The Current http://carthagecurrent.com The Student News Site of Carthage College Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:40:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Eating Vegetarian http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/eating-vegetarian/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/eating-vegetarian/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:39:35 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15534 Background: I’ve never had the urge to become a vegetarian, but I respect everyone who adopts this life choice. I have had plenty of people explain to me how hypocritical it is that I love animals, yet knowingly consume meat (my love of pigs directly conflicts with my favorite breakfast). ...

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Background:

I’ve never had the urge to become a vegetarian, but I respect everyone who adopts this life choice. I have had plenty of people explain to me how hypocritical it is that I love animals, yet knowingly consume meat (my love of pigs directly conflicts with my favorite breakfast). But at least I’m aware of this and really honest with myself; I can’t see myself ever sticking to this diet.

When I was in middle school, everybody I knew went vegetarian for about a month because that was the thing to do – it was just a trend at the time. None of them stuck with it. So, this week, I took a page out of their book…

Research:

Although most people choose to be vegetarians because of their views on eating animals who were once living, there are actually some health benefits to the no-meat diet. According to the American Dietetic Association, total vegetarian and vegan diets “may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

In an article published by Harvard Health Publications, vegetarians tend to consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins C and E, dietary fiber, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and plant chemicals. This means they’re likely to have a lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. This reduces their risk of many chronic illnesses and other diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

Trial:

Although I am not eating vegetarian long enough to benefit from any of the research listed above, I did want to…

  1. see how easy (or hard) it would be to eat vegetarian on campus
  2. find out if I was capable of being vegetarian for the week

The rules were pretty straight forward: NO MEAT.

Conclusion:

It was harder than I thought. I caught myself multiple times, about to buy a turkey pesto sandwich at Starbucks or making myself a taco in the caf. I just had stop myself and instead order a tomato mozzarella sandwich (which was only slightly weird because I don’t like tomato, so I was essentially just eating cheese and spinach on bread…) or fill my taco shell with rice and vegetables.
It wasn’t one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but it did make me realize how much meat I consume without even thinking about it, and it definitely made me replace things like turkey, ham, and chicken with vegetables. Not only was it not-horrible, it really did make me eat healthier.

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My Vegan Journey http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/my-vegan-journey/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/my-vegan-journey/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:57:28 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15530 One of the biggest challenges of being vegan is transitioning to not eating dairy, meat and eggs, which are in almost every single product on grocery store shelves. Despite the fact that dairy, meat and eggs dominate our food products, there are plenty of alternatives that make it very easy ...

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One of the biggest challenges of being vegan is transitioning to not eating dairy, meat and eggs, which are in almost every single product on grocery store shelves. Despite the fact that dairy, meat and eggs dominate our food products, there are plenty of alternatives that make it very easy to transition into a lifestyle that does not require eating animals or animal products.

When I became vegan in October of 2015, I had already been vegetarian for 4 years, so the transition wasn’t all that bad; not eating meat wasn’t the issue, but oh did I love cheese.

Cheese was my true weakness, but after the first two weeks of not eating any animal products at all, my body detoxified and I felt so light and energetic and amazing. After about a month of being vegan, I accidentally ate a sandwich that had cheese on it, and I actually got extremely sick afterwards. At that moment, I realized that our bodies are not made or built to consume dead animals or anything that comes out of their bodies. Being dairy, egg and meat-free made me acquire a more clear mind, conscious and attitude.

As of today, I am one year and 4 months into my vegan lifestyle and I couldn’t be happier. I went vegan for many reasons: to save animals (because to be honest, you can’t say you love animals and simultaneously participate in their demise for the pleasure of a meal), to save the earth (just watch “Cowspiracy,” it’s on Netflix), and for my health (I FEEL AMAZING).

For these reasons, I have chosen a cruelty-free lifestyle. I try the best I can to buy vegan and cruelty-free beauty products and clothes. I know that in today’s society it’s very difficult to do so, but I like to at least be more cautious and conscious of what I support and buy. Living on campus can be very difficult at times, but I have found that the reward of not participating in the slaughter of millions of animals is worth the minimal extra money spent on vegan products.

Becoming vegan has changed my life. I have become more aware and energetic, and simply happier. I wanted to share this story with you because I want to save animals, but also because I want you to be healthy, happy and aware of what’s really happening.

The corporations that profit from the murder of animals (agriculture, farming and medical) know that eating animal products does not benefit the human body at all; it only causes sickness, fatigue and even cancer. However, they won’t say this because while you get sick, they get rich.

This is a cause that is very close to my heart, and it breaks my heart to know there are thousands of animals being inhumanely killed right at this moment, just to be put into packages and eaten as if they were never beings with beating hearts. Animals can feel pain, and I feel that it is important for everyone to take this into account when deciding what to have for dinner.

Next Wednesday, I’ll be telling you more about meat, egg and dairy substitutes, so stay on the lookout! At the end of this blog, I have listed some documentaries that either made me go vegan, or simply inspired me to live a more healthy lifestyle.

I have chosen to live a compassionate life. And I hope to inspire others to do the same. Yes, it is hard and there will be slip-ups. But what matters is taking action to minimize the inhumane murdering of innocent animals and saving the planet. An animal does not have to die in order for me to live. Does an animal have to die for you?

  • “Cowspiracy” (Netflix)
  • “Vegucated” (Netflix)
  • “Forks Over Knives” (Netflix)
  • “Earthlings” (YouTube)
  • “Fed Up” (Netflix)

See you next week!!

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Student-Directed Production Charms Viewers http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/student-directed-production-charms-viewers/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/student-directed-production-charms-viewers/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:22:07 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15515 This month, the theatre department is producing two student directed and designed plays. The weekend of Feb. 10 through 12 was dedicated to the musical, “Daddy Long Legs,” and the following weekend, Febr. 16 – 18, will be dedicated to the studio production, “A History of Falling Things.” “Daddy Long ...

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This month, the theatre department is producing two student directed and designed plays. The weekend of Feb. 10 through 12 was dedicated to the musical, “Daddy Long Legs,” and the following weekend, Febr. 16 – 18, will be dedicated to the studio production, “A History of Falling Things.”

“Daddy Long Legs” is a musical with only a two person cast, Jordan Horne, ’17, as Jervis and Emma Terrell, ’17, as Jerusha and the director of the production. Taking place in the early-1900s, the show follows the story of a young woman and orphan, Jerusha, who is given tuition to attend college by Jervis, a rich man who sees potential in her after reading a few of her essays.

Jervis has funded the college education of many male orphans in the past, and always remains anonymous under the name John Smith. As part of the deal, Jerusha is required to write this Mr. Smith every month telling him of her studies – letters to which he will never reply back. Her wit intrigues Jervis, who ends up falling in love with her while reading these monthly updates (which are all communicated to the audience in song).

“A History of Falling Things” follows two young adults, Jacqui and Robin, who suffer from keraunothnetophobia – the fear of falling satellites. The show follows their relationship after they meet in an online chat room.

“The way I’ve been describing the show to people,” said Logan Milway, ’17, director of the show, “is that it’s a British romcom for introverts.”

Because of their crippling fear of being flattened by a falling satellite, Jacqui and Robin don’t ever leave their homes, and this proves to be difficult for them as their relationship develops from friendship into something more.

“I found this message of taking risks and taking chances and putting yourself out there even though you’re afraid that you might crushed,” Milway said. “[They] struggle to figure out what they want to get better for and who they want to get better for.”

Milway first saw “The History of Falling Things” his freshman year when Carthage was invited to perform a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He immediately fell in love with the show and found he was able to identify with the characters because they seemed so ordinary, apart from the extraordinary situation they found themselves in.

“The show is incredibly funny and sweet,” Lindsay Phillips, ’17, who plays Jacqui in the production, said. “I think Jacqui is a very relatable character. She has fears, like all of us, but she is determined to overcome them. I find her very admirable.”

Because Milway felt a deep connection with the play, he has spent the past three years planning how he would direct it when he got the chance, and the production team and designers working on the show only strengthened this vision. While the production he saw used a minimalist set, something different can be expected from Carthage’s student designers, although exactly what it is remains a secret.

“When people walk into the theatre and see the set, hopefully they’re going to be like, ‘What the heck am I looking at?’ And hopefully by the end it will really click with them like it clicked with me in Scotland,” Milway said. “The cast and the designers have made this show something completely different than what I ever thought it could be. They’re so talented and self-sufficient and the show wouldn’t be happening without them.”

“A History of Falling Things” will be in Clausen’s Studio Theatre, Feb. 16-18 at 7:30 pm.

“I think that this play would be a great date after Valentine’s Day,” Milway said. “It’s got comedy, it’s got heart, it’s got tons of charm, and instead of sitting at home and watching ‘The Notebook’ for the umpteenth time with your loved one, you could come out and support your local theatre.”

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Cabinet Confirmations http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/cabinet-confirmations/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/cabinet-confirmations/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:18:55 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15514 The confirmation hearings of several of President Trump’s nominations to his Cabinet have illustrated clearly the tumultuous bipartisan division occurring on Capitol Hill currently. While many of the candidates have been receiving mass amounts of attention through the press, the Current wanted to give you a cheat sheet into what a ...

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The confirmation hearings of several of President Trump’s nominations to his Cabinet have illustrated clearly the tumultuous bipartisan division occurring on Capitol Hill currently. While many of the candidates have been receiving mass amounts of attention through the press, the Current wanted to give you a cheat sheet into what a few of the cabinet positions encompass, who the nominees are and how the confirmation hearings occurred. (Information gathered from the New York Times)

SECRETARY OF STATE: REX TILLERSON, Former Exxon Mobile CEO

The Secretary of State serves as the President’s chief advisor on foreign affairs. Tillerson received the most negative votes (56-43) out of any Secretary of State nominated in the history of America. Trump supports Tillerson because of his belief that the new Secretary of State will be tough and strategic when it comes to dealing with foreign affairs.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: JEFF SESSIONS, Republican Senator from Alabama

The Attorney General leads the Department of Justice and is known as the chief lawyer and chief law enforcement officer in the country. Several members of the Senate spoke against Sessions because of his poor record dealing with racial relations in Alabama. Elizabeth Warren was formally silenced during the hearing while reading a speech written by Coretta Scott King. His nomination was secured by a 52 to 47 vote. (A member of the Senate himself, Sessions could not vote.)

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: TOM PRICE

Representative from Georgia orthopedic surgeon originally from Atlanta The Health and Human Services Secretary is primarily concerned with the health of the public. Part of his job will be helping Trump to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. While Republicans praise Price for his experience and knowledge in the medical field as well as the medical insurance field, Democrats characterized him as having bad judgement while trading pharmaceutical and medical stock while simultaneously affecting health care policy in Congress. He was voted in with a vote of 52 to 47.

EDUCATION SECRETARY: BETSY DEVOS

Wealthy member of the Republican Party, little to no experience in public education The Secretary of Education advises the President on public policy addressing education through the country. After having received ample media attention from her responses to questions proposed on seemingly basic principles of the school system during the education committee hearing, DeVos received mass criticism on her ability to do the job for which she had been nominated. After Republicans began to cross party lines not in favor of DeVos, the vote ended up split 50 to 50 in the Senate. Vice President Mike Pence, who presides over the Senate, had to break the tie for the first time in American history.

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Carthage Comic Con http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/carthage-comic-con/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/carthage-comic-con/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:11:53 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15504 On Saturday, March 4, the Cosplay and Pop Culture Club will host Carthage’s first Comic-Con. The event, which will take place in the TWC from noon until 6:00 p.m., will feature student panels discussing how popular culture relates academics. “Carthage Con is essentially just a way to bring the nerd ...

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On Saturday, March 4, the Cosplay and Pop Culture Club will host Carthage’s first Comic-Con. The event, which will take place in the TWC from noon until 6:00 p.m., will feature student panels discussing how popular culture relates academics.

“Carthage Con is essentially just a way to bring the nerd world and the academic world together,” Abby Kirby, ’18, said.

While the Cosplay and Pop Culture Club will be hosting the event and leading their own panel discussion, other clubs such as Pagan Forum, the League of Legends Club and the Video Game Club, as well as other gaming clubs, will lead their own panels with their own interpretations on how pop culture interacts with academia.

“The idea is that we are inviting these clubs, although everybody is welcome to come, to talk about something you are not only dorky for, but why you think this matters to Carthage on a very TED talk like fashion. So for the Cosplay Club, we are obviously doing a lot of how does cosplay influence the rest of this world. I teach fanfiction over the summer, so I will be talking a little bit about what that was like as well,” Kirby said.

Popular culture, to Kirby, is not just a hobby to be explored outside of school, but she believes that it is a tool that can be used in the academic setting in order to explore the modern world. Each panel will emphasize how their own passion outside of school can be discussed on an intellectual level. For instance, the Pagan Forum club may be discussing the discrepancies between the Marvel Universe’s Thor and the original myths of Thor. To begin, in the original myths Thor’s hair is not blonde.

“I think that is what I would like to ask Carthage to take with a little more seriousness,” Kirby said. “Obviously while we need to follow the rules of the academic world, we also should have the liberty to combine what is academic with that which sort of exists in the area of dark corners and basements and movie nights. These things are cool and they matter to people for a reason.”

Kirby defines popular culture as any media that is not considered to be in the traditional canon of literary works. This can include comic books, young adult literature, video games and many movies. Kirby complained that typically these mediums along with fan art and fan fiction, are disregarded as not being fit material for college-level courses.

“[Fan art and fiction] can be pulled off very beautifully and skilled, but it’s not really taken seriously because it’s representing someone else’s characters. But there are a lot of very skilled artists out there who still do it because they love it,” Christine Werden, ’17, said.

Kirby had noticed that Carthage has a blossoming community interested in popular culture. After hearing about how other colleges have had successful Comic Cons, Kirby decided she wanted to bring that atmosphere to Carthage.

“The goal springs out of my own personal needs and desires that I am obviously a massive dork,” Kirby said. “That’s what 90 percent of my life revolves around. For the most part, I know other people are really dorky, but to try and combine that with whatever your major is is often hard because to be seen as someone who loves pop culture is to be seen as someone who is a part of low-culture. I don’t think that’s entirely true. I think we have such a fascinating way that we can think about combining these two worlds.”

During the day, a room in the TWC will be allocated all day for various games to be played by anyone. As the event will be hosted by the Cosplay club, at the end of the day, there will be a costume contest.

If you are interested in hosting a panel during the Carthage Con, contact Abby Kirby for more information.

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Cupid Uses Real Arrow, Injures High School Junior http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/cupid-uses-real-arrow-injures-high-school-junior/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/cupid-uses-real-arrow-injures-high-school-junior/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:11:19 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15509 A cherub is now in police custody after he allegedly shot a high school junior with an arrow on Tuesday afternoon. Around noon on February 14, a Tremper High School junior was struck with a hunting arrow in the left shoulder on the north end of the school. She fell ...

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A cherub is now in police custody after he allegedly shot a high school junior with an arrow on Tuesday afternoon.

Around noon on February 14, a Tremper High School junior was struck with a hunting arrow in the left shoulder on the north end of the school. She fell backwards and was caught by the quarterback of the football team, who quickly administered first aid. Witnesses say that a short winged baby with a bow was seen quickly waddling away, and that he was talking to himself under his breath, saying things like “I can’t believe I used the wrong arrow,” “I’ve got to get out of here,” and “I think those two can still be a cute couple.”

The cherub was spotted in Gerb’s Tap at around 2:00 p.m. Several patrons recognized him from news broadcasts and chased him out. No injuries were reported there, although a man reported a slight pain in his chest, followed by a woozy feeling. He then reported being overcome with romantic feelings towards the woman sitting next to him and asked her out on a date.

Around 4:30 p.m. the cherub was spotted by Sergeant Hart and Officer Love, both of the Kenosha Police Department, at the corner of 60th Street and Sheridan Road. The suspect escaped on foot, reportedly due to the police officers being instantly compelled to stop by a floral shop to buy roses for their wives.

He was finally apprehended around 7:00 p.m. at Villa D’Carlo where a waitress saw him hiding behind a potted plant.

The suspect gave his name as “Cupid,” with no last name. He claims to be over two thousand years old and originally from Rome, despite looking like a fair-skinned two-year old child. Police report that he was armed with a small recurve bow at the time of capture, along with a quiver filled with what appear to be disintegrating joke arrows with foam tips. He admits responsibility for shooting the girl but claims that it was an accident, saying that he mistakenly used an arrow from the quiver he takes deer hunting.

He claims that his bow has the ability to induce romantic feelings in individuals, and that he has a variety of other implements that assist him in his endeavors. “While pheromones and other compounds are known to affect humans, I seriously doubt this cherub’s story,” said an anonymous forensic technician.

“Cupid” is currently being held in the Kenosha County Detention Center.

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Basketball Remains CCIW Hopeful http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/basketball-remains-cciw-hopeful/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/basketball-remains-cciw-hopeful/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:06:57 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15500 As the Red Men and Lady Reds seasons come to a close, the competition heats up and so does the possibility of a slot in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Tournament. Both teams hope their successful seasons have proven to be enough for a chance to continue ...

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As the Red Men and Lady Reds seasons come to a close, the competition heats up and so does the possibility of a slot in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Tournament. Both teams hope their successful seasons have proven to be enough for a chance to continue past the regular season.

The men’s basketball team proved once again they are a substantial staple in Carthage Athletics. Team success, however, has flourished for the Red Men (14- 6, 7-4 CCIW) in the 2016-17 season.

With a core group of players in Mike Stevenson, ‘17, Jordan Thomas, ‘19, Brad Perry, ‘20, Brad Kruse, ‘18, and Kevin Kozil, ‘17, the team has produced a powerful offense and defense all season long. The increase in bench depth has also made possibilities endless for the Red Men.

“This is a different team in that we have a strong balance of inside and outside players and it has fit very well. We have a lot of experienced players and yet two or three very new players who have been key players for us all year long,” said head coach Bosko Djurickovic.

With a season schedule that included opponents throughout the Midwest and a trip to California, the experience has been crucial for conference success.

“We have a really tough conference and our non-conference games really helped prepare us during January and February. Going to the west coast and playing out there especially helped us bond as a team moving forward,” said Kruse.

With only conference games left in the season and an optimistic playoff picture, the team continues to practice as if every game is a championship given the league’s strong competition.

“Anytime you start your season you hope to contend for a conference championship, and it’s a matter of what you do throughout the season to get there. This league is deep with many outstanding teams every year, so for us every game has meaning regardless of standings,” said Djurickovic.

In contrast, Lady Reds basketball has seen a variety of change in comparison to the men’s team and to prior seasons. These changes have included the Lady Reds (12-8, 6-5 CCIW) increasing in roster size with 10 freshmen, a share of scoring wealth among players, and a season which has seen the Lady Reds with newfound potential to be victorious.

“It’s very refreshing to be able to have so many players on our team, because basketball is not meant to be about one person, but the team. So if a player goes down, we still have other players to help us stay in the game,” said forward Rachel Szydlowski, ‘19.

Although Mandy Hozzian, ‘17, is the only remaining player from the last team which won the CCIW title, head coach Tim Bernero is confident the young team can reach the same level of success the 2014 team achieved.

“We’re in the top 10 in the nation for schedule difficulty, and through that schedule the players gain an understanding of what it means to play at a high level. This in turn better prepares us for our CCIW games because it is a very competitive conference,” said Bernero.

In order to qualify for the CCIW Championship tournament, the Lady Reds will need to defeat Illinois Wesleyan University and Elmhurst College, both of whom the Lady Reds have lost to. The Lady Reds will also need to ward off North Park University, Millikin University and Carroll University, teams the Lady Reds have previously beaten in conference action.

“Now that we’re seeing these teams a second time through, we’re understanding what it is that we can do to better ourselves towards that playoff picture. By qualifying for the CCIW tournament, we will have proven that we can beat the teams that are matched against us,” said Bernero.

The Red Men have secured a spot in the CCIW Tournament, while in order for the Lady Reds to make the tournament, they must win the final three games coupled with Augustana College losing their final three games.

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Doomsday: Mere Minutes Away http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/doomsday-mere-minutes-away/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/doomsday-mere-minutes-away/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:06:14 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15501 Simple in its design but sobering in its message: the infamous Doomsday Clock has been set to two and a half minutes to midnight. This clock has served as a symbol that represents the countdown to possible global catastrophe and the destruction of humanity. Maintained by The Bulletin of the ...

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Simple in its design but sobering in its message: the infamous Doomsday Clock has been set to two and a half minutes to midnight.

This clock has served as a symbol that represents the countdown to possible global catastrophe and the destruction of humanity. Maintained by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock was created in 1947 due to the Bulletin’s fear regarding the Soviet Union’s development of atomic weapons.

For the next 70 years, the clock’s minute hand has been moved forward and backward 22 times—“midnight” representing the hypothetical demise of the human race. The Bulletin’s chief concern is to cover global security and public policy issues relating to danger posed by nuclear threats (or other weapons of mass destruction), climate change, evolving technologies, and disease.

Nuclear war remained the Bulletin’s main concern until 2007 when climate change was proving to be a serious threat. The safest we’ve ever been from global disaster was in 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved, pushing the clock back to 17 minutes to midnight.

1953 brought the clock the closest it has ever been to midnight: two minutes. This was a result of the United States testing its first thermonuclear weapon.

But 2017 is close behind that record, at only two minutes and 30 seconds— which also happens to be the first time a fraction has ever been used. All because of the newly elected president.

President Trump’s disturbing comments about expanding the country’s nuclear arsenal, his skepticism of climate change, and the danger of an arms race with Russia brought great unrest to the Bulletin and in turn, brought us closer to the Earth’s symbolic ruin. The clock had been at a steady three minutes to midnight since 2015 due to the continual lack of global and political action concerning climate change.

In a recent New York Times article, Lawrence M. Krauss (a theoretical physicist and chairman of the board of sponsors of The Bulletin) and David Titley’s (former chairman of the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change) comment, “Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person. But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter.”

How much will President Trump’s words end up mattering? An entire 30 seconds worth, according to the Bulletin. In regard to the rest of the world, it will have to decide that for itself in these coming months.

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Carthage Wind Orchestra Brings Home a Piece of Japan http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/carthage-wind-orchestra-brings-home-piece-japan/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/carthage-wind-orchestra-brings-home-piece-japan/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:04:00 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15495 Returning home from their fifth Japan J-Term tour, the Carthage Wind Orchestra shared their trip with the Carthage community through “Mythical Japan” – a performance attributing to the Japanese culture and the students’ experiences abroad. Recognizing both the Japanese and American cultures, the performance brought together each musician and instrument ...

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Returning home from their fifth Japan J-Term tour, the Carthage Wind Orchestra shared their trip with the Carthage community through “Mythical Japan” – a performance attributing to the Japanese culture and the students’ experiences abroad. Recognizing both the Japanese and American cultures, the performance brought together each musician and instrument for a synchronized purpose demonstrating mystical rhythms and flowing melodies.

Japan was the perfect location for the orchestra to experience the unifying element of music within a different culture because not only does Japan have similar cultural elements in regards to wind bands, but also because of existing connections established by James Ripley, Director of Instrumental Music Activities and Conductor of the Wind Orchestra. On top of this, nobody can deny the enjoyment of warm weather while thinking about Kenosha freezing over.

Karl Stefans, ’17, Tuba Performance major notes his favorite part of the Japan trip was visiting Hiroshima, where they had the chance to put on a dual-performance with the club band from Hiroshima University. The music performed represented popular culture and traditions from both cultures – allowing immense collaboration between different people.

“Most every kind of music will affect people in certain ways it’s hard not to listen to music and not get some type of reaction as a person. What’s interesting about playing music together is that it allows people to feel and experience their own emotions in a collective way – which isn’t possible for most other interactions,” said Ripley.

Traveling to Japan was not just something to do to gain experience abroad. Contrastingly, the latter was used as a way to bring the orchestra closer together, develop stronger relationships and build better understandings of each other.

“I always loved to do tours like this because everybody in the ensemble gets a lot closer. I think that helps the music making a lot too. That definitely held true for this trip,” said Stefans.

As one of the oldest college bands in America, the Carthage Wind Orchestra along with the other music departments have become a home away from home for students for over 140 years. The universality of music, the power to make connections across different cultures, allows anybody to be able to enjoy music, despite lack of skill or musical knowledge.

The Wind Orchestra invites the community to their upcoming performances on April 2 and again, later in May. In April, the concert will be a joint performance with The Racine Brass Band. This collaboration will be fun and excitable, encouraging audience participation and enjoyment. In May, the music selection is based on dark poetry, but using the uniqueness of each instrument, it will be presented with a sense of hopefulness.

No matter your involvement at Carthage, these performances are a great opportunity for anybody to experience the unique talent and knowledge that is found across campus.

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First Look at Tennis’ and Water Polo’s Upcoming Seasons http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/first-look-tennis-water-polos-upcoming-seasons/ http://carthagecurrent.com/2017/02/first-look-tennis-water-polos-upcoming-seasons/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:14 +0000 http://carthagecurrent.com/?p=15492 As the weather starts to warm up, so does the start of spring seasons, with Men’s Tennis and Women’s Water Polo seasons just underway. Both teams are currently 1-2 in their early start to a full season ahead. The Red Men Tennis team opened their 2017 indoor season by winning ...

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As the weather starts to warm up, so does the start of spring seasons, with Men’s Tennis and Women’s Water Polo seasons just underway. Both teams are currently 1-2 in their early start to a full season ahead.

The Red Men Tennis team opened their 2017 indoor season by winning the first dual match in the first week of February. Head Coach Brady Lindsley is optimistic about what his team can do this spring.

“I am excited because every year begins with the new potential,” said Lindsley.

Of particular interest this season is transfer student Herman Abban,’18, from New Mexico Military Institute. There he was named Athlete of the Year and twice earned Most Valuable Player. “I have been coaching for twenty years, and he is one of the better players we ever had,”said Lindsley.

Additionally, some young blood on the team, including Matt Curry, ’20, and Oscar Irazoque, ’19, show outstanding capabilities and are expected to be an important part of the lineup. Returning for their final season are the No. 2 and 3 singles players Chris Conley, ’17, and Pawel Jaworski, ’17.

“They are solid players who have given a lot to the program with their performance on the court and good leadership over their careers,” said Lindsley. “The hard work done this fall and J-term revealed that with our seniors and new faces we have a team with good potential to reach national level.”

For the Lady Reds Water Polo, a team of strong returning players coupled with seven talented freshmen makes this season a promising one. Last season, the Lady Reds finished third at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Championship, and they return this year hungry for a better season.

“I believe this season’s team has the potential to improve upon where we finished in our conference last year,” said second-year Head Coach Laura Coffman.

What makes this goal realistic are returning athletes such as Jane Eckles,’19, who was named Rookie of the Year last season, and Allie Boothe, ’18, named Carthage’s Water Polo Most Valuable Performer last year.

It is also the senior class comprising Carly Strass, Maddie Gronset, and Laura Larsen that Coffman is looking to lead the team to success. Their presence is more than just performance.

“We are also really lucky to have good senior leaders this year,” said Coffman.

The highly regarded freshman class includes First Team AllState Athlete Maggie Hennigan, nationally recognized athlete Madi Anderson,’20, and the team’s only goaltender, Emma Jeronimus, ’20, to name a few.

“This is a big responsibility for Jeronimus, but it is an exciting opportunity for her to shine,” said Coffman.

As the water polo team gears up for the season starting with the Dave Madej Tournament, they have been improving many aspects of their game to prepare.

“Every day we work hard to be ready for the intensity of tournaments. I have been working to improve the girls resilient and stamina in hopes that our hard work will pay off,” said Coffman.

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