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Student officers report for duty Safety and Security begins the school year with increased enforcement in the form of student workers. Maria Herd New Safety and Security Student Officer Breanna Berry starts her morning shift by unlocking all of the buildings on campus. “It’s important to make sure that nothing in the building looks suspicious or is out of place,” the sophomore said. “And that no one is in the building that already isn’t supposed to be.” Berry is one of the seven new student Safety and Security officers. This is the first time Hamline has had student officers in about eight years, according to Director James Schumann. “We’re hoping the student offi-

cers will help us to develop a peer to peer relationship, and give us a better understanding with the students,” Schumann said. “It’s not us against the students; it’s the students and security working together. “ The increase in staff will also make Safety and Security more visible around campus. “When someone sees an officer, it makes them feel more safe,” Berry said. Full-time officers wear gray uniforms, while part-time student officers are in white. The new part-time student officers pair up with one of the 14 full-time security officers when working. This helps the full-time officers to understand a student’s perspective, and allows the student officer to learn new skills. “Everyone is different and does things differently, so I can learn from all of them and make it my own,” Berry said.

Before working as an officer, Berry was a dispatcher for Safety and Security, but she prefers her new job over the old one. I’d rather be walking around

“A lot of people will underestimate us because we’re just students, but we’ve gone through the proper training and scenarios if something were to happen.” Breanna Berry Sophomore

and interacting with people than sitting behind a desk,” she said. However, the new job comes with a lot more responsibility. “I’m anxious and nervous for when there is an intense case, like if we have to break up a fight or party,” Berry said. “A lot of people will underestimate us because we’re just students, but we’ve gone through the proper training and scenarios if something were to happen.” The student officers’ training included learning the locks on campus, self-defense and using equipment like radio, flashlights, handcuffs and chemical spray. They had to be sprayed themselves so they would know how their body would react to the chemicals in an intense situation. The students have learned the skills to provide escorts and medical help as well. “They will have almost all the same duties as full-time officers,”

Schumann said. Schumman is still looking for a few more student Safety and Security officers, and will be at the upcoming job fair. “We’re hoping to get a few Criminal Justice majors involved,” he said. Schumann is looking for people who can be assertive if needed, have a helpful personality and can communicate and interact with a diverse community including faculty, staff and international students. According to Berry, driven, passionate, serious, personable and professional are just a few of the qualities a student needs to be a Safety and Security officer. “You need to be knowledgeable about what’s going on on campus, not afraid of confrontation and always ready for the one percent chance that something crazy could happen,” she said.

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EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Editor in Chief Preston Dhols-Graf Managing Editor Hannah Porter Senior News Editor Executive Staff Associate News Editor Kendra Boyle Hoban Local Editor Laura Kaiser Opinion Editor Steven Rotchadl Arts & Entertainment Editor Megan Bender Sports Editor Josh Epstein Voices Editor Laura Kaiser Creative Director Lauren Thron Video Editor Allison Osberg Copy Chief Jackie Bussjaeger Copy Editor Jake Barnard Reporters Sarah Erdman, Jena Felsheim, Maria Herd, Gabrialle Landsverk, Brianna Mason, David Ohman, Daniel Schauer Columnists Danielle Jagelski, Steve Merino Photographer Marisa Gonzalez, Andrew Maas Web Editor Sam Reimann Adviser Professor David Hudson

POLICIES The Oracle has been published by Hamline students since 1888. The paper is funded through a student fee levied by the university’s Student Media Board. We are a public forum. The opinions expressed within are not necessarily those of the student body, faculty or staff. We do not discriminate in employment. Our mission To cover news, trends, events and entertainment relevant to Hamline undergraduate students. We strive to make our coverage accurately reflect the diverse communities that comprise the student population. Corrections

Veteran Hamline professor takes on new duties to enhance diversity initiatives and programs. Hannah Porter This summer, English and Global Studies Professor Veena Deo was appointed the director of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives by new Provost Eric Jensen. According to a letter sent out by Jensen on Aug. 1, the position was created in culmination of goals and wishes expressed by staff and faculty. “I have quickly come to appreciate that diversity is central to our educational mission of preparing collaborative learners for lives of leadership, scholarship, and service,” Jensen wrote in the letter. Deo, who will continue her duties as a professor, will dedicate two days per week to her new position. Although her official duties only began Sept. 1, Deo already has several plans for the school year. “My responsibilities are primarily focused on faculty development,” Deo said. “In

said. “I am looking forward to the Fall semester, I would like to that collaboration.” have faculty participate with staff Sneed could not be reached in a reading group directly related for comment. to the C2C [Commitment to Jensen echoed Community] speaker, Deo’s excitement in Michelle Alexander’s “I suppose his letter. book The New Jim “I look forward to Crow. After that I having been working with both would like to do some at Hamline Veena and Carlos as needs assessment we further the univerwith focus groups 20 some sity’s central mission for faculty for sure to create our diverse and perhaps even years made and collaborative students.” community of learnDeo’s plans, it possible ers both outside and although still in the for my inside the classroom,” early stages, extend Jensen wrote. through the Spring colleagues Deo credits her semester to include long and diverse faculty developto make teaching career for her ment workshops some selection for the new and analysis of data position. collected by the HERI assessment “I have been (Higher Education teaching for a very Research Institute) of my work long time in India, survey conducted last around in Kentucky and at year which was diHamline” Deo said. “I vided into task forces diversity.” suppose having been on diversity, teaching at Hamline 20 some and learning, and Veena Deo years made it possible workplace climate. Professor and Director for my colleagues to Deo will work in of Multicultural and make some assesscollaboration with Diversity Initiatives ment of my work Provost Jensen and around diversity.” Carlos Sneed, direcDeo’s office hours for Multicultor of the Hedgeman Center, to tural and Diversity Initiatives are achieve her goals for the year. on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon “We will be working together and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. closely to plan on diversity initiain Old Main 116D. tives for the whole campus,” Deo


Hamline cuts costs New voluntary employment programs offer leave and retirement options for faculty and staff.

This year, Hamline’s administration has implemented two new optional employment policy programs for faculty and staff in an attempt to alleviate the stress on the school’s budget for the upcoming years. One is a voluntary leave without pay program and the other is an early retirement incentive. Here is an overview of each policy as explained on Hamline’s website.

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31, 2012 faculty and staff could sign up for a date before Dec. 31, 2012 that would mark the end of their employment at Hamline. chosen date, the faculty member will receive a sum of money determined by their salary and the number of years they have served at Hamline.

• The program will help Hamline to cut down on faculty and staff costs in the future without making direct cuts and will also allow other faculty and staff members to keep their jobs.

• Hamline also offers the ability for faculty and staff to make gifts to the university.


Look for the first Safety and Security Incident Log of the semester in our next issue! This week, we’d like to share information from Safety and Security Services’ website, including parking policies updated since last semester. • A parking permit must be purchased in order to park in the campus lots between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Fridays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the regular school year. Permits cost $199. Permits may be picked up at Safety and Security in Drew Residence Hall. • For a student to receive a permit, they must enter the permit lottery and win a permit. Faculty and staff may purchase a permit at any time. • For evening only student (after 4 p.m.) and weekend students that come on campus to study during the week, permits are $35 per semester. • Adjunct Instructors and Coaches permits are $40.00 per semester or $75.00 per year. • The new Anderson Center parking ramp is available from 6:45 a.m. through 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays 8:45 a.m. through 2 a.m. Parking in the Anderson Center costs $1.50 per hour with a maximum charge of $25.00 per day. • For repeat violations of parking policies, a car may be towed. • Safety and Security offers free jump starts and vehicle openings as part of the Hamline parking program. Unpaid parking tickets may result in denial of these services. • Visitor parking is centralized at Lot C (White House Lot). Guests should register their vehicle at the kiosks on the west side of the lot. • Overnight parking is available only in designated areas at the north end of Lot B and the south end of Lot E. Signs are posted identifying the overnight parking area. A vehicle is considered as parking overnight if it is parked in a campus lot at 3 a.m. • Contact Safety and Security Services at 651-523-2100 for more information.

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Hamline mourns loss of student

HAMLINE EVENTS TUESDAY, SEPT. 4 Piper Passages: TRANSFERmation KC Kay Fredericks Room 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Matriculation Walker Field House 1 - 2 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 Craigslist-related robbery ends in tragedy with the death of 19-year-old student. Preston Dhols-Graf

Welcome Days: Comedian Sam Comroe Anderson Center 111/112 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Bo was unresponsive upon arrival at Regions Hospital, where it was determined that his wound would be fatal. His family decided to take him off life-support the following day. According to an Aug. 13 Star Tribune article, three related robberies occurred on Aug. 3-4 in the same area. In each case, the suspect advertised a smartphone for sale on Craigslist, arranged meetings with prospective buyers, and then robbed them at gunpoint. In Bo’s case, the suspect has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Hamline student Aung Thu Bo, who would have been a sophomore this fall, was shot on Friday, Aug. 10 on the east side of St. Paul after meeting a man advertising a smartphone on Craigslist. According to an Aug. 13 Pioneer Press article, investigators say Bo was shot in the head as the assailant attempted to search his pockets. Those at Hamline who knew The article included these adBo remember an intelditional details: ligent, hard-working Bo arranged to “Aung Bo student. meet the suspect Professor Matt after arriving there was a very Morgan of the chemistry with his girlfriend. A department was Bo’s man, later identified serious FYSEM professor. as Steven E. Lewis, student “Aung Bo was a very 26, of Maplewood, serious student who had approached Bo’s car. who had potential to do great Lewis attempted things. His passing sadto persuade Bo to potential dens all of us,” Morgan drive him to his said. house, which he said to do great Classmates of Bo was nearby, claiming things. His spoke with similar admithat he had left the ration. phone there. Bo hesipassing “As a student, he was tated, but eventually really easy going but he relented and allowed saddens all was also a really hard Lewis to get in the of us.” worker,” sophomore back seat. Brittany Dyer said. “He Once they began Matt Morgan cared so much about driving, the suspect everything, but he still pulled out a handgun Chemistry professor managed to keep a level and reached forward of calmness all the time. for Bo’s wallet, with He just always had a way about the gun pressed against his head. him that could calm you down.” The gun went off, Bo collapsed Not only was Bo a motivated forward, and the suspect fled. student; he was also a good friend.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 Self Defense and Personal Protections seminar Hutton Arena 6:30 - 9 p.m. Welcome Days: Free Verse Sundin Music Hall 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 Welcome Days: Game Show (TBA) Sundin Music Hall 8:30 p.m. PHOTO | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Above: A memorial for Aung Thu Bo, a Hamline student killed last August, remains near a tree on Old Main Lawn. Bo was shot after meeting a man in regards to a Craigslist advertisement. Left: A photo of Bo (Courtesy of Star Tribune). “He was always there for me, he was a really good friend. You could always count on him,” Dyer said. “He was just really funny. If you wanted to laugh, he was the person to go to. His smile was just contagious.” Bo was an active volunteer, and worked two jobs in addition to his studies at Hamline. President Hanson addressed the Hamline community regarding Bo’s death with an e-mail on Aug. 12. “Aung will be greatly missed. Faculty, staff, and friends who knew him best say he was a smart, thoughtful person who always tried to be helpful and kind. In

addition to his studies at Hamline, Aung worked on the Help Desk in our Information Technology Services department. He also began volunteering, assisting with the care of seniors, at the Lyngblomsten Care Center at age 10, and from age 15 on he continued to work there,” Hanson wrote. A memorial service for Hamline students, faculty and staff was held at the Anderson Center on Aug. 21. In addition, a memorial fund was established at TopLine Federal Credit Union in St. Paul.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Welcome Days: Second Saturday Cinema Series (SSCS) Old Main Mall 9 - 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 The Artaria String Quartet: Triumph Over Tragedy ... Quartets by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Sundin Music Hall 3 - 4:30 p.m. Welcome Days: Welcome Back BBQ North Mall 4 - 7 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 10 Hamline Career Link Tabling Anderson Center 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hamline Internship Tabling Anderson Center 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Multi-faith Alliance Bush Center Chapel 6 p.m. To have your event featured in the events box, e-mail us at

STAFF PICK EVENT Be sure to take advantage of the Hamline University Programming Board’s Welcome Day events throughout the first week of term. These are a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other Pipers at the beginning of the new school year.

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Science Fiction’s Progressive Mission Influences South American Literature Hamline Professor Andrea Bell seeks to expose the underground literature of science fiction in light of South American culture. Megan Bender In the futuristic world of science and advanced technology, anything is possible. From parallel universes to dynamic humanoid characters, science fiction literature is going viral across the world. Hamline Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Andrea Bell ventured to Argentina and Chile on sabbatical this past year to explore underground science fiction culture. During that year, Bell’s work metastasized into an intensive study on Latin American culture and the progressive new genre which inspired her studies and fueled her passion for science fiction. “In the mid-1990s I started wondering what Latin America had in the way of science fiction, a genre I read for pleasure. Hamline gave me a grant to research the question and off I went to Argentina and Chile,” Bell said. “My biggest lesson was not to look for SF [science fiction] in mainstream bookstores, but I hit the jackpot when I followed a trail to the underground world of comics.” Professor of Modern Languages and Literature Russ Christensen, elaborated on Bell’s influence in the science fiction community. “[Bell] has prompted Anglo consciousness of and for sci-fi in South and Latin American cultures,” Christensen said.

Bell began developing her relations with the science fiction community in Latin America serving as the department chair of modern languages. During her six years in the position Bell was able to focus on literature specific to science fiction in Spanish culture. “I worked with a colleague in Florida on translating into English a hilarious 1887 time-machine novel from Spain. The novel is quite important to SF historians because it predates H. G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ by eight years,” Bell said. “Everyone credits Wells with inventing the time machine, but turns out a Spanish playwright beat him to it. Our book, ‘The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey,’ was published last July by Wesleyan University Press.” Bell however lost connection with the majority of the community she had previously been in contact with due to her position of department chair of modern languages ending. The opportunity then came for Bell to open the doors again with her sabbatical quickly approaching. “When that ended and it was time for my sabbatical, I went to Chile to do research on a paper and to renew my ties with writers and fan clubs,” Bell said. “I also delivered a paper at an important conference on the literary fantastic in Peru that put me in touch with researchers outside the U.S.” Yolanda Molina-Gavilan, a friend of 17 years and fellow scholar, finds Bell’ s multi - channel research to be a significant achievement to the study of Latin American literature. “Professor Bell is recognized and respected for achievements that speak to the originality,longevity and relevance of her scholarly work,”Molina-Gavilan said. “What is most unique about Andrea’s ap-

proach to the field, I believe, is the depth and diversity of her scholarship, meaning that she publishes in a variety of modes: peer-reviewed articles in traditional journals; single author and collaborative works; books, articles, critical encyclopedia articles, translations and conference papers.” Being in Chile expanded the universe of science fiction culture, which allowed for Bell to further develope her already long-established work. Bell has just recently published her article as it was accepted for publication. “I wrote about a really fascinating collection of SF stories that came out in 1969 about a near future where everyone ‘wears’ biomechanical avatars rather than doing anything ‘in the flesh’. You sit alone in your apartment all day and interact with the world via your avatar,” Bell said. “No one really knows the person behind the machine.” Bell further illustrated the rich symbolism represented in her article and fate of humanity by not participating “in the flesh.” “It’s full of social criticism about how technology robs us of our humanity, and in my paper I analyze the stories in terms of Chile’s push to modernize and industrialize in the mid-1900s,” Bell said. Bell also discovered fascinating and, perhaps a rather shocking, element of literature delivered in the form of intricate graphic novels. “There are also a lot of well-done graphic novels, some still a bit on the gory and sexist side, but that’s just my opinion, and as always, a good deal of regional F/SF [fantasy/science fiction] is very literate, very thought-provoking and very relevant to Latin American reality,” Bell said. Chile especially posed a unique

academic and street study for Bell “Andrea Bell as she spent most of her time in tune with the science fiction scene. has been “While in Chile, I spent a lot a pioneer of time hanging out with the F/ SF crowd, which is now far more in this serious and organized than it used to be,” Bell said. “You can actunew field. ally study it at the country’s best Her work universities.” Fellow colleague Rachel Haycontinues wood Ferreira has worked closely with Bell throughout her research. to be a key Ferreira has found Bell’s pursuit to point of be a significant achievement for the field of Latin American science reference fiction. “Latin American science fiction is for scholars still a fairly new field of study until recently I would have called it an and readers, emerging field, but in the past fifteen years or so it has really come and she into its own as a dynamic area sets a high of study,”Haywood Ferreira said. “Andrea Bell has been a pioneer in standard for this new field. Her work has been and continues to be a key point of others to reference for scholars and readers, aspire to.” and she sets a high standard for others to aspire to.” Rachel Haywood Whether it is the current Latin Ferreira American reality or a futuristic Colleague and Associate reality yet to dawn on mankind, Professor at Eckerd Bell and her studies in the sciCollege ence fiction community can help provide for a better understanding of science fiction literature across borders and the haunting message it aims to probe humanity with. “Hamline’s Modern Languages - Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of programs are the beneficiaries of the leadership and the scholarship Science Fiction from Latin America and of this recent Department Chair,” Spain (2003) Christensen said, “especially Spanish-studying students but, too, all - “Desde Júpiter: Chile’s Earliest Science students of fictions and scientific Fiction Novel.” Science Fiction Studies 66 fictions row in Andrea’s wake. She (1995): 187-197. spurs us on.” - Latin American Science Fiction an A-Z Guide, ed. Darrell Lockhart (2004)

Highlighting Bell’s Published Work

PHOTO | Courtesy of Andrea Bell Mural publicizing the launch of a major Chilean graphic novel. Translation of book title: “Karma Police: We’re the Light at the End of the Tunnel.”

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COFFEE Laura Kaiser

In addition to serving coffee and baked goods, Lucy serves as a hang out for deaf people in the community. Hidden in the Griggs Midway building near Fairview and University avenues, there is a bright, retro-styled cafe with whimsical charm. The establishment is known as the Lucy Coffee Cafe, and in the middle of all the midcentury jazz music there is something that is seen but not heard. It is American Sign Language and it can been seen regularly in this cafe. Inside the cotton candy pink and blue walls, deaf people meet, hang out and fundraise. Owner Julie Peck has three sons, two of whom are deaf. “With having deaf children you just can’t walk outside and find a deaf neighbor. I was constantly running to Hastings, Wisconsin [and] Edina to try and give them a normal life. To have some of their deaf friends that were spread out, bringing them to our house. So not only did I have three boys, but I usually had 10 boys in my house at one time,” Peck said. When Peck opened Lucy Coffee Cafe on June 20, 2011, she wanted to make a haven for people in the Deaf community. Daniel Williams, a deaf man and cafe regular, said that he likes to meet his friends and girlfriend at the cafe. He also mentioned how it was nice that there is always a person there that knows sign language. Besides providing a place for deaf people to meet, Peck also hosts fundraising events for organizations like the Pink Deafies, a breast cancer support group for deaf women in Minnesota. Peck’s inspiration for the name and style of the cafe came largely from a beloved pet. “The boys wanted a dog when they were young and I said it must be a girl. I am like so outnumbered here, that if we get a dog, its going to be a girl. I need another chick in this house. So we got Lucy,” Peck said. When Peck decided to open her own coffee shop, she knew it was finally her chance to have things her way. “So when I decided to open this place, I’m like okay, I’ve got two that are off at college, I’ve got one that is graduating this year, [...] my chick time has come. It’s going to be named after our precious Lucy,”


Peck said. “It was like the girl in me finally got to come out after raising all of those boys. It’s funny, but thats what inspired the girliness of it.” With such a unique style, Peck has had many comments on the decor. According to Peck, people do not really know how to describe the theme of Lucy Coffee Cafe. “We have heard everything from an ice cream shop to a bordello to Hugh Hefner to Mardi Gras,” Peck said. This hard-to-categorize theme is a big part of what sets Lucy apart from other neighborhood coffee shops. Yet even with all the decorations and design, running a coffee cafe is an art in itself. Peck did not become a business owner without some previous restaurant and cafe experience. “I’ve almost always waitressed on the side,” Peck said. “I didn’t go into it completely blind because I would watch the owners and watch what they would go through, but yeah I’ve never owned business like this before.” This valuable experience has helped her to succeed and expand her business despite the tough economy and the inconveniences of Central Corridor construction on adjacent University Avenue. “Despite the bad economy I opened up right when Central Corridor started here. [...] remember when [the government] had their massive shutdown?, that happened like a week after I opened up,” Peck said. Still optimistic, Peck added, “soon the rail will be in, and we’ll see, it’s really a crapshoot, but it’s been good.” Even with all the obstacles of owning a business, Peck has been providing a welcoming place for the Deaf community for over a year.

“With having deaf children you just can’t walk outside and find a deaf neighbor. I was constantly running to Hastings, Wisconsin [and] Edina to try and give them a normal life.” Julie Peck Owner, Lucy Coffee Cafe

Lucy Coffee Cafe is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is located in the Griggs Midway Building at 540 Fairview Avenue, St. Paul.

PHOTOS | PRESTON DHOLS-GRAF, ORACLE Above: Owner, Julie Peck helping a customer. Below: A quirky table sign that captures the theme of Lucy Coffee Cafe.


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Two levels of underground parking create the foundations of the Anderson Center with an entrance on the corner of Snelling and Englewood avenues. According to Dean of Students Alan Sickbert, the parking ramp was designed with students, staff and visitors in mind. “The [City of Saint Paul] asked us that if we built this facility we include parking space,” Sickbert said. “Right now it’s open to anybody. That’s why it’s hourly. We may end up selling parking permits eventually, once we evaluate how the space is used.”

A rooftop terrace on the third floor gives students a place to relax in the sunshine. The large open space, backed by full-length windows and furnished with tables and chairs, looks out over the trees and rooftops on campus. The seating area is surrounded by an 1800-square-foot garden that contributes to the sustainable design of the Anderson Center.

Safety and Security’s parking policy states that the ramp is open from 6:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:45 a.m. through 2 a.m. on Sundays. Pricing for parking is $1.50 per hour, up to $25.00 per day.

According to Ken Dehkes, director of Facilities Operations and Horticulture Services, the green roof, installed by Michigan-based LiveRoof, includes low-growing varieties of sedum and other droughtresistant types of perennials and grasses. The unique six-inch-deep plant trays reduce the amount of heat absorbed and trapped on the roof while also insulating the building to save energy, buffer sound and absorb excess water runoff which improves water quality before it reaches aquifers and the Mississippi River.

A NEW HOME FOR HAMLINE PIPERS Another sustainable rooftop feature of the Anderson Center are the 91 solar panels affixed to the roof, six of which can be seen on the south side of the building. Dehkes said that while the exact numbers are not known, the panels are projected to generate 19.63 kilowatts of electricity which covers about 2.5 percent of the overall electrical needs for the building.

Staff and students are welcomed back to Hamline’s campus this year with a shiny new addition — the Carol Young Anderson and !"##$%&'(&)#*"+%,#&-"#."+(&/0"&1234445%678+"59,,.3&:$;0.5<::"*&=7$:*$#;&>+,?$*"%&8&#"@&0,A"&9,+&%"?"+8:&98A$:$8+&%"+?$B"%& of Hamline while introducing a few new features. Here is a quick guide to the ins and outs of the new student center on campus.


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Much of the space in the Anderson Center is dedicated to providing offices for campus life programs and functional meeting places for student organizations. Meeting and conference rooms adorn the perimeters of the building on all floors and a meditation room nestled at the top of the building provides a quiet, private place for prayer, reflection and relaxation. On the third floor, the McVay Family Service Leadership Suite houses new offices for the Student Involvement Center, the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice, and the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs. According to Carlos Sneed, director of the Hedgeman Center, the Leadership Suite was designed to facilitate “increased collaboration and synergy” between the student life offices. “For the last seven years or so we’ve been on the outskirts of campus,” Sneed said. “Perceptually we’re at the center of campus. It will increase people’s awareness that we exist. It will be a major step forward for diversity.” Hamline’s oncampus convenience store, formerly in Sorin Hall, also has a new home in the Anderson Center and is now known as the Spirit Shop. According to Spirit Shop Manager Alisha Smith, the square footage is the best part of the new store. “We hope with the bigger space we’ll be able to offer a lot more for students with greater convenience,” Smith said. “Students can stop in and grab breakfast without having to go up to the cafe.” Smith said the new Spirit Shop features about 500 new items as well as apparel and accessories like water bottles from the bookstore. The influx of new items has been a fun challenge, according to Smith. “It’s been hard work to set it up and we’re still working on it but I think it’s going to be a fun year,” Smith said. The Spirit Shop will be open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The second floor of the Anderson Center is a bright, sprawling collection of tables, chairs and booths. The Bishop’s Bistro and the Piper Grill provide catering for those who wish to purchase food. A change from Sorin Dining Hall, however, is the multi-purpose blended seating of the space, which allows anyone to utilize the area. “We don’t call them dining spaces,” Director of Dining Services Gayle Hanson said. “The blended seating allows everyone to dine and entertain together. Friends can visit you while you’re eating or studying.” Hanson said Dining Services worked with Aramark, Hamline’s dining service, and Shepley Bulfinch, the architects, to design a “community space” to fit within the parameters of the building plans. On the first floor, a Starbucks offers up its fare, bringing a commercial presence to the building. “Whenever you bring a national franchise to a community, you know exactly what you’re getting from them,” Hanson said. “The biggest benefit is that they contribute to a lot of community programs.”


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


Should Hamline take a public stance on the proposed marriage amendment?

Alexandria Rice First-Year

Emily Maghrak Sophomore

Kevin Xiao Sophomore

Mariam Tadesse First-Year

“I think that there are so many people that are so active in the community when it comes to Hamline’s community and the LGBT community, and then also their allies here are just so active that it would kind of seem ridiculous if they didn’t.”

“I don’t think that Hamline should, because I think they should allow space for each student to each have their individual opinions.”

“I think that if they want to, then they should - it’s a serious topic and we are old enough to make choices and go vote and stuff. If there’s enough students who are willing to speak out and speak up, then I guess of course.”

“I don’t think that Hamline should make a public stance, just because there will always be one side that will be unhappy with whatever stance Hamline would decide to make.”

A Grinding Hault


nother school year begins with another fresh crop of first-years. Welcome to Hamline. All those peppy Piper Passages icebreakers are finally over. Now you’re stressed about classes starting because if you fail the finals you’ll drop out, lose thousands of dollars and ruin your life. Your high school teachers and admissions counselors warned you about how drastically different college courses are. But that’s not going be the difference you notice the most. The biggest change in college will be your own independence, and how you take charge of it. Orientation is a lot like that one time you went to band camp. What a bore, right? Sure, but all those activities definitely got you a friend or two. Or maybe they didn’t. Either way, now you must funnel that same social energy into absurd hazing via inebriation or late night pajama parties, whatever your preference may be. The social side of college has “finals week” too — an exam to test you on social interaction and connection. This is your chance because nobody knows yet how terribly flawed and awkward you are. How will you approach this opportunity? Sitting in your dorm, surfing the internet, crying “woe is me,” all while blaming it on your ex? Well, don’t do that. Make a promise to yourself: “I’m going to let go of my ego for at least a week.” Ignore all the voices in your head and just go out and meet people. Maybe after a week you’ll discover a new ego, a better ego. Every single morning is a new opportunity to transform yourself into an entirely new person. Never for the rest of your life will you have as great of a chance to change as in college, particularly in these first few weeks. On the other hand, never attempt to force yourself to change based on whatever shallow standards you might believe others judge you by. There aren’t many things that’ll drive away potentially enduring relationships than acting artificial. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true. If you’re not much of a social butterfly, you can still make friends. Hang around at the Anderson Center or Klas Cafe with a pretentious frappe mocha. Go up to somebody who looks shy and make an ass of yourself in front of them. Or knock on every door in your dorm and pretend you’re drunk as an excuse. If that’s too out there for you, there are always student organizations. Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, is the student org fair. You will be there, of course, and you will sign up for every single mailing list. Why not? There’s something for everyone. Intramural sports, student activism, music and theatre programs, service learning, and student media groups such as The Oracle. Once you have some college experience, you can try your hand at some internships or even study abroad. At Hamline, there’s opportunities to study abroad for a semester, a year, or just a month. Thanks to the school’s small size, the chance to do so is there, if you take it. Academic finals may not be for months, but the social finals are right around the corner. College isn’t just about class; it has multiple sides to it with many of its own lessons to teach. You’ll remember the crazy people you meet more than the boring essays on which you procrastinated. It’s essential that you pass the social finals or you’ll “drop out” of the friend scene. Everyone wants friends, that’s undeniable. You want friends. Get out there on campus and make them. Get involved. Because before you know it, all this around you will be gone. Forever! All this will be gone forever. That magical first week of college, your first year, your undergraduate degree, house and kids, life, and whatever you want to speculate on after that. Don’t waste what precious time you have sitting on the couch with Netflix and a bag of potato chips.

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Politicize the amendment


‘When Gonnerman of St. Olaf implies that colleges should stay out of politics, he’s right. But the marriage amendment seeks to stifle the discourse entirely, so this time around, he’s wrong. Universities have to stand up for themselves.’

On Nov. 6, after all the votes are counted, we might have a new president. But we also might have a new amendment to the Minnesota constitution: “Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.” The proposal has raised a firestorm of debate, bound to expand with the repopulation of college campuses statewide. A few schools have even taken public stances against the amendment, including Augsburg College, just five miles to the west. Petitions at St. Olaf and Carleton demand their schools to do likewise. In all the student centers, cafeterias, and classrooms across the state, people are wondering what their school has to say about the proposed marriage amendment. Like many universities, Hamline has said nothing. Traditionally, that is the role higher education has played. Explaining why to the Northfield Patch, David Gonnerman of St.Olaf’s media relations said best, “The appropriate role for a college is to encourage and prepare its students to take informed positions on public policy issues, to participate in discussion of them, and to exercise their right to vote.” In other words, most colleges do not want to encourage certain positions on today’s political issues, especially on ones with such a partisan voting divide between Republicans and Democrats. Gonnerman is right: using a monolithic public stance to detest the amendment’s monolithic definition of marriage is just too obvious a paradox. Let’s not prove Rick Santorum’s theory on “liberal indoctrination mills” correct. And all that makes sense, traditionally. Yet this is not a traditional issue; far from it. The right to marry stretches beyond legal ramifications into the realm of inalienable rights first decreed in our

Declaration of Independence, the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Equality for all, and in today’s world, that includes gender. This amendment threatens to not only strip those rights away but also to completely end the conversation on how we define gender. One “man” and one “woman” and that is that. All this is possible simply because the majority might say so. When Gonnerman of St. Olaf implies that colleges should stay out of politics, he’s right. But the marriage amendment seeks to stifle the discourse entirely, so this time around, he’s wrong. Universities have to stand up for themselves. Unfortunately, Hamline of course won’t take a stance, and nobody should expect them to. President Linda Hanson has to keep the endowments happy so the university stays afloat. So what about the faculty and staff? The administration’s silence is one thing, but the faculty’s is another. Some professors have spoken out, which is good. It seems likely that the quieter ones prefer to sit comfortably in their tenured armchairs, talking about how terribly unfair the world is, while we pay for their lives with our exorbitant tuition costs. Only a handful of faculty have had the courage to lead the charge against this intolerant amendment. Meanwhile, their silent colleagues continue to cloister themselves into privy academic circles, playing right into the elitist stereotype that conservatives paint them with. Other schools are doing better. One of Macalester’s political science professors, Adrienne Christiansen, wrote an article to Lavender magazine detailing a coalition of her colleagues who are rallying together to host programs this fall about the marriage initiative. They even wrote a statement outlining the coalition’s views. And down the road at William Mitchell College of Law, faculty agreed to oppose the amendment in a formal resolution because it is “contrary to the best interests of William Mitchell College of Law, discriminatory against LGBT students, staff, and faculty and an inappropriate use of the constitutional amendment process.” More important than all this public posturing is actual voting. On Nov. 6, after all the votes are counted, the amendment needs to meet a resounding no. If the old people won’t make it happen, then it’s time for the students to make it happen.

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“Same Snail, Different Shell” | JACKIE BUSSJAEGER, ORACLE

Why are you here?


New parking, new fees STEVE MERINO The school year is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for all students, commuter and on-campus residents alike, to decide whether or not parking in one of Hamline’s lots is the right decision for them. Being a commuter student myself, it’s very important to me when and where I’m allowed to park in order to avoid Safety and Security slapping my windshield with one of their super-scary official tickets. No really, they have me shaking in my boots. As you may have anticipated, with a new year comes a new slew of changes to the way the university functions, and this year those changes include parking rules and regulations. It seems to me that the new rules regarding parking are meant only to increase revenue that will go towards paying for a building that was constructed before appropriate funds were properly allocated. I have been a commuter student for three of my four years here at Hamline. During that time I have held a pass for only one year. Last year the pass didn’t seem like such a bad idea; I could park my car, overnight, in a patrolled, welllit lot that is plowed during Minnesota’s brutal winters. This year, however, I’m starting to rethink my options. While it is not uncommon for fees to rise from year to year, I do think it’s odd that so many changes were made in regard to parking. To start with, the lots used to be monitored between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., but this year they will be monitored between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Second, the price of a pass went up from $150 for the year to $199. Finally, according to the Safety and Security webpage, the new lot underneath the University Center will be open Monday through Saturday from 6:45 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and then Sundays from 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Instead of being open to pass-holding students and faculty, the lot will be metered at a rate of $1.50 per hour with a maximum charge limit of $25 each day. One of the most frustrating parts

about this whole parking situation is that the new rules make it harder for commuter and night students to access the parking lots. Since the new hours of the lots are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., this forces all students, even those who are only on campus for classes that start at 6 p.m., to buy a pass for the lot. The administration was generous enough to allow a prorated pass of $35 for the semester ($70 for the year) for those students who are only here for night classes. The price of parking is on the rise and the hours are more highly regulated, so I thought it would be worthwhile to explore other options of commuting to and from school each day. Hamline offers discounted college bus passes through Metro Transit for $179. Another option would be to bike every day. While this may seem like a fine solution, I am by no means extreme enough to bike through the winter. If I may offer a solution to the new parking problem, the administration should offer parking passes back at the original price of $150 for the year and instead of having the new ramp be metered, offer that option for a slightly higher cost - say $199. By doing this students will actually get to enjoy the beautiful underground cement slab rather than, I don’t know, no one enjoying it ever. With all of the changes that have been made to parking this year, I have really started to take into account whether or not a parking pass would in fact be worth it. If the article has been no indication, I will not be buying a parking pass this year. To me, the pass is overpriced and if nothing else, this will give me the excuse I have been looking for to get back into biking and finally learn the bus routes a little better. Who knows, if no one bought a parking pass and went with alternative forms of transportation, we just might be offered a better deal in the future.

‘If I may offer a solution to the new parking problem, the administration should offer parking passes back at the original price of $150 for the year and instead of having the new ramps be metered, offer that option for a slightly higher cost say $199.’

As you’re unpacking your suitcases, or whatever you hip young firstyears use to transport your belongings, consider dropping out. Really, you should do some serious thinking before the first bill reminder hits your inbox. College might not be right for you; Hamline might not be right for you. These aren’t words of warning for the brave hearted or your more extreme cousins, the foolhardy. This is a cautionary tale for the timid, the wary and the meek. If you’re unsure of what to expect or hope for, allow me to fill your heads with some sage advice from a cynical mind. College isn’t tremendously different from high school. You’ll still get into the same stupid petty squabbles and there isn’t nearly as much casual sex as the movies may have led you to believe. The food isn’t much better, though keep your fingers crossed for some gourmet delights at the new student center. Hamline even has an attendance policy. In short, it’s kind of like high school 2.0, but much more expensive. I’m graduating without debt, but you probably won’t. You might be overwhelmed with it by the end of what the starry-eyed grads call your college experience. If you drop out and go into some sort of vo-tech program you could learn a trade and get a job. Then if you really want to you could put some money aside and take courses in a liberal arts field without the financial insecurity. St. Paul College offers an excellent variety of vocational training and technical courses at reasonable prices, and the ScotLewis beauty school is also very reasonable. Sure you’d be cutting hair or fixing geriatrics’ plumbing (domestic or bodily), but you’d be pulling down some decent money. It sure would beat standing in line at the unemployment office with your philosophy degree clutched in your idealistic little fist. Perhaps you’ve already been sold on the character-building, life-enhancing aspects of the liberal arts experience. There’s hope for you yet. I’m not talking about financial hope, there’s very little of that. There is hope for a life of enlightenment, but you’ll have to jump a few hurdles first. Maybe climbing a mountain is a better metaphor. Regardless, there are some substantial emotional and metaphysical problems to confront. You’ll need to realize that you aren’t educating yourself in order to join society; you’re educating yourself in order to change the world, run away from it or destroy it. If you want to join society at large, go to business school; we’ve got one at Hamline now. You can learn how to create the next financial crisis.

‘Regardless of what you decide, keep an open mind. Vo-tech isn’t for losers, and there are plenty of people who graduate from liberal arts schools with empty ideals and platitudes.’ If you want to change the world, you’ll be really popular among the more outspoken and absent-minded liberals on campus. Political science is always a good area of study for would-be movers and shakers. An education degree and a teaching license would give you access to malleable young minds. Finally, the social “sciences” will give you the tools to manipulate the very fabric of human experience. Those who want to run away from society should first consider heavy intoxication. I only suggest this because it’s easier and in the short run it’s cheaper than a college degree. If you’re a little more health conscious, a liberal arts degree will open doors of obscurity like nothing else will. You could spend your whole life devoted to a particularly arcane area of study or interest, along with your dorky, adorable soul mate you’ll meet along the way. For the destroyers still reading, consider the more malicious applications of the above mentioned disciplines. You could be the next mad-scientist-turnedcult-leader or a breakaway radical teacher. I’m not endorsing violence - your destruction will be of the cerebral sort. Regardless of what you decide, keep an open mind. Votech isn’t for losers, and there are plenty of people who graduate from liberal arts schools with empty ideals and platitudes. You’re an adult now, so it’s time to start acting like one. Don’t go to school just because you have a vague notion that you’re supposed to. If you do stick it out, be wary of administrators, professors and writers who tell you how to think or behave.

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Hamline faces high expectations after breakthrough Following the best season in team history, the Pipers look to keep it going in 2012. Josh Epstein Last year the Piper women took the MIAC by surprise, finishing above .500 in conference play for the first time in team history. Nobody will be caught off guard by the Pipers this season, as they return nine of their top 12 scorers and look to solidify themselves as a playoff contender in the competitive MIAC conference. Before last season, the Pipers were just 19-203 all-time in conference play, including a 0-11 mark in 2010. But they exploded early in the season last year, winning six of their first seven games en route to a 10-5-3 overall record, including a 5-4-2 mark in conference play. However, much of that success was due to a trio of seniors — goal-

keeper and team captain Liz Stock, second-leading goal scorer Natalie Cooper, and top defender Courtney McMoore — who graduated after last season. Coach Ted Zingman believes that new players will step up in their place. Replacing Stock in the net is sophomore Erin Urbanowicz and junior Molly Jacobs. Both of them received some playing time last year but will play a lot more in 2012. Zingman also likes his chances of replacing Cooper, who scored five goals last year, with a talented group of first-years including Edin Behrens, Caroline Exarhos and Anna Harvey. Much of the team’s firepower last year came from sophomore Aileen Scheibner, who led the team with 12 goals and made the all-conference team as a first-year. The team is also bolstered by sophomores Jordan Sammons and Nicole Verdoorn, who Zingman considers to be the best pair of centerbacks in the conference. Coming off such a successful

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BY THE NUMBERS How improved was Hamline’s offense in their first game of the 2012 season compared to last year? Compare their statistics from this game to their average statistics from 2011. Hamline on Saturday 37 387 289 7.4 7.9

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wins and losses. “Our biggest goal is playing our best, and the results will take care of themselves,” he said.




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“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here. It starts with great defense. If we play great defense, we’ll get the scoring opportunities we need.” Ted Zingman Women’s soccer coach


2012 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sep. 29 Oct. 06 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10

season, it’s difficult to fault Zingman for not changing up the team’s strategy too much. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here,” Zingman said. “It starts with great defense. If we play great defense, we’ll get the scoring opportunities we need.” The Pipers looked impressive in their season opener, scoring three goals in the first half and shutting out Minnesota-Morris for the 3-0 win. Scheibner picked up where she left off last season, scoring a pair of goals at 22:50 and 40:44. First-year Aubrey Stenson also scored at 29:26, with an assist from Scheibner. It was difficult to make many conclusions on the transition at goalkeeper, because Hamline’s defense didn’t allow a single shot on goal to the Cougars. Jacobs got the start and recorded the easy shutout. Despite the breakout last year, Hamline was only picked to finish eighth in the MIAC preseason coaches’ poll this season. However, Zingman isn’t worried about the

Hamline in 2011 4.1 153.4 68.6 1.8 2.6

Key performers:

QB Kevin Ackerley: 79 passing yards, 166 rushing yards, 3 TDs RB Austin Duncan: 88 rushing yards, 2 TDs WR Hoyfal Adam: 2 catches, 63 yards DT Eric Klaers: 3 tackles-for-loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack DE Derek Wilson: 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack FS John-Michael Vandenberg: 1 INT

Big plays lead to big win Pipers run over Cougars for a 37-31 win in their season opener, breaking a 16game losing streak. Josh Epstein If Saturday’s game is any indication, Hamline’s football team has already put last season behind them. Sophomore Kevin Ackerley ran for three touchdowns, the defense forced three turnovers, and the Pipers rolled to a 37-31 victory over Minnesota-Morris, breaking a 16-game losing streak and giving John Pate his first win as Hamline head coach. The Pipers scored just 41 points all last season and were shut out seven times. But on Saturday the team showed new-found explosiveness in Pate’s run-heavy scheme, breaking several big plays and nearly matching last year’s point total in a single game. Hamline set the tone early, when first-year Austin Duncan scored on a 73-yard scamper in the first quarter, immediately showing big-play ability that the team lacked last year

when their longest run was just 28 yards. The Cougars held a 14-10 lead into the third quarter when Ackerley — making his first collegiate start at quarterback — took over. His 14-yard touchdown run gave Hamline the lead, and he added a 24-yard touchdown run five minutes later to put the Pipers up 23-14. In the fourth quarter, he gashed the Cougars defense for a 54-yard touchdown run down the middle to make the score 30-17. After a season when the team rarely made big, momentum-turning plays, the Pipers had a slew of them on Saturday on both sides of the ball. After Ackerley’s third touchdown, the Cougars had a chance to get back into the game, but the Pipers defense forced a fumble and recovered it at the 1-yard line. That led to a quick touchdown plunge by Duncan, which gave the Pipers a commanding 37-17 lead with just 7:33 to play. The game was rarely in doubt from there, although the Cougars did score a pair of late touchdowns to make the score interesting. While the offense was the most noticeable improvement, the Pipers also showed a much improved

defense. They were able to sack the Cougars quarterback three times and forced three turnovers. Minnesota-Morris had few sustained drives until the Pipers had already built a three-touchdown lead late in the fourth quarter. Ackerley was the star of the game though. He ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns on 14 attempts, and added 79 passing yards. In total, the Pipers racked up 289 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns after they ran for just two touchdowns all last season. While the Pipers picked up the big opening win, they are still doubted by the preseason coaches’ poll, which has them ranked dead last in the MIAC. Powerhouse St. Thomas is expected to repeat as conference champions, with Bethel, St. Olaf and Saint John’s all receiving high vote totals. The non-conference win gives Hamline some confidence early in the season, and is a big step for the program after last season. The Pipers will begin MIAC play on the road against Carleton on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.

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EDITOR’S DESK I want to watch the Paralympics A few weeks ago, NBC spent incredible amounts of time, money and resources covering the Summer Olympics in London. One of their biggest media narratives surrounded Oscar Pistorius, an amputee sprinter who had defied incredible odds to compete at the games. People love Olympians like Pistorius, the kind that represent the Olympic spirit and never give up. So it stands to reason that most people would be excited at the thought of an Olympics that was full of people like him — amazing athletes who have triumphed through unbelievable adversity to compete at the highest level. That event actually exists. It’s called the Paralympics. It’s happening right now, and chances are you didn’t know it because it’s not on TV. NBC bought the rights to the Paralympics and have taken full advantage, opting to show none of the events live and only showing highlight shows that are buried on their third-tier networks. In total, the network is only showing five and a half hours of coverage, most of it on the obscure NBC Sports channel. That’s about the length of one of their primetime Olympic segments, which they ran every night.

Alum looks to spark Pipers With an energetic coach and a fresh attitude, men’s soccer looks to take a step forward in 2012. Josh Epstein After a string of disappointing seasons, the men’s soccer team hopes one of their own can help rejuvenate the program. Alex Morawiecki (’06) was a member of the team for four years and also played hockey for three years before graduating with a degree in psychology. He moved on to coaching as an assistant with the Concordia women’s soccer team before going to the Division-I ranks as an assistant at Northern Illinois and Xavier. Now he hopes to instill the same values he learned as a Hamline player to the current team. “[We are] returning to a culture of humility with a workmanlike, blue-collar attitude,” Morawiecki said. “That was a hallmark of success when I played here.” That starts on the field, where Morawiecki hopes to field a team that plays tenacious defense and capitalizes when they get the ball. “We want to be hard to play against,” he said. “We’re going to take things one match at a time and try to approach each match with the same mentality.” Hamline Athletic Director Jason Verdugo praised Morawiecki in a

video preview of Hamline athletics that he posted online. “[Morawiecki] was an excellent contributor to both soccer and hockey programs when he was here,” Verdugo said. [Morawiecki is a] very energetic, very exciting young coach, and we’re very fortunate to have him here leading our soccer program.” He will be relying on a team that returns 13 players from the 2011 group, which went just 4-11-2 under previous coach Jon Lowery. Among them are experienced seniors Sam Slagle and Jesse Hawker, who are hoping for a strong finish to their careers. Morawiecki is relying on them to help with the transition. “I think you look to the seniors,” Morawiecki said. “Guys that have been here for awhile. The program hasn’t had much success while they’ve been here, so we’d like to send them out on a high note as part of a rejuvenation of this program.” The biggest question mark for the Pipers this year might be in net, where they need to replace last year’s primary goalkeepers Zach Nelson and Spencer von Behren. Filling their shoes will be junior Eric Feil, who played as a first-year in 2010 but sat out last season, and sophomore Derrick Mora, who has not played in a college game yet. The team returns most of its top scorers from last season, with the exception of Ibou Wone, who graduated. They also lost defender Kevin Gjersvig, who transferred. The Pipers were tested in their

opening games of the season against Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth, dropping both of them by 1-0 scores. They were outshot by a total of 33-8 in the two games, but stayed competitive thanks to strong goalkeeping by Feil. In each game, Hamline was undone by a goal in the final fifteen minutes of play, repeating a trend from last season when the team was outscored 18-9 in second halves. If the early games are any indication, goals will be at a premium in Hamline soccer games this season. The team has a tough defense that held their opponents to a goal each, but they were unable to put the ball in the net themselves. The Pipers are at home today against North Central at 4 p.m.


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PHOTOS | MARISA GONZALEZ, ORACLE Top: Senior Sam Slagle boots the ball against Whitworth on Saturday. Left: Hamline defends against a Whitworth player. Right: First-year Ian Toledano battles for the ball.

“[We are] returning to a culture of humility with a workmanlike, blue-collar attitude. That was a hallmark of success when I played here.” Alex Morawiecki

NBC’s lack of coverage is frustrating, because the Paralympics sound like an incredibly thrilling event. This year’s has over 4200 athletes from 164 different nations competing in 20 different events, including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, and powerlifting. With a broadcaster who actually cared about it, this could be rich, compelling TV, and a chance to see the kind of athletic competition that we rarely see. Instead, American viewers are shut out for no particular reason. And surely so are many young people with disabilities who could find plenty of inspiration in the games. Given the over-the-top coverage they provided of the Olympics, which included live online streams of nearly every event, it doesn’t seem like it would be too much to ask for NBC to give the Paralympics a little coverage. It surely wouldn’t be the ratings bonanza that the Olympics was, but it would be a unique event that could also serve an important purpose. —JOSH EPSTEIN, ORACLE

Men’s soccer coach


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Fixing stress with flowers Laura Kaiser

The Summer Flower Show at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a free way for students to unwind. With the school year now in motion and the bustle of college life renewed, stress is a common side effect. Remedies for such stress — such as massages, shop therapy or a psychiatrist — are usually rather expensive, which in turn, can cause further stress. Fortunately, nestled in Como Park, there resides the perfect prescription. The Summer Flower Show at in the Sunken Garden room the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is free and is open everyday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 30. It is a great way to relax and smell the flowers. Inspired by the 106th

American Association of Museums Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, this flower show is designed to resemble work done by impressionist painters Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. The flowers selected for the show are those that have been famous features in these artist's work. For instance, the clusters of sunflowers are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s famous sunflower paintings. The Summer Flower Show has the greatest plant diversity of any of the five annual Sunken Garden flower shows, so there is always something to look for. So when school has got you down, just remember, the longest flower show at Como is just around the corner.


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