times mount mercy What’s Inside A Student Publication Serving Mount Mercy Since 1993 November 21, 2013 times.mtmercy.edu Three finalists visit MMU Improv troupe continues ‘Animal Kingdom’ Cast members were voted off, but “Animal Kingdom” continues to make audience laugh. A&E, Page 4 Thanksgiving holiday should not be for shopping Our feature editor shares her opinion on stores opening on Thanksgiving in addition to Black Friday. Opinion, Page 3 ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’ reviewed “Oedipus Tyrannus” was a success due to use of lighting and costumes, among other aspects. The play ran Friday through Sunday. A&E, Page 4 International students celebrate Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is an American holiday, so how do Mount Mercy’s international students celebrate? Feature, Page 5 History important for future Our snapshot, Anthony Clark, explains why he feels that history is an important subject to understand. By T.J. Kremer, III Editor-In-Chief T hey came. They were seen. And one may end up having the title of president of Mount Mercy University. Three finalists have been selected by Mount Mercy’s board of trustees. They are: Anne “Carson” Daly, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.; J. Michael “Mike” Pressimone, Ed.D., vice president for advancement at Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.; and Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The three finalists visited campus over the past week and a half. Each candidate was given two days to tour the campus and meet with students, faculty, staff and members of the community during multiple sessions. During these meetings, candidates were given the chance to present themselves and give their visions for how they would run the university. In return, those present were allowed to ask questions of each of the candidates to get a feel for how each might fit in with the Mercy values, traditions and academic goals the university upholds. The process began when former university president, Dr. Christopher Blake, asked for and was granted by the board of trustees a year-long sabbatical on May 23. One week later, it was announced by the board that Blake would not be returning to the univer- sity after his sabbatical ended. On June 3, Dr. Norm Neilsen was named interim president. Times TV Picking a President The board of trustees took action by forming a search committee to recruit and interview applicants for the vacant position. Dr. Jamie Ferrare of the Association of Governing Boards was hired as a search consultant on Sept. 19 to help in the identifying and interviewing process. The process of meeting the finalists was well received by students who attended the student sessions. Students were impressed by each of the candidates. “Overall, I am impressed with the final candidates,” said Aaron Lacy, president of SGA. “Each boasts their own incredible personal achievements and brings a unique aspect to the table. They are all very good, and I like that they are different from each other.” “The candidates were good,” said Kristina Mione, senior English major. “They all have experience that will benefit Mount Mercy somehow.” However, some felt that the limited amount of time in the general student session should have been expanded. “They all have over 15 years of experience somewhere,” Mione said. “Thirty minutes isn’t enough time to be able to tell us about themselves, have us ask questions and for them to respond.” Those who participated in the various sessions with the candidates were asked to fill out a survey to be submitted to the board of trustees for their consideration in T.J. Kremer, III / Editor-In-Chief Students particpate in a Q&A with university president candidate, Laurie Harmon on Monday. Each of the finalists was given two days on campus to meet with students, faculty, staff and members of the community. determining a final choice for university president. Those surveys were due by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Now, less than six months after the search committee was established, a new president may soon be named. The following is a breakdown of each of the three finalists, including highlights from their resumes and their ideas on how they can impact the university. The Times asked each of the finalists the same three questions about key duties of the office of university president. Below are each of their responses. Anne “Carson” Daly A nne “Carson” Daly received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1975. From there she went on Journalist learns lessons while reporting on religion Feature, Page 5 Index News.............. Page 2 Opinion......... Page 3 A&E................ Page 4 Feature.......... Page 5 Sports........... Page 6 Next Issue The next issue will be out Dec. 12. All submissions are due Dec. 6. to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature in 1977 and 1980, respectively. From 1979-86, Daly was an assistant professor English at the University of Notre Dame. She then spent several years as a visiting professor at California Pyrotechnic Institute, Intercollegiate Studies Institute (N.C.) and New Hampshire Teachers’ Academy before taking a position as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. From 1994-2000, Daly worked for Pfizer, Inc. In 2000, Daly left her position to take care of her ill mother until her death in 2005. From 2005-2007, Daly worked as a corporate communications consultant. In 2007, she took her current position as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Belmont Abbey College. On increasing enrollment: “There will several things that I think will probably work,” Daly said. “(Mount Mercy) is beginning to do a 250-mile radius search. I think we’re going to have to continue to do that and we’re going to have to continue to capitalize, even go further than 250 miles. Certainly we’re going to have to go into St. Louis, and certainly we’re going to have to go into Minneapolis and Milwaukee. “We have to target the actual strengths of the university toward the high school population. We’re going to have to publicize different programs and market them much more effectively.” Daly shared her thoughts with students on expanding recruiting strategies to include more minorities. “There are a number of Asian students who want to come to the United States to get an American degree,” >Continued on Page 2 Opportunities to give thanks set at MMU Feature, Page 5 The series on what Catholicism means to different members of Mount Mercy community concludes with the writer’s thoughts on what he learned through the process. Volume 20, Issue 9 By T.J. Kremer, III Editor-In-Chief Senior Bruno De Araujo participates in the Hope Video. (Screen Shot from the Hope Video on YouTube) Hope Video inspires beyond campus By Amanda Mayotte Senior Editor Beat up. Worthless. Hurt. Angry. Alone. A study conducted by professors at Indiana State University in 2011 showed that bullying continues even in college. According to the study, 15 percent of college students reported being bullied and another 22 percent reported being cyberbullied. To address the issue at Mount Mercy University, the office of marketing and communications released Hope Video, a project that involved a powerful anti-bullying message from students, staff and faculty. “We did this video to raise awareness of the fact that bullying doesn’t stop after high school,” said Holly Fields, web marketing manager. “It can be in college, at work, face-to-face or online. Personally, dealing with social media as a part of my job, I find the phenomenon of subtweeting to be particularly disturbing.” The video was shot in front of a green screen in the University Center Commons on Oct. 24. >Continued on Page 2 The holiday season is quickly approaching, and some people in the Mount Mercy community may be wondering what they can do to help others that are less fortunate than themselves. That’s where the office of Campus Ministry can help. Students, faculty and staff have opportunities to volunteer or donate through several programs. The Thanksgiving Dress dinner, which will be held on Nov. 24, will offer students the chance to nominate a Turkey King and Queen by donating change in exchange for the nomination, explained Brooke Oehme, coordinator of volunteerism and service learning. The money that is raised during the dinner will go toward a food packaging project for Kids Against Hunger, which will take place in the spring. “It’s a celebration event that we have a fundraising element for,” Oehme said. “In the past, it’s just been an easy friendship for Kids Against Hunger to partner with something where we’re focusing on celebrating Thanksgiving through Residence Life and Student Life. “While we do enjoy the luxuries of our ‘First World’—eat food and celebration—there are many who can’t afford that. So Kids Against Hunger has often partnered with that activity to help give some light so that as we celebrate we should also remember those that are hungry.” Mount Mercy is also partnering with the United Way this Thanks- >Continued on Page 2 News 2 Nov. 21, 2013 Finalists look to impress during visit “Raising money is all about having a compelling story, being truthful, being trustworthy and delivering results.” lic relations at Hussian School of Art (Pa.) before moving on to director of admissions at Holy Family University (Pa.) in 1984-85. Pressimone then went on to become director of development at Cardinal Gibbons High School (Md.) from 198588. From there, he took the position of director of annual giving at Western Maryland College from 1988-90 before assuming the same role at Catholic University of America from 1990-92. He then held several positions at Elizabethtown College (Pa.) from 1992-2003 before becoming vice president for institutional advancement at Belmont Abbey College (N.C.) from 2003-05. Pressimone took his current position as vice president for advancement at Alvernia University (Pa.) in 2006. On expanding academic programs: One area On increasing enrollment: “Mount Mercy has to >Continued from Page 1 she explained. “So one of the things I think we want to do here is open the door to (Asian) students.” On fundraising: “Nothing else gets done if you can’t fundraise,” Daly said. “There’s federal money available, there are a number of foundations that support small liberal arts institutions, there are also state grants that are available. There are also corporations that function across the whole country.” Daly said that the key to fundraising lies in the message that the president of the university delivers. that Daly sees Mount Mercy improving in to be more competitive is online education. She also spoke about specific programs that could be implemented, including business programs, forensic accounting, online nursing certificates and theology certificates. “Probably what (Mount Mercy) wants to look for are other master’s (degree programs) to build on those where you already have success and you already have some faculty so you don’t have to go out and hire all kinds of new people,” she said. J J. Michael Pressimone . Michael Pressimone received his A.A. degree from Cattonsville Community College (Md.) in 1979 before continuing to receive his B.F.A. from Catholic University of America (D.C.). Pressimone later obtained his M.A. from Regis University (Co.) and his Ed.D. in higher education from Benedictine University (Ill.) in 2009 and 2013, respectively. From 1981-82, Pressimone taught as an eighth grade teacher at St. Cecilia School (Pa.). From 1982-84, he was director of admissions and pub- expand its recruiting base,” Pressimone explained. “The first thing we have to do is expand our reach. That might mean we need to go into other major metropolitan areas, like Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Kansas City.” He discussed targeting programs that could benefit from expansion. Doing this, he explained, could be achieved by buying names of high school students who may be interested in those programs from market research companies. Pressimone identified a key area of concern as being a lack of incoming freshman at Mount Mercy. To address this, he offered a solution based on expanding athletic recruitment. “You’re getting a large number of transfer students who come in for junior, senior year,” he said. “But when you have a relatively small number of freshman and sophomores who are in the traditional mode, we need to improve that. Athletics can be a way to help us address that, because when you recruit and athlete, you’re not recruiting them for two years, you’re recruiting them for four years.” On fundraising: Pres- simone shared his philosophy on fundraising. “Fundraising is not about care deeply about.” She said her passion for fundraising lies in serving the needs of the students and the mission of the university. Anne “Carson” Daly, J. Michael Pressimone and Laurie M. Hamen. (Pictures of candidates downloaded from their respective college websites.) asking for money,” he said. “Fundraising is about relationship management…It involves research; it involves prospect research.” Reconnecting with alum to continue building relationships in search for donations would also be another area Pressimone would focus on. On expanding academic programs: “We need to look at some new program opportunities as ways of expanding our programs,” Pressimone said. “We really need to identify where we have market opportunity.” Opportunities to expand academic programs may rely on identifying local businesses’ needs and retaining undergraduates. “Are there niches for this institution, based on what we do, where that would make sense to create a graduate program, where we could also recapture part of our market that we already had by getting our undergrads to come back and get their graduate degree here?” he said. Laurie M. Hamen L aurie M. Hamen received her B.A. from the University of St. Catherine (Minn.). Her M.S. in counselor education was completed in at Winona State University (Minn.) before receiving her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Minnesota. Hamen then received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (Ill.). The years in which she obtained these degrees were not given. Hamen served as assistant complex director at Mankato State University (Minn.) from 1985-86 before moving on to become director of activities at Mississippi State University from 1986-87. She then served as associate dean of students at St. Mary’s University (Minn.) from 1987-92. Hamen became dean of students at College of St. Benedict (Minn.) where she served from 1992-96 before landing her current role as vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs at North Central College (Ill.) In addition to her administrative roles there, she has been an adjunct faculty member since 2012. “I like going out and I like asking people for things, especially when I believe sincerely in the mission of the place,” she said. “I really, really deeply care about the students and I deeply care about the mission and I would be happy to go out to explain that to people who have resources.” Hamen acknowledged that not every fundraising attempt will be successful. But she said her persistence is something that would help turn a “No” into a “Yes.” “No, to me, means not right now,” Hamen explained. “No, to me, is not the end of the story. No, to me, is I still look at all of your faces and say you need something, and it is my responsibility, I think, as the president to go back out and ask again.” On expanding academic programs: Hamen On increasing enrollment: Hamen shared her thought that targeting Asian and Hispanic populations would be beneficial in attracting future students. Modifying the application process would also be a part of her strategy. Because Mount Mercy retains around 40 percent of those who come to campus for a visit when they are deciding on a university, she said the focus needs to be in getting more applications out. identified two areas where the university could expand as being applied health, and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs. The STEM programs, in particular, are where the federal government recognizes the greatest need for expansion. Marketing STEM programs to students is advantageous to Mount Mercy because our small class sizes allow for more opportunities to conduct research, she explained. “I think first and foremost that there needs to be new application strategies,” she said. “More applications and—getting people on campus—is key.” “I know there are students who want to be a graduate from a small college because of the research experience,” Hamen said. She said adding additional programs would also serve to attract new students. She said that growing the athletic programs, increasing the international student base and marketing online programs would all be part of her concentration in this area. Hamen said that the graduate programs could be better developed if the CRST International Graduate Center expanded the times at which it offers classes. She observed that most of the graduate classes take place at night and expanding classes into the daytime could help increase enrollment there. On fundraising: “Fundraising, to me, is about finding the heart of peoples’ interests,” Hamen said. “I think the only way of getting major gifts is by finding something that they ”It seems to me that that is a time to for us to really use a resource that we’ve got right now and is being underutilized,” she said. Hope Video helps combat bullying Giving thanks and giving back >Continued from Page 1 green screen in the University Center Commons on Oct. 24. Students, staff and faculty were asked to explain how they felt when they were treated badly, or when someone was mean to them or someone else they cared about. “There were a few staff members who rushed over to the UC during filming because they had such a strong desire to be a part of this project,” Fields said. “Those people knew what their word was going to be before they even got to our table.” The video was posted on Facebook by Mount Mercy and by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. It has generated over 865 views, 32 shares and 91 likes. “I think the reason this video is so powerful to people is because it reminds us that even though we go on with our day-to-day lives, the effects of those negative experiences always stay with us somehow, even if buried deep down in the back of our minds,” Fields CALENDAR OF EVENTS Thursday Nov. 21 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jousting for Movie Tickets. University Center Commons. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. STAT Pumpkin Bowling. University Center Commons. 3:30 - 4 p.m. Summer Study Abroad Information Seminar. University Center Room 110. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. MSN Information Session. Francis J. Pruss Conference Center, CRST Interactional Graduate Center. Friday Nov. 22 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. International Program Tables. University Commons. explained. Fields said that after the video was shared, people explained that it wasn’t until they watched the video that they realized that had been bullied at one point. “They just had never prescribed that word to what they experienced.” The office of communicating and marketing does not does not have additional projects of this type planned for the future, but Fields said it will continue to get the word out about the video. Saturday Nov. 23 7:30 p.m. U.C. Tournament Night Series: Ping Pong. University Center Commons. “This video has an important message that made sense for our office to help share, especially given that October was Stop Bullying month,” Fields said. “Ultimately this video says more about the kinds of people we have on this campus than any commercial could. It shows our heart, our mercy, our spirit of compassion.” To see the Hope Video visit https:// www.youtube.com/ watch?v=SivqCmhaehE or view it on Mount Mercy’s Facebook page. Wednesday Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Break Begins. Monday Dec. 2 Classes Resume Sunday Nov. 24 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Dress Dinner. University Center Commons. Monday Nov. 25 3 - 5 p.m. Ornament Craft Event. University Center. 7 p.m. Handbell Ensemble. Temple Judah. 3221 Lindsay Lane, SE. Wednesday Dec. 4 Noon - 1 p.m. The Spanish Table. University Commons Friday Dec. 6 3 - 4 p.m. Club Friday: Campus Ministry. University Commons Tuesday Dec. 10 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Massages and Facials. Betty Cherry Heritage Hall. >Continued from Page 1 United Way this Thanksgiving by asking students to donate food and goods. Assistant Professor Deb Oliver, director of the MBA graduate program, is coordinating this drive to help sponsor families in need. Mount Mercy has stationed Giving Trees in all of the main buildings around campus. The trees have tags hanging from them with gift requests. Those gift tags will go toward helping children and families at Tanager Place and Young Parents Network, Oehme explained. In addition to the gifts that are collected, Oehme said that Campus Ministry is partnering with Health and Wellness during the Ornanament Craft Event, on Nov. 25, for their annual ornament making drive, so that each gift will also include an ornament. Kayla Hanson, resident advisor for the second floor of Andreas Residence Hall, has coordinated her floor to help volunteer in this project, Oehme said. “We want students to be able to give back when they go home and when they are with their fami- Ryan Wery / Staff Photographer Trees like this can be found all over campus. The tags list gifts that go to families in need. lies. So we do try to help the United Way and other organizations that are doing events in that way.” Because many service opportunities are available during the breaks when students are not on campus, links to other organizations in need of volunteers or donations can be found on the Facebook page, Mission and Ministry. “We just want people to be aware of the needs in their own communities, so that when they go home they can help serve with their families and help find the organizations that need their help over the holidays,” Oehme said. Opinion Nov. 21, 2013 STAFF EDITORIAL Black Friday undermines Presidential meaning of Thanksgiving search calls for more student input Opinion Cassie Paulson Feature Editor The presidential finalists have concluded their tours of Mount Mercy University, where members of the staff, faculty and student body had a chance to meet and interact with all three. Now the decision for our next president is in the hands of the board of directors. The Times has complete faith that the board will choose the candidate who is best suited to lead the university as it continues to move forward and expand. That being said, the Times also believe that the process of meeting the finalists can be improved the next time Mount Mercy chooses a high-level administrator. Although the search committee and the office of the president clearly made efforts to ensure that each of the candidates were made available to the entire campus, the timing of the visits was less than ideal for many. As for the search committee itself, we would like to see members of the student body included during the next search. The student body is the largest group on campus, but it had no direct representation in this process. This is an area of the selection process that must be addressed and rectified. Also included in changes to the structure of the search committee should be additional faculty representation. More professors should be given the opportunity to have a voice in selecting the highest level of university administration. These professors are the ones in the trenches, seeing everyday what the specific needs of the university are. Their input is invaluable and more of it should reach the search committee directly. None of these suggestions will make any difference without the most critical of the components being improved: Each candidate was given two days student participation. It is true that to tour and meet with various groups. some students could not attend any of On the surface, it seems like plenty of the scheduled meetings due to an overopportunity was given to have access whelming class load, but it is also true to the candidates. But, that some could have because the visits ocattended at least one curred during a time in The student body is of the sessions and the semester when many the largest group on simply chose not to. people on campus are excampus, but they had no We believe there tremely busy, the Times direct reprensentation is a dangerous feeling feels that opportunities in this process. This is of apathy among some to meet the candidates an area of the selection of our university’s may have been missed process that must be students. This was a by some. addressed and rectified. golden opportunity A solution we for students to involve suggest is to have an themselves in the evening meeting, in a important process town hall style, to give of selecting our next people who do not have president, and some did not care about time during the school day the opportubeing a part of that process. nity to meet and discuss issues with the Surveys were created that particicandidates. pants in these meetings were asked to We understand that planning the lofill out, which would then be presented gistics for a short, two-day itinerary can to the board of directors for their considbe complicated. And no matter how much eration in the final selection of one of the time is set aside to allow the university candidates. It is a shame that the board community the opportunity to meet the will not have a tremendous amount of candidates, some people will simply not student input when they make their have the time for these meetings. Howselection. The students are the heart of ever, extending the meeting times into our institution. We should take more sethe evening would serve as a benefit to riously our role in determining our own our campus. fate and direction that our university will take. Technology can also help achieve more participation in these meetings. Overall, this has been an interestThe Internet allows us to conduct virtual ing and educational experience for the visits through web-based conferences. It Mount Mercy community. The Times may be that the university, given its curhopes that the board will consider rent struggles with our own network on our recommendations in the selection campus, was not quite set up this time process and implement our ideas for the around for such a program to have any next time a high-level administration real chance of success. But the technolposition search happens. ogy is out there, and this is something the university should consider for the next time a high-level search arises. “ ” When I was growing up, my parents made sure that I knew that the point of Thanksgiving was to give thanks—mind-blowing concept, right? I thought that everyone else knew that besides all of the turkey, stuffing and desserts, Thanksgiving’s purpose was to appreciate everything that you have. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the national holiday dedicated to giving thanks is followed by the greediest and most selfish day of the year? I haven’t always hated Black Friday. Before I even knew that it had a name, I would always go shopping with my mom. We would spend the day setting up the Christmas tree with my brothers and then go to the mall to get ideas for Christmas gifts. We would usually leave around 2 p.m. Not 6 a.m., not 4 a.m. and for crying out loud, not on Thanksgiving night. I remember the event that sparked my loathing for Black Friday. I was watch- ing the news with my mom, and I saw that a Wal-Mart employee had been trampled to death by a crowd of greedy shoppers. Someone, who was already robbed of spending the holiday with his family in order to work the holiday, was denied the rest of his life by a selfish group of people hoping to save $20 on holiday gifts. The savings were not worth it when stores were opening at 5 or 6 a.m. They are certainly not worth it now that some stores are opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. I have a few very close friends who work at Lindale Mall who cannot spend the day with their families because the mall opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Are your savings really worth denying a college student or a single mom a day with their families? That’s a rhetorical question. It isn’t. The whole purpose of Thanksgiving is its namesake: giving thanks. So why don’t we get back to spending the day remembering all of the blessings that we do have, so that we stop taking that time away from those who have no choice but to cater to your greed. If you are a shopper, wait until 10 or 11 a.m. Friday to shop. If you are a businessperson who just so happens to be reading my article, leave your stores closed on Thanksgiving. PHOTO POLL What do you think of stores opening on Thanksgiving? by Cassie Paulson “I guess less people would go because they work on Friday, so I guess it makes more sense.” Zach May Senior Social Work Major “I personally like it because you get discounts.” Kendra Ballensky Sophomore Criminal Justice Major The Other Side of Life by Cody Nie “I think it shouldn’t be open—for families and stuff. People should be with their families.” Erik Ryan Sophomore Math Education Major “I don’t like it. I really like to shop on Black Friday, but I don’t like it on Thanksgiving. It should be for family, not shopping.” Nicole Morrow Senior Biology Major “It gets so hectic; people literally get trampled.” Holiday Spirit Creighton Robinson Freshman Undecided 3 times mount mercy Mailing address: Mount Mercy Times Busse Library, Lower Level 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE Cedar Rapids IA 52402 Web: times. mtmercy.edu E-mail: [email protected] mtmercy.edu Staff TJ Kremer, III Editor-in-Chief Maddy Jones Co-Editor Amanda Mayotte Senior Editor Taylor Foster Sports Editor Cassie Paulson Feature Editor Taylor Grangaard A&E Editor Shannon Brown Business Manager Joe Sheller Faculty Advisor Staff Writers are listed by name on the stories they write, photographers are credited on photos. The Mount Mercy Times is a weekly student publication serving Mount Mercy University students, faculty, and staff and those close to the Mount Mercy University community. The Times is published on Thursdays during the school year. See our web site for our complete schedule. 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A&E 4 Nov. 21, 2013 ‘Animal Kingdom’ continues to bring laughs Maddy Jones Co-Editor The Beggin’ for Mercy improv troupe had audience members in McAuley Theater reeling with laughter Monday evening in the second installment of its “Animal Kingdom” series. The concept of “Animal Kingdom” is like the TV reality show “Big Brother.” In the first installment, the audience gave each of the improvers an animal to portray. At the end of the first show, the characters attempted to vote off one of the characters. However, there was a tie for the bottom three, so everyone was available for elimination. Monday’s show began with voting someone out of the Animal Kingdom. Denise the Dragon, played by Adrienne Elliff, was voted out of the house. For the rest of the series, she ten by audience members when they came in to the theater, and hilarity quickly ensued. will have to sit out on any improv that involves the Animal Kingdom. The cast was unaware when they got to McAuley Theater that night that there was about to be a murder in the house. During the first act of “Animal Kingdom,” the lights went out and someone let out a bloodcurdling scream. Another member of the Animal Kingdom murdered Eleanor the Elephant, played by Casey Birkicht. The show weaved between acts from “Animal Kingdom” and regular improvisation acts. The acts that appeared to be crowd favorites were “Finding Nemo Shank,” “Fly Fishing on Meth” and “Puppets.” In “Finding Nemo Shank” the audience was asked to shout out the names of two popular In “Puppets” the Beggin’ for Mercy troupe asked for audience participation. Sophomore Tessa Friason and freshman Dalton Pennington were pulled on the stage as puppeteers. They controlled Heims’ and Foster’s bodies into hilarious positions that the men then had to improv their lines around. Maddy Jones / Co-Editor Junior Tyler Hartley, improving as a T-Rex, writes in his diary how much he misses Eleanor the Elephant, who was killed off in Monday’s show. Behind him is most of the cast of Beggin’ for Mercy. movies. “Finding Nemo” and “The Shawshank Redemption” were shouted out and Taylor Foster improvised as the director of the movie collaboration and Elliff, Bryce Althoff and Gabby Acosta played the actors who don’t like him. Foster directed the group to perform in the styles of boy band, slow motion and as dancing showgirls. The audience helped come up with the idea of “Flyfishing on Meth,” as well. In this skit Danny Wayson, Jarod Heims and Tanner Retzlaff were fly fishermen on meth. During the skit, they would read from note cards writ- At the end of the show, the cast of “Animal Kingdom” voted to kick someone off the show. Everyone received a vote except for Tony the T-Rex (Tyler Hartley) and Steve the Snake (Danny Wayson), so they are safe from elimination. Everyone else is eligible to be eliminated in the next installment of “Animal Kingdom” on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ‘Oedipus Tyrannus’ a success for Alberty, cast searched for the murderer of Laius, the previous king. Foster showed a regal presence that proved he was the obvious choice for the role. By Danny Wayson Staff Writer Jason Alberty and the cast of “Oedipus Tyrannus” excelled in Alberty’s Mount Mercy debut this weekend. The production was intense, to the say the least, and showed how a man’s pride can lead to his utter destruction. I entered the theater to a musical arrangement of lyre and pipes playing on a soundtrack. This eerie music created unique atmosphere, preparing the audience for its journey back in time to ancient Greece. Alberty succeeded in his goal to create a “stylized image of classical drama”. The set was very simple, consisting only of stacked platforms that created ascending steps and an altar to Dionysus, the Greek god of the arts. The costumes were appropriate for the time period and effectively illustrated the different social classes of the characters. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the show were the brilliant masks worn by the characters through the entire performance. Though some facial features were apparent, the masks also included an element of abstractness, which both reflected the essence of each character and put audience members on edge. Combined with the lighting of the stage, which was used at times to focus on specific characters, the masks were effective in creating an uneasy environment. The one thing that impressed me even more than the masks was the high level of acting by several of the characters. Taylor Foster, who played Oedipus, delivered a powerful performance, portraying his character as a prideful ruler for the first half of the play, as he Once Oedipus realizes he has committed the atrocity of murdering his father and marrying his mother, Foster demonstrated true acting talent as he transformed his character into a miserable, pathetic individual. The ability to change the essence character on a dime is a sign of professional-grade acting. Kate Till, who played a priestess, Hannah Reinhart, who played Tiresias, and Hillary Kaefring, who played a servant, chilled audience members to the bone as their voices rang out, delivering high-pitched, prophetic monologues. Their performances put the audience on edge and added to the unnatural ambiance of the play. An interesting addition to the show was the intertwining of a recorded chorus and live dialogue from actors on-stage. The chorus boomed from speakers behind the audience and worked well to remove the aesthetic distance and placing the audience in the Theban crowd. While the chorus definitely succeeded in some aspects, it also had its drawbacks. At times, the recorded voices of the chorus and the live ones became mixed, making the dialogue hard to understand and sometimes cutting off the on-stage actors’ lines. The turnout for “Oedipus Tyrannus” was rather small, which is understandable, as the content is not suitable for children. To all those of appropriate age who missed this performance, I pity you. All things considered, it was a great performance, from the acting to the overall spectacle of the show. Danny Wayson / Staff Writer Director Jason Alberty wanted to create a “stylized image of classical drama” in his Mount Mercy debut “Oedipus Tyrannus.” The play ran Friday through Sunday. White art ‘Thor’ not worth seeing a reflection a second time in theater of snowy Minnesota Opinion By Taylor Grangaard A&E Editor Art means different things to different people. Some projects are conceptualized and then created; there is a thought process behind them and a reason behind their process. Artist Jen Rogers is no exception to this approach. During Friday’s artist talk and reception featuring artist Jen Rogers, she discussed the history and experiences behind her act. perfectly as they bicker back and forth. This characteristic of their relationship ran throughout the film and almost made the movie more of a comedy than an action. Rogers attended graduate school in snowy Minnesota. Overall I enjoyed the film; it was entertaining but also forgettable at the same time. In the same collection, one of the projects is a large group of clouds hanging from the ceiling. Rogers said it represents the way we sometimes feel as humans. It is like when we sit under a cloud of worry, for example. Another is a white stitched portrayal of a space in her own home. Similar to the first “Iron Man,” the film attempted to balance comedy and action. There was nothing about the film that made it unique. Rogers, a mother of two, began creating art that resembled things of everyday life. For example, one of her projects was a tray with different kinds of food on it. Rogers attained her undergraduate degree from Coe College, where she teaches now, in 2003 then went on to earn an M.F.A at the University of Minnesota, where she said her horizons for making art expanded even more. Rogers explained that the pieces in this project are painted white because Roger’s artwork will be on display in the gallery Nov. 11-Dec. 13. Taylor Foster Sports Editor “Thor: The Dark World” brings back one of our favorite Avengers, in a sequel that is entertaining and fun to watch. This film is about another adventure with Thor, who is struggling being separated from the love of his life, Jane Foster. But when all the planets align, Asgard-Thor’s homeworld- and Earth are allowed to connect again, and the villain reveals himself in search of a dark and powerful weapon called the “Aether” which allows its holder to control darkness and capture entire worlds. The film stars film hunk Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and cult favorite Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s half brother, Loki. The two together depict the brotherly relationship For those who enjoyed the first “Thor” film, this film may come as a disappointment because of the new director, Alan Taylor. Taylor has directed a multitude of television shows including the “Sopranos” and “Game of Thrones,” but not many films. The first one, directed by Kenneth Branaugh, had some great film aspects that made it unique in its own right as a superhero film. The sequel seemed like all the rest of the comic books turned movies that have been coming out. The film did have a few flaws that drove me a little crazy; one thing I look for in a superhero film is a well-portrayed villain. The villain in this film, Malekith, talked a lot but had no depth to his character and no interesting abilities of his own. This made the final fight lackluster because without the powerful weapon he was nothing. For example, there is a scene where Malekith is almost killed by Thor’s mother. This film does leave the audience curious about what is going to happen next in the series. Marvel has a knack for intertwining story lines and holding true to the individual characters. These story arcs will inevitably set us up for subsequent movies, such as the next “Avengers” film, which will be great and powerful. I do recommend “The Dark World,” but it is not something I would be willing to pay to see twice. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Feature Nov. 21, 2013 5 Times Snapshot Passion for history fuels Clark’s ambitions By Cassie Paulson Feature Editor Why do schools require students to learn history? Why do so many children and college students who have no interest in learning the past have to spend hours learning the subject matter? For non-traditional senior history major Anthony Clark, the answer is obvious. graduate school at Iowa State University to teach history at the junior college or university level. There is only one thing standing in his way, he is on a waiting list for a heart transplant. Waiting times for heart transplants usually last three to five years. Clark has been waiting for three years now. He suffers from congestive heart failure and arrhythmia tachycardia. He had an implantable cardio defibrillator installed, which delayed his first semester of college. He also has a left ventricular aid device and heart pump. “It’s the foundation of today,” said Clark. “Today’s present is tomorrow’s history. It’s a life growing entity that changes day by day, minute by minute, Today’s present is second by second.” “ “It’s literally hardwired to me,” tomorrow’s history. It’s Clark said. “The heart Clark started at a life-growing entity problems started in ’99. Mount Mercy as a that changes day by The hardware started religious studies major day, minute by minute, coming in 2008. The after hearing great second by second. pump started two years things from his daughago. As a matter of ter about the quality fact, I missed my first of education that she semester because I was having this put received when she attended. He soon in. I don’t want to go through this again. changed his major to history, a decision I’ll get a medical all-clear before I go that he said proved to be the correct one. through this again.” “It’s been positive,” he said. “I Once Clark has a successful heart enjoyed it. It affirms that I made the transplant and he becomes a teacher, right decision. Well, going from C’s as a he hopes to share his passion for hisreligious major to B’s as a history major tory with others. One era in history that helped a lot.” really fascinates him is the 1960s where Clark decided to change career social change started to capture the paths after the end of a long career in nation. broadcasting. He worked as a nighttime “It was P.C. (politically correct) on-air personality on WMT-FM and before P.C. became fashionable,” he KCCK. He also worked in production at explained. “Raising questions to such KGAN and eventually became the weekthings as race, gender and the difference end news director. between the wealth (of) the country and “It was hell,” he said. “It has taught the poor. Questions that are still with us me that ‘the crown is truly heavy on the today. head that wears it.’” “It is a clear line–before the ’60s He left his career in broadcasting afthese things were not even looked at. ter KGAN downsized, and Clark refused Before the ’60s, it was not uncommon to to take a pay cut. After that, he worked refer to an African-American as ‘colored.’ in telemarketing for a number of years. In other places ‘negro’ was the polite terminology. The ‘60s rolled around, that “I hated it,” he said. “That’s why all changed. I remember when we used I’m nice to every telemarketer that ever to be called ‘black folks,’ and that came calls. I feel their pain.” directly out of the ’60s.” Clark will graduate in December, Clark recalled what he thought was and he would eventually like to attend the most “earth-shattering” event of ” the 1960s. He was 9 years old when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago in 1968. There was a very large riot that took place between police and protestors in Grant Park. “The protesters were there protesting basically the Vietnam War,” he said. “I’m sure there were some sub-agendas going on. It was basically voicing, ‘America, get out of Vietnam.’ The cops went through and started bashing heads. I was watching it on local TV, not national, local. I was 9 years old.” for Vietnam or against it. He said that today’s voters are not addressing civil rights issues as outwardly and forwardly as they were in the past, and that there are issues that the next generation needs to watch. Clark knows the importance of learning history. It is hoped that, with a successful heart transplant, that passion can be transferred to a new generation through teaching. Clark described the 1960s as a very divisive era; people were either Reporting on Catholicism Two international students reflect on Thanksgiving leads Times editor to better understanding By Cassie Green Staff Writer Opinion Taylor Foster Sports Editor Through this series of stories on Catholicism, I have only been able to skim the surface of a religion that is old and deep. I have come to a better understanding of what Catholicism represents and how important it is to a university that has based its identity around the religion. Through the experience of interviewing students, faculty and staff, I have learned important lessons. From the series as a whole, I have learned that I can improve my ability to think and my ability to improve my own life. I learned that people around me have a greater understanding of why this university functions the way it does. First and foremost, religion should be handled carefully when reporting at a Catholic university. Because it touches the lives of so many people, those people can become easily offended. The reaction is completely understandable. When people truly believe in something, it is more than just an idea: it is their thoughts, their love and their means to live. That being said, I learned more about this religion than I ever imagined I would. From Hillary Kaefring and Julia Simons, students who have an undying faith, I learned that the religion is expanding and changing, especially with the new pope. Though the religion still holds to tradition, that tradition serves as a building block for young Catholics with new visions. work hard to teach students what the Catholic faith is, and what the university stands for. From Nikola Utinkova, an agnostic student, I came to a better understanding of how a student can thrive in this university even without the embrace of religion; as long as we seek purpose, we can fulfill our lives. This interview made me From Tom Wetzel, assis- appreciate the Mount Mercy environment tant professor of even more, religious studWhat because the ies, I learned Catholicism university does what the Cathomeans to... not push its belic institution liefs on its sturepresents and dents. It teaches the purpose in students ideals which its identhat stem from tity is woven. Catholicism inLeaders have cluding service, taken time and community, made choices love, compasto improve sion, charity the Catholic and so much institution in more. These ways that lead qualities shape to the pursuit us as human of knowledge. beings to help This underus improve our standing of lives and the truth allows lives of others us to better around us. ourselves as human beings so Catholicism has done an that we can help other human outstanding job of directing beings improve their lives. its followers toward something great and meaningful: From Brooke Oehme, a fulfilling life that has sense coordinator of volunteerism and purpose. I have more and service learning, and respect for this faith than I Sister Shari Sutherland, exever did before. ecutive director for mission and ministry, I learned about Whether we are Catholic faith and service, as well as or not, we chose this univerhow to reflect in order to imsity because we saw someprove my lifestyle. A strong thing in it. And for all of us history from the Sisters of it has something to offer, we Mercy, along with the critical just have to find it. concerns, has paved the way for a strong university. The people in Campus Ministry The Journalist Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks and stuffing our stomachs with as much turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie as possible. However, some of us may not realize that Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and that international students at Mount Mercy University may have never celebrated Thanksgiving. Freshman Sho Takaoka, from Japan, and junior Candelaria Rainero, from Argentina, have never celebrated Thanksgiving. In Argentina, Rainero celebrates Tradition Day on Nov. 10, which is a similar concept to Thanksgiving. It is a time where friends and family get together and eat a large meal, consisting of traditional foods. “We normally bar- beque cow meat,” said Rainero. “But we also barbeque chorizos. We have empanadas as well, which is basically a hot meat wrap.” Rainero thinks Thanksgiving is a “cool” custom. She is excited to spend Thanksgiving with her friends, and is looking forward to all the food as well. “I had only heard of such a thing in the movies,” said Rainero. “This is the first year that I’ll get to experience it live.” In Japan, they do not celebrate anything like Thanksgiving. However, there is a major holiday that Takaoka and the people of Japan celebrate around the new year. Before the new year, the Japanese people go to a local temple and drink ama-sake, a non-alcoholic drink made from fermented rice. Early on New Year’s Day, the people go to the Shinto Shrine to pray. “We stay up together to see the first sun rise of the new year,” said Takaoka. “After that, we eat grandma’s homemade traditional New Year’s food and receive gift money from our grandparents.” Takaoka had never heard of Thanksgiving until he moved to the United States. He experienced Thanksgiving for the first time two years ago when he was an exchange student at Kennedy High School. This year he plans to spend Thanksgiving with the friends he made at Kennedy. He is looking forward to seeing his old friends, eating all the food he can and watching football. “I think that Thanksgiving is a great holiday,” said Takaoka. “It brings family members and friends together.” Ornament Craft Event Monday, November 25th 3pm - 5pm Betty Cherry Design ornaments for the UC Christmas tree, for yourself, and for a local charity!! Sports 6 Women’s basketball wins against Ashford, 52-44 “ By Taylor Foster Sports Editor The Mustang women continued their recent hot streak, defeating Ashford University 52-44 on Nov. 13. The Mustangs are now 4-2 after winning three of the last four. The team outscored the Saints by seven points in the second half to win the game, after only leading by one point at the half. “We played really hard on defense,” said Aaron Jennings, women’s basketball head coach. “We did a nice job of containing their shooters and challenging every shot. Our team needs to get a lot We really stepped up our communication and transitional defense. There are many things we are improving on from last year, but one of our key things is executing our offense and hitting shouts throughtout the entire game.” Amanda Frost Senior ” more consistent in our offense. We need to do a better job of finishing at the basket. We did a good job of getting to the free throw line and knocking them down.” The Mustangs were led by Upcoming Mustang Sporting Events Saturday Nov. 23 Men’s and women’s cross country – at the NAIA National Championship in Lawrence, Kan., 10:30 a.m. freshman center Abby Herb who had 15 points in the game and made nine of 12 free throws. Senior forward Amanda Frost had 10 points on five of 11 shots. The Mustangs were one for seven beyond the arc. “We really stepped up our communication and transitional defense,” said Frost. “There are many things we are improving on from last year, but one of our key things is executing offense and hitting shots throughout the entire game.” “So far this year we are doing a good job of sharing the basketball,” said Jennings. “We are a much deeper team then last year. Our bench has been doing a great job of coming in and giving us a spark.” Nov. 21, 2013 Mustang men snap five game losing streak hitting eight of nine free throws. By Taylor Foster Sports Editor The Mustang men won at Wartburg College 66-56, on Nov. 16. The Mustang men (35) were able to snap a five game losing streak after outscoring the Knights by 14 points in the second half. Senior guard Tajric Boggs had a breakout game with 22 points, Neither team shot well, with Mount Mercy hitting only 32.2 percent of their shots and the Knights hitting only 39.6 percent. The Mustang men will be playing Judson University on Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. in Hennessey Recreation Center. The Eagles are 3-4 in conference play. Bound for Kansas Liz Mosbach runs in the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship on Nov. 9 at Jones Park in Cedar Rapids. Mosbach, along with the men’s cross country team, will run in the NAIA Cross Country National Championship Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Lawrence, Kan. Match Games in Fairview Heights, Ill. Men’s basketball – at the Draemel Classic at Midland University, 7:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball – vs. Cardinal Stritch University, 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 30 Men’s Basketball – vs. Judson University, 4 p.m. versity Men’s basketball – vs. TBA at the Draemel Classic at Midland Uni- 6 p.m. Men’s and women’s bowling – at the National Collegiate Team Match Games in Fairview Heights, Ill. Friday Nov. 29 Sunday Dec. 1 Men’s and women’s bowling – at the National Collegiate Team Women’s basketball at University of WisconsinPlatteville, 6:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 25 Women’s basketball – vs. Culver-Stockton College, Maddy Jones / Co-Editor Kirk Ferentz: greatest gift, or curse to Hawkeye Football? “ ” play, and 3-3 at home. Opinion Taylor Foster Sports Editor Coming off of a bye-week the Iowa Hawkeyes football team is 6-4, fifth in the Legends division of the Big Ten Conference. They are 3-3 in conference For a football program that has the seventh highest paid coach in all of college football, this is pathetic. Kirk Ferentz has been paid approximately $3.65 million this year. He is getting paid more than a lot of NCAA top 25 head coaches such as Gene Chizik at Auburn, and David Shaw at Stanford, teams ranked sixth and ninth in the BCS poll, respectively. Something is wrong with this picture. Ferentz does have some Be A Web Master The Mount Mercy Times can make you a master of the universe ... or at least the cyberuniverse. The Times is seeking to add to its staff: w A web editor. Design and create compelling web designs, add original web content created by the Times staff. w A TV producer. Have you ever wanted to be in charge of an internet TV show? Now you can. w A news editor. Help the Times staff edit print and on-line materials. w An ad sales person. 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They finished 11-2 in 2009, only to go 8-5 in 2010, 7-6 in 2011 and 4-8 in 2012. This year, with a five star quarterback they are only a mediocre team. Last year it was fair to that, with a new offensive and defensive coordinator things would be rough. But we had a veteran senior quarterback who looked like he did not know how to throw a football and did not understand the offense at all. This week Iowa will play Michigan in Iowa City at Kinnick Stadium. I do not have high hopes, but at the beginning of the year I said this would be a rebuilding season. In a perfect world, I’d like to see Iowa win this weekend and then again at Nebraska the next week. Then Iowa can go to a good bowl game, but as of right now, I’d bet that we finish the season at 6-6. I’m not sure why Iowa continues to keep Ferentz around, but as long as he stays, he will be our greatest gift and our greatest curse.
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