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March 18, 2011 - Volume 78, Issue 11
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“We would hope that our
customers are not under
the impression that we are
only making these changes
because of any contract
issues...” Tim Ness, Dining
Services Interim General
By Alexa Chihos and Rachel
Armstrong with reporting by
Esther Moss, Becky Doucette,
and Jordyn Arndt
“We are falling relative to our
peers in the ACTC institutions
and are near the bottom in the
Minnesota private schools...”
--James Ashley, SCU associate
professor of economics
News in brief
• Updates on headlines
from around the globe
Tsunami in Japan:
The largest earthquake to hit Japan in
over a century triggered a tsunami on
March 11. Authorities estimate the death
toll to be nearing 10,000 people. Japan’s
Emperor Akihito appeared on television
to appeal to the public not to lose hope
after last week’s disasters. The U.S. military
has delivered more than 7,000 pounds of
supplies, and more than $5.8 million in
U.S. aid has been sent to Japan.
High levels of radiation from Japan’s
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continue
• Concerns persist as
Sodexo makes changes
By Devon Arndt
senior staff writer
St. Catherine University (SCU) Dining
Services and Sodexo, the company that
manages the food on campus, have been
making changes recently, many of which
have been well received. These include
updated and expanded food options, longer
hours, and environmentally friendly options.
However some community members question
Sodexo’s motives for many of the changes, as
Sodexo’s contract with SCU is set to expire
May 31, 2012.
Many of Sodexo’s changes have centered
o n p r o v i d i n g
options for the SCU
r e cent l y be gan
to customers who
purchased and used
reusable cups, and
has begun to provide
containers. A similar
program has begun
at the Coffee Shop.
bring their own mug will receive a discount
on beverage purchases.
“The reusable cup program began as a
national program. It has already been quite
successful at SCU. We have sold out of our
reusable cups and are currently ordering
more,” Dining Services Interim General
Manager Tim Ness said.
Ness feels that it is important that
Sodexo continues to be responsive to SCU’s
environmental concerns, which aligns with
Sodexo’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 of
University Professors (AAUP) survey. The
information the AAUP receives is then published
in Academe. The 2010 information provided
by Academe has spurred discussion in the
SCU community surrounding professors’
According to average salary numbers
reported by Academe in 2010, the mean
professor salary within reporting Associated
Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) schools
(Augsburg College, Hamline University,
Macalester Collge, the University of St.
Thomas, and SCU) is $88,500. The mean
salary for a professor at SCU is $73,700.
Associate professor of economics James
Ashley refects on the signifcance of these
numbers at a women’s university where the
majority of faculty are women.
“This is somewhat revealing because if
you divide our salary by the average [ACTC]
salary, professors get 83 percent, associate
professors get 86 percent, assistants get
84 percent, and all ranks combined get 81
percent of the salary of their ACTC peers,”
Ashley said. “The reason that is signifcant is
because we are sort of like society – because 80
percent of the faculty [at SCU] are women.”
Susan Sexton, director of Human Resources
at SCU, fnds comparing compensation based
on Academe numbers problematic.
“In the March-April 2010 Academe issue,
Augsburg [College]...had not reported any See COMPENSATION, pg. 2
data. Also, [the University of] St. Thomas and
Hamline [University]include their law and
business professor salaries in the data they
report, making it diffcult to make meaningful
comparisons,” Sexton said. “Academe will
issue its next report in April 2011.”
Academe also published reported numbers
from the Minnesota Private College Council
(MPCC), which compared both the salaries
and compensation professors receive from
their respective institutions. SCU professors,
associate professors, and assistant professors
all ranked 13th out of the 15 schools reporting.
“We are falling relative to our peers in the
ACTC institutions and are near the bottom in
the Minnesota private schools,” Ashley said.
The SCU administration has recognized
these concerns and has attempted to address
“[President Lee] has consistently made
compensation a high priority for the university.
In 2007 [she] established a college-wide
commission to develop a compensation plan
to guide decisions around compensation,”
Sexton said. “The plan situated compensation
as a priority of the highest order within the
school’s priorities. Originally the plan was
to be for a period of three years; however,
due to the stresses of our country’s economy,
our Board of Trustees approved an extension
to the plan.”
For associate professor of French, Francine
Conley, as SCU’s institutional identity changes,
new and more effective ways to reduce energy
consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,
conserve water, promote responsible waste
management, and reduce the use of toxic
Despi te Sodexo’s commi t ment to
sustainability however, some students have
been frustrated by the slow progress.
“It’s clear that students want a greener
campus, and Sodexo is making some attempts
to do that. The changes have been slow, and
there are many things we can do to make it
more environmentally friendly. Speaking
from experience, it has been diffcult to get
certain demands met with Sodexo,” sophomore
Liesl Wolf said.
Another change set to begin next fall
is a discount program offered specifcally
for resident students. Beginning in the fall
of 2011, students who live on campus will
receive a 25 percent discount in the dining
room, while those not on a meal plan will
pay full price.
Resident Housing Association (RHA)
has been working on
this program for years
and Heidi Anderson-
Isaacson, Director of
Resident Life, encourages
students to offer feedback
to either Sodexo or RHA.
“Ultimately, it is our
job to listen and respond
t o our cus t omers’
concerns and we can’t
do that if they don’t
share their opinions,”
While most feedback
surrounding Sodexo’s changes has been
positive, especially among younger students,
some students feel that Sodexo and RHA
should have offered this program sooner.
“I think it is a good program to beneft
resident students, but it is frustrating that it
took them until my senior year to implement
it,” senior Caitlin Mans said. “I feel like it
would have saved me money and may have
infuenced me to eat healthier, because the
healthier food tends to cost more. There are
still some changes to be made.”
Ness agrees and addressed concerns
of some community members who feel
these changes are Sodexo’s
attempts at contract
“We are here to provide
a service to our customers;
we strive to make our
locations a destination
that people can come
to eat, visit, and study.
There have been quite a
few changes but most of
them have been brought
on by new leadership.
We would hope that our
customers are not under
the impression that we
are only making these
changes because of any
contract issues,” Ness said.
Despite concerns, many
see the contract expiration
as an opportunity to work
“Perhaps if [Sodexo]
continues to listen to
students’ concerns and
their contract is renewed,
we can begin to work more
effciently together,” frst-
year Jennifer Rowe said.
Devon can be reached
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 are
safe. Two of the students were not in the
vicinity of the earthquake or tsunami, and
the third alerted offcials that she was safe.
NFL Labor Dispute:
The National Football League Players
Association (NFLPA) has decertifed for
the first time since 1989, after 16 days
of talks between players and owners. In
dispute are the player compensation gap,
implementation of year-round health and
safety rules, establishment of a new legacy
fund for retired players, and compensation
reduction for veterans, among other things.
The owners proposed to “split the differences”
between NFLPA demands; however, without
proper fnancial documentation, the NFLPA
did not accept, and chose to decertify. Ten
players have filed an anti-trust lawsuit
against the NFL.
NEWS & OPINION
2 | The Wheel March 18, 2011
ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY WHEEL STAFF
Volume 78, Issue 11
Editor-in-Chief: TREZA ROSADO
Layout Designer: SARAH WENTE
Associate Editor: RACHEL ARMSTRONG
Assistant Editors: BECKY DOUCETTE, ALEXA CHIHOS
Copy Editor: DANA BLOOMQUIST
Photo Editors: JESSICA JONES, HEATHER KOLNICK
Adviser: SHEILA ELDRED
Senior Staff Writers: CLAIRE DAVIDSON, ELISSA JOHNSON, DANA
BLOOMQUIST, DEVON ARNDT
Staff Writers: CHEYFAUN BRYANT, BRE BERG, JENNIFER QUAYLE,
JANESSA SCHILMOELLER, MOLLY DAVY, ESTHER MOSS
If you would like to write for The Wheel, please contact us at
The Wheel aspires to refect 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 infuence
as well as an understanding of the university community inside and
outside of the gates. As a staff we aim to meet the highest journal-
istic 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 indi-
vidual, 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.
I am writing this letter to you on behalf of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group,
(MPIRG)’s Environmental task-force at St. Catherine University (SCU). MPIRG has been
empowering the students since 1971 on many different issues such as fair trade, campus
sustainability, women’s rights, and youth-voter participation.
This semester, MPIRG is most concerned about the excessive use of plastic water bottles
by SCU students. MPIRG is cooperating with Sodexo, and has begun a campaign to
provide reusable water bottles to students at a reasonable price. The reusable water bottles
are available in the dining hall and the Coffee Shop on campus. MPIRG is also collecting
students’ signatures to petition for the reduction of disposable water bottles on campus.
Since this is a matter of concern to the students, faculty and staff, MPIRG will also be
presenting the signed petition to the Student Senate. Our hope is that Senate will encourage
the reduction of plastic water bottles on campus.
This is the frst step MPIRG is taking towards making SCU eco-friendly. I know it is not
possible for MPIRG alone to establish SCU as a plastic free zone, but we hope to encourage
people to reduce the use of plastics in their day-to-day lives. The use of reusable water
bottles is the most effective way to reduce plastic waste. Additionally, encouraging people
to use recyclable paper bags or biodegradable products will also help minimize plastic
waste on and off campus.
Sristi Sadashankar Sunar
St. Catherine University
To the Editor,
I am writing to point out some inaccuracies in the article “Radio Ready” that
appeared in the March 7, 2011 issue of the Wheel. I am a 2010 international alumna
of St. Kate’s with a degree in communications. In this article, Rosado and Armstrong
write that the radio station is “the brainchild of communications professor Joshua
Haringa.” This is a misrepresentation. I approached the communications department
in 2009 with the idea to start a campus radio station after presenting the idea in one
of my classes. I then worked one-on-one with Joshua Haringa during my 2009-2010
senior year to brainstorm the station’s mission and work through the protracted
process of getting the station approved by the university. I continued working on the
station the summer after I graduated, and was then joined by two other students who
helped prepare for the station’s soft launch.
I am writing because I’d like to set the record straight on how the station started.
The statement in this article directly conficts with what was written in the February
issue of SCAN magazine (“Log On, Listen In”). It is also inconsistent with the account
published in a previous issue of the Wheel (“Student run station broadcasting soon from
SCU”, September 24, 2010), which mentions that student initiative started the station.
As a women’s university that encourages women to take ownership of their ideas
and work, and whose mission is to celebrate the achievements of its women students,
it is ironic that much coverage of the radio station has chosen to focus sole credit on
the faculty mentor. It is also telling that despite the September 2010 Wheel article
mentioning the names of myself and the other two students as starting the station,
Joshua Haringa is the only source quoted in the article, leaving the “voices” of the
students 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 challenge
this culture of omission at the university that has minimized the contributions of its
students. In my classes at St. Kate’s I learned how women and minorities have often
made contributions throughout history that have gone unnoticed. Yet, this has been my
experience of starting the station and later seeing and trying to correct the inaccurate
coverage about it. In the future I hope the university faculty, administration and
community will be more sensitive to acknowledging the contributions of their students.
I also want to point out an error in the article about the website of the radio station.
The correct website is http://radiohere.stkate.edu.
2010 Alumna, Communications Studies
Photo courtesy of
compensation must continue to be discussed.
“We are in a state of fux as we transition
into a new and bigger shape and compared
to colleges at similarly sized institutions, our
salaries are below what would be considered
a ‘starting’ salary for most jobs,” Conley
said. “If money is a measure of [our] value
here, then an outsider might speculate that
we are not compensated in monetary terms
for the amount of work we do.”
However, Conley acknowledges SCU’s
support of faculty, even if this support is
not always demonstrated directly through
“I appreciate the way SCU embraces faculty
who, like me, are artists. [Our] performance
or written work as artists is not discouraged
than other comparable institutions makes a
statement,” Cecilia Konchar-Farr, professor
of English, said. “The larger problem is the
central value of the institution, which is
creating knowledge. Ritual and having a
beautiful campus are secondary.”
The conversation surrounding compensation
will continue, as administration seeks to
address these concerns.
“We are currently reviewing the data from
larger group of National Master’s Universities
with Religious Affliation,” Sexton said. “There
will be continued communication regarding
compensation and benefts with the faculty
Allocation and Compensation Committee
as the planning proceeds.”
Regardless of the discussion surrounding
benefts and compensation, SCU students
continue to value their professors’ work.
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and attention to
SCU students and
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salary if they didn’t
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They’re the most
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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 to
as being somehow “unacademic”,
as it would be at other better-
paying institutions who only
believe publishing in journals or
book form constitutes serious
academic work,” Conley said.
For some professors, however,
this is not enough.
“It’s an issue of justice – the
fact that we are a women’s
institution and we pay our
faculty and staff at a lower rate
“Never have I
heard a professor
g i ve a poor
quality lecture or
seen a professor
what they teach
a t SCU a nd
blame it on a
poor s al ar y.
Photo Illustration by Heather Kolnick.
NEWS & OPINION March 18, 2011 The Wheel | 3
By Elissa Johnson
Theory to action:
from your couch
By Tréza Rosado
We’re all familiar with some unfortunate aspects of St. Catherine University (SCU). Tension
between the administration and students is never fun. Neither is listening to a classmate use
large group classroom discussion to debrief about her recent breakup/surgery/tangential
stream of consciousness. I’ve been disappointed by the academic standards of SCU on more
than 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 feeling under-challenged and
then seeing those same people do just enough to get by. We need to take more advantage of
the professors and opportunities that an undergraduate experience at SCU offers. Granted,
many of 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 faculty member or an extra-
curricular project. Initiatives such as the Assistant Mentorship Program (AMP) offer such
opportunities in a structured environment, and places like the Center for Women have
money to help students do extra-curricular research.
Feeling uninspired? That won’t last long – just keep in mind that these four years are the
best, most resource-rich time of your life in terms of academic support. And, considering
the current crisis of higher education, the support and money may only get scarcer as the
years go on. Nothing gets creativity fowing like a ticking clock.
At the risk of shameless self promotion, I think it worthy to mention how I’ve taken
advantage of such opportunities. After returning from study abroad in Ecuador, I wanted
to fnd a way to return to the country and do research . The frst step, for me, was to send
that desire out into the universe. I thought through what my research might look like and
started talking to everyone I knew about how I might make that happen. Sure enough,
after many dead ends and much frustration, I found funding through the Faculty-Student
Research Collaborative Grant and academic support with Spanish professor Kristina
Bønsager. We spent a month in Ecuador this January, interviewing indigenous women and
learning 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 from Academic Affairs certainly
took the edge off.
My point here is that SCU faculty and staff are hungry for bright, motivated students to
work with them on projects of either’s choosing. We might not have as hefty an endowment
as some of our neighbors but in my experience, the affrmation and encouragement of
the professors I’ve worked with made up for any fnances that were lacking. So, the next
time you are sitting in class feeling bored, pull out a piece of paper and jot down ideas
for the next great SCU international research project. Then, when your class ends, talk to
your professors about how they can help you make that happen. I promise, they won’t roll
Esther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You might have heard that the 2010-2011 academic year has been declared the “Year of
the Liberal Arts” by St. Catherine University (SCU). The campus has been host to several
special events and lectures throughout the humanities in celebration of the launch of the
School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. The Year of the Liberal Arts reaches its peak
with the arrival of Azar Nafsi, author of the bestselling novel “Reading Lolita in Tehran.”
Nafsi is this year’s Bonnie Jean and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence and
will visit the campus April 18-20.
SCU has spent a considerable amount of time and funding on art exhibits, flm screenings,
and guest speakers to accompany the highly publicized School of Humanities, Arts, and
Sciences. This increased attention on the liberal arts has led to an elevated debate regarding
the changing place of the liberal arts at SCU. As we come to the end of another school year
and as the university approaches the culmination of the Year of the Liberal Arts, the Wheel
will be providing a different perspective each issue on the successes and shortcomings of
the year’s humanities-centered celebrations. These articles, roundtables, audio interviews,
and editorials aim to situate the Year of the Liberal Arts in the larger context of the future
of liberal arts at SCU.
As the only student-led newspaper, we are uniquely situated to explore the issues most
signifcant to our university community. In that regard, we recognize your voices as the
most important element of the paper we produce. The Wheel would like to encourage its
readers as students, faculty members, staffers, administrators, alumnae, and SCU community
members, to contact us with ideas, opinions, or commentaries centered around the liberal
arts and SCU.
Submit questions and thoughts to The Wheel site (thewheel-scu.tumblr.com) or email
any editor (ie. email@example.com).
We look forward to your input as we close out the 2010-2011 school year.
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Getting the most out of undergrad
By Esther Moss
That’s what we all want to hear, right? You can make a difference in the world by barely
lifting a fnger. Door-to-door canvassers and mail-out donation asks pride themselves on
this idea. There is a huge population of people with some disposable income who would
back most any organization that fronts to be on “their side” without thinking about it too
much. As long as they can write a check, toss a twenty or sign on some line, their good
will is complete. They can rest easy knowing they will be kept abreast of the goings-on of
their favorite public radio station, community-supported art gallery, the shelter puppies,
or that endearing kid in Africa. But does this count as activism? Where is the line between
saving face and saving a movement? Who wins the “best activist” award: the philanthropist
who cut a giant check or the twenty-something community organizer?
There may not be any real answer to these questions. The fact is that it takes money
to get things done. Campaigns cost a lot to produce signs and pay the people who are
working long hours for what they believe in. Services that allow broadcasts like public
television and radio cost money for airtime, copyrights, and again those pesky wages.
There are issues that take lobbying, fiering and picketing to defend rights and create a
better world for everyone. Individuals who cut checks to the organizations doing the work
they enjoy help to make that work doable. Without funding we see organizations like the
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), scrambling for
the dollars of the people they know beneft from their existence.
But what if it stopped there? Organizations need more than money. People, not dollars,
are the ones who fll lawns in protest of motions to deny rights to workers at the Wisconsin
capitol. Real bodies, not checks, are the ones who speak their stories and bring legislatures
to tears when lobbying for equal marriage rights. When I say “agents of change,” I don’t
mean the coins in your pocket. I mean bodies of this movement. But when your body
can’t move with the crowd any longer, then you can cut that check and feel good about it.
It takes more than money and it takes more than bodies. Think about putting your
money toward some of the organizations that are doing work you respect or depend on.
If you don’t have money, volunteer to mail letters, call people who might have the funds,
or carry a sign for your cause. America tends to speak with its money, so be conscious of
where yours is going. Social activism doesn’t pay well in dollars but, with some help, it
sure feeds the world some justice.
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The suspect in the sexual assault case near
Augsburg College and St. Catherine University
(SCU)’s Minneapolis campus, Jerome David
Roy, 41, was arrested Friday and charged with
One Count Gross Misdemeanor Criminal
Sexual Conduct in the Fifth Degree. Suspect
remains in custody.
Laura Goodman, Director of Public
Safety, issued this statement in regards to
the sexual assault near Augsburg College
and St. Catherine University.
“It is an unfortunate state when a woman
cannot walk down a city street without being
accosted. While we wish that women did
not need to learn situational awareness
and self-defense (and that men who make
a living teaching self defense to women
would spend equal time teaching men not
to be violent against women), the public
safety department offers self-defense classes
and safety escorts and encourage campus
community members to use these services.”
The SCU community should report
any suspicious activity to Public Safety
right away. For more information, contact
Department of Public Safety, x8888.
FEATURES 4 | The Wheel
March 18, 2011
•SCU graduate takes women’s
education to the workplace
By Brie Berg and Jennifer
The Minnesota Public Interest Research
Group (MPIRG) and People Respecting
Identity Differences and Equality (PRIDE)
have collaborated on developing St. Catherine
University’s (SCU) frst workshop centered
on radical consent culture.
Sophomore PRIDE President Emily
Monson (EM), frst-year MPIRG and PRIDE
member Rachel Thompson (RT), and frst-
year Women and Gender co-task force leader
Leah Matz (LM) sat down with The Wheel
to discuss the importance of consent.
What is radical consent culture?
LM: Radical consent culture is a culture that
applies heavy communication to anything
that has to do with bodies, minds, or spirits,
and assumes that everyone has their own
beautiful and unique boundaries. People
do not have the right to assume what those
boundaries are with any individual and we
have the responsibility to communicate
and ask questions to know when we are
RT: “Yes means yes” is respecting people’s
boundaries, triggers, and histories to make
sure that nothing uncomfortable happens
What i s t he consent workshop?
By Alexa Chihos and Becky
Yes and no
• The Wheel sits down with PRIDE and MPIRG
members to discuss radical consent culture
An avid intramural participant, English
Club member, and Honors student, Carol
Eiden was a busy and involved student who is
now among the countless successful alumnae
of St. Catherine University (SCU).
Eiden graduated from SCU, then the
College of St. Catherine, in 1990 with majors
in English and mathematics. She then went
on to earn her law degree from the University
of Minnesota Law School.
For Eiden, the hardest part about transitioning
from a student to the professional world came
after she graduated from law school. Upon
entering the workforce, her frst job made her
much more aware of the existence of sexism.
LM: The consent workshop was an
opportunity for students at St. Kate’s to
talk about what consent is, their ideas about
consent, how that applies to sexuality, and
how that applies to our everyday lives and
our everyday interactions with people.
EM: We also highlighted a lot of the
important everyday interactions, and
stressing that those interactions that we
feel are okay (but don’t usually think of
as consent) are actually a part of consent.
Is consent only important in intimate
LM: No! That’s the point of a radical
consent culture...Consent is important in
any kind of personal relationship that we
can ever have.
RT: Consent is not only in intimate
relationships. It applies to any interaction
you have with anyone at any time, including
both physical and verbal interactions.
EM: Consent is important with any person
that you might encounter on an everyday basis.
It has to do with hugging people, asking if you
can sit with them, asking to borrow something.
Why is radical consent important in our
culture and on the SCU campus?
LM: It is so important to remember the high
frequency of sexual violence victims that are
female and how many of those victim survivors
conscious about avoiding gendered language
in the creation of this workshop and making
sure that this information is accessible to
RT: Consent is not a gendered issue although
various identities experience it in different
ways. It’s a woman’s job to ask whoever her
partner is for consent as equally as it is a man’s.
How did you decide on what content
was going to be covered in the event?
LM: We recognized that within the programs
that are offered to students at [SCU], any type
of consent workshop is not offered. This is
generally incorporated into the orientation
programming in most other colleges. We took
it upon ourselves as PRIDE and as MPIRG
to come together to develop this workshop.
EM: We have the perspectives of all the
students who are able to participate in the
two-part workshop development that we put
on between these two organizations; all of
their voices are present in this workshop. It
was community-focused and community-
created, and will also be community-facilitated.
What is the importance of bringing the
Women and Gender task force and PRIDE
together to collaborate on this workshop?
EM: The consent workshop touched on
the fact that consent isn’t a gendered thing
and since PRIDE does a lot of work in
recognizing that there are multiple different
kinds of genders. [It] makes sense that what
our group represents paired with the Women
and Gender task force.
LM: The MPIRG Women and Gender
task force is widely understood to be the
“I was the frst woman to ever work at the
law frm and I had to break a lot of ground
there,” Eiden said.
Eiden was taken aback by the apparent
sexism in her workplace
and eventually left that
frm after four years. Her
experience served as a
si gni f i cant l earni ng
experience because she
realized success is not
always about good grades
“All throughout school,
I learned that if you work
hard and perform well,
you would be rewarded.
It was when I entered my
frst job out of law school
that I realized how different
the real world could still
be,” Eiden said.
T h e s e x i s m s h e
experienced was also
refected in her paycheck.
“I learned right before
I left [the law frm]that I
was never paid what the male attorney who
was about 5 years ahead of me was paid at
any step of the way after I had been there
two years, three years etc.,” Eiden said. “At
Carol Eiden. Photo courtesy
of Carol Eiden.
school you are isolated from sexism, but
once you step out into the real world, it is
She worked at that f i rm f or f our
years before j oi ni ng
Oppenheimer Wolff &
Donnelly, a Minneapolis
law frm that represents
businesses. Eiden has
worked at Oppenheimer
since 1997 and now is a
partner at the frm. The
typical day-to-day tasks
associated with Eiden’s
pos i t i on cons i s t of
communicating with her
clients regularly, document
drafting, and negotiating
with other attorneys.
Although Eiden is proud
of the successful career
she has built for herself,
nothing means more
to her after a day at the
offce than the members
of her family: her children,
Aubrey and Alycia, along
with her husband Jon.
“They are the highlights of my life,” Eiden
Reflecting on her experience as an
undergraduate at SCU, Eiden credits the
critical thinking skills she developed as a
result of her liberal arts education as one of
the biggest benefts she took away.
“St. Kate’s is all about questioning,
researching and learning. There was always lots
of opportunity to do research, presentations,
and big papers. St. Kate’s provides in-depth
study that students can present in a variety
of ways,” she said.
Eiden has been in the “real world” for a
number of years, yet she has still maintained
relationships with professors she had while
attending SCU. She cites her relationship
with former SCU English professor Margery
Smith, CSJ, SP ‘49, as a prime example of the
unique features of this school.
“St. Kate’s allows students to develop
close relationships with professors and
the professors really take interest in their
students,” Eiden said.
Based on what she knows now, Eiden has
some advice for current SCU students.
“Take advantage of the opportunities you
can in order to both educate yourself but
also prepare yourself for future leadership
positions...It will beneft you later in life,”
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only student group that explicitly works on
women and gender issues. With the idea of
this consent workshop coming from within
MPIRG and considering who we might want
to work with in developing this workshop,
clearly when we want to incorporate the
ideas and perspectives of as many different
identities as possible, it just seemed like the
most sense to pair with PRIDE.
Did the administration have a role in the
EM: The only SCU staff member that
was directly involved in the making of the
consent workshop was Brigette Marty and
[The Taskforce to Eliminate Violence Against
Women] here at SCU. They gave us the
funding, provided us with the space, getting
the catering, and publicity. Otherwise the rest
of the workshop was formulated by students.
LM: It’s not necessarily, intentionally
exclusive of the administration, as much
as it was created by students. We would
certainly love to work with administration
in the future.
What do you think SCU will do with this
in the future?
LM: We have had some conversations
about taking this and putting it in different
contexts on the campus. There is conversation
happening but nothing set in stone at this
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are on this
campus. . .
goal is that
w e h a v e
s t u d e n t s
come to this
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it into their
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Small group discussion at the consent workshop Wednesday night . Photo by
Workshop facilitators Caitlin Snodgrass and Emily Monson perform a
skit. Photo by Jessica Jones.
March 18, 2011
The Wheel | 5
Would you rather?
• SCU students share their ideal spring break
By Claire Davidson
It’s a common scene in my life: I’m driving in my car with 89.3 The Current turned up full
tilt. A few bars or verses hit my ears and suddenly I’m in love. Mostly, and quite conveniently
for this column, the hymns of heartache or sound bites I encounter are from local artists
right here in the Twin Cities. Last Sunday was no different, except for one thing: although
the track itself was unfamiliar, the voice was most defnitely an old friend. It was someone
who had been making me think and inspiring independent hip-hop for years. I was listening
to Eyedea, of Eyedea & Abilities. It was, of course, an old song because there isn’t going
to be any new music from the man behind Eyedea & Abilities; he’s not with us anymore.
It’s hard to believe that it was only fve months ago that Minneapolis rap legend Michael
Larson aka “Eyedea” passed away at the age of 28. Though memorial services were held at
the time of his death, I’ve been meaning to commit a column to one of the most inspiring
young artists of my generation, a local music mainstay of what it means to create not only
independent hip-hop but independent thought. Along with his best friend Max Keltgen,
aka “DJ Abilities,” Larson formed Eyedea & Abilities and became part of the Rhymesayers
crew in its early years.
More than a rapper, Eyedea was a true philosophic spirit and not enough people knew of
him until his death. On one of his most thought-provoking tracks, “Void-Internal Theory,”
he spits a beautiful rhyme containing the kind of paradox and refection that is found in
the best poetry. “Violence saturates our surroundings, my heart is pounding, I am one of
the strong that noticed the sirens sounding/Striving to wake you up, so we can grow to
maturity/While we’re all buyin the government’s repent from social security/ Patterns of
emotion change shape from different situations, lanterns shed light on the dark side of
imagination/Scattered is good and evil, through various people and areas of ego, but we
know we can be peaceful with the right participation.”
Though any sort of “review” I could give you of Michael’s music would scarcely do
it justice, keeping the spirit of independent hip-hop alive is the most important thing
to take away from his art, and one that I hope local artists continue to support after his
death. While there will always be days when you are pushed to think yourself in circles,
and mind-numbing music or television or thought sounds like a beautiful escape, there
is a true beauty in celebrating the philosophy found in underground rap. Larson was an
inspiring example of the kind of thought-provoking hip-hop that increases our personal
awareness and elevates our consciousness.
Claire can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are you wearing?
Jacket from Forever 21, shirt from
Price by the Pound, pants from Urban
Outftters, universal scarf from H&M,
and boots from Heartbreaker for 8
Any and every thrift around the
What inspires your fashion sense?
The fact that people can portray
a sense of their personality through
clothing without even having to speak.
What is one thing you would never
What excites you most about fashion?
Being able to show people that I
have no limits.
“What are you
Compiled by Jessica Jones
• A look at St. Kate’s most fearless and fashionable
Think your department or major has some exceptionally
stylish students or professors? Let us know and your
department may be featured in a future fashion article.
Contact email@example.com with suggestions.
What are you wearing?
A black military-inspired collared
shirt, black knit tube scarf, black
pin stripe skirt from Express, foral
tights, knee length black boots from
Nine West brand from Herberger’s -
modifed by me.
Shirt was a gift, the tube scarf is
handmade and the boots were originally
$129 but I got them for $85.
Where do you like to shop?
Online! Well, I don’t really have a
favorite place. I shop almost anywhere.
What inspires your fashion sense?
Alternative, sub culture.
What is one thing you would never
Flip fops, sweats, jeans (I don’t even
own a pair) - basically boring things.
Set up camp in front of the T.V. and not get off
the couch for days on end,
Head out to see that museum you’ve always
been telling yourself you’d get to?
Call and catch up with old high school friends,
Plan a trip with your new college friends?
Have game nights cuddled up on the couch,
Hang around the St. Thomas campus to see if
there are parties you can crash?
Do assignments assigned for break the frst
weekend to get them out of the way,
Save them until the day before classes start?
Finally spend time making an elaborate meal,
Let Chinese takeout containers slowly pile up
on all surfaces around the house?
Stay on campus where you would be alone but
would fnally have that fatscreen in the lounge
all to yourself,
Go home and deal with your parents’ well in-
tended but misguided smothering tendencies?
Compiled by Dana Bloomquist
6 | The Wheel March 18, 2011
• Campus Ministry volunteer
celebrates 60 years as a CSJ
Spotlight: Sr. Florence
Amy Herman, a contributor to St.
Catherine University (SCU)’s Year of the
Liberal Arts, visited campus last week to
share interdisciplinary applications to the
In the spirit and celebration of the liberal arts,
• Amy Herman ties art to
By Molly Davy
In the eyes of the beholder
Above: Amy Herman facilitates a discussion with SCU
students at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Title Photo: SCU Nursing and Art History students
analyze works of art at the MIA as a part of the Art of
Left: SCU students consider a painting at the MIA.
Photos by Heather Kolnick.
and using the critical and analytical skills
of art historians and others in the art feld
in their own work.
Herman began her academic career as an
undergraduate in art history, later going to
law school and practicing law for several
years. Eventually, she went back to school for
a Master’s in art history and became head of
education at the prestigious Frick Collection
in New York City. It was through a fellow
gallery volunteer at the Frick Collection that
Herman heard of an interesting and highly
innovative program instituted at Yale Medical
School and designed for medical students.
This program would later be
adapted into Herman’s The Art of
Perception seminar, designed for
law enforcement. The program has
allowed Herman the opportunity
to travel all over the world teaching
for organizations such as the
Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA), and the
Department of Homeland Security.
Most recently, the nursing, art,and
art history departments at SCU
have benefted from the seminar.
At her semi nar, Herman
introduced the idea of “inattentional
blindness,” in which viewers bring
their experiences into a scene they
are viewing, and let that personal
experience overshadow their
way of interpreting the visual
information they see.
Herman urges us to divorce
asked the audience to describe
what they saw.
“How much more effective
things would be if we could
communi cate cl earl y and
effectively,” she told the audience.
To many people’s surprise, the
audience’s attempts at observing
the presented scene were actually
inferences. Rather than objectively
describing the painting as perhaps
a person playing an instrument,
many people are inclined to
instead make assumptions about
the subject. For example, even
assuming that the cello player is
a cello player at all (Herman says
Eakins could have easily arranged
to pay for a model he meets off
the street) is an inference rather
than an observation. Also, the
fact that the subject holds the
cello bow in his right hand is
an assumption that he is right-
handed; the subject could just
as easily be ambidextrous or
following a directed pose for
SCU couldn’t have chosen
anyone more suited than
Herman, who shared her
“The Art of Perception”
with SCU students,
staff, and community
members. “The Art of
Perception” analyzes the
positive repercussions of
combining analysis in the
arts with observation of
patients in the medical
feld. The seminar seeks
to teach professionals
how to enhance their
observation skills by
viewing works of art
from this urge. For example, she shows the
audience Thomas Eakin’s portrait The Cello
Player which shows a person with a cello. She
What it all comes down to for Herman,
is that these small inferences can make or
break how we view the visual information
we are presented with. Herman’s exercises
in viewing art works are a testament to the
fragility of making definitive statements
using the crutch of our personal experiences.
“Assumptions are sometimes detrimental
to visual analysis,” Herman said.
The lecture, as a whole, was enlightening for
members of the art and nursing departments
alike. Any chance to realize crossover between
such polarized areas of the academic world
as the arts and health sciences is certainly
something to experience. Herman’s lecture
was a true testament to SCU’s attempt to
unite the liberal arts and sciences.
Herman’s advice to nursing students in
art classes and art students in science classes
would most likely be a phrase she used often
throughout her lecture: “appraise, analyze
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By Janessa Schilmoeller
Sr. Florence Steichen recently celebrated
her 60th anniversary with the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ). Born on June
6, 1928, Steichen grew up in right here in
the Twin Cities. Back in 1950, joining CSJ
“seemed like a natural evolution” Steichen,
who went to CSJ schools from third grade
through her time at St. Kate’s, said.
A friend from high school had joined CSJ
because Israeli law required a permit for any
gatherings of more than fve people. As time
went on, class sizes expanded to 15, and the
rest of the students were allowed to take the
underground classes as well.
Steichen learned to be patient and adaptable
in the face of many daily challenges under
Israeli occupation. Steichen had to keep track
of which students were pregnant to avoid
sending them to classes in areas subject to
frequent tear gassing. She also made sure
that students with yellow plates took classes
in Jerusalem and those with blue plates took
classes in Bethlehem, in accordance with
Israeli travel laws. Steichen even created
special make-up work policies for students
in prison, some of whom would be gone up
to 15 years, so they could come back and
fnish their degrees.
This continued until Oct. 1, 1990, when
the university re-opened two years and 11
months after the initial closure. Steichen
returned to Minnesota in December 1992,
but her experiences are still fresh. Her hope
“is for justice for all the people, which will
necessitate the end of Israel’s occupation
of Palestinian land and all the control of
resources and all aspects of daily life that
Since returning to St. Paul, Steichen remains
active in advocating justice for all Palestinians.
She is the former president of Middle East
Peace Now, a member of the Women Against
Military Madness Middle East Committee,
and stays involved with the CSJ social justice
group, book clubs, and more.
Steichen is a phenomenal woman with a
lively spirit and courageous heart. Steichen
enjoys swimming, conversation hours with
friends, the occasional concerts or plays, and
even jet skiing. Sr. Florence is also celebrating
15 years with Campus Ministry this year.
She volunteers once a week coordinating
opportunities such as room blessings and
retreats between the sisters and SCU, and
she also keeps an active list of CSJs who are
available for TRW class interviews.
Please stop by to thank her for the great
work she is doing for social justice and
congratulate her on 60 years as a CSJ!
Janessa can be reached at
and told her, “This is the life!” So after a
sister at St. Kate’s suggested it, Steichen
jumped on board. Steichen’s fellow
CSJs have been some of the greatest
mentors in her life. However, it was
through experiences at Bethlehem
University that Steichen learned the
most about patience, adaptability,
In 1987, l eaders at the CSJ
encouraged Steichen to apply for
the position of registrar at Bethlehem
University located in the West Bank
in the Middle East. Steichen arrived
in Bethlehem that summer before
taking over as the registrar.
On Oct. 27, 1987, the students
were having a nonviolent rally on the
property and waving a Palestinian fag,
which was illegal. Steichen vividly
remembers how “an Israeli sniper shot
and killed one of [the] unarmed student
leaders, and closed the university for
three months.” On Feb. 1, 1988, when
the three months closure was over,
the university re-opened only to be
closed again at the end of the day. “We
then began to work off campus with
students in small groups who were
closest to graduation” recalls Steichen,
who was in charge of scheduling off-
campus class and fnding safe, private
locations. Classes were small at frst
Sister Florence Steichen, enjoying a gather-
ing commemorating her 60 years as a CSJ.
Photo by Sarah Wente.
Steichen and friend Julius Gernes jet skiing in August of 2010. “This was was my
frst, and most likely last, time on a jet ski. It was fun; I was hanging on for dear
life,” Steichen said. Photo courtesy of Sister Florence.
March 18, 2011 The Wheel | 7
By Rachel Armstrong
• Suggestions for a great
Spring Break is almost here. Hopefully,
most of you are doing things that are more
interesting than my plans, which include
lying on my mother’s couch and eating
non-microwavable food for once. Whether
you’re staying on campus, traveling to visit
family or friends, or taking a car or plane as
far south as you can get, the St. Catherine
University (SCU) Health and Wellness Center
has a few tips for having fun and staying
safe over break.
With incidents involving binge drinking
on college campuses making news, Jeannine
Mueller-Harmon, Nurse Practitioner at SCU
has a few words of advice for SCU students
who decide to drink over break.
By Dana Bloomquist
The Melting Point:
About fve hours due north is a place you probably have not seen and probably do
not know much about: the Chippewa National Forest. One of two national forests in
Minnesota, the Chippewa consists of one and a half million acres of land and water. It is
home to some of the nation’s largest populations of bald eagles and goshawks, according
to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a publication of Minnesota’s Department of
Natural Resources (DNR), and is one of the most aquatic national parks in the United
States, with tens of thousands of acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands. Many biologists
call the Chippewa National Forest home: the Forest provides one of the United States’
largest research forests.
But the Chippewa was not always a protected national forest. Around the turn of the
twentieth century, federal arrangements had been made to sell much of northern Minnesota’s
forests to be logged and possibly destroyed forever. Luckily, that never happened. But
why? Who provided a voice for the forest and a call to action? The people who provided
the impetus to preserve the great north woods were a group of passionate women. Maria
Sanford, a professor at the University of Minnesota, provided the driving force behind
a movement that resulted in federal protection for the forest. Sanford wrote a scathing
and urgent editorial in The Courant, the publication for the Minnesota Federation of
Women’s Clubs. The Federation proved instrumental in advocating for scientifc forestry
and conservation of the forest, although it advocated for much more.
The Federation of Women’s Clubs, after its inauguration in 1895, quickly became known
colloquially as the “Brainy Women of Minnesota” for its membership of outspoken and
progressive women, and for its goals (among others) of advancing education, expanding
library resources, and streamlining the garbage disposal system in the Twin Cities. Among
the Federation’s broad goals was the preservation of health and beauty, so the call to
forest conservation arose. It was this organization that called attention to the fact that
no government representatives from Minnesota at the time stood for the creation of a
national forest; it was this organization that put enough pressure on the U.S. Congress to
designate the land as federally protected.
In my experience there is usually a compelling story behind why things are the way they
are, and the story above is no exception. As members of a women’s university whose history
very much parallels the history of the Chippewa National Forest in terms of who created
it and why, perhaps we can pay the forest a visit soon. Perhaps we can walk through the
woods and better understand what a small group of women had to do, and how they had
to struggle, for us to have the privilege.
Visit the DNR’s website at dnr.state.mn.us or the National Forest Foundations’ website
at nationalforests.org to schedule your adventure in the North Woods.
Dana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Ask Katie! peer health
advisers answer your health-
Compiled by Dana Bloomquist
This week, Ask Katie! explores endometriosis,
how this disease affects women, and what
can be done about it.
Endometriosis is when the tissue that
normally lines the uterus (the endometrium)
migrates to areas outside the uterus. The new,
misplaced tissue growing outside the uterus
forms what are called implants. Usually the
areas affected are usually nearby, and may
include the uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes,
or the bladder. Endometriosis is problematic
1) It’s painful. The endometrium sheds
when you have your period, and then builds
up again during your menstrual cycle.
Implants swell as the endometrium builds
up, but don’t shed when you have your period
(because they are trapped in the body, there
is nowhere for the lining to leave). This
means that they grow over time and can
cause painful pressure in the pelvic area and
2) It can affect your fertility (ability to
bear children). If endometriosis is present
in areas of the ovaries and/or Fallopian
tubes, it can cause scarring that can impede
the passage of eggs into the uterus (where a
fertilized egg can be implanted). In some
cases, endometriosis can even cause enough
damage to the ovaries that a woman’s reserve
of eggs is compromised.
Lucki l y, not al l women who have
endometriosis experience fertility problems.
It can, however, still be a painful condition.
Some studies estimate that up to ten percent of
women in the United States have endometriosis
to some extent, and there is a variety of
relatively effective treatments for it.
Endometriosis is usually diagnosed in
women’s twenties or thirties, but it is estimated
that the condition can actually begin when
menstruation begins. There are some early
warning signs and symptoms to look out for
to help ensure early diagnosis and treatment
Family history and risk: If you have a
mother or sister who has been diagnosed
with endometriosis, you are relatively likely
to have it as well.
Menstrual history and risk: if you started
menstruating when you were particularly
young, or have periods that last longer than
a week, you are at a slightly higher risk of
Symptoms: the mai n symptom of
endometriosis is pain. This comes in the
form of painful periods, abdominal pain
before menstruation, pain during sex, and
lower back pain, and irregular vaginal bleeding.
Warning sign: if you have been trying
to get pregnant for a year with no success,
endometriosis may be part of the reason why.
It’s important to note, however, that
endometrial implants can be present in
a variety of places, so symptoms and the
severity of the condition can vary greatly
between individuals. For example, some
women with very mild endometriosis (small
implants) have intense pain, while other
women with severe endometriosis feel no
Treatment of endometriosis often involves
hormone therapy. This is because implants
grow due to hormonal signals that stimulate
the growth of the endometrium. The idea is
that if you can stop the hormones that make
endometriosis grow, you can stop it from
getting worse. Hormone therapy usually means
pills that contain estrogen and progesterone
to induce a state of “pseudopregnancy”
to prevent the ovaries from emitting the
There are also surgical treatments for
endometriosis. For severe cases, especially if
an individual does not want to have children,
a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) can
be performed. This is often accompanied
by the removal of the ovaries and Fallopian
tubes. A less invasive surgical treatment is
called laparoscopy. This involves inserting
small scopes into the uterus to see if there is
an incidence of endometriosis and removing
what is found.
All this information and more was found
at the National Institutes of Health Pub Med
Health’s endometriosis website (ncbi.nlm.nih.
gov.pubmedhealth) and endo-resolved.com.
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
If you still have unanswered questions
about STDs, don’t forget to go to the Ask
Katie! stall in your residence hall and write
a question on the anonymous notepad. If
you live off campus, email questions to
Ask Katie stall in St. Mary Hall. Photo by Heather Kolnick.
“I would remind students that the legal
drinking age is 21. If you are under 21, you
should not drink. If you are of legal drinking
age and decide to drink, do not drink in
excess. Students should designate a ‘sober’
group member so that students do not drink
and drive a car or drink and do something
dangerous or stupid,” Mueller-Harmon said.
According to the National Institute of
Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, women appear
to me more vulnerable than men to many
of the consequences of alcohol use.
“Women achieve higher concentrations
of alcohol in the blood and become more
impaired than men after drinking equivalent
amounts of alcohol. Research also suggests
that women are more susceptible than men
to alcohol-related organ damage and to
trauma resulting from traffc crashes and
interpersonal violence,” a report from the
Whether you do plan to drink over break,
or are spending the majority of your time
on your mother’s couch like me, enjoy your
Spring Break responsibly.
Rachel can be reached at
According to American Congress of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists, alcohol use is linked with:
• About one half of fatal car crashes
• Two thirds of drownings
• One half of fres
• One half of severe falls
• Violence (including domestic violence)
• Damage to the fetus and newborn that lasts a lifetime
8 | The Wheel March 18, 2011
By Cheyfaun Bryant
The other side of March Madness
• Four NCAA women’s teams
to watch for
If you only paid attention to ESPN and
your brother’s bracket-obsessing, you might
think the NCAA Men’s Championship is
the only trophy on the line. However, the
NCAA Women’s Championship, typically
a footnote to the men’s March Madness,
includes several more thrilling match-ups
than the bracket setup for the boys. Although
the men’s Final Four could go to anyone,
the women’s Final Four could very well be
a collection of the top-seeded teams from
Below are some teams to watch out for in
the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship,
from the perennial favorites to the 2011
University of Connecticut Huskies (1)
Even if you don’t follow college basketball,
there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the
UConn Huskies, the dominant force in the Big
East Conference. Headlines for the Huskies
have most recently centered on the team’s
remarkable winning streak (90 consecutive
wins across two seasons) which fnally ended
in a loss to Stanford this past December. The
Huskies have won seven NCAA Division I
Championships in their storied history; they
were recently named the third greatest sports
franchise of the decade by Sports Illustrated.
Their coach of 25 years, Geno Auriemma,
has overseen 767 total victories in his time
with the champion Huskies.
account the team’s rating percentage index
(a number used to rank teams according
to their number of wins and losses and
diffculty of opponents in comparison to
other teams), national ranking, conference
record, and other factors.
Once the fnal choices are made, the 68
men’s teams and 64 women’s teams are placed
into one of four regions and given a seed to
determine their rank within the region. Each
team in a region is given a number between
1 and 16, with the best team in that region
getting the number 1 spot. Each region has a
regional championship and the champions
of the regions make up the fnal four. The
The NCAA f or dummi es
As many sports fans in the United States
gear up for March Madness 2011, there are
some of us who may be a little less in tune
with their athletic side.
Here is a quick summary of the NCAA
tournament: the teams, the rivalries, the
March Madness is the championship
tournament for qualifying National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s and
women’s basketball teams. This three-week
long tournament usually begins on the third
Thursday in March, but the anticipation of
March Madness begins earlier. To be able
to participate in the NCAA championship
tournament, a college or university must
be a Division I, II, or III NCAA team, and
must be invited to play.
This year there are 68 spots for men’s
teams and 64 spots for women’s teams. The
competing teams are chosen by a selection
committee of NCAA athletic offcials, and
the men’s and women’s divisions each have
a separate committee. The committee
automatically picks 31 teams to be invited
to the tournament based on the teams’
regular-season records while the remaining
teams require further review before they
can be chosen to participate. At the end of
the selection process, the decisions of the
committees are announced on television
in an event called “Selection Sunday.” When
choosing the teams the committees take into
and NCAA Championship games will be
held April 2 and 4, respectively. The following
men’s teams are predicted to make the fnal
four this year: Clemson College, Michigan
State University, St. Mary’s University, and
Virginia Commonwealth University. The
University of Alabama, Colorado State, the
University of Memphis, and Pennsylvania
State University are predicted to fall out of
the race very early.
A few favorites who are predicted to make it
to the Final Four in the women’s tournament
are: the University of Connecticut, Stanford
“I catch as many televised and live games
as possible, but as college coaches we have
to share these March Madness days with
recruiting at high school basketball games. It
is good to watch the March Madness games
for new and exciting ideas and to see how the
game is evolving. If the coach’s plan works,
I love listening to the reporters praise them.
If their plan doesn’t work, I love listening to
the reporters say how they should have done
the opposite.” Cooley said.
Usually Cooley roots for the University
of Minnesota’s Gophers. But this year she’s
rooting for Ohio State University on the
men’s side and anyone but UConn on the
Senior forward Sonja Ellingson, one of the
three captains on the SCU basketball team,
also gives into the madness.
“I don’t necessarily have a favorite team
but I always enjoy seeing underdogs win or
go far in the bracket, and I must say I enjoy
it when Duke [University]loses!” Ellingson
said. “My favorite part of March Madness
is watching awesome basketball. It’s the best
offensive and defensive basketball anyone
Everyone has their opinions about this
year’s tournament, and millions of people
will be tuning in to watch it all happen.
With all the excitement this year’s March
Madness is sure to be one of the most thrilling
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lower numbered teams are considered
possible “Cinderella” teams because they
have a chance at unexpected success in
Once all of the teams are in their
respective regions, the excitement of
March Madness really begins. In the
frst two days of the tournament, the
frst round of games begin and the 68
or 64 teams are cut in half. In the next
round the teams are cut in half again,
making the “Sweet 16”, the last 16 teams in
the tournament. During the second week of
the tournament the 16 teams are cut down
to the “Elite Eight,” and then cut down to
four. The four remaining teams create the
illustrious “Final Four” and are one step
closer to winning the NCAA championship.
This year, March Madness began with
Selection Sunday on March 13, and the frst
round on March 15 and 16. The Final Four
University, the University of
Tennessee, and Baylor
Head coach Gary
his experience with the
“I always participated in selecting teams
for offce pools at my old job, however since
I became a college coach the NCAA does not
allow coaches to be involved in this activity,”
Rufsvold said. “I usually have different teams I
support every year. This year I am supporting
Brigham Young [University] because they
have an exciting player and team.”
Assistant coach Carrie Cooley also has a
background with March Madness.
The St. Catherine
basketball team and
coaching staff had
their own picks for
By Tréza Rosado
Stanford University Cardinal (5)
That’s not a typo--the Cardinal (singular)
rallied to the top seed in the Pac-10 Conference
and paved the way to another Final Four
appearance. Stanford, the team that curbed
UConn’s winning streak in 2010, also managed
to unseat the Huskies in the 2008 Final
Four. Stanford has manged to appear in
the Final Four for the past three years but
hasn’t won a championship in 19 years. That
long-simmering drive could fnally push the
Cardinal (singular) into the winner’s circle.
University of Notre Dame Fighting
Seeded second (tied with DePaul) in the
Big East, Notre Dame fnished its regular
season strong and is headed into the chaos
of March Madness with one of the highest
scoring percentages in the league. Led by
sophomore star Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
could provide a challenge for the Huskies.
Although they lost both of their regular
season games against UConn, the third time
might just be the charm.
Baylor University Lady Bears (4)
If Baylor can get past their Big 12 conference
rivals, Texas A&M, the Lady Bears could
fnd themselves in the Final Four for the
second consecutive year since their NCAA
Championship in 2005. The returning
Lady Bears (including star center Brittney
Griner) will provide helpful March Madness
experience for their frst-year point guard,
Odyssey Sims. As one of the best defensive
teams in the country, Baylor is likely in it
for the long haul this year.
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For more information on teams, access to blank brackets, and broadcasting times for games,
visit ESPN’s website at http://espn.go.com/ and click on NCAA-BB.
Drawn by Heather Kolnick and compiled by the Wheel staff.