Big changes on the horizon for Packers’ 2013-2014 team roster

By Melissa Freund

Sports Assistant Editor

After beginning the season with high expectations, the Green Bay Packers’ road to the Super Bowl was cut short after a 45-31 loss to San Francisco in the second round of the play-offs on Jan. 12.

While the loss to the 49ers was a disappointment to the team’s large fan base, the post-season game could be monumental for another reason; it could mark the end of an era.

Recently, there have been many speculations on what Green Bay’s team will look like next season. A number of the Packers’ dependable veterans are questionable about whether or not they will be sporting the classic green and gold uniform next year. One such player is long-time, wide receiver, Donald Driver.

In his 14 seasons playing for the Packers, the Texas native has made a household name of himself, taking hold of nearly every receiving record for the Packers. Over his career, the four-time Pro Bowler has caught 743 passes and scored 61 touchdowns, as reported by USA Today.

While the loss of Driver could be difficult for cheeseheads to come to terms with, he is not the only set of hands that Aaron Rodgers could lose as a target for the 2013 season; wide receiver Greg Jennings joins him on the list of questionable returners.

According to the Packers’ website, Jennings is listed as a free agent for the upcoming season, and his agent reportedly has not been in contact with the Packers in regards to a new contract for 2013.

According to an article on the National Football League’s website, neither Driver nor Jennings expects that he will be returning to the frozen tundra next year.

Another athlete considering retirement is center, Jeff Saturday. Similar to Donald Driver, Saturday will be turning 38 later this year and has played 14 seasons in the NFL.

After playing only one season with the Packers, Saturday announced late last week that he will be retiring after the 2012 season. Saturday capped off his career on Jan. 27, after competing in his sixth Pro Bowl.

There are a number of big name players who could be saying farewell to Green Bay; however, due to his poor performance early on, the most controversial player of the season was Jermichael Finley.

Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported back in December that Finley would not be returning for another year with the Packers.

However, after turning around his performance in the final games of the season, reports now point to Finley being on the Packers’ roster for the 2013 season.


Men’s basketball looks to second half of conference race

By Danielle Templin

Sports Editor

The Viterbo men’s basketball team has been off to a fast start in the Midwest Collegiate Conference this season. At the halfway point in the regular season conference race, the men currently have a 4-2 conference record and an overall record of 13-10.

Last season the V-Hawks struggled, producing an overall record of 11-19 and a 6-12 MCC record, finishing eighth in the conference.

The first conference loss this season for the V-Hawks came Jan. 16 in Oskaloosa, Iowa against top-conference contender, and No. 2 nationally ranked Wiliam Penn University. The V-Hawks dropped their second straight conference game against No. 9 Mount Mercy University in overtime 85-74, also on the road.

Thus far this season the V-Hawks have been led, by junior forward, Cole Lewis, who is averaging 12.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, both team highs. With a strong supporting cast in the frontcourt, led by juniors Matt Turba and Izac Sheforgen, the V-Hawks look to continue their success in the second half of the conference battle.

Early in the season, the V-Hawks struggled to find their identity as a team.

“We struggled early in the year, partly due to not being as prepared as we should have been,” Sheforgen said. “However, throughout the season we have gotten better and better. We are now starting to recognize our potential and things are starting to click, and we realize that we can compete with any team in our conference on any given night, even on the road.”

Their recent success of the team has been attributed to a variety of circumstances.

“We have not been as successful as we wished to be,” Sheforgen said. “However, our comfort level and depth, along with the ability of people off the bench being able to score has sparked us recently. Everyone on the team wants to be successful and win.”

Along with a balanced attack on  offense, the V-Hawks’ defense has been able to put up impressive numbers. With the number one scoring defense in the conference, only allowing 59.8 points per game, the V-Hawks have been able to rely on both ends of the floor to attribute to their success.

Compared to last season, the V-Hawks confidence this season has developed from experience.

“We have been able to be more successful this season because we have more experience,” said senior center, Alex Koeller. “We have had the same core of guys playing together for the last three years, along with having a sense of camaraderie.”

With possibly their toughest second round conference games the remainder of the season at home, against William Penn University and Mount Mercy University, the V-Hawk men look to be a contender for the top seed in the conference tournament.

The MCC may come down to the final few games of the season, in which the V-Hawk men look to make a few changes.

“We have to be prepared to make changes when they arise because the second time around in conference, teams know our strengths and our offense, along with how to defend them,” Sheforgen said.

Sheforgen also attributes the team’s balanced scoring attack as a strength in the second half of the race.

“We play together as a team, whereas our competitors are more of individuals,” said Sheforgen.     “We have multiple guys that will step into a role because we are such a balanced team.”

Koeller believes for the team to be the top contender at the end of the conference race, the team needs to put together a full game.

“The biggest thing for us is to play a complete 40 minute game,” said Koeller. “We need to finish games, and that is something we have not been able to accomplish the past two games.”

Sheforgen on the other hand, believes establishing the pace of the game early will be the key for additional V-Hawk wins.

“We have to come out and use our home court to our advantage and be the aggressor early to establish a mentality and set a tone for it to be played how we want it to be,” Sheforgen said.

“We were in many close games last year,” said Sheforgen. “We have figured out ways to finish the games, whereas last year we could never finish them.”

With only seven games left in the regular season, the V-Hawks are looking to remain unbeaten and vie for a top seed in the conference tournament.

USITT: The Super Bowl of theatre technology and design

By Molly Grosskreutz

Arts & Entertainment Editor

More than 25 students and faculty from Viterbo’s theatre department are gearing up for what is equivalent to the Super Bowl of technical theatre.

The momentous event is the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference and Stage Expo held this year in Milwaukee March 20-23.

An estimated 5,000 industry experts, educators, students and vendors will swarm Milwaukee’s Delta Center, exchanging ideas, trade secrets and business cards.    It’s a way for those in the theatre industry to learn from one another and is an especially useful networking event for students and young professionals. It’s also the only annual conference that includes all the different aspects of theatre.

Samantha Goessner, a senior theatre major with an emphasis in tech and design from Oconomowoc, Wis., is involved in organizing the trip for her peers. This will be her third time attending the conference since she started at Viterbo, and this time, she’ll be presenting.

“I’m excited because I’m presenting a paper I wrote about digital collaboration and communication called ‘Pinterest in the Production Room,’” Goessner explained. “And it’s cool to see people get excited about this. I’m excited for the freshmen and sophomores to experience it for the first time.”

For Goessner, one of the past highlights of attending the conference was meeting Lady Gaga’s tech rider, the person in charge of informing host venues what Lady Gaga needed to put on her show.

Amanda Rehberg, a junior theatre BFA major with an emphasis in costume design, is also excited to be going to the conference. She’s going two days earlier than everyone else in order to attend a tutu-making workshop.

“It’s a good place to make connections and to learn different techniques,” Rehberg said.

This wonderful opportunity does not come without a price, however. Goessner anticipates high travel and parking expenses.

Theatre students are selling popcorn for $1 in the Fine Arts Center lobby Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 and 1:30 as a fundraiser to offset the fees of the trip.

‘Gangster squad’: A love song to L.A.

By Molly Grosskreutz Arts & Entertainment Editor and

Valerie Groebner Arts & Entertainment Assistant Editor

Kicking off the list of noteworthy 2013 movies is Ruben Fleischer’s period mob movie “Gangster Squad.” It is just after World War II, and soldiers return to Los Angeles only to find that the fight is not over; their city has been taken over by ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). Sargeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) assembles an undercover squad to shut down Cohen’s intricate power system and restore peace to the city.

MG: This film is many things: an action movie faithful to the cop versus robber genre; plenty of car chases, gunshots and neat special effects. It is also an impressive period piece. This film is not many other things. It is neither complicated nor deep. But it’s not trying to be.

VG: I was thoroughly taken aback by the violence and gore—I caught myself cringing for a few good minutes during such scenes. However, it’s no surprise that such actions occurred within 40s-era gangs. For the A-List, pop culture hungry groups, this is just the flick to see, especially if you have a yearning for vintage aesthetics. I questioned the portrayal of fashion, though. Like many of us, I was not there in the 1940s to witness what was actually worn, but something tells me that middle-to-high class US citizens of this era didn’t dress to the perfection that was in this film.

MG: Emma Stone plays Cohen’s etiquette coach, Grace Faraday. Having seen her in several other movies and knowing what she’s capable of, I was disappointed in how infrequently we see her in this. For once, she was the damsel in distress, constantly leaving the scene to powder her nose or smoke a cigarette. She completely lacked her characteristic wit, although this is by far her most glamorous role.

VG: I saw Grace as more of a call girl than an etiquette coach. Maybe the director could have given her better directions as to what she was intended to portray. I have to agree that this was “her most glamorous role,” and she does old-Hollywood very well. However, it does make some sense that her wit was suppressed as women of this era were seen as a nice piece of meat. We can’t always have our cake and eat it, too.

MG: This movie embraces the fact that it is highly stylized. I think the team behind this production did a wonderful job taking us back to Los Angeles in 1949. The gorgeous sets and period costumes made me nostalgic for an era I was never a part of.

VG: Despite the fact that the perfection of fashion appearance has me questioning everything under the sun, I did think every element of the film was eye-catching and astonishing. I was impressed that Gosling’s character, Sgt. Jerry Wooters, had a certain stylized tone to his voice that resonates very well with that of a 1940s mystery man. In concurrence with Molly, I couldn’t help but want to live in this era and don the classy and coquettish garments displayed. I especially wouldn’t mind driving around town in a mint green, Cadillac Series Coupe de Ville.

MG: Usually, I don’t like action movies, but I appreciate that this movie embraces its simplicity in plot and centers its attention on the aesthetics.

VG: I too am rather leery of action movies myself, yet this film demonstrates different realms of cinema, and a nice spicy taste is always necessary.

Final Verdict

MG: Thumbs up.

VG: Thumbs up.

Pro-life, student-run V-Hawks For Life established on campus

By Valerie Groebner

Arts & Entertainment Assistant Editor

With the New Year in swing comes a new club on the Viterbo campus. The V-Hawks For Life is a pro-life, student-run club that aspires to raise awareness about the topic, and announce “the message of compassion and love,” says club president Hunter Beggs, a freshman accounting major from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

The club also aims to “do it for women’s rights so that they know their options,” says vice-president Emily Buchman, should pregnant women be caught in a web of uncertainty. “It’s about protecting the dignity of all life,” added Buchman, a junior nursing major from Rice Lake, Wis.

Some of the goals of the V-Hawks For Life are to “start counseling for those who have been affected by abortion somehow, and for women who are struggling with a decision of their pregnancy. We want them to know that they do have a choice. Praying together is another thing, and also bringing in speakers to improve knowledge of this topic.” Buchman explains. “It’s also really important to figure out something to do in nursing homes,” she adds.

“There’s been no criticism,” Buchman answered, in reference as to whether or not the club has received any mockery. “People are either in favor of it or not at all, and those who aren’t are reserved and respectful about it. Should confrontation arise, we are confident that people will continue to remain respectful and understanding.”                When the two proposed this idea to Kari Reyburn (Campus Activities and Orientation Coordinator), she was equally as understanding and open-minded to what Beggs and Buchman said.

“V-Hawks For Life has about 10 members, but an initial meeting has not yet been held. We’re currently in the publicizing stage,” Beggs and Buchman agree. “We are also getting ready for the 40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil.” Buchman explains.                     40 Days For Life is a relay that involves 40 days of prayer, fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigil; it will start February 13th, and last through March 24th.

Another event which V-Hawks For Life hopes to partake in is the March For Life in Washington D.C. “Our first meeting is tentatively set for the first Tuesday in February at 7:00 p.m.; a meeting location hasn’t yet been reserved,” Beggs informed Lumen.

In high school, Beggs was involved in a pro-life group, and “was surprised that Viterbo didn’t have a pro-life club.” Beggs and Buchman encountered each other in the San Damiano Chapel and conversation struck easily and immediately. Beggs and Buchman quickly found out that they agreed upon this topic, and decided a club was a great idea.

The two talked to Campus Ministry about this idea, and “many were in favor of it,” noted Beggs. “Emily and I started talking before winter break about starting the club, but the club started last week”; that is, the first week of second semester.

Buchman turned the tables and stated that “0.03 percent of abortions are decided because the woman was a victim of rape, or because she could have harmful health consequences post-birthing; the other 98 percent is based on personal decision.”

King honored at Viterbo

By Jessica Schurmann

Assistant Editor

The La Crosse Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21 brought audience members to their feet multiple times for standing ovations.

The presentation took place in the Fine Arts Center Main Theater at 7 p.m., drawing a crowd of over 800 people. Andre Johnson, Ph.D., gave the Keynote Address, delivering the message that America must rise above racism and celebrate diversity.

“To celebrate the dream is to live in a community that does not strip you of who you are, but celebrates diversity,” Johnson said.

Author of “The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition,” Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Religion and African American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary, Tenn.

Johnson’s speech drew out a few “Amen’s” from the crowd, as well as some laughter as he joked about the night’s negative-4 degree weather.

“I felt moved to the point where my heart rate was increasing at the end of the speech,” Mandy Elliott, senior Spanish Education major from Chatfield, Minn. said. “It made me understand the need to celebrate MLK day annually because of its multiple purposes; striving toward non-violence, celebrating diversity, and recognizing that all and children of God.”

A number of speakers and performers complimented Johnson’s speech. The Viterbo Choir sang “I Dreamed of Rain,” with an a capella solo by Jhardon Milton.

Milton also joined Malachi Durant in performing a theatre selection from “The Meeting” by Jeff Stetson. The theatrical performance told a fictional story of a meeting between Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. in a Harlem hotel room in 1965.

“The play takes us to the heart of the civil rights movement,” said Janet McLean, associate professor of Theatre and Music Theatre at Viterbo. McLean introduced the performance at the celebration.

Other highlights of the night  included award presentations for a High School Essay Award and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, as well as an introductory speech by Richi Johnson, and a song performance by 9th Street Singers.

At the end of the celebration, the  audience members rose to their feet once more to join the Viterbo Choir in singing the African American National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

“Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us. Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won.”

Participate in Viterbo’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

By Jordan Weiker

Campus Life Assistant Editor

Whether one wants to believe it or not, summer is approaching, and this may leave students wondering what to do with their spare time. Kirsten Gabriel, academic programs coordinator at Viterbo, recommends students try the Viterbo Summer Research Fellowship Program. Research applications are due by Friday, Feb. 22.

“If students are unfamiliar with summer research, it’s an opportunity to research a topic of student interest with a professor, either full-time or part-time, while getting paid for the experience,” Gabriel said.

Students can choose to work 40 hours a week for $2,500 or 20 hours a week for $1,250. “If a student has a job on campus during summer hours, the total number of work hours cannot exceed 40 hours,” said Gabriel. “In addition, students applying for full-time research will be given preference.”

Students wanting to apply need to include three attachments with their application. First, students need a research proposal with the full title of the project, a brief description of the project and a brief statement of the expected learning and research outcomes. Second, Viterbo’s fellowship contract should be included. Third, the student’s proposal must be endorsed by a faculty member.

Summer research projects are to be completed between May 20 and July 12. Students are also expected to attend six of the eight summer research seminars. The seminars are held every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. “The seminars are a great resource for students,” said Gabriel. “They allow students to exchange ideas about each other’s projects, which can help if students are finding challenges in their research.”

Students are then expected to present the results of their research at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 8., 2013.

“Presenting at Seven Rivers can prepare students for even larger research symposiums, such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR),” Gabriel told Lumen. “At this year’s NCUR which is to be held at UW-La Crosse, there were 3,500 research submissions. Twenty-seven Viterbo students were accepted, and 19 of those students did summer research.”

“The Viterbo Summer Research Fellowship Program is an excellent way to strengthen your résumé, enhance your writing and presentation skills, and be a part of a vibrant community of scholars,” Gabriel concluded.

Interested students should speak with a faculty member immediately. Further information, including applications and information on how to write a research proposal can be found at by clicking on “Summer Research” and “Resources for Students.”

For questions about summer research, contact Kirstin Gabriel at

Internships create unique opportunity for Viterbo students

By Tim Metzler

Online News Editor

The deadline for Viterbo students to have an internship for credit during the spring semester of 2013 was Jan. 11.  However, any student looking for volunteer opportunities or to have an internship for no credit can receive assistance from community engagement coordinator Denise Lorenz.

Lorenz is in charge of internship coordination and service learning project coordination.  “Essentially, I work with experiential learning,” Lorenz said.

“I think internships are very important to Viterbo students because they help students to apply what they are learning academically,” Lorenz said.

“Internships help students make connections—professional connections, especially; they help with resumes, and most importantly, they set you apart from the others in your major,” Lorenz said.

“When you get out of here, you don’t want to be just another college graduate, you want to be someone special.  An internship doesn’t just give you experience; it gives you confidence.  It makes you someone special,” Lorenz said.

Shawn Keenan, a senior business management major from Embden, Maine, was an intern through Viterbo’s program at Myrick and Hixon EcoParks during the 2012 spring semester.  This spring, Keenan will be interning with Inland Labels.

“I found out about the Inland internship through Mike Behan.  He recommended the internship to me and then served as a reference when I applied,” Keenan said.

Behan is an assistant professor in the Dahl School of Business.

“What I’m hoping to gain from the internship is an increased working knowledge of how marketing works, and experience,” Keenan said.

“I would encourage all Viterbo students to have an internship at some point in time during their education.  The process of interviewing for the position and the information you receive while working that internship is an important part of learning to function in the business world,” Keenan said.

In the spring 2013 semester, 30 Viterbo students will be active in internships at dozens of businesses around the La Crosse area.  These businesses include Logistics Health, Gundersen Lutheran, La Crosse Area District Attorney’s Office, YMCA, YWCA, Viterbo Fine Arts Center and many more.

Lorenz is also in charge of service learning at Viterbo.  During the spring 2013 semester, the university will have 10 serving the common good classes, with over 200 students enrolled.  Serving the common good is the VUSM 300 level course, typically taken by juniors, in which each student partakes in 25 hours of service activity.

“The point of service learning classes is to have students engage with community partners to provide a service, as well as benefit from a learning opportunity,” Lorenz said.

“Viterbo is a recipient of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award,” Lorenz said.  “I want Viterbo’s internship and service learning program to shoot for that award every year.”

Although it is too late for students to sign up for an internship for credit, interested students may contact Lorenz to set up an internship for no credit.

Additionally, any student interested in getting a fall or summer internship should talk to Lorenz before registering for fall semester classes for 2013.  Registration begins on April 8.

Three seniors deliver top-notch show

By Jessica Schurmann

Assistant Editor

The third floor art gallery in the Fine Arts Center opened its first senior show of the semester on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Seniors Philip Hanner, Rachel Hoscheit and Juila Opalinski presented a diverse body of work that culminated from their years of work at Viterbo.

Hanner, a printmaking major from Juda, Wis., exhibited six Intaglio Etched prints utilizing etching techniques such as sugar-lift, aquatint, marker-ground, etching and dry point. His style demonstrates unity, a wide range of techniques, and an individual approach that marks his pieces as his own.

One of the prints, entitled “Moon, Pine, and Flower” is a very bold piece with a variety of textures, gradients and placement that brings everything together and highlights the subject matter with life-like accuracy.

Hoscheit is a recent art education graduate from Onalaska, Wis. who focuses on the style of “Idiosyncratic Art.” Hoscheit described the style of art during the show opening as “art that is natural…art that is within oneself.”

For the show, Hosheit displayed six examples of printmaking: one woodcut, two drypoint, one intaglio and two monoprints. She also exhibited two ceramic pieces: a beautiful and realistic tree stump sculpture and an equally beautiful round vessel with a tree stump opening. Much of Hoscheit’s art tied humans and nature together, and all of it flowed together into a cohesive body of work.

A digital photography major from Prairie du Chien, Wis., Opalinski submitted eight works of digital photography to the show, with the intention to show viewers things they may not notice on a day-to-day basis. She brought observers into her world with personal photographs of nature, skylines, interesting architecture, and animals. The photos are of great quality and make viewers think twice about what they pay attention to in the world.

Hanner and Opalinski will graduate in May with Bachelors of the Fine Arts. The three seniors’ show will be open until Feb. 15 and can be viewed during gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Does Viterbo truly have diversity?

By Jessica Hartling

Campus Life Assistant Editor

In December 2012, Joycelyn Fish, a senior organizational communication major from Reedsburg, Wis., wrote an article in Lumen which discussed the nature and mission of the Diversity Task Force (DTF) on campus. The DTF’s mission to establish an environment on campus which fosters people to learn, be respectful and supportive of different people. This topic of diversity on campus and the DTF resulted in a range of Viterbo student opinions.

Shane Reinbold, junior social work major from Bismarck, N.D., is on the diversity task force. “The DTF is important for campus,” Reinbold told Lumen. “We realized that campus was becoming more diverse, and that this was needed.”

According to the DTF, diversity is defined “as including but not limited to differences in age, culture, ethnicity, gender, learning style, mental health, physical abilities, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.”

With the DTF definition in mind, Reinbold said that Viterbo is diverse and is preparing students for life after graduation. “Viterbo is the real world for us right now and Viterbo is diverse. It may not appear diverse in the common sense of the meaning and that is the reason for the DTF. Diversity is more than just skin-deep.”

Reinbold stated that fostering appreciation for diversity comes from Viterbo’s five core values that it integrates into its curriculum: hospitality, integrity, service, stewardship, and contemplation.                “Hospitality is important for the world outside of Viterbo. If we can build a solid foundation of hospitality here on campus, students will then go and treat all people with respect and dignity,” Reinbold said.

Kristin Ernst, non-traditional nursing major from Sacramento, Calif., agrees with Reinbold’s opinion of diversity on campus. “While we are not diverse when looking at race, we are diverse in terms of socioeconomics, backgrounds, states and walks of life,” Ernst said.

Ernst feels like she brings diversity to this campus. “I bring a different outlook: I am older, did the military, got married, had a child and decided to come back to school. I feel like I bring maturity to some of my classes.”

Not everyone agrees with Reinbold’s and Ernst’s opinions, however. Other students feel that there is very little to no diversity on campus and that it hurts students post-graduation.

Benedict Ritscher, freshman mathematics major from Obermichelbach, Germany explained that people’s views of diversity,  “depends on what your definition of diversity is. I believe diversity is different things combining with each other. Viterbo has some diversity; we have a variety of fauna on campus. Ethnically, we are not the strongest.”

“Not having diversity is harmful to students,” Miya Thomas, junior studio art major from Sparta, Wis. said. “Viterbo is a tiny fish bowl compared to the ocean of the real world. It’s important to be aware and educated about different people and their views. I do not think that Viterbo offers diversity and it is very, very harmful,”

“We strive for diversity, but we are not really diverse,” Thomas said. “There are people in this school and community who try to incorporate it. Diversity makes people uncomfortable because it is different. Viterbo is really trying, though, with classes, speakers and clubs.”

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