Food flings and food fights

I’m entering the third year of my latest relationship. And like any long-term relationship, it’ s been full of laughter and tears, passion and strife, cheeseburgers and mac-and-cheese. Since freshman year, I’ve been dating Chartwell’s. And I think that now, as I enter my junior year, I might be ready to call the whole thing off.

Three years is a long time to dedicate to one entity. At first, we were tangled in the bliss of new love like a Caesar chicken wrap is swathed in a tortilla. I was a naïve college freshman, eager to fall for the first person who offered me tater tots and milkshakes.

But the more I see of the world, the more I realize that there are more options than just plastic cutlery that bends or shatters when you try to spear a baby carrot. To be honest, our relationship has taken on the feel of a bowl of day-old oatmeal.

We both have our downfalls. He gets cold and distant on the weekends. I nag and complain, especially when he’s out of ketchup.

Lately, he’ s been trying to win me back. He woos me with fresh ranch chips and assorted baked goods as varied and delicious as a heart-shaped box of chocolates. He’ s even started giving me free two-ounce cups of soft-serve ice cream, which seemed like a cute token until I realized his game. Two ounces is just enough to keep me craving for my next fix—he’ s trying to keep me trapped and dependent.

On top of all this, he’s moved to Facebook-stalking. Whenever I log on, I have 17 new event invitations from Chartwell’s. His date ideas are charming, I’ll admit. Sushi in the Roost. October tea tasting. Still, it feels like a last desperate move. He’s become increasingly needy, and I’ve been considering my other options.

He must know my eyes have been wandering. He’ s seen me with more exotic suitors, like Elmhurst Chop Suey and Chipotle. I’m only twenty, I can’t be tied down. But Chartwell’s-induced guilt makes my culinary exploits seem like the adventures of a cheap slut. Soon, I’ll be whoring myself out for the Taco Bell value menu. And as I sprawl on the curb with congealing nacho cheese spilling down my shirt, Chartwell’s will tell everyone I had it coming all along. The thing is, we both knew our relationship would be temporary from the start. I can’t live in the dorms forever. I’ll move off campus, and he’ll find some impressionable freshman to regale with alfredo sauce and chicken strips. I’ve considered our long-distance options, but I’m not sure if tater tot casserole holds a strong enough siren call to pull me back day after day.

Besides, it might be fun to explore single life. Buy a few sauce pans and a bottle of vegetable oil and embark on my newly independent culinary life.

The problem is that after I end it, we’re bound to run into each other. It’s a small campus, and he’ s involved in a lot. I’ll swing by to grab a bagel or a Diet Coke, and things will just be awkward. I’ll tell him I miss his apple cheesecake. I’ll admit I was rash and cruel in ending our fling, and that I’ve been surviving on Saltines and canned peas since I left the safe realm of the cafeteria.

He’ll smile understandingly, nod in his most knowing way, and hand me a coupon for a free two-ounce ice cream cup.

Communications Council is a step in the right direction, but more separation is needed to maintain objectivity

Let’s face facts. The Leader did not attend Student Government Association’s Sept. 7-8 Student Organization Recognition and Training. We didn’t attend last year either, but faced no penalty. By Sept. 28, our editorial board was discussing a letter from SGA saying due to this infraction we were no longer recognized or funded as a student organization.

Naturally, we turned to our faculty advisor, Ron Wiginton, and asked, What do we do?

“Be journalists,” he said. “Report.” And then the question of self-censorship is raised:

Would running a story about our conflicts with EC’s government torpedo efforts to regain our full status and reclaim our funding?

We worry it might.

The success or failure of a newspaper depends upon its ability to report fairly, honestly and independently.

When a newspaper is reliant upon government for funding, its ability to exist is jeopardized.

For years, this has been the relationship between The Leader and SGA.

Like other organizations, The Leader has filled out budget requests and submitted office allocation forms for years - all in concordance with SGA bylaws.

When a government funds a newspaper, the reporting of that government by the newspaper gets called into question. Such has been the case of The Leader.

Frankly, if people don’t believe what we’re reporting, then we are no longer a newspaper.

What would the reputation of the Chicago Tribune be if it were funded by Mayor Daley?

We have lobbied for years for the creation of a media board so media groups on campus can have an allocations group separate from government, thus eliminating this risk.

We think the proposed Communications Council is a step in the right direction. As a proposed umbrella organization under SGA’s new allocations board, the Council will acquire funding for campus media groups.

However, the board will be headed by SGA’s vice president of finance and the associate dean of students. who along with SGA’s president will also be responsible for appointing all other members of the board. This makes us skeptical of how objective the board will be.

This new allocations board just adds a layer between campus media and SGA. The funding is still being granted to media organizations such as The Leader by a government-appointed body.

Additionally, students applying for positions with the Student Activity Fund Allocation Board are not required to represent any campus constituency.

As stated earlier, to objectively report campus issues,  including those that involve administration and student government, we cannot be reliant upon them for funding.

Administration and student government should not have the power to hold our dollars and cents hostage. Make the separation permanent and obvious.

Only our internal barometers, guided by a commitment to truth and accuracy, should determine our content.

Censorship and the mere threat of it, is an issue pertinent both to the staff of The Leader and to the readers that rely upon its reporting of campus issues.

As the motto for the Daily Eastern News states, “Tell the truth and don’t be afraid.”

[Headline censored]

If you read the editorial, you’ll get more information on The Leader’s recent brush with issues of free speech. The editorial gives you a glimpse of the soul of the paper. If you were to take the newspaper out to a nice seafood dinner and flatter it with compliments, these are the opinions it would ramble about. My column reflects solely my views.

Story bylines reduce the writer to a line of black text, but a real person took those photographs, wrote those headlines, and reported on those lectures that were so boring that everyone else skipped out to watch “Teen Mom” in their dorm rooms.

When you see a member of the ed board bleary-eyed on Monday morning, it’s not because they were out partying all weekend, but because they stayed up until obscene hours laying out the latest paper. These are the most committed students I’ve ever met, and my time at Elmhurst has been defined by their friendship and encouragement.

Yes, we make mistakes. That’s what happens in a student-run paper. We try to report accurately and fairly, but sometimes we slip up. But in all my time on The Leader, we’ve always cleaned up after our mistakes. We’ll correct, rewrite, apologize and learn from whatever messes we’ve created.

And it’s paid off. At Illinois College Press Association last year, we won second in state for our division, plus tons of other awards for individual writers and artists. Campus response to each issue shows how important The Leader is to Elmhurst—when the paper is just a few hours late, faculty and staff both wait impatiently for the new issue.

But even without the awards or the praise, The Leader has heart.

And that heart comes from the writers and photographers and artists who commit to The Leader even though they have classes, social lives and the occasional desire to sleep.

In the end, whether you study physics or history or literature or exercise science, your time at Elmhurst should be defined by one thing: passion. The Leader is our passion. We’re students, but we’re also reporters and artists and storytellers. When we’re threatened, that passion is what holds us together.

We’re always talking about “The Elmhurst Experience” and “what college ought to be,” but how many people have seriously considered either of those statements? Lately, I have. My Elmhurst Experience is about finding my voice and the confidence to use it. My college ought to be a place where I am never scared of self-expression. Until two weeks ago, Elmhurst never faltered on encouraging these precise things. And if I were to stay silent now, when every molecule in my body is telling me to speak up, I’d be self-censoring.

And I promise, next week I’ll go back to writing about burritos or puppies or how to survive college without showering. Because those things are important, too.

Jabberwocky: Don't go bacon my heart

By Megan Kirby

Of all the monstrosities perched at the top of the food pyramid, baconhas to be king. In fact, it’s a fatty, greasy, and completely addictive tyrant. And two weekends ago, I saw into the depths of bacon obsession. I went to the Bacon Takedown, a bacon competition at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.

We headed into the city as a surprise for our friend Paige’s birthday. A true bacon enthusiast, she once bought a bacon-scented air freshener for her car. The Takedown must have been, for her, akin to how Charlie felt when Mr. Wonka opened the door to the garden of candy. Here was a carnivorous wonderland where every bacon-centered fantasy sizzled and popped to life. You just had to use your imagination and your stomach. More than 20 tables of bacon-centric treats and terrors. Bacon carmel apples, candied bacon, spicy bacon hot chocolate, bacon and brussel sprouts. The wonders spread out for two floors, each one a nutritionist’s nightmare and a vegetarian’s secret dream. I never fully realized the scope of America’s bacon affair until I was in London this past summer, where the British McDonald’s offered a “Taste of America” menu. Apparently, every dish can be “Americanized” with handfuls of bacon. Uncle Sam uses bacon the way some chefs use salt and pepper. Toss it into any recipe and call yourself a gourmet. The reason our founding fathers picked red and white for the flag was to echo the patriotic glory of an uncooked strip of bacon. The unspoken truth, though, is that sometimes bacon is the enemy. I learned this fact at the Takedown. You might think it’s your duty to use bacon fat in your shortbread, but you really should ignore these urges. The most sinister dish there: bacon jelly. Smeared across Ritz crackers, it looked like the bloody aftermath of some Lord of the Flies sacrifice. I took an adventurous bite. Salty-sweet and unsettlingly chunky. I think my days of risk and rebellion might be over. The most challenging part of the Takedown was ignoring years of nutritional morals. We’re raised with certain essential truths: cigarettes will murder your lungs, litterbugs are committing matricide against Momma Earth and bacon exists only to declare squatter’s rights in your arteries. I also had to ignore my chronic eater’s guilt. Every day, I face myself with these sorts of ultimatums: if you drink that milkshake you will never be happy again; if you eat those French fries, a kitten will die. Faced with pounds and pounds of bacon creations, I realized I had to go with the greasy flow. If I dwelled on the carnivorous sins I was committing, I’d have a heart attack anyway. Instead, I just took a deep breath and accepted my clogged arteries calmly. On the car ride home, I leaned my head against the window in a meatinduced coma. Turns out there’s a reason to limit your bacon intake. Back in the caf that night, I surveyed my Chartwell’s options. As wondrous and magical as my shame-free bacon spree had been, I needed a break.

That was the best salad I ever had.

Jason Hawkins to fill assistant basketball coach spot left by John Baines

by Rick Schneider

After completing his 10th season as assistant coach at Elmhurst College, John Baines was named the head men’s basketball coach at the University of St. Francis in Joliet on May 13.

“Coach Baines was an exemplary staff member through his entire career at Elmhurst College,” said EC Athletic Director Paul Krohn.  “His departure to St. Francis was bittersweet for all of us as he was held in high regard by all of his colleagues.  His development as a highly knowledgeable professional, meticulous recruiter and tireless worker led me to believe that it was not a matter of if he would get this opportunity, it was a matter of when.”

On July 15, EC filled the spot left by Baines by naming former collegiate player at Valparaiso University Jason Hawkins as the men’s basketball full-time assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

“We are excited that Jason Hawkins will be joining our coaching staff,” head men’s basketball coach Mark Scherer told EC’s athletic website. “He has both head and assistant coaching experience from the major college, small college and high school levels. He is an expert recruiter and talented guard coach.”

During his 10-year stint at EC, Baines, alongside Scherer, compiled a record of 160-99.  The Bluejays finished first in the CCIW in his first year while recording a school record 12 wins in conference play.  Baines has assisted in the top three seasons for most regular season wins, including a record of 21-4 in 2000-01.  The Bluejays have also qualified for the CCIW tournament four times and the NCAA III tournament two times while Baines has been a part of the staff.

Although Baines’ shoes might be hard to fill, Hawkins brings new knowledge and enthusiasm to the men’s basketball program.

“I am excited for the season to start and to see what it will bring,” Hawkins said.  “I want to see the improvements the team can make from last year to this year.”

During the past seven years, Hawkins has coached at different high school and collegiate levels, including serving as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Valparaiso in 2006.

Hawkins takes the EC job after spending the past three seasons as the head men’s basketball coach and physical education instructor at Marquette Catholic High School in Michigan City, Ind.

“I have the utmost confidence that in this changeover we have identified new strengths and elements of human resourcefulness that will immensely benefit our departmental growth and effectiveness,” Krohn said.  “In the basketball area, I expect the transition to be seamless, with a collaborative high ambition of program participants to seek immediate high levels of achievement.”

Besides helping EC’s basketball program develop, Hawkins is in charge of bring in new talent each year through the recruiting process.

“For the most part, bring in high-caliber students first and high-caliber athletes that will be able to continue the successful winning traditions at Elmhurst College and the Elmhurst community will be proud of,” Hawkins said.

With the addition of Hawkins to the coaching staff, the Bluejays hope they will get back in the winning direction after coming off a 6-19 overall record while finishing in eighth place in the CCIW last season.

“My goal is to help the team to be as successful on and off the court as possible,” said Hawkins.

Illinois lawmakers tour EC’s health science facilities

by Jake Scott

Elmhurst College President Alan Ray invited state and federal lawmakers to campus this summer, a move that could help the College raise public funding for the proposed renovation of the Schaible Science Center.

EC hosted U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam on Aug. 20, several weeks after Senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited Aug. 2. Barbara Flynn Currie, a democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, also accepted an invitation to visit.

EC’s Executive Director of Government and Community Communications and Public Affairs Bob Rowley said the visits were a way to “to acquaint [lawmakers] with the exciting and innovative ideas and greater ambitions that are underway here since President Ray took office.”

These “greater ambitions” pertain to EC’s Science and Health Center Initiative, outlined in Ray’s strategic plan, which calls for a $45 million overhaul of the Schaible Science Center and Deicke Center for Nursing Education.

According to Rowley, EC is currently seeking public and private funding for the project, including both state and federal money.

Rowley added that Roskam and Durbin’s visits would be “important for federal funding.”

“As part of that, we wanted to bring the lawmakers here,” Rowley said, “to give them a sense of what the campus feels like [and] the changes that are underway here.”

Rowley said the initiative will help make EC more competitive.

“There are some great scientists here doing really, really good work who could do it even better if they had more modern equipment.”

Library goes greener with default double-sided printing

by James Arriola

This semester the A.C. Buhler Library has made double-sided printing the default setting on all public printers, a change members of EC’s Sustainability Task Force say will cut down on wasted paper and increase EC’s commitment to sustainability.

A senior and president of the Elmhurst College Greenjays, a student organization addressing on campus sustainability, Julie Provenza said the change was “an immediate step to take to reduce waste.”

The Sustainability Task Force, a group of faculty, staff and students (including Provenza), was formed to follow through on making EC a more environmentally friendly campus.

According to Director of the Library Susan Swords Steffen, the change to the printers is to be more environmentally conscious.  She added that the library’s goal is to get students to think about being more efficient and responsible.

Provenza says cost cutting never outshone the goal of paper saving.

“To my recollection cost was never a major point,” she said. “The wastefulness was the primary point.”

Swords Steffan went on to say that this is only the first step of a more sustainable solution, and that the next objective is to set up a print management system – a system that allows users to cue up their prints and release each manually to the printer.

This style of management, Swords Steffan said, has been known to reduce printing errors by as much as a half.

Provenza did say the Task Force considered more stringent measures to keep students from wasting paper.

“We were trying to think about [charging for printing] as a last resort,” said Provenza, adding that she felt a lot of students already take advantage of the library’s free printing in a positive and responsible way.

Provenza added the Task Force also looked into using recycled paper in each printer but said cost was an issue and that recycled paper is known to lead to jams.

Provenza said library staff brought baskets full of used paper to show the Task Force how much printed paper printed is never even claimed by students.

Professor Douglas Giles of the philosophy department said, “I would accept [double-sided prints].  Anything that cuts down the use of paper is a good and positive thing.”

However, some professors have stated that they would not accept papers that are double-sided due to inconvenience, and others say they do not yet know if they’ll accept doubled-sided papers.

“I would be open to it,” said adjunct psychology professor Jeanne Kett, “but I would have to have experience with it before I could say.”

However, Swords Steffan added that faculty workshops have been planned to familiarize faculty about being more conscious about their paper usage. Swords Steffan said the workshops will also stress the use of Blackboard amongst other measures to reduce the amount of paper.

Screen printing channels creativity and accessibility

by Lauren Dixon

Bottles, T-shirts, gig posters, CD covers.

If it has ink on it, it’s likely undergone the niche art of screen printing.

Though frequently a time-consuming and intricate process, screen printing might not be as unattainable and difficult as you’d think. It’s accessible and the artist doesn’t need a fancy studio to produce it.

This past summer term, Elmhurst College assistant professor of art Geoff Sciacca and nine students took the inky journey together in a four-week crash course. The result: an explosion of color, graphic mayhem and wild prints all exhibited in the Frick Center.

“My goal for the course was for students, after having taken the class, to have the know how to go and get minimal equipment and do it themselves,” said Sciacca. “Whether it’s in their garage, or on their dining room table, or wherever.”

The process, which dates back 2000 years to a silk-printing technique used by the Chinese, still employs the same basic principles. The artist, using a machine or by hand, creates a screen. From there, the artist presses the screen to the surface they want to print on (fabrics, posters, advertisements, etc.) and applies the ink or paint. This step is then repeated depending on the number of different colors and layers desired.

“The process is so complex when you see it done step-by-step,” said EC senior, class member and graphic design major Kacey Bengston. “When people look at a poster that is screen-printed, they don’t realize how complex it actually is. It looks like a simple color block design because the layers are not visibly separated.”

The class taught students the process of making a screen while keeping in mind how to do it fairly low-tech.

“The reality of it is that students aren’t ever going to have access to the kind of equipment that we used,” said Sciacca. “I showed the students the technical side of screen-printing, but I also take every chance I can to show them how to cut corners and do it very low-tech.”

For example, according to Sciacca, “instead of using official de-greaser we’d use 409” or “using house paint instead of expensive ink.”

Most of the time, because of summer’s convenience, Sciacca and his class would use the sun as a resource.

“Ninety percent of the time we ended up burning our screens in the sun,” said Sciacca. “It’s a nice free source.”

That’s what makes screen printing so versatile: the surface, screen and equipment are all used at the discretion of the artist.

“I’ve never taken a class on screen printing, no one ever taught me, I just taught myself,” said Sciacca. “I learned how to print by getting a $50 kit from Michaels. I did it in my apartment at college, I washed it out in my shower.”

Everything about the process is up to the artist. Prior to the course, Bengston, did her prints primarily on fabrics.

“It is becoming more accessible,” she said. “People don’t realize the possibilities and uses beyond one color prints on a T-shirt.”

While the technique is very open-ended and something virtually anyone with a creative eye can conquer, screen-printing can also be a frustrating process. With so many time-consuming and intensive steps, one wrong move could mess up a print.

“In four weeks we did a project a week,” said Sciacca. “It was a big wake up call to design students that are used to design and hitting command-P and then you’re done. It was a real time commitment, they put a lot of work into this.”

Mistakes weren’t the end of the world, though. According to the description in the Frick Center, the faux pas are known as “beautiful accidents” or “test prints.” In other words, while the students were aiming for an intentional print, the ones preceding were free to become “exquisite, unplanned collaborative pieces.”

Sciacca wanted to make sure that the class was open to explore their own personal curiosity.

“I tried to create projects that gave them opportunities to explore things of interest and even of personal value,” he said.

Mackenzie Stern, who also took the class, had her interest sparked through the Zack Hobbs exhibit last academic year.

“I really liked all of his posters,” said Stern, an EC senior and graphics design major. “I think if the school had more screen-printing exhibits then it would become more popular.”

Stern was actually so excited about the class and its components that she’s going to use screen-printing for her capstone.

“Thanks to seeing Zach’s work and the taking the class over the summer, I’m actually going to screen-print my capstone,” said Stern. “This class really gave me an opportunity to explore a different design technique.”

Bengston was able to improve her print technique as well.

“My self portrait came out really well,” she said. “I used process colors, which is my palette of choice.”

Another one of her favorites was her anti-fur poster because of the textured ink and variation throughout the series of prints. Both are framed and hanging in the Café.

AJ McNaughton, EC senior and graphic design student, has already sold one of the prints that resulted from the course.

“I actually sold my self-portrait to a friend,” said McNaughton. “It turned out really well.”

Sciacca is definitely up for student’s selling their artwork.

“Part of the screen printing process is that you make multiples,” said Sciacca. “So if anyone is interested in any of the work, get in contact with me and I’ll put them in touch with the student.”

As for the future of the course, the students maintain that if the class wereoffered during the semester, more would probably be inclined to take it.

“I think the college should continue with the course,” said McNaughton. “They’d definitely get more of a turnout if it was offered during the year.”

The Last Exorcism

by Eric Lutz

GRADE: C

What makes mockumentary horror films so successful is their ability to deliver scares without showing you much.

The witch never makes an appearance in “The Blair Witch Project.”  No physical demons are seen in “Paranormal Activity.”

Instead, those films capitalize on things that can’t be explained – a noise outside the tent, some twigs and twine expertly bound together.  A person standing catatonic for hours at a time, a picture that should no longer exist.

Those two films also ended ambiguously – reality, after all, rarely gives one time to wrap the whole thing up nice and tidy.

It’s a formula “The Last Exorcism” follows well for 84 of the film’s 87 minutes, until it derails just as it’s heading into the station.

The “documentary” centers on Reverend Cotton Marcus, a southern preacher whose years behind-the-scenes have made him a skeptic, sort of how working at a movie theater long enough will make a person hate popcorn.

For years, though, he’s not only continued to preach a sermon he no longer believes, but to perform exorcisms on people who think they’re possessed by demons.  His justification: he’s got to pay the bills somehow.

Then he reads a news story about a  10-year-old autistic boy who is suffocated to death during one such exorcism, and he sets out to expose the dangerous practice as fraudulent.

He’ll do one more.  But this time, he’ll have a camera crew capture all of his tricks.

Of course, this one doesn’t go according to plan.

Anchored by performances by newcomer Ashley Bell as Nell, the troubled farm girl who is either the product of some serious abuse or under the spell of demons, and Patrick Fabian as the cynical, yet likable preacher, the film delivers a number of scares, few of them cheap, during most of its run time.

But the film’s biggest problem is its ending, which is easily the worst of any film in recent memory.

Recall the endings of “Blair Witch” and “Paranormal” – off-camera screams, long, uninterrupted shots of empty rooms, understated.

Both suggest a lot while showing very little.

The ending of “Exorcism”  is so weird in its abrupt shift in tone, in its absurdity.  It’s not just silly; it actually infects everything that came before it.

And so unfortunately, by the time the credits roll, the question of why the filmmakers chose this preposterous conclusion to their otherwise strong yarn is the only ambiguity left.

Former student reflects on hate crimes that caused his transfer

Letter to the Editor

I was never the one to openly admit “I’m gay” until my freshman year at Elmhurst College.  I started with my friends, and at that point in time I was also a member of the school’s Straights and Gays for Equality.

I eventually became an avid member, and was open about my sexuality with everyone that I felt comfortable around. By my sophomore year I was extremely comfortable with who I was, and Elmhurst was where I felt safest and happiest.

One day in October when an individual on my floor started an argument amongst several floor residents and myself, words were used that shouldn’t have been. Several minutes after that encounter as I was waiting for the elevator in which was then North Hall, he entered the building and as he was walking away he mutters the word “Fag.”

Now, that word has never had such a profound effect on me because I was too afraid to admit why.

I reported the incident to the RLC and was assured it would be handled. As the first semester came to a close, things were looking up.

Second semester began. One night in particular as I was walking to my room with my friend. He began to “boo” my friend. We ignored him as we were walking back from my room to hers. He began to get angry at the fact that we were ignoring him and began to shout at us. As I turned to walk away he said, “that’s right, walk away, fag.”

I became angrier then I have ever been in my life. I wrote a note to the RLC and that night I cried.

I have never been more upset in my life. That night I decided that maybe it would be best if I would transfer, but first I wanted to see the outcome of the meeting I would have with my RLC concerning the second incident.

After a few weeks of waiting, my RLC decided it would be good to have a peer mediation meeting with the individuals involved. Let’s just say that day we left angrier then we went in.

By that time I was helping plan Pride Week with S.A.G.E. I was out to my mom and most of my family, and life was looking up.

Then we [the people he harassed] heard he was being moved to Schick Hall for harassment. Why wasn’t anything being taken care of as to the hate crime? I began taking it into my own hands.

I contacted the Dean of Students. Now, as I knew the dean I figured she would help me, but as her email stated, “We have a really strong staff in Residence Life you should visit with first before meeting with me.”

I felt betrayed. Here was this person who basically got away with calling me a fag, and now here was an administrator who I trusted and had faith in to help me and here was the email sending me to someone else. I felt as if she didn’t care. That is when I started looking at other universities to transfer to.

Eventually Pride Week was here, the giant Pride flag was staked to the mall and life was perfect because this week I wouldn’t have to fear about being chastised for being gay because I was amongst some great people who really mean a lot to me.

Everything was going smashingly and by the time I knew it, it was the middle of the week. That night I received a text that Pride flag was ripped.

Thinking nothing of it, I called some people to help me repair it. When we saw the flag, it had been utterly destroyed. We called Campus Security and the flag was fixed.

Seeing it in the state it was in, I felt hopeless and lost. That night after the flag was repaired I called my brother and cried.

That morning I called my mother and a week later I was officially withdrawn from Elmhurst College.

This school meant so much to me and in two semesters it went from being a place I called home to being a place I couldn’t stand. I feel as though maybe I should have stayed and fought, but why?

Obviously the administrators I went to didn’t feel the need to help me, so why should I put my faith and money into a school that wouldn’t help me?

Juan Gonzalez

Campus responds to new parking initiatives

by Jake Scott

Confusion and frustration follow in the wake of Elmhurst College’s new parking policies, initiatives that include a parking permit fee EC administration says it’s moving forward with.

“It’s understandable that students and employees of the college would not favor this. They don’t like it,” said Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Denise Jones.

“We’re going to move ahead,” Jones said.

According to several EC administrators and Jeff Kedrowski, director of Campus Security, the new policies are aimed at “changing behaviors” to relieve parking congestion, generate revenue for the College and promote sustainability.

“Will it help us better manage our parking capacity? A little bit,” said Kedrowski. “I think the fee will encourage people to consider other options.”

The new policies, which will charge EC students, faculty and staff for a parking permit, were announced in a campus-wide email sent Aug. 13. Residents pay $200 per year, commuters and full-time faculty and staff $100 a year, and part-time faculty and staff, graduate students and those in accelerated programs are not charged.

According to Jones, all money generated from the sale of parking permits will go into EC’s general ledger as general revenue to offset the costs associated with parking.

“The College has incurred a fair amount of expense over the past several years tied to parking,” Jones said.

Jones said this new stream of revenue will help to offset costs associated with rental fees for remote lots, the cost of shuttle services and the bike program.

While administrators say these policies may benefit the college, students are left frustrated and confused.

Mary Thompson, a junior majoring in music education, bought a parking permit.

While she said she understands the need to charge, she was frustrated by how EC introduced the policies.

“The way they went about it was tactless,” said Thompson.

Thompson says after the policies were introduced this August, she tried to apply to EC’s bike program but was told the application process was closed.

“By then,” Thompson said, “[the bike program] wasn’t even an option.”

Thompson said before she can begin student teaching next fall and complete her major, she will need to log 150 observation hours at area schools, many several miles from campus.

Since she’s no longer able to apply to the bike program, “It’s not an option for me to not have a car on campus,” she said.

Commuter student and junior David Neven said he was similarly “agitated” by the new policies.

Neven said having to pay for “the same thing” was frustrating, indicating that he didn’t see any decrease in parking lot congestion.

“I think it’s crap,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”

Neven also added that the policy of charging employees of the College to park was “disrespectful.”

“That fact that they’re making our teachers pay is kind of disrespectful to them. You’d think that would come with the job,” said Neven.

At area colleges of similar size and with large commuter populations, like North Central College, students bear the entire cost of parking.

North Central College’s Transportation Safety and Parking Coordinator, James Prather Rogers said the college does not charge staff and faculty who park in two designated lots.

According to North Central College’s Campus Safety website, commuter students must park in designated lots and pay $225 a year. Similarly, parking permit costs for resident students decrease with higher class standing  with sophomores paying the most at $900 for the entire year.

At present, Rogers said the biggest cause for parking congestion at North Central are resident students who leave their cars in campus lots.

“It’s the same case everywhere,” said Rogers.

Rogers added that North Central will buy students out of their parking permits if they decide during the year not to have a car on campus.

“It’s not really fair for me to charge you for the whole year if you’re not going to be here,” Rogers said.

But for EC faculty and staff, the administration’s policy will charge those working full-time, a minimum of 1,950 hours a year.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Alzada Tipton said including faculty and staff with students in the cost of parking was seen by the administration as an “equity issue.”

“If you’re talking about time with tires in the space, there’s no difference between faculty, staff and students,” Tipton said. “They park here full-time.”

Tipton did say the situation has been characterized as staff and faculty “having to pay to work at the college,” but she disagrees.

“I talked to the faculty about the salary increases that have been put into place over the last several years,” says Tipton, “[and the] fact that those salary increases significantly outweigh the cost of a $50 parking permit per semester.”

According to Tipton, EC was in “a small and select” group of schools able to give out staff and faculty raises last year. She added that the Chronicle of Higher Education said one-third of faculty nationwide received a salary decrease while another third received no increase at all.

EC administrators said faculty responses to the policies have been varied, ranging from “understanding” to “concerned” and “confused.”

Kedrowski said that while he does not anticipate formal opposition from faculty or students, such a movement “wouldn’t surprise me too much.”

Faculty Council – an elected body of faculty members who make policy recommendations on behalf of the wider body – has received several concerns.

Chair of Faculty Council and English professor Dianne Chambers said the council is just hearing concerns.

“We cannot pretend to speak for faculty,” said Chambers, “I am simply reporting concerns brought by faculty members. I’m sure there’s a wide variance of opinions.”

Members of Faculty Council said faculty have taken issue with having to purchase a parking permit when spots are not guaranteed. Additional concern has been expressed by faculty wanting to bring multiple cars to campus or lacking access to Metra trains.

“We are very optimistic that the college can do better than this,” said Chambers.

Elmhurst businesses string together to help economy

by Nina Giannangeli

Businesses in Elmhurst are trying a new approach to beating economic woes: banding together.

The four businesses at Mecca Squared are quite linked in their quest. Rather Effigy Salon, Glitch Art Gallery, Flight 112 Wine House and Park Avenue Wellness are connected in their efforts.

The one-location for these four business was designed by business owners to create convenience for their customers.

“People are really, really on the go,” said Effigy Salon and Glitch Gallery owner Frank Siber. “So being able to get your hair done, have a meal and glass of wine in one place saves people time.”

Siber also suggested that someone could enjoy a glass of wine while their significant other got their hair cut or their nails polished.

Flight 112, the wine bar owned by Siber’s business partner Visal Kheam, is easily accessible from the salon through an internal entrance. If not for the contrasting décor of Effigy and Flight 112, they would appear to be one in the same.

But hairstyles, manicures and wine are not the only services to be given at Mecca Squared. Effigy Salon shares space with Glitch Art Gallery, where customers can view the displayed art as they walk through the salon and into the wine bar.

Park Avenue Wellness is in the same building and is run by Dr. Brian Karwowski. The clinic offers chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and spa services.

Besides sticking together for customer’s convenience, all four businesses are interested in preserving resources and being “green” businesses, said Siber.

Hair clippings, cardboard and wine bottle corks are all recycled. Flight 112 also serves organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines. Energy-saving light bulbs are installed in each of the establishments. Also, being directly across from the Elmhurst Metra Station, the proximity to train tracks reminds owners at Mecca Squared that public transportation is another way to contribute to a greener community.

EC student Theresa Glatzhofer agrees that Mecca Squared’s businesses’ attempts to promote green business are worthwhile.

“Too many business just don’t care,” said Glatzhofer.

Siber says he feels that Elmhurst is a good place to have these types of businesses because he feels that Elmhurst is a “proactive” community that supports such efforts.

The proximity of EC is just one perk of being part of the Elmhurst community, said Siber. He also mentioned that he would like to see a younger crowd at Flight 112.

“They [young people] need to understand and learn about wine. They’re the future drinkers of wine,” said Siber.

He added that Flight 112 is a wine house perfect for anyone who already enjoys wine or wants to learn: “Everybody’s welcome!”

Of course, the stressful economic climate has had its grim presence at Mecca Squared. Siber sees it as a challenge.

“It’s [the tough economic climate] made business owners really focus in,” said Siber. “But it’s an advantage for the consumer because they’re being given a great experience.”

These experiences might include Effigy’s and Flight 112’s merlot and style nights where customers can get their hair done while drinking a glass of merlot. Flight 112 also hosts live music on Wednesday and Friday nights.

Economic difficulties, according to Siber, are not something to worry about: “That’s what makes a business owner a better business owner.”

‘Jays take fifth at St. Francis invite, sixth at Robert Morris

by Rick Schneider & Maggie Potter

The women’s golf team got back into the swing of things when they traveled to compete in the University of St. Francis Fall Invitation on Sept. 1 and then the Robert Morris University invite on Sept. 3.

The ‘Jays placed fifth of five teams at the St. Francis invite while finishing sixth of nine at Robert Morris College.

At St. Francis, Kelly Partyka was the top finisher for the ‘Jays, shooting an 83, placing ninth overall.  Sophomore Trisha Goss shot a 90 to tie for 19th place.  Sophomore Jorianne Maritato finished the tournament with a 93 (23rd), while senior Amber Remblake came in with a 94 (26th).

Maritato was the top finisher for the ‘Jays at the RMU invite shooting an 89, and tied for 12th.  Remblake came in with a 91 (18th), Partyka shot a 95 (34th),  sophomores Amanda Wright and Courtney Classen each fired an 98 (tie for 44th), and senior Devin Wangler finished with a 102 (53rd).

Last year, the ‘Jays ended the season with 365.9 as their 18-hole team average and look forward to improving their record even more this season.

“We are all returning athletes and have had time to adjust to D3 athletics, so we are mentally prepared as well as physically prepared for the season to come,” said Maritato.

Last season, Maritato shot her season low, a 94, at the Carthage College Invitational and this year she shot a 93 at the St. Francis invite at Inwood Golf Course to start off her first match.

Kelly Partyka, a veteran senior member of the team, has high expectations for the season.

“As a senior on the golf team, with only one season left to play, I am hoping to be able to play the best that I can,” Partyka said.  “Whatever happens isn’t up to just me anyway, so it’ll be a season full of surprises.”

Both Maritaro and Partyka set clear and defined personal goals for themselves for the remainder of the season.

“I have several goals, which include being constant with my scores, making sure I clear my head before going out on the course and lowering my average,” said Maritato.

Partyka also commented,  “One of my personal goals for this season is to have no regrets. I want to be able to say that I gave it my all.”

Looking forward in the schedule the players anticipate some challenging rounds.

“The tournaments that we play at Monmouth and Knox are by far the hardest,” said Partyka. “The two courses are very challenging and physically exhausting. You have to have a lot of endurance in order to play these two courses well.”

Maritato believes the Millikin tournament is the most demanding event on the schedule.

“The Millikin tournament at Red Tail Run on the 25th and 26th will prove to be challenging,” Maritato said.  “It is a two-day tournament and if you go in shooting poorly your first day of competition, it is hard to put that score behind you on your second day. Some of the best NAIA and D3 teams are there competing at well.”

Regardless of the upcoming challenges, the ‘Jays plan to strive for a successful outcome.

“We have a lot of talent on our team, so I think that we have potential to go quite far this season,” Partyka said.

Letter to the editor alleges discrimination was mishandled

by John Garcia

Claiming the college mishandled multiple cases of discrimination against him, a gay Elmhurst College student transferred schools after the 2010 spring term.

In a letter to The Leader, Juan Gonzalez, who spent two years at EC, alleges he was called a “fag” by another EC student in Cureton Hall where they were residents.

While school officials said they didn’t have time to discuss the incident when pressed last Friday, email records indicate they considered the issue with Gonzalez last spring.

Gonzalez claims that prior to his transfer, each incident was followed by a meeting with the Residence Life Coordinator in his building. One incident occurred in the fall of 2009 and one happened in the spring of 2010.

The second meeting allegedly involved peer mediation between Gonzalez, the offender and an estimated six unnamed students who had also reported that the offender had harassed them.

“After a few weeks of waiting, my RLC decided it would be good to have a peer mediation meeting,” says Gonzalez in his letter. “Let’s just say that day we left more angry than when we went in.”

“It was a waste of time,” Gonzalez later said in a phone call. “We were supposed to cover everything that happened, the harassment and the hate crimes. Instead we mainly focused on his behavior.

“We talked about the way he harassed and made fun of me. It just brought back old feelings.”

After the peer mediation, Gonzalez said, he learned that the alleged offender was moved from North Hall to Schick Hall. He felt that this was a “slap on the wrist.”

“I wished [the administration] would have made him attend a seminar on sexuality,” said Gonzalez. “ Anything that could have prevented it from happening again.”

Gonzalez said that he felt “betrayed” by the responses of school administrators and decided to transfer.

Claiming EC should have done more in defending his rights, Gonzalez stated that the emotional toll and what he saw as a runaround from the administration also led to his ultimate decision to leave.

Gonzalez also credited his decision to the fact that despite the student’s relocation to Schick Hall, he would still see him around campus.

“I would walk into the caf and see him and get an angry glare,” he said.

His letter does detail that Gonzalez was referred to other school administrators in Residence Life. However, he chose not to talk to them because he had “already contacted an RLC who assured [the situation] would be handled.”

The events Gonzalez describes fit the description of a hate crime as outlined in the EC student handbook.

The Leader is continuing to investigate the alleged offenses.

Bluejay women take fifth, men place sixth at EC Earlybird invitational

by Eric Lutz

The women’s cross country team took fifth place and the men took sixth during the Elmhurst Earlybird Invitational Sept. 3 at Eldridge Park, a meet that included 14 teams on the women’s side and 17 on the men’s.

The women’s team, who were ranked 11th last year in their NCAA region, had 136 points, finishing 115 points behind winner University of Chicago’s 21.

The 23rd ranked men posted 211 points as North Central won the invitational with a perfect score of 15.

Sophomore Lauren Williams led the ‘Jays on the women’s side, taking 17th overall with a time of 16:02.8 for 4,000 meters.

Close behind was sophomore Hannah Williams and senior Mariola Grzybowska, who placed 22nd and 25th, respectively.

Amanda Andersen and Megan Johnson were the last two runners to score for the ‘Jays, finishing 33rd and 47th.

Women’s coach Erik Guta said he was pleased with the team’s performance, and hoped it would be a harbinger for the rest of the season.

“I was happy with how the team ran,” he said.  “It is early in the season and only time will tell how we end up.”

Senior Pat Austin led the ‘Jays to their second straight sixth-place finish in the Earlybird with a 19:54.3 22nd place finish for the men.

Sophomores Jake Austin and Tom McGrath finished 46th and 55th, while freshman Nate Vrchota took 63rd and junior Nathan Selling took 102nd.

Men’s coach James Akita said that while he thought the race went well Friday, he was especially pleased with the performance by the freshman.

“This being their first collegiate race, I think all the freshmen ran great and I was really impressed with how they competed,” Akita said.

Freshmen on both the men’s and women’s side were a factor in the race, getting a 105th-place finish out of David Melone for the men and 53rd and 71st-place finishes for Lauren Baldacci and Stephanie Beckwith for the women.

Akita added that he would like to see more out of his upperclassmen.

“If we are going to be successful this year, we need giant improvements from our returners and I saw it from only a few on [Sept. 3],” he said.

Along with junior Austin’s 22nd place finish and junior Selling’s 102nd, junior Todd Byrne was the final upperclassmen to finish in the ‘Jays top 7. He came in 121st overall in the men’s race.

The brisk 60 degree temperature met with 22-mile-per-hour winds created fall-like conditions for the 5 p.m. start time.

The weather was something to contend with, but neither Akita nor Guta felt it interfered with either team’s results.

“The wind was definitely a factor,” Akita said.  “But with so many people competing in the race, a lot of it was blocked and I don’t think it really affected the times.”

Guta added, “Everyone has to run in it so it is equal for all.”

The next event for both teams will be the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships Sept. 17 at Illinois State University.

EC Tyrrell Fitness Center bulks up on equipment

The second floor of the Elmhurst College Tyrrell Fitness Center received a makeover during the summer months.  New cardio machines, dumbbells and strength training equipment embroidered with the EC logo line the newly-tiled front floor, while rows of treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes fill up the rest of the room.

A major reason for the revamp, according to assistant football coach Ben Gray, who helped coordinated the redesign, was the equipment being out of date.  Another issue was that the manufacturee of the equipment is no longer in business, which made repairs difficult.

Gray noted that the same machines can still be found upstairs, with a few new additions.

“We basically replaced the old equipment for the new equipment,” Gray said.  “There are still treadmills, we just increased the number of treadmills. We do have some ellipticals upstairs. The only thing that is really entirely new is the functional machines upstairs.”

Another machine, called an arc trainer, can be found in the cardio section.

“[The arc trainers] are like the ellipticals but more challenging,” said Gray.

Along the wall is the stretch cage, where individuals can do floor aerobics or use the exercise balls.

The last addition to the second floor is the incorporation of dumbbells, which have not previously been available on the second floor.

“I think there need to be some dumbbells upstairs,” Gray said.  “The dumbbell racks down [on the first floor] when there are a lot of people get crowded.

“I also think that sometimes people are uncomfortable when you got meatheads down [on the first floor]. Some people just aren’t comfortable in that environment, so just to go where you are comfortable.”

Gray has already started to notice the effects of bringing in the new equipment.

“I have heard a lot of good things from faculty and staff,” Gray said.  “I have seen a lot more users upstairs.”

EC student Sean Plagge was also impressed with the new setup.

“I think the new equipment is very professional and very well improved,” said Plagge.  “It is a good benefit for students like myself.”

Editorial 9.7.2010

People complain in their dorm rooms. They whine in their dormitories. They moan all across campus. And it all revolves around Elmhurst’s most debated problem: parking. On a space-challenged campus, parking has always been a problem. And for the time being, it will remain a problem.  At least the school is working toward a solution, even if that solution means dropping a couple hundred bucks on yearly parking.

If you haven’t heard by now, all Elmhurst students and employees began paying for parking this semester (see story on pages one and four). In the grand scheme of college economics, a hundred dollars for commuters or two hundred dollars for residents just isn’t that much money. However, charging faculty for parking is something that just doesn’t sit well with us.

Paying for parking isn’t some nefarious scheme Elmhurst officials came up with just to torture students. Plenty of local high schools charge for parking, and  other colleges charge even more than our new plan.

At North Central College, they charge on a sliding scale, which means a sophomore can be charged as much as $900 for yearly parking.

If the commuter rate is really too much for certain student drivers to swing, they can park in the free remote lot at First Congregational Church. The lot’s open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but there are only 47 available spots so rush hour parkers might need to strategize to snag one.

A problem with the new plan is that students were only officially told of the parking change in an August 13th email. Sure, rumors ran rampant for a full year, but this late warning only gave drivers 18 days to scrape up parking cash before move-in.

At the beginning of the year, students are already overwhelmed with paying for books, tuition and room and board (as well as the thousand other expenses that somehow sneak that first week of classes). For students forced to survive weeks on ten cents packs of Ramen, an unexpected charge can make a big difference.

Even though our professors are probably eating balanced meals, we still can’t agree with the decision to charge for staff and faculty parking.

For some reason, graduate students and adjunct professors are freed from these fees, but staff such as janitors and cafeteria workers still have to pay. But there’s a big difference between Gary Wilson and the person washing dishes in the Roost. To make parking fair, staff should be charged on a sliding scale based on salary.

The decision to charge employees shows that space is currently more important than morale. But faculty and staff morale are of the utmost importance to the college—they’re who teach us, who feed us, who keep us safe.  If their morale goes down, the quality of the institution also decreases.

Providing a faculty lot would at least show employees some respect. Plus, it’s more important for faculty to have promised spots than for students. If a student is running late and can’t find a spot, they only affect themselves. If a professor is running late and can’t find a spot, they affect an entire room of tuition-paying students waiting for them.  And in the end, we all pay more for education than we pay for parking.

Sure, students might complain, but they’re going to be angry no matter what.  The school can try to silence the naysayers by following North Central’s example: open the faculty spots to students after 5 o’clock.

And to the residents who keep moaning about their parking stickers, we recommend you leave your cars at home. Ride the Terrace Shuttle to get Portillo’s, hop on the Metra and explore Chicago, or lace up some sneakers and head to downtown Elmhurst.

They’re green options, so they have to be hip. And then, instead of complaining about parking, you can use your energy to complain about all those car emissions. It’s probably a bigger issue than campus parking, anyway.

New EC baker whips up enthusiasm for pastries

by Lauren Dixon

It’s 5 a.m. and the music is cranked up.

The pans are out, the sun is down and the ovens are on.

A black baking cap atop her head, Jenny Fischer is ready for work.

“This is my passion,” said Fischer. “I love to create, try new things and have fun doing it.”

In the recently added position of Elmhurst College baker, Fischer definitely isn’t fresh out of the box. She’s trimmed chicken, decorated cakes for Jewel, obtained a pastry certificate from Triton College and served as pastry chef for Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue for three and a half years. A recipe for her German chocolate cake is even in one of the Nordstrom cookbooks.

With that experience, accompanied by hungry imagination, Fischer wants to keep things interesting for the EC audience. Keeping the standard favorites while also leaving room to experiment.

“I just hope to get some fun things out there for students to try,” said Fischer. “I have a lot of experience making a variety of different things.”

Some of these “different things” might include truffles, the Oreo cupcakes she won third place for in an online contest or even her famed German chocolate cake.

Favorite ingredient?

“I love chocolate,” said Fischer. “Basically anything with chocolate.”

It’s all about presentation. The colors, the layers, the little intricacies such as a swizzle of chocolate syrup or a sprinkle of powdered sugar, all factors into the choice to eat something.

“People eat with their eyes first,” said Fischer. “So they are not going to eat something that doesn’t look appetizing to them.”

Fischer’s keen eye for twisting and creating art through pastries and baked goods eventually led her to Elmhurst College, where she is happy to leave behind the city commute.

“I decided I hating taking the train every morning,” said Fischer. “Bakers start pretty early and security on the train is horrible.”

Early is right. Fischer wakes up every weekday morning at 3:30 a.m. while most people are fast asleep dreaming about the cookies, cakes and pastries that she will soon whip up.

Any benefit to waking up that early?

“There’s no traffic and…there’s no traffic,” said  Fischer with a laugh.

Upon arrival, Fischer is usually one of the only people in the building. Most of the staff filters in around 6 a.m., so Jenny uses that to her advantage.

“I have an hour to myself in the morning. So I just come in, I turn the radio on and let the ovens heat up,” said Jenny. “They start using the ovens at 6 so I need to get my cookies in and out.”

And the cookies, according to EC students, are making quite the smooth impression.

“They are much moister, not brittle like last year,” said EC sophomore Michael Ranos. “The oatmeal raisin are the best.”

EC junior Joe St. Peter favors the chocolate chip.

“They are really good,” he said. “They fall apart in your hands, so you know they’re good.”

Amanda Naquin, an EC sophomore whose family owns Andresen’s Bakery in Bensenville, knows good baking when she tastes it.

“I really like the fact that they are soft on the inside and crispy around the edges,” said Naquin. “My favorite are the peanut butter.”

Caramel apple cheesecake, anyone? EC sophomore Ryan Szymonik tried out a piece for The Leader.

“This is probably one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had,” said Szymonik. “Very good.”

“I’m not exactly sure what was going on before,” said Fischer. “They were just kind of throwing cakes out there and people weren’t happy with the way cookies were turning out. I really want people to like the desserts.”

According to Fischer, an experience she wants to avoid is ending the meal on a bad note.

“I went to this fancy restaurant [Smith and Wollinsky’s] and got the most wonderful steak, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes,” said Fischer. “Then I got the five layer chocolate cake and it was disgusting. I was so disappointed. I don’t want that to ever happen if I can control it.”

And she’s really open to suggestions on what sounds good, what is popular and what new things she can try for the campus.

“If people want certain desserts, just let me know,” said Fischer. “If there are any complaints I want to be sure to know about it.”

For now, Fischer is just getting used to the routine and the campus.

“I’m just trying to get a routine down. It’s not really down yet,” said Fischer. “But I’d love to have time in the future just to have fun. To create.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Jays take one of two during opening weekend

Bluejays suffer 1-0 loss against Ohio Wesleyan, win 4-1 against Rose-Hulman

by Eric Lutz

The Bluejays broke even in their first weekend of the season, losing 1-0 in their wind-whipped opener against Ohio Wesleyan Sept. 3 and trouncing Rose-Hulman 4-1 Sept. 4.

“I’m very, very proud of our team,” head coach Dave Di Tomasso said.  “I think we played at a very high level in both games.”

Chances were sparse for both teams in the scoreless first half of the Sept. 3 contest, the first of two at Wheaton College’s Bob Baptista Invitational.

The ‘Jays had shots from juniors Neal Crowder and Matt Sterner sail high late in the half, but they couldn’t capitalize on those opportunities.

In the second half, with the ‘Jays playing into a stiff, 20 MPH wind, Ohio Wesleyan went on the offensive.

‘Jays’ senior goalkeeper Sebastian Domczewski closed the door on a Wesleyan breakaway midway through the half, but a two-on-one with 18 minutes to go put Ohio Wesleyan up 1-0, a score they would take to the locker room.

Di Tomasso said he was happy with the team’s performance, despite not getting the W.

“It’s unfortunate we lost,” he said.  “But it was immediately a learning process.”

The ‘Jays fared better in the Sept. 4 game, with junior Matt Sterner picking up two goals and two assists in the 4-1 win over Rose-Hulman.

Sterner got his first goal fifteen minutes into the game, with sophomore Ken Miller nabbing the assist.

In the second half, Sterner fed a pass to sophomore Luke Froehlich for the ‘Jays second goal.  Thirteen minutes later, the ‘Jays struck again after another Sterner assist; this time, it was junior David Madison picking up the goal.  Sterner put the final nail in the coffin six minutes later with another goal of his own.

The only Rose-Hulman goal came off a penalty kick late in the game, and the squad dropped to 0-3 on the season as the ‘Jays improved to 1-1.

Sterner said he felt the team didn’t play to its full potential during the Sept. 3 game against Ohio Wesleyan.

“It was good to get the first win the way we did,” Sterner explained.  “We didn’t want to start the season 0-2, so [the Sept. 4 game] was a must-win for us.”

“I think we showed what our team is capable of if we’re all on the same page,” he added.

Di Tomasso said the ‘Jays “responded in a huge way” to the Sept. 3 loss, calling Sterner’s performance against Rose-Hulman “tremendous.”

The ‘Jays will take on Monmouth College at Berens Park in Elmhurst Sept. 7 before heading to Pennsylvania for the Elizabethtown College’s Brothers Pizza  Classic.

Bluejays pick up first win after a fourth quarter comeback against Loras College on Sept. 4

by Rick Schneider

The Elmhurst College football team opened the 2010 season with a fourth-quarter comeback win over Loras College 26-14 on Sept. 4.

“It was a good new opponent that we have never played before,” said head coach Tim Lester.  “It was definitely an increase in competition from our last opponent that we used to open up against.”

The ‘Jays trailed 14-13 heading into the fourth quarter before a 52-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Joe Furco to junior Joe St. Peter gave the ‘Jays the lead just thirty-five seconds into the fourth quarter.  A failed two-point conversion gave the ‘Jays a 19-14 lead.

On the next Bluejays’ possession a 60-yard march topped off with a touchdown run by sophomore Scottie Williams, his second of the game, which sealed the victory.

“Offensively, I thought we moved the ball well all day, it is just we did not get a lot of possessions,” Lester said.  “In an average game we usually get 13 to 17 possessions and in the entire game we only got nine.  So it was one of those games where you had to take advantage of the limited opportunities you had.”

Despite allowing Loras two large touchdown runs earlier in the game the ‘Jays defense held Loras’ offense to just 51 yards in the last 10 minutes of the game, forcing a key three and out after the ‘Jays went up 19-14 in the fourth quarter.

“We got the momentum on our side and they responded,” Lester said.  “They felt the pressure that the game was getting tight and it was important.  They did a great job.”

Loras looked to score first as they drove 75 yards to inside the ‘Jays 20 yardline, but a fumble forced by senior Kyle DeMus gave the ‘Jays possession and kept Loras off the scoreboard.

The first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie.

The ‘Jays scored first in the second quarter behind Furco drove 74 yards on 15 plays before Furco completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Rodney Payton.

However, with 1:32 left in the second quarter, a 72-yard touchdown run tied the game at 7-7 going into halftime.

The ‘Jays took the opening kick-off of the second half and put together an 11 play 60-yard drive that was topped off by a Williams’ first touchdown run of the game.  A blocked extra point left the score 13-7.

Another long run, 51-yards, set Loras up inside the ‘Jays 10-yard line.  Loras scored on a six-yard touchdown pass to gain the 14-13.

“Obviously we didn’t execute those run plays very well,” said Lester.  “We will watch it on film, we talk about it, we figure out whose mistake it was and we fix it.  That is what first games are for.”

The ‘Jays then put together two scores in the fourth quarter to finish off Loras and move to 1-0 on the season.

The ‘Jays finished with over 400 yards of total offense, 126 yards on the ground and 293 yards through the air while Loras finished with 125 rushing yards and 215 passing yards (340 total yards).

Furco completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards, completing passes to seven different receivers. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns.

“He made better decisions then he ever has,” Lester said about Furco’s performance.  “It was a huge improvement from last year.  I still think he has a long way to go.  I think [...] that he can get even better.”

Lester was also impressed with the offensive line’s performance.

“Our offensive line played great from top to bottom,” Lester said.  “They proteted [Furco]. He took one sack but he also had about seven seconds to throw on that play.  I was really proud of that group upfront.”

Williams finished with 23 carries for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore tight end Ryan Bock caught seven passes for 71 yards.

Although the defense allowed two large runs that eventually led to Loras’ two touchdowns, they racked up seven sacks, two of which came from the defensive line, for a net loss of 32 yards.

“We have a great blitz package and it is very hard to pick up,” said Lester.

Lester also commented on the defensive line’s performance.

“I think we went the entire year last year without one defensive line sack and I think we had at least two [against Loras].  It was just a great effort by our [defensive] line upfront.”

Seniors Brandon Jones and Randy Wright tallied seven tackles each.

The ‘Jays travel to Michigan to take on Olivet College on Sept. 11.