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3 .a CO -t-> <. ■ J V^/ X X \J aWburg \ra Av.au gsbure.edu /echo AUGSBURG COLLEGE LIBRARY MiNNFftPOUS. MN55454 I March 19, 1998 Volume 104 Issue 15 In this issue: Stupid Americans?, page 2 Professor Richard Nelson, page 3 Augsburg Music: Lazy Jake, page 3 Aaron Reviews "Big Lebowski", page 5 Spring Sports Schedule, page 8 In Dialogue for the Children - \ Vr is. S -4* cum SBUR( Emily Chen/Echo Last Thursday, at the symposium entitled In Dialogue for Our Children: Violence and Community Responsibility, representatives of the following aspects of community participated in a panel discussion: business, social services, philanthropic, health care, law, and education. Graffiti Wall Vandalized Racist, sexist, heterosexist, and other offensive comments were written on ASIA's Diversity Week project by Adam Roesch Co-Editor in Chief Sometime before last week Tuesday, someone defaced Diversity Week's graffiti wall with offensive language. More vandalism continued throughout the week. Most of the vandalism occurred to a part of the wall on which ASIA members had written, "We're here and we're queer. Deal with it! BAGLS." The first vandalism to this area of the wall appeared sometime on Monday and blamed homosexuality for the AIDS problem: "Who pays when you all get AIDS?" In response to this, more comments were written on this area of the wall, several refuting the original comment, others using slurs and agreeing with the first. Alpha Chi Inducts New Members by Jennifer Rensenbrink Co-Editor in Chief Tuesday night, 31 Augsburg students were inducted into the Minnesota Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi, an organization that honors college and university students for academic excellence and character. The evening began with entertainment from Jennifer Grimm and Stephen Olmstad, followed by a description of what Alpha Chi is by Jeanne Barrett and Mary Waltz, Alumni Officers of Augsburg's chapter. The candidates who were present were inducted following a short speech by Academic Dean Marie McNeff. The following Augsburg students were initiated into the society: Andri Andriambololona, Stephen Arsenault, Peggy Banks, Doreen Bondy, Nolan Cook, Kim- berly Denyes, Rebecca Duchow, Jennifer Duis, Amy Eelkema, Joan Game, Christa Hassman, Wilbur Hill, Kristin Hillukka, Joel Howe, Douglas Johnson, Erik C.B. Johnson, Marisa Krause, Janice Krieg-Pavlicek, Teri L. Larsen, Linda Lippitt, Paola Mur- cia, Debra Murphy, Anne Oakley, Emilijan Obradovic, Laura Pejsa, Kaia Peters, Jill Ruprecht, Lori Schneider, Renata Topicova, Kim- berly Vappie, and Jim Webber. Later in the evening, after dinner and more musical entertainment, a welcome was given by President Frame. Ida Simon, who is the Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations, gave the keynote address. In order to qualify for Alpha Chi, students must show determination, leadership, intelligence, and integrity through both academic excellence and character. At Augsburg, students from the top 10% of the senior class and top News Briefs: The Nation, The World 5% of the junior class are eligible. Augsburg's chapter of Alpha Chi, led by Deb Hutterer, keeps very active at the college and in the community. In the past year, the group helped out at "Singles' Night Out," an event at St. Martin's Table for single parents from the Cedar Riverside Community. Alpha Chi also helped coordinate President Frame's inaugural procession last fall and volunteered at the Augsburg Youth Congregational League Tournament this March. In 1922, the first Alpha Chi Society began as a scholarship association for Texas Class A colleges. It has now grown to a nationwide organization with 300 chapters. The Alpha Chi chapter at Augsburg was established in 1984. Alpha and Chi, "A and X," are the first letters of the Greek words Aletheia and Charakter, which mean truth and character. The society also shares the same motto with Augsburg, from John 8:32; "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Peace in Northern Ireland President Clinton urged Irish leaders in a meeting Tuesday not to squander "the chance of a lifetime" for peace in Northern Ireland. The British and Irish governments hope all-party talks that began last September may begin a settlement by Easter, ending three decades of conflict in the British-ruled province that has claimed more than 3,200 lives. Major points to be discussed include creating some form of Northern Ireland assembly, the nature of North-South institutions to aid cross- border cooperation, and changes to Irish constitutional references on uniting the island. Dr. Spock dies Dr. Benjamin Spock, the pediatrician whose common sense theories of child care influenced millions of parents in the United States and around the world, died at age 94 at his California home on Sunday. Spock's "Baby and Child Care," first published in 1946, will go into its seventh updated edition on May 2. It has become the world's best- selling nonfiction publication after the Bible, with over 50 million copies in print. Jewish-Catholic Relations More than a decade after it was originally proposed, the Vatican said Saturday it will release a document on the Holocaust — a move aimed at healing Jewish-Catholic relations. In 1987, Jewish representatives met with Pope John Paul II to discuss the Holocaust. Stemming from that meeting, the Vatican planned to publish a major document dealing with anti-Semitism and the genocide of European Jews in World War II. The last landmark Vatican document on Jewish relations was released in 1965. Teacher Pregnant by Student Mary Kay LeToumeau, the former Washington state teacher convicted of raping a male student, is pregnant, the Seattle Post reported Sunday. LeToumeau believes the boy, 14, is the father. "She is absolutely giddy," a source said. LeToumeau, 35, had a daughter by the same boy last year. In January, she pleaded guilty to second- degree rape and received a suspended sentence. She was imprisoned a month later after she violated her parole by meeting with the boy. One person gave statistics in to support their disagreement with the original comment, "Actually, AIDS is growing fastest among straight white rural women [aged] 18-24." To this, another responded "Thanks to Bi's." In addition to this vandalism of the wall, there were many other comments written on the wall. Some used offensive words in references to body parts and bestiality. Other comments were in support of the original content of the wall. Early Monday afternoon, students Aaron Gabriel and Ann Matthews removed the BAGLS- related part of the wall and brought it to Associate Dean for Student Affairs Kathy Swanson. Gabriel said that they did it "So it would be brought to the attention of the administration." Swanson said that she was "disappointed that Augsburg students did this." She is going to bring the information to the other deans to decide what action should be taken next. The graffiti wall was sponsored by Augsburg Students for Intellectual Awareness (ASIA) as part of their annual Diversity Week. ASIA co-president Matt Mil- less commented, "I think it's childish.... I think it proves we do still have issues ... that we need to work on as a campus community. It's one thing for people to have their opinions but it's another for them to deface something with them." See page 2 for an opinion on this issue. EDITORS' NOTE: President Frame wrote the following response in an attempt to clear up some concerns raised by last week's article about Augsburg's finances. Because the editors feel this is an important issue for many students, we will print as much information about it as possible. Augsburg's Budget Not in a Crisis by President Bill Frame Contributor Augsburg College is not at all in the dire financial shape suggested by the article in last week's Echo. (Part of the inference is my fault; I didn't take time to answer a pre-publication inquiry from the newspaper. I was on the road talking to alumni about our initiatives.) Last year the College built and opened the new Lindell Library, and—for nearly three decades—it has has operated successfully within the limits of its budgets. But that success was bought at a price: Our salaries have fallen behind those paid our colleagues in similar institutions, and we have not spent as heavily as we ought on the maintenance of our campus and its buildings. We've got to catch up on these things, and we can't do it by recruiting more students alone. Our financial aid costs are rising faster than our price increases, and so our net price is actually falling on a per-student basis. We've got to improve our operating efficiencies by withdrawing our investments from programs or activities that are marginal to our mission and investing, instead, in activities and programs that are integral to our purpose and profitable. We must also seek greater financial support from our alumni and friends. As Dean McNeff stated in article, projected revenues will simply not permit us to continue current spending levels without incurring further slippage. And, as many small, liberal arts, church-related colleges, Augsburg does not enjoy a large reservoir of endowment funds from which to draw additional operating monies. In raising Augsburg's reputation, we must upgrade salaries of faculty and staff, continue to increase the level of financial aid to students, and upgrade the appearance and condition of our classrooms, dormitories, and campus properties. In biting the bullet to pay for this, we also must actively seek additional sources of revenue for the College, as well as examine across the board where current resources could be reallocated to serve programs essential to the College's mission. Members of the five commissions are working hard to identify what is distinctive about Augsburg and central to its mission. Alongside this process, the Faculty Senate, in conjunction with the Staff Personnel Committee, has been asked to identify criteria that would help evaluate those programs that are most essential to the Augsburg curriculum and operation. Nothing will be decided lightly. We will, however, make decisions that will enable the College to continue to provide the education we set out and to support all who study, teach, and work here. We hope you join us in this journey.
|Title||Echo V 104 I 15 March 19, 1998|
|Date||March 19, 1998|
|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|