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 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

‘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.”

Get your wands ready

By Jessica Schurmann
Assistant Editor

With the first book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” being released in 1998, most Viterbo students grew up with the famed fictional charac¬ters.
For five days, Viterbo students will get to break out their Harry Potter wisdom, costumes and nerdiness for VU After Dark, Honors Club and Quidditch Club’s collab¬orative week-long event.
Directly following Easter break from April 2-6, students are in¬vited to participate and compete in a variety of events that will earn points for the respective houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.
From Tuesday to Friday, there will be a trivia question posted on Com¬munications. Answering correctly will gain participants House Points.
Every day there will also be two Horcruxes to hunt down on cam¬pus. The first clue will be located in the Hawk’s Nest movie room on the VU After Dark bulletin board. Solve and follow the clues to find the Horcruxes. Clues should be left up for all participants throughout the day; however the first person to find the hidden Horcruxes will bring them in to the Hawk’s Nest to claim points for their house. Win¬ners of the Horcrux hunt will also be put into a drawing to win the official sorting hat.
On Wednesday and Thursday, movie nights will be hosted in the Hawk’s Nest movie room. Come and vote for your favorite Harry Potter movie to watch and enjoy some popcorn. Students will receive House Points just by enjoying a movie.
Friday will bring a feast in the “Great Hall.” Dine in the Cafeteria from 4:45-6 p.m. and enjoy spe¬cial treats, music and decorations themed around the book series. Hogwarts attire is strongly en¬couraged so that students can get creative and earn more points for their Houses.
All of the week-long activities lead up to the grand finale: the Quidditch World Cup. Located in the Mathy Center, students will compete at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, for their respective houses. All students are welcome to come cheer on the players in the tourna¬ment-style matches. Wizard-world treats such as licorice wands and Bertie-Bott’s Every Flavor Beans will be served as well.
For those who would like to participate and earn points for their houses, please go to, or email with name and house.

‘Magnify’ started to bring good into the world

By Valerie Groebner
A&E Assistant Editor

With the spring season having started, an opportunity for all col¬lege students comes along with that. On April 12-14, 2013, Campus Ministry will be hosting their very first retreat called “Magnify.” The idea came from assistant director of Campus Ministry, Emilio Alvarez.
“Magnify” is a compilation of some fun times, some games, some talks and some reflection times, so there will be prayer time as well.” As this is the first time ever for “Magnify,” Alvarez hopes to continue with the retreat every proceeding semester. “The goal is to have the retreat be student-led, for students,” he added.
A twist that comes with “Magni¬fy,” however, is that the participants are allowed to be first-timers only once. After their first time on the retreat, they can apply to be leaders for the next retreat and leave the new participants up to a different group of students. This allows room for expansion and an opportunity for former participants to have a chance at leadership. “You can be a team member as much as you want,” Alvarez noted.
The name “Magnify” comes from a passage in the Bible, Matthew 5:14-16. Alvarez explained that the passage talks about “letting the light of Christ shine… it’s this idea that everyone is called to be in a relationship with God… it’s not only for people who are holy—ev¬eryone has this ability to be holy … to bring good into the world. That’s kind of the idea of what Magnify stands for: is to magnify what God has given you.”
“I’m hoping to get between 15 and 20 students,” Alvarez said. Registration for “Magnify” starts on April 4, and it is open to all college students. Priority goes to Viterbo students—should there be any open spots, but students from other campuses will have the opportu¬nity to fill those in. Registering for Magnify is online at

Environmental studies minor changed to sustainability minor

By Andrea Matson
Contributing Reporter

If you look for the environmen¬tal studies minor in the 2013-2014 course catalog, it won’t be there. Instead students will find environ¬mental science and sustainability listed under the available minors students can enroll in.
The current course catalog de¬scribes the environmental stud¬ies minor as “designed to help students appreciate the diversity and complexity of current environ¬mental issues” and is intended for students of any major. The envi-ronmental studies minor is inter¬disciplinary and offers courses not only in sciences such as biology and chemistry but classes in literature, philosophy and religion. Students are required to take at least two courses from the social sciences or humanities.
Come fall this will all change. Instead of an environmental studies minor to choose there will be an environmental science minor. This new minor will be different than its predecessor said Christopher Iremonger, professor of natural sciences and head of environmen¬tal studies. The minor “is based in biology [and] will not be interdisci¬plinary.”
The environmental science minor will be offered to complement those science majors which also require a minor and will add an additional six to nine credits outside of what is required for students’ majors.
The lack of interdisciplinary courses offered could pose prob¬lems for non-science based majors because courses like English 204, Environmental Literature, or Phi¬losophy 302, Environmental Ethics, will not count toward the minor.
Iremonger said “it wouldn’t be easy, but do-able, for non-science majors to minor in environmental science.” He noted that education majors would more easily take up the new minor because they typically take more general science education courses, but it would be difficult for most students.
Students who want an environ¬mental studies minor still have op¬tions. The minor is not completely disappearing, stated Iremonger, but “morphing into the sustainability’s minor.”
The reason behind the change is that the administration wanted to add a minor to accompany the sustainability major. However, the sustainability minor overlapped the environmental studies minor in so many ways that it was decided to eliminate the environmental studies minor and just have the sustainabil¬ity minor.
Whereas the environmental sci¬ence minor will be for mostly sci¬ence majors thesustainability minor will be for students of any major. Sister Lucy Slinger, FSPA, professor and Sustainability Degree Coordi¬nator, said that the sustainability minor “provides students with a set of unique credentials for the job market, [because] every field is looking for people with experience in sustainability.”
Students will notice some differ¬ences between the minors. The sus¬tainability minor has a broader em¬phasis and doesn’t focus as much on science. Also, the environmental studies minor has a requirement of 20-25 credits where the sustainabil¬ity minor has a requirement of 15.
Sister Lucy explained that the Sustainability minor looks beyond just “natural resources but works with people and resources to pro¬mote a sustainable future.”
However, there are also many courses that do overlap. Courses such as American Environmental History, Environmental Spiritual¬ity, and others count towards both minors.
Students currently in the envi¬ronmental studies minor will not be affected by the addition of the sustainability minor or the environ¬mental science minor. According to Iremonger the only change students may experience is that ENVS 400, Seminar on the Environment, will no longer be offered.
The course was originally de¬signed as a three hour block once a week, but students had difficulty fitting it into their schedules. Start¬ing in the fall, students will take ENVS 325, Environmental Sustain¬ability as a replacement course.

Students volunteer their time over spring break

By Kim Worblewski
Contributing Reporter

Viterbo students returned from a recent spring break service trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, that inspired them to grow as individuals and al¬lowed them to make a difference in people’s lives. “Students came back [from the trip] excited and wanting to change the world” said Emilio Alvarez, assistant director of Cam¬pus Ministry, who helped organize and chaperone the trip.
Thirteen students and three chaperones went on the service trip. The students worked throughout the break, as they left on Sunday, March 3 for Cincinnati and vol¬unteered from Monday, March 4 through Thursday, March 7, leaving Friday, March 8 to return home. The trip was organized by Campus Ministry and students worked with the Franciscans Sisters for the Poor.
The students volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations around Cincinnati. Working to feed the hungry and helping out chil¬dren and adults with disabilities. They also made breakfast for peo¬ple staying at the Ronald McDonald house, an organization that assists sick children; worked at an after school program for children who have no place to go after school hours; and assisted nonprofits with painting houses.
Mixing over 600 gallons of paint to send around the world was another activity students worked on. The students aided Matthew 25 Ministries with separating paint do¬nated to the organization. The paint will be used to paint houses around the world.
The goal of the trip was to let the students “encounter a new environ¬ment” and “challenge them to see beyond their own worldviews,” Alvarez said. The students were also given the chance to “experi¬ence poverty and were challenged to be good servant leaders.”
“Throughout the week, our group served at several organizations and social service agencies throughout the area and truly was provided a culturally diverse experience,” Sara Meyer, a junior social work major, who went on the trip, said. “This trip was a wonderful opportunity for students [to] experience changes of pace, perspective, and heart.”
“I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything,” Meyer said. “Since returning home, I’ve been inspired and motivated to continue serv¬ing in my community and hope that I can continue to share what I learned with others.”
Sam Homp, a senior ministry major, said that the trip was fun, but challenging. “It’s a different en¬vironment,” he said. He explained that the students had to work with each other as well as with people from the organizations to help those in need in places new and unfamil¬iar to the volunteers.
Homp said that his most memo¬rable moment from the trip was helping out kids at an inner-city after school program. “We hung out [with the kids] and tried to be a fun, positive influence,” he explained. Along with helping students with their homework assignments, volunteers participated in activi¬ties such as arts and crafts, push-up contests, playing games and free-style rap.
Homp said that his only regrets about the trip are that he wishes he could have had more interaction with those he was helping out and that he could have stayed longer to assist those in need.
Alvarez explained that Campus Ministry hopes to organize two service trips next year over Spring Break. For one of the trips, he plans on going back to Cincinnati. He also hopes to increase the number of people that can go on the trip to 25.
Michael Churchill, a sophomore nursing major, said that he is not able to travel a lot, so the oppor¬tunity to travel to a place he had never been to before was a blessing. “I wanted to give back,” he added, saying that he loves helping people out.
The service trips have been great opportunities for him to meet people as well as experience new things, Churchill said. He explained that his favorite part of the trip was when a speaker talked about how he had been homeless for two years. “It opened my eyes to the homeless world,” Churchill said, “how prominent it is and what we can do in our own community to help.”
“It’s exciting to see students see new experiences and watch them grow from it” Alvarez said of the service trips.

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