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• Student-led initiative aimsto make campus moreenvironmentally friendly 
By Elyse Johnson
sta writer
By BeckyDoucette
News in brie 
• Updates on headlines fromaround town and around theglobe
Steve Jobs:
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple andtechnological visionary, lost the battlewith cancer dying at the age of 56. Jobsis known for helping develop the largedata collecting computers into personalcomputers and simplifying navigation withclickable images. In full acknowledgementof his medical well-being, he stepped downas CEO of Apple in Aug. and went for aNew to the academic curriculum at St.Catherine University (SCU) is the Women*in the Arts minor, which is the rst of itskind in the state of Minnesota. The detailsof the curriculum for the minor have beencritically mapped out, even the requirementof the asterisk in its title.“This minor[’s asterisk] emphasizes thatit will recognize all people from all differentspheres of gender preference. This has beensomething that I have, disappointingly, notrecognized before in a course of study,” seniorAnna Ruhland said. “This factor of the minoris the most important and signicant aspectof the course; everybody and anybody shalland will be recognized and acknowledged.Multiple disciplines of artistry are combinedinto the Woman* in the Arts curriculum,and this can be an easily achieved minorfor students.“This minor is a great way to showcase thevibrant arts offerings that we have on campusand to cross-fertilize our artistic communities.As a teacher of creative writing, I would loveto have more musicians and fashion students
Female: revisited
• Women* in the Arts minor introduced this academic year
By Becky Doucette
associate editor
The student-led Senate, Minnesota PublicInterest Research Group (MPIRG), andSodexo are striving to make the 2011-2012academic year a time that inspires studentsto become more environmentally conscious.Reusable water bottles and recycling haveseemingly become the norms, but St. CatherineUniversity (SCU) is making it a point to goeven further.“Going green” is nothing new for SCU. In2008, President Andrea J. Lee, IHM, signedthe American College & University Presidents’Climate Commitment (PCC). Under thePCC, SCU is devoted to becoming carbon-neutral, which requires SCU to measure itsgreenhouse gas emissions. This will eventually lead to eliminating greenhouse gas emissionsfrom certain areas on campus. The issue wasbrought to the President by the Senate’s 2008Environmental Issues task force.SCU is taking smaller steps as well. In thecafeteria, consumers have access to reusablecold cups as well as “eco-clams.Aftercustomers buys into the “eco-clam” program,they avoid paying the extra money for usingother compostable to-go containers.“It’s an exchange program. So you buy intothe program for $5.00 and that’s for the entiretime you are here at SCU,” Sodexo RetailOperations Manager Theresa Cianni said.Providing SCU students with producefrom a local Elk River farm is another way Sodexo is supporting SCU’s movement intoa “greener” future. Fresh goods like peppersand apples are available and Cianni statesthat they are looking forward to doing morelocal-purchasing in the future.“We’re trying to do a lot more sourcingof local or regional (food), and by regional Imean, made in the U.S.,” Cianni said. Sodexo
See GREEN, pg. 2
October 10, 2011 - VOLUME 79 ISSUE 3
This newspaper, like many other things, is recyclable.Online at thewheel-scu.tumblr.com
Opinion:2-3 features:4-6 health:7 sports:8
less demanding position. He passed away on Oct. 5.
Occupy Wall Street:
A growing movement that has beensweeping the nation is the series of protestsagainst corporate greed within major cities.There is no one single leader or list of demands created yet, however the spread andupdates of the protests have been availablewith the help of the media by the coinedphrase “We are the 99%.” These protestshave been gathering media attention withan incident of pepper spray from a policeofcer and the arrest of 700 protesters inNew York. Recently, unions have beengetting involved with the protests, such asthe AFL-CIO, UAW, the Professional Staff Congress of CUNY, the United Federation of Teachers and National Nurses United. Thereis a current Occupy MN that began Oct. 7.
Photos by Alexa Chihos.
writing stories and poems. It would be greatto have more poets taking drawing,” EnglishProfessor Gabrielle Civil said.Since 2010, professors across variousdepartments have visualized what they couldadditionally bring to the Women’s Studies(WOST) curriculum, and the minor wasapproved in April of 2011.To fulll the minor, a student needs tocomplete three courses cross-listed with WOST,one cross-listed with Critical Studies of Raceand Ethnicity (CRST) and one elective. Theve courses are required to be spread acrosstwo different artistic disciplines.“We have great arts programs here and wehave great women’s studies programs. Someof the most worth-while classes offered atSCU relate to woman and the arts,” seniorMolly Davy said.Students pursuing the minor will observehow it connects to women studies throughan artistic landscape.“Art history in general seems to be a study of men’s accomplishments, and only a smallsection of studies seems to be dedicated towomen’s involvement, and even less so towomen outside of the white-privileged-American-woman category,” Ruhland said.“I feel like this minor will pave the way forfuture feminists and women who share thesame interests as I have.Davy expressed the importance of educatingwomen about women.“I have always loved the arts, but it wasn’tuntil I started studying at SCU that I realizedhow far sexism stretches. It’s everywhere,”Davy said.The program is geared to push students intoworking in the arts, non-prot organizations
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Patricia Olson,
Feminist Revisioning,
2004, oil on canvas. Photo by HeatherKolnick.
and women’s advocacy in communities.This minor is not only new to SCU; thereis no other program like this available inMinnesota. This unique program comeswith little surprise to the SCU student body.“This minor is important, especially to[SCU]’s women, since it is an all women’suniversity. To be women* at this school andto be surrounded by like-minded (or not),independent women means that we must,in turn, educate ourselves and each other,Ruhland said.The Women* and International Developmentmajor is up for approval as a way to continueconnecting women’s critical studies withother programs on campus....by becoming women artists ourselves,we are actively engaging with and protestingagainst the patriarchy that has been builtaround us,” Davy said.For more information about the Women*in the Arts minor, there will be an open houseavailable in the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women on Tuesday, Nov. 8.Becky can be reached at
2 | The WheelOctober 10, 2011
Volume 79, Issue 3
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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.
GREEN continued...
Editorial:No ash required
By Alexa Chihos
Usually my motivation to go to concerts is to watch bands that have both inspired anddeeply affected me perform my favorite songs. The You Are Not Alone Tour was the rsttime that my concert experience took a dramatic shift. Not only did I actually get anopportunity to take my rookie concert photography skills to a professional setting, I gotto be the person who goes to a concert because it is part of my job.Let’s be honest, I most likely would not have jumped to go see Hawthorne Heights play a show in downtown St. Paul with a couple of local bands. I’ll admit I rather enjoyedHawthorne Heights while I was in my awkward freshman and sophomore years of highschool, but after they lost guitarist Casey Calvert and took a mini break from the scene,they kind of fell off of my musical map.But, when I got an email from Mike at Earshot Media offering free tickets and a photopass to see Hawthorne Heights at Station 4, I jumped on the opportunity. I wanted to seeThe Wheel do something out of the ordinary, and a concert review and interview withHawthorne Heights looked like a good experience.So I took three other Wheel staffers and myself to the venue to interview the band andenjoy a free concert. The only part of this experience that I was actually nervous about wascalling Eron Bucciarelli, the drummer for Hawthorne Heights, to let him know we werethere and ready to interview him.He didn’t answer his phone when I rst called, and it was only after I had conrmationthat it was actually his phone number I was calling that I left an anxiety stricken voicemail.He called me back to say that he and the rest of the band were going to go get coffee beforebeing interviewed. Go gure.I knew that my name along with three of my guests were on the guest list for this event.When we got to the ticket window at Station 4, trying to explain this to the worker almostturned out to be a disaster. After explaining countless times who I was to several differentpeople, why I had a fancy camera and three other staffers, the worker at the ticket windowrealized that the guest list did in fact have my name written on it.We got in the venue and I waited amongst 20 other people in the crowd for some sortis exploring the idea of a food-compost.As co-chairs of the Senate’s EnvironmentalIssues task force, Elizabeth Fosse and DevonArndt are hoping to start an “Eco Reps”program in the rst-year dorms. The programwould be focused on teaching students aboutissues such as recycling, water consumptionand other issues that pertain to one’s overallecological footprint.“[It is our] over-all goal to educate studentsabout opportunities,” Fosse said.Senate also has other ideas to propel the“green” movement forward. One is placingwater filters around campus, such as thelters in the Butler Center.“It would be great to have water moreavailable to help eliminate waste,” juniorKelsey Eder said.MPIRG’s Green Initiatives task force andthe Senate’s Environmental Issues task forceplan on collaborating to bring change to theSCU campus.“We’re teaming up with a bunch of differentgroups across campus because it turns out thatthere’s a lot of people that are interested inthe same things…when we all forge togetherthen we can do something, we have power,”Green Initiatives task force co-chair Audrey Meyer said. “Every year this task force isbig because everyone has an interest in it,there’s a lot of things you can do. It rangesfrom water bottles, toxins, [what’s in your]food, to transit and clothing.SCU is one of many schools across Minnesotastriving to reduce its ecological footprint.Macalester grants 20 percent of its foodbudget to supporting local products andall left-over food is given to pig farmers.The college serves cage-free eggs, beef thatis free of antibiotics and hormones as wellas sustainably harvested seafood.Carleton College in Northeld, Minnesota,has compost stations available around theentire campus, even in the library and dormrooms. The college has an on-campus gardenand high-tech energy monitoring systemswhich make the amount of total energy consumed available to students.With inspiration from neighboring collegesand universities, SCU can work toward itsoverall goal: becoming carbon-neutral.Students can look forward to this academic year providing opportunities and educationon how to “go green” and become moreenvironmentally conscious.“You need to have a bunch of peopletogether that care about the same issues toget things done,” Meyer said.Elyse can be reached at
of indication from Eron that the band was back at the venue. Soon enough, the rst bandtook the stage; I pretended I knew what I was doing with the fancy Wheel camera and Ibegan to get nervous.I feared he had forgotten about us.Small Town Hope, the rst band, nished up their set when I got a text from Eron sayingthat they had just gotten back from getting coffee. I didn’t even get a chance to reply whenhe texted me again saying that he was waiting by their merch table. I yanked two staffersto join me to meet Eron.What will always stick out to me was Eron’s concern for the lack of people at Station 4when I interviewed him. I have met the bands Paramore, Escape the Fate, momentarily August Burns Red, All Time Low and Automatic Loveletter and not one of them ever gaveme the look that Eron did.I felt bad for this incredible musician.After the interview, I silently prayed for this man who had an unbelievable amountof hope and faith that fans would trickle into the venue for their set. I went back to thebarricade and resumed my role of photographer, back to my rst real experience doingsemi-professional photography. I enjoyed the nostalgia of the 90’s pop-punk music througha camera lens but was anxiously awaiting Hawthorne Heights to own the stage.Since my knowledge of more professional cameras is limited, most of the time I had noidea what I was doing other than knowing how to take a picture. I ddled around with thecamera a lot and this ended up being my downfall. Four songs into Hawthorne Heights’set, the fancy Wheel camera that I had clung to had died.I had never hoped for anything more in my life than that moment, when I hoped I hadtaken enough pictures to get at least a handful of quality ones. I spent the rest of the concertseeing perfect places and lighting for picture taking. Part of me was envious of the peoplewho get to do this for a living. The other part was thankful to actually say that I got to dosomething that I always dreamed of doing.Alexa can be reached at
Hawthorne Heights drummer Eron Bucciarelli behind his kit during the band’s setPhoto by Alexa Chihos.
Congratulations to Daron Janzen andaccompanying chemistryprofessors in recievinga National ScienceFoundation (NSF) grant.
The grant will provideSt. Catherine Universitywith an x-ray diffractom-eter, which can measurea 3-dimensionalmolecue structure.
ProfessorJanzen.Photofrom theChemistryDepartmentwebsite.
October 10, 2011 The Wheel | 3
Thirteen months seems like a long time from now, but that might be the amount of time needed for St. Catherine University (SCU) students to reect on what will be on theNovember 2012 ballot besides the presidential vote. In Minnesota, we will be casting acontroversial vote on how to dene “marriage,” as well as potentially voting on a bill thathas the power to disenfranchise many members of the population.I’m sure many of you have heard by now that we will be voting on adding an amendmentto the Minnesota constitution that would dene marriage as exclusively between a manand a woman.Marriage equality is a touchy subject for some. As an SCU student from California, thisissue is especially important to me, partially because I dedicated most of my free time duringthe summer of 2008 rallying, organizing and speaking out against Proposition 8 (Prop 8).This issue is also signicant to me as a queer-identied Katie (or as I like to call myself,a Gaytie). All my life I’ve felt different from others. I’ve felt that others wouldn’t accept mebecause of my sexual orientation. Nothing made me feel more unusual or more inhumanthan when Prop 8 passed, because I could actually put a percentage to the amount of people in my own state who considered me a second-class citizen; 52 percent. It broke my heart. I became marginalized based on the gender of the person I want to spend the restof my life with.The differences between Minnesota’s proposed marriage amendment and California’sProp 8 are considerable. When Prop 8 passed, gay marriage was already legal in California.Prop 8 took away the right to marry from gay people. Gay marriage is not currently legal inMinnesota. Why is it, then, that we are voting on this amendment? Is it necessary to denemarriage in Minnesota if gay marriage is already illegal? If this amendment were to pass,we would be specically writing discrimination into our constitution. Voting “yes” on thisamendment hurts me, many of your fellow Katies and members of the SCU community (faculty, staff, alum), and many Minnesotans.The voter photo I.D. bill is something you might not have heard about. Governor Daytonvetoed the Voter Photo I.D. Bill, and it may not make it on to the ballot if it is defeated inthe next session which is not likely, but possible. There will be a battle at the capitol overthis bill, and if it passes, then the battle will shift to the general election.Let me start by saying that the Voter Photo I.D. Bill is written in a confusing manner.If this bill passes, it will require all voters to bring an up-to-date government issued I.D.to the polling place. The reasoning behind this bill is that it will stop voter fraud. Soundslogical, right? There are still a few more things we need to consider.Because I am from California, I don’t have a Minnesota I.D. However, I registered to votein Minnesota because I will be living here for the next 3+ years and the legislation herewill affect me during this time. If this bill passes, I will need to get a Minnesota I.D. withmy current address. Many of you might be in the same situation as I am.This will not only affect SCU students. To get a government issued I.D., one must go toa Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or another government ofce and in some cases,they have to pay money to receive it. This would disenfranchise the elderly, minorities andindividuals struggling nancially, who might not have access to transportation or money to pay for a new I.D.Here’s the truth about voter fraud: the Justice Department looked at 300 million votescast between 2002 and 2007 and found 86 cases of voter fraud. Many of these cases weredue to some people being unaware of their ineligibility to vote. Out of the 86 cases, noone was convicted.According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University (NYU), “… variousirregularities [in Wisconsin’s 2004 election] led to inated claims of widespread fraud. Theallegations yielded only seven substantiated cases of individuals knowingly casting invalidvotes that counted—all persons with felony convictions. This amounts to a rate of 0.0025percent within Milwaukee and 0.0002 percent within the state as a whole. None of theseproblems could have been resolved by requiring photo ID at the polls.”Voting is one of our fundamental rights. The people behind this bill may use the guisethat it will reduce the cases of voter fraud, but they are essentially making people jumpthrough hoops to exercise their right to vote—much like a modern-day poll tax. Voterfraud is not a huge problem, and it is especially not a problem in Minnesota. This bill isan unnecessary solution to a nonexistent problem.There is a big generational gap between the people who are writing these bills andamendments and us, the students who are voting on them. Their morals and ideals are farremoved from ours. This may not seem like a big problem, but if these amendments pass, itwill be very difcult to write them out of our constitution. I urge you all to spend the next13 months thinking about these issues and how they can affect you and your community.Heather can be reached at
Editorial: Ma
ke your mark 
By Heather Kolnick
photo editor
A survey o 158 SCU studentsreveals opinions regarding upcoming legislation.
SCU Student Opinions…
How do you eel about the Voter Photo I.D. Bill?
• “It’s a good idea in theory, but the stipulations of whocan obtain an I.D. and accessibility [are] big problem[s].”• “This amendment is trying to restrict voter fraud, butMinnesota has the highest voter turnout with the leastamount of fraud… If it’s not broken, don’t x it.”
Do you think ‘marriage’ in Minnesota should be defned as“between a man and a woman” exclusively?
• “Yes, I believe only in the marriage between a man anda woman.• “No. Love is love, and no one person, or board, or panelof people should hold the right to dene it.

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