I had written off, and I am sure a few others had as well. Baseball still needs changes, like the one where the All-Star Game is the reason that the Cardinals had the chance to finish out the series in front of their fans. But all in all, it is another season for the history books and now we can return back to our football, hockey, and basketball action, oh wait, there is no basketball season.

Jack Metz


The men’s team poses with the Iowa Conference hardware after its wins its first conference title since 1997. Individually, senior Dan McDermott was the runner-up to pace the Duhawks.

Men’s cross-country team wins title; Schultz is Coach of Year ‘‘

Duhawks win first Iowa Conference championship It was amazing to go on to Luther’s home course and since 1997; the women’s take the conference championship. They have won in team finishes 3rd the last 5 years. After losing by 11 my freshman year and by RYAN BINSFIELD sports writer

The men’s cross-country team is the 2011 Iowa Conference Champions after finishing in first at Luther last Saturday. The first-place finish gave the Duhawks their fourth championship in school history, their last being in 1997. Senior Dan McDermott finished first for the Duhawks as has been the story all season; and finished second overall with a time of 25:22 just eight seconds behind the first-place runner. “I knew I had to put myself in the top two if we wanted to win as a team,” said McDermott. “I just ran the race strategy coach put out for me and I was able to come in second. It would have been nice to win the race but I would much rather have a team title.” The rest of the Duhawks were not too far behind McDermott. Sophomore Jerry Olp finished fifth overall with a time of 25:43 and junior Austin Steil finished 13th overall with a time of 25:57 to join McDermott and Olp on the All-Conference podium as the top 15 finishers. First-years Ty Wittman and Rob Howe finished 16th and 17th overall with times of 26:10 and 26:13, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Duhawks and also win them the Championship over Luther by three places. Junior Chris Higgins finished 21st overall and sixth for Loras and first-year Steve Loran finished 23rd overall. McDermott described the win as a “total team effort.” “We knew we were the best team going in, and all we had to do was run to our potential and we would win. Everybody from top to bottom on our team ran great.” The Duhawks came within four points of winning the conference championship last season, but Luther came away with the title on Loras’

4 junior year, it was a huge relief after we won the title.

Dan McDermott, runner-up at the Iowa Conference



First-year Steve Loran finished 23rd overall at 26:31. home course. It seems it was almost scripted this year as the meet was run on Luther’s home course and Loras ousted Luther by three points. “It was amazing to go on to Luther’s home course and take the Conference Championship,” said McDermott. “They have won in the last 5 years. After losing by 11 my freshman year and 4 junior year, it was a huge relief after we won the title.” To go along with the Iowa Conference Championship, Coach Bob


Schultz was also voted the 2011 Iowa Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after the race, he is the second coach in school history to win the award. The Duhawks will next compete in the Division III Central Region Championships on November 12th, in Waverly. The women’s cross-country team also posted impressive results last Saturday, taking home a third-place overall finish at the Iowa Conference Championships. The team was led by two top-eight finishes by senior Genna Kinley and sophomore Mary Rector. The Duhawks took third place by a 23-point margin, beating out Cornell, which came in seeded third in the conference. Kinley crossed the finish line first for the Duhawks en route to a 7th overall finish with a time of 23:01. Rector finished eighth overall with a time of 23:12 to receive All-Conference honors along with Kinley. Junior Katie Flogel finished the race in 23:38 to place 16th overall. Rounding out the scoring for the Duhawks was senior Katie Hemesath (21st, 23:52) and sophomore Kellie Wagner (26th, 24:11). “This was our goal from the beginning of the season,” said coach Bob Schultz. “We were seeded 4th coming in and finished 3rd with a pretty good margin over 4th place. The effort was terrific.” The women now look towards competing at the Central Regional Championships on the 12th and Coach Schultz has stated that the team goal is to finish in the top eight. The girls finished 10th overall last year.

Nov. 3, 2011, Lorian  

The Nov. 3, 2011, edition of The Lorian, the student-run newspaper at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa

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