Men’s basketball carries momentum into next season

By Tom Pfister

Contributing Writer


The Viterbo men’s basketball team wrapped up their 2013-14 season on Feb. 26, with a record of 16-14—their last game a loss in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) quarterfinals when the V-Hawks were defeated by Grand View University 73-63. The V-Hawks had a 32-24 lead at the half, but were unable to finish the game ahead of Grand View.


“It is always hard when a team feels that they have the ability to do well and make it far in the playoffs but come up short,” graduating senior, and forward from Eastman, Wis., Cole Lewis told Lumen. “It is never easy, but it can help motivate those still on the team to make it different for the next year.”


Despite the early playoff exit, the squad finished with a record that has improved over the last four seasons. After winning the MCC championship in 2009-10, the team went 6-25 in 2010-11, 11-19 in 2011-12, and 16-15 in 2012-13.


With the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, the V-Hawks are looking to maintain the momentum and improvement they have shown over the last four years going into next season.


With four seniors graduating—Matt Turba, Izac Sheforgen, Cole Lewis and Jasper Duberry—the V-Hawks must attempt to replace the leadership they brought to the program. Turba and Lewis earned MCC all-conference awards this season, scoring 9.8 and 16.1 points per game respectively. Turba also led the team in assists (2.41 assists per game) and steals (2.1 steals per game).


“The team will probably miss the leadership of guys that have been around for so long and been through so many games, but there are also other guys who have the ability to be leaders next year,” Lewis said. They have learned from the leadership of the team this year and have experienced enough to lead the team themselves.”


The V-Hawks will be returning MCC all-conference player David Shepard, who averaged 13.2 points per game and led the team in rebounding (6.5 rebounds per game). Freshman Jake Bamke will be the other returning starter for the V-Hawks.


Assistant Coach Ryan Thibodeau—having recently completed his sixth season with the V-Hawks—has seen first-hand the improvements needed for next season. Their strategy will include an offense tailor-made for the returning players and a tough man-to-man defense.


“We try to accentuate strengths offensively,” Thibodeau told Lumen. “We don’t have a ‘put-out’ player to score whenever we need to stop a run; we rely more on being a team and working off of one another. Defensively, we have always been a top-notch program.”


The V-Hawks do not want to have next season be one that is based on rebuilding and replacement, Coach Wayne Wagner, the V-Hawks head coach for the past 14 seasons, told Lumen. Four years ago, the team dropped to a record of 6-25 after winning a conference championship in 2009-10.


“We hate to feel like we need to talk about rebuilding,” said Wagner. “We hope our underclassmen are experienced enough to avoid a drop-off. We hope they have seen enough competition and know what they need to work on.”


The V-Hawks have worked on strengthening their underclassmen by building a stronger chemistry between the underclassmen and upperclassmen and spending more time in the weight room.


“This group has been really good about committing to becoming better,” Wagner said. “The upperclassmen have shown the willingness to get better each year and to bring the underclassmen with them.”


The readiness of the returning players will be crucial to the team’s success next season. The V-Hawks will be tweaking their offense to accentuate their current players’ strengths and are hoping for a seamless transition, Wagner explained.


“We need to accomplish two things: individual development, such as strength, quickness and athleticism, and a quicker development of chemistry,” Wagner explained. “We need to find opportunities to develop a bond both on and off the court.”


On defense, their man-to-man approach will remain the steady signature of the Viterbo program.


“Our man-to-man defense has been a proven approach for us,” Wagner stated. “It’s rooted in my background.” A former Viterbo basketball player himself, Wagner spent his playing years in a man-to-man defensive approach.


The approach has paid off the last four years, with Viterbo being ranked highly in the country for their scoring defense. The team also led the conference in scoring defense this year.


“Our defense has zone principles with players in help positions,” Wagner said. “When I know our defense is set and right, I hear the other team say ‘they’re in zone, they’re in zone.’”


A challenge for the V-Hawks will be competing with other MCC schools in recruiting. We are the only team that has a system of development from freshman to seniors. Other schools in the conference bring in junior college players year to year, Thibodeau explained.


With an ever-changing MCC conference, the V-Hawks will have to wait to see where they are projected to finish next season. Good or bad, the team will be heading into the 2014-15 season with momentum and a winner’s mentality. They are not afraid to play as the underdog, either.


“The underdog mentality has always been successful for us,” Thibodeau said. “These returning players don’t want to hear that they’ll be good in two years—they want to win now.”

Music department presents Menotti’s classic Christmas opera


By: Melissa Vach

Arts & Entertainment Editor


      The Viterbo music department’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors will hit the Fine Arts Center main stage Sat., Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. 

     An opera written by Gian Carlo Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors focuses on a young crippled shepherd boy named Amahl and his mother who are visited by the three kings, Melchior, Balthazar and Casper, as the kings travel to meet the newly-born baby Jesus.

     “[Amahl] is very unique,” Baritone Raymond Graybar, fifth-year senior music major in vocal performance with a vocal pedagogy emphasis from La Crosse, Wis., told Lumen. Graybar plays the role of Melchior, the king bearing the gift of gold which symbolizes power. 

     “Menotti specifically asked that Amahl be only sung by a young boy, never by a soprano or anyone [else],” Graybar said. “He wanted to keep the innocence within the story, and asked that the entire production be portrayed from the perspective of a small child. It’s a very welcoming, welcome to all ages production.”

     “[Amahl] is such a beautiful Christmas story, and the opportunity to work with a young voice  is really special,” Chelsea Verges, fifth-year senior music major with an emphasis in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Baraboo, Wis., told Lumen. “[Amahl] also seems to bring the community together in a different way by supporting the arts and celebrating the miracles of Christmas.”

      Verges, a mezzo-soprano, will play the role of Amahl’s mother during the Thursday school show and Sunday matinee performance. Anna Parks will play the mother Saturday evening. There are also two different Amahls; one to sing with Verges, the other to sing with Parks. 


Verges has previously performed in the music department’s chamber opera Dido and Aeneas as the second woman.

     “The mother is a widowed shepherdess who lives with her son, Amahl, who is 10 years old in [the] production,” Verges said. “They are struggling to make ends meet and she tends to be stressed out much of the time. 

     “The role of the mother is different from the [second woman from Dido and Aeneas],” Verges said. “While both roles are largely concerned with the well-being of others, the second woman [was] concerned about Dido’s life and the mother [is] concerned about feeding and taking care of Amahl. The mother has other worries in her life, and some of those, I feel, can be up to the interpretation of the actor. This is what makes her more challenging for me, along with the difficult music. 

     “I have really enjoyed the bits of freedom with interpreting her character, but this aspect can make it more challenging when you try to make that character believable to the audience and relatable to the other characters, especially her son, Amahl,” Verges said. “The music was challenging in respect to changing  and unexpected shifts in tonality, which was quite different in comparison to Dido and Aeneas.”

     “In all of my productions [at Viterbo], this is one of the most well-prepared, for myself and the other cast members,” Graybar said. “We’re all at the point where we all know what we’re supposed to do. It’s going to be a really great production. All of the main cast are seniors and super-seniors.”

     “It’s kind of neat that [Amahl] is my last opera at Viterbo and also the first one I sang,” Graybar said. 

     Graybar performed the role of Amahl when he was 13 and a member of the La Crosse Boy Choir, then under the direction of Dan Johnson-Wilmot, the current music department chair at Viterbo. 

     “After I sang in Amahl, I saw that singing and music can have a real effect on others,” Graybar said. “It got me hooked to bring happiness to my audience whenever I [sing]. Plus, it’s a blast whenever I get on stage.”

     Graybar has previously performed in the music department’s production of The Marriage of Figaro as Figaro, which he mentioned being a great honor, and in Cinderella as Dandini. He also performed in Gianni Schicchi and The Nightbell.

     “I grew up in small town La Crosse, and never thought much of myself,” Graybar said. “In this role, I have to create an entirely new persona and self-image, and I have to do it without seeming too full of myself. So, I have to portray myself as someone worthy of honor and respect and entitlement. Obviously there has to be a sense of humility since [Melchior] is visiting the baby Jesus.

     “On top of all that, for me, the fact that I’ve sung in this opera before and [that] this is the opera that got me hooked on singing [is] going to make my singing and my integrity of character all the more meaningful,” Graybar said.

     Tickets may be purchased at the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office or online for $18 main floor, $15 lower balcony and $12 upper balcony. Children’s tickets are $16, $13 and $10 respectively. Discounts are available online at the time of writing after Black Friday and may still apply: $16.20, $13.50 and $10.80 for adults, and $14.40, $11.70 and $9 for children. Students with a valid ID receive discounts on tickets at the box office.

Time to say goodbye


Jessica Schurmann

Graphic Designer & Online Editor


     When one of my best friends graduated last semester, she told me everything felt surreal when the clock ticked down to graduation. At the time I thought I wouldn’t feel that way but now…I see that she was completely right!

     I will be graduating in December with a BFA in painting. At the end of my freshman year I decided on a whim to apply to Lumen as the arts and entertainment editor, to help promote events in the art department and practice my writing skills.     

     I was offered an assistant position, and after that year was up I decided to come back as the Arts and Entertainment editor, followed by Assistant Editor last year, and now Graphic Designer and Online Editor. 

     Although many people are straying away from reading physical papers, I have grown to love the process and the newspaper business as a whole. 

     I loved being able to express my opinion duirng the presidential campaign last year, and bringing up important, sometimes controversial subjects that I felt needed to be recognized. 

     Now as the graphic designer I have been able to combine my skills from my art classrooms and my knowledge of writing for the paper to bring new editions to print. 

     I want to say thank you to my fellow editors from the last three years, and to Lyon Evans for teaching me everything I know now about writing for newspapers.

     I also want to thank all of you who are reading this, for supporting our efforts!

     I will miss the layout room with the retro (and comfy) couch I napped on plenty of times, and the continuous flow of pizza! Good luck to the staff in the future, you will do great!



Jessica Hartling

Assistant Editor


     Well, Lumen Readers, it has been a nice year and a half. At the day of publication, I will be graduating in a week and a half from Viterbo with a degree in Biochemistry. 

     I started out working for Lumen as Assistant Campus Life Editor last school year. For those who don’t know, this year I have been Assistant Editor. 

     Assistant Editor has been such an adventure. I have written opinion articles, created my own layout and learned more about journalism than I ever expected when I first stepped on campus. 

     Now that I am preparing myself for my last step off of campus, there is some imparting wisdom I wish to share. 

     First, for current and future Luminators, those who work for Lumen, I wish you the best of luck. Push your limits and the limits of what has been done before. Have fun writing and it will show through. 

     To those who are just starting their career at Viterbo, or those who are nearing the end, just keep swimming. If there has been nothing truer during my time at Viterbo it is Dory’s (the blue sidekick from Finding Nemo) motto to just keep swimming. 

     Things will get tough and you will think that there is no way you can make it work. People before you have been in your shoes and they have survived, and so shall you.  

     The chapter of my life which has been the past three and a half years is coming to a close. It is crazy how quickly time flies by. As of right now, I am not positive as to where the next chapter will take me, but I am very excited to see where it will be. 

Philosophy club to be renamed


By: Jessica Hartling

Assistant Editor

Philosophy Club is currently in the process of changing its name to the Philosophical Inquiry Club, (P.I. Club).

This semester, the P.I. Club has hosted biweekly discussions on Monday afternoons where all fac­ulty, staff and students are welcome to join.

Each meeting is an informal dis­cussion focused on a philosophical or political topic. Previous topics of discussion included the impact of social networking upon our per­sonal relationships, to Black Friday and the ethics of businesses.

This semester there has not been a large attendance of students at each meeting. “Philosophy Club used to have very active students; however, they graduated a few years ago,” Robyn Gaier, assistant professor of philosophy, told Lu­men. “Since then, each fall semester we are rebuilding, and by spring semester we have a real member­ship.”

“I hope that more students become involved in the club,” Brit­tany Thompson, junior dietetics major and ethics minor from Prior Lake, Minn., and P.I. Club presi­dent, told Lumen.

“Classes have a tendency to fo­cus on the few concrete answers in the world, but this club pulls some of the focus back to the value of a quality question,” Thompson said.

“Students need a philosophical and intellectual outlet, but not in a graded or evaluated atmosphere,” Gaier said. “P.I. Club allows for all those who attend to have these informal discussions in a relaxed environment.”

“Next semester we are looking into hosting movie and discus­sion nights,” Thompson said. “The movies will align with some of the topics discussed in mission seminar courses to encourage attendance, as well as deepening the knowledge base related to such topics.”

“In February, around Valentine’s Day, we normally have a discus­sion about the nature of love and relationships,” Gaier said. “Around Easter, there is usually a world reli­gions discussion as well.”

“Every Spring UW-La Crosse hosts a philosophy conference,” Gaier said. “I would like to see the club build up where there would be a real interest by the student body in attending.”

“I believe an important compo­nent of being an ethical person is reflection and discussion of moral issues,” Thompson said. “Being involved in the club has been such a positive experience for me so far because it is an hour out of my week where I can sit on a comfort­able couch, put away my phone and simply talk with some fascinat­ing people.”

Going gluten-free


By Melissa Freund


While the Caf has recently been working to increase their aware­ness of students’ dietary needs, it remains nearly impossible for an individual living with Celiac Dis­ease to take advantage of the dining services on campus.

“Right now, [the Caf is] unable to guarantee cross contamination with gluten products for students who have a gluten allergy,” John Race, community coordinator of Resi­dence Life at Viterbo, told Lumen. However, “the Caf and the other dining locations have increased their awareness and offerings for not only gluten, but dairy and other food allergies,” Race continued. “Many gluten-free options are available every day and in the Caf there is a sign by the grill station that lists out all of the gluten-free options.”

“One crumb, or about 50 mil­ligrams of gluten, is enough to cause intestinal damage,” Virginia Horth, an adjunct nutrition and dietetics instructor at Viterbo, who specializes in gluten disorders, told Lumen. Cross contamination is a large concern for affected individu­als, as wheat particles can remain airborne for several hours, Horth explained. With the cafeteria on campus producing its own baked goods, it is nearly impossible to guarantee a completely gluten-free environment.

Recently, the prevalence of such allergies and disorders seems to be on the rise, leaving the general public wondering what is causing this increase. National Public Radio reported that close to 10 percent of preschoolers suffer from some sort of food allergy, a number that “has more than doubled over the past decade.” Although no exact cause has been pinpointed, it is believed that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is playing a role in the increased prevalence.

One of the recently publicized food allergies that is on the rise is that of gluten. “I don’t know if a percentage of students is known, but I believe [the prevalence of gluten disorders] is on an up rise from conversations I have had with students,” Race stated. A protein found in wheat based products, gluten can cause a myriad of prob­lems, ranging from an allergy to an intolerance, or the most detrimental of all, Celiac Disease.

Approximately, one in 133 people around the world suffers from Celiac Disease. This equals about one percent of the total population, Horth explained. Another 8-10 per­cent of the population is estimated to have some form of non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

However, according to celiaccen­, as many as “83 percent of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.”

“It can take as many as 11 years to correctly diagnose an adult with Celiac Disease and eight years to diagnose a child,” Horth stated. This low diagnosis rate is often due to the wide range of symptoms that can be caused by the disease, which can affect the entire body.

“Celiac Disease is an autoim­mune disorder, where the intestines cannot break down the gluten pro­teins,” Horth explained. As a result, the immune system begins to attack the GI tract. While Celiac Disease is most commonly known for causing a variety of digestion issues, other common symptoms include head­aches, infertility and depression.

The only treatment for gluten sensitivity disorders is to imple­ment a gluten-free diet, a change that can affect a person’s entire lifestyle, Horth stated.

Audra Fuchsel, a senior vocal performance major from Onalaska, Wis., has been living gluten-free since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease at the age of 15 and she knows how difficult it can be to implement a gluten-free diet.

Due to the lack of a support sys­tem, beyond that of her immediate family, Fuchsel explained that ini­tially, “I found it very hard to settle into my new lifestyle,” at Viterbo.

“When I moved into the dorms my freshman year I struggled to find foods I could eat due to the Caf not being familiar with gluten-free cooking or foods,” Fuschel told Lu­men. She explained that, in living so close to campus, “I was lucky” and “I ended up moving home due to my dietary needs,” while stu­dents who live farther from cam­pus, do not have that option.

In an attempt to create a com­munity and support system for students who are struggling with Celiac Disease, Fuchsel created the Celiac Disease Awareness club on campus during her sophomore year.

Although the club was not active during her junior year, in 2012-2013, Fuchsel is continuing to support increased awareness of the disease on campus, including making more gluten-free options available to students on campus.

“One of my biggest goals is to work with the Caf in creating a Ce­liac friendly environment,” Fuchsel stated, “as it would be a huge asset to our university.”

While still in the beginning stages of the planning process, Fuchsel explained that she is cur­rently working with Viterbo’s Food Service Committee in hopes of achieving this goal.

While cross contamination can­not be completely prevented at this point, “if students are unsure of the ingredients in a dish, they can always ask dining staff,” Race said.


Food for finals week


By Jessica Hartling

Assistant Editor


     Administrative Assembly, a group of administrators and other campus employees, are putting together a food for finals project for students. 

     Monday, Dec. 9, food will be available for students in two locations: the Academic Resource Center on the third floor of Murphy Center, and the library. Depending on the amount of food collected, another location in the Reinhart Center Commons, in the basement, will also have snacks. 

     Tentatively, snacks will be available in the ARC starting at 10:30 a.m. and in the Library starting at 9 p.m.

     This project, led by a committee of those in the Administrative Assembly, is working towards donating snack foods for students to eat while they study for finals. 

     The committee is collecting food from Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Friday, Dec. 6. Those who wish to make a donation may drop it off at MRC 200. Suggested snack items are pretzels, cookies, fruit snacks, pre-popped popcorn, granola bars, fresh fruit and mixed nuts.

     Money donation will be accepted as well and will go towards a shopping trip which will occur the weekend before finals. 

     Last year about $30-40 was collected and Jane Eddy, director of the Academic Resource Center, went shopping for ARC.

     While the food for finals project is run by the Administrative Assembly, faculty are welcome to donate as well. 

     The snacks that will be available to students range from baked goods and string cheese, to trail mix. The availability of snacks will continue until supplies run out. 

     This committee ran a similar event last spring semester, which “was a great success,” John Race, community coordinator and member of the committee, told Lumen. 

     Polly Scott is the chair of the committee and an acquisitions librarian. Other members of the committee include Tina Johns, director of student academic success, Mary Mormann, lead programmer analyst; John Race, community coordinator; Jane Eddy, director of the Academic Resource Center; Sonya Ganther, human resources director; Denise Lorenz, community engagement coordinator; Vickie Unferth, director of residence life and Dorothy Lenard, administrative program specialist. 

Beth Sculley joins Office of Residence Life


By: Rachel Hall

Contributing Writer


     Beth Sculley, a resident from Newburgh, N.Y., has taken the role of North Staff Community Coordinator. Sculley began her new job on Nov. 18 and, prior to coming to Viterbo, Sculley was a full-time graduate student at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

     “I was really looking at small Catholic schools” and “Viterbo fit that profile,” Sculley told Lumen. 

     Viterbo is the smallest college (with 1400 full-time undergraduate students) in which Sculley has been employed, but she finds the environment to be quite welcoming. “People are very nice, very friendly. [Viterbo’s] certainly a very tight knit family. People know your face, not just your name from an e-mail,” Sculley said.

     Sculley attended Le Moyne College, a school in Syracuse, N.Y. with an undergraduate population of 2,800, where she graduated with a bachelor’s of arts in sociology. She received a master’s of arts in higher education with a Catholic university leadership concentration from Boston College, which has an undergraduate population of 8,700.

     While at Le Moyne, Sculley was a resident adviser, writing tutor, research assistant and teaching assistant. Also, Sculley was a summer conference manager for the Office of Residence Life (ORL) at Loyola University in New Orleans, La.

     “I spent the two years immediately after graduating from college serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps is a full-time volunteer service program for recent college grads that is focused around four values: simple living, community, social justice and spirituality. 

     “Through the program, volunteers are placed at an agency or a school where they work full-time for the year,” Scully said. “I worked at Cristo Rey Boston High School in their corporate work study office my first year.  I worked my second year in Detroit at a program called Boys Hope Girls Hope,” Sculley said.

     Originally, Viterbo planned to have someone selected by Oct. 1, Vickie Unferth, director of Residence Life, told Lumen. However, the search took more time than anticipated. 

     The interviewing process was made up of three components: the initial screening, a telephone interview and an on-campus interview. After the search committee reviewed over 20 applicants, Sculley was selected as the new addition to the ORL.

     Sculley made the move to La Crosse via car. “I really had the freedom to move anywhere” and the move “was a chance to explore a part of the country that I haven’t had a chance to explore before,” Sculley said.

     She has noticed a few differences between the East Coast and Midwest. “I definitely notice the upper Minnesota accent” and “the people, in general, are much friendlier here. There’s a much more relaxed lifestyle” Sculley said.

     “Particularly when I am driving or waiting in line at a store, I notice people are just much less in a rush here. They are just more willing to take their time. I am actually learning to be less aggressive and more patient when I am driving. 

     “Also, at stores and restaurants, I have noticed people who wait on you are just more chatty and willing to talk and answer questions and have less of an efficiency approach,” Sculley said.

     Another difference between the East Coast and Midwest lies in the values, Sculley said. “When I came back from my interview at Viterbo, people were asking me how I liked La Crosse, and the first thing I said was ‘it seemed like a great place to raise a family.’ 

     “La Crosse seems to be a relatively safe place, with low crime, compared to other places I have lived. I have also not noticed the large disparities in social class and wealth to the same extent that I have observed in other cities,” Sculley said.

   Sculley is still trying to distinguish what is unique to the Midwest versus Viterbo, and Wisconsin in general.

    However, Sculley is learning more about Viterbo’s policies and the students as she works. “[The job]’s getting better every day,” Scully said. She feels like “more and more a part of the students and staff here” as she is “getting to know people.” 

    At Viterbo, Sculley’s role includes supervising the north staff (Bonaventure, Treacy and Clare buildings), coordinating freshman move-in, sending out the monthly parent newsletter, participating in on-call nights, responding to emergencies and handling room switches and meal plan changes, Unferth said.

    A community coordinator must have great attention to detail, work as part of a team, be creative, like working with students, be flexible and available, easily adjust and interact well with staff and students, she added.

ROTC program given a second chance


By: Elizabeth Schaller

Contributing Writer


     The U.S. Army has changed its decision to close the UW-La Crosse ROTC program. On Nov. 8 it was officially announced that the program will instead be placed on probation for two years while the Army reassesses the program and reconsiders its initial decision.  The UW-La Crosse ROTC program is the host site for Viterbo students and students from St. Mary’s University and Winona State University in Minnesota.

    In early October, it was announced that 13 ROTC programs across the country, including the UW-La Crosse program, would be closing to allow for a reallocation of limited resources throughout the nation’s programs. 

     The UW-La Crosse program was originally scheduled to close in September 2015, which would have allowed current juniors and seniors in the program to complete their coursework and training. However, the closure would have required six Viterbo students with freshman and sophomore standing to decide between transferring to a different school with a ROTC program or staying at Viterbo and discontinuing their role in ROTC altogether. 

   The latest announcement concerning the probationary status of the UW-La Crosse ROTC program means the program now has new life. 

     According to a document posted on the UW-La Crosse Campus News website, “‘This is welcome news, as it means our battalion may be able to make modifications and secure Army approval to remain a permanent program on our campus,” John, [UW-La Crosse chancellor,] wrote in an email to campus.

     As of the date Lumen is going to press, the conditions of the probationary status are unclear.

     “Everything is really uncertain at this time…we do not have details,” Pat Kerrigan, Viterbo’s vice president of communications and marketing, told Lumen.

     “At this point in time, all we know is that the closures have been postponed for two years,” Kerrigan explained.

     “We’re not quite sure what that all means in terms of moving forward or what kinds of things will be taking place during this time,” he added. 

     As far as Kerrigan understands, the probationary status of the program is in effect immediately. Until further details have been announced, he is under the impression that this new status means the current freshmen and sophomores who would have been affected by the closure will get the chance to complete the program.

     The Viterbo ROTC students are as unclear about what this new announcement means as the university officials are.

     “We literally heard what everyone else did on the news. No more, no less,” Nora Krueger, a junior nursing major and ROTC student from Stoughton, Wis., told Lumen.

     All of the ROTC students in the UW-La Crosse program are supposed to attend a meeting when more information has been released to the battalion, but this has not taken place yet, Krueger said.

     As a junior in the program, Krueger would have completed the program whether it was placed on probation or not. Although she does not know the exact details of the new status, she is excited that she will get to have a leadership position next year mentoring the underclassmen.

   “All of the underclassmen I’ve gotten close to get to remain in the program. So as far as I’m concerned, it will be ten-thousand fold better,” Krueger said.

    Viterbo University officials are also pleased with the new development.

    “We’re very happy for our students that they are going to be able to continue at Viterbo and they are going to receive the financial support and benefit from the leadership opportunities that ROTC provides,” Kerrigan said. 

     The reasons for the initial decision to close the UW-La Crosse program and 12 others around the country were never specified, Kerrigan said. The 13 programs that were originally announced to close in 2015 were informed that the closures had something to do with the types of careers students were considering in the future and the demographics of students represented in the ROTC programs. However, nothing was explicitly mentioned about the UW-La Crosse ROTC program’s demographics.

     Even though the conditions of the program’s new status are uncertain, Kerrigan believes this announcement is good news. As soon as the Army announced its decision to close the UW-La Crosse ROTC program, university and elected officials in the area rallied behind the program and made contact with Army officials to try to reverse the decision, Kerrigan said. 

    The public support for the program made an impact. The UW-La Crosse ROTC program has been “given another shot” to “be re-evaluated,” Kerrigan said.“What looked like a closure has now turned into an opportunity to take a closer look at the program,” Kerrigan explained.  He is hopeful that the UW-La Crosse ROTC program can meet the requirements in order for the Army to decide to preserve the program. 

Sports at a glance


By Ryan Miller

Sports Editor


     The Viterbo University Athletic Department is extremely busy. Women’s soccer and volleyball are in postseason play, and winter sports are well underway. 

     Women’s soccer easily handled Mount Mercy University in the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) Tournament quarter finals with a 4-0 win. On Nov. 9, the soccer team headed into semifinals against Grand View University. The V-Hawks topped Grand View with a final score of 1-0.   

     Junior midfielder Bre Burry capitalized on a penalty kick opportunity, and scored the only goal of the game. Women’s soccer will face off against Saint Ambrose University in the MCC Tournament championship game on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

     Volleyball did not seize the conference title this year, as the Lady V-Hawks lost to Grand View University 3-2 on Nov. 6. The Lady V-Hawks took the first two sets from Grand View handily, but lost the last three. 

     “We should not have lost; they just stepped up their game and made fewer errors,” said Lynette Benson, senior sports management major from Forest Lake, Minn.

     Nov. 9, Volleyball faced off against AIB College of Business for the quarter finals of the MCC Tournament. Lady V-Hawks took three straight from AIB and advance to the semifinals which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13. 

     Men’s and women’s bowling traveled to Milwaukee to compete in the Midwest Collegiate. The men finished 29 of 40 and the women finished 12 of 28. 

     Women’s basketball is currently 0-3 to start their season. 

     “We are a young team, but we are not going to let that be an excuse or a hindrance,” Sami Weaver, senior business management major from Trempealeau, Wis., said. “We are working extremely hard and we are determined to keep moving forward every day.” 

     Women’s basketball will play an exhibition game against Winona State on Nov. 26 in Winona at 7 p.m.

     Men’s basketball is currently 2-0 with wins over Silver Lake College and Valley City State University. The men have also played two exhibition games against NCAA Division One teams, North Dakota State and University Wisconsin-Green Bay. Both exhibition games resulted in losses for the V-Hawks.   

     On Nov. 15 and 16 the men are hosting the Viterbo University Invitational. Their first game will be on the 15th at 7 p.m. against Silver Lake College.  


Fall golf season recap

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By Ryan Miller

Sports Editor


     The men’s and women’s golf teams had split emotions regarding their performance in the fall season. While the women’s team was satisfied with their performance and pleased with young additions to the team, the men are striving for consistency during the spring season. 

     “The team had a fantastic fall season,” Erin Isaacson, junior biochemistry major from Clintonville, Wis., told Lumen. The women had one first place and two second place finishes out of eight teams, another second place finish out of 11 teams and a third place finish out of nine teams. 

     “We definitely performed the best at the UW-Oshkosh Invite, where we took first and beat the next closest team by at least 20 strokes,” Isaacson said. 

     The women’s team had a total of seven golfers this fall, two of which were freshmen. In collegiate golf, the varsity team consists of the best five golfers. With only seven on the team, everyone was required to play at their highest potential.

     “Both of our freshmen played important roles on the team,” Isaacson said. “We were lucky to pick up two [golfers] who were both extremely capable of playing on the top five.” 

     “The [men’s] team did not do as well as we hoped,” said James DeBoer, junior business management major from Onalaska, Wis. “We won our first tournament of the year which created excitement early but after that we could not get everyone to play well at the same time.”

     DeBoer did not seem discouraged by the fall season. 

     “We have a lot of potential to be real good,” said DeBoer. “We are a young team with a lot of talent, so if we can become more consistent with our short games, this team can compete week in and week out with anybody.”

     Notable highlights from the fall season include sophomore Stephanie Gerber’s hole-in-one during a preseason outing, the women placing at least one golfer in the top five of every tournament except one, and the men’s trip to Whistling Straights in Sheboygan, Wis.

     Two PGA (professional golf association) Championships and soon to be one more in 2015 have been hosted at Whistling Straights.   

     “We got to play a practice round and two competitive rounds along with staying at the American club where the professional golfers stay when they play there,” said Deboer.   “It is any golfer’s dream to play at Whistling Straights so to experience three days there was absolutely incredible.”

     Both teams are continuing practice until the spring season.    

     “We have weekly lessons with the pro at the country club to work on our swings and keep our muscle memory,” Isaacson said.

     “We are currently in the planning process of building an indoor practice facility that would feature a short game area and virtual simulator that we can hit into,” DeBoer said. “Our spring season is when we have conference, so it is incredibly important to stay focused and continue to practice,” said Isaacson. 

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