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The thread that ties every Christmas tradition together is that of humility. We do all kinds of crazy things at Christmas: decorate fake trees in our living rooms, give each other gifts or simply sit in front of a snowy window with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Everyone has different beliefs and meaningful traditions at Christmas time. Most people become five or so more notches higher on the generosity scale. It’s a time of year to reflect on what we have been given and try to share that with others who do not. This issue is full of examples of humility. It features many professors: our Professor of the Year and many news ones, who instead of trying to make their lives about themselves, spent their lives learning so that they could teach younger minds. Many of them did this job in other places and some came to Waldorf after finishing graduate school. But they are here under the unity of teaching those who don’t know as much as they do about certain subjects. Take Mary Catherine Bateson, for an example, a woman who tried to exemplify humble learning by remembering that there is always something she can learn from someone else no matter her 4

age or theirs. Or the women who live in the Pink Theme House, who are trying to do what they can to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Even the Christmas story itself is an example of humility, possibly the biggest one. God himself, creator of the universe, the One who knows everything that’s ever happened and will happened, infinitely unknowable but yet intimately personal, decided to humble himself by coming to Earth in the form of a crying, helpless, messy, vulnerable baby is astounding. He wasn’t born in a fancy hospital with professional doctors and nurses; he was born in a filthy barn surrounded by stinky animals and dirty hay. Be generous and humble this Christmas season. Follow the examples of those around us who unselfishly give of their time and resources for the betterment of others. Help others with what you have been given without expecting anything in return. We hope to see you all back next semester! Editor-in-Chief, Molly Lumley the torch


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ach year during housing sign-ups, students have an option to live in a theme house. Each house has about four to seven students and has a certain theme that the students as a group can decide on. The students in the spring have to fill out an application and put together a proposal and present it to a committee that then decides which students get a house.

touched by breast cancer or different forms of cancer.

“We have them because it gives students more options than a dorm and it provides them with a home atmosphere,” said Momo Wolapaye, Director of Residence Life. When the student live in a theme house they have to hold a program once a month. Residence Life would even like to purchase more houses.

The girls are also planning to have an open house and plant pink flowers around the house in the spring. The Pink House is the first of the theme houses that got to have a dedication ceremony and have a plaque explaining where the house came from.

“Theme houses are a great value, it adds more to the campus, but we have no specific plans at this moment to purchase more,” said Wolapaye. One of the new editions this year is the Olson house. Waldorf College obtained the house from Steve and Nancy Olson. The students living in the house chose their theme to be Pink. They chose Pink because each of them has in one way or another has been

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“The Pink house is important because the students have a concern for breast cancer and are helping raise funds for research,” said Wolapaye. “We have participated in A Race for the Cure in Des Monies, sold shirts and ‘I love boobies bracelets,’” said Emily Hoague, one of the girls living in the house.

“It’s really neat to be the first one because the Olsons are great people, they are very emotional and just bleed Waldorf,” said Hoague. “They (Steve and Nancy) are very deserving of this. They are both support Waldorf, Nancy is a key person in Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation, and Steve is in the Brethren Quartet that was formed at Waldorf and supports Waldorf all over,” said Rita Gilbertson Director of Alumni Relations, Volunteer for the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation.

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nd the award goes to... Blake Slonecker. Every year, Waldorf’s academic honor society, Alpha Chi, nominates and gives the student body a chance to vote which professor they feel is the most deserving. At the Honor’s Day ceremony last semester, Slocnecker was name the “2010 Professor of the Year.” “It is a crazy ride here in college between teaching four classes,” said Slonecker, who stays devoted to all the classes he teaches as well as the work he is doing on the side. Currently he is reviewing a book, writing a book, editing numerous articles and publishing three of his own articles. Slonecker is the kind of professor that hits the book and studies his profession constantly. With all the work Slonecker is putting in, he describes it as “fun, yet frustrating at times.”

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Slonecker was raised in Eugene Oregon, went to Gonzaga University for his undergraduate in history, and got his graduate degree at the University of North Carolina. “I never thought I would be a professor, but I had always loved the critical thinking that was required in the subject,” Slonecker said. If he had to choose any other career, Slonecker said “I would love to be a writer or a lawyer, because I love the thought that is required in both of those professions.” Slonecker describes the best part about his day as “walking into his classroom and feeling the energy of all the young minds ready to learn.” But why teach college? “This is the best time in a person’s life and I like to educate and make the students think in the classroom,” Slonecker said. His advice to any student here

is “take the classes you enjoy, don’t think about your career, just do what you enjoy doing.” He only lectures for a short time in the classroom and interacts with all of his students so his class is always involved with the subject. “I really like him as a professor; he makes class fun and you can tell he enjoys teaching and is passionate about history. It always helps when a professor is like that, it makes you really want to learn,” said senior Christina Watkinson, one of Slonecker’s students. At the end of the day, Slonecker feels reassured he has done a good job when “a student has been taught and I feel that they have a thorough understanding of the subject, and they were challenged and required to think critically.”

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welve Months of Art is a student run program designed by Josh Calteux. It is a collaboration with the art department to help broaden art at Waldorf College. The exhibition will be an art display in the library lounge area of primarily student work.

and special and I’ve noticed programs last longer when named after somebody else. Naming this after her would be very special and help out the art department,” said Calteux.

“I designed this to have an extra activity that librarians can do to bring students and people into the library,” said Calteux. “I knew how to get the money from Student Senate and it took four months to design because I had to start from scratch and I had to get 3 advisers to sign off on the Constitution of Progressive Art work.”

An art scholarship named after Ferjack is in the works. The art department doesn’t have scholarships now due to low budget and low participation. They are hoping to get more students involved with the Twelve Months of Art so the art department can grow again and bring in more recruits. When the scholarship is ready, the student wanting it is required to provide a piece of art work or art show in order to be eligible to receive it.

Kristi Carlson is the main adviser for the Twelve Months of Art project and is also an art professor at Waldorf. She helps Calteux with whatever he needs for the project and is there for support. “Josh wanted to have more of an art presence on campus and thought that since Java City closed, this space would be a nice place for a few pieces of student art work to be hung. He essentially wants this to feature students’ art work, since the Gallery features professional artists and their work,” said Carlson. Others that will contribute to the Twelve Months of Art are the Librarian Representatives Amy Hill and Carrie Crow, who will provide the space for the t welve months in the library, and Student Representative Kara Searcy, who will set-up all of the meetings and is the organizer of the project.

Calteux is planning on Ferjack’s art work to be shown in the lounge.

Twelve Months of Art will soon be on display for everybody. Calteux stated that all the professors he talked to like this idea and that this is a very effective movement that could change Waldorf’s art department in a very positive way. “I hope we can get it going and keep it going and see if the art department can grow,” said Carlson. The art work isn’t on exhibit yet, but the plan is to get the art work up during second semester of this year once equipment and art work gets ships to the college. Be looking for it soon!

This program started from a former student, Rose Ferjack, who was retired from Waldorf but decided to take side art courses just for fun and found out she was really good at painting. She was a very kind woman that almost everybody in the community knew and loved. “Naming this program after Rose makes it more personal

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aldorf College Theater’s second mainstage show, “Much Ado about Nothing” by William Shakespeare was one of the finest Shakespeare shows performed at the Smith Theatre. Directed by Senior Theater major, Jessica Schiermeister, as part of her capstone project, the show featured Shakespeare’s original practices: interaction with the audience, music beforehand, during intermission, and at the closing, as well as keeping lights on at all times during the performance. Interaction with the audience during the performance kept both actors and audience members entertained and created a fun, light atmosphere. I enjoyed the music during the play, sung and played by the cast members, which got the audience ready for the play. I have attended each Shakespeare play performed at Waldorf, and I found this one to be my favorite; not only because of the actors/actresses and how well they performed, but because of the seemingly simpler language used in this production compared to the more dramatic tragedies that I have seen such as “Julius Caesar”. This show featured freshmen actors, along with seasoned veterans including Assistant Professor of History, James Scarry. Scarry was a great addition in his first Shakespeare debut. Jon Aguilar and Nicole Grisham, Waldorf theater veterans, provided an especially comical dimension to the play, not only because of their characters, but also because of their personalities. The freshmen actors did a fantastic job at finding their acting personas. The musicians that were part of the cast were fine musicians and gave excellent musical interludes to relieve tension during certain parts of the play. The set that was done for “Much Ado” was astounding. It covered the entire stage and conveyed a busy street with houses, and also created a great realistic looking depth to the stage. The colors went together very well to make it look like a little village street. The cast, musicians, and set were all combined to create a very fine show for Waldorf’s second mainstage show, something that Jessica Schiermeister should be proud of. 14 14

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Above: Antonio, played by Allen Mannes, speaks with Keisha Chelberg, portraying Ursula at the mask ball. Right: To add the Shakespearean atmosphere, Liz Taylor, sings before the “Much Ado About Nothing� begins. She is accompanied by Jonathan Aguilar. Opposite page: Verges played by Allen Mannes is very excited for the investigation. the torch the torch

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ail to the king! The honor of homecoming king this year goes to Cody Barnes. Barnes was born and raised in Adams, Minnesota with his siblings Cameron and Delanie, and parents are Sue and Dan. Barnes was very involved athletically in high school. “I played basketball, football, and baseball, so I was basically active all year around, I love sports,” said Barnes. Barnes’ sport of choice is football and he enjoys playing the game so much its basically all he does outside of school. “The thrill of the game just excites me, it’s hard hitting and I love a challenge,” said Barnes. Cody said that after Waldorf he plans on attending graduate school. “I was given the opportunity to play football and I got a nice scholarship to go along with it,” said Barnes. “I am currently majoring in Pre-med, because I am passionate about it and always eager to learn more about the subject.” So how exactly did our king get to where he is? “Well, it’s probably because I had great campaign leaders, my mom and girlfriend, but in all seriousness, I have no idea.”

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his year Waldorf College’s Homecoming nominations went on as normal and students sent emails nominating the seniors they wanted to be King and Queen. “There were a lot of seniors and I didn’t know more than half, so out of the couple I did know, I picked the ones I thought deserved to be nominated most,” teammate Nikki Almanza said. One senior was definitely in for a surprise. Senior Kel Detrich was completely shocked when she heard she was picked as a candidate for Waldorf’s 2010 Homecoming Court. She wasn’t the only one that was surprised, her own family thought she was joking with them. “I felt very surprised but honored and happy that I was picked to be a candidate. My family thought I was messing with them when I told them,” said Detrich. Detrich grew up in the small town of Manchester, Iowa. She has played soccer since she was 7 years old, and it has grown into a passion. She graduated from West Delaware High School in 2007 where she played goalie all four years. She’s also an avid snowboarder. “Soccer and snowboarding is just what I love to do, and I couldn’t imagine life without the two,” said Detrich. In the beginning of Detrich’s senior year, she was recruited to play soccer at Waldorf College. She quickly turned it down because she didn’t think she wanted to play anymore and had already been accepted to the University of Utah. Towards the end of her senior year, she thought about it again and just wasn’t ready to give up playing. She decided to call the coach back and

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come to Waldorf to play soccer at the collegiate level. Now a senior, soccer has been her main activity the last four years. She is going to graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. She’d like to become a teacher one day. She expressed her experience with teachers she had throughout life and how they weren’t very understanding of students with learning disabilities. “I just figured maybe I could become a teacher and make a difference, and care,” Detrich said. “I know what its like to have a learning disability. I suffer from ADHD and its just not fair to us as students to have teachers that don’t understand how difficult learning is for us.” After Waldorf, Detrich isn’t sure exactly what she wants to do right away. But she knows she isn’t ready to start teaching quite yet. “Living, loving, and hopefully not living in my car. Just wherever the wind decides to take me,” said Detrich. “I think she’s an amazing person. All she wants to do is make people happy. She doesn’t care who you are, she just wants to be your friend,” close friend Marrissa Hopper said. For candidate review her entire family drove all the way from her hometown. Along with her family, she had a ton of support from friends and teammates. Already excited just to be a candidate, Detrich couldn’t have been in more shock when they announced her name and crowned her Homecoming Queen at Candidate Review. “I was completely astonished and so happy. Like, did they really

just crown me Queen?” said Detrich. “I had so many emotions running through my head, I was just in awe. I couldn’t have won without the support from my friends and family.” Detrich is ready to move on to life after college and start a new chapter in her life. She is very excited to be graduating this year and expressed that she has had a wonderful experience here and coming here has matured her into the person she is today.

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he Christmas season is one of their busiest seasons for the Music Department. They were getting ready for their biggest concert of the year, Christmas with Waldorf.

This is such a big concert that the Concert Choir, Sangkor, and St. Christopher’s, have been practicing for months. They started to practice for this concert right after Homecoming. The Waldorf Wind Symphony didn’t have it as easy as the choirs. The Wind Symphony had a concert on November 13th and that means that they only had about three weeks to get ready for this concert. They didn’t start with very good luck either for these practices. They didn’t get their music for the concert until the 22nd of November. That didn’t stop them though. They pushed through and learned their music on time. The days leading up to the concerts were busy for the music department. On Thursday, December 2 all of the choirs and the Wind Symphony started having their rehearsals in the Hanson Fieldhouse. That night they all got together to do their tech rehearsal. The tech rehearsal involved figuring out where people had to be and when. This took a couple of hours, but once they

got the hang of it, it went very smoothly. The next night, was the dress rehearsal for the concert. They ran the whole concert from beginning to end. Every song was sang and every piece played. They did this for a couple reasons. The first was that they wanted to figure out how long the concert was going to be and also they wanted to make sure that the lighting and sound people knew their cues. The Art Department is also involved with Christmas with Waldorf. Art Professor Kristi Carlson painted the backdrop. This backdrop is made up of 30 pieces. Carlson started to paint these backdrops over the summer and got them done by the beginning of the school year. These backdrops are a big part of Christmas with Waldorf. Last year the backdrop showed many pictures of the stories from the Bible. This year it shows just a couple scenes. Julie Griffin, a senior and member of the choir counsel and also member of the Wind Symphony, said, “The beginning of the week went fairly smooth. It seems like it is going smoother than it has in past years. It isn’t until the tech practices that it seemed like it got a little more stressful.” The Waldorf Wind Symphony performed five pieces, including “Christmas Day,” and “Greensleeves Fantasie.” Sangkor performed two pieces, “Jesus, Jesus, Rest your Head,” and “Shepherd’s Carol.” The Waldorf Concert Choir did three songs, including a half hour piece called Gloria. “This weekend went really fast,” Taylor Monthei, a member of the Wind Symphony, said. Candice Steenhard, a junior and member of both Sangkor and the Wind Symphony, said “This concert went really well. Compared to last year it went a lot smoother.”

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fter finishing her tour of the offices, acquiring her ID card and placing her name tag on her shirt, September Bickmore was finally ready to start at working her new job.

Bickmore started working in October in three new positions. She is the Student Life Specialist, Area Coordinator for Tanner and Breen dorms and International Student Adviser. Bickmore previously worked at Missouri State University but moved here after receiving the job. She was the International Student Adviser at her previous job. “Waldorf is different than Missouri State because there, the student population was 14,000 with an international student population of 1,400 students,” Bickmore said. Waldorf has approximately 40 international students who represent about 15 different countries. In previous years, the international students have had the opportunity to portray their culture to not only the Waldorf community but also to the Forest City community.

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Bickmore also helps plan events for the international students to share their culture with the campus community. In the fall semester, the

“September is a fantastic asset to Student Life!” — Katie Mullaly, AC for J&L & Timberland Apartments

As the International Student Adviser, Bickmore helps the international students by making sure they are doing their best to comply with the rules and regulations of the United States Citizenship Immigration Services. This involves dealing with visas, I-20s, passports and trips to the Social Security office in Mason City.

“She took us to Mason and took care of all the paperwork for everybody,” Angelo said. “And not only that, she was willing to work with everybody and see which dates we were all able to go there together.”

Joao Angelo, a freshman from Brazil, has received help from Bickmore within the first few weeks of the semester.

Global Food Fest is held. International students cook and present their countries’ foods. Past cuisines have included frog legs, vegemite, coconut chicken and friend plantains. Pressed for time

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this semester with close-to-zero open weekends available on the calendar, the Global Food Fest has been moved to early next semester. This will allow more time for planning and acquiring ingredients. The Global Culture Show usually held at the end of the spring semester, gives international and American students the opportunity to portray different performances from different cultures. In the past, students have shown their culture through dances, skits, PowerPoint presentations and song. To get to know the international students better, and to help them become better acquainted with each other, Bickmore plans to host a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner for the international students at Oak Knoll. “I want to introduce them to an American tradition,” Bickmore said. “And with this, I am hoping to be able to have an official kick-off to the Global Culture Club and move forward with the 2011 semester in activities.” Bickmore has had a smooth transition into Waldorf with the aid of her co-workers. Since she works in the Residence Life Office, she has had help adjusting from Katie Mullaly, Area Coordinator for Johnson & London Dorms and Timberland at the Village Apartments. “September is a fantastic asset to Student Life,” Mullaly said. “She has an amazing steadfastness and a phenomenal attitude towards the student she works with. It’s been awesome working with her so far and we’ve got awesome plans for the future.” “It’s been great,” Bickmore said on her adapting to Waldorf, “I haven’t had a hard time adapting. The only difference is that things are a further drive, such as a movie theater, but other than that, this isn’t the first rural place I’ve lived in.” Bickmore is excited about her job, stating that “so far things are great and it will be a nice change of pace to work with a smaller group of students.” Bickmore’s office in the Campus Center, which is easily accessible to anyone walking by. Students, both those who are international and American, are welcome to stop by to simply say hi or discuss more serious issues.

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Waldorf College is about to become a safer place.

useful. The first round of cameras will be placed around

Over the next few years students at Waldorf are

London and Johnson dorms and around the Campus

going to see upgrades with the addition of security

Center, parking lots, the Communications Lab and the

cameras. The college is expecting to install about 10

Atrium. The addition of more cameras will depend on

new cameras by the beginning of next fall semester.

the performance of the first batch.

“It’s going to take time to set up the server

“This is for safety,” said Styron. “We’re not trying

infrastructure on campus and set up the recording

to watch campus like Big Brother. We’re just trying to

equipment,” said Chief Information Officer Ken Styron.

provide safety.”

The push to install cameras has been one that

Many colleges in Iowa will not use cameras

student’s have been requesting for about a year. In light

on their campus’ because they feel it gives an

of recent thefts around campus and the acquisition of

impression of being watched and not trusted, but in

an adequate budget for the project, cameras will soon

light of the recent, major thefts to the Athletic and

start popping up around campus.

Communications departments, as well as many smaller

thefts of school and personal property, many students

“We’ve realized over the past two years we’ve

seen an increase of theft and vandalism,” said Jason

and administrators felt it was time to take action.

Ramaker, Dean of Students. “We think some of it can

“Four years ago I was resistant to the idea because

be prevented with the cameras.”

they weren’t a demand,” Ramaker said. “Students didn’t

think they were needed.”

Styron said the cost for just the cameras is around

$12,000. However, that number doesn’t include the

Those involved with the camera project hope that

cost for the programs and screens to run the cameras.

their presence will help curb theft and vandalism

The instillation will be done by Waldorf and CSU to save

on campus. They are not expected to catch every

on costs.

single violator, but hope they will be able to assist in

Styron also met with Ramaker over the summer

investigations into deviant student behavior and create

to map out where the cameras would be the most

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Waldorf has welcomed a total of eight new faculty members for the 2010-2011 academic year. Mitchell Berger: Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Gary Coombs: Assistant Professor of Cell/Molecular Biology; Cassie Eno: Assistant Professor in the Psychology; Deepraj Mukherje: Assistant Professor of Business; LeAnn Nash: Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition for the English department; Sri Pudepeddi: Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Cynthia Ryder: Assistant Professor of Sports Management and Organizational Leadership; and Caleb Stroman who serves as the theater’s technical director.

Q: What should students know about you as a professor? A: People (especially those interested in research careers or experience) should know that my interests and expertise are centered around understanding how the sequence and structure of medically important proteins control/affect protein function. They should also know that I place a high value on hands-on research experience in one’s field of interest during the undergraduate years. They are permitted to know (though they hardly need to) that I am an avid reader and enjoy word games such as Scrabble, and I enjoy most outdoor recreational activities.” Q: What would you do to help the world? A: Though my research field focuses on extending life by advancing understanding of diseases, I believe improving quality of life along the way is equally important if not more so. I try to help the world by focusing on the people in my little piece of it. Q: What is your most memorable moment as a professor? A: I can’t think of a specific most memorable moment, but from convocation onward, I have had many enjoyable experiences here at Waldorf College throughout this semester. 24 24

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Q: What students should know about you as a professor?

Q: What students should know about you as a professor?

A: As a professor I want my students to know that I am genuinely interested in them as people. I am enthusiastic about what I teach, I am an encourager and I am tough in my expectations, but fair in my assessment of students work.

A: I love chemistry, it has been part of my life since 1964. I spent more than 25 years in industry and the last six learning how to teach. I do my best to make a difficult subject more understandable. I have a wife and three grown children and one grand-daughter. My wife and I are Sabbath Keepers and like to study the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the Apostolic Writings (Renewed Testament). I also write free-verse poetry and Haiku.”

Q: What would you do to help change the world? A: This is a tough question because there are many things needed. I believe the best place to make a difference is where I am because I can be more personally involved. So, that means I’ll be looking to be a good influence, a good supporter here at Waldorf, in Forest City and the area around here.” Q: What is your most memorable moment as a professor? A: My most memorable moment was when one of my English students came by to thank me for everything he learned because it helped him develop a psychology paper that his professor encourage him to publish. the torch

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Q: How would you help the world? A: I would love to do some research here at Waldorf aimed at simplifying/making cost effective biomass conversion, garbage to fuel, with non-food biomass. Q: What is your most memorable moment as a professor? A: Assisting a reformed alcoholic and drug addict with some serious cognitive disruptions to achieve an “A” in both semesters of General Chemistry while at Fort Hays State University.

Q: What should students know about you as a professor? A: As a professor, I believe in an active, participative learning process. Students must be actively engaged and enthusiastic about learning to do well in my classes. I am the proud parent of two college age sons. I play chess and I have had several international teaching assignments. Q: How would you help the world? A: I believe the thing I can do to help the world is to help prepare a generation of Christian leaders who are Waldorf graduates. Q: What is your most memorable moment as a professor? A: I enjoy coming to work each morning and having the blessing of teaching in a Christian college with a deep Lutheran tradition. My most memorable moments as a professor have probably been receiving teaching excellence awards at my last two university employers. I say this because the students had a role in choosing who received the awards. 25 25


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“We have to go on learning throughout our lives” — Mary Catherline Bateson

Learning should be a circular concept... That’s what author and anthropologist, Mary Catherine Bateson, emphasized in her convocation address to students and faculty on October 25 in the Atrium. She began by describing an event that made her think about her role in perpetuating the idea of peace in the midst of violence. She had just started teaching at Harvard after receiving her doctorate in Middle Eastern Culture and Linguistics. She spoke of a student who rushed up to her and told her that President Kennedy had been shot. “The student told me he was still alive. He’d been shot. He was in the hospital. So I went into my class and what do you do?” Bateson said. “I started [class], and then the bell began to toll in the memorial church on campus and we all knew that that meant that the president had died. I dismissed class.” She went to a church, and instead the torch

of being primarily mournful about the president’s death, she instead pictured what the event might mean to a poor Middle Eastern with minimal tools, trying to make a living. “I found myself thinking that the hopes, the confidence in the future, the sense of security of people all the way around the world had been eroded by this event,” Bateson said. “The fact that this act of violence could happen and the unpredictability of the responses it might lead to had to take a little bit away from the sense of safety, looking ahead with optimism for everybody that heard it on the planet.” She decided that she needed to commit her life to working for something that would increase hope. Since that day, she has attempted to life and work in a way that increases the ideas of freedom, hope, and most importantly, the act of learning. She continued her lecture with stories of how she accomplished this. She emphasized

many times that a person will always be learning, despite age of status. “We have to go on learning throughout our lives,” said Bateson. “There are societies where people are respected and listened to just because they’re old. Unfortunately our society is fairly disrespectful of older people. But frankly, the only way you’re going to get respect is if you continue to learn.” She pointed out that there is a major problem with the idea that learning is a one-way avenue, that parents teach their children or professors teach their students. She said that it is because of what babies teach their parents that makes them good parents and what students teach their professors that makes them good professors. Sophmore Katie Frush played the piano for the convocation. “It was quite an honor to play for somebody who has developed her vocation in such a way that is inspiring,” said Frush. 27


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he Waldorf College Wind Symphony is starting their pep band again. They have had a pep band for the past two years, but this year Dr. Brent Dodson, Director of the Wind Symphony, wants the pep band to be involved in more events. Last year the pep band

only did a couple of events: Homecoming and a couple basketball games. Dodson wants to change that this year. The pep band has already performed at numerous sporting events this semester. They play songs like “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Taylor Monthei, a trumpet player in the pep-band, said “Pep band is a lot of fun.”

Everyone in the pep band has a lot of fun. The members tend to yell a lot and laugh a lot too. “I really like pep band. It helps the audience to cheer more for their teams,” Tamara Cook, a flutist, said.

Dodson wants the pep band to perform at a lot more events this year. He wants them to perform at both women’s and men’s basketball games, wrestling meets, softball and baseball games. January and February are going to be the major months for the pep band. The reason the pep band performs at games is to cheer on Waldorf teams. Having lots of fellow students cheering with the band helps the teams be more pumped and energetic. The teams also feel more positive when they see more people in the stands. “I wish more of the band would take part in pep band. Having more people there and being louder would make pep band a lot more fun,” Cook said. “Having more people there also helps the team see that there are lots of people cheering them on.” The pep band hopes by being there they help the Waldorf Warriors to win and help cheer them on to give their team the spirit to go all the way.

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“I try to Skype (my family) as much as possible but it’s not the same.” — Mitch Barrett-Burrell

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just right around the corner with family getting together and enjoying each others company. Waldorf College is the home to many students who live out of state. Many of these students cannot go home on the weekends and they must wait for breaks such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. They can spend months without seeing their family or friends back home. Mitch Barrett-Burrell, from Compton California, shares his thoughts about missing his family and friends. “Its very tough not seeing your family in months. I play basketball to get over missing my family because that is what I am out here for,” said Barrett-Burrell. “I try to Skype them as much as possible but its not the same. I cannot wait for Christmas.” Skype and ooVoo, both video/audio internet calling services, are used by students to connect to their family through video messaging. It works better for some people rather than a phone call or email because it lets you see family or friends on the screen. “I miss my friends and family the most,” said Evan Griffith from San Clemente, California. “Its hard not seeing them in person and being able to hang out with them all the time. I miss the warm whether Cali as well. I’m not looking for to this Iowa snow.” Brad Johnson from Fullerton California said “I miss my girl back home and all my family. They mean the most to me but I have to get an education that is what I am doing here. Forest City isn’t that bad but its nothing like Cali.” Missing home can be very tough for anyone and many are waiting for breaks to go home and finally see everyone they have missed.

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The Torch Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 2