Woods Wins Masters Against all Odds

By Mahlon Steepleton

Sports Editor

Tiger Woods has been at some of the lowest points of his entire career in the last 11 years. That was until what some thought was impossible happened: Woods won The 2019 Masters Championship on April 14 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

The win came the day before the 21st anniversary of his first major championship win at The Masters on April 13, 1997. His 12-stroke margin of victory is still a tournament record. Woods is also the youngest to ever win the Masters at 21 years and 104 days old.

Woods was once again a champion and back on top of the golf world. He won with a score of -13 and a one stroke lead. Woods posted a 70, 68, 67, and 70 to win The Masters. There was a tie for second place with golfers Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele who were all -12 to par.

Woods only needed a bogey at the 18th hole to clinch the tournament. Woods chipped on and two-putted for the 5, a 2-under-par 70 for the win. It was the first time that Woods had won a major championship when he was trailing after 54 holes. He also became the fifth golfer to have a gap of over a decade between major wins.

The last time Woods won a Major Championship was 11 years ago, when he won the 2008 U.S. Open, playing with a torn ACL. The last time Woods won The Masters Tournament was way back in 2005.

The four men’s Major Championships that the professional golfers play each year are started off with the Masters Tournament in April. Next is the PGA Championship in May, played at various locations in the U.S. The third tournament is the U.S. Open that is usually held in the third weekend of June. The fourth and final major is The Open Championship in July, played in one of 10 locations in the UK.

Woods has one a total of 15 Major championship wins. Jack Nicklaus leads with 18 total major wins, although Woods is the youngest to achieve the Grand Slam (winning the four major championships in the same calendar year). Nicklaus is the only other golfer to do that.

Sophomore Mount Mercy golfer Matt Caulfield was one of those athletes who has followed Woods throughout his entire career and considers him his favorite golfer.

It was great to see him back on top, proving he is the best to the new generation of golfers,” Caulfield said. “This was a historic day for all sports fans. This is by far the best comeback ever by an athlete and proves that Woods is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All-Time).”

Woods has been through a lot in the last 11 years of his golf career. From 1997 to September 2009, Woods won 14 major titles. He also made $92 million dollars on course earnings.

After 2009, Woods’ career started to go downhill. He had off-the-course trouble when he was caught cheating on his estranged wife, Elin, and took a self-imposed hiatus from professional golf from December, 2009 to early April, 2010.

He fell to number 58 on the World Golf Rankings in November 2011. Although he rose back to the number ranking between March 2013 and May 2014. However, Wood’s personal problems again persisted outside of golf with a neck injury, sprained MCL, Achilles injury, and needing to undergo four back surgeries in 2014, 2015, and 2017.

He competed in only one tournament between August 2015 and January 2018. He then fell out of the World’s top 1000 golfers. Woods was also arrested on May 29, 2017 in Jupiter Island, Florida near his home at around for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Golfers and athletes around the world marveled at how Woods pulled off one of the greatest comeback in sports history by overcoming a lot of personal obstacles and some impossible odds.

Woods will try and go for Majors win number 16 when he and the rest of the professional golfers play in the PGA Championship that is being held this upcoming May in the U.S.


I-380 Speed Cameras

By Carlisa Robinson

Staff Writer

Traffic flows under the automated traffic cameras on I-380 southbound near J Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids, and they’re also located above the I-380 southbound lanes near J Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids.

There were seven deadly accidents on the S curve from 2003 to 2009 before the cameras were installed. Since they went up in 2010 there has only been one deadly crash.

The city got the green light to turn the camera’s back on and start issuing tickets back in April. They did turn them on. However, they were not issuing citations. Instead they were collecting data.

The police department anticipates presenting an amendment to chapter 61 of the municipal code regarding automated traffic enforcement and the means for challenging an automated traffic enforcement citation at an upcoming city council meeting (date to be determined).” said public safety communications coordinator Greg Buelow.

After reviewing recent court decisions, staff recommends an ordinance change prior to reactivation of Automated Traffic Enforcement (ATE).

Instead of using an administrative hearing as a means for contesting an ATE violation, the city will file a municipal infraction. This process ensures that the courts determine liability for the fine.

It would make me feel paranoid if the cameras were officially back on. They don’t serve a purpose because they take the place of a police officer, and can be inaccurate,” said nursing major Kaytlyn Golding.

The city has been successful in court challenges to the ATE program. The ordinance reaffirms recent Iowa Supreme Court and district court decisions. This include ATE advances and cost.

The technology underlying ATE is self-calibrating and reliable, and its accuracy is readily verifiable,” said Greg Buelow.

There has been a 62 percent reduction in crashes on U.S. Interstate 380 that involve injuries since the installation of automated traffic enforcement in the city of Cedar Rapids. In addition, there has been a 37 percent reduction in overall crashes.

The cameras record the speed of all motorists. A citation is issued if a person is travelling 12 mph or more over the posted speed limit.

If/when the cameras are back on it will only make me drive more cautiously knowing that I could be given a ticket, but also knowing where the cameras are can cause other issues such as changing speed right before the cameras and possibly cause an accident due to unexpected change of speed,” said nursing major Molly Sieverding.

In a way I believe they serve as a purpose to keep drivers safe but also they are unnecessary if we have observant police officers.”

There will be a city council meeting that is a public meeting when the decision is made. The cameras will be turned on with a warning period of up to 30 days where no citations will be issued. The public will receive notice of the date and time that enforcement will begin. There will be media releases and various city communications channels employed to inform the public.

Library Update

By Rob Brown

Staff Writer

Due to a generous donation, Busse Library has been undergoing many changes to become the new home of Mount Mercy’s education department. During spring break, the construction of a wall in the library started, allowing for outline of the Wente Education Center to begin.

Library staff had a deadline to empty the upper back portion of the first floor on March 15. After this was completed, Rinderknecht construction came in and built a wall to enclose the construction site while the school year is still in motion. Actual renovations will start at the end of spring semester this year and may partially go into the upcoming fall semester.

The wall that now covers the back half of the library was constructed during spring break, while most of the students were off campus. Because of the nature of renovations and the noise it can bring, the construction has been limited to times that students will not be distracted.

The current plans of the education center, which are subject to change, will house four new class rooms, one conference room and 10 faculty offices. Prior to the construction of the wall, the library staff had removed all the books from this area of the library and dismantled the shelving. The shelving was mostly donated to Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa (a non-profit organization) and Mount Mercy employees were also able to claim shelving.

These shelves were donated to the camp to help them in their year-round garage sale in Manchester, Iowa. A total of 63,000 books were moved around during this time to make room for the new center. Faculty were asked to come to the library to identify what should be kept. Faculty and staff then helped move the books.

We had religion faculty come and look at their books, business faculty came as well, and so on,” said Kristy Raine, director of library services. “They were asked to look at the materials they thought we should keep. This could be material they currently teach, materials that are obsolete; which books we absolutely didn’t need to keep, and books that we should keep but weren’t necessarily something we should keep on the shelves taking up space. These books were placed in storage.”

When the library made a decision to get rid of a book, they looked at several factors, such as who wrote the book, when it was published, when it had last been checked out and the number of other libraries that have the book. During the downsizing of the collection, each of the 63,000 books were touched at least three times before its final decision was made.

During this process, the library was able to weed out approximately 18,000 books. Some of the books were set outside of the library for students, a few books were donated, and the majority of the books that were let go were discarded to be recycled.

When we have books that are outdated and obsolete or the research is no longer valid, we let them go out for recycling,” Raine said. “Paperbacks went out as is. Hard bound books were removed of their covers before sent to recycling, a total of 9,000 to 10,000 books were recycled.”


New Head of Jumpstart Hopes to Reinvigorate MMU Sports

By Dennis Mckinney

Staff Writer

With the semester coming to an end, a new faculty position on campus has been filled after a long search. That position was Jumpstart and the newly approved Assistant Athletic Director.

Cedar Rapids native, Jason Pershing, went to school at Washington High School and went on to continue his basketball career here at Mount Mercy.

He has had success in programs similar to Jumpstart, which is a program started last year here at Mount Mercy. It was running as a summer program for kids to teach life lessons while keeping them active during a couple of weeks out the summer.

Pershing has some big plans for the program this coming summer and going into next school year.

“My first short term goal is to move it from 27 kids to 40 kids,” Pershing said.

Pershing also plans on not making this about just athletes. He plans on bringing on some non-athletic coaches as well.

“We’re trying to look at a vast majority with different interests,” Pershing said.

He has been working with local programs such as Jane Boyd to get more kids. Some of that work includes putting together posters and such to get local schools part of the program as well.

The job also comes with more than just being the coordinator for Jumpstart, it also comes with the other newly created position, Assistant Athletic Director.

This position involves taking care of the things that the Athletic Director may not have time to get to or may be at the bottom of the things that needs to be taken care of.

Pershing has some plans as well to bring excitement back into the sports at Mount Mercy. He also wants to keep the new things up to date so they do not have to replace things, which cost more money.

“A mid-level goal is to have Mount Mercy’s first sell out in basketball,” said Pershing while explaining more goals.

This summer is vital to what he can do at both positions of the job as he plans to assert himself into both programs and help bring life back to the athletic department.

“With Jumpstart its just making sure we run a program that keeps getting better…on the athletic part of it, building relationships getting to know everybody and all the programs the best I can and getting more involvement,” stated Pershing.

Pershing has goals set and is on the right path to succeeding with them, along with making new partners like Jane Boyd Achievement Academy. Pershing has also been trying to get youth teams to come play in between games and such at athletic events on campus. There will also be new things to come on campus.

Donation Challenge to Remind Community that Mustang Market still is Pertinent

By Caroline Groesbeck

Editor in Chief

Campus Ministry has challenged students to donate 40 cans for 40 days. The challenge began on March 6 and will end on April 18.

Caleb Boeding, student manager of the Mustang Market, said, “Here at the market we have food drives every few months, but we also take donations whenever they are offered. It’s as easy as taking your donation to Campus Ministry and telling whoever is in the office it’s for the Market.”

Erin Broich, director of ministry and service, helped to organize this drive so that it would correspond with the season of Lent, which is 40 days long.

“It’s kind of a twofold thing. One, it is a food drive to try to restock the pantry in the second semester, and it’s also an opportunity for anyone who practices Lent in various ways to kind of have that spiritual exercise of almsgiving, an opportunity for that,” said Broich.

The Market was started last year with a similar drive and has developed over the year. Broich stated another reason they issued the 40 cans for 40 days challenge was to “remind people that the pantry is here and just remind them that, as much as we do for it, it takes the whole community to keep it going.”

The drive has been going well, but they hope to get a few more donations as they approach the April 18 deadline.

Campus Ministry also just finished their March Period Drive, which was initiated last year after Broich gave a presentation over feminine hygiene for women facing incarceration and homelessness.

“We gathered tons of stuff and donated it to Waypoint in town and then started providing supplies in the Market as well. We also got the bathrooms on campus to start dispensing tampons and pads for free, which was really exciting,” said Broich.

Broich went on to say that the Period Drive was also going well.

“We’ve gotten some pretty good stuff. Facilities, especially, has always been really great about donating,” said Broich.

Finding Your One

By Brianna Ostwinkle
Staff Writer

(Originally published in issue 8 of 2018-2019)

The What’s Your One Involvement Fair took place to get people involved in the many campus clubs and organizations as well as to create a place for each student to feel welcome and comfortable.

On Feb. 6, students gathered in the University Center to find a club to fit their interests.

Tiffany Leschke, director of student engagement, was in charge of the fair, and she collaborated with Nate Klein, vice president for student success. She said they decided to do a fair in both the fall and spring.

“As Nate met with each first-year student, he found out students would be more likely to get involved within their second semester so they would not be overwhelmed, which is our main reason for organizing the fair for the second semester,” Leschke said.

One student said two fairs is a good idea. “It is important to have two events because transfer students who did not have the opportunity to get involved in the fall still deserve the chance to be a part of something on campus,” said Kaycee Howe, a freshman chemistry major.

“I am interested in finding out more about MMAP Board as well as Dance Marathon” Brittney Scherbring, a freshman nursing major, explained as she looked at each club that was available.

Food, Friends, and 90’s Game Fun

By Orlando Clark
Staff Writer

(Originally published in issue 8 of 2018-2019)

The Mount Mercy Activities Programming Board, M2AP, sent the halls of the University Center into a retrospective frenzy with the 90s game night on Saturday, Jan. 29, with their rendition of games students recall from elementary school.

Approximately 30 Mount Mercy students spent two hours of their weekend playing a variety of elementary school games including hula-hoops, scooters, dodgeballs, skip-it, sharks and lifeguards, and so much more.

“We were trying to come up with events that got everybody involved, especially the guys, because we’ve known that our past events have not had many male people there,” said freshman M2AP board member, Justina Blasi.

“I came up with throwback games because I thought it would have multiple choices for everyone to be involved.”

And involved they were, male and female students both had their fair share of fun.

This 90s game night was the first of its kind to be held at the institution. Other clubs have planned events similar to the 90s theme, but the idea of incorporating childhood games was only done by the M2AP board.

Paige Toomer, a M2AP board member and freshman English and psychology double major, found that the turnout was better than she had expected despite it being planned quicker than normal.

“It turned out better than I thought it would, especially planning it in such a short amount of time, having the break just happened and all the cold weather.”

The joy of the 90s game night went far beyond the boundaries of the UC. One set of students took it upon themselves to stretch a game of hide-and-go-seek all the way down to the Regina basement. While some students hid behind couches and in bathrooms, others chased each other in a game of freeze tag.

Not everyone was high spirited as this group was. Some students sat and enjoyed from the outskirts, finding contentment in the music and seeing their fellow schoolmates at play. Others’ interest was caught by the chips and salsa that was open to who wanted to grab a bite. From hide-and-go-seek to freeze tag, the students embraced the childhood games.