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 Contents:         Click on the headings below to jump to that section   Acorn staff:
                                                                           Katie Kerr
    People . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 3     Lisa Larranaga
                                                                           Christine Mastalio
    Life at SAU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 16
                                                                           Jesse Virgil
    Quad Cities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 27       Jody Ferres
                                                                           Matt Carroll
    Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 34      Aaron Hamilton
                                                                           Rita Dziedzic
    Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .p. 39
                                                                           Sarah Lindner
                                                                           Tim Musachio
                                                                           Braden Rapp
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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
with this.”
    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
the classroom
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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
Christine Mastalio
Staff Writer

        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,”
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Stineman said.
                                                 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
to SAU.
                                           himself in a long-term situation with
     “He just gave it to me straight,”
                                           the school.
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
Jody Ferres
Staff Writer

    “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
                                                                                                                    The Acorn/TV-11
    “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 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 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
Jesse Virgil
Staff Writer
     “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
Rita Dziedzic
Staff Writer

     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-
tional business.
     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
Matt Carroll
Staff Writer

     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
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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

                                                                                                                                The Acorn/Submitted
 Kennedy, pictured center , also owns a family business called Mi-Pa-Nora Lamp and Fixture Company.
The Acorn                                                Life at SAU                                                   Page 17
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.
The Acorn                                       Life at SAU                                                   Page 19

Up ʻTil Dawn, the people who keep on giving
Katie Kerr
Staff Writer

    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-
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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
The Acorn                                             Life at SAU                                                    Page 21

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.
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Study abroad opens studentʼs eyes to new culture
Sarah Lindner
Staff Writer

     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
The Acorn                                          Life at SAU                                                            Page 23

International                               students                        attracted                          to                SAU
Christine Mastalio
Staff Writer

     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.
     Apollinaire Kabasele-Kayembe,
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-
Kayembe said.
     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
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Quad City locals find a second home at Ambrose
Lisa Larranaga
Staff Writer

     Brandon Lensmeyer pays $7070 a
year to live at St. Ambrose University –
and his parents live twelve miles away
from campus.
     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
                                                                                                                 popular meals
                                                                                                                 from the UC
                                                                                                                   1.   mozzarella sticks
                                                                                                                   2.   cheese burger
                                                                                                                   3.   grilled cheese
                                                                                                                   4.   fries
                                                                                                                   5.   grilled chicken salad

                                                                                the Acorn/Christine Mastalio
 The renovation will change the cafeteria to a station-style dining center.
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Internet classes controversial subject at SAU
Christine Mastalio
Staff Writer

     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
students’ education.
     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
Internet class.
                                                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
Richards said.
     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
                                                                                                           course online
online course.
     “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
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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-
                                                                               The Acorn/Submitted
 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
Staff Writer
                                                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
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Brew & View provides alternative for students
Braden Rapp
Staff Writer
    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
enormous screen.
    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
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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
and relax.”
     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
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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
Quad Cities.
                                            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.
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QC Gildaʼs Club: come as you are
Rita Dziedzic
Staff Writer

    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
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Fake IDs: one way ticket to trouble
Katie Kerr
Staff Writer

     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!”
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SAUʼs maintenance guru is an alum
Matt Carroll
Staff Writer

      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.
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Hard work pays off for SAU alum
Lisa Larranaga
Staff Writer

      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
Radio/TV/Journalism department,”
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
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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
Lisa Larranaga
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
years ago.
                                                                                                    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
Aaron Hamilton
Staff Writer

      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,”
Shovlain said.
     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
Aaron Hamilton
Staff Writer

     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
year.                                          meets.”
“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
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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
Braden Rapp
Staff Writer

         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
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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-
brose University...
                                                  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.”
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Academics over athletics at Ambrose
Tim Musachio
Staff Writer

     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-

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