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Amendments defeated, Obama re-elected

Hamline student groups watch and discuss local and national election results. Maria Herd

Laptops in Bush Library, the Anderson Center and across campus glowed with electoral maps as students nervously watched the presidential results come in, as well as the votes for Minnesota’s voter I.D. and marriage amendments on the evening of Nov. 6. Senior Chris Morse was switching between multiple news sites to see which media outlets reported results first at the communication department’s election viewing party in the Anderson Center. At approximately 10:14 p.m. central time, President Barack Obama secured Ohio, and NBC declared his re-election. Morse was more concerned about the presidential race than Minnesota’s two amendments. “I’m a ‘vote no’ guy, but I’m not too worried,” Morse said. “Even if the marriage amendment does pass, the Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage in the next five years.” Morse said the election viewing party was a fun and communal way to watch the results.

“It’s fun to watch it with politically active students,” Morse said. Communications professor Justin Killian organized the election viewing party for his communication students but opened it up to everyone on campus. “It’s to give people a friendly non-partisan space, and it’s an opportunity to use this beautiful new building,” Killian said. Killian and his students related the way the newscasters were presenting results to communication studies. “We’ve been talking about graphics, themes and the way they’ve been phrasing, like ‘too early to call’ and ‘too close to call,’” Killian explained. Senior Jamie Hill attended the communications election viewing party and enjoyed hearing Killian’s and fellow students’ comments. “It’s a good place to hear what other people had to say,” Hill said. On the other side of campus, the Stonewall Alliance, Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) and the Hamline Women’s Legal Caucus hosted an election viewing party in the Hamline Law School. “We tried to get as broad a swath of people as we possibly could, which is why we also partnered with two other student groups to host this,” third-year law student and co-chair of Stonewall Alliance Lacy Schumacher said. Brian Stinson, Marshall for PAD

Fraternity, the largest law fraternity in the world with an extension to Hamline campus, said the election viewing party was put together with the intention of livening up a serious political mood. “We were hoping to bring the law student body together, and instead of learning about stupid statutes and cases, we could provide a bit of comic relief, whatever the outcome,” Stinson said. Organizers switched between different channels to showcase both local and national content from the election and constantly updated the statistics of the presidential race, congressional race and state constitutional amendments on the whiteboard. In addition to viewing results, Stonewall Alliance held a silent auction to raise money for an unnamed event they’re planning in the spring to talk about the challenges of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “There have been some successful challenges and trial court levels and those are heading for appeals in the next year. They obviously impact the law greatly, so we’re going to bring in scholars and attorneys from different areas of the law to discuss the challenges in that area,” Schumacher said.

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PHOTO | ANDREW MAAS, ORACLE Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings made an appearance on campus to show his support for the Vote No campaign against the marriage amendment.

Minnesota 2012 ELECTION RESULTS U.S. Representative District 4 Betty McCollum (D) 62.7% Tony Hernandez (R) 31.51% Steve Carlson (I) 6.07%

Marriage Amendment No 52.53% Yes 47.46% Voter I.D. Amendment No 53.82% Yes 46.17%

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) 65.23% Kurt Bills (R) 30.53%

Saint Paul School Referendum Yes 61.48% No 38.52%

Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State


MPIRG assists student voters on election day Hundreds of student voters came to the bishop for voter information and transportation. Breanna Berry

PHOTO | ANDREW MAAS, ORACLE Senior Dianna Fielding, left, and sophomore Lauren Mallery, right, provided information for student voters on election day.

MPIRG students stood at the Bishop for 13 hours on election day, encouraging students to vote. They set up tables around campus in an attempt to spread information about voting. According to Co-chair of MPIRG, junior Ben Surma, their goal on election day was to inform Hamline students on where to vote and to make sure they had a ride to a polling site. “That is our goal, just to get people to vote,” Surma said. At each table was a map of the surrounding area that highlighted places where people could vote, as well as multiple MPIRG members who were all knowledgeable about the process of voting and registering. Surma stood in front of the table with fellow MPIRG members at the Bishop as

soon as the polls opened at 7 a.m. They were there until 8 p.m. to offer information, to encourage people to vote, and to collaborate with students, volunteering rides to anyone who was voting at the Hamline High Rise. Two other tables were set up later in the day, one in GLC, and one in the Anderson Center, where junior Alex Herr and senior Dianna Fielding stood to inform students of the table at the Bishop. MPIRG has put a lot of work into the campaign, according to Herr. “We’ve been working on this campaign for over a year and a half,” Herr said. According to Herr, when election day finally arrived, all of the campaigning felt worthwhile. “It felt surreal,” Herr said. “Even though the weather was bad, students were excited.” There was a steady flow of people coming to their table, with a great influx during convo hour. MPIRG directed 291 people to the van that was taking students to the Hamline High Rise. Although the van seated 15 people, there were still times when people had to wait a few turns, according to Herr and Fielding. One of the students MPIRG helped transport to the polls was junior Michael

Jaques. According to Jaques, he appreciated MPIRG’s services. “It was good they offered that, so I didn’t have to figure out where it was,” Jaques said. “It’s convenient.” In addition to the 291 students they transported, MPIRG helped direct around 50 Hamline and non-Hamline affiliates to their proper polling stations. “I’d say we probably helped around 350 [students],” Herr said. After nine hours of volunteering, Herr and Fielding agreed it was worth the time spent. “What I appreciated most was when people got off the van with their ‘I voted’ sticker,” Herr said. According to Fielding, she enjoyed the end of the evening. “My favorite part was at 8 p.m. when the polls closed, and I found out the van took 291 people over to the Hamline High Rise,” Fielding said. Election day was a success, especially after spending so many hours on the campaign, according to Herr. “It was a really good feeling,” Herr said.

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ARAMARK implements changes in response to student feedback. Dan Schauer Dining Services underwent changes to multiple facilities this past week after reviewing results from focus groups and surveys. Hamline’s catering service, ARAMARK Higher Education, reported feedback from 840 constituents on campus. Representatives from ARAMARK presented their findings to HUSC on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The presentation showed a variety of issues students had brought up in the surveys and focus groups that ARAMARK hopes to fix. According to Dean of Students Alan Sickbert, one of the biggest issues students mentioned, even before the surveys, was the weekend hours of the Bishop’s Bistro and the Piper Grill, which previously weren’t open Friday and Saturday nights. “Some things were apparent right away, some things I think we’ve learned from some of this survey stuff,” Sickbert said. “There were issues around Friday and Saturday night meals. People were pretty vocal coming out of FYSems. [It] came up in all this stuff, and thats why that changed pretty quickly.”

The hours at both the Bistro and the Grill were extended to Friday and Saturday nights but with a more limited menu for the Bistro. The surveys also showed that students vocalized complaints about the new meal plans this year. According to Sickbert, educating students before and during the process of choosing a plan is the key to solving the concerns over meal plans. “Something we have to really think about going forward is, how are we educating parents in the summer when people come here as new students, how do we educate students about these new meal plans,” Sickbert said. “How do we communicate during summer orientation, how do we communicate perhaps in the resident halls, how do we help people really to understand more about the meal plan before they choose one and how do we continue to give them information about this?” The surveys also showed student concerns about healthier options at the different dining locations, speed of service, especially at the brand new Starbucks location in the Anderson Center, as well as complaints about the Klas Center. According to Sickbert, Gayle Hanson, Director of Dining Services, is working to look at where the university can place more healthy options around campus to help out vegans and vegetarians. According to Sickbert, vegans and vegetarians make up

approximately ten percent of the dining population. Dining Services also added a second cash register at the Starbucks location in order to help speed up the service, and the team is looking at what they can do to improve Klas Center. The surveys and focus groups were conducted by ARAMARK Higher Education, Hamline’s dining and catering service, which offers dining services to universities around the country, according to Jennifer Wood, Director of Strategic Development. The surveys were done as part of ARAMARK’s strategic account review process and are meant to review the state of the university’s dining services and determine where it is heading in the future. ARAMARK’s in-depth survey was planned since the construction of the Anderson Center, which ARAMARK helped develop, according to Sickbert. Sickbert said that this is something Hamline should do every year. “ARAMARK historically has always done surveys, and then we follow up sometimes in our quality of life surveys in residence halls about food as well in the spring. Its not every year have I seen them come in and do intercept surveys,” Sickbert said. “We should be doing this every year anyway.” Gayle Hanson declined to comment for this story.

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RESULTS: “We voted for change.” (continued from front) Items in the auction included a mountain bike, a 90-minute full body massage, professional photography lessons and a signed football from Vikings player Chris Kluwe. Law students also donated handmade items like earrings, Christmas wreaths and requests to bake and deliver Thanksgiving pies. At the end of the night, the Stonewall Alliance raised over $700 for their DOMA presentation. Organizers closed down the Law School election viewing party a little before midnight, while the results of the two amendments and the congressional races were still coming in. The results were not officially announced until the morning of Nov. 7. The marriage amendment only received support from 48 percent of voters, with over 40,000 voters leaving their ballot blank. If passed, the amendment would have defined marriage as solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota’s constitution. Minnesota is the first of the 30 states to defeat a similar marriage amendment.

On the national level, three states legalized gay marriage in the 2012 election — Maine, Maryland and Washington. The Voter I.D. amendment would have required all Minnesotans to present a current government issued I.D. when voting. The amendment had 46 percent of voters’ support, and nearly 50,000 voters left it blank. Attendees of the election viewing parties discussed the election results and the last four years in retrospect compared to the potential of the next four years. One student of the communications election viewing party said, “We voted for change and nothing happened.” Taylor Seaberg contributed to this story.

Nov. 2, 9:22 a.m. Food theft A staff member from Old Main requested Safety and Security review footage in the building to look for a person who may have taken food out of the kitchen without having permission. Dispatchers were unable to find any footage related to the incident. Nov. 2, 5:43 p.m. Intoxicated individuals Safety and Security officers responded to a report of two intoxicated individuals causing a disturbance in Walker Fieldhouse. An off-duty Saint Paul officer who was patrolling campus also responded to the incident. The individuals were removed from campus by Saint Paul Police. Nov. 3, 3:20 p.m. Smoking violation A professor called to report that the cigarette disposal post in front of East Hall was too close to the front door of the building. Officers moved the post twenty-five feet from the door. Nov. 4, 12:28 a.m. Drug investigation A student came to Safety and Security to report the smell of marijuana on the second floor of Drew Hall. Officers found the source of th smell and confiscated marijuana and paraphernalia. Residential Life was contacted for disciplinary action. Nov. 5, 10:28 a.m. Suspicious person Law School staff members reported a suspicious person in the Law School lobby who was talking to himself. Officers made contact with the individual and determined that he was a Hamline ARAMARK employee. Nov. 6, 10:14 a.m. Broken plumbing A student reported a leaky, broken pipe at the bottom of the basement stairs in Robbins Science Center. Officers placed a caution sign up until ABM and Facilities could take care of clean up and repair. Nov. 8, 5:38 p.m. Injured student All officers responded to Hewitt Avenue after an individual was struck by a passing vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stopped to check on the condition of the victim. Officers tended to the victim before Saint Paul emergency services arrived. The individual was conscious when he was taken to Regions Hospital by Saint Paul Medics.

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Tech department revamps network and access ITS upgrades to quicker and more secure system with new password policies. Taylor Seaberg ITS Network Director Anthony Schroeder and his ITS team, Infrastructure Systems and Services, have worked over the past few months to make a new change to the student and faculty accounts that would centralize different networking and web accounts on Hamline University’s web page. “Starting next week, we’re implementing a system called identity management, and basically what that does is it takes information from Banner, as to student status, faculty status, staff status, alumni status, all of the above, and it makes decisions, or we give it rules as to whether or not that person needs certain types of accounts,” Schroeder said. Right now, the current system features different electronic aspects for students and staff members that incorporate separate account types. One aspect of the system’s new changes would break down the many different types of accounts and synchronize them with a similar password and username. “The [things] people are going to notice the most is that suddenly your Google password and your password for the wireless are all going to be synchronized with the new system. We’re trying to move towards making it easier for people to remember,” Schroeder said. The only area in Hamline’s web accounts that this system would not extend to would be the Piperline interface. “The one exception at this point would be Piperline. It will still be separate in that we need to do this step first before we can figure out how to bring Piperline into the fold,” Schroeder said. Another aspect of the new system would allow an automatic generation of information which would be important for the hiring process and benefitial for employees. “In the past we’ve had a homegrown system. Our internal programming team put together [a new system] that when people get hired, it automatically generates the account,” Schroeder said. Schroeder stated that the automatic information synch was not just for people who were a new addition to Hamline, such as first-years and transfer students that require electronic access upon entry, but also those who switch status during the time of their residency. “It’s not just when people are added, but also when a student becomes a staff member, or a staff member becomes a student, then their roles and rights and access would change slightly and this would handle all that automatically — it’s supposed to automate a lot of those processes in a much smoother fashion,” Schroeder said. One reason for the changes in student and faculty accounts had to do with the possibility of abuse and improper access to

wireless networks. “One thing we’ve run into issues with is that when people leave, we don’t necessarily take the proper accounts away, so there’s some people that are no longer here that still have access to the wireless,” Schroeder said. “It’s good to clean up just to make sure we don’t have any break-ins.” The password change is an important attribute of the new system, according to Schroeder. “For the initial phase what we’re trying to do is concentrate on implementing the password change piece and also getting the creation

Students wait on ITS to work out kinks in new server. Taylor Richter

Within the past few weeks, Information Technology Services (ITS) has gradually released a new wireless internet network. However, over the weekend of Nov. 2, the internet connections around campus were in and out, and nonexistent at times. The problems that have come with the change of internet systems has caused frustration for students. But according to ITS Network Director Anthony Schroeder, there are good reasons for the changes. “There are two main reasons we implemented the new network. The first one is there is a lot more mobile devices out there, and people were getting pretty frustrated that they had to log in all of the time. And if you roam around campus it will sometime kick you out and you have to re-login. The new wireless network is partially to address that,” Schroeder said. “The other main reason is from a security standand the expiration based point; it’s on rules in place. And then the a much second phase will be things more like Piperline, more than likely secure Banner, synchronized and network. In secured,” Schroeder said. the past, the With the synchronizaconnection tion of password and between your username, there was computer, a rising concern over your wireless the security of this device, and information. whatever you ILLUSTRATION | BRE GARCIA, ORACLE “One of the conwere connecting cerns was that if to wasn’t secure everything was using the same username unless that site provided a security certifiand password, we wanted to make sure that cate. So the security that is part of the new password was secure,” Schroeder said. As of July 1, Hamline implemented a new BRIEF password policy which states that everybody’s passwords need to be at least eight characters and include a combination of numbers and an upper case letter. While it has not gone into full effect, Schroeder said the school plans to make it so. University center turns to digital “We haven’t started enforcing it at this point, but we plan to. The password will announcements to cut down on need to be changed every six months — 180 waste. days — whether you’re a faculty, staff, or student, you will need to change your passKristina Stuntebeck word,” Schroeder said. Schroeder feels this new change will be very beneficial to students. Even if it is a rough transition at first, he said, the students will learn to adapt and appreciate The Anderson Center’s green initiative certain aspects of the new system. has led to the exclusion of traditional paper “I’m excited,” Schroeder said. “I think posters in favor of a new digital system. there’s going to be a little bit of transition Digital signage relies on monitors to distime that may have some challenges but in play the latest news and events on campus the end we’re going to be a lot stronger for in order to reduce the amount of paper it. And things are going to work a lot better being used. and be a lot easier—the short-term pain is Carey Otto, Associate Director for the worth the long-term gain.” Anderson Center, said that the benefits of going digital extend beyond the green movement. “Monitors offer an additional service that posters just can’t quite achieve,” Otto said. He explained that the monitors utilize a broad range of digital media to convey information, including still photos, videos and art. According to the Hamline website, there are four different channels on the monitors that can be viewed in different buildings: the Athletic channel, the School of Law channel, the Minneapolis channel, and the General channel, which is the most wide-

network encrypts the connection between your device and the wireless transmitter no matter who you are connecting to.” The new network is also trying to keep up with technology and be efficient, especially when wireless users have jumped from 100 to over 1000 people at given moment, according to Schroeder. Students are impatient for the system to be finalized, according to first-year Katie Jernigan. “The other internet was problematic since it disconnected all the time but this internet you can’t connect in the first place,” Jernigan said. “I’ve briefly [connected] with the ethernet, but that seems shaky which makes no sense to me because it’s a direct line.” The problems with connection were not only with personal computers and devices, but also with school-owned computers, according to sophomore Alana McQuirter. “I was actually in Anderson trying to use the internet and it wasn’t working,” McQuirter said. “So I just went back to my room and decided to go on the computer there and it wasn’t working. I thought it would be back up, but it [wasn’t] and I was working on something that had to be turned in that night so that was kind of frustrating.” The department is aware of the problems people have been experiencing and are working one step at a time on the new system to improve it and use it to the best of its abilities, according to Schroeder. According to McQuirter, the internet was up and running the next day, and she hasn’t experienced many problems since. “Since it’s a new system, Hamline is still trying to tamper with it and kind of see how it’s going. I feel like that’s how any type of transition is. I actually like how I don’t have to log on every time. I really like how it’s click, click, and it goes. It’s just going to change and get better from there,” McQuirter said. Schroeder is confident in the new system and that it will be more beneficial for the users.

Anderson Center goes digital spread channel on campus and features content from Inside Hamline and the Hamline website. The general channel has around a dozen bulletins circulating at any given time, said Kelly Christ, the Graphic Design Director of Hamline’s Marketing department. “Some come up, some go out, and they rotate around,” Christ said. Christ said she is responsible for getting images on the digital boards up and down as requested and for helping those who have questions about the process of creating or submitting bulletins. She believes that the new digital boards are doing their job when it comes to informing students of campus happenings. “I think what’s effective is that it’s up there, it’s rotating, and no one can take it down,” Christ said. Otto finds the digital method very effective because of its versatility and the fact that bulletins are featured on a monitor. “People are captivated by a TV screen,” Otto said. Digital boards are the main form of advertising in the Anderson Center, but Otto said that ARAMARK can still be contacted for small postings in the napkin dispensers in campus dining facilities. He also mentioned a new bannering system being processed that will hang in the lobby and around the stairs.

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Students “sleep out” overnight Students spend a night outside to learn about homelessness. Sarah Sheven

Students gathered on Bush Library’s patio the night of Nov. 10 to experience a cold reality that many who are homeless face every night. Hamline Interfaith Core partnered with the Better Together Campaign to organize a sleepout to give students a taste of what it feels like to sleep outside in the winter months. One by one, students arrived sporting winter coats and multiple layers of pants. Some brought sleeping bags and blankets in anticipation of the chilly night ahead. They gathered in a circle on the patio for conversation, hot chocolate and coffee provided by Ginkgo Coffeehouse. Meanwhile, other students lugged large cardboard boxes onto the patio, which served as makeshift beds and shelters for the night. Markers were provided for students to customize their temporary sleeping quarters and to express their thoughts about the evening in writing. Event coordinators and sophomores Mia Jackman and Amber Todd noted the sleep out provided amenities that a homeless person might not have access to, but they still hoped that students would walk away from the event with a heightened understanding of the hardships that the homeless face every day. Ultimately, they wanted to inspire students to go out into the community and serve. The sleep-out included a clothing drive to gather new intimates and other clothing items for the Simpson Housing Service, which provides transitional housing for those without homes. Several bags of donated clothing dotted the patio along with the sleeping bags and

blankets to be used during the night. In addition to raising awareness about homelessness, Jackman said the sleep-out was designed to bring people of different faiths together and to consider how faith encourages people to serve in the community. An overarching theme of the night was “why I serve;” participants filled out slips of paper with the reasons they serve and taped them to the group’s donation collection box. Todd said her involvement with MultiPHOTO | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Faith Alliance, a student organization at Sophomore Amber Todd bundles up in her sleeping Hamline, inspired her to partake in the sleep bag to raise awareness about homelesness. out. “I am fascinated by other religions,” Todd said. “I like helping others.” “I had to use the bathroom so badly, and the Coordinator of Spiritual and Religious Life thought occurred to me that if I was actually Megan Dimond said a main purpose of the homeless, I wouldn’t drink liquids before going sleep-out was to inspire young people of differto bed because there might not be a place to ent faiths to find common ground in service. use the bathroom right away,” Todd wrote. “It’s important to get people of faith to talk Once seated in the Anderson Center, Steve about agreeing,” Dimond said. Horsfield from Simpson Housing Services came Participants spent the first part of the night to talk about homelessness in Minnesota. watching the movie “The Soloist.” The movie Horsfield stressed that homeless is not an tells the story of an L.A. Times journalist who adjective and does not define those without a takes an unlikely interest in a homeless man stable housing situation. Rather, people experisuffering from schizophrenia who happens to ence homelessness as a result of numerous be a talented musician. unfortunate factors. Simpson Housing Services Later, participants readied the cardboard and other organizations in the area not only box beds for sleeping and settled in for the seek to provide help for those in immediate night. Todd wrote in a follow up email that she need, but to set people up with stable housing was able to sleep almost completely through and combat the societal and economic factors the night. However, others complained of that lead to homelessness. Horsfield concluded waking up frequently due to the cold. Though the breakfast discussion by inviting the particithe temperature went down to just above freez- pants to various volunteer opportunities. ing that night, participants were thankful not to Other Twin Cities colleges, including Bethel experience the much harsher weather typical University and Macalester College, are also parto Minnesota. ticipating in the program. The sleep-out participants awoke early in The Better Together Campaign plans to put the morning to eat breakfast at the Anderson on another big event in the spring. Dimond Center and discuss their thoughts about the said this event will likely be formed around the experience. theme of joblessness. Students are encouraged Todd wrote that the experience really clicked to look out for this event in the spring semester. for her right after she awoke in the morning.


TUESDAY, NOV. 13 CLE: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Supplemental Jurisdiction School of Law 105 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 Open Table with the President ANDC 301 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. HU Psych Club Movie Night - “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” Bush Center HUB 5 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 15 International Institute of Minnesota Breakfast Circle 1694 Como Ave. 8:30 - 9:45 p.m. Diversity Dialogue School of Law 200 11:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOV. 16 Women in Public Service Conference Anderson Center 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. International Roundtable Series - “Borderless Buddhism: Globalization and the Dharma Through Two Millenia” GLC 1S 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Coffee House Series Anderson Center lobby 8 - 10 p.m.

Dinner gives students and board members opportunity to interact.


Breanna Berry An honorary dinner between 100 Hamline undergraduates, a handful of Board of Trustees members and President Hanson took place on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom. The dinner served as an opportunity for students to get to know some of the board members. With eight board members present, each one sat at a table consisting of roughly seven students assigned randomly. Director of Student Activities Wendy Burns has helped organize the event for its six years of existence. According to her, the students who attended the dinner were chosen based on leadership. Each leader invited is hand-picked through recommendations and involvement on campus. “Often times — not every year — entire staffs or groups of student leaders like NSMs, RAs, HUSC, Catalyst trip leaders, etc., are invited. Students in these roles are seen as student leaders on campus in positions that carry major responsibilities,” Burns said. However, students who are not in leadership positions still had a chance to attend. “In order to not just restrict attendance at the event to students in formal leadership positions, HUSC will solicit faculty and staff for the names of additional students who should be invited,” Burns said. Although students are allowed to attend multiple dinners, HUSC makes sure the crowd changes every year. The outline of this year’s dinner was different compared to past years due to changes made by HUSC. Previously,

board members did not have as much of an opportunity to interact with the students, and vice versa. Some years there has been a keynote speaker, and other years the dinner has served as a time for the board members to elaborate on why and how they ended up serving on the board, according to Burns. “Every year it has the potential to be different,” Burns said. Sophomore Kortnie Brown was a returning guest this year. According to Brown, last year was more of a panel discussion. Each trustee member talked about themselves as a way to open up to students. However, this year was different. “I liked it better this year. It seemed more welcoming,” Brown said. “It was a lot more interactive.” At each table was a sheet of suggested discussion topics ranging from expectations of Hamline’s future to how each person got involved with Hamline. One trustee member who came to the dinner, Chair of the Board Kita McVay, said she got involved with the board through a nomination by her pastor at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, who was also a board member at the time. Before that, she was not involved with Hamline. After exploring the role, McVay said she was interested. “Despite my lack of direct connection to Hamline, I was very intrigued with what President Larry Osnes told me about Hamline’s students, educational philosophy and long history of improving life for its students and the region through education,” McVay wrote in an email. McVay has been going to this dinner for many years. “I have been attending the 100 Who Influence dinner for several years. Following the first one I attended, I started telling any trustee who would listen what a great opportunity

it presents for trustees to meet — and be impressed by — Hamline students,” McVay wrote. McVay felt the changes made by HUSC were beneficial. “We had ample opportunity to ask questions, answer questions and get to know one another,” McVay wrote. “In prior years, I have enjoyed hearing the stories shared by my fellow trustees; this year I got to spend more time with the students, which I and all of the trustees who attended agreed was a great opportunity for us.” Unlike McVay, some at the dinner were firsttime attendees. One of them was a student sitting at her table, senior Mickey Witt. Witt said he had never spoken to a board member before the dinner, and wasn’t exactly sure of their role. “I felt I was able to get a good grasp on what it means to be a member, how one is selected to be a member, and some of the issues a member may have influence on,” Witt wrote in an email. Having McVay at his table proved to be a valuable opportunity, according to Witt. “The students at my table and I were also able to voice any concerns we had on issues from parking to class sizes directly to the chair of the board, Kita McVay,” Witt wrote. Another first-time attendee was new board member, Karen Bach. A member since August, Bach shared McVay’s opinions toward the benefits of the dinner. After discussing multiple topics with her table, Bach felt rewarded by her opportunity to get closer to the students. “The dinner was important because I spent the evening with students who expressed their views boldly and respectfully,” Bach wrote. “The students seem to really love Hamline and have a desire to make it even better.”

Amy and Sarah Hamann introduce their new CD: Beethoven - Music for Piano Four Hands Sundin Music Hall 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOV. 18 The Artaria String Quartet Bridge to America Sundin Music Hall 3 - 4:30 p.m. HSA’s Annual Hmong New Year ANDC 111 & 112 2 p.m.

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An hour to save lives

Students and community members donate blood at biannual drive. Jena Felsheim

The ballroom on the second

floor of the Bush Center was a congested hub of activity on Thursday, Nov. 8. The normally barren floor was outfitted with a dozen or so tables, a cluster of plastic dividers and a liberal spread of chairs. People in crisp white scrubs bustled to and fro while volunteers led incoming students and community members to chairs and tables. A radio blasted music while smiling but weary donors opened colorful packets of candy and juice. This was the scene at Delta Tau Sorority’s blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We do this twice a year at least — once in the fall and once in the spring,” senior and Delta Tau member Patricia Matta said. Matta, along with other volunteers from Delta Tau, operated the ballroom during the event. The sorority teams up with the Red Cross to put on the events. While the Red Cross handles the actual blood donations, Delta Tau is responsible for booking a room for the event and gathering donors. “They’re [The American Red Cross] really great about making this easy,” junior and Delta Tau member Katherine Elwell said. This year the sorority had a table in the Anderson Center beforehand to advertise for the event and for donors to sign up. They also allowed walk-ins from Hamline and the surrounding community during the actual event, but the sign-up allowed them to make an estimate of how many donors to expect so they could plan accordingly. Shortly before the event, Delta Tau set up the room and then stayed behind after the event to clean up. During the event, the sorority members handed out informational packets and helped donors with any questions or concerns. The constant flow of incoming students and community members on Thursday signaled a success for Delta Tau’s efforts. Sue Gonsior, Communications Program Manager at American Red Cross, explained that about 20 percent of blood donations come from high school and college donors. “In an hour of your time, you can help save lives,” Gonsior said. At Hamline’s event, there was no short supply of donors or reasons to donate. “I just always do it as something — a small way to give back,” senior Jeremiah Steele said.

Steele has donated blood every year since his first year of college, but this event marked the first time he donated at Hamline. Senior Emily Neset was another veteran donor. “It always makes me feel good, and I have a blood type that’s in high demand,” Neset said. Another frequent blood donor, first-year Martin Thompson, came to the event. Like Steele, Thompson had donated blood before, but not at a Hamline event. “I don’t have a reason not to — I’m not afraid of needles,” Thompson said. There were also a few first time donors within the crowd. Including Junior Kristi Moua who was excited to donate. “I’ve always wanted to but never got the chance to donate,” Moua said. “Maybe I can donate more in the future.” Joining the Hamline students were members from the community who heard about the drive and came to Hamline. Como Park area resident Eugene Vogl was one such visitor. “I donate blood because I think it’s the civic thing to do,” Vogl said. Although the event is annual, the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy caused an even greater need for blood. “They need a lot of blood in order to help the people affected by the hurricane,” sophomore and Delta Tau member Laura Bolling said. According to Gonsior, nearly 300 blood drives were cancelled in over 13 states because of Hurricane Sandy. “When disaster disrupts the schedule, we need plans to replenish the supply,” Gonsior said. Gonsior asserted that the blood supply is currently sufficient thanks to the efforts of blood drives in states unaffected by the hurricane. However, the looming holiday season, which always brings a dip in the blood supply, means that now is a prime time to donate blood. Gonsior encourages veteran as well as prospective donors to step up. “The need for blood is always constant,” Gonsior said. For now, drives like the one on Thursday will continue to provide support and unite the community. “It’s an exercise in understanding that you can do something to help,” Elwell said. “You can help someone you’ve never met, and you’re sharing something really intimate — you’re giving them your blood.” To find out if you’re eligible to donate blood and for information about upcoming blood drives, visit Red Cross’ website at

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"TNĂšSHĂŒTCPSEPGDVMUVSFFYQMPSJOH4DBOEJOBWJBOIFSJUBHF American Swedish Insitute keeps traditions florurishing for generations to come. Gabby Landsverk As the weather gets colder and the nights get longer in Minnesota, Nordic nostalgia arrives with the approaching holiday season of lefse and lutefisk. To get into the true Scandinavian Christmas spirit, look no further than the American Swedish Institute (ASI), a bastion of Scandinavian culture in the middle of Minneapolis. Part museum, part community center, the Institute offers a variety of everchanging exhibits on Sweden and other Scandinavian countries and is located in the historic Turnblad Mansion, home to over 100 years of history, according to ASI Communication and Marketing Coordinator Jenn Stromberg. The mansion was built by Swedish immigrant Swan Turnblad, who came to America from humble origins to seek his fortune and ended up owning the largest Swedish language newspaper in the nation. Wanting to find a place for his family to live, Turnblad sought to buy property in the Minneapolis area, only to encounter discrimination and prejudice against his Swedish roots that prevented him from owning a home. Instead, Turnblad used his new wealth to build an enormous mansion


for himself, his wife and his daughter. The small family of three resided in the huge house for several years before moving into more modest accommodations, and after the death of his wife, Turnblad dedicated the mansion to what it is today: a place for Swedish-Americans to come together and share their culture, their customs and their stories. “It was about maintaining a relationship between Sweden and America,� ASI staff member Greta Jaeger said. “Today, we continue to carry on those same values.� According to Stromberg, the holiday season is a special time of year for ASI and many people of Scandinavian descent to remember their heritage. “One of the times of year that [my family] would most connect with our Swedish heritage is over the Christmas season,� Stromberg said. This year, the ASI celebrates the old and the new with the opening of a brand new cultural center, opened to the public on June 30, to complement the century-old Turnblad mansion. A special holiday-themed exhibit this year, “A Royal Christmas,� honors the king and queen of Sweden, who visited ASI to dedicate the new cultural center in October. Along with rooms featuring holiday traditions from Scandinavian countries (including Norway, Denmark and Finland along with Sweden) the ASI also opens an annual Christmas Room in their gift shop, offering a wide range of imported Christmas treats, along


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with decorations, Christmas tree ornaments and over 100 varieties of “Tomte,� a benevolent Swedish Christmas elf. A Tomte rumored to be 400 years old is said to reside on the third floor of the mansion inside the turret, and children visiting ASI are invited to leave messages to Tomte in hopes of receiving gifts from the festive holiday sprite. Providing family-friendly activities like this is part of the Institute’s goal of taking an active role in the surrounding community, Stromberg said. “One of the core parts of our mission is to serve as a gathering place where you can share stories,� Stromberg said. Part of this community includes the several hundred volunteers that work in both the mansion and the new cultural center and who represent a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, according to Stromberg. Volunteer Brian Linnerooth said working at the mansion is a pleasant escape from the stresses of modern life. “I love the space and the grandeur. It’s something that most of us don’t get to experience in our everyday lives,� Linnerooth said. Stromberg agreed, adding that many college-age volunteers are excited to have such a unique opportunity. “Not everybody gets to say that they volunteer and work at a castle,� Stromberg said. The Institute’s other connections to the






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community include programs that reach out to local schools like the Story Swap project, which pairs recent high school-age immigrants with elders from the Swedish community at ASI to share stories about the joys and challenges of living in a new country and promote a sense of diverse community, according to Jaeger. “I think that program is designed to build relationship between not only generations, but also between cultures,� Jaeger said. Another program, called the Pippi Project, helps third grade students explore elements of storytelling through the characters of the “Pippi Longstocking� series by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. With the new cultural center, the mansion’s connections to the community will continue to grow, Stromberg said, and the ASI now receives as many as 200-300 visitors on an average day. Both Stromberg and Jaeger agreed that the ASI hopes to continue expanding, offering more events and culture to the community, and increasing awareness and enthusiasm about Swedish heritage, history and culture. “It’s really exciting to see ASI become more and more visible to those who might not have other interests in coming here,� Jaeger said. “For us, it’s so exciting to see other people getting interested and excited about Nordic history and culture.� To learn more about the American Swedish Institute, become a volunteer, or register for classes in Swedish language or crafts, visit their website at



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Cabaret seizes the stage by capturing the drama of the 1930s Photographs highlight the Hamline Theater department’s six successful performances of the risqué musical at Hamline’s own Anne Simley Theatre.


The stars of “Cabaret” act out the passionate performance directed by Randy Winkler.


Wolf Mountain howls on the Current, cuts records Band gains publicity on 89.3 and continues to produce music for the Twin Cities music scene. Brittany Rasset Rock n’ Roll may be commonly characterized by its spontaneous rehearsals and performances with little to no prior practice. While this may seem like a wild lifestyle, this is merely a typical day for the band Wolf Mountain. The radio station 89.3 The Current has helped Wolf Mountain gain publicity. According to first-year student Jake Blanchette, they’ve been on the Current’s Local Show three times. Guitarist Cole Benson elaborates on the experience. “We self-recorded a song, put it online, and they blogged about us and told us they were going to play that song on their show,” Benson said. Blanchette said the band only plays original songs, and that in the four years they’ve been together, they’ve recorded 40 tracks. “Another 20 of them didn’t make the cut,” Benson said. According to Benson, the band writes songs as a team effort, but they are mostly inspired by the experiences of Blanchette and himself. “Our songs are based on nightmares we have that we find funny or scary,” Blanchette said. In addition to writing about stuff that makes them laugh, they also single out people in their lives to write about. “Or the future. Not our future, but that of certain people we know,” Benson said. Wolf Mountain consists of eight members: Alec Scheivelbein on drums, Allie Pikala on bass, Chelanga Langason on trombone, Benson on guitar/vocals, Emily

Lazear on accordion, Blanchette on guitar/vocals, Sam Kenknight on trumpet and Troy Gagnon on saxophone. “It started off with just the two of us [Benson and Blanchette]; then it just piled on until it was out of control,” Blanchette said. The band met at their school, the Main Street School of Performing Arts in Hopkins, according to Pikala. “We’re all very open about this project, so we’ll have other friends play with us at shows or play shows without all the band members there,” Pikala said. According to Benson, the name “Wolf Mountain” was chosen in a last minute decision right before performing three songs for a school event. Blanchette said that through networking with other bands, Wolf Mountain has been able to perform at venues such as the Turf Club, the Triple Rock Social Club, the Walker Art Center, the Kitty Kat Club, and, of course, some basements. “We’ve been around,” Blanchette said. They’ve also performed at the Xtreme Stage of the State Fair twice, although they weren’t able to this year due to a dispute over a wolf hunting protest, according to Benson. “An association of people who protest the torture of wolves through the DNR asked us to play at an event but the DNR paid the city to not let them audibly protest, so we weren’t allowed to play that,” Benson said. Later Wolf Mountain was asked by the DNR to play at the State Fair, but the band turned it down, according to Benson. “We got in the middle of that because of our band name,” Blanchette said. Blanchette shared that the band is currently working on putting their “Under the Lake” EP on cassette tape. Benson said the tape should come out during winter break.

However, with two band members studying out of state, the band hasn’t been able to play together much, Pikala said. According to Wolf Mountain’s website, they have come out with three digital albums, one single, and their latest release, the “Under the Lake” EP. All their music can be downloaded for free at “Our music may not be the most technical and we may not have the most defined sound, but it’s really the simple and the irregular songs that stick with you. Wolf Mountain is a rewarding and unpredictable artistic experience,” Pikala said.

PHOTO | COURTESY OF JAKE BLANCHETTE From Left: Jake Blanchette, Cole Benson and Emily Lazear perform together in their band Wolf Mountain.

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Staff Editorial Preston Dhols-Graf | Editor in Chief Hannah Porter | Managing Editor Steven Rotchadl | Opinion Editor


What do you think of HU radio?

Political paradox


ipers stand out from their collegiate peers for voter participation. It’s in our red, smooth, velvety, lovely blood. And this election, that didn’t change. MPIRG guided over 350 stray students to their polling places last Tuesday, not including those who already knew what to do. Proud red “I Voted” stickers were plastered on the coats, backpacks and belts of almost everyone we walked past. So to those who voted: thank you. It’s safe to say that the youth vote was one of the determining factors in squashing down the two...conservative-leaning amendments. The polls were defied. The passage of Voter ID was supposedly inevitable, and the marriage amendment was a toss-up, yet both ended as strong victories for “no, I don’t think so.” That’s all wonderful, but our collective political energy these last two weeks revealed a political paradox. While we scrutinize every national and statewide issue, we don’t seem to care about the politics taking place right in front of our faces, happening behind Old Main’s closed doors. The “100 Who Influence” dinner is a prime example. At the Oct. 23 HUSC General Assembly we learned that only 44 of the 100 invitees to the dinner had RSVP’d. As a result, invitations were expanded. Without a student body demanding even the slightest bit of transparency, the administration and Board of Trustees have no reason to open up. Only eight of the 24 board members even showed up to the dinner. Even with the lower student count, there were still not enough trustees to have one at every table. The Oracle was not even invited to the dinner until we asked to be; instead, folks from the theater department and sports teams took precedence over Hamline’s premiere student-led source for campus news and info. And so the student ignorance lives on after the dinner, again erasing any chance of a narrative contrary to the administration’s financial imperatives. If students want administrative transparency, they’ll have to demand it constantly, not just when a controversial issue like the marriage amendment comes and goes. Remember, all it took for an impromptu dialogue with the president and board members was an afternoon of shouting outside Old Main. But now that the protests have passed, so too has the attention from the administration. Unfortunately, the student body is recycled every four years, which makes consistent political interest very difficult. Those looking to limit the student body’s knowledge of administrative affairs are well aware of this; it’s an easily exploited truth of campus politics everywhere. Informational blockades once torn down suddenly reappear. Officials who once said too much now say too little. Controversial emails get lost in databases, curious crime logs get archived in the kingdoms of the dust mites, and Joe Schmoe first-year is too starstruck with “college” to ever notice the difference. In talks with Provost Jensen, he said that “I think there’s a certain veil of ignorance between the students and the way any university runs. This is not just Hamline, this is any university, because it’s sort of not needed for you to do what you need to do.” So we asked, is that veil a good thing? It’s not a good or bad thing, he replied. “Maybe rather than veil, it’s sort of an atmosphere of trust. That the place is running, that it seems to be fine, and that there are issues we both want to address.” That seems like quite the tall order. So we’re just supposed to assume everything is alright? One of the issues we want to address is transparency. We’re the media; that’s our job. Ever since the marriage amendment publicly revealed the mysterious Board of Trustees, the student body wants transparency as well. Who are we paying thousands of dollars, and what are they doing with those thousands of dollars? Some students will be in debt for decades from this Hamline experience. What is this, anyway? Transparency isn’t only The Oracle’s job, it’s our right.

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“I think it needs more promotion and I know with my organization [a hip-hop collective] we’re trying to get somone to host a radio show, but with students so involved it’s hard to get someone.”

“I’m on HU radio, I have a show on HU. I really like it, I think it’s a good way for students to get their voices out to the community. I think that’s really cool.”

“I’m just not the kind of guy to consume a lot of media of any sort. I really haven’t listened. Maybe after this prompt I will actually.”

“I’ve never even heard of a Hamline radio station, but it’s an awesome idea. Go Pipes!”


Progressive ideals prevail. Get over it.


‘The election is over; everyone breathe. No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, the votes have been counted and Democrats/ progressive ideals have won. It may be hard to hear, but conservatism is dead.’

The election is over! Finally. Everyone, breathe. Barack Obama is president again. My favorite post-election conservative comment was, “well that’s it, I’m moving to Canada.” Oh, are you now? I have trouble seeing why conservatives would move to a country which stands proudly on its universal health care, progressive gay rights and laid back marijuana regulation. Sounds pretty progressive and awesome to me. Have fun! As happy as I am that Obama was reelected, I want to focus on a more localized post-election column seeing as these will have a more direct and immediate impact on your daily life. To begin, both constitutional amendments were struck down on Tuesday, thank goodness. Had either of these two amendments passed, I would be the one packing up for Canada, or more likely, Washington state (if you haven’t looked into all the cool stuff going on out west, you should probably Google that or something). In all seriousness, Voter ID and Definition of Marriage were discriminatory amendments with an intent to disenfranchise already heavily oppressed people. Hamline and Minnesota at large: thank you for voting no. While Minnesotans were voting on the definition of marriage; Maryland, Maine and Washington were busy legalizing gay marriage. Minnesotans should be proud that they defeated this amendment, but ashamed of our elected officials who put it on the ballot. Moving right along, I would like to talk about the Bachmann/Graves race. Do the people in the 6th district not watch the news or understand that Bachmann is arguably the craziest person to ever be elected into the U.S. government? I am proud to be from Minnesota for so many reasons, but knowing that people voted to reelect Michele Bachmann makes me want to vomit or stick my face in a microwave or (more likely) both. To illustrate this point further, Bachmann has no shortage of ridiculous quotations; here she is talking about minimum wage: “If we took

away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” Exactly, Michele, you are so right. If there was no minimum wage, employers would hire like crazy, paying extremely low wages. Sure, everyone would have a job, but no one would be able to afford basic necessities. To drive the “Bachmann is crazy” argument home, she was quoted as saying, “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful...but there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” Not even one she says. Here we have a person who thinks being gay is a curable disease and who doesn’t believe in minimum wage or scientific facts. Way to go District 6, you gave this person authority. In good news, (if you’re a Democrat) for the first time since 1990, the Democratic Farmer Labor party controls both the MN State House and Senate. For many of you reading my column, this will be the first time it has ever happened in your lifetime. Needless to say, I am very excited to see what will get done in this state with a progressive majority in both state and federal government. Lastly, I’d like to talk about the Saint Paul Public School levy that passed. The people of St. Paul came together and agreed that the prosperity of today’s children (tomorrow’s leaders) is more important than a few extra bucks in your pocket come tax season. The levy calls for a property tax increase on St. Paul residents. $9 million collected from the tax will be fueled back into the public school system granting students access to better technology inside and out of the classroom. Funding public education is a nonpartisan issue and should be an easy “yes” vote every time it pops up on the ballot. The election is over; everyone breathe. No matter what side of the political aisle you are on, the votes have been counted and Democrats/progressive ideals have won. It may be hard to hear, but conservatism is dead. If Republicans want to continue to be a party that has relevance, they have to change the base that they stand upon and the stances they take on social issues, issues like marriage equality, voter equality, decriminalization of drugs and equal pay/opportunities regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. The future looks bright for this country, and for the first time in a while, I’m optimistic that it will stay that way.

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The morning after: an electoral hangover ‘Suddenly, political buttons become either tokens of celebration or are quickly and awkwardly given residence in the back of a drawer somewhere. Bumper stickers become silent relics of bygone conflicts, and lawn signs are left to collect dust in garages.’

JAKE BARNARD The ceiling fan spins in a lazy arc over the sleeping bodies sprawled in various positions of haphazard repose. The furniture, whose disrepair is obvious even in the hazy morning light, lies upturned and scattered. A reigning silence is broken only by the occasional slumbered cough or drip from the kitchen faucet. As the first few awaken, they clutch their heads in mute protest and blink feebly at the growing daylight. They scratch and yawn as they cast their bleary eyes about the room. Confusion becomes bewilderment as the sights of the morning conjure memories of the previous days’ fervor. Questions of the reality of the last few days — nay, months — surface and ruminate while the tired and aching bodies lurch toward the exits. The neighbors are doing the same, and soon the streets are littered with shuffling and disoriented figures, tripping over the myriad of political lawn signs. Somewhere in the distance an unattended radio sputters out the results of last night’s contest. Upon seeing each other, the newly awakened are startled by shades of garish war paint. More surprising yet is the realization that they themselves are covered in a thick layer of pigment. Slowly and awkwardly, the citizens begin to make amends for the violence they know they have done to each other but can barely bring themselves to admit. They hug stiffly and limply shake each other’s hands, blending patches of their paint into an ugly and accidental purple. As they resume their mornings, they begin to wonder how normalcy and community could ever resume after such displays of rabid division and alienation. This is the morning after Election Day. The morning after is always a confusing transition. Really, it’s more than a morning; it’s an undefined period of celebration, mourning, gloating and bitterness that can last (in the worst cases) until the next election. It’s like a hangover that sometimes doesn’t end until the next ill-advised party. Of course everything depends on whose side you were on and how many of your politicians and agendas were victorious. Suddenly, political buttons become either tokens of celebration or are quickly and awkwardly given residence in the back of a drawer somewhere. Bumper stickers become silent relics of bygone conflicts, and lawn signs are left to collect dust in garages. Maybe the “hope and change” signs will be the next “I Like Ike!” or maybe they’ll just be ground into pulp to make the next generation of lawn signs. These are merely the physical artifacts of past elections. More troubling is the gaping void in the lives of citizens nationwide. Given the intense attention and energy devoted by many Americans to political campaigns, it wouldn’t be surprising if many of us felt a sense of disorientation once the elections are over. This raises an interesting dilemma: do we continue the party, or do we go home? Take the debate over same-sex marriage as an example. Is this the time to continue the fight for legislation legitimizing the rights of gay couples, or should we rest up for the next election season? Granted, not all decisions will be made via referendum, so a certain amount of activity is necessary in the meantime. Regardless, I don’t think the breakneck pace and rabid fervor of election season is a healthy way to conduct politics, and I’m certain that it can’t be sustained for long periods of time. So please, take some time to recover. Enjoy the silence. The barrage of sound bites has stopped; it’s safe to turn on the television again. You won’t hear another political advertisement for quite a while. Hopefully your election hangover will subside and you’ll learn a lesson or two that you can incorporate into the next election season.



Coach instills his values in athletes Academics and achieving personal goals come first for Hamline’s young swimming and diving teams. Gino Terrell For Hamline’s swimming and diving team, success outside of the pool is just as important as success inside of it. Frank Vaccaro has been the head coach of Hamline’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving team for the past five seasons. When he recruits players, the first thing he asks them is what their school goals are. Vaccaro puts a huge emphasis on academics. Hamline’s swimming and diving program has been awarded the Academic All-American award every season during Vaccaro’s five-year tenure. This award entails that every athlete on the team earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. He said that the team doesn’t have any seniors due to the time-consuming majors they’re pursuing. “I respect that as a coach, but at the same time it’s upsetting that we don’t have them on the team,” Vaccaro said. According to Vaccaro, 14 of the players that he’s recruited aren’t even participating this year. “I tell every student that I teach that they need to continue their education, whether they’re in an organized class or just in life,” Vac-

caro said. Essentially, he wants his players to grasp the life lessons they learn from swimming and diving. Vaccaro also explained how he wants his athletes to build as close a relationship with their professors as they have with their coaches. He wants them to participate and be as engaged in the classroom setting as they are in the swimming pool. He believes the hard work and determination they bring to swimming or diving will translate to the other areas of their life. “I tell them that there are two things that they can control: their attitude and their effort,” he said. “If they come in with the right attitude and give 100 percent effort, they’re going to be able to make those goals and those goals are going to change them. You make a goal and set a new one.” He also mentioned that practicing in this sport is much different than in others. “I am an orchestra constructor,” Vaccaro said, describing his role during practice. “Everybody is doing something different.” He wants his team to focus on the individual goals they set out for themselves. To accommodate that, he assigns his athletes personalized workouts to help them reach their goals. Since there’s so much variety in swimming, many of the individuals are on a different page at practice. Vaccaro’s motto is “Don’t live up to dreams, live up to goals.”

He wants his team to set challenging goals for themselves that are obtainable, and once they reach those, set bigger ones. Renee Punyko is in her third year as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team. Vaccaro expressed how fortunate the team is to learn from Punyko. She has been a National Qualifier as well as an All-Academic student athlete. “[Punyko] knows what it takes to compete at that championship level,” Vaccaro said. As for this season, Vaccaro said that he’s excited about his young group, which is stacked with sophomores and first-years. “They keep on getting more and more experience and want more,” Vaccaro said. The team is off to a solid start. At the Hamline Invitational both teams finished in third place. On Nov. 10 the men’s team defeated Saint Mary’s in a match Vaccaro predicted would be “a fight to the finish.” For the women’s diving squad, Dani Waskovsky has already made her big splash as a first-year. She has placed in the top ten in the one meter through six dives. The Pipers’ young swimming and diving team is coming together rather quickly. The experience should serve the Pipers well. After all they may not be able to control the outcome, but they can strive to reach their goals.

“I tell them that there are two things that they can control: their attitude and their effort… you make a goal and set a new one.” Frank Vaccaro Swimming and diving coach


Dedicated runners seek recognition Some of Hamline’s hardest working athletes receive little attention. Gino Terrell Paul Schmaedeke, head coach of Hamline’s men’s and women’s cross country, says he typically reads The Oracle weekly. He said he doesn’t understand why the coverage for cross country is minimal. He understands that they wouldn’t get weekly coverage because at times they have meets that are every other week. However, the events they compete in are often overlooked by The Oracle, even when they may have set milestones. Co-captain of men’s cross country Brendan Ruter seconded Schmaedeke’s statement. “It was frustrating when we’d win conference and wouldn’t get any coverage,” Ruter said. Prior to the season the men’s cross country team had won the MIAC Conference title the past three seasons. Ruter brought up how when they achived a huge milestone in the past, The Oracle would only have a small section for a story on cross country. “(I) understand it’s not as appealing,” Ruter said, speaking about the sport. He added how they should get just as much recognition as other popular sports such as football.

Schmaedeke said that for the past three years he has been emailing the sports editor from The Oracle to ask for more coverage. He simply doesn’t understand the fact that every week there’s a column for professional sports when there’s room for Hamline related sports, especially when some aren’t getting coverage such as his cross country team. Schmaedeke says members of his team have been training for this season since the end of last season. Ruter confirmed Schmaedeke’s statement. Ruter said he took only one week off after last season and over the summer ran for nearly 1,000 miles. Since the start of the season, cross country members have been at work with even more intense preparation. Ruter says the team has run close to 95 miles a week during the season. Schmaedeke isn’t too concerned with the athletes wearing down because of the complementary system he has installed, balancing week by week how much the athletes train. “Some weeks will be harder than others,” Schmaedeke said. “It’s never the same set amount of how much someone trains. One week they may rest up with light practice, and others they will practice intensely coming off a lightloaded week of practice.” Ruter explained the schedule. Mondays and Wednesdays are

typically the days where practice is at its highest level. Their light practices are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays. Running 8-12 miles on those afternoons is considered a light practice for the cross country teams. On Fridays, depending on if there’s an event the following day, Schmaedeke determines the workout the team will do. Ruter’s only day off of practice this season was due to injury. It’s safe to say that being a member of cross country is a 24/7, 365-day job. It appears that being a member of the cross country team is a lifestyle. Schmaedeke has been coaching cross country for years and even was an athlete for Hamline’s cross country squad when he was a student. He has a genuine love for the sport. “It’s hard to describe, but it’s a great activity, a great sport. Every athlete has an opportunity to improve,” he said. He loves the fact that the team goes through practice all offseason and throughout the week for an event, and all members have the opportunity to put that hard work on the field. In other sports, not every athlete on a team receives playing time on gameday. “There’s no bench in this sport. Everyone has the opportunity to play on game time,” Schmaedeke said. “That’s what makes our sport special.” He said that there’s a lot of

work involved in trying to play this sport. The hard work teaches life lessons to the athletes. “Being persistent — being consistent — serve you well in life… they’re important characteristics to have,” Schmaedeke said. On Nov. 2, Schmaedeke rested some of his players for the Fall Finale. He wanted to give some of his younger players more experience and the other athletes time to recover for the NCAA Division III Central Regional, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 10. Ruter predicted the team would surprise people at the region meet. It turns out he was right. The women’s cross country team finished in 14th place out of 28 squads as Maria Theisen led the pack. The men’s impressive performance placed them at 9 out 27. Ruter finished in 24th, followed by Nate Dobbins in 25th. Cross country’s season finale is next Sat. Nov. 17 at Terre Haute, Indiana, as they will fight for the NCAA Division-III Championship. As for recognition, these athletes say they go through a lot to represent our school. With more strong performances, they hope that they can finally get the recognition they deserve.

“There’s no bench in this sport. Everyone has the opportunity to play on game time. That’s what makes our sport special.” Paul Schmaedeke Cross country coach

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EDITOR’S DESK How NFL coaches punt games away It’s no secret that the punt is the weakest play in football. It’s a play that is used as a last resort, when your team can’t move the ball anymore and you’re forced to give it to your opponent. However, many coaches, particularly in the NFL and the higher levels of Division-I football, treat the punt like it’s the most dangerous tool in their arsenal. Countless times every week, coaches punt away the ball when math (and often logic) dictates that they shouldn’t. The most glaring examples are when teams choose to punt in situations like 4th-and-two at the opponent’s 39 yardline. They also frequently kick field goals in similar situations, like 4th-and-one deep in opponent’s territory, when going for it is a better play in almost every situation.

Mac attack smacks Pipers Scots win rivalry game for second straight year thanks to dominant offense. Josh Epstein A season that got off to a promising start ended up being another disappointment for Hamline’s football program. After winning their opener 37-31 over Minnesota-Morris, the Pipers were unable to win another game the rest of the season. On Saturday, just days after head coach John Pate resigned, the team ended their season with a 45-21 loss to Macalester, their second consecutive defeat at the hands of the Scots. With the win, Macalester retains possession of the Old Paint Bucket, the trophy given to the winner of the game each year. The Pipers held the trophy for

several years before 2011 and formerly could look forward to their annual game against Macalester, who dropped out of the MIAC in 2001 because they were unable to consistently field a competitive team. But if the last two years are any indication, the Scots are no longer a pushover. They finished this season with a winning record, and they were able to effortlessly move the ball against a Hamline defense that allowed 45.5 points per game this season. Macalester got off to a quick start, forcing Hamline to punt on their opening drive. Senior John Broback’s kick was returned 24 yards to the Hamline 31, setting up the Scots in prime field position. Three plays later, John Johnson caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Clark Bledsoe, giving them an early 7-0 lead over the Pipers. The Scots struck again later in the quarter when Joe Loiselle

finished off a 67-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Hamline’s offense was able to move the ball well in the second quarter, scoring a pair of touchdowns on a 14-yard pass from sophomore Kevin Ackerley to sophomore Arthur Moore and later on a 7-yard run by first-year Austin Duncan. However, the defense continued to struggle stopping Macalester’s offense, and the Pipers found themselves trailing 28-14 at halftime. Hamline managed to score another touchdown in the second half on a 44-yard run by first-year Terry Pegues, but the Scots were able to score 17 more points for the 45-21 win. Macalester’s offense succeeded with a balanced attack. Running backs Mike Adams and Loiselle ran for 153 and 99 yards respectively, while Bledsoe added 248 passing yards and three more touchdowns. As usual, Duncan led the way

PHOTO | ANDREW MAAS, ORACLE Macalester quarterback Clark Bledsoe avoids Hamline defenders on a 6-yard touchdown run. for the Pipers offense, rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He finished his first season with 868 rushing yards, more than any Hamline running back has had since 1996. Hamline’s offense was much improved over last year’s performance, but they often shot themselves in the foot with costly turnovers and penalties. But it was primarily the defense that was the source of Hamline’s problems, as they gave up the most points in the MIAC and were frequently burned by big plays. With a new coach and a potential staff overhaul coming next season, it appears the program will continue to be in rebuilding mode as they try to return to prominence in the competitive MIAC conference. A new group of young talent, including Duncan, will attempt to aid that effort in the coming years.

Pate steps down as Hamline coach Hamline football program will start over with a new coach next season. Josh Epstein John Pate’s tenure as Hamline football coach came to an abrupt end last week. On Thursday, the athletic department issued a press release stating that Pate had chosen to step down as coach with just one game remaining in his second season. In the press release, athletic director Jason Verdugo praised Pate’s work ethic and showed optimism for the future of the program, which has struggled in the last few years and now must transition to another coaching

regime. “John has been a hardworking and dedicated leader of football here at Hamline,” Verdugo said in the press release. “We extend our best wishes to John as he pursues new opportunities. Looking ahead, I am excited about the potential for developing a strong football program. Our student-athletes are eager and committed, and our coaches and staff are skilled or dedicated. I believe there is great promise for growing a robust and competitive football team.” Pate came to Hamline in 2010, inheriting a team from previous coach Jim Good that won just one game the previous season. Previously he had served for many years as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern.

With the Pipers, Pate installed a tripleoption running attack that had been the bread and butter of the Georgia Southern program that won five national Division 1-AA championships during his tenure. But the transition to the new offense led to a disastrous 2011 campaign in which the Pipers went winless, while scoring just 41 points. This season, with a crop of new recruits, the Pipers’ offense improved dramatically, but problems with turnovers and defense led to another winless MIAC season. Pate finished his Hamline tenure with a 1-18 record. The search for a new coach will begin immediately, according to the press release.

When I say “going for it is better,” it’s not random speculation. Each of these situations is simply a matter of doing some math. Calculate your chances of converting on fourth down along with your opponent’s chances of scoring at the current place on the field or where they would likely get it if you punted. Obviously other factors come into play, like the score and how much time is remaining. Fortunately, there are tools to figure out these percentages. The website has become one of the leaders in next-level football analysis. They frequently look in depth at these sorts of coaching decisions, and conclusions often go against conventional wisdom. They even have a fourth down calculator where you can enter any situation and see the percentages based on league average rates of conversion. Using that calculator, one can come up with a fun drinking game: every time a coach makes a fourth-down decision that is wrong based on the calculator, take a drink. It’s unlikely that you’ll survive through an average NFL Sunday. In general, given the league’s macho reputation, football coaches are surprisingly risk-averse. They see the downside of a failed fourth-down conversion, but not the upside of a successful one. The stats almost always back this up. Considering they’re paid millions, coaches should be getting these math problems right. That isn’t too much to JOSH EPSTEIN, ORACLE

MIAC FOOTBALL St. Thomas Bethel Concordia Augsburg St. Olaf Saint John’s Gustavus Carleton Macalester Hamline

MIAC 8-0 6-2 6-2 5-3 5-3 3-5 2-6 1-7 0-0 0-8

Overall 10-0 8-2 8-2 7-3 7-3 5-5 3-7 3-7 1-0 1-9

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Vintage vinyl Record shops spin in the Twin Cities. Sofia White When it comes to buying music, vinyl records are a trend that have made a major comeback in recent years. There are many great local record stores in the Twin Cities that offer a wide variety of genres, old and new. Fifth Element is perfect if you are looking for a cool location to find rap music.The store has a large collection that caters relatively to fans of the hip hop genre. However, if you are looking for a record store with a wider variety of music, this may not be the best place to search. Fifth Element is home to vinyl and CDs of pop, rap and hip hop. The store also sells spray paint in all shades of the

rainbow, demonstrated by walls covered with graffiti art. Next on the list, Treehouse Records is the closest thing you’ll get to an absolute vintage punk record store. The website includes all the staff members with unique nicknames and some of their backgrounds so that when you visit the store, you can be sure to get insight on their favorites. The staff works full time and many have been around since the ‘80s. They know their stuff and will more than likely recommend something to you when you walk in the door. This shop is great for a specialized music shopping experienc, and is home to lots of vinyl and some CDs, mainly consisting of the punk genre. It’s a cozy, small record store that holds much personality and goes way back to the oldies. The Electric Fetus is home to much more than vintage vinyl: it

also sells many of the new hits in today’s music industry. If you want a vinyl copy of Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall” or the latest in indie rock such as Youth Lagoon’s album “The Year of Hibernation,” this is the place for you. Electric Fetus is distinguished from other record stores by the fact that people can come in to buy products other than music. The store also sells a multitude of knickknacks, postcards, candles, clothing and CDs. The phrase “melting pot” comes to mind. Besides, it’s a cool place to hang out. The soft yellow lights and old-fashioned hardwood floors create an atmosphere that leaves one feeling comfortable and creatively stimulated.




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