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ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY STUDENT NEWSPAPER

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March 5, 2012 - VOLUME 79 ISSUE 10
For Smedberg, this specific policy, which can result in a maximum consequence of expulsion, can be harmful for students suffering from mental or emotional health issues. “The language allows SCU to expel students from the dorms or the entire University because of ‘self-harm,’” Smedberg said. “While students who engage in these behaviors need help and support, removing them from the dorms and their school, which is a student’s world, against their will is not helpful and could actually be very harmful.” However, Curt Galloway, Dean of Student Affairs, believes this policy, which falls under Executive Authority, provides the Administration with an alternative to the Code of Conduct when engaging students with self-injurious behaviors. “It allows us to work with students-particularly students that are engaging in behaviors that may lead to harm to self or others--without engaging them in the Code of Conduct itself,” Galloway said. “These are serious matters. When dealing with students with mental health issues, it is really important [that] what we do is try to be very supportive. As you read in the [Code of Conduct] it’s often about trying to find a balance where we can be supportive of the student and trying to help them as much as we possibly can; and at the same time being cognizant of the affects of the behavior on the rest of the community.” Debbi Epperson, an alumnae of SCU who graduated in 2009, was directly affected by this policy during her senior year in 2008. “My psychologist recommended that I go into the hospital to deal with some issues,” Epperson recalled. “One of my issues is having self-injurious behaviors and while I was being treated for depression, bi-polar disorder and anxiety, I was also being treated for self-injurious behavior which manifested itself as mainly scratching and cutting.” “One day a couple people from the residence halls and a Dean of something came to the hospital and sat me down for a meeting,” Epperson said. “They said, ‘We might not have you back. You might not be allowed back into the residence halls.’” While Epperson can’t recall the specific titles of the SCU staff or administration members who came to speak with her in the hospital, she recalls vividly how it made her feel. “I don’t think people understand and I don’t think people want to u n d e r s t a n d ,” Epperson said. “Talking about this makes me sad because I had a mostly good experience at [SCU] but this one thing-how the three of them came to Regions [Hospital] to see me, like I was doing something wrong--made me feel terrible. Here I was just struggling with a disease.” Stacy Symons, Psychology Professor

New task-force confronts self-harm stigma
• SCU group works to change policies
Rachel Armstrong
news editor
Maja Smedberg, a senior at SCU is calling for a change in the Student Code of Conduct’s language regarding students with mental illness. Smedberg has assembled a task-force which includes students, faculty, staff and administrators, who met last week to discuss possible changes. “The goal of the task group is to help SCU be the best it can be regarding mental health and mental illness; on the cutting edge of mental health policy and education,” Smedberg said. The task-force focused specifically on the Student Behavioral Leave of Absence (non-discipline based) policy (printed to the right of this article). The SCU Code of Conduct provides step-by-step instructions regarding how the University deals with behavioral issues from its students.


‘A bit abandoned’
•Students react to final semester in Whitby
By Becky Doucette
managing editor
Whitby Hall, which has gone through many changes over the years between classrooms and dorm rooms, is in its last semester as a residence hall. By Fall 2012, Whitby will only be used for academic purposes. Junior Lindsay Roloff expressed concern about the changes. “I feel very sad about being a displaced student. I love my room in Whitby and I feel as though I’m being evicted from a place I really love and care about. My room is beautiful. [It] has the best view on campus, a million dollar view,” Roloff said. “It makes me sad to know that next year it’ll be someone’s office.” Next year, the fourth floor of Whitby will

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Student Behavioral Leave of Absence (non-discipline based):
From the Code of Conduct: “This policy has been developed from the philosophy and ethic of care and a philosophy of holistic student learning and a deep commitment to providing for the safety and wellbeing of our students. Care for the individual student, in the context of a Catholic liberal arts education for women, often requires balancing individual needs with the needs of the community. This policy will be utilized for situations in which a student’s behavior indicates a threat to the health and/or safety of self or others. This policy allows the University to remove a student from University property and programs (including the residence halls and attending classes) either immediately (interim leave of absence) or after an appropriate review process (involuntary or voluntary leave of absence). Appropriate effort will be made to resolve situations voluntarily. Examples of behaviors which may warrant the use of this policy include, but are not limited to: unresolved, ongoing and serious suicidal threats; imminent threats of harm to self or others; behavior which presents a reasonable threat to self or other (e.g. “cutting” behavior, expressions of self-harm or suicide ideation, etc) and/or behavior that causes disruption to the community (e.g. residence hall, class, etc).”

Graphic by Heather Kolnick.

See SELFHARM, pg. 2

house the Physician’s Assistant program. The decision was made by the University earlier this year. “This was not a departmental decision, it was a University decision based on the needs and best options for the academic needs of the University,” Ben McCabe, Housing Assignments and Information Specialist, said. Students were also concerned about facilities’ presence on the floor. Facilities began work in Fall 2011, which resulted in some of the Whitby residents filing complaints. “I was kind of complaining too because we’re not out yet, we still live here, we’re around,” sophomore and Whitby Residence Advisor(RA) Amelia Sneve said. However, once these concerns were presented to facilities, they have not been seen on the floor since. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) will also be holding an open forum where students can meet and talk with facilities about any concerns that they may be having surrounding Whitby’s changes.

Whitby also houses the Honors Floor and the location of the new Honors Floor has not been confirmed. “We have two plans; if the first one is not approved we will go use the second. I don’t want to get into specifics that will only lead to confusion and additional inaccuracies,” McCabe said. Students currently residing in Whitby are also receiving some benefits. Currently defined as “displaced students,” they can choose their housing before the regular sign-up. This way they get first choice for on-campus housing after students who choose to same-space. But there are some concerns with Caecilian Hall being the only upperclassman, traditional housing available on campus. “I know some people are very worried about having only Ceacilian as a traditional upperclassman dorm because a lot of people do like that environment, so only having one hall will probably make competition a little bit higher this semester,” Sneve said. However, Residence Life does not share the same worry after considering the numbers. “After looking at the numbers and making a few small adjustments to the housing sign-

up process, we think we should be able to accommodate every student who is choosing to live on campus next year,” McCabe said. Now that Whitby is in its last semester as a residence hall, students are coming together to try and make the most of their time left. “We are planning on painting a mural with our residents in the hallway. To... commemorate it,” Sneve said. “I don’t know if they’ll paint over it; I hope they don’t.” The floor also plans to have a session for alumnae who have lived in Whitby to visit and say goodbye. “We’ll for sure have chances for people to come up and say goodbye, for the nostalgic ones. I know I’m a little nostalgic already, Sneve said. “We’re going to enjoy our time with each other while it lasts.” Although students understand the need for change, it is still a difficult reality for some. “I understand why the administration has made this decision, but I do not like it. I will miss living in Whitby,” Roloff said. “[It] just makes me feel sad, and a bit abandoned.” Becky can be reached at rjdoucette@stkate.edu.

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SELF-HARM continued...
at SCU, was surprised at this section of the Code of Conduct, as she is generally proud of the way SCU handles sensitive mental health issues. “I was quite upset actually to see that those policies appear to be primarily geared toward the protection of the institution from liability in the severe example...of a suicide attempt on campus,” Symons said. For both Symons the policy seems unnecessary. “The policy is what we fall back on if there’s a severe case that is incompatible with campus and the person refuses to leave,” Symons said. “It is not necessary to have a policy that is quite so restrictive, because anybody who is going to engage in behavior that is severe enough to disrupt the community...you’re going to be calling the authorities. It ignores the fact that the vast majority of mental health and mental illness symptoms don’t necessarily impair typical functioning.” Smedberg echoes this sentiment. “ T h e l aw a l l ow s f o r i nvo lu n t a r y hospitalization when someone is a serious danger to themselves, so I don’t think it is necessary for the Code of Conduct to address this issue,” Smedberg said. Maladaptive coping mechanisms are common for college age women, and though Symons believes it is important for the Administration to be cognizant of these issues, in her opinion the policy in question could cause SCU more legal trouble rather than less. “I actually think it’s more of a legal risk for the institution to have a hard line policy in place. That opens the institution up to more possibility of lawsuits than a more supportive, social justice minded policy.” For Epperson, this was the case. After being informed she wouldn’t be able to return to campus, she weighed her options. “I was first going to just beg them to let me stay in the dorms,” Epperson said. “But then I said, ‘You know my psychologist thinks it’s fine and there’s the Americans with Disabilities Act.’ ...As soon as I mentioned the Americans with Disability Act that shut people up pretty quick because they didn’t want me to sue them. That was something I had in my mind...that I would have to sue the school. And I didn’t want to do that because I love [SCU].” However upsetting this specific policy may be, there is an overwhelming sense of pride in the way SCU engages with and

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provides services for students suffering from mental illness. “I’m really proud of the way that I think the institution tries to support and work with our students who are dealing with mental health issues,” Galloway said. Symons agrees. In addition to the Counseling Center, which provides personal counseling, emergency counseling, and referals to community services for students, all free of charge, SCU also has an Emergency Alert Systems Team (EAST) through which professors or staff members can alert Administration about a student they’re worried about. “The [EAST program] has been effective for me in help[ing] students,” Symons said. “You’re going to be letting this information out to the administration, but then the administration can turn around and help protect you.” For Epperson and Smedberg, they continue to fight against the stigma associated with mental illness. “If I had cancer and it scared people in the dorms they wouldn’t say, ‘You can’t come back because you’re chemotherapy is scaring people,’” Epperson said. “I am in recovery from mental illness and am very passionate about advocating for people with mental health issues,” Smedberg said. “I also have so much love for SCU I want to give back...by helping make positive changes.” For Galloway, there is no cookie-cutter approach for dealing with mental health issues, and each individual student must be taken into account. Changing trends regarding mental health may mean changes in the SCU policy as well. “You really have to apply what you know about the individual student and her situation and then make decisions based on that. The literature shows there’s an incline in [mental health issues among college students] and we’re trying to figure out what that means and change our policies and approaches to respond to that adequately. It’s very challenging,” Galloway said. Moving forward, Smedberg and her task force hope SCU can provide a positive example of sensitive, inclusive policy. “I know students at other universities are concerned about and [are] working on these issues as well, and I would love for [SCU] to be a role model for other universities in this area.” Rachel can be reached at rmarmstrong@stkate.edu.

March 5, 2012

Editorial: No shift, no shame
By Anne Moe, with contributions by Rachel Thompson, Paige LaPoint, Milan Wilson-Robinson, and Sarah Wente
What is your first language? Is it respected? Are you proud of your mother tongue, the language you grew up speaking, or are you ashamed because others have made you feel inferior because of it? In the fall of 2011, 18.9 percent of the incoming first year class reported speaking a language other than English at home, many of whom have suffered violations of their linguistic human rights. Most of us have heard of human rights, such as the right to access portable water and safety. Linguistic human rights are a mystery to most people because almost no one talks about them. There is no explicit definition of linguistic human rights, but linguistic human rights include the rights to positively identify with one’s mother language, learn in one’s mother language, develop the language and have the respect of others regardless of language, as suggested by Robert Phillipson and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, editors of the book “Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming Linguistic Discrimination.” Everyone deserves the right to learn the dominant language while maintaining their own language and culture. Language is central to how we identify ourselves, and assimilating to the dominant language is like giving up a piece of who we are. Most nations are multi-lingual, meaning that although there is a dominant language, there are many people in the country who do not identify that language as being their mother tongue; consequently, linguistic human rights are necessary to maintain respect for the groups who do not speak the dominant language. Often, those who don’t identify with the dominant language are stigmatized, and they abandon or are ashamed of their mother tongues. In more drastic situations, children are punished for speaking their mother tongues at school, while others are told that they are not U.S. Americans because the dominant language is not their mother tongue. In Kenya, for instance, English became the only language that was acceptable. If school children were caught speaking Gikuyu, one of the indigenous languages, they were caned and then forced to wear signs around their necks that said things like “I am a donkey.” The disrespect and hindrance of the use of a mother language is a linguistic human rights violation, but discrimination based on language is still widely accepted and unacknowledged. All of that information was quite heavy, and it might seem as though the linguistic state of the world is beyond repair. Although it is happening slowly, the fight for linguistic human rights is happening. In 1999, the United Nations created International Mother Language Day, which takes place every Feb. 21. The goal of the day is “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world,” according to the United Nations website. Even though the day has passed this year, there are still many things that one can do even at St. Catherine University (SCU). Watch out for posters and those who are tabling. Go to an event or community where you don’t speak the dominant language. It will give you a new understanding and appreciation for those around you who are not part of the dominant group. Even though it may be difficult, speak up when someone is making claims and expressing stereotypes about a certain language or group of people. Although it might not seem worthwhile, change begins on a small scale. Language is tied closely with identity and self. For those of us who exclusively speak the dominant language, English, it is hard to imagine the experiences of those who are stigmatized because of the language they speak. How would it feel? Ponder that before you make assumptions about the people around you and the languages they speak. Check your privilege, and don’t use it to stigmatize others. You never know who you will influence. Anne can be reached at admoe@stkate.edu.

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Volume 79, issue 10
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Consider this:
In your mother tongue, have you been able to: -address school teachers? -deal with the tax office? -answer a question Graphic by Libby Wambheim. from a police officer? -explain a medical problem to a nurse or doctor? -write to a national newspaper? -watch the local and national news on television? -ask questions at a political meeting? For many people in the world, the answer to these questions is “no.” The first step to ending language discrimination? Be aware that it exists.
Questions from “Linguistic Human Rights: Overcoming Language Discrimination.” Ed. Phillipson and Skutnabb-Kangas.

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March 5, 2012

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Name: Teresa Hermodson-Olsen Major: Psychology and Spanish (double major) If you could be any animal what would it be? Dolphin Your project: My title is Comparisons of the Effects of Bilingual and Monolingual Exposure on Executive Functioning in Neuropsychological Vulnerable Children. Breaking it down: I was looking at whether living in a bilingual home would give children who received neuropsychological evaluations less impaired executive functioning skills than children who live in a monolingual home. “Executive functioning” is the cognitive processes that are used to complete goal-oriented tasks such as problem-solving or planning. How did this project develop? I started collaborating with Dr. Arturo Sesma (SCU psychology professor), Danielle Ramstrom (SCU student), Dr. Heather Sesma and Dr. Kisten Wiik (assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School) through the Summer Scholars program here at SCU in June 2011. We wanted to make a database from the evaluation files of children seen at the pediatrics neuropsychological clinic and then test our individual hypotheses by running statistical analyses on the data we gathered. Any fun facts you came across? The research I decided to conduct is new research. There is a gap in the literature concerning the effect of bilingualism on clinically-referred children. It is very exciting to be starting research in a new area. What is some advice you’d give to a first year student? Study abroad! I really suggest at least a semester (if not a year) because it allows you to really immerse yourself in a new culture and have a great new experience. Also, get to know your professors and faculty on this campus – find collaborative projects to work on (research, teaching assistants, etc.) It will make your SCU experience that much richer.

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Spotlight:

News in brief
• Local news outside SCU gates
By Alexa Chihos
Pay falls short for women in Minnesota : In the state of Minnesota, wage disparity is still prevalent as women with equivalent training to men in the same profession earn only 80 cents to a dollar. For the first time, women in Minnesota make up the primary breadwinners in a majority of households, 51 percent, and that number has increased 27 percent in the past two years. A study had indicated that identical resumes were given more credibility when they had men’s names instead of women’s names and that the wage disparity is greatest for women with advanced degrees. Nurses call for new patient limit legislation: After making a “safe-staffing” the theme of a one day strike in 2010, the Minnesota Nurses Association is calling for new legislation that would set a limit on how many patients can be assigned to hospital nurses. At a recent press conference, union leaders had said that they had collected about 1,000 reports in the second half of 2011 from nurses who had said that patients were endangered by insufficient staffing levels. However, hospital officials argue that staffing ratios are expensive and unworkable.

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Teresa Hermondson-Olsen. Photo by Heather Kolnick.

Voice of change: Brains not bullies
By Becky Doucette
managing editor
This week, a United States District Judge announced an investigation against a man named, “Mr. X.” Mr. X has used twitter to threaten former presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann. These threats have consisted of sexual insinuations and direct violence. The recent discussions surrounding Mr. X concern his identity and whether or not it should be under investigation by the state. It was ruled that his identity was necessary for a proper investigation in order to decide whether these tweets about Bachmann and violent sex acts were credible. Mr. X’s lawyer has stated that these tweets were not credible, but meant to be hyperbole. Personally, I never thought I would be at such a crossroad, mostly because the discussion revolves around cyber bullying and republican politician Bachmann, a candidate that I would never vote for or give any care for. However, I would never wish cyber-bullying on anyone, not even a candidate that I despise…rather largely. According to the Star Tribune, “The grand jury should know if Mr. X has a history of threatening political candidates, or has engaged in threatening behavior toward Bachmann.”

How many times does Mr. X have to threaten political candidates in order for it to become a “credible threat?” Or how many times does he have to threaten one person at a time? The key word I’m having trouble with is the term “credible.” What if this was a teenager, upset with Bachmann for her policies and doesn’t know how else to reach her? What if this person had cyber-bullied others, and had gotten away with it until now? According to the judge, it is likely that Mr. X will not receive “criminal indictment,” because this was not a “true” threat. When does a threat become a true threat? Cyber-bullying, no matter the form, whether it’s against a gay student who cannot come out at school or a Republican candidate who informed that rule in schools, it is not okay. Sometimes, cyber-bullying is written off as a joke. Asking Bachmann if she’d like to perform in a sex act with a “Vietnam-era machete” is not humorous, it’s disgusting. So what if Mr. X is just a teenager at 14 years old, starting high school? Would this teen just be written off, or have something placed on a permanent record? I hope

neither. Teenagers nowadays have a good understanding of what cyber-bullying means and should not be excused for their behavior. However, do they fully know the consequences of their actions? Sometimes these consequences are suicides. I’d like to think that a teen would never intend someone to harm themselves. Through understanding the consequences of our actions, the real consequences, I’m convinced that cyber-bullying can be decreased. Cyber-bullying is a form of violence in which the perpetrator cannot be tracked or traced until the court is convinced that your threat is true and credible. Let’s take a step back to figure out why these human beings, just like you and me, are moved to write violent, nasty comments behind an anonymous nametag. If Mr. X is upset with Bachmann because of her former campaign or policies, he should not be addressing her as any less than a human being, because change comes from personal passion with a face behind it – not violent slander from an anonymous source. Becky can be reached at rjdoucette@stkate.edu.

Pro-Ramen

By Wesley Pivec

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By Anne Moe
sections editor

Pirates!
Attending the theater is always an adventure. Watching the escapades of others pan out is enthralling, and the St. Catherine University (SCU) and University of Saint Thomas (UST) joint production of The Pirates of Penzance has the potential to do just that while poking fun at almost everyone. The Pirates of Penzance is a classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, meaning that both the music and subject matter are light and upbeat.The show is comprised almost entirely of song. The style is taken to a new level because of the constant word play and caricature used. But before the characters could be brought to life to entertain an audience, hours of work were dedicated to practicing the complicated music, staging and choreography. “The show was put together in six weeks. It

The SCU/UST collaborated musical comedy sails into the O’Shaughnessy Theater
is probably one of the most talented casts I’ve ever worked with,” Pahr said. The bond of the cast members has an effect on the way the production turns out, and good chemistry is one of the many steps of creating an enjoyable show. “I usually wouldn’t be able to tell you who is from [SCU] and who is from [UST]. It’s important that there is good chemistry in the cast and I think we have succeeded in that; which means this will be a good show,” Andrew Menke, a UST senior, said. The collaboration between SCU and UST is seemingly beneficial to both parties. SCU cannot provide male cast members, while UST has no stage on which to act. “UST pretty much abolished the arts once they destroyed the [theater] major and built their athletics cathedral in the middle of campus. So I would say the community at least that I find at SCU is very welcoming and laid back. There are not as many students involved in the arts so when we do come together it is more like family than anything else,” Perry Chicos, a UST senior, said. Although the three performances do not seem adequate to the cast after the number of hours they dedicated, the excitement of what is to come pushes them forward. “Part of being in theater is the love of the next show, whatever it may be,” Pahr said. Anne can be reached at admoe@stkate.edu.

has been so daunting. Technically we practice three hours a day, five days a week. In reality, I probably practice five hours a day so I am at the level where I want to be,” Greta Pahr, an SCU senior theater major, said. Since the cast is so male character heavy, it is comprised of students from SCU, UST, alumni from both schools and various members of the community. During the six week preparation, the cast has grown incredibly close. “It sounds so cliché, but we are like a family. Everyone has such huge hearts. This

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Wild, weird and wacky
• Minnesota artists feature their work in SCU gallery

By Milan Wilson-Robinson
staff writer
Are you looking for inspiring and thought-provoking art to experience? On Jan. 30, St. Catherine University (SCU) opened its doors to two large-scale exhibitions in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Artist Amy Toscani’s exhibit “Everyday Epic: The Wild, Weird, Wacky World of Amy Toscani” and Mary Griep’s series “Anastylosis” are currently being displayed. Toscani’s exhibit explores whimsical concepts through crafty mediums. “My art is a mix of fantasy and 4-H. My hand-made objects are a physical manifestation that reference camp, kitsch, and queer culture,” Toscani said. “I am interested in craft with a small ‘c.’ Recently, lowbrow crafts from the 1960s and 1970s have influenced my material choice.” Toscani takes much of her inspiration from Midwestern America. With exhibition experience from as early as 1993, Toscani received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University – Athens.“I want to make work that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” Toscani said. “Anastylosis,” created by artist Mary Griep, draws influences from the details of Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals and Roman ruins in Italy and France. The series started in 1998 with 100 small drawings. Over the years, these drawings have been transformed into creations of a larger-scale. “To date, the Anastylosis Project includes: Chartres Cathedral, Angkor Wat, Thatby innyu Temple (Buddhist, Myanmar), the Palace of the Governors

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Gallery visitors examine Mary Griep’s intricate artwork (left) and Amy Toscani’s ‘Wacky World’ (right) in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Photos by Sarah Kiczula.

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Thoughts from abroad: A life without Menchies
By Anna Hayes
international columnist
These past couple weeks I have been subtly reminded of life back in Minnesota. The remnants of an old pack of my favorite gum (which I cannot find sold here) buried deep in my suitcase, hiking in the mountains and encountering a pristine waterfall, finding five US dollars in the pocket of my jacket, going to a club where the live jazz band only sang songs in English…I could go on and on, but such pondering would only augment my nostalgia. Are my thoughts ‘normal’ for a student studying abroad? Definitely. It is about that time when the thrill of living in a new place thousands of miles away from home wears off. Eating rice, meat and beans every day for lunch is getting a little old. Walking approximately ten blocks each way to and from class multiple times per day is beginning to become more of a chore than a source of enjoyment. That craving for Menchies frozen yogurt has been slowly creeping into my thoughts with an increasing level day after day. But, what can I do? I knew these feelings were inevitably coming when I first stepped foot in the Dominican Republic (D.R.) back in January. I never would have thought this before, but checking my email can actually be disheartening. Look, a message from Career Development about a job opportunities fair on Thursday—oh well, guess I can’t go. A reminder about a Spanish club meeting today—won’t be there. The SCU Activities Team (SKAT) is showing another movie in the Jeanne d’Arc (JdA)—too bad, I’ll have to miss it. Nearly every day I am well-informed of events back at St. Catherine University (SCU). It is wonderful to be so connected, but all of this makes me wonder what I am missing. What changes are being made to on-campus housing sign-ups? What will become of the Whitby Hall residents? How did the “Little Red Dress” event go this year? Have there been any changes to the cafeteria food? And then I think to myself: has anyone even noticed my absence back home? Honestly, sometimes I feel as if I have dropped off the face of the earth. I am physically isolated from everyone and everything with which I was once familiar. But, this is precisely what I asked for when I signed up to study abroad. By experiencing such sentiments of “homesickness,” I have been able to acknowledge the differences between life in the D.R. and life in Minnesota: warm versus cold weather, rice versus French fries, sand castle versus snowman. I can appreciate the good things about the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and the wonderful university which I proudly call my real home. Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I have learned thus far is to cherish every moment in my current situation with the wonderful people that surround me. Instead of staying in on a Thursday night and becoming overwhelmed with Facebook status updates from friends back home about the winter weather advisories, I should go out to a discoteca (dancing club) or restaurant with my new friends and family here in the D.R. – no matter how much homework I think I have or how tired I seem. After all, I’m only here for a short period of time and there are abounding opportunities for me to explore, step outside my comfort zone and learn. I have all the time in the world to go out to Menchies when I return to Minnesota in May. Embrace your home. Cherish life at SCU. Anna can be reached for amhayes@stkate.edu.

St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas students rehearse The Pirates of Penzance in the Frey Theater. Photos by Ka Thao.

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Present day ‘gendercide’
• A review of the best-seller, Half the Sky
By Rachel Armstrong
news editor
The first time I read “Half the Sky” I was answering phone calls on a 12-line system, repeating over and over, “Good morning, Valleyfair. How may I direct your call?” Reading page after page of horrific tales of gang rape, systematic violence against women, maternal mortality, acid attacks, prostitution and drug addiction, I couldn’t finish the book. It seemed surreal to me that I was expected to speak politely on the phone while learning about these atrocities. In “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide,” authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn compare “gendercide” and the overwhelming oppression of women (mainly) in the developing world to slavery in the United States, and call it “the paramount moral challenge” of our time. “Half the Sky” lays out this moral challenge in stark, unflinching terms, describing how women are raped, beaten, forced into prostitution, forced to take drugs and have sex without protection. It describes how in some countries, rape is used as a weapon of war, a way to shame the entire family and how many victims or survivors commit suicide due to societal stigma. It’s not a light read, I’ll tell you that. I put the book down after 100 pages and didn’t pick it up again until almost a year later. This time, I finished it. “Half the Sky” doesn’t just reiterate women’s oppression. Now a best-selling book and soon to be a PBS documentary, part one also tells of women fighting back: Indian untouchables who stabbed and emasculated a serial torturer, rapist and murderer; Mukhtar Mai, who exposed the group of men guilty of gang raping her even though her family and government attempted to silence her; Edna Adan, who

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built a modern maternity hospital in Somaliland. The following is taken from the book’s website. “In Somaliland, where local camels often have more freedom than women, Edna Adan knew that her country needed a hospital dedicated to serving women. There were so many challenges, like the time a nomadic woman gave birth in the desert and developed a fistula, tearing her bladder. Her husband couldn’t stand her smell and wetness, so he stabbed her in the throat. To build a hospital for such women, Edna secured an abandoned site, which had been used as a dump; she cobbled together money and construction began. When the hospital was mostly built, but still lacked a roof, the money ran out. Two Americans got wind of her project and started a campaign to raise funds for Edna.” Stories such as Adan’s, while exceptions to the rule, do allow readers glimpses of hope. “Half the Sky” is also cognizant of cultural differences, and is careful to point out that the oppressors are not always men, as in the story of a girl forced into prostitution by the abusive family matriarch. Kristof and WuDunn reiterate that these systemic issues cannot be solved by applying a Western band-aid solution, such as making prostitution illegal, or simply removing women who have been forced into sex-trafficing from the brothel. In additon to drug addiction and sexually transmitted diseases, these women also suffer overwhelming societal disapproval and are sometimes disowned by their families when they expected a joyful reunion. The second part of “Half the Sky” focuses on concrete ways for readers to aid women. This is where things get more complicated. Because so often laws, policies or practices that are oppressive to women are strongly tied to cultural beliefs, it is impossible to work for change without recognizing the specific cultural context for each issue. Within a myriad of proposed solutions such

as ballot and voter reform projects, women’s education, micro-loans and enforcement of current laws, “Half the Sky” is a jolt for Western readers, a call to action. While some possibilities for action, such as subscriptions to email updates, seem more like an attempt to improve Western morality than actually provide concrete aid, Kristof and WuDunn do continually point out that the overwhelming issue is the invisibility of this oppression and the indifference of the educated world. For more information on “Half the Sky,” visit www.halftheskymovement.org. Rachel can be reached at rmarmstrong@stkate.edu.

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FEATURES

March 5, 2012

Album Review.. I The Breather
By Alexa Chihos
editor-in-chief
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing my all-time favorite band, August Burns Red in concert at a tiny hole-in-the wall venue in Minneapolis called The Cabooze. I knew very little about one of the opening bands, I The Breather, save being able to recall name of their first single off of their new album, “Truth and Purpose,” called “Bruised & Broken,” as the crowd of people screaming the chorus easily gave it away. After only hearing the song performed live, I was convinced that I The Breather’s new album was going to hit the underground music scene hard. Throughout their sophomore record, Baltimore’s I The Breather is able to maintain a steady amount of intensity both instrumentally and lyrically. The band made the right choice in making “Bruised & Broken” the first single off of the new record, as the opening guitar riffs are undoubtedly some of the most catchy and unique on the whole album. It sits perfectly toward the beginning of the album and sets the tone for what is to follow. Surprisingly, I The Breather opens the record with an eerie and moody instrumental piece that can misguide the listener into thinking that they are about to experience something more tranquil. But “False Prophet” does not allow the listener to give up on the album; rather it leads them into a smooth transition from the eerie instruments to the brutal breakdowns. This is also the case for tracks “Judgment,” “Meaning” and stellar instrumental track “Lunar” where I The Breather shows off their musical range and abilities to introduce a new song. While some of the songs musically blur together, namely “Mentalist” and “The Beginning,” what does consistently shine on the album are the lyrics penned by the band, specifically vocalist Shawn Span and drummer Morgan Wright. Even though the band has an obvious Christian message embedded in their lyrics, the applicability and relevance of their lyrics make them inclusive. In “Meaning,” I The Breather is able to entertained, although I must admit they did remind me of a band that I could see playing at my parent’s wedding. Once Ardennia stepped onto that stage and started singing I had forgotten all about what had come before. The drastic shift from the conversational background music of the quartet to Ardennia was head turning. She

Album

Truth and Purpose
Rating

✮✮✮.5 out of five

Tracklist

1 False Profit 2 The "Beginning" 3 Bruised & Broken 4 Mentalist 5 Meaning ( Victory) 6 Lunar 7 Knights & Pawns 8 Judgement 9 Rephaim 10 4.12.11
Release Date

approach the struggle to find the meaning of life in a way that provokes personal reflection and reactions, as Span screams “I’m trying to get closer but the waves keep smashing my fate/Now how am I supposed to follow to this life with the world crumbling at the edge of my feet?/I’m screaming to you with a soul full of grief/Father they are preaching with a snake at their teeth and it repeats, it repeats/You spend your whole life looking for the meaning of this world and so much more/Searching for a home full of love and a life that many died dreaming of.” Song titles that are composed of dates always catch my eye because I know in the back of my mind that something significant happened to someone in or related to a band member. Continuing with the theme of something being lost or feeling a sense of struggle, Span is able to beautifully capture raw emotion in “4/12/11” as he sings passionately, “We

close our eyes as the day turns to night/We forget what it’s like to sleep, the memories sink in/When they were by our side every day and night/We’re begging to you, asking you why, you took the closest thing to our life/Is it me? I can’t seem to think…why must we suffer?” Overall, I The Breather’s “Truth and Purpose” is a compilation of raw emotion that extends beyond the content of its lyrical composition. It serves as a reminder of how beautiful metal music can be with the absence, or in the case of “Truth and Purpose,” few inclusions of clean vocals. Their second record may have just come out, but this is one of the rare times when the listener is left anticipating the next release. Alexa can be reached at anchihos@stkate.edu.

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Website

myspace.com ithe breather

The five-man Baltimore band I The Breather. Photos courtesy of Sumerian Records.

‘Soulful power’
•Jazz artist Pippi Ardennia fills the ballroom
By Ashley Skwiera
staff writer
After a week of stressful classes and homework one can usually find me at a friend’s house watching movies until we fall asleep or out eating pizza. But last Friday was no typical Friday night. I was going to a jazz concert. On Feb. 24, the St. Catherine University (SCU) Activities Team (SKAT) sponsored Pippi Ardennia, a jazz singer from Chicago along with band members Peter Schimke, Jimi Behringer, Billy Peterson and Glenn Swanson in the Rauenhorst Ballroom. Although I’m familiar with jazz music, I had no idea what to expect. I surely wasn’t expecting Ardennia to come around to every audience member and talk for a few moments before the show. It was then she told me and a few around me, “I’m not trying to be ‘jazz,’ I’m trying to be me.” From then on she had me. I was listening fully attentive, ready to hear her. This, however, did not happen until the four members of the band had played their intro piece which took a good ten minutes while Ardennia sat with the audience with the biggest smile on her face, taking time to get into the music. For the most part, the band kept me

brought a soulful power that could only come from singing jazz with her sharp pitch changes, carefree style and unconventional renditions. Singing songs familiar to many, Adrennia brought her own style and passion to the stage. Grooving along with the music while she wasn’t singing and sometimes even when

she was, Adrennia had a contagious smile that I couldn’t help but dawn a few times myself. During her own take of the Beetles hit “With A Little Help from My Friends,” she called out to the audience asking for us to sing along. When there was little response she asked how many people didn’t know the song. To my great surprise almost half of those in attendance raised their hand, so Adrennia decided to teach it to us. I really enjoy when performers interact with their audience because it makes for a much more personal experience and not simply a routine that they do each night. Adrennia was one of the most interactive singers I have seen and I could really sense she enjoyed having us all there and that she loved singing. This was made obvious by how much Adrennia did not want to stop singing. After the question and answer session following the show, she told the audience she didn’t want to end on that note so she got up, and sang one more song. Her band members seemed hesitant at first but got into the final song quickly. Adrennia finished with those around her wanting more of the emotions she left us with. Since I was also photographing the event, I was able to sit close to the front, which allowed me to see Adrennia’s emotions, while also going behind the stage and seeing the whole performance, audience and all. This was a new experience for me all around and I am glad I had the opportunity to go to something so different than I would have by my own choice. Jazz concerts are not in my current repertoire of events, but perhaps this will change. Ashley can be reached at amskwiera@stkate.edu.

Pippi Ardenia performs with her band in the Rauenhorst Ballroom. Photo by Ashley Skwiera.

March 5, 2012

HEALTH
about each option. This will help you weigh the benefits and risks of each decision and think about which benefits and risks are most important to you. Only you can decide which option is best for you, but you should not feel that you are alone in this difficult time. Confide in someone who can help you. You may choose to confide in your partner, trusted family member, friend or health care provider. Pick someone who you feel will be the most supportive of you. Ask Katie strongly suggests that you visit the local Planned Parenthood health center, where there are specially trained staff who are professionals and can talk to you about these choices. Think through this decision thoroughly. Regardless of what your final choice is, prenatal care is vitally important and should begin right away. Please consider contacting Access and Success here at St. Catherine University (SCU). They are a special program on campus designed to support SCU students who are also parents. They work with Day, Associate and Weekend College students. Access and Success offers services such as help with finding babysitters, special housing, safety and well being support, child-friendly study spaces, lactation rooms and more. On the St. Paul Campus they are located in the Coeur de Catherine, Room 493 or may be contacted by phone: 651.690.6894. On the Minneapolis Campus they are located in Rooms 361 & 363 or may be contacted by phone: 651.690.7870. The closest Planned Parenthood is located at 671 Vandalia St., St. Paul, MN. Their phone number is 651.698.2406. 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.

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Ask Katie!

• The Ask Katie! peer health advisers answer your health-related questions
Compiled by Sarah Kiczula
“I’m pregnant and it was not planned, what should I do?” First, to be 100 percent certain that you are pregnant, visit your health care provider or take a pregnancy test. Note that you do have options. Before you make a final decision, educate yourself

• Studies indicate LGBT individuals face higher mental health risks
By Chey Bryant
staff writer

Coming out burdens

Interested in upcoming Ask Katie! Programs?

Ask Katie! Presents:
Alcohol Awareness with Matt from Public Safety. Monday, March 5 St. Mary’s Lounge 5-6 p.m. AND College Health & Wellness with Debra Sheats Thursday, March 29 St. Mary’s Lounge 5-6 p.m. Questions? Contact Ask Katie at healthwellness@stkate.edu.
Health and Wellness center nurse Katie Schommer practices moves at the selfdefense workshop offered last semester. The workshop was one of the events put on by Ask Katie! in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and SCU’s Peer Health Education Group. Photo by Sarah Kiczula.

Fitness column: Less is more
By Caitlyn Witt
fitness columnist
For many athletes and avid exercisers, improving one’s stamina, endurance and strength are key priorities when working out. As an athlete, I always thought that doing cardiovascular exercise at a steady pace (such as running at one pace for 30 to 45 minutes) set a good pace for my overall training and improving my performance. But what about one’s overall health? In The New York Times, a recent study performed by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada was published. Researchers found that by training through high-intensity interval training (HIIT), “short, sharp bursts of strenuous activity, interspersed with rest periods,” a person’s overall functioning of the heart, blood and muscles would improve and even help decrease the risks of Type II diabetes. Through several groups of middle-aged participants, McMaster researchers gave each group the task of exercising on a stationary bike, recording their maximum heart rate (roughly the age of the volunteer subtracted from 220) and their peak power output. What made this study different was that one group of volunteers was asked to workout in low intensity level pace, while the other group was asked to exclusively workout with HIIT for a total of 20 minutes. After six weeks, the results were very pleasing to those within the sports health world. When analyzing the volunteers, researchers found that not only had their endurance and stamina improved, but the function of the blood vessels and heart improved significantly as well. What made these findings so shocking for the sports health world was that the exertion of energy put into HIIT was lower than that

of a lower-intensity workout. These results were a positive reassurance to athletes and trainers to know that performing at such a high level won’t cause any side issues with training efforts. I believe that if you are able to perform HIIT either in running or using machines such as the elliptical, stationary bike or spinning bike for 20 minutes, then you’ll be on the right track towards improving your health. If HIIT seems like more work than you can handle, try doing 10 minutes of HIIT on the treadmill or elliptical, or try the Spinning class offered at the Butler Center. HIIT is great for pushing yourself to go that half-mile on the treadmill or take that extra hill on the elliptical. Interval training such as HIIT is great for athletes and exercise go-ers who want to take that extra step in boosting their performance. So next time you’re on the treadmill or the elliptical, push for an extra sprint on the treadmill or the stationary bike. The effort and energy you put into it will give you great results in a shorter amount of time than steady-paced training. Caityln can be reached at cmwitt@stkate.edu.

As students at St. Catherine University (SCU) many of us may seek care for mental health concerns, and navigating care for these issues is difficult. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in our community and across the country have often had a stigmatized relationship with mental health and its many intersections, such as access to proper medical care, drug and alcohol use and surrounding environments. However, there is a good deal of information out there that can help to clarify which relationships are true, whether negative or positive, and which may be uncertain representations of the LGBT community. In a report on mental health issues among LGBT, people The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes that LGBT people are often more likely to experience mood related mental health disorders than their heterosexual peers. “GLBT groups are about two-and-one-half times more likely than heterosexual men and women to have had a mental health disorder… in their lifetime,” NAMI said. “GLBT people may face unique risks to their mental health and well-being, which mental health providers should be aware of.” It seems that there are some distinct differences in relationships to mental health disorders when it comes to the LGBT community, and some specific risks that contribute to them. In another report, Mental Health Risk Factors among LGBT Youth, NAMI points out that there are a multitude of factors that affect queer individuals’ mental health. For example the coming out process, family support, bullying and victimization by peers and access to proper treatment for LGBT individuals were all noted in the report as factors that support the heightened differences in mental health issues for queer individuals. It is also important to point out that while both reports from The National Alliance on Mental Illness give a great deal of information on gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals general experiences with mental health issues, their reports, unfortunately, did not mention how experiences of transgender individuals fit into the equation. In terms of better care for LGBT individuals, there is still a large amount of stigma surrounding the queer community as well as mental illness itself. LGBT individuals may therefore have more issues getting proper care for mental health issues because of fears surrounding their identities or lack or support or resources. Also, heath care providers may not be equipped with enough information about the specific experiences that many LGBT individuals face that effect their relationships with their mental health. To decrease the barrier between LGBT people and effective heath care, there needs to be education on both sides; heath care providers need to be educated about the experiences of LGBT individuals and LGBT communities need proper resources and general support. Chey can be reached at cvbryant@stkate.edu.

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SPORTS

March 5, 2012

Jurusik glides to victory
By Becky Doucette
managing editor
Junior student, Steffanie Jurusik, came in first place at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) championship swim meet for the 400 Individual Medley (IM). This is the first time in 20 years a St. Catherine University (SCU) student has been an individual swim event champion, according to the SCU Athletics website. Her time is also qualified as a “B” cut for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament. Jurusik spoke about her experience in the water at the competition on Feb. 17. “I just remember my last 25 [meters], and I was swimming and I was looking towards my team, and they were all jumping up and down screaming at me,” Jurusik said. “What ran through my head was ‘oh my gosh, someone’s right next to me and they’re passing me,’ and it was so painful, and I touched and looked up at the board and thought ‘wow,’ and that’s all I knew.” The 400 Individual Medley (IM) is a combination of each stroke used in swimming; it involves the butterfly, the backstroke, the breaststroke and free style. At the competition, Jurusik had to choose whether to swim the 100 backstroke or the 400 IM; she chose to compete in the longer race. “We switched her to this event this year because the backstroke, what she swam primarily last year, has become very competitive and we knew she’d be guaranteed a higher placing in the IM. Steff is also a fighter and hates to lose,” Nicole Hempler, Associate head coach, said.

SCU Wildcat places first in individual event
Even though the hiatus from swimming had an effect Jurusik, Head Coach Shana Erickson has seen a great deal of progress in her years here at SCU. “She’s had double knee surgeries, so her first year we kept her away from doing any breaststroke, which is part of the IM. Her sophomore year she wanted to do the 200 IM, which was a good step after a full season back in the water,” Erickson said. “This year she wanted to try the 400 IM and after two seasons in the water we felt that she was ready. You can tell her fitness has increased from year to year as the distances she is able to push are becoming longer and longer.” Jurusik credits her teammates for a portion of her victory as well. “Changing to the 400 IM is not something you do every day, you just need to have those swimmers there that swim the same events being like, ‘if you can do it, I can do it.’ But I was very happy about it,” Jurusik said. Not only has the team helped Jurusik in her victory, but she has also shaped her team. “It is really a point of pride for the team whenever any of their teammates can stand on the podium,” Erickson said. The swim team at SCU has become more competitive, and Jurusik’s victory speaks to good things for the future of the team as well. “I hope that recruits can notice. Three years ago, this was a nobody. And now I got a place that people know. I hope that’ll tell them and that it shows that we have a good dynamic on the swim team,” Jurusik said. Becky can be reached at rjdoucette@stkate.edu.

Jurusik didn’t know she was the first in 20 years at SCU to win an event at a championship until she went to the SCU Athletics website the following day. A large element in Jurusik’s victory is the strong dynamic of the swim team and its coaches. The swim team was recently listed in the top 40 nationally for best GPA average on an athletic team. The team doesn’t only come together for swimming; they come together for anything, even homework. “I feel like we’re more of a family because we’re older and I feel like I can talk to any of my teammates about anything, and I can do that with my coaches as well because they’re very open. They’re very much, ‘anything you need, let us know, talk to us about it,” Jurusik said. “I mean this year I’m starting the nursing program, and if there’s something I don’t get I can go study with them and talk to Steffanie Jurusik stands on the 1st place podium them about it and get it.” after winning the 400 Individual Medley at the MIAC When Jurusik was considering championship swim meet. Photo courtesy of St. SCU in high school, her father Kate’s athletics page. asked the swim team to try and get her back into the pool. In high school emailed you just because.’ Then one day the she had dropped swimming and played coach called me and didn’t introduce herself basketball and softball instead. as the coach, she said ‘Hi I’m from SCU, are “I actually recently found out that my dad there any sports that you’re interested in?’ emailed the swim coach behind my back ‘Yeah, I’m kind of interested in the swim [saying], ‘You should call my daughter, and team.’ And she goes, ‘That’s funny, I’m the you should talk to her, but don’t tell her I head swim coach,”’ Jurusik said.

Lights out,
By Ashley Skwiera
staff writer
Students at St. Catherine University (SCU) last week heard the word “dodgeball” along with “blacklight” and “dance party,” things that aren’t usually connected. The event got people talking. On Mar. 2, Butler Gym played host to a new event at SCU, Black Light Dodge Ball. Sponsored by the St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT), Black Light Dodge Ball was originally a recommendation by an outside source. “DJ Bob from Party Unit…He is an

game on
amazing DJ and of course we loved the idea after he explained how it worked. Plus it is something new that we haven’t done here at SCU and I SCU students donning white t-shirts gather in the Butler Center gymnasium to play blacklight dodgeball. thought it would be Photo by Ashley Skwiera. a great event,” senior and Special Events Coordinator for SKAT, the event was appealing. The winter dark, accommodations to the familiar game have Sarah Niaz said. season is a great time to have fun, been made with the addition of white t-shirts and SKAT advisor Brigette Marty expressed why interactive indoor activities,” Marty neon balls to provide for a fun and safe experience. this event attracted such a large attendance. said. Students received a white t-shirt provided by SKAT “I think the novelty and unique nature of Since this event is virtually in the and were able to decorate them with highlighters to give them a personal touch. “We were the ‘Average Jane’s’ from the movie Dodgeball,” sophomore student Jackie Goldschmidt said. “Decorating [the t-shirts] was really fun.” Because of the amount of blacklights needed to March 10, 2012 fill Butler Gym, SKAT borrowed some from DJ Bob -5:00 p.m. Tennis vs. Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Party Unit. “All we [had] to do [was] show up and start March 18, 2012 playing,” Naiz said. -1:00 p.m. Softball vs. Colby College in Clermont, FL During each round, there were a total of four teams playing at a time, two on each side of the gym. Teams March 19, 2012 of 6 played for 3 minute intervals and whoever got -9:00 a.m. Softball vs. Tufts University in Clermont, FL all of the other players out or had the most left at -11:00 a.m. Softball vs. Washington & Jefferson College in Clermont, FL the end of time moved on to the next round. After the final two teams played each other and March 20, 2012 a victory was named, the DJ had everyone line up -2:00 p.m. Tennis vs. Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX to start off the black light dance party. Sophomore Mara Blish was proud that a team of March 21, 2012 all girls prevailed at the end; contrary to what one -9:00 a.m. Softball vs. Kalamazoo College in Clermont, FL may have thought would happen. -11:00 a.m. Softball vs. Mount Vernon University in Clermont, FL “I’m really excited that a team of girls won and -4:00 p.m. Tennis vs. Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX not one with any guys,” Blish said. “I would totally come to this again.” March 22, 2012 While some call it a sport, others may simply -9:00 a.m. Softball vs. Thomas College in Clermont, FL call it a good time. Even though dodgeball may not -11:00 a.m. Softball vs. SUNY Oneonta in Clermont, FL become a varsity sport at SCU anytime soon, those -2:00 p.m. Tennis vs. University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, TX who wish it were can look forward to this event again in the future. March 24, 2012 -9:00 a.m. Tennis vs. Howard Payne University in Georgetown, TX Ashley can be reached at -Track & Field vs. Rhodes College in Memphis, TN amskwiera@stkate.edu.

• SKAT holds first blacklight dodgeball event

Upcoming SCU sporting events

SCU Volleyball team practices in the Butler Center gymnasium. Photo by Sarah Kiczula.