Thursday, December 6, 2007

Coach Farren remembered

SMU Press Release

Tom Farren, a member of the Saint Mary’s University Athletic Department since 1981, died Friday, Nov. 30, after collapsing while working in the SMU ice arena. Farren, 58, was currently serving as head men’s golf coach, ice facility manager and men’s hockey equipment manager.

Farren had also served as assistant men’s hockey coach; head coach of men’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s tennis; physical education instructor; athletic fields supervisor; and residence hall director.

Friends and family gathered Tuesday, Dec. 4, for a wake. A memorial service was also held to celebrate Farren’s life on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the SMU Gostomski Fieldhouse.

To share a memory of Farren, visit www.hofffuneral.com.

SMU coach dies suddenly
One athlete's personal story

By Eric Lear
Co-Sports Editor

On Friday, Nov. 30, long-time Saint Mary’s University coach Tom Farren died suddenly from a heart attack suffered while working in the ice rink.

I have been lucky enough to get to know Coach Farren on a person level during my time at SMU. My father is an outstanding golfer, and he passed his passion for the game on to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick up that passion until my sophomore year at SMU.
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I signed up for the golf class taught by Coach Farren that fall. I showed up early and stayed late hitting bucket after bucket of balls listening to every tip he gave. Coach Farren must have seen past my inabilities and noticed my desire to play the game and to improve because after the class he offered me a spot on the roster for the spring season.

I practiced every day with the team that spring and I got to play a lot with Coach Farren. I never expected to play in any tournaments, but the first tournament of my junior year I was able to play. I even managed to birdie my first hole as a golfer. Unfortunately, the 17 holes after that were less than memorable, but I could not have been more excited to be a part of the team.

I was never able to turn in a scorecard to Coach Farren that I was happy about, but in all honesty, I don’t think he cared what the number was on my card. He cared that I worked as hard as I could and loved every minute of it. It’s not the tournaments I played in that I will remember anyway. I will never forget how hard he worked with me, even though we both knew I wouldn’t be making a huge impact on the team. He treated each of us as if we were the top golfer in the MIAC. I’ll never forget the times when the course was empty and we would squeeze in a few more holes. There were times Coach Farren and I would play until the sunset; we only stopped then because we couldn’t find our golf balls in the dark.

It wasn’t just about golf with Coach Farren. Many of us frequently stopped by his office to chat about anything and everything; sometimes I would lose track of time and be late for class. I was lucky enough to have a brief chat with Coach Farren just a few hours before his shocking collapse. Van rides to tournaments were filled with great stories about golf and about life that my teammates and I loved to hear. This has been the toughest life story he has given us.

Over the many holes of golf I played with Coach Farren, he often told me a great quote: “There are many that play the game of golf better than I do, but very few that enjoy playing it more than I do.” Not only did he say that because it fit him, he also knew that it fit me perfectly. I may not have been the best golfer on the team, but I was thrilled to be part of that team.

I can honestly say that being a part of Coach Farren’s golf team has been the highlight of my college athletic career. I can only hope that Coach Farren was aware of how grateful I am that he gave me such an opportunity.

A sign unnoticed by some

By Becky Newby
Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Saint Mary’s University main campus has several stop signs strategically placed for pedestrian safety, but recent traffic violation reports have shown that many drivers are simply choosing to ignore them.
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“We are primarily a pedestrian-based campus,” said Director of Campus Safety Jerrie Seibert. “There have to be stop signs set accordingly.”

In recent weeks, Campus Safety received more complaints from pedestrians regarding stop sign violations than years before.

Senior Lindsay Dickson said she reported two separate vehicles in the past month for not stopping at a stop sign. “They didn’t even slow down or look,” Dickson said.

Before last month, Dickson never reported a single traffic sign violation. “I felt compelled to after hearing so many complaints from other students about cars not stopping or drivers getting mad if students walk too slowly.”

Seibert said there is a camera located at the main entrance of Saint Mary’s that records traffic, but most stop sign watching is done directly by Campus Safety staff members equipped with binoculars.

According to Seibert, the stop signs in front of the New Village path and Hillside hall are monitored more closely than others. “It seems like everyone is in a hurry,” he said. “They pay more attention to the time than on driving.”

Since the campus speed limit is 15 mph, Seibert said it’s easy to notice when cars speed past them. “We spend considerable time watching stop signs around the campus,” said Seibert.

Senior biker Erin McGuire said with exam week approaching, she already assumes that most cars won’t stop at every sign. “When it’s cutting close to class time and I approach a stop sign at the same time a car does, I will usually let them go first.”

If a vehicle is caught speeding past a traffic sign, Campus Safety will record the license plate number and issue a ticket through campus mail. A stop sign violation ticket is $25.

“It is more difficult to issue a violation ticket to a non-registered vehicle, because their name and license plate number aren’t recorded in the computer,” Seibert said. To prevent this, Campus Safety will follow a vehicle into a designated parking spot and directly issue a ticket, Seibert said.

Still, some drivers question if every stop is merited. “There are too many stop signs placed throughout campus,” said senior Antoinette DeLeon. “I always look both ways, but it’s a waste of time to make a complete stop if no one’s there.”

Yet other obstacles throughout campus may hinder a driver’s vision, said Dickson. “Sometimes it’s hard to see around parked cars or large trucks.”

Dickson suggested that Campus Safety install additional signs, intended for pedestrian use. “This could be a safety measure for both drivers and pedestrians.”

Campus Safety has not discussed further measures to control stop sign violations. Seibert said pedestrians who witness a violation should report the license plate number to the office immediately.

Schild honored for works

By Tamika Robinson
Cardinal Staff

Dr. Steven Schild, a professor in the mass communication program at Saint Mary’s University, was recently named to the Complaints Committee in the Minnesota News Council.

Schild has served on the Minnesota News Council since 2004. As a member of the Complaints Committee, some of his duties include listening to and resolving any complaints made by audience members about the way they or an affiliated organization have been treated by any part of the media.
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Schild noted that the purpose of the council is to attempt to promote better quality in journalism. “We try to provide a forum outside the court system where someone who believes that they have been unfairly dealt with by the news media can speak their peace,” he said.

As a member of the news council, Schild finds it not only rewarding but has said “it gives me things to bring back into the classroom and helps to provide examples that I hope can bring to life some of the things that are mentioned in the textbooks and will benefit the students.”

In addition to Schild’s journalistic experience, he has also published many works of poetry. His poem “Armistice” was published in Witness, an anthology of poetry, in 2004. The poem was recently awarded “Editor’s Choice” by Serengeti Press.
Schild said the poem was “based on some personal experiences that [he’s] had with a couple of people who in various ways were affected by the Vietnam War.”

“It’s a poem about the way that certain human beings, some real and some fictional, reacted to that war,” said Schild. As a poet, he said, “I try to find things to write about that are close by in my personal experience, close enough to relate to on a very personal and unabstract level.”

“I like variety and the mix that I get when I put together my teaching, the news council and poetry,” he said.

Armistice

The war was dead a decade
and we were still alive.
Crazy Ed’s purple heart had spawned
cosmic-egg murals on a barren moon,
splattered day-glo flowers in deep space,
but now he sells wildlife prints
to sportsmen’s magazines.
My brother quit writing plays;
he cut his hair for steady work.
I dove into a foxhole job,
took the camouflage of standard-issue green.

The war is dead;
we lay down our arms,
we sue for peace in marriage
and mortgage,
we march home alone down a million common ways
to fleeting sleep where we dream
guerrilla dreams and know
the nightmare of capture.

Teacher evaluations do matter

By Danielle Larson
Cardinal Staff

Teacher evaluations serve multiple purposes, according to Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Thomas Mans. They provide feedback to teachers so they can improve their teaching methods in the classroom, and they help the institution evaluate its personnel.
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The faculty and department chair review the evaluations to determine improvements needed for particular courses or professors.

Students tend to evaluate their professors with high marks, said Mans. When there are low or mediocre marks, the dean, associate dean, or department chair then evaluates that professor.

Teachers are obligated to improve, said Mans, and who better to tell them how to become better than their students.

“Comments are appreciated,” said Mans.

Faculty also appreciate it when students take the evaluations seriously and provide constructive criticism, Mans said. “It’s unhelpful for students to make snarky comments or act out on paper” against their teachers, he said, as it makes the evaluation process harder.

Certain criteria, such as whether the professor is new to SMU, are taken into consideration while looking over the evaluations. According to Mans, it takes a while for a new teacher to break into their new surroundings.

Mans explained that evaluations have also been studied to see if students evaluated male professors differently than female professors.

The Faculty Advancement in Tenure Review Committee also uses the evaluations to help assess for faculty tenure promotion. When the time comes for a teacher’s tenure promotion, evaluations are heavily referred to. The school wants to make sure they are making the right choice in promoting that professor, said Mans.

For students who worry over privacy and the idea of their professors finding out who wrote particular comments, Mans has considered moving the evaluations to an online process. Having them online would make the process a lot quicker, allow for faculty to get results back and make changes more promptly, and make the evaluations more private, said Mans.

'Capitol for a Day'

By Ellen Jordan
Cardinal Staff

The year 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of Minnesota becoming the 32nd state in the country. To mark this celebration, Minnesota is looking for communities that exemplify the anniversary theme, “Exceptional people in an exceptional place.”

Cities representing the state’s diverse geography will be chosen as “Capitols for a Day.”
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Winona is one of the community finalists under the “Driftless Area” category. This category includes the communities of Caledonia, Minnesota City, Reads Landing and Lake City. Larger communities such as Rochester are also included.

Saint Mary’s University students are pleased with the nomination. Senior Jenny Pater said, “I think it’s exciting that the town I go to school in is being acknowledged by my state and is receiving positive recognition.”

If Winona does receive this honor, it will bring awareness and publicity to the town. Some students, however, are hesitant about this attention. Senior James McEhlerne said, “It would be an honor, but I don’t think the town itself would be able to hold up to it. The town itself is too small for such a big award.”

With the nomination comes competition. Freshman Carlee Hanninen said, “Although I do think that it is good that the town of Winona has received the nomination, I think that there are other cities in Minnesota that are more worthy and have more landmarks that should be given more consideration.”

There was no winner indicated at press time, but students can see the award’s progress at http://www.mn150years.org.

Nearly $1,600 raised at event for Pickford

By Ezra Stiles
Guest Writer

A grateful mother and some 75 friends and family members gathered Nov. 19 to raise money to benefit an injured Saint Mary’s University undergraduate student.
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Christy Pickford, 21, was hit by a train in Winona on July 28. Pickford, who would have been a senior this year at SMU, is undergoing rehabilitation at a care center in Red Wing, Minn.

The PR/Business Club hosted the benefit and silent auction for Pickford, charging a $5 admission to the event. Proceeds will help offset expenses the Pickford family has incurred as a result of the accident as well as go help fund a larger benefit the family is planning for next year, said Kelly Pickford, Christy’s older sister.

Although the event was somber in remembrance of the tragic accident, there was good news that brought some hope to the room.

“We’ve managed to raise over $800 in ticket sales alone,” said Chris Kellen, president of the SMU PR/Business Club, in an announcement at the end of the benefit. “The bills have mounted up, and we just hope we can relieve some of that pressure on the family,” Kellen said.

The club also sponsored a silent auction that same evening, which ran through Nov. 30. Attendees bid on a range of items, such as a Minnesota Twins jersey and the Playstation2 game “Guitar Hero.”

Rachel Niebeling, a SMU senior and friend of Pickford, gave a short speech during the benefit.

“Sometimes she’ll look at you with a look that’s really a ‘Christy’ look,” Niebeling said. “It lets you know she’s still there. She’s still fighting. All we can do is just pray and hope. We’re just waiting for her to wake up.”

Student band Bookreader performed several songs during the benefit.

“It’s amazing to see everyone’s support tonight,” said lead singer Bryan Atchison, a senior at SMU.

Christy’s family was touched by the event as well. “Christy has a great group of friends and classmates that obviously care a lot about her,” said Kelly Pickford.

Chartwells catering service provided food and beverages for the event.

(Kaylin Martin contributed to this story.)

New bar to be named on 3rd street

By Nadia Effendi
Guest Writer

The doors of Stingers Bar and Lounge have been closed since June 29, 2007, but with new ownership, a complete makeover, and a new name, the lot will not be vacant much longer.
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The front of the building now reads “Bullseye Beer Hall,” the bar’s name previous to Stingers.

“We just took the Stingers sign down and that’s what was underneath,” said Nathan Schott, part owner and operator. “We wanted to see what people would say.” The original idea was to rename the bar “Caponz,” but the owners will soon be going in front of the Winona City Council to apply for a liquor license under a new, top-secret name. “Not even my close friends know what it’s going to be called,” said Schott.

With construction underway, the plan is to transform the bar far from the look of its predecessors. “We had ideas that I think would be important and beneficial to the area and will show them something different. We want it to have a pub/tavern feel,” said Schott.

The owners hope to have the bar open for the New Year’s deadline. “There is a lot of work to do,” said Schott. “We are not just going to flash a coat of paint and open the doors. We are going to do it right.”

Among the changes planned are a new, dressed-up exterior, more seating, better service, and a place where “you can come lounge during the day or stay all night,” said Schott. The bar will not have a DJ or live music but it will have a small menu, and food will be served daily until 10 p.m.

Despite sharing the same ownership as Schydes, the two bars will be completely separate. Applications will be taken after Thanksgiving for positions in bartending, bouncing, and cocktail waitressing. The owners have high expectations for the bar. “It will be a great asset to the downtown day- and night-life of Winona, cosmetically and socially,” said Schott.

Students share global issues

By Jessica Paulsen
Cardinal Staff

Dr. Dorothy Diehl’s Lasallian Core Traditions (LCT) Global Issues class is trying to make a difference by promoting awareness of women’s issues.
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The class is divided into groups, each of which chooses an issue covered in class and promotes awareness through posters, speakers, petitions, protests and fundraisers. The issues include women in war, gender equality, sex trafficking and sweatshops, said Diehl.

The purpose of the assignment is for students to do more than just intellectually understand the issues, but to make a campaign, said Diehl. “The focus of this class is looking at women’s issues through Lasallian social justice...and taking a step to look at where the inequalities are systemically; what is it that I can do for the people that are most affected,” Diehl said.

Maria Sullivan, a junior in the class, thinks it is a good project for the class. “It opened our eyes to different global issues,” said Sullivan, “and I think people want to help more.”

Sullivan is not sure if the efforts make a difference, though. “When we do things like the petition, people would just walk by and give us looks like, ‘This is kind of dumb,’” said Sullivan. “But we’re sending our petition to [Minnesota Governor] Pawlenty, and maybe he’ll think, ‘Wow, people are thinking about this.’”

Diehl said this project does make a difference because money is raised for organizations, and it is a way for students to get involved in the issue. “They choose the topic, then they do the research and decide what it is they want to do,” said Diehl. “So my hope is that at some point, whether now or later, that this will be a starting project, a continuing project, not just for this class.”

Students protest for peace

By Becky Newby
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Students from the Saint Mary’s University Peace and Justice Club withstood freezing temperatures that reached as low as 14 degrees to light candles and offer prayers last Sunday for peace in Iraq during a 24-hour peace vigil in Windom Park.
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About 25 community members participated in the vigil, said senior Peace and Justice member Glenna Krzyzanowski.

“I think the vigil was a good way to keep all those affected by violence on our minds and in our hearts,” said Krzyzanowski. “It was a chance to pray for hope that someday we can all live in peace.”

Many of the participants chose to either fast, pray, meditate, read, or remain silent during the peace demonstration.

The Winona Area Peace Makers spent almost two months coordinating the vigil, said SMU Director of Student Activities and Volunteer Services Katie LaPlant. “The vigil raised awareness that there are alternative methods to violence—such as peace,” she said.

With a small fire and hot coffee, demonstrators were able to keep warm by alternating one-hour shifts. According to senior club member Laura Holupchinski, there were enough participants to ensure that at least two people were awake each hour.

A closing ceremony was marked by a special prayer and a celebratory meal at the Bethany Catholic Worker House.

The vigil was sponsored by Lutheran Campus Center, Winona Catholic Workers, Newman Center and Winona Area Peace Makers.

With roughly 25 members in the campus Peace and Justice Club, Holupchinski said there was a strong group representing Saint Mary’s at the peace vigil. She said since many students didn’t know specifics about the destruction in Iraq, the vigil was a reminder that the war is happening all the time, even when we are not thinking about it.

Each week the Peace and Justice Club meets to promote harmony and create awareness of inequality around the world, said Krzyzanowski.

“Through discussions on injustice, you form a community,” said LaPlant. “Through the community, you research issues and learn about ones that involve suffering—but there is hope.”

The Peace and Justice Club meets every Tuesday in Saint Mary’s Hall, room 232 at 9 p.m. Krzyzanowski said the group will discuss new issues beginning at their January meeting. New members are always welcome and encouraged to attend.

Professor gives insight on body image, esteem

By Danielle Larson
Cardinal Staff

Having an interest in body image since graduate school, Saint Mary’s University psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Seebach has performed multiple studies on perceptual body image.
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During a Nov. 28 presentation Seebach explained that body image is “that picture we have in our heads” of ourselves. She then discussed body esteem and explained that esteem had to do with the way we feel about our bodies. She said it was “the emotional part.” Lastly, she explained perceptual body image and how it is the image of our body that we form in our minds. Seebach wanted to study perceptual body image, and see whether or not it matched reality.

During the presentation she elaborated on some of the studies she has compiled. One study was done to find out what people think of their own body image, how they view others’ bodies, and how they want their body image to be.

For this test she took a photo and distorted it so the person in the picture was 15 to 20 percent skinnier. Then she distorted it so the person in the picture appeared 15 to 20 percent larger. If she distorted the photo to 15 percent smaller she would then make it 20 percent larger or vice versa. She did this to avoid balance between pictures.

She then laid the photos out on a line and at one end she had the photo of the skinnier image and at the other end she put the photo of the larger image. The participant in the study then had to mark on the line where they think they fall appearance wise. Next they had to mark where they believe other people think they fall on the line. Lastly, they had to mark where they wanted to fall on the line for body appearance.

Another study she had done involved women with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, obese women, and “normal” women (normal being considered as those who have no concerns about their body image). Seebach studied the participants’ perceptions of themselves, how they view themselves to pictures of 30 other women, and how they viewed themselves compared to a photo of themselves.

The study showed that anorexics overestimate their own size, and also overestimated other women’s sizes. Bulimics overestimated their own size, but were very accurate with other women’s sizes. Obese participants overestimated themselves and other women’s sizes, and normal participants estimated sizes that were fairly accurate in both cases.

Other studies Seebach has performed looked at the effects of pregnancy on body image, what part of the body participants are most focused on, whether kids recognize obesity or not, what their perception is of obesity, and what physicians’ perceptions are of obesity.

A unique opportunity

By Lauren Rothering
Cardinal Staff

Upon graduation, many Saint Mary’s University students are faced with a difficult decision: What do I do next? A program called Teach for America offers college graduates a unique opportunity far from the normalcy of entering the work force.
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According to Katie Bolin, a recruiting associate for the program, Teach For America is “an AmeriCorps program that seeks recent college graduates to fight our nation’s greatest injustice – the achievement gap – by committing to teach for two years in some of the nation’s most under-resourced school districts.” The “achievement gap” refers to the educational inequality that exists in school districts, inequality that is compounded by lack of materials, proper educational resources, and administrative support, said Bolin. The goal of Teach for America is to provide those districts most affected with highly trained teachers to allow children living in low-income communities to take advantage of educational opportunities of which they have previously been deprived.

Melissa Cole, graduate of the College of Saint Benedict and current Teach for America participant, feels that one of the biggest benefits of the program is being able to give these children a new sense of hope despite such educational adversity. “At times we are holding on by strings,” said Cole, “and it is this sense of possibility that pulls us through.”

Students of all majors and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply for the program, not only those whom majored in education. Students are accepted based on track records of academic achievement, leadership skills and organizational ability. Additionally, they must undergo a rigorous training program prior to employment. Once these prerequisites are met, corps members are placed into one of 26 urban and rural teaching locations, including Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, Miami and Los Angeles.

Upon completion of two years service, corps members go on to excel in many disciplines, including, according to Bolin, “business, law, medicine, journalism, and, obviously, education” as possible avenues. One aspect that seems universal, though, is the sense of great reward that comes from such sacrifices. “If you really want to challenge yourself, your abilities, push yourself to your depths and fight social inequality,” said Cole, “then Teach for America is a great opportunity.”

Something to be thankful for...

By Karina Rajtar
Cardinal Staff

Thanksgiving. It’s a time to reflect on all that we have and how lucky we really are. Nothing will help you realize how much there is to be thankful for like spending Thanksgiving break in Biloxi, Miss., to help rebuild after hurricane Katrina.
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Our modest group of five volunteers arrived in the sunny South just in time to change into work clothes and dive right into measuring, insulating, and sheet-rocking. As the week continued, we kept up with similar work, along with some painting and building a wheelchair ramp. We were able to meet the elderly owner of the house we spent most of our time on, and seeing the pure joy in her eyes to simply have walls was incredibly humbling. She has not had a home since Katrina hit, and now she should be able to move back in time for Christmas.

Even two years after the storm, there is a lot to do. Many are still living in the crowded FEMA trailers and newer, still fairly cramped, “Katrina Cottages.” Houses are being rebuilt only as quickly as the volunteers can work, but the progress is surprisingly uplifting for the relatively small number of volunteers.

Sophomore Molly Jewison took the trip for her second time. “It was great to go back to Biloxi again. A lot of progress had been made in that year and it looked a lot cleaner,” said Jewison. If our own experience was any indication, then volunteers are a truly indispensable resource in Biloxi. We walked into a house with no inner walls at all, and at the end of the week walked out of that house, which by then only needed a floor, trim, electricity and plumbing.

After 10 days of working hard, laughing harder, and meeting some amazing people, we left Biloxi excited to know we had helped and thankful for the opportunity to help us better appreciate our safety and security. There were also some feelings of discontent to be leaving when so much more work could be done.

“Volunteering can be emotionally straining on a volunteer, but you just remember that the citizens down there live in those conditions day in and day out. They don’t get to leave after one week and go home,” Jewison said. The trip was a great lesson in real thanksgiving. I hope to go back soon.

Students learn through experience on trip to SOA/WHINSEC

By Libby Perkins
Guest Columnist

On Nov. 15 a group of Saint Mary’s University students journeyed to Fort Benning, Ga., for the SOA/WHINSEC rally and vigil. The School of Americas (SOA), which was renamed to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2001, is a combat training school for Latin American soldiers. Students are trained with interrogation tactics, military intelligence, sniper training and psychological warfare.
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Once SOA students graduate, they then return to various South American countries, including the Caribbean. As a result, there is much violence, suffering and death.

On our first morning in Georgia, we had the opportunity to see Fort Benning and had a Question and Answer session with some of the faculty from the SOA. During this time we had the chance to hear their view of the school. We had many questions, but we did not receive enough adequate responses. We then arrived at the rally which was filled with many different people expressing their opinions on the war, our president, our government and, of course, the efforts to close the SOA. Even with a wide range of people at this event, a wide range of ideas on our country and the issues that come with it, there is a common idea that makes this event possible. The SOA is serving no good and its purpose is killing too many innocent lives.

During the vigil the next day, we remembered millions of lives that had been killed by SOA soldiers – including our very own Saint Mary’s graduate, missionary Brother James Miller, who was known in Guatemala as Hermano Santiago. With a funeral procession lasting nearly two hours, we chanted “Presente” and lifted white crosses after the calling of every victim’s name. Children, unborn children, teenagers, adults, nuns, pregnant mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, and the list goes on. So does the school. Yet why? Why is the school still open? I can say that the trip was most definitely an experience, and the journey to close the SOA/WHINSEC will be a continuous one.

Hot off the Prez: Counting your blessings

By John Freeman
Student Senate President

The semester is almost over, and Christmas break is sounding sweeter every day.
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At least that’s the way I feel. Don’t get me wrong, this semester has carried with it a lot of fun times and good memories, but I’ll be glad to be done with my current classes. I find myself thinking this on a daily basis, and I have to consciously tell myself to just enjoy the present and live for that day. As excited as I am for break and for a new semester with new classes to start, I know that there will be a day in my near future where I will want to be back here, in college. Recent tragedies both at Winona State and here at Saint Mary’s have caused me to refocus my thoughts and concerns about life. Life really is a precious thing, and we all take it for granted at times.

My message for this editorial is to encourage everyone to enjoy the present. Take special notice of where you are now, who you’re surrounded by, and be thankful for the things that you do have. Hopefully, if you do take time to do this, this holiday season will bring even more joy to you and your loved ones.

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone.

Voting your conscience

By Austin M. D. Quick
Staff Columnist

My columns have received a great deal of feedback, and I want to state that as a seminarian and a member of this University, I am deeply sorry for any hurt I may have caused. It is my sincere wish to express myself in a loving way that is in keeping with the Gospel.
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A student responded to my previous column stated: “I believe that as a Lasallian institution we cannot stay true to what we have been taught in our year(s) here and vote Republican.” The political parties in our country are not perfect, but what is concerning to many is that the Democratic party has shown its support for those without a voice, such as the environment, the poor, illegal immigrants, convicted criminals, etc. However, they do nothing to speak out for the most innocent and voiceless among us: the unborn. They show no concern that in our country alone there are an estimated 3,700 abortions a day. The Democratic Party is against many individual choices, such as gun control, school choice, etc., but they are completely supportive on the issue of a “Woman’s Right to Choose.” Ending another human being’s life is not an option, and it should be a priority of any party.

We must all be sympathetic for the young woman who made a poor life choice and is now pregnant and faced with social ridicule, financial difficulties and a list of other hurdles due to unplanned and unprepared pregnancy. However, this young woman should know that there are many options available to her and none of them deal with ending the baby’s life. It is easy to pass judgment on the many unwed mothers today, and it is our behavior that leads many to make bad choices. As Christians, we are called to help them in any way we can to ensure life is respected at all levels.

As we enter the Advent Season, we are reminded of a young woman named Mary who found that she was to conceive a child without ever having been with a man. Faced with the social implications, even her own death, she chose to have this baby who would be the Prince of Princes and the Lord of Lords. In addition, her husband found that not only was his wife pregnant with a child that wasn’t his own, but that he was to stay with her and never have his own children.

Life is to be respected at all levels, born and unborn, which seems as Lasallian as anything can be. No matter where your political views lie, protecting unborn life should influence your vote in 2008.

Holy Mary and Saint Joseph, pray for us.

A learning experience

By Theresa Breault
Cardinal Staff

“Ni hao!”
That’s one of the first things I was taught to say as I sat at lunch with a big group of the international students here at Saint Mary’s University.

Although this simple Chinese “hello” was followed with lots of laughter at my silly accent, I felt welcomed and cheerful as I ate my pizza. Whether you have class with one of the Chinese students, live with one of them, or simply see them in passing, you know already the easiness of conversation and the undeniable friendliness of most of these young adults.
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Although this is many of the international students’ first year studying in the U.S., they are already learning how our culture works and how similar so many of the things we do are to their own practices. I sat next to Bin Hu, a senior here at SMU, and asked him about adapting to life in America. Although this is not his first year here, he had a lot to tell me. “It’s been good,” Bin said. “I really like it here, and I have made a lot of good friends!” I am glad to say that I am one of those friends (Wo ai ni, Bin!), and he certainly has added much to the dynamics of SMU.

I turned next to some freshman international students. Su Fei, Yiyun and Heshan all had only good things to say about their experience here so far. Fei and I giggled as we talked about the coming snow, and about her big fuzzy coat that she bought preparing for the cold. As I sat there, it didn’t take long for me to dive into laughing, making jokes and planning times to get together again. I loved how carefree and how spirited they all were, and I felt at home talking to them. In all, I believe I made many new friends with this experience, and I can only say good bye in the way they parted with me as I got up to leave: “Bai Bai!”

Conversational partners talk up a storm

By Betsy Baertlein
Feature Editor

Imagine being a student in a foreign country. Think of how much more difficult life would be. Making conversation would be hard enough, let alone making friends. No doubt studying abroad is an eye-opening and amazing experience, but it doesn’t come without its struggles.
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This is part of the reason that Jessica Bare, hall director of Skemp and Heffron halls, decided to re-implement the English conversational partners program this year.

“International students may feel anxious about meeting new people,” Bare said, “but they really do want to be involved.” This program began last year, and when Bare began asking the international students from her residence halls what kind of programs they would like to see, many of them mentioned conversational partners.

Bare began the program by emailing the students of Saint Mary’s University, asking English-speaking students who were interested in spending one hour a week talking with an international student to volunteer. Partners were assigned based upon interests and, in some cases, language. For example, students taking Spanish classes may want to be paired with a Spanish-speaking student so they can practice their Spanish as well. Bare said that the meetings are “kept really open-ended.”

The majority of the students meet over a meal in the cafeteria, but anything is fair game. Some suggested activities include cooking together, going to the game room, studying together, or exercising together. Most students meet one-on-one with their conversational partners, but small groups are an option as well.

There are currently about 30 participants in this program. The international students in the program speak English at various levels, as some have come to SMU to learn English, whereas others already are fairly comfortable with the language. Native languages of those involved in the partners program include Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Creole. Speaking with these students allows English speaking students to expand their cultural horizons. Having the commitment makes this easier, said Bare. “People have good intentions, but unless it’s on your calendar, it’s hard to follow through.”

Students who are interested in participating in the conversational partners program may have an opportunity to join in January when more transfer students come. Those interested should email Bare at jlboll00@smumn.edu.

Frequently asked questions about international students

Compiled by Lindsay Dickson
Editor-in-Chief

What programs are offered?
Undergraduate international students are able to take part in either the Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Language Bridge (ELB) programs. There are also separate graduate programs offered at SMU.
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ESL Program: This is for students from non-English speaking countries who desire to improve their English language skills. Students study the history, traditions, culture and customs of the United States. All coursework is based on an integrated skills approach with listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components.

ELB Program: This is a one-year program offered to full-time freshmen who speak a first language other than English and meet other qualifying conditions. The ELB program consists of specialized academic advising and a succession of credit bearing courses designed to improve academic English skills, completed along with several requisite courses standard for a first year Saint Mary’s University student.

How many new students are coming next semester?
Over 60 applications have been received for the Spring 2008 semester. The countries they represent include: Nepal, Bahrain, Malaysia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Congo, India, and Sri Lanka.

How many undergraduate international students are there at SMU?
As of now, there are 42 students total, 22 female and 20 male. Most of the new international students this year are in the ESL and ELM programs, while 10 returning students are in the regular undergraduate program at SMU.

Where are the current undergraduate students from?
While the students come from countries like Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Haiti, Korea, Mexico, Rwanda, and Taiwan, the majority come from Japan, Poland, and China.

How many graduate international students are there at SMU?
There are 18 students, half male and half female. They come from seven different countries. As of now, three more students will be here next semester.

Sources: Jay Skanka, dean of international student initiatives; Lupita Garza-Cienfuegos, director of international admission; Tessy Dias, international student activities coordinator.

Study abroad opportunities

By Emilie Fisch
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University has a variety of study abroad programs that are open to individuals in any major.
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Popular programs are London, England in the fall and Florence, Italy in the spring, though many students are starting to explore countries like Ireland, France, Spain, South Africa and Australia as study abroad options.

The most popular spring program has been Florence, Italy, a program run directly through SMU. However, due to more opportunities available through other schools, students are choosing to go to a variety of different countries. The enrollment for the Florence program is lower for spring 2008 than in years past, as the junior class is smaller and most students study abroad during their junior year.

Twelve SMU students will depart for Florence in January and will be joined by three additional students from other schools. To learn more about the various study abroad programs that SMU offers, contact Renee Knutson, director of career services and study abroad, in Saint Mary’s Hall 136A.

Former MIAC standout finds a spot with the Cardinals

By Eric Lear
Co-Sports Editor

First-year women’s basketball coach Mandy Pearson is no stranger to success in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
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Pearson played four years at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She was named the MIAC MVP twice and received All-Region honors twice. Pearson had a stellar senior season, which landed her a spot on the Division III All-American team. She ranked second in the nation with 7.4 assists per game and led the MIAC with 3.1 steals per game in her last year as a Cobber.

After her successful career as a Cobber, she spent two years as an assistant coach at Hamline University. Pearson helped the Pipers finish with an above .500 record for the third time in school history and earn their first-ever MIAC playoff berth.

Pearson, who is the only player in Cobber history to score over 1,000 points and dish out over 500 assists in a career, is prepared to bring her past successes to Saint Mary’s University. “We have many little goals that will help us reach our big goals,” Pearson said.

According to Pearson, the team got together and made several goals such as: to shoot 70 percent from the free-throw line, to out rebound their opponents, and to have a team G.P.A of 3.2 or above. The team also has a poster in the lockerroom stating their goals game by game. All of those goals will help the women’s basketball team to reach their long-term goal of finishing in the top five in the MIAC.

Pearson said that her experience in the MIAC will be valuable to the Cardinals’ success. “[The experience] will help in scouting reports,” Pearson said. She went on to say her MIAC experience as a player will help her to understand when to push and when not to push her players.

“It will be hard coaching against players that I have played with and coached,” Pearson said. “But it will be fun to beat them.”

The Cardinals’ next game is at home at 6 p.m. against Coe College on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

'Creek Trail' built at SMU

By Lindsay Dickson
Editor-in-Chief

Cross-country skiers from the Winona community, both beginners and experts, will benefit from the newly constructed trail on the Saint Mary’s University campus this winter.
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The new trail, unofficially named the “Creek Trail,” is 2-kilometers (1.2 miles) in length and runs along Gilmore Creek. Double tracks will be set for traditional skiing.

“So many of the people who use the trails are beginners,” said Brother Jerome Rademacher, Ph.D. Brother Jerome felt that the trail would benefit skiers of a wide variety of skill and experience.

The addition of the Creek Trail is a result of an ongoing cooperation between Brother Jerome and the Winona Ski Club, said Vice President for Student Development Chris Kendall.

The construction of the trail is a step toward the Winona Recreational Projects Capital Campaign proposal that has been recently discussed among various community members.

If brought to the Winona polls, voters will either approve or reject the following proposals: a second sheet of ice for the Bud King Arena; a complete renovation of softball and baseball fields in the Bambenek Complex on Sarnia Street; a Victorian Boat House on Lake Winona to hold canoes, kayaks, and rowing sculls; repavement and lighting of the Lake Park bike path; and upgraded ski trails on the SMU campus. The city of Winona would enact a $5 million property tax referendum if the proposals are approved. In addition, $2.5 million would be raised privately.

SMU has particular interest in the improvement of the trail system. If approved, the city of Winona would provide lights for new, easier trails in addition to a snowmaker. A future trail would be constructed around the approved track and field complex and would connect with the Creek Trail. SMU is considering purchasing more land just south of the New Village for the improved trail system. SMU would maintain this property, but the entire Winona community could benefit.

Kendall said that the timing of the trail and the proposals is great for SMU’s outdoor recreation because of recent recreational additions to the campus. “Because of our school and our location, our great assets are the land and the environment,” said Kendall. “It’s who we are and it’s making us better.” In addition to being able to host public, high school, and college ski races, SMU could possibly bring back the cross-country ski team or club if there are major additions to the trails.

Both Kendall and Brother Jerome hope that the new trail will bring more students and community members out into the bluffs. “It pleases me that people are using the trails,” said Brother Jerome.

Brother Jerome has been working on the trails since 1975, shortly after he learned to ski with Brother John Grover, FSC. “[Trail work] is very natural for me. While other people do it for a living, I do it for fun,” said Brother Jerome. “It’s a labor of love; I really love the outdoors.” A favorite memory of trail work is the thanks he got from a community member in a note dropped in the donations box at the trailhead. The note said that the trails had saved his marriage; the couple used to walk the trails and they appreciated Brother Jerome’s hard work.

After teaching math and physics at SMU for many years, Brother Jerome plans to retire this spring. He plans to stay living on campus and working in the labs, but he will have no official duties.

Cardinals in training

By Candice Norrell
Co-Sports Editor

The Future Cardinals knew how to pump the crowd up during halftime at the men’s basketball game against the St. John Johnnies on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Assistant Coach Jack Nelson, with the help of Eustace “Boots” Kesseh, led the local kindergarten through sixth grade boys in a series of basketball skills, much to the crowd’s delight.
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“They are so cute!” said one spectator.

“The Future Cardinals are so much fun to watch,” said Sarah Kay (’07). “The basketball staff does a great job with the kids.”

Both the boys’ and girls’ Future Cardinals clinics started last year, said men’s head coach Mike Trewick, meeting four times throughout the semester to learn proper shooting, passing and ball-handling fundamentals.

“The boys’ clinic is run by my assistant coaches, Nigel Jenkins and Jack Nelson,” Trewick said. “I’m just there to have fun with the kids.”

Jenkins said, “This program gives us a chance to work with young kids who enjoy the game of basketball. Our hope is that they work hard enough to be able to become a Cardinal after high school.”

“Another reason for this clinic was to get our basketball program out in the community,” Trewick said. “All of our players work with the kids every week, and the kids perform at two of our home games at halftime.”

“We really enjoy this,” Jenkins said of working with the kids. “The first year we had 65 [participants] and this year we have about 75.”

Both the boys’ and girls’ clinics performed at two halftime games. The boys performed on Dec. 1 and 5; the girls performed on Nov. 16 and Dec. 5.

Cardinal Athletic Council leads local toy drive

By Alli Hill
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University community, led by the Cardinal Athletic Council (CAC) and SMU volunteers, enters into the giving season through programs like Toys for Teens and Gifts for Winona.
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This is the second time that the Cardinal Athletic Council (CAC) has been involved in this event.

CAC is SMU’s own student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC), a committee that is at all of the other MIAC schools. Toys for Teens is put on by the SAAC at each school. “The idea behind it was to donate toys to Toys for Tots while focusing on an age group that is not only closer to the college-age, but is also often forgotten about in holiday gift collections,” explained senior Kasey Schultz, president of CAC at SMU.

The toys were collected last week and will be donated to Toys for Tots on Dec. 13. Along with SMU, the other MIAC schools will also be donating their toys on that date.

CAC is not the only group in the holiday spirit this year; Gifts for Winona is a community-wide gift giving event for those less fortunate in Winona County that has been going on since 2002. Families sign up at various service agencies in the county and tell them what their request list would be. These lists are then collected and processed at SMU. Hundreds of cards are printed with the request lists along with whether the person is a male or female.

The cards are placed on trees at various locations in Winona as well as SMU. People can choose a card, shop for the items, wrap them and then return them to the same location by Dec. 13. “It’s always a nerve-wracking and scary thing to get the tags to go out,” said Deb Nahrgang, director of communications. “These tags represent a person. It would be heartbreaking to turn them away without any gifts.”

Luckily, as Nahrgang explained, they have been extremely fortunate to have people come at the last minute with donations so that people can buy the gifts left on the cards. There are currently plenty of cards left as well as a chance to donate money. People can make their checks out to “Gifts for Winona” and drop them off at the Student Services windows.

Students visit new Chicago Blackhawks President

By Sean O’Brien
News Editor

The Public Relations and Business Club, along with Nikki Fennern’s Sports Management class, visited the United Center and new Chicago Blackhawks President/CEO John McDonough on Nov. 28 for an interesting look inside the business side of professional sports.
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McDonough previously was president and senior Vice President for Marketing of the Chicago Cubs.

McDonough, a Saint Mary’s University graduate, shared his success story and gave advice for interviewing for potential jobs after college. He also gave students tips on what the working world was like and what to expect in the professional sports industry as well as throughout the business world. He even gave some uplifting advice for the non-4.0 student.

PR/Business club President Chris Kellen said, “John was a great speaker and very motivating. He let everyone know that even if your grades are not all that great, as long as you show up and are ready to do the work, you can succeed.”

The trip also included a tour of the United Center facilities. Overall, Kellen said the trip was educational and fun, giving the students a rewarding experience. “Learning [McDonough’s] story and asking him questions gave everyone some insight into what can be expected when we leave SMU and enter the job force,” said Kellen.

Bringing cheer through song

By Amy Kalina
Managing Editor

The Saint Mary’s University Women’s Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performed “Lessons & Carols” at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels on the evening of Dec. 1.
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The annual holiday concert featured a variety of Christmas songs sung by each of the individual choirs. The “carols” encompassed various “lessons” that were read between songs, illustrating the connecting messages of each carol.

The concert featured music derived from many different cultures, including Polish, French, Irish and German traditions. A unique piece performed by the Concert Choir was “Ríu Ríu Chíu,” attributed to Mateo Flecha El Viejo, which offered a Spanish flavor to the festivities.

Also noteworthy was “Her kommer dine arme smaa,” composed by J.A.P. Schultz and performed by the Women’s Choir. A Dutch carol which translates to “Here Come Your Little Poor Ones,” this performance contributed to the international holiday zest of the concert.

In spite of inclement weather, the show brought Christmas cheer and holiday lessons to all in attendance.

SMU honored with All-Steinway distinction

SMU Press Release

Saint Mary’s University has received the distinction of being named an All-Steinway School. The honor demonstrates Saint Mary’s commitment to excellence by providing students and faculty with the best possible instruments for both study and performance.
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In order to be eligible for the All-Steinway School distinction, Saint Mary’s made the commitment to offer to its students only instruments designed and built by Steinway & Sons.
 
“The name Steinway brings a level of integrity and validity that is instant,” said Ned Kirk, chairman of the SMU Department of Music. “It means that Saint Mary’s is truly dedicated to providing the best for our students.”
 
Steinway is a name traditionally associated with excellence in piano craftsmanship. Steinway pianos are known for their longevity, and most Steinway instruments appreciate in value over time. Each piano is handcrafted, which can take up to one full year per instrument.
 
The inspiration to become a Steinway school came from long-time friends of the university, Bob Kierlin and Mary Burrichter. The Winona couple donated a newly restored 1931 Steinway piano to the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. The concert piano, worth more than $100,000, was carefully restored 18 months ago. Saint Mary’s University has the additional honor of using the piano throughout the school year as its concert instrument.
 
Only 60 colleges and universities in the United States have been designated All-Steinway Schools, including six in Minnesota: Gustavus Adolphus; University of Minnesota, Morris; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Bemidji State University; and Concordia College, St. Paul.
 
For more information about the Saint Mary’s music department programs and activities, go to www.smumn.edu/music.

Student originals on display

By Maria Sullivan
Cardinal Staff

Roughly 150 pieces of art created by students from various majors are being featured in the Undergraduate Art Show that began Nov. 15 at Saint Mary’s University and will end Dec. 14.

The judge for this year’s Undergraduate Art Show was Anne Plummer, who teaches art and runs the art gallery at Winona State University.
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According to Saint Mary’s Art Gallery Director Sister Margaret Mear, Plummer was impressed with all the showcased talent. Plummer judged every piece of artwork before declaring the winners and the honorable mentions.

The winner of this year’s Undergraduate Art Show was sophomore Caitlin Murphy. Second place was awarded to junior Joshua Gardner, and third place to freshman Sarah Kraft.

Murphy is double-majoring in theatre and English with a minor in art. Murphy said that she was surprised to win, but very flattered. “There are some extremely talented people on this campus,” Murphy said. “The Undergrad Art Show is a testament to their hard work and talent.”

Gardner is double-majoring in philosophy and French. Gardner said that he loves art because he can expose whatever vision he has at the time he creates it. When he found out that he won, Gardner said he was both confused and surprised. “I am really impressed with everything, especially the photography, and I would like to see another Undergrad Art Show with new material,” said Gardner.

Kraft is a nuclear medicine technology-biology major who loves art because it’s relaxing and a way to be expressive. Kraft said, “Just knowing that my piece caught the attention of someone else gives me satisfaction and a smile on my face.”

The Undergraduate Art Show will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Art Galleries until the end of the semester. “I thought there was a lot of creative work and a lot of thinking outside of the box,” said Sister Margaret.

Holiday gift ideas for busy shoppers

By Becky Newby
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Holiday shopping season has begun. It’s time to wait in endless lines to buy expensive gifts with money we never knew we had. But between work and school, the very thought of entering a crowded mall can become more stressful than finals week. That’s why I have created a guide to giving, filled with gift ideas found in New York magazine, USA Today, Self and Oprah magazine.
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Is it me, or did the holidays just get greener? This season, green is the new black. Show the earth some holiday love and give eco-friendly gifts this year.
Cardboard iPod speakers (Fashionation, $14.95)
Solar-powered electronics recharger (Solio, $69.95)
Sneakers made from 99 percent recycled material (Worn Again, $125)

Don’t let stress steal your taste...give it away! When shopping for a co-worker or professor, consumable items are perfect simply because they’re not permanent.
Dark chocolate assortment of truffles (Godiva, $23)
Battery-powered hot chocolate maker (Bonjour, $30)
Red wine & opera CD gift set (Tulip Hill Winery, $59.99)

A good book never goes out of style. Almost everyone enjoys snuggling up with a good book when it’s cold outside.
“The Pillars of the Earth,” by Ken Follett (Penguin, $24.95)
“John & Yoko: A New York Love Story,” by Allan Tannenbaum (Insight Editions, $45)
Digital electronic book (Sony, $300)

Families who game together, stay together. No, I don’t mean the latest games for Wii.
Vintage board games (Board Games Are Us, $25)
Tiffany & Co. playing cards (Tiffany & Co., $30)
Scrabble To Go (Jack Spade, $95)

Be experimental. Although you can’t wrap experience, it can never be returned.
Take salsa dance classes (around $49 per class)
Go horseback riding (around $60 per day)
Drive a NASCAR car (Cloud 9 Living, $365-$550)

Wrap up some good karma. There’s no doubt the holidays inspire generosity, but figuring out what to buy doesn’t have to be daunting.
Carved Chinese cinnabar bracelet (National Geographic, $15)
Candle benefiting the Heart Foundation (Philosophy, $22)
Donate a pig (World Vision, $195)

Baby, it’s cold outside. Instead of wasting money on a toy they’ll play with for a week, buy a child some stylish winter wear that’ll last them years.
Sassy political tees (Babesta, $20)
Fabric-lined rubber wellies (Wellington, $63)
Cashmere Splendid Littles striped hoodie (Tutti Bella, $96)

Don’t brag…we already know your man’s got style. But that doesn’t mean you can’t surprise him with more.
Buffalo check skinny tie (Scout, L.A., $85)
Drakes’ Fair Isle scarf (oki-ni, $249)
Leather messenger bag (Coach, $598)

Boppin' to Christmas Kidz album

By Maria Sullivan
Cardinal Staff

A Christmas album sung by kids, for kids was released on Sept. 25, titled “The Coolest Kidz Bop Christmas Ever.” That’s right, Kidz Bop is still around.
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The album contains 18 wellknown Christmas jingles, such as “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Listening to this album could go two ways: the listener may want to turn it off and pretend Kidz Bop never existed, or the listener may just sing and dance along like the kids in their well-known television commercials. Personally, I wanted to turn it off and pretend Kidz Bop doesn’t exist.

So, if you still consider yourself a kid at heart and you want to go back in time, this album just may be for you. For those of you who enjoy being mature, I encourage you to still give Kidz Bop a chance. You have nothing to lose but your time, and believe me, your time will be not be wasted on anything but laughter.

The mocktail way

By Ellen Jordan
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University students celebrated the holiday season at the annual Mocktail Party held Dec. 4. Students didn’t have to be carded upon entering; all beverages were non-alcoholic.
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Sponsored by the Health Advocates, this year marks the second anniversary for the formal affair that helps raise awareness about the effects of alcohol use.

Senior Health Advocate Laura Eggert said, “The main purpose of the event is to get students together to give them a program that they can enjoy themselves at, but also to make it an informational program to inform students about the dangers of binge drinking and the consequences that are related to that.”

A formal cocktail party is not a typical college scene. “We wanted the event to be in a setting where people normally might be drinking and where these consequences may arise. Modeling it after a cocktail party gives it the relaxed environment, but also one where alcohol could be involved and excessive drinking may occur. Placing people in an environment that the facts relate to makes it easier to connect the two ideas,” said Eggert.

Each year the event highlights a different aspect of the negative effects of alcohol.

Cardinal Spotlight: Senior Bridgette Baggio

By Abby Zimmer
Copy Editor

Meet senior Bridgette Baggio. She came to Saint Mary’s University after the former women’s soccer coach, Tony Guinn, recruited her to play soccer, a sport she has played since first grade.
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What has kept her here at SMU? Our small campus and atmosphere as well as the people she has met here, especially on the soccer team. “It is fun to play [soccer],” said Baggio, “but the best part is that I have such great teammates, and some have become very close friends of mine.”

After playing on SMU women’s soccer team for four years, this year Baggio received one of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s highest honors, earning First-Team All-MIAC.

Besides soccer, another one of Baggio’s passions is art. “I love everything that has to do with art,” said Baggio.

As a studio art major, Baggio gets to do many types of hands-on art projects, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and ceramics. Baggio’s artwork can be viewed at the Undergraduate Art Show in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

She is also a part of the SMU Art Club and studied abroad her junior year in Florence, Italy.

Baggio’s favorites:
Food: Her mom’s homemade Timbale
(similar to lasagna)
Class: Drawing III because she was able to draw people (she loves doing portraits)
Warm-up Song: “Stronger” by Kanye West; it gets her pumped up and motivated to play.

(Editor’s Note: The Cardinal Spotlight is a new feature to the Cardinal newspaper. If you know anyone who has done something commendable for the SMU or Winona community, is an excellent leader, athlete or artist, or you think has an interesting story to share, please contact the Cardinal staff at cardinal@smumn.edu with their name, your contact information and why you recommend them.)

Rob and Neil review your meal: Chartwells

By Rob Brewer and Neil Olstad
Guest Writers

(Editor’s Note: The following is a review of the dinner served on Nov. 30, 2007, in the Toner Student Center Dining Hall.)

The Caf is an epicenter of student congregation. Friends exchange pleasantries, relationships blossom, and most importantly, food is served. Your expert connoisseurs, Rob and Neil are committed to guiding you through your Caf experience.
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Chicken Fingers – Great crunch; the breading is especially tasty. The chicken itself is moist and tender. It has good natural flavor, but, as always, be safe and use a condiment. Right off the bat, we are off to a great start.

Mozzarella Sticks – A traditional crowd favorite. The breading is good, but the lack of cheese inside is puzzling. The marinara sauce is little more than the oft-provided watery spaghetti sauce, which definitely took away from the experience. A look inside the stick revealed hollow breading, leaving these authors to also feel hollow inside.
Burrito – With a fine, flakey tortilla, it is fairly basic, as just beans are inside the brownish-yellow exterior. It’s very big, definitely a main-course type dish. Again, use of a condiment, such as sour cream or salsa, is recommended. This is a pleasant surprise in tonight’s meal.

Manicotti – The pasta sauce is watery and not flavorful. The noodle itself is cooked well: tender, but with some stability. The ricotta inside isn’t particularly flavorful, but it has a good texture and feels pleasing in the mouth.

Cheese and Vegetable Soup – One slurp, and I was finished. The interplay between the cheese and the vegetables was completely lost. There were too many peppers; it was a tex-mex disaster. I wouldn’t wish this soup upon my worst enemy after he intentionally ran over my dog.

Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken with Rice – Make no mistake, this is just standard chicken—there is not a hint of lemon or pepper in sight. It has a good taste, but the chicken itself is a bit dry. The addition of rice is nice, but eaters beware: including rice in your bite will dry up your mouthful of poultry quite quickly. Definitely bring a knife for this one.

Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake with White Frosting – A towering dessert, it took two hands to secure it from the dessert table to our table. The frosting is very creamy with excellent texture. The cake itself is predominately vanilla, with some lingering flavor, but mostly bland. This dessert would be delicious a la mode.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nutcracker Ballet

Continental Ballet and
Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra present
Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 15- 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 16- 2:00 pm


Red Wing-The Sheldon is happy to welcome back the collaborated efforts of Continental Ballet Company and Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. for their annual presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets for this crowd pleaser are $26 for adults and $16 for students.
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This timeless tale of Clara's amazing journey to the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy with her magical godfather Drosselmeyer is a family friendly staple that has been enjoyed by thousands of theatre goers every year. The Continental Ballet Company from the Twin Cities has enjoyed performing this enchanting ballet for many years at the Sheldon Theatre with the help of some lucky local children. Continental Ballet has always believed in sharing their appreciation for the classical ballet with local children who get the chance to perform a scene with the professional dancers.

Continental Ballet Company was formed in 1988 by Riet Velthuisen, a former dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. It was her wish and the Company's mission that children and families have the opportunity to experience the art of classical ballet through performances, classes and community events that help foster the appreciation of dance and help the participants reach their full potential.

Joining Continental Ballet in this presentation and providing the captivating music is the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. For almost 30 years musicians from all over the Cannon Valley and Metro areas have come together under the direction of Paul Niemisto to bring amazing performances to audiences of all ages. They perform 6 or 7 concerts each year that include a varied repertoire such as classical symphonic works and compositions by area composers. CVRO also performs at a variety of places such as outdoor festivals and luxurious ballrooms.

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra is part of the Northfield Arts Guild and is made possibly in part by funding provided by the Community National Bank of Northfield, the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Don't miss your opportunity to see this beautiful production, the crown jewel of the holiday season, at the Sheldon Performing Arts Theatre.

For further information and to order tickets, patrons should call The Sheldon Theatre Ticket Office at 651-388-8700 or toll free at 1-800-899-5759. Tickets may also be purchased on the Internet at www.sheldontheatre.org. Regular ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The theatre is located at 443 West Third Street in downtown Red Wing.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Pheonix Theatre presents
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Wednesday Preview, December 5 at 7:00pm
Thursday, December 6-9


Red Wing- Red Wing's local theatre group is presenting a treasured holiday favorite, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on Wednesday, December 5 through Sunday, December 9. The Wednesday night show is a preview. Preview tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets for the other shows are $16 for adults and $10 for students.
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Grace Bradley and the Bradley Family (daughter Beth, son Charlie, and husband/father Bob Bradley) have to take over their church's annual Christmas pageant after the original director (Mrs. Armstrong) breaks her leg. Things don't get any better when Charlie Bradley tells Leroy Herdman, one of six (Imogene, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, Claude, and Gladys), that people who go to Sunday School get free refreshments, to make him feel dumb about stealing his dessert. This makes the Herdman clan infiltrate the only safe place in town.

The next Sunday during Sunday school, Imogene hears about the pageant and asks know-it-all Alice Wendleken (best friend of Beth Bradley) what a pageant is. Imogene gets so interested in this "Christmas Pageant" that she decides to sign all the Herdmans up for all the main parts. This could only mean one thing; TROUBLE!

In the end, the Herdmans become a better family and they find out the true meaning of love.

The whole family is guaranteed to have a roaring good time this holiday season with the cast and crew of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever".

For further information and to order tickets, patrons should call The Sheldon Theatre Ticket Office at 651-388-8700 or toll free at 1-800-899-5759. Tickets may also be purchased on the Internet at www.sheldontheatre.org. Regular ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The theatre is located at 443 West Third Street in downtown Red Wing.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Winona Arts Center Event December 7, 8, 9th

Experiment in gift economics underway at Winona Arts Center.

Free food! Movies and Talk! Gifts for Everyone! Sounds like Christmas doesn't it? Nope. Better—and two weeks earlier. Long Weekend:
Neighborly Discussion for a Free Winona, a festival planned for the
Winona Arts Center (228 E 5th St.) on December 7th, 8th, and 9th, is
determined to embolden mutual aid enthusiasts and uncover new economic
techniques for immediate practice and celebration.
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In this spirit, the
first two days will be completely free of charge, and the third day
with a suggested donation of $5-15: no one will be turned away for
lack of funds.

Come to the Arts Center and bring a dish at 6pm on Friday for a
potluck dinner and schedule orientation. Afterwards, stay for a
discussion about consumerism, giving, and materialism with a movie
hosted by !Ki.

Our Saturday will begin at noon with a round table discussion about
the successes and failures that followed Winona's Food Not Bombs
experiment. Stick around for panelists from the Down N' Dirty Bike
Club of Winona for a chance to pry about the tall bikes phenomenon or
the free bicycle program and their outreach efforts. We'll be
projecting some short films from 3 to 6 in the afternoon; films from
CrimethInc., Bill Brown, Rooftop Films, and more. A free formal dinner
will be served during local project announcements. Pickaxe, a
documentary film about community resistance to deforestation, will be
followed by a discussion at 7pm.

Sunday's events begin with improvisational theatre at noon. Folk
historians from the Twin Cities will present a radical history of
Minnesota which will be followed by a presentation from organizers of
the Iowa Counter Caucus planned in January. Each of these lectures
will run two hours, the first beginning at 2pm with time available for
questions and discussions. Come see the exciting debut of Growing
Awareness, an independent documentary about Community Supported
Agriculture (CSA) and its role in organic farming. One last dinner
will wrap up the weekend as we talk about what is to come next: the
future of Winona and projects on the horizon.

For more information, visit www.keoxa.com, or send an email to events@keoxa.com.

College football parity: student sees need to switch playoff systems

By David Olson
Cardinal Staff

Appalachian State beats Michigan! Kentucky beats Louisville! South Florida beats West Virginia! Stanford beats USC! Navy beats Norte Dame!

What is going on in college football?
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Well, ladies and gentlemen, parity has finally reached college football. The days of the dynasty are over. Apparently, Boise State’s upset of Oklahoma last year was just the beginning. There are more and more upsets happening in college football today. I can’t even count how many top 10 teams have been upset this year because there has been so many. These upsets continue to happen because the quality of coaching around the league is lacking and many top recruits don’t necessarily want to go to the biggest schools with the most prestige anymore.

This point was proven in the first week of the season when perennial powerhouse Michigan lost to the Division II school Appalachian State. There was a complete uproar in the media about the mighty Wolverines going down. Little did they know the upsets were just beginning. Every week, more and more teams began to fall at the hands of lesser opponents. Teams like South Florida, Kansas, and Kentucky came out of nowhere to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the nation.

It is apparent that a playoff is needed in college football now more than ever. Who wouldn’t enjoy a tournament like March Madness with the top sixteen teams playing each other? Anything could happen in this situation. Plus it would be a lot more fun to watch than some bowl game that means nothing to anyone except to the two schools in it (and the NCAA because they make money off of the game).

A tournament would generate just as much money as the bowl games do. It would also generate more excitement among the general public because of the possibility a great team would experience a huge upset. The NCAA needs to look at the recent trends of college football closely, and in the end, they will realize it’s time to switch playoff systems.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Over 600 attend Halloween Fun Night

By Sean O’Brien
News Editor

Every year the weekend prior to Halloween at Saint Mary’s University sees a flood of little witches, ghosts, and other ghoulish costumes for a night of Halloween fun.

This year’s Halloween Fun Night, held Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., marked the event’s seventh year and drew an attendance of over 600 elementary school children from the Winona community.
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The event was put on by the Community Action Committee of the residence life office in collaboration with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, SMU resident assistants, hall directors, student organizations and staff.

The night consisted of trick-or-treating throughout various residence halls on campus, with volunteers in costume to pass out candy. There was also an assortment of games available for the children, such as face-painting, bucket toss, and a chance to hang out with Big Red, the SMU mascot. Some participants believe the night is a safe way for SMU to join with the community for a fun, entertaining evening.

According to Hall Director Lance Thompson, this year’s event was a success, offering a night of fun to the volunteers as well as the children.

“The kids and volunteers all seemed to have a great time. It was so busy we actually ran out of candy at the end of the night,” said Thompson.

Study shows students get more at SMU

By Becky Newby and Paul Shute
Arts and Entertainment Editor
and Guest Writer

Saint Mary’s University provides a better student-faculty interaction and a more supportive campus environment than regional peers, according to the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
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Last year, NSSE collected data from more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide to measure how actively involved students are with their studies, professors and the campus community. Research shows that the more engaged students are, the more likely they are to learn.

The NSSE is a large-scaled survey given to first-year and senior students to assess “factors, qualities and experiences important to student learning,” according to Pat Barlow, director of college assessment.

Last year’s survey results show that Saint Mary’s provides a distinctive and superior college experience compared with similar institutions nationally and with small, liberal arts colleges throughout the Midwest.

“The NSSE is a more authentic indicator of college quality than traditional rankings,” said Barlow. There are 85 items on the online questionnaire that are combined to form scores in the areas of level of academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, supportive campus environment, enriching educational experiences, and active/collaborative learning.

The responses identified several strengths for SMU first-year and senior students when compared to the national sample. For first-year students, the average score on four out of the five categories was significantly higher than the average national. The senior students scored higher than the national sample on all five benchmarks.

Although NSSE indicates many areas of strength at SMU, the survey also indicated some areas of growth, particularly in the areas of appreciation and experience with diversity. The faculty and admissions staff is seeking ways to address this issue to further improve students’ learning experiences.

NSSE goes beyond popular college guides to offer prospective students and parents an alternative way to identify quality institutions. According to Barlow, the goal of NSSE is not just to collect data, but to improve student learning.

This year, for the first time, USA Today has partnered with NSSE to publish a guide to the survey in print and online to show how NSSE can enhance the college search. Further NSSE survey information and college data can be fount at www.usatoday.com.

SMU’s results and the NSSE college guide can be found at www.smumn.edu/nsse.

Juniors invited to first conference

Focus to be on body, mind and spirit
By Lindsay Dickson
Editor-in-Chief

All juniors at Saint Mary’s University are invited to attend the first-ever Junior Experience Conference Tuesday, Nov. 13. A keynote session, breakout sessions, and health and work stations will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center.
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With a keynote of “Body, Mind, Spirit,” the focus of the conference is to examine “how choices [students] are making now can affect what [students] will do down the road,” said Student Development Specialist Char Tjaden. Tjaden hopes that students will be able to “get some information they can use not only right now but also for their entire lifetime.”

About three years ago, Tjaden was asked by Vice President for Student Development Chris Kendall to create programs that are specific to class years. A sophomore conference was started two years ago that focused on the sophomore slump and major selection. Last year, the first senior conference was hosted and emphasized life after graduation.

This year, breakout sessions will address wellness issues such as sleep deprivation, balancing work and values, and maintaining healthy credit. Another session will attempt to answer the question, “Can MySpace/Facebook hurt MyFuture?” Mike Kreiling, co-owner of Express Personnel Services, will speak about how he actually uses these social networking sites to check on potential employees. There will also be a panel of seniors who will share their insights on past or current internship experiences.

Juniors may visit an exhibit area during the conference, hosted by the Health Advocates. Stations will emphasize tips on relaxation, preventing overload, procrastination, healthy eating and drinking, careers and internships, and campus ministry.

“Students will be able to get a lot of information in a short period of time,” said Tjaden, “and get some questions answered.” Tjaden also hopes that this event will “give an experience of what it’s like to go to a conference.”

The conference will be sponsored by Student Development, Career Services and Internships, along with faculty involvement.

Juniors are urged to attend one or all sessions. Free pizza, beverages and giveaways will also be offered at the conference.

Benefit to be held for Pickford Nov. 19

By Kaylin Martin
Cardinal Staff

A charity event will be held on Monday, Nov. 19, for Saint Mary’s University senior Christy Pickford, organized by the PR/Business Club.
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The fundraiser will feature a silent auction, live acoustic music, and refreshments.

All proceeds will go directly to the Pickford family, according to senior and PR/Business Club President Chris Kellen.

“This is an excellent way to help out the Pickford family,” said Kellen. “It’s important that we show our support to Christy and her family, and this is a great way to get the Saint Mary’s community involved.”

Some of the items to be auctioned off include two pairs of tickets to a Minnesota Wild hockey game, gifts from Nola’s Flowers and SMU apparel.

The event will be held in the President’s Room, located in Toner Center, from 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 19. Admission to the event is $5.

Christy’s auction will conclude with the senior auction on Nov. 29 and 30.

On Saturday, July 28, Christy was struck by a train in Winona, remaining in a coma for a month before opening her eyes on Saturday, Aug. 25. Christy is currently being cared for at a rehabilitation center in the Twin Cities area.

SMU presents volunteer fair

By Ellen Jordan
Cardinal Staff

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Saint Mary’s University invited volunteer organizations to inform and recruit students at the annual long term volunteer fair.

Volunteer programs from across the United States were present, including Amate House, Christian Appalachian Project, Christian Brothers, Dominican Workers, Lasallian Volunteers, Mercy Corps, Net Ministries, Passionist International, St. Joseph Workers, and Winona Catholic Worker.
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The array of programs gave students the option to determine a program that would best suit their needs and wants. Senior Amy Kalina said, “I really don’t know what my post graduation plans are, but I am glad Saint Mary’s sponsors events like this to help me determine if long-term volunteering is an option that I should consider.”

Rebecca Sallee, assistant director for Campus Ministry, is responsible for recruiting the organizations for the fair. Sallee said she knows the value of volunteering and the benefits students can gain from it. She said, “The reason I am so anxious to recruit programs to visit is because I think Saint Mary’s campus is filled with wonderful students who are offered the chance to serve in the many volunteer programs that are offered throughout the year. This sends a strong message to people.”

A specific program in which SMU graduates have volunteered in the past is Lasallian Volunteers. Seth Whetzel recruits students for the program every semester by attending Mass and making classroom visits.

“Saint Mary’s University is an excellent school to recruit,” said Whetzel. “Currently we have ten graduates from the university in the program. Each year about 20 percent of the volunteers are from the [SMU] Winona campus.”

According to Sallee, the SMU community and the Lasallian values it places on service often helps to inspire students to make a difference.