On October 25th, 2017 the Edward and Cathy Gallagher Arts at Clarke series hosted A Night In Japan in Jansen Music Hall. The event, starting at 7:00pm, began with music ensembles from Clarke under the direction of Andrew Alegria and David Resnick and concluded Tsukasa Taiko’s Japanese drumming performance. Alongside these acts, the series provided food options ranging from sushi to matcha white chocolate mousse before the event at 6:30 in the Atrium.
My adventure to A Night In Japan started when I arrived at the Atrium with an empty belly, ready to enjoy some sushi, only to discover the long line almost headed down the hall. It felt like forever, but once I received my plate, I grabbed as much food as I could. I tried everything they had, from veggie and tuna sushi to their dumplings filled with delicious pork.
For dessert, the staff had prepared a creme cheesecake puffball and white mousse. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cheesecake, which was perfect for my friend, Mariah, who attended the concert with me because she fell in love with the flavor. I really enjoyed the mousse. It had the texture much like frosting and a sweet flavor that wasn’t too rich, making it easy to enjoy.
After finishing our dish, some friends and I headed into the Jansen Music Hall and found ourselves right in front. The wind ensemble started off the 1st act by beautifully performing Japanese folk songs. My personal favorite was Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song by Samuel Hazo.
The 1st act continued with Sharon Jensen playing Hanawa- Saku (Flower will Bloom) by Yoko Kanno, on the piano. Following her was Cantabile, singing two songs, Nanatsu No Ko, a Japanese Children’s Song, and Sakura Sakura- arranged by Douglas E. Wagner. All the students and professors did an amazing job performing all these beautiful Japanese songs and created a great beginning to this wonderful night.
The 2nd Act was performed by Tsukasa Tako. Here is where they performed on the taiko drums and showed the different festival performances the drums were used for. Part of the show was demonstrating the movements of the beating of the drums which I found very memorizing. The speaker was very engaged with the audience, telling us stories about the music and how he started this group.I was amazed by the classical dance, getting to listen to live music as well as watching a dancer perform to said music.
I honestly enjoyed my evening. It was overall a great experience, from the delicious food to the wonderful music. I feel that whether someone went only for the food or the music, everyone found something to enjoy, as I heard nothing but good things about the night.
They have been running fast, training hard, and preparing all season for their upcoming meet. The Clarke Men and Women’s Cross Country teams are awaiting the most anticipated race of their season: conference.
Their conference meet will take place on November fourth in Baldwin City Kansas. The results of this meet decide what teams and individuals will continue their seasons onto Nationals or which will come to an end. Although the meet is fast approaching, the anticipation of this meet has been building up over the course of many months for both the men’s and women’s team.
All sixteen cross country runners, under the coaching of Brooke Ferguson, have raced at five other competitive meets. These meets include: The Mustang Gallop, Luther All-American, Brisman-Lundeen Invite, Loras Invite, and their most recent race the Seminole Stampede.
The women’s team most impressive finish being 6th out of 17 teams at the Brisman-Lundeen Invite. The team, led by the strong junior Lauren Block, finished with a total of 188 points to earn them their impressive 6th place finish. Block placed 9th overall with a 5k time of 20:41. The second runner for the team was freshman Lauryn Pritchard running a time of 22:05 and was followed closely by junior Emily Reisenberg at 22:06. Sophomore Alex Branham finished in fourth for the Clarke pack coming in at a time of 23:26. The other contributors were freshman Mariah Pellino, senior Anna Cole, and freshman Annie Knobloch. The eighth member of the team, Sydney Hendricks did not race because of an illness.
Although Lauren Block had a great finish and an overall large contribution to the teams 6th place finish at the Brisman-Lundeen Invite, this isn’t the only accomplishment we have seen from Block this season.
This is Block’s first season back after time off from an injury. She reflects back on her achievements thus far:
“I think as an individual, finishing my first race was a turning point within itself. Being injured for over a year, I never thought the day would come where I could actually run a race, and placing made it even more bittersweet”
The first meet of the season, The Mustang Gallop, was were Block first individually placed this season, placing 9th out of 74 runners. Additionally to this 9th place finish, Block has also placed: 6th, 9th, and 19th at the team’s other competitive meets.
It is with the help of the team that Block has made these accomplishments. She is not alone in the outstanding efforts that have been put in by runners this season. Each and every member of the women’s and men’s team have been working hard the entirety of the season, pushing themselves in every race and at every practice.
Block agreeably states that it is through teamwork that the team has come this far and is going to be prepared for, conference.
“As a team, we are all so encouraging of each other on and off the course. No matter a good workout or bad, we’re always there keeping each other’s spirits up. Cross country is a hard sport, and add in the factors of being a college student, the stress levels can reach an all-time high. By making sure we’re all mentally and physically ready to race, we can ensure a successful conference race”.
The men’s team has also had their fair share of accomplishments this season. Their best finish as a team was also at the Brisman-Lundeen Invite. They finished 11th out of 22 teams with a total of 312 points. Coming in first for the Pride was senior Malik McCrary with a 6k time of 22:36. Close behind him was junior, Logan Fraker running a time of 22:59. Sophomore, Mike Aguilar took the third place finish for the team’s pack, finishing at a solid 23:44. The fourth finisher for the men’s team was sophomore Kevin Ockenfels running a time of 24:26. The other contributors to the team’s strong finish were freshmen Jimmy Slowik, Devin Dobbles, and Reide Gallaway. The eighth member of the team, Craig Stout, who has been battling minor injuries, did not participate in this race.
The Clarke men’s cross country team has shown tremendous progress over the span of this cross country season. A lot of their success this season can be credited to the growth in members for the men’s squad.
Back in 2015, the Clarke men’s cross country team consisted of only five members, which is just enough for them to race as a team. Since 2015, the men’s teams roster has grown to a total of eight members. This is a major positive change for the team as Stout adds:
“The team has gotten bigger. The more guys we have on a team, the more successful we will likely be. It’s nice going into practice knowing you have to bring your A game or you’ll get left behind”
They will be able to use this new advantage of more members to push one another during their next conference meet in a way they are not able to do previously. With only five runners in 2015, each member counted for the team’s score. Now they have to work together and push themselves to be in the top five that scores for the team.
With the anticipation at an utmost high, the excitement to see what the men and women’s cross country team will accomplish at their conference meet is overwhelming.
For some, this will be their last conference meet in their collegiate running careers. This goes for the seniors Anna Cole, Sydney Hendricks, Malik McCrary, and Craig Stout.
Hendricks reflected on her last four years as a runner and shared what she is thinking as her days as a college cross country runner nears to an end:
“I want to finish the season and my career strong. But I know I’ll be participating in races after XC and am excited to start that part of my running career. I will miss my teammates tremendously though. They make the hard days easier.”
Undoubtedly the women’s and men’s team will miss the efforts, positive energy, and dedication that the senior members offer.
Embracing their accomplishments and remembering how far they have come, both teams are more than ready for their conference meets. Coach Brooke Ferguson talked about her goals for the teams as they get ready for conference. She hopes that both teams continue to pack run, work up during their races, and finish in the top half of the conference meet.
Hendricks shared what she would want to say to her team in regards to conference,
“I would tell them to run our best, have confidence in ourselves, and leave it all on the course. At the end of the race all that truly matters is that we ran our hardest and gave it all we had.”
Summer of 2017 seems like a distant memory now, doesn’t it? We’ve already been back in school for a few weeks and loaded with homework. But some of us worked hard all summer too, furthering our education for our future careers. I’ll admit I enjoyed many days with my toes dipped in the pool and soaking up the sun. My dear friend, Zoey Weber, a student of the class of 2018, was busy saving lives. She made the move to Texas this summer to further her nursing skills and training with a summer internship. Let’s take a look at what she has to say about her experience.
She told me how growing up in Dubuque area and being familiar with the resources around her gave her the opportunity to work at Finley Hospital as a tech in the Family Birthing Suites since high school. She loves the environment she works in and plans to be a labor and delivery nurse at a larger hospital in Texas after graduation. Her dream is to continue her education and become a midwife.
Zoey loves Dubuque, however, she personally feels she would gain more experience in a big city like Dallas or San Antonio. The state of Texas is very dear to her heart. In hopes of pursuing this dream, Zoey applied for multiple nursing internships for the summer of 2017 in Texas. After a little bit of the waiting game, she received a call from St. Luke’s Hospital offering her an interview for a nursing internship. Zoey made the journey to Texas and had a successful interview. She got the internship! The internship was nine weeks long at CHI in St. Luke’s Hospital, which is considered the largest medical center in the United States. She split her time working with a nurse preceptor on the surgical floor and working in the ICU during the second half of the internship.
The excitement, nerves, and readiness for this new adventure filled her. Immediately she began looking for apartments or places to stay. The scary part for her was that she didn’t know many people in Texas and realized she was really her my own making adult decisions. Perhaps she didn’t find the nicest place of them all to stay, but thankfully her best friend gave me a care package with scorpion spray to ward off any creepy crawlers who might want a place to stay in Zoey’s apartment.
Another new experience and somewhat of a challenge for Zoey was the public transportation. The hospital did not have parking for its employees, which meant she would be taking the public train system to and from work. Although public transportation is beneficial, she witnessed some interesting events on the train rides that she does not want to see again.
Maybe there were a few setbacks and things to adjust to, but the internship provided Zoey with such a life-changing education and experience. Who knew one could learn so much over the course of nine weeks? Because she worked in labor and delivery back home, she felt nervous being placed in the oncology unit for the first half of the internship. This hospital, being a medical center, has many trials and many basics that she will need for a career. Zoey expressed how she felt so lucky to be able to learn in this setting. She got to place IVs every day, drew the entire floors lab work every morning, did lots of dressing changes, and much more.
The absolute craziest moment of this internship was when one of Zoey’s patient’s heart stopped while she was alone with the patient! Zoey calmly called a code to get help, but still needed to resuscitate the man with the help of two other CNAs while they waited for the doctor to arrive. They had the patient back to life before the doctor arrived, and it was the most intense moment of Zoey’s nursing career thus far.
Her internship also took a change of course this summer. She planned on moving to the ICU for the second half of the internship, but due to matters out of her control, she instead got offered a position with the rapid response team within the hospital. They assist when there are patients who have heart attacks, strokes, and need resuscitation. So, needless to say, many more intense and educational experiences are now under her belt from the time with the rapid response team.
Zoey is beyond grateful for the experiences she had in Texas at St. Luke’s this summer and learned so much. Now she feels so prepared to do her ER and ICU clinicals with the nursing program at Clarke this fall. There were both trials and tribulations, but she would do this again in a heartbeat. Zoey looks forward to her senior year as a nursing student, and she’s excited to move to Texas after graduation and work as a full-time nurse down south.
Clarke University is proud to have students like Zoey Weber. I am proud to call her my friend.
Unfortunately, right after Zoey returned home from the beautiful state of Texas, Hurricane Harvey hit. It was shocking that the place she lived in all summer and grew to love very much was now under water and mass destruction. If you are interested, please click the link below to donate to the hurricane relief in Texas. Thank you.
Clarke University, located in Dubuque, Iowa, welcomed future students to attend Admitted Student event in order to receive a scholarship and get a start on their Compass requirements.
Admitted Student Weekend, formerly known as VIEW Weekend, occurs every year during the spring semester of the academic school year at Clarke University. The purpose of these weekends is to provide scholarships to those admitted students who attend and participate in the events of the weekend.
For completing the weekend and participating in the events, each student receives a $1,000 scholarship for the duration of their academics at Clarke University. This gets added to their financial aid package to assist with tuition, fees, room, board, or other expenses.
The events for the weekend focus on providing those students in attendance with opportunities to bond with fellow admitted students, participate in a group activity that will assist them with graduation requirements, and learning more about the institution prior to attending.
The graduation requirements that participants get to start are part of the university’s newly implemented Compass requirement. Kelsey Meyer, the Clarke University Campus Experience Manager, explains, “Compass is a program that allows the individuals on campus to formulate all the activities of a typical Clarke undergraduate into different experiences that translate into life after college.”
For the Compass activity, each group of students is in charge of creating a club on campus that promotes self-sufficiency. This would mean that the primary focus should be on students to provide for themselves and help them after college. This has allowed previous participants to create clubs focused on money management and checkbook balancing.
Although the Compass graduation requirement activity is the primary focus of the event, participants get the opportunity to do more.
The Saturday night of the event, student’s head to the Lion’s Den, the campuses common lounge area, in order to enjoy music, dancing, desserts, and conversation with their peers. This allows the students to socialize and make new friends for the upcoming school year. This has been reported as the place where students meet their future close friends.
“When I attended [Admitted Student Weekend], I ended up making friends with people that I continue to be close to as I am rounding out my college experience,” states senior Delaney Borst.
Admitted Student Weekend is also an event that staff members enjoy. Admissions Visit Intern Joshua Bradshaw, who coordinates the event with the admission’s staff, expressed, “This event is really fun to plan and attend because meeting and talking to new people who will be at Clarke promotes the expansion of Clarke’s community for future generations.”
Admitted Student Weekend is held on three weekends this year with hopes to accommodate the growing interest in the event with perspective students. If you would like to help facilitate groups on future weekends, please contact Kelsey Meyer in admissions.
In February, Clarke University’s Art and Design Department presented the Bachelor of Arts Degree Exhibition where current seniors displayed their newest art pieces. Erik Brolin (Ceramics), Morgan Hazer (Painting), and Hope Greenwood (Painting) have their work displayed in Clarke University’s Quigley gallery until March 8th. The available hours to view the art are 1-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Erik Brolin a Graphic Design major with an emphasis in Ceramics stated that, “I had been working on [my pieces] all semester, basically a month and a half”. When asked what had inspired his theme for the project “West Coast Waveware” Brolin said, “Well, I am from the West Coast, Gilroy, California which is in the South Bay of Northern California and the wave aesthetic in my work helped me reflect where I am from.”
Since Brolin is a senior at Clarke and will be graduating this upcoming May he has plans to look for an internship in Graphic Design. At the moment, he is looking for an internship at home in California but he is open-minded.
Additionally, Erik Brolin has a few words for other younger peers in the Art department as well as incoming freshman seeking a degree in the Arts. “If you think it can be better, it can be. Just keep working and don’t give up, you’re going to fail.
Art major, Hope Greenwood, with an emphasis in painting said that,” Planning the idea started last summer. I was taking summer classes and meeting with my professors over the summer.” She decided to be proactive and get some planning for her senior show done in the summer since, “[the seniors] had to come up with three ideas before the [spring] semester started.”
Greenwood discussed her plans after graduation as well, “I am still really open to things, I know I am planning on doing commissions for some digital work, but really just to get a job and work it.” She does not want to rush into graduate school at the moment. She would like to pay off a lot of the student loans she has accumulated during her time at Clarke first.
When asked which professor was a big influential figure throughout her process her answer was, “Jessica Rebik was a lot of help, she helped me with a lot of it.”
Other influences in Greenwood’s work were derived from an Art Department trip to Chicago. “I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. One of the shows inspired me on how I’m hanging them in the gallery, it was Kerry James Marshall.”
Since Hope Greenwood has been so positively influenced by others in the Art world she would like to give some tips to her younger peers. “Talk to your professors as much as you can and if you’re an actual art major start thinking about your senior show sophomore, junior year […] if an idea comes to your head, write it down.”
Remember to support the Arts at Clarke and your local artists of Dubuque. The available hours to view the art in the Clarke gallery are 1-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday night, April 21st, the elections closed for the CSA Senate race. The newly elected officials on the Executive Board will lead the Clarke Student Association for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, with the senators representing their individual classes opinions and stances.
There will be a torch passing ceremony taking place at the Honors Dinner on May 5th, from the current senators to the newly elected officials. You can sign up for the Honors Dinner by emailing Lynn Becker at Lynn.Becker@clarke.edu
Here is the new roster for the Executive Board, and your class senators.
President: Kyle Majerus, ‘18
Vice President: Katie Marter, ‘18
Secretary: Laura Naber, ‘18
Treasurer: Bailey Theisen, ‘20
Senior Class of 2018
President: Megan Madl
Vice President: Nicholas Anderson
Secretary: Jeff Ruhlow
Treasurer: Matt Gagner
Junior Class of 2019
President: Kylee Liginski
Vice President: Sydney Eustice
Secretary: Eric Jones
Treasurer: Caroline Herrig
Sophomore Class of 2020
President: Echo DeVries
Vice President: Josh Sanchez
Secretary: Annalise Lyon
Treasurer: Alex Koenig
Photo courtesy of Michael Bently via creative commons license.
On February 2, 2017, Clarke University administration announced that their athletic teams’ nickname – the Clarke Crusaders – would be changed to the Clarke Pride effective August 1, 2017. As a result, there has been both backlash and support among Clarke community about the new moniker.
According to athletic staff, there have been complaints by faculty and students about the name Crusaders for about 10 years. The community consistently questioned whether the nickname aligns with the mission and values of the university.
The main issue with the Crusaders moniker, and the reason for the recent name change, was rooted in the belief that the name Crusaders was too offensive as we are a Catholic institution. The Crusaders engaged in violent, deadly battles with Muslims over territory of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
Despite the good intentions that the Clarke administration had while discussing a new mascot name that more aligned with Clarke’s mission, some students are unhappy with the shift. At the same time, there is also indifference as well as support from students and athletic staff.
Regardless of the FAQ sheet provided on the Clarke Athletics website, questions and rumors are circulating around campus.
Most of the comments from students suggest that they feel betrayed by the University and that the name change decision was made without their input. Other student concerns relate to the cost of changing all of Clarke signs and uniforms that currently use the “Crusaders” logo. Additionally, there is also a lot of anger from alumni that the legacy of Crusaders is ceasing unexpectedly. This anger and frustration can be seen through comments on the Clarke University Facebook page on the post discussing the name change.
On the other hand, some students are expressing indifference. “It doesn’t matter what you call us, we are still Clarke athletes on the same mission,” said senior accounting major, and two sport athlete, Kayla O’Brien.
There is support for the name change from most of the coaches at Clarke. Jeff Lamb, head softball coach, expresses his support to his team. He said, “We have the opportunity to be the first Pride here. Let’s make it ours and do something great with it.” In an interview with Jeff Lamb, he expressed his frustration with the complaints and negative comments coming from students. He said, “Athletes should support the movement and make the transition easier for the Clarke community.” Lamb hopes that everyone at Clarke will be on board by the time the name change is in full effect.
With regard to admissions, Kelsey Meyer, Campus Experience Coordinator, stated that she is unsure of how the name change will affect future enrollment. In an interview with Meyer she said, “[the name change] might give students a reason to stop and think if this is really the school they want to go to, but I’m not sure if it will be a big enough issue to completely change their decision.” The admissions staff did not hear about the final decision for the name change until the email was sent out from the president’s office to the entire Clarke community.
As a non-athlete, Alli Reeder, junior class representative of Clarke Student Association, states “we had no idea of the change until the email from President Joanne Burrows was sent to everyone.” Her concern was mostly regarding the lack of communication between administration and students. She asked, “Why even have a student association if we aren’t given the opportunity to speak?” Reeder added, “I’m just not sure how many people will be proud to be a Pride.”
After an interview with both the Director of Athletics, Curt Long, and the Assistant Director of Athletics, Casey Tauber, they expressed their intentions and aspirations regarding the name change. Curt Long stated, “Disagreements evolved on the top 3 choices. When we finally decided, we thought that more could be done with the Pride concept and we thought Pride represented our campus more than the other choices.”
According to Long and Tauber, out of the original 111 choices that the group of athletic staff came up with, the decision was narrowed down to three final choices, The Golden Lions, Wild, and Pride.
Tauber added, “This is a topic that has been split for so many years now. The vote 10 years ago showed no consensus in one particular direction. We gathered our thoughts agreeing that, if the students were to be surveyed on the final three choices, the end result would be split between all three options.”
Tauber expressed his aspirations and high expectations for the new nickname. He stated, “The excitement is that it is something new that you can mold. Crusader was already made for you, but now it’s in the student’s hands to create what Pride is going to look like.”
In accordance with federal mandate, Clarke University will provide gender inclusive housing options to students who request these room accommodations starting in the 2017-18 school year. The Department of Residence Life at Clarke University will make several changes in the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year to make sure accommodations are available.
The change to provide gender-inclusive housing is in response to a federal mandate for institutions that receive federal funding.
It has been taught that individuals are either male or female based on their biological make-up. This biological make-up consists of an individual’s genetalia, their chromosomes, and hormones. This is considered an individual’s sex.
Gender inclusivity in an institution focuses on supporting individuals who identify with a gender that is different from their biological sex. Thus, gender-inclusive housing provides accommodations for students who may require different kinds of privacy.
Individuals, upon gaining acceptance to Clarke and filling out housing information, will be asked if gender-inclusive housing in required. Individuals who request the accommodation will be contacted in order to provide the best housing situation for their gender identity.
It is unsure whether members of the incoming class will use this policy change. Regardless, this was an accommodation the administration felt was necessary in order to remain inclusive to all Clarke students.
According to Clarke, a policy change like this is quite positive. Allowing students to feel comfortable and accepted regardless of their identity is something the university suggests is the biggest perk of the change. However, this does not mean that this policy was not being conducted unofficially already.
Kevin Utt, Dean of Student’s at Clarke University, states, “People come into our institution at different stages of their lives, in terms of their gender identity and expression. It is our duty as an institution to allow individuals with an identity that does not match their biological make-up to feel welcomed and comfortable. This is something that Clarke has typically done when the situation presented itself. However, it was much more difficult if the student was an underclassman due to our facilities that house them not having privatized bathroom facilities.”
Kevin Utt is referring to Mary Josita Hall, the all male residence hall, and Mary Benedict Hall, the all female residence hall. These dormitories have a handful of rooms that come with private bathrooms. Previously, however, these rooms were exclusively for resident assistants (RA’s).
In order for Clarke to be able to provide these accommodations for individuals who need them, the residence life student staff in Mary Benedict Hall and Mary Josita Hall will be placed in other rooms that do not have private bathrooms.
This change has sparked some unsettling and frustrating opinions from certain members of the residence life staff. A staffer who wishes to remain anonymous stated, “The staff has to deal with many responsibilities that regular students do not have to deal with. Having my own private bathroom was a perk.”
Other members of the residence life staff agree with the change and support it fully. Natascha Meyers, a senior manager, vocalized, “As a residence life staff [member], our job is to create a welcoming community. If we do not make this change to allow individuals to feel safe and comfortable, then we have failed our role.”
The rooms with private bathroom accommodations that are not used for individuals who need the accommodation will be available for those individuals who request it. This request will come with an extra housing charge.
A potential for abuse may reveal itself with this change. Students could potentially request the gender-inclusive housing option even if they do not need it. With regard to this potential abuse, Utt suggested that, “there are always going to be people in this world who try to cheat the system and take advantage. However, we believe that this change is more important than the people who might abuse it.”
There are also other concerns that students who have normative sex and gender identities will extort this policy in order to gain housing in a residence hall that is of the opposite gender (for example, a male student might request a female dorm even though that individual identifies as a male). This is something the institution will be looking out for and encourages the student body to remain attentive to and to report any activity that is not acceptable.
This policy change means good news for the trans community in the face of negative news for this community in other parts of the country, such as North Carolina. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law legislature that forbid individuals from using facilities that were different than their sex on their birth certificate. This was passed due to fear that transgender individuals posed a risk for cisgender individuals in their respective facility. As of March 30th, 2017, that legislature has since been partially repealed.
If students or community members have any questions regarding the gender-inclusive housing policy, they are encouraged to contact Kevin Utt, Dean of Student’s at Clarke University.
Clarke University’s student government, known as Clarke Student Association (CSA), may have had a presence on Twitter and Facebook for some time now, but they never were a part of the Snapchat world until now! During the CSA Senate meeting on March 12th, 2017, the public relations committee – chaired by Kyle Majerus, Delaney Borst, Katie Marter, Kaitlyn Salow, and Josh Sanchez – took the initiative to create a Snapchat account for CSA. The Snapchat handle is “CSASenate.” It consists of daily take-overs by CSA’s Senate and Executive Board members. The daily take-overs began on March 15th, 2017 and will end on May 9th, 2017. To follow a Senate or Executive Board member go through his or her day, either add “CSASenate” on Snapchat or scan the QR code below!