Wisdom from NYC


By  Jessica Hartling

Lumen Assistant Editor


     Welcome back Viterbo students! My name is Jessica Hartling.  I am the assistant editor for Lumen. 

     During the summer, I lived on the island of Manhattan for two months. I was offered a biology internship in which I conducted my own project. 

     Living in the city that never sleeps I learned many life lessons. These lessons I feel are important to share with Lumen readers. 

     First, do not forget to smile and be polite. The stereotype that New Yorkers are rude is not completely true. They are just not as nice as what we find in the Midwest. With this being said, it is amazing how much a kind gesture or a smile can impact someone’s day.  

     Second, live in the spur of the moment. Be flexible with your plans. Make the most out of your time here at Viterbo and in college, because we only get one chance of being here. 

     Next, find your inner fashionista. In New York, anything goes. You decide to wear something outrageous, but you love it and feel confident in it. Rock it! Do not be afraid to express yourself through clothing.     There is nothing better than having an outfit which illustrates who you really are. 

     Go see shows! I never realized how much a single show could impact your life. I saw “Once,” a Broadway musical about the characters Guy and Girl. It is a simple love story, but by the end, I left the theatre a different person. I found myself rekindled with the idea of fighting for your dreams, and you will achieve them.  Support the theatre, musical theatre, and vocal performance departments and take advantage of the possibility what you see on stage may change the way you see the world. 

     Lastly, there is a big and crazy world out there. I never realized all the possibilities that were open to me until I went to New York. I saw a world full of culture, and opportunities which are not available to me here in Wisconsin, such as seeing Nicki Manaj at Target.  Go explore yourself and the world. I feel like Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus” when I say this, but “take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!” 

     I look forward to writing in Lumen this year, and sharing my newly found perspective with the readers. 


Lumen: new year, new staff


By  Melissa Freund

Lumen Editor


Hello, Lumen readers,

     I hope that everyone has had a fun and relaxing summer, and is excited for the new school year. The 2013-14 Viterbo University Lumen staff would like to welcome everyone back to campus. With a large number of the previous staff graduating last spring, the Lumen press-room is filled with many new faces. 

     One newcomer joining the staff this year is junior business management major Gage Maurer. Given his interests and talents in business and economics, Gage will be heading the business manager position. Coming to Viterbo from Madison, Wis., Gage dove in to the local community last year, with his run for the La Crosse City Council.

     The campus life editor for the coming school year will be Brittany Thompson, a senior nutrition and dietetics major with minors in psychology and ethics. Originally from Prior Lake, Minn., Brittany spent a short period of time as a member of Viterbo’s volleyball team. 

     Melissa Vach will be taking over as the arts and entertainment editor. Melissa originates from La Crosse, Wis. She is an English major with writing emphasis, who will be graduating in the spring. Melissa has previously had articles published in Lumen as a part of her news reporting and writing course. 

     The final new addition to the Lumen staff is Ryan Miller, a junior business major from Mauston, Wis. Ryan will be taking the position of sports editor on this year’s staff, and like Melissa, Ryan has previously been a contributing writer for Lumen.  Ryan is a member of Viterbo’s baseball team.

     Jessica Schurmann, is one of three returning staff members.  A senior studio art major with a painting emphasis from Mauston, Wis, she will be filling the positions of on-line editor, photographer, and graphic designer. A semester studying art in Florence, Italy has driven Jessica to combine her love of art and travel in her future career plans. After Viterbo University, Jessica hopes to pursue a Global Education masters and eventually work in a university setting as a study abroad coordinator.

     This year’s assistant editor position will be filled by Jessica Hartling, who is from Waukesha, Wis. She is a senior biochemistry major who is excited to graduate this December. Last year she told Lumen she wanted to get a Harry Potter related tattoo. Over the summer, she finally got it! Jessica was previously the assistant campus life editor, and is looking forward to writing for Lumen again and working with her colleagues. 

     And I am Melissa Freund, a senior English education major, with a psychology minor, from Marshfield, Wis. I was last year’s assistant sports editor and took over as the online editor at the end of the year. In my free time, I enjoy expressing my creative side through drawing and painting. I am very much looking forward to my new role on the Lumen staff and am excited to see what this year’s staff is capable of. 

We sincerely hope that you enjoy reading the Lumen and will return to the newsstands again and again. 


Welcome back students


By Richard Artman

Viterbo University President



     On behalf of the university community, I welcome new and returning students.  Thank you for investing your time and resources at Viterbo.  You have many choices for higher education and we are grateful and proud you have chosen this Catholic Franciscan university.

     Many new and exciting changes have taken place, designed to enhance the living and learning environment at Viterbo. The three-year renovation project of Bonaventure Hall was completed just weeks ago.  Now, all residence facilities to which freshmen are assigned have been refurbished in the past four years – representing an investment of more than $2 million.

     A number of changes to campus dining will benefit the entire campus.  Einstein Bros. Bagels at Franny’s is sure to be a hit.  I did a little taste testing and I trust this will be a busy gathering place for coffee and conversation, as well as grab and go items.  A new POD concept (Provisions On Demand) has been added to the Crossroads Grill.  This area in the Student Union will be a great place to pick up essentials and fresh fruit and snacks.  

     You’ll notice the façade and exterior front entrance to Murphy Center have received a facelift and there is a new lounge for graduate students in Murphy Center 300.  A new lounge for military veterans has been created in Reinhart Center Commons.  An additional parking lot for resident students was constructed where several houses once stood on Eighth Street, across from the Mathy Center.

     Last spring, Viterbo held its first theatre production at the new Weber Center for Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse, just north of the Courtyard by Marriott. This beautiful new mid-size, 450 seat performing arts center is a collaboration between Viterbo and the La Crosse Community Theatre.  I hope you’ll attend some of the great productions there by Viterbo and the La Crosse Community Theatre.

     Thanks to the financial support of the Student Government Association (SGA), there are improvements underway in the courtyard behind Rose Terrace, Marian and Bonaventure.  The bicycle rack was moved for better security, and a new sand volleyball court and fire pit should be available soon.

     Our technology staff was busy this summer upgrading the wireless network and servers to provide more access points, faster speed, and greater bandwidth.  They installed 220 new workstations in computer labs and faculty offices.  We hope these upgrades will better meet your technology needs.

     While making these various investments in the physical plant and in technology, we have maintained a tuition rate that is lower than most private colleges in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.  We can all be proud that Viterbo received a very favorable rating in a recent study published in Forbes magazine in regard to the financial health of the nation’s private colleges and universities. Viterbo was ranked the fifth most financially fit among the private universities in Wisconsin.

     Along with about 450 new full-time freshmen and transfer students, more than 20 new full-time faculty, administration, and staff join us this fall.  I welcome all of you to our community of learners.  

     Let’s all enjoy and take good care of our beautiful campus and improved facilities.  I hope you will make many new friends and lasting relationships with classmates, professors, advisors, coaches, work supervisors, and staff.  We cherish the opportunity to be with you on your educational journey.  Have a terrific year! 

450 students join Viterbo family


By Jessica Hartling

Assistant Editor


     On a foggy Friday, August 23, around 450 new incoming students moved into Bonaventure and Marian Halls. Orientation leaders, resident assistants (RAs), faculty and volunteers all gathered at 6:45 a.m. to kick off orientation weekend with the move-in process. 

     Clubs such as Residence Hall Council, Student Government Association, and Viterbo Student Nurses Association had students volunteering to help new students move in while promoting their club. In addition, athletes from sports such as women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and men’s rugby were a large portion of the volunteer force.  

     Many of the volunteers were returners from previous years of helping students move in. “This is my second year helping the new students move in,” Jack Rice, junior social work major from St. Paul, Minn. told Lumen. “I wanted to help the incoming students get a great start to their orientation weekend.” 

     Orientation leaders had similar feelings towards the first weekend. “I wanted to help out with orientation weekend,” Nathan Caves, junior nursing major from Rochester, Minn, told Lumen. “I remember how important this weekend was for my success at Viterbo, I wanted to make sure that the new students got the most out of it as possible.” 

   Orientation leaders and RAs moved in earlier during the summer, and spent hours preparing for this event. All the orientation leaders were interviewed and selected during the spring semester, and  had training. RAs went through a similar process. “It was a long and fun process to get ready for all students,” Jeremiah Gile, senior vocal performance major from Madison, Wis. told Lumen. 

     New students arrived to Viterbo in a variety of fashions. Some with multiple cars full of their belongings, or a U-haul. The number of family members helping each student move in varied as well. 

     “I am very excited to have my whole family here to help me move in. I would not have wanted it any other way,” Bailey Kundinger, freshman nursing major from Madison, Wis. told Lumen.

     Not all incoming students were with their family during move in. “I came here by a Greyhound bus all by myself,” Thumper German, education and sociology major from Orange County, Calif, told Lumen. 

     Another student traveled as far as Calgary in Canada to get to Viterbo. “It is a 22 hour drive from Calgary to here,” Liz Beingessner, mother of a new student, told Lumen. “We dropped off his sister and the dog at my mother’s and drove here together.” 

     Many of those helping with move in had advice for the incoming students. 

     “My advice to all students is to do yoga,” Beingessner said. “Be yourself; that is the best advice I can give freshman. Friends will happen, just be yourself,” Gile said.“ 

     After move-in activities, orientation weekend commenced with a theme of Disney movies. Activities for new students included a showing of the “Great Gatsby,” bowling at Pla-mor Lanes, and a comedian. 


NCAA dreams crushed for Badgers’ fans in the second round

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor

Many brackets were ruined after the 5th-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (23-12) loss to 12th-seeded Mississippi (27-8) on Friday, Mar. 22, 57-46, in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Badgers could not get much going offensively, shooting a season low 25.4 percent from the field. Besides an extremely low shooting percentage, the Badgers also turned the ball over 11 times, which is three more than their season average of eight. Going into halftime, Wisconsin had a 25-22 lead.
However, their offensive shooting struggles carried over to their 3-point field goal attempts as well. Wisconsin, typically known for their power game inside, shot 23.3 percent on 7 for 30 shooting.
Scoring droughts have plagued the Badgers all season. The Badgers only scored one field goal in the last 6:52 of the game. Freshman guard Sam Dekker led the way for Wisconsin with 14 points and three rebounds.
Besides their offensive struggles, Wisconsin’s defense broke down multiple times in the second half, especially in the critical last three minutes of the game. They held Old Miss stand-out guard Marshall Henderson to just 1 for 11 scoring in the first half, allowing two points total. In the second half, that was not the case.
Henderson went on in the second half to go 5 for 10, including three key 3-pointers in the second half: one with under three minutes left in the game, which extended the Mississippi lead to six. Henderson led the Rebels with a game high 19 points.
The win for the Old Miss Rebels was their first NCAA tournament win since 2002. The upset loss for the Badgers marks their first loss in six straight first-game NCAA tounament victories. Old Miss moved onto the round of 32 to play 13th-seeded La Salle on Sunday, Mar. 24.

Spring sports bogged down by late winter weather

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor

Although the snow is still on the ground, the spring sports season has started. By traveling to warmer places like Arizona and Florida dur¬ing spring break, Viterbo’s baseball and softball teams have been able to squeeze in a few games.
Lady V-Hawk Softball
So far this season, the V-Hawk softball team has a record of 2-11, with all of their games being played in Tucson, Ariz. While in Arizona, the V-Hawks played 13 games in 7 days.
The V-Hawks are led by sophomore outfielder Maddy Podmolik who is batting .400 and leading the team in hits (16), homeruns (1) and RBIs (7). The sophomore is also leading the team in slugging percentage at .550. Last season as a freshman, Podmolik was a Midwest Collegiate Conference First Team All-Conference selection, and led the V-Hawks with 42 hits, 12 doubles and 26 RBIs, while starting in all 39 games.
Just as Podmolik is putting up impressive statistics early in the season, junior catcher Amanda Berg is also leading the V-Hawks. Berg is second on the team in batting average (.353) and hits (6), while also playing in 11 of the 13 games for the V-Hawks.
Junior Allison Van Haveremaet has led the V-Hawks on the mound with an ERA of 2.03 and 23 strike¬outs, while walking only five batters. Freshman Kristen Tomlinson and sophomore Justine Emerson will continue to back up Van Haveremaet on the mound. The two have combined for 18 strikeouts and 30 earned runs and have walked 12 batters this season.
With snow still covering the ground, the team has had to cancel their last four games, including the Ashford University Spring Bash, which was to take place March 22-23. The V-Hawks are scheduled to open up conference play on March 24 at Grand View University. The V-Hawks’ first home games are planned for March 26, and will host Clarke University with game one beginning at 3:00 p.m.
V-Hawk Baseball
Unlike the Viterbo softball team, the Viterbo baseball team has been busy playing their early season games in Miami and West Palm Beach, Fla. The team has also made two trips to Minneapolis, Minn. to play a series of games in the Metrodome.
With a season record of 10-8, the V-Hawk men opened up their season Feb. 13 against Morningside College where they ended up with a 2-2 split in the series.
The Hawks then travelled to Florida over spring break where they compiled an 8-6 record in the sunshine state. The team’s most recent series in the Metrodome produced a 4-0 sweep against former MCC team Waldorf College.
Thus far, sophomore outfielder Brandon Breech and senior outfielder and pitcher Blake Shepherd, have led the V-Hawks. In 14 games played, Breech is among the top players in hits (16), batting average (.381) and runs scored (14). Shepherd is leading the team in other statistical categories such as RBIs (10), slugging percentage (.469) and stolen bases (4).
Shepherd has been an MCC First Team All-Conference selection his last two years and last season was Viterbo University’s Male Athlete of the Year. As well as playing outfield, Shepherd has also pitched in three games for the V-Hawks, giving up a 4.32 ERA.
The V-Hawks’ top pitcher this year is senior lefty Chris Dunn. Dunn leads the V-Hawk pitchers in innings pitched (29.2), batters struck out (35) and earned runs average (1.52). Junior right-handed pitcher Taylor Erwin will back up Dunn for the season on the mound. Erwin has two wins this season and has an ERA of 1.12.
The V-Hawk men planned to open conference play on March 23 but the game was cancelled because of bad weather. The team was scheduled to play Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. The V-Hawk men will open up at home on April 6-7, when they host Mount Mercy University, with game one beginning at 1 p.m., followed by game two. April 7 start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Check out student and faculty artwork at the All Student Show

By Jordan Weiker
Campus Life Assistant Editor

Interested in seeing recently created artwork while sipping on light refreshments? The All Student Art Show’s opening reception will be held April 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Viterbo University Gallery on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center.
“Anyone is allowed to visit our gallery, and every student is allowed to submit artwork to the show, regardless of major,” said Joseph Miller, assistant professor of art. “The show runs April 17 – May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week while classes are in session.”
“Throughout the year, the gallery features the work of students and faculty, as well as the work of regionally and nationally known artists and graphic designers,” according to the Viterbo University gallery’s website.
“Students and faculty should consider attending the All Student Art Show to see and explore the wonderful artwork that is being made by students and faculty at Viterbo,” Miller said. “Students and faculty will have the opportunity to connect with artists, designers and art faculty at the reception.”
In addition to this year’s art show, the art department will also be self-publishing a second edition of the All Student Show catalog, which features work from the exhibit. “We produce an edition of 50 catalogs,” Miller told Lumen. “Each student participant receives a copy and dedicated art students help edit, photograph, design, print and bind this edition. All production is done in-house.”
Non-student participants can also purchase a copy of the All Student Show catalog, either in person or through shipping. “Shipping is free, and all proceeds will go to future All Student Show catalog publications,” said Miller.
Selections from the All Student Art Show will also be available on the art department’s blog at http://viterbo-art.blogspot.com/. The current blog features selec¬tions and information from the 2012 show, including a video tour of the Viterbo University Gallery, along with several short films and a full length documentary by Jasper Duberry.
“Duberry was featured on La Crosse’s Channel 19 TV talking about the 2012 show, and the YouTube video of this interview can be found on the department’s blog as well,” Miller said.
Students and faculty wanting to know more about the All Student Art Show can visit the art department’s blog or contact Joseph Miller at jemiller@viterbo.edu.

‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’: Not all that incredible

By Molly Grosskreutz
A&E Editor
and Valerie Groebner
A&E Assistant Editor

In Don Scardino’s film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” best friends and magic duo Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carrell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) rule the Vegas scene for a 10-year stretch. When a younger and more intrigu¬ing street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), comes along and performs ludicrous acts on the Vegas strip, Burt and Anton must prove that their act can be revitalized.
VG: I was pleased at how unpredictable the film was. With a cast like this (Steve Carrell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini), I was expecting a lot of dirty and suggestive humor and content. I was wrong! There were some family-friendly elements, and lessons for people of varied ages are tucked away within the scenes.
MG: You thought the movie was unpredictable? I didn’t find any¬thing surprising about it. Spoiler: friends fight, make up. We’ve seen it thousands of times. This premise had the potential to tell that formulaic story in a new way, but it was so predictable and pedantic that it fell flat.
VG: One thing that called my at¬tention was the message this film conveyed and the manner in which it was conveyed. As time goes on, celebrities and performers of all sorts get old and are taken over by something or someone newer and hotter. Using the example of rising and fading performers in Vegas is clever and spot on.
MG: I agree that this movie tackles a very relevant phenomenon in American pop culture. I wish they had refocused the whole “be loyal to your friends no matter what” thing toward what I believe to be the more compelling conflict: self-preservation.
VG: I really liked how the Las Vegas atmosphere was displayed. I personally have not been to Las Vegas, but the cast portrayed Vegas to appear crowded, gaudy, fame-hungry and over-the-top. The wardrobe line-up was phenomenal and tacky—just like Las Vegas ap¬pears to be.
MG: I’m with you on that. If there’s one thing this movie did well, it was capturing the excessive and gaudy rhinestone fashions of Vegas. And the hair. Such glorious and luscious hair.
VG: I was irritated and disappointed at the way in which Burt and Anton climb back to the top of the entertainment realm. SPOILER: drugging an audience as a means of performing the most amazing magic trick is not smart, and clearly illegal. I guess, though, this was the example of the desperate measures celebrities take to stay at the top or make their way back to the top.
MG: I was disappointed in the level of Wilde’s involvement in the movie. Unfortunately, she was the pretty accessory at the men’s sides, which I suppose is realistic, but Wilde is capable of so much more.

Final Verdict:
MG: Thumbs down.
VG: Thumbs down.

Franny’s to become Einstein Bros. Bagels for upcoming school year

By Jessica Hartling
Campus Life Assistant Editor

Large changes are coming to Franny’s, the campus coffee shop located next to the library, over this upcoming summer. While students and faculty begin to the feel the stress of the semester coming to a close, the staff at Franny’s is getting more excited.
Over the summer, Franny’s will be converted into Einstein Bros. Bagels at Franny’s (EBB), a brand under Einstein Noah Restaurant Group. According to their website, EBB offers “a diverse menu rang¬ing from gourmet, to-go coffee and specialty drinks to baked goods, salads, made-to-order sandwiches and decadent desserts.”
“I think that with EBB coming in that we will become even busier,” Carly Penshorn, senior sociology major from Reedsburg, Wis., told Lumen. Penshorn is a barista at Franny’s. “The variety and options for food that EBB will bring I feel will draw in more students and faculty every day.”
Working at Franny’s for seven years, Karen Steinhoff is excited for the changes to come. “Each year Franny’s gets busier and busier. I believe that EBB will bring in more people as well,” Steinhoff told Lumen.
With the changing of Franny’s into EBB also comes a change of hours it will be open. “We will now be open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, which will be really nice,” Penshorn said.
Other changes to Franny’s beyond its name and menu is the price of items on the menu. “It will be more expensive than what Franny’s costs now, but the quality will be well worth it,” Penshorn said.
Kristina Bowman , freshman dietetics major from Gurnee, Ill., is looking forward to the new changes to come to Franny’s. “When I saw the email that got sent out to students about the meal plan changes and saw that Franny’s was turning into EBB, I was excited,” Bowman told Lumen. “I feel that this will be a good change on campus and that a lot of people will take advantage of EBB.”
“I am excited about EBB coming to Viterbo, especially with their selection and the fact they are bringing iced-drinks,” Steinhoff said. “We go through a large amount of bagels every day. It will be nice to have fresh bagels for students and staff to eat, as well as maintaining a nice hangout spot.”
For those who would like to try EBB before fall, UW-La Crosse has an EBB located on their campus in the Cartwright Center.

Mission Seminar class working with the YWCA

By Elizabeth Schaller
Contributing Reporter

This spring, students are dem¬onstrating one of Viterbo’s core values, service, by devoting a part of their class curriculum to conduct¬ing service projects in the La Crosse community. One example of service can be seen in Marlene Fisher and Anita Wood’s Mission Seminar class. The students of this VUSM 300 course are currently working with the La Crosse branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).
The mission seminar class is titled “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” The course is based on the widely acclaimed book of the same name, and thus aims to “explore the issues underlying and resulting from oppression of women,” Wood explained. The students are applying what they are reading about and discussing in class to their work for the YWCA.
The course is focused on women’s studies, but the idea for students to work with the YWCA to complete their required service project was completely the students’, Wood said. After a volunteer from the YWCA spoke to the students and explained the need for supplies and a restructured activity room at the Ruth and Ophelia Houses, the students immediately began brain¬storming ideas to help.
“As college students, we tend to stay in our own little bubbles.” said Lauren Omernik, a junior theatre major and member of the class’s fundraising group. “However, I feel it’s incredibly important to realize how privileged we are to even have the chance to receive a college education. I believe it’s our responsibility to use our position to help others rebuild their lives.”
After a tour of the Ruth and Ophelia Houses, which exist to help transition women coming out of alcohol and other drug abuse rehabilitation programs, as well as transitioning out of justice sanctions, the students began to plan, Wood said.
Students have been divided into three groups and given specific tasks to complete to help the organization. The main projects include cleaning and constructing two activity rooms in the women’s transitional homes and organizing a clothing/essentials drive to pro¬vide donations for the transitional homes.
Fundraising for the class’s project is vital. Students have already had small chili sales and bake sales during basketball games on cam¬pus that have raised funds and are hoping to begin a lollipop sale in the near future. Viterbo students had the chance to participate in an Easter egg hunt planned on Monday, March 25.
“Our goal is to set up the houses with supply closets that can be maintained and stocked after we initially set them up,” said Kristin Leon, a third-year transfer student and student project leader in the class. “The more money we raise, means more items for the supply closets,” she said.
A clothing/essentials drive was held on campus from March 11-15; however, the class will gladly continue to take donations.
Elizabeth Hoskins, a freshman nursing major and co-leader of the student fundraising group, said, “The most important issue we are facing is long term. That is, being able to keep these rooms filled with items for the women that transition in and out of these homes. One [donated] shirt, or a bottle of body wash, or even a paper towel roll can really go a long way.”
There are donation boxes around campus for clothing, hygiene items and household items. After sorting through donations, the students will decide which items still need to be purchased and then create welcome bags for new residents of the houses along with stocking the supply closets.
“Once the YWCA and the women who live in the homes see all the donated items, they will quickly realize that the Viterbo community and the community of La Crosse care and want to see them succeed,” Hoskins said.
The students in this mission seminar class are working hard to better the lives of women in the La Crosse community, but they are also learning and growing as individuals in return.
Leon said, “It is true that in order to pass this class we must fulfill volunteer hours, but we have taken on a very special project that involves more than just bodies moving. It requires one to truly care about the wellbeing of the project. The insight that the class has brought to women’s struggles has given us that extra drive.”
Hoskins agreed: “Many times we as individuals feel we can’t help with large issues, such as homelessness, in our communities, but through class discussions, we are becoming empowered to say ‘yes, we can do something about this.’”
“I believe it’s our responsibility to use our position to help others rebuild their lives.”

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