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Echo Aup-sburo- College January 30, 2004 Volume 110 Issue 12 INDEX COMMUNITY/VALUES page 2 NEWS pagoS OPINIONS page 4-5 SPORTS page6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT page 7 FEATURES page 8 Fire stirs confusion, curiosity in Mort Ryan Johnson News Editor Sarah Sletten Co-Managing Editor Alexis Twito Copy Editor It was like every other Friday at Mortensen Hall last week on Jan. 23. with students eager to greet the weekend. The average Friday afternoon quickly took a surprising twist when the Minneapolis Fire Department arrived at 4:00 p.m. in response to a fire in room 1308 of the residence hall. Although no injuries were reported and the fire was well contained, the event struck some chaos among students and staff who were in the building. The area was evacuated and a potentially dangerous cloud of smoke was seen inside the building. According to junior Megan Ehresmann, resident of the 13th floor, "my roommate's boyfriend heard people shouting 'Fire! Fire!' as he came into our apartment. Then he told us, 'it's a real fire!'" "My roommate's boyfriend pulled the alarm as everyone was running downstairs." Ehresmann said. Smoke "was coming around by the elevators... so I saw the smoke coming around the comer as I ran down the stairs." Ten emergency units responded to the fire call, with two fire chiefs on site to organize the efforts. Several local fire departments responded, including Station 7, our neighbor from across Interstate 94. "The response was quick and the building was evacuated in a timely matter," said Augsburg daytime custodian supervisor Dave Hartgraves, who ended his shift at 3:30 p.m., only to come back to Mortensen Hall after news of the fire. Augsburg Facilities Manager Peter Chaput declined to comment on the incident. After an investigation into what caused the fire, the Minneapolis Fire Department ruled the blaze accidental. Director of Safety and Security at Augsburg, John Pack, said that the 13th floor fire began shortly before 4 p.m. and was caused by a dishtowel, which made contact with a hot stove burner. The two residents were not present when the fire first ignited, but shortly after one of the residents returned home, the fire alarm was activated. The sheet rock on the walls and the doors are made of a special fire resistant material which prevents fires from spreading out of control. This helped contain the flames to just the one room. The 13th floor of Mortensen sustained significant water and photo courtesy of Evan Boyd/ECHO smoke damage. According to security officer Scott Baker, the majority of the damage to other 13th floor apartments was smoke damage. Water damage affected apartments for several floors below the destroyed room. FIRE continued on page 3 Prayer, service, and peacemaking: The new McCarthyism presented at Augsburg Jenessa Stark Community/Values Editor Colman McCarthy, a well- known journalist and peace activist, encouraged Augsburg to start the non-violent fight against a world saturated in violence in his lecture on campus last week. McCarthy, who has written for the "Washington Post" for over 30 years, discussed the alternatives to \ lolence and the need to make peace. The speech began at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. Jan. 22 in the Hoversten Chapel and went for a little over an hour as students, faculty staff, and visitors to the college v, ere encouraged to ask questions and be active in teaching peak Throughout his career. McCarthy has interview ed such famous people as Dr Martin Luther K.ing Jr., Desmond Tutu. Mother Theresa, and more. It is through these inspirational people that he ha> gained his insight into the world of non-violent action. Besides writing for the "Washington Post", McCarthy teaches at two area Washington D.C. high schools as well as at a law school in that area. McCarthy praised Augsburg's commitment to a Peace Studies mi- The third and final step in becoming a peacemaker, according to McCarthy, is a commitment to non-violence. nor and declared that he hoped the college would soon make it a major. In addition to teaching peace, McCarthy encouraged three essentials for becoming a peacemaker. He first stressed a commitment to prayer. He said that whatever your religion, you need to ask yourself, "How do I use my gifts better?" He also said that people should be prayerful and contemplative and find out what it truly means to love. The second thing that McCarthy emphasized was a commitment to service. He encouraged people to ask themselves, "How can I serve society when I am ready?" He stressed the importance of Augsburg's dedication to experiential learning as an important step in the commitment to service. The third and final step in becoming a peacemaker, according to McCarthy, is a commitment to non-violence. He pinted out the importance of getting children exposed to conflict resolution early and encouraged everyone to become "solution finders" instead of '"problem finders." McCarthy rounded out the speech with a discussion of the overabundance of conflict in the world. However, he did offer hope for a peaceful world when he discussed the six governments that have been peacefully overthrown since 1985. In all of these cases, few or no people were killed as a violent government was dissolved. Though he did not disillusion the crowd with false hopes of immediate peace, Colman McCarthy entreated them to simply "Start!" and work towards peace. McCarthy spent the day around Augsburg's campus, visiting English and political science classes. He was also in direct contact with Mary Laurel True, director of the Center for Service, Work, and Learning. Prior to the lecture, Colman McCarthy had dinner with a mixed group of about 20 faculty, staff, and students. The students were selected by professors or advisors who felt the specific student would benefit from attending the dinner. Augsburg charters St. Paul academy Ryan Johnson News Editor In an attempt to reach out to more prospective students, Augsburg College is set to open a charter school in St. Paul next fall. The Augsburg Health Careers Academy, which is dubbed Augsburg Academy, will have a strong emphasis on health services learning and on small learning communities to suit the needs of its students. The St. Paul Public Schools System has already implemented the concepts of smaller learning communities which is the concept adopted by most charter schools opening throughout Minnesota. The Augsburg high school is unique in that it has a strong Lutheran base of community partners including Luther Seminary and Central Lutheran Church. Because there are public funds involved from the city of St. Paul, the school must remain secular in its teachings. Although questions have arisen regarding the future success of Augsburg Academy due to the other failing charter schools in the Twin Cities area, the mood is generally optimistic with a wide array of contributors. From Fairview Health Services, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to the Girl Scouts of St. Croix Valley, the partnerships involved in collaborating this new school are diverse and far-reaching. Augsburg Academy is part of the St. Paul Star Schools system, which means that the school will not charge tuition but will only enroll one hundred to three hundred students. Chief Executive of Fairview Hospital David Page said in "The Pioneer Press" that the health facility had "a major concern in trying to attract and retain people in the service of health care," of which will be the Academy's focus. The goal of the new high school is to give students who normally would not have an opportunity to practice health care as a career to get a jump-start and get a feel for how the health care industry functions. The state of Minnesota has an estimated charter school population of 15,000 students and that number is expected to rise over the next few years I ■■ \ In- . J i COM ML M TY/l AL L ES- Campus Ministry s Outreach program in action OPIMONS- Sarah Aune debuts as new cartoonist A&E- Ani Dif-ranco makes an "Educated Guess "
|Title||Echo V 110 I 12 January 30, 2004|
|Date||January 30, 2004|
|Frequency||Published on Fridays during the academic year.|
|Coverage||The Echo has been published since 1898.|
|Type||Scans of newspapers|
|Scan Date||April 2012|
|Creator/Author||Students of Augsburg College|
|Source||Scans of printed and bound editions of the Echo.|
|Rights||No reproduction without permission from Augsburg College.|