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Fourth floor Caecilian transforms into a course and learning community for “Six Degrees of Harry Potter”
By Anne Moe - sections editor
Beginning next fall, St. Catherine University (SCU) students will be able to live in the Gryffindor Tower Community. Students will take Cecilia Konchar Farr’s “Six Degrees of Harry Potter” while living in the learning community on Caecilian Hall’s fouth floor. “To create a community around those books seems pretty easy, kind of obvious. I can’t believe no one has done it. As far as we can tell, no one has done learning communities at universities around the Harry Potter books. We’re pretty psyched about it,” English and Women’s Studies professor Cecilia Konchar Farr said. Since the students living in the community will be taking “Six Degrees of Harry Potter” over the course of the academic year rather Photo illustration by Sarah Wente and Heather Kolnick. going to do really well,” Sabrina Anderson, Associate Director of Residence Life, said. “We had heard on a survey...in 2007, that that was a theme students wanted to do, so when [Farr] came up with the idea, it just seemed like perfect timing for it.” Many students who are involved with the project have high expectations that the experience will have effects on the SCU community. “I think...some will have the feeling that they’re [going] to Hogwarts. I think that will be a very different dynamic from what we’ve had so far. It’s kind of a nice dream,” Evan Gaydos, a senior who has been one of the teaching assistants for the class since the course first began, said. “We’re really hoping it does well because one, we’d like it to go well, but we think it can foster that sense of community which will be great because we [have] such a ‘well I go home on the weekends’ student [body].” First year student Megan “Teddy” Gonzalez expressed her excitement for the combination of a course and themed floor option next year. “I’m going into elementary education and English, so all in all it would help immensely with my majors. Also, how cool would it be to be able to tell people you live in Griffindor Tower?” Gonzalez said. While the themed floor is exciting for those who love of the book series, the new
The new water fountains on campus promote St. Kate’s efforts to ban plastic water bottles on campus. Photo by Ashley de los Reyes.
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than just one semester, Farr is able to spread out class material and include other themed activities. “What we like about it is that we get to have Tuesday night, so that makes it easier than trying to get outside activities integrated because [students] already have lives and stuff going on. So if you’ve agreed to live on that floor you’ve agreed to setting aside your Tuesday night,” Farr said. Residence Life is also enthusiastic about the new project because it is the first of its kind. “The biggest thing that you have to do is get faculty to also be excited about it, and then it obviously has to be a topic that is going to be popular with students to create that interest. So we thought those two were
See HOGWARTS, pg. 2
A tall drink of water
•New water bottle filling stations provide alternatives to the bottled variety
By Paige LaPoint
Now that the weather is warmer, St. Catherine University (SCU) students will not have to look far in order to find something cold to drink. Thanks to the Environmental Issues Task Force, as well as feedback given to the student senate by SCU students, several new water bottle filling stations are located around campus. Not only do these stations make filling up a water bottle easier, but they also aide in the ongoing conservation effort put forth by the Environmental Issues Task Force to stop the selling of bottled water on campus. Senior Elizabeth Fosse, who, at the time the initiative was first brought to the table was the co-chair of the EITF, said that the stations around campus encourage students to bring their own reusable water bottles, as opposed to opting for a disposable one. “Disposable plastics can be recycled but most are not. We like to have things that are disposable because they are more convenient, but we don’t think about the consequences,” Fosse said. “The plastic in most of the plastic bottles is derived from petroleum. There are a lot of environmental concerns about drilling for oil, the manufacturing process, and what happens to by-products of the oil industry. There are also health concerns for people who are living near these plants and also the people using the products themselves. What the EITF and other groups on campus are trying to do is to make our community aware of what they are doing, whether they change or not, and help them realize that the decisions they make have an impact on a grander scale,” Fosse said. Cutting back on the bottled water consumption around campus is the main issue the EITF is currently focusing on. Not only can students help the environment by utilizing the filling stations, but they can also be observant of how much water they’re using on a daily basis. “If you have left over water that you don’t drink, water a plant with it instead of dumping it down the drain. Really, just being [conscious] of how much water you are using every day, and do simple things like take a shorter shower, fix leaky faucets, turn off the faucet when you are using it. Then on the other hand, think about how much waste you are producing and [identify] ways to cut back,” Fosse said. The new filling stations can be found on the first floor of Whitby and Mendel hall, Caecilian hall, the Music Building, the Art Building, the lobby of Fontbonne, St. Mary’s, Stanton, Crandal, and the Couer de Catherine. Paige can be reached at email@example.com.
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addition is upsetting to students currently residing on Caecilian’s fourth floor. “We definitely have one of the strongest senses of community on campus. I’ve heard residents tell me that this is their home, this is their family, this is their support system. All of my residents know ever other resident on the floor,” Anna Payne, the junior resident advisor who lives on fourth floor Caecilian Hall, said. “It’s very hard for me to support a decision that disrupts that because it’s my job to build a community and it feels like there’s no point.” The creation of the Gryffindor Tower Community, while exciting to some, is troubling for other students already concerned about living space next year. As Whitby hall’s residences will be converted into classroom space next year, Caecilian is one of the few non-apartment style dorms available for
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students. “All Residence Life talks about is how they want to build more apartments. That’s not what your population wants. They don’t want to pay that much, they want cheap, dorm style, community building housing,” Payne said. With all of the possible confusion and frustration that many students are experiencing, Residence Life is willing to answer student questions about the coming housing sign-up, as it is different than in the past. “We will not be worried about answering a question five times, we’d rather get it right and have people less frustrated or nervous, because it is a lot of anxiety around the whole thing. So we really want to stress that people can come in,” Anderson said. Anne can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 16, 2012
Letter to the Editor:
There is a wonderful, yet underutilized, program on campus designed to assist Student Parents. Access and Success is dedicated to providing St. Catherine University (SCU) student parents support in all aspects of juggling school and family. With offices on both the Minneapolis and the St. Paul campus, Access and Success works with student parents in the Associate, Day and Weekend College (WEC) programs. If you need support, assistance with campus or community resources or referrals for housing, childcare, financial assistance, Access and Success is here to help you. The program offers support in many ways including a computer lab with adjacent playroom – student parents can work on a paper with a tight deadline while keeping an eye on their child happily playing on the other side of a glass wall. This room is located on the fourth floor of the Coeur de Catherine (CDC), room 491, next to the Access and Success office. On the Minneapolis campus, Associate student parents can attend weekly lunch sessions 12-1 p.m. every Monday with educational sessions on a variety of topics of interest to members. The St. Paul campus hosts a similar lunch once a month on Sat. directed to serve WEC students. The Costs that are not taken into account are the expenses accrued on the road and a record label expenses. These expenses include: the cost for the upkeep of a van or a bus, gas for said vehicle, hotel rooms (if in a van), a small crew, tolls, insurance, gear purchases, instrument repairs, lighting, onstage production, taxes, food, paying for a manager or agent, the record label and, surprisingly, days off. When the band has a day off, there are the same expenses as a show date but no income. Even the money fans spend buying tickets barely touches the pockets of the actual artists playing at any given venue. The money made from those tickets is split between paying for the venue space, those promoting the shows and the bands playing the shows. Buying CDs at retail stores barely makes the band any money as the actual retail store will most likely keep $5 of a $10 CD. Factor in the cost to make the album (producers, studio time, and equipment) and to construct the album (album packaging and distribution costs) and the band that made the album may not receive any money past the minute mechanical royalties. The real income for any band, headlining or opening, comes from their merchandise sales. If you have ever scoped around at a merch table for any band, they usually have various shirts, CDs and small merchandise like posters or stickers. Picking up a CD from the band’s merch table brings in a next WEC Lunch will be Saturday, March 24 from 12 -1 p.m. in CDC 495. People should RSVP to Michelle Bjick. Day student parents can attend the monthly Students Who Are Parent (SWAP) club lunches. You’ll find people who understand the challenges faced as student and parent. For those who have infants who are still nursing, both campuses offer a safe, comfortable and private Lactation Room with an electric breast pump available for nursing mothers to express milk or feed their infants. For those in particular need, there is even a loaner laptop program where a student can borrow a laptop for up to a week to work on papers or assignments. If you are interested in attending one of the lunches or interested in learning more about the services Access and Success has to offer, contact one of the Access and Success staff. Day student parents can contact Beth Hamer at bahamer@stkate. edu. Shelly Bjick is the WEC staff person, and can be reached at email@example.com. Associate student parents can contact Carissa Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Barbara Jungbauer St. Paul, Weekend College Student slight profit for the band, but what remains unknown is that the band most likely had to buy their own album from their label at wholesale cost. The biggest, and arguably, the most reliable source of income for any touring band is the money they make from selling T-shirts and the other small pieces of merchandise. Most bands have around five members. The $45,000 from one headlining tour may become closer to $30,000 after the label gets paid. Per headlining tour, that’s roughly $6,000 per band member and if they complete three headlining tours a year, that puts them barely above the poverty level in the United States. Keep in mind that most club-level bands fall around this range of income per year. What I am constantly reminded at every show that I go to is how hard these musicians have to work in order to do their job. I personally make a point to bring extra cash with me so that I can support the bands I enjoy. The current digital state of the music industry makes going to live shows even more important to bands that release their music for free or stream their album online before it’s released. As music consumers, we have the power to support the people who make the music we love to listen to, music that they spend all their money making. Alexa can be reached at email@example.com.
Editorial: Make music, make money?
By Alexa Chihos
There is a misconception that I think most people have about touring musicians. I’m not referencing any of the Top 40 pop music artists that flood the radio or any band that is still making their name known even though they were at their peak in the 80’s. I’m talking about bands that open for well-known bands or those semi well-known bands that are constantly on the road. Where the misconception lies is that even the well-known bands, which have the potential to sell out decent sized venues, aren’t making much money. The reality is being a musician costs a lot of money, and even more so if you are a touring musician. To break this down, the first element is how the club and the band split the profit from a show. As more clubs opened and the competition to house shows grew, promoters used to promise that they could get a certain number of people through the door and into the show. This would enable the promoter to guarantee a certain fee for the show. However, bands, agents and managers started hassling promoters for a crowd guarantee based on a sold out show. Inevitably, this has sent a lot of clubs and smaller venues out of business. A headlining band can make roughly $1,500 per sold out club show, with the opening bands making anywhere between $50 and $500. On a headlining tour that has 45 show dates, the headlining band appears to make over $45,000 for one tour. This headlining band has the possibility to go on three headlining tours per year, appearing to make over $100,000 a year.
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Merchandise sold at a band’s merch booth during concerts is the most reliable source of income for many bands. Photo by Alexa Chihos.
March 16, 2012
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E-learning in Nursing: The effectiveness of Interactivity
Why did you choose this topic? Does it have a special meaning to you? I like nursing and technology so it worked together. Also, it came in handy because I worked at the IT as well. The combination that nursing and technology had, worked well. For me, it does have some meaning because as a nursing major, the game is for the benefit of nursing majors. I have also looked at other careers such as heath informatics. This career is relatively new, but it has qualities that are to my taste. One feature of this career is that it includes working closely with technology in the medical field.
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News in brief
• Local news outside SCU gates
By Alexa Chihos
St. Paul man selected for national honor for courage: Montel Mixon, who saved a woman from an apartment fire that was set by her boyfriend, is one of three recipients of the Citizen Service Before Self Honor. Mixon rescued a woman from behind a locked bathroom door who was in a burning East Side apartment complex. The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation made the announcement on Mar. 12, and Mixon will be formally recognized on Mar. 23 for his acts of selflessness and courage last summer. Trust for Public Land to buy Frogtown site for farm and nature sanctuary: The Trust for Public Land and the Amherst H. Wilder foundation made an agreement to buy a 12-acre property in Frogtown that had originally been home to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd convent. Sold for 2.2 million dollars, the property will be transformed into an urban farm, a recreation and a nature sanctuary for the neighborhood. The Wilder Foundation bought the site in 1971, intending to use the land for administrative and program headquarters until the Wilder Center building was constructed.
Senior Honors Projects
What is the presentation about? The presentation is about the research I did for e-learning in class. The focus for this e-learning is nursing. In the presentation, I will also be discussing about how the simulations work. The simulations can also be helpful for nursing students as well. The main component for this presentation is the game that is included. The game is for the nursing majors. What are the features of this game? The game is broken up into modules. These modules are based on the skills for Nursing 3100. In the first module, it is a safety check. It will ask whether this is the right patient and make sure that he environment is correct or safe. For the second module, it is a head to toe assessment. Here, it will check the patient over. The third module focuses on medication administration. For this module, not only does it go over medication administration, but it also contains six checks to insure that it is the right medication as well. The last and fourth module, it is the final review which contains a combination of everything from the past three modules. Were there any preparations necessary? Before playing the game, the students, would be doing a pre-survey on technology and nursing. Next, the students would then prepare to play the game. Afterwards, the students would take a post-game survey. The purpose of the post-game survey would be to see if the game was in any way beneficial for the student. Erica Nicholson. Nicholson’s project is a computer simulation to help nurses review and study their skills. See her project online at Elearninginnursing.weebly.com Photo by Sarah Kiczula. What did you learn after the students played the game? I learned that through the research, this game can be of help to students. For example, it could be used as another studying method besides reading and memorization. This game allowed for the students to get a hands-on experience. What do you expect or want people or the student to get out of the presentation? I think that it can apply out of the nursing major. The 2020 statement vision statement, part of it was incorporated more technology to the curriculum. Thought it would be a good way and you can do this same project for other majors.
Voice of change: Deaths surface morality check
By Becky Doucette
Imagine this: someone with spikey hair combed to the side, possibly covering an eye, wearing tight clothing covered in skulls, and a facial piercing. We’ve either been a part of this punkish, emo trend, known friends who have been or have gone to school with them. In Iraq, if you or someone you know was involved with this trend, they would be targeted for being a part of this “emo phenomenon.” When I say “targeted” it’s not a simple warning or a possible jail sentence – its life or death. According to activists’ reports via Alternative Press Magazine, 90 to 100 teenagers who have appeared to be “emo” have been stoned to death by the Moral Police, approved by the Iraq’s Ministry of Education to actually single out teens in classrooms based on appearances. Along with the approval was a disturbing statement that the Moral Police had the authority to eliminate the phenomenon since they were affecting society. According to the news site Daily Mail, the Moral Police issued the following description of “emos” on the Interior Ministry’s site: “They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities.” The Moral Police, dresses in civilian clothes, led the targeted students to secluded areas, where they stoned them to death and dumped
their bodies in dumpsters; their method to “eliminate” the phenomenon. After the stonings occured, the Interior Ministry issued a follow-up statement warning citizens “not to step on public freedom of Iraqis.” When trying to comprehend what I had read from multiple sources, there were many questions I could not answer. One of which was, “what is their definition of ‘emo’ style?” The Daily Mail had provided a photo of one of the victims which shocked me. He was a young adult, with a clean shaven face, white jacket and sunglasses. His hair was black and spiked. The hair, according to the source, was the defining feature that made him a part of the emo phenomenon. Who’s responsible for the deaths? Of course I’d say it’s the religious extremists, who claim some Western styles are “devil worship,” and who decided to exterminate the phenomenon by killing young people. But what about the Ministry of Education, or the Iraqi Interior Ministry? Did they really not know the Moral Police would be going in and singling out teens? I highly doubt it. Did the Interior Ministry feel no harm would be enacted toward “emos?” I doubt this also. Usually by this point in my column, I like to provide my own solutions that can work
to help in these situations. I don’t have any. I don’t have any because this is a massive, systematic social justice issue. In the Middle East there are deaths like these for different reasons; one reason could be to rid of any possible thread of homosexuality, another could be because the extremists don’t want Western influences. Both of which have been suggested for this tragic stoning, and both of which have not been disproven. I don’t know enough about Iraq’s customs, government, education system or culture to come up with a solution. What I need is proper education on matters within the Middle East. These incidents of death don’t abruptly come out of thin air as they may appear in our media sources. We must know where the hatred comes from, where the threats begin for some and end for others, while certain policies and laws are instated and others are looked over. I know killing is wrong, and I know many in Iraq will agree with me, but my shouting of this as a white Western girl will not solve anything in Iraq. Knowledge is always the first step to a solution. Becky can be reached at email@example.com.
By Wesley Pivec
St Kate’s ink
Students showcase their body art
Compiled by Heather Kolnick
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I got [the tree] because it’s a combination of my two majors, biology and women’s studies. The trunk of the tree is actually in the shape of a woman’s body. Sometimes I feel very connected to nature and I feel like this tattoo demonstrates that. I worry about [finding a job] a lot actually. I can cover all of my tattoos but the one on my leg, especially anytime I wear shorts, I get stares and stuff like that. I know that if I got a job that was semi-professional I probably wouldn’t be able to wear shorts, which would be a big bummer because it’s just not really acceptable to have a huge tattoo all over your leg.
together. We couldn’t decide on what to get and we used to play cards at Uptown Tea Garden a lot, and her and her sisters and I would play for hours. That became a meaningful place to me in that event, and she got a Jack of Spades and I got an eight because I really like the number eight. Mine is a club. I couldn’t get a face card because my arm is too small. I think my mom was a little concerned about jobs for [the tattoo on] my arm. But, my mom has a tattoo and if my dad wasn’t so old I can see him getting a tattoo.
[Right] I had wanted a tattoo since before I was eighteen and I had a lot of ideas, but there was one I was definitely okay with being permanent. [Jack Johnson is] my favorite artist, so I thought it would be cool to have his lyrics on my leg, and they are meaningful lyrics too. [Above] My best friend and I have been best friends since I was six and she has like, ten tattoos. We [wanted] to get one together because we grew up
The koi fish tattoo is actually a cover up. I had another tattoo underneath this that was a key to an old house that was within my family. When my parents got divorced we [didn’t] have access to that house anymore. The guy who did [the tattoo] did a really terrible job. It was just really ugly and I showed it to my current artist …and we discussed designs that are good for cover-ups. We have a pretty open relationship and he did a really good job of covering it up in a way that it blends in with the rest of his design. When koi fish are going upward, it represents something like “swimming through the tide.” Most people get tattoos that have extremely deep personal significance. Mine have some personal significance, but I mostly
[Left arm] The tattoo on my arm says, “Tick tock goes the clock, and all the years they fly. Tick tock and all too soon, you and I must die.” And, it’s actually a quote from the show, Doctor Who. They play it in part of a lullaby in a super creepy episode, but I thought it was really cool because it reminds me [that] I’m mortal—I’m going to die. It’s a nice reminder to just live, and not worry about all of the terrible things happening right now. [Right wrist] The one on my wrist is a musical symbol; it’s a dal segno. It’s a sign that you go back to when you hit a certain point. If I get philosophical about it, it’s more like I go back to who I am, especially in times of stress. At my latest job interview, one of my big questions was, “Do I need to cover up my tattoos? Do I need to be aware that people are going to give me strange looks?” Especially in retail and whatnot, you’re not entirely sure how people are going to respond. But, for the most part when people notice my tattoos, they think they’re pretty cool. I haven’t had a problem so far. All photos by Heather Kolnick.
see them as an opportunity to interact with an artist and give a decorative type of adornment to your body. [In considering jobs,] I think as times progress it’s already gotten better since I got my tattoos. I’ve never been denied a job based on having tattoos. Especially within my chosen profession in the art world, no one has any concern about that. Any way you present yourself physically, people are going to have some kind of certain assumptions. But as tattoos become more mainstream and just more of a common thing within society, people are going to get over it because really it has no actual bearing on my work ethic.
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Take a bite of ‘Blue Orange’
• Professor releases new collection of poetry
By Rhica Hogue
Visiting English Professor Robert Grunst for the first time in his office can be intimidating. Grunst has bookshelves stacked high to the ceiling with books and papers strewn all over the floor in nonchalant piles. His desk is also piled with books, and on top of the pile, his laptop sits precariously, a cup of English Breakfast tea sitting, half-full on the edge. The walls feature pictures hanging from a fishing line and the door frame is covered with post cards and old papers. Grunst is a poet and a professor of poetry. His new book of poetry, called “Blue Orange” will be published this May. His inspiration for writing stems from the mysteries that the world holds, and his grappling to understand it. “At first [poetry] was just a private secret...a vehicle to explore things which I didn’t understand, and troubled me or didn’t trouble me, excited me. I recognized that poetry had that possibility,” Grunst said. Grunst normally writes and enjoys free verse poetry. Free verse is used in his new book along with a double sonnet and two poems in form of the “villanelle.” A villanelle is a nineteen line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. It has a ridged rhyme scheme, including a three line stanza called a tercet, followed by a fourteen line stanza called a quatrain. “Free verse has got lots of rules and what’s important for any poem--whether it’s a formal poem or free verse--is that it’s unified, cohesive and, for me, it’s important that it makes some
finding the right cover. Grunst had commented about how finding a cover image can be extremely expensive and tough. Luckily, Grunst wrote a friend who came across a cover image of an orange grove. “[The image] is sort of a late Impressionistic image, so I’m going halfway between [a] literal and abstract cover to try and appeal to the readers,” Grunst said. However, coming up with the title for the book, “Blue Orange,” was not as difficult as finding a cover. “That’s the title because literal oranges are one of the unifying figures in the book. There are oranges all through it. They come up in different ways and different contexts. Sometimes they are central, other times they are only peripheral, and sometimes they’re orange and sometimes they’re blue,” Grunst said. “So metaphorically I’m playing with Professor Robert Grunst sporting his new book. the idea of the literal orange, but Photo by Sasha Polar. then also a metaphorical orange, sense,” Grunst said. and I’m also playing with a line from the Grunst is very adamant that his new book French poet Paul Éluard. The first line in is not just about nature, as his first book was English translation is ‘The world is a blue generally thought to be. orange’. So I’m working on that metaphor,” “In this new book, these are nature poems, Grunst said. I think that there are other dimensions, Grunst’s new book “Blue Orange” will be other complexities that will be maybe more released May 15. accessible or obvious to readers. So maybe the book...will escape that pigeon-holing, Rhica can be reached at which I don’t like,” Grunst said. firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of the process of publishing a book is managed to arrive at our destination after a long day of travel. Unfortunately, however, our accommodations—sleeping on the third story of a fairly decent but less-thanyour-average-American hotel with water that randomly worked, being attacked by bugs during the night and waking up with swollen faces the next morning—were less than satisfactory. But, since we were a group of young college students, we could handle all this. Plus, we kept telling ourselves that we were only there for three nights. Our main activities were climbing to the top of a mountain to reach an amazing fortress called the “Citadel,” traveling in the open bed of a pickup truck on bumpy dirt to a pristine beach and going out to a couple Haitian clubs. I should probably add that the official language of Haiti is Creole—a Frenchsounding idiom that I have been told is not really all that similar to French. During my stay, I could not communicate with anyone except my nine peers and four travel guides. This situation made me feel helpless and frustrated at times, forcing me to realize how vital the ability to communicate with others really is. Looking back—now that all is said and done—this journey has by far been the most memorable of all my experiences during my time abroad. In a way, it was like leaving my home again. Just as I have left the U.S., I left the D.R. During this time away, I realized what I really do have back in Santiago: running water at my disposal, access to public transportation systems so I can travel independently, the ability to speak the local language and protection from critters during the night. It’s amazing what one can learn from experiencing the absence of something. Hopefully we all can step back more often and appreciate the wonderful things that are already in our midst. Anna can be reached at email@example.com.
Thoughts from abroad: Forget the travel warning
By Anna Hayes
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“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” This phrase has been running repeatedly through my head these past few weeks, plaguing my every thought. When I set out on my study abroad trip, I did not have the intention of traveling out of my new home country of the Dominican Republic (D.R.). However, when discussing plans for our four-day weekend in February, a group of my fellow classmates expressed interest in a daring plan: visiting our neighboring country, Haiti. I should note that, geographically, the DR and Haiti are the two countries that comprise the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. So, why was this daring plan such a bold proposition? Considering Haiti’s slow recovery from the catastrophic earthquake in 2010, the United States (U.S.) government has recently issued a “Travel Warning” that highly discourages its citizens from entering Haiti. The intentions of this warning are to raise awareness of Haiti’s weak service infrastructure, to bring to light the recent cholera outbreak and to emphasize its inadequate medical system. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy does not possess adequate resources to evacuate U.S. citizens or to pay for their evacuation if such unfortunate circumstances would occur. In other words, Haiti is currently neither properly situated nor developed enough to serve as a tourist destination. However, all of these issues and risks in Haiti did not dampen our sense of wanderlust. I, in particular, felt compelled to participate in the trip for reasons unbeknownst to me. Perhaps this was because during the last four-day weekend I did not really do anything exciting, or because deep down I have always been interested in visiting Haiti. I began planning to take this excursion to Cap-Haitian (in the northern portion of Haiti) with ten of my peers through a travel agency called Haiti Tourism Inc. in the final week of January and we departed from the D.R. on Feb. 24th. This expedition consisted of traveling long hours on buses and full-size vans, being the only fair-skinned people walking across the bridge that constituted the border between the D.R. and Haiti and being stopped midway to show our passports to an official – even though we had already completed all the necessary paperwork in the immigration office. Somehow, we
6 | The Wheel
March 16, 2012
Unconventional college cuisine
• SKAT hosts event on meal-point cooking
By Ashley Skwiera
If you’ve been missing your parent’s home cooking while at college and don’t really know just yet how to cook on your own, listen up. On Mar. 15, students participated in College Cooking, an event intended to expand the recipe collections of students living in the dorms, using ingredients that can be found in the St. Catherine University (SCU) Marketplace and the Dining Room. Sponsored by St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT), College Cooking gave students a chance to learn from professionals on how to make homemade lasagna, a hearty pasta and vegetable dish, among others. Head chef at the St. Catherine University (SCU) St. Paul campus, Auggie Austreng, took students to the Marketplace and Dining Room to utilize ingredients that are available to students to purchase with their meal points and teach them how to make a variety of dishes. Austreng demonstrated how lasagna can be made in the microwave and taste just as good as one cooked in the oven. Austreng had no other meals planne prior to the event, and took student suggestions about what they would like to learn how to make, using only a microwave and a flat-top burner. “I would do this anytime anybody wants to do it,” Austreng said. “I absolutely love working with people and food; two of my favorite subjects.” Austreng describes how he thinks this event will help strengthen the relationship SCU has with Sodexo. “Sodexo is a great company; they really have the client’s best interest at heart. We like to do the things the people want and at the same time everybody gets to have a little fun as we do it,” Austreng said. Edutainment Coordinator and junior student Justine Cox explained where the idea for College Cooking came from. “I came up with the basic idea for this event, a College Cooking class with food that can be made with ingredients and supplies available on campus. Auggie added the details, like the menu and the trip to the Dining Room and Marketplace,” Cox said. Letting students know what food options they have available to them is important to senior Alison Larkin. “I don’t think a lot of students know how to create tasty and healthy foods. They only know how to make the pre-made items which are high in sodium,” Larkin said. Whether you are the coffee drinker who begs for meal points at the end of the semester or the light eater who has plenty to go around, anyone will be able to make this scrumptious lasagna using ingredients available on campus. If you’ve missed this SKAT College Cooking, don’t worry. There is another class still to come and it will focus on meatless cooking in honor of Earth Week. Ashley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Album Review: Say Anything
By Alexa Chihos
After their major label self-titled release, Los Angeles based indie-punk band Say Anything signed to Equal Vision records for the newest addition to their discography, “Anarchy, My Dear.” This record is a reunion of sorts for front man Max Bemis as the band teamed up with producer Tim O’Heir, who produced Say Anything’s 2004 breakthrough album “…Is A Real Boy.” While “Anarchy, My Dear” is far from a continuation or an absolute return to “…Is A Real Boy,” Say Anything is able to successfully incorporate dominant elements from that record into their newest release. Say Anything streamed “Anarchy, My Dear” in its entirety online one week before its official release date on Billboard.com. In that span of time, the entire record has reached over 7,000 hits on every track, with some online favorites receiving over 10,000 hits. On “Anarchy, My Dear,” Bemis infuses quirky and eloquent lyrics that match the my crutch, now I’ve escaped your clutch/So how is that worms-eye view?/I have grown two broad wings and now I’m above you.” However, “Anarchy, My Dear” does not dwell in a lyrical critique of personal musings and experiences. Tracks like the self-titled “Say Anything,” “So Good” and “Night Song” show off Say Anything’s musical prowess and Bemis’ eccentric lyrics. Specifically, on “Night Song,” the band is able to set a musical mood that is equally matched by Bemis’ vocal contributions as he sings, “I don’t know I don’t care, I’ll be waiting for you there/Crave this chill, bathe in black, all the ghouls and fiends attack/Eyes erupt, and I swoon, underneath the pallet moon/ Praise the night, and praise the night/The only time I feel alright.” “Anarchy, My Dear” takes a slight departure on “So Good” as this track is obviously a musical composition directed toward Bemis’ wife. He sings, “This could produce a meltdown, but I think we’re doing fine/We can tear and break the maps apart, shatter all their lines/When the universe that is
Anarchy, My Dear
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1- Burn A Miracle 2- Say Anything 3- Night’s Song 4- Admit It Again 5- So Good 6- Sheep 7- Peace Out 8- Overbiter 9- Of Steel 10- Anarchy, My Dear 11- The Stephen Hawking
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energetic music throughout the entire album. Known for brutal honesty in his lyrics, Bemis does not shy away from this trait as he critiques the hipster culture in “Admit It Again” where he bellows, “I’m sure you’re proud that you’ve usurped the ‘popular kids table’ you son of a (ineffable)/Which means you’ve forfeited your dubious anti-cred by buying into your own inflated hype/And I don’t define my enemies by the clothes they wear or the pretentious bands they like/It’s about how you seek to control minds, just to appease what you’ve always lacked.” Fans of “…Is A Real Boy” will hear this track and reminisce about its predecessor, “Admit It.” Continuing on the path of musings geared toward personal shortcomings, musical standout “Peace Out” incorporates both mystical instrumentals and critical lyrics. On this track, Bemis ruminates on personal relationship conflicts as he croons, “You were
not comes, to kill our love and trust/I only want a soul to know it feels so good with us/Feels so good with us, and it’s all right.” Even on “Say Anything” Bemis directs more emotion laden words toward his partner as he sings, “If Satan showed up with a gun, threatened ‘be disloyal or I shoot’/I’d take it in the kneecaps, rather than to be that guy to you/I’d throw up every morning, pull my nails out, take a wrench to all my teeth/To put a ring upon your digit, have you fidget in your bed with me.” Unlike their self-titled album, the presence of Bemis’ wife, Eisley guitarist and vocalist Sherri DuPree-Bemis, on “Anarchy, My Dear” feels like a smooth and lively contribution and less like a forced addition. Even though Say Anything have been a tough pill to swallow for some in the music scene, “Anarchy, My Dear” shows that they are able to make a lasting contribution with their unique
brand of music. Say Anything will be performing at Station 4 in Saint Paul on Apr. 3 with Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Fake Problems and The Front Bottoms. Alexa can be reached at email@example.com.
Recipe: Vegetarian Microwavable or Baked Lasagna From the Kitchen Of: Chef Auggie Austreng
Serves approximately 6
Ingredients: 1/2 pound lasagna pasta noodles 3-4 cups pre-made tomato sauce 3-4 cups Ricotta cheese 3-4 cups Mozzarella cheese 3-4 cups vegetables to your liking- squash, onion, spinach, roasted red peppers- sautéed Optional: 3-4 cups premade béchamel sauce (an equal amount of flour and butter mixture to make creamer- not found in the Marketplace). Directions: -Preheat oven to 350 degrees if not using microwave. -Add enough sauce to the bottom of a 9x9 pan to cover it. -Add one layer of uncooked noodles. -Add about two ladles full of sauce, enough to cover noodles. -Add 1/3 of the vegetables. -Add one layer of the béchamel sauce (optional). -Top the sauce with 1/3 of total cheese. -Bake until bubbly in oven for 30-45 minutes OR in five minute increments in microwave for 30-45 minutes. Let noodles rest and soak up moisture in-between heatings. -Insert a thermometer into lasagna. If it goes in unrestricted and is at 165 degrees it is ready. Enjoy! Note: Since noodles are uncooked, make sure lasagna is soupy before it is put into the oven to make sure there is enough moisture.
Cut out this recipe card for directions to make Vegetarian Lasagna - a recipe from Chef Auggie Austreng.
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Never dry dry the piercing with a cloth towel because they are not washed often and contain bacteria. 3. Don’t touch. Avoid touching your new piercing with your hands; avoid contact with scented soap and avoid sleeping on it. For piercings that come in contact with your mouth it is important to follow the diet instructions and special mouthwash aftercare to avoid infection. Piercings becoming infected are quite common and usually easily remedied. If your piercing becomes infected it is most likely because you aren’t keeping up with the piercer’s instructions. Senior Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Spanish and Sociology triple major, Andrea Benson has struggled with infected piercings in the past. “Piercing wise, nipples tend to get infected. I’ve hear that from many people, and mine were not fun. Of the 15 or so piercings I’ve had, the nostril was the worst, believe it or not, and I’ve had it done three times,” Benson said. The other reason your piercing could become infected is if your body is rejecting it. Rejecting is a natural process your body goes through to push out the foreign object. This can result in migration where the skin behind your piercing slowly grows and eventually pushes your piercing completely out. It is important to go back to the piercer if you notice that you’re piercing has moved or if it is consistently infected. “If my piercing becomes infected I would call my piercer and get it checked out as soon as possible. Do not wait more than three days for it to ‘maybe heal’. It is always good to double check and be more careful than not at all,” Emily Monson, a junior Social Work and psychology double major, said. Caring for a tattoo or piercing is well worth it in the end. Garski is passionate about the care that she takes of her multiple tattoos and puts effort in to preserving them to their highest potential. In reference to applying 100 sun protection factor sunscreen to her tattoos every day they are exposed to the sun; she uses this analogy to explain her passion. “Would you buy an expensive painting and then leave it outside exposed in the sun and elements for days at a time? No way. Well, you shouldn’t do that to your skin either,” Garski said. Rachel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tattoo and piercing tips for long-term health
By Rachel Thompson
Tattoos and piercings have become an important part of the identity of young adults today and taking proper care of them is equally important. According to the Paw Research Center, 36% of 18 to 25 year olds in the United States have at least one tattoo, and 30% have a piercing in a place other than their earlobe. That means that about one in every three people within this age range have at least one tattoo and/or piercing. That is a huge number and it is certainly seen in the St. Catherine University (SCU) community. Many students on campus have tattoos and/or piercings, and they are passionate about keeping them looking their best. Tattoo aftercare is surprisingly simple. Tattoos tend to heal faster and become infected less often than peircings. The most difficult part of caring for a tattoo is working to keep it from fading. Tatoo Care: 1. Initial care for your tattoo is vital. The tattoo artist covers the tattoo with plastic wrap or something similar, and instructs you to leave this on for a few hours. 2. Moisturize. Applying cream or ointment to the tattoo will keep it moisturized. Common kinds that are recommended include Eucerin, A&D and Aquaphor. 3. Wash and repeat. Other instructions you will receive include washing your tattoo twice a day with antimicrobial and non-scented soap such as Dial, 4. Environmental Control. Keep your new tattoo out of direct sunlight and don’t completely submerge it in water. 5. Don’t itch. Part of the healing process includes the tattoo scabbing over. This can be itchy and uncomfortable, especially if the tattoo is large, but it is important not to pick at the scabs. Number 5 is important for senior Women’s Studies and Studio Art major, Anna Garski. “They are gross but they are the protective layer that keeps the beautiful ink that is healing under your skin from going anywhere. If you want a vivid, clear tattoo you will leave those scabs where they are until they naturally fall off,” Garski said. Infected tattoos are fairly rare. As long as the products that come in contact with your tattoo are unscented and you clean it regularly the healing process should not be hindered. There are, however, some risks. According to the Mayo Clinic website, risks include allergic reactions to the dyes, skin infections that can cause pus-like drainage and blood-borne diseases caused by the use of contaminated needles. On a reassuring note, as long as you are going to a reputable tattoo parlor you shouldn’t have to worry about contaminated needles. Aftercare tends to last longer for piercings because they can take, on average, six months to a year to completely heal. 1. Soak in saltwater. Once you get pierced, your piercer will instruct you to do a saltwater soak about three times a day. It is important to keep up with this regimen because the salt helps move along the healing process. 2. Wash and repeat. Clean your piercing with the same soap you’d use for a tattoo about twice a day. Unlike the scabs from tattoos, it is important to remove buildup from your piercing because it can get into the fresh hole and create irritation and an infection.
Photo illustration by Heather Kolnick.
• The Ask Katie! peer health advisers answer your health-related questions
Compiled by Sarah Kiczula
“What are some effective techniques to decrease muscle soreness?” Whether you are hitting it hard at the gym, helping a friend move or dancing the night away, chances are that you will feel it later. Muscle soreness can be annoying when you want to get on with your day. Muscle soreness is caused by micro-damage in the muscle fibers and connective tissues, according to WebMD. Here are some helpful tips to try to prevent and help heal muscle soreness: First, apply heat. Applying heat increases the blood flow to your muscles, helping the small muscle tears that are causing you pain to heal faster. There are many ways of applying heat including taking a hot bubble bath, hot shower or sitting in a steam or sauna room.
When you are engaging in intense physical activity you should always stretch before and after your workout. This not only may help with later soreness but to avoid any injuries. (Be careful not to overstretch your muscles.) Need an excuse to pamper yourself with a massage? Massages help relieve tension and pain. Visit our Health and Wellness Center on campus and see the masseuse for $30 for 30 minutes or $50 for 60 minutes. Or if you like a do it yourself technique on a college student budget, take a tennis ball and roll it along the sore areas. This may be slightly painful at first but it’ll help in the long run. Ever wonder why so many athletes jump into post-workout ice baths? Here’s why: the frigid temperature constricts your blood vessels, reducing any swelling. When you exit the cold bath your body works to warm you up quickly, improving your circulation. This ultimately helps the healing process along. If you’re not a huge fan of sitting in an ice bath, cold showers have been known to be just as effective. If none of these tips work to relieve the
soreness, a last resort is ibuprofen. This only takes the edge of the soreness off for a while; it won’t cure your soreness. Soreness does not go away instantly with these tips. Give your body some time to recover. If you are still in excessive pain, give it a few days before you hit the gym again. You need to keep moving to help your muscles heal. While healing, avoid strenuous activity. 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 email@example.com.
Letter to the Editor:
Dear Editor, As the Director of the Health and Wellness Clinic, I want to respond to the March 5 edition of The Wheel’s “Ask Katie!” column outlining “options” for a student with an unintended pregnancy. The question posted in The Wheel was hypothetical, and the answer provided incorrectly reflects the referral practice in such a situation. It is not the clinic’s policy to refer patients to Planned Parenthood, primarily due to Planned Parenthood’s association with practices that oppose Catholic beliefs and teaching. We would, however, strongly encourage any student experiencing pregnancy to meet with a health care provider, including staff at the St. Catherine Health and Wellness Clinic, to begin receiving appropriate medical attention and to use other sources of support such as the St.Catherine University Counseling Center and Campus Ministry. Sincerely, Amy Kelly, MD, MPH D irector, Health and Wellness Clinic - St. Catherine University
College Health & Wellness with Debra Sheats Monday, March 26th St. Mary’s Lounge 5-6 p.m.
Questions? Contact Ask Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8 | The Wheel
March 16, 2012
• Track and field transitions outdoors
By Becky Doucette
As the snow melts under our boots, our track and field team shifts from the indoor to the outdoor season. The new season brings anticipation and expectations from the athletes and head coach Michael Henderson. The indoor season ended at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) meet, in which the St. Catherine University (SCU) track and field team ended in tenth place, the same as last year, totalling 21.5 points. The team had anticipated to place eleventh, so thier placement exceeded their expectations. “I know we surprised a lot of people at the conference...We lost a lot of our good seniors last year, and we have a lot of [first-years] this year,” junior captain Erin Coughlin said. “They’re more used to outdoor because high school doesn’t have an indoor season at all, so this is new for them.” The switch from indoor to outdoor comes with both benefits and challenges. One of the benefits is as simple as having the space to run consistently. “With indoor we have lots of teams to share with...and so our practice times had to move around a lot. Some days we couldn’t even get on the track because there just wasn’t time, so we had to stay on campus and do bike workouts or some alternative workout that we could do with the limited amount of space we have. Outdoor we have the freedom to go at the same time each day,” senior captain Samantha Levercom said. Some other benefits are the addition of events that cannot take place indoors, such as the throwing field events, like shot put,
javelin throw and discus throw. Since the outdoor season coincides with the end of winter sports, players from other sports, like basketball, join for the outdoor portion of the track season. However there are challenges to competing outdoors, mostly due to weather conditions. “Every other school in the conference, if the weather is crappy they just go use their indoor facility and have practice. We have to scramble and Javelin throwing, for obvious reasons, is a purely outdoor event, one added to the track and field see if anybody will let us repertoire in the spring. Callie Teigen (above) and former track and field participant Pilar Becerra in somewhere, or we have (below) practice the event early in the outdoor season. Photos by Sarah Kiczula. to try and make do and send the [athletes] outside if its crappy out,” Henderson said. “Last year was brutal. We had lots of meets cancelled, we had one meet with the windchill made it 10 degrees, which makes it rough.” Most of the time, meets are not cancelled regardless the weather. On the rare occassion a meet is cancelled, the team may still be expected to run. “I believe we were going to St. Olaf, and then we didn’t end up going to that meet because there was so much snow. But [Henderson] still wanted us to run, so we went to Concordia St. Paul, and it was 35 degrees, and it was snow, freezing rain, and it was miserable,” Coughlin said. “We were hiding in the gym until the absolute moment we had to go outside. It’s a gamble of what its going to be like...once we go out[doors], we’re kind of stuck.” To help avoid the weather and guarantee practice opportunities, the track and field team will be making their way to Rhodes College in Memphis for a meet during spring break. “The meet is just to shake the cobwebs and get that first meet out of the way before we start getting to work for our MIAC meet at Concordia Moorhead,” Levercom said. The team is anticipating a great season group this young, and still learning, and to “I think that’ll be a fun experience for us from the transition, especially since they finish where we were last year is pretty great, to all be away from school, and to just have ended strong in the indoor season. so we’re going to keep building on that.” fun as a team. It’s fun for us to get into a new “Hopefully it means that all the things that environment and to explore a new place....It we did good in indoor, we do as well or even Becky can be reached at spices things up a little bit,” Coughlin said. better outdoor,” Henderson said. “To have a email@example.com.
Upcoming SCU sporting events
March 28, 2012 -3:30p.m. Softball vs. the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN March 29, 2012 -4:00 p.m. Softball vs. Bethany Lutheran College at SCU March 31, 2012 -9:00 a.m. Tennis vs. University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire at the U of M Baseline -1:00 p.m. Softball vs. Hamline University at SCU April 1, 2012 -4:30p.m. Tennis vs. University of Minnesota-Duluth at the U of M Baseline April 2, 2012 -4:00 p.m. Softball vs. Buena Vista University at SCU April 3, 2012 -3:30 p.m. Softball vs. Macalester College at SCU April 5, 2012 -3:30 p.m. Softball vs. Carleton College at SCU April 6, 2012 -Track & Field Hamline Invite in St. Paul
Left to right: Makayla Skluzacek, Samantha McClondon, and Jessica Hoffman practicing the shot put. Photos by Sarah Kiczula.
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