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volume 3, issue 4

Gabe Vasquez

to inspire through graffiti Softball and Baseball seasons begin: Check out the latest

Explore the history of body art and its many forms of self expression

Campus Trends: The top ten reasons you should dress up everyday

SECURITY!!! Campus security undergoes major changes


Advisor Tiffany Olson Editor Abbie Wibe Design Editors Alexander Horak Photo Editor Phillip Koolhoven Contributors Jonathan Aguilar Andres Ballesteros Eric Bertelsen Faith Cook Airenne Curry Dusty Gerhardt Kellie Grunzke Nicholas Lara Claire Lawson Justin Mattingly Molly Rabb Editorial Offices Waldorf College 106 S. Sixth Street Forest City, IA 50436 Colophon The Torch is produced in Adobe InDesign on Apple iMac computers. Body text is set in 10 point Century Gothic. Photo captions are 9 point Century Gothic as well. In Appreciation A special thanks to President Bob Alsop, Student Senate, David Damm and the Lobbyist staff, Barbara Barrows, Riya Anandwala, and Matt Knutson in the Marketing Department.

what’s inside‌ FEATURED STORIES

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Theater behind the scenes play review

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Sports softball baseball

kids against hunger

it was another successful year supporting Kids Against Hunger; students packed and raised funds to help those in need

choir on tour

the Waldorf choir spent their spring break touring the midwest and sharing their vocal talents with a variety of schools and churches

body art

the history of the tattoo dates back to 3300 B.C. check-out some of the ways Waldorf students use body art as a form of self expression

campus security change

changes in security have resulted in a new internal security staff and changes in the hours that buildings on campus are open

the world is his canvas

Gabe Vasquez has elevated graffiti to an art form; his work has been commissioned for a variety of projects on campus and within the community

Student Life student confessions campus trends student produced film tax refunds mission trip spring break rising cost of soda meal plans

editor's letter

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story by Abbie Wibe

Ever wonder what your classmates are hiding from you? A few Waldorf students decided to share some of their juiciest secrets and cringe-worthy moments. Here’s a confession: I’m twentyyears-old, and I still watch the

show, Caillou. –Cam Smith

prank called

One time I a guy pretending to be the guy’s girlfriend’s ex and I talked a bunch of crap. They ended up fist-fighting about it.

One time, in seventh grade, I was in P.E. class, but I wasn’t feeling very well. I farted, and the next thing I knew, a little bit of poop was running down my leg. This story is still embarrassing to tell today.

Anonymous –Anonymous

The meanest thing that I have ever done to someone was when

I assisted in arresting a friend for underaged drinking, when working with the police department in my town.” –Anonymous

My confession is that my hair isn’t real. I actually Just kidding!

wear a wig.

–Kevin Encinas I won’t go into specifics, but it is an incident that involves rolling luggage, a revolving door, getting stuck, and a hot maintenance guy





laughing when he had to get me unstuck. –Anonymous

...and the next thing i knew, a little bit of poop was running down my leg.” — Anonymous Okay, one time, a friend and I took window markers to the Breen parking lot, and we wrote

random sayings on cars like “Happy 90th Birthday, Nana,” “It’s a boy,” and “Good luck at State wrestling!” –Anonymous

Sometimes, when my friends and I are bored, we will find random brochures, like the ones from doctors offices and slip them under

A bunch of people in Breen last year got unwanted prostate information. people’s doors.

–Faith Cook





Campus Trends: 10 reasons why

should dress up

story and photos by Justin Mattingly

Alright, so here we are, several hundred attractive, young college students nearing the end of spring semester. Some of us will bid farewell come April 28th, while others realized that there memorable freshman year is soon coming to an end. As for me, well, this happens to be my first semester at Waldorf as a sophomore transfer from Iowa State. Admittedly, the last thing I expected coming here from ISU was the unique, noticeable styles around campus. I have observed an array of trends, from gents keeping it comfortable with a nice pair of Nike/Jordan pants, some fresh J’s, a retro snapback, and a matching hoodie and t-shirt, to ladies in dark skinny jeans, tan boots, a classic button up, bright scarf, matching earrings, and the essential contemporary spring coat. Claire Lawson is one of the many students here at Waldorf who enjoy dressing up. She says it makes her feel sophisticated and grown up.

Over this past semester, as I have taken notice to these fashions, as well as many more, my own style has somehow seemed to have gotten some attention itself. Many of you have asked, “Why are you so dressed up?” As if wearing something classy that makes you feel good is a “strange” thing to do. Consequently, the comments have got me thinking about dressing up and what it means to do so. Since when did it become an unusual thing to put a little effort into what you wear and have some fun with it? Since when is anyone whom is not wearing sweatpants and a hoodie breaking unwritten social rules? Why should “dressing up” be reserved for special occasions only? Immediately, I was inspired to create a list. This list would explain why I firmly believe in “dressing up”, and why you should too!

Why dress up?


Here are 10 good reasons 1. You never know who you could run into; a future employer, a good looking lady or gentleman, or a killer contact for your social network.


2. You’re only young once! Take advantage of your possibilities now and show off how breathtaking you can be. 3. What you wear is a method of self-expression. Fashion is one of the rare instances when art comes alive. Who are you? Inspire those around you by what you wear! 4. You never know, there’s always a chance you may get photo’d for a trends article (like this one). 5. You deserve to look and feel your best at all times. 6. Fashion and clothes are great conversation starters… “You look absolutely stunning in the sun dress miss!” 7. Parties and weddings aren’t the only time to celebrate. Do it daily! 8. If you’ve got it (great style, killer confidence, an amazing smile), it’s just wrong not to flaunt it, right? 9. Nothing beats looking in the mirror and realizing… “Wow… I look good. No…I look great!” 10. Because you want to. That is the only reason that truly matters.

Why do

you dress up?

Well, low and behold, after spending a little time searching around campus, I stumbled upon a couple of ladies and gents whom enjoy getting a little spiffed up themselves. After catching up with Waldorf’s own Claire Lawson and discussing the topic, she smiled and expressed to me that, “Dressing up makes me feel more sophisticated and grown. I like dressing up because I’ve been a really big tom boy most of my life, and sometimes I just like being girly, you know?” A couple of days later, I even found someone strutting around in a suit and bow-tie, a gentleman by the name of Jaye Upah. Imagine attending a black tie affair and not getting the memo…let’s just say this guy was showing me up. Sufficed to say, I was compelled to hear the reasoning behind the man in the suit. So, after having a little powwow, Jaye nonchalantly stated, “I dress up to stay look and act the part. Well, also because you feel like a boss when you wear a suit every day.” So, what do you think? Maybe dressing up could be a good thing…A little fun or even surprising? Either way, whether you choose to dress down or dress up, style on my friends.

To act the part you have to look the part, Jay Upah, says about wearing a suit and bow-tie. It’s stylish and professional all at the same time.




Hollywood Dreams: A student’s desire to direct his own movie is becoming a reality story and photos by Dusty Gerhardt

There are movies being produced every day, but did you ever think that there may be one being filmed in Forest City. That’s right next year three talented students Evan Eischen, Kyle Acker, and Carlos Ruiz will be filming an Independent horror Film. The film as of now does not have a name but is set in a small town campus theme house where two roommates mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night. The majority of the film follows a couple: Zach Snyder and Candice Harper, and how they live their lives after hearing the news of the disappearances Eischen, the one directing this film said, “my goal with this project is to prove that no matter who you are and where you are you can do big things. Forest

City may not be the biggest place in the world, but I feel that we have the right people and the right place to get this film done.” Filming for the untitled movie will begin next semester in the fall. For the time being the crew is using the rest of this semester for pre-production, and will then have an open casting call, open to any and all Waldorf students, with filming starting in late September/early October. So be on the lookout for the new movie and you never know maybe you or one of your friends will have the chance to become a star. With that being said, after the film is complete and once the film’s editing is completed they are planning to have a free campus wide screening.


story by Faith Cook

Refund check means extra spending money As college students, we all know how expensive it can be to get an education. Among some of the expenses we incur are tuition, housing, and books, but we also know there are many other costs. This maybe why there’s such excitement when refund checks are in. However, it seems that students, after buying books and food, still have large lump sums of money left over from their refund checks to do with as they please. Some students choose to invest, some spend their money on personal purchases, and others save for the future. One student, Justin Nguyen, chose to spend his leftover refund money on a very interesting business. He is buying very rare Michael Jordan classic shoes and selling them for double or even triple the price online, Nguyen has made a profit with his money. Nguyen said, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward, but that also sometimes means the greater the loss.” He still has one pair of shoes that he was unable to sell online for the amount needed to break even, and this is just part of the risk he speaks of. Other students like Brad Johnson and Mitchell Barrett-Burrell chose to spend their extra money on electronics and their clothing needs. With the refund

check, Johnson was able to buy video games, shoes, basketball shorts, and other sports gear. Johnson said, “with the Medford Outlets and the Mall of America being so close, it’s hard not to spend your money.” Mitchell Barrett-Burrell made a similar but larger purchase when he bought his 48” television along, with his own assortment of sports gear. Burrell commented, “When you’re not used to getting large amounts of money in one check, it’s difficult to decipher between your wants and needs.” For the most part, all of these purchases are fairly normal for students to make, but this year there was something bought that was quite different from the rest. Abbie Wibe and BreeAnn Hageman, both bought miniature daschund puppies with their refund checks. Both Wibe and her puppy, Buggaboo, and Hageman, with her puppy, Kali, say the dogs were well worth their money, and they have no regrets about buying them. So, although the refund checks are meant to help students pay for their extra college expenses, they are also making it easier for students to afford the things they want. Either way, this extra money definitely makes life a little bit better for all.




Student missions

Left: Students getting ready to leave from Forest City on the mission trip. Middle: Joan Brandt, Ashley Kirkpatrick, and Crystal Langford making a stop to look at some South Dakota scenery. Right: Marshall Williams and Antoine Cummins with the kids at recess.

This year, campus ministries went on a mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The students stayed in Oglala at Makasan Presbyterian Church retreat center. Pastor Greg, the leader and trip coordinator, said, “the mission trip was started by their Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) student leadership team, and they wanted to do the trip when they met in January.” So he made the contacts to the reservation. Pastor Greg chose this mission trip because he had been to the reservation five times, and knew there were great opportunities to serve and learn at Pine Ridge. Pastor Greg said, “the speakers were awesome in their insights about life on the reservation; there are also the opportunities to learn about the most poverty stricken county in the nation. The place is special in its spirituality and the richness of the culture.” Sophomore, Crystal Langford had a great experience on the mission trip. Langford said, “the trip was amazing, we mainly just learned about the Lakota culture which is really sad actually because of all the poverty they live in. We were also able to go to one of the schools and help with



in South Dakota story by Molly Rabb | photography by Joan Bryant

the kids, I was able to work with the preschoolers and I just fell in love with them. It almost made me want to change my major to education.” Langford explained that the main thing she learned was that the Lakato culture has such a passion for their heritage which is what made her excited to learn about it. Langford went on to say, “I loved everything we did, the speakers, helping out at the school, and that Wednesday we were able to go see Mount Rushmore and the Badlands, and I had never been there before so it was just beautiful to see.” Of the thing she learned the most, Langford commented, “something that will stick with me forever is they have this symbol in their culture; it’s a circle split into four colors: red, white, yellow, and black symbolizing that were all equal. I loved it because I’ve always believed that the color of your skin should not affect how people view you.” Pastor Greg was very pleased with the trip. He said, “this group was very patient and willing to learn. They worked very well.” For all the people that went on the mission trip it was a great experience with memories that will last a life time.

Left: Ashlee Kirkpatrick, Emily Wiebke, Crystal Langford Micheal Petrime, Christopher Sheppard, Pastor Gregg Anderson on a walk at Wounded Knee. Middle: Joan Bryant, Lauren Schryver, Crystal Langford, Ashlee kirkpatrick at Mt. Rushmore. Left: A Pow-Wow at a native church.

Spring Break is a time of fun, enjoyment, and

that he can only do at home, during this break. “When

some much needed rest and relaxation, but the ways

I go home I won’t be taking it easy. I have so much

students spend their break is very different for each

to do to get ready for my art-show that I will be busy

student. The top three destinations for students over

the entire break,” Safe said. The only way that he will

Spring Break are: going home, visiting friends or going

be taking it easy is when he isn’t doing art related stuff

on a vacation.

such as cooking. He needs to learn to cook for many

Going home is the top destination for most

people for his upcoming job out in Washington. So, for

students. There are multiple reasons why students go

Dean Safe Spring Break isn’t much of a break, it is just

home for this break. Dean Safe, a senior art student,

a time for him to prepare for the rest of his semester.

is going home, but this isn’t much of a break for him.

While he is at home he is still going to be working on

This means going home and sleeping a lot or just

his art for his upcoming art show that he has in less

watching movies with their families. Going shopping

than a month. He will be drawing new pieces, getting

is something else that students do over Spring Break.

previous pieces framed, and doing lots of other things

Students bring back all sorts of things to campus that

For other students Spring Break is a time to relax.


When I go home I won’t be taking it easy. I have so much to do to get ready for my art-show that I will be busy the entire break.” — Dean Safe

they buy during Spring Break. Some students bring back new clothes, some bring food, and others just bring back a good tan. Jennifer Joyner, a student from California is one of the students that went home for Spring Break. “It was warm and nice,” Joyner said.

Some students go home for Spring Break but then


there are those students that just want to get away. Several student, including myself, went down to South Padre Island for Spring Break. Andrew Hartshorn, Britney Ott, and I went down to South Padre Island. We stopped down in Oklahoma City, where Hartshorn lives to spend the night and the next day we made it to the resort island. We stayed there for four full days and then we came back to Waldorf. “I enjoyed being able to go some place that I would never have otherwise gone. That made the arguing about driving worth it,” Ott said. All three students ended doing quite a bit of the drive since it turned out to be a 24 hour drive, one-way.

I enjoyed being able to go some place that I would never have otherwise gone. That made the arguing about driving worth it.” — Britney Ott


story and photos by Abbie Wibe

lthough once considered to be a type of vandalism, graffiti is finally being recognized by many as an actual form of art. This is no more true than right here at Waldorf College, where junior Gabe Vasquez has been using his artistic talents, and many cans of spray paint, to decorate various walls around campus, and various locations throughout Northern Iowa, with graffiti.


This page: Vasquez hard at work on his latest creation. Opposite page, right: supplies for Vasquez’s latest project. Bottom left: Vasquez’s mural outside of the art department. Bottom right: more of his latest project, spray on canvas for a clothing company.

Vasquez hails from the great state of Texas, in El Paso. He is both an athlete, and a student dedicated to the arts. His art can be found on canvas, on walls, and even on skin, in the form of tattoos he has designed for others. One of Vasquez’s many on-campus graffiti creations can be found outside the entrance to the art classroom, in the basement of the Campus Center, while another is next to the theater department’s BOB, formally known as the Black Box, in the basement of Neilson Boe, and yet another is in the KZOW radio station. When asked how he came up with the concept behind the mural outside of the art room, which features a red, orange, and yellow sky, Vasquez’s said “in a world filled with shades of grey, it’s up to you to give it color,” Vasquez replies, “I took (other art students’) input, and along with my own artistic intuition, I created what they asked for, in my own personal style. I also used the artistic medium that I am best at, which, of course, is spray paint.”

For the theater department, Vasquez painted the face, neck, and shoulders of a Marilyn Monroeesque woman, surrounded by a halo-like light, and complete with a tattoo that spells “Gabe,” on her left shoulder.

art to inspire others, and to have a “positive impact on the world.” He hopes to travel around the world and leave pieces of his art, in order to spread positive messages for all the public to see. “I always try my absolute hardest, because at any time life can end, and it is always a gift to have another day in order to get one step closer to reaching my goals,” says Vasquez, with a smile. How does W a l d o r f College’s art professor, Kristi Carlson feel about this less traditional art form? “She don’t like it,” answers one student, Darius Leopaul. To this Carlson laughs and says, “No, it’s the nauseous fumes that I don’t like. The fumes are killer. That’s why railroad cars are perfect (for graffiti), because they are always outside.” Carlson truly believes that art, graffiti specifically, will continue to be a huge part of Vasquez’s future. “I think this may be his life,” she states. “He just can’t get his mind off of it.”

It is always a gift to have another day in order to reach my goals.” — Gabe Vasquez “There is no better place to paint an actress such as Marilyn than a theater, to inspire today’s young talent to become that which they desire to be most,” comments Vasquez, about his creation. Vasquez’s art can also be found on walls at the North Iowa Youth Center, in Mason City, at the Mason City skate park, at Forest City High School, and even in Communications department here at Waldorf. Before the Vault closed last fall, his art was seen in the men and women’s bathrooms. Above all else, Vasquez uses his



Change are underway for campus security story and photos by Claire Lawson

For the last 25 years Waldorf has been secured,

they had to let us go,” said Jason Ramaker, the Dean

every night, by Winnebago Security. Each night they

of Students.

made their rounds through all of the buildings, lock up,

and ensured the safety of students, staff, and faculty

could be made after a long thought process was to

on campus.

hire internal security. We have three security officers,

one woman, Emily Weibke, and two men, Rob Thomas

“In October, Winnebago told us that their insurance

According to Ramaker, the best decision that

had changed and because their risk and liability only

and Travis Mundt.

covers their property which we are no longer a part of,

There are a lot of new challenges that come with

having internal security such as a conflict of interest with friends or classmates around campus, but Ramaker assured that all the officers go through training to help deal with situations that may arise.

“I don’t think that it’s the best idea [having students

as security] because the students can just let things so, let it slide by. They might not be as firm and compelling to do something as when Winnebago was here,” said Carlos Ruiz, a sophomore communications major.

However, there are also many great advantages

of having an internal security system. For one, the officers know the campus, they also know the students



and have good relationships with faculty and staff. And more importantly, they have a good feel for the campus and know when things aren’t right.

“We know more about what’s going on with the

buildings and details around campus with internal now locked up at 10 p.m. as well.

While part of the reason is because we have less

We know more about what is going on

students on meal plans this year so we don’t necessarily

with the buildings and details around

need to have such long hours, it also trickles down to

campus with internal security, but we’re still learning, it’s an evolving process.” — Jason Ramaker

our new security.

The Res Life and Student Life staff analyzed how

many buildings and spaces were being used at certain hours, and in order to save on budget they chose to cut out a couple hours at the end of each day.

security,” says Ramaker, “but we’re still learning, it’s an

evolving process.”

because at the start of their shifts they lock up the

buildings and then make their rounds.

Along with the new security, Campus Building Hours

This change made it easier on our new security

have also undergone some drastic changes.

bit drastic we can rest assured that the

Last semester the Warrior Crossing was open from

Even though these changes seem a

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 4 p.m.

College only has the best interest

on Fridays and closed for the weekend. This semester

of us students in mind.

it closes at 4 p.m. everyday unless there is a special event like a theater show.

Along with shorter hours in our food services,

Gatsby’s now closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Friday instead of Midnight because the Campus Center is



BODY ART story and photos by Claire Lawson

In 3300 B.C. Otzi the Iceman* died in the Alps. In

No matter what, people are gonna judge you...” — Vinnie Perricelli

1991 I was born in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Not only do Otzi and I share the same birth year, so to speak, but we also share the love for ink. When the Iceman was discovered he had dots tattooed all over his body. Scholars are unsure if these dots were for decoration, or from ancient acupuncture.

In 2000 B.C. upper-class Egyptian women and

priestesses were tattooed with a series of dots across

their abdomen, thighs, and breast as a form of

down upon and given the negative connotations that

protection during pregnancy.

linger today. Roman Emperor Constantine banned

It wasn’t until 316 A.D. that tattoos were looked

facial tattooing because he claimed, “men were created in the image of God” and should not defile themselves because it “disgraced the Divine”.

Then to add to the negativity that surrounded

tattoos, Japan started using tattoos as punishments for criminals in the year 720, a practice that lasted until the 17th century.

In 1796, British Captain James Cook brought back

stories of people covered in “elaborate body art.” Captain Cook also brought us a name for this art from the Polynesians,*** “tatau”, or tattoo. *Otzi the Iceman

Martin Hildebrandt opened the first tattoo parlor

in New York City in 1846. His daughter travelled with the


Barnum & Bailey Circus as the “Tattooed Lady.**”

With the rich, global history of tattooing, where

do people stand today on this issue? How much has changed in the tattoo world? For






advanced from a stick and poke method to electronic tattoo machines. And rumor has it that scientists are

***Ancient Polynesian Men

developing new ink that makes tattoo removal easier.

So what do students here at Waldorf think? Vinnie

Perricelli, a sophomore from Niagara Falls, NY said, “No matter what people are gonna judge you for it, and I think that as long as it’s meaningful it’s okay.”

It seems to have become a norm in our generation

to get a tattoo as soon as we are old enough to walk into a tattoo parlor without our parents.

When our grandparents were our age it seemed as

though the only people with tattoos were the men that served our county in a branch of the military.

Today people get tattoo’s for many reasons. Some

are spur of the moment. Some are memorials for loved ones that have passed away. And some are memories within themselves.

** “Tattooed Lady”

Kenny Brown sports his tattoos.


“To me it means forgiving people and myself for wrong doings and just forget about it. Life goes on and what’s the point of holding a grudge?” — Chris Oliver

“It says Mom in her handwriting with a heart because she and I have such a good friendship...”

“It’s the key to my heart.” —  Pamela Castillo

“Music has saved my life. It has helped me through my darkest times and like a best friend, my music is always there to help me.” — Nikki Alamanza “It represents the breaking dawn cover and it has the card suits for Vegas and it has my favorite number.” — Ashley Stichauf

“The Chinese symbols stand for family and I got the star because i love stars and star gazing.” — April Ritts

“It’s also my Dad’s hand writing. He wasn’t in the Navy but he has a spirit that keeps me grounded. Every step I take is for them.” — Katie Mullaly “It’s my wrestling motto. It reminds me to not be afraid of anything and just go for it.” — Marcel Cook “I got it when I was 17 after I won my first nationals tournament. It’s there to remind me that if I work hard, anything is possible and the sky is the limit.” — Roni Goodale

“Twister was my wrestling nickname in highschool that my best friend gave me after I gave him a twister at practice one day when I thought he was going to choke me to death.” — Ashlee ‘STFU’ Lenz

“The scripture is my favorite, it says, ‘God will give me the power to overcome my enemies.’” — Giano White



story by Eric Bertelson | photgraphy by Jonathan Aguilar, Alicia Danielson, and Mary Dickman

During spring break (March 10 -18), the Waldorf Choir was busy traveling to and singing at a variety of places throughout the Midwest states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota. During the bus rides on a charter bus, the members did a variety of different things. A lot of the members listened to their iPods, read a book, were on their computers, took naps, and socialized and laughed with one another. For the most part, it just depended on how everyone was feeling. If they were tired or exhausted, they would sit quietly or sleep. If they were active, they would chat with each to other. When everyone hauled their luggage on the bus early in the morning, the charter bus would get back on the road for a while. After being on the road for some time, the choir would visit different high schools, and sing a few of their songs to some of the choirs at various schools. After the group was done singing their songs, most of the high school groups would perform a few of their songs from their selections for the choir. In addition, the choir was able to sing at some of the members’ former high schools, like at alto Cassie


Rudd’s high school in Hayfield, MN, and at soprano Karly Ankarlo’s high school, East Duluth, in Duluth, MN. Of course, another part of the tour was doing concerts at different churches. When making it to a church destination, the assigned crews would take props off the bus like robes and programs. Then, all of the members would assemble in the sanctuary to get adjusted to their surroundings by doing vocal warmups and going through certain sections of songs. Another main point that happened was that everyone would unite in the different dining halls for dinner and sing the first verse from “The Table Grace: Be Present at our Table, Lord” before eating the meals prepared by some of the members of the churches and sing the second verse afterwards. Then, they would sing the “Thank You Song” to those church members. After that, everyone would prepare themselves for performance time by getting robed up. Another great addition was

that the choir was able to sing at some churches connected with members of the music department. For instance, the choir sang at Alicia Danielson’s home church, Immanuel Lutheran, in Story City, IA. Danielson is the GA for the music department. The choir also sang


at St. Michael Lutheran Church, in Omaha, NE, where Dr. Adam and Sarah Luebke were married, and at Trinity Lutheran Church, also in Rudd’s hometown. After the choir members were done with their concerts, they were divided and paired with “host



Choir students enjoy free time while on tour

During the choir’s free time, one of the places they visited was the National Music Museum, which is right by the University of South Dakota. Dr. Luebke said that the museum has many different types of instruments “from all over the world and from different eras of history.” While the group was driving into Duluth, they saw Lake Superior. Karly Ankarlo, who is a resident from that city, said that it’s the “second deepest lake in the world and the largest lake in the Western Hemisphere.” Before the group left the city, they went down to Canal Park, an area with a variety of restaurants and other shops by the shore of the lake. Then, the choir headed for the twin cities and stayed in a hotel by the name of the Aloft Hotel. While in Minneapolis the choir had a free day meaning, they had a day’s break from the hectic schedule of the tour. Most of the members went to the Mall of America and did some shopping. On the evening of March 17, the choir went to see a men’s vocal ensemble called Cantus; they were a group of nine men that sang a program called “The Singing Revolution: Songs of the Baltic Awakening.” The songs were from the vigorous music tradition from the countries of the Baltic area like Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Before leaving the Twin Cities, the group did a last church visit at the Cathedral of St. Paul and sang a few of their songs during a mass, which was a traditional Roman Catholic one; Dr. Luebke said that it’s “one of the largest cathedrals in the United States.”

families.” “Host families” comprised of members of the different churches who were willing to take a group of choir members to their houses for a night and bring them back to their charter bus early in the morning. All of the members interacted with the host families in different ways because they were all different individuals. Choir member Janelle Flatebo, who is President of the Choir and section leader of the sopranos, thought the tour was a beneficial experience for the choir because everyone got to know one another. Not only did she think they were getting to know one another but were “improving the musical elements exhibited in each piece of music.” She said that they were improving each night by expressing emotion behind the words rather

than just singing them in a routine. “There was a definite meaning for each piece,” said Flatebo. Senior Pastor Paul Hauschild at Trinity Lutheran Church thought the choir sang “great, beautiful music.” He liked the variety of their songs that shifted from sacred songs to secular ones. He thought it was even neat how their songs fit in an hour for their worship service. He

GET TO KNOW WALDORF STAFF thought it was the perfect length. “Nobody’s butts got sore,” Pastor Hauschild commented. Dr. Joy Heebink, Associate Professor of Religion at Waldorf College, said that the choir’s home concert at Immanuel was “splendid.” She thought it was striking how the choir’s “sound was shaped and carefully molded,” even adding that the choir has “matured to a significant degree during the course of the year.” She was pleased with Dr. Luebke’s program, which she described as “carefully crafted,” as well as ‘thoughtful and moving.” She ended with saying, “I didn’t want the concert to end.” Chris Ward, who is the Music and Percussion Coordinator, remembers at the Morningside Lutheran Church in Sioux City, that when the

Hanson Library The library hires a new employee story and photos by Eric Bertelson

A talk with Andrea Slonecker

Eric Bertelsen: Have you had a librarian position before? Andrea Slonecker: I never have, but it’s been my dream for my entire life. Libraries have always been one of my favorite places. I even love the smells from the books and how they are organized. EB: When you applied, why did you wanted to work at Waldorf? AS: The Waldorf faculty and staff have always been welcoming to my family and me. It’s one of the only jobs I’ve seen with the hours that fit my family’s, and I like the opportunity to work with the students and community members. EB: What is your position like? AS: My title is Evening and Weekend Librarian Assistant. When I come to work, I get to be one of the first ones to receive the new books before they are placed on the shelves. Then, I type the ISBN numbers and the costs of the new books in the computer. I also have a two hour shift at the reference desk where students come up to me and ask me questions. I try to remember my glasses. They make me feel like a librarian. EB: Is this job a new learning experience for you?

choir finished “Beautiful Savior,” he heard a gentleman behind him whispering “yes.” The word came out of him very lightly because that’s how much the choir touched his heart. Ward said, “No matter what happened, the choir always gave a great performance.” If you haven’t seen the choir yet this year, find room in your schedule and make it happen.

AS: Absolutely. I am learning all sorts of things about how a library operates behind the scenes. Because I work at the reference desk, I’m adding to the research knowledge that I already have. I’m also applying skills that I had from my previous job as a teacher. I like that both of those jobs are about learning. EB: Do you like working at the library? AS: I love working here. Because I work nights, I am able to stay home with my pre-school daughters during the day. I like being around an atmosphere of learning and quietness after the boisterous activity during the day. I like the balance between being a stay-at-home mother and working part-time in the library.




KIDS AGAINST HUNGER story and photos by Claire Lawson Each pack is filled with all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition. Included in the pack is: high-quality, long-grained rice; vitaminfortifies, crushed soy; dehydrated-blend of six vegetables and chicken-flavored, vegetarian vitamin and mineral powder.

FEATURE March 7, 2012 marked yet another year in which Waldorf College paired up with the local Forest City community in order to fight hunger one meal-pack at a time. For the past six years Waldorf staff, faculty, and students have been teaming up with the people of Forest City to make meal-packs to feed the starving children in the United States and around the world. Waldorf once again joined forces with Immanuel Lutheran Church of Forest City in order to help raise the funds to bring the supplies back. On January 29, Immanuel held a community breakfast as a fund-raiser to kick-start the project.

“Our goal [for Kids Against Hunger] was to raise $15,000 and we met it,” said Amy Woods, the Director of Student Activities and Orientation here on campus. “On the day of the event we raised an additional $1,500 to go towards next year’s meals.” The meal packs are filled by volunteers who go through a sort 30 minute training class and are then lined up at tables to work as an assembly line filling, sealing, and packing the meal-packs. This year there were over 500 volunteers from the ages of 2 to 80. “Kids Against Hunger is our main project of the year,” said Professor Steve Smith, the Chair of the committee for Convocation and Services. “It really reaches around to the other side of the world.”


Kids Against Hunger was incorporated in 1999 and has since sent over 200 million meals to families and children to over 60 countries worldwide. Richard Proudfit, the founder of Kids Against Hunger, has been involved in helping the hungry for over 30 years. Proudfit’s fascination with feeding the hungry all started in 1974 after visiting the devastation caused by Hurricane Fifi in Honduras. It left thousands dead or homeless. Originally sent overseas as an engineer with a relief team, Proudfit soon realized that there was a lot more that he wanted to help out with besides just engineering and repair work. Proudfit is known by many as “compassionate and innovative” which made him the perfect candidate to undertake a project like Kids Against Hunger. Proudfit is constantly trying to improve his non-profit company to make it run better, faster, and cheaper. With the help of organizations like Waldorf College and Immanuel Lutheran, Proudfit’s vision is continuously at work saving lives one meal-pack at a time.



story and photos by Eric Bertelson

At the start of the second semester here at Waldorf, the price of soda from the vending machine has risen a whole new quarter from a $1.25 to $1.50. Yikes! Waldorf is in contract with the Pepsi. They provide the soda bottles and the vending machines for the campus. Mason Harms, Vice President for Business Affairs, is in charge of keeping in touch with Pepsi whenever the vending machines need to be refilled with bottles. Also, he is the one who negotiates business agreements with Pepsi. For a while, Pepsi has wanted to raise the prices on the campus. Harms nicely asked them if they could keep the prices at $1.25; they were able to accept his wishes. Therefore, that’s why the prices for the vending machines have been at $1.25 for such a long time. However, Pepsi was forced to seriously ask Harms to allow them to raise the prices for the vending machines because their prices are going up. “It’s like two people on a transaction. You have to work together,” Harms commented. Could the problem with pop prices rising result from the economy? Pepsi’s prices, along with other soda companies’ prices for their products, are rising, so they have to raise their “input prices.” Because many soda companies’ prices are rising, they need to do what seems right for them to keep their profits. That intention seems suitable for them because they wouldn’t do anything less in order to keep their businesses running. In “Plastic Prices to Pressure Soda Prices,” Paul Ziobro wrote that higher prices came into effect for 2011 with Pepsi and Coca-Cola because both bought big “portions” of their bottling operations for the U.S., resulting in production costs rising (para. 3). In addition

to soda prices rising, Dr. Pepper plans to rise by a “percentage in the mid-single digits this year” (para. 6). In another article “Coke to Raise Soda Prices as Commodity Costs Bubble” by Jennifer Booton says that Coke beverages increased their costs from “3% to 5% between July 10 and Labor Day” of last year (para. 6). From “Coca-Cola Raises Prices: What’s Next?” Seth Fiegerman wrote that Coca-Cola raised prices around 3% during last year and will also raise costs for transportation and products “like corn and plastic” (para. 3). Because of the atrocious prices from pop machines, students and staff workers decide to aim for cheaper prices of soda. Wade Fridley, who is an Education major, can buy a six pack of soda for $2.50. He thinks $1.50 for a bottle of pop is an “astronomical amount for his convenience.” He also said, “I work 40 hours a week. Why would I pay $1.50 for a pop? It’s like I would have to work 15 minutes just for a single pop.” Duane Polsdorfer from Financial Aid never brings soda to campus because it’s easier to make coffee. When he does buy soda, his mind-set is, “I can’t spend a $1.50 for a 20 oz. when I go to Dollar General to get a 2 liter for $1.” Prices of soda have drastically increased throughout the years. Cathy Stensland, who is from Financial Aid, remembers when she was growing up during the late sixties that a bottle of soda cost $.25. Soda prices have changed immensely since the late sixties, but even younger generations have seen an large increases from their childhood until now. Communications major Claire Lawson remembers soda being $1 when she was in middle school.

Why would I pay $1.50 for a pop? It’s like I would have to work 15 minutes for a single pop.”

— Wade Fridley


Could the problematic situations with soda prices derive from Americans’ health? Due to pop being so unhealthy, Dr. Jason Block of Harvard from “Will Rising Soda Prices Lower Obesity?” of from 2010 said, “Obesity is at epidemic levels” (para. 4). He continued with saying this later on: “Regular soft drinks make about 7 percent of all calories consumed in the United States” (para. 8). That same article has U.S. researchers saying that consumers have been forced to buy cheaper beverages that are healthier because of the price costs (para. 1). For instance, prices of soda rose to “$.35” (26%) in hospital cafeterias which made people choose healthier drinks (para. 2). After all of this research, can the issues of soda prices be defined from the U.S.’s bad economy or from the U.S.’s lack of health?




Behind the Scenes

Collaboration and hard work make the final production of “Crimes of the Heart” successful

story and photos by Dusty Gerhardt play photos by Jonathan Aguilar

Behind the scenes of the Waldorf Theater Department is an interesting place to be. There are usually a lot of things going on that people don’t see. From quick scene changes, costume changes, drama backstage, and the OMG moments when something goes wrong. They only see the final product. Theater is a collaborating art that requires a lot of different elements to be successful. For example there are carpenters, electricians, costumers, painters, prop masters, and more. Along with the stage managers, actors, tech crew, and the director that most people relate with theater. Being familiar with Waldorf’s Theater department, I went behind the scenes of their latest production of “Crimes of the Heart” to see how things were going. There was a good turnout for auditions, considering this play is a six-member cast production. After the cast list went up, and people found out if they made it or not, the cast and crew went to work. The cast started the rehearsal process, and the crew went to work on getting the stage ready. Chelsey Shreeve, who is playing the part of Babe, said, “Rehearsals are going great. Not only do I love the show itself, it has also been a lot of fun working with such a great group of people.” This seemed to be the general consensus that came from the rest of the cast as well. From the other prospective, the crews put a lot of time into the set. However, before I talk about that, I

should say that there are two types of crews: the shop crews and the production crews. Some share crew members, but they are different. Members of the shop crews are the ones who do all the prep work prior to the show, whereas the production crew is there during the performances. Beginning with the shop crews, there are four major sections: Scenic, which is in charge of the construction and paint on the stage; props, which handles all the smaller objects handled by the actors; lights and sound, which is in charge of all the lighting and sound that is used in the show; and costume, whom if you haven’t guessed by now, take care of finding and making all of the costumes. They are usually in charge of all fabric that is on the stage as well. Braden Falline, a senior, leads the Scenic Shop, home of never-ending sawdust. Falline has a crew of about five. His job is to oversee the shop and to keep everything on schedule. Amanda, one of the scenic crew members, commented, “When we were placing platforms, it was kind of like playing Tetris and finding the right shape for every platform.” One can also find Deciembre Westbrook in painting. She said, “I am responsible for all the painting that goes into a production. This includes, but is not limited to, painting flats and platforms, the stage floor, set pieces, and props. The most difficult part would be that I have to hand paint

Stage Manager Kara Oman (center) oversees light and sound in the soundbooth with Amanda Summers (left) and Sharayah May (right).

Shop workers Alex Horak and Rebecka Troxel work on building frames for the set.


the entire stage floor and the platforms that cover it.” She also mentioned that this show is different from past shows, because it is set in a house, whereas the setting for the last show was more abstract. In the costume shop, Chelsey Shreeve is the one in charge. She said, “Costuming for this show was very easy. The costume shop has a lot of 70’s costumes and since the show takes place in the 1970s, we had a lot of options for costumes, which was great.” Usually the productions have larger casts and different period costumes. Chelsey has a crew of about five working under her to make sure the cast looks good. The Lighting and Sound crew is very interesting. They either have to work around everyone or do the majority of their work in one or two days. They work on what is called a light plot to make sure all the lights get put in the correct place, angle, and have the right color gel put in them. This crew is one of the smallest crews because one you have to be semi-comfortable with heights and two, you have to be able to lift lights. I have watched Jay Upah hang lights many times and he, in my opinion, is fearless on a ladder. The Props crew is in charge of pulling props out of one of the prop rooms. Usually one person does this role and they are also the ones in charge of the props during the production as well. During the productions they make sure all the props are accounted for and put them away each night backstage. This preparation is done for a few nights of audience enjoyment. Then at the end of the last show the crews start Strike. Strike is where the crews tear down the set and put everything away in the shops. It a lot of work, but if everyone survives and the audience enjoys the production, then it is all worth it in the end. Soon after, the cast and crews will turn around and do it all over again.

Above: Bade (Chelsey Shreeve) meets with her laywer Barnette (Braden Falline). Top right: Barnette (Falline) takes an important call. Bottom left: Lenny (Kaylin Tlam) meets with Doc Porter (Josh Boone), to talk about old times.




story by Alexander Horak | photos by Jonathan Aguilar

the play in review

A review of the show: “Crimes of the Heart,” by Beth Henley, is a dark dramatic comedy set in the south during the 1970s, and in the opinion of this reviewer was a audience hit! The story revolves around three sisters, Lenny MaGrath (Kaylin Tlam), Meg MaGrath (Cassidy Atchison), and Babe Botrelle (Chelsey Shreeve), and their close friends and relatives. The characters deal with past emotional issues, brought about by their cousin Chick Boyle (Liz Taylor) and their aging grandfather. All of this takes place while Babe is accused of shooting her husband, a State Senator. Babe is defended by the town’s young lawyer Barnette Lloyd (Braden Falline). Doc Porter (Joshua Boone) is an old friend of the family and Meg’s old flame. However he is now married with children, but that doesn’t stop him from meeting up with Meg, hinting at the possibility of a scandal. Each character in the play has specific traits and characteristics, setting them apart from each other, and is played very well by the cast. The many different plot lines will keep audiences entertained and guessing as to what will happen to the sisters and the fate of the other characters.

Above: Meg (Cassidy Atchison) and Babe (Chelsey Shreeve) discuss matters. Right: Cousin Chick (Liz Taylor) and Meg (Atchison) confornt each other after time apart.

SPORTS Waldorf's softball team spent their spring break much like any other person would spend a weeklong vacation, complete with sun, sand, sweat, and extra innings. For the second consecutive year, the team traveled to Arizona for a portion of the week, to compete in the Tucson Invitational Games. Ten games were played throughout the week, resulting in four wins and six losses. Though several of the losses were near wins, including one close game against McKendree University, which ended with a score of 3-4, after nine innings. In addition, several of Waldorf’s wins in Arizona were quite memo-

rable. “We played Mount Marty College and won in eight innings,” said senior Macey Hickes. “It was an exciting game.” The final score of the game against Mount Marty College, which went into extra innings, was 6-3, a satisfying win for the Warriors. “(It) was one of the most intense games,” said Kirstin Davis, about the win against Mount Marty.


story by Abbie Wibe | photography by Kirsten Davis and Kendra Wedl

Below: The entire team and their coaches in Arizona. (Photo provided by Kirsten Davis). Bottom of the page: The team huddled before the game. (Photo provided by Kendra Wedl).


story by Andres Ballesteros

The past doesn't matter, the next game does.� — Ryan Flickinger


Baseball season is finally here! It officially arrived for the Waldorf Warriors on Feb. 17 with an away season opener against Manhattan Christian College, a game that certainly tested the Warriors and helped them to see where they stood at this season. Earning a whopping 15-0 road win on the first game proved that the Warriors are an outstanding team with a promising season ahead of them. Indeed it has been a bright season to this point for the baseball team. The Warriors have an impressive record of 21-13, accumulating an home record of seven wins to only one loss. This proves that their highest level of play is when they are on their home field. On the other hand, the Warriors have also snatched impressive road victories like the 11-9 against powerhouse Grandview University. Overall the Warriors are currently holding on to a 11-5 away record. With an extensively long season compared to other competitive

Waldorf teams, baseball has brought enormous success and excitement, recently holding an astonishing ten game winning streak, eight of which were conference match-ups. Head Baseball Coach, Ryan Flickinger obviously needs to receive credit for a fantastic ongoing season. Flickinger simply reminds his players, “the past doesn’t matter, the next game does.” Heading towards the final stages of conference play, the Warriors continue to add to their impressive success with an appearance on the national stage. They receivied votes in the NAIA Top-25 poll. This makes it the very first time in Waldorf’s history that the Warrior’s Baseball team has received national ranking votes. With only seven official meetings left in the season, six of which are conference play; the Warriors seek to culminate a successful season with the possibility of becoming conference champions. We wish them the best of luck!!!




Where are all the As one of the residency requirements, out of state students and those that are undergrads are mandated to live on campus. Katie Mullaly, Area Coordinator of Residence Life agrees saying that, “We do require first year students to live on campus.” For most, the economic atmosphere in and around Forest City makes it difficult for students to find suitable employment nearby. Some students have transportation issues and others have schedule conflicts due to coursework or college activities such as sports. Therefore, pockets are cut deep and money is short. After a student's first year, if they wanted to change their meal plan from Purple (17 meals/week and $100 declining) to Gold (10 meals/week and $150 declining) to save money they can. However with the lesser meal plan (and often with no extra source of income)when meals are done for the week, there is nothing to rely on. Counting pennies is tedious, and students end up having to ask their friends to help pay for food. If the college insists that room and board are paid through your tuition fees, why then do they only account for meals five days out of the week rather than seven?

events we are required to buy our own food, so when I’m broke, I look to use my meals, but then I remember that I have only three more to last me two days,” said Jessica Yakley. Another anonymous student said, “I hate coming to class hungry. I lose sight in lectures, and I worry about passing out.” While there is a lot of commotion about the meals service, there are students on campus that find the number of meals sufficient. "Well, I don't live on campus, but I am a full-time student. I share a house with four other girls, and we all share each other's snack. I don't use all of my meals, so it works," said the student. Waldorf has five areas for food: Warrior Crossing, the cafeteria, vending machines, the book store, and Gatsby's Grill. There are places around Forest City to purchase food, but that is money out of a student’s own pocket. Since hunger can strike anytime of the day, some students state that they wake up around 2 am and walk to the local gas station to grab a late night snack. If students are not getting what they need to satiate their bodies, then how will they cope throughout the day when they feel malnourished and fatigued?

I hate coming to class hungry. I lose sight in lectures, and I worry about passing out.” — Anonymous Is it wrong to have 17 meals a week, when the body wants at least 21? Students have been driven to be cautious in how they account for meals. Flex accounts are being utilized as a primary source of funding for meals because of the limited hours of availability of “real” food and because the 17 meals per week can only last so long. By the middle of the week many students are down to their last meal. Oftentimes, the hours between Monday night and Wednesday morning are long when waiting for the meal plan to be replenished on Wednesday mornings. Several students around campus have spoken about this dilemma. “For some of our sporting



story by Airenne Curry

The Warrior Crossing staff does a great job maintaining appropriate options for sustenance during the day. The cafeteria opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but when the cafeteria closes at seven in the evening, the options for food become scarce. This leaves students questioning where to get food. Vending machines cause students to dip into their wallets and pull out money to purchase food that normally a meal plan would cover. Most students begin to question where their meals have gone by the end of the week. Dean of Students Jason Ramaker stated, "I invite any student to come to the Student Senate meetings in the Breen classroom, or to stop by my office to provide feedback about recommended meal plan changes." What appears to be the bottom line is that students find their meal plans to be insufficient. This is an issue that has been brought up during class, and even once classes are finished for the day. Students will continue talking about how their meals will not cover them for the weekend. Alternate solutions may be found, or perhaps, students will have to learn as a school to control their appetites, as well as their spending habits.

Changes in the standard meal plans has sparked conversations among students about what is the proper number of meals. The Purple plans provides 17 meals a week, which is at least two meals per day, but some student find this insufficient for their needs.



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