Johnnie/Tommie shatters attendance record

Johnnie/Tommie shatters attendance record

By Charly Frisk
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The University of St. Thomas beat St. John’s University’s football team 20-17 this past Saturday, Sept. 23. While the Tommies wore purple and the Johnnies wore red, all attendees in the stands no matter what team, appeared to have notes of red facial hues as a result of hot temperatures exceeding 84 degrees paired with 64 percent humidity.

Just as the hot, summery weather still holds a tight grip on lower half of Minnesota, the traditional importance of the Johnnie/Tommie game held strong and true for both members of the crowd and members of the football team of St. John’s this past Saturday.

Though it was first-year Emma Culhane’s first time watching the Johnnie/Tommie game, from looking around the stadium, it was visible that some of the alumni have been coming to the games for years.

PHOTOS BY ALEX RUDELIUS • [email protected]
For the first time at Target Field, excited CSB/SJU students cheer on the Johnnies as the DIII attendance record was more than doubled.

“I thought the game was super fun,” Culhane said. “I really enjoyed seeing the St. John’s community come together from past to present. I think one of the reasons why the attendance was so high because of the community that they have built over the years.”

First-year wide receiver Keenon Mills, reminisced on what the game meant for him as a new member of the team.

“It meant that I was a part of a great rivalry and tradition,” Mills said. “It meant I was able to go to battle with my brothers on a very big stage in front of an
enormous crowd.”

Some CSB/SJU students, like sophomore Logan Schmidt, had friends on the opposing team.

“We love to be competitive with each other and honestly feel a bit of hatred towards one another during the game… having fun with the rivalry between St. John’s and St. Thomas by getting a little heated with my Tommie friends is just part of the experience,” Schmidt said via Snapchat.

Though the infamous rivalry remained a constant for this past game, both schools experienced a new set of firsts. Not only did the two schools christen Target Field with its first football game, but the game now the holds the record for the highest attendance in DIII football history.

While sophomore Peter Lenz appreciated the allure of playing at such a large field, he believes that the infamous Johnnie/Tommie game should be kept closer to home next time.

“I think the importance of playing at Target Field in front of such a large attendance was to show the kind of love the rivalry game between the Johnnies and Tommies gets from fans. Other than that I think that the game should stay at the school campuses in the future in order to keep tradition and everything else that comes with games on campus,” said Lenz via Snapchat.

While playing at Target Field may have been fun for students, it is not likely to happen again. In an earlier email sent out to the community by Vice President of Student Development Dough Mullin expressed his desire for the Johnnie/Tommie game to be held at SJU.

“We have no desire whatsoever to ever host the Johnnie-Tommie game at Target Field or at any off-campus venue,” Mullin said in his email. “We will host the 2018 Johnnie-Tommie game at Clemens Stadium, and we have already began planning for that Oct. 13 game.”

SJU football preps for UST

SJU football preps for UST

By Kevin Dudley

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The Johnnie football team is rolling heading into a huge matchup against archrival St. Thomas. They have started the season 3-0 with each victory coming in convincing fashion.

The season started on Sept. 2, at home with a 98-0 victory over St. Scholastica. The Johnnies shined on both sides of the ball in the game, outgaining the Saints 560-52 in yards and scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns.

The Johnnies got going quickly after the Saints mishandled the punt following their first drive. The mistake led to a 43-yard touchdown strike between sophomore quarterback Jackson Erdmann and sophomore running back Kai Barber. The 98 points scored was a record for a game played between two Division III teams.

The Johnnies faced NAIA Presentation (S.D.) on Sept. 9 at home the following week. Senior wide receiver Evan Clark set the tone for the Johnnies with a 69-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game. Senior running back Dusty Krueger also played a large role rushing for 144 yards in the Johnnies 49-14 win.

The Johnnies opened MIAC play on Sept.16 at St. Olaf with a 56-7 victory. They struck early again scoring on the second offensive play from scrimmage when Erdmann found junior wide receiver Joey Eckhoff for a 26-yard touchdown. Erdmann was strong for the Johnnies throwing for 194 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

The Johnnies have now shifted their attention to week four where a crucial MIAC matchup against St. Thomas awaits them in Minneapolis at Target Field. The Johnnies head to the game ranked No.6 in Division III and The Tommies are ranked No.11. The Tommies will be the home team Saturday, electing to play the game at Target Field due to space limitations at their own O’Shaughnessy Stadium.

The game expects to draw more than 30,000 fans, which would break the Division III attendance record that was set Oct. 8, 2016 at UW-Whitewater with 17,535 fans.

Erdmann is ready to take in the experience at Target Field, but is not quite sure what to expect.“I can’t comprehend it yet, but it will be exciting,” Erdmann said.

Junior wide receiver Will Gillach is also looking forward to taking part in the special game. “It’s a great stage to represent both a school and football program I am proud of,” Gillach said.

While everyone locally and nationally is focusing on the location, the Johnnies are focused on their opponent.

The Tommies figure to be a tough test as always, however SJU is confident they will find the right formula to win.

The Tommies have used an aggressive style against the Johnnies in the past, often stacking the box with eight or nine defenders. This takes away the run, but may give the Johnnies opportunities in the vertical passing game.

Both Erdmann and Gillach stressed the importance of Johnnie receivers winning one-on-one battles against the aggressive Tommie cornerbacks.

“In order to win this game we need to win some one-on-one battles,” Gillach said.

Erdmann echoed Gillach’s statement.

“They do a lot of one-on-ones, and we need to take advantage of that,” Erdmann said.

Kickoff will be at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 from Target Field in Minneapolis.

Student “stands-up” for new opportunity

Student “stands-up” for new opportunity

JILLIAN SCHULZ• [email protected] • Zach Eichten performed stand-up during his Washignton, D.C. internship. He had no previous experience before, but felt that the trip allowed for him the ability to try stand-up.

By Katarina Podewils
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This past summer, students from CSB/SJU participated in a Washington, D.C. internship program run through the Political Science Department. During this time, one student decided that this would be an opportune time for him to try his hand at stand-up comedy. SJU senior Zach Eichten was this same student.

Eichten performed at a bar called the Chinese Disco in Georgetown. The venue hosted weekly stand-up shows, and Eichten performed five weeks during his 12 week stay in D.C.

He discovered the venue by first watching an open mic-night.

“I saw that some of the comics were really good, and some were okay,” Eichten said. “I told myself at the time, ‘I can do that. I can be okay at this. If these guys can do it, I can do it too.’”

In order to participate, Eichten had to bring a minimum of ten guests to see his first show. Before his first gig, Eichten extended an invitation to other CSB/SJU students on his trip, and they came to watch.

During his shows, Eichten described how it was hard to judge how well he was doing.

“What you don’t think about is once you get on stage, you can’t see the audience because the lights are right in your eyes,” Eichten said. “I could see the front row of people, and that was it. So I used those people as my metric to see how I was doing.”

Eichten stated that he has always enjoyed comedy, but he needed a change of scene in order to have the confidence to try stand-up.

“Two summers ago when I was working in St. Paul, I wrote a bunch of material and never did anything with it because I lived there and I was nervous to run into someone I knew,” Eichten said. “By going out to D.C., this seemed like the opportunity to try it out.”

In addition, Eichten attributes his story-like comedic bits to comics like John Mulaney, T.J. Miller and Pete Holms.

“I especially like story-like bits,” Eichten said. “I don’t do shock value jokes.”Eichten states that he hopes to continue performing stand-up on campus if given the opportunity. He also hopes to try stand-up at one of the open mic-nights available in St. Cloud.

Lastly, Eichten offers advice to other students interested in stand-up on campus.

“If you have jokes, you can always try,” Eichten said. “If you fail, who cares. Those twenty people who saw you are not going to care two days from now.”

Alcuin renovations complete

Alcuin renovations complete

By Cullen Trobec
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Alcuin Library is back and fully open following the completion of the Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons, a roughly 20,000 square foot addition that follows last year’s renovation of Alcuin’s main building.

The Learning Commons includes a plethora of new and improved resources for both students and visiting scholars. Students can now enjoy new group study spots, an outdoor terrace and St. John’s newest coffeehouse: The Schu. Alsofeatured are two new classrooms, a media lab and equipment rentals for the media arts.

Central to the new space is the goal of group discussion and collaboration.

“We were thoughtful about designing the existing Alcuin and the Learning Commons to have spaces where people don’t feel constrained whenhaving conversations,” CSB/SJU Director of Libraries, Media and Archives Kathleen Parker said. “We really want this place to be student-centered instead of book-centered.”

Reception from students has been positive. One of the only Commons-related hiccups has been confusion over the new Link stop located just outside of the building’s east entrance. Based on the current schedule, the Link stops at the Learning Commons on weekdays on the :45 of each hour, but only after 5:30 p.m. The schedule change caused some confusion for returning students who were accustomed to the previous Sexton-only stops of last year.

“I don’t like it because there’s no indication of when the bus will be at Alcuin on the Link App or on the TV by Johnnie Java,” sophomore Jack Cassidy said. “It definitely could have been communicated better. I missed the bus twice.”

Students with further questions about the Link schedule are encouraged to visit the transportation page on the CSB/SJU website.

PHOTOS BY SAMUEL BUTTERFASS • [email protected] • Students have a new place to study in the Learning Commons, with a convenient location next to the new coffee shop, the Schu. Students can also enjoy relaxing views while studying.


Three times the siblings, three times the fun

Three times the siblings, three times the fun

By Jack Colleran – [email protected]

Growing up with siblings can be a pain. You are left battling for all the crucial necessities: your own room, money from your parents and of course, the family car. Now, just imagine if you were one of three. That’s right, a triplet. Better yet, imagine that you all decided to attend the same college. For some here at CSB/SJU, this is a reality. (more…)