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Law school raises the bar National rankings recognize Hamline’s strengths. Kristina Stuntebeck Reporter

PHOTO | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Spring has sprung and Nice Ride has officially returned to campus with a bike station now located outside Sorin Hall on Englewood Avenue. Previously, the station was located adjacent to the Hamline United Methodist Church on the corner of Minnehaha and Simpson Avenues. Nice Ride is a Minnesota based nonprofit. According to their website, the idea behind Nice Ride is very basic: “Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It’s fast, easy and affordable.” The bikes are left out from April through November, and removed for the snowy months. Users must pay either a 24-hour or yearly subscription fee, which include discounts for students. For trips longer than 30 minutes, an additional fee will be charged, although users can take as many trips as they like within the subscription period. There are several other Nice Ride stations in the vicinity, many near popular destinations and public transit routes. For station locations and more information, visit


New org aims for futures in advertising Career-oriented org enables students to participate in advertising and marketing and gain real-world experience. Austin Abramson Reporter Hamline University Advertising Federation, or Ham Ad Fed, is a new student organization for students interested in the world of advertising and marketing. It was founded by junior Taylor Williams, who is acting as current president of the organization until formal elections are held later in the semester. Ham Ad Fed currently has 20 members as of April 1 and is in the process of establishing itself permanently as a student organization that can help provide experience and refine skills for students with interests in advertising and marketing as a professional career. Williams gained interest in advertising and marketing through reading while in high school. “I actually got the inspiration for the design aspect of marketing by reading ‘The Great Gatsby,’ which further inspired me to found the Hamline University Advertising Federation,” Williams said. Some of the opportunities provided to the members of Ham Ad Fed are internships, visits to advertising firms and involvement with the statewide Student Advertising Federation. The organization is going to help those involved by providing valuable experience and firsthand knowledge in the world of advertising and marketing. Students who are involved with Ham Ad Fed will get opportunities to network with professionals in local firms within the Twin Cities area. Ham Ad Fed will allow its members to attain the experience needed

to become the marketing and advertising executives of the future. “Believe it or not, the Twin Cities has some of the biggest firms in the country, so we would like to have professionals and alumni in the area come in to talk and share their experiences,” Williams said. The budgeting for HUSC chartered organizations is currently being determined by a committee chaired by Economic Affairs Chair Lucas Dolan. Ham Ad Fed’s application to become a chartered HUSC organization was accepted during a General Assembly meeting earlier this academic year. Williams turned in Ham Ad Fed’s budget proposal for review by the committee, and the proposals under assessment will be decided on and finalized within the week. “The benefit of being chartered is that it allows you a budget as an organization. It provides funding for planning events and have a bigger presence on campus by having stronger recruitment through stronger events,” Dolan said. Williams, a studio arts major, believes that digital media is quickly overpowering the popular media formats of the past. According to Williams, students currently seeking careers in this profession are better suited to work with the technology required to create digital content in the fast-paced world of today. By the end of the spring semester, Ham Ad Fed will be hosting an official opening event with refreshments for those attending, and a speaker will be brought in for the event by the student organization. Ham Ad Fed is also currently in the process of creating a link with other student organizations on campus as well. “Ideally the goal is for those who are involved with Ham Ad Fed to get the chance to work for the Student Ad Agency on campus and to have both entities linked for collaboration,” Williams said.

The Hamline University School of Law is moving up in the world with a 25-place jump in its ranking. The U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Hamline as number 124 of 194 accredited law schools in the nation, with number 194 being the best. According to the U.S. News website, a law school’s rank is based on the weighted average of 12 measures, including quality, selectivity and placement success. Hamline President Linda Hanson credited the school’s postgraduation job placement as the main contributor to the improved rank. “The HUSL jumped 25 slots upward this year primarily because our job placement numbers of graduates in positions that require a [Juris Doctor] or in positions where a JD is ‘preferred’ 9 months after graduation,” Hanson wrote in an email. “This was a huge step forward and really made Hamline law stand out.” Hanson said there is currently a very competitive market for legal jobs, so the factor of job placement was significant in the ranking process. Donald Lewis, dean of the School of Law, said a policy change in how U.S. News determined ranking also helped boost the school’s standing. He said they had previously only looked at whether or not a student had a job within nine months of graduation, not necessarily what that job was. “In their eyes, someone who worked as a barista at Starbucks was treated the same as someone who worked in law at Starbucks,” Lewis said. Lewis said many people had been unhappy with this policy, so U.S. News decided to weigh more heavily on students obtaining jobs in their specific field. “This ranking cycle highlighted our success in finding meaningful employment for our students,” Lewis said. “We’re not bashful about broadcasting our success.” Despite the high rank of Hamline’s School of Law, Hanson said that the number of applicants to the school has decreased because there are not enough jobs available

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EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Editor in Chief Preston Dhols-Graf Managing Editor Hannah Porter

Offensive symbols raise alarm in Manor

News Design Editor Laura Kaiser Associate News Editor Jordan Fritzke Whimsy Editor Jake Barnard Opinion Editor Steven Rotchadl

Sports Editor Josh Epstein Variety Editor Laura Kaiser

March 30, 6:51 p.m. Trespassing An officer spoke with a few young kids who were skateboarding on the steps of East Hall. The skateboarders agreed to skate somewhere else off campus.

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March 29, 4:49 p.m. Suspicious activity A caller reported that two men were attempting to break into a vehicle on the corner of Simpson and Englewood Avenues. An officer who was sent to the scene found that it was a locksmith assisting the car’s owner to get back into the vehicle. March 30, 3:55 p.m. Alarm An alarm was triggered at 736 Snelling Ave. by an ABM worker. Officers reset the alarm.

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PHOTO | LAURA KAISER, ORACLE The offensive grafitti has been covered up with black pen on the mural in Manor Hall second floor.

Vandalized Manor Hall resident mural is censored to cover up offensive symbols. Preston Dhols-Graf Editor in Chief Several offensive symbols were scrawled on a large piece of community artwork on the wall of second floor Manor Hall sometime over spring break. The characters included several swastikas as well as a runic “SS,” which, in conjunction with Nazi swastikas, is understood to stand for the infamous Nazi paramilitary Schutzstaffel group, known for perpetrating many crimes against humanity during the Holocaust and World War II. Junior Josh Wood, who lives just down the hall from the desecrated wall art, was the first to bring attention to the symbols on Tuesday March 25 by posting photos on Facebook. “Hate speech drawn all over the walls of Manor Residence Hall, Hamline University. Do people really not see the overt racism and, in this case, anti-Semitism that is happening all over campus?” Wood wrote in a Facebook post. Wood also obliterated the symbols with black pen. Safety and Security as well as Residential Life commenced an investigation as soon as they were alerted. As an official response, on March 27 a letter was slid under the doors of all Manor second floor residents. Signed by Residential Life Director Javier Gutierrez and Safety and Security Services Director Jim Schumann, the letter read in part: “The images were two tiny swastikas and the letters “ss”. While the drawings were small in size and they did not damage or deface any permanent artwork, their potential to damage the trust and security that we have built as a community on this floor is significant. Although this does not fall under the legal definition of a hate crime or hate incident, Hamline does not condone acts of intolerance of any kind ...[T]he Hamline University Community belongs to all of us. When one person or group of persons is made to feel targeted, unsafe, or unwelcome, we all have a responsibility to rebuild community.” The letter also assured students that an investigation was ongoing and that the Community Response Team had convened to discuss

the issue. Students were urged to speak up if they knew any information related to the incident and were invited to report any concerns to their RA, the Residential Life Office or Safety and Security. According to the letter, a hall meeting was scheduled during the week of April 1. However, no meeting was held. Instead, sophomore RA Kevin Xiao, who lives directly across the hall from the graffitied mural, asked students to speak with him personally. So far, the mural has not been removed because the offensive symbols are no longer visible. “(I) was thinking about taking it down, but I know Josh crossed it out. We talked about it, and as you can see, all the offensive stuff is crossed out,” Xiao said. “People can come talk to me if they want to take it down. I’ll respect that request.” With investigation ongoing, Xiao is upset and disappointed by the act. “I’m kind of mad. We worked really hard to make this. We plan to make another one. If they want to talk about it, they should talk about it, not ruin someone else’s stuff,” Xiao said in reference to the mural. “People can think what they want, but we want this to be a friendly community, and so they should keep it to themselves.” Xiao also applauded the efforts of the Residential Life Office and expressed his gratitude for their response. “Some people might not think it’s a big deal, but it does affect some students, and it is important. So I’m glad they addressed it immediately,” Xiao said.

“I’m kind of mad. We worked really hard to make this. We plan to make another one. If they want to talk about it, they should talk about it, not ruin someone else’s stuff. People can think what they want, but we want this to be a friendly community, and so they should keep it to themselves.” Kevin Xiao Sophomore RA

March 31, 8:28 p.m. Emergency call An officer responded to an elevator emergency call in the Anderson Center. It was determined that the call button had been accidentally pushed. April 3, 9:37 a.m. Parking violations A vehicle was booted for multiple parking violations. The boot was removed after payment for the fines was received. April 3, 5:59 p.m. Supply outage Safety and Security was called because a restroom in the Kay Fredericks Ballroom of Klas Center was out of paper towels. ABM was referred to handle the issue.

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to accommodate the number of students seeking law degrees. “Demand nationally is really declining. In part, the recession has had an impact, but there is also the phenomenon of an oversupply of seats in law schools for the available jobs,” Hanson wrote. “Our strategic plan is to encourage people to seek legal training even if they are contemplating a career in business, nonprofits, public service, etc., because legal training is vitally helpful to a wide range of careers. We are offering a Masters in Legal Studies just for this reason.” Lewis said that Hamline’s ability to educate students about the applications for a law degree outside of the traditional field of law sets it apart from independent law schools that are not affiliated with a university, such as William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. “I think that’s an important distinction because I believe that the law is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary,” Lewis said. “I think the growth is in jobs where the JD is not necessarily required but has an advantage.” Lewis named health care and human resources as fields where a law degree could be beneficial when it comes to compliance and employment regulations. In addition, Lewis said that having the opportunity for a law student to receive a liberal arts education would allow them to better understand the psychology behind disputes, for example. “I believe that the law degree is the best extension of a liberal arts education that you can have because it provides you with skills in critical thinking, problem solving and advocacy,” Lewis said. Hanson added that having programs for both undergrad and graduate students on one campus provides multiple benefits for students. “Undergraduates see the importance of a graduate community,” Hanson said. “Plus, it’s just very healthy to have students of all ages pursuing different degrees in the same university, where we are small enough to have a real impact on student learning.” Lewis hopes that a greater number of undergraduate students will return to the law school as graduates. “We have a 3+3 program that enables someone to declare an interest in attending the law school. We are looking to bring more attention to that program because we would like to increase attention to that program, because we would like to increase the number of undergrads attending the law school,” Lewis said. Lewis said that the 3+3 program allows students to obtain their undergraduate and law degrees in three years, cutting down on tuition costs and helping students to make the most of their time at Hamline.

“Our strategic plan is to encourage people to seek legal training even if they are contemplating a career in business, nonprofit, public service, etc., because legal training is vitally helpful to a wide range of careers. We are offering a Masters in Legal Studies just for this reason.”




Sorin space repurposed as HU rec room HUSC funds creation of student game room in Sorin Hall’s A/B rooms. Amane Kawo Reporter Hamline University Student Congress (HUSC) proposed a game room in Sorin last semester, to be constructed in the A/B rooms. The idea behind the proposal was mainly to compensate for the fact that several lounges were being used as dorm rooms and space was being taken away from students. This motivated the executive board to create a committee and tour neighbouring schools to generate some ideas about the possibility of a game room full of entertainment for Hamline students. Upon visiting all of the other ACTC schools, the committee noticed that they all have at least one public entertainment room. This factor inspired the board to advocate for a game room on campus. The effort was spearheaded by HUSC first-year representative Jeremiah Osokpo and Economic Affairs Chair Lucas Dolan, who both served on the game room committee. “Last fall we had a meeting and set up special J-term meetings once a week and conducted a committee proposal, including administrators such as the provost,” Dolan said.

According to Dolan, the construction of the game room is currently underway and should be completed sometime in April. Originally, the room was slated to open before spring break, but complications led to a delay. Director of Campus Recreation Lamar Shingles explained that these plans will benefit the student body. “This is a great idea because this will give students the opportunity to connect and socialize with their peers if they want to. This will also help ensure that different outlets are available to students,” Shingles said. The game room will include pool tables, ping pong, air hockey, and an assortment of popular video games. The budget for the game room is included in HUSC’s capital spending fund, according to Shingles. “The executive board wanted to invest their capital spending on students and what they find enjoyable. Their main objective was to meet the needs of the students they represent,” Shingles said. According to Shingles, the estimated budget for the game room is approximately $18,000. This will contribute to the cost of equipment and some items that will need replacement. According to Lamar, the game room is mainly about creating a welcoming environment for all students at Hamline. “I look forward to making sure that all students know that there is a place for them to release stress, gain connections and have fun at the same time,” Lamar said.

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Words and songs for social justice Multicultural Alliance and Programming Board host poetry reading and open mic night for Social Justice Symposium Week. Sarah Sheven Reporter

PHOTO | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Slam poets David Mendez (above) and Rodrigo Sanchez (below) came to Hamline to perform as part of the social justice week poetry reading and open mic event.

Poetry and song echoed through the Anderson Center last Friday, April 5 during a poetry reading and open mic event held in honor of Hamline’s 2013 Social Justice Symposium. The event, organized by the Multicultural Alliance and the HU Programming Board, featured readings from guest poets David Mendez and Rodrigo Sanchez. First-year Jenny Puentes, the emcee for the evening, introduced the Social Justice Symposium theme: the Dakota War of 1862. The poetry reading and open mic was designed to give students an outlet to creatively express their opposition to social injustices occurring in today’s society. “A threat to social justice anywhere is a threat to social justice everywhere,” Puentes said. Guest poets Mendez and Sanchez kicked off the performance with poetry promoting social justice through a plethora of topics ranging from racial equality to stereotypes in video games. Sanchez read a poem entitled “My Indigenous People Day Poem,” which questioned why Columbus Day is still celebrated when he did not actually ‘discover’ America. Sanchez engaged the audience by asking them to say the word ‘nothing’ at key points in the poem to emphasize that Columbus could never have discovered anything new when he came to America because indigenous Americans were already living here. Mendez and Sanchez belong to a group of Latino poets called Palabristas. Loosely translated to English, Palabristas means ‘word slingers.’ The group focuses on creating poetry that is relevant to the Latino community, particularly in the Twin Cities.

“I think the general theme of a lot of stuff I do is stories. Some could be stories about someone I knew or loved,” Mendez said. Mendez’s incorporation of personal stories came through in several of his poems. He dedicated one of his poems to the courage he saw in his mother and sisters and his admiration for the strength they show in everyday life. Mendez read the first line of the poem, “This is for the sisters. This is for the women with courage.” Mendez dedicated another of his poems, titled “For Brown Boys,” to a friend named Brandon. Sanchez’s poetry was also heavily influenced by his personal life. He said he is especially inspired by his children. The final poem that Sanchez shared, titled “In This House,” described the feminist values Sanchez hopes to instill in his young daughter. Another of his poems was inspired by his daughter’s obsession with ladybugs. After Mendez and Sanchez finished sharing their poems, Puentes announced the start of the open mic portion of the night. Students were slow to share their talents at open mic, but little by little, volunteers stepped up to the stage. Senior Salisa Grant, who helped plan the event, said the student organizations involved in the event liked the idea of an open mic event because students have the freedom to share whatever creative work they wish. “We liked the idea because open mic is inclusive,” Grant said. Some students read poetry, and others shared their vocal talents. Some creative work reflected the theme of social justice, but several performances deviated from the topic. Puentes, who was also involved in planning the event, said that the Programming Board and Multicultural Alliance plan to collaborate on more events in the future. She said that open mics are popular at Hamline as there are many poets and musicians on campus.

Minnesota’s history of Dakota injustice Keynote speaker raises awareness of a troubled past. Aaron Marciniak Reporter This week, the Hedgeman Center hosted the Dakota Social Justice Symposium, a namesake dedicated to this year’s keynote speaker Waziyatawin. A native Dakota, Wazi delivered her speech on Tuesday, titled “Questions of Innocence and Righteousness: Social Justice in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.” Her speech discussed the social injustice that the Dakota people faced by settlers and still face today. In a powerful presentation, she presented a new side to the modern belief of forgive-and-forget between the past injustices of the U.S. settlers and the Dakota Indians. Before discussing the modern injustices experienced by the Dakota, Wazi gave a brief history of the Dakota War for those who were unfamiliar to it. “The Dakota felt that Minnesota was their homeland. After years of encroachment by settlers, they declared war,” Wazi said. Wazi explained that within a couple of weeks the Dakota were put on the defensive. Alexander Ramsey, the governor of Minnesota during this period, gave a speech declaring that “the Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven forever beyond the borders of this State.” According to Wazi, in December 1862, 38 Dakotas were captured in battle and hung in the largest simultaneous mass hanging in the world. Over the next few years, Dakota Indians were driven from their land and sent to concentration camps as far away as Crow Creek, SD. Though today the fighting has stopped, Wazi believes the situation has not improved by much.

“Dakota people still live in exile, mostly on given back, she does not know exactly how much. four Minnesota reservations that are about one “Way more than what we have now, that’s for twelve-hundredth of the original land base,” sure,” Wazi said. Wazi explained. This, she feels, is justice, and some are beginShe feels the entire situation has been swept ning to follow her. The cities of Minneapolis under the rug due to the American ideology of and St. Paul have resolved that 2013 will be a Manifest Destiny to conquer the land and, less year to remember the Dakota people. Doing so noticeably but inevitably, the people. promotes the opportunity to look at the Dakota “Throughout our history, American’s have War from the Dakota perspective, and the cities disassociated genocide and imposition with will promote efforts to rectify past wrongs. It is colonialism,” Wazi said. a good sign for Wazi, but she believes more acIn a time when many would call for reconcilition is needed. According to her, this isn’t a fight ation and forgiveness, Wazi believes that such between races. forgiveness isn’t possible until there “It’s about those who recognize is justice. According to Wazi, settler the wrongs of settler colonialism “I will not reconciliation still puts the blame and those who do not,” Wazi said. on the Dakota. For Wazi and other Her opinions had critics in the quietly native Dakotas, forgiveness is a audience asking questions. One submit to struggle; many feel it is not possible audience member remarked that to admire the Dakota warriors who the symposium was originally set colonial fought to protect themselves and in recognition of Martin Luther forgive the modern Minnesotans, King Jr., who advocated pacifism, subjugation.” because they feel it displays consent yet Wazi advocated that she is to what happened and to the curwilling to fight by different means Waziyatawin rent situation. for justice. Keynote speaker “Fighting against colonial op“To use pacifism, you need a pression was a righteous cause. Was large backing,” she remarked. “And it wrong for them to defend themwe don’t have that right now, so we selves? That is the question,” Wazi said need other ways to get people’s attention.” It is for this reason that Wazi is a strong activAnother listener asked what the actions by ist for justice and awareness of the cruel treatcolleges in context to the Dakota War should be. ment of the Dakota people. During Minnesota’s “Educational institutions can support by sesquicentennial celebrations in 2008, Wazi was giving land grants, since it was the Dakota’s, and arrested three times that summer for protestyou’re here at their expense, and by raising gening different events for the awareness of Dakota eral awareness through staff support and Indian injustice. She is a fighter and openly admits to it. studies,” Wazi said. “I will not quietly submit to colonial subjugaWhen asked in a later interview why this tion,” Wazi saidi. social issue should be addressed when there In her speech, she described herself as a warare other issues more familiar to the audience, rior pursuing awareness, with a final goal of land she brought up the strong bond between social reclamations for the Dakota. She works to raise justice and native land. donations for a charity so that the Dakota may “Anyone who is engaged in social justice has purchase back land, with a final goal of the state to understand their homeland, and this homegiving back public land to its native inhabitants. land is Dakota land,” Wazi said. Although she is certain that land needs to be

HAMLINE EVENTS TUESDAY, APRIL 9 2013 Mahle Lecture in Progressive Christian Thought “Occupy Religion?: Reimagining the God of the Multitude” Sundin Music Hall 7 - 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 MFA in Writing - Info Session 1500 Englewood Ave. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 4th Annual Office Olympics Walker Fieldhouse 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Employment Agencies Fair St. Thomas’ Anderson Center 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Commuter Student Sandwich Social GLC Art Gallery 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 International Roundtable Series - “Art of Resistance? Student Murals on the Parapet Walls of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka” GLC 1S 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MFA Grad Readings GLC 100E 7 - 8 p.m. Coffee House Series: Jeffery James Anderson Forum 8 - 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Second Saturday Cinema Series: The Hobbit GLC 100E 9 - 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 No events scheduled

MONDAY, APRIL 15 Education Job Fair Minneapolis Convention Center 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Multifaith Alliance: Scientology 101 Student Center Chapel 5 p.m. To have your event featured in the events box, e-mail us at

STAFF PICK EVENT Author and educator Jeff Davis is coming to campus Tuesday April 16 to discuss “the first-generation student experience.” Check out his all-campus lecture during convo hour in Anderson 112!

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What do you think of the NiceRide bike rentals being put closer to campus?

Joe Muchlinski Senior

Ed Lundborg Sophomore

Alex Kolyszko First-Year

Nasteha Ahmed Sophomore

“I think it’s an affordable, convenient, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation for students. It can be cumbersome otherwise to have a bike of your own on campus.”

“It’s a convenient service for those who don’t have a vehicle. I didn’t realize we had one until it moved closer to campus.”

“I think it’s a cost effective alternative and I’m going to do it sometime, because biking is pretty fun.”

“I think it’s a great idea because people are able to see it now.”

A big burning confession

Now, I’ve got a confession,” wrote the Pussycat Dolls back in 2008. “When I was young I wanted attention... and I promised myself that I’d do anything — anything at all for them to notice me.” Well hey there you mean girl first-year cackle squads: here, have some free attention. Say hello to HU Burnbook, Overheard at Hamline, LikeaLittle, HU Confessions, and all the other forums which fulfill your anonymous fetishized inanities. We’re talking about you. Does that get you excited? Most connected students are probably aware at this point of the HU Confessions page as well as what spawned afterwards, the HU Burnbook. For those unaware, HU Burnbook was a Tumblr account established over spring break. It was immediately filled with similar content to HU Confessions, ridiculing individuals and groups in the Hamline community, the Hamline Midway, and even The Oracle. However, the excitement was short lived, and within a day the posts had been removed. The page description now reads “The original tumblr user who created the ‘HU Burn Book’ account deleted the domain. So I snatched it up to try to prevent anonymous douchebags doing anonymously douche baggy things. HU Burn Book is now the perfect place to vent your complaints about Hamline University Squirrels. Anything not relating to squirrels will not be posted.” We at The Oracle support free speech in all its forms. Unfortunately, many of the posts being word-vomited on these web pages could hardly qualify as “speech,” but rather, hapless mouth-opening. Part of having the right to free speech is having the decency not to abuse it. You are abusers and we don’t like you. Does that make you sad, that somebody doesn’t like you? Better call an ambulance. Emotional maturity requires a blunder here and there. Maybe Hamline University is going through one of these blunders right now. A website devoted to slandering individuals because of their appearance, race, gender, sex or orientation is so obviously deplorable that it’s hard to imagine anybody actually writing a post and hitting “enter,” but these are real people defaming other real people, and for what? A tingly feeling up their spines? That’s why the vast majority of the (rightfully) apathetic Hamline student body needs to look at developments like the HU Burnbook with a good bit of disdain, not just hilarity. We laugh at the absurd, ridiculous, delusional giggle squads who live in a fantasy candyland of flirty gossip, but remember the consequences for those they target for emotional abuse. Many students are glad to be gone from the ridiculous rumors and gossiping of high school, so let’s not transplant that to the college setting where people have supposedly gotten that out of their system and grown up a little bit. This is college, this is not “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” You are here to get a degree to get a job, to make a living wage and to live happily ever after. What you do on the side is up to you. Like to drink? Whatever. Prefer to just chill with friends? That’s cool too. It’s nobody’s job to decide what you do on the side during your university years. But that’s just it — it’s on the side. Don’t forget why you came here in the first place, because we doubt it’s just to have a swagalicious Tumblr account. Go outside. The sun is a really nice thing, and so is the wind, and stuff like that. It will make you happy, and you’ve got to get your daily dose of vitamin D. And hey, maybe you’ll get that attention you so desperately deserve when you finally shut the laptop and meet people in the real world — not just the “people” on the internet psycho-land of funny gifs, cats and celebrity sex tapes. And lastly, to the Hamline burnbooker that suggested that The Oracle makes better toilet paper than reading material: we hope you get paper cuts.

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A system designed for poverty The social service, nonprofit industrial complex is a billion -dollar business in the Twin Cities. For some, the outlook of having a career is focused on working within the nonprofit industrial complex. Graduating from college and going into business has been replaced by a more attractive and more profitable system. When did being successful in business get replaced with opening or joining a nonprofit agency after graduating from college? Addressing disparities inside human circumstances has opened the door to a “racket” that dictates for the poor, hungry, unhealthy, homeless and unemployed to become stable and acquire some type of standardized normalcy in life. Individual failures are key to funding success. The true meaning of “Designer Poverty” is to do nothing for people: keep people static or frozen in circumstances. As long as you can control the flow of disparities and solutions, you then control the flow of cash. “Dependencies” within most Twin Cities social service agencies are set up deliberately: if someone finds what they are looking for, the “success” is ultimately bad for business. The protagonist blocking the success of the lower one-third and middle-class in the Twin Cities are those who operate in the areas of nonprofit, social service organizations whose life’s-blood depends on the level of disparities within a target group so they can write that next grant and receive funding to look in the direction without touching or moving things around. In the Twin Cities if you are poor, homeless, unemployed, unhealthy, mentally ill or suffering from some form of social-dysfunctional diversity issue, you are the foundational backbone of a multibillion-dollar business that survives on misery and the opportunity to study you. Twin Cities nonprofit, social service agencies have presented

a sad commentary on defining humanity, culture and the skewed process of which individual human triumph out of poverty is derailed by the need for an individual’s failure to become a social service funding success. The status quo of poverty in the Twin Cities is to let those in poverty stay lost within their environments, undeveloped, misinformed and, of course, misguided. Residents of the Twin Cities, especially those residing in areas with large populations of blacks and poor whites, have seen a downtick in proactive engagement and services. In most cases the right process would lift service-dependent clients up from current norms into an abnormal hemisphere of self-sufficiency while stabilizing their foundations into a station of strength, solidarity and forward progress. For that to happen, poverty in the Twin Cities would need to have an expiration date — an elimination of life-disrupting incidents brought on by circumstance, environments and a tainted liberal political infrastructure. We need to make it very clear: there is a need for some of these social service agencies — but not at the current levels. In north Minneapolis there are over two hundred nonprofit agencies within a three-mile radius. A consolidation of repeat programming could form a cohesive tracking of those in need lifting them to the next level of personal success versus the multi-faceted referral system, which in most cases has too many interconnected loopholes that lead to missing individuals who really need assistance. Another part of this puzzle is the lack of community engagement. This unfavorable one-sided process is masked in conflict and irony, foreshadowed by a process that has not provided great outcomes. On a global level we see how “Oprah” builds and finances schools in Africa; U.S. citizens donate millions of dollars to

DON ALLEN clothe and feed starving people in Haiti and in other places. We turn on the television and give to the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association — yet right here in the United States, children go hungry everyday. Oprah’s hometown of Chicago has one of the highest black-on-black homicide rates in the country — Oprah could help out in her own back yard. Americans have watched the Jerry Lewis’ MDA Telethons since the 1950s. With a billion dollars or more donated to “find a cure,” there’s still no cure. Politics and the political process has not been a good bedfellow for those in poverty. In minority-ethnic communities, it is only a few that come to the table of information. The usual suspects (poverty pimps, clergy and ethnic media) are encouraged and in some cases are required to redirect poverty-stricken residents into hopeless engagement similar to telling them, “If you come back tomorrow, we might be able to do something.” Perpetual anxiety, mixed with the promise of a “new tomorrow” complicates comprehension of basic needs for humans who suffer from poverty. Nonprofit, social service leaders, executive and support staff usually don’t live in the areas they serve. This means money leaves the poor neighborhoods and returns to the suburbs. For a social service agency to stay in business, successful measurable outcomes must be limited: focus must be narrow and the usual suspects must develop a secret agenda absent of the mainstream attention. What I am talking about is very pervasive throughout our capitalistic culture, but most people don’t want to see it. They prefer to think: “It’s a 501c3 or it’s a social service; therefore, it’s good.” The ideology and philosophy of nonprofit social service agencies have been replaced with an operation that in most cases only helps itself.

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Working class realities & refugees: Hamline’s curricular no-show STEVEN ROTCHADL International Romani Day was yesterday, April 8, and I’m pretty sure you’ve never heard of it. If you wanted to be a good little Hamline hipster, then you should have attended a movie marathon like I did: eight hours of crazy comedies and tragic documentaries filled to the brim with secondhand swindlers hauling around washing machines, bridesto-be dancing in earth-colored scarves, packs of wandering children fiending for cigarettes and a morning sex scene in a field of sunflowers. Yes, stereotypes. That’s that list. That’s that crux of modern moviemaking. In the Romanis’ case, we’re all familiar with the classic “gypsy” nomad percolating on our television screens. Even in the films glorifying their culture, gypsy stereotypes remain inescapable (check out the movie “Black Cat, White Cat” on YouTube; it’s hilarious). And these Romani are but one of many immigrant cultures shoved under society’s discursive rug, consistently passed over in the multicultural buffet of feel-good puppy-dog liberalism which characterizes Hamline University. Suspend the stereotypes and examine a few facts lifted from the documentaries “Romanipen” and “Suspino: A Cry for Roma.” 8-10 million Romani live in Europe, many without running water or electricity, especially in Italy. Their supposed “home country,” Romania, has 80 percent unemployment for the Romani, and since 1989, there have been over 30 pogroms against them, which entails the burning of their homes and beating some people to death. This history of persecution is deeply rooted and widespread: more than one million Romani died in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. Minnesota has Romani people, predominantly Bosnians in the Fargo-Moorhead Total refugee arrivals in Minnesota, 2010

area. Minnesota also has other oft-ignored immigrant groups, many of which came to America as refugees. Twin Cities World Refugee Day (which cites sources such as the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Minnesota Department of Health) points out that more than 93,000 refugees have come to Minnesota since 1979, a refugee being defined by international law as “unable or unwilling to return to and avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her home country or, if stateless, country of last habitual residence because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” According to census data, the Twin Cities are home to the largest Somali and Hmong communities in the United States, many of which are classified as refugees. Our state attracts more refugee immigrants than others: 25-50 percent of all Minnesota immigrants are refugees, compared to eight percent nationally, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. And here is where Hamline comes in, or rather, does not come in. Hmong and Somali cultures, along with many other next-door neighbor immigrant groups, are curiously absent from our school’s curriculum. In my four years at Hamline, I have never heard or read anything about the largest Hmong and Somali communities in America which lie within walking distance of our university. Clint Eastwood even made a movie about Hmong culture in Frogtown, “Gran Torino,” but ssssssh, we don’t talk about Frogtown in these parts. They’re…over there. Instead, the academic

focus is on theoretical sweet nothings whis- Somali and Latino temp workers. Tension pered into our ears, big ideas created by big was inevitable, and eventually, it exploded white people during the generation of our in 2009 when my high school underwent a parents, and should we get some grande federal investigation for harassment against caramel macchiatos at Somali students. Starbucks while we’re Hamline isn’t equip‘Hmong and Somali at it? ping us with the tools to It’s a shame because bridge gaps between the cultures, along with Hamline has the mulcultures like the one I just ticultural tools to make many other next-door described in Owatonna. I students the necessary don’t know why, because neighbor immigrant communicative bridge racial violence is real. Viobetween cultures. lence between students is groups, are curiously Macalester is doing what originally sparked it: last fall, a course that federal investigation. absent from our in “Asian American We can’t ignore this for school’s curriculum. Psychology” studied much longer, considerwhy predominantly ing that almost 50 percent In my four years Hmong immigrants of Minnesotan refugees at Hamline, I have were illegally harvestare under the age of 18, ing plants from St. Paul as documented by the never heard or read public parks. Minnesota Department But here at Hamof Health. Multiculturalanything about the line, we get our cosism is the future. largest Hmong and mopolitan quickies by To the architects of the going across the street Hamline ethos, I recomSomali communities to eat at Black Sea once mend this: step outside in a while. your didactic bubble in America which lie Work a few days and choose instead to in the service indus- within walking distance document working-class try and you’ll see just realities so that we can of our university.’ how necessary such a actually make a change communicative bridge in the world, rather than is to the contemporary simply talking about American working class. I grew up in Owa- change à la Obama. Multiculturalism is tonna, a factory town which rubs foreign and not only the future, it is the present. Do we native culture together, a ripple of tectonic embrace it or do we ignore it? The present shifts. I am generalizing, but the working system at this university only encourages class there is publicly racist. At many facto- the occasional gorging at the international ries during the recession in 2008, higher paid culture buffet, whenever we feel hungry for white workers were laid off to make room for the feel-goods.



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Infection rates, incoming MN Refugees 2011 t391 of 1799 (22%) had tuberculosis, including 172 of 480 (36%) of those from Sub-Saharan Africa t383 of 1807 (21%) had an intestinal parasitic infection, including 302 of 1231 (25%) of those from SE/East Asia t137 of 1813 (8%) had a Hepatitis B infection, all from Sub-Saharan Africa and SE/East Asia


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Macalester band on the rise “Are You Local?� music competition foresees success in participant bands, raising the bar for Hamline artists. Brittany Rassett Reporter While indie-pop band Bad Bad Hats may not have won the “Are You Local?� concert competition, they have garnered additional publicity in the metro area. Bad Bad Hats, which consists of frontwoman Kerry Alexander, drummer Chris Hoge and bassist Noah Boswell, felt that the recent “Are You Local?� contest was an exciting albeit competitive event. “It was a really talented lineup. Definitely stiff competition,� Alexander wrote in an email. “Audioperm has great stage presence, tons of energy. And Carroll is always cool and collected.� According to Hoge, the band felt honored and shocked to be chosen as one of the top three bands in addition to Carroll and Audioperm. Bad Bad Hats is friends with Carroll (who also went to Macalester) and also met and talked to Audioperm before the concert. “We’re always a little nervous before shows,� Hoge wrote in an email. “By the time we went on stage, we were just excited to play and ready to put on a good show.� The band formed at Macalester College during the Spring of 2010. From there, they started collaborating on cover songs, according to Hoge. “Our main motivation was that we wanted to compete in Macalester’s Battle of the Bands. So we got our friend Noah to play bass with us, and we started practicing. And here we are!� Alexander wrote. One of the main reasons behind their enrollment at Macalester was the urban setting, Hoge explained. “The Twin Cities was a place I didn’t know much about before I moved here, but it seemed like a place with a lot of cool stuff happening,� Hoge wrote. “None of us really knew what the music scene would be like, but I think we were all pleasantly surprised.� Following the Battle of the Bands competition, the band was offered a record deal by one of the judges despite the fact that they didn’t place first. Earlier this year, the band released their EP “It Hurts� via Ian Anderson of Afternoon Records. Following the EP, Bad Bad Hats has been performing four shows a month and practicing three days a week. “As a new band, it’s nice to be at a stage where we feel like we can connect with each new fan of our music, whether it’s just

PHOTO | COURTESY OF ZOE PRINDS-FLASH -FGUUPSJHIU /PBI#PTXFMM ,FSSZ"MFYBOEFSBOE$ISJT)PHF tweeting with somebody or talking with them after a show, � Hoge wrote. “We’re just excited to play more and more shows, and to go on tour to keep playing our music for new people.� Hoge explained that when they formed their band, they aimed to combine all the members’ musical influences. Indie-Pop Folk-Rock, or “Lake Rock,� was the ending result, drawing inspiration from artists such as Kurt Vile and Caitlin Rose. “They’re both organic songwriters,� Alexander wrote. “Nothing’s over-complicated. No bells and whistles. Just good tunes.� Alexander explained that they try to



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Spring Break Service From planting to protesting, students who participated in Catalyst service trips this spring break made a difference outside of the Hamline community.



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New coach looks to bring positive energy to team Becky Egan is ready to take over a team that showed signs of a breakthrough last season. Sarah Schneekloth Reporter Hamline volleyball has a new face — a face with the desire to win. That is what Athletic Director Jason Verdugo saw in Becky Egan while searching for a new head coach and also what the young volleyball athletes noticed early on about their new Egan leader. “After only knowing her for a short time, I can see that she is a huge competitor,” sophomore Lynsey Reimer said. “[She is] someone that will not settle for losses.” Egan is not starting this position off slow. She is using this off-season to demand a winning, positive attitude from her players. “It’s exciting to have the enthusiasm and determination [our new coaching staff] has already presented,” junior Sam Greeney-Hamlin said. When asked about her coaching philosophy, Egan said her focus is on creating a strong, posi-

tive energy for every individual. “When someone has positive character, they will typically do the right thing and surround themselves with people who are like-minded,” Egan said. Expectations are high for this promising young team that clinched 18 wins last season, the most Hamline has seen in 17 years. Egan feels she has something special that will keep this team on the rise. “Bringing my own competitive mentality and energy will just continue to build what it takes to expect to be a force in the MIAC,” Egan said. And it already seems to be rubbing off on her team. “[Our goal is to be] MIAC champs, 2013. We're definitely capable of it, and we expect nothing less,” Remier said. The loss of previous head coach, Audrey Ludwig, to an assistant Division-I coaching position at University of Maryland is the only part of the team that will need to be replaced, as the roster has no seniors. “Jason Verdugo promised us that he would find someone just as good, if not better, and I truly think that he has,” Reimer said. For the past 11 years, Egan has been the head coach for Eastview High School and before that was an assistant coach at Concordia (St. Paul) for two years. She led Eastview to the State Championship game in 2008 for the only state tournament appearance in school history. “Coach Egan brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our team,” Greeney-Hamlin said. Verdugo said Egan’s passion and background

as a player made her stand out in the pool of applicants, as well as references speaking very highly of her, her coaching ability and her ability to lead. “Her references included some of the top volleyball [coaches] around the country, two of which won national championships at their respective schools,” Verdugo said. Egan is no stranger to success. As a high school volleyball star at Bloomington Jefferson, she played in three straight MSHSL state tournaments. As a volleyball player at the University of Minnesota, she ranks second in all-time assists in Minnesota history. Her 5,918 assists is also the third most in the history of the Big Ten conference. “Egan wants to win, and she knows how to win. Her history proves that,” Reimer said. Verdugo insists he found the perfect match for a future filled with success in Egan. “I expect them to improve their MIAC standing,” Verdugo said. Verdugo doesn’t simply search for a coach that wants wins, but someone who will improve every aspect of the team. “I want every program to improve each year, really focusing on creating a good program versus just a good team,” he said. Egan emphasized that in order to be successful not only in sports but also in life, you need to be passionate about what you are doing. “Find something that will intrinsically motivate you to become great,” she said.

“Bringing my own competitive mentality and energy will just continue to build what it takes to expect to be a force in the MIAC.” Becky Egan Volleyball coach


A clean sweep Pipers open conference play on a high note with a sweep of Gustavus. Josh Epstein Sports Editor MIAC play got off to a strong start for Hamline last weekend, as the Pipers swept Gustavus in their first two conference games of the season. The conference opener was delayed after a scheduled doubleheader versus St. Kate’s was wiped out by uncooperative Minnesota weather. The Pipers were coming off a 10-game nonconference road trip in California, which they finished with four wins and six losses. Gustavus entered the series at 5-8 and were coming off an opening MIAC sweep of their own against St. Olaf. The first game of the doubleheader was a pitchers duel between junior Lauren Clouston for the Pipers and Sarah Rozell of Gustavus. Hamline was able to open a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of run-scoring singles by firstyear Jamie Rubbelke and senior Jenna Dushaw. They carried that lead into the seventh inning with Clouston still on the mound. After striking out the first batter, Clouston gave up a single to Kailey Morgan, followed by a run-scoring double by Christina Riester that made it a one-run game with the tying run in scoring position.

However, Clouston induced a pop-up by Paige Breneman to close out a 2-1 victory for the Pipers. Clouston threw all seven innings, scattering seven hits and one walk while striking out three. Rozell allowed just five hits and struck out seven, but Clouston and the Pipers defense were slightly better. Hamline jumped out to an early lead in the second game of the doubleheader, as Cecily Abbadessa knocked in two runs with a first inning single. Gustavus answered with a run in the bottom of the second, but the Pipers came back with one of their own in the top of the third for a 3-1 lead. They added to that lead in the fifth when senior Laura Randall drove in senior Bethany Hine with a double. Sophomore Elaina Hammann pinch-ran for her and scored on a throwing error by the Gustavus catcher, which made the lead 5-1. Gustavus added one more run, but it wasn’t enough — the Pipers picked up the 5-2 win and a sweep to start conference play. The Pipers will be busy this week with three doubleheaders on the schedule. Their postponed series against St. Catherine will take place on April 8 at 3:30 p.m at Meredith Field, followed by another home doubleheader against Concordia on April 10. They’ll then travel to Winona for a road doubleheader on April 11.

PHOTOS | ORACLE ARCHIVE Junior Brianna Vela (top) threw 7 strong innings in Hamline’s 5-2 win over Gustavus on Saturday. Senior Bethany Hine (bottom) currently leads the team with ten runs scored and a .564 slugging percentage.

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EDITOR’S DESK Don’t be fooled by April stats Baseball season is now in its second week, and with a new season there’s a feeling that the possibilities are endless. Any team can contend and any player can have a breakthrough year. This attitude can be a good thing: it’s part of what makes us tune in every year, even for a team like the Twins that has barely any expectations. But it also can fool people, because every season, certain players and teams get off to hot (or cold) starts, and people invariably overreact. One player off to a cold start (at the time I’m writing this) is Aaron Hicks. Hicks is getting his first taste of MLB after spending last year at a AA, and so far things aren’t going well. He’s been striking out a lot and has looked overmatched at the plate, leading to some fans and media members to speculate that he should be sent to the minors.

PHOTOS | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Senior David Croonquist (left) and first-year Jess Bragg compete for Hamline’s tennis team on Sunday against Carleton at the Holt tennis courts. The team is currently 2-10 on the season, but Croonquist is second in the MIAC in individual wins and was named men’s tennis Athlete of the Week on April 3.


Hayes inherits talented team A Hamline alum is picked to try to turn the men’s basketball team around after a scandal rocked the program earlier this year. Gino Terrell Reporter Jim Hayes, former Piper athlete, has been named head coach for the Hamline men’s basketball team. On Saturday, March 23, Hamline hired Jim Hayes to lead the program. Hayes is a former player for the Pipers who played four seasons, was captain for two and honored as Hayes All-MIAC player in one. Hayes was an assistant coach for St. Thomas’ basketball team the past two seasons and, prior to that, coached seven years at Carleton. “I’ve really enjoyed my experience here [as a player]. That’s why I was excited for the opportunity to potentially come back and be in this spot,” he said. Hamline alum and teammate of Hayes, Kyle Green, has voiced his support of confidence of Hayes becoming the leader of the program. “Having played with Jim, I can say his work ethic is what you want in a coach. He’s got all the skills you want,” Green said. Last Friday, the team held their first meeting, a chance for Hayes to get to know his players and vice versa. “There will be some adjustments for everybody,” Hayes said. “I think the guys are excited, and I’m certainly excited about the group we have coming back. I think there are definitely some pieces in

place.” His philosophy is simple: he wants his team to continue to improve as students and players. “[It’s about] being better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we were today,” Hayes said. “I think if we keep that focus and continually try to get better each and every day, then we will have the type of success that we want — not only on the floor, but also in the classrooms.” During the past two seasons Hayes has learned under St.Thomas’s head coach John Tauer. The two have known each other for a while and have even competed against each other as athletes when Hayes played for the Pipers. Hayes felt that working under Tauer, who was in a similar position as a longtime assistant coach making the adjustment to head coach, served as a valuable learning experience for him as he is now making that same transition. Hayes has been in the conference for over two decades and has a lot of support from Hamline’s alumni who’ve reached out to him via email, text messages and phone calls. “That’s really been one of the more fun pieces of my early transition here; reconnecting with [alumni]” Hayes said. Dave Thorson, a Hamline alum, has given Hayes a vote of confidence as well. “Jim has consistently demonstrated the passion, knowledge and diligence that signal future championships for Hamline. Jim is a leader I respect, and it’s exciting to know he will steer the Piper program which so many former players like myself value so dearly,” Thorson said. Hayes’ focus is to prepare the players through the off-season to get the team ready for opening day on Oct. 15. Hayes said his team’s mindset is to pursue excellence both on and off the court. “If we take care of that and can build every single day and work together and really become a cohesive unit, I think the wins and losses piece will take care of itself,” Hayes said.

“[It’s about] being better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we were today. I think if we keep that focus and continually try to get better each and every day, then we will have the type of success that we want — not only on the floor, but also in the classrooms.” Jim Hayes Men’ s basketball coach

However, it’s also only five games. Even great players go through slumps like this all the time over the course of a full season. For a player like Hicks who is adjusting to a whole new level of competition, there needs to be some patience in the early going. The same would apply if Hicks had spent the first five games crushing everything in sight and was leading the league in home runs, in which case fans and media would think that he was the second coming. With such a long season, anything that happens over a tiny five-game sample needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The problem is that people see things happen on the field and instantly feel the need to draw a conclusion from it. If Hicks strikes out a lot, it’s because he’s overmatched and needs to go to AAA. If Joe Mauer grounds out to second, he needs to stop pulling the ball. If Mauer flies out to left, he needs to start pulling the ball. Things aren’t usually that simple, and fans should instead have some patience early on in the season while things shake out. Over the long run in baseball, things tend to even out and players end up performing around their true talent level. Overreacting to a minuscule number of games in April accomplishes nothing. —JOSH EPSTEIN, ORACLE

MIAC MEN’S TENNIS Gustavus Carleton St. Thomas Saint John’s St. Olaf Saint Mary’s Bethel Hamline Macalester Concordia

MIAC 6-0 4-0 3-0 2-1 2-2 2-4 1-3 0-3 0-3 0-4

Overall 15-8 9-3 6-3 2-8 3-4 12-5 5-4 2-10 5-6 3-9

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Take it or leave it

Local resident promotes literacy and fosters community connections with her Little Free Library. Jackie Bussjaeger Copy Chief With the the snow disappearing, the opportunity to explore arises. If by chance you wander down Minnehaha Avenue as part of your journey, you’ll find a wooden box fixed to a post in front of a house, filled with books. This tiny public library is an opportunity for anyone in the neighborhood to read or donate a book. Although not a registered member of the Little Free Library community, this box is part of a growing trend. According the the organization’s website, “Little Free Library, Ltd. began in 2009 as a program of the non-profit, tax-exempt organization Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility, which has incubated several nonprofits projects and organizations,” and their mission is to “promote literacy and community connections.” This is the credo of Midway resident Carrie Pomeroy, who installed her Little Free Library box in the summer of 2012. She first got involved with the program when her friend and fellow library volunteer Caryl Tessman Mousseaux introduced it to her. “I’m really involved with the Hamline Midway Library branch, and one of my friends...already had one of these that her father had built for her, and he wanted to build another one,” Pomeroy said. “He’s a retired school principal, and he likes to do woodworking, and he initially was like, ‘Well, we could use it as a silent auction fundraiser for the library or something,’ but Caryl said ‘No, I think I

know somebody who I really want to give it to;’ so that’s how I came to get it.” Although Pomeroy’s Little Free Library is not officially registered, she has seen many of her neighbors enjoy the opportunity to pick up new reading material. “It’s very active. It’s really just people walking by: elderly people, people with children; I think those are probably the biggest takers,” Pomeroy said. The library is relatively simple to maintain, and Pomeroy believes that it opens up a valuable avenue for community interaction. “Occasionally we’ll pick up books off the rack at the library or at Goodwill to replenish it, but I haven’t had to do that very often,” Pomeroy said. “It seems like mysteries are the things that people drop off the most often; that seems very popular. And that’s something I don’t read, so it’s kind of interesting to me that people put in books that I myself wouldn’t have chosen to put in there. It gets conversations going with people that you wouldn’t normally talk to, and I like that aspect of it a lot.”

“It gets conversations going with people that you wouldn’t normally talk to, and I like that aspect of it a lot.” Carrie Pomeroy Midway resident


IMAGE | Find a registered Little Free Library near you.

PHOTO | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Midway resident Carrie Pomeroy and her Little Free Library.



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