Young students become young scientists at WSU’s Physics Fun Night

January 28, 2015

Winona State University’s Physics and Astronomy clubs provided a unique opportunity for students at Madison Elementary School Friday night, Jan. 23, by hosting a “Physics Fun Night” as an outreach experience to younger students. Physics professor Andrew Ferstl said they have been doing this for five years now. “This is the second time we have hosted a fun night at Madison,” Ferstl said. “In years past we’ve hosted at other elementary

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Winona State’s community of learners honored for their involvement with the Winona Community

January 28, 2015

Emily Dean/ Winonan Winona State University is being nationally recognized. The university has been chosen to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Joan Francioni, faculty liaison for community engagement said the classification recognizes Winona State as a university that connects its students to the community. The purpose of community engagement is to find ways to have students engage with the community, so they can learn while helping the community. “As a university

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Track and field posts record times

January 28, 2015

Alexandria Carter/ Winonan

Winona State University women’s track and field added to the school’s record book as they competed in the Minnesota State Open and Multi in Mankato over the weekend.

The Warriors traveled to their third meet of the season with high expectations. Senior captain Jordan Skelly said the team is big into setting both personal and team goals.

“My personal goals were to get to know my teammates better, be a good leader in order to help the team reach our team goals, learn something valuable from every race and to shave time off of my mile,” Skelly said.

The Warrior’s distance medley relay team, which includes 1200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter and 1600-meter in that order, consisted of freshman McKenzie Carper, senior Catherine Whitcomb, junior Katie Bagley and Skelly. These athletes finished first on Friday with a time of 12:21.83, the second fastest time in Winona State’s history.

The team of junior Leah Karsten, senior Kelsey Bethke, freshman Madison Schroeder and sophomore Chelsea Schrubbe finish third with a time of 12:44.11, the ninth fastest time in school history.

Freshman thrower Kaitlyn Long took second place in the meet, also placing ninth in Winona State’s record book with a weight throw of 17.77 meters.

On Saturday sophomore Megan Seidl along with six other Warriors made it into Winona’s top-10 record book.

Seidl won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.77, the fourth fastest in school history for this event.

Schrubble placed third in the one mile run with a time of 5:13.26, giving her fifth place in Winona’s record book for the mile.

Sophomore Hailey Deschaine finished in the top five in the 60-meter dash and recorded sixth in the Winona State’s record book with a time of 7.96.

Bethke placed in the top five in the 400-meter dash in Mankato and tenth in Winona State’s history with a time of 59.50

Brittney Dulak finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles and sixth in the all-time record book with a time of 9.39.

Junior Leah Karsten came in with a time of 3:12.50 in the 1000-meter run, finding herself seventh on Winona’s record list.

Madison Schroeder finished with a time of 2:23.09 in the 800-meter dash and eighth in Winona State’s record book.

Moving forward in their season, Skelly said the Warriors are looking to improve further both individually and as a team.

“As a senior most of my goals are around how I can help the team be better rather than myself,” Skelly said. “I hold our team goals close to heart as a captain this year. To me that means giving it my all and no matter what the results are just being able to be thankful to be running.”

Winona State will travel to Minneapolis to compete in the Jack Johnson Classic Friday and Saturday.

Film review series: “Bernie”

January 28, 2015

Matthew Lambert/ Winonan

As we close out the month of January, I am happy to conclude the month of Richard Linklater with his dark comedy film Bernie, a less known movie to most people.

Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) plays a mortician who is a busy-body and people-pleaser in Carthage, Texas. Bernie is known for going above and beyond for the loved ones of the deceased and begins to have a friendship with a wealthy widow Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), who is known for being the meanest person in the town. When Nugent begins to become controlling, Bernie is forced to do whatever he can to get away from her, possibly even murder her. With arrogant district attorney Danny Buck (Matthew McConaughey) hot on his trail, the people of Carthage begin to question if Bernie really is who he says he is and if he is capable of murder.

Bernie is based off a Texas monthly newspaper article by Skip Hollandsworth. Hollandsworth helped write the screenplay with Linklater. The movie is shot similar to a documentary, with the only recognizable actors being the main concern of the story. Instead of having the story unfold in front of us, Linklater lets the town people of Carthage tell the story for the main characters. Each townsperson is as believable as the next, giving the audience an idea that they actually were around when the film took place.

The movie is also set up to guide us along with questions being posed to the audience and townspeople such as: Who is Bernie? Was it romantic? Was Bernie gay? My favorite reaction comes from Buck when asked if Bernie was gay. It really makes you understand the culture of this small town in Texas: “He had a tendency to hold on to another man’s hand just a touch too long after shaking it.”

Linklater’s independent film is massively underrated, and I predict it will become a cult classic in years to come.

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January 21, 2015

Ben Strand/ Winonan After lengthy discussion and review, Winona State University decided to withdraw its proposal to the City of Winona requesting to lease and make improvements to Bambenek Field 2 at East Lake Park. President Olson said the purpose of the proposal was to concoct an all-inclusive solution that would not only benefit the […]

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January 21, 2015

Samantha Beck/ Winonan Several Winona State University students spent winter break in New Zealand and Australia on the Pacific Challenge travel study opportunity. Senior Trisha Palmieri and junior Katelyn Jindra and other students started their Pacific Challenge on December 15.  They flew to the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, and stayed there for a […]

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