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How long does it take to cook a turkey in the microwave? The answer is: you don’t

Thanksgiving—an entire holiday dedicated to turkey, football, and Macy’s. Since we’re just on the verge of taking a break from school to head back home for the holidays, we thought it’d be appropriate to address the internet’s most recent trend. About a week ago, a new meme emerged on Twitter, highlighting the exasperated nature of mothers nationwide. An enormous number of young adults sent loving messages to their moms asking how they might cook a 25lb Butterball turkey in the microwave. Seems like a fantastic idea, right?


Via @Cassidy_OMealia

Of course, no young adult is actually attempting to nuke an entire bird till it’s cooked through. This meme is more about the frighteningly similar responses of each of these college student’s mothers. The reactions range from concerned to deeply disappointed.


Via @russelldpowell

One of our own editors attempted this harmless prank and sent a message to her mom. Only minutes later, our editor was FaceTiming with her mother, receiving a firm reprimand. While there is nothing more powerful than a mother’s love, it seems that a Butterball turkey in the microwave might be the breaking point of a mother’s patience.


Via @TheClarkeCrux

Have you attempted this viral turkey prank? If so, send us the screenshots of your parent’s responses on Twitter @TheClarkeCrux!

by Staff

Raising Student Involvement

Student involvement at Clarke has been at a significant low for a couple of years. The students on Clarke’s campus are rising in number, but that doesn’t mean that student involvement is gaining any traction. By boosting student involvement, it’s possible that students would be more willing to consider the campus home.

Sydney Eustice, president of the Clarke Student Association, says that “One of the goals of the CSA is to help student organizations get more students to attend events.” She believes that, as a campus, “We need to get rid of the stigma that student athletes don’t have time to join in the student organizations events or other sporting events. “ Sydney also mentioned that the Clarke Student Association has meetings every other Sunday hold discussions regarding campus life and the steps CSA can take to help improve it. She says that all students are welcome to join these meetings to present new ideas.

Roane Hand, primary contact of the Spanish club, agrees, stating that “Giving students somewhere to go makes them want to come, which can up the stakes of encouraging them to join.”  Roane elaborated on how she, as a club leader, gets word out about student organizations like the Spanish club. “The only real way to get more students involved is word-of-mouth or face-to-face. It’s a lot harder to tell someone no to their face. If they do say yes and then they don’t show up, you know their face, so when you see them in the hall it can create an awkward situation.”

A resident assistant, Lexi Wenz, had plenty to say not only on student involvement, but the overall environment of Clarke University. Wenz said of the school that “Last year, it felt like this school was a suitcase school. Students lived here during the week, but then left on the weekends. I guess that in my first two years, the Clarke Activity Board had events every weekend or they were more planned out. The chalkboard in the tunnel between Mary Ben and Mary Jo always had weekly events.” As a resident assistant, Lexi gets a different opportunity to get students involved. Lexi says she normally tries to update her residents by letting them know when and where events are happening on campus or in the city.


Every week, campus engagement also sends out an email covering the weekly events taking place on and off campus. Most students find this to be helpful, allowing them to plan their schedules accordingly with the addition of events they’d like to attend. In regards to how else to get the word out about campus events, students have been pushing to better utilize the chalkboard in the tunnel between Mary Ben and Mary Jo.

While the university doesn’t make the student, the students definitely make the university. Clarke for a few years now has had a significantly low rate of student involvement, which has impacted the overall environment of Clarke University. Hopefully, over the next couple of months, students will become more aware of what opportunities Clarke has to offer, both on and off campus.


Morgan Foster

Feelings of Neglect Among Pride

Is Clarke University considering anything and everything for its athletics? Some students on campus, specifically student athletes, feel as though their respective sports are being overlooked by administration, thus, making them feel unimportant.

Decorated teams like Baseball, Softball, and Track and Field all been competing off campus since each of their inaugural seasons. Baseball competes at A.J. Spiegel Park in Peosta which is about a 20-minute drive. Softball competes at Veteran’s Memorial Park which is a 7-minute drive, and Track and Field have never even had home field advantage as they are always on the road. These teams, along with two Lacrosse teams, two Golf teams, two soccer teams, and potentially our new football team will have to share one indoor facility throughout the year, the Gantz Center, which is also a 7-minute drive from campus. Clarke does not provide transportation to these off-campus facilities.

Baseball, Softball, and Track and Field have been exceptionally successful in the past few years; however, a number of student-athletes feel as though they have nothing to show for it.


Photo Credit: College Consensus 

Campus is changing, and some concerns are coming to light. There is little word from the administration regarding what exactly these new facilities are going to look like. Students can visibly see the plethora of space there is on campus, and that there is a lot of room for possible facilities for sports that seem to have been forgotten.

In a conversation with All-American baseball player, Michael Lopez, a junior from Rancho Cucamonga, California, he expresses his discontent with the current facilities stating, “I feel like our team is consistently successful, however we still get the short end of the stick having to drive 20 minutes to practice every day. A lot of us are from far away states and don’t have cars at our disposal.”

Lopez continues with expressing frustration stating, “It just sucks because student-athletes work as hard as we can to represent Clarke and what has Clarke done for us? Now that they are taking trees down, I can see that there is definitely room on campus for a baseball field or even an Avila type facility which is a full length make-shift football field, soccer field, softball field, and baseball field…I know I am not alone by saying there is room for this type of facility at Clarke.”

Clarke softball players also express their frustration and feelings of neglect. Ally Renforth explains the softball field is less than conducive for competition and practice, “…we have to haul all of our equipment from Gantz to [Veteran’s Memorial Park] to the school. It’s a constant struggle having to chase down equipment.”

Renforth continues to express her frustrations with the actual field, “We play at a community field. Kids ride their bikes across it and even run onto our field during practice. We have to put up a fence in order for our field to be regulation, we have an extremely small dugout for our team, and we have a scoreboard with broken pegs for plastic numbers that fall off. In all of my four years of college softball we are the only team I’ve seen with less than satisfactory facilities like ours.”

Renforth continues to state, “don’t get me wrong, we are content with the facilities that we have, but now that Clarke is making new facilities for a team that doesn’t even exist yet, it kind of hurts feeling as though we have been totally forgotten about.”

In closing with Lopez he expressed, “Clarke is doing a lot of things right, but they are also doing a lot wrong. The university should be caring thoughtfully about their current students and student-athletes because we are the best chance they have at generating donors. Instead, most of us are unhappy and envy schools like Georgia Gwinnett, University of Dubuque and the facilities that many teams in our conference have. I understand sports aren’t everything in life, but Clarke is wasting the chance to bring a championship culture across all sports to campus.”

Personally being affected by this, it seems like Clarke is jumping the gun on some of the decisions they make. This article is not meant to be taken offensively. I think Coach Regalado is doing a great job recruiting a team and getting the Clarke community excited about football. Administration is doing a great job in supporting football on the Clarke campus. The soccer and lacrosse teams are all equally deserving of benefiting from these future facilities. All of these things aside, it still doesn’t hide the fact that current student-athletes feel neglected for a shiny new object when they have put in the blood, sweat, and tears in order to make their sports worthy of respect.


By: Jamie Deering

Lack of Health Insurance Causes Crime and Crushes Dreams of College Athletics

After bartending for over 20 years, a woman we will be referring too as Kay, suffers of shooting pains up and down her arms, pinching in her wrists, and numbness in her hands; she suffers from severe arthritis. Due to not having medical insurance, Kay took matters into her own hands by smuggling Oxycodone in her bags after a trip to Mexico.

This shows the lengths United States citizens will go to find treatment or care if they are without healthcare. Those that cannot afford health care

“Look, I am a bartender and I will be for the rest of my life. It is just too easy not to do! My child gets sick all of the time and I have this issue with my hands. We go down there [Mexico] every year, it’s just too easy to pass up”, Kay said.

The main reason for the smuggling was because of the prices of Oxycodone, or any other non-over-the-counter medications in the States.

If healthcare were to be more affordable for the single mother of three she would consider getting a plan. She does not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.

Kay told reporters, “They [Doctors] tried charging me 70-80 bucks a bottle? I buy 20 dollars’ worth in Mexico and I’m set for the year”.

According to HealthCare.gov, the lowest premium rate in the state of Iowa costs $429.69 if you are over the age of the 50. That is without monthly costs and deductibles.

Kay’s daughter is a student at NICC. After graduating at Senior High, she planned on attending Clarke University and wanted to continue her bowling career to the collegiate level.

“They [Clarke] told me I was not able to compete or attend because we didn’t have health insurance to cover for any accidents or injuries… Yeah, it was upsetting but I got over it quick”, Kay’s daughter said.

According to the Clarke University website, “All Clarke students must be covered by health insurance… Clarke University does not endorse a specific student insurance plan”. This is due to the Affordable Care Act.

However, the website does list a number of options and suggestions of different health insurance company’s students can contact.

According to Clarke Health Services Nurse, Tammy Moore, states, “The complicated part about health care is that everyone’s situation is different. But, all students are able to be seen here. We are limited to what we can do, so usually if they [students] need further care and have issues with parents’ plans or they are out of network, we send them to Hillcrest or Crescent Community Health Center”.

Although all situations are different, health insurance is something that is supposed to help us, not harm us. Some benefit, while others actually struggle more because of their lack in coverage.

“It wasn’t always this way”, Moore says, “We used to accept students onto campus whether they were insured or not. But it all falls back on liability”.

For now, campuses like Clarke University are doing their best to provide quality healthcare to all students, despite economic differences regarding health insurance opportunities.


By: Cassidy Derus




Pet Therapy Now Offered Twice a Week

At Clarke University, students now have the option to attend Pet Therapy two times a week, which can help reduce stress and anxiety.

In previous semesters, Pet Therapy met once a week on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Due to popular demand, Pet Therapy now meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., giving students more options to attend.

“Pet Therapy is now two days instead of one by popular demand by Clarke students” the student organizer of Pet Therapy, Laura, explained. “We put a vote on the university’s Twitter asking which day of the week students would prefer for another pet therapy slot, and the majority answered Tuesday. So, now it’s Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which is convenient for students who might be busier on one of those days, but still want to see a dog that week.”

dogIn further conversation, Laura stated, “Pets just make me feel calm and loved, and it’s so rewarding to love them back. They’re always a nice de-stressor because all they expect from you is pats and treats.”

“It makes me feel at home” Alex, a Clarke student explained. “Pets are a part of most people’s lives and helps many of us feel better overall. When I go to Pet Therapy, I can forget about all of my school work for the time being. I get to enjoy good company and the pets help reduce my stress levels.”

Laura explained her motivations for organizing Pet Therapy. “I understand how important it is for students to have a break throughout their week. Schoolwork and jobs and life can be insane, and I know how refreshing it is to look forward to an event that doesn’t involve high stress or responsibility.”

Multiple students explained that they can get more homework accomplished later by attending Pet Therapy after a day of classes.

“It gives our brains a rest after long hours of lectures in our classes. We get to de-stress while petting these pets and all of our worries temporarily go away” explained Kelsey, another Clarke student.

Many students agreed that being able to pet a dog in the middle of the day is a de-stressor and positive experience.

“The Pet Therapy program was something I had loved about Clarke since freshman year. I would make an effort every week to try and see the dog that was coming” Laura said. “Taking time, even if it’s just passing by on the way to your dorm room, to pet a happy dog is just so calming. Pet therapy can even be the highlight of someone’s day.”

“I’m glad Pet Therapy is now offered on Tuesdays. I always had a class from 3 to 4:15 on Wednesdays and never got the option to attend. Now I can attend on Tuesdays when I don’t have a late class” Alex explained.

As a consensus, students at Pet Therapy on Tuesday agreed that Pet Therapy was a way to break up their long day of classes and the homework that had to be done that night.


By: Kelli Peterson


*Pictures curtsey of Kelli Peterson and Clarke University

Crusading for Pride

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.”

-Jamie Deering

Residence Hall Changes Provide Gender Inclusive Options

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.

-Josh Bradshaw