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Harlem Shake stirs up controversy

Real world experience in media

Panelists speak and offer critiques of viral video trend.

Student-run media agency works with General Mills. Jordan Fritzke Associate News Editor Hamline’s marketing department has recently taken on a number of projects that unite student activity and involvement in professional environments. One of these projects specifically includes a relatively new task force known as the Hamline Student Marketing Agency (SMA). According to Director of Strategic Communications JacQui Getty, various members of the marketing department have contributed to this student task force and their recent work with local company General Mills, specifically with the company’s social media outreach strategies. Getty explained that Jeff Rich, Director of Marketing and Enrollment was the mind behind the concept of the SMA. “Essentially, before this project started with General Mills, Jeff Rich had presented an idea of creating a student-run marketing agency where staff members would advise them on their internship experiences and they could apply their skill sets to projects in which involved businesses around the Twin Cities,” Getty said. “We thought it was a great idea, and I had a contact through General Mills and presented them a few projects in which our SMA could be a part of if they agreed on them.” Getty said that General Mills agreed to these plans, and the project was initiated last fall. Rich’s idea of a Student Marketing Agency was inspired by his previous work at the College of St. Scholastica. “I brought the idea of the SMA to Hamline after conducting a class in which applied similar concepts that created partnerships with faculty and students, where they could work on marketing projects with outside businesses,” Rich said. Rich saw a high level of interest in the class and thus presented the idea to Hamline, where he is now the executive sponsor of the SMA and General Mills partnership. According to Getty, the six students who currently make up the SMA are working with General Mills’ recruiting department, which is known as “General Mills Careers.” Senior Katie Drews, a member of the SMA, explained her role in the agency and talked about the specific strategies they are working on with the recruiting department. “I’m the student leader, so I basically direct and manage the team of interns we have. It ranges from freshmen to seniors, and we’re specifically constructing social media content for General Mills on top of

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PHOTOS | RACHEL JOHNSON, ORACLE President Linda Hanson spent an hour delivering a speech and answering questions posed by students and faculty.

Hanson holds conversation, outlines plan for uncertain future In her annual address, the president discusses budget issues and fields questions. Aaron Marciniak Reporter President Hanson hosted her annual Conversation with the President this past Tuesday. This year’s conversation consisted of Hamline’s achievements last year and her plan to guide Hamline into the future. She greeted and shook hands with a crowd of community members, faculty and staff. The event consisted of two parts: a twenty-five minute speech, followed by a Q&A. President Hanson gave an informative speech discussing Hamline’s achievements over the past year, followed by a brief overview of the current higher education national sector and Hamline’s plans for future growth and development for the next few years. Once again, Hamline is ranked 1st in Minnesota and 9th in the region by U.S. News & World Report. Hanson smiled when announcing Hamline’s new ranking as 126th in the nation for Best Grad Schools, moving up 25 places from last year. Hanson then discussed the insecure higher education market, still suffering from the recession. In battling the weary outlook, it is her goal to continue to offer the programs that students

want, keep a curriculum that is affordable to students and be cost efficient. In pursuit of this goal, she addressed the three-year plan enacted by the Board of Trustees. Over the next few years, Hamline will be evaluating all academic and administrative programs through the use of market research to develop and support academic strengths. With this, Hanson said she hopes to make data-based decisions in discerning which programs are worth expanding and which will be downsized or eliminated. Students and faculty were given time to inquire about different issues facing Hamline after Hanson’s speech. Questions were raised regarding new opportunities for fundraising, the need for curriculars and co-curriculars to work together and keeping campus enticing so that students want to stay here. Hanson responded that co-curriculars are an integral part of the process and should work together for highimpact learning. She reported that fundraising is starting to recover, and the endowment plan that was pulled back in 2008-09 is recovering. To the fear of a low retention rate, Hanson responded that Hamline must “walk our talk” in being the open, diverse campus we say we are. One attendee, HUSC President-elect junior Lucas Dolan, was satisfied with President Hanson’s conversation. “Overall I thought what President Hanson presented seemed to be a responsible solution to a budgetary crisis,” Dolan said.

The recentviral trend of web videos displaying variations of the Harlem Shake has sparked controversy over what is considered racism and cultural appropriation today. Hamline recently opened up a discussion over this trend in hosting the event “The Harlem Shake as Blackface: A Critical Look at Cultural Appropriation” on Tuesday, March 13 in room 112 of the Anderson Center. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II, professor at the School of Education, and included a series of nine panelists representing various areas across the nation as well as a few from Hamline. Three of the panelists contributed to the discussion via Skype. In a dimly lit room with vivid photographs and artwork related to the Harlem community displayed in a slide show, along with a screen showing the three panelists contributing to the discussion via skype, more than 80 attendees and over 20 people viewing live stream watched and listened to the discussion. The panelists shared personal stories of their backgrounds in which the Harlem Shake played an important role. They also gave analyses of how this video trend can be viewed as the modern day black face and reinforces cultural appropriation that has been attributed to the history of white privilege. First to speak was filmmaker and actor Chris McGuire, who spoke about his observations of people in Harlem and the responses to his famous YouTube video series etitled “Harlem Reacts to ‘Harlem Shake.’” “I saw what the people in Harlem had to say about these videos, and it wasn’t too happy. There was a lot of racism exhibited in a lot of the comments on the videos in response to the people who were expressing the importance of the original Harlem Shake to their history,” McGuire said. “Here’s a group of people who are defending an important part of their cultural history, and their expression and honesty is being undermined by racism in these comment sections.” McGuire also highlighted the pride and value that the original Harlem Shake held for the people of Harlem. Public intellectual, author and hip-hop scholar Dr. Daniel White Hodge, professor at North Park University, related McGuire’s statements to his inclusion of the story of hip-hop to the discussion. Hodge explained how hip-hop as culture

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Fellow students give advice Lunch series guides students to academic and extracurricular success. Kristina Stuntebeck Reporter Hamline kicked off its second annual Pipers Going Places series last Tuesday, March 12, to help first-years and sophomores in their upcoming academic year. The Center for Student Success & Transition revamped the program this year and made it into a convo hour lunch series to attract more students. It was also changed to incorporate sophomores into the program, rather than focusing solely on first-years. Domingo Coto, a graduate assistant in the Center for Student Success and key player in the program’s development, said the inclusion of sophomores into the program was a muchneeded change because there are few events after first-year FYSem Throwdowns, and sophomores are still in need of support. “This year, we decided to include second-year students because we feel they also need some support. We don’t want them to fall off the grid, in a sense,” Coto said. “You do have resources and people who will support you. We are here for you.” He said that they included a student panel to give students peers they can look up to and seek advice from. The student panel consisted of juniors Taylor Williams and Keyonis Johnson and senior Caty Bishop. All three students had to answer a series of questions and give the undergrads in attendance advice on how they can improve their experience at Hamline and begin to prepare for the future. According to Bishop, it is important for students to take time to get to know their advisors because they can be some of the most beneficial resources to go to, though she admitted that it could be difficult for new students to see beyond their academic status. “When you have good relationships with your

advisors or department members, it’s super helpful,” Bishop said. “Think of them as people rather than scary professors on a pedestal.” Williams also stressed the importance of building a relationship with professors because it allows for a better understanding of the professor’s interpretation of a subject and makes communication easier. “I feel like the more you get to know professors, the more you can learn from them,” Williams said. Williams also advised students to take a variety of classes and get involved in different organizations to find out where their interests lie. “It’s good to branch out a little,” Williams said. “You never know what you’ll get out of it.” Johnson, who admitted to spreading herself too thin between involvement with organizations, academics and work, also encouraged students to get involved, but cautioned them to keep track of what is important and not put priorities on the back burner. “Be involved, but not too involved. Don’t overbook yourself to where you’re exhausted,” Johnson said. “You have to remember that your first priority here at Hamline is to be a student.” Some additional student resources that the panel mentioned specifically as being helpful for new and experienced Hamline students were the Writing Center, Student Account Services and the Career Development Center. Faculty representatives Milyon Trulove and Jenny Roper said that a successful student needs to be willing to seek help from sources like those mentioned above but must also set goals, persevere, be responsible and mature and have emotional intelligence. The next Pipers Going Places lunch will be held on Thursday, April 4. Students who attend three of the four lunches will earn $50 to the bookstore or in declining balance. All first-years and sophomores are encouraged to attend. For more information on the program and how to register, students can visit the Pipers Going Places page on Hamline’s website.


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March 8, 8:38 a.m. Clean-up Request An RA from Osborn Hall reported that there was vomit in a sink in a fourth floor bathroom. ABM was contacted for clean-up. March 8, 12:38 p.m. Stolen Vehicle Hamline officers and Saint Paul Police officers took a report from a student whose car was stolen from Englewood Avenue. No camera footage was available of the area. March 8, 7:24 p.m. Forgotten Merchandise A student reported that a rack of T-shirts for sale from the law bookstore was left outside the store after it was closed. Officers placed the rack of T-shirts back in the store. March 10, 2:36 p.m. Parking Violations St. Paul Parking Enforcement was contacted to ticket vehicles parked on Hewitt Avenue that were blocking traffic. March 10, 10:32 p.m. Altercation Safety and Security was contacted to handle an altercation between two roommates in the Hamline Apartments. Residential Life staff decided to separate the individuals for the night. March 12, 11:31 a.m. Minor Injuries Officers took a report from a staff member who had slipped on ice and fallen in front of Bush Library. The staff member had minor injuries but did not require medical attention. March 14, 2:03 a.m. Noise Complaint Officers responded to a noise complaint in the Hamline Apartments. The disruptive party was accommodating and quieted down.

Sirens ensure campus safety Carillons siren system tested multiple times after Security fixes a malfunction. Sarah Sheven Reporter

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Siren noises rang out across campus three times last week as Safety and Security tested Hamline’s outdoor emergency communication system, the carillons system. According to Director of Safety and Security Jim Schumann, when the system was tested this month, a component that issues a bell-like sound was not functioning properly. Schumann said this sound signals a verbal announcement. When Safety and Security found that the system was not functioning correctly, they worked to fix the problem. After modifications were made, the system was tested three times to assure it was working properly. Each test of the system lasted for about three seconds. Schumann said that the campus was not formally notified about these tests because of their brief duration. He said if the tests had lasted longer, Safety and Security would have sent out a campus-wide email. “Everything is working correctly now,” Schumann said. Schumann explained that the carillons system broadcasts siren sounds as well as live or recorded announcements made from the Safety and Security office in the event of an emergency. The system has three speakers which broadcast sound across campus. One is mounted on Old

Main, another by East Hall and a third by the physical plant on Simpson Avenue. The system is designed to alert people who are outside, but Schumann said the sound is loud enough to hear inside buildings. “You can hear the sirens all over campus,” Schumann said. Schumann said that Hamline hasn’t used the system in at least two years, but it is most often used in the event of severe weather. Hamline will use the system if the City of Saint Paul issues an alert. Schumann added that the system would also be used in the event of a fire. Schumann said that in the event of an indoor emergency, such as a fire, messages will also be broadcast inside buildings through the fire system. Safety and Security also distributes emergency messages through, a website which allows students to receive emergency messages via voicemail, email and text message. Students can register for this service at www. ILLUSTRATION | BRE GARCIA, ORACLE


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National Green Dot spokeswoman visits campus Bystander intervention program kicks off at Hamline. Preston Dhols-Graf Editor in Chief Provost Eric Jensen publically announced in January that the “Green Dot” bystander intervention program would be introduced to campus this semester. The proclamation came after a Hamline basketball player was arrested for punching a woman while on a team trip to Spokane, Wash. Because they had originally intended to initiate the program much later, Hamline’s Green Dot implementation team had to scramble. As a result of their efforts, Green Dot’s Director of Training and Development Jennifer Sayre will be visiting campus on Wednesday, March 20 to deliver two keynote speeches and introduce the program to campus. They keynotes are scheduled for 10:20 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. in the Bush Center ballroom. The Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy was written several years ago by Dr. Dorothy J. Edwards, now the director of Green Dot, etc. Inc. According the their website, Green Dot is “dedicated to effective intervention and prevention of power-based personal violence.” Green Dot gets its name from the idea that acts of violence represent red dots on a map, and green dots can cover those up by preventing and diverting violence. Assistant Dean of Students and Green Dot implementation team member Patti Klein discussed a few of Green Dot’s key methods. “It doesn’t have to be something where you have to confront someone; it gives you some address situations,” Klein said. “It’s really about the community approach to how to create a safe, caring

community, and how to prevent things that have a negative impact on that safe caring community.” Before becoming Director of Training and Development for Green Dot, Jennifer Sayre worked as a therapist. She now “provides training and consultation to universities, non-profit organizations, and military installations across the globe as a member of the Green Dot training team,” working closely with a small team of Green Dot staff and board members including Dr. Edwards, according to her bio on livethegreendot. com. A group of Hamline faculty and staff attended a training session run by Sayre last July, and attested to her skills as a speaker and trainer. As a member of the implementation team, Director of Counseling and Health Services Hussein Rajput was part of that group, and is excited for Sayre to visit campus to spread the message of Green Dot. “I think she weaves in her personal story and her professional work really effectively into her talk, so you really get a sense of why she’s so passionate about preventing violence on campuses,” Rajput said. The keynotes will provide an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the purposes and methods of Green Dot. “When people see Green Dot, they don’t always know what that means initially, so Jennifer will talk more about that but also about how Green Dot reduces violence,” said implementation team member and Assistant Director of Gender and Sexual Orientation Initiatives Stef Wilenchek. According to Klein, Green Dot will be an effective tool for making Hamline a better place. “Green Dot is really about empowering people to be able to work together to create a violence-free society,” Klein said.

First-year student and member of the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force Elena Anderson furthered this idea. “I think people have this perception of sexual and personal violence of, well, what can I do? It shows a way that anyone can approach, and not just for typical student leader type people,” Anderson said. Sayre’s visit to campus will be important for generating interest and awareness of Green Dot on campus. “This is the first comprehensive look at the program and first explanation of what it is. Everything else so far has been pretty introductory but this is a more concrete explanation for what they’re trying to do and what will be happening in the coming months,” Anderson said. A common message shared by the Green Dot implementation team was that anyone can get involved in Green Dot, and it’s not difficult to work for positive change. “You don’t have to necessarily see yourself as a student activist to get involved. Green Dot is a really inclusive program, and there are lots of ways that people can contribute in meaningful ways to prevent violence on campus,” Rajput said. Wilenchek emphasized that Green Dot requires a relatively small ammount of effort compared to the possibilities for bettering campus and society. “The program as a whole is not a huge time commitment, and it’s not just outreaching to the student leaders on campus, it’s for everyone on campus to understand and get involved in,” Wilenchek said. In addition to her two talks during the day, Sayre will be meeting with other members of the Hamline community including coaches, upper administration, the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force and people who will be doing a longer training in the future.

PHOTO | COURTESY OF GREEN DOT Jennifer Sayre Those interested will have the opportunity throughout the day to sign up for future Green Dot events, including a follow up training that will be scheduled for later in April. Overall, Green Dot can offer a more positive future for Hamline and the world, according to members of the implementation team. “If we can stop things from happening, it can be with that positive energy as compared to picking up the pieces of shattered lives once something has happened,” Klein said. “If we can prevent something from happening on the front end, that’s what we need to be doing.” For this reason, Klein as well as other members of the team urge everyone to attend one of Sayre’s talks. “Why go? If you care about your fellow students, if you care about the community, and how do we stop the bad things from happening? Go, learn about it, understand it a little bit more, try some of the strategies you learn, because even in an hour keynote, you’re going to learn something,” Klein said. For more information on Green Dot, visit


Dolan & Conliffe meet with Hamline community HUSC President-elect and Vice President-elect provide answers. Austin Abramson Reporter Jordan Fritzke Associate News Editor

PHOTO | MARISA GONZALEZ, ORACLE Vice President-elect T. Corbin Conliffe and President-elect Lucas Dolan meet with students in the HUB.

HUSC held a meet-and-greet gathering at the HUB in Bush Center on Wednesday, March 13. The event was a social opportunity that gave students a chance to ask questions about activities and organizations that HUSC is currently involved in and receive answers directly from the Presidentelect Lucas Dolan and Vice Presidentelect T. Corbin Conliffe. Students trickled in to meet with the current HUSC members and the newly elected leaders over food and refreshments provided by the organization. According to Dolan, the event was also for students who were interested in applying for executive board positions next academic year to gain additional information about handling the duties for each executive position’s responsibilities. “Many of the students who came to the event were there for more information on how to apply for the several positions we’re looking to be filled as opposed to questions about our ongoing projects and issues on campus,” Dolan said. The specific positions include several committee chairs, treasurer, secretary and technology coordinator. One project that Dolan did speak

about during the event was his goal for improving the student organization registration process by making it easier to establish new organizations. This project is in collaboration with the Dean of Students Alan Sickbert and the Director of Student Activities Wendy Burns. “There are problems with registration of student organizations, especially with new ones. So we want to figure out exactly what the problems are and how we can go about fixing them before next fall,” Dolan said. Conliffe spoke on how he plans to adapt during the term of his newly elected position. “I am just trying to squeeze out as much as I can out of my term; it is going to be a lot of work,” Conliffe said. By 7:30 p.m. the formal greetings had ended and the social portion of the event was in full swing. Students came in for refreshments and took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and speak with Conliffe and Dolan about their plans for the coming year. Dolan explained the benefits of being a part of HUSC for both him and future applicants. “HUSC is really great to be a part of because you can learn about the various people and resources on campus, how decisions are made, I think it has made me a better citizen overall within the Hamline community,” Dolan said.

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SHAKE: “more than just a dance”


(continued from front) itself has been commercialized and how the true foundations and feelings in which it was conceived by have been eroded by that. “Hip-hop is really a culture in itself. The question is who gets to tell the stories of hip-hop and what are the narratives being told through it. There is a certain understanding to the weight of the lyrics and stories being told by the genre. If you don’t know culture, then you’re just laughing at it,” Hodge said. Jamie Utt, a public speaker and motivator for creating more inclusive communities, focused on how these Harlem Shake videos are an example of divorcing something from its cultural origins and the ways people can counter that by instead using the power of social media to resist these and similar acts of oppression. Dr. Don C. Sawyer III, a professor at Quinnipiac University, explained how hip-hop saved his life and why the knowledge of the traditional Harlem Shake is important to understanding the history of black culture. “I was hurt by the videos,” Sawyer said. “I didn’t understand why it was called the ‘Harlem Shake.’ I did the Harlem Shake. All music in American culture has been influenced and originated from people of color, and dance is an art where the one thing we can control is our body, so when put into cultural context, it becomes more than just a dance for people of color.” Staff member of the Wesley Center sophomore Mia Jackman explained her reaction to the Harlem Shake videos after a group of students from Hamline organized their own video. “At first I didn’t know what to make of it, but that wasn’t the dance. I started looking at articles about it and realized that I wasn’t the only one who felt a little off from the trend,” Jackman said. President of the Hip-Hop Collective sophomore Mariah Kenya Cannon explained how these videos have been a way to glamourize the culture of hip-hop and that it is not just harmless fun. DJ Francisco, a DJ in the Twin Cities, contributed to the conversation by adding that the change only starts with discussions like this and what he does as both a DJ and an individual in reaction to the controversy of the Harlem Shake videos.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22 No Events Scheduled TOP PHOTO | LAURA KAISER, ORACLE Above: Members of the Hamline community hosted a discussion on blackface, including a video conference panel of experts. Below: A screenshot taken from the Hamline University Harlem Shake video. “As a DJ, I want people to feel better about life after I play music. I choose not to play the Harlem Shake because of that, and there’s DJs who are told what to play and then ones like me who play what we want to play,” Francisco said. Local spoken-word artist and award-winning poet Ryan Williams-Virden stated his perception of what the Harlem Shake videos further represent regarding cultural appropriation. “Something the people may not think about is that our American culture seems to have a need for consuming other cultures, and if that’s the case, then this is a perfect manifestation of cor-

SMA: “an eye-opening experience” (continued from front) creating a year-and-a-half plan for them on how to utilize these sources of media,” Drews said. Drews noted that using social media marketing strategies is General Mills’ plan to target a specific demographic: young people who are just coming out of college and university programs and looking for jobs. “Although I can’t speak specifically about the video content because of confidentiality with the company, we are generally focusing on current trends emerging within careers that deal with marketing and business,” Drews said. “Right now, employer branding is huge, and we are helping General Mills find ways to target emerging graduates and undergraduates as prospective employees.” Drews noted that as students themselves, Hamline’s SMA can provide unique ideas for marketing jobs and internships to that younger audience. “It’s really interesting to be a part of a project like this because, specifically with General Mills, we are partnering with a department that is catering towards more entry-level jobs or towards a younger audience, and as undergraduates and students in communications or business programs ourselves, we are essentially individuals of the demographic they are seeking,” Drews said. Rich related the project’s focus to how the usage of the internet over the past two decades has become essential to how businesses communicate with audiences. “I remember still having a typewriter on my desk at one of my first jobs. Social media in marketing is the new thing right now. We saw such an expansion with the Internet in the ‘90s, and it has been ideal for marketing and targeting more individual settings,” Rich said. Rich also noted that while older generations have adopted the ever-growing digital sphere, it is the younger generations who have grown up with it in their everyday lives and can really harness the concepts it was created for. “We try to focus on where students are really socially active online. Tumblr, for example, is one that we have decided not to use, as it doesn’t seem to be as conducive for our goals in how we help both prospective stu-

rupted capitalism,” Williams-Virden said. The discussion ended with a spoken word recitation by Williams-Virden, final words from Twin Cities artist Antoine Duke and questions from the audience. The event was sponsored by various groups and organizations including a few from the Hamline campus itself. A group of students on campus created their own version of the Harlem Shake. The organizers of the video were asked to express their thoughts on the discussion of the videos, but declined to be interviewed.

dents and students getting ready to join the workforce,” Getty said. Getty, Rich and Drews thought that the growth in the marketing department shows how Hamline is providing hands-on experience in careers that are becoming more popular in the job market. “I think this SMA project is a great reflection on what is happening both at Hamline and in the job market,” Getty said. “The recent addition of the graphic design program is a good example of rising student interest in career areas where they can apply their technological abilities to the careers that are currently out there and the ones they want to be in.” Getty and Rich’s favorite part of the SMA project has been seeing students working together to bring their individual abilities to the group on various marketing levels. Both administrators also highlighted the role of Hamline Public/Social Media Strategist Gail Nosek in the marketing department’s new strategies. She has applied her skills to teaching the students how to tell a story through video work. “Nosek has done a phenomenal job in working with video creation. Right now I believe we have about 138 videos on our YouTube channel and 26 active social media pages that Nosek and the students have built,” Getty said. “I think being so focused on our outreach as a university on social media is important because it gives prospective students a taste of what their possible majors may be like and getting a virtual feel of the atmosphere of Hamline.” According to Rich, junior Taylor Williams has recently started an ad agency club that gives students more social opportunities for business and marketing careers and hopes this will bring in more interns for the SMA and marketing department in general. Drews described her overall experience with the marketing department’s recent success. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s really rewarding, and we have a lot of fun. It’s such an eye-opening experience where, as a student, you are able to create a network of connections for job opportunities,” Drews said. “As far as Hamline, I think the marketing department is only going to get stronger.” According to Drews, the SMA hopes to become a self-sustaining organization and eventually provide paid opportunities to students for practicing the application of their skill sets in professional environments. Getty plans to post more opportunities involved with the marketing department within the next couple of months.

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“It’s really interesting to be part of a project like this because… we are partnering with a department that is catering towards more entry-level jobs or towards a younger audience, and as undergraduates… we are essentially individuals of the demographic they are seeking.” Katie Drews Senior, SMA member

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Across 1. Exalted figure 5. Pointy fixatives 9. Sports setting 10. Finale 11. Male head of family 14. Iditarod destination 15. Song syllable 16. Safety or fishing device 18. Square ones don’t fit in round holes 19. Special ingredient in cough syrup 20. Hush hush, abr. 21. Female name, palindrome 22. Climate control 24. Dreamy sleep 25. Taxi 27. King’s clown 28. Wrote the book on war 30. British naval prefix 31. Car assistance organization 33. In other words, abr. 34. Short video 36. Brightest star in Centaurus 40. Dark and moist 41. A noble gas 42. Tough and sturdy 43. French, “in”

Down 1. Irish terrorists 2. Discourage 3. First number 4. Voice box 5. Lost fish 6. Not vegetable or mineral... 7. At ease 8. No equal sides, no equal angles 9. Hillbilly homeland 12. Hill builder 13. Grimy urchin 17. Give off 18. Golf measure 20. Information 23. Joe or Sopwith 26. Crap 27. Surrounded by liquid 29. French existentialist 31. Hominoid 32. Escape, evade 34. Burn 35. Gross 37. Visible kissing, abr. 38. 12 steppers 39. Harry’s ginger sidekick

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Staff Editorial


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nother year and another conversation with President Linda Hanson, 2013 edition. This time around, the financial antics of the Anderson Center took a backseat to instead focus on the “edupreneurial,” President Hanson’s word-branding of the Board of Trustees’ three year plan. The plan for Hamline written by the board, made on November 15, 2012, goes like this: “To align our most distinctive academic programs, teaching and learning delivery methods with market trends, and build financial models that ensure conservative budget planning while inspiring innovation and growth where we have competitive strength.” Her speech went as expected: a well-crafted Hamline puff piece. She announced a new $1.1 million science grant and budget changes equalling almost $4 million, but it all seemed bitterly ironic when one considers the $36 million capital investment of the Anderson Center finished only one year ago, still not technically paid in full. In sports, she highlighted the emerging women’s basketball team but somehow failed to mention the national media criticism of the men’s team. Not that it’s wrong to present the good news. Hamline is doing some awesome things that really deserve coverage. But nobody’s fooled by a handful of smiles. These speeches need to mention the bad news as well. “Keep the faith and face the brutal facts,” Hanson cited from Jim Collins’ “Good to Great.” We at The Oracle agree with that sentiment, but if the President truly believes it, then why did she bemoan the mentioning of St. Thomas’s $500 million fundraising campaign? Let’s face this fact: St. Thomas is doing something right that we aren’t, so maybe we should steal some of their ideas, rather than cover our ears to ignore them. (But hey, maybe we are stealing their ideas after all. Maybe that’s why we both have big Anderson Centers built in the last few years. Seriously, they have an “Anderson Center” too.) After her speech, a few excellent critiques popped out of the Q&A session. For example, one attendee asked how Hamline plans to spend $650,000 of “unrestricted undesignated assets” in the next three-year plan, as noted in the president’s slideshow. What is an unrestricted undesignated asset, asked the attendee, and how are we pulling this out of thin air? VP of Finance Doug Anderson chimed in to say that a lot of these “assets” come from the value of Hamline’s property, all while he held a lot of big complicated papers in his hands. That’s hard for us simple students to make sense of. How are we producing money just by owning property? Somehow, the money’s there, though this whole situation is uncomfortably reminiscent of make-believe debt ceilings. It’s impossible for any of us to really know the financial health of the university; we just hope that the administration understands it much better than us, unlike the banking masterminds who led us down the dangerous path of default credit swaps in 2008. And that’s why critique is necessary. “People always want what’s best for Hamline,” as the president put it. True. We at The Oracle don’t deconstruct administrative actions just for the hell of it. We do it because it is our duty as the largest independent source of information at this university. We do it because we want what’s best for Hamline too. To conclude, President Hanson should not have been left waiting for questions in awkward silence. The faculty need to play a larger role in steering this university. Students cycle through this place year after year, never settling down long enough to establish a permanent voice in the institution. But faculty have that opportunity. One of the reasons tenure exists is so that they can speak out without fears to their job security. If they aren’t trying to improve their workplace, then nobody will. Maybe the worst is coming to fruition: maybe the Board of Trustees is taking us down a haphazard road in the face of a looming economic crash in the higher education market, and we’re all going to burn and die in a towering inferno. Yet, we’re never going to know that, unless the permanent voices at this institution learn to offer up some alternatives. To those who did stand up and ask tough questions at these conversation: The Oracle applauds you.

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“I’m going to San Francisco for the Queer in the Community Catalyst Trip.”

“I’m not sure, but I might be going to Colorado.”

“I’m going to Red River Gorge in Kentucky to rock climb. It’s going to be gnarly.”

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Fun and games and stereotypes He walks quickly, carefully avoiding eye contact with those he passes. His face is splotchy, his hair is greasy and it lies limp on his pale forehead. He makes a beeline for his dorm room and once there he barely acknowledges his roommate before plopping himself down at his desk. There’s a half full can of Mountain Dew within arm’s reach and he takes a sip while putting on his headset and turning on his monitor. For the next seven hours, he’ll be basked in the harsh glow of his screen and he’ll dexterously tap away at his keyboard. The stereotype above is of a gamer. You probably know one, you probably know several, and they probably don’t fit that description very well. As video games have exploded in popularity in recent years, the old stereotypes have become tired and outdated. The interactive genre of media has had to battle censorship and obscurity but has nonetheless emerged as a powerful force, both artistically and economically. Of course, there are still gamer specimens that fit the typical mold. Tempted as you may be to ridicule or pity such a creature, try to enlighten yourself and realize that they are engaging in the media sensation of our lifetimes. There have been plenty of bumps along that road to prominence though. Video games have been blamed for all sorts of things. Some, like contributing to a sedentary and socially isolated lifestyle, are fairly well deserved. Others, like shooting rampages, are unfounded and reactionary. Violence has played a prominent role in video games since their inception, the most well known example being the Grand Theft Auto series. The franchise is remarkably graphic. In any given session,

the player might beat up (or hire) hookers, drive on the sidewalk spewing pedestrians astray in a shockingly realistic fashion, or engage in a Rambo-style police massacre. Like any good piece of media, GTA has multiple layers. Violence plays a prominent role, but it sits alongside poignant political and social commentary. The commercials that play on the radio stations are hilariously dark satirical jabs that could give Colbert a run for his money. Unfortunately for GTA, and violent games in general, too few people bother to see past the blood. Video games make a convenient scapegoat for people who aren’t willing or able to consider the real problems with a society obsessed with arming itself to the teeth. An excellent example of this phenomena is the NRA’s recent condemnation of violent media, especially video games. It’s ironic that those dedicated to the preservation and widespread distribution of deadly weapons are opposed to their depiction in video games. It’s also sad that anyone would be so eager to censor what is becoming an increasingly expressive and accessible form of media. A big part of the success of video games has to do with their popularity among continually expanding demographics. According to the ESRB, the organization responsible for rating games for their age-appropriateness, 41 percent of all video gamers are female. Think about that the next time you see that sweaty weirdo rushing to his computer; there’s probably a girl out there for him, or at least like him. The average age of a gamer is also older than one might expect at 30 years old. The Nintendo Wii had been a surprisingly big hit at

JAKE BARNARD nursing homes as a low risk physical activity. So why the popularity of video games across genders and generations? For starters, many modern video games are complicated narratives with engrossing plots and characters that a gamer can become easily emotionally invested in. Some of these, like The Witcher series, are epic tales that the player can influence with their own decisions. Gamers are first presented with a believable world, and then must act in a way that suits their desires for that world. Strategy games, on the other hand, can be extremely intricate exercises that demand a surprising amount of patience and cognitive ability. Anyone who’s played through a Total War or Civilization campaign on the hardest difficulty can tell you that it’s no cakewalk. Without careful planning and attention to detail, twenty odd hours of playtime will result in catastrophic failure. At the other end of the spectrum are simple pick-up and play games like the sports series for the Wii. These are games that are easy to learn but difficult to master, and they’re excellent group activities. They’ve done wonders to draw in new gamers because of their intrinsically social nature and physicality. Stereotypes exist for a reason. There are still plenty of antisocial geeks sitting in the dark playing World of Warcraft, but they hardly represent the average gamer. Furthermore, the games they play don’t do justice to the diversity of experience video games make possible.

‘Video games make a convenient scapegoat for people who aren’t willing or able to consider the real problems with a society obsessed with arming itself to the teeth.’

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Academia’s epidemic: Hamline’s latest flu season is Senioritis STEVE MERINO It’s hard to imagine that at this time last year most of the snow was gone, everyone was wearing shorts, and all the people who had given up smoking for the winter were back at it in full stride. As much as I am ready for some 60/70 degree weather, perhaps it’s best for that to hold off a little longer for the sake of my grades. Senioritis is not a disorder confined to squirrely high school students anxious to be free from the shackles of required schooling. This disorder plagues the senior class of every college and university, and it’s contagious. It begins when seniors can see the light at the end of the tunnel and therefore lose their focus and motivation. I’m sad to admit that if you are not a graduating senior, you will probably find this article to be rather dull, considering it will be at least six months before any of these feelings start to hit you. This column is directed to the class of 2013. Although, we all become seniors eventually so I’m sure there’s a thing or two in here you can relate to. So to my fellow seniors, we are almost there. By the time this hits the newsstands we will have (including weekends) 67 days left until graduation. Yikes. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t freaking out. The thought of not having a job and moving back into my parents

basement seems awful. Also, the thought of the weather is getting nicer and the thought of leaving Hamline, a place where I have felt safe staying inside, reading articles and highlightand welcomed by everyone for the past four ing my life away becomes ever more unapyears, a place where it’s cool to have intellec- pealing. tual conversations in passing, frightens me. On top of everything else going on in my However, at the same time, I couldn’t be life, a large contributor to my senior slide is more ready to leave. For the fact that I have been starters, I feel very anxfighting an illness for a ‘What can we do to ious and fed up with acagood three weeks now. demia. I am not really The last thing that is on overcome this? How sure how to describe it all, my mind when I’m feelcan we insure that but it has really started ing even slightly under to hit me in the past few weather is diving we not only enjoy the the weeks. Homework no into homework. To be longer seems like a prihonest, all I want to do last couple months ority and classes which is turn on Netflix and of college, but also are centered around theplow through season orizing concepts which after season of It’s Always maintain the grades no one seems to be able Sunny in Philadelphia. we are capable of? to offer up valid solutions I suppose what I has become a bore. As have just offered would In my mind, the best much as I love Hamline, be three main contribI’m ready for something way to do it is to think uting factors to Seniorielse. tis: being fed up with about everything in And then as I menacademia, improving tioned before, there’s weather conditions and perspective.’ the weather. In less than illness. What can we do a week spring break will to overcome this? How be upon us and by the can we insure that we time classes resume I can only hope that the not only enjoy the last couple months of colweather will be well into the 40s and 50s and lege, but also maintain the grades we are capaconstantly on the rise where it eventually ble of? In my mind, the best way to do it is to peaks at 76 and stays there for the next 80 think about everything in perspective. years (I can dream, right?). In all seriousness, Let’s start with being fed up with academia.

Sure, like myself, you may be annoyed with constant theorizing, but if grad school isn’t in your future then you have 67 days left of it. Forever. Right now that probably seems like an obnoxiously long time, but I can almost guarantee that six months to a year after graduation all of us are going to miss the structured classroom. Next we’ve got the weather. Yes, I know, Minnesota winters are long and if you’re not originally from here they’re even longer, but it’s not like this is something new. Every year we are aware of the fact that states not too far from here are currently in the 60s, 70s and 80s while we still wear hats and mittens to go grab coffee. As the weather gets nicer and nicer we all feel as though we have catching up to do, but the sunshine isn’t going anywhere. We have an entire summer to be outside all the time, for now, do your grades a favor and don’t neglect your classes too soon. This brings us to feeling sick. There’s not much that any of us can do about this, but all I have to say is be smart about it. If you’re feeling sick enough to miss class you should probably also be sick enough to miss St. Patrick’s celebrations. Seniors, we’re almost there. Anyone else who fumbled through this column, you can be pretty excited too, I guess. The most important thing to remember about the final stretch is to find a balance between fun and work. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go prep my bike for spring.

The truth about Harlem Shaking CAL SARGENT I am a racist person. I live in a racist society. This is not something I take lightly, and I try to deconstruct and overcome my own racism every day. This is not noble; it is merely the decent thing to do. It’s very hard to admit that we are racist, that we have racist thoughts, that we perpetuate oppression. Most white people will never have to admit this. It’s very easy as a white person in a white-dominated society to ignore the power differences that our social system maintains. That does not excuse this ignorance though. We need to be less concerned with being called racist and more concerned with dismantling racism. Whiteness gives people the idea that they have the authority to dictate what a marginalized community (that they are not a member of ) should care about. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am referring to the intense discussion around the Harlem Shake that has been happening on campus recently. This is not just about the “You should do the Harlem Shake” column in last week’s issue because I’ve heard many of the problematic aspects of that column imitated elsewhere. This is a larger problem. While the condescending humor in that column turned plenty of people off, many of the points made were not inaccurate in and of themselves. It’s true that black people who are disproportionately affected by poverty probably do care a lot more about surviving from day to day than about appropriation of the Harlem Shake. As many before me have already pointed out, it definitely is a privilege to be able to engage in these types of discussions. Does that mean that we should not be talking about it? According to much of the black community, no. This argument derails the conversation and misses the point. It’s also true that there are grave problems we need to deal with in this country, like the prison-industrial complex and our education system, among others. Does fostering a conversation around the Harlem Shake phenomenon mean that we are not also fighting against these oppressive systems? No! In fact, many of the people concerned about the cultural appropriation manifested in the Harlem Shake have been resisting this oppression for their entire lives. The black population gets to decide which

issues are worthwhile because they are the ones who have to that attention is negative, which signals that this resistance is navigate racism on a daily basis. For a white person to assert making people uncomfortable and that what is being fought that black people’s resistance isn’t worthwhile is just another for has real meaning in people’s lives. The momentum gathexample of dominance that is falsely believed to be our right. ered from this global discussion can be used to fight larger Just because our increasingly digital world is revealing more systems of oppression, and this would be accomplished cultural appropriation, that doesn’t more easily if the black community didn’t mean that we should allow it to happen, have to constantly defend against people ‘The point is that the though perhaps there are instances derailing and thus damaging the unity and where it’s justifiable. The appropriation effectiveness of the movement. Harlem Shake video of the Harlem Shake for revolutionary The point is that the Harlem Shake protest in Egypt and Tunisia might be phenomenon is cultural video phenomenon is cultural approprione of those instances, but for lack of appropriation, which ation, which is a covert form of racism knowledge on this aspect of the discusthat endorses and obscures individual is a covert form of sion, I will defer to the black commuracism. Individuals are then blinded to nity. Perhaps what we can all agree on other instances of racism, which reinforces racism that endorses is that the Harlem Shake videos aren’t all those larger oppressively racist systems. just an insignificant fad. Clearly they’re and obscures individual Every instance of harm, whether overt or meaningful or they wouldn’t have such covert, is connected. That’s why it’s so difracism. Individuals are ficult to achieve true equality. We have a widespread audience. The appropriation of the Harlem eliminate so many different forms of then blinded to other to Shake (and cultural appropriation in oppression at once that we begin to put instancs of racism, general) shouldn’t be so easily disthese harmful instances of racism on a missed. Anyone who attended “The hierarchy—deeming some worthwhile which reinforces Harlem Shake as Blackface: A Critical and others insignificant. But it is not our Look at Cultural Appropriation” event place as white people to arrange these all those larger with an open mind, ready to listen and hierarchies, and doing so fails to break oppressively racist learn from the black community who down racism and instead, perpetuates it. is affected by this video phenomenon, Last week’s column promoted some systems. Every instance knows this. As one of the white panelveiled racism, which many people in my ists at the event, Jamie Utt, aptly wrote of harm, whether overt social circle endorsed. I cannot ignore this. on his blog, “appropriation is when White people need to hold ourselves and someone of privilege or power takes a or covert, is connected.’ each other accountable for our racism, cultural expression from another group because as feminist theorist bell hooks without their permission and divorces astutely asserted, “If we do not change it from its history and meaning.” This is where the harm lies. our consciousness, we cannot change our actions or demand It causes erasure and takes power away from black culture. change from others.” It’s up to all of us to create a more equiCultural appropriation of African-American traditions table society wherein everyone is recognized as fully human. has been occurring for hundreds of years; this isn’t the first It’s time to take a step back and look inside ourselves so we instance of it that has faced criticism from black activists. can begin to see the ways we fit into a racist society, and also This is merely one of the very few times that wider (i.e. white) how we can change it. society has paid attention to such criticism—and most of

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Casino Night Annual social event held in Klas Ballroom includes gambling, prizes and snacks. Jody Peters Reporter Everyone likes free stuff, especially college students. Sometimes, though, freebies aren’t enough of an incentive to go to an event. Casino Night, a yearly Hamline University Programming Board (HUPB) event, was last Saturday, March 16. From 8 to 10 p.m. in the Kay Fredericks Room at Klas, students gambled with $3000 provided by Las Vegas Tonight, which they could cash in for raffle tickets or poker chips. The event had free food, free gambling and a chance to win free prizes. However, only about twenty to thirty people showed up. Students who attended the function last year felt that this year’s turnout was lower, but overall the night was still considered a success. With Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Red Dog and Beatthe-House, there was something for everyone. The

music was also fairly inclusive, featuring well-known hits by artists like Journey and Bon Jovi. As for the food, there was a wide selection of desserts, as well as the typical cheese and crackers. There was also a selection of prizes including a DVD set that included “The Hunger Games,� “Bridesmaids� and other recent movies, a digital picture frame and an HP printer, to name a few. There were ten lucky winners, and considering the low number of people who showed up, the odds of winning a prize were very good. Overall, those who attended the event felt that they had fun. Quite a few people said they had previously gone to the function. In spite of the misfortune of some gamblers, they were glad to practice their skills without risking any real cash. All in all, HUPB’s event was a hit. The atmosphere mimicked that of a real casino, the dealers were professional, and it provided a nice way to relax before midterms. Even those who didn’t go home as winners left feeling that they’d hit the jackpot.







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Jamaica: just a brush stroke away Retreat in Jamaica provides painting students with inspring landscapes Brittany Rassett Reporter Inspired by the Biology/Art J-Term trip to Jamaica, Hamline Art Professor Andrew Wykes is hosting a week-long workshop in Jamaica this summer. The workshop will mainly deal with color and aspects of light in regard to landscapes. “We’ll talk about the changing aspects of light because the light’s always changing there. It can get cloudy, sunny or rainy. So we’ll talk about how to deal with a variable climate,� Wykes said. All lessons will be taught outside at an estate called Bromley at Walkerswood, Central Jamaica. The workshop is partnered with Bromley for this trip. Wykes found out about the estate during the J-Term trip to Jamaica that he co-instructed earlier this year. According to Wykes, art history is an important part of the workshop, and the lessons will focus on past painters who dealt with scenery. “It’s important to have a dialogue with those painters—in other words, always drawing from art history. We’re always understanding that what we do derives from artists before us,� Wykes said. According to Wykes, the point of the workshop is to take the students further with their artistic abilities while getting them to engage in landscape and not make assumptions about what they’re seeing. “In a sense, I’m getting them to open up their eyes a bit,� Wykes said. Although Wykes plans on having the workshop run for six hours a day, there will also be afternoon excursions offered. “One of the excursions is to visit a pretty wellknown Jamaican sculptor, and we will be able to look at her work and talk to her,� Wykes said. According to Wykes, this workshop is best suited

for experienced painters to get more in-depth feedback on their work. “It will be hard work. If someone’s going to spend that sort of money, they’re going to really want solid teaching, so I’ve got to be prepared to really work with them,� Wykes said. Wykes explained that although the workshop is suggested for those who have a background in painting or who have a strong interest in painting, it isn’t strictly for artists interested in being professionals. Nonetheless, Wykes believes it will be a time that will be enjoyed. “Six hours is a lot of painting time, so they’re going to be tired by the end of the day, but then they can relax in the lovely surroundings of Jamaica. It’s a beautiful place to go,� Wykes said. The idea for the workshop was brought up by the owners of Bromley. Wykes is currently looking for six more people to sign up for the workshop to make the trip happen. “They asked if I would want to do a workshop there, and I agreed, so between them and me, we’ve been trying to organize it,� Wykes said. “Now it just relies on getting some people up.� Wykes said at the moment, there are two Hamline art majors interested in attending. Although this is only Wykes’ first solo-instruction workshop in Jamaica, he doesn’t fall short in workshop experience. “You name it, I’ve taught there: London, Ireland, East Coast. I did a really good workshop in South France ten years back,� Wykes said. According to Wykes, his workshops are generally about oil paintings of landscapes, but they range from beginning levels of painting to advanced levels. The workshop in Jamaica will cost $1,500 per person, which includes tuition, excursion fees, transportation and accommodation. “It’s open to anyone who has painted and has a desire to further their work,� Wykes said. For more information, Andrew Wykes can be reached at his office in Room 204 of Drew Fine Arts or through email at


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A highly “rec”ommended opportunity Department continues to expand with many activities available to all students, with more on the way. Gino Terrell Reporter Hamline’s Campus Recreation is a service open to all students that is continuing to grow with more students participating and new clubs and ideas emerging. Lamar Shingles is serving his second term as the Director of Campus Recreation. Under his regime there have been many additions to their services. Recent additions include Rock Star Club (a rock climbing club) and Yoga Club. “We’re still developing, looking for students’ wants,” Shingles said. Campus Recreation also includes intramural sports such as flag football, basketball, floor hockey and volleyball. First-year Kaalid Omar was a participant on the intramural flag football team this past year. Even though his team’s record wasn’t where he wanted it to be, he still had a blast. “We got to play under the lights [at Klas Field]. It was so dope, so cool,” he said. Junior Yakasah Wehyee was an active participant in Campus Recreation in his first two years at Hamline. He was a member of the midnight soccer team, Hamline Rag Race. Wehyee had a passion for soccer and played for his high school. Due to time constraints of the college lifestyle, Wehyee felt it wasn’t in his best interest

to pursue an opportunity to play for Hamline’s men’s soccer team. However, he was still able to play the sport he loved on a flexible schedule basis. From his experience he learned skills that would apply beyond the soccer field. “[The] team aspect,” he said. “The collective effort of working toward a goal with other people.” He feels that his experience has taught him how to effectively work in groups. Senior TJ Styx has witnessed the growth of the Campus Recreation over the past four years. During his first year on campus a friend asked him if he’d like to join a four-on-four volleyball tournament. “From there on I did the league every semester,” he said. Through this experience Styx said he was able to meet new people and network. He said it also helped him become aware of other programs and clubs around campus. “[Campus Recreation] gives everyone that experience that they’re looking for in college. You want to have fun and meet new people,” he said. Styx also works in marketing for Campus Recreation. By updating and adding graphics to their Facebook page he wants to create awareness for events. “[We’re] trying to create the best avenues for people to sign up for our program,” he said. On a grading scale Styx said he would give it an “A+”. “The program has come a long way,” he said.

Styx talked about out how the sign-ups for events in the past were all done by paper. Now it’s online, which makes registering for events easier, quicker and more accessible for students. “We’re a competitive program nationwide,” Styx said. He visited the national conference and felt that Hamline’s program has been more innovative than those of other schools that have bigger budgets for their recreation program. “Lamar Shingles took it to another level,” Styx said. Shingles has been working on a proposing the “sports courts” at Hamline. The sports courts would be an outside outlet that would include courts for volleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton. During the winter, his plan is to freeze the courts for ice skating. Shingles added that they’re working through the process of getting this plan officially announced for approval. Shingles definitely has Styx’s vote of confidence. “I wish it would have been here my freshman year,” Styx said. He feels that the sports courts would not only help expand their program but also feels that the new attraction would add to Hamline’s campus. “I think it would go a long way,” Styx said. “Not only in creating that atmosphere that you want on campus but it would also make students who want to come to our campus that much more interested in coming.”

“[Campus recreation] gives everyone that experience that they’re looking for in college. You want o have fun and meet new people.” TJ Styx Senior


Pipers to open season with California road trip Team will play a series of games in sunny weather as they look to build on last year’s end-of-season success. Gino Terrell Reporter Hamline’s softball team will get their first crack at the bat as they open their season in La Habre, Calif. on Thursday against Puget Sound. Last season, the Pipers finished 10-26. However, they won nine of their last 14 games to finish the season. Head coach Jim Rubbelke said that his team was really young, and he views the past season as a learning experience. “This year, going into [the season], we have an idea of who’s going to be playing what positions, what roles [they] are going Bethany Hine, ‘13 to play,” Rubbelke said. “Hopefully being another year older and knowing what this level of softball is all about, we’ll be better.” The Pipers have their first 10 games scheduled in California. He mentioned that the road trip will be challenging because some of the teams they will be facing will be around 20 games into their season, while the Pipers are just starting the season. “They’ve been outside since day one. Obviously, 20 games being played while we’re only getting two in is a huge advantage for them and more of a challenge for us. When we get outside, we have to use our time wisely out there,” he said. On their trip to California, they will play in four cities: La Habre, Fullerton, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles. Rather than seeing the trip as a distraction with all the tourist attractions, Rubbelke is excited to be playing outside in softball weather conditions. “Getting outside right now is the most exciting thing for us,” he said. “It’s our only opportunity to play.” He mentioned that he also looks forward to practicing outside. Since the weather condition hasn’t been good for softball in Minnesota, they’ve held all of their practices in the gymnasium of Walker Field House.

“When we land in L.A. and get to our hotel room, I’m hoping there’s still daylight available, and our first thing is [to] unpack our bags and get out to the field,” he said. Rubbelke said he feels good about how the team has been preparing for the season. “It’s probably been the best February practices I’ve had since I’ve been here,” he said. Rubbelke has had many successful seasons under his belt during his tenure at Hamline, including his first in 2008, when he led the team to a second place finish in the MIAC with a record of 26-14. The team’s commitment level is one thing that impresses Rubbelke. He explained further, saying they’ve avoided a lot of distraction. “[Softball] is only part of their [college] experience,” he said. “They’ve done a good job of establishing themselves as wanting to do well this year. Their commitment level is pretty high. They know they can be a pretty good team.” According to Rubbelke, the goal set out for the Pipers is to make one of the top four seeds in the MIAC to compete in the playoffs. “From there, our goal obviously is to win the playoffs because it’s our only opportunity to get to postseason play,” he said. Seniors Bethany Hine and Laura Randall will be returning for another season. Hine, who played shortstop for part of the season last year, has been switched to outfield to join Randall. Both athletes have played since day one and have earned All-American honors in their time at Hamline. “Having those seniors have a great year for us, both offensively and defensively, is going to be key,” Rubbelke said. Junior pitchers Lauren Clouston and Brianna Vela are two players that Rubbelke feels will have a breakout season. Rubbelke said they both were thrown in a situation last year where they pitched more than he anticipated. He feels the extra experience they gained last year will help their development. “We’re hoping for them to have bigger years than they had last year,” he said. An interesting addition to the Pipers is first-year infielder Jamie Rubbelke. She will be learning the collegiate level of softball from her father. Coach Rubbelke said the they have a good relationship and that the scenario isn’t unusual for them. “It’s a pretty smooth transition because I’ve coached her the last five summers,” Rubbelke said. “It’s great having her because she’s a great player.”

“[Softball] is only part of their [college] experience. They’ve done a good job of establishing themselves as wanting to do well this year. Their commitment level is pretty high. They know they can be a pretty good team.” Jim Rubbelke Softball head coach

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The Oracle | TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013


EDITOR’S DESK Too good for their own good On Saturday night, the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team defeated North Dakota in triple overtime to move to 39-0 on the season. The game was a rare test for the Gopher women, who have outscored their opponents 207 to 31 this year, making them one of the most dominant teams in college sports history. The question is, are they too dominant? At some point, when a team is this far above the rest, the story becomes more about the teams they’re playing against. Being a great team is one thing, but the Gophers have rarely even been challenged. That signals that something is wrong with the competitive balance in women’s hockey. This is a common problem in women’s sports, which still haven’t developed the relative parity that is seen in men’s sports. A few years ago, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team went on a 90 game winning streak, and the same teams are almost always near the top. Unfortunately, women’s sports already have an uphill climb when it comes to being taken seriously compared to men’s sports. The absurd dominance of a team like this year’s Gophers may help bring attention to women’s hockey, but it’s also reinforcing that they’re facing off against lesser competition. Part of this is just the nature of college athletics: a team that wins a lot is going to get the best recruits and usually continue the cycle. With fewer prominent programs in women’s sports, this problem is exacerbated.

PHOTOS | ANDREW MAAS, ORACLE Senior Corinne Stiffler practices her balance beam routine, which scored a 9.4 that qualified her to compete at nationals this year at UW-Whitewater.

Trio to represent Hamline at nationals Teammates to compete in variety of individual events at UW-Whitewater. Sarah Schneekloth Reporter Three gymnasts will represent Hamline at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships this Saturday. Juniors Courtney Benson and Kambria Blakely and senior Corinne Stiffler will be headed to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to compete and support one another at this national event. “It is an honor,” Blakely said. “We will be there to support and cheer on one another along the way.” Benson will be competing in the allaround competition for the second year in a row. Last year, she earned three All-American honors in the balance beam, the vault and floor exercise. With an outstanding 2nd place finish in the vault to qualify for nationals, there are high hopes for Benson this weekend.

Blakely and Stiffler will both be competing for their first time at the National Championship. Stiffler qualified in the balance beam with a score of 9.4. This score earned her a 14th place finish out of 48 individuals. Stiffler will put an end to her Hamline gymnastics career at the event this weekend. She has one more chance to impress the judges. Even though Blakely didn’t reach her personal goals for the qualifying meet, the Georgia native has a lot to be proud of. She not only qualified for the vault with an 11th place finish but also earned a qualifying score of 9.575 on floor exercise. “My personal goal for the meet was to finish in the top six for these two events, but I am very thankful that these two finishes helped me qualify for Nationals,” Blakely said. Blakely also praised the performance of her teammates and said she is excited to compete in both events on Saturday. “I expect to compete my best on both events and represent my team and my school in the best way possible,” she said.

Although the Hamline gymnastics team failed to win a single meet during the regular season, that hasn’t stopped Blakely, Benson and Stiffler from competing with some of the best college gymnasts in the United States. Throughout the season, Blakely said she has been focusing on form and adding difficulty to her routines, and this week will focus on perfecting those routines. “I will focus on being consistent with my skills in practice and work hard on each event,” she said. Blakely also shared her planned pre-meet preparation. This Friday night, after a big plate of pasta, she will lie in bed and visualize her routines. She will picture herself flying over the mat and moving with grace. She will feel the breeze on her face as she sprints towards the vault and then watch herself flip through the air in slow motion, and finally, she will stick the landing with perfection. “The day of the meet, I say a special prayer thanking God for the opportunity to compete and to help me do my best,” Blakely said.

Watching the Gopher women try to keep the unbeaten streak going will be interesting, but it would be better to see some legitimate matchups and competition. In that regard, the game against North Dakota was a good start. There’s not really an easy solution to the competitive balance problem, beyond just having more female players at all levels, leading to more talent in college. It also requires more schools to prioritize women’s athletics, along with the media. Hopefully the exposure that the Gophers bring to the sport will lead to a situation where the talent isn’t so lopsided. —JOSH EPSTEIN, ORACLE

MIAC WOMEN’S TENNIS St. Catherine St. Thomas Carleton St. Olaf Gustavus Saint Benedict Bethel Saint Mary’s Concordia Macalester Hamline

MIAC 5-0 4-0 5-1 2-1 1-1 2-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 0-3 0-5

Overall 8-0 7-0 7-2 3-2 3-1 4-2 5-4 4-5 0-9 1-5 1-6

12 Variety

The Oracle | TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013


Minnesota staycation destinations Spring break is fast approaching and for those of us not jetting off to warmer destinations, staying in Minnesota often equates to staying at home. While sleeping in and watching reruns on the couch is always an option, a staycation doesn’t have to mean resigning yourself to a sedentary spring break. It’s the perfect time to check out some fun and cheap destinations here in Minnesota.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Distance from Hamline: 7.8 miles Estimated cost: Free Website: 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Spring Break is a great excuse for checking out any of Minnesota’s artistic and historic museums. Most museums offer discounts to students, but the MIA is completely free for anyone and therefore an even more enticing destination. The museum updates pretty frequently, so even if you’ve visited in the past, you’re sure to find at least a few new exhibits. However, the rotating special exhibits do require a ticket.

Jena Felsheim Senior Reporter

Uptown Theatre

Distance from Hamline: 8.7 miles Estimated cost: $10 per ticket March 29 movie: “The Room” March 30 movie: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Website: UptownTheatre.htm 2906 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis The Uptown Theatre is always a fun way to spend a weekend night with friends. During spring break, they will be hosting two midnight showings. Tommy Wiseau’s awe-inspiringly bad masterpiece “The Room” is slated for Friday, and the ever-enjoyable “Rocky Horror Picture Show” follows the next night. The crowd during these midnight showings is always infectiously energetic, so be prepared to make a lot of noise and some fast friends.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Distance from Hamline: 7.7 miles Estimated cost: Free Website: 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis Like the Como Zoo, the Sculpture Garden is a Minnesota staple. Home to the giant spoon and cherry that has graced many a postcard, the Sculpture Garden is a free and fun way to unwind in the middle of the semester.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Distance from Hamline: 1.9 miles Estimated cost: Free admission (food and other purchases range from $5-10) Website: 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul No list of cheap entertainment is complete without Como Zoo. St. Paul natives are no doubt already intimately familiar with the park, but for unaware out-of-staters: It’s a park, a zoo, a small amusement park and a conservatory all in the same area. Basically, the perfect place to spend an entire day. Pro tip: If you live on campus or in the area, consider biking instead of driving. Parking is likely going to be crazy during spring break.

Macy’s Spring Flower Show

Distance from Hamline: 7.4 miles Estimated cost: Free for the show, possible charges for the events Website: minneapolis 8th Floor Auditorium, Macy’s, 700 On the Mall, Minneapolis Although it’s technically spring, Minnesota has a way of lingering in winter. Even though the snow may stubbornly refuse to leave, you can still pretend spring is in bloom by visiting the flower show. Every year, Macy’s hosts the show based around a theme. This year’s theme is India, and the vibrant flowers are sure to be a welcome distraction from the snow outside. The show also sponsors several events during the week, including a performance by a folk chalk artist and a cooking show.




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