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The Wheel, Volume 78, Issue 11

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St. Catherine University student newspaperMarch 18, 2011 - Volume 78, Issue 11thewheel-scu.tumblr.com
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March Madnessfor dummies
“We would hope that ourcustomers are not underthe impression that we areonly making these changesbecause o any contractissues...” Tim Ness, DiningServices Interim GeneralManager
By Alexa Chihos and RachelArmstrong with reporting byEsther Moss, Becky Doucette,and Jordyn Arndt
“We are alling relative to ourpeers in the ACTC institutionsand are near the bottom in theMinnesota private schools...--James Ashley, SCU associateproessor o economics
By RachelArmstrong
News in brief 
• Updates on headlines
rom around the globe
Tsunami in Japan:
The largest earthquake to hit Japan inover a century triggered a tsunami onMarch 11. Authorities estimate the deathtoll to be nearing 10,000 people. Japan’sEmperor Akihito appeared on televisionto appeal to the public not to lose hopeater last week’s disasters. The U.S. military has delivered more than 7,000 pounds o supplies, and more than $5.8 million inU.S. aid has been sent to Japan.High levels o radiation rom Japan’sFukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continue
Order up
• Concerns persist as
Sodexo makes changes
By Devon Arndt
senior staff writer
St. Catherine University (SCU) DiningServices and Sodexo, the company thatmanages the ood on campus, have beenmaking changes recently, many o whichhave been well received. These includeupdated and expanded ood options, longerhours, and environmentally riendly options.However some community members questionSodexo’s motives or many o the changes, asSodexo’s contract with SCU is set to expireMay 31, 2012.Many o Sodexo’s changes have centeredo n p rov i d i n gsustainable diningoptions or the SCUcommunity. Sodexorecently beganoering discountsto customers whopurchased and usedreusable cups, andhas begun to providecompostable to-gocontainers. A similarprogram has begunat the Coee Shop.Customers whobring their own mug will receive a discounton beverage purchases.“The reusable cup program began as anational program. It has already been quitesuccessul at SCU. We have sold out o ourreusable cups and are currently orderingmore,” Dining Services Interim GeneralManager Tim Ness said.Ness eels that it is important thatSodexo continues to be responsive to SCU’senvironmental concerns, which aligns withSodexo’s commitment to sustainability.According to their website, Sodexo is“committed to developing and implementing
• SCU professors’ pay gap
Each year, St. Catherine University (SCU)participates in the American Association o University Proessors (AAUP) survey. Theinormation the AAUP receives is then publishedin Academe. The 2010 inormation providedby Academe has spurred discussion in theSCU community surrounding proessors’compensation.According to average salary numbersreported by Academe in 2010, the meanproessor salary within reporting AssociatedColleges o the Twin Cities (ACTC) schools
Fair compensation
(Augsburg College, Hamline University,Macalester Collge, the University o St.Thomas, and SCU) is $88,500. The meansalary or a proessor at SCU is $73,700.Associate proessor o economics JamesAshley reects on the signifcance o thesenumbers at a women’s university where themajority o aculty are women.“This is somewhat revealing because i you divide our salary by the average [ACTC]salary, proessors get 83 percent, associateproessors get 86 percent, assistants get84 percent, and all ranks combined get 81percent o the salary o their ACTC peers,Ashley said. “The reason that is signifcant isbecause we are sort o like society – because 80percent o the aculty [at SCU] are women.”Susan Sexton, director o Human Resourcesat SCU, fnds comparing compensation basedon Academe numbers problematic.“In the March-April 2010 Academe issue,Augsburg [College]...had not reported any 
data. Also, [the University o] St. Thomas andHamline [University]include their law andbusiness proessor salaries in the data they report, making it difcult to make meaningulcomparisons,” Sexton said. “Academe willissue its next report in April 2011.Academe also published reported numbersrom the Minnesota Private College Council(MPCC), which compared both the salariesand compensation proessors receive romtheir respective institutions. SCU proessors,associate proessors, and assistant proessorsall ranked 13th out o the 15 schools reporting.“We are alling relative to our peers in theACTC institutions and are near the bottom inthe Minnesota private schools,” Ashley said.The SCU administration has recognizedthese concerns and has attempted to addressthem.“[President Lee] has consistently madecompensation a high priority or the university.In 2007 [she] established a college-widecommission to develop a compensation planto guide decisions around compensation,Sexton said. “The plan situated compensationas a priority o the highest order within theschool’s priorities. Originally the plan wasto be or a period o three years; however,due to the stresses o our country’s economy,our Board o Trustees approved an extensionto the plan.”For associate proessor o French, FrancineConley, as SCU’s institutional identity changes,new and more eective ways to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,conserve water, promote responsible wastemanagement, and reduce the use o toxicchemicals.”Despite Sodexo’s commitment tosustainability however, some students havebeen rustrated by the slow progress.“It’s clear that students want a greenercampus, and Sodexo is making some attemptsto do that. The changes have been slow, andthere are many things we can do to make itmore environmentally riendly. Speakingrom experience, it has been difcult to getcertain demands met with Sodexo,” sophomoreLiesl Wol said.Another change set to begin next allis a discount program oered specifcally or resident students. Beginning in the allo 2011, students who live on campus willreceive a 25 percent discount in the diningroom, while those not on a meal plan willpay ull price.Resident Housing Association (RHA)has been working onthis program or yearsand Heidi Anderson-Isaacson, Director o Resident Lie, encouragesstudents to oer eedbackto either Sodexo or RHA.“Ultimately, it is ourjob to listen and respondto our customers’concerns and we can’tdo that i they don’tshare their opinions,”Anderson-Isaacson said.While most eedbacksurrounding Sodexo’s changes has beenpositive, especially among younger students,some students eel that Sodexo and RHAshould have oered this program sooner.“I think it is a good program to beneftresident students, but it is rustrating that ittook them until my senior year to implementit,” senior Caitlin Mans said. “I eel like itwould have saved me money and may haveinuenced me to eat healthier, because thehealthier ood tends to cost more. There arestill some changes to be made.”Ness agrees and addressed concernso some community members who eelthese changes are Sodexo’sattempts at contractrenewal.“We are here to providea service to our customers;we strive to make ourlocations a destinationthat people can cometo eat, visit, and study.There have been quite aew changes but most o them have been broughton by new leadership.We would hope that ourcustomers are not underthe impression that weare only making thesechanges because o any contract issues,” Ness said.Despite concerns, many see the contract expirationas an opportunity to workwith Sodexo.“Perhaps i [Sodexo]continues to listen tostudents’ concerns andtheir contract is renewed,we can begin to work moreefciently together,” frst-year Jennier Rowe said.Devon can be reachedat
Salad options in the SCU dining hall. Photo by Heather Kolnick.New displays and food options in the SCU dining hall.Photo by Heather Kolnick.
to worry the international community.The three St. Catherine Universtity (SCU)students currently studying in Japan aresae. Two o the students were not in thevicinity o the earthquake or tsunami, andthe third alerted ofcials that she was sae.
NFL Labor Dispute:
The National Football League PlayersAssociation (NFLPA) has decertifed orthe irst time since 1989, ater 16 dayso talks between players and owners. Indispute are the player compensation gap,implementation o year-round health andsaety rules, establishment o a new legacy und or retired players, and compensationreduction or veterans, among other things.The owners proposed to “split the dierences”between NFLPA demands; however, withoutproper fnancial documentation, the NFLPAdid not accept, and chose to decertiy. Tenplayers have iled an anti-trust lawsuitagainst the NFL.
The Wheel March 18, 2011
Volume 78, Issue 11
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The Wheel aspires to refect the diversity and unique atmosphere thatcomprises St. Catherine University. We strive to provide an inclusivenewspaper primarily or the students and by the students. The Wheelpromotes the vision o empowering women to lead and infuenceas well as an understanding o the university community inside andoutside o the gates. As a sta we aim to meet the highest journal-istic standards and stand in accordance with the 1st Amendment othe Constitution o the United States o America and policies o priorrestraint. The Wheel is not a public relations vehicle or any SCU indi-vidual, group, department or or the college as a whole. We welcomeeedback and encourage an open discourse. The Wheel is supported bystudent unds and is distributed ree o charge.
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Dear Editor,I am writing this letter to you on behal o the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group,(MPIRG)’s Environmental task-orce at St. Catherine University (SCU). MPIRG has beenempowering the students since 1971 on many dierent issues such as air trade, campussustainability, women’s rights, and youth-voter participation.This semester, MPIRG is most concerned about the excessive use o plastic water bottlesby SCU students. MPIRG is cooperating with Sodexo, and has begun a campaign toprovide reusable water bottles to students at a reasonable price. The reusable water bottlesare available in the dining hall and the Coee Shop on campus. MPIRG is also collectingstudents’ signatures to petition or the reduction o disposable water bottles on campus.Since this is a matter o concern to the students, aculty and sta, MPIRG will also bepresenting the signed petition to the Student Senate. Our hope is that Senate will encouragethe reduction o plastic water bottles on campus.This is the frst step MPIRG is taking towards making SCU eco-riendly. I know it is notpossible or MPIRG alone to establish SCU as a plastic ree zone, but we hope to encouragepeople to reduce the use o plastics in their day-to-day lives. The use o reusable waterbottles is the most eective way to reduce plastic waste. Additionally, encouraging peopleto use recyclable paper bags or biodegradable products will also help minimize plasticwaste on and o campus.Sristi Sadashankar SunarSt. Catherine University 
To the Editor,I am writing to point out some inaccuracies in the article “Radio Ready” thatappeared in the March 7, 2011 issue o the Wheel. I am a 2010 international alumnao St. Kate’s with a degree in communications. In this article, Rosado and Armstrongwrite that the radio station is “the brainchild o communications proessor JoshuaHaringa.” This is a misrepresentation. I approached the communications departmentin 2009 with the idea to start a campus radio station ater presenting the idea in oneo my classes. I then worked one-on-one with Joshua Haringa during my 2009-2010senior year to brainstorm the station’s mission and work through the protractedprocess o getting the station approved by the university. I continued working on thestation the summer ater I graduated, and was then joined by two other students whohelped prepare or the station’s sot launch.I am writing because I’d like to set the record straight on how the station started.The statement in this article directly conicts with what was written in the February issue o SCAN magazine (“Log On, Listen In”). It is also inconsistent with the accountpublished in a previous issue o the Wheel (“Student run station broadcasting soon romSCU”, September 24, 2010), which mentions that student initiative started the station.As a women’s university that encourages women to take ownership o their ideasand work, and whose mission is to celebrate the achievements o its women students,it is ironic that much coverage o the radio station has chosen to ocus sole credit onthe aculty mentor. It is also telling that despite the September 2010 Wheel articlementioning the names o mysel and the other two students as starting the station,Joshua Haringa is the only source quoted in the article, leaving the “voices” o thestudents who started the station unheard. In the latest Wheel article even the students’names are blotted into oblivion and anonymity. It saddens me to have to challengethis culture o omission at the university that has minimized the contributions o itsstudents. In my classes at St. Kate’s I learned how women and minorities have otenmade contributions throughout history that have gone unnoticed. Yet, this has been my experience o starting the station and later seeing and trying to correct the inaccuratecoverage about it. In the uture I hope the university aculty, administration andcommunity will be more sensitive to acknowledging the contributions o their students.I also want to point out an error in the article about the website o the radio station.The correct website is http://radiohere.stkate.edu.Annette Dias2010 Alumna, Communications Studies
Photo courtesy of http://maxinethomashomes.blogspot.com/
compensation must continue to be discussed.“We are in a state o ux as we transitioninto a new and bigger shape and comparedto colleges at similarly sized institutions, oursalaries are below what would be considereda ‘starting’ salary or most jobs,” Conley said. “I money is a measure o [our] valuehere, then an outsider might speculate thatwe are not compensated in monetary termsor the amount o work we do.”However, Conley acknowledges SCU’ssupport o aculty, even i this support isnot always demonstrated directly throughcompensation.“I appreciate the way SCU embraces aculty who, like me, are artists. [Our] perormanceor written work as artists is not discouragedthan other comparable institutions makes astatement,” Cecilia Konchar-Farr, proessoro English, said. “The larger problem is thecentral value o the institution, which iscreating knowledge. Ritual and having abeautiul campus are secondary.The conversation surrounding compensationwill continue, as administration seeks toaddress these concerns.“We are currently reviewing the data romlarger group o National Master’s Universitieswith Religious Afliation,” Sexton said. “Therewill be continued communication regardingcompensation and benefts with the aculty Allocation and Compensation Committeeas the planning proceeds.”Regardless o the discussion surroundingbenefts and compensation, SCU studentscontinue to value their proessors’ work.
Letter to the Editor:
The bottle battle
[give] a lot o time,eort, patience,and attention toSCU students andI don’t believe they would still bearound just or thesalary i they didn’tenjoy teachinghere,” sophomorestudent CaitlynWitt said.Senior CirienSaadeh echoesWitt’s sentiment.“It’s the teacherswho make thingsm a ke s e n s e .They’re the mostimportant peopleto our education,”Saadeh said.Alexa can bereached at
Rachel can bereached at
Letter to the Editor:
Clearing the airwaves
The Wheel strives for accuracy, and sincerely regrets any and all errors. Comments and questions can be emailed totjrosado@stkate.edu.
as being somehow “unacademic”,as it would be at other better-paying institutions who only believe publishing in journals orbook orm constitutes seriousacademic work,” Conley said.For some proessors, however,this is not enough.“It’s an issue o justice – theact that we are a women’sinstitution and we pay ouraculty and sta at a lower rate“Never have Iheard a proessorgive a poorquality lecture orseen a proessorunhappy withwhat they teachat SCU andblame it on apoor salary.Our proessors
Photo Illustration by Heather Kolnick.
March 18, 2011 The Wheel
By Elissa Johnson
political columnist
Theory to action:Global activismfrom your couchEditorial:Living theLiberal Arts
By Tréza Rosado
We’re all amiliar with some unortunate aspects o St. Catherine University (SCU). Tensionbetween the administration and students is never un. Neither is listening to a classmate uselarge group classroom discussion to debrie about her recent breakup/surgery/tangentialstream o consciousness. I’ve been disappointed by the academic standards o SCU on morethan one occasion. However, it’s been more than three years since I frst wanted to roll my eyes at a “St. Kate’s overshare,” and it is no longer low academic standards that get me down.What really upsets me is hearing my peers complain about eeling under-challenged andthen seeing those same people do just enough to get by. We need to take more advantage o the proessors and opportunities that an undergraduate experience at SCU oers. Granted,many o us are so over-burdened we can’t imagine taking on one more project. However,nothing looks better on a resume than collaboration with a aculty member or an extra-curricular project. Initiatives such as the Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP) oer suchopportunities in a structured environment, and places like the Center or Women havemoney to help students do extra-curricular research.Feeling uninspired? That won’t last long – just keep in mind that these our years are thebest, most resource-rich time o your lie in terms o academic support. And, consideringthe current crisis o higher education, the support and money may only get scarcer as theyears go on. Nothing gets creativity owing like a ticking clock.At the risk o shameless sel promotion, I think it worthy to mention how I’ve takenadvantage o such opportunities. Ater returning rom study abroad in Ecuador, I wantedto fnd a way to return to the country and do research . The frst step, or me, was to sendthat desire out into the universe. I thought through what my research might look like andstarted talking to everyone I knew about how I might make that happen. Sure enough,ater many dead ends and much rustration, I ound unding through the Faculty-StudentResearch Collaborative Grant and academic support with Spanish proessor KristinaBønsager. We spent a month in Ecuador this January, interviewing indigenous women andlearning about the connections between gender and cosmology in the Andes. It wasn’t easy,but it was defnitely worth it, and the support I received rom Academic Aairs certainly took the edge o.My point here is that SCU aculty and sta are hungry or bright, motivated students towork with them on projects o either’s choosing. We might not have as hety an endowmentas some o our neighbors but in my experience, the afrmation and encouragement o the proessors I’ve worked with made up or any fnances that were lacking. So, the nexttime you are sitting in class eeling bored, pull out a piece o paper and jot down ideasor the next great SCU international research project. Then, when your class ends, talk toyour proessors about how they can help you make that happen. I promise, they won’t rolltheir eyes.Esther can be reached at
You might have heard that the 2010-2011 academic year has been declared the “Year o the Liberal Arts” by St. Catherine University (SCU). The campus has been host to severalspecial events and lectures throughout the humanities in celebration o the launch o theSchool o Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. The Year o the Liberal Arts reaches its peakwith the arrival o Azar Nafsi, author o the bestselling novel “Reading Lolita in Tehran.Nafsi is this year’s Bonnie Jean and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence andwill visit the campus April 18-20.SCU has spent a considerable amount o time and unding on art exhibits, flm screenings,and guest speakers to accompany the highly publicized School o Humanities, Arts, andSciences. This increased attention on the liberal arts has led to an elevated debate regardingthe changing place o the liberal arts at SCU. As we come to the end o another school yearand as the university approaches the culmination o the Year o the Liberal Arts, the Wheelwill be providing a dierent perspective each issue on the successes and shortcomings o the year’s humanities-centered celebrations. These articles, roundtables, audio interviews,and editorials aim to situate the Year o the Liberal Arts in the larger context o the utureo liberal arts at SCU.As the only student-led newspaper, we are uniquely situated to explore the issues mostsignifcant to our university community. In that regard, we recognize your voices as themost important element o the paper we produce. The Wheel would like to encourage itsreaders as students, aculty members, staers, administrators, alumnae, and SCU community members, to contact us with ideas, opinions, or commentaries centered around the liberalarts and SCU.Submit questions and thoughts to The Wheel site (thewheel-scu.tumblr.com) or emailany editor (ie. tjrosado@stkate.edu).We look orward to your input as we close out the 2010-2011 school year.Tréza can be reached at
International Column:Getting the most out of undergrad
By Esther Moss
guest columnist
That’s what we all want to hear, right? You can make a dierence in the world by barely liting a fnger. Door-to-door canvassers and mail-out donation asks pride themselves onthis idea. There is a huge population o people with some disposable income who wouldback most any organization that ronts to be on “their side” without thinking about it toomuch. As long as they can write a check, toss a twenty or sign on some line, their goodwill is complete. They can rest easy knowing they will be kept abreast o the goings-on o their avorite public radio station, community-supported art gallery, the shelter puppies,or that endearing kid in Arica. But does this count as activism? Where is the line betweensaving ace and saving a movement? Who wins the “best activist” award: the philanthropistwho cut a giant check or the twenty-something community organizer?There may not be any real answer to these questions. The act is that it takes money to get things done. Campaigns cost a lot to produce signs and pay the people who areworking long hours or what they believe in. Services that allow broadcasts like publictelevision and radio cost money or airtime, copyrights, and again those pesky wages.There are issues that take lobbying, iering and picketing to deend rights and create abetter world or everyone. Individuals who cut checks to the organizations doing the workthey enjoy help to make that work doable. Without unding we see organizations like thePublic Broadcasting System (PBS) and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), scrambling orthe dollars o the people they know beneft rom their existence.But what i it stopped there? Organizations need more than money. People, not dollars,are the ones who fll lawns in protest o motions to deny rights to workers at the Wisconsincapitol. Real bodies, not checks, are the ones who speak their stories and bring legislaturesto tears when lobbying or equal marriage rights. When I say “agents o change,” I don’tmean the coins in your pocket. I mean bodies o this movement. But when your body can’t move with the crowd any longer, then you can cut that check and eel good about it.It takes more than money and it takes more than bodies. Think about putting yourmoney toward some o the organizations that are doing work you respect or depend on.I you don’t have money, volunteer to mail letters, call people who might have the unds,or carry a sign or your cause. America tends to speak with its money, so be conscious o where yours is going. Social activism doesn’t pay well in dollars but, with some help, itsure eeds the world some justice.Elissa can be reached at
SCU Ofce of Global Studies305 Derham Hall
(651) 690-6472
S t u dy Ab ro a d P h o toContest Instructions:
Submit up to 4 photos. You may enter two photos in each category (Katies Abroad and CulturalConnections). Descriptions of categories are available on theGlobal Studies internal website.
Photos should be submittedelectronically via email toglobalstudies@stkate.edu oron a CD to the Office of GlobalStudies, Derham Hall 305.
Photos must be submitted inJPEG ormat and 4x6’’ size. Pleasenotiy us i you have questions.
Complete the Study Abroad PhotoContest entry orm. Include titles,locations, terms abroad, and a2-3 sentence description o theimage. The entry orm is postedon the Global Studies website.
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March28, 2011.
The suspect in the sexual assault case nearAugsburg College and St. Catherine University (SCU)’s Minneapolis campus, Jerome DavidRoy, 41, was arrested Friday and charged withOne Count Gross Misdemeanor CriminalSexual Conduct in the Fith Degree. Suspectremains in custody.Laura Goodman, Director o PublicSaety, issued this statement in regards tothe sexual assault near Augsburg Collegeand St. Catherine University.“It is an unortunate state when a womancannot walk down a city street without beingaccosted. While we wish that women didnot need to learn situational awarenessand sel-deense (and that men who makea living teaching sel deense to womenwould spend equal time teaching men notto be violent against women), the publicsaety department oers sel-deense classesand saety escorts and encourage campuscommunity members to use these services.”The SCU community should reportany suspicious activity to Public Saety right away. For more inormation, contactDepartment o Public Saety, x8888.
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