Friday, October 10, 2008

Maximum credit load changes to 18

By Danielle Larson

Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, Saint Mary’s University students will be able to take a maximum credit load of 18 credits before having to pay any extra tuition costs.

The SMU Board of Trustees passed the increase from a 17-credit maximum to 18 credits at their meeting on Sept. 25.

According to Tony Piscitiello, vice president for admissions, the idea of having an 18-credit maximum load has come up many times in different meetings he has attended. However, concerns, such as budget restrictions and the fact that 18 credits is a large course load, have followed the proposal. Some students might not realize how much work it takes to tackle six classes, said Piscitiello.

Not everything about it is bad, though. “It allows a bit more flexibility for students,” said Piscitiello. “It allows students to take classes they might have never taken.”

Students have their own feelings on this topic.

“While I might not use it, it is nice to know I have the option,” said Rick Baustian, a SMU freshman.

“I think it will be very helpful to students who want to double major or catch up on credits if they choose to change majors,” said Karina Rajtar, a SMU sophomore.

"I would have been able to take the art classes I wanted to take," said Senior Kim Johnson.

Students prepare to trek 35 miles

By Ashley Acosta
Cardinal Staff

While most Saint Mary’s University students head home over October Break, some will be hitting the trail.

Eleven students, led by Outdoor Leadership Coordinator Davey Warner, are making a 280-mile drive to Duluth, Minn. They will spend Oct. 11-13 hiking and camping.

Following classes on Friday, the backpackers will depart for the Superior Hiking Trail and are expected to begin hiking and camping Saturday morning at Tettegouche State park.

“Students will get the chance to see some really great views, including waterfalls and streams,” Warner said. “This trip will give the students a chance to just get out and enjoy nature and their surroundings.”

The nearly 35-mile hike traces the Lake Superior shoreline and will end at Gooseburry Falls State Park before the students return to campus Monday night.

To be eligible for the trip, students needed to complete applications indicating their physical capabilities, backpacking experience, grade point average and reasons for participating. In addition, there is a $50 fee to help pay for transportation, food and equipment costs.

“The point of this trip as well as every (Outdoor Leadership Program) we do is aimed to develop an appreciation of nature,” Warner said. “Trips like this help develop leadership and help create a bond among students.”

Course construction swings into action

By Danielle Larson

Construction for the low and high ropes course will begin in approximately two weeks.

The plan is to open the course for students to use in the spring. Davey Warner, outdoor leadership coordinator for student development, said that they will need to hire and train the staff before they can open it.

According to Warner, the course will be located next to the path to the New Village. It will be in an open area behind the baseball field, between the field and the ski trail head.

The low ropes course was the 2008 senior class gift donation. According to the 2008 Senior Class Gift brochure, it was the class’ thought that the course would “serve as a helpful tool in continuing to develop leadership skills and values within the Saint Mary’s community.”

Warner said it will have “an amazing impact” on the community. “It will provide an invaluable experiential education experience to students, faculty and staff through class, clubs and organizations. It will teach people leadership, how to work with others, confidence and much more.”

According to Bob Fisher, director of annual giving for development and alumni relations, after publicizing the senior class gift of a low ropes course, the class raised (in pledges) $12,271 toward the project.

Watch for outdoor danger: Rattlesnakes

By Lauren Rothering
Cardinal Staff

With autumn in full swing, many students head to the bluffs for hiking, jogging and camping. Though most students are aware of basic bluff safety precautions, many outdoor enthusiasts seem to forget one particular danger: rattlesnakes.

Dr. Philip Cochran, professor and chair of biology at Saint Mary’s University, said that although garter and milk snakes are the most commonly found snakes in the bluffs, rattlesnakes do veture into some of the lower areas such as the ski trails and Saint Joe’s field, especially in early fall.

If students see a rattlesnake, Cochran said, “first of all, they shouldn’t panic.” Venom leaves rattlesnakes better protected than most snakes, meaning they are slower moving. If left alone, most snakes will usually crawl back into the woods without any provocation, said Cochran.

If a rattlesnake is preventing students from using a trail or practicing in a field, they should call Campus Safety to have the snake removed, said Cochran. If the incident occurs during school hours, students can also call Cochran, who is certified to move rattlesnakes back into wooded areas.

In the extremely rare event that a student is bitten, Cochran said that students should call Campus Safety immediately. The bite may be a “dry bite,” meaning that no venom was injected, said Cochran. However, students with bites should be taken to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis., which keeps a steady supply of anti-venom specifically for rattlesnake bites, said Cochran.

Students can protect themselves against rattlesnakes simply by “watching where they put their feet,” said Cochran. Although rattlesnakes populate the bluffs, sightings and attacks are rare, especially after rattlesnakes go into hibernation in September.

“If (a student) does see a rattlesnake, they can count themselves lucky,” said Cochran. “It is a true symbol of the wilderness.”

Meditations take place in the President’s Room

By Jessica Paulsen
Managing Editor

Meditation in the Morning, a program started last April in a joint effort from the Student Health and Counseling offices, aims to offer students an outlet for stress and a way to focus before a busy day at school.

Angel Weisbrod, director of health services, said meditation is a good way to start the day. “For most people, when they’re under stress and tension, it’s hard to focus on what’s before you, and so we thought we’ll start the day off right, try a little meditation and see if that helps,” said Weisbrod.

One goal is to keep the program low-key, letting students just focus and breathe, in order to make sure people are comfortable. “Nobody is forcing you to do anything,” said Weisbrod. “Some people think that if I’m going to meditate I have to do it a certain way, and I don’t adhere to that philosophy.”

Some other advantages of meditation include concentrating and engaging more in everyday life, as well as being good for heart rates and blood pressure, according to Weisbrod. “There are many physical and mental health benefits to that, so it is kind of a way to tease people to get this (meditation) going,” said Weisbrod.

Weisbrod welcomes feedback about the program and is willing to consider changes in time to better accommodate interested students. She is also available for questions about the program and willing to talk one-on-one with any students who have questions.

Students are invited to meet for about 15 minutes at 8:15 a.m. in the President’s Room on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Weisbrod, Jason Flanders, counselor and coordinator of alcohol and other drug programs, and Ann Gibson, director of counseling services, take turns running the program.

Head to head: Obama

By Tamika Robinson
Feature Editor

Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, and his running mate, Joe Biden, plan to make college affordable for all Americans by creating a new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This universal and fully refundable credit will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans and will cover two-thirds of the cost of tuition at the average public college or university. It will also make community college tuition completely free for most students. Recipients of the credit will be required to conduct 100 hours of community service.

Obama and Biden plan to provide affordable, accessible health care for all Americans, build on the existing health care system and use existing providers, doctors and plans to implement their plan. Patients will be able to make health care decisions with their doctors instead of being blocked by insurance companies. If patients like their current health insurance, the only thing that will change will be that their costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year. If patients do not like their health insurance or do not have health insurance, they will have a choice of new, affordable health insurance options.

Obama and Biden will provide $50 billion to jumpstart the economy and prevent 1 million Americans from losing their jobs. This relief would include a $25 billion State Growth Fund to prevent state and local cuts in health, education, housing and heating assistance or counter-productive increases in property taxes, tolls or fees. The Obama-Biden relief plan will also include $25 billion in a Jobs and Growth Fund to prevent cutbacks in road and bridge maintenance and fund school repair to save more than the 1 million jobs in danger of being cut.

Obama plans to use a phased removal of American troops, directed by military commanders on the ground and done in consultation with the Iraqi government. Military experts believe the United States can safely re-deploy combat brigades from Iraq at a pace of one to two brigades a month that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 – more than seven years after the war began.

Head to head: McCain

By Rick Baustian and Tamika Robinson
Cardinal Staff and Feature Editor

Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, want to encourage the government to support innovative approaches to education, removing regulatory barriers that prevent schools from moving forward with new ideas. They plan to make reports from institutions available to families, simplify the existing tax benefits, consolidate financial aid programs and the application process, improve research by eliminating earmarks, provide effective reforms and leverage the private sector.

McCain and Palin plan to improve the quality of health insurance by lowering prices and providing portability. As part of their plan, every family will receive a direct refundable tax credit of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to offset the cost of insurance. Families will be able to choose the insurance provider that suits them best and the money would be sent directly to the insurance provider. People obtaining innovative insurance that costs less than the credit can deposit the remainder in expanded Health Savings Accounts.

McCain plans to balance the budget by the end of his first term. His near-term path to balance is built on three principles: reasonable economic growth, comprehensive spending controls and bi-partisanship in budget efforts. McCain’s administration will keep all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations for reducing the deficit and will achieve a bi-partisan spending restraint similar to the 1997 Balanced Budget Agreement between a Republican-controlled Congress and a Democratic president.

McCain and Palin believe that the best way to secure long-term peace and security is to establish a stable, prosperous, and democratic state in Iraq that poses no threat to its neighbors and contributes to the defeat of terrorists. They also believe that when Iraqi forces can safeguard their own country, American troops will be able to return home.

Voting registration ends October 14

By Sara Eisenhauer
Cardinal Staff

For many Saint Mary’s University students, Nov. 4, 2008, will be the first time they will get to vote for the president of this country. However, before our country sees a new leader, young Americans must register to vote.

Election Day is fast approaching, but there is still time to register to vote. Travis Fick, co-president for College Democrats of SMU, stresses the importance of students getting involved in the voting process.

“I would recommend registering as soon as possible and to register early,” said Fick.

The College Democrats and College Republicans for SMU have been working to help register SMU students through voter registration tables during lunch hours. The two groups registered over 100 voters in the first two days of the registration drive. Fick said young people should vote because it is a patriotic duty as American citizens.

“Many, many people have died to get a chance to vote,” said Fick. “The least our generation can do is to vote, not just for those people but for our future.”

Voting registration is only open until Oct. 14 for the state of Minnesota, so people intending to vote should register soon. The easiest way to register is to visit and click on the red Register to Vote box on the home page. This link brings up the Think MTV blog. The blog, has recent posts with pertinent election issues and a variety of links to websites that have voting information.

The first blog posting contains a blue button that says Register to Vote Now. This link brings up Declare Yourself, a website that allows visitors to register to vote through a simple step-by-step process. The site even allows voters to register absentee, though it recommends absentee requests be sent in at least a month before the Election Day in order to process requests. It may be late for students from other states to register absentee, but it is not too late to register locally. This can be done through the Think MTV blog as well as on Election Day at voting locations.

The site also provides a list of voter registration deadlines, links to Rock the Vote and a link to New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. The Brennan Center site contains a variety of information about the election as well as frequently asked questions by college students of their concerns about voting and the issues surrounding the current election.

In addition to, Facebook and MySpace both have links to election information and registration information on user homepages. There are also links for voting registration on both Barack Obama and John McCain’s websites.

Obama supporter: Change is here!

By Travis Fick
Guest Columnist

Our generation is assumed to be ignorant, even careless, regarding politics and our future, but with the slate of past presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, do you blame us? They do not respect us nor do they have our priorities at heart. Our parents had their JFK and their Reagan. But where are they now? One candidate believes in our generation and sees the true influence we have on the political process. Senator Barack Obama knows that our generation is a sleeping giant and knows we are the future of this country.

Our generation began to be heard in 2006, when the state of Minnesota led the nation with 69 percent of young voters. One candidate understands our generation’s frustration with the current political system. On Oct. 1, 2008, in La Crosse, Wis., Obama said, “I realize that many of you are fed up with politics. I understand you’re disappointed, even angry with your leaders; you have every right to be. Despite of all of this, I am asking you in this election to believe, believe in this country, believe in your ability to change this country.”

Our generation is not like our parents’, and we view the world differently and we crave change from politics as usual. Change from tax cuts for big oil companies. Change from spending money we do not have and plunging the future generations into further debt. Change from making an economy that works for some, but not for all.

Our generation believes in responsibility and accountability. That does not include a system where companies who are responsible for ruining the United States economy are bailed out by American tax dollars. Our leaders need to understand that our priorities are different. It is our nation too; it is our future that leaders such as Senator John McCain and President George W. Bush are using to gamble with.

They do not give us credit for our beliefs or priorities. They do not respect us and go so far as to believe that we are ignorant about world events. But we are not unintelligent, nor are we ignorant; we are smart and innovative and we know and care about what is going on in our world. We see the world in a different way than the previous generation.

Obama understands our desire to make the world a better place. He outlines a detailed plan on how we continue to fight the war on poverty by making jobs more accessible, making housing affordable and assuring that all Americans receive a livable wage. But McCain does not even mention the word poverty on his website.

Obama’s plans go further than that and acknowledge that there is a problem in our society regarding pay equality. Currently, women are paid 77 cents per every dollar men make. Obama sees that this is wrong. He seeks to create a society that values women’s contributions by implementing the Fair Pay Act, which will assure that women are paid as much as their male counterparts. But McCain has spoken out against this historic legislation and said that this is government playing a greater role in business.

Obama realizes the importance of going to college and has proposed giving all Americans a $4,000 tax refund in exchange for serving our nation by joining programs like Teach for America or the Peace Corps in order to receive the funds.

Our generation seeks unity instead of partisanship. Our generation demands the same respect and acknowledgment that we are going to lead our nation. Our generation has our JFK, our Ronald Reagan. Our generation has Barack Obama.

Obama critic: What change?

By Catherine McDonald
Guest Columnist

The Obama campaign has targeted and been characterized by a considerably enthusiastic following of first-time and young voters. This borderline hysterical support can be seen on college campuses throughout the country. There is no question that Senator Barack Obama has made an effort to come off as the “cooler”, more progressive candidate. However, his approval of supporters like “The Obama Girl” ( and affiliation with groups like one that has become known as “The Obama Youth,” both popularized by Youtube, seem to encourage hysterical support void of any real substance. This kind of enthusiasm that has developed around Obama’s campaign causes me to question the level to which Obama’s supporters have made a sound examination of the policies proposed. It seems that many have conformed to the mindset spoon-fed to the college crowd by Obama’s campaign.

Speaking with students who attended the rally in La Crosse last month and others who support Obama, I believe their admiration is overly enthusiastic. While enthusiasm is more than welcome in the political realm, many supporters claim that Obama is “perfect,” the “most incredible man” they have ever seen. The problem is that when asked to elaborate, many individuals cannot present a solid case. Still he is supported with almost religious devotion and often spoken of as a kind of rockstar, celebrity, or prophet. When asked why they support Obama, many students will respond with something like, “Because our country needs change and he can give us that!” “Change”: it’s the buzzword of the 2008 election. Just what does this mean? I encourage both Democrat and Republican voters to dig for a deeper definition of the “Change” their candidate proposes. When considering who to vote for this November, think about what is important to you.

One must evaluate the costs of having more government interference in the lives of citizens. Do you want the government to spend your earnings? Consider the devastating effects that a socialized healthcare system has had when it has been implemented in other countries. Do you want bureaucrats deciding how much of your own money you can retain to feed and provide for your family when past and present government attempts to “help” in these matters have proven to be the cause of more problems? Obama has consistently voted to increase the role of government and increase taxes.

There are a variety of issues to consider. For instance, voters should reflect on the fact that Obama literally launched his political career from the basement of William Ayers, an “unrepentant terrorist” responsible for the bombing of the Pentagon and U.S. Capital. Voters should also note that Obama is supported by Hezbollah (an Islamic fundamentalist group) and Iran. One should not forget his radical, racist ties to Reverand Jeremiah Wright. I encourage voters to ask themselves if their true moral convictions line up with those advocated by their choice candidate. The destructive nature of policies championed by liberals for the past 30 years, such as the redistribution of wealth and increased governmental control, has been evident when implemented by Stalin and Mao Tse-tung. I issue a warning to young voters especially. Do not be fooled by a fresh, smooth-talking, inexperienced face selling thirty year-old, stale liberal policies packaged in a flashy wrapper called “Change.”

Take a stand this election

By Jonathon Dillon
Guest Columnist

Abortion is one of the issues which must be addressed in deliberating your vote in the upcoming election. Many people turn away from it in favor of a broader view of the issues. The common argument “no one should be a one-issue voter” confuses the reality. While conceding that all issues have some bearing on your decision, I beg you to appreciate the gravity that abortion holds because of its direct assault on the dignity of the human person. While it is touchy, it is absolutely necessary to address for this reason: abortion concerns the initial stages of personhood, and the view of the human person directly influences all aspects of politics.

If this view of humanity is distorted at the beginning of life, then the rights accorded to persons begin to deteriorate at that point and on throughout their life, bringing up a whole range of issues. How long have our country’s citizens sat by and allowed these rights to be stripped away? And more importantly, why? Why have we allowed our moral character to slide so far as to think that the economy and gas prices are at a same priority on the election positions as abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty? Reclaiming the truth that personhood starts at conception allows for ethical treatment of workers, the elderly, the disabled, immigrants, and those on the fringes of our society.

The only logical answer for when personhood starts is at conception. When else would it begin? Is there a sort of graduation ceremony into personhood? We cannot say that it is after they are born. What about premature babies? The only difference between premature born babies and those in the womb is location.

We have experienced in our lifetimes the greatest atrocities in human history. We cannot be apathetic, we cannot be despondent. We must remember that we must pass on this country to the next generation. We must stand for principles that will not change with the fads and administrations. We must be the generation who will stand up against injustice and say with a strong and loud voice, “No more. No more shall injustice reign in my land without my having had a chance to do something about it.”

John McCain: Maverick

By Rick Baustian
Cardinal Staff

John McCain, as you undoubtedly know, is the Republican candidate for president. He has the distinct task of playing to his voter base while simultaneously separating himself from the current president. This is why he bills himself as a maverick.Read more...

McCain supports the Second Amendment. He believes that gun control should be relaxed, as current legislation keeps guns away from innocent people. He makes a good point, as prohibition showed that when something is outlawed, people still find ways of getting it.

McCain is a conservative, pro-life candidate, hoping to pass legislation to help overturn Roe v. Wade and promote adoption. This appeals greatly to my Catholic sensibilities. It also appeals to my belief that such an issue should be left to the states.

For the Iraq War, McCain believes that we should finish the job we started. As such, he wants to turn control of the country over to Iraq, once they are capable, and remove the troops. After all, what better choice could we have than to “stay the course.”

Regarding the economy, McCain feels that we should promote new jobs with trade reform and restructured taxes. This might fix our current problems, but he would have to do more to rebuild our economy.

Intramural participation is on the rise

By Pat Howard
Cardinal Staff

Intramurals have always been an outlet for non-athletes and athletes alike to compete in fun and friendly atmospheres on college campuses.

Saint Mary’s University has always worked to provide students with an opportunity to be involved in activities that offer a unique balance of competition and fun. When considering the 2008 school year, much has changed in the intramural department.

The first change took place when Coach Nicholas Hall was named as a director for the department. Hall is enforcing the rules that make it possible for the competition to run smoothly, thus producing a changed environment for 2008.

So long as the balance of order continues to coexist with the excited participants, the success of SMU intramurals will only continue to grow. In fact, according to Hall, the first session of intramurals in the 2008-2009 academic year saw 150 more students than the first session of the previous school year. Hall’s attitude and the direction of the SMU intramural department is that they are serious about having fun.

If you participated in Session 1 and had a great time, or maybe intended to join a team and never got around to it, note that sign-ups for Session 2 are right around the corner. Intramurals are a great way to get some healthy exercise, socialize with fellow Cardinals and possibly win one of those famous championship shirts.

Session 2 Preview:

Wiffleball- Tuesday and
Thursday in the RAC from
8-11 p.m.
Basketball- Tuesday and
Thursday in the gym from
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Dodgeball- Monday and
Wednesday in the RAC from
8-11 p.m.

All sign-up forms are due in the Intramural office by Wednesday, Oct. 22, and the games will start soon after.

Other Intramural News:

Free 3 on 3 Basketball
Tournament- Oct. 16 in the
RAC starting at 7 p.m.

Submit a “SMU Intramurals Champions” t-shirt design via email to the intramurals department by noon on Nov. 5 for a chance to win a $50 gift card along with the very shirt you designed.

Pro sports border battles stir students’ blood

By Alex Conover
Sports Editor

Recently, when the big White Sox- Tigers game was going on, I was trying to write a paper. The “Sox faithful” in my dorm prevented me from doing so.

The Gilmore lounge has two levels: an upper one with tables for studying and a lower one with couches and a big-screen TV. I was happily typing at my table, pounding out my Analysis/Synthesis paper for Dr. S. I was making real progress until Alexei Ramirez hit his grand slam and sent all of the Chicago girls downstairs into pandemonium.

I was not irked, just distracted. I leaned over the railing and yelled, “Hey, you might have won this one… but it won’t matter once the Twins mop you up!” I got some real southside slang thrown back at me that I took as hostility.

Of course, the following night I was wrong. Jim Thome’s solo shot into Comisky’s blackout crowd ended the Twins’ season, put two Chicago teams into the playoffs and made me look foolish.

The sports allegiances at Saint Mary’s University are, in my opinion, split three ways: Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. It is to be expected from a school that is 10 minutes from the Wisconsin border, and is highly populated by Illinois students. It definitely makes things interesting, that is for sure.

For instance, take the NFC Championship game last year between the Packers and the Giants. All of Benilde was watching that game, especially the Viking and Bears fans. These two teams didn’t even make the playoffs, so why were they so interested? The main reason most of B-Town was tuning in was because they wanted to see Green Bay LOSE. Ouch.

When Favre threw his final interception and handed the game to New York, the hall erupted. All the Chicago kids were banging on my door, yelling anti-Packer sentiments that cannot be printed. Did it matter that Green Bay was one game away from the Super Bowl? Or that no one else from the NFC North division could scrape up enough wins to earn a measly wild card playoff berth? No. All that mattered was that Favre and company lost 23-20, and that according to them, “it will be different next year.”

So far, it has not been different. The Packers are 2-0 in the division, with sound victories over both the Vikings and Lions. The big game I am waiting for is on Nov. 16, when Chicago comes to Green Bay. It definitely promises to be an interesting matchup.

Just in case, I think I will watch this one in the privacy of my own room.

Disc Golf Open on Oct. 18

By Robby McGuire
Cardinal Staff

Dust off your discs and free up your calendar, because the Saint Mary’s University Disc Golf Open is coming back to campus.

On Oct. 18 at 10 a.m., frisbee golfers from all across the area will be converging onto The Woods at SMU.

Why come? Beyond enjoying the beautiful autumn weather and having fun with friends, the event is co-sponsored by Innova Disc Golf, and each participant will receive a SMU customized commemorative Innova disc. For those who believe themselves to be rather skilled at frolfing (frisbee golfing), prizes may be another incentive. First prize is an Innova DISCcatcher Sport (a portable disc carrier), Innova Deluxe disc golf bag and three Innova discs. Second prize includes an Innova Deluxe disc golf bag and three Innova discs. Third place wins three Innova discs.

There is a $15 entry fee for students and a $25 entry fee for the general public. Proceeds are going toward course maintenance.

The Open will consist of two rounds of 18 holes each. There is also a $3 buy-in Ace Pot on holes 1 and 18 (if you get a hole-in-one you win the cash).

Among those planning to attend the event is freshman Alex Bilski. He does not think he has much of a shot to win but is expecting to have a good time nonetheless. “I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of people out there,” said Bilski.

Davey Warner, outdoor leadership coordinator for student development, said, “It’s gonna be wicked sweet.”

Pre-register online at, or register by mail. Cash and checks are accepted; make checks payable to SMU. Money is accepted on the day of the event.

Send registrations to:
Office of Outdoor Leadership,
Saint Mary’s University
700 Terrace Hts. #1490
Winona, MN 55987

Trivia Question!

Which Saint Mary’s College alumnus was at one time the Minnesota state record holder for most victories coaching high school basketball, with over 500 wins?

**The first person to email with the correct answer to this question will win a prize.

Show Cardinal pride, win a t-shirt

By Karina Rajtar
Copy Editor

Students who attend home athletic events clad in red and white may be rewarded with a free t-shirt and a comfortable seat on a couch.

The Student Activities Committee (SAC) and Cardinal Athletic Council (CAC) are teaming up to present one fan for each home SMU Crew event with a long-sleeved “Fan of the Game” t-shirt and the opportunity to watch the remainder of the game on a couch with friends. The SMU Crew will be watching for the loudest, most decked-out fan, according to SMU Crew Chair Tim Wojcicki.

Each student who attends the games wearing red will receive a free SMU Crew t-shirt and pennant. Fliers will announce SMU Crew events prior to the games.

Page Series kicks off its 22nd season this October

By Maria Sullivan
Arts and Entertainment Editor

This October, the Page Series kicked off its 22nd season with the colorful dance show Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel on Oct. 8 and will follow it with The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa on Oct. 28.

According to Page Series’ season schedule, Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel is a dance that has fiery footwork, brilliant costumes and evocative choreography. Page Theatre General Manager Patrick Grace said, “It’s very colorful, very sensual, and very emotional. So, there will be live music, there will be singing, there will be solo and ensemble performances, and it’s sold out.” The show is believed to be a good opener to the season.

Jose Porcel was born in Seville, Spain, and has been a dancer since he was a young man. When he was 13 he started learning Andalucian folkloric dances and flamenco. At the age of 16, Porcel began studying dance with master Martin Vargas. Since then, Porcel’s dancing career has excelled greatly.

The Song & Dance Ensemble of West Africa is also a highly anticipated show for the Page Series. Grace said, “It should be an exciting show as well, and that’s almost sold out, so we are very excited about that. ” The show is directed by Bamaba Dembele, who is a member of the Super Rail Band of Bamako and a percussionist in the Super Djata band Karkar.

This show consists of singers, dancers and musicians from various cultures in West Africa. The Ensemble was formed in 1970 in West Africa to revive folkloric music forms. The Ensemble has performed all over the world in places such as France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The Ensemble is considered to be extremely unique, and it combines traditional rhythms, instruments, folklore and a mythology of nations.

“The purpose of the Page Series is to provide a world view of the arts for our students as well as the Winona area, and I think Jose Porcel and many other things this season reflects that,” said Grace.

If you are interested in buying tickets to attend Page Series or Saint Mary’s University events, there is a new opportunity for students this year. Page Theatre began what is called Student Rush Tickets. These tickets are available to students for free when there are seats available for a show and when they show up 20 minutes before the show begins.

Student Rush Tickets are only available for SMU events. Keep in mind that Student Rush Tickets are not an option for Page Series shows. Students can purchase a ticket to Page Series events at a student price that varies depending on the show. “We didn’t want the lack of money to be the impediment for our students to see their colleagues, friends and faculty to perform,” Grace said.

Anybody who is interested can view show dates and times and purchase tickets on the Page Theatre website at

SMU bands and choirs perform Family Weekend

By Kristina Scherber
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University music students entertained audiences during Family Weekend.

The first musical performance to kick off the weekend was the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I in Figliulo Recital Hall. They played a mix of swing, contemporary jazz and big band classics. Joining in with the students was internationally known jazz saxophonist, Marc Bernstein, who flew in from Denmark to visit SMU.

Bernstein also performed with the Concert Band on Saturday to debut the world performance of “Ashkenazi Fathers,” which he composed for the SMU Concert Band through the Kaplan Foundation. This Jewish piece was inspired by the role of Bernstein’s father, grandfathers and great-grandfathers in his life.

“I loved being on stage playing the piece with the composer right there. He had such a passion about the music and the origins of it,” said Ashley Kleist, a senior in Concert Band.

The second half of the concert featured the Women’s Choir, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Women’s Choir, directed by Lindsy O’Shea, continued the cultural theme of the event by singing “Herbstlied,” which is German for “Autumn Song.”

The night’s performance received a standing ovation from the many parents, families and students that filled the Page Theatre.

Blue Angel coming Halloween weekend

By Betsy Baertlein
News Editor

Many students have already begun practicing for the annual Blue Angel concert auditions which are held Oct. 17 and 18.

Blue Angel will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and at 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Blue Angel, a two-hour compilation of Saint Mary’s University student musical talent, began in the 1960s. It was inspired by the German nightclubs in the 1930s film “Blue Angel.”

This year, the show is being referred to as “Boo Angel,” as it takes place over Halloween. This is the 42nd year that the brothers of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity have produced a Blue Angel show on campus.

Each year, about 20 acts are selected to perform in the show. Potential acts are reviewed by a panel of Phi Mu Alpha members, faculty advisors and some non-fraternity students.

According to Eldon Vaselaar, a SMU junior and member of Phi Mu Alpha, acts are selected based upon their performing ability, sound quality and energy. Phi Mu Alpha strives to select acts that will represent performers from all facets of student life and a variety of sound. Most of the acts fit into the categories of acoustic, rock and novelty. “The main focus of the show is to entertain the audience,” said Vaselaar.

All of the Phi Mu Alpha brothers play a role in producing Blue Angel, and some alumni return to help with the show as well. Many families of student performers attend the show on Friday night, and more audience members tend to dance at Saturday’s shows, said Vaselaar. “We love it when the crowd is singing, cheering and dancing,” said Vaselaar.

The majority of the money earned from ticket sales and program ads supports SMU music department scholarships and musical ensembles in the Winona community.

Quietdrive records new album

By Danielle Larson
Editor in Chief

The Minneapolis band Quietdrive celebrated its album release party for its second album, Deliverance, on Oct. 9.

After its contract was up with Epic Records, which released the bands first album, When All That’s Left Is You, the band decided it would be best to record its second album on its own. The band recorded Deliverance in Minneapolis. An independent level called The Militia Group (TMG) is releasing it and gave band members the freedom to do what they wanted with their album.

The best part about being able to record without a contract, according to Droo Hastings, bass player for Quietdrive, was the fact that they had the freedom to do whatever they felt like doing.

“We got to write on our terms. We got to record on our terms and we had nobody breathing down our neck. … It was liberating to know that the only people we had to satisfy with this record were the other four guys in the band,” Hastings said.

Their reason for recording Deliverance on their own was that, as a band, they knew they could accomplish the kind of record they wanted. After witnessing major layoffs at their first label and seeing the recording industry in disarray, they opted to record themselves with a little help from TMG.

“In a perfect world we’ll be back with a major (producer) when the time is right,” said Matt Kirby, guitar player and vocalist for Quietdrive.

As for now, the plan for the band is simple. “The plan is to go the blue collar way. We are going to go tour everywhere we can. We have been doing it for two and a half years, pretty much, non-stop. We took our first break as a band this year to go and write and record the new record,” said Kirby.

The new CD was derived mostly from past experiences. After touring, the band members were finally able to stop and look back at the situations they encountered.

“We have gone through so many dangerous situations (and) so many amazing situations. … It all came to a head when we stopped touring. We could actually reflect on all the things we learned. We live our lives a million miles an hour and when it stopped, we could figure out the important things. So, a lot of our songs are kind of an autobiography of that,” said Kevin Truckenmiller, lead singer of Quietdrive.

Quietdrive is trying to connect with fans by touring Minnesota high schools and colleges. The band recently performed at Winona State University. The members visit music classes and give acoustic performances to students. The idea behind this tour is to be able to give students a chance to talk with them and learn about their experiences and their challenges of trying to succeed as a band.

Deliverance will be available everywhere on Oct. 14.

To learn more about Quietdrive, go to their website at

Art gallery features Minnesota native’s computer illustrations

By Becca Sandager
Cardinal Staff

The Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery opened its new show on Sept. 26, which features images from Minnesota native Tom Lundquist’s series “Poissons de Chant.”

Lundquist, born in Minneapolis, created his digital image series to illustrate the adventures of a mythical troupe of singing fish from Montreal. The full series, which features 48 pieces, depicts agents, accountants, animal performers and assistants that work for the fish. A brief synopsis precedes the four parts of “Poissons de Chant”: the introduction of the troupe of singing fish, the troupe of singing fish breaking up and everyone involved having to find new jobs, life just goes on and on when you’re a poisson (singing fish), and finally, life takes strange turns. There is not a full narrative that goes along with the illustrations. Lundquist said that he just really enjoys making the pictures, therefore leaving the story up to the viewer’s imagination.

“Poissons de Chant” is free, open to everyone and will be showing at the gallery through Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information about Lundquist and his work visit or call Ext. 1652.

Oldie-Moldie All-Stars pack the common room

By Kristina Scherber
Cardinal Staff

Continuing a 30-year tradition, The Oldie Moldie All-Stars packed the Saint Mary’s University Common Room.

During Family Weekend they performed popular hits from the 1950s and 1960s such as “Rockin’ Robin,” “The Twist,” and the crowd’s favorite, “Shout.”

The Oldie Moldie All-Stars is made up of a select group of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia brothers who enjoy an excited crowd. They paraded out in their tuxedo jackets singing “Good Lovin’” and people immediately started dancing.

“It’s great music to get you up and going. I wish I could have them come to my room and wake me up every morning,” said junior Mollie Bock.

The dancers consisted mostly of SMU students, with a few parents joining in and rekindling their memories. In the middle of the crowd of dancers was a 73-year-old woman who had some dance moves of her own.

If you missed their performance, they will be performing again soon. The Oldie Moldie All-Stars will be performing at Blue Angel, as well as doing a dinner show at Signatures on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Staff Spotlight: Chris McClead and Lynn Streefland

By Chad Divine
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University’s Office of Campus Ministry has a new team calling the shots this year.

Chris McClead, director of campus ministry, and Lynn Streefland, assistant director of campus ministry, are drawing upon their unique experiences to change the way members of the SMU community engage their faith.

McClead, who was born and raised in nearby La Crosse, Wis., attended St. John’s University of Collegeville, Minn. Although he ultimately received a degree in theology with a concentration in pastoral ministry, he was originally interested in pre-engineering studies. “Within the third day of physics class, I could’ve sworn (my professor) was speaking German,” McClead joked about his initial pursuits. “I said ‘I’m done!’ I signed up for Youth Ministry, and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

A huge step in McClead’s formation, he said, was getting out of America. He studied abroad in Australia and, after graduating, was hired by the Japanese government to teach English in Japan for a year. After his teaching experience, he took the money he was given for his plane ticket home and went on a 60-day journey through nine countries, including Cambodia and Indonesia, with the woman who would become his wife.

Influenced by almost everyone he has met, be it friends, teachers or mentors, McClead is thankful of “the chance to learn about (himself) everyday through others,” but also takes pride in operating in his own fashion and in being there to help others in times of their own self-discovery.

Streefland hails from Webster, Minn., near Northfield. She obtained degrees in theology and pastoral and youth ministry from SMU. She attended Notre Dame for graduate school, where she received a Master of Divinity.

Before returning to SMU, Streefland volunteered in Milwaukee with Dominican Volunteers U.S.A. as well as working in a parish in Buffalo, Minn.

Educational immersion trips are a source of great inspiration for Streefland. She had an internship in the Dominican Republic, and her travels have also taken her to Cuba, El Salvador, Israel, Palestine and Jordan. “All of those trips combined, they changed who I am, and they make the world smaller. ... I was able to understand people and hear people and learn that the face of what we do maybe look(s) different sometimes, but that we all have the same hopes and dreams and desires for our world and we just live it out in different ways.”

McClead and Streefland are working together to invigorate the Office of Campus Ministry by encouraging diverse and inclusive participation from students during liturgies and by revitalizing Lasallian Collegians.

A short story: 'Postcards'

By Pat Howard
Cardinal Staff

[The following story is fiction and characters are not based on real-life people.]

“God gave us a memory so that we might have roses in December.” -James Matthew Barrie

Every time Eric Crewe was asked the question, “Why didn’t you stick with running in college?” he responded, “I guess my heart isn’t in the sport anymore.” He developed quite a talent in saying nine words without even consulting the part of his brain concerned with speech.

Last autumn, Eric and his four friends, commonly referred to as Crewe’s Crew, took the state title for Cross Country as seniors. To Eric, there was no greater achievement that could be reached in running and more importantly, friendship. Senior year could not have been more perfect for Eric and his friends. They had all the fun they possibly could have, and still managed to keep up decent grades. Graduation quickly came and passed, as did the summer. Crewe’s Crew was about to split up for the first time since the clan was established their freshman year of high school.

There have been numerous people to ask that question, but Eric gave a broad response for a reason. He knew that no new situation could give him the feeling he had running with his very best of friends. Eric went to school in a different state and left his life behind, and that could never change. As much as he tried adapting to a new environment and meeting new people, he was happier at home. For this reason, Eric brought the scrapbook his mother made him for his eighteenth birthday to school. The book was chalk full of pictures and memories. Eric thanked God for his memory the day before he left for college. He figured he would not be able to get through his first semester without it.

Three weeks into his first semester of college, Eric was caught in a crossroads. He was trying to keep in touch with his friends from home while trying to build relationships with people at school. It’s not like Eric is the only one with this problem, still he wonders, “Is it possible to still be friends with the people that meant a lot to you in years past, and still build new relationships in a completely new setting?"

At first, the answer was rather clear and positive. He had made a new group of friends and he had a rather unique way of keeping in touch with his friends from home. Every week he would stop in the bookstore and pick up four postcards, write a quick message and send them out to his buddies. Sometimes Eric ran out of room so he continued on the one for next week. One time the cashier asked, “Why don’t you just write letters to your friends?” he said, “Then I’d have to pay for envelopes and you guys have a great deal on these postcards: Buy three, get one free. It’s perfect for me. Plus, this is more of Crewe’s Crew style anyway.”

So it continued that Eric would spend some quality time with some of his new pals, and every once in awhile, he heard back from Crewe’s Crew in letters or postcards of their own. He found the balance he’s been searching for and the answer to the question he often pondered, “Yes. I can still build new relationships and keep my old ones, even though I’m so far from home.”

Eric went from feeling lost and scared in college to content with his first year. He considered joining the track team to get himself out there and do what he loved. Canson University would have been blessed to have utilized his talent for cross country, but he was so far from motivated at the beginning of the semester. His melancholy mood was beginning to subside and the indoor track season was a week from starting practice.

Eric packed up a bag and made his way to the first practice. He figured he would surprise a lot of people, so he kept his mouth shut the entire week. His new coach and teammates were more than happy to see him at the track and he did pretty well for not being in the best shape. Still, amongst all the positive things that were happening around him, Eric was starting to feel the characteristics of the very emptiness he feared so much.

It was about a quarter past seven in the evening when he got back to his room. He put his bag down and just stood in the middle of his room for a moment, and he felt undeniably alone. His friends from home were not keeping in touch with him as much as he wanted, he found it hard to build a truly meaningful friendship with people he wasn’t going to see again in four years, and he was full of doubt in the time he was starting to feel so idealistic. He couldn’t explain it. All he knew was he was collapsed into tears and what seemed to be an unending sadness.

Eric turned to a comfort he planned on in times like these: his scrapbook, his memories. Each page told a different chapter of the one happy story that is the life of Eric Crewe: a birth, a first holy communion,birthday parties, friends and a loving family. His sad tears turned to joyful ones and as he was flipping through the pages, he started to laugh.

Then he came across a picture he was surprised to see: Eric was standing with his arm around the girl next door, Ali, in front of her garage at the age of eleven. They spent their entire childhood living next door to one another and they used to hang out all the time. After the eighth grade, Eric moved to a new town and became immediately involved with his new friends. Ali felt left behind and you can say she felt the same hurt that he did just moments earlier.

It took Eric this long to realize what happened with his former best friend, and he wasn’t happy with the way he handled his relationship with Ali. The next day, he went to the bookstore and decided to pay the full price for a box of envelopes and stamps. He wrote a letter and sent it to Ali’s home address, hoping her parents would direct it to her. Along with the letter, he placed a note she wrote him on the back of a McDonald’s receipt. It read, “Eric & Ali bffls!” (best friends for life, son!).

It was not long before Ali returned his letter. In summary, she said that she was so happy to hear back from him and they needed to get together to catch up. The two got the chance to meet when they were both home for the summer, and it was just like old times. If this whole experience taught him anything, it’s that in a world full of failing marriages and lost friendships, maybe the answers to our problems have been right in front of us the whole time. Hold on to the people that understand you and won’t judge you, the people that love you for who you are. We will always be growing and changing in new directions, but if you ever need to remember who you are, or who cares about you the most, search your memory.

Club Corner

Inter-cultural Awareness Association
By Sarah McDonough
Cardinal Staff

This year, the Saint Mary’s University Inter-cultural Awareness Association (ICAA) has started off with a bang.

Through new planned events and the success of those that have happened previously, the 27-member club has really started off on the right foot this year. The ICAA’s goal is to bring cultural awareness to the SMU campus. The club celebrates the uniqueness of the different cultures of which it is comprised.

One such successful event was the celebration of Mexico’s Independence, El Grito. There were lines of hungry students in the plaza before midnight for their free tacos and pina coladas. The ICAA was only expecting about 20 students to show up and were astounded when 187 came instead. The next big event the ICAA has planned will be a fundraiser on Dec. 7, and it will consist of a “Dress to Impress” themed dance in the Common Room. With the money the club earns, it will be buying t-shirts for the club members.

This club is not restricted to any one culture or race; anyone can join. Current members meet every other Monday from 8 to 8:30 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. If interested, please contact the Inter-cultural Awareness Association President Edith Galvez by email at exgalv06@ Karina Rajtar
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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
By Karina Rajtar
Copy Editor

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) gives students an opportunity to listen to speakers about topics that range from classroom management to special education and to go to schools and other organizations that work with children.

Meetings are held the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. Meetings generally consist of having guest speakers from the community, such as teachers, superintendants, special education teachers or student teachers. The next meeting will feature Carleen Gulstad, who was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year but stepped down for personal reasons. Derek Olson, who replaced Gulstad, will come to speak to the members of ASCD in February. The group also does “fun activities as an organization,” such as ice cream socials, said junior Molly Jewison, president of ASCD.

“We strongly encourage all students to attend,” said Jewison. She said the club can be helpful to anyone interested in education or working with children “or (with) people in general.”

Jewison encourages anyone interested, whether an education major or not, to attend the next meeting. Any questions can be directed to her; her email address is