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October 24, 2011 - VOLUME 79 ISSUE 4

If you walked through Hennepin Governor’s the occupation. Plaza recently, you would see police officers, “I am passionate about these issues because card tables with sign-up sheets, sleeping bags they affect me and my community. This is and people holding signs with expressions of a question of justice,” Moore said. “Instead determination and perseverance. “We are the of sitting around and feeling sorry for 99%,” “Eat the Rich” and “Corporate Greed people, we need to stand up for our rights, is Killing This Country and Its Future” are and promote a new vision for an economic scrawled on cardboard and poster board and system guided by values of economic justice held up by people of all ages, races and religious and racial equity.” and economic classes - ignoring ideological The Daily Finance website estimated that differences - together for OccupyMN. between 2007 and 2010, nearly 700,000 On Sept. 17, in Bowling Green Park, One people were laid off from 25 companies Chase Manhattan Plaza and various other including General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, parts of New York City, hundreds of people Pfizer and Lehman Brothers, all of which gathered in solidarity against the social, had been given bailout money paid for by political and economic corruption in America. federal taxpayers. An estimated 46 million “I helped spread the word about it and Americans do not have health insurance stayed overnight [in New York City] assisting and the average American debt is more than organizers as needed...this is our future,” $10,000 according to Money Talks News. University of St. Thomas (UST) junior Anthony Adbusters, a Vancouver-based publication Guidotti said. “If we sit down now, a better known for its critiques of capitalism, world will be even more unobtainable in the • National political demonstrtions surface in Minnesota created a poster in July 2011 simply stating: future. Wall Street interests are occupying “#OCCUPYWALLSTREET. September our government so we are occupying their 17th. Bring tent. www.occupywallst.org.” By Caitlyn Witt commerce space.” Adbusters’ inspiration behind the movement senior staff writer OccupyMN is a part of the OccupyTogether and organization of this socioeconomic Movement along with 1,491 cities protest was the Tahrir Movement, across the United States and foreign or Arab Spring, the Tunisian and countries standing in solidarity with Egyptian protests from earlier this the Occupy Wall Street protesters. year against their government and Occupy Wall Street is a movement current social situation. against the elite financial companies “The fact that a few smart people such as banks, mortgage companies, using Facebook and Twitter can insurance companies and political put out calls and suddenly get huge officials. numbers of people to get out into “[Occupy Wall Street is rising up] the streets and start giving vent against political disenfranchisement to their anger...there was a real and social and economic injustice,” potential for a Tahrir moment in co-announcer of Occupy Wall America,” Lasn said. Street and co-founder of Adbusters Occupy Wall Street also serves to publication Kalle Lasn said. promote The 99 Percent Project, a Ned Moore, St. Catherine social movement inspired by the University’s (SCU) Social Justice occupation of the financial district, Coordinator for Campus Ministry, that highlights the unfair advantage has an active role in OccupyMN of the “one percent of the financial through his involvement with La elite.” The 99 percent are people all Asamblea de Derechos Civiles over the world currently experiencing (La Asamblea), Assembly for socioeconomic issues such as debt, Civil Rights, an immigrant rights unemployment, lack of health organization in the Twin Cities. La insurance and few available jobs. Asamblea has been providing food, “The 99 percent is referring to speakers and a large turnout for the percent of people affected by OccupyMN in addition to Moore’s the actions of the 1 percent that coordination of the organization’s Top: A sign held by a protestor at Occupy MN. Bottom: An Occupy MN protestor camps out in front of social media outreach surrounding See OCCUPY, pg. 2 Government Plaza in Minneapolis. Photos courtesy of Janice Hackney.

News in brief
• Updates on headlines from around town and around the globe
New guidelines for cervical cancer screening: Recently, guidelines for cervical cancer screening have undergone significant changes. New guidelines suggest that instead of receiving Pap smears every year starting at a young age, only women in between 21 and 65 years old should be getting this test. Since there are few reported cases of cervical cancer in women younger than 21 and older than 65, the United States Preventative Task Force suggests a Pap smear every three years, as an annual Pap smear could be doing more harm than good. Additionally, HPV tests were only approved for women over 30 since brief infections that do not pose a threat to cancer are more common at a younger age.

By Alexa Chihos
FAFSA poses problems for students with same-sex parents: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has affected numerous students who do not have “traditional” family compositions, as this form as the federal agency that issues it has to abide by the Defense of Marriage Act. This act only recognizes heterosexual marriage, and has posed problems for students who cannot portray their family’s financial status because the form does not take into consideration same sex parents, a parent who may be in jail, a parent involved in a divorce, or one who refuses to provide financial support. The amount of federal aid that these students would receive may not fairly represent or reflect their actual financial needs.

Nelson said. T h e re h ave b e e n p o s i t ive offered through the Registrar responses from advisers about Degree Evaluation because they no By Becky Doucette longer have to spend adviser-advisee associate editor meetings on counting credits. The meetings can now focus on plans As the campus population and for where the student wants to be retention rate increases, the St. after SCU. Catherine University (SCU) The Degree Evaluation Office of the Registrar provides “A student considering changing takes each student’s unique new user-friendly resources for education requirements and students and advisers. Students their major can basically run an simplifies them into achievable will have access to an online evaluation selecting another major possibilities. These evaluations Degree Evaluation that will and see where they would be at in that will also be used to determine mark their progress towards major without having to make an whether a student is able to graduation. Additionally, a new appointment with another advisor.” graduate, with a column next Transfer Resources website can --Katie Kromer,Academic Progress to each requirement, stating, help students with transfer “requirement met?” and answers credits, and provides options Analyst with “yes” or “no,” depending for students outside of SCU. on whether the student had Effective Oct. 31, students will have access to the Degree Evaluation of the Registrar, which took more met this criteria. “It’s taking into consideration page under the “Student” tab within time for both the students and the Kateway. Within this page, students workers,” junior student Katelin

Access your education
• New easy-to-use resources
can consistently examine step by step requirements in real time as they progress in their majors and minors. “Before, a lot of this information was hard to find and not very clear, so a lot of the time students would have to [directly] ask the Office

See REGISTRAR, pg. 2

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control the majority of the wealth in America. The awful working/living conditions [that] a large percent of Americans have to live in just to ‘get by’ is ridiculous when you look at the privileges upper class Americans have,” senior SCU student Katherine Curtis said. “I really think our current system is unfair [such as the] rising costs of school and healthcare and the lack of jobs.”. The occupation of public parks and streets in protest of the corruption of the socioeconomic standings are not just reaching coast-to-coast but worldwide. Cities such as Sydney, Madrid, Vancouver, Florence, Brussels and other European cities stand with the United States protests to put an end to the social and economic injustices that citizens face every day. “It has been inspiring to see so many young people leading the charge, whether in occupying Wall Street or Occupy Minnesota.” Moore said, “I think it is because they understand the consequences of allowing these injustices

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to continue.” The results of this global turnout of protesters and supporters can all be credited to social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and blog sites such as Tumblr.comall of which have been utilized in the past by the Arab Spring activists. “Being aware of the issue is the beginning of the battle; if we can start talking about this seriously with our peers and organize, we can instigate change. We cannot live on this way,” Curtis said. Moore encourages students and the SCU community to get involved even if they are unable to go to the Government Plaza. “Make your voice heard. Ask tough questions. Promote your values,” Moore said. “The key is to hold the decision makers who created and maintain these systems accountable. You have the power.” Caitlyn can be reached at cmwitt@stkate.edu.

October 24, 2011
other schools. The individual student can see what requirements are completed with another school’s credits. “This was very helpful this summer as I was planned to take courses at the local community college. The layout is very clear,” senior student Cayenne Dupay said. Johnson noted the importance of this new website. “With the emphasis on transfer students and becoming more of a leader in terms of including more students...we have recently put up two new transfer pages,” Johnson said. The Office of the Registrar is continuing to expand the page with more schools, slowly moving out towards the coasts. They have recently finished getting all the community colleges in Minnesota in the database, and are close to finishing the University of Minnesota. The Degree Evaluation will also continue to expand through seeking out which students will need access to this type of resource. The Office of the Registrar also hopes to include such evaluations for students fulfilling majors in one of the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) colleges. “This will save time for both student[s] and faculty since the student will be able to figure out more on her own and will not need as much help from faculty to get everything settled,” Nelson said. Becky can be reached at rjdoucette@stkate.edu.

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your in progress course work, if you drop a class, if a grade is changed, it is everything up to date,” Academic Progress Analyst Katie Kromer said. Another feature included with the Degree Evaluation is the “What-if ” option. “A student considering changing [her] major can basically run an evaluation selecting another major and see where they would be at in that major without having to make an appointment with another adviser,” Kromer said. The Transfer Resources website is available through the Registrar website in the sidebar. The resources include information regarding transfer credit from other institutions, residency credit requirements and alternative options in obtaining school credit. “[If] students go online and don’t find the answers they are looking for, they might not come to SCU. They’ll go somewhere else that will give them the answers. So if this information is out there for students to find easily [and] they don’t have to bother somebody and wait for them to answer, they can just find the answer [themselves],” Associate Registrar Emily Johnson said. One of the resources includes the Transfer Credit Equivalency, a database where students can compare their SCU courses to other schools’ courses, in case they were hoping to transfer schools or transfer credits from

For more current updates, calls of action and national and global livestream about OccupyMN or Occupy Wall Street, visit occupymn.org and occupywallst.org. To see if your city or state is involved in this social movement, check out occupytogether. org and to hear more stories of The 99 Percent Project, follow the Tumblr.com blog at wearethe99percent.tumblr.com.

Political column: You are what you choose to eat
By Devon Arndt
political columnist
For most Americans, fall is traditionally a season of celebrating the harvest with which we have been blessed. We celebrate the season by picking apples at the orchard, carving pumpkins and watching the beautifully colored leaves fall from the trees. And yet, fall also seems to be a time when gluttonous behavior and greed are excusable attributes. At risk of being labeled “un-American,” I must admit that pessimism may correlate with my dislike of Halloween and Thanksgiving. I do not enjoy stuffing my face with candy nor do I salivate at the sight of a roasted turkey sitting atop the kitchen table. I haven’t always felt this way. Like many other kids, I waited for Oct. 31 with excited anticipation. I loved dressing up in costumes and walking from door to door begging for candy. I spent hours

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Editor-in-Chief: ALEXA CHIHOS Layout Designer: SARAH WENTE Associate Editor: BECKY DOUCETTE Sections Editor: ANNE MOE Copy Editor: ANNA HAYES Photo Editor: HEATHER KOLNICK Photographers: HILARY STEIN, SARAH WENTE, SARAH KICZULA Cartoonist: CAROLYN PIVEC Adviser: SHEILA ELDRED Senior Staff Writers: CLAIRE DAVIDSON, RACHEL ARMSTRONG, CAITLYN WITT, DEVON ARNDT Staff Writers: SARAH KICZULA, KA THAO, ASHLEY SKWIERA, DANA ALEMAM, CASSANDRA KLEINJAN, MAGGIE WEISS If you would like to write for The Wheel, please contact us at wheel@stkate.edu.

counting my candy and rationing out each serving. But then I turned ten years old; I became too cool for trick-or-treating and opted to stay in and watch Alfred Hitchcock movies and reminisce about my childhood. My rebellious behavior progressed as I grew older and at the age of fifteen, I became a vegetarian. Many teenagers choose to rebel by getting body piercings or breaking curfew, but I chose to quit eating meat. While this decision may not seem particularly unruly, in my family it was a blatant act of defiance. Before I knew it, my newly adopted diet began to define my very existence. I am a firm believer that what you eat defines who you are. Omnivores and herbivores alike, we all need to eat. Yet few of us ever consider how the food on our dinner plate affects the world around us. When you choose to consume a sandwich or bowl of fruit, do you ever consider the farmers who cultivated the food, the animals who may have sacrificed their lives for you or the environmental impact of the production and transportation of your meal? Chances are probably not. This is problematic because the further we distance ourselves from the food system, the more difficult it will be to regulate the conditions in which the food was produced. Additionally, we will have less concern for how the food is distributed. According to the Global Foodbanking Network, worldwide more than 925 million people do not have enough to eat. So how is it possible that millions of people in Western societies are killing themselves eating excessively rich diets while millions of people in other countries, and in some cases the United States, are battling with starvation and malnutrition? The issue of hunger is profoundly complex. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the world’s farmers produce enough food to provide every human being with around 2,800 calories per day; more than enough to provide sufficient nourishment. The global system of growing, distributing and selling food is not serving us well. Recent economic crises and rising food prices are also increasing the risk of hunger. The challenge is not simply to increase food production; it is also to address our inadequate and poorly distributed global food supply. While many activists have worked to address this--and other food justice related issues, it has not been a focus at St. Catherine University (SCU) until somewhat recently. In an effort to address many of the injustices surrounding our food system, the Food Justice Steering Committee has organized SCU’s first annual Food Week. Oct. 31 will mark the beginning of a year-long campaign designed to raise awareness on the environmental, economic and political complexities surrounding our food system. Scheduled events include panel discussions, guest speakers, including Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, film showings and much more. Celebrate this holiday season by educating yourself on food justice while snacking on delicious sustainably produced snacks at one of the scheduled events. Devon can be reached at dvarndt@stkate.edu.

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A lone wheelbarrow sits in the SCU community garden.

Photo by Hilary Stein.

October 24, 2011

OPINION

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Favorite Quote: “You are in life by the book you read and the people you associate with.” Hobbies: Playing badminton, watching cooking TV shows and TNT. What motivates you to be on Senate: I want to be a part of an organization that is making an impact on campus. I wanted to meet new people and expand my leadership skills. About myself: I come from a big family and enjoy cooking for big groups of people. I enjoy trying and learning new things. I like to take time off for myself to watch a movie or read a book.

Senate student of the month - October
Name: Yer Chang Year: 4th year Major/Minor: Accounting and Marketing & Management Position on Senate: Financial Affairs Chair. I help students who are asking for funding from the Senate. I assist them with the process of submitting a funding proposal and the

reimbursement of funds. I am also responsible for managing all of the financial transactions for the Senate as well as coordinating the Senate’s budget process in the spring. The Senate provides funds to student groups and individual students who would like to participate in conferences or put on events that will be beneficial to the St. Catherine University community and the University’s Undergraduate Day Students. To learn more about Senate or the funding process, please visit the Senate website via Kateway or email me: yer_chang@stkate.edu.

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Editorial:

All rise for solidarity
By Becky Doucette
associate editor
Now, I have hope in The Wheel’s readership in that you all are a tad knowledgeable in the Occupy Wall Street efforts. This protest that has swept the nation has been going for about a month, with minimal mass media attention. If not, you better read Caitlyn Witt’s article. I say this with urgency because this protest has been the center of discussion in many cases, regardless of personal opinion on the matter. What makes this protest even more confusing is the lack of demands from Wall Street. I first heard about the protest through good ole Tumblr, a social networking site I probably spend way too much time on. Slogans such as “Occupy Orlando” and “We are the 99 percent” would flood my dashboard daily. Pictures of violence, scribbled signs and pilots lined up alongside teachers. I spent hours trying to wrap my head around the whole event and purpose, and what the strong appeal was for such an ambiguous protest. Why do I care? And honestly, I didn’t care for a while. I’m in college, I have two jobs and I have other things I need to be worrying about. What caught my attention was when I saw pictures of stories written out by the hands of other college students in the U.S. “I had to drop out of school because of medical bills my insurance wouldn’t cover.” “I have to work three jobs and take care of a daughter as I try to finish up my undergraduate degree.” “Teachers think I’m lazy, when really, I only get three hours of sleep every night so I can afford this place. Forgive me for yawning in class.” The stories continued, all with the slogan “I am the 99 percent.” Again, this protest is of interest to me, but I don’t have time. Yet I did begin to wonder, who figured out these events were happening? Who figured out that his or her situation was not unique, but among a communal experience? This question was answered in a class discussion I had last week, when a fellow student mentioned how upset she was with the divide of the rich and the poor. Especially how big-name corporations overuse the work of the laborers and overpay the work of the CEOs. “I’m going to start a revolt,” she told me. I responded with, “Go for it. One’s already started.” This protest has blown up nationally for one reason, and one reason only. People are pissed. Americans are livid at the way the economy has mostly helped the privileged, the beautiful and the wealthy. I still don’t have time for this protest, as much as I wish I did. I am too busy paying off tuition at the school that I attend, and it is a privilege to find the time to protest. However, I do have time to write about this, to inform you about this, to call a friend about this and to call my legislator about this. This is the time I can dedicate. Change does not only happen through protests; change occurs through speech, political action, social action, financial awareness, accountability and so much more. The least you can do is find out whether you are the 99 percent or the one percent and then act. Becky can be reached at rjdoucette@stkate.edu.

Editorial: Off to the Sunshine State
By Alexa Chihos
editior-in-chief
It’s already halfway through the first semester of this academic year and it has been, by far, the most unbelievably eventful time I have spent at St. Catherine University (SCU). I have done more in person interviews for The Wheel in four issues than all of last year combined, and I decided that taking my editorial staff to Orlando for a national journalism conference over midterm break was a good idea. At the end of last year, I bounced the idea around with the current editorial staff to see if there was any interest of going to Orlando in late October. I would be lying if I said simply going to Orlando in the midst of a Minnesota fall was not a good decision. In any case, there was a sparked interest with at least four members of the editorial staff, including myself, and that was enough to prompt me into looking further into it. I’ll admit, as the summer went on and the beginning of school started, my own personal excitement to get out of the state and see student newspapers that I did not help create began to grow. However, there is this tiny thing called higher education that, so far, has been blocking my mind from a wonderful daydream about the Florida landscape. As I have been getting deeper and deeper into my classes, I have found a formula that kind of works when it comes to balancing my school and Wheel duties. Essentially what it comes down to is doing homework the night before or the day that it is due and then when I get a second to catch my breath I get to go right to my list of things to do for The Wheel. One of the things on that list that has grown more important in addition to being put aside is basically anything and everything related to going to Orlando. In the beginning of this process, there were the easy tasks of booking flights and hotel rooms which was something that I was extremely familiar with. The finished process of booking the flight made the whole idea of going to a national journalism conference come to life; this is actually happening. To top it off, our adviser had booked the hotel rooms and taken care of the registration process for us. We were essentially ready to fly off to Orlando right in the middle of September. I had been delighted that the most crucial tasks of going to Orlando had been taken care of so promptly that it was reason enough to sit back and focus on academia and the day to day Wheel responsibilities. Before I knew it the whole month of September was gone and here I am writing past the midst of October about how I have yet to take care of the small details like what we plan to bring with, which sessions we are going to go to, and what we plan on doing to feed ourselves while we are gone. Oh yeah, there’s also the part about how we are getting to and from both the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Orlando International Airport. It surprises even me how I have managed to complete all of my homework assignments on time and get The Wheel sent to our printing company before the deadline, especially since I am planning a trip for the editorial staff to go to the other side of the country for a national journalism conference. Most of this punctuality stems from the driven people that are on staff this year, who like myself, want to get the most out of their experience at SCU. Alexa can be reached at anchihos@stkate.edu.

Pro-Ramen

By Carolyn Pivec

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Happy Halloween
A day to rememeber
• SCU community pays homage to loved ones lost
By Ashley Skwiera
staff writer
In the United States, the end of October brings candy, costumes and creatures. However in other countries, this time of the year holds a deeper meaning. Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” has occurred Nov. 2-3 for over 500 years in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and even the Philippines. It is a syncratic holiday in which it combines the traditions of the indigenous Aztecs with the Spaniard’s All Saint’s Day. It is a celebration that pays homage to loved ones who have passed away. “The idea of Day of the Dead is to welcome back the souls of your family members that

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international perspective
By Dana Al-Emam
staff writer
Most of the international students who are studying at St. Catherine University (SCU) have never experienced Halloween in their home countries. However, The Wheel interviewed some students who are experiencing the celebration of Halloween for the first time in their lives. Zain from Palestine: Halloween is not celebrated in Palestine,but she first knew about it from Hollywood movies. “I already went to a haunted house few days ago, and it was so scary. People kept popping out from everywhere, but still I liked it.” Sarah from the Republic of Congo: Halloween is not celebrated in her country, but she saw the decorations and the rituals on TV. “Since I was in the U.S. last Halloween, I gave some candies to some kids from the neighborhood. I’m going to a haunted house and I will carve some pumpkins.”

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have passed on so it’s the one day that they have sort of a window between the two worlds and that they welcome those souls back to earth,” Assistant Professor of Spanish Kristina Bonsager said. As president of the Latina Student Association (LSA), junior student Cristina de la Cruz reflects on the importance of celebrating and bringing Día de los Muertos to the St. Catherine University (SCU) community. “It’s a holiday that’s celebrated in many Latin American countries and it also brings awareness to our campus. LSA is bringing Día de los Muertos to campus to get other students involved and learn about our culture,” Cruz said. Sophomore student Marilyn Ochoa has participated in Día de los Muertos both in her church community of Ascension in North Minneapolis and in her homeland Guatemala. “[At Ascension] we build an altar to remember all our deaths that are in our family. The altar is made with candles, flowers, food and photos to welcome our dead. We also

have a book where any member of the community can write a prayer or just the name of the family member who has past. We keep the altar for about a month or so,” Ochoa said. H o w e v e r, t h e r e a r e variances in celebrating Día de los Muertos in the United States than where it has its roots. “The thing that is different here in the United States than our homeland to celebrate Día de los Muertos is that we only make an altar in our churches,” Ochoa said. “Back in our homeland, we actually go to the cemetery and make the tombstone of the deceased member beautiful with the same thing we put in the altar.” In the United States, Halloween is most often the only exposure children have when it comes to death and the once living. The first thing that comes to mind is zombies and

vampires, taught to them for the fear factor. “Halloween focuses more on the negative aspect of death whereas Day of the Dead is to celebrate, remember and honor those who have passed away. It’s a celebration of their life. The Aztecs did not fear death, but instead they had ceremonies in which they honored the deceased ones and to this day it’s still being celebrated” Cruz said. Those outside the Hispanic and Filipino community are beginning to adopt the practice.

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Confront your heart
• SCU and UST collaborate on
their upcoming production
By Maggie Weiss
staff writer
This fall, the play “Crimes of the Heart” will be making its way onto the Frey Theatre stage, with an all-star cast of characters from the University of St. Thomas (UST) and St. Catherine University (SCU) with Director Teresa Hegdahl at the helm. “Crimes of the Heart” was written by Beth Henley, and follows the tale of three sisters, Meg, Babe and Lenny Magrath, who return to the family farm after various circumstances in their troubling lives. Throughout the course of the play, each of these young women come to terms with past tensions with their family life and neighbors, and struggle with

“Although it originated in Mexico w ith the ingenious traditions, I don’t think it needs to stop there. It’s a beautiful tradition, [and it] really helps bridge that understanding of life and death for children,” Bonsager said. “Even though its not part of my own personal culture, I’ve adopted it into mine because I find it to be a very beautiful custom.” The LSA is hosting their annual Día de los Muertos event on Friday Nov. 4 from 7-10 p.m. in the Rauenhorst Ballroom. Activities include a Mariachi band, folklore dance, Latin Music, food, dance floor and more. The week before the event an altar will be made located in the basement of the Coeur de Catherine. LSA is welcoming pictures of your deceased ones and will be printing them and putting them on the altar. Pictures can be sent to czdelacruz@stkate.edu. Ashley can be reached at amskwiera@stkate.edu.

really well.” Senior UST student Allie Cleary and SCU sophomore Jasmine Branum play Lenny and Meg Magrath, two of the three sisters that headline the production. “Lenny is the oldest of the sisters,” Cleary said. “She’s the caretaker and peacemaker of the family. Lenny spends the play working through self-esteem issues.” There is a similar storyline for Meg , according to Branum, and she loved being able to bring her character to life. Student actors rehearse on set in the Frey Theater. “[I like] the feeling of being someone else—conveying situations Meanwhile, Chicos plays a minor character, and thoughts in a well thought out way,” Doc Porter, Meg’s 30-year-old husband. Branum said. “I have been acting since grade school, so Rounding out the cast, along with this is kind of my life,” Chicos said. “Any and Collete Devereaux as Babe, the third all experience I can get I know will help me sister, and John Hofmeister in the reach and live my dream.” role of Barnette, are SCU sophomore “Crimes of the Heart” will be performed Rebecca Schilling and UST senior at SCU’s Frey Theatre starting Nov. 9, at 7 Perry Chicos. Schilling was cast in p.m. and runs through Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. The the role of Chick Boyle, a neighbor of performance is free to all Associated Colleges the Magrath family, and was excited of the Twin Cities (ACTC) students, faculty about her character’s role in the and staff. General admission is $10.00. performance. “Chick [Boyle] lives across the street Maggie can be reached at from Lenny and is the first cousin of maweiss@stkate.edu. the Magrath sisters.” Schilling said.

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the events that brought them back home, each one recognizing their own ‘crime of the heart’ in one way or another. Hegdahl had good things to say about her cast and the production, including the fact that they are all very supportive of each other and create a positive atmosphere that can only be created by a positive cast. Hegdahl is also excited about helping her cast grow and mature throughout the course of the production. “The complexity of the relationships [between the characters] makes the piece challenging.” Hegdahl said. “[The cast] have their individual perspectives, but they click

St. Kate’s students Jasmine Branum, Collette Devereaux, and Rebecca Schilling, as well as St. Thomas student John Hofmeister, star in SCU and UST’s production of Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Performances take place November 9-12 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Frey Theater. Photos by Heather Kolnick. staff with tremendous insights into what life with and the successful treatment of mental illness looks like... she shared her insights warmly and generously,” Symons said. Hornbacher’s brief time on campus came to a close following her presentation in the Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, “Healing Body, Finding Voice: Wholeness in a Woman’s Life,” a free event also open to the general public. “[Hornbacher encouraged her audience] to claim our power, the hard-won rights garnered for us by women from previous generations, and to ‘take up space’ by moving forward with the intellectual and physical confidence that is supported by a well-nourished body and mind,” Symons said. Although SCU is frequented by many notable speakers and visitors from whom we can learn, it’s a rare opportunity to have a guest like Hornbacher whose depth of knowledge is unending, stemming from personal hardship diligently overcome. “It is people like Marya that work to break down the stigma surrounding mental health disorders by sharing their personal experiences. Mental illness is real and it is prevalent,” Burrows said. SCU student Kiah Bizal had the opportunity to attend all of Hornbacher’s presentations. “More than anything, I was just moved every time I heard her speak that day…each time I heard something new and equally as insightful. She had a great personality that made her entertaining and engaging. Her open mind made the audience eager to ask questions, and her sense of humor kept any one question or topic from becoming too deep and overwhelming,” Bizal said. With the help of mental health advocates like Hornbacher and student lead organizations like Active Minds, college students and young adults who are “at the greatest risk for developing a serious mental illness” can gain a better understanding of critical issues while side-stepping the barriers and stigmas that often follow. When not visiting college campuses like our own, Hornbacher’s time is spent working on selected essays and teaching creative writing at Northwestern University near Chicago. Cassandra can be reached at cjkleinjan@stkate.edu. Marya Hornbacher reads from her book, “Madness: A Bipolar Life,” in the Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium. “Madness” is a New York Times best seller, a story about her life with bipolar disease. Photo couresty of Stephanie Burrows.

Break the stigma
• Acclaimed author Marya Hornbacher visits SCU
By Cassandra Kleinjan
staff writer
Lead by psychology student Stephanie Burrows, St. Catherine University’s (SCU) Active Minds reached out to award winning author and Minnesota native Marya Hornbacher, extending an invitation to share her unique insight on subjects related to mental illness, addiction and the stigmas associated with both. Hornbacher, who was once a staff writer for the University of Minnesota’s “Minnesota Daily,” is most well known for her first publication, “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia” in which she shared her unapologetic struggle with the eating disorder that plagued her young life. Arriving on Oct. 17, Hornbacher kindly shared her day interacting with the students and faculty through three 30 minute lectures during which she discussed topics such as Bipolar Disorder, The Women of Alcoholics’ Anonymous and Mental Illness: Stress and Stigma. Shortly after her presentations on mental illness, Hornbacher spent the afternoon hosting a creative writing workshop graciously sharing her talent for writing with other writers in search of guidance. Stacy Symons, Assistant Professor of Psychology, pointed out how Hornbacher did more than just address the mechanics of writing. “She provided our faculty, students and

e from Burkina Faso: Halloween is not ated in her country, but she knew about it he TV. She was in Minnesota last year and d to go out for Halloween and dress up like k goddess. Unfortunately, one of her friends er that Halloween is worshiping the devil, nother friend told her that some people dress up and attack others outside, so she scouraged and decided not to stay at home. will participate in the event of carving kins.”

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FEATURES

October 24, 2011

Posts from the equator: Spacial racism
By Rachel Armstrong
international columnist
I got back to Quito from a trip to the West coast of Ecuador with a sunburned face, clothes that smelled strongly of fish, and sand in every imaginable crevice of my backpack. How I got sunburned during a weekend of clouds I´m not sure; how I ended up with sand in the lining of my swimming suit I´m also not sure. Somehow, after a month in Quito, I again felt the itch to get away. Even though I´m countries away from anything familiar, I still find myself getting restless with how quickly life becomes predictable. Even away isn´t away enough anymore. After eight hours in a bumpy bus we arrived in Muisne, Ecuador, a small island near Esmeraldas. The point of the trip was to learn about Afro-Ecuadorian communities living and working on the coast. Most of these families make a living through mariscos: shrimp, fish, conchas, and mussels. However, the introduction of industrial shrimp farms has not only made it difficult for individual families to farm enough shrimp to be profitable, but destroyed thousands of acres of Manglar trees. Manglar trees are an essential part of life for Afro-Ecuadorian communities, providing habitats for hundreds of species of fish, not to mention shrimp, conchas, and mussels. As the Manglars disappear, so does the marine life, making the already arduous work of fishing or farming shrimp for a living even more

problematic. Unfortunately, the Afro-Ecuadorian communities living on the coast exist in the periphery of central government´s notice as years of institutionalized racism have resulted in a lack of political recognition. The obstacles are daunting and obvious: 48.7percent of Afro-Ecuadorians live below the poverty line, compared to 38.3 percent of Ecuadorians. Afro-Ecuadorians attend colleges and universities at lower numbers, and the socioeconomic situation of this group is overall much lower than the general Ecuadorian population. The Ecuadorian government has acknowledged this racism and has begun to implement changes. However, after decades of exclusion, the effects are still felt. Afro-Ecuadorians are still discriminated against by the meztiso, criollo and white populations. I struggle with columns like these. Coming from a place of such privilege, traveling on a coach bus to meet these communities struggling to make their way, leaving after three days of sleeping on clean sheets, with three meals a day, makes me uncomfortable. Even after learning about the problems these communities face, I feel there´s little I can do to help. But even if there is little you or I can do for community of Muisne (except to be knowledgeable about where our seafood comes from), what we can do is take a step back and examine our own lives. Pay attention to the way space is racialized in St. Paul, Minn.; the ways in which people of color in the United States are still denied the same opportunities in employment or education that white people take for granted. Ask the tough questions: Why are there fewer numbers of people of color in our colleges and universities? What gatekeeping devices are still in place? The problem of racism exists in even the most liberal, most feminist spaces. Just look at what happened at NYC Slutwalk when a young white woman held a sign that read: “Woman is the N***** of the world.” Racism exists at Slutwalk, in Ecuador, in the Occupy Wallstreet movement, in classrooms at SCU, in St. Paul. Now, back in Quito, in an internet cafe that smells strongly of certain illegal drugs, I´m going to end this column and find a cab. My time in Muisne gave me a lot to think about, and I hope this column gives you a few things to think about as well. Rachel can be reached at rmarmstrong@stkate.edu, or follow her blog at rachelgoestoecuador. tumblr.com. “I was invited because one of my former professors at [the University of Minnesota], [who] is kind of famous in the sociology of deviance, told Clifton that I needed to write this chapter,” Heitzeg said. “I was happy for a lot of reasons to be in this volume, but I was particularly happy that this piece was in here.” In the early twentieth century and earlier, sociologists examined the people who broke the rules: the deviants. However, once reaching the middle of the twentieth century, sociologists began to examine the rules and rule makers alongside the deviants. “You’ll see it when you read the article that I organize it in a way that I always think about deviance, and that’s rule makers and rule breakers,” Heitzeg said. “So how does race, class, gender and age impact differentials in deviant behavior, and later, how does race, class, gender and age impact labor and social control.” Within her classes, Heitzeg teaches not only the criteria of the course, but she teaches life lessons along with it. “I always say to students that if you are going to be a student of sociology of deviance, you have to be a student of equality, because the ‘who’ always matters more than the ‘how’ or the ‘what’,” Heitzeg said. Heitzeg definitely takes into consideration the importance of social deviance outside of academia. Heitzeg fully supports the understanding of sociology in relation to public policy because the study of social deviance affects everyone. “[Social deviance] is really the question that guides our everyday life because, whether we think about it or not, we are always surrounded by and responding to rules,” Heitzeg said. The article that Heitzeg wrote was something she considered to be introductory to the ideas in social deviance. On her own time she is studying criminal industrial complex,

Spotlight: Nancy Heitzeg
• A contemporary examination of social deviance
By Becky Doucette
associate editor
Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology at St. Catherine University (SCU), had her chapter on “Differentials in Deviance: Race, Class, Gender and Age” recently published in “Routledge’s International Handbook of

Deviant Behavior.” Heitzeg joins other scholars and experts in the discussion surrounding social construct, rule breaking and why race, class, gender and age are important in the discussion of deviance. Social deviance can be a difficult discussion in the academic world because of the presupposed judgment on the very term. “Deviance is always one of those lone words in our society where we think deviance is bad,” Heitzeg said. “Technically deviance is about some violation of some norms or rules that can result in any wide range of sanctions from a dirty look to the death penalty.” Heitzeg did not have to submit her article to various publishers;rather, she was invited to write about deviance in this particular book.

Women in music: Sharp and sorrowful
By Claire Davidson
music columnist
Just in time for cold nights, spiked chai and sweater weather, Leslie Feist debuts her first solo album in four years, “Metals,” to the tune of critical acclaim from the independent music scene. Initially part of the band Broken Social Scene, Feist’s distinct vocals have had a powerful effect on Indie-pop for the past decade. Born in Nova Scotia to a painter father and art-student mother, Leslie Feist was inherently artistic. Although primarily interested in creative writing as a child, Leslie soon discovered her vocal ability matched her poetic talents when she joined her grade school choir. Nominated for four Grammys and countless Canadian Juno music awards since going solo, it’s clear she was destined to combine these two raw talents to become one of the most unique singer-songwriters of her generation. Perhaps best known for her 2007 hits “I Feel It All” and “1234,” which was featured in one of the original Apple iPod advertisements, Feist’s latest work is distinctively darker, noticeably more ambiguous and pleasantly abstract. Every now and then, the timing of an album’s release will align itself so perfectly with the events of one’s life that it feels a bit like kismet. This could not be truer of my encounter with “Metals,” debuting almost perfectly in sync with the end of one of my own relationships and the startling new crispness fall affords. Indeed, sharp with the fresh sting of heartbreak and ripe with rich, lingering hymns, “Metals” is nothing if not appropriately autumnal. From the eerie “Graveyard” to the powerful “A Commotion,” one is presented with a delicate rendering of a love that’s recently died but not easily forgotten. Deeply metaphorical and ceremonial, “Metals” is not an album logically compartmentalized, part of what contributes to its beauty. It’s an album you feel, not deconstruct, which has made writing a review of this work so difficult. Speaking in semi-haikus, her softly booming voice lingers over feelings of lazy nostalgia, urgent regret and quiet strength. On one of my favorite tracks, “Undiscovered First” she declares: “you can’t unthink a thought/either it’s there or not.” Whatever subtle naiveties get pushed under the rug of our summer hearts, they are always forced out in the open with the sting of fall air on one’s face; your daydreams are no longer protected in the safe-haven of July’s frantic whimsy. You can’t “unthink” a thought. Similarly, the catchy yet pared down “Comfort Me” finds Feist making a bare-bones admission of primal discontent. “When you comfort me/it doesn’t bring me comfort, actually./Big sky, tiny bird/And when the paragraph betrays the word.” For all the skeletons in her closet, Feist isn’t afraid of any of them. In fact, on “Metals” she lets them out to play, remaining nonchalant about keeping them linear or straightforward. It isn’t that she seems to be intentionally cryptic on these tracks, it’s that heartbreak, one of life’s most common endeavors, is more complex than a few sugar-coated lines that rhyme nicely. It is the image of being haunted; being sung to sleep by a past memory, which Feist captures so sharply on this album, which stings like the cold presence of metal. Claire can be reached at cedavidson@stkate.edu.

Professor Heitzeg poses proudly with the book containing her essay. Photo by Sarah Kiczula.

some of the harshest systems of social control. In a country where 70 percent of the population has gone to prison for a felony, the examination of social deviance explores not just the “what” and “how,” but “who” is being sent to prison. “Race, class, gender and age matter more than what you did. It’s the ‘who’ not the ‘what,” Heitzeg said. As Heitzeg shares the importance of social deviance with the community, the lessons surrounding deviance are valuable throughout the SCU community, everyday life and society’s systems. “I think if we understand the dynamics of how and why and who is cast as a deviant or not, I think we really understand a lot about society,” Heitzeg said.
Becky can be reached at rjdoucette@stkate.edu.

Praised poet visits SCU

Eléna Rivera, an acclaimed poet and translator, visited St. Catherine University (SCU) as a part of the ACTC visiting writers program the week of Oct. 17-21. Rivera conducted workshops in several SCU English classes, and read from her book, The Perforated Map (pictured above), as well as unpublished works during her stay. Photos by Heather Kolnick.

October 24, 2011

HEALTH

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Fitness column: Consume in moderation
By Caitlyn Witt
fitness columnist
With Halloween right around the corner, grocery store shelves are full of all sorts of sweets and treats. If you want it, a store is bound to have it. Despite how delicious all of these treats are, they can lead to unhealthy eating habits, deterioration of teeth, weight gain and the ever-present “sugar coma” one attains through the consumption of large amounts of candy. It’s time to find some healthy, yet satisfying, sweets for the tricky holiday. For those of you who crave chocolate, Realbeauty.com suggests the best bang-for-yourcalorie are the Three Musketeers fun-size bars, at only 190 calories for every three fun-size bars you consume. They’re a great substitute for the caramel-filled Milky Way fun-size bars which pack a high amount of fat into every two bars that you eat. Another great milk chocolate substitute is dark chocolate. Not only will it satisfy most chocolate cravings, it is full of antioxidants which help prevent heart disease and fight off free radicals in the body. For people who enjoy fruit-flavored candy, you can’t go wrong with Dum-Dum Pops or sugar-free Lifesavers. Studies have shown that the amount of time it takes to consume one piece of hard candy, sweet cravings are held off longer. Other fun-sized healthy snacks are fruit leathers or fruit bars such as Fig Newton’s or Nutri-Grain bars. For fans of nutty or salty treats, a fun-size pouch of M&M’s with Peanuts is a great way to get your sweet and salty fill on this spooky day. Peanuts are packed with protein and add nutritional value; if you substitute it for the M&M’s Dark Chocolate with Peanuts, you’ll get even more health benefits. There are some other substitutes for the usual Halloween treats such as trail mix. You can make your own mix using various nuts, pretzels, dried fruit pieces, and chocolate pieces. Mini-bags of pretzels along with mini bags of popcorn are a healthy and satisfying crunchy and salty snack. Lastly, rice crispy treats are the ultimate sweet lover’s alternative for something chewy and sweet; they are low in calories but not in flavor. Candy and sweets are everywhere during the Halloween season, and it is okay to indulge a little on your favorite candy bars or bags of sweets, but don’t go overboard on the snacking. Controlling your portions is a good way to keep track of your eating while still eating the sweets you love. Using small bowls (one cup-sized) is a great way to portion out your snacks. Try eating one to three pieces throughout the day or a small handful (half the size of your palm) if they are bite-size candies. Studies have shown that people who indulge in their favorite snacks every once in a while (every one or two weeks) have a greater chance of developing healthy eating habits in the long run than those who choose to cut out sweets and their favorite foods completely. So trick or treat? Be aware of the quantity of treats you consume and you’ll be less likely to get caught up in mindless snacking and overeating. Have a happy and healthy Halloween! Caitlyn can be reached at cmwitt@stkate.edu.

Think before you drink

Ask Katie!

then focus on relaxing your breathing, notice your heart rate slowing or focus on relaxing each limb individually. • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: For this technique, slowly tense then relax each muscle group. Notice the difference in the tension and relaxation sensations. To follow this technique as an exercise, tense your muscles for five seconds and relax for thirty seconds, then repeat. • Visualization: To get the best experience with visualization try to use as many senses as you can: smell, sight, sound and touch. Mayo Clinic uses the example of an ocean. Imagine the smell of the salt water, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore and the warmth of the sun beaming down on you. Visualization works best if you close your eyes and sit or lie down in a quiet area. If you are feeling irritable, have gone into a panic mode, or are just plain stressed out, take a deep breath. Try some of the listed techniques or attend one of the events or activities on campus. Remember to revisit these ideas when finals roll around in December. 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. If you still have unanswered questions, don’t forget to go to the Ask Katie! stall in your residence hall and write on the anonymous notepad. If you live off campus, email questions to healthwellness@stkate.edu.

• The Ask Katie! peer health
advisers answer your healthrelated questions

Compiled by Sarah Kiczula
Feeling the stress of upcoming midterms? You’re not alone. It is hard to do, but don’t forget to take a study break every once in a while. There are many options for stress relief for St. Catherine University (SCU) students right here on campus. Try Yoga on Wednesdays with Osiris Guzman from 12-1 p.m. in the Butler Center. Classes are free for SCU students. Another option is to receive a massage from the Health & Wellness Clinic. Massages are offered at a special student rate: $50 for 60 minutes and $30 for 30 minutes. Charges are billed right to your student account. Massages are available on Mondays from 1-5 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To book an appointment call 651-690-6714. There are also many do-it-yourself relaxation techniques used to reduce stress as recommended by the Mayo Clinic. (For more information go to Mayoclinic.com and search ‘stress’.) • Autogenic Relaxation: This technique involves using both visual imagery and body awareness to minimize stress. Try to imagine calm and peaceful scenery,

such as Halloween can be one of the most festive nights of the year, but it can also be one of the most dangerous nights of a college student’s life. By Caitlyn Witt Binge drinkers who are college students, senior staff writer primarily those who are underage, have a higher likelihood of being injured, getting in Binge drinking is prevalent in today’s society, trouble with campus or local police, engaging in the media and on college campuses. You in unprotected sex, damaging property and hear about it in songs, you see it happening suffering from alcohol poisoning. in television shows and, if you’ve been to “I think that the act of binge drinking a party, you may have seen people doing brings a risk to women; whenever you binge it - it’s everywhere. With less that one week drink it brings the risk of blacking out as until Halloween, students should take the well as other dangerous risks,” 21 year-old St. time to understand the dangers related to Catherine University (SCU) student Becca binge drinking. Tomlinson said. “Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking According to the National Institute on alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), (BAC) to 0.08 gram-percent or above. For women are at a higher risk than men for a typical adult, this pattern corresponds to serious medical conditions associated with consuming five or more drinks (male), or alcohol use because they absorb and metabolize four or more drinks (female), in about two alcohol differently than men. Women are hours,” the U.S. Department of Health and more likely than men to develop liver damage, Human Services said. and they are more vulnerable to heart and Approximately two out of five college brain damage. Other studies have shown students are binge drinkers according to the that moderate to heavy alcohol consumption Harvard School of Public Health College. increases the risk of breast cancer. This fact has lead to an increase in driving So how can students avoid risky situations while intoxicated, sexual assault, date rape or moderate their drinking on this festive and alcohol-related incidents since 1998 holiday? First off, being of the legal age for across the United States. So what do these drinking (21) should be a top priority. Drink facts have to do with Halloween? with friends; safety in numbers is always The Centers for Disease Control and a good idea, and everyone will feel more Prevention (CDC) has reported in studies that comfortable asking for help in case of an on any given holiday, such as Thanksgiving, emergency. If you are at a house party or the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween and large group setting, pour your own drinks. New Year’s Eve, drinking in 18-24 year-olds Date rape and sexual assault have often increases by about 15 percent. A holiday been the result of the offender slipping a “date rape drug” such as GHB, ketamine, or rohypnol into the victim’s drink. Most importantly, know the signs of alcohol poisoning as written by Binge drinking NIAAA and CDC: corresponds to four • Confusion, coma or person cannot be roused or more drinks for or awakened the average female. • Vomiting Photos by Sarah • Seizures Wente. • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute) • Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths) • Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness Drinking can be safe in moderation with good friends and a good sense of self-control if you are over 21 years of age as required by state and national law. Being in control of your drinking habits is highly important in party and group settings; knowing when to cut yourself off or being able to notice when a friend has had one too many can save a trip to the hospital and save a life. So this Halloween, be aware of your surroundings, be mindful of your drinking, keep friends close by, don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know and most importantly, remember that you do not need to drink to have a fun time. It is better to remember a great night with friends than to not remember anything at all.

• Responsibility in the midst of alcohol

Caitlyn can be reached at cmwitt@stkate.edu.

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SPORTS

October 24, 2011

Swing under par
• SCU golf team wraps up fall season
By Ka Thao
staff writer
Placing ninth out of 11 teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Championship is a big accomplishment for the St. Catherine University (SCU) golf team this fall season, as it was their very first season as a team. During the season, Head Coach Kris Wessinger made sure that every practice was successful. “We made sure we were very focused at our practices during the season and made sure we had a purpose at all our practices. We worked a lot on course management and also on our short games,” Wessinger said. SCU first-years Miranda McKeeth and Ellen Rager, both of whom had more than five years of golf experience prior to this season, were thrilled to be part of the university’s new golf team. “Being par t of the first team made me feel a sense of responsibility. It’s a big honor to start something like this, and I want our team to do as well as we can, and try our absolute best. I don’t think I was nervous at all, excited would be the better term. It’s a fun feeling to know that you’ll be setting the initial records at a college,” McKeeth said. “I joined the team because I wanted to continue playing golf competitively. I loved the coach and having the chance to be part of the inaugural golf team I thought would be really special and it was something I wouldn’t have the chance to experience at the other schools I was looking at,” Rager said. In the beginning of the season, McKeeth and Rager both had challenges with course lengths and keeping stroke counts low. With the additional help from Wessinger’s brother, they were able to improve their shots toward the end of the season allowing them to also see improvements in their scores. This year, the team played for fall season and will also be playing for the spring season. “I am excited to be able to work with the team again this spring and definitely think we will continue to improve as a team each year,” Wessinger said. Based on the fall season, new goals have been set for the upcoming spring season. “I want to work on course management and get better shots that people struggle with the most and hope to set up a routine for myself when I’m out on the course,” McKeeth said. Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) [last season], our highest finish in 18 years,” Head Swimming and Diving coach Shana Erickson said. After an end to the season last year that pleased the team, the expectations for this season are relatively high. Erickson expects hard work and success from both returning swimmers and divers and those who are new to the team. Fortunately for the newcomers, their predecessors have created a strong program, and are there to be a support system and good role models. “Our new athletes really have the benefit of an experienced upper class that they can

“My goal for this spring is to finish in the top third in the MIAC rankings, and a goal for the team is to, overall, finish in the top half of the MIAC rankings,” Rager said. As a coach, Wessinger knows that, althoug h it looks very easy to hit a little white ball, golf is actually very difficult and requires a lot of patience. “I want to make sure I helped each player improve individually and will continue to help them develop not only as a golfer, but individuals throughout their c a r e e r a t S C U,” Wessinger said. Ka can be reached at kathao@stkate.edu.

Mighty swings by SCU golfers. The SCU golf team played the MIAC Championships earlier this month, coming in 9th place. Photos by Bryan Tolcser (BryanTolcserPhotography. com). Used with permission.

Freshman Miranda McKeeth concentrates on her putting.

• Swim team prepared to challenge new competition
By Anne Moe
sections editor

Dive right in
Through smooth tides and rough waters, the St. Catherine University (SCU) swimming and diving team is ready to have another successful season filled with hard work and dedication. “We finished fifth in the Minnesota

look to for guidance and confidence in the pool and out,” Erickson said. Preparations for the season started in the summer and have continued into the school year. The athletes on the team have been working both in and out of the water to improve their physical fitness, which, in turn, they hope will help their overall performance. “It’s so important to try to stay in shape even when you’re not in season because it can make a world of difference by the end,” sophomore captain Lauren Kranig said. Erickson’s coaching strategies and attitudes towards coaching were rejuvenated and

Upcoming SCU sporting events
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St.  Peter,  MN   St.  Paul,  MN  –   Como  Park  Golf   Course   St.  Paul,  MN   Northfield,  MN   St.  Paul,  MN   St.  Paul,  MN  

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revamped after seeing the athletes work so hard and fulfill their own personal successes. “When they can see success in themselves it’s such a joy to watch and experience with them,” Erickson said. Along with physical fitness, the team has been working on growing closer together through volunteering and simply spending time with one another, a strategy that has worked in the past. “We need to know each other to be able to work well together. We could see how that paid off last year when everyone came together so we’re sticking to that model,” Erickson said. This season has a few unusual and exciting opportunities that will improve the spirit and closeness of the team along with their competitive edge and ability to compete effectively in new situations. The first is a trip to the Bahamas over J-Term. Often, January creates a slump for the team, and Erickson hopes that the trip will boost morale and keep the team in shape. The second is a meet at Grinnell College. “In January we’re going to a meet in Grinnell, Iowa. We’ll race against top teams there. It will also help us get ready for the MIAC conference meet in January,” senior captain Mary Walters said. In anticipation for the turbulent times ahead, the team hopes that positive attitudes, dedication, hope and mutual support will carry them through. “We all have the capacity to achieve great things and that goes for coaching just as much as anything else. We have the team grade point avereage (GPA) and team records to prove that these are some motivated and strong-willed swimmers and divers inside and outside of the pool,” Erickson said. Anne can be reached at admoe@stkate.edu.