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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Travelogue

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Campus activism

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Cinema

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Budget

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Basketball

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Whimsy

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Meet the board

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Student congress

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Safety & Security

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Profile

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Dorm recipes

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Hamline history

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Gaming Cover photo by Marisa Gonzalez

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a different kind of classroom

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oaming the walking streets of Thailand one ought to expect to salivate over the aroma of pad Thai, be captivated by the gaze of the mystical nagas, enjoy the art of Thai traditional dance and fall in love with the smiles of the local people. As I venture into my new life here in Chiang Mai there is one thing I have come to learn that Eyewitness travel guide could not capture for $24.95. The overwhelming feeling of loving kindness has manifested as the greatest wonder of the world to me as I experience a culture, religion and language far from my own. “Would life have meaning without religion,” one of the Buddhist monks asked me at the Wat Sun Doi, the temple I teach English at for my internship. This question has been posed to me many times as a Religion major at Hamline. Hoping I would sound eloquent and well composed, I told him I did not think it could because then I would not be able to understand Thailand. He smiled, and nodded his head

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as he accepted my response with a sense of compassion. The smile said more to me than I believe his English could have, because I had seen it many times before. A similar smile is painted in precise brush strokes on the lips of the Buddha statues at the Doi Suthep, it is on the street vendors’ faces as I greet them with my most terrible Thai grammar, and even on the elephant that I fed a banana to. I am certainly not the first or the last person to write about the country famously known as “the land of smiles.” Furthermore, I am sure the people behind the smiles may not all be happy all the time and they must have trials of their own, but from my interpretation the Thai people try to not be concerned with the little things that can wear us down in life. My Buddhist friend at the temple asked me how my life has been improved with Skype, Facebook and text messaging. I couldn’t answer that it had honestly made me a better person. But, I could tell

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him that now we can smile behind our technology through use of emoticons. I was not smiling with this response, but instead my mind drifted to the next email update I had to send to my family. The mantra of the Spring Semester in Thailand program is “The time is now and the place is here.” My study abroad has just been nearly two weeks and I have already learned to say the famous Thai phrase “mai pen ray” meaning that it doesn’t matter, no worries. I smile to myself now with the confidence that Thailand will teach me more than I can ever hope for, from my stay with my host family, planting crops with the village tribes of the north, meditating in the forest temples and

teaching English to the Buddhist monks. Being tone deaf in a country that uses five varying tones in its l native language lends itself to lots of smiles. Next time I ask for fermented pork instead of water, I will just smile and say “mai pen ray, I am Thailand in this moment.”


TRAVELOGUE

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BUDGET

A question of priority M

By Kristina Stuntebeck

ajor changes could be coming to that will help determine how to divide up Hamline in 2013 as school officials the fixed budget between programs. discuss Hamline Plan revision and pro“Every dollar spent on one thing is a dolgram prioritization. lar away from something else,” Jensen said. John Matachek, Dean of the College of Jensen stressed that there is no target Liberal Arts, said there will be an examinaarea for the process and that everything is tion of Hamline Plan requirements to see under evaluation. He said this process is if they are the most effective and beneficial not designed to eliminate lower priority for the future. He said that the Undergradprograms. uate Curriculum Committee (UCC), the “The notion that we’re going to idenmain body responsible for making decitify programs and cut them is a mistake,” sions regarding the Hamline Plan, will be Jensen said. in charge. He said that the programs determined “The V.P. of Academic Affairs tasked UCC to be of lower priority will not necessarily to look at the undergraduate curriculum to be eliminated, but that they will be looked see if there are any things that need reviinto and potentially changed in some way. sion,” Matachek said. Matachek said one The UCC constantly Every dollar spent on one thing is a factor that could make reviews the Hamline a program a lesser dollar away from something else. Plan and proposals for priority is if it involves – Eric Jensen, Provost a very small number of potential changes to it, though any changes students. He identified are voted on by the undergraduate faculty combining small classes as one potential before being implemented, according to change that could occur in such a prothe Hamline website. gram. Matachek said that writing intensive Matachek said that a program with and cultural breath are two of the refewer students will not necessarily be a quirement areas being reviewed for their lower priority unless it is not beneficial to relevance to certain majors. the program or students involved. Students may choose to continue on “Where we start to pay attention is when with the original Hamline Plan or opt for there are classes that are continually four the new requirements when changes are or five students that there really isn’t a ramade, Matachek said. He added that the tionale for,” Matachek said. “It gets expenHamline Plan is still under review, and no sive for the university.” formal decisions have been made regardMatachek explained that certain proing changes. grams require more students in order to The process of program prioritization is have the dynamic required to make the also in its beginning stages, according to program viable. If not enough students are Provost Eric Jensen. involved to make the program beneficial Jensen described the concept of proto them, then it is not practical to offer it, gram prioritization as a gathering exerMatachek said. cise to determine how different aspects Faculty and staff will discuss program of Hamline, such as stand-alone minors, prioritization in February and decided certificates and food service, fit into the changes will be implemented in April, acmission statement of the university. cording to Jensen. “It’s a way of examining what we do at Jensen said that student opinion mata fairly disaggregated level,” Jensen said. ters, but the exact role of students in the “This process will help us identify opportu- process is not yet clear. A mechanism for nities as well as problems.” public opinion will be developed that will Jensen explained that program prioritiallow for student representation, Jensen zation is essentially a cost/benefit analysis said.

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Meet your

Board of Trustees

MEET THE BOARD

By Maria Herd & Jordan Fritzke

Julie Hagen Showers Board member Julie Hagen Showers grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. She studied political science at Stanford University, and then came back to her home state to attend law school at the University of Minnesota. Showers worked as an attorney at Northwestern Airlines for 17 years. When Northwestern formed an alliance with Delta Airlines, the firm relocated to Atlanta, and Showers decided to retire and stay in Minnesota to be with family. While working at Northwestern, Showers felt that she had little time to give to the community. Therefore, after she retired, she joined the boards of youth sport organizations that her children played for, and became a member of the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum’s board. While talking with a friend one day, she expressed her interest in undergraduate education. “I wish there was a way I could have been more involved,” Showers remembers telling her friend. This friend happened to know someone that was currently leaving Hamline’s Board of Trustees. Aware of her legal and business background with Northwestern, a friend nominated Showers, and she became a trustee member in the spring of 2010. Showers said Hamline’s best quality is “the vibrancy of the academic community itself.” She has come to this conclusion from the people she has met in the Hamline community — administration, staff members, professors and students at the 100 Who Influence Dinner. “Everyone seems to have an incredible energy. Hamline is a very engaged community,” Showers said. “I don’t believe that’s true everywhere. At some universities there is a lot more detachment.” Showers also added that Hamline’s diversity is a huge strength. Showers has begun practicing law again at Ford & Harrison in Minneapolis. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking and reading.

Cindy Gregorson A St. Paul native, Gregorson has been on the Board of Trustees for four years. As a Hamline alumna of ‘81, she remembers the old-fashioned structure of Manor Hall, where she resided during her senior year in a quad. Gregorson finds nostalgia in the small atmosphere of the campus. “I never wanted to go to a school as big as the U of M. I found it very easy to interact with people on a smaller campus such as Hamline’s,” she said. Gregorson also remembers the abundance of events hosted around campus like the Spring festival, and found herself hanging around campus in the library or the dorms, and at The Hub - which was once known as “the scene”- to hang out. She studied international relations and business during her time at Hamline. She enjoyed the small classes in which she could really get to know her peers with common interests and genuinely interact with the professors. “I think there were only five people in my senior seminar. I really liked that. You better know your stuff, though, because you will be asked questions and sitting in the front,” she said. Today, Gregorson enjoys taking spin classes in her free time as well as going to the theater and traveling. As a United Methodist herself and Director of Ministries for the Minnesota Annual Conference, Gregorson values being on the Board of Trustees because of the university’s Methodist roots. “What I love most about Hamline is the sense of social justice and critical learning that goes on outside of the classes with the many organizations and clubs the school has offered,” she said. I also think the mixture of the Law, CLA, and Business schools together helps to create the diverse academic environment Hamline is known for.”

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Charles Purdham

John Turner

Kita McVay

Chuck Purdham has been involved with the Board of Trustees since the 1970s. As a ’48 alum, he has enjoyed seeing the construction of the new buildings on campus over the years. Purdham enjoyed his classwork while at Hamline, especially in the religion and philosophy departments. He went on to be come a minister of the United Methodist Church. As a minister, Purdham said he holds Hamline in high respect because it does a good job of developing Christians at the school. “The commencement exercises have always been a fine experience as well,” Purdham added. Purdham has also assisted the Golden Valley Police Relations Committee and is a past director and trustee of Ministers Life insurance company. He was given Hamline’s Disinguished Service Award in 2006. Purdham has retired from the United Methodist Church and Board of Trustees, but currently works with alumni funds at Hamline.

John Turner joined the Board of Trustees in the early 1980s, and is now a lifetime trustee. He was recommended to the president of the university at the time, Larry Osnes, by his friend Ward Johnson. Turner met Osnes at a business function, and then went on to become a board member. Turner has been very involved with students at Hamline, and has even taught classes in the business curriculum. “I really enjoyed being around both the faculty and the students. I was very impressed with the elements of the major groups and organizations that made up the school,” Turner said. Turner grew up in Massachusetts, where he attended school at Emerson College. In 1967, he moved to Minneapolis and joined LifeStar Insurance Company, where he went on to become CEO. “Being on the board of a public corporation certainly helped me gain perspective on how board members should work, behave and make decisions,” Turner said. Turner has resided in Arizona since 2007. Therefore, he now finds it difficult to be involved as an active trustee. Turner is currently the Chairman of Hillcrest Capital Partners.

Kita McVay has spent 13 years as a Board of Trustees member, and three years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. As the Chair, McVay convenes meetings, sets meeting agendas, assigns board members to committees, attends all committee meetings and works closely with President Hanson. McVay was nominated to be on the board by a member and a former minister of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, who were both previously trustees. McVay graduated from Barnard College, a private women’s liberal arts college in New York, with a degree in European History. Before becoming a member of Hamline’s Board of Trustees, McVay was on the board of the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. McVay currently works as the Director and Officer of Minnwest Corporation. She believes her deep interest in higher education, combined with a professional business background, is how she contributes to the board. Her love for higher education stems from her motto: “There is always something new to learn.” McVay believes Hamline is ideal because of its urban location and diversity in the classroom, which allows for experiential learning. But Hamline’s best quality, according to McVay, is the responsiveness and availability of its faculty. “This is Hamline’s greatest claim to fame,” she said.

Everyone seems to have an incredible energy. Hamline is a very engaged community. – Julie Hagen Showers Trustee since ’10 8


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PROFILE

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e’s trekked 3,700 miles on foot across Earth’s least hospitable continent, been to the North Pole twice, logged thousands of miles paddling and dog sledding through the Canadian wilderness and testified before congress. 23 years after his historic trans-Antarctic expedition captured the world’s attention and made millions aware of environmental and climate issues for the first time, Minnesota native and St. Thomas University alum Will Steger still stands at the forefront of the green movement. After working with Hamline University on his 1989-90 trans-Antarctic expedition, Steger co-founded Hamline’s Center for Global Environmental Education in 1991. He has since received an honorary degree from Hamline, and spoke at the 2010 undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Now, 68-year-old Steger is focusing his efforts through the Will Steger Foundation. Established in 2006, the organization is dedicated to “educating, inspiring and empowering people to engage in solutions to climate change,” according to their website. “The Will Steger Foundation is exclusively working for climate solutions. As part of that, we work in three areas: k-12 education, work in youth leadership, and we work at climate and energy policy,” Steger said. Many people that are now in college may remember learning about the environment and climate through Steger’s expeditions in elementary school. According to Steger, this has had a lasting effect on how young adults perceive the environmental issues. “Through our expeditions, the young people that followed us are much more

familiar with the arctic and polar areas, and feel that they have a much more personal connection depending on their experience,” Steger said. “I’ve been teaching since 1967, so I’ve taught many generations of young people that are now having young people.” Fostering youth leadership is a large part of Steger’s mission. “Your generation has a major problem, you’re graduating in debt with no jobs, so where do you think these jobs are going to come from?” Steger said. “I would suggest you university-age students first of all study this issue. The facts are out there. Join other youth, there are a lot of organizations involved in climate and energy, get involved.” Steger stressed that working together is an essential part of working towards climate solutions.

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“Just being alone out there is pretty tough, but when you get active with other people, you can really get things going,” Steger said. According to Steger, apathy is one of the biggest obstacles that stands in the way of getting young people to fight climate change and lobby for clean energy. “You can’t be pathetic about this and sit around the cafeteria and eat your french fries and complain about everything. This is college, you’re supposed to be out there using your brain and being active,” Steger said. “The climate is going to go out of control if you don’t get going, this is your issue. It’s much more serious than any war we’ve ever had.” However, young people are not the only apathetic ones, in Steger’s experience. “It’s not just college. It’s all across the board. Adults are even worse. They expect to be motivated and led all the time, and that’s why we’re in this problem. You have to self activate yourself,” Steger said. “If you don’t learn that in college, you’re wasting your money. We all have to come together as a society around this problem.” Steger pointed out that, for many people living in an urban environment, it’s relatively easy to ignore most changes in the outside weather. However, Steger warned that all will be affected by climate issues. “People that are living in the city might not even know which direction the sun rises and sets; they’re living in a pretty insulated environment. But climate is still going to affect them down the line, because cli-

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mate change is very expensive,” Steger said. “It may not cost a person right now living in the city money, but it’s going to affect their pocketbook even if they’re not connected to the outside. Look at superstorm Sandy; they’re asking for $60 billion dollars. We’ve spent $140 million dollars on the Duluth flood of last June, that all comes out of our pockets. Extreme weather events are extremely costly.” These extreme weather events are the most obvious effects of climate change. In Minnesota, a variety of factors are raising meteorological red flags. “As predicted, we’re starting to see weather extremes. The extremes are drought, we’re now in our third year of drought. Drought brings fires up here in the north,” Steger said. “You have the other end of the spectrum with floods, like we had in Duluth last year. We’ve had three 1,000 year floods in southern Minnesota in seven years.” Steger concentrates more on local than national politics as an engine for seeking climate solutions; there was little discussion of environmental concerns during the last presidential campaign or since. “I’ve been doing this so long I don’t get disappointed,” Steger said. “I didn’t expect a lot of a debate, because if Obama stood out on climate, he simply would not get elected.” Despite the lack of attention to climate change and clean energy growth at a national level, Steger maintains that Minnesota can be a leader in these areas.

“We’re not going to be waiting around for Obama to make up his mind,” Steger said. “We’re working right here and right now within the state. You set the example first, you build your economy, and once you set your economy, that’s what spreads to the other states. You’ve got to start at home base.” In Steger’s opinion, politics is the reason climate and environmental issues became so controversial in the first place. “The challenge, why we’re not moving ahead in climate and energy is because climate and energy went into politics, and politics right now are divisive and divided,” Steger said. Key to solving these problems is working towards an economy and society completely based on clean energy. For Minnesota specifically, Steger believes this is an entirely realistic goal. “We’re sitting on top of a Saudi Arabia of clean energy — solar, geothermal, we’re wealthy that way,” Steger said. “We’ve got the potential to be pretty much energy self sufficient here in the Midwest if we get it together, and that’s a huge opportunity.” Above all, Steger has high hopes for the future. He looks forward to all the possibilities, opportunities and challenges that come along with rebuilding our infrastructure and economy at a state and national level. “There’s hope. It’s not doomsday,” Steger said. “It’s not just saving the polar bear, it’s working and getting a higher quality life, cleaner air, better jobs, better tax rates. We have all that right here at our fingertips if we take advantage of it.”


Then & Now

Hamline

Above: The White House still stands today as it did in 1954. Below: Hutton Arena continues to provide a home to Piper athletes, as it did in 1940. Right: In 1949, students gathered outside of Drew Hall, which remains a hub of student life today. Color photos by Marisa Gonzalez | Archive photos courtesy

of The Liner


HAMLINE HISTORY


CAMPUS ACTIVISM

ADVOCATES FOR PEACE By Steven Rotchadl

Photos courtesy of The Oracle archives.

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he year is 1968. It’s June. The flag hangs at half-mast because Bobby Kennedy’s been murdered in a California ballroom kitchen. The military draft looms ahead in Vietnam and “I have a dream” bit a deadly bullet with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in April. Imagine then, for a moment, that your son is graduating from Hamline University on this June afternoon. He’s chopped off that ridiculous John Lennon hair, put on the bright red cap and gown, but ahead, on the campus greens, is a cemetery. What is that doing here? Rows upon rows of handmade white crosses, straight across from the graduation bleachers. Strange. And suddenly you realize why. There, on the white cross right in front of you, scrawled in black marker, is the name of your son, stuck into the dirt of the Hamline grass. There’s a decent chance he’ll be drafted out to Vietnam now that he’s graduating. “It was a little disturbing,” said alum and retired Hamline professor Duane Cady. “But a really effective awareness raiser

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about the nature of war. That was in June of ’68, the year I graduated.” * * * We all remember the Hamline controversy surrounding the marriage amendment last fall. Maybe you remember nodding off in a history lecture, hearing the excited sounds of megaphone-led chants outside on the lawn. Or maybe you remember the president’s office locking everything up during the silent sit-in of Old Main while carts of catered food rolled past your feet, down the hall, and through their office doors for lunch. Or maybe all you remember is that guy with long hair who said he was making a documentary about all this (he did). You must remember something. That’s not the first time Hamline activism has intensified. Hardly. “It’s cyclical; it goes up and down,” said Kristen Mapel Bloomberg, professor and Hamline alum from the late ’80s. “We’ve always had this baseline steady political engagement that I would say is

above the national average.” But is it more so than at other similar colleges? She smirks, “Yeah...” Take one example, die-ins. What’s a die-in? As Mapel Bloomberg explained, on the first Wednesday of every month during the blaring of the civil defense sirens, students played dead on Old Main lawn. Wait, what, just pretend to be dead? “Both in protest of the arms race and to let people know that this is a serious

thing,” she explained. Hypothetically, people would hear those sirens during a nuclear attack as a signal for everyone to flee to a fallout shelter. The die-in that sticks out most in her mind involved the College Republicans. “There is a very famous incident when the College Republicans did a counter-protest around us playing golf,” which Mapel Bloomberg described as, well, just “not very nice.”


One notorious student org was the Peace Advocates, first formed in 1978 during the Iran hostage crisis. “It ebbed and flowed over the years,” said Cady, who was the faculty advisor for the org. They taught workshops, pulled in national speakers and wrote a monthly newsletter, among other things.

The Peace Advocates weren’t exactly friends with the administration. Mapel Bloomberg, a member from 1987 to 1990, recalls it well. “It was your typical thing where college students had one idea and administration had another,” she said. Cady remembers best when the leaders of the early ‘90s group

put up a banner on Sundin, proclaiming NO BLOOD FOR OIL in protest of the Gulf War. “And then it was torn down by grounds crew,” he said. “And then they [the Peace Advocates] found it in the dumpster behind Sundin, and they had it back up the next night. It was really funny.” Yet it wasn’t all fun and games. Far from it. Activists were arrested, sometimes Peace Advocates and sometimes not. And the boundary was always being pushed—like the mini Arlington Cemetery at Cady’s graduation in ‘68. Right before the Gulf War, students hacked Hamline’s voice mail system to send out a fake message on everyone’s answering machine. Professor David Davies, an undergraduate at the time, remembers that the most. “It was a message announcing that all men of draft age needed to report the next week to register. It was quite shocking to hear at the time,” Davies wrote in an email. “Today I imagine they would be kicked out of school. Good times.” * * * Peace ebbs and flows. Especially after 9/11, peace got put on a rain check for many Americans. The chair of the Hamline Peace Advocates in 2001, Matt Ryg, felt unsettled. He remembers one day in particular, sitting down for lunch with Cady at Black Sea. As Ryg describes, “I remember asking him, ‘what do we do?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know. But I know what we don’t do is bomb innocent civilians.’” A 1986 Oracle editorial by Todd Melby expressed similar disillusionment, but this time directed at the administration. The Board of Trustees refused to divest from South Africa during Apartheid for many years. One line in particular is eerily relevant to the debates of today: “All of these moves are window dressing on a policy that essentially lets Hamline continue its business-as-usual attitude of it-

doesn’t-make-any-differenceto-us-what-companies-do-aslong-as-we-get-our-returns.” So then what’s the point, really? Why put in all of this effort if nothing’s working? The answer, as Cady would explain, is that it is working. When Hamline finally did divest from companies in South Africa, the Board of Trustees made sure to announce that student activism had nothing to do with it. That left the Peace Advocates a little heartbroken, and so Cady went up to them and said, “Of course they’re going to say that. They don’t want to admit that students had any influence with university policy. So just declare a victory.” And who knows, it might just change where your life is heading, no matter what the immediate results may be. That’s what happened to Ryg. He was dead set on joining the Marines before college, but at the last minute, his family convinced him not to. Today, he’s working on a PhD dissertation examining “a social epistemology of pragmatic nonviolence.” Quite a stretch from the gun-toting backpacker he was aiming to be before college. “I would not be where I am today without the influence of the faculty,” he said. “Those years were critical for me in shaping who I am today.” “One thread of continuity, as far as I know,” Ryg said, “is that there really is a commitment by some faculty to things that matter to real people, not just abstract ideas. Humanities, liberal arts—those are nice words. But what do they do for real people?” Good question. Page 20: Students in 2012 protest by holding hands around Old Main, an homage to protests past, like one in 1986. Page 21: Pictured in 2010 and 1986, Duane Cady remained an active influence on Hamline’s campus.

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An UNEXPECTED FOUL


By Josh Epstein Photos by Andrew Maas

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amline’s basketball team wasn’t assault. Athletic Director Jason Verdugo moved from the Hamline athletics webexpecting to be in the spotlight declined to do interviews regarding the site. Because he had no criminal record, when they traveled to Washington to incident, and also instructed players he was released from jail on $5,000 bail play in a tournament against Division-III not to talk about it. Hamline public re- after appearing in court and was able to opponents Whitman and Whitworth. lations and social media strategist Gail travel home to Louisiana. Without LawFor the team, the trip was expected to Nosek said in an email that no members rence but with the rest of the team inbe a fun one that would give them a of the athletics department were avail- tact, the Pipers played their Jan. 2 game chance to test their skills against a Pa- able to comment on the incident. against Macalester as scheduled, wincific Northwest opponent while taking The details that are known are trou- ning 80-53. in a new city. bling. On Dec. 31, the team played The kxly.com story went up that afBut on New Year’s Eve, the trip end- against Whitworth at 2 p.m. local time, ternoon, and the story was soon feaed in disaster in Spokane, Wash. First- losing 77-67. The team had the rest of tured on local news outlets in Minneyear player Eugene Lawrence punched their New Year’s Eve to spend in Spo- sota. Hamline released a statement to 20-year-old Kayla Bray in the face, leav- kane before taking a flight home the KXLY, stating, “We are very concerned ing her with a broken jaw and eye socket next day in time for a home game on for the welfare of Ms. Bray and regret and the basketball program in a state of Jan. 2 vs. Macalester. that this incident happened. Eugene disarray. According to a KXLY Spokane report Lawrence has been placed on interim Lawrence is now facing felony by Annie Bishop, Bray was a high school suspension from the basketball team second-degree assault and the university, and charges, dismissal from We hold our players to the highest standards as students, we are fully looking into the team and suspension the incident. We have athletes, and citizens. Behavior contrary to the principles set from Hamline, while the reached out to the Bray rest of the team—who re- forth in our codes of conduct will not be tolerated. family and shared with portedly did not call 911 – Eric Jensen, Provost them our concern and after the assault for fear support for their daughof being found out that ter.” they were breaking curfew—received friend of Hamline junior guard Tyler Two days later, on Jan. 4, Provost Eric unprecedented disciplinary action, in- Pannell, who attended Centennial High Jensen sent an email to the Hamline cluding 14 player suspensions, a coach School in Gresham, Oregon. She de- community with a statement about the suspension and a forfeited game against cided to take the trip to Spokane to visit incident. He announced that 14 players Gustavus. him and the team. Before that night, she were suspended, along with head coach For the proud and storied men’s bas- had never met Lawrence, but the two Nelson Whitmore, and that their game ketball program, which took part in the got into an altercation, which led to the the next day against Gustavus would be first ever intercollegiate basketball game punch. forfeited. and has a row of honor in Hutton Arena Bray lost consciousness after the “This is an extraordinarily serious recognizing past greats like Hal Haskins punch, but members of the team at incident and we are treating it as such,” and NBA Hall-of-Famer Vern Mikkelsen, the hotel failed to call 911. When Bray Jensen wrote. “We hold our players to the incident represents a low point. It regained consciousness, she called 911 the highest standards as students, athalso raises many questions about the herself and was taken to a hospital, letes, and citizens. Behavior contrary to present and future of the team, and where her broken jaw and eye socket the principles set forth in our codes of about the incident itself. were treated. According to her father conduct will not be tolerated.” Most of those questions remain un- Steve Bray, a metal plate was inserted Stories about the suspensions were answered, as the athletic department into her jaw. soon picked up by local news outlets has gone silent in the days following the Lawrence’s profile was quickly re- and the Associated Press, whose story

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BASKETBALL

made it all the way to sites like ESPN. com and Yahoo Sports. While the incident continued to reverberate around the community, the team was left to resume their season without their head coach and many of their best players. * * * In many ways, the Pipers’ home game against Bethel on Monday, Jan. 14 felt like business as usual. The team played with energy, focusing on trying to knock off a Royals team that they were hoping to catch up to in the playoff standings. The large crowd of around 400 fans was also focused on the game, cheering on their team and frequently yelling critiques at the officials. But in their third game back since the suspensions and forfeit to Gustavus, many aspects of the team continue to be different. Senior team captain and second-leading scorer Noah Aguirre sat on the sidelines in a grey hoodie, quietly supporting his team as they played on without him. Coach Nelson Whitmore remained absent, as Verdugo stood in his place patrolling the sidelines in a slick suit. Verdugo, a long-time baseball coach for Hamline before being named athletic director last year, told the Star Tribune that he had not coached basketball since the McClintock High School team in 2001, when the Tempe school made the Arizona state tournament. Assistant coach Chris Hopkins, in his fifth season with the Pipers, seemed to handle most of the X’s and O’s. The shorthanded Pipers lost the game 78-62 to the Royals, who pulled away in the second half thanks to star player and leading scorer in the MIAC Taylor Hall. After the game, first-year Wes Pinera took out some frustration

from the loss, shouting at his teammates before being calmed down by senior Victor Easter. Easter is one of the co-captains of the team. Under the difficult circumstances, he has hoped to provide some veteran leadership to a team that has come under fire and been forced to play with many young and inexperienced players. “[I] have to [take a leadership role],” Easter said after the game. “You got to rally guys after something catastrophic happens like that. It’s something to learn from in the future. We need to keep a positive attitude.” The Pipers lost their first three games after the suspensions were handed out. With the forfeit loss to Gustavus added

We need to think about how we present ourselves as a university on team trips. – Victor Easter, senior co-captain in, their MIAC record dropped to 3-6 after a solid start. However, despite the recent difficulties, Easter says the team’s goals haven’t changed. “We still have high expectations,” he said. “We still want to make the playoffs.” Still, Lawrence’s actions have had a significant impact on the team. In addition to losing Lawrence, Whitmore, and dealing with the other suspensions, the team has had to play with unexpected media scrutiny hanging over their heads. “We went through a little hangover period [after the incident], no doubt,” Easter said. “We’re just keeping on. We’ll get some of our guys back in the next games.”

In his first year with the Pipers after being recruited from Louisiana, Lawrence was averaging 12.8 minutes and 3.6 points per game coming off the bench. The incident came as a shock to Easter, who had not expected Lawrence to be capable of such an action. “I did not expect it at all,” Easter said. “Eugene was a good kid. He studied hard and played hard. This came out of nowhere.” Lawrence’s actions, along with the rest of the players who did not call 911, provoked outrage from many. After reading news stories and seeing the suspensions handed out, it was easy to picture the team as being violent, rowdy and out of control. Easter said this is not the case, and that this was an isolated incident. “It was disheartening seeing our team portrayed like that,” he said. “We’re a team full of good souls, we mind our P’s and Q’s, and one bad thing gets blown out of proportion.” As the incident continues to linger, the team will look to regroup and continue a possible playoff run. The players who received one-game suspensions had all returned by the game against Concordia, with the players that received four-game suspensions set to come back soon after. Whitmore’s status remains up in the air as of Jan. 15. Easter hopes that the team and the rest of the school can learn some lessons from what happened in Spokane. “As a school, we need to understand that this is one incident,” he said. “We need to think about how we present ourselves as a university on team trips.” — Hannah Porter contributed reporting to this story.

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March: The Economic Affairs Committee Chair, Student Organization Chair and Secretary positions were filled by Lucas Dolan, Dan Molitor and Antonia Kurtz, respectively.

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May: HUSC approved the use of funds to purchase DVDs and textbooks on reserve for Bush Library.

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April: A net increase of 15 percent was added to the overall budget of student organizations.

Proposing a new student space January 2013: A special recreation committee led by sophomore Jeremiah Osokpo was formed over J-Term to develop a proposal to turn Sorin AB into a lounge and game room for students. EAC Chair Lucas Dolan thinks this would increase the liveliness of the atmosphere on campus, especially on weekends. The Programming Board was created last year to plan events to keep students on campus during the weekends, but Dolan believes a gaming lounge in Sorin would give students a space to entertain themselves. “Programming Board events are great and fulfill one need, but there remains to be few options on campus for what our committee has been calling ‘selfprogrammable space.’ Students want

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to do their own thing once and awhile,” Dolan said. Director of Campus Recreation Lamar Shingles has been working directly with the students on the HUSC committee to make their vision a reality. According to Dolan, HUSC believes this unused space would be the perfect area for a game room because it is open late, and it is a high-traffic area, as it is located between the majority of the residence halls and the Anderson Center. “The lack of these qualities is what causes the HUB to continue to be a dead zone, and we are confident that the fate of this area will be much different,” Dolan said. Furthermore, HUSC already has equipment for the proposed lounge.

“The nice thing about this project is that we already have a lot of the components that are necessary,” Dolan said. HUSC currently has two pool tables in storage and a TV and xbox available. They would purchase another TV, a PlayStation3 or Wii, ping-pong table, air hockey table and furniture to complete the lounge. According to Dolan, their proposal has received positive feedback from several areas of administration. “The odds are now overwhelming that this is going to happen. It is now a matter of settling on the details of the project as well as buying and moving in the different components we would like to see in the space,” Dolan said.


2012

STUDENT CONGRESS

[a year in review ].

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By Maria Herd

amline University Student Congress (HUSC) works to represent the student body and manages funds for student orgs and campus improvements. In December, they established a scholarship fund for student leaders, and they are currently working on a proposal to put in a new game room and student lounge on campus. Make sure to vote at the end of February for your class representatives, a new president and vice president team and four proposed constitutional changes. To learn more about how HUSC works and to get your student voice heard, attend HUSC General Assemblies on Tuesdays during convocation hour in GLC 100E.

October: HUSC voted not to take a stance on Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment. They explained their decision be saying that they were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to represent the entire student body’s opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage.

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September: For the first time, HUSC elections utilized Google Drive. “There were a few glitches in setting it up, but it was a lot more efficient,” PAC Chair AJ Capaul said.

November: The Diversity Summit is an annual event designed for student leaders to learn about issues of diversity and multiculturalism. The theme of this year’s summit was socioeconomic class and how it relates to diversity.

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October: Members of HUSC, as well as other student leaders attended the 100 Who Influence Dinner with the Board of Trustees. This year’s event was more interactive than past dinners; instead of speaking on a panel, each trustee in attendance was seated at a table with students to give them the opportunity to converse face to face.

Voting on constitutional changes and new representatives February 2013: Spring elections in February will decide class representatives and HUSC’s new president and vice president. This election will include the use of the help desk system and majority vote for the first time, which was approved last December. This will be the second run with the new electronic voting system using Google Drive. Students will vote on four constitutional changes that need to be approved by a two-thirds majority. “These changes need to be taken care of, and I hope students take them seriously,” PAC Chair AJ Capul said. The changes include: 1. The fiscal rollover percentage adjustment

December: A scholarship fund for student leaders was approved by HUSC. Starting next fall, one sophomore, one junior and one senior will be selected for a $1,000 scholarship based on their leadership in the community.

so that the new HUSC leadership scholarship can be funded. 2. Increasing the GPA requirement for the President and Vice President from 2.5 to 3.0. “We feel that should be held to higher standards,” Capaul said. “2.5 is low for being in such a high leadership position.” 3. Since the Residence Hall Association used to be called the Hamline Inter-Residency Council, the name consistency change needs to be written into the constitution. 4. The representative from the Residence Hall Association board is an existing position, but needs to officially be written into the constitution.

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December: HUSC changed their bylaws to use the system of a majority vote to select representatives in future elections, instead of the single transferable vote ranking system. “The old system was complicated, and it was a mess,” Capaul said. In addition, HUSC members will no longer table for future elections, but use the system of a help desk, for five hours a day over a span of three days. According to Capaul, tabling was beneficial when paper voting was used, but a help desk is a more logical system than tabling for electronic voting. “The other rules to go with electronic voting hadn’t caught up yet,” Dolan explained.

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DORM RECIPES

Dorm cooking 101 By Jena Felsheim & Jake Barnard meals that can be prepared entirely in a microwave

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meals that require just one pot, plate, or bowl

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meals that can be prepared in five minutes or less meals that require no stove

meals that are great to take on the go meals that are vegetarian or vegan

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ontrary to popular belief, the human body is unable to sustain itself on ramen noodles and peanut butter. This may come as an unpleasant surprise if you happen to live in The Heights or Drew Hall, but have no fear, what follows is a list of dorm-friendly recipes. So, once you get sick of the cuisine the Anderson Center has to offer, roll up your sleeves and get cooking! If you have a microwavable mug and a few common ingredients you can whip up a dish that will make you the envy of your floor. These are only a few suggestions. With a little ingenuity you’ll become the next minimalist iron chef.


Egg in a mug

Rice balls

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1 tablespoon of butter, margarine, or cooking spray 1 tablespoon of milk 1 egg 1 bag shredded cheese (optional) Salt and pepper on standby 1. In a microwave-safe mug, place butter/margarine and cook for 30 seconds until melted or spray the inside of the mug with cooking spray. 2. Crack the egg and put it in the mug. Add milk. Add a pinch of salt and/or pepper if desired and mix it together (use a fork as a whisk). 3. Microwave on high for 35-45 seconds or until eggs begin to set. After 20 seconds in the microwave, pull out the egg and stir it again, then return it to microwave to finish cooking. 4. Remove egg from microwave. If it's still runny, put it back into the microwave and cook in 5 second intervals until it’s cooked. 6. If desired, sprinkle with shredded cheese. Pull out a fork and enjoy.

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1 lb of skinless, boneless chicken 3/4 cup of dry white wine or unsweetened white grape juice 1 cup up of light cream or whipped cream Salt and Pepper on standby Tarragon, mint or parsley 1. Cut chicken into 2-3 inch strips. Turn stove on medium-high and melt butter in a frying pan. Carefully add strips and flip them periodically to evenly cook. 2. When the meat is no longer pink add wine. If desired, add tarragon. 3. Add cream and cook until it mixes with the juices in the pan to form a sauce. You shouldn’t need to stir it. 4. Add salt and/or pepper if needed for taste. Serve with noodles or on its own.

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Nutanana toast

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1-2 cups of uncooked sushi or Japanese rice* Salt Seaweed strips (optional)* Small pieces of meat or veggies (optional)

1-2 pieces of bread Nutella 1 egg 1 tablespoon butter, margarine, or cooking spray 1 banana, sliced 3 tablespoons milk Cinnamon (optional, but recommended)

*You can find both of these ingredients at Kim's Oriental Market down the street from Hamline [How to cook rice on a stove if you don’t have a rice cooker] 1. LIGHTLY coat a small saucepan with butter or nonstick spray. Make sure you use a pan that's going to be big enough to contain rice as it cooks. Cooked rice will take up roughly twice the size of uncooked rice. 2. Add water to pan. Check package of rice for specific ratios, but most rice requires 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice. 3. Let water boil, then add in a pinch of salt and carefully add in rice. Turn down the stove to low. 4. Cover the pot with lid. Lifting the lid to check on the rice will also release heat and cause rice not to cook properly, so avoid removing the lid while the rice is cooking. After 20 minutes, remove rice from burner. Let it sit for five minutes, then it’s ready to eat. To make Rice Balls 1. After waiting a few minutes for cooked rice to cool, spread saran or cling wrap on the inside of a mug so that it touches all sides and the bottom. Leave some extra wrap hanging on the outer rim of the mug. Sprinkle with water and a SMALL pinch of salt. 2. Scoop rice into the mug until it's full. If desired, fill mug halfway, add an ingredient (small pieces of cooked meat or pickled vegetables tend to work best) and then add rest of rice. 3. Carefully pull out the edges of the wrap and the rice inside. Fold and twist the excess saran wrap. 4. With your hands, cup the covered rice and shape into a ball or small rounded triangle. 5. Add a strip of seaweed to the outside. Eat hot or refrigerate for later.

1. Use a knife to cut bread into squares. Place butter/margarine in a microwave-safe mug and cook for 30 seconds until melted or spray the inside of the mug with cooking spray. Add bread squares to mug. 2. In a separate bowl or mug, crack egg and add milk and cinnamon. Use a fork to stir it together. 3. Pour this into the mug with the bread. Using a fork, gently squash bread so that it soaks into the liquid. 4. Put mug in microwave and cook for 1 minute. Remove and check egg. If it’s still runny, cook in 5 second intervals until it’s thoroughly cooked. 5. Spread Nutella on top of mixture (or just pour it on top). Add a few slices of banana. 6. Put back in microwave for 5-10 minutes to warm the Nutella and banana. Eat with a fork.

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2 flour tortillas 1 bag shredded cheese Pre-cooked beans (optional) Desired diced veggies (optional) 1. Lay down one tortilla on a microwave-safe plate. 2. Sprinkle cheese and any other desired toppings on top. 3. Cover with other tortilla. 4. Microwave on high for 1 or 1 1/2 minutes, depending on microwave. 5. Pull out and eat.

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gaming’s new era

GAMING

Video games have officially hit the mainstream. With competition and expectations so high companies are constantly creating and releasing games to keep up with the public’s anticipation of cutting-edge graphics and technological innovation. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of new games, jumping from one to the other as they are released. Looking back on 2012, two unique games, Journey and Dishonored, achieved significant critical acclaim from both veteran and new gamers alike.

Words & illustrations by Bre Garcia

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n 2011, a song from the strategy video game Civilization IV won a Grammy for the first time in video game history. This year the game Journey set the bar even higher when its full soundtrack was nominated for a 2012 Grammy. Journey, a game built upon a simplistic art style and vibrant colors, was released by Thatgamecompany in March of 2012 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Using its artistic style to its advantage, Journey tells its story not with words or language, but in pictures and music, as you reach your way to the goal of climbing the titular mountain in the distance. The game has received critical acclaim, especially for its multiplayer system that only involves simple communication in chirps and jumps between two players. The music, composed by Austin Wintory, follows the actions of the player closely as they move across the landscape and solve puzzles, creating a flowing atmosphere to tie in with the vast environment and broad colors.

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“A stirring musical score accompanies you everywhere, syncing perfectly with the environment,” first-year Micah Mueller described. “It’s like walking through a beautiful painting. The ruins of a great civilization are buried in the sand for you to discover their grace and the origins of their fall.” The soundtrack has been praised for never following one stereotypical cultural pattern, further adding to the atmosphere. The landscape introduced by the game is desolate but strangely comforting when accompanied with the music and sound effects.

It’s like walking through a beautiful painting. – Micah Mueller, first-year Journey is a strange game as it stands in the industry today. Developed independently and with only two hours of full gameplay, it sounds destined to fail against vast 60-hour adventures with cutting-edge graphics like Skyrim. Despite such sup-

posed setbacks, Journey went from being available by download only to a special edition packaged with two other games from the same company along with the award nominated soundtrack. The success of Journey is a testiment to the ideal that video games can be a work of art, a kind of interactive media that can immerse a player as well as any book or movie. The 2012 Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12. Austin Wintory and the Journey soundtrack will be going up against such veterans as Hans Zimmer and John Williams for the award. If Journey wins, it will be a landmark in video game history and a step forward for the acceptance of video games as a form of art. If not, it is simply an honor for the soundtrack of a small video game to achieve a national nomination. “I was awestruck, dumbfounded, and quite amazed,” Mueller commented on the end of the game. “I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a beautiful or amazing experience.”


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or the video game industry, 2012 was a year full of easily recognizable sequels like Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3 and Halo 4. Some numbers go as high as Final Fantasy XIII-2 or Resident Evil 6. It’s the tried and true formula of familiarity with the audience by keeping similar formulas and characters throughout an ongoing series. Over 25 years of recognizable faces and personalities have been established, making it hard for any new characters to find success in the industry. It’s a high risk to create a new world for a video game. Many new games struggle without the success of a previously created world, quickly becoming obscure and forgotten on the shelf, but with high risk comes high reward. Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Games, Dishonored builds a gritty world of betrayal, plague and revenge. The environment is reminiscent of England during the Industrial Revolution, and sets the stage for a dark story with the outcome in the hands of the player. Corvo Attano, the protagonist, serves as the Empress’s royal protector, who is wrongfully accused of her assassination. With the Empress’s daughter kidnapped and Corvo breaking free from prison, the former protector is now set against those who knowingly dishonored him and kidnapped the daughter he once swore to protect. From here the story is set in the player’s hands. The game, part of the stealth-action genre, is set in a plague-ridden city in turmoil after the assassination of the Empress. Every decision the player, makes affects the city. More assassinations and more bodies mean the plague spreads faster, causing vicious rats to infiltrate the city. Fewer assassinations call for a stealthier approach which can be more difficult, and nonlethal methods often take the player on a detour. The demeanors of allies change with Corvo’s actions to reflect the level of chaos in the city too—some may even betray you if you make the wrong decision enough times. Dishonored is not a perfect emulation of human behavior and interactions, but it comes remarkably close to how people would react in a given situation. Guards might see a body, unconscious or dead, and immediately become alert, friendly actions may lead to small rewards, and the amount of violence Corvo commits is reflected in the mannerisms of the Empress’s daughter. With the realistic feel of the personalities of the characters, it’s hard not to care for them more as the game progresses. The design for Dishonored is tasteful and well-done. Instead of aiming for realism, the game models after concept art, giving the characters a stylized characteristic that reflects the grungy world about them. The environment itself relays the tale of the surrounding city, once clean and Baroque but now falling victim to sooty industrial pollution and rainfall. Paired with a sense of intrigue created by remnants of arcane magic littered throughout the city, Dishonored allows a thorough exploration of a quaint universe similar to our own. Dishonored has received high ratings and acclaim, winning several awards from IGN and Spike TV including Best Overall Action Game and Best Action Adventure Game. For a game that competed against popular titles like Borderlands and Mass Effect, the amount of nominations and awards show the success of a game with no ties to any existing series, opening the door for new ideas and risk-taking games.

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CINEMA

Compiled by Lauren Thron Photos by Marisa Gonzalez The Twin Cities are home to a handful of theaters that cater to cinephiles, or at least people who think major movie theaters leave something to be desired. The following are my favorites, but don’t forget the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights and Walker Art Center’s own theater (as well as some others I’ve surely forgotten).

Most Twin Cities natives are familiar with Uptown Theatre, or at least have heard its name. If you haven’t visited it recently, you should be warned that the Uptown Theatre of today is a whole new beast. After a multi-million dollar renovation, the landmark location has had an extreme facelift. The theatre is now equipped with a larger screen, a new sound system, brand new seats (anyone familiar with the old ones will know that this was much needed), and a full bar on the upper level. Some of the iconic historic imagery remains, one of the few signs that this is the same theater that was here not too long ago. The updates (and the films, of course) make the trip to Uptown totally worth it. Visit the Landmark Theatres website for more information about showtimes: www.landmarktheatres.com.

Similar to Uptown Theatre, Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis is dedicated to showing classic and independent films. The non-profit theater is a part of Take-Up Productions and runs partially with the help of volunteers. The one screening room is ultra-small, with about 50 seats. They run monthly series with themes ranging from classic Japanese horror films to a collection of Woody Allen films. The first Wednesday of every month Trylon has a free showing of films no longer under copyright. The atmosphere and people at Trylon make the movie-going experience feel special, and is perhaps indicitive of what it used to be like to visit a move theater. Visit the Trylon’s website at www.take-up.org to view showtimes and order tickets.

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inter seems to be the bane of every Minnesotan’s existence. Bitter winds, slick ice and a relentless flu season weaken and weather even the strongest souls. It’s enough to drive most of us into our homes, with little chance of leaving until the spring . I try to make the most of these three months of quality hibernation time, which means I end up watching a lot of movies (I’ve never been one for knitting). Fortunately, Netflix has a seemingly endless selection of movies and TV shows avaliable for instant play. Sadly, not all of them are worth watching (trust me). However tempting a “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” marathon may be, these titles will hopefully prove to be more mentally stimulating. Metropolis (1927): Although made in the ’20s, Fritz Lang’s masterpiece about class struggle in a utopian future is still every bit as beautiful and terrifying.

Mermaids (1990): Nearly everyone I recommend this movie to is skeptical (Cher?! In a mermaid costume?!) but ends up in love.

A Woman is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) (1961): Godard’s classic about an exotic dancer-turnedmother.

Bottlerocket (1996): Any fans of Wes Anderson should see his first film about a group of eccentric wannabe-criminals.

The Graduate (1967): If you’re a college student and you still haven’t seen “The Graduate,” please watch it now. The Conversation (1974): Voyuerism gets complicated in this story about a surveillance expert spying on two possible murder victims. Chinatown (1974): Murder, glamor and a young Jack Nicholson as a detective. It doesn’t get much better than that.

In the Mood for Love (2000): Two neighbors find support in one another after suspecting their spouses of an extramarital affair. Recommended for fans of “Lost in Translation.” Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011): Surprisingly much more than a documentary about the best sushi chef in the world. Melancholia (2011): In the simplest of terms, “Melancholia” is about the end of the world. Lars Von Trier’s take is much more emotional and stunning than your usual apocolyptic fare.

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WHIMSY

Crossword

By Gabby Landsverk

SCRAMBLE! That Jumbled Word Game Puzzle By Jake Barnard, Illustration by Bre Garcia Can you unscramble the names of these classic Sci-Fi/Fantasy antagonists? Rearrange the letters in the grey boxes to solve the riddle. Sources include Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Austin Powers, H.P. Lovecraft, Harry Potter, Star Trek and Dr. Who.

How did Darth Vader know what Luke was getting for Christmas? He...

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1. City of the Taj Mahal 5. Lee who directed film adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel 8. Volcanic island in Northern Fiji 12. Important periods in history 13. Partner of neither 14. Clickable picture 15. Oil drilling structures 16. Financial account for old age 17. Mongrels 18. Indian oboe 19. Part of an hr. 20. Conceal 21. Where to find 4-Down, 8-Down, 27Down, and 29-Down, and the hint to this puzzle’s theme 24. Subject of Blake’s “fearful symmetry” 25. Clandestine lover’s meeting 26. Slandered 30. Freudian Self 31. Parlez-vous franc___ 33. Like seeing clearly at a glance, according to an old saying 39. Sharp pain 40. 8th letter of Hebrew alphabet 41. Southern branch of NBC News 42. Reaction to the Eiffel Tower’s makeover? 43. Technological acronym 44. Bread with caraway seeds

1. Two seater aircraft manufacted in Poland 2. Dark, like a movie reboot 3. Hastily put together; shoddy 4. Subject of 2012’s remake of a sci-fi classic 5. Latin prefix meaning mind, spirit, or soul 6. John William who authored Epitome of Practical Navigation 7. Bestow 8. Life-boat companion of Pi Patel 9. Sagacity 10. 19th century composer of the Schola Cantorum 11. Add or embed 22. Mine find 23. Summer in Arles 27. Willis is to McClane as Cruise is to _____ 28. Dexterously 29. Ward of Jean Valjean 33. Poisonous serpents 34. What you want to happen to your execution 35. Can be hard or soft 36. American blues legend James 37. Asian sasquatch 38. New Age singer of “Orinoco Flow”

45. Australian design grp.

Solutions published online at hamlineoracle.com and in next print issue.


TOP TEN INCIDENT REPORTS OF 2012

SAFETY & SECURITY

Compiled by Jake Barnard The Safety and Security officers of Hamline are tasked with maintaining a positive environment on campus, and they perform admirably. In the line of duty, they face situations ranging from the dangerous, to the mundane, to the downright bizarre. What follows is a list of The Oracle’s ten favorite Safety and Security incidents from fall semester. Sept. 24, 5:48 p.m. Wildlife Disturbance A student reported that a deer ran past him toward the Blue Garden. Officers followed the deer toward Klas Field where they were able to lock it in the Facilities parking lot to wait for Saint Paul Police to assist. Security and Saint Paul officers shooed the deer away from campus without incident.

Nov. 3, 3:20 p.m. Smoking Violation A professor called to report that the cigarette disposal post in front of East Hall was too close to the front door of the building. Officers moved the post twenty-five feet from the door.

Nov. 5, 10:28 a.m. Suspicious Person Law School staff members reported a suspicious person in the Law School lobby who was talking to himself. Officers made contact with the individual and determined that he was a Hamline ARAMARK employee.

Sept. 21, 7:25 a.m. Sewage A security officer reported a strong sewage smell in the upper floor of the Bush Center. Facilities was contacted to handle the issue.

Nov. 10, 5:59 p.m. Wildlife Disturbance A student requested officer assistance in removing a snake that was found in a dorm room in Drew Hall. The snake was removed by officers and kept at the Safety and Security office until it could be handled by Animal Control.

Nov. 27, 11:27 a.m. Drug Investigation A Hamline staff member reported two men making marijuana cigarettes in their car. When officers arrived on the scene, they found no car matching the description.

Oct. 1, 11:40 a.m. Plumbing Assistance A student reported a continually running shower head on the third floor of Peterson Hall. An officer turned the shower off.

Sept. 26, 5:00 p.m. Wildlife Disturbance A faculty member reported to Security that he saw a squirrel running around the ceiling tiles of his office in Drew Hall. The heating plant was contacted for removal. Sept. 16, 12:24 p.m. Stolen Vehicle A community member called Safety and Security to report that he had found an abandoned Hamline golf cart in the woods at Newell Park. The golf cart was returned. The investigation is ongoing.

Sept. 17, 2:50 p.m. Missing Furniture Residential Life contacted Safety and Security to report a LoveSac missing from the Peterson Hall lounge. Dispatchers were able to find footage of two individuals taking the LoveSac upstairs. The matter was referred back to Residential Life to be dealt with internally.

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VOLUME 125| SPECIAL EDITION | JANUARY 2013

January Special Edition  

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