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A Farewell to Bethany Bierman, page 2 Augsburg College l.ftl L "I'm not there; Page 10 Echo The College's Student-Produced Newspaper Friday, November 30, 2007 Minneapolis, Minnesota Volume CXIV, Issue 8 School of Americas protesters return Farewell for one of Augsburg's finest In protest of the School of the Americas, a group of Augsburg students traveled to Fort Benning, Ga., the weekend of the Nov. 16. Seventeen students and three adults, one of whom was an Augsburg staff member, participated in the event. The School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (or WHINSEC), trains Latin American soldiers in war tactics that have been used to inflict brutality on Latin American citizens. SOA graduates have been accused of participating in rape, torture, massacre, kidnapping, assassination and other terrorist actions. This was the first year that an Augsburg group had officially participated in the protest, receiving money from student government. Wearing shirts that read "Ya Basta," which means "Enough already" in Spanish, Augsburg students went for different reasons and returned with different feel- Renee Van Siclen Staff Writer ings. Senior Haley Bower stated that she went on the trip because of certain experiences she had while studying abroad in Central America last semester, where she visited a lot of sites related to those that had been killed as victims of those who had attended the School of the Americas. While it was her first time attending the protest, Bower left with mixed emotions. "It was a very emotional experience, but it was also very powerful to see so many people coming together for the same reason," she said. While senior Emily Jensen agreed with Bower's sentiments, she felt it was important to go to the protest for additional reasons, saying she felt it was important both for Augsburg students and U.S. citizens to demonstrate disapproval for the ways that the U.S. government chooses to spend its money and tax dollars. The event opened on Saturday, Nov. 17 with information sessions, tabling by various activist groups and panel discussions. Protesters could go to the tables of the different groups to learn more about the groups and their causes, and it provided the groups with ihe chance to network with each other. The vigil took place on Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at 7:15 a.m. with a march to the entrance of the training facility by Veterans for Peace and its supporters. There followed an array of activities hosted outside the gates of the SOA, including speakers, benefit concerts, and even puppet shows presented by a group called Cardboard Chaos. A funeral procession commemorated those who have died because of the violence spread by SOA trainees. Many participants dressed in black robes and painted their faces white in a dramatic statement. Others carried white crosses in memory of the dead. From on- See SOA, Page 2 Advent Vespers begins tonight David Mott Staff Writer Today marks the start of the 28th annual Advent Vespers celebration at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. With services today at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m., and two more at those same times tomorrow, Augsburg will join with its community to herald in the Christmas season. The event has been fully booked, so those looking to attend will need to bring thei seating envelope. Suggested donations of $ 10 per person or $25 per family will be collected at the door. Those looking to attend can also bring canned goods, which will be collected at the door and distributed to local food banks. Every year, the ceremony is given a theme relevant to the holiday season ahead. This year's theme is, "That All May Have Light." Associate Professor of music and Director of choral activities Peter Hendrickson explained the origins of this theme. "The idea was taken from a Cameroon hymn, 'He Came Down', the verses are 'He came down that we may have truth, love, joy and peace', all thematic ideas pertinent to the advent Christmas story." Each of the four services is expected to receive approximately 2,000 people and will be led by nearly 300 performers. The Augsburg Choir, Masterwork Chorale, *+i-i I 11 IT Riverside Singers, and Cedar Singers are four different groups scheduled to participate. Liturgists and the 40-piece Vespers Orchestra will be joining in as well. All told, more than 8,000 people will pass through the doors of the Central Lutheran Church in a twenty-four hour period. Hendrickson, who will be serving as the artistic director for the Advent Vespers this year, outlined the musical program for the service: "Music this year is internationally eclectic including pieces that originate from Poland, Ireland, Trinidad, the Cameroon, Russia, and more," Hendrickson said. "One of the featured mass choir numbers is the last section of Ralph Vaughan Williams' grand piece, 'Dona Nobis Pacem', which is Latin for grant us peace. "Probably one of the most poignant moments in the services comes at the end when the sanctuary's lights are dimmed and the participants ring the entire sanctuary with candles, singing 'Silent Night.'" In 2004 Twin Cities Public Television broadcast the Advent Vespers services on the event's 25th anniversary. Their coverage earned them a regional Emmy award in the live direction category. This served to further the solid reputation of the station as well as provide testament to the high quality of the event itself. Michelle Richter Staff Writer Former Augsburg student and chair of the Music Department, Leland Sateren passed away on Nov. 10. He was 94. On Saturday, Nov. 17, a memorial service was held for Leland Sateren in Hoversten Chapel. Approximately 500 people were in attendance to honor Sateren. Of those in attendance, over 100 were former members of the Augsburg Choir as well has many other colleagues from the choral music community. Sateren was the Director of the Augsburg Choir until he retired in 1979. The current Augsburg Choir, under the direction of Peter Hendrickson, performed three of Sa- teren's best-known works. These included "Thy Truth Within," which was the opening piece in most of Sateren's concerts at Augsburg, "His Compassion Fail Not," perhaps his most sung and most beloved piece, and "Day of Pentecost: V. Prayer." The latter was the final movement in the piece "Day of Pentecost" which Sateren considered to be one of his best works, according to Peter Hendrickson. The songs were picked out by Leland's wife Pauline Sateren and Hendrickson. "It was really moving, despite not knowing him, but knowing his legacy," junior Cassie Sanders, business administration, said of the service. To compliment the choral songs, many of Sateren's closest friends and colleagues spoke about his impact on the Augsburg Community and about their fond memories of him. Hendrickson said that Pastor Dave Wold and President Paul Pribbenow participated in the service. Others included Philip Quan- beck II, a professor colleague, Gracia Grindal, an alumna of the Augsburg Choir and professor at Luther Seminary, Michael Walgren, a relative of Sateren and manager of music ensembles under him, and William Halvorsen with whom Sateren collaborated in writing about Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. "All had the common theme of his dedication to vocal perfection and his life as a composer," Robert Stacke, associate professor of music at Augsburg, said of the speakers. The Metropolitan Boy's Choir (MBC) also sang in honor of Sateren. According to Hendrickson, the MBC director, Bea Hasselman and her husband Ron Hasselman were very close friends to Leland and Pauline Sateren. Sateren graduated with a bachelor's degree in music and biology from Augsburg in 1935 and then returned as faculty in 1946. In his lifetime, Sateren composed over 400 pieces and authored two books, The New Song Book and Cantate Domino. "His influence has impacted the choral music field all over the world, both as a conductor and as a composer," Dale Warland of the Dale Warland Singers said in an interview with the Star Tribune. "Amongst the music faculty Trudi Anderson, Merilee Klemp, Peter Hendrickson, Stephen Ga- brielson, and I all had him as a teacher," Stacke said. "He was a wonderful teacher who demanded the best of his students. He gave so many people so much in his teaching of the passion of music. He will always be one of my giants." Life at Augsburg I Fermat's last theorem Caleb Williams ECHO Evan Fuhs and Jim Berg listen to a video about Fermat's last theorem at the math department's colloquium Nov. 28 in Oren 114. Math Professor Kenneth Kaminsky moderated the event.
|Title||Echo, V 114, I 08, November 30, 2007|
|Date||November, 30, 2007|
|Frequency||Published on Fridays during the academic year.|
|Coverage||The Echo has been published since 1898.|
|Type||Scans of newspapers|
|Scan Date||February, 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.|