Friday, December 10, 2010


Professor speaks on concussions at Mayo Clinic

By Jake Schild

News Editor

A Saint Mary’s University psychology professor impressed many neurological doctors and scientists with a speech at the Mayo Clinic proposing a new way to better diagnose and learn more about cognitive impairments caused by concussions.

Professor Jeff Amundson’s presentation on the “Eyeblink Conditioning Paradigm,” showcased a new way to figure out what kind of effects concussions can have on high-contact sports athletes. It works very much like Pavlov’s experiment with the dog and salivation.

Dr. Amundson resigns

By Lauren Rothering

Editor on Chief

Over Thanksgiving break, Dr. Jeff Amundson, assistant professor of psychology, resigned suddenly.

"Dr. Amundson resigned his position to pursue other opportunities and we wish him well," said Dr. Marilyn Frost, vice president for academic affairs.

According to Frost, Amundson's current classes have been taken over by other psychology department faculty, who have "worked to develop a completion plan that is clear and fair for students."

Bethlehem student shares story of detainment

By Karol Ibarra

Cardinal Staff

On Dec. 1, A student from Bethlehem University in Israel shared her story with the Saint Mary’s University community about the struggle she had to overcome in order to finish her degree, with aim to inspire and raise awareness about the current situation in Israel and Palestine.

The speaker, Berlanty Azza, is a young Palestinian woman from the Gaza strip, who had been attending Bethlehem University in the West Bank. In October 2009, just two months away from finishing her bachelor’s degree at Bethlehem, Azzam was forcibly transferred to Gaza by the Israeli military. According to Azzam, she was detained and forcibly transferred was because her identification card was from Gaza. This is because, as a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip, she is not allowed into Israel, which is where Bethlehem is located.

Counselor warns against alcohol abuse

By Alexa Wallick

Cardinal Staff

Students need to be aware of alcohol trends on the Saint Mary’s University campus in order to help prevent alcohol abuse, said Jason Flanders, chemical dependency counselor, in a speech to psychology classes on Nov. 10.

“We’re not going to eradicate [alcohol abuse]” Flanders said, “but we’ll do what we can to make an impact.” Flanders, alcohol and other drugs education coordinator and counselor at SMU, stressed the importance of the impact alcohol use can have on campus through the students’ perception of the issue.

Feature: Giving and Giving Back

Habitat for Humanity to work in Manistique

By Emma Stenzel

Cardinal Staff

Students of Saint Mary’s University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be working in Manistique, Mich., during the last week of Christmas recess from Jan. 9-15.

Maddie Kettner, Habitat for Humanity executive board member, said that 19 SMU students and their faculty advisor, Lance Thompson, will help remodel and build the HiawathaLand Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Center. Once completed, the center will house families who hope to volunteer in the Manistique area, said Kettner.

Santa, what's the perfect gift?

By Emilie Olsen

Cardinal Staff

Christmas is just around the corner and there is one thing on everyone’s mind: what is the perfect gift? Whether it’s for parents, roommates or yourself, almost everyone is searching for gift ideas this season.

So what’s on your list this year?

Relay for Life kick-off

By Meg Beerling

Cardinal Staff

This year, SMU’s Relay For Life started Tuesday Dec. 7 with a kick-off fundraising event, where participants made various holiday items for cancer patients at the Hope Lodge treatment center.

All proceeds from Relay For Life fundraising events are given to the Hope Lodge, said Kristina Empenger, co-president of SMU’s Relay For Life committee.

Gifts for Winona spreads holiday cheer

By Rebekah Hoeger

Cardinal Staff

With Christmas approaching quickly, students at Saint Mary’s University are studying diligently to finish the semester while parents are preparing for their kids to come home. Some families, though, are more worried about finding affordable presents for their loved ones to enjoy.

Arts and Entertainment

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble to perform

By Emily Dee

Cardinal Staff

The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (EDE) will be performing at Saint Mary’s University next semester, according to Laurie Eisenhower, founder and artistic director of the company.

EDE, named after Eisenhower, was founded in 1991 in the metropolitan area of Detroit, Mich. Currently, Eisenhower said the company’s home base is in Rochester, Mich.

Student art exhibition opens

By Jessica LaCanne

Arts and Entertainment Editor

The opening reception for the Saint Mary’s University Undergraduate Art Exhibition revealed Ashley Blum’s first place assemblage piece, titled “Honey Is the Milk of Life.”

Blum, winning $100 for first place, was not the only person to be recognized at the show. Stephanie Binot won second place and $75 for her untitled watercolor piece. Rachel Sievers won third place and $50 for her photograph titled “Autumn 360.”

Blum, a junior at SMU majoring in graphic design and studio art, said she initially was trying to make a full body cast, but it didn’t work. Blum then decided her cast, made of paper towel and wheat paste, looked more like a beehive.

More than music at Open Mic Night

By Alexa Wallick

Cardinal Staff

Pat Howard kept the crowd bent over in laughter with his impressive stand-up performance at Saint Mary’s University “Open Mic Night” on Nov. 18.

“I love being up there,” Howard said, “I really love to make people laugh. It’s one of my favorite things to do.” Howard has performed his comedy routine four times since April 2010. Even though he started performing just recently, he plans on doing more comedy performances in the future.

Choir prepares for 'Lessons and Carols'

By Trisha Stachowski

Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University annual choir performance, “Lessons and Carols,” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.


Live video added to athletics website

By Nick Bravos

Cardinal Staff

This semester, the Cardinal athletics website added The Fan Zone, an opportunity for fans to view their favorite SMU teams over a live video stream.

This new feature currently includes volleyball, basketball and hockey games. Outdoor sports are being considered for video capabilities, but still remain as radio play-by-play commentary.

Column: What happened to the crowds?

By Alex Conover

Sports Editor

I spoke to an alumnus recently who remarked that when she went to Saint Mary’s in the early seventies, you couldn’t find a seat at the sporting events because it was so crowded. The school pulled out both sides of the bleachers for basketball games, and still filled every spot. The hockey arena was filled with chanting fans sporting their “Blue Line Club” sweatshirts. What happened?

Letters and Editorials

Letter to the Editor

By Steve Schild

Associate Professor of Social Science

Sometimes it’s wrong to do even what you have a right to do.

That’s what happened with the last issue of the Cardinal. SMU administrators took a story written by Editor Lauren Rothering, changed it, and, despite her objection, left her little alternative but to run the revised story rather than the original.

It’s doubtless legal, based on precedent that lets administrators censor school newspapers. Administration routinely checks the Cardinal before it’s printed; in that sense, this episode is no different.

Editorial: can happen here

By Lauren Rothering

Editor in Chief

Last month, you may have noticed an unusual by-line for an article about student housing on the second page of the Cardinal: “By Cardinal Staff and SMU News Service.”

Seem strange? It is. In fact, to my memory, there has never been a by-line not by a specifically-named editor, staff writer or guest writer in the history of the Cardinal.

So what happened? The article in question was completely re-written by members of the university administration at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 —a few hours before our Wednesday deadline.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

SMU considers language requirement

By Emma Stenzel
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University’s General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC) is currently researching the possibility of incorporating a language requirement into the school’s general education curriculum.

Dr. Roger Kugel, chair of the Chemistry Department, initially proposed that GECC look into the addition of a language requirement at a faculty meeting in August.

The faculty approved his proposal, and GECC began its process of researching a language requirement early in September.

SMU evaluates student housing

By Cardinal Staff and SMU News Service

Last May, the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees asked university administration for a report on the state of campus residence halls. At the same meeting, the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee and University Students and Admissions Committee toured existing residence halls to evaluate current living conditions and capacity.

The board’s interest in residence halls was prompted by its ongoing discussions about university recruiting, retention and quality of student life.

Future of 'Safe Ride' could be in jeopardy

By Lauren Rothering
Editor in Chief

Saint Mary’s University’s participation in “Safe Ride,” which offers free bus service to SMU students on weekends, is under scrutiny because of the belligerence of some SMU students, according to Andrea Essar, director of campus safety.

Essar recently received a call from the city, which operates the bus service, saying that many of their drivers were “ready to quit” because of the belligerence of some SMU students who use the service. Students are becoming belligerent when bus drivers will not heed their request to be dropped off at multiple locations.

Seminar teaches students Chinese language and culture

By Emily Dee
Cardinal Staff

An introduction to Chinese language and culture seminar is being offered to students at Saint Mary’s University who showed an interest in learning conversational Chinese, according to Jim Bedtke, vice president of the college.

Bedtke said the idea came after hearing inquiries from interested students in the past. He then discussed the details of implementing the idea with Dr. Elizabeth Throop, dean of the School of the Humanities and Sciences.

Local and state governments see change from elections

By Emilie Olsen
Cardinal Staff

On Nov. 2, some Saint Mary’s University students participated in local and state elections.

Minnesota’s governor race has led to a recount. Democrat Mark Dayton had 45.64 percent of the vote in Winona County, to republican Tom Emmer’s 43.85 percent, within the margin of error. Percentages were even closer statewide, where Emmer gained 43.21 percent and Dayton received 43.63 percent of the vote. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is willing to extend his term if the recount continues until 2011, as he contemplates running for U.S. president in 2012.

Bringing 'Peace and Justice' to Georgia

By Connie Budin
Distribution Manager

On the weekend of Nov. 19-21, the Saint Mary’s University Peace and Justice Club will be traveling to Fort Benning, Ga., to participate in an annual demonstration.

Each year, leaders of P&J travel to the base called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly known as the School of the Americas. WHISC is a military base for Latino soldiers. The program started in Panama in the 1980s, and is now located in Georgia. WHISC soldiers are trained in democratic principles and peacekeeping and are given higher education. This two-year program aims to instill these individuals with qualities they can take back to their home country to help initiate good relationships and stability, said trip leader Robby McGuire.

Annual Walk of Horror a success for softball team

By Jake Schild
News Editor

The 14th annual “Walk of Horror,” put on by the Saint Mary’s University fast pitch softball team Oct. 22-23 and 29-31, was a success this year, hosting around 1,000 visitors.

The Walk, which is a fundraiser for the SMU softball team and its traveling expenses, cost $5 for adults and $4 for students with an ID or small children. The money raised will be used to support the team’s trip to Tucson, Ariz., for a tournament taking place over spring break.

The Walk started in the lighted area between the baseball and softball fields on the SMU campus and then takes participants into the bluffs for about 20 minutes. During the walk, players on the softball team scare walkers by playing out various horror scenes.

According to Jen Miller, SMU softball coach, the event is fun for all ages. However, Miller also said that the scare level is toned down for younger children.

Brother William calls students to be leaders of university

By Jenna Capelle
Feature Editor

The president of Saint Mary’s University holds a significant role of leadership that makes an impact in the lives of many.

Brother William Mann, FSC, has been the president of SMU since June 1, 2008. Before joining the SMU community, Brother William was the vicar general, holding the second-highest position of the Christian Brothers. Every day he is active with conferences, meetings and events on behalf of the university. Brother William works with the trustees to ensure that the mission and vision of the university is implemented. Although his schedule is busy, he makes an effort to interact and visit with students.

Leadership experience helps students grow

By Jenna Capelle
Feature Editor

With 15 years of experience at Saint Mary’s University, Dr. Thomas Marpe has advice for students looking for leadership success.

Marpe is the chair of the business department and dean of the School of Business at SMU. During his nine years as the business department chair, Marpe has accumulated a number of responsibilities. His main responsibility is taking care of the administrative work like course registration, finishing paperwork and answering human resource questions, said Marpe.

When the pressure is on, student athletes lead the way

By Sarah McDonough
Co-Managing and Advertising Editor

With the number of students attending SMU sporting events on the rise, it is no surprise that student athletes want to perform to the best of their abilities and continue to please fans. But who does the motivating off the court, away from the ice, and out of the pool when it’s needed most? At the end of the day, this responsibility rests on the shoulders of the team captain.

The title of captain alone exudes the feeling of being well-liked by teammates, but what are the other qualities needed to help bring out the best in a team?

SMU Dance Team sees highest numbers in club history

By Meg Beerling
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University Dance Team is working hard preparing for performances and competitions, and this year has the most members it has had in the history of the club, according to senior co-captain Abby Ayotte.

The combination performance and competition dance team has 18 dancers this season, according to Ayotte. She speculates the high numbers could be due to the recent addition of the dance minor at SMU. According to Ayotte, she will be the second person from SMU to graduate with a dance minor.

Blue Angel a success

By Alexa Wallick
Cardinal Staff

Once again, Phi Mu Alpha’s Blue Angel, which took place on Nov. 5 and 6, was a success. All of the talented performers did a fabulous job of singing, playing instruments and putting on a great show for the students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s University. Performances ranged from popular 1990s hits to original songs.

Phi Mu Alpha and supporters were able to transform the cafeteria in the Toner Center into an atmosphere with a dinner theater feel with decorated tables and a brightly lit stage. Hosts Coco Booker and Megan Radke entertained the audience in between performances, making the flow nearly seamless as well as doing a good job of containing the “riot juice.” Overall, the show was a sensation.

Jazz ensemble prepares for concert

By Trisha Stachowski
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University Jazz Ensemble will be performing Dec. 10 in the Page Theater.

The SMU Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of John Paulson, professor of music at SMU. Paulson came to SMU 29 years ago as an assistant professor and has been involved with the Jazz Ensemble since he arrived.

School of the Arts puts on 'The Nutcracker'

By Shannon Nelson
Cardinal Staff

In light of the Christmas season, the Saint Mary’s University School of the Arts and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will be presenting The Nutcracker the first weekend of December.

The Christmas classic, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original story, explores the dreams that the main character, Clara, has about a nutcracker doll she receives from her Uncle Drosselmeyer. Throughout her dreams, Clara travels with the magical Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets where the beautiful ethnic dances Spanish Coffee, Chinese Tea and Russian Baba are performed.

Film festival planning begins

By Jessica LaCanne
Arts & Entertainment Editor

As the temperature slowly gets colder, the Frozen River Film Festival committee gets ready to put together a weekend filled with activities that attract all age groups.

According to the FRFF website, the festival “identifies and offers programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on environmental issues, sustainable communities, extreme sports, adventure travel and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the local media.”

Student poets gather for reading

By Benjamin Scott
Guest Writer

On Friday, Nov. 12, Saint Mary’s University and Winona State students shared a mic for the third annual “Confluence of Voices.”

The event was created by former poet Laureate Jim Armstrong, a professor at Winona State, and the now current poet Laureate Ken McCullough, of SMU’s Academic Advising department, last year to bring together the talents of their students for a poetic afternoon. Around 35 people sat in an especially cozy Mugby Junction, located just across from the Winona State campus, and intently listened to poems that ranged from a pornographic love affair to a eulogy on homelessness.

SMU sophomore Rosa Edholm appreciated the “diversity of the poetic form and the poets themselves.” She especially invoked the want of more collaborative poetry readings in the future. “I value the opportunity to share my expressions with fellow collegiate students and the Winona community alike,” said Edholm.

At the end of the readings, Armstrong asked the crowd if they would be interested in more collaborative readings; the response was an overwhelming agreement.

Volleyball finishes strong, third-best season in SMU history

By Nick Bravos
Cardinal Staff

With the third best season in Saint Mary’s University history, the 2010 SMU women’s volleyball team achieved a 21-10 overall record and 7-4 in conference play.

Coach Lester is proud of the hard work and effort this year’s team has put forth. “This team accomplished some amazing things, and they deserve to be congratulated for their success,” said Lester.

Intramurals: Session 1 wrap-up

By Santiago J. Escobar

Cardinal Staff

For many students at Saint Mary’s University, intramural sports are a big part of the college experience. Tessa Wagnild, director of intramurals, strongly believes that intramurals have a positive impact on any college campus.

“Intramural activities offer opportunities for students of all athletic abilities to stay active, de-stress, and be social in a fun, safe, and competitive environment,” said Wagnild. “With over 50 percent of the student body participating in at least one intramural activity last year alone, intramurals definitely plays an important role in core-curricular life on campus.”

Alex's Column: Is Saint Mary's hockey back?

By Alex Conover

Sports Editor

When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to SMU hockey games as one of his many ways to get my brother and me out of the house. Once I got a little older and started going for more than just the hot pretzels and cheese, I really started to enjoy the environment. There was nothing better than a playoff hockey game at the rink with the cold air and loud fans.

Unfortunately, when I enrolled at SMU in the fall of 2007, much of that atmosphere was gone. When the team only won a single game last year, I began to really question if I was ever going to see a competitive hockey team during my time at Mary’s.

Fall season ends with high hopes for next year


Sports Editor


Final record: 2-16 (0-10 in MIAC)

Statistical leaders: Juamaine Venter (5 goals, 2 assists), Steve

Boussie (3 goals, 2 assists)

Post-season accolades: Soph. Gunnar Knutson named

Honorable Mention All-MIAC

Next season’s outlook: The good news for this team is that

they are only graduating three seniors and return their top

scorer in Venter.


Final record: 7-9-1 (4-6-1 in MIAC)

Statistical leaders: Amy Sibik (12 goals, 5 assists), Amanda

Rahman (5 goals, 5 assists)

Post-season accolades: Senior Amy Sibik named First-Team

All-MIAC; Junior Sloane Kuramoto named Honorable

Mention All-MIAC

Next season’s outlook: Losing Sibik will take away a large

part of the Cardinals’ offensive attack, but the return of

Rahman, Kuramoto and keeper Cassie Hulett will provide

a strong base for 2011.

Student Senate spotlight

By Gabbi Langan

Guest Writer

Student Senate has been busy over the first few months of school, and as the year progresses, the Cardinal will contain news about Senate’s actions for the benefit of the student body. Student Senate is the student governing body of Saint Mary’s, and as representatives everyone on campus, we would love to hear more from you! Student Senate meetings are held every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall, and are always open for students to attend. Attending these meetings will increase awareness of decisions that are being made that have an effect on virtually every student and club on campus.

Friday, October 29, 2010

New river building has potential

By Emily Dee
Cardinal Staff

Saint Mary’s University recently purchased the Polish Heritage Lodge on Winona’s Prairie Island. According to Jim Bedtke, vice president of the College, the building will offer direct access to the Mississippi River, creating new learning opportunities for science students, especially those majoring in environmental biology.

As one of the first universities in the country to offer an environmental biology degree, Bedtke said some do not realize SMU’s long history with the sciences and the work put into scientific research. Over the years, SMU has cooperated with organizations like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department Services, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These relationships, along with the purchase of the new building, serve as a continuation of SMU’s involvement and emphasis on science, said Bedtke.

According to Bedtke, the nuclear power plant in Red Wing, Minn., sparked interest in what was happening to the Mississippi River and the surrounding environment.

He said those interested in the river wanted to monitor the power plant’s impact on fish, habitat in the backwaters and the level of pollution. Bedtke said SMU did have a lease on river-side land at one point in time, but lost it to the original owner. According to Bedtke, this limited the opportunities of students taking environmental biology.

The new building will offer SMU direct river access, as well as a location for study by students in many science courses. Bedtke said the purchase of the building is a fantastic way to create opportunities for students and the community to study the river’s social, economic and environmental impact.

“This is a sign of our commitment to the sciences. It’s not just for environmental biology majors, but for any student who takes an environmental biology course” or has an interest in science, said Bedtke.

Offering a more hands-on experience, increasing enrollment and increasing the interest in environmental biology are just a few of the side effects Bedtke said the purchase of the building would hopefully create.

For future plans, Bedtke expects expansion to the staging area, which now consists of a place for boats and vans. Expanding it would mean an addition of steps and docks. An annual community event to draw attention to the river is also a plan for the future, said Bedtke.

He said there are plans to make the whole area more open to the community, including high school students in the surrounding areas, and give more overall access to the environmental biology department. There is also potential for GeoSpatial Services offices to be moved there.
Bedtke said some people underestimate the importance of science to SMU and how it impacts every student’s life.

“Science is critical for every person who wants to be considered educated,” he said.

Student's fundraiser creates foundation

By Suzie Roth
Co-Managing and Advertising Editor

When Saint Mary’s University senior Ania McNamara studied abroad in 2009, not even she could predict the impact it would have on her in the time that followed.

In the spring of 2009, McNamara took part in a study abroad program to Italy. Before returning to the United States, McNamara seized the opportunity to return to the Dom Dziecka Orphanage in Chotomow, Poland, where she and her three biological sisters spent the first four years of their lives. McNamara, along with her three sisters, was adopted by SMU alumni Grace ’76 and Bill ’77 McNamara in 1996.

As soon as Ania McNamara arrived at the orphanage in 2009, she was recognized by the nun who helped raise her. After touring the orphanage, McNamara felt compelled to find a way to help.

“So many children grow up blessed, but I remember being an orphan, so it sparked my interest to help children abroad, especially because I used to be one of those orphans,” said McNamara.
It was after her visit to her first home that McNamara had the idea to start a fundraiser, “I wanted to give [the children] something special on that Christmas,” said McNamara.

Thus, the Chotomow Children’s Fundraiser was born. In the winter of 2009 McNamara, along with SMU students Nikki Kolupalio, Allyson Friestleben, and Bailey England, raised money to send 30 individualized Christmas gifts, fleece blankets, Christmas cards and candy bags to the 30 children who lived in the orphanage, ranging in age from three to 18. The response from the orphanage of the gesture and efforts of the fundraiser was filled with “gratitude, appreciation and awe” said McNamara.

This past summer, McNamara kept looking to find a way to continue to reach out to orphans in the country of Poland. She finally found the answer: to begin a non-profit organization.
Since then, she has begun the efforts to acquire 501(c) 3 status for the Chotomow Children’s Foundation, the charitable non-profit organization she founded. Upon receiving this status from the United States government, the organization will have the opportunity to start additional projects overseas and follow their mission to “enrich, educate and give hope to the lives of orphans while supporting and encouraging foreign adoption.”

It is McNamara’s infusion of energy and eagerness to make a difference that has not only led to the organizations’s creation, but the return of the Chotomow Children’s Christmas Fundraiser.
McNamara, along with an advisory board made up of current SMU students, has begun work to create another joyful Christmas for children at the Dom Dziecka Orphanage in Poland. With a theme this year that encompasses love, McNamara hopes to share love with children abroad, especially during the Christmas season.

Those who wish to help in the fundraising efforts are encouraged to email McNamara at Those interested in donating to The Chotomow Children’s Fundraiser can send contributions to “Chotomow Children” at campus box # 1268.

Lasallian Week of Peace a success

By Karol Ibarra
Cardinal Staff

“Blessed Are the Peacemakers” was the theme of this year’s Lasallian Week of Peace, which encouraged the Saint Mary’s University community to participate in social justice themed activities as well as pray for world peace.

Lasallian Week of Peace began with Mass on Sunday Oct. 3. According to Chris McClead, co-director of campus ministry, Sunday was dedicated to a “peace reflection.”

On Oct. 4 a farmers’ market was held in the plaza from 3 to 5 p.m. “About 100 people came to the farmers’ market,” said McClead. McClead said the purpose of the farmers’ market was to encourage peace and to promote smaller farms.

“Smaller farmers take better care of the food cultivated on their land,” McClead said. McClead added that guest speaker Doug Nopar also came to SMU to talk about what college students eat for dinner, and how they can harvest it inside.

On Oct. 5, activities focused on discussions about peace. “Storytelling from Guatemala” was put on by SMU students who had taken a Serving Others United In Love (SOUL) mission trip to Guatemala in May. “Students shared stories from their visits from Guatemala,” said McClead. In addition, McClead said the Lasallian Collegians Peace Program met in the Toner Game Room to discuss peace both personally and internationally.

On Oct. 6, a video conference with students from Bethlehem University was held in the lower level of Saint Mary’s Hall, where students and professors from SMU asked Bethlehem University students questions about their everyday lives. According to Dr. Dorothy Diehl, chair of Modern and Classical languages, the conference was not much of a dialogue; most of the discussion came from the Bethlehem students. Another activity tied to the video conference was the “Day in the Life of a Palestinian.”

“I am always so amazed how the students from Bethlehem are able to share their lives, especially living under occupation. It was a good learning experience,” said Diehl.

On Oct. 7, Brother Paul Joslin gave a presentation about his experience in Guatemala. “About 75 to 90 people came to hear Brother Paul speak about Brother James Miller and their experiences in Guatemala,” said McClead.

On Oct. 8, the Peace and Justice club held a Fair Trade event where they sold Guatemalan coffee and peace bracelets, McClead said. In addition to the Fair Trade event, Habitat for Humanity held a “Shack-a-thon” for homelessness awareness. Students built forts made out of cardboard boxes and slept in the Plaza from 8 p.m. Friday night until Saturday morning.

On Saturday Oct. 9, the final activity planned for Week of Peace was supposed to be an Iron Chef Competition. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to lack of interest. “Not enough teams signed up to prepare food for the competition,” said Diehl. According to McClead, the proceeds would have gone towards a scholarship helping a student from the Gaza Strip go to Bethlehem University.

SMU's relationship with BP misunderstood

By Jake Schild
News Editor

The relationship between GeoSpatial Services (GSS) of Saint Mary’s University and British Petroleum (BP) is often misunderstood, according to GSS director Barry Drazkowski.

Drazkowski explained that not only is the group’s partnership with governments and big companies such as BP not fully understood, but also that there is a lack of information regarding GSS generally and what they do.

“A lot of people don’t know much about us,” said Drazkowski.

Drazkowski explained that GSS is a university project center that focuses on three major areas of work: developing web-mapping applications, performing natural resource assessments and building map databases, which is also called production.

Natural resource assessments, which assess key resources of national parks, have grown substantially of late, according to Drazkowski, making up approximately 40 percent of what GSS does.

According to Drazkowski, one popular misconception about GSS is that their only specialty is the production of map databases, which is not the case.

Drazkowski said GSS has had a relationship with BP since 2001, making online map databases of the company’s pipelines. GSS is strictly associated with making these custom databases for BP pipelines and logistics, which has nothing to do with oil drilling, development or refining, said Drazkowski. Therefore, Drazkowski said the recent gulf oil spill did not have much of an effect on the BP groups GSS works with.

“The exploration and development of oil is a completely different kind of British Petroleum company than the kind we work with,” said Drazkowski.

Drazkowski, however, did have some personal opinions surrounding the oil spill.

“I fault British Petroleum for some of the things they did sloppily, but I’m actually more critical of the federal government,” said Drazkowski, explaining his concerns with federal policies that support so much drilling for and exploration of oil.

According to Drazkowski, if federal policies overseeing drilling operations were more austere, he does not think the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico would have happened.

Nationally respected economist to speak

By Lauren Rothering
Editor in Chief

Economist Chris Farrell, author of “The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More and Live Better,” will speak at 4 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. His speech is free and open to the public.

Farrell will discuss highlights from his book, including personal finances and the greater economic atmosphere.

Farrell is currently the economics editor for “Marketplace Money,” American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio personal finance program, and a correspondent for two other American Public Media Programs. He is also a contributing economics editor for Business Week magazine.

In his book, Farrell discusses the concept of “the new frugality” in light of the current financial crises.

“How we treat and manage our money is changing,” said Farrell. “People are spending less on ‘things,’ and more on experiences.”

According to Farrell, being frugal is very different than being cheap. A life of frugality is about more than just saving money; it involves living mindfully and sustainably.

“Being cheap is not sustainable,” said Farrell. “If you think about what is good personal finance, it is about developing habits. You want to think about the environmental impact of your spending, the quality that you’re buying, the ethical…You’re going to end up being frugal, and it becomes a habit, as opposed to just being cheap.”

According to Farrell, the idea of living frugally and sustainably is particularily important for young college graduates. One of the best habits current college students and new graduates can implement, said Farrell, is saving.

Farrell emphasizes that saving is not a self-inflicted denial, as many young people may view it.
“Saving money now allows you to pursue opportunities later in life,” said Farrell.

Most of all, Farrell hopes his speech at SMU will be less of a “lecture” and more of a discussion, where audience members can not only get general ideas of how to approach their financial future, but also ask specific questions of Farrell.

Office of Admission busy with fall visits

By Emma Stenzel
Cardinal Staff

The transition from summer to fall is busy for everyone at Saint Mary’s University. Students, professors, staff and faculty must all adapt to the demands of the new school year. The season can be hectic; just ask SMU’s Office of Admission. With fall come many prospective students hoping to learn more about SMU during on-site visits and campus tours. This season has proven to be one of the busiest yet.

Brandi DeFries, director for admission, said that fall is the most popular time of year for high school students to visit colleges, as students hope to narrow their options early in the school year, allowing enough time to plan for college.

She said that October and November are particularly busy, as the weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy a campus tour. Winona’s scenic bluffs and rivers make the season especially enjoyable for fall visitors, said DeFries.

“Every time I came to visit…I couldn't get over how beautiful the campus was, especially in the fall,” said freshman Grace Zachman. “That was one of the main reasons why I first applied.”

Aside from college visits, DeFries said that admission counselors themselves are constantly traveling during the fall season, attending multiple college fairs and making high school visits. Staff members also spend a lot of time calling prospective students to talk to them about SMU and e-recruiting, which involves contacting students by using social media networks, iPads and other new communication technology.

As if fall weren’t busy enough, two of the most important weeks for college visits occur during October. Education Wisconsin (EW) and Education Minnesota (EM) fall breaks annually attract a large number of potential students to visit college campuses, since students do not have school during these weeks.

Aubrey Hollnagel, visit coordinator, said around 50 students were scheduled each day to visit SMU during this year’s EM, a contrast to the five to ten planned visits on other Thursdays and Fridays.

Even though more students visit campus during the fall, the Office of Admission ensures that each visitor still receives the personal attention they deserves. DeFries said that SMU avoids group visits so that the admission staff can best accommodate each individual’s needs. Students are able to meet with professors and coaches, sit in during a class and stay overnight in a campus dormitory.

“It is the entire university that affects the visit most,” said Hollnagel. Students should “say hi and make the visitor feel welcome.”

If it is any indication of the effectiveness of SMU’s Office of Admission, enrollment increased by five percent with this year’s freshman class, said DeFries. Though DeFries views the growing student body as a positive sign, especially in today’s unsteady economic conditions, she said the school still does not want to become too big. SMU hopes to enhance its academic profile while maintaining its small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratio and the ability to give individual attention to every student.

Though the Office of Admission is largely responsible for recruiting new students, DeFries and Hollnagel agree that the values of the SMU community are oftentimes the ultimate deciding factor for the students. Hollnagel said that the campus itself is the school’s greatest advocate.
“It is important that everyone leaves here feeling they could fit in and belong here,” Hollnagel said.

Stop 'write' there and improve your writing

By Meg Beerling
Cardinal Staff

It is halfway through the semester and writing papers is not getting any easier. Setting up an appointment in the Writing Center could help lighten the load.

Director of the Saint Mary's University Writing Center, Dr. Peggy Johnson, says that the Writing Center is the “best kept secret on campus.”

Students will benefit from the Writing Center in a number of ways, said Johnson. They will get feedback about their work, as well as see their work in a different way and from a different perspective.

The Writing Center helps students “become better writers, not just have better writing,” said Johnson. A lot of employers place great emphasis on writing skills and the Writing Center will help students become the best writers they can be, said Johnson.

Johnsons urges students to make an appointment two or three days ahead of time, as appointments tend to fill up fast. “I never have a problem getting an appointment in the Writing Center when I set up my appointment a couple of days in advance,” said SMU junior Kelsey Collins.

Collins has been going to the Writing Center since her first semester of her freshman year, when she was assigned to go for her English Composition class.

“I get better grades on my papers because of the help I receive at the Writing Center,” said Collins.

Collins’ advice to a student apprehensive to make an appointment is to remember that the people in the Writing Center are professionals or aspiring professionals and are there to help you improve your writing.

There are both professional and peer tutors, according to Johnson. This way, if a student is more comfortable getting help from someone closer to their age, they can set up an appointment with a peer tutor. If they want help from an SMU professional, that option is available as well, said Johnson.

The Writing Center has increased staff this year. There are now three SMU professionals and five to six peer workers, said Johnson.

Appointments are half hour sessions and students may sign up for up to an hour of help at a time, said Johnson. However, if students miss two appointments in the Writing Center, their privileges are revoked, said Johnson. This rule was put into effect because in the past, students have been turned away due to limited tutor availability, and it is not fair to those students if someone does not show up at the appointed time, said Johnson.

The Writing Center staff truly helps improve writing skills, said Johnson. “We try to build relationships with students, so they know we care,” she said.

The Writing Center is located in 78 Griffin, in the basement of Saint Mary’s Hall.

Outdoor Leadership welcomes new coordinator

By Jenna Capelle
Feature Editor
The Outdoor Leadership Office is making new tracks in Saint Mary’s University news.

Outdoor Leadership offers a variety of activities in the fall, winter and spring. Students can canoe, kayak, camp, rock climb, bike, snowshoe and take hiking trips. As for university facilities, students can benefit from the 18 hole disc golf course, “The Woods,” and the high ropes course.

“The office started two and a half years ago with the former coordinator, Davey Warner,” said Chris Kendall, vice president of student life. Outdoor Leadership “is not just entertainment; it educates the SMU community on how to take care of the environment,” said Kendall.

In November, Gary Borash, a May 2010 SMU graduate, will begin working full-time as the Outdoor Leadership Coordinator. Borash will provide opportunities for students at SMU to interact with the outdoors and experience what the natural resources in the area have to offer.

Planning activities around what students want is the new coordinator’s goal. “I’m hoping to have suggestions and support from the SMU community on what we should do,” said Borash.
“If people aren’t seeing what they want to do, tell me so that we can try to incorporate it into our activities.”

Along with the university’s facilities, Borash intends on using our natural resources. “I want to focus on doing more work with what we already have. I want to continue maple tree tapping, get more involved with the orchard and try to utilize the bluffs in new ways,” said Borash.

Borash just returned from a five-month internship with the Chicago Botanic Garden. His internship was based in Tucson, Ariz., where he studied populations of seeds from plants in the area and national forest lands for restoration purposes.

For information about participating in Outdoor Leadership activities, visit the Outdoor Leadership Office in Toner 8C.

Career Services offers guidance to students

By Emilie Olsen
Cardinal Staff

Career planning and success depends on preparation, and the Career Services and Internships Office is here to help.
“Students are encouraged to come in as freshmen,” said Director of Career Services and Internships, Jackie Baker. “We will guide them through the career development and planning process.”
Students are encouraged to utilize career-planning services early because they will learn many essential skills for the job hunt, said Baker. Services include resume writing, interviewing and networking skills and researching what career is right for them.
Career Services offers many tools for career exploration, including two courses, Career Exploration (PD101) and Job Search Strategy (PD201). Students also have access to databases for local jobs, nationwide jobs provided by Cardinal Link and a program called Cardinals Helping Cardinals, based on interaction between alumni and current students.
“We really want students to come in and meet with us,” said Baker. “The challenge is to get students here; by meeting with us they can use references they weren’t aware of.”
Career Services recently participated in an annual Career Fair held at Winona State University in an effort to help students explore their options. The fair gave students the opportunity to research employers on a personal level and highlight their own knowledge and skills.
“Preparation is the key to a successful fair visit. It’s important to contact the employer after the fair and reiterate interest in the position if job seeking,” said Baker.
On Feb. 22 and 23, there will be a similar Job and Internship Fair sponsored by the Minnesota Private Colleges in Minneapolis. Students are encouraged to attend this fair as a professional opportunity to meet with potential employers and prepare a resume and a brief introductory statement. On April 6, there will be a similar fair geared specifically toward education majors.
Career Services also encourages students to utilize a professional social networking site called LinkedIn for the job search. LinkedIn is strictly a professional site that allows employers to connect with potential employees.
“Incorporating social media into your job search should be a priority, especially LinkedIn,” said Baker. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with employers. LinkedIn is definitely something every senior would want to be a part of.”
Students interested in learning how to best utilize social media in their job search are encouraged to attend a social networking presentation, sponsored by Career Services and Internships, on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall.

Student Activities makes plans for fall

By Shannon Nelson
Cardinal Staff

The Student Activities Office has been working hard over the past two months to provide fun and entertaining events for Saint Mary’s University students.

With a Student Activities Committee (SAC) of sixteen executive board members and about 75 members, many events are in progress. On Nov. 16, acoustic singer Austin Kyle will perform in the Cardinal Club. SAC members first met Kyle at the National Association for Campus Activities convention and invited him to play on campus.

Another upcoming event is a pumpkin pie eating contest to celebrate Thanksgiving, organized by freshmen SAC members. Battle of the Bands will take place on Feb. 7. An informational meeting will be held on Nov. 7 for all students interested in competing.

In addition to these special events, SAC also organizes several ongoing activities on campus. Students can participate in SAC’s weekly Wednesday night movie at 9 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall or sign up for one of the bus trips to the Twin Cities for sporting events or visits to places like the Mall of America and the Science Museum. SAC is also visible at SMU sporting events where SMU Crew, made of SAC members, gives away t-shirts to students at the games.

“We hope to draw a more diverse crowd to events,” said Lance Thompson, assistant activities director. Thompson hopes to achieve this goal through student suggestions and requests.
Students are encouraged to attend events because they are planned solely for students “to get away from homework, have a good time and relieve stress,” said Thompson.

SAC meetings are open to all students, and are held in the President’s Room on Monday nights at 9 p.m.

Concert Band to give world premiere performance

By Connie Budin
Cardinal Staff

It is not every day that a band gets to perform a piece of music written specifically for them. On Nov. 14, the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band will be performing the world premiere of “If You Could Only See the Frog,” composed by Paul Richards, at 2 p.m. in the Page Theater.

The event is sponsored by the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission Project. The foundation allows the SMU Concert Band a certain portion of its budget every two years to commission a composer of Jewish heritage to create a masterpiece to be premiered at the annual concert.

Director of Bands, Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, is also the Kaplan Commission Project Chair and heads the event from start to finish.

The created composition, as listed on the Kaplan Commissioning Project application, states that the work must be a “grade 4” level of difficulty, meaning appropriate yet difficult enough for high school bands and collegiate ensembles.

The piece must be five to eight minutes long, and based on a Jewish melody from a folk or religious source. The composer also interacts with the SMU band students about the composition, provides the necessary music for rehearsal and will be present at the premiere performance of the piece, with the option of conducting or having a solo.

Since starting in 2000, the Kaplan Commissioning Project has had great success. After being a finalist the last two auditions, Paul Richards was finally selected as a winner. His piece is taken directly from the playful feel of “Si Veriash a la Rana,” the title of a children’s song from Bulgaria sung by exiled Jews in the Spanish-Jewish dialect of Ladino.

Richards “knows what he has to do to create a great piece [and is an] artist who is knowledge-based for writing concert music,” said Heukeshoven. During the long process of bringing this composition to life, Heukeshoven has had a lot of contact with Richards in commenting, learning and changing things about the piece.

“Working with the composer is a blessing,” Heukeshoven said.

Richards also enjoys working with the band, especially on this particular piece.

“The thing that intrigues me most about Jewish musical tradition is that it is the tradition of a displaced people,” said Richards. “It is at once joyous and sad – a simultaneity that is best expressed, I believe, through music.”

Figure drawing sessions held at SMU

By Andrea Allis
Copy Editor

A few Saint Mary’s University art students have joined members of the Winona community this fall for figure drawing sessions on Tuesday nights.

Dr. John Whelan, SMU art and design instructor, has been facilitating the sessions, which began last spring when he was teaching Drawing III. “There was a non-traditional student in my [Drawing III] class who was attending a drawing group in La Crosse,” Whelan said.

Whelan knew of several SMU students and some members of the Winona community who were attracted to the opportunity of figure drawing sessions as well. He then contacted Chair of Art & Design, Preston Lawing, who agreed to the arrangement.

“[SMU] and the [Art & Design] Department have been very supportive,” Whelan said.
A steady base of about eight to ten people attends the sessions, about two of whom are SMU upper-division art students, Whelan said. “Everyone brings their own supplies and the community members chip in to pay the model expenses,” Whelan said. There is no monetary cost to students.

The figure drawing sessions take place in the drawing studio in St. Joseph’s Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays while class is in session. They are open to all upper-division or experienced art students at SMU, Whelan said, but he asks that students who haven’t taken Drawing II or Drawing III speak with him before attending the sessions.

“I hope that more upper-division art students here will participate in the sessions in the future,” Whelan said. It’s not only a good opportunity to gain valuable experience, Whelan said, but it also “forms a link between the [Winona] community and the arts on [SMU’s] campus.”

Houston Ballet II to perform at SMU

By Amy Pearson
Cardinal Staff

The Houston Ballet II, part of the fourth largest ballet company in America, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, in the Page Theatre.

The company will perform a diverse number of works, including “Raymonda Act III,” which depicts a wedding between the two principal dancers, and the Beatles-inspired piece, “The Long and Winding Road.” The performance will also include classical pieces and works produced by Stanton Welch, the company’s director.

Tickets are $20 for students and seniors, and $25 for adults. They can be purchased online at or at the box office. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed to attend the show.

Winona artist's work in library

By Alexa Wallick
Cardinal Staff

A display of abstract artwork by Winona artist Julia Crozier has recently been put up in the Saint Mary’s University Fitzgerald Library.

From contemporary to modern art, Crozier has a wide range of styles with which she experiments. The works of art in the library are a sample of her more abstract work. Crozier provides the title of the artwork along with the medium she used and the price of each piece.

According to Crozier, through her artwork she wants students to “learn what’s going on in Winona and in the art world.” Currently, Crozier has three art shows going on while also maintaining her four-year-old art gallery, the Blue Heron Studio, in downtown Winona.

“I wanted to start doing big pieces on a regular basis and just have a better workspace,” Crozier said. In her gallery are several pieces of her own artwork, along with the work of other local artists.

“I get a lot of inspiration from nature and from pictures I take,” Crozier said. According to Crozier, she likes to travel often and gets a lot of inspiration from things that she sees on her travels. Crozier also said she is often inspired through books she reads. Her accomplished artwork has even made its way to cities such as Minneapolis and Chicago.

“If you want to make it as a visual artist, you have to really want to do it all the time,” said Crozier, “No matter what.”

Crozier’s art is in the main floor entrance of the library, on the left wall.

Theater department performs 'Eurydice'

By Jessica LaCanne
Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Saint Mary’s University theater department will be performing the play “Eurydice” beginning Thursday, Nov. 11.

Dr. Steven Bouler, director of “Eurydice,” said the play is based on the myth of Orpheus and his wife Eurydice, who dies on their wedding day. According to Bouler, the play is told from Eurydice’s point of view and is a “modern interpretation of the myth.”

The play focuses on a basic love story, said Bouler, and is about loss and memory. Bouler described the play as “emotionally charged.” Sarah Ruhl, author of the play, introduces Eurydice’s father in the play, said Bouler. This addition shows the relationship between father and daughter and what happens when the daughter marries, Bouler said. “It is a beautiful play,” said Bouler.

The location of the performance is also interesting, said Bouler. The play will be performed in the studio on the second floor of the Page Theater. Bouler described the play as a “lab series,” which is more demanding of the audience, who will be doing unexpected things.

Freshman Allison Shaffer plays the role of Eurydice. Shaffer described her character as “appreciative of books” and “a thinker.” Eurydice is young and in love, said Shaffer.
“I love how different it is,” said Shaffer, who described the play as experimental and unlike other works she has experienced.

Bouler said he started working on the play last year. When he came across this particular work he said, “This is the play I should be doing.” The play is pretty deep, well-written and clear in terms of what is happening, said Bouler.

The author of “Eurydice” has been nominated for a Tony Award three times, said Bouler, and has also been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize three times.

The play includes a cast of seven students who rehearse six days a week, said Bouler. There are also two stage managers, one sound designer, and two faculty members who work on costumes, make-up, and set design, said Bouler.

“Eurydice” premieres Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. It will also be performed Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but audience members are encouraged to bring canned food items for a local food bank.

'Drawings' and 'Pottery' on display in gallery

By Trisha Stachowski
Cardinal Staff

Through Nov. 14, Saint Mary’s University’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries is featuring “Drawings by Whelan” and “Pottery by Schwarz.”

John Whelan, adjunct professor of art and design department, has been involved with art since a very young age and is primarily interested in the figure. “When I went to art school, I was trained primarily in the figure work, which you can see goes back a long way,” Whelan said.

Whelan then began taking an interest in flowers, with a special emphasis on those that have begun to whither. According to Whelan, withering flowers begin to take poses, much as if they are dancing or twisting.

Whelan shares his knowledge of art through teaching art history classes at SMU, in addition to some of the drawing classes. “I feel any chance I get to teach drawing, I love, but I also enjoy teaching art history,” said Whelan.

Whelan’s artwork has been displayed in various other galleries, most recently at The Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse, Wis. However, he said that his artwork is mostly shown at the schools where he has taught. “It’s very nice and it means a lot to me for the students to be able to see [the artwork],” said Whelan.

Whelan is quick to point out that his drawings are very much complimented by the pottery provided by Schwarz. According to Whelan, he and Schwarz have been friends for 35 years, and even taught at Luther College together. “[Dean and I] have been very good friends, so just like two friends doing anything together, I hope they compliment each other,” said Whelan.

“I think it’s safe to say that, in art, if you want to make a career out of it you have to be willing to find avenues and make them for yourself,” Whelan said. Whelan also said that those who are passionate about art need to pursue it regardless of whether it leads to fame or money.

Whelan also encourages others to take joy in using simple materials to create artwork. Said Whelan, “There’s a great deal of joy just to be taken in drawing on a piece of paper or making things out of mud. Little children don’t need any push to want to draw with crayons or to make mud-pies.”

Rugby team takes 4th in state tournament

By Bree Hughes
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University “Hellfish” Rugby team took fourth in state in the Division Three Final Four Tournament in Eagan, Minn., late last week.

Throughout the rugby season, the team has been making their name known, not only in the state of Minnesota, but also throughout the Midwest. The Hellfish have defeated teams from Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota, allowing them to advance to the Final Four Tournament. The team has been a valid competitor in the tournament the last few years: in ’07 they took third and in ’08 they placed first.

Captains Jack Sullivan, Nick Powers and Andrew Noyes have worked hard this season, along with the entire team, to overcome tremendous odds. During the entire season, the Hellfish were short on players, due to the large amount of players that graduated last year. The team played most of the season with three or less substitutes. With such a small team, every player was held to a higher standard and depended on more than ever.

To kick-start the year, the team hired the intuitive athletic training company “Performance Training” to help get them ready for the season. Within the first few weeks of school, this program had the players working on speed, agility and strength.

The players underwent rigorous and creative training drills involving throwing kegs, pulling tractor-size tires and running constant sprint drills. The team feels as if the training paid off, as each individual player advanced and the team grew as a whole.

The Hellfish are looking forward to their spring season and optimistic about what lies ahead. Whether they are short on numbers, or have an abundance of players, one thing is for sure: they are a team to be noticed.

SMU volleyball seeks success again

By Suzie Roth
Co-Managing and Advertising Editor

The members of the Saint Mary’s University volleyball team have their sights set on a return trip to the NCAA National Volleyball Tournament, and according to Head Coach Mike Lester, the team has given themselves an opportunity to do just that.

Last year’s squad earned a spot in the national tournament through very strong non-conference play. The Cardinals found success in St. Louis as they advanced to the second round, but lost to eventual national champion Washington University.

With a 2010 team comprised of a good returning core – seven of whom are returning seniors – the team dynamic is strong. Lester described the team as being one with a “selfless attitude, where the team comes first and no member is in it for herself.” Lester also noted that team members challenge each other to get better.

This team camaraderie has only been strengthened with the carryover from last year’s NCAA postseason experience, in which fourteen of the team’s current players experienced the excitement of the tournament.

The SMU volleyball team is continually being ranked among the top 25 college volleyball teams in the nation, which Lester feels is easy to see in the talent, determination and enthusiasm the members and coaches of this team share.

“Consistent play is key for the remaining matches in the season and [they are] critical to postseason play in the NCAA tournament,” said Lester.

The Cardinal volleyball team will play their final home match on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. against Gustavus Adolphus College. The game is also “Senior Day.”

Students wrestle their way to club status

Sarah McDonough
Co-Managing and Advertising Editor

For years, the club sport of wrestling has not been available at Saint Mary’s University. As the seasons begin to slowly change from fall into winter, Saint Mary’s University freshmen Aaron Fimon and Luke Sansovich got the itch to wrestle again.

Fimon and Sansovich, roommates in Benilde Hall, determined that they would be proactive in finding out how to start a wrestling club by having conversations with Student Senate. Senate responded by asking them to create a constitution and a budget. Although the budget is still in the developmental stage, Senate has approved the constitution.

Since SMU does not have the resources (wrestling mats and practice space) to adequately host the club’s practices, the wrestling club will drive to Winona Senior High School or Cotter High School, both secondary schools in Winona that have competitive wrestling teams, to practice.
Fimon and Sansovich have been promoting the club through use of flyers around campus, and the response has been positive.

“We only need 10 people to make up a team but so far 12 have replied,” said Fimon, “Everyone from freshman to seniors.”

Being a new club sport, the goal for this year is to have members who are ready to compete at the college level and travel to matches in individual open tournaments at schools like Augsburg College and Saint John’s University. Ultimately, the club would like to enter in a dual meet against Winona State University, which would be held in February. The perk of a dual meet is that results are based on overall team performance, not just how the individual wrestlers performed.

Currently only men have expressed interest in the club, but Fimon stressed that women are welcomed as well. No previous experience is necessary to join.

Any further questions regarding the newly founded wrestling club can be directed to or