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On the Benefits of Theater

From Katrina: the K-Word. Photo credit: Cam Best Photography

I’ve been doing theater since eighth grade. I spent most of my high school years hidden away in our auditorium rehearsing, building sets, stage managing, assisting the directors or some combination of the two. In the winter, I used to go weeks without seeing the sun–reaching school before the sun rose and leaving after it had set.

In college, I decided to take a bit of a break.

And then last term happened.

I was in ETU’s Winter Mashup with Heywire (Augustana’s only improv group). I was cast in Katrina: The K-Word, an entirely student-driven production led by the members of the Play Production class. I performed in Alpha Psi’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. And I was part of a group of six wonderful women who performed Any One of Us, a piece born from Ensler’s creative writing workshops with women in prisons, at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, amid the work of photographer Richard Ross.

Why, you might ask, did I decide to do four performances in five weeks when I was already working on two Senior Inquiries? Honestly, it just sort of happened. The common denominator between all these performances  is social justice. Katrina taught me a lot about what came before and after Hurricane Katrina. We often forget that, long after the cameras have left, people still have to rebuild their lives. The Vagina Monologues, as always, made me think about women’s empowerment. And Any One of Us is a searingly honest piece about what it’s like to be an incarcerated woman and, especially important, what leads to becoming one. ETU always has a few social justice-themed pieces among the mix. I’m very happy that the Augustana community is starting to feel strongly about what’s happening in the nation and the world (the protest in support of Ferguson, the installation in the library about the kidnapped Mexican students and more). I wanted to be a part of that.

But okay, my reasons for having to meet any invitation to hang out with “I have rehearsal,” for sleepless nights and homework begun after 10, for walking across campus in the freezing cold twice every evening instead of staying in my warm house, weren’t entirely noble. I also realized last term that theater of this quality may not be in my life for much longer. Sure, there are community theaters and all kinds of ways to stay involved after I graduate. But being able to work and perform with people who have Masters degrees and PhDs in this stuff, and people who are working their way towards Masters and PhDs, is something I’m incredibly grateful for.

I’m in ETU again and am fortunate enough to have been cast in the spring production of As You Like It. And I’m thinking about pursuing a career in dramaturgy after grad school. All this happened in the last few weeks. And I couldn’t be happier.


A Great Weekend to be a Viking!

Wow. This one word summarizes the whole weekend being an Augustana student.

First off, the Augustana Men’s Track Team 4×4 WON at the Indoor Track National Meet with a time of 3:15, just barely winning by :02 seconds. I believe they set a new record for our school as well!

In addition to that FANTASTIC 4×4, Keith Cline finished in sixth place at the National Meet.

So a great weekend for the Men’s Track Team.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The Men’s Basketball team played at home on Friday against The University of Mount Union and won by about 10 points. Then on Saturday, the Augie Men’s Team played and WON a dominating game over Marietta College 100-52 (if I remember correctly.)

The support for the team was awesome and amazing to be a part of. I thoroughly enjoyed standing in the crowd for both games, joining in the antagonizing chants, the cheers, and the celebrations with the victories.

This weekend showed how fantastic and stupendous our school is and makes me feel so honored to be a part of such a great community.

Go Augie!

Augustana People: Jim “Looks Like Adam Devine” Panozzo


Before I begin, be on the lookout for casting calls and notices on behalf of SAGA and BSP weekly on this blog. We are looking to do some cool stuff with those groups this term and I would hate for people to miss out because they didn’t know about it.

An example of such a fine opportunity is with Jimmy as he has written a script and it is a fun one. Contact him at jamespanozzo12@augustana.edu or bspaugustana@gmail.com for opportunities in cast, crew, and fun.Bob_Mazooka_Fun_Time_Action_Hour_For_Kids_Part_8

The Spring term at Augustana is about to start and its about time to get to know some fantastic folks here at Augustana. Jimmy Panozzo is a character, a goof ball and a darn good wrestler. He’s a good friend of mine and a huge fan of movies.

Jim has a tradition of watching movies for “Movie Madness Monday”. He’s always down to watch movies with people and help his pals out.

Workaholics' Adam Devine





Here’s to Jim, get to know him better.


GM: What brought you to Augustana?

JP: wrestling and MIKE T

What advice do you have for incoming Freshmen?

avoid cops and have fun (Like Bob Mazooka and Officer Dick Virginia)


What are you involved in on campus?

wrestling, phi omega phi, and black squirrel productions

What are some hidden talents you have?

Reading with my eyes closed, painting with my feet, and being friends with GARY MILLER

What is your spirit animal?

red ant

Who is your favorite mountain man from the early frontier days of the United States?

Grizzly Adams

What is your greatest fear and why?

being afraid because it shows weakness

Duck, Duck, Goose?

Goose, Goose, Geese


What is your favorite book and why?

I dont read (or can’t)

What is your favorite movie and why?

Bob Mazooka

Who has the best mustache, Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, Ron Swanson, Teddy Roosevelt, or Salvador Dali?

Bob Mazooka



Who do you fear is really a robot on campus?

Who do i fear isnt a robot on campus

What do you think the biggest difference is between you now and who you were when you first came to Augustana?

Puberty happened

Alice Cooper once said, “school’s out for summer, school’s out forever” do you think he should be running an elementary school in Texas? I don’t think he is but I definitely endorse it.

Alice Cooper is a liar and I hated him ever since I had to go back to school.

Would you like to give me a dollar?


What’s the scariest thing about children who live amongst the corn and who do you think walks behind the rows?

They have boots and ghosts

Would you join the Rebel Alliance or the Empire?

the Empire

What is your favorite food?

Chicken sandwich

Who is most likely to eat all the food in the house between you and your roommates?

Frank Hollo

What famous ruler from history would you most likely make a disparaging remark about on twitter?

JFK (Jimmy Frederick Kline, noted inventor of the toaster strudel)

Who is your favorite artist and why?

Picasso and have you seen his work

Favorite holiday and why?

Halloween because i get to hide this mug

Favorite sports team and why?

Da Bears because they are ferocious


Favorite type of Oreos


Who shot the deputy?

I am the Deputy



John Mayer or John Denver?

Im waiting on the world to change

Who is your celebrity crush?

John Mayer

Where is somewhere you have always wanted to go but haven’t yet?


Have you studied abroad and if not where?

I want to go to Nicaragua


IF you were trapped in the wilds of Alaska with one person to survive the winter who would it be and what item would you bring?

Gary Miller and a Chinese Finger Knot

What historical figure would you most like to poke on Facebook?

Big Bad John

I don’t know how Instagram works.

Thats why I dont have one


What did you want to be when you grew up?


What is your major and minor?

Pre-Dent / Bio

Which movie in the Rocky Trilogy has the best fight?


Billy Elliot can dance, what are your best moves?


What are your favorite songs?

Who let the dogs out and anything by Aaron Carter

What was your favorite toy as a kid?

My stuffed animal raccoon named squirrelly




Your Ideas, They will Make Wonderful Fodder



Black Squirrel Productions will be shooting a rambunctious amount of films, wigwams, jiggerdoodles, flim flams, and wangedoodles this Spring. We are looking for scripts and proposals by the end of this term.

  • The set deadline for scripts and proposed projects is Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 12 AM midnight.
  • If you have a great idea send it in to BSPaugustana@gmail.com in a word document.
  • All your ideas are good.
  • There will be a casting call for actors/extras/marketers/promoters/etc.

I don’t often get the opportunity to say, “you don’t want to miss this,” outside of pepper spraying myself for the amusement of my loved ones, but this is a one way ticket to fun town that has to be punched by your enthusiastic involvement. Even if you’re not enthusiastic about having a good time and you’re a brooding artistic type with a steam pile of baggage and personal demons, come along! giphy

Augustana People: Natalie “It goes in the oven an hour before company arrives” Lamy

Natalie Hamy is a smart cookie. A dozen bakers couldn’t equal her genius. I was once tutored in a psychology class by Natalie and quickly found out that she was my Obi Wan in that discipline. I was fortunate enough to get some questions answered back by a list of people and she happened to be one.   Schinken


Get to know her.

GM: What brought you to Augustana?

NL: My Spanish teacher in high school went here and it literally one of two schools I applied to that I visited. Never even took a tour, just hoped it was the right choice



What advice do you have for incoming Freshmen?

Welcome to high school part two! But really, Augie is great and you should take advantage of all the things you can get involved in here

What are you involved in on campus?

Delta Chi Theta sorority, Greek Council executive board, Student Alumni Council executive board, and I work in the registrar’s office

Duck, Duck, Goose?

Wasn’t there something about a pickle jar in that game?

What is your favorite movie and why?

The Nightmare Before Christmas has and will forever be my favorite movie

Would you like to give me a dollar?

Nothing in life is free Gar…

Favorite holiday and why?

Halloween because who doesn’t love watching cheesy scary movies and dressing up?


A,B,C,D,E,F, are you a G?

Is this even a real question (YES)

Favorite type of Oreos

Double stuffed and in ice cream or no deal

Which power ranger speaks to you?

The pink one

Who is your celebrity crush?

Do you count as a celebrity Garbear? [;



Have you studied abroad and if not where?

I haven’t studied abroad but I did spend my summer in an international bioethics program at Yale University so that was pretty cool

I don’t know how Instagram works.

The more likes you get the stronger your selfie game is

What is your major and minor?

Psychology major and I am an minoring in Ethics and Communication Studies. I want to go to law school after I graduate from Augie

Billy Elliot can dance, what are your best moves?

Unfortunately I cannot ballet dance like Billy Elliot but that movie is the greatest

Will you enjoy a glass of lemonade from me, it is only a nickel and I need to help pay off tuition.

I’ll give you TWO nickels just because I like ya



Thanks Nat, and thanks for reading.

No Money, No Problem


Being bored as a young man with little expendable funds warrants creativity.  If necessity is the mother of invention, boredom is the milkman. Days gone by of smacking a piñata with a blindfold as my friends celebrated the bleeding out of our favorite cartoon characters danced like the Vikettes in my head. The memories I decided to make my own piñata using little more than a discarded box and Kraft cheese, the candy of people who have given up on nourishing their taste buds. All I needed was a stick to bludgeon  and a way to cover my face as I hate cheating more than Bill Belichick (allegedly) loves getting away with it. I looked for a blindfold and found nothing. The thought of using an old shirt crossed my mind until the hoarder in me felt the need to save each terrible shirt I wouldn’t  wear to a cross fit workout with the neighborhood Mommery in tow.


“Pink shirt with trout singing karaoke on the front. I’ll need you.”

“Gym shirt from 8th grade, I might run into Mrs. Fredricksen, she was smoking back then. I’m now of age. She might remember my scent. The scent of manhood. Keep it, tiger.”

“Shirt your ex-girlfriend left over, why do you still have this? Wait, it has a sweet zebra on the front. Cut the sleeves off and claim you’re wearing it ironically even though everyone knows you dig Chris Rock’s performance in Madagascar one, two, and three and the coming fourth one won’t disappoint you!”

The black trash bags in the kitchen would suffice as blindfolds, as for a  bludgeoning stick. My noggin would do more than fine. It houses my brain, a thinking machine unfit for a monkey.

Time to play.





The first attempt ended worse than intended. Instead of being bombarded with cheese candy I was met with the stern refusal of  reward known as the wall. I woke up in a state of confusion, lacking sufficient oxygen, and vision.

Attempt number two is made.



Second attempt did not go as well, ended up thinking pants were on fire. Turns out I am not a liar or a smart man.

Game off. I decided to do homework instead, going to college will eventually make me smart and worthy of the American workforce.


Augustana People: Alissa “Greek Chariot” Leirer

Alissa Leirer is an ear

of corn.

She’s a blissful day on the beach yelling at kids to quit stealing beer out of the cooler.

She’s a centaur shooting arrows into a crowd of satyrs.

She’s a jam filled peanut butter and rowdy sandwich.

And she wants young prospective men, women, children, and the like to rush Greek.

Lets get to know her.

alissa leirer



GM: What brought you to Augustana?

AL:I came to Augustana because my older sister attended and loved it. I also was drawn to the CSD department.

What advice do you have for incoming Freshmen?

Your time here at Augustana goes by so fast. Cherish every moment of it, do as much as you can, and make sure every moment here counts. These are some of the best years of your life.

What are you involved in on campus?

I am a Co-Recruitment Chair for Greek Council, and am the Vice President for my sorority. I am also a member of ASSHA.



Who has the best mustache, Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds, Ron Swanson, Teddy Roosevelt, or Salvador Dali?

Salvador Dali of course!




Would you like to give me a dollar?

Anything for you Gary.

What is your favorite food?

I could eat mashed potatoes every day.

A,B,C,D,E,F, are you a G?


Who shot the deputy?

I shot the sheriff but I didn’t kill the deputy

Have you studied abroad and if not where?

I’ll be headed to Guatemala for Spring Break!

I don’t know how Instagram works.

Figure it out

What is your major and minor?

I am a CSD major and Psychology minor

Will you enjoy a glass of lemonade from me, it is only a nickel and I need to help pay off tuition.

Only if it’s made with love



I’ve been coloring lately, what coloring books should I be picking up?

Disney princesses



I’m sure she’d yank my ear and beat me if I didn’t tell you to sign up for LA RUSH.

“Sign ups are from 11-2pm and again 6pm-11pm this week through Thursday!”- Lissa Lynne, Facebook avatar of Alissa Leirer.

Thanks for reading.

Dictators Looking At Things

Anytime you have a rough day this week.

Imagine these guys being confused by things.

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Comment with your own captions.
Winner gets the internet.

Augustana People: Tesia “Joy for Substitute Teachers to Pronounce” Kolodziejczyk

Tesia Kolodziejczyk is an enigma amongst names and people alike. Some may know her as a member of the Phi Rho Nation, some may know her as a dancer, others may know her as a dancer abducted in a film made by Alvin Fonseca. I know her as a tiny dancer who holds this valentine candy shaped heart of mine near and dear to her post-Christmas-is-amazing Grinch sized heart. She hails from the same wonderful state as I. Colorado, in all of its splendor produced this woman and the rocky mountains effectively setting free two caged doves with one stone.


Tesia is an extremely smart person and although she carries a soft demeanor and is kind to all animals, she is powered by vengeance. Be careful not to cross her path or you will feel the revenge of the nerd. Get to know her.



GM:What brought you to Augustana?

TK: Gary Miller. ( Gary Miller has that effect on people)U_S_-Congressman-Gary-Miller-copy-918x310

What advice do you have for incoming Freshmen?

Meet Gary Miller.



What are you involved in on campus?

Phi Rho Sorority President; Co-Chair of the Honor Council

What are some hidden talents you have?

I can eat an entire package of Oreos in one sitting.

What is your spirit animal?

Garfield. I’m lazy AF.

What is your greatest fear and why?

Getting in an accident on a bridge, going off the side, and drowning in my car because I can’t get out. Will somebody PLEASE buy me one of those window cracker things?

Do you have a nickname and why?

T-bird. I thank Sally Kenney for that one. Probably because I’m a 1950’s greaser at heart.


Who do you fear is really a robot on campus?

The Viking Pups. They’re too cute to be real.

Would you like to give me a dollar?

See answer to lemonade question below.

Favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving. SO much food that my fat pants don’t even fit. And I’m okay with it.

Favorite sports team and why?

Denver Broncos, because Tim Tebow used to play for them and he’s a babe.

Favorite type of Oreos

All oreos. Is this even a question?

Have you studied abroad and if not where?

Not yet, but in a few short months I’ll be living the high life in Rome.

You have an evil cat (they’re all evil) threatening your life. How you allegorically kill it nine times?

I actually do have an evil cat, her name is Savannah and she is black and fluffy and hates me.

I would pick her up in my arms and sing Sheldon Cooper’s “Soft Kitty” nine times over. I’m pretty sure I take a year off her life every time I do this anyways.

IF you were trapped in the wilds of Alaska with one person to survive the winter who would it be and what item would you bring?

If I was trapped, I would bring Gary Miller. He’s a grizzly man, I wouldn’t need anything else.

What’s the toughest class you’ve ever had?

The Art of Listening.

Just Kidding. It was Physical Chemistry

What is your major and minor?

Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine, with a minor in Chemistry.

Will you enjoy a glass of lemonade from me, it is only a nickel and I need to help pay off tuition.

Actually, I’ll give you a dollar.10710545_10200215300942886_845579228818350695_n

What is Greek life like?

  1. The country, not the fraternities and sororities here.
  2. Explain their economic system to me as if I was a four year old.

I don’t know much about world economics, but from what I hear, it’s a rough place to be right now.


P.S. Gary Miller is my favorite person of all time. I’m going to marry him one day.





Thanks for reading.




GO Mind Racer!


I am a man with too much time on his hands. With that time I daydream. The mind races and thinks the same way a child speaks after a sugar fueled Christmas binge. Their little bodies downing sugar like a downtrodden Tony Montana downs daddy sugar. Sometimes thoughts shoot into a person’s brain and they seem utterly insignificant until the obvious question comes along, if it’s insignificant why is it on one’s mind? My two and five year old cousins, two ferocious rolling balls of destructive cuteness, think everything is amazing. Everything is amazing and should feel amazing to them because it’s brand new. They have yet to grow as cynical as their twenty-two year old cousin who cries every time he watches Forrest Gump. Little Forrest Gump Jr. tugs on my heart strings like they were made of Greek ethos and he is yo-yo ma. The point is I hate most everything, its how I enjoy life. I’m happiest when I’m miserable, I find the misery in everything. It’s a gift seeing the glass full of stuff I’m going to drink even though I was told not too. Everything is amazing and I say that thinking of an old videogame called Primal Rage. I didn’t know the name of it other than that “videogame where the apes and dinosaurs fought like Mortal Kombat during the early 90’s fight game craze”. After scouring the internet like a person with the world at his fingertips should, I found it.


The coolest thing I could ever see as a kid was a toy from a show I watched or a video game I played. I’m sure I gained some amount of charisma from attempting to charm my parents into buying whatever flavor of the minute toy I was into during my early walking years. Walking by Primal Rage toys came to my mind and it occurred to me how easy it is to market to children. That’s my realization for the day. One of those light bulb moments from a cartoon that takes a long time to light up, like understanding what a cliché means but not really understanding it because you have no life experience in that matter yet. Then one day something happens along those lines and you let out a big, “ooooooooooooh, I get it now, time on his hands! Clocks tell time and they have hands! ” while sipping an iced Frappuccino from Mcdonalds because we’re not going to Starbucks this week hombre.

"Come at me bro, I'll love it"

“Come at me bro, I’ll love it”



If that analogy doesn’t cut it for you, its like me pronouncing potpourri with the T until I was thirteen. I also pronounced Yosemite like vegemite until I was around eight. Took me a while. I won the school spelling bee in sixth grade on the word “missile toe”.


Also For the rest of this year I will be accepting and also handing out weekly challenges for myself from others. Triple dog dare me to do stuff and I’ll most likely do it.

For example, one of these weeks I will be living in my car off of an allotted amount of canned goods and bottled water. I will only be allowed to access Academic buildings and Carver. Swimming do-gooder and alumni Justin Reppy wanted me to do it last year for charity. I don’t know how that was going to work out but I’m still game. We spit in our hands and shook on it so I have to do it.




Party on Augie.