Six Honored Include Women’s Coach

By Mahlon Steepleton

Sports Editor 

Originally published Oct. 11, 2018 

On Sept. 28, six Mustang athletes were inducted into the Mount Mercy University Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Plaster Athletic Complex. Three women and three men were inducted. Two women’s basketball players, one woman for track and field, one man for men’s golf, men’s soccer and men’s basketball.

The first person inducted was 2013 graduate, men’s soccer player Enrique Cortina. Cortina was a four-time all-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection. He ranks in the top five in school history in four categories: second in matches played (80); fifth in points (82),goals (30), and assists (22).

Men’s golfer Derek McConnell, a 2012 graduate, was next. He earned First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors in each of his two seasons with the Mustangs. McConnell has the best career scoring average in school history (74.68), and posted the third-best single-season average (73.6).

The third inducted was class of 2012 women’s basketball player Micha Mims. Mims was a two-time NAIA All-American and First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference performer. Mims joined the 1,000-point club and currently ranks 24th in school history with 1,005 points. This fall,she will begin her third season as head women’s basketball coach at Mount Mercy.

Mims’ teammate and friend Emily Greiner Misener, class of 2012, was the fourth athlete inducted. In 2012, Greiner Misener was a third-team NAIA All-American and a First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference selection for the second year in a row.

Misener is the sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,616 points and holds or shares school records for career 3-point goals (260), single-season points (647), 3-pointers in a season (100), single-season free throws made (193), and 3-pointers made in a game (8). She also ranks second all-time in free throw percentage (82.3%).

The fifth person inducted was women’s track and field athlete Larissa Wilden Resner, class of 2013. She was a six-time NAIA All-American for the Mustangs. In 2012, she was an All-American in the high jump at the indoor and outdoor national meets. In her senior year, Resner earned back-to-back All-American honors in the indoor and outdoor high jump.She was also an All-American in the indoor pentathlon. Resner still holds six indoor and five outdoor track and field records.

The sixth inductee was mens basketball player Chad Underwood. Underwood was part of the class of 2013. He was a two-time NAIA Division II All-American and three-time All-Midwest Collegiate Conference performer. Underwood was named to the All-MCC first team in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He is the second-leading scorer in school history (1,780 pts.), and also ranks second in field goals made (699), free throw percentage (85 percent), and blocked shots (129). Underwood is also fifth in career rebounds (666), and sixth in field goal percentage (56.1).

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Wisconsin Isn’t Just Farms, Senior from City Notes

by Rob Brown

Staff Writer 

Originally published Oct. 11, 2018

Some of you may know her as Ash Cash, others may know her by just Ashley Sally.

Sally is a basketball player who got her nickname, Ash Cash, from her ability to shoot 3 pointers. Ash is short for Ashley and Cash is the trendy name used when someone can throw down on the court.

Sally is a senior transfer student from Allen Community College in Iola, Kan. Moving from Milwaukee, a large city of over a half a million people,to the small city of Iola Kan., an approximate population of 5,000 people, took a toll on Sally.

“As an African American woman, I represented the 10 percent of Iola’s minority population, this made for a hard time adjusting to the new environment,” said Sally.

She grew up in the inner city of Milwaukee, Wis., with her mother and father, as well as two siblings. Sally is the middle child of the three.

“Whenever I tell people I’m from Wisconsin, they always think Wisconsin is just farming, it’s really not like that. I grew up in a large city,”said Sally.

Milwaukee is known for one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation for African males by the age of 33.

“Where I’m from, a lot of different types of people I grew up with, didn’t really get the chance or opportunity to be successful because of their environment and what that holds for them. I’m breaking many statistics being here and I’m proud of it,” said Sally.

She is currently attending MMU as an English major and is the small forward on the women’s basketball team. A small forward is known for being typically smaller than a power forward, but is often more agile and a better shot.

When she finishes her undergraduate degree in English this May, Sally wants to attend grad school, but is unsure what she wants to pursue.

“I was so involved with basketball my entire life that I never stopped to realize you have to pick something else other than basketball,”said Sally.

Sally is also the president of the Black Student Union, also known as BSU club. She became president of the club because she felt she had a calling to lead the organization, for it represents her as a minority. The club is involved in events around campus and makes up one of the most minority ran club on campus.

Sally works three jobs, two of which are on campus. She works as an RA and a desk clerk in Lundy Fitness, and she also works at Target. Her hobbies include watching Netflix and working out when she has free time.

“I’ve seen every good show on Netflix and I’d bet anyone money on that,”said Sally.

Kavanaugh-Ford Controversy Reflects Party Battles

By Courtney Hoffman

News Editor

One month ago, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was placed in the public eye after accusing President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. This week, Kavanaugh was sworn in to a lifetime position as an associate justice on the nation’s highest federal court.

Many were upset about the way the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing was handled. Dr.Richard Barrett and Dr. Eden Wales Freedman commented on the structure, purpose, and social impacts of the hearings.

Barrett,assistant professor of political science, identifies one main problem with the hearing: an unclear purpose. Was it a crime investigation,job interview or purely partisan battle?

The hearing took on too many issues at once, said Barrett. Senators voting in favor of Kavanaugh felt the need to specify their support for victims of sexual assault. Along with this comes long-running debates over judicial policies.

There’s also the possibility that Senators were using the hearing to stand out to voters. Underlying all of this is the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats, before you even get to the main issue of whether Kavanaugh is fit to be a Supreme Court justice.

“All of these issues are important, and they deserve to be taken in their turn and not handled all at once,” Barrett said. “All these battles are being fought at the same time, and all of them suffer.”

“I think this is what makes the whole thing kind of messy,” Barrett said.“In theory, what they’re doing is trying to interview the judge—in this case the judge and someone who accused him of doing something—they should be trying to understand what those people have to tell them about whether or not he would be a good person on the Supreme Court.”

As the Assistant Professor of English and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Wales Freedman expressed concern that the Senate’s argument over Ford’s alleged assault made it seem like a partisan battle.

“Sometimes people will kind of take over someone’s trauma for their own purposes,” Wales Freedman said. “And you kind of see that on both sides of the political aisle where an intimate, terrifying,historical moment, presuming that she is telling the truth, suddenly becomes a political divide.”

“People on the right who want him to become a Supreme Court Justice can use her testimony to claim a conspiracy on the part of the left, and the left can use her story to keep a more conservative justice off of the court. And so people end up using other people’s personal history and trauma for their own political purposes.”

Though it’s impossible be certain whether Kavanaugh or Ford told the truth, many are concerned about the message the controversy sends to victims of sexual assault.

“I think because that’s a lifelong appointment, that will have huge ramifications for our country,” Wales Freedman said. “On a social or cultural level, I think that his getting the position sends the message to survivors that their stories don’t matter, and I think that’s an unfortunate byproduct of this.”

Poet of Many Hats

Visiting Writer, aaron abeyta, Shares His Poetry Inspired by His Many Roles as Mayor, Coach, Professor, Husband and Father.

By Brielle Kiewiet

Staff Writer

Originally published Oct. 11, 2018

Author aaron abeyta (who chooses not to capitalize his name) held two presentations about his work on Sept. 27. The first event was a question and answer session at 3:30 p.m., and the other was a reading held at 7 p.m.

abeyta is a native of Antonito, Colorado, where he currently serves as the mayor. He is the author of a novel and four collections of poetry.

During the Q&A session, abeyta’s personality shined through every question he answered. He also spoke about the necessity of poetry in human life and his reasons for writing it.

“I write to save someone’s life, sometimes my own,” said abeyta.

abeyta also discussed why he chooses not to capitalize his name in his writing.

“I was given a very profound gift, but also taught not to be selfish, so I need to give that back.”

During the question and answer session, abeyta was asked why most of his readings focus around his grandmother and mother. He also discussed the respect that he has for the women in his life.

“The most powerful people in my life are women,” he said.

He also discussed some of his feelings towards being a high school football coach, which is the subject of many of his poems.

“To me the highest compliment is to be called coach,” abeyta said. He stated that he is always more than just a coach and that he is constantly teaching his players about resilience.

abeyta’s question and answer session gave closure to many of the questions that left students perplexed.

New Nursing Professor Has Roots at MMU

By Madelyn Orton

Managing Editor

Originally published Oct. 11, 2018

One of Mount Mercy’s new faculty members came back to her deep roots on the Hill.

Becky Keiper will be working within the RN to BSN online program. After graduating from MMU in 1994, Keiper has worked in various departments at Saint Luke’s Hospital and has been in the operating room for the past 15 years.

“It’s a whole different appreciation for Mount Mercy as an institution,”said Keiper.

Keiper’s mother is also a graduate of Mount Mercy.

“Mom was obviously my inspiration for seeking a career in service and for my committing to MMU,” said Keiper.

After receiving her master’s degree, she joined Mount Mercy as an adjunct professor in 2016. She accepted a full time position this past summer.

“I have a better understanding of the group effort there is in education,” said Keiper.

Keiper is a part of the Nursing Faculty Development Committee and the RN to BSN Faculty Committee.

“Having the life experiences, I think I appreciate more, especially more as a faculty member, what is committed to educating people,” said Keiper.

Good Try at Event, But Watch the Rules

Staff Editorial

 Originally published Oct. 11, 2018

Mount Mercy tried something new this fall: more events for a more active homecoming. While we support the idea of a more active campus, we also have to ask: Now that homecoming is over, was it over regulated or just under-participated in?

Some homecoming events were very popular, like the late-night pep rally breakfast. Others barely had enough involvement to make it work, like the photo scavenger hunt.

We believe that homecoming may have had so many rules attached to competition that clubs, residence halls and teams may have been dissuaded from participating. When an organization tries to make sure that all aspects of a competition are fair, it can quickly become too controlled, losing some of the fun.

Our opinion of homecoming is a bit of an extension of rules placed on clubs on The Hill. In order to become a club, a group has to have at least five members, they have to write a constitution for the club, host one club Friday event, and volunteer a set number of hours.

These requirements can sometimes be too restricting for new clubs. It felt little like homecoming 2018 followed too much in our MMU tradition of making extensive paperwork and rules.

Still, it was a first try. We hope that this becomes a more vibrant tradition in the future—maybe with fewer strings attached.

Being Male Should Not Mean Being Toxic

With Murders in Iowa, New Supreme Court Judge Credibly Accused of Harassment, Time to Redefine American Manhood

By Logan Schroeder

Opinion Editor

 Originally published Oct. 11, 2018

“Boys will be boys,” “you’re going to let her talk to you like that,” “he was just having a little fun,” “grow a pair,” “man up,” “locker room talk.” These are phrases that men hear basically their entire life. They are a symptom of toxic masculinity, a concept that needs to be addressed and ended.

Toxic masculinity doesn’t mean being a man or being masculine is bad. It is about behavior that includes violence, not taking no for an answer, focusing on sexual conquests, not caring about harming others, and thinking that just because you’re a man you should get your way and using these actions to show you are manly or a “man.” This is something that permeates society and we have seen and are seeing it play out in Iowa and on the national stage.

In this state in the last three months, we have had two young women murdered by men.

The murder of Mollie Tibbetts in July was because a man couldn’t take no for an answer, the fact that he was an undocumented immigrant is incidental to the murder. This man was pursing her, she indicated that she was not interested, and he reacted as if that “no” didn’t exist and Tibbetts lost her life.

Celia Barquin was a very successful golfer and had her life ended because some man wanted something she wasn’t going to give him – her body. All she was doing was practicing and now her life is over.

These two deaths have more in common than not, and show how this toxic masculinity has gripped our society.

On the national stage, the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who has had extremely credible accusations leveled against him by Dr. Blasey Ford. She has upended her life and safety to have her story heard. On top of this, Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct from multiple people and there are accounts of him prone to anger and blackout drunk.

That this man is even a potential Supreme Court justice is ridiculous and now he is a member of that court.

I think a straightforward way to combat toxic masculinity is to start teaching young boys that it’s OK to feel their feelings, it’s OK to not be violent or tough, teaching them that the girls and other boys don’t owe them anything, and we need to start having conversations about consent and what that means as soon as it can be understood by a kid.

I don’t want to keep living in a world where women have to live in fear.