Friday, December 11, 2009

Fieldhouse, ice arena get new lighting

News Editor

New high-efficiency lighting will replace old fixtures and save Saint Mary’s University $9,179 a year for lighting in the Gostomski Fieldhouse and $1,935 a year in the SMU Ice Arena, according to John Schollmeier, maintenance director of the physical plant.

“We hope to increase the quality of the lighting and cut our usage down,” Schollmeier said. The new lighting will not only save money each year on electricity by using lower-wattage bulbs, but it will also improve the light quality, which is the color given off, Schollmeier said. Light quality is measured in comparison to sunlight. On the light quality scale, sunlight is measured at 100. As the numbers decrease, the light color goes from a bright white to having blue or yellow tones. Both the light quality scores in the fieldhouse and ice arena will improve from around 60 to about 90 with the new bulbs, Schollmeier said.

An induction lighting system, which is a form of lighting that provides a longer bulb life and creates energy savings, will replace the 1000-watt bulbs in the fieldhouse with 400-watt bulbs, Schollmeier said. The new bulbs and fixtures are guaranteed for 10 years, and the lights will come on instantaneously as compared to the old system, which would take 15-20 minutes to reach full brightness.

The university chose to join in a partnership with American Induction Technologies, Inc. (AITI) for the project to get the best deal on the fieldhouse lighting. In exchange, the fieldhouse will serve as an example of the induction lighting system that AITI provides to show other potential buyers in the area how the system functions. SMU is the first group in the area to take on the replacement of an entire fieldhouse with induction lighting, Schollmeier said. The lighting system that replaced the bulbs in the ice arena are not an induction system, but the old 400-watt bulbs were replaced with high-efficiency 330-watt bulbs, Schollmeier said.

Schollmeier said the university has done “extensive metering on what (the new lighting) is going to save” and chose AITI because the project, which would have originally cost about $50,000, will only total around $20,000 because of the partnership. Anytime the maintenance department comes forward with any longterm savings projects, the administration has been very supportive, Schollmeier said. He added that the athletic department has been supportive as well.

Bidding for food service contract begins

Managing Editor

Saint Mary’s University has begun accepting bids for the food services contract for the 2010-11 academic year, with the balance between quality food and affordability at the heart of the debate, said Chris Kendall, vice president for student development. Kendall is leading a seven-person committee that will make a recommendation for a food services provider to the Board of Trustees during the February board meeting. Among factors being considered is the desire for high quality food while keeping the costs down.

“Our philosophy has been to make education, room and board as affordable as possible to the most number of people,” said Kendall in an email interview. “We are looking for a responsive partner who can provide quality food and service at a cost effective price.”

According to Kendall, there is a spectrum of things that the student body would like to see changed.

“Many students have surveyed the community on this topic for classes, and typically, they discover a majority who are satisfied and a louder minority who are not satisfied,” Kendall said. “I sense this year is the same.”

Two students, Mary Gleich, student senate president, and Brandon Wanless, student senate vice president for student life, represent students’ interests on the committee.

“As the vice president for student life, I have been extremely active in food service policies and activities throughout this semester,” said Wanless. “I hope to be a knowledgeable influence on behalf of the students regarding the priorities and decisions of the committee.”

Wanless said he would like to see improvements but reiterated the desire for quality food while maintaining low costs.

“Personally, as a student representative, I hope to see great improvements regarding the nature of the retail operation, namely the Cardinal Club,” said Wanless. “In addition, I would like to have improved food quality and environment in the Toner Cafeteria.”

The committee created a fact sheet that describes the university’s desires, which has been released to possible vendors. Five companies have indicated that they are interested in submitting bids for the contract. However, Kendall said the committee will not be sure until the companies visit campus and decide if they would like to bid.

Included in the companies indicating interest in bidding are food service companies that are familiar with the campus. Curt Coshenet, Chartwells’ foodservice director, said in an email interview, “Yes, we (Chartwells) will be presenting a proposal to the committee for the new contract.” Coshenet declined to comment on the specifics of what makes Chartwells stand out among its competitors due to the competitive nature of the bidding process.

New College Colleagues program provides students with peer support

Editor in Chief

New students at Saint Mary’s University now have a new level of support available to them: student support.

College Colleagues, a program that pairs new students with student “mentors,” is already seeing student interest, according to Chris Kendall, vice president for student development. Kendall said 10 matches have already been made, and 45 students and 25 staff and faculty members attended an informational meeting about becoming a College Colleague.

“I would hope that it would just be a common thing,” Kendall said. Kendall said his vision for the group is for students to learn more about the program next semester, and he said he ambitiously hopes that next fall every first year student will have a College Colleague to help transition into life at SMU. “I think it’s Lasallian,” Kendall said. He said the program is a way to serve closer to home, and the program is all about students supporting students. Kendall said the peer-to-peer relationship is good, especially when there can be a gap in skipping a generation between advisors and staff and the students. Students will be matched by common denominators such as hometown, major or hobbies, using the same kind of information currently used to match roommates, Kendall said. If the matching does not work, students can be re-matched.

One thing Kendall was surprised by in the process of starting the program is that students seem to think of the word “mentor” as a bad thing.

“The first thing I thought of was Yoda and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars,” Kendall said. He hopes to include some education around the word “mentor” as part of the program because he believes a mentor is a good thing.

Besides this education and the individual activities pairs can come up with, College Colleagues will also host activities for those in the program. Kendall said there will be movies with mentor relationships as a theme, an identity workshop and a year-end celebration. Kendall said those in the program will also receive t-shirts, and College Colleagues will go on participants’ co-curricular transcripts. Students interested in mentoring or being paired with a mentor, or anyone with ideas for the program, should contact Kendall at

Young Alumni Association sponsors candy cane raffle

Cardinal Staff

This school year Saint Mary’s University has gone through many changes, one of which is the implementation of a Student Engagement Plan sponsored by the Young Alumni Association.

The program was developed to help encourage students to become aware of and gain an understanding and appreciation for the university and the role that alumni play at SMU. In the spirit of the holidays, candy canes with notes of how an alum has given back to SMU were sent to every student’s mailbox last week. The bag of treats also included a slip for students to turn in for a raffle to win a SMU sweatshirt. The winner will be notified Friday, Dec. 11, by e-mail.

Beginning next semester, displays throughout campus will showcase fun facts, historical dates, then-andnow photos and much more, all highlighting significant aspects of SMU’s history. For example, the men’s basketball team once played and defeated the famed Harlem Globetrotters.

“Saint Mary’s has a rich history full of memorable people, mysterious happenings and long standing traditions that we want current students to be a part of,” said Young Alumni Coordinator Sabrina Kelly.

New multidisciplinary minor offered

Feature Editor

Next semester, Saint Mary’s University students will be able to experience a new way of learning. The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor consists of 21 credits obtained through seven courses. Of these courses, students must take two upper-level philosophy, literature and history courses from a selected curriculum. A one-credit minor integration course is also required. SMU will introduce its new multidisciplinary minor that will combine the perspectives of history, literature, philosophy and Spanish.

“This minor gives students a choice to study something that (is) not traditional,” said Richard Tristano, professor of history. “Disciplines are different ways of thinking,” said Tristano. “Biology students think differently than literary students, and this helps relate those different ways.”

In the minor integration course, students are asked to research and write a paper that is based on a common feature that relates to the medieval Renaissance culture confronted during coursework. Students must also present the outcome of their paper to faculty and peers.

In order to obtain the minor, the attendance of three seminars is also needed. Over the course of the semester, multiple seminars led by faculty that focus on any of the four perspectives will be held in the evenings and are open to all students. Students will then complete a form afterward summarizing the presentation and must identify disciplinary aspects.

Tristano said the university added the new minor for a number of reasons. Last year, the set-up for a multidisciplinary minor was approved.

As a Catholic university, SMU has very strong connections with medieval studies, and much of the historical happenings occurred during this era. The collaboration of the humanities faculty, Tristano said, also was a contributing factor for introducing the new minor.

The curriculum complements students who are studying the humanities, which include the major areas of philosophy, literature, history and Spanish.

According to Tristano, students will develop unique skills. “Students notice different disciplines and different ways of thinking and how to identify those disciplines and understand how they relate, even integrate,” said Tristano.

Students will be allowed to include two courses toward both their major and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor.

Alumni, friends help students find jobs

Cardinal Staff

The Cardinals Helping Cardinals job network is a free online service that connects Saint Mary’s University students and alumni to possible job and internship opportunities. These listings are posted by SMU alumni and friends of the university, according to Jackie Baker, director of Internships and Career Services.

Currently, there are approximately 30 available positions posted in the Cardinals Helping Cardinals program, according to Baker. “We are at the very beginning of this program, and I imagine that it will only grow with time,” said Baker.

Cardinals Helping Cardinals officially became a functioning program on Oct. 1 when Baker started populating the database with potential jobs and internships, according to Baker. On Nov.15, the job network opened for students and alumni to use the resources that the program provides. The Cardinals Helping Cardinals job network is available exclusively to SMU students and alumni, according to Baker. “This program provides an avenue for students to search jobs posted by supportive members in harsh economic times,” said Baker.

In June 2009, Brother William, president of SMU, spoke to the Alumni Board of Directors about connecting alumni with current students who are searching for a job.

This idea developed into the Cardinals Helping Cardinals program that is managed by Baker and Meg Richtman, director of Alumni Relations. Visit for more information.

Professor a juror in local murder trial

Guest Writer

This past summer, Melissa Luedtke, assistant professor of education at Saint Mary’s University, realized firsthand how much power a jury has when she was selected to serve on the jury that found Jack Nissalke guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the 1985 stabbing death of Ada Senenfelder.

As a juror, “you have total power over this person’s life,” and it is not a good feeling knowing that you have to make a decision that will change someone’s life forever, said Luedtke.

It is a very complex position to be in, said Luedtke: on one hand, you have a simple duty to look at the facts that are presented and either find proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or not, but on the other hand, you are dealing with an actual person who has been living his life for many years, and now, as a group, you must make a decision to “give this person his life back or uproot it.” It is a huge responsibility, and the reality of everything that you learn in school about our country’s judicial system becomes a reality when you are in the jury box, said Luedtke.

While listening to testimonies from witnesses, many times questions would come to mind about what the witnesses were saying, said Luedtke. As a jury member, however, she was unable to ask any questions during the trial, and she said that was a frustrating thing. Many times, a witness would say something crucial, but either the plaintiff’s or defendant’s lawyer would make an objection, and that discussion would have to stop, said Luedtke. Luedtke said this withholding of information was frustrating because it prevented her from always being able to put the pieces together.

The jury selection process was a long one and began with a written form that was several pages long, said Luedtke. The form asked extensive questions about potential jurors’ past experiences and questions about what they had already heard about the case. After the written portion of the selection process, Luedtke said she received notification to report for an interview. The interview was an hour long and was conducted by both the prosecution and the defense teams.

“I was quite sure I would be (chosen for jury duty),” said Luedtke. The trial had a change of venue from Winona County to Fillmore County, and all chosen jury members lived in Fillmore County, including Luedtke. Being a member of the jury absolutely disrupted the routine of her daily life, said Luedtke. Court was in session from roughly 8:15 a.m. until 4 p.m., and it was a huge commitment, said Luedtke. Although she was not thrilled about serving jury duty because of personal issues that required her attention at that time in her life, a “piece of me was intrigued,” said Luedtke. Being a part of the democratic experience is both frightening and inspiring, said Luedtke.

Students volunteer in Montana

Cardinal Staff

This past Thanksgiving break, eight students from Saint Mary’s University traveled to Browning, Mont. to work with the De La Salle Blackfeet School located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The weeklong service trip, lasting from Nov. 20-28, was led by senior Bill Duffert and sophomore Cullen Gibbons, volunteer mentors, and faculty member Rob Gordan, assistant professor of computer science.

The group was involved in a variety of service projects throughout their trip, Gibbons said. They helped teachers in the classrooms by tutoring and spending time with the kids.

“The whole Blackfeet community was very welcoming,” Gibbons said. “The kids seemed to really enjoy us being there, and we had a lot of fun spending time with them as well.”

In addition to working in the classroom, students helped the Christian Brothers with assorted tasks like painting the school walls and digging trenches. They also celebrated Thanksgiving by serving a meal at the school and a nearby shelter, Gibbons said.

However, it was not all work for the volunteers. Gibbons said that they were able to enjoy the sights of Montana while hiking through Glacier National Park and visiting buffalo jumps.

Overall, the trip was successful, Gibbons said. The volunteer group helped the Brothers accomplish their goal of showing kids the importance of education and the possibilities that lie outside of the Blackfeet Reservation.

Fundraiser fueled by love for children half a world away

Cardinal Staff

When Saint Mary’s University junior Ania McNamara returned from studying abroad last semester, she took back not only great memories of Italy, but the feeling of finally being home.

After her semester studying abroad, while still in Europe, McNamara took the opportunity to travel to Poland, where she spent the first four years of her life growing up in the Dom Dziecka Orphanage, which means House of Children in Polish. McNamara said the best part about visiting was that “every fear, tear, emotion was absolutely perfect.” The same nun that helped raised her was still there and even recognized McNamara as soon as she arrived. Upon returning home from her “unexplainable” experience, McNamara decided to start the Chotomow Children’s Fundraiser for the children she left behind at the orphanage in Poland. The fundraiser helps raise money for McNamara to send 30 individualized Christmas gifts, fleece blankets, Christmas cards and candy bags to the 30 children, ranging in ages from three to nineteen, who live at the orphanage.

With every penny donated going to this cause, McNamara said she has been overjoyed with the response she has gained thus far in her efforts. With so many people having some Polish connection or just giving from the generosity of their hearts and the season, McNamara said the response to her efforts has been mind-blowing. Even her hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio have helped spread the world of McNamara’s efforts.

Along with McNamara, her friends have aided the cause of the fundraiser. McNamara calls seniors Nikki Kolupalio and Allyson Friestleben the backbone to this fundraiser for the countless hours they have spent with her shopping for the perfect gift for each child. The girls even picked out a gift for the five to seven nuns that run the orphanage.

With Poland being so far away and UPS being so expensive, McNamara is grateful for Pac N’Mail in Winona. Pack N’ Mail has helped her and senior Bailey England pack up each box in order to ship them to the orphanage. These efforts took two days alone.

Ania not only wants to visit her old orphanage again but make a difference. “I want to keep helping and giving to the orphanage,” said McNamara. “There are so many things I think I could help with, such as teaching the children English and helping around the place. I want to return and do something that is going to help them.”McNamara hopes to go back to Poland with her three sisters, also adopted from Dom Dziecka, and her mother Grace McNamara, a 1977 SMU alum.

Anyone interested in donating to The Chotomow Children’s Fundraiser can send donations to Chotomow Children at campus box # 1268.

SMU helps Winona community give gifts

Copy Editor

The students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s University continue to demonstrate their concern for the less fortunate as they donate gifts and money to provide Christmas presents for low-income families in the greater Winona community through the SMU Gifts for Winona program. Gifts for Winona connects people who wish to be generous during the Christmas season with those families who need and want certain gifts. Donors choose a family or individual to sponsor and purchase the gifts the family has requested.

“Families who wished to receive gifts this year were asked to fill out a simple application at Winona Volunteer Services,” said Laurie Haase, program coordinator and business office coordinator. SMU students and other volunteers helped to facilitate the application process. Haase continued, “This process helps to ensure that only people in need receive gifts.”

Additionally, the application process helps individuals to narrow their requests, which prevents them from receiving presents they do not want. Originally begun by Winona Volunteer Services, Gifts for Winona is now coordinated by SMU. Many other local organizations contribute their resources, such as area churches, said Haase. Additionally,Winona Volunteer Services, Winona Radio and the Winona Post are the program’s major partners.

Two campus organizations donate gifts: the Knights of Columbus and the brothers of Phi Mu Alpha; ultimately, however, the program relies on individual donors to succeed. Last year, Gifts for Winona provided 1,846 individuals gifts. With the current economic situation, Haase said she was worried about what the program would be able to accomplish this year. She said the program was concerned not only because it was assumed that there would be a greater need for gifts, but also because people cannot respond as generously if their own means are limited. Therefore, this year Gifts for Winona decided to limit its recipients to children and teens under 18 and seniors 60 years or older. However, Haase said, “The response this year has been so great that it appears we will be able to give every family a grocery store gift-certificate as well.” “The recommended amount to spend on a gift is $30,” said Katie LaPlant, another SMU Gifts for Winona coordinator. “We’re not giving people ipods or anything.” The goal of Gifts for Winona is to provide a Christmas present for those people in our community who otherwise might not receive anything. This year’s typical gifts include the usual clothing items for senior citizens and kids, but there have also been a good deal of Twilight gifts and video games, said LaPlant.

This year families will receive their gifts from Winona Volunteer Services on Dec 16th and 17th.

There are more than bars on 3rd Street: Christmas shopping in Winona

Copy Editor and Guest Writer

Finding the perfect Christmas gift does not have to involve horrible mall traffic or long lines—downtown Winona has a lot to offer the college shopper. We reviewed five shops in town that may help you find the gift you are looking for!

First Stop: The Book Shelf
Connected to the Blue Heron Coffeehouse on 2nd Street, we thought the Book Shelf was easy to find and get to. In fact, we discovered that parking downtown was a cinch — it was much easier than trying to navigate mall traffic in Rochester or the Twin Cities this time of year. The Book Shelf deals new and gently used books. They have an eccentric collection, so it’s probably not worth the trip if you are looking for something specific. However, they had a great deal of books by local Winona authors, and they even have Chris Kendall’s, vice president of student development, CDs: What We Leave Behind and Let’s Take a Walk ($12). The Book Shelf also carries nice reading accessories such as book covers or bookmarks: the perfect gift for a bookworm. The downside to this shop was it seemed a little pricey. Perhaps the most surprising thing about this store: It had some very unique children’s toys and gifts. If you need the perfect gift for a niece, nephew or godchild, then check this shop out!

Second Stop: Pieces of the Past
As we walked into this antique shop on 2nd Street across from the Acoustic Café, we immediately felt like we were at Grandma’s house. If your mother, aunt or grandmother enjoys antiques or rustic items, then this is the place. Stuffed full of collectibles, soaps, candles and decorations, this store has a great deal of merchandise for those who like country/home-style décor.We thought some of the best things this shop, (which was generally inexpensive by the way) included custom birdhouses ($19.95-29.95) and 5x18 decorative signs with slogans like “Dinner Choices: 1) take it 2) leave it” or “The best antiques are old friends” ($12.95-16.95). This shop’s fatal flaw for the small-town shopper: There is not a wide variety of merchandise.

Third Stop: Magnolia’s
Compared to the rustic feeling of Pieces of the Past, we foundMagnolia’s to be quite bright and cheery. A cozy little boutique on 4th Street next to Beano’s, Magnolia’s specializes in those exotic knick-knacks mothers and godmothers seem to love.Among a plethora of Christmas ornaments, local art and other giftshop merchandise, we found the famousWinona mittens ($10.99). These mittens, made by workers at the Occupational Rehabilitation Center (ORC), are apparently a big seller all over the U.S., according to storeowner Linda Dennis. “This is the first year that I have had the mittens in stock after Thanksgiving,” Dennis said. “Usually the ORC can’t keep up with demands.” Dennis believes the warm weather has affected mitten sales. They were among the nicest mittens we had ever seen and at bargain price, too.

Fourth Stop: Pretty Things on Third
Joined to Blooming Grounds Coffeehouse, Pretty Things on Third is the perfect place to shop for your sister. Full of necklaces, scarves, watches, sunglasses and earrings, it seems any girl would be happy to receive a gift from this shop. Prices were extremely reasonable here, and many things are on sale—necklaces and watches are 20 percent off! Pretty Things also has a funny little display full of ‘self hurt’ books ($9.95) on topics like getting fat and driving recklessly — which might be the perfect gift for that weird uncle. This shop has little, though, for men or women who are unconcerned with fashion.

Last Stop: The General Store
After seeing more than our fair share of scented candles and potpourri displays, we really needed a shop that would have that perfect gift for Dad. The General Store is packed full of shoes, hunting accessories and winter-weather necessities. This store is not full of pretty displays, nor does it have spectacular deals, but it is sure to contain the right thing for Dad. Consider a pair of phenomenally-comfortable – “Acorn” brand slippers ($29.95) or maybe even a classic fur-lined hat with ear flaps ($17.50). This shop does have one thing you cannot go wrong with: the SMU hoodie ($24.95).

Frozen River Film Festival offers organic buffet

Cardinal Staff

For the second year in a row, the Frozen River Film Festival will be having an organic buffet as part of the festivities in the community.

Paul Seaman, a chef for the past 20 plus years, will be preparing all of the food for the buffet, which will take place on Jan. 30-31, 2010. There will be lunch served on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as a dinner served on Saturday. According to Seaman, the organic buffet is “trying to highlight the local products that are available because this area is a kind of a mecca of organic food.” The organic buffet will include various types of food, including: beef, chicken, veggies, fruits, baked goods and dairy — all from local producers. Seaman uses organic foods because “we live in a time when our water, air and food is polluted, and food is not as pure as it needs to be.” Eating organic means eating sustainable, local and humanely-raised food.

Eating organic is not just buying healthy foods. It is “feeding into a system that is healthy not just for the soil but for the people and animals living around the soil,” said Seaman. The food will contain no pesticides, insecticides or any other poisons put on food that is not organically grown. This lowers the risk of getting sick from the food. Not only is the food healthier because of a lack of pesticides, but it also has an entirely different taste because of its purity.

Although all of the food is local, Seaman does not live in the Winona area and travels from Sioux City, Iowa, to do various catering jobs. He finds it challenging to take on the responsibilities of planning an organic buffet for hundreds of people but said he is up to the challenge and is ready to travel in order to do so. “The planning itself takes a year by the time the menu is planned and the volunteers are organized and the money is donated,” said Seaman.

Seaman will also be providing food for the concessions during the showing of the films for the festival. Instead of Coke and popcorn, the concessions will have foods like apple cider and lemon bars or coffee and homemade energy bars. “There will be great movies and great food, so come hungry,” said Seaman.

Oldies take third in Treasure Island Battle of the Bands

Editor in Cheif

The Saint Mary’s University Oldie Moldie All-Stars, a band that specializes in popular songs from the 1950s and 60s, took third place at the Treasure Island Battle of the Bands on Nov. 28.

The band, comprised of students, faculty and alumni — mostly members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia — received a $1000 prize.

The Oldie Moldie All-Stars won a chance to compete after online voting narrowed the 25 entries from across Minnesota down to six.

Great River Shakespere Festival receives additional grant

Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) recently received an additional grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for the 2010-11 season. The additional grant for the festival is worth $22,856, in addition to $15,993 already granted by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The entire two-year grant is worth over $77,000.

The GRSF is held in Winona each summer. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has produced some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. In addition, the festival has an Apprentice Acting and Intern Company production, which consists entirely of actors still in college or conservatory school.

Last season, the apprentice production was a modern interpretation of Hamlet, in which the lead role of Hamlet was split between four actors.

The 2010-11 season will feature Shakespeare’s Othello and Comedy of Errors and, for the first time, a non- Shakespearian play, The Daly News. Written by GRSF founding company member and veteran actor, Jonathan Gillard Daly, the show was performed in front of a sold-out crowd for one night last season. This season it will take the main stage.

The additional funding is a result of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, which was passed in Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The amendment increased sales tax by three-eighths of a percent to further fund clean water, lands and arts initiative. Approximately 19.75 percent of the profits from this new amendment will go toward funding the arts. A predicted $48 million will be generated in 2010 alone.

The 2010 season, the seventh in GRSF’s production history, will begin on June 23, 2010.

Teachers dish it up at Study Day Breakfast

Cardinal Staff

The night before finals begin, study day, teachers dish up late-night breakfast to students instead of papers and exams.

This event, known as the Study Day Breakfast, is an opportunity for students to interact with faculty and staff outside of the classroom. Students attend this breakfast for several different reasons: it serves as a savior from studying, it is a chance to catch a fourth meal, and it is a way to reenergize before to continuing preparing for finals. The breakfast is a distinctive Saint Mary’s University event that is not offered at every college.

“The breakfast is a delightful social experience for new faculty to get to know the students,” said Dr. Thomas Mans, vice president for academic affairs, who has been working with the Study Day Breakfast for the last three years. “The event expresses the unique quality of faculty at the university. It’s a Saint Mary’s tradition that shows who we are as a college, and we want everyone to be a part of it.”

The annual breakfast is popular among students, faculty and staff. The late-night occasion features Chartwells’ food service, a pack of spirited Christmas carolers and an appearance from Santa Claus. The festive carolers will be accompanied by Dr. Larry Price, assistant professor of business.

“Students are given the chance to celebrate and take a break from studying,” said Mans. “Afterwards, students are in a good frame of mind to jump into exams. I love the classic event because it’s a SMU way of doing things.”

On average, 700 students are served during the event every year. Records from the Academic Advising office state this annual event has been continued for over 20 years. The traditional Study Day Breakfast will be 10-11:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Michael H. Toner Center Cafeteria.

Album Review: "Man On The Moon: The End Of Day"-Kid Cudi

Guest Writer

After blowing up the underground music scene last year with his debut mixed tape, Scott “Kid Cudi”Mescudi didn’t disappoint with his rookie album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. Known for his unique style of reciting his lyrics in a mixture of rapping and singing, Cudi emphasizes depression and loneliness over spacey and mesmerizing beats.

Personally, I don’t think there is a bad song on the album. Kid Cudi really sticks out by talking about different things than the typical rapper. While artists like 50 Cent are always rapping about how good they are or how much money they have, Cudi comes at the listener with stories of his tough childhood or his battles with insomnia. Along with the deeper lyrics, Cudi also gets you hooked on his songs with his catchy choruses and smooth synthesizer sounds. One criticism about the album in hip-hop circles is that this is an album filled with more singing than rapping.Although his style is quite unique, I think it still lies under the rap category. This is an album that any rap fan would probably enjoy if he or she gave it a couple listens, though. It’s easy to get these songs stuck in your head, and I think there is no album right now quite like Man on the Moon: The End of Day.

Students offer finals advice

Cardinal Staff

It has arrived. The week when students’ behaviors change, the Saint Mary’s University community’s stress level rises and the restlessness for Christmas break reaches its peak. This is the week most college students dread: finals week. How do students make it through this awful week? Some have crazy study habits, others have special study spots, but preparation aside, a SMU finals week is certainly something you just have to experience for yourself.

Most students said their best studying takes place in the library. However, some students prefer the Hendrickson Center. One student, who chose to remain anonymous, even confessed to studying in a dog kennel. When studying in the library, a common theme among students is to sit in the same spot. Senior Jeff Miller has been studying in the same spot in the library since his freshman year. Although some students think finals are easy, Miller warns that finals will “only get harder,” and advises freshman not to be too loud during quiet hours because it can get expensive.

Finals week also brings out students’ creative sides, which can be seen in their study habits as well as the rituals they perform before taking a final. Some students take breaks by coloring in coloring books, while others prefer to take a 10 minute break after every one hour of studying. Other students rely on energy drinks and coffee to get them through. Even after stepping into the classroom, students often rely on rituals to help them take their tests. Some students have lucky charms ranging from special pencils to lucky boxers; others just make sure they have a “solid” meal in their stomachs. Junior Steven Boussie, junior, eats some chocolate before taking a final because “chocolate is significantly proven to help your brain on tests.”

The worst parts about finals include the long hours of studying, having more than one final in a day, and the lack of sleep students face. Junior Jack Sullivan, cautions freshmen that “cumulative tests are brutal.” As a result, many students recommend that their peers start studying early and take full advantage of study day. Whether you pull an all-nighter, rely on caffeine or have a lucky superstition, congratulate yourself, because after Dec. 15, we will all have another semester to put in the history books.

Wright, Holland look to elevate SMU hoops

Sports Editor

At the time, it was just another open gym.Looking back on it now, it brought Saint Mary’s University two of their best men’s basketball players in the last 30 years.

Juniors Will Wright and Lukas Holland were invited to play a pick-up game on campus as high school seniors in the spring of 2007. The experience was good enough to convince the two to commit to SMU basketball.

“I had my choices narrowed down to three schools,” saidWright. “An assistant coach asked me to visit the school and play in an open gym with some of the players; Lukas was there too. I felt comfortable, and I liked the team.”

“I had all of my forms sent in to go to UW-Madison, just for academics,” said Holland. “I called Saint Mary’s the next day and told them that I was going to miss basketball too much.”

After starting nearly every game in their first two years as Cardinals, the pair is on pace to finish their careers somewhere in SMU’s top 10 scorers of alltime. In 2008-09, Wright had the highest scoring average for a Cardinal in 15 years. Holland’s free throw percentage last year ranks fourth best in school history.

Wright and Holland said they would throw out all of their records, however, if it meant bringing SMU basketball back to the spotlight. The program has not had double-digit wins since the 1999-00 season. “We’ve got a chance to turn around a program that has traditionally struggled,” said Holland. “And the fun part is doing it with people that we enjoy and that are willing to work hard.”

The duo had very different high school basketball experiences. Holland played on a La Crosse Central, Wisc., team that relied on him for scoring for much of his career, while Wright only saw the starting lineup as a senior at Marist High in Chicago. “I didn’t play varsity until junior year, and even then, I didn’t play much,” said Wright. “We had three division I-A athletes on the team that year. It wasn’t until my senior year that I started to see some real playing time.”

Neither player was certain about his future after their freshman season, a year when the team finished 2-23. They decided to give SMU another chance, however, with the subsequent hiring of new Head Coach Todd Landrum.

“The atmosphere is positive,” said Holland. “There’s been a total mentality change. We’re not going to accept losing anymore, and we don’t care that we’re in a tough conference. Our expectations are high.”

“Will and Lukas are doing a good job and showing great leadership,” said Landrum. “As they get better, our team will get better.”

SMU’s sights are set on a playoff berth in the 2010 conference playoffs. With the improvement of some incumbent players and the arrival of some impact freshmen, much of the pressure is taken off of Wright and Holland to score. A much deeper and capable bench will allow the two starting guards to rest and play more efficiently in shorter bursts.

There are no seniors on this year’s roster, so next year’s squad will look nearly identical. For Wright, Holland and the rest of the men’s basketball team, there’s a window of opportunity to go farther than any men’s basketball team has gone in a very long time.

A day in the life of a rink manager

Cardinal Staff

The crowd roars as skaters glide toward the goal, handling the puck on the pristine ice, they shoot and score! But as Saint Mary’s University students have you ever thought about what preparation is required to prepare a game, where the players get their equipment fixed, and lastly who cleans their sweaty clothes? The one man that does it all is John Reszka. Reszka is the rink manager, as well as an assistant men’s hockey coach and with so many responsibilities, it is no surprise he leads a very busy day.

Welcome to a day in the life of J. Reszka. Reszka, a 1999 graduate, starts his day at 7 a.m. doing laundry, including jerseys of the men’s team, as well as the clothes worn underneath all their gear. Once the laundry is put, in Reszka sharpens and repairs skates for both the varsity and junior varsity teams. Then Reszka works on the ice by edging it, which keeps it level and resurfaces the ice.

Once 10:30 a.m. rolls around, it is time to meet with the coaching staff and go over practice plans for the day. After that, Reszka deals with player issues and heads home to let out his little rottweiler Clyde.

Upon returning to campus, Reszka gets the ice ready for the women’s hockey team practice and also directs the student workers of the tasks that are to be completed that day. Reszka states that he is very lucky because his student workers are so great. Any down time Reszka has throughout the day is often spent online recruiting possible players. According to Reszka, a nice part about his job is that the stress that he encounters is manageable. This is a nice change for Reszka, who after graduating from Saint Mary’s worked for two different sales companies. The self-propelling aspect of his job is also something Reszka enjoys.

Reszka’s job as rink manager also gives him a lot of variety, especially on a game night when he works 12 hour days in order to prepare the ice. Making the ice immaculate takes him three hours alone.

Not only is Reszka an alum, but at the age of 13 he worked for former men’s head hockey coach Don Olsen at hockey camps held at the university. Reszka also took time to remember the late Coach Ferran, with whom he worked closely both as a student of SMU and a rink manager.

Anyone can clearly see from his upbeat personality and dedication to his love of hockey, as well as SMU, that Reszka loves his job and enjoys knowing everyone on campus. So, it is no surprise when you hear him say he is “happy to come to work every day.”

Sports Column: All-decade picks

Sports Editor

It’s hard to believe that we’re in the last month of the decade! To cap off the 2000s, I’ve compiled a few lists of the biggest and best players and moments of the last 10 years.

Biggest controversies
1. MLB steroid scandal
2. Pacers/Pistons brawl in Detroit (2004)
3. Danny Almonte cheats Little League age rule (2001)
4. NBA referee Tim Donaghy admits to betting on games (2007)
5. New England Patriots are caught videotaping opponents’ practices (2007)

Craziest underdog moments
1. George Mason’s Final Four run (2006)
2. Appalachian State football upsets Michigan (2007)
3. Puerto Rico beats U.S. men’s basketball team by 19 in Olympics (2004)

Most prolific NFL running backs
1. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
2. Shaun Alexander, Seattle
3. Edgerrin James, Indianapolis/Arizona

Best NBA big men
1. Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles/Miami/Cleveland
2. Tim Duncan, San Antonio
3. Kevin Garnett, Minnesota/Boston

Top MLB hitters
1. Albert Pujols, St. Louis
2. Barry Bonds, San Francisco
3. Alex Rodriguez, New York

Most successful college basketball coaches
1. Geno Auriemma, UConn women
2. Pat Summitt, Tennessee women
3. Roy Williams, North Carolina men


Cardinal Staff

Name: Jen Salzman
Class: Senior
Sport: Swimming
Major: Criminal Justice/Law
Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii
High School: Hilo

Name: Trevor Tolibas
Class: Junior
Sport: Hockey
Major: Business
Hometown: Colorado
Springs, Colo.

What made you decide on SMU as your
college choice?

Salzman: The reason I chose SMU was because I have family in Winona. My grandmother used to work at SMU, and my sister went to school at WSU, so it was nice to have family around. I also wanted to get off of the big island for a while!
Tolibas: Hockey and my friends. I like it here; it is a pretty fun place.

What is your favorite part about SMU

Salzman: My teammates are my favorite part! We all have really great times with each other, and I wouldn’t have as much fun swimming. I love that athletics create an opportunity to bond with people who have the same interest.
Tolibas: My favorite part about SMU athletics is hanging out with my teammates. And I like the fan support we get.

What is your favorite athletics moment?

Salzman: I am not sure if there has ever just been a moment, rather many great ones. I love competing in relays; my splits from them have been some of the best swims of my life and the most memorable.
Tolibas: My favorite athletic moment at SMU is when I got the game-winning assist on Eric Tenvoorde’s amazing overtime goal. No one will ever top his celebration.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Salzman: Tony Azevedo! He is one of the best American water polo players and plays for the U.S. National team. Swimming
happens to fall second to water polo on my list of interests (sorry, Coach!).
Tolibas: Henrik Zetterberg. He went to Palmer High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is one of the top players in the NHL, and he plays on my favorite team (Detroit Red Wings).

Ask Angel: How to manage stress from finals

Dear Angel,
I get very stressed before and during a final. I know it’s last minute, but do you have any tips to help
keep me on track?
Stressed About Finals

Dear Stressed,
It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed this time of the year. Here my suggestions for easing this stress. Of course, you are always welcome to stop in the Wellness Center for support as well.

The night before a final:
Don’t stay up all night! Nothing good happens after midnight — your ability to concentrate, retain facts and clearly convey what you know is reduced if you are sleep deprived.
Avoid, or significantly reduce, your use of stimulants (i.e. pop, coffee, tea, No Doz etc.). In large amounts, they can act as a depressant and will also reduce your ability to rest well.
Take frequent stretch breaks (one every 15 to 30 minutes).

Here are a few ideas:
Break #1: Raise your arms above your head, linking your fingers together, and gently pull up. As you do so, take in a slow, deep breath. Release your arms and slowly breathe out. Repeat three or four times.
Break #2: Push your chair away from your desk, inhale and lean forward, touching your toes. Exhale. Repeat three or four times.
Break #3: Stand up. Place hands on hips. Inhale. Rotate at the waist to your left — exhaling as you do. Return to center. Inhale. Turn to right, exhaling and back to center. Repeat three or four times.
Break #4: Close your eyes. Place your palms over your eyes. Inhale to the count of five and then exhale to the count of five. Repeat three to four times. At least every two hours, take a longer break of 15 minutes. Walk around, get a snack, talk to friends.

Have high-energy snacks on hand. Cheese and crackers, peanuts, fruit, vegetable sticks and water are some good choices. High fat options will tend to make you more lethargic and less able to concentrate. Stay away from overly anxious or competitive people.


Don’t waste energy “whipping” yourself about what you “could or should” have done this past semester. FOCUS on what you can do NOW.
The day of a final:
• Eat a good breakfast and lunch.
• Don’t swap questions at the door.
• Leave your books at home.
• Give yourself some positive self-talk (“I can do this”).
• Review the entire test carefully before beginning. Determine which sections will count more, which will require more time. PLAN YOUR STRATEGY for completing the test.
• If you are feeling anxious, employ a slow deep breathing technique. Try the palming technique described above.
• Answer the essay questions first.
• Work on only one question at a time. If you are “stumped” by a question, leave it until the end; FOCUS on what you do know.
• Make an outline of an essay question BEFORE writing your answer. This will help you organize your response and allow you to include more information.
• FOCUS on what you are doing. Avoid wasting time and energy paying attention to how others are doing (i.e. getting done first). When the test is over, leave your thoughts of it behind and focus on the next one; you can’t change what you have already done.

Good Luck with your finals, and may you all have a relaxing and joy-filled break.

Student Concerns: Food service joke disturbing and offensive

Cardinal Staff

I write this column immediately following the stress-filled Thursday of Dec. 3, 2009.

This, in the Saint Mary’s world of food service, has been a most important day thus far in our academic year. Five food service companies were on campus to tour the dining facilities and gain all information needed in order to compose and present a bid for the next food contract. Since I am blessed to be a part of this process, I am able to provide a student’s perspective both for these companies’ proposals and for the committee that will be assisting in the decision-making process.

Unfortunately, an incident about which I learned in this process was quite disturbing and even offensive, not only to Chartwells, but also to the university and to my position. Sometime before the morning of this important Thursday, several signs were placed all over campus referring to the food that Chartwells serves as “dog food.” Now, I understand that initially, this can be seen as humorous. The truth, however, is that this was actually an act of libel, and, like I said, is an injustice against me, the university and our food service. I am not trying to condemn or judge anyone, but I do not condone the act in any manner. It is sad that this method was used by adult college students to make their concerns known, which actually was ineffective, as it was not descriptive at all.

To the contrary of the previous example, many other instances of good progress have consistently been occurring. A prime example is a recent student’s request to liven up the social environment of the cafeteria by listening to music during lunch. This student simply came to me and told me what she would like to see, and I in turn spoke with Chartwells and KSMR. Now, starting next semester on Fridays during lunch, Chartwells will play a special KSMR radio show designed entirely for those eating lunch in the cafeteria. This is just one example of proper procedure gaining real and lasting results.

To make it clear once again, there are already several ways in which one can voice complaints, concerns, requests and questions. If it simply applies to Chartwells food service, Coshenet hopes that any student feels comfortable enough to be able to come right to his office and speak with him directly. This has always been his policy. In addition, I have been really trying to encourage students to talk to me. This can be done directly or by way of your residence hall student senate representative.

The easiest way to voice your concern is simply to e-mail me at

International Scoop: Our weird world

Cardinal Staff

As we’re gearing up for finals and the end of this semester, I wanted to write about something interesting, odd and maybe shocking instead of the usual serious news, which seems to always be filled with distrust, hate and power struggles. Instead of reminding you that we’re still in Iraq and planning on sending more troops to Afghanistan, that Iran is still increasing uranium enrichment, and that Chavez is still in power in Venezuela, I have for you a broad array of more random news. It might still be gross, sad and weird, but it’s different. Enjoy.

According to, the Australian Senate has refused to pass laws attempting to reduce carbon emissions from industries for the third time. The opposition party leader, Tony Abbott, is on the record “saying the argument for climate change is ‘absolute crap,’” ( John Connor, chief executive of the Climate Institute (an independent research group), is quoted saying,

“It’s a sad irony that while the U.S. and China are investing billions in renewable energy and battling over who will lead the clean energy economy, Australian politicians are squabbling in the ‘domestic playground’ of party politics” ( A climate change summit will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark this year. In Lima, Peru, an officer was removed from assignment when he stated at a press conference that “a gang murdered dozens of people and sold their fat to foreign cosmetics traders” ( Officer Felix Murga apparently told people in November that a Peruvian gang or “brotherhood” was accused of killing over 60 people over a span of 30 years. This gang was uncovered in early November, “when police arrested one person in possession of 17 liters of human fat, with an apparent value of $255,000” ( However, experts doubt there is a large market for the sale of human fat, saying no extractions of this fat have cosmetic value. Fight Club, anyone?

In Munich, Germany, what is thought to be the last big Nazi trial is on hold because the accused, John Demjanjuk, is sick. Demjanjuk is said to have been at Sobibor during 1943 when “tens of thousands of Jews were exterminated” ( After the war, Demjanjuk emigrated to the U.S., where he worked for the auto industry and lived in a suburb outside Cleveland, Ohio. He has appeared to his court hearings in a hospital bed with “eyes closed or staring blankly” (
Not-so-swift justice.

In Rome, Italy, recently retired Vatican official, Mexican Cardinal Javier Barragan, was quoted telling transsexuals and homosexuals that they “will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” ( Cardinal Barragan also said that homosexuality was not natural, but due to choices or identity confusion. Aurelio Mancuso, the president of Italy’s gay rights group, Arcigay, said, “Barragans’s remarks were part of the Church’s ‘ridiculous theories about sexuality and the dignity of the person,’” (Reuters). The Church distanced itself from the comments, though Catholic teaching does state that homosexual acts are sinful, while homosexuality is not.

Student responds to Chartwells editorial

Cardinal Staff

In response to the opinion article printed last issue, I have my own opinion to put forth. I understand some students’ frustrations with changing menus and policies, as it can disrupt that which is just fine for those individuals.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, unfortunately in the food service arena, it turns out that it is quite difficult to please every single person. In fact, it is impossible. Trust me. I have almost four years experience in the food industry (aside from my current work with Chartwells). With this in mind, I am sorry that not everyone gets what they want all the time, but sometimes
that’s just the way it is.

Further, I personally believe that the food quality and service has not deteriorated in the past few years. Admittedly, this is my third year here at Saint Mary’s University, not my fourth. I too am a senior, however. This means I transferred in from another institute for higher education with its own food service enterprise.

Not only do I feel that the food quality and service have improved with Chartwells, I feel that it is immensely better than the school I previously attended. I am not the only one who thinks this way either. Maybe all of my friends are weird, but nearly everyone I have talked to agrees with me on this. Food at Chartwells has improved and is the best it has been in three years.

Finally, I personally have seen that there is a common cultural attitude of entitlement among SMU students regarding many things like food service. Hey, I know that we are spending a lot of money to be here and we pay for quality food. Trust me, I get that. However, an overwhelming majority of students here have not had the same life experiences that I have been blessed with.

Now, I am not saying that I am better or smarter for my years outside of college, but I do have a different perspective — one that I hope is more realistic. Frankly, life outside of “Saint Mary’s Resort” can be tough, and for the price we really pay for food, the quality and service and health options are unbeatable. Basically, all I am saying is that we are not appreciative enough of the many ways that we have been blessed by Almighty God, and that we should take some time to reflect on what we do have rather than what we do not.

The supposed evils of manger scenes and plum pudding

Guest Writer

In merry England in 1644, the happy season of Christmas was outlawed by Christians. Puritans rose to Parliament, and the jolly holiday was practically turned into a day of mourning. Plum puddings, as well as fruitcakes, were considered diabolical. All feasting became fasting.

The smallest wreath or decoration intimated — nay, it implied civil disobedience. As was then the custom, priests were on the run; markets were forced to remain open (owing to the date having been declared a “working day”); defiant housewives discovered baking mincepies in secret were pitilessly locked up— and all rebellious carollers and wassailers were either exiled or directly relegated to the prisons. The puritan reason was that Christmas had become, more or less, something like a modern-day Mardi Gras. It was considered heathen and therefore damnable, therefore punishable. Dickens’ pre-converted Mr. Scrooge himself could not have put a better damper on Christmas Day; in fact, at a far more astonishing rate did the Christian Puritans succeed at eliminating the holiday than would, much later, Communist Russia. And fie! we whine and gripe when atheists bewail the plastic nativity scene outside the courthouse on such-and-such street!

Christmas, so it seems, has a tendency to be treated as anything but a holy day. Ninety percent of those ridiculous “holiday movies” that are shown yearly in theatres have nothing to do with Christ, and everything to do with eating, drinking or lovemaking. I do not propose, of course, that we fill our jails with mall-lingering men in Santa outfits, or silence the sweet carol of jingling bells, or sack all gingerbread houses, in order that people realize the true cause for Christmas. I do not think it wise to reject one extreme — i.e. the protestation of manger scenes and candy canes, etc, etc.— only to adopt the other: namely, the boycotting of Christmas altogether. I suggest a middle course, or, in other words, a reasonable solution — one which would, consequently, require Christians to actually practice what they preach. That Christmases are celebrated without Christ is as silly an occurrence as it would be for one to walk dismembered into a hospital, only then to reproach the merest manner of hospitality. For Christmas is a contradiction without Christ. And hanging Him on a Christmas tree does not make Him more significant than those glamorous parcels stacked below it. It takes far more devotion and festivity to put the Christ Child exactly at the heart of His nativity.

The Cardinal welcomes reader letters, feedback

Editor in Chief

A student newspaper can serve many functions for a university campus.

Although primarily a source of information for current students, the Cardinal is also a way for alumni to keep up with their alma mater and for prospective students to get a feel for student life. It can also foster discussion of issues and ideas.

At the Cardinal, we work to cover stories as fairly and objectively as we can, but that does not mean readers cannot form opinions or respond. This entire page is devoted to reader opinion. Anyone can submit an editorial or letter to the editor, provided the Letters and Editorials Policy is followed, and we will try to run as many as space will allow.This is your chance to respond to information we provide (or do not provide) or to comment on something you find to be important.

It is my personal opinion that discussion and disagreement (within reason) allow us to think more critically about the world around us, and I encourage you to join that discussion. The next deadline is Jan. 20, 2010.

Staff Spotlight: Lance Thompson

Lance Thompson, residence life hall director and assistant activities director, begins his day at Saint Mary’s University by “wak(ing) up to a quiet hall that increasingly gets louder as the day rolls by.” He then walks to the basement of the Michael H. Toner center to “manufacture fun and excitement for one and all.”

Thompson, a 2005 alum, holds a degree in political science and minors in sociology and philosophy. He began working at a Barnes and Noble in Wauwatosa, Wis., upon graduation but then moved back to Winona to work for Watkins Inc. “Those jobs were great, but I always wanted to work at Saint Mary’s,” said Thompson. “Finally, I got a lucky break, and the rest is history.”

At SMU, Thompson is in charge of Benilde, Gilmore and Yons halls, the residents inside them and the resident assistants who reside over them. Thompson is also the advisor for many clubs on campus, including Student Activities Committee and KSMR Radio. He also helps out in other areas of student life. Currently enrolled and working towards his Masters in Human Development focusing on Student Leadership and Development at the Twin Cities campus, Thompson said the reason he chose to come back to SMU was that, “being at Saint Mary’s is the only thing I am good at.” Thompson said his favorite memories at SMU include seeing Kuba Szymanskiwin Outstanding Senior last year, putting together Blue Angel or Gaslight acts or emceeing for those shows and seeing Lincoln Scully graduate because it was something he did not see coming.

“It was always my goal after I graduated to get back on campus to serve the students and community of Saint Mary’s,” said Thompson. “I love it here, and I hope to be here for a long time.”

Staff Spotlight: Davey Warner

For the past six years, Davey Warner, outdoor leadership coordinator, has been able to call Saint Mary’s University his home.

Once a residence assistant “back in the day,” Warner graduated in 2007 with a degree in Music Composition. Except for three summers spent working in the Boundary Waters as a canoe guide and portage trail crew foreman for the Boy Scouts, as well as three summers in administration for the Boy Scouts, Warner said he never left. “They offered me my job (in the Boundary Waters) before I graduated, and it was too good of an offer to turn down at the time,” said Warner.

Warner said he decided to come back to SMU because he loves the outdoors and experiential/adventure education. His current duties include managing the Challenge Ropes Course, the Disc Golf Course and all outdoor recreation equipment, including loaning camping gear, kayaks, mountain bikes, sleds and snowshoes to students, faculty, staff and groups. Warner also coordinates outdoor recreation programming for the campus, including advising the outdoor COUNSELORs (students who lead outdoor excursions) and teaches the canoe camping class.

“I love program management and development,” said Warner. “I think I have a knack for it.”

Besides spending a lot of time inspecting and working on the disc golf and ropes course and taking groups on various excursions, Warner also fills in part-time for Campus Safety and the Academic Skills Center. According to Warner, he cherishes his “whole senior year (the first one),” at SMU and now thinks the best thing about working at SMU is working with the students.

Club Corner: Competition Dance Team

Managing Editor

During a men’s basketball game in March, the Saint Mary’s University competition dance team will showcase their ability to teach others to dance.

Each year, the compeition dance team matches up with a few male students in the annual guy/girl dance.

“They (guys) try to act like they are just having fun with the dance and try to be funny while performing,” said Megan Mollison, a senior captain, in an e-mail interview. “But truly, they are trying to remember what comes next and make sure they perform to their best.” The competition dance team first began in 2000 and has grown in popularity since then. The 2009-10 dance team is composed of 14 women who follow the lead of captains Mollison, Sarah Mills, senior, and Allison Johnson, sophomore.

The team competes at various competitions around the state, but their most popular on-campus event is the guy/girl dance, said Mollison. “The guy /girl dance is popular because it is not everyday that you see a guy having the coordination to kick up to their nose and do the splits,” said Mollison. “The guys who have participated in the guy/girl dance realize what kind of skill a performance takes.”

The three captains create the group’s choreography and are responsible for teaching the rest of the team and the men who “volunteer” for the guy/girl dance. “It is a lot of work for them (guys) to learn all of the different elements, formations, choreography and coordination of a dancer,” said Mollison. “And when some guys try to perform a high kick, it can be a little rocky.”

Mollison said that the dance team puts in a lot of work and dedication to the success of the team. “We have great potential, and we can continue to go far,” said Mollison. “The dance team will never give up on hard work, and we will continue with strong dedication.” The guy/girl dance will take place at a men’s basketball game sometime in March 2010 and will be announced to the campus after the start of the spring semester.