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February 4, 2011 - Volume 78, Issue 8 St. Catherine University student newspaper

• Egyptians demand end to Mubarak’s 30-year reign
By Jordyn Arndt
international columnist

A call to revolution
On Friday, Jan. 28, tens of thousands of Egyptians protested in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria in an effort to remove the governmental party in power and force the resignation of 30-year President Hosni Mubarak from office. Since Friday, Egyptians have gathered in the streets daily to voice their dissent against Mubarak chanting, “Illegitimate!” Eg y ptians are revolting against a political leader who has remained in power predominantly because of U.S. support. According to the CIA World Factbook, 20% of Egyptians live below the poverty line; corruption has increased and income inequality has become more acute. From the perspective of the Egyptian protesters, Mubarak’s regime has not adequately met the needs of the general Egyptian public. Despite police violence that resulted in injuries and the death of protesters and bystanders alike in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as a blockade on internet and mobile phone texting, Egyptians continue to stand together. Holly Larsen, a St. Catherine University (SCU) International Relations alumna who studied abroad in Egypt during fall 2008 described the reactions of Egyptians to their political leadership. “The one thing that really stands out to

GSJ abroad

“D e s p i t e p o l i c e violence that resulted in injuries and [death,] ...Egyptians continue to stand together.”

me is just how open people were in their hatred of the regime, even two years ago. It didn’t matter who I spoke with - shopkeepers on the street, other students - they all were quick to denounce the regime, even in casual conversation. There was a tension beneath those words, and a sense that one day that tension was bound to boil over,” Larsen said. Various intersecting factors have influenced the political revolution in Egypt. “This is a complex situation… [The United States’] support of the corrupt Palestinian Authority over the less corrupt but Islamic Hamas...illustrates that we’re more Members of the Dismantling Racism: Namibia and South Africa Global Search for Jusconcerned with having allies who tice class explore the surroundings outside of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital. are friendly to us [and] provide Photo submitted by Susan Goetz and Debra Filer. us with natural resources, than we are with supporting legitimate democratic decisions,” Larsen said. Professor Nasrin Jewell of the Economics cdepartment offered her input on one of the underlying factors impacting the nature of relations Egyptians have attempted to stay connected relations with the Middle East should try to between the United States with the outside world through various access news from credible U.S. and foreign and the Middle East. means, even as the government blocked all sources. Ragaie recommends Al Jeezera in “Most of our policies in internet access in the country. Technology English, as it provides blogs, pictures, and the Middle East, including like Google’s recently launched audio-tweeting detailed news reports starting from Jan. 28. our support of [Mubarak], for Twitter users have kept the world alert Hopes for greater democracy and an end our policies in Iraq, and and aware. to a 30-year dictatorial reign sustain the Afghanistan, which [have] On Feb. 2, Egyptians re-gained access to protests. On Feb. 1, Mubarak stated that partly contributed to our the internet. A Facebook message interview he will not run for re-election; however, high deficit, are rooted with Ahmed Ragaie, a former Concordia his address failed to silence the dissenters. in an unfounded fear Language Villages colleague and Egyptian The outcome of the protests in Egypt will of Islam,” Jewell said. “I citizen, described the situation in Cairo. have substantial implications for relations believe that it is more “Simply, Cairo now is a city with no police between the United States and the Islamic important for us to have at all. Prices are starting to rise and people are world. While the Egyptian people demand a better understanding of buying food and supplies. The army is present their freedom, the world waits for the Islam than focusing on Egypt, which is only in some major places, but unfortunately not uncertain result. a part of a much bigger picture.” in the small districts where robberies may The protests were organized through the use take place and gangs are found,” Ragaie said. Jordyn can be reached at of social networking sites such as Facebook Students interested in learning more about and those of other political parties. the political revolution in Egypt and U.S.

See pg. 3 for more pictures from the Global Search for Justice study abroad courses.

Worth the time?
By Alexa Chihos
assistant editor

• College students accomplish little in first two years

Results from a recent study on the overall amount of academic progress students make after their first two years of college indicate that there is little to no academic gain. The findings, published on Jan. 18, were included in the book “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses” written by sociologists Josipa Roksa and Richard Arum of the University of Virginia and New York University, respectively. The study upon which the book is based, which was conducted between 2005 and 2007, measured the academic improvement of more than 3,000 students from different colleges and universities across the United States. The results indicate that almost half of the students showed little to no improvement after two years, and about one-third showed small improvements over four years. One-third of the students in the study reported that they did not have a class that assigned more than 40 pages of reading per week, and half never took a course in

which more than 20 pages of written work was required of them. Sophomore social work major Emily Monson disagrees with the main premise of the study. “This article is not a completely accurate depiction of most students who attend St. Kate’s. From my experience as a student here, the first two years of college are the time [for] students to learn how to grow academically and socially,” Monson said. “They learn how to become a college student in the first two years.” The student experience at St. Catherine University (SCU) differs from other colleges and universities in the first two years because in the first semester every student is required to take The Reflective Woman (TRW) course. This writing intensive course is designed to immerse students in different perspectives and challenge their intellectual growth through written work and discussion-based classes. First-year Katie Maniates reflected on TRW as a course that helped her both intellectually and socially. “I think that TRW helped my college experience. I met several close friends through it and had some great conversations. I feel that I have learned quite a bit. Not necessarily book learning, but practical learning,” Maniates said. Students in the study were reported to spend more time socializing and sleeping or studying in groups, rather than studying individually. Socializing and sleeping became top priorities for both first-year and second-

year students participating in the study while less time was spent on studying. “I think that study groups or group projects could deter learning because at times it could mean that a student is not spending enough time studying on their own to learn the concepts that they are supposed to be reviewing in the study group,” Maniates said.

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which in turn can help with networking,” Monson said. “An active campus life can develop time management skills which can help establish times for both studying and socializing.” The students who spent more of their time studying with peers or in groups showed a decline in academic growth. However, the

Socializing,  recreating,   other   Sleeping   Working,  volunteering,   student  clubs   Attending  class/lab  


“Active classroom discussion can help by being aware of what you still need to learn and verbalizing the concepts.” “Studying for classes is just as important as developing strong relationships with both peers and professors. Being social gives you the ability to be a part of a campus community and establish relationships with professors,

Source:  Academically  Adrift  


study indicated that student intellectual performance was not directly affected by work study or off-campus jobs, on-campus clubs and activities, or volunteering. Alexa can be reached at

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Listen local: Zoo Animal
By Claire Davidson
music columnist
Spiritually cathartic and inventively minimalist, local grunge band Zoo Animal has taken the Minneapolis music scene by storm with their self-titled sophomore release. A follow up to their 2008 debut, their latest release continues to impress local critics and listeners alike with its lyricism and revamped grunge style. An instant favorite, “Folded Hands,” had me searching for the group’s name seconds after I heard it on the Current. When I discovered the vocalist behind this beautiful growl I was pleasantly surprised to encounter 23-year old Holly Newsom. Newsom, a deeply unique singer and songwriter, along with drummer Thom Burton and bassist Tim Abramson, have used Zoo Animal as a platform to open minds as well as ears to the possibilities of hope and faith. Many of the tracks incorporate the search for spiritual meaning without coming across as preachy or close-minded. While Newsom incorporates concepts of faith, fulfillment, and religion into her lyricism, she is the first to make the distinction that Zoo Animal lies well outside the realm of Christian rock. The words she pens on “Folded Hands”, for example, are more poetic than proselytizing: “Some men leave a woman for women/but women wanna be a woman./Those men don’t understand/We’ll keep you in our folded hands.” Much like fellow Minnesotan musician Mason Jennings, Newsom’s songs have an energy to them. On the album opener, “Out & About,” the group leans towards a more minimalist, Sonic Youth-esque sound, introducing newcomers to a listening experience unparralleled in today’s music scene both locally and nationally. A long-time fan of girl-powered grunge bands, Newsom’s voice is also a welcome addition to the music scene in a time when many female vocalists tend to lean toward a more wistful sound. Unlike these women, Newsom is unafraid and unabashed in her vocals, even inflicting a slight twang at the end of her verses. Lyrically and vocally Zoo Animal represent a return to musical minimalism and spiritually involved art. Claire can be reached at

Editorial: Back to, or towards, reality?
By Tréza Rosado
I spent my winter break doing the following things, listed in order of importance: sleeping, skiing, eating actual meals, reading War and Peace, watching bad reality TV with my parents, playing Xbox Kinect with my brother, and finishing my applications for graduate school next fall. I didn’t spend much time thinking about this state (I live in Montana) or planning ahead for this newspaper (I ignored at least four weeks’ worth of emails). I spent even less time contemplating my final semester at St. Kate’s, my final semester of undergraduate life--my final chance at finding the Fontbonne pool. To be honest, after a fall semester of almost constant anxiety, stress, sleep deprivation, cold/flu, and intravenous coffee drips, I leapt at the opportunity to quite literally shut my brain off for 6 weeks and allow my mother to coddle me. Every night, I tried to absorb the minutest details of my bedroom wallpaper, willing my childhood and my adolescence to revisit for a final goodbye. It all seems incredibly melodramatic but the truth is that the real world--that vaguely unsettling nowhere-place--is only a few short months away. Thus, my life has become this strange mixture of trying to reclaim the past 3.5 years and simultaneously trying to live as spontaneously and presently as possible, deliberately existing in this short stretch of time before my adult life has its proper start. While I don’t necessarily agree with the recent study suggesting the first two years of college are generally wasted by students, I will say that this semester has taken on a kind of urgency I’ve never felt in years past. Now that I’m back, the gravity of this semester has struck me in a way that even the demands and pressure of last semester never managed. I’m feeling uniquely pressed for time, and not just because it’s 2:35 am and this editorial was due to our layout editor by yesterday morning. Mostly, I’m feeling that as this editorial staff sets out together on what is my final semester with the paper, I’d love to leave something behind that is more diverse, more relevant, more readable, and generally more excellent than any Wheel before it. I think, if I were to list my activities this semester in order of importance, that objective would get top billing, right above “eat actual meals”. Tréza can be reached at

You’re taking what?
• A look at notable SCU courses this semester
By Dana Bloomquist
copy editor
Part of the allure of attending a liberal arts institution is being able to take classes from all sorts of disciplines. Every semester, St. Catherine University (SCU) offers a host of classes across the academic spectrum. Students can try their hands at new disciplines through completing liberal arts requirements or delve deeper into their major fields of study with cross-listed or topics courses. Whatever students’ interests, there are usually courses available to fit their needs. Although the winter semester has already begun and classes are full, it’s still interesting to consider the best of what SCU offers. Below is a brief survey of some of SCU’s unique and compelling classes.

Study Abroad Fair
Monday, February 14 11:00-2:00 Coeur de Catherine Rauenhorst Ballroom SCU Study & Internship Programs in over 50 countries
Meet with program representatives and learn about internships, service-learning, volunteering, and teaching.
For more information, contact Office of Global Studies in Derham Hall 305 at or (651) 690-6472.



2994: Music, Culture, and Genocide. How does culture, expressed through the arts, influence political will and decisionmaking? This course examines such connections in Nazi Germany. 3300: Haves and Have-Nots. This course discusses wealth distributions around the world, and ideas about how inequality may affect a country’s development. In Contemporary Experience. How do people today, with modern views on aspects of life such as science, love, and suffering, search for and experience God? These and other questions are examined in this course. Book. When and where were the first books made? How has that process changed today? This graduate course addresses such questions.


● THEO 3670: The Quest For God

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Editor-in-Chief: TREZA ROSADO Layout Designer: SARAH WENTE Associate Editor: RACHEL ARMSTRONG Assistant Editors: BECKY DOUCETTE, ALEXA CHIHOS Copy Editor: DANA BLOOMQUIST Photo Editor: DANA BLOOMQUIST Adviser: SHEILA ELDRED Senior Staff Writers: JORDYN ARNDT, CLAIRE DAVIDSON If you would like to write for The Wheel, please contact us at


● LIS 7120: History of the Printed

2120: Immigrant Perspective in Literature. This course is tailored to students who are themselves immigrants to deepen their connections to literature and help develop language skills. 2150: Sociocultural Aspects of Dress. Different cultures have different approaches and values when it comes to the clothes they wear. Students get up-close to cultural diversity in this service learning class. of several topics courses offered each semester, this lab course examines patterns of disease and public health policies to combat them.

● HHS 7520: Women and Holistic

The Wheel aspires to reflect the diversity and unique atmosphere that comprises St. Catherine University. We strive to provide an inclusive newspaper primarily for the students and by the students. The Wheel promotes the vision of empowering women to lead and influence as well as an understanding of the university community inside and outside of the gates. As a staff we aim to meet the highest journalistic standards and stand in accordance with the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America and policies of prior restraint. The Wheel is not a public relations vehicle for any SCU individual, group, department or for the college as a whole. We welcome feedback and encourage an open discourse. The Wheel is supported by student funds and is distributed free of charge.


Health. This graduate class examines the many ways there are of understanding women’s roles in health and health care contexts, and how such roles have been viewed in society over time.

● HLTH 2994: Epidemiology. One

Want to know more? A full course listing is available under the student tab in Kateway, and topics courses are listed on the Registrar’s website. Dana can be reached at

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Around the world in 30 days
The sister class to The Reflective Woman (TRW), the Global Search for Justice (GSJ) course at St. Catherine University (SCU) is offered under a variety of topics. Several such courses were offered over the month of January. Professors of these courses reflect on and share their experiences. Dismantling Racism: Namibia and South Africa
Susan Goetz, Education and Debra Filer, Nursing “We looked at the history of apartheid in Namibia and South Africa, [the people’s] fight for freedom, and the long-lasting effects of legitimized apartheid,” Filer said of the course’s focus. Students visited local organizations in Namibia that focused on aspects of social justice and apartheid, engaged in community action projects, experienced day-to-day life with a home stay. The students learned about how multifaceted the road to justice can be, and came away with a deeper understanding of how to help others. “You would never have these same experiences in a classroom,” Filer said. Above: The class visited Swakopmund, a city along the coastline of western Namibia. There they met with an 86-year-old chief of a local ethic group, the Damaras (the woman in the yellow dress). Left: Jeannie, a psychology major, stands with the directors of Sister Namibia, a feminist organization in Namibia’s capital. Sister Namibia publishes a bimonthly magazine and house a library of resources for women and those interested in feminism and gender issues. Photos submitted by Susan Goetz and Debra Filer.

The Changing Face of Homelessness: Women and Children

Louise Edwards-Simpson, History and D’Ann Urbaniak-Lesch, Center for Community Work and Learning According to Edwards-Simpson, “The class was a ‘local immersion experience,’ analogous to a study abroad program, into the many-faceted issues of homelessness in the Twin Cities (and somewhat greater MN too). [Urbaniak-Lesch and I] designed the class to emphasize hands-on learning for students by: meeting with persons who have experienced homelessness, advocates and organizations that address the needs and issues of homelessness, state legislators and lobbyists, as well as through consideration of a variety of models of social justice to help ground our thinking about the big issues raised by the topic.” Edwards-Simpson also believed the course had a profound impact on the students who took it. “In their final reflections and synthesis papers, many students eloquently describe how this course has affected them and in various ways, changed the way they go forward from here on out. Almost half plan to continue volunteering with their community sites and a majority have further action steps planned in their futures to continue in the work to help end homelessness,” Edwards-Simpson said. Left: Students present community work they completed as part of the course at a poster session. Right: The class spent a day at the Minnesota Capitol. There, they met their legislators and attended a committee meeting on funding for services that affect people experiencing homelessness. Photos submitted by Community Work and Learning and Dana Bloomquist.

Voices of Dissent: Ecuador

Kristina Bonsager, Spanish and Maria Tzintzarova, Political Science According to Bonsager, “Conducting the course in Ecuador enabled students to engage daily on a first hand basis with people impacted by government, business, and community actions,” Bonsager said. The class experienced both urban and rural environments, spending time in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, as well as experiencing the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon and rural indigenous communities in the Cotacachi Valley. “Professor Tzintzarova and I frequently reminded students that although we were in Ecuador learning about community organizing and issues of inequality that such issues are also present in the United States and in Minnesota. Hopefully the students understood this message and will apply the ideas of social justice and action here locally and elsewhere,” Bonsager said. Photos and comments compiled by Dana Bloomquist.

Above: Lisa, a nursing major, plays with a little friend she made in the Amazon rainforest. Left: The class visited the American ambassador to Ecuador, Heather Hodges, who graduated from St. Catherine University (SCU) in 1968. She spoke to the class about her days at St. Kate’s, her professional journey to her current post, and her responsibilities as ambassador. Photos submitted by Kristina Bonsager and Lisa Spano.

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Super Bowl XLV
The Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the biggest game of the year.
By Tréza Rosado
It’s that time again. It’s that time of car advertisements and beer commercials that alternate between the marginally humorous and the mind-numbingly sexist. It’s a time of pizza and pizza rolls and pizza pockets and pizza bagels and newly discovered methods of manipulating pizza into increasingly unnatural and delicious forms. It’s time for the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is something like the Easter Sunday of the sporting world. People who couldn’t care less about football for 364 days out of the year are suddenly, maniacally, devoted to a uniform they probably couldn’t pick out of a line-up 24 hours previously. Lines are drawn; households are divided. Long-term relationships are imperiled or suspended due to opposing allegiances to rival half-ton men. This year, Super Bowl XLV (forty-five) will pit the Green Bay Packers against the formidable Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers, seeded a lowly 6th in the National Football Conference (NFC), will more than meet their match in the Steelers--a team that’s already won seven Super Bowl rings in its franchise history and has played in eight American Football Conference (AFC) championships in the past 14 seasons. Heading into Sunday’s game, the Steelers bring a stacked roster and a season of impressive team stats--as well as baggage, both on and off the field. Star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spent his 2010 offseason fighting allegations that he sexually assaulted a young woman in a club bathroom. Although the charges were eventually dropped, the National Football League (NFL) suspended Roethlisberger for four games in the regular season and the allegations, compounded by Roethlisberger’s response, significantly damaged the reputation of both the quarterback and the Steelers franchise at large. In fact, the Hollywood Reporter polled fans ahead of the big game and found that respondents voted Roethlisberger the Most Disliked Player in Super Bowl XLV and the fourth most hated player in the NFL. The Steelers have also been accused of dirty tactics on the field, with linebacker James Harrison fined for illegal hits and wide receiver Hines Ward recognized as one of the dirtiest players in the league. The Steelers’ off-field performance hasn’t been much better. For a little perspective, the Steelers have had 13 player arrests since Super Bowl XLV while the Packers have had five. This isn’t to say that the Steelers are uniquely poor sports or abnormally criminal in comparison with the rest of the league. Everyone knows, in a post-Tiger Woods world, that athletes are prone to reprehensible abuses of power and position. If one were to choose teams solely on decency or integrity, one would probably give up sports altogether rather than wade through the messy antics of our hallowed celebrity-athletes. Perhaps the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) would be a more popular, more respected, and more enthusiastically (and financially) supported league if sports fanaticism chose its icons based on a seamless blend of talent and self-respect. Certainly, an allegiance to a team has as much to do with familial inheritance, childhood nostalgia, and location as it does with objective, conscious choice. However, the behavior of the Steelers franchise--and the questionable behavior of Roethlisberger in particular--should leave casual fans with a more emotional investment in the Big Dance than usual this year. While most experts are predicting a Steelers win, given their unflappable defense and Roethlisberger’s unstoppable offense, I’ll be cheering for the Packers with unusual gusto-- and not just because quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a decent man with a winning smile and conspicuous dimples. I’ll be cheering for Green Bay because the Super Bowl is already offensive enough to me without an alleged rapist winning the Vince Lombardi trophy. Between the insipid car commercials and the sexist Dockers ads and the running gag that women don’t drink beer, I need something to rally behind this weekend. As a sports fan, as a sometimes football fan, I’d like to see our deification of athletes mean something more than empty tributes to empty stats. I’d like to see us hold our heroes accountable so that our heroes hold themselves accountable so that “misunderstandings” (like that of Roethlisberger and the woman involved) are avoided altogether. And, truthfully, I’d like to see Rodgers and the Packers utterly demolish Roethlisberger on the field this Sunday. Tréza can be reached at faced off against #8 nationally ranked Gustavus Adolphus College in two games. SCU won the first game 2-1, with tensions remaining high throughout as the scoreboard remained tied at zero until the second period. The second game ended in a 1-1 tie, again with goals only during the second period of the game. This victory came as no surprise to the team. “Every single person on the team went into the series knowing that Gustavus [Adolphus] was beatable if we played a full 60-minute game. By limiting our mistakes and taking advantage of their breakdowns we knew we could beat them,” Gerten said. Clafton finds the victory against Gustavus Adolphus as another way of bringing the hockey team together on the ice. “I truly think that when we are playing together as a team and connecting, we have the ability to beat any of the teams in the league. I feel this weekend just helped to solidify the strength, commitment, and dedication that our group of girls has for our team and one another,” Clafton said. Gerten received the woman’s award in hockey in the MIAC Athlete of the Week for her outstanding goaltending against Gustavus Adolphus. Earlier in January, Clafton received the woman’s award in hockey as well. There are high hopes for the rest of this season and for the seasons to come. “With six seniors graduating, there will be a new core group of players responsible for the team’s success which will be a challenge,” Gerten said. “But I feel confident that those players that remain will be able to continue working hard and continue to represent the team well.” Becky can be reached at

Staff Super Bowl picks
Rachel Armstrong -- Associate Editor I really hate the Green Bay Packers. Being born and raised in Minnesota, the Packers have always been “the enemy”. Say what you want about Minnesota’s (okay fine, really crappy) team, but I was born here, so I’ll cheer for the Vikes ‘til the bitter end. As there’s no hope for the Vikes in Superbowl XLV, all I can hope is that the snotty team from across the state line gets smashed by some Pitsburgh steel. Bring it on. Dana Bloomquist -- Copy Editor I don’t have a T.V. so I won’t watch it, but I guess I’ll know if the Packers win if I step outside on Monday to mass Wisconsin-induced hysteria. Wait, the Packers are in it, right? Sarah Wente -- Layout Designer Midwest pride: go Packers.

Power play
By Becky Doucette
assistant editor

• SCU hockey skates by the
competition and has high hopes for the future

• The Ask Katie! peer health

Ask Katie!
Compiled by Dana Bloomquist
I put on some weight over the holidays. I was hoping to lose it now that I’m back into my daily routine and on campus, but I’m just too busy and stressed to lose weight! What should I do? It’s hard for anyone to lose weight, but it’s especially hard for us college students--we are busy, sedentary, and often have limited access to healthy food. But it’s also important to start building healthy habits now, instead of when you’re done with school, because the longer unhealthy habits continue the more health risks you face and the harder it is to establish good habits. That said, what are those good habits we can start building? The following are examples of changes that on their own might be small, but together add up to a much healthier lifestyle. First of all, utilize the Butler Center. It’s open 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and has hours on the weekends too. It’s free for students (and a guest if you want to bring a friend along), and has a cardio area, weight room, and a variety of classes offered each week (check out the Fit 4 Life classes on the Butler Center’s website!). Because it’s so close, there’s no reason you can’t sneak in a quick workout on your way to or from your dorm. It can also be a great activity for you and your roommate do to together--that way, each of you is

advisers answer your healthrelated questions

motivating the other one to go. Let’s face it, most of us students need part-time jobs to make ends meet. Make that job be an active one! If possible, avoid a job sitting at a desk all day (you already spend plenty of time sitting in class and doing homework); instead, seek out jobs that involve more movement, such as working with kids or jobs outdoors. If you don’t need a job or have extra time, consider volunteering once a week at the Humane Society, at a park, or at a day care. It’s free exercise, you’re helping the community, and it looks great on a resume! Now, to food. I’m the first one to tell you that it’s hard to afford healthy food on a college budget, but with a little planning it can be done. If you live on campus and have a meal plan, utilize those dollars. Seek out healthy food at the salad bar instead of always getting fast food from the Pulse. Also, there are lots of healthy snacks to stock up on in the Marketplace so you’ve got healthy food to come home to at your dorm. If you live off campus, you have lots more options, which can be overwhelming. Plan when you’re going to eat so you don’t get caught starving and craving unhealthy food. If possible, spend a night making meals ahead that you can store in the fridge and heat up when you’re ready to eat them. Please note that the Ask Katie! advisers are not trained medical professionals; contact your health care provider with immediate questions or concerns. AskKatie! should not be used in place of professional consultation or as a second opinion. Do you have a question you want answered? Look for the Ask Katie! stalls in your residence hall or email

The St. Catherine University (SCU) hockey team is having a successful season this year with eight wins thus far. Two players, junior Kayla Clafton and senior Melissa Gerten, made the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Athlete of the Week, and SCU scored a victory against a nationally ranked team. Gerten, a captain of the team, knows this success comes with challenges as well. “After our success last year, we are no longer coming into the games as the underdog. We are now the team with the target on our back which means we need to work that much harder to continue our success,” Gerten said. Clafton believes the success of the 20102011 season has a lot to do with the team chemistry, both during and outside of games. “We added just two new freshmen this season so, for the most part, the girls have been playing together for at least two seasons,” Clafton said. “I feel that the team chemistry off the ice has helped to strengthen our performances on the ice.” On Jan. 28 and 29, the SCU hockey team

Clafton (left) and Gerten (right) were each named MIAC’s Female Athlete of the Week during January for their play on SCU’s hockey team. Photo by Dana Bloomquist.