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Behind the jersey: In love with rom-coms

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by Shelby Eden
Assistant Sports Editor

dalton_nowickiDalton Nowicki is a junior on the men’s golf team at Northwestern. A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Nowicki is a ministry major who also enjoys playing hockey on UNW’s club team and being involved with ministry on campus.

Q: If you could be any character from a T.V. show, who would it be?
A: Jax from “Sons of Anarchy” is the coolest character in any show. He’s got some sweet tats, rides a motorcycle, has sweet hair and the ladies love him.

Q: What is your idea of a perfect Bon Appétit meal?
A: I wouldn’t classify this as a perfect meal, but my go-to is noodles with Alfredo sauce, two chicken breasts, A1 sauce on the side, a salad and, of course, some type of ice cream dessert.

Q: What is the most embarrassing moment of your golf career?
A: My most embarrassing golf moment would for sure have to be at practice last year when I hit a house, and the guy was standing in his yard watching the whole thing… .

Q: Do you believe in Ring by Spring?
A: Totally believe in it. Students shouldn’t be able to graduate without being engaged.

Q: Would you vote for Pedro?
A: No, I probably wouldn’t. Pedro was pretty cool, but I think Napoleon would make a much better class president.

Q: What are your favorite chick flicks that you could watch over and over?
A: Well my top three are “The Vow”, “Safe Haven”, “Safe Haven”. So out of those three, I have to go with “The Vow”. Channing Tatum is a pretty good actor.

Q: How does it feel to play golf for the team with the longest name in the UMAC?
A: It feels great. The University of Northwestern- St. Paul Eagles is the best team to play for in the UMAC without a doubt! I think we should put the full name on all of the teams’ jerseys and apparel.

Students cheer on UNW’s competitive hockey club

Hockey players Sam Gross and Jordan Knutson put in time on the ice. The club findraises to help raise money to reserve practice times (photo from UNW hockey’s Twitter page).

by Lindsey Floyd

Supporting the University of Northwestern – St. Paul’s hockey team has quickly become a fan-favorite Friday night activity among students.

University of Northwestern’s hockey team getting ready go out on the ice. The club team has played five games this season (photo from UNW hockey’s Facebook page)

University of Northwestern’s hockey team getting ready go out on the ice. The club team has played five games this season (photo from UNW hockey’s Facebook page).

Freshman Aaron Krahn joined the team this year after hearing about his dad’s fun experiences being on the hockey team when he was a student. He said, “At no other sporting event can you watch from behind a sheet of glass while players slam each other against the boards.  It also makes a huge difference in the level we play at when there are 400 students chanting, ‘U-N-Dubs!’”

Hockey is actually a club on campus, with about seventeen men on the team. They do not have consistent weekly games, but they have played five games so far this year. For example, they have played at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, the Oval in Roseville and at St. Olaf. The team plays other schools just like any official sport on campus does.

While Junior Ryan Sutterer’s passion is baseball, he likes the change of pace hockey brings, and he got started playing hockey at UNW as a freshman. “It’s a good time, especially playing Bethel and getting fans there because they enjoy it just as much as we do. This year we didn’t win very much and didn’t get much ice time, but we still held our own. I think we put on a good show for students, which is important,” said Sutterer.

The budget is very limited for the team, so players raise support to rent ice rinks in the area. Outside donors and fundraisers allow for the team to get practice in. Limited practice time makes the season more difficult, but the players thrive on the fan support more than they do winning.

Hockey players Sam Gross and Jordan Knutson put in time on the ice. The club findraises to help raise money to reserve practice times (photo from UNW hockey’s Twitter page).

Hockey players Sam Gross and Jordan Knutson put in time on the ice. The club findraises to help raise money to reserve practice times (photo from UNW hockey’s Twitter page).

Krahn said, “My favorite part of UNW hockey is that, as a team, we stand for something different.  It gets pretty chippy on the ice, but we always have the name on the front of our jerseys to remind us that, as followers of Christ, we are called to live differently.  I just really enjoy the chance to keep playing hockey.”

Junior Emily Geurkink has loved going to watch UNW hockey games the past couple years. She said, “I really like the atmosphere, especially the rivalry between Northwestern and Bethel. It’s really cool when the student body can come together at athletic events.”

Students can go to Twitter @UNW_Hockey or the team’s Facebook page “University of Northwestern Hockey” for more information on upcoming games and hockey news.

FCA forming on campus

FCA is a great way for athletes to connect and grow in their faith (photo by Andy Haagenson).

FCA is a great way for athletes to connect and grow in their faith (photo by Andy Haagenson).

 by Allison Morehead

The University of Northwestern – St. Paul has officially created its own campus chapter of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). FCA is a nationwide organization that brings athletes together to worship and grow in their faith.

“I’m so excited for FCA to be coming to campus,” said freshman Kelsey Freitag.

FCA student leader Sara Kallhoff said, “It’s a time where student athletes can come together, talk and grow closer to the Lord through our connection of sports.”

Zach Filzen, the women’s basketball assistant coach, is working with FCA along with a student leader, Jake Knotek. Filzen and Knotek were the ones credited with the original idea of bringing FCA to UNW.

Knotek said, “He (Filzen) and I were just talking about FCA one day and realized the need and potential for it, so God put it on our hearts to go for it.  We realized that there really isn’t much unity among the Eagle athletes, and we often think we have enough spiritual fillers going on in our lives.  I know I could always use more.”

This will be the first FCA in Northwestern’s history. “I think in the past people haven’t felt a need for FCA since each sports team does their own devotionals within the team, and there are so many other ways to get involved,” explained Filzen.

Students will now have the opportunity to join a sports-related organization without the requirement of being involved in a Northwestern sport. FCA is open to anyone who is involved in a sport, or who has a love for sports.

Filzen stated, “Spread the word and come to the meeting with some friends.”

The first meeting will be held on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ericksen Center.  There will be games, worship, small groups and a message.  Food will be provided.

For further information, students can follow the University of Northwestern – St. Paul FCA group on Twitter at @FCA_UNW or like its Facebook page.

Athlete Profile: Kevin Langman

Kevin Langmade likes singing songs from movies, Charlie Coyle and Chipotle (photo by Jessica Mosloski).

Kevin Langmade likes singing songs from movies, Charlie Coyle and Chipotle (photo by Jessica Mosloski).

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year: Junior
Position: Left Wing
Number: 14
Q: When did you start playing hockey?
A: I have been playing hockey since I was 3 years old after I learned to skate on the pond behind my house.

Q: Who is your favorite professional player? Why?
A: My favorite hockey player is easily Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild. Coyle is 21 years old and from a city near Boston. He’s known for his incredible work ethic and his physical play style, and because of that he has earned a spot on the top line even though he doesn’t produce the numbers of other well-known players.

Q: Outside of hockey what are some things you enjoy doing?
A: I’m on the football team, so I enjoy getting ready for next season with my teammates. I love to sing songs from “Frozen” and “Tangled” to my roommates, who wouldn’t want to do anything else besides listen to me sing all day. I’m also on Student Government, overseeing food service and athletics.

Q: Do you have a favorite pregame meal?
A: I make sure to carb load the night before games, and I usually get some Chipotle for dinner. I also eat a snickers before the game for a boost in energy.

Q: What team and specific player will you be rooting for in the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi?
A: I will do my best to watch every US Olympic hockey game that I can. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter from the Minnesota Wild are on the team. Parise is the captain and Suter is an assistant captain which are both high honors.

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