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Contents: Click on the headings below to jump to that section Acorn staff:
People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 3 Lisa Larranaga
Life at SAU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 16
Quad Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 27 Jody Ferres
Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 34 Aaron Hamilton
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 39
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Past SAU Presidents
Aloysius Joseph Schulte 1882-1891 Ambrose J. Burke 1940-1956
Ulrich A. Hauber 1926-1930
John Thomas Aloysius Flannagan 1891-1906 William J. Collins 1956-1963
Martin Cone 1930-1937
William P. Shannahan 1906-1915 Sebastian G. Menke 1964-1973
Carl H. Meinberg 1937-1940
William Hannon 1915-1926 William J. Bakrow 1973-1987
wenty-seven years ago
St. Ambrose didn’t have
Tiedemann and Hagen. There
wasn’t a University Center to
grab a pop between classes or an O’Keefe
Library to fall asleep studying late at
night. There wasn’t cable in the dorms
or internet access.
But in 1968 there was Edward
“Bobbi and I planned on being here
about three years,” laughed Rogalski, as
he looked out his ofﬁce window in the
Rogalski Center. “But we just fell in love
And over the past three decades the
school has fell in love, too… with a man
who has done everything from being the
dean of students to the longest serving
president in the history of St. Ambrose.
A man who always makes time for a
smile, a hug, or a pat on the back for the
thousands of students who have called
St. Ambrose their school.
Rogalski’s Road to Ambrose
Rogalski was born and raised in
Manville, New Jersey. He received his
Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences
and education from Parsons College
in Fairﬁeld, Iowa. After graduating, he
stayed at the college for two years, serving
as assistant dean of students. During
this time, Rogalski was also working on
his graduate studies at the University of
The job offers ﬂew to Rogalski in the
late sixties, with over ﬁfteen different
schools wanting the young scholar to
work for their college. But Rogalski,
along with his then ﬁnance Bobbi, took
one look at Davenport and knew this was
the place for them.
In his ﬁrst years at St. Ambrose,
Rogalski served as the dean of students.
Then in 1974, when he took the role
of vice president for administration.
During this time he also taught in the
education department. Always keeping
the students’ interests ﬁrst, Rogalski left
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college grow and blossom under his time as president.
Continued from Page 5 care. “It’s been one of the key things that
“There were two major construction has helped Ambrose propel into what it
in 1980. projects going on when I came - is today,” said Rogalski.
“I was being given so many Cosgrove and Galvin Fine Arts Center,” A growing and changing university
administration responsibilities that I said Rogalski.
And those two buildings only With two doctorate degrees and ten
didn’t think it was fair to the students
touch the tip of the construction that masters programs, SAU has spun into
that I was gone so much,” he said.
has occurred on campus since 1987. a growth spurt. The college has more
Rogalski was faced with more
Growing by more than ﬁfty percent, the than doubled its’ students and staff
responsibilities when, in 1981, he was
campus has grown from 22 acres in the since naming Rogalski to president,
named the institution’s senior vice
late eighties to 50 acres in 2005. employing more than 500 people,
Renovating Lewis, McMullen, making St. Ambrose one of the top
The Presidency twenty employers in the area.
Rohlman Hall and constructing the
In 1987 the college began searching Physical Education Center, O’Keefe “I’m pleased and proud what we’ve
for their twelfth president. And they Library, the townhouses, Tiedemann, accomplished,” said Rogalski. “This
didn’t have to look too far. Hagen, and Bechtel Halls, and the institution has gone from a tenuous
“President Bakrow did a national University Center has expanded the possibility to a very stable one.”
search for the presidency’s position,” college in every direction. During the 70’s, Rogalski said
said Rogalski, who was currently Although the renovation and the institution suffered through some
serving as the executive vice president. construction on campus has been ﬁnancially difﬁcult times. During the
“And the board chose me to be the next important to Rogalski, the president Kent State Affair and the Black Panther
St. Ambrose president.” said that naming St. Ambrose a movement, there was some student
And for the past eighteen years, University will be the highlight of his dissention.
President Rogalski has witnessed a
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But Rogalski always had an open emeritus status with the board upon with his wife and ﬁve grown sons.
door policy. his departure from presidency. Although many buildings were
An open door to his home and built during his time and the endowment
ofﬁce, that is. has seen a steady growing period,
“I’ve always said come to my door Although retirement is two years Rogalski says he doesn’t want to be
if you can’t ﬁnd redress anywhere away, Rogalski has a few ideas of what remembered only for those things.
else,” he said. “I try to do as much as I his time will be used for. The United “It’s not about the building or
can, but I enjoy my work. I don’t think Way campaign for the Quad Cities the money-it’s about the people. It I
of it as a job at all.” already invited the SAU president to put my mark on something, I hope I
chair their 2007 campaign. put a mark on the institutional heart.
A new era Rogalski has always made My personal desire is that we are a
That’s one thing that has made time for community organizations. thoughtful, caring institution, so our
it tough for Rogalski to make his He has served on organizations students are people and not just a
decision to retire in 2007. Earlier this like the Davenport Rotary Club, number.”
academic year, Rogalski announced he DavenportOne and Davenport Civil
will leave his position June 30, 2007, Rights Commission. He has served
ofﬁcially marking out an exact twenty on the board for organizations like
year reign as President. Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Us Bank,
“I’m going to work up until the Genesis Medical Center, and the Scott
day I leave-I won’t be a lame duck,” County Y.
said Rogalski, who will maintain an And he hopes to spend more time
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Administrative assistants vital to SAU
St. Ambrose University would not
run without them. They are privy to
boardroom decisions, student and faculty
ﬁles, grievance complaints and lawsuits
ﬁled against the university. But according
to Helen Stineman, many people describe
her job as a secretarial position.
The correct term for Stineman’s work is
executive administrative assistant. She has
reported directly to the big man himself--
university president Edward Rogalski--
since 2003. She is never offended by being
described as a secretary.
“The position that I have now was
often considered secretarial in nature, but
it’s more than a secretary, because it’s not
just correspondence,” Stineman said.
Stineman does take messages, record
minutes, schedule appointments, and
return letters, phone calls, and emails.
However, she also plans special events
like commencement and board meetings,
works on booklets and special donor
correspondence, keeps track of board
members’ ﬁles, and communicates with the
Bishop’s Ofﬁce for SAU events concerning
the Diocese of Davenport.
“It’s great, it’s challenging, it’s fun,
it’s stimulating, but it’s all conﬁdential,”
the Acorn/Christine Mastalio
Helen Stineman goes through the ﬁle cabinet in the presidentʼs ofﬁce.
Judy Gagne is the administrative
assistant, who reports to the vice-president She also handles all the materials for the “When people are upset, you have to
of academic affairs, Lori Rodrigues- promotion, tenure and standards committee, be able to be a calming inﬂuence for them
Fisher. the education policy committee, and the before you can take [the problem] any
faculty development fund. Like Stineman, further,” Gagne said.
Gagne does all this in addition to her daily Gagne and Stineman both said they get
“When people are upset, you scheduling and correspondence duties. all the recognition they deserve for their
have to be able to be a calm- “I’m not doing the same thing over and work.
ing inﬂuence for them.” over,” Gagne said. “It’s not monotonous, I “[Rodrigues-Fisher] makes my kids
do many different tasks.” and grandkids afghans and ponchos and
In two of the most inﬂuential ofﬁce on treats them like they’re practically her
“It’s so tempting, I’m sure for people campus, there is no such thing as a typical own,” Gagne said. “She’s a good friend as
when they know information to want to day. well as a boss.”
share it with other people, but boy you “You just respond to the schedule “It’s really honor to work for Dr.
just really can’t do that when you’re at this for the day and deal with all of the extras Rogalski,” Stineman said. “He’s one of the
level,” Gagne said. which you have no way of anticipating,” ﬁnest leaders I’ve ever worked for and I’ve
Gagne has worked in the academic Stineman said. had the opportunity to work for some good
vice-president’s ofﬁce for the last six years. In addition to keeping conﬁdentiality ones… the thing I admire the most is he is
One of her main duties is preparing adjunct, and being ﬂexible, Gagne said she has to be consistently fair and kind to everyone.”
part-time and overtime faculty contracts. able to get along with everyone.
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Veteran, rookie professors share views
most recently director of bands and
Matt Carroll coordinator of instrumental activities at The Long Haul
Staff Writer Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc.
Hereʼs how long some professors have
“Last year I worked at a really
been with SAU
small college, 850 kids on campus,
“Beatlemania” had captivated the 1. Joseph McCaffrey 41 years
and that was too small,” Bechen said.
nation’s youth. Martin Luther King Jr. 2. Arvella Lensing 37 years
“[Here] it’s big enough so it’s not like
received the Nobel Peace Prize. The
high school, but it’s small enough that 3. Michael Kennedy 36 years
civil rights movement was in full force.
you know a lot of people on campus 4. Thomas Burns 34 years
Lyndon Johnson was just beginning his
and things aren’t so spread out.” 5. Barbara Walker 32 years
McCaffrey has seen SAU grow
Such was the state of the country 6. James Cook 31 years
from that “high school” size over the
when professor Joseph McCaffrey 7. Leslie Bell 31 years
joined the faculty at what was then 8. Joan Trapp 31 years
“When I came here it was an all
St. Ambrose College in 1964. He has
male school,” he said. “It was a pretty 9. Russell Moore 31 years
spent the past 41 years primarily as an
tightly regulated place. There were 10. Arthur Serianz 30 years
educator of philosophy, but it was a
very few buildings; we’ve probably
long road getting to that point. Source: SAU Human Resources
doubled the buildings at least by now.”
“I’ve been working since I was
But the thing that has remained
a little boy,” McCaffrey said. “I was make better teachers.”
nearly constant over the years in
delivering groceries and working at And since Bechen has many years
McCaffrey’s eyes is the students.
drugstores and neighborhood stores in of educating students ahead of him,
“There’s some changes in attitudes
New York City probably from age 9.” McCaffrey has a piece of advice to make
and stuff, but the persons have not
McCaffrey’s roots on the East Coast that experience even more worthwhile.
changed that much,” he said. “The
still shine through today. He hasn’t “I think the most enjoyable part
students now are very similar to the
lost his New York accent, and though about teaching is giving people another
students that I had when I ﬁrst came
he seems laid back while sitting in the interest in life, giving them a different
brown leather recliner in his ofﬁce, way of looking at things, challenging
McCaffrey hadn’t planned on being
he is very direct and concise when he their thoughts,” McCaffrey said. “My
a lifer at SAU. He even took a leave
speaks. experience with teachers was that those
of absence in the late 60s to study at
Professor Eugene Bechen, on the were always the best teachers that I had,
the University of St. Thomas in Rome,
other hand, is a new face on the SAU people who made me look at things in
campus. He started his work as director a different way. And I hope I’m doing
“I liked it here and I got very
of bands in the fall, taking over for that myself.”
involved in the community, so I just
professor Andrew Mast, who played a
decided to stay,” he said.
big part in Bechen’s decision to come
Bechen, however, already sees
himself in a long-term situation with
“He just gave it to me straight,”
Bechen said. “In most places you get
“Unless something big happens
one snapshot when you interview, and
with my wife’s career or my career, I
a lot of problems are covered up.”
don’t see myself leaving,” he said. “I
Bechen also had a variety of jobs
think we all have delusions of grandeur
before he came to Ambrose, but his
when we ﬁrst start that we’re going to
were more concentrated in his ﬁeld.
be the greatest thing, but you’ve got to
He has taught high school band as
get real, and I just want to ﬁnd my own
far away as Las Vegas, Nev., and was
little corner of the world where I can
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SAU Philosophy prof knows his Banjo
“You guys ready?” said Paul
Jacobson, as he looked at the other
four guys in the room who nodded in
“Alright...”, the philosophy pro-
fessor counted off the group and the
room erupted into music.
Eyes closed and lips pursed
into a whistle, Jacobsonʼs fingers
flew across his banjo, his right hand
strumming on the four strings while
his left found the right frets. From
beneath his jacket and tie-remnants
of his day teaching philosophy at
St. Ambrose-his body swayed with
the music, written almost a century
“Letʼs go down to the Banjo Jacobson strums away on his banjo at a weekly Banjoliers practice.
Pickerʼs Ball,” rang out Paulʼs high,
clear voice as he tilted his glasses Jailhouse Rock and rock ʻn roll was “We were here less than a
down to read the words on his the rave. week, went out for pizza, and there
music score, while four other ban- “Everybody else was listening they were, playing the banjo at
jos filled the room with harmonic to Elvis, rock ʻn roll...it just wasnʼt Shakeys,” said Jacobson. He said
melody. me,” said Jacobsen. “I enjoyed Al back then it was normal for res-
For Jacobson, Tuesday evenings Jolson and players like him from the taurants and pizza parlors to have
signify his chance to toss Rousseau early days. I always say Iʼm like live music on Friday and Saturday
and Kant on the shelf and jam on a reincarnation of some frustrated nights.
a unique instrument with a unique banjo player from the 30ʼs.” “I was talking to the banjo
group of people. After graduating from high player and he told me to come sit
Jacobson says his love for school, musical interests were put in whenever I wanted. I told him
eclectic music began with a small, on hold as Jacobson sought a col- no...”
dusty banjo ukulele his grandma lege degree in New Jersey, his wife But before long, Jacobson was a
had kept in the closet for his aunt. and a doctorate in Pittsburgh. But regular sit in for the banjo player.
“Itʼs just a silly old family thing banjos, ukuleles and the days of That chance happening made
that came from New York in 1926 listening to Al Jolson never left his Jacobson buy a lesson book and a
my grandma told me,” said Jacob- mind or heart. Jacobson moved his used banjo in 1977. After awhile,
son. As a high school kid, heʼd take family to the Quad Cities to pursue the college demanded more of Ja-
the old instrument out and strum a a career at St. Ambrose. Little did cobsonʼs time and his musical love
chord or two. The accomplishments Jacobson know it that the first en- sat in the case for five years, buried
put on a smile on his face since a counter the family would have with in studentsʼ papers and other obliga-
formal musical training background their neighbors was a trip to the tions Jacobson had to St. Ambrose
was non-existent. local pizza parlor. at the time.
Growing up on the east coast, And the live entertainment just When life settled down in the
Jacobson started diving into old mu- happened to be a banjo and a piano early 80ʼs, Jacobson went to an
sic at a time when Elvis was singing player. antique store in Dubuque. He found
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a different banjo, one that would liers was a pot of gold at the end of
be easier to play than his original a rainbow for Jacobson.
purchase so many years before. “Playing with an organized
“I took it across the river to group was a challenge for me. I’ve
have it strung up,” he said. “It was had many great memories with the
a dinky little banjo, really a junker. group,” said Jacobson.
“You couldn’t hear it, but it was Over the years, the Ban-
good to learn on.” joliers have dwindled in numbers
Jacobson continued his play- from 25 to seven or eight regu-
ing and joined the Banjoliers a year lars. But every Tuesday night, the
later. group meets in a church basement
to gather together, making music of
“I just love to make “I just love to make music...
music...I have so many I have so many records and music,
records and music, but but I’d rather make it than listen to
Iʼd rather make it than it,” said Jacobson.
Being at SAU for 28 years,
listen to it,” filling in as Registar, Dean for the
College of Arts and Science and
The Banjoliers is a group who loves teaching philosophy, Jacobson said
eclectic instruments like the banjo his banjo has served as an artistic
and ukulele. Once a week they
practice, performing all over the
outlet and a different kind of chal-
lenge for him. And when looking
area for festivals, clubs and anyone back on the course of his life with �����������������
who would listen. Jacobson said
he was overwhelmed at first, but
the banjo, he still questions exactly
why and how he was so in-tune to
the transition pushed him to work the banjo.
harder and learn more chords for his
“It was a happy sort of mu-
sic. I never figured out why I liked
A few years after joining, it...the melodies?” said Jacobson,
another opportunity came up for
Jacobson. The music director of the
Banjoliers quit. The group suffered
stepping into his role as philosophy
professor at SAU. “But, the rose is
without why...my interest in music ����
a big break up, looking for someone is like that. There are some things
who could stand in a roll of leader- you just can’t ask ‘why’ about.”
Jacobson, who everyone
knew was a professor, was sucked
into the role. �����������������
“They all said ‘you get up everyday
in front of 20 or so people’”, said �������
Jacobson. “I told them I would fill
in until a permanent replacement ������������������������
could be found.”
Twenty years later, Jacobson ���������������
still leads the Quad City Banjoliers.
His instrument collection includes
five banjos, four string guitars and a
bunch of other ‘odd ball’ four string
instruments. But in all, the Banjo- �������������������������
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Operating Ambrose with ease
“Thank you for calling St. Ambrose
University, may I direct your call?”
switchboard operator Becky Pracht
asks. On any given day, she will repeat
this phrase anywhere from 100-250
Pracht, a Davenport native, also
works in the mailing room. She spends
her days answering calls, stamping,
sorting, and putting away mail for 1,200
students and hundreds of faculty and
staff. Pracht also teaches private vocal
lessons to Ambrose students.
“Becky is extremely vital and very
efﬁcient,” KALA operations manager
David Baker said. “She takes care of The Acorn/Jesse Virgil
more than two things at once, because Pracht has been invloved with Ambrose since she was 11.
she’s manning the post ofﬁce and she’s
public asking for business numbers,
on the phone. She’s right there when to raise a family. Pracht spent her time
what the time is, and telemarketers
you need her.” raising seven kids, two of which are
needing help on how to pronounce
Pracht has a very long history with Ambrose graduates, while teaching
Ambrose, dating back to when her private vocal lessons out of her home.
father, Tom Chouteau, began teaching Music is something Pracht has been
art history, water color painting, and life involved with. She has been the choir “I am an Ambrosian for
drawing. Chouteau taught at Ambrose director at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
for 25 years allowing Pracht and her six since she was 17 and a member of Nova life.”
sisters and one brother to gain a free singers for 19 years.
education. However, none of the eight In 1995 she returned to Ambrose
“We get people who want to talk to a
children were able to live on campus. full-time exclusively as the switchboard
professor in a certain ﬁeld, like criminal
“I never really had the full college operator. Eight months later, she began
justice, and they have a question about
experience,” Pracht said. “Being an art working in the mailroom. Since then
something they saw on TV or read in a
professor really isn’t going to take care she’s developed a very close bond with
of eight kids, but it was a great beneﬁt many Ambrose students and faculty/
With over 40 years being connected
to have that education.” staff members.
with Ambrose, Pracht is happy with
Pracht graduated in 1974 with a “Every time I come to get a package,
the idea of staying connected for the
degree in music. Just before graduation she’s always there with a smile on her
majority of her life. If her son, Phillip,
she married Michael “Mick” Pracht, a face, and she keeps the candy basket
decides to attend Ambrose, she will
current business professor at Ambrose. full, which is nice to have a treat,” St.
deﬁnitely stay on full-time until he
The two met in 1971 when they both had Ambrose student Jamie Saunders said.
starring roles in the ﬁrst play performed “You can just tell she really cares about
“We keep it as we go because we
at Galvin Fine Arts Center. the students.”
need to keep aﬂoat,” Pracht said. “I am
“He was the villain and I was the Along with building friendships,
an Ambrosian for life.”
hero,’ Pracht said. “We were kissing Pracht enjoys some of the weirder
before we were dating.” things she runs into as the operator. She
After graduation, the couple began constantly gets calls from the general
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Out of Africa and into America
Imagine finding out that in just one
week you’ll be leaving your family and
friends, moving to a new country where
you don’t know anyone, and not know-
ing when you’ll be back. Well, that’s
what happened to SAU freshman Seema
Batavia. She traveled to the United States
from Rwanda, Africa to study interna-
After Batavia graduated from High
School in Rwanda, she decided to take a
year off and go stay with her mother in
India, which is where her roots are. In
between relaxing and catching some sun,
Batavia was also applying to colleges all
over Europe. But she didn’t plan on com-
ing to the States. She had plans on going
to school in Europe.
While she was in India, her father
was back in Rwanda, and heard about St.
Ambrose from a friend. The Acorn/Rita Dziedzic
“I think his daughter or someone Seema Batavia came from Rwanda, Africa, to study International Business.
knew someone who went here.” Batavia
said. said that I should pack my bags, because study in the States.
I was going to the States in a week.” “The best part would be the oppor-
“I miss my family.I She then flew immediately back to
Rwanda, got her Visa, and three days
tunities, because I know that people here
get chances that people outside the states
havenʼt been home later, in September of 2004, she arrived don’t, “Batavia said.
yet, because itʼs in Iowa, feeling completely lost.
“It was all so fast, you know, one
She also is glad to be at SAU
“Number one, I like the small class
really expensive." week I was just chilling, and the next I sizes.” Batavia said. “The teachers know
was studying.” Batavia said. you, and I don’t think I would like it if
Her father liked SAU because he But Batavia has adjusted well, and the teachers don’t even know you exist.
heard his daughter could get a good edu- said that SAU played a huge roll in mak- Here they can really help you because
cation, and that it was a Catholic school. ing her transition a smooth one. you get to know them.”
He then decided to send in an application “The first day everyone was like ‘ She also likes the sense of comunity
for Batavia. SAU was so impressed that Oh, I hear your from Africa’ and ‘Tell me she feels here.
not only did she get accepted, but she something about Africa.’” Batavia said. “You know, everyone wants to help
also got a scholarship. “They were excited. It was funny.” every one, and the RA staff is always like
Since she recieved a scholarship, Even though she likes SAU, she ‘ Hi, how are you?.” Batavia said. “It’s
Batavia’s father decided that he wouldn’t misses home. really a friendly bunch of people.”
pay thousands of dollars for her to go “I miss my family,”Batavia said. “I Batavia really enjoys being at SAU,
anywhere else, and he knew his daughter haven’t been home yet, because it’s really and is looking forward to what the years
could get a good education, he thought expensive. It’s about $1500 to fly back.” ahead have in store for her.
SAU would be the best option. But, her She tries to talk to her family at least “I try not to take anything for grant-
father did all this without telling Batavia. once a week, because she has family ed," Batavia said." Each day I really
“So one fine day I was in India, members all over the world. appreciate the fact that I am here.”
doing my thing, you know, sleeping,” Even though Batavia misses home,
Batavia said. “Then he called me and she feels very lucky to have the chance to
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SAU theatre professor receives honor
Finding Corinne Johnson’s ofﬁce
can be a challenge. The student directory
lists her ofﬁce as “Theatre, GFA19,”
but it should probably come with a
map too. First there is the descent into
the windowless basement of the Galvin
Fine Arts Center, where the only thing
keeping you out of total darkness is the
harsh light coming from the ﬂuorescent
lights on the ceiling. Then comes the
tour of the theatre department’s scene
shop, usually staffed with any number
of students nailing, sawing and painting The Acorn/Submitted
set pieces for their latest production. A Johnson joined the SAU theatre department in 1989.
wrong turn can take you any number
of places, and when you do ﬁnally ﬁnd cover two walls of her ofﬁce. She loans theatre, I teach literature. I can’t say
the ofﬁce, you feel like there should be them out to students, ﬁnding it easier I’m a master of anything anymore.”
some sort of prize for making it there in to keep them with her than at O’Keefe Johnson still gets the chance to
one piece. Library. act on occasion though. In the fall
But for theatre students, the prize This generous nature is apparent she played the part of Linda Lohman
is Johnson herself. During her 15 from the moment you step into her ofﬁce. opposite Kennedy in the production of
years as a professor at St. Ambrose She smiles and laughs frequently, and “Death of a Salesman.”
University, Johnson has transformed is quick to apologize when interrupted “I’m getting old enough now that
from a professional actor, to a jack- by a phone call. I’m kind of appropriate for the type of
of-all-trades, and most recently to the “She just has been an absolute character I am so I have opportunities
recipient of the Region 5 nomination to play more interesting roles,” Johnson
for Acting Coach of the Year at the “Everything that I said.
Working on the project together
American College Theater Festival respected about her was also reminded Kennedy how much he
“So I’ve gotten the regional
just underlined twice appreciates Johnson’s skill.
nomination, I don’t know that I’ll get again.” “Everything that I respected about
the award itself,” Johnson said. That her was just underlined twice again,”
award would mean a two week paid trip wonderful person to work with and Kennedy said.
to New York to work with some of the she’s ﬁt into the Ambrose style very Students are the fuel that makes the
ﬁnest acting coaches in the country. well,” professor Mike Kennedy said. university go, however, and Johnson
“I’m thinking my chances are very For the longest time Kennedy was the was quick to spell out her appreciation
slim,” Johnson said with a laugh. “It theatre department at St. Ambrose, of the work they do too.
would be terribly scary, but a fabulous going almost twenty years as its only “I just can’t say enough about
opportunity.” professor. Johnson came in 1989, and the students that come through these
If reading were a part of the criteria, “hit the ground running,” as Kennedy doors,” Johnson said. “My best reward
Johnson would be a shoe in. Over the put it. is having them succeed, I don’t need an
years she has accumulated a small “I used to be just an actor,” Johnson award myself.”
library of theatre books and scripts, all said. “By necessity of a small school I
of which have ended up on shelves that teach costume design, I teach history of
Page 15 People The Acorn
More than just theatre—another side of Kennedy
above achievements, he has also pulled said, “Thereʼs only one or two other
Sarah Lindner off another project as well. That is his lamps companies I think.”
Staff Writer small owned family business which is After Kennedyʼs father passed
located in Rock Island. away in the mid-80s, the business was
“It is a family business that my dad kept opened for their mother, until she
Aside from being a professor and
opened in the 40s,” Kennedy said. passed as well. Kennedyʼs brother,
a theatrical role model for St. Ambrose
During WWII, Kennedyʼs father Pat, has managed the business for al-
University, Michael Kennedy also has
could not be drafted because of an ear most ﬁve years now. Much of the
something about him that you may
problem, so he started selling light- businessʼ advertising is accumulated
have not yet come to know. Teaching
ing ﬁxtures. It was in 1946 when the through newspapers, radio, and barely
classes and instructing theatre plays
business was opened and named “Mi- any TV. Kennedy explains his busi-
which take place inside of the Galvin
Pa-Nora Lamp and Fixture Company.” ness as a right pocket left pocket kind
building here at SAU, donʼt seem to be
The name originated from the three of business.
Kennedyʼs only accomplishments. He
children, Michael, Pat, and Linda Ken- After so many years Kennedyʼs
also has a creative niche for his small
nedy. brother is in the process of considering
family owned business.
The small store has had four differ- retirement. Kennedy would like some-
Kennedy has been at SAU since
ent locations. It now stands on the cor- one to buy the company and have his
1969. He is an Assistant Professor of
ner of 14th Ave. and 31st St. in Rock brother train them.
Speech, Theatre, and Mass Communi-
Island. The store is small, only needing “The business wouldnʼt be expen-
cation. He graduated with an MA from
two or three employees at any given sive,” says Kennedy. “It would be few-
Villanova University after receiving a
time. The lamps go back all the way to er than six ﬁgures.”
BA from St. Ambrose University.
the 40s and 50s. They range from an- The business which could soon be for
He also contributed to various the-
tiques to brand new. The business not sale has been opened now for about 59
atre productions. Kennedy directed
only sells lamps but also sells shades in years. Kennedyʼs hard work through
Noel Cowardʼs, “Blithe Spirit,” and
40 different materials. out St. Ambrose and his small business
“The Jungle Book” along with being
“Nobody else in the Quad Cities has kept him exceeding from beginning
featured in Arthur Millerʼs, “The Death
does 40 different shades,” Kennedy to end with his goals.
of a Salesman.” In addition to his
Kennedy, pictured center , also owns a family business called Mi-Pa-Nora Lamp and Fixture Company.
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Hayes residents do it a little differently
guard, and the central location on Davis can only match is the sense of
Jesse Virgil campus,” senior and third year resident community. While other halls feature
Staff Writer of Hayes, Anton Green said. suite style rooms that make it hard for
During the 2004-2005 school year, only residents to meet each other, Hayes
Imagine a residence hall with only two seminarians lived in Hayes, while values its open door routine.
one bathroom and one shower, one 18 other regular students inhabited the “We only have one ﬂoor. Here it’s
ﬂoor of rooms and no security desk. remaining rooms. more quiet and more open, and I’ve
Only one SAU residence hall meets Connected to the chapel, Hayes been more willing to go out and meet
those criteria, Hayes Hall. is partially owned by the Diocese of people,” Krell said.
Built in the 1960’s, Hayes has Davenport and is under contract with “It’s just one hall so if you want to
usually been seen as an academic St. Ambrose for use of the facility. borrow a cup of sugar, you can’t go up
building, rather than a residence hall. While there is no security desk, the and down on the elevator to ask people
To a majority of students, it’s also a community of Hayes is very respectful so you have to ask your neighbor,”
place where only seminarians live. of the freedom they earn when living in Green said.
“Everyone believes we are all in the hall. Event though there are
singles, and we’re studying Bibles For the past three years, Hayes misconceptions, residents of Hayes
learning to be priests,” senior and ﬁfth has been relatively low in security or Hall will always know the truth, and
year resident Nathaniel Krell said. residence life documentations. remember the time they spent there.
Even though there are “I think the freshmen attitude, “When you live in a place for nearly
misconceptions by students, Hayes is historically, hasn’t been seen up here. ﬁve years, you sort of become attached
one of the most prominent and well The ‘Lets get wild and drunk’ thing,” to it a bit,” Krell said.
thought of hall to those who live here. Green said.
“I like the wide hallway, no security Another side of Hayes that only
The Acorn/Jesse Virgil
Anton Green, center, hangs out with a couple of friends at Hayes Hall.
Page 18 Life at SAU The Acorn
SAU students addicted: TV re-arranging lives
got to press record for my show, so I What shows are we losing ourselves
Katie Kerr ran back to my house on the other side in this season?
Staff Writer of campus and came back late for prac- “ʻThe Bacheloretteʼ, ʻOne Tree Hillʼ,
tice.” Varsity volleyball player Kevin ʻSurvivorʼ, ʻOprahʼ, ʻReal Worldʼ, but
Lenart doesnʼt miss his new favorite that hasnʼt been too good this season so
“The Bachelorette”, “Survivor”, poker show “Tilt” on ESPN. I donʼt really watch that as much, and
“Desperate Housewives”, and “the So what is it about these shows that ʻLaguna Beachʼ.” Paulson said.
O.C”. Studentʼs lives have been taken make them so attractive to all these stu- Whether itʼs a sappy teenage
over by their television programs. dents? drama on every Tuesday at 8 p.m. or
Homework, work, class, you name it. “Itʼs just junk TV, anyone can admit a talk show that happens to interfere
Itʼs all put on hold in order to watch to with newspaper meetings at 3 in the
an hour or half hour show that can that,” Paulson said. “Itʼs just addicting afternoon, students are watching TV
complete a studentʼs night. But have so once you start watching a show you and canʼt get enough of it.
we all become addicted to TV? have to ﬁnish it.”
“I actually dropped a class this year While students like Paulson seem
because it was on a Thursday night and
I would have missed a whole season of
to think students continue watching the
shows because of a thrilling ﬁrst epi-
Nielson Top Ten
Survivor.” Junior Jackie Paulson said. sode, what is really keeping us tuned 1. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
While some students re-arrange class in? 2. AMERICAN IDOL
periods, others opt for taping all their Dr. Carol Devolder a psychology 3. CSI
episodes and then watching them at a professor at St. Ambrose has an idea 4. SURVIVOR: PALAU
later time. Senior Melanie Schaecher about what is going on. 5. GREYʼS ANATOMY
puts her weekends to good use. “I tape “First, as with any leisure-time activ- 6. LOST
General Hospital everyday so when the ity, TV serves as an escape from daily 7. 60 MINUTES
weekend comes Iʼll sit down and have hassles, bigger stressors, and life in 8. WITHOUT A TRACE
myself a little ﬁve hour marathon.” general” she said, “It provides the op- 9. HOUSE
But itʼs not just the women who are portunity to put aside all those worri- 10. APPRENTICE 3
crazy for TV. some things and simply lose yourself
“I was walking into the gym for in the plot, the storyline, and the char- *Nielson Media Research 2005
practice when I remembered that I for- acters.”
The Acorn/Katie Kerr
St. Ambrose student Katie Farmer watches “The Surreal Life”—one of her favorite shows.
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Up ʻTil Dawn, the people who keep on giving
Up ‘Til Dawn is an organization
with a small reputation, but a big
heart.. Up ‘Til Dawn is a student
run organization that is hosted
by college campuses all over the
country. The program raises money
through a letter writing campaign
that goes on throughout the school
The goal of the Up ʻTil Dawn
program is to raise money for St.
Judeʼs children research hospital.
St. Judes treats children with can-
cer and other catastrophic diseases
regardless of if they have the abil-
ity to pay or not.
“St. Judes does a really great
thing,” Up ʻTil Dawn student di- The Acorn/Katie Kerr
rector Katie Hoeffer said. “Iʼm Up ʻTil Dawnʼs ﬁnal event took place at Lee Lohman Arena.
just happy that we can help and hang out, listen to live music, free take in some of the fun. Pizza and
support the wonderful things St. snacks, and movies about the chil- snacks are passed out to all attend-
Judeʼs does for children.” dren they are helping. ees while they are able to listen to
The fundraising efforts of the “I was asked to play at an Up music by a hired DJ. Basketball,
program started at the beginning of ʻTil Dawn event and it was a re- beanbag, and four square are just
the school year when students and ally fun environment” guitar player a few of the games everyone plays
other volunteers were asked to sign and St. Ambrose student Dave In- until 3:00 am. Along with all the
up and help. Volunteers were then gle said. “I played to entertain the fun and games, Comedy Sportz, a
grouped into teams of six and asked teams while they wrote letters, ate competitive improv group is known
to write at least 50 letters each. snacks and watched a movie too.” to make an apperance as well as
These groups were then given a Each letter can be sent out to the SAU baseball team.
name in order to keep track of how a family member or friend, asking While those who worked hard
much money was being raised. them to donate money to St. Judeʼs. have fun and relax, they are then
Last year was the first year the Checks come in and groups are told their final earnings for the
program was started at St. Am- credited for their work. year. There is a check presentation
brose. In the 2003-2004 year they At the end of the year, Up ʻTil and students are told their individ-
raised over $34,000 dollars and Dawn hosts their final event in ual amount and group amount. The
were ranked 14th in the nation for which they stay “Up ʻTil Dawn.” group who raised the most amount
colleges and universities that raised “This night is really special this year was group “six gals with a
money for St. Jude. and itʼs for all of us who helped out goal” including Christine Mastalio,
This year Up ʻTil Dawnsʼ hard work and put their time into this really Rachel Grettsche, Jill Babrick, Jil
paid off as they were able to raise wonderful program.” Hoefer said. Gates, Laura Arp, and Emily Mey-
more than $48,500 dollars. “Tonight is all about thanking them er, who raised over 2,000 dollars.
Throughout the course of the and giving them the opportunity to After all their hard work for the
year, letter writing parties are meet some of the kids that they year Up ʻTil Dawn does it all over
set up so volunteers can have fun helped.” again looking for ways to raise
while they write letters. Each Throughout the night of enter- money for such a great cause.
group member can have a place to tainment, children stop by to par-
Page 20 Life at SAU The Acorn
Financial aid caps at St. Ambrose
enrollment revenue management Part of that 15 million will be
Jody Ferres system to set the parameters of how used to increase the financial aid
Staff Writer much money an institution should, caps to both on and off campus
and can, give to their students. The students by $250.
Sharing that first apartment higher education consulting firm But there’s one catch.
during college with a group of bases their decision on the need, The next policy will only go into
friends can be exciting. No parents talent and academic achievement of affect for new students beginning
to contend with, endless parties the students. this fall. Any current SAU student
with music blasting so loud the “The affordability notion is one will be stuck with the current caps.
windows shake, and midnight calls that we always wrestle with,” said Loftus and Haack both realize
to Dominos for supreme pizza. No Loftus. “We want to be fair and that the caps have upset some
wasted money in the cafeteria or helpful to our students as much as students in the past.
sneaking friends past the RA’s. we can.” “There will be times people
Living off campus is a choice With about one thousand won’t be satisfied with institutional
hundreds of SAU students make, undergraduate students living off policies,” Loftus said. “We look
but it’s a choice that can come with campus, there are occasions when into those circumstances to see how
a pretty heft price tag. one gets upset about the money they we can better serve our students.”
St. Ambrose specific financial may not be receiving. Loftus said Haack said that students who
aid is maxed out at $5500 for off- that the caps are always followed have moved off-campus between
campus students while on-campus is semesters often times move without
the knowledge of possibly loosing
$10,000. Any academic scholarship, “We want to be fair and some of their award money.
talent based stipend (such as working
for The Buzz), and any other St.
helpful to our students “We’re going to start being a lot
Ambrose specific money is included as much as we can.” more specific about awards,” said
in the money allotted. Work study Haack. “If you’re on campus, we’re
money, outside scholarships, and going to spell everything out on the
student loans are not included in the 100 percent of the time. award letters for the ’05-’06 school
cap requirements. “It’s not rigid in my mind... year.”
While tuition at SAU is at there are exceptions,” said Loftus. Loftus said that going to a place
$18,530 for the current academic “There are occasions when the cap of higher education like SAU is
year, that leaves a lot of cash for will be removed for a student. It’s costly, but is worth it in the end.
students to come up with on their not a perfect system, but it’s fair.” “People are willing to make
own. During the housing crunch three sacrifices to pursue their academic
“There’s a developmental years ago, the financial aid caps were goals...even if it means paying a
perspective that students get who removed for a semester for seniors little extra,” he said.
live on campus,” said Dr. James who would move off-campus.
Loftus, Vice President of Enrollment Loftus said it was a temporary fix
Management and Student Services. to help alleviate housing problems.
“The St. Ambrose mission is to help Institutional aid money is
develop people-socially, artistically, looking up for SAU. Julie Haack,
religiously-and we’re best able to director financial aid, said that
fulfill that mission if the student institutional aid is up 150 percent in
lives on campus.” the past five or six years.
While Loftus wasn’t sure exactly “In 1999, we awarded 6.4
when the caps began, he said they million dollars in institutional
have been in place since before he aid,” said Haack. “For the ’05-’06
came to SAU in 1990. The college academic year, we will be spending
uses Nowel Levitz, a national 15 million dollars on institutional
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The long haul—commuters trek to campus
muting to Ambrose -- 1000 of the 3600 “I would have liked to be involved
Lisa Larranaga students drive to campus every day. in something on-campus, but I really
Staff Writer Jeremy Smith, a senior criminal justice didnʼt know what there was to join or
major, is among the 1000 students that where to go to sign-up,” Smith said.
Katie Farmer has an 8 a.m. class commute – but that doesnʼt mean he One of the biggest challenges with
three times a week. For most students, enjoys it. commuter students is getting them back
early classes are a hassle, but for Farmer, “I decided to commute because on campus, Beno said.
who commutes from Wheatland, Iowa, I live 13 blocks from campus and by “Once they leave for the day itʼs
it’s a burden. living at home I could save money,” tough to get them back because theyʼre
Farmer, a senior marketing and Smith said. already settled at home.”
management major, canʼt roll out of Between classes, Smith lounges at In an effort to make more com-
bed ﬁve minutes before class and head home or in the beehive and has never muter students feel welcome and in-
out the door – she would miss the en- set foot inside the cafeteria. volved, Beno is planning “commuter
tire class. Instead, she has to wake up “The college experience is a lot dif- connection friday.” On the ﬁrst Friday
at 6:30 a.m. and leave at 7 a.m. for an ferent as a commuter. Iʼm not involved of every month, bagels and juice will
hour ride to campus. in any clubs, I never really know whatʼs be served at the Gottlieb Lounge from
“Other than the driving I donʼt going on around campus and I donʼt re- 7:30-10:30 a.m.
mind commuting to much,” Farmer ally have any friends on campus,” he While enjoying their morning re-
said. “Driving's a big inconvenience.” said. freshments, commuters can get infor-
Farmer has experienced college Director of retention, Merredyth mation on campus events.
from both perspectives, as she lived Beno, said commuter students are al- “My hope is to make commuters
on-campus her freshmen and sopho- ways invited to campus events. feel appreciated...itʼs a two-way street
more year, studied abroad ﬁrst semes- “Commuters have access to all the though. We can try harder to target
ter of her junior year and opted to live same resources,” she said. “The prob- them, but they have to make the com-
off-campus this semester. lem is getting them engaged in the out- mitment to come.”
“This is deﬁnitely temporary for of-class experience.” The ﬁrst commuter appreciation
me,” Farmer said, “I donʼt know how Since commuters donʼt have cam- day was on Friday, March 4.
much longer I can live at home with pus mailboxes, they rarely ﬁnd out
my parents!” about the comedians, bands and events
Farmerʼs not the only student com- that occur campus-wide.
Page 22 Life at SAU The Acorn
Study abroad opens studentʼs eyes to new culture
If you’re looking for change, maybe
a ticket out of town, then look no further
then the St. Ambrose Study Abroad
program. George Peterson, a senior at
SAU picked up his ticket to Carmarthen,
Whales, where he will never forget
the famous art he explored and the
friendships he made with people from
all around the world.
Peterson’s fall semester trip to
Whales this year granted him with the
opportunity to experience a whole new
culture. Although there are various
countries the program offers, such as
England, Italy, Austria, Spain, Australia,
and more, Peterson hoped Whales would
be just the right ﬁt. The Acorn/Sarah Lindner
Even though Peterson lived in Peterson traveled to Carmarthon, Whales for the fall semester of 2004.
Whales, the program also took him to
Ireland and London for one week each.
His stay in Ireland was arranged by a strict “A day in Whales was different than camping trip to the Paciﬁc Coast where
schedule that they followed including a day at Ambrose in that a lot of the stuff the students were separated into small
their stay in the hostels and traveling to we learned in class, we could actually groups of three and sent off on their
different parts of the country. go out and experience for ourselves,” own.
Peterson said. “I was able to experience Peterson experienced the differences
it through museums and historical sites, in so many of the countries compared
“A lot of the stuff we learned in
where at school the learning is mostly to America. From the people, to the
class, we could actually go out through text.” surroundings, to the economy and the
and experience.” In Florence, Peterson remembers the way it is all lived, he found it a unique
statue of David, and the famous artwork experience.
“ I spent a lot of time traveling of DeVinci. “Holland was the most different
on my own,” Peterson said. “Outside “When I stood in front of “The place, their cultures were very different,”
of the program I went to places like Annunciation,” which is a painting Peterson said. “The Dutch’s way of life
Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and by DeVinci, I was in complete awe. I is completely different than in the states.
Scotland.” must have stood there for 20 minutes, They embrace it with such an artistic
Among all the countries Peterson there were just so many speciﬁc details, community rather than the U.S.”
ﬁnds it hard to say which one he favored I couldn’t pull myself away,” Peterson Although happy to be back in the
most. said. states, Peterson experience has left a
“I can’t say any one place was better His schedule compared to be a lasting impression.
than the other,” Peterson said. “Each lot like SAU with 15 credit hours and “It is just so different. The atmosphere,
place had it’s own unique qualities.” personal classroom settings. Some of the variety of people I encountered, and
Peterson attended Trinity College the only differences were that there was the whole cultural experience was very
and lived on the campus in small no homework or ﬁnals. On Fridays eye opening,” Peterson said. “It is a
buildings known as blocks. As a Fine Peterson had all day events where he country that contrasts with our country
Arts major, Peterson took a class in went rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, yet is similar at the same time.”
painting and one in ceramics. and hiking. He also went on a week long
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International students attracted to SAU
In the heart of Midwest corn
country, St. Ambrose University is a
magnet for small town Midwestern
folks. Several students come from
much farther away; exotic places like
Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
known in the United States as Kaba,
calls the Democratic Republic of the
Congo in central Africa home. He
heard about St. Ambrose through his
uncle, who is a priest in the Diocese of
“The whole community is friendly
and that helps a lot,” Kabasele-
Michel Pontarelli is the director The Acorn/Christine Mastalio
for Global Affairs at SAU, and the Kabasele-Kayembe heard about SAU through his uncle in the U.S.
approximately 35 students here on
international visas go through her ofﬁce. else.” row so I’d like to see us start [tours]
Currently, many students are coming International students coming soon,” she said.
from Africa, but regional dominance to SAU are eligible for academic Just like the admissions ofﬁce,
can change every semester. scholarships based on the same factors Pontarelli subscribes to college search
“The majority of students come that U.S. citizens compete on; ACT/ web pages.
here now because they’ve had contact SAT scores and grade point average. For viable inquiries, Pontarelli
with someone from here,” Pontarelli Kabasele-Kayembe said he would starts a written communications ﬂow
said. “We try to make sure we take like to see more students from all over and sends three letters to the prospective
care of the students we have because, the world at SAU. student. She and work study students
just like the domestic students, word of “Some people here have never in her ofﬁce also have begun to make
mouth is very important.” met someone from Africa,” he said. phone calls to prospective students. It
While most students from “We can be different, but we are all the is not as simple as just picking up the
overseas are attracted to east and west same. We can love each other and live phone and dialing, though.
coast cities, she said the Midwest has in a community together.” International recruiters must take
a draw. The new strategic plan for SAU into account time differences and
“The cost of living is lower, and says the university wants to increase cultural differences. Pontarelli has
ﬁnancing is always an issue,” Pontarelli the number of international students discovered that women calling a male
said. “People are very friendly here. that come to study on campus. student from the Middle East often
They’ll take the time to get to know “Now that we’ve set that as a goal have a hard time getting past whoever
somebody as opposed to people on we’re going to have to allocate some answers the phone.
maybe the east or the west coast.” money toward doing it,” Pontarelli Kabasele-Kayembe said he thinks
Kabasele-Kayembe originally said. it would also be beneﬁcial to expand
wanted to go to France, Belgium Going to international recruitment and establish more exchange programs
or other French speaking countries, fairs and tours through organizations like the one the university has with
because, in addition to Swahili, he like the Council of International students from Ecuador.
speaks French. Schools (CIS), which recruits students “This world is getting to what
“In my case, the schools at home out of high school, would expand the they call globalization,” he said. “You
were closed at the time,” he said. “I international body at SAU, Pontarelli have to understand other cultures, do
wanted to go anywhere. I think [SAU] said. business with them, be able to interact
was a better offer than everywhere “Statistics say you really need to with them.”
go to the same place three years in a
Page 24 Life at SAU The Acorn
Quad City locals ﬁnd a second home at Ambrose
Brandon Lensmeyer pays $7070 a
year to live at St. Ambrose University –
and his parents live twelve miles away
Itʼs not an uncommon concept,
after all, about 1/3 or 147 of the 493
freshmen students are from the Quad-
City area. So, why pay $7070 to live
so close to home?
“There was no question whether I
was going to live on-campus or off,” The Acorn/Lisa Larranaga
Lensmeyer said. “I didnʼt want to live Brandon Lensmeyer's house on-campus at St. Ambrose University.
at home and my parents didnʼt want me
to either.” ing on-campus, she was under the im- because now, SAU is their home.
Admissions counselor Justin Ball pression that all ﬁrst-year soccer play- “I always mistakenly say ʻIʼm
thinks students from the area choose ers had to live in the dorms. going homeʼ when I refer to SAU and
SAU because theyʼve been exposed to “I donʼt know what I was thinking,” my mom corrects me. If I had to make
it before. “Students often are attracted Smith said. “I thought it was mandato- the decision again, I would do the same
by our academic programs and housing ry. But, if I wouldnʼt have known that I thing,” Smith said.
options, but our best recruiting tools mightʼve stayed at home and wouldnʼt
are campus visits,” Ball said. “Students
see that while St. Ambrose is an active
have the relationships I have today.”
Besides having parents close for Donations at
part of the Quad City community, it can
be a separate world
comfort, Smith and Lensmeyer
save about $20 a month on laundry and a Glance
from Davenport, also.” get a home-cooked meal whenever they Money raised from 1998-2004:
After looking at schools such as please.
“It is nice being so close,” Smith
Augustana and Wisconsin-Plattville,
said. “I still get to have the full college Percent of Alumni that donated in 2004:
Lensmeyer choose SAU because of the
ﬁnancial aid package they offered. As experience, but I can run home if Iʼm 12%
a baseball player, it was also an advan- having a bad day.” Average age of a donor:
Socially, both Lensmeyer and
tage to have his parents so close to his
Smith agree that being from the area
50 and up
Junior Whitney Smith, on the didnʼt change the awkwardness of their Broken Down:
other hand, just moved back to Daven- ﬁrst few weeks at school.
port her junior year of high school. “The schoolʼs really Chicago $20 million capital needs
“I didnʼt want to pack up and leave based,” Lensmeyer said. “So when I $9.3 million individual departments and
again,” Smith said. “I shouldʼve done came in, I didnʼt know many people.” scholarships
more college visits, but I only applied The only thing Smith feels she
to one other school and going to Am- missed out on is learning about a new $2.8 million deffered or gifts of
brose was the most realistic. area. insurance
Since Smith wanted to play soccer “It wouldʼve been nice to go away $3 million endowment
she ﬁgured the odds of playing at the so I could get to know a new place,
University of Nebraska would be learn the roads and where the mallʼs at, $2.4 government grants
slim to none. So, she packed her bags that wouldʼve been neat.”
and moved down the street to SAU. But, all-in-all, they donʼt mind
paying $7070 to live so close to home, Source: Dr. Ed Littig, Vice President of Advancement
Although Smith doesnʼt regret liv-
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Cafeteria gets new look for fall 2005
Christine Mastalio where different types of food are Blueprints for the cafeteria were shown
Staff Wrtier served, Roederer said. to members of the Student Government
“Right now there are three main Association and the food committee.
Long lines at the door, confusion in stations and you’re all kind of right “According to the original plans
the serving area and congestion at the there,” he said. “The major thing to do drawn up, it took out part of the
salad bar are all part of an encounter is stop so many lines.” Cosgrove lounge for a faculty dining
with the Cosgrove cafeteria. That is all The exact type of food that will room,” president of SGA Ben Kiel
about to change. Over the summer, the be offered at the stations has not been said.
cafeteria is scheduled to undergo a $1 decided yet, but the new cafeteria will Kiel said he voiced concerns that
million renovation. The project will be include a brick pizza oven and pizza this would limit access to the stairwell
paid for through a bond fund. will be served everyday. leading to the upper ﬂoors of Cosgrove
When students return to school from the ﬁrst ﬂoor.
in the fall, there will be two check-
in tables. The plan is to locate one
“The major thing to do is Other changes include redoing
the ﬂoor to get rid of the pink tile and
entrance near the current entrance and stop so many lines.” ordering smaller chairs so more people
the other at the current faculty dining can ﬁt at a table, Roederer said.
room entrance. The walls containing the beverage Two designers worked on the
“Students should be able to get in dispensers will be knocked out, and two project; Greg Gowey, who works for
and out in seven minutes,” residential double-sided beverage stations will be the ﬁrm that designed the Rogalski
dining manager Mike Roederer said. moved about ten feet from the current center, and Kent Rattan, an architect
“That is our target time.” location. A carousel dish-rack system for Sodexho Food Services from
The cafeteria will take up part will replace the conveyor belt. Students Maryland.
of the lobby outside with expanded will slide their trays into metal racks “It’ll be nice not having our cafeteria
seating, and the new faculty and staff moving along the wall. look so much like a 70s college dining
space will be where the conference The general manager of Sodexho center,” Kiel said.
room currently is. food services at St. Ambrose, Al Hayes,
The biggest change, though, will toured other campuses to get an idea of
be the establishment of nine stations what the new cafeteria would contain.
Top ﬁve most
from the UC
1. mozzarella sticks
2. cheese burger
3. grilled cheese
5. grilled chicken salad
the Acorn/Christine Mastalio
The renovation will change the cafeteria to a station-style dining center.
Page 26 Life at SAU The Acorn
Internet classes controversial subject at SAU
Internet classes are one of the latest
developments in educational multi-media.
Not everyone at St. Ambrose, however,
thinks the latest technology is beneﬁcial to
St. Ambrose University is offering
11 Internet classes for the spring 2005
semester. That number seems small for a
university with 51 undergraduate majors,
10 pre-professional programs, 10 master’s
programs, and two doctorate options.
“My opinion is that [offering more
Internet classes] is somewhat conceding our
mission of being a liberal arts institution,”
registrar Dan Zeimet said. “We pride
ourselves in instruction in the classroom.”
The chair of the managerial studies
department, Randy Richards, helped pilot
the ﬁrst Internet class at SAU. He has a the Acorn/ Christine Mastalio
different idea of why relatively few courses Kristen Blake checks her assignments for her Blackboard course.
are offered: money.
said. “You have to track down everything For students who want the live
The university offers professors $500
you need.” interaction with an instructor there is a way
to develop an online course program.
Richards said Internet classes are just to combine the best of both worlds: a hybrid
According to Richards, it takes 150 hours
like a “live” classroom setting; the course course. Richards also piloted a graduate
to do a good job preparing an Internet class
will be as dynamic as the preparation put level hybrid course that meet for one week
when you know what you are doing. This
into it. in person and three weeks online.
amounts to professors receiving less than
“The issue online is how thick you “I think we should offer more hybrid
minimum wage per hour of work for an
wish to make the online course,” Richards courses,” he said. “The difﬁculty is the
said. “An example of a thin online course university hasn’t decided if it’s worth it to
“How serious can we be if faculty
is somebody who takes their class notes them to do this.”
could make more money pumping gas?”
and other material and put it in a Word
In addition, the university also has the
document and throws it out there.”
Richards has taught Internet classes in
By the numbers:
rights to any material in an online course
after it has been developed. This means the
human resource management and business Internet courses at
professor essentially becomes dispensable
ethics at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels. He said to develop a good online SAU
after she/he works to pilot the course.
course one must provide opportunities for
Students also have problems with
discussion and a method to communicate 11 total classes offered 1 education
Internet classes. Pre-occupational therapy
back and forth with students.
student Kristen Blake is required to take an
According to Richards, the greatest
“When they give you all this
advantage to online courses is the extensive 8 MBA internet classes
multi-media available to professors.
information to read when it’s all rules and
When he taught Internet classes at 2 ACCEL classes in organizational theory
regulations, how do you know what’s most or theology
SAU, he used narrated Power Points, video
important?” Blake said. “Teachers usually
clips, audio ﬁles, and links to other web
chirp in and say ‘This is important’ since
sites and information. He also conducted
they’ve been occupational therapists.”
interviews and posted them on the Internet Information from registrar Dan Zeimet
Blake’s class is being offered through
for his classes to listen to.
the Blackboard learning system, and she
“In theory, the web should be more
(totals do not include Blackboard
said the format can be confusing.
resource rich,” Richards said. courses)
“I think it’s time consuming,” Blake
Page 28 Quad Cities The Acorn
SAU hits jackpot with Rhythm City casino
were also replaced. A new glass framed
art gallery took its place.
“The art gallery really adds to the
building,” Eitrheim said. “We are able to
attract a larger audience now instead of
just those interested in theater.”
New theater equipment was also pur-
chased with the grant money. Electrical
updates, lighting equipment and curtains
were added to the department.
“We are able to host a wider range
of shows now with the technological up-
dates,” Eitrheim said. “The better equip-
Rhythm City Casino located on the Mississippi River provides grants to SAU. ment you have the better artists you’ll
in Des Moines, Iowa, the RDA controls Eitrheim says that as a whole partici-
Tim Musachio the state gaming commission. However pation in Galvin events keep going up.
no organization is ever guaranteed grant Artists that wouldn’t play at Galvin in the
money. It’s divided based on who needs it past will now make a stop to play at SAU.
most at that time. Ticket sales have increased since the lobby
In the past four years students at St. “They judge the proposals and then renovation.
Ambrose University don’t have to be 21 to allocate the money accordingly,” Wastyn “It gives SAU a chance to make a
reap beneﬁts from the casino. SAU has re- said. “It’s not always the same each good impression on tourists and the com-
ceived $614,400 in grant money from the year.” munity of Davenport,” Eitrheim said.
Rhythm City Casino in Davenport. SAU received the grant for the Gal- While some people in the Davenport
The Riverboat Development Author- vin Fine Arts Center in the spring of 1999. would like to see the riverboat disappear,
ity is a foundation mandated by state law Some of the grant money was used to re- Eitrheim feels it is a good thing for the
to give some proﬁts from the Rhythm City model the lobby and entrance of the build- community.
Casino to the community of Davenport. ing. “I’m very supportive of the river
The RDA requires Rhythm City to hand “The old lobby was small and uninvit- boats here in Scott County,” Eitrheim said.
out about $3 million a year in grant money ing with these bright ﬂuorescent lights,” “They give not only SAU but other organi-
to various organizations in Scott County. marketing director of Galvin Fine Arts zations a chance to better themselves that
“Usually one-third goes to education, Center Eileen Eitrheim said. “It looked they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.”
one-third to the city and the other third to very old and unattractive.”
non-proﬁt organizations,” city of Daven- The carpets were changed and the ceil-
port budget manager Alan Guard said. ings were raised. The old lockers in the
SAU is directly affected by the casi- lobby that were supposed to be coat racks
no’s proﬁts. Even though it didn’t receive
a grant from the RDA in 2004, the school
has received funding in the past. This in-
cludes $25,000 for construction of the Uni-
versity Center and $50,000 for the Galvin
Fine Arts Center renovation. A complete
list of the grants received by St. Ambrose
can be found at www.riverboatauthority.
“We apply to the RDA twice a year
in order to be eligible for grant money,”
SAU director of grants and information
resources Linda Wastyn said.
The RDA is made up of 13 board members The Acorn/Submitted
from the Quad Cities. The board is ap- Morrissey Gallery part of the new Galvin lobby after its rennovation.
pointed by the state government. Located
The Acorn Quad Cities Page 29
Brew & View provides alternative for students
Watching movies is one of
the staples of college life. With
increased technology, the quality
of a home viewing experience can
be nearly as good as going to the
theater. However, digital video
may provide a crystalline picture.
A healthy income might afford an
incredible sound system, but one
thing is still likely to be missing. An
Those who lack the ﬁnancial
capability to make their home
theater dreams come true might also
ﬁnd the increasing ticket prices,
found in most major movie theaters,
to also be a bit out of their range. the Acorn/ Braden Rapp
The Brew and View has been Just outside the Brew and Viewʼs back entrance.
in operation since October of 2001. movies can not be picked up until their drinks into the theater, ﬁnd a
Its goal is to provide a place for larger cinemas, such as Showcase comfortable seat, and their orders
movies that might not ﬁnd a place 53, are through with them. will be brought to them by one of
in a mainstream multiplex. Such However, many ﬁrst-run indie ﬁlms the staff.
ﬁlms are presented at a reasonable and documentaries are picked up as This kind of service, coupled with
soon as possible.
$5-7 ticket price for the entire night. an increased interest in independent
“Another difference is our ﬁlm, has seen the popularity of the
“ When you come order approach to service, we offer food Brew and View steadily increasing.
food, or get a ticket at the and drinks that are not offered by Thus, making it necessary to open a
counter, youʼre ordering other places,” Hampton said. This second location.
from an owner, or manager is evidenced immediately upon “We decided we needed another
of the place, not a teenager entering. “ When you come order screen. The second place is larger
who doesnʼt care about your food, or get a ticket at the counter, than the original, it is almost 4 times
experience.” you’re ordering from an owner, or as big. It offers the same experience
manager of the place, not a teenager - same menu, prices, and caliber
Which means it’s plausible to see who doesn’t care about your of movies,” said Hampton. “We
three movies for less than the cost experience.” are hoping to see it open in the
of a regular movie ticket at another In the left corner, enveloped Spring.”
movie complex. by cornﬂower blue walls, sits the The new Brew and View will
“A few things separate us bar. Yes, it serves a vast array of be located in the old Capri/Rocket
from other cinemas,” said Devin alcoholic beverages, as well as a theater. This is two blocks east of
Hampton, Brew and View owner. menu that ranges from chicken fajita the original, which lies at 1611 2nd
“One difference is obviously the rolls to egg rolls. Avenue Rock Island, IL. And yes, it
movies we bring in. We do mostly Though, with this sort of menu, has a fairly large screen, 190 square
indie and art house movies.” one shouldn’t expect to receive foot, to be exact.
The brew and View is a second their food a mere few seconds after
run theater, which means most ordering. Customers are able to take
Page 30 Quad Cities The Acorn
Good food, good feelings and good business
you’re going to get a family and we friend come and ask for them to wait on
Jesse Virgil want to keep you,” Mariman said. “We them,” waitress Vanessa Desilva said.
Staff Writer want to keep you as guests and make it A majority of the managers started
a generational thing.” at VI when they were under 23 and
remember what it was like to be able to
It’s eleven on a Sunday night. A
college student sits alone in a booth “Itʼs wise business to come in and just relax and do homework
or talk to friends.
drinking a Coke and reading a book, treat you [students] “I started working for Village Inn
a young couple sits side by side lost
in each others eyes, and there are well today because because I like the way they treated
me and I’ve been here for 11 years,”
friends catching up after a long week eventually youʼre Mariman said.
of classes. This is the typical Sunday
night at Village Inn. going to get a family A majority of college students like
to go to bed late and VI caters to those
“I like Village Inn because it’s open and we want to keep needs. Also with the late hours students
late and I can come and just hang out,”
St. Ambrose student Brad Johnson said. you. We want to keep can stay till three on the weekends.
For students needing to cram early, VI
“People who come here are really nice you as guests and opens at six.
and so are the employees. It feels like
a family.” make it a generational “A lot of times I’m over in the
Ambrose area and hanging out with
Village Inn is one of the top places thing.” friends late at night,” Johnson said. “I
for SAU students to go and hang out
know Village Inn is open and that the
or study. However, anyone who has
Another appeal is the younger staff. food will be good.”
stepped foot into a Village Inn realizes
A majority of waiters and waitresses Village Inn advertises to middle-
that it’s not the typical college student
are 23 and younger. Most of the aged America, but don’t turn away
hang out spot.
employee’s friends come in and hang students who need a quiet atmosphere
With basic art featuring fruit and
out and chat with their friend while and cheap coffee. They realize that
landscapes hanging on the wall, as
they are working. treating students right today will hope
well as decorations such as ﬂower
“At least once a day I see someone’s to ensure decades of loyal service.
pots, decorative dishes, and ﬂour jars.
VI seems like an old mom and pop
restaurant. The phrase, “never judge a
book by its cover” could never be more
“I think it’s a good place to come
because they [students] can grab a
pot of coffee and study for a few hours
and nobody’s going to bother them,”
general manager Gary Mariman said.
“I have no problems with students
coming in, studying, and just ordering
water,” manager Kenji Smith said. “A
lot of people remember that and come
back later with friends to get something
VI relies heavily on the younger
crowds coming in. After 5 on weekdays,
more than 50 percent of the customers
are younger than 23. After ten on
weekdays, people younger than 23
make up 75 percent of VI’s business. The Acorn/Jesse Virgil
“It’s wise business to treat you SAU senior Brad Johnson studies marketing at Village Inn.
[students] well today because eventually
The Acorn Quad Cities Page 31
Local coffee shops are worlds apart
Theo’s is very unique; offering upscale people in society,” Johnson
Jesse Virgil split facilities so coffee drinkers can said.
Staff Writer actually smoke, unlike most coffee For those looking for a more
facilities. The memorabilia gives an formal atmosphere, Starbucks offers
Since 1993 the world has off the wall approach to decorating a very upscale setting featuring very
seen their ideal coffee shop every with newspaper clips from decades low key decor with few paintings
Thursday night on Friends. Central ago framed on the wall, a music and a potted plants here and there.
Perk presents the image of big sofas, selection ranging for jazz to folk, Starbucks doesn’t tend to draw crowds
beautiful people, and a place where antique chess boards, and a staff by their setting, but by reputation and
you can throw all your cares away. willing to talk to you as if they’ve proving why they are one of the top
“I think Friends started a trend known you for years. coffee chains with their product.
with coffee shops,” Ambrose junior “I think Starbucks symbolizes the
Hillary Thompson said. “I think “People who go to on the go America we live in now,
people use Central Perk as a basis for and some people are just wanting a
what a coffee shop should be because
Starbucks seem to be place to stop in, get what they want,
they saw that atmosphere depicted more of the business and go,” Johnson said. “Starbucks is
able to provide this better compared
week after week.” type or the upscale to Theo’s.”
However, in the Quad Cities, people in society.” While these coffee shops are
an atmosphere such as Central Perk
worlds apart, Starbucks and Theo’s
is literally non-existent. For some
Theo’s is an every-person’s place, are both able to provide their diverse
coffee drinkers there are only two
however, only very few frequent qualities to this diverse world we are
different places which brings such a
Starbucks clientele give it a chance. living in.
diverse feel to a coffee shop in the
“People who go to Starbucks seem
to be more of the business type or the
“When you’re looking at
atmosphere, Starbucks and Theo’s
Java Club are two extreme examples
of what the QC has to offer,” Senior
and avid coffee drinker Brad Johnson
The world lives in social classes,
and much like the world, Starbucks
and Theo’s holds true in being diverse
in their social class.
When sitting down with their cups
of coffee, teenagers with dyed hair,
nose and lip piercings and mostly
black clothing are joking happily with
each other. What some people call
riff raff, grunge kids, hippies, artistic
and blue collard workers enjoy the
laid back approach Theo’s offers.
“It seems that Theo’s is less formal
setting compared to Starbucks, which
a casual crowd can enjoy,” Thompson The Acorn/Submitted
said. Theoʼs Java Club in Rock Island is more of a relaxed atmosphere compared to Starbucks.
Page 32 Quad Cities The Acorn
QC Gildaʼs Club: come as you are
Gilda’s Club of the Quad Cities
has been a presence on River Drive
in Davenport for seven years. It’s big
red doors and cozy club house has
been welcoming in people who need
help the most.
“The Mission of Gilda’s Club
is to provide social and emotional
support services to individuals who
are affected by cancer,” said Anita
Shaft, Program Director at the club.
As a non-proﬁt organization,
Gilda’s Club offers support through
lectures, networking groups and
workshops for its members free of
"...we found that The QC Gilda's Club has been in the Quad Cities for seven years.
The Acorn/Rita Dziedzic
thereʼs a lot of young
adults and high school The club came to the Quad Cities guide young people who have been
in 1997 due to a high concentration of diagnosed with, or have family
students who are cancer diagnoses in this area. Since members with cancer. But the
affected by cancer in then, the club has helped hundreds position goes beyond just reffering
their life..." of people living with cancer feel the new members to the club, they
support and love they need. provide
The Gilda’s club was started in But, there weren’t a lot of young information and are a trusted
honor of comedian Gilda Radner. people coming to the club. source to help break down the barrier
Radner, who became known on “We took a look at the needs in and help those who need it most.
Saturday Night Live, was diagnosed the community and we found that Gilda’s Club provides meeting
with ovarian cancer in 1986. She there’s a lot of young adults and High places where people with cancer
received a great deal of support School students who are affected by and their families can for a group
from others, and wanted to start and cancer in their life, and the sad fact is to lean on through the trials of
organization that would be available that they wren’t coming through the cancer diagnosis and treatment. The
for people with cancer and their big red door,” said Shaft. members are able to be themselves.
families. After she died in 1989, her The Ambassador’s Club was As the motto of the club says, “Living
family members worked hard to start then formed to better reach out to with Cancer? Come as you are.”
some kind of organization, and young people. The club consists of
the ﬁrst Gilda’s Club opened its big high school and college age people
red door in New York in 1995. and they are to serve as a bridge to
The Acorn Quad Cities Page 33
Fake IDs: one way ticket to trouble
Turning 21 doesn’t happen fast
enough for some people. For those who
can’t wait to be of legal age, using false
identiﬁcation seems like their only way
out. But sometimes their only way out
isn’t worth the trouble.
“A lot of people with fake IDs just
try and walk into the bar like they own
the place and think they wonʼt get in
trouble. Thatʼs where I come in.”
bouncer Matt Donaway said. Donaway
has been working at the Thirsty Beaver
in the District of Rock Island for two
years now and said girls are the most
frequent offenders. The Acorn/Katie Kerr
Thursday and Friday nights usually Dan Mason, head of security at Rookies, checks IDs at the door.
arenʼt a problem; however Saturdays
are the nights the bouncers have to be dent said. “But just in case they donʼt turns it into his boss who pays Donaway
most aware. think itʼs me, I have the address memo- ten dollars for every fake he ﬁnds.
But how can they tell what to look rized and since itʼs my friends actual ID Even though large ﬁnes are always
for on an id? How do they know if itʼs I bring a second form of her identiﬁca- on his shoulders, being a bouncer has
not the studentʼs? tion.” its perks.
“We check the height and weight Most people know the severity of “Being a bouncer is fun because I
ﬁrst and we make sure to check their underage drinkersʼ consequences if get to go home with some funny sto-
teeth in their smile,” Donaway said. “If caught. They risk losing their license, ries,” Donaway said.
weʼre still unsure, we have them write large ﬁnes, having a felony on their “Two Fridays ago this girl came
their name down three times. If they record and up to a year in jail. What into the bar with her fake ID. She
misspell it or it doesnʼt look like the they donʼt realize is that the alcohol handed it to me and I recognized the
signature on the ID we donʼt let them vender isnʼt let off easy either. The bar person who the ID really belonged to.
in.” where the underage drinker is caught is So I told the girl that she had a fake and
So with all of the strategies that charged a $2,000 ﬁne, and the bouncer that she had to leave. She argued with
bouncers have, how can a fake get who was on duty the night of the of- me and said that it was really her. Then
through? fense is ﬁned $250. Waitresses have I looked at her and told her it was a girl
“The picture on my fake looks a lot known to be ﬁned too. I had gone to high school with. She
like me, and I think since Iʼm a girl they There is also a little known motiva- shut her mouth and walked right back
just let me through,” a St. Ambrose stu- tional reward for Donaway. For every out of the bar.”
fake ID he identiﬁes and conﬁscates, he
A Drunken Tale
“Hey Matt, how was your night?”
“It was so crazy! I have so many stories for you guys!”
“What happened Matt?”
“We went to this bar, I donʼt even remember which one, and weʼre were taking shots left and right, and then we were singing...”
“You mean like karaoke”
“I donʼt know, sure, anyways we were singing and then I fell over and broke the table and the bottle that I had stole from the bar!”
“Oh my gosh are you okay?”
“Are you even listening to me? I broke the bottle, of course I wasnʼt okay!”
The Acorn Alumni Page 35
SAUʼs maintenance guru is an alum
Over the years, Jim Hannon
has probably gotten to know the St.
Ambrose University campus better
than anyone else. He saw it ﬁrst
through the eyes of a student, and
now as a long-term employee of the
school. His job in the physical plant
department has taken him places that
few get to see on the SAU campus.
“I’ve done everything from
laying sod to doing some wiring,”
Hannon said. “There are just a lot of
different hats you have to wear in this
That business has kept Hannon
at SAU for over 20 years. He started The Acorn/Jody Ferres
out doing maintenance work for the Hannon works closely with contractors that are in charge of the construction of buildings,
man he would eventually replace, Jim like the new dorm south of Hagen Hall.
“Because of my background he “Project management and
“I had a job lined up in Nashville at
employed me over the summer and coordination is a big part of the job,”
my old high school to go back and
some during the school year,” Hannon Hannon said.
teach,” Hannon said. “Of course it’s
said. But the part of the job he most
hard to get a job in the middle of the
Hannon hails from Nashville,
Tenn., and he’s no stranger to hard-
school year.” “In general I really have
That’s when the opportunity arose
working jobs. He attended trade and for Hannon to take a job with SAU. a good life, I really
engineering school and supported Morrissey offered him a temporary enjoy what Iʼm doing.”
himself by working in a thermos position that would require a one-year
factory. But his days in the south were commitment.
numbered. enjoys is something to expect from
“[I] took the temporary position,
“[I] decided I would see what I a down-to-earth, hard-working man
committed to a year, and the rest is
could teach them up north by going from the south.
history,” Hannon said. “They haven’t
to St. Ambrose University,” Hannon “I really enjoy the people here,”
gotten rid of me yet.”
said. Hannon said.
Today, Hannon goes by the title
Hannon participated in numerous And though he sometimes wishes
of director of physical plant services.
activities to keep himself busy during he had pursued a career in education,
Not only does he coordinate the
college. Hannon is content with his choice to
housekeeping and groundwork crews,
“I was an RA in Davis Hall and stay at SAU.
he also serves as the university’s
Hayes Hall,” Hannon said. “I was “There’s days when I’d be ready
representative concerning new
SGA president for ‘83-’84.” just to throw it out the window,”
construction on campus. That means
Hannon graduated from SAU in Hannon said. “But in general I really
those leadership skills he developed
the spring of 1984 with a Bachelor’s have a good life, I really enjoy what
while serving as student body president
degree in education and student taught I’m doing.”
come into play with the job he has
at Bettendorf Middle School in the now.
Page 36 Alumni The Acorn
Hard work pays off for SAU alum
After writing for the school news-
paper, The Buzz, producing a few
music-oriented shows for TV-11
and hosting a weekly radio show on
KALA-FM, Ryan Wilde was prepared
for graduation in 2003.
He spent hours sitting through
communication classes to get a degree
in Radio/Tv and Journalism.
“I loved all of my classes in the
said Wilde. “I know that sounds The Acorn/Aaron Hamilton
strange, but I had such a passion for Wild has the mid-day shift from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays on B100.
those things being taught that I couldn’t
help but love em’.” pay your dues,” said Wilde. “Putting
While at SAU he also had a radio “My whole time in high school and your time in is a major part of this
show Thursday afternoons called the college I spent watching my watch, industry, but once you humble yourself
“Ryan Wilde Radio Experience.” just hoping that the time would come and do it, it starts to pay off.”
While he thought that and his other that I would just graduate and start Wilde plans on being involved
classes were great experiences, he working in radio. When graduation with SAU in the future and looks
thought more updated equipment for approached,I was ready to start work- forward to seeing how it continues to
communications students was need- ing,” Wilde said. grow. Retirement at the age of 26 is
ed. The equipment he currently uses The transition from college life to ideal for Wilde, but in case that doesn’t
wasn’t present when he was a student the “real world” wasn’t easy, he said, work out he would like to work in
at SAU and every year something new and he was nervous about entering the radio in Milwaukee or Chicago.
comes out. job market.
“Staying as knowledgeable as you
can with the equipment is very benefi- “When graduation
cial,” said Wilde.
approached, I was
Wilde said he owes a lot of who he
is in the business to his favorite profes- ready to start working.”
sor, Alan Sivell. Networking through SAU was a big
“The man is seasoned and knows help to Wilde on his first job search.
what he is talking about,” Wilde said. “I got my first full-time radio gig
“When he talks, pay lots of attention, from an Ambrose alum, and I was rec-
it’s the truth.” ommended by an Ambrose alum.”
Wilde’s passion for the communi- His first job out of college was at
cation field paid off, as he currently WLLR doing overnights on Saturdays
works as a radio disc jockey and pro- and at 98.9 as a fill-in. He worked at
gram director at B100 in the Quad Temples sporting goods during the day
Cities. He started to apply for jobs to make ends meet.
during senior year and at a fever pitch “In this business, regardless of
a few months before graduation. your level of education, you have to
The Acorn Alumni Page 37
Through the years -- Ambrose from 1969-1973
a rally was held.
Lisa Larranaga “Iʼm not sure what the president
Staff Writer and rectorʼs political stance was,” Col-
well said. “They were there to keep
In 1969 Dr. Ken Colwell became a everything peaceful and orderly, which
Fighting Bee when he entered the Saint they did.”
Ambrose College seminary. Galvin On the same day every month, the
Fine Arts Center was a steel skeleton, students would participate in this ritual,
the fourth and ﬁfth ﬂoors of Cosgrove until May, when the same type of dem-
weren’t ﬁnished and there was about 40 onstration at Kent State changed every-
women living on-campus. thing.
Campus scenery was much dif- Because of the level of activism
ferent than it is today. McMullen was students felt after Kent State, many
home to the library and administrative couldnʼt focus on their grades. SAC
ofﬁces. Hayes Hall was full of semi- chose to freeze grades -- which al-
nary students that overﬂowed into the lowed students to withdrawal from
fourth ﬂoor of Ambrose Hall, which their classes and accept the grade they
was also a living area. Typewriters had were receiving up till that point. Other
to be used for papers and research had students, like Colwell choose to com-
to be done in the library -- the internet plete their classes -- but because of the
wasnʼt available for last minute assign- The Acorn/Submitted option SAC gave them, students who
ments. Ken Colwell was a student and is now a professor stayed would not get a lower grade than
Compared to today, Colwell said at SAU. they had at the time of the freeze.
there were more priests and nuns teach- obtained the school liquor license and “Iʼm grateful to the faculty for do-
ing on campus. When he was a fresh- the student government association ing that,” Colwell said. “But, there
held a contest to name the bar. was a great polarization among faculty
“I had the opportunity Since SAC was planning to merge members. I think there were a lot of
scars that lingered among them after
to learn hands-on and with Marycrest College, Ambroseʼs
title was going to switch to Newman
the students now de- College. The class of 1973 was going Colwell graduated in 1973 with a
serve that as well. to be the last class associated with SAC, bachelor of arts in mass communica-
so they named the bar The Last Class. tion and a minor in philosophy. As a
man there were three nuns that taught It wasnʼt until later that the merge with communications major, he was able to
and currently thereʼs none. The fac- Marycrest fell through. receive a hands-on teaching method,
ulty dining room used to be dining for In the spring of 1970 an incident something he feels passionately about
priests only, other faculty ate in Cos- at Kent State in Ohio -- where four and wants to pass on to current SAU
groveʼs seminar room. students were killed by the National students -- which is why he has taught
“There was a commitment to get Guard during anti-war protest -- froze at SAU for 26 years.
priests as faculty members because of SAC studentʼs grades. “I had the opportunity to learn
our connection with the diocese,” Col- The 60's and 70's were a time of hands-on and the students now deserve
well said. “By the time I graduated in- extreme political activism. Starting in that as well. I do what I can to make
terest had declined. Seminary housing October of 1969 the SAC president and it possible. Itʼs all about generating
had almost completely emptied out.” seminary rector joined the students in knowledge and sharing knowledge.”
By Colwellʼs senior year the alco- an anti-war march. They would walk
hol age dropped to 18, spurring the in- from Marycrest, down Locust Street to
famous campus bar. The food service SAC and then to LeClaire Park, where
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Through the Years -- Ambrose from 1997-2001
Staff Writer Fast Facts
Life without computers and e-mail
was the norm for SAU graduate Ted
Top 5 DVDs rented at
Stephens – and he only graduated four
the O'Keefe Library:
Stephens, a PR and marketing
5. Road to Perdition
major, entered SAU in 1997 as a
freshman. Some things are the same 4. Good Girl
– such as check-in and alcohol policies
– but in the four years since he’s 3. Fight Club
graduated quite a bit has changed.
Although SAU had a website 2. Bourne Identity
Stephens’ freshmen year, he doesn’t
remember using it. Now, students can The Acorn/Submitted 1. About a Boy
access their grades and even check out Stephensʼ staff picture -- he now works for SAU.
the café menu. Not many students had
“There’s more clubs and
personal computers and e-mail was
organizations and there’s more Least 5 DVDs rented at
downloaded from a ﬂoppy disk. the O'Keefe Library:
academic events, such as lectures,” he
The web has really evolved,”
Stephens said. “It’s hard for students
A few scenery changes have taken 5. Gigli
now to even imagine life without a
place since Stephens’ days as a student.
Rohlman used to be an all-male hall,
4. Whole Ten Yards
Last Blast was a legitimate school
named East. He lived there before it was
function Stephen’s freshmen year. The 3. This is Spinal Tap
renovated, and then lived in Rohlman
focus of Last Blast was for students
to celebrate the end of the school year
once it was ﬁnished. Tiedemann and 2. Burnt by the Spirit
Hagen were built when he attended
with good, clean fun.
SAU would hire bands to play in
SAU, but the Rogalski Center is a perk 1. Juliet of the Spirits
he didn’t get to enjoy.
the townhouse quad, and there were a
“Campus is completely different
variety of activities around campus.
aesthetically,” Stephens said. “I’m
“The intention of last blast got
jealous of all the stuff students have Late Fees:
out of hand,” Stephens said. “The
now – I hope they realize what it was
school wanted to focus on the spirit of
like before they were there.” Books: 10 cents a day
When large amounts of alcohol DVD's: $1.00 a day
consumption became part of the Most Likely to be turned in
tradition of last blast, school ofﬁcials Late: Books
stopped planning it, Stephens said.
As the President of CAB his
senior year, Stephens was in charge of
organizing campus events. Now, he
says, involvement is booming. Source: Stella Herzig
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Ryan Johnson big part of SAUʼs success
He led the Midwest Classic Conference
in points, three pointers, and free throw
percentage. Ryan Johnson has been a huge
factor in St. Ambrose’s basketball success.
“You don’t teach his personality, it’s his
whole aura that he emits,” Chris Spartz
said. Spartz is a sophomore guard who
moved up to varsity this year.
“There isn’t a person on the team who
doesn’t trust him. It comes from his
leadership off the court, doing the right
things, being the ﬁrst to the gym to practice
and getting people in a mind set,” Spartz
Spartz says a lot of players learned from The Acorn/Matt Carroll
Johnson’s leadership and ability. Head Johnson led the MCC in points, three pointers, and free throw percentage.
coach Ray Shovlain shares that opinion.
“As a person, his leadership was also sixth best in the nation. For Johnson’s use in the real world this summer. “Just
outstanding and he utilizes his skills and hard work and effort he was named to the weighing my options right now about what
abilities. He was one of the best players I MCC All-Conference team. type of job to get, it will most likely be in
ever coached. He practiced well and didn’t “It’s an honor, I put in a lot of hard work marketing or business somewhere.”
always produce at ﬁrst. He worked through and it feels good. I did a lot of strengths
it, though.” well,” Johnson said. “I’m pretty happy
Johnson hails from Johnston, IA, stands with everything.”
at 6’3”, and is a senior forward. Part of Johnson will take a lot of good
what makes Johnson successful is his memories away from St. Ambrose. “Going
ability to be versatile. “He is able to score to nationals last year and winning three
inside and outside…he’s an exceptionally games, the feeling of walking off the court
tough guard. He ﬁts the offense great,”
After last season, eight seniors graduated “You donʼt teach his
from the team and the Bees were only
expected to ﬁnish ﬁfth in the conference. personality, itʼs his whole
“This year me and Nick [Ferriera] were aura that he emits.”
pretty much the leaders, it was a new
challenge,” Johnson said.
After starting the season 8-8, the Bees and knowing you’re gonna come back for
regrouped and went 11-3 in the conference another game. It was special being one of
regular season, and won both the conference the last four teams.”
title and conference tournament. The In Johnson’s time at SAU he’s grown
regular season success landed the Bees a close with his teammates and expects that
spot in the national tournament. there could be a little bit of a hole in his life
“It’s special to surpass people’s not seeing them every day. “Gonna miss
expectations. It was nice knowing we having basketball in my life and miss the
transferred the winning from previous group of guys on the team to do everything
seasons.” Johnson said. with.”
Johnson led the conference in points Nevertheless Johnson does look forward
with 633, three pointers with 61, and free to the future. He plans on taking the success
throw percentage at 88 percent, which was he’s had at St. Ambrose and putting it to
The Acorn Sports Page 41
Interest in SAU athletics fairs well
As St. Ambrose grows, so does the
interest and attendance for certain athletic
events, despite a few distractions. Not
surprisingly, football and conference
basketball top the list of best-attended
sports. Athletic director Ray Shovlain
feels that interest for all sports has been
“The athletic department has good
support from the student body as a whole,
and as enrollment grows so does interest
and attendance,” Shovlain said.
Even though a lot of events aren’t even
on campus, Shovlain says that has had little
effect on attendance
“So far this season baseball has had
good crowds at John O’ Donnell Stadium,”
Shovlain said. The Acorn/Aaron Hamilton
He also pointed out that football rivals SAU students take in the St. Ambrose baseball team at John Oʼ Donnell Stadium.
basketball in attendance and they play at
Brady Street Stadium. there are 550 varsity student-athletes. all sports is strong and that even though
Despite the positive aspects in sports Many times during the year there are sports there are some improvements to be made,
attendance at St. Ambrose there are still events that will conﬂict with each other. compared to a lot of colleges, St. Ambrose
some strides to be made. As an incoming “I’ve only been to one football game “fairs pretty well.”
freshman football player, Ryan Berning during the three years I’ve gone here,”
expected a more “electric” atmosphere for junior Ben Hall said. “During most
a college game than the one he found this Saturdays in the fall I have cross-country
“You always have your enthusiastic parents
and alumni trying to pump up the crowd,”
freshman lineman Ryan Berning said, “but
“The athletic department
the atmosphere would be better if everyone has good support from
wasn’t tailgating the whole game.” the student body as a
Shovlain feels there are other factors
playing into a lower attendance than what whole.”
there could be. One factor is satellite and
cable TV, which is more popular than ever. Also keeping a few people home is having
“TV has killed small college and high access to some St. Ambrose sports on TV-
school sports attendance because a lot of 11, KALA-FM, and KALA web casts.
people are now tuning into the big games, “I’ve had people call me and make
like Iowa and Notre Dame,” Shovlain said. comments on games before, that I didn’t
While attendance is still growing see at the game the night before because
Shovlain believes those distractions, along they saw it on TV,” Shovlain said, “I don’t
with commitments such as homework look at that as a negative, though; it’s good
and jobs, have kept it growing at a slower exposure for our programs. We’ve actually
pace. had a lot of enthusiasm and interest in
Shovlain also pointed out the high expanding our web casts to other sports
amount of student-athletes St. Ambrose besides football and basketball.”
has. According to the athletics department Shovlain said that he feels support for
Page 42 Sports The Acorn
Teacher, not just coach, in Grant’s eyes
Bud and his coaches. He spends about also monitor practices and workouts
Tim Musachio eight hours a week talking or visiting for players to stay in top physical
Staff Writer with recruits. Illinois high schools shape.
play their season in the fall. Bud and “We have a fairly laid back off
Arriving at St. Ambrose at about his staff spend as much time as they season,” Bud said. “Coaches watch
8 a.m., the Rev. Robert Grant settles can in Illinois during their own season.
into his clutter ﬁlled ofﬁce in the lower This may entail extra time to visit but we let the players just play on their
chapel with his brief case and a cup players at their schools or watch them own.”
of coffee in the lower chapel. Known play in games. But teaching and coaching are
around campus as Bud, his day will only part of Fr. Budʼs life. Bud has
not end until about 10 p.m. “Iʼd rather be known as many obligations that the average
teacher and coach do not. He sings
Fr. Bud spends the day teach- a teacher that coaches daily mass once a week and does wed-
ing two of his four Theology classes.
He helps students with school work
rather than a coach that dings for the St. Ambrose community.
outside the classroom in his ofﬁce. teaches.” He also sings weekend mass outside
Soccer players constantly drop in the St. Ambrose for various parishes and
ofﬁce to chat with their head coach “Often times I will cut practice he also helps out with confessions
or offer suggestions for the upcoming short in order to get down to Peoria, when he gets a chance.
game. Quincy, southern Illinois or some Even with his busy schedule, Bud
“Iʼll stop in whenever I have a place to watch a game,” Bud said. is hesitant to give anything up.
moment to spare,” senior captain Rob- High school soccer in Iowa plays “It has never crossed my mind not
bie Mayﬁeld said. “Heʼs so busy, but their regular season in the spring so to teach,” Bud said. “Itʼs something I
heʼll drop anything heʼs working on to Bud is right back out there on the will always do. But there is something
talk.” ﬁelds scouting players from Iowa. about athletics that you donʼt get in
Bud must also tend to his campus In the off season coaches, must everyday life.”
organizations. He is an advisor to both
Greenlife, the St. Ambrose environ-
mental club and PAX, a social justice
At 3 p.m.., itʼs ﬁnally time to leave
his ofﬁce and head to practice. On his
way out he stops to help a work study
student with a cross word puzzle. At
practice, itʼs three hours of coach-
ing and running around in the heat.
Then he heads home where he spends
an additional two hours researching
and preparing for the following dayʼs
Bud didnʼt comment on the
amount of work that he does every-
day during the week. The only thing
he said was “Iʼd rather be known as
a teacher that coaches rather than a
coach that teaches.”
Recruiting is an essential part of
maintaining a college athletic pro- The Acorn/Submitted
gram. It is taken very seriously by The Rev. Bud Grant spends part of his free time with one of his student athletes.
The Acorn Sports Page 43
Ultimate ﬁghting mixes martial arts
Adam McKenzie lurches up
the stairs. Slung over his shoulder is a
duffel bag ﬁlled with the various objects
likely to be found in the bag of someone
straight from a rigorous workout.
Like most college students,
McKenzie devotes much of his time to
a sport. However, he does not care for
typical sports. His specialty is ﬁghting.
“ I do kickboxing and Jujitsu, its
typical ultimate ﬁghting training,”
McKenzie said, “ but it is only the Acorn/ Braden Rapp
ultimate ﬁghting when its professional, Adam Mckenzie puts up his dukes.
otherwise it is just mixed martial arts.” of Martial Arts that originated from the had. This makes football and wrestling
Ultimate Fighting brings together samurai and was one of the key forms look like a breeze.” McKenzie said.
various martial arts and sports, such they practiced for hand-to-hand combat. While this type of training is the
as karate, wrestling, boxing, Jujitsu, Jujitsu focuses on immobilization and kind that professional Ultimate Fighter
kickboxing, sumo and other disciplines. taking the opponent down to the ﬂoor. endure, and the gym that Adam trains
The sport is considered brutal by So it is common to see the opponent at is run by two- time Ultimate Fighting
most, and when it gained popularity either locked in a painful position or world champion, Pat Miletich, that does
in the early 1990’s, competitions were thrown at the end of a movement. not mean that everyone who submits
banned in the U.S. To survive the sport “ The main difference between the them self to this sort of workout plans
redesigned its rules to remove the two is the inclusion of pads.” McKenzie on going Pro.
more intense elements of ﬁghts, while said, “ With Jujitsu, you basically “A lot of people just compete on
keeping the core elements of striking just have a mouthpiece and a cup. We amateur circuits. They have those
and grappling. As the sport evolved, so spend most of our time working with competitions in nearly every state.
did its fans and ﬁghters as they quickly other people, not pads. We basically Ideally, that is what I would like to do.”
realized the effectiveness of ground spar, until the other person can’t take it McKenzie said.
techniques. anymore and taps out. With Jujitsu, you Although McKenzie will likely not
On Mondays and Wednesdays do anything that you can do to make the compete professionally as an ultimate
Adam practices kickboxing. other person tap out.” ﬁghter, he still endures the same level
Kickboxing is one of the youngest Adam has been interested in of training as someone who would
martial Arts systems and one of the ﬁghting since he was very young, but and feels he is beneﬁting from the
fastest growing. Kickboxing is the has only been interested in Ultimate experience.
mixing foot techniques from karate and Fighting for about four years. He “It is such a big conﬁdence booster.
ﬁst techniques from boxing. didn’t start actually training for it until I just want to be able to look at myself
“ With Kickboxing, we use full two years ago. in the mirror and be happy, and have
padding. The daily routine mostly “ I come from the background of a a greater respect for myself. This
entails working out our combos on street ﬁghter. My father had to literally provides that for me. This is what I love
bags, mostly punching and kicking.” ﬁght everyday just to eat-father like to do, and with such a great program so
MeKenzie said. son.” McKenzie said. close to me, to pass that up would just
Tuesdays and Thursdays ﬁnd Adam wrestled for several years be dumb.
Adam working on his Jujitsu. Jujitsu is before he began this type of training.
a broad term used to represent a style “This is the best workout I have ever
Page 44 Sports The Acorn
NAIA linksters on par with those in the NCAA
pete with the big dogs in the NCAA Griebelʼs recruiting style blends
Tim Musachio Division-I feels pretty good.” top national prospects with under-rated
Staff Writer St. Ambrose University is a mem- local players. Most of those players are
ber of the National Association of In- from the Midwest. His 2004-05 squad
tercollegiate Athletics. This level is of 15 players live no further than three
In 2004 at a NCAA Division I
usually considered in between NCAA hours away from Davenport.
menʼs golf tournament held by Illinois
Division-II and Division-III. Unlike
State University, the top ﬁve players
the NCAA Division-III level, NAIA
were Dan Vojta from Western Illinois
schools are allowed to offer athletic “Being able to compete
University, Joe Demory from St. Am-
scholarships. According to NAIA di- with the big dogs in the
Wait a minute; a golfer from St.
rector of legislative services Dexter NCAA Division I feels
Smith, schools are only allowed ﬁve
Ambrose in the top two at a Division I pretty good.”
full scholarships for menʼs golf.
tournament? Better believe it.
“One full scholarship covers the
At the D.A. Weibring Intercolle-
schoolʼs tuition, room and board,” “I always try to recruit Division-I
giate Golf Tournament in Normal, Ill.
Smith said. “Each schoolʼs tuition var- players,” Griebel said. “We offer guys
Demory ﬁnished just three strokes be-
ies. There isnʼt a ﬁxed dollar amount that might not compete on a high level
hind the winner. SAU, the only non Di-
for all schools.” at a Division I school a chance to con-
vision-1 team in the tournament, placed
The Fighting Bees won the Region- sistently play in the National Tourna-
fourth out of eight teams.
al Tournament this past fall which gives ment.”
“Weʼve come a long way as a pro-
them an automatic bid in the National Jimmy Marinelli from Byron, Ill. is
gram,” SAU head coach Jeff Griebel
Tournament this spring. The Bees are a great example. Marinelli was a Divi-
said. “Weʼve won conference champi-
not only in the regional spotlight, but sion I transfer from Winthrop Univer-
onships before. But being able to com-
now they are nationally known. Ac- sity in South Carolina. Originally re-
cording to the SAU website Demory, cruited by SAU he joined the Bees last
a senior from Sterling, Ill., is currently year.
ranked as the number one NAIA player Griebel is also able to acquire top
nationally in the current Menʼs Golfstat players that consider going to Division-
Cup Standings for the 2004-05 season. III schools. The NAIA presents better
More astounding is Demoryʼs current opportunity because of the scholarships
national scoring average of 70.86 in that SAU is able to hand out.
14 competitive rounds which ranks “SAU offer the same type of qual-
him twelfth in the overall rating that ity small school atmosphere that they
includes players at every level (NCAA would get at the D-III level,” Griebel
Division I, II, III & NAIA). said. “The difference is that we are
What has propelled the Fighting competing on the national scale.”
Bees to this point? The one constant With a mix of great talent and re-
over the years, head coach Jeff Griebel. cruiting, Griebel and the Bees have
He has led his teams to the national helped put SAU golf on the national
tournament 18 times since he took over map. The school has sure proved that it
the helm in 1982. Rich tradition over can compete with any program on any
the past few years has lured top high level of competition
school recruits to play for the Bees.
“It only takes one or two players to
shoot low scores,” Griebel said. “Those
guys bring down the team scores by a
The Acorn/Submitted few strokes which sometimes make all
Senior Joe Demory attempts a birdie putt. the difference.”
The Acorn Sports Page 45
Academics over athletics at Ambrose
The ﬁnal buzzer sounds at 11 p.m.
on a Tuesday night. The SAU basketball
team has won a grueling double over time
thriller. By the time sophomore guard John
Grifﬁn winds down in his dorm room it is
1 a.m. After ﬁnishing a paper Grifﬁn goes
to bed at 2:30 a.m. only to get up six hours
later for a Theology class.
There are times when student athletes
are completely exhausted from a game
or practice. They may be tempted not to
complete assignments or skip class. But
coaches at St. Ambrose University believe
that academics come before athletics.
“It’s pretty hard to get up for class those
days after an intense practice or game,”
Grifﬁn said. “I have to drag myself out of The Acorn/Tim Musachio
bed on those mornings.” Sophomore John Grifﬁn wakes up to type a paper after a strenuous night of basketball.
The basketball season however, gives
student athletes like Grifﬁn more struc- ranging from 3-8 p.m. The men’s basket- ﬂict, we all work together to make sure
ture to complete assignments. With such ball team must compete with other indoor we’re on the same page.”
a small window, athletes know they have activities. Night classes are the biggest These cases don’t happen too often
limited time to complete homework and conﬂict for players. during the athletic season.
study. “We had our best player miss at least “For football, we’re only missing two
“I think it’s easier academically during twice a week because of night classes last days of class time at most during the whole
the season,” Grifﬁn said. “Plus coach gets year,” Shovlain said. year,” Sturdy said.
on our case about our grades to make sure Football has a regular schedule for Coaches at SAU monitor their athletes’
we’re all eligible.” meetings and practice time. The team has academic performance. The athletic depart-
three practice ﬁelds to choose from. Even ment requires all athletes to ﬁll out progress
“I donʼt care if itʼs practice with this consistency, classes do conﬂict reports. Professors must sign and evaluate
with practice from time to time. That student’s work throughout the semester.
for the Super Bowl that doesn’t make a difference for head coach Then the player returns these reports to
week, players will go to Todd Sturdy. Even during playoff weeks, their head coach.
class.” which have been a constant over the last ﬁve “We also send a copy of that report to
years, Sturdy doesn’t change his stance. each player’s parents back home,” Shov-
In addition to being the men’s basket- “I don’t care if it’s practice for the lain said. “We feel its right for them to
ball coach, Ray Shovlain also teaches 11 Super Bowl that week, players will go to know how their kid is doing not only on
hours as a ﬁnance professor. He feels there class,” Sturdy said. the basketball court but in the classroom as
is no excuse for him or his players to miss However, there are circumstances in well.”
school. which missing class may be acceptable. It can be very tempting to put athletics
“I need to show up for class because Team road trips are usually the only time as the priority with such a high demand on
it’s my job. But it’s also important for me players are excused for missing class due winning for the measure of success. But for
to set an example for these kids,” Shovlain to athletics. SAU student athletes, success must come
said. “We’re all dog tired some days “The vast majority of the faculty here in the classroom ﬁrst, then on the court.
but it’s never an option for any of us to cut are very receptive about extraordinary
class.” circumstances like that,” Shovlain said.
Class conﬂicts are more frequent with “Most of our longer road trips are on the
basketball because of erratic gym schedules weekends. But the rare times they do con-