Friday, October 25, 2013

The Haunted Forest at Saint Mary's

By Katie Krull
Feature Editor

The Haunted Forest is an annual tradition of screams and scares that the Saint Mary’s University softball team organizes in an effort to fundraise for their spring trip.

Located between the Saint Mary’s softball and baseball fields, the attraction
is open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Oct. 25, 26, 30, and 31. Admission for students and children under age 12 is $4, and adults are $5. In the past few weeks, the softball team has laid down their bats and gloves and picked up tools to craft a haunted walk full of tricks and spooks through the bluffs.

Throughout this process, the team works in a whole new setting off the field and into a whole new aspect of teamwork. Together, the team has not only thought of each station, but created it. All ideas, costumes, and props are created by the team’s collaborative thoughts and effort.

Each player has a role to fill in the preparation and execution of this event. Sophomore softball player Mariah Harper says “It’s fun to work together to do something that is exciting when fundraising for the team.”

This event is one of the two major fundraisers the softball team will do to prepare for their spring trip, which will be to Florida this year. Over the break, the team will play a total of nine games to launch into their

Besides supporting Cardinal softball, the Haunted Forrest has been a tradition on campus that many students and community members partake in. Sophomore Jessica Ainley describes the Haunted Forest as being, “A part of Halloween, even if you don’t like getting scared it’s in the spirit of the season.”

Softball captain Alex Raske encourages people to visit the Haunted Forest and join the spirit of Halloween. “The Haunted Forest doesn’t take a lot of time out of your schedule,” she said, “it is fun to do during
a study break, and is supporting the softball team along with getting in a good scare."

Lasallian Week of Peace symposium teaches students about environmentalism

Katelyn Bailey
Cardinal Staff

Students learned to care about the environment in their personal and professional lives during the Lasallian Week of Peace Symposium on Oct. 2, 2013.

Harry Hoch, the owner of the Hoch Orchard, said making wise food choices and being aware of the organic process helps better the environment. Hoch said the best way to help local farmers is to visit farmers markets, reduce fast food consumption and purchase organic food.

Organic farming, Hoch said, is a hot commodity. Hoch Orchard, he said, uses the latest technology to yield more profits and crops.

“[My farm] is a vertically integrated fruit production and processing company, which grows up to 5,000 to 10,000 bushels of fruit,” said Hoch. “Our main products are apples, but we also produce everything from berries to honey and pork.”

The farm has over 40 acres and has been organically certified since 2010. Since the main production is apples, the farm produces apple cider, sauces and juice. Using their heated processing shed apples are able to be picked year round. The farm produces various berries year round in their tunnels and green houses.

Hoch said they are the only orchard to produce cherries this far north. Beehives and pollinator plots help produce pollen for the fruit year round, he said. They also have two acres of vineyards which helps them grow wine grapes and table grapes. The farm also integrates animals into their production by using sows and
pigs, said Hoch.

Despite being in a cold Minnesota climate, Hoch Orchard is able to flourish in fruit production because of SweeTango, Hoch said, a strain of apples that allows fruit to grow underneath. The University of Minnesota gave the farm three acres of the fruit strain. The fruit underneath the trees are protected by straw to keep insects and animals away.

Another critical part of growing organic food in a Minnesota climate is the in-row cultivator said Hoch. “This may cause damage sometimes but at least they aren’t spray harmful chemicals,” he said.

The farm grows fruit by using a bio-intensive system. They use weather data recorders and computer modeling systems to time their sprays. A farm composting gives nutrients to the plants throughout the farm. The farm is currently waiting to become a bio-dynamic farm, which would allow it to produce all products on their own.

Hoch Orchard controls insects by placing birdhouse around the farm. They place these houses throughout the farm acres as a food source for the type of insects. The farm mows every other row to have a continuation for more food sources to grow for the insects.

Two new clubs approved

Gretchen Lueck
Cardinal Staff

Women’s club basketball and the motorcycle club were recently approved by Saint Mary’s University Student Senate on Sept. 24, to become the two newest clubs available to students.

The women’s club basketball team, led by Christine Meeds and Laura Schommer, gives female students the chance to play on a non-exclusive basketball team. Currently, the club meets on Thursdays in the Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC) at 8 p.m. The club has plans for an intramural team next semester, and eventually becoming a traveling club team of Saint Mary’s. There are currently about 15 members in the club. Females interested in joining can email Christine Meeds at

The motorcycle club is open to any student with a proper helmet. Although students are encouraged to bring their motorcycle to participate as riders, members can also participate as passengers. Currently, club activities include group rides along Minnesota roadways, but future events include charity rides, and a motorcycle awareness campaign on the SMU campus. Club activities are weather permitting, so the club has put off events until spring. Interested students can contact Douglas Leonard at, or wait for further information through email.

Government shutdown affects veterans

By Regina Barbosa
Editor in Chief

Military tuition aid was suspended during the government shutdown, and affected veterans who use GI Bill benefits and Federal Tuition Assistance to help pay for schooling.

Pfc. Luke Sansovich is enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard (MNNG) while attending classes full-time as a junior at Saint Mary’s University. “I found out the day of that there was even a possibility of a government shutdown,” he said, “and because I’m National Guard, which is run through the state, I figured it wouldn’t affect me at all.”

Despite being a state-entity, the MNNG “is required by law to follow all Department of Defense furlough policies,” according to a statement by Lt. Col. Jon J. Lovald, MNNG Director of Human Resources.

Sansovich was scheduled to have drill the first weekend of the shutdown. “My sergeant texted me the day of, saying drill was cancelled because of the shutdown,” said Sansovich.

The loss of drill income has lead Sansovich to tighten up on spending until he receives a paycheck for his next drill in November. “I know a lot of guys who use drill pay to support their income; I use it to pay off my student loans, but since I didn’t have drill this month, I ended up having to pay out-of-pocket,” he said.

Sansovich and other veterans who utilize the Tuition Assistance (TA) program received no benefits during the shutdown and will ultimately lose out on them. “Those aren’t things that can get back-pay,” he said, “so they’re just benefits that I miss out on.”

Military support channels and the Army Knowledge Online website were suspended during the shutdown as well. “We could only reach certain hotlines,” said Sansovich. “Anything that needed to be done administratively this entire time, pretty much couldn’t be accomplished,” he said

According to Sansovich, several ROTC programs, including the Winona-La Crosse area ROTC program, will be permanently discontinued after graduating soldiers cycle through. He said, “I don’t think the [government] shutdown was the main reason, but ROTC programs were shutting down already and I think they took this opportunity to shut down permanently."

Students study abroad in London

By Raquel Romo
Cardinal Staff

Theatre students at Saint Mary’s University have the opportunity to learn about the arts and apply them in London for 12 weeks during the fall semester.

“As a theatre major, it is a requirement for my peers and I to go study abroad in London, and I just love that we have that opportunity! What better place is there to learn about theatre than in London,” said junior Arielle Ems, who is currently in London.

Senior Alyson Kriz said studying abroad in London allowed her to apply everything she was learning in her classes. “Our classes were much more hands on,” she said. “For our art class, we went to different art galleries in London, our literature class we read British literature, for our theatre class we went and saw different pieces all over London. For my independent study I took various dance classes and applied them to a review.”

Students are encouraged to follow through with their liberal arts background and engross themselves in an unfamiliar culture with fellow peers according to the Study Abroad Office at Saint Mary’s.

“Seeing the Tower of London was amazing. It was a place I heard and read about so much, and there it was,” said senior Taylor Marshall-Miernicki, who participated in the program last fall.

Being in a foreign country with fellow peers has its perks and downfalls, according to senior Charlotte Deranek. “We definitely bonded as a class, and, of course, there were moments when things were tense,” she said. “When you see the same 17 people every day it’s bound to happen! However, we did reach a point where we could look at each other and say, ‘you’re really annoying me and I can’t be around you right now,’ and we would be okay with it,” said Deranek.

Senior Elyssa Mattson said, some of her best adventures were simply commuting to and from classes. “It was a lot of fun just being on the train, and I loved that!” she said. “It is a very busy, but picturesque city, with many opportunities and experiences waiting at every turn. I honestly couldn’t have asked to study anywhere better."

A rewarding internship experience

By Jesus Martinez
Managing & Advertising Editor

A Saint Mary’s student helped better clients’ developmental disabilities in order for them to become
more independent during her psychology internship at Winona Home and Community Options,
Inc. (HCO).

Yasmin Duarte, a senior psychology and Spanish major, said she had to work with clients of all ages with developmental disabilities. According to Duarte, her daily tasks at the HCO facility were aiming to help clients develop their everyday routine in order to become more independent.

“Some of my tasks included setting up bingo games, taking
them on walks, taking them shopping, helping them do their laundry, simply talking and interacting
with them, and even helping them go to the bathroom,” said Duarte. “My job was to help my clients meet their goals, and I would collect data to see what was working and what was not,” said Duarte.

The most rewarding part of her internship was seeing the progress that her clients were making, even if they were just minor improvements, said Duarte.

Duarte mentioned her favorite part of her internship was working with the Fiddler on the Roof musical production. She said that every year HCO, a non-profit organization, puts on a musical for the community to fundraise for clients who cannot afford treatment.

“I helped these individuals memorize lines, dance moves check to see if their basic needs were taken care of, check for fatigue level, provide support, and interact with them,” said Duarte. She said it’s an experience she will never forget.

Duarte said she sought an experience in her field of study where she worked with people with developmental
disabilities of all ages, and that her internship at HCO had met her expectations to prepared her well for her future.

Duarte recommended that any student studying psychology or human services at Saint Mary’s complete an internship with HCO. “It’s a great site for people who want to work with people with disabilities,” she said, “or simply want to gain experience with social work.”

“My classes at Saint Mary’s have really helped prepare me for my internship at HCO. People underestimate small universities, but I feel that the Saint Mary’s psychology department has well prepared me,” said Duarte. “I give thanks to my close interaction with my psychology professors."

Allison Wachal’s adventurous internship

By Katie Krull
Feature Editor

Saint Mary’s University Senior Allison Wachal experienced the lifestyle of a marine biologist this summer in Clearwater, Fla., through her internship as an instructor at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

An education major with an emphasis in biology, Wachal would teach children about aquatic creatures that they would see and interact with.

She was inspired to take on a marine biology internship from “Dolphin Tale,” a movie about the creation of a prosthetic tail for an injured dolphin.

According to its website, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a small non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the “preservation of marine life and the environment through education, research, rehabilitation, and release.” By following these guidelines, this organization is able to help other injured marine animals, like
those portrayed in “Dolphin Tale,” and to get younger generations interested in the overall well being of the marine environment.

Wachal said the best part of her experience was “seeing how big of an impact that this small non-profit organization had on the whole world.”

Wachal said her internship proved to be an “amazing experience,” which mixed two passions of hers: marine life and teaching children. Although she did not go into the water with marine animals like some of her coworkers, she did get to see them throughout the day.

Longboards gaining popularity on campus

By: Katie Krull
Feature Editor

Longboarding, a growing craze of new transportation, is sweeping the Saint Mary’s University campus. Many students are using longboards to get to and from class, and for recreational purposes.

Mainly a tradition of the West Coast, only a few Saint Mary’s students would longboard in previous years. Recently, the trend is growing in popularity at Saint Mary’s due to its spread all over the Midwest. Senior Allison Wachal enjoys riding her longboard because, “when you’re on it you kind of just sway back and
forth and you’re in your own zone.”

It is common to see students glide along the long pathway that connects the Old Village and the Toner Student Center, or speed down the hill to the Yon’s lower road. Longboards are a twist on the classic skateboard. They have larger decks and wheels, which allow them to glide over bumps and cracks with little effort.

There are a variety of longboard types such as pintails, bottlenecks, and drop boards which are specific to the type of longboarding one would want to do: down-hilling, coasting, or cruising. Longboards can be purchased at Zumiez, PacSun, or any sort of surf or skateboarding shop, and they range in price anywhere
between $180-$250.

Once-local poet returns to share work and technique

By Paul Schmitt
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Returning to the town of her undergraduate years, Winona State University graduate Sarah Certa, performed a poetry reading for the public and hosted a private workshop for students at Saint Mary’s University on Oct. 1.

The reading, sponsored by the SMU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society, took place in the President’s Room, and featured excerpts from Certa’s recently published chapbook “Red Paper Heart.” The collection contains eight separately written poems, which Certa said she chose because she “wanted the collection to be about love (it only seemed natural, since I write about love a lot), but I wanted different angles of love. I wanted desire and falling out of love. Crushes, but also universal love. Self-love.”

Earlier, Certa led a creative writing workshop with a group of SMU students to develop their poetry and
short fiction work. Junior literature major Ashling Meehan said, “It was really helpful having someone our age who has actually gone out and done something with her work come and talk to us. She was very inspirational to those of us who desperately want to make it in the literary world.”

What draws Certa to poetry is her love of images. “There’s a freedom in poetry, in language and in form, that allows me to transcribe the rolls of film always moving through me,” she said. Still, she recognizes the eccentricities of the genre, and said “Poetry is very strange. It has the ability to hold me like nothing else ever could.”

The intimacy Certa brings to her work resonated well with the crowd at her reading, keeping the audience
entertained and engaged with explanations of some of the poems. “I was overwhelmed by their curiosity
and warmth and passion and only wish we all had more time together,” said Certa of the attendees, and encourages anyone interested in her work to visit her website at

KSMR Radio gets a whole new feel

By Kaeli Todd
Cardinal Staff

The e-board members and disk jockeys of Saint Mary’s own radio station, KSMR, have been hard at work, revamping the station to make the overall experience more enjoyable for listeners.

“So far this year we’ve loaded a bunch of new music onto the equipment so that we have a wider variety of songs being played,” said Madeline Puppe, one of the general managers of the station. “We also have the songs weighted so the songs that people want to hear are getting on the air.”

Finding new music and updating playlists has been the job of the station’s music director, Brian Pipal. “We’ve totally redone the station to make it a good blend of Top 40 hits, which we will update weekly based on new music coming out, as well as older classics, 80s music, and oldies rock ‘n roll,” said Pipal.

“Our goal is to be the top variety station in Winona.” In addition to updating the music and playlists of the station, KSMR members have also given the website a makeover. Technical director Nick Novotny said, “The website has a whole new layout, and you can listen online since we have live streaming now.”

“You can also check the website to see upcoming campus events and a list of DJs and radio shows,” said Pipal. “It has a list of the entire radio show schedule, and you can also check to see the song that’s currently

KSMR has also expanded its list of DJs, resulting in a greater variety of shows and styles of music being played. “We have more DJs this year than we have in the past, which means more people getting a variety of music and radio personalities with fun things to say on our airwaves,” said Puppe. “This makes the listening experience better.”

To see the full schedule, find a radio show, or listen online, visit the KSMR website.

Caravan du Nord 2013 Visits Page Theatre

By Ena Moats
Cardinal Staff

Three independent Minnesotan musicians performed on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Page Theatre at Saint Mary’s University as a part of The Minnesota Music Coalition’s (MMC) showcase, Caravan du Nord. Artists Mike Munson, Southwire, and Night Moves each presented their own distinct style to provide a night full of
tunes for the audience.

Blues guitarist Mike Munson started off the night with guitar melodies, foot tapping beats, and an easygoing voice and demeanor. Munson eased the audience into his 1910s-1920s, bluesinspired songs that used a purposeful, sustained musical theme and commented on aspects of everyday life.

Munson also showed recognition for Winona in his words to the audience and in his piece “Empire Builder,” where he portrayed Winona’s own Amtrak train. “I like to be in Winona,” he said. “There’s a lot of cool stuff going on and lots of cool people making it happen.”

Self-described “rusty-sounding” folk and rap combination, Southwire, hit the stage next with music that was full of depth and width. Their description proved accurate as vocalist/guitarist/ pianist Jerree Small, vocalist Ben Larson, upright bassist Matt Mobley, and drummer Sean Elmquist performed an interesting combination of raw melodies and poetry, creating a certain poignancy that captured the audience.

The final act from indie band Night Moves had the crowd jamming, and occasionally headbanging, along to fresh beats. The three friends from the Twin Cities included John Pelant on guitar and vocals, Mickey Alfano on bass, and Mark Ritsema on guitar and keyboard. A guest drummer also performed with them. An encore
performance covering Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air,” closed the night with chest-rattling bass.

Music Review: Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’

By Ena Moats
Cardinal Staff

Miley Cyrus’ breakthrough record “Bangers,” released on Oct. 4, combines the components of raw emotion, attitude, and multiple musical genres to create the ultimate social experiment. The dangerous project, along with Cyrus’ overall outrageous behavior, has made quite the bang in pop culture and media.

It seems the world is just as attentive to Cyrus’ image as her music, which, when analyzed from a certain angle (upside down works best), is actually a shock worth experiencing. Perhaps the most appalling part of the 13-track record is that the comprising ingredients actually work in an artistic way.

With help from various artists such as Britney Spears in “SMS (Bangerz),” Nelly in “4x4,” and others, Cyrus was able to blend elements from different genres including pop, hip-hop, soft rock, alternative, and even country.

In all the tracks, there is a distinct sense of reckless spirit that all listeners can connect with, however mild their lives may be in comparison to the crazy, twerking, and stubbypig- tailed life of Miley Cyrus. The extremes in which Cyrus is living her life are described in her tracks such as “We Can’t Stop,” “Wrecking
Ball,” and “Adore You.”

With the exception of the majority of civilized society, Cyrus’ versatility in the album, combined with her bold attitude elsewhere, attracts surprisingly positive attention from audiences of all types. Once society gets past the traumatic effects of Cyrus’ alarming approach to dancing, appearance, lifestyle, and everything in between, they might find her perspective on music to be a welcome change. Even if most of the dignified public doesn’t end up accepting the new Miley, it won’t matter to her because, ultimately, she can’t stop and she won’t stop.

Swimming and diving preparing hard for a new season

By Skylar Finkelstein
Cardinal Staff

This year both the swimming and diving team has increased in size, consisting of 31 swimmers and 6 divers. Swim coach Eric Lindquist expressed his pride in the growth of participants and said the team is in achieving its goal or 40 swimmers. Diving coach Jeremiah Jackson had four new divers join the team this year, up from just two divers last season.

As both teams expand in size, the talent grows as well. The athletes and coaches are putting many hours of practice into perfecting racing skills and diving techniques to achieve time drops in events and higher scores on dives.

The outlook for the season is positive from the new members along to the returning athletics possessing leadership roles. The season looks bright, and the conference is amazing, bursting with speed and committed swimmers and divers. Another positive to the season is that Saint Mary’s will be hosting more swimming and diving invites, home pool advantage one could say. The next home event will be the Saint Mary’s Invitational on Nov. 2.

New to the team this year, sophomore Lauren Pepper said, “The swim team is like one big family, everyone is really nice and cares for each other. Also the coaches are very supportive of our schooling.” This year’s athletes are practicing hard to increase their chances at the conference championship.

Diving captain Sarah Jansen said she thinks this year the divers will do “very well because they have more experience than anyone on the team from last year. Four of the six [divers] dove before coming here.” Jansen herself started diving in 2010 when she joined the diving team at Saint Mary's

Cardinals looking for another shot to the top

By Corrine McCallum
Cardinal Staff

With a winning season of 18-4 in conference play last year, the Saint Mary’s University women’s basketball team hopes to come out on top again while concentrating on how to adjust from last season to be just as

As the season is getting started, there are always goals that need to be accomplished, according to head coach Mandy Pearson. “Our goal is the same every season, to make sure our coaching staff does everything we can to improve ourselves and help our team improve every single day,” she said.

In order for the team to improve, it is important that the ladies improve theirstrengths in the many aspects of the game. “We will be a very unselfish group this year, so I think the biggest thing is, that we need a few
people to step up and be willing to take open shots,” said Pearson.

“We graduated four great players and leaders so we will have a different personality to the team,” Pearson said. “While I am already very happy with the leadership on our team, I am very excited to see if anyone will
emerge into another leader on our team,” she added.

Senior post player Courtney Euerle is back for her last year as a cardinal. Euerle, a key player on the team, averaged 9.2 points per game, and 6.7 rebounds per game in the 2012-2013 season.

With only nine returning players from last season, Euerle said that the chemistry of the team is great so far. The new players want to learn new things and ask questions.

As a co-captain this 2013-2014 season, Euerle said a lot has changed from last season to this season. “It took only a few short days in the beginning of preseason for me to realize that I have a greater responsibility with this team and I am held accountable for things that I have not been responsible for in the past,” said Euerle.

Euerle is very excited with the season quickly approaching. She said, “I seriously love this team and cannot wait to spend my senior year with all of them and creating memories that I will cherish for a lifetime.”

Pearson and Euerle both agree that as a team they need to take one day at a time. “We need to focus every single day on improving individually and as a team so that each day we compete and perform at our highest level,” said Pearson.

“I think that if we just come to practice everyday wanting to get better or wanting the same experience we had last year, we still do have the potential to be just as good,” said Euerle.

Men’s hockey looking to ‘find success’

By Mike Anderson
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University men’s hockey team is looking to find success for the first time in a long time. The team returns a group of seniors that are experienced and motivated to turn the tide. Last year the Cardinals found themselves near a playoff spot only to get swept by Concordia the last weekend of the season. The team finished with an overall 8-16-1 record, their best under Bill Moore, but certainly not a good season.

The Cardinals have talent with Bobby Thompson and Austin Balko returning after being
named to the honorable mention All-MIAC team. They will have to make up for the loss of their leading scorer Mike Hill. The team returns 10 seniors that have had a rough first three years here. They are a talented bunch that just hasn’t been able to put together any type of a consistent effort.

With a team that has all but two forwards and one defensemen returning from last year’s team their
biggest question mark is in net. The past four years Jason Hortsman and Andy Schieb have tended net for the Cardinals. This year, the reins appear to be in Christian Gaffy’s hands. Gaffy, who transferred here from UMD last year, is a solid goaltender that should supply the Cardinals with a steady presence in net.

Overall, the Cardinals have the talent and depth to have a successful season; it is just a matter of putting guys in the right place.

The Cardinals will begin their season Nov. 1 and 3 in the MIAC Showcase in Blaine, Minn. Their first home game is against last season’s Co-MIAC regular season champion, St. Thomas on Nov. 8. That night will also be Veterans Appreciation Night at Saint Mary’s Ice Arena.

Women’s hockey hopes for a winning season

By Keotta House
Sports Editor

Despite changes on the team, the Saint Mary’s University women’s hockey team is working hard to make the playoffs this season.

According to senior Brooke Bartlet, the ladies are hoping that more intense practices, and their experience will be enough to carry them to a winning season this year. “We are really working hard for it this year,” said Bartelt.

Junior Mary DeBartolo said, “We have a bigger team, number wise, so practices will be more competitive and up beat. It all comes down to who wants it more and wants to play in the upcoming series.”

Being a new season, there are some changes that are happening on the team, according to DeBartolo. Senior Haley Coolsaet has played on the team for three years and is now switching from forward to defense, according to Debartolo. Some of the changes on the team are to be expected with a new season are new girls.

It is the veterans that the ladies are expecting to
come out having a great season. “We have a lot more upperclassmen that will be able to bring their leadership skills to the table,” said Bartelt.

“We have many more girls with at least a year of college experience under their belts, and I think the girls are going to be more comfortable with each other, our coaches, and the level of play,” she said.

Making the playoffs is no small task for the Cardinals to accomplish. Their first game of the season will be
against Gustavus Adolphus. Gustavus not only went 18-0 in the regular season against MIAC teams, but they also made it all the way to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four Tournament.

The Cardinals’ next two games following Gustavus are against St. Thomas, back-to-back. “Obviously the first game on my mind is our opening weekend against Gustavus. They are always a strong team,” said Debartolo. “We’ll have to respect them and play the best to our ability. After we get our first game jitters out, we’ll just have to take it one game at a time,” she said.

According to Bartlet, The team is hoping that their first couple of games will be a test of strength. Part of the team’s strength comes from one another and from fans, she said. “We always appreciate other students/faculty/friends who come to support us.”