the Mystician bismarck state college [VOLUME 74|ISSUE 1|SEPTEMBER 2012] Enrollment decrease hits BSC alyssa meier [editor-in-chief] In the midst of the campus filling with new and returning students, a problem arose at Bismarck State College. Since the fall semester of 2011, enrollment at BSC has plummeted nearly 11 percent. BSC Vice President and Chief Finance officer Dave Clark said that one factor that has led to the decrease in students is the strength of North Dakota’s economy. PHOTO [NELLY STRAUB] “It’s good for the state, but its sort of working against us in an enrollment perspective,” Clark said. Bismarck State College kicked off the school year with a dance at the Civic Center for students. To see the rest of the photos visit www.mystician.com Womens’ soccer September 9 at 3pm Community bowl Pg|20 “ We are the ones who are in control of our overall well being. ” Pg|16 win A free tshirt With the unemployment rate constantly dropping lower and businesses growing more desperate workers, students have more options other than going to college after high school graduation. “We have more students than typical who maybe haven’t made up their minds whether a college education is going to be for them or not,” Clark said. “When there are good job opportunities, sometimes they will select that in lieu of going to college.” “Went to Warped Tour and got covered in mud from head to toe.” center spread Pg|5 Oil field workers offer perspective Ten years ago, the town of Williston, North Dakota was just Williston, ND. Today, Williston is the place to make money and a place that most people are uncertain about visiting. The oil boom is taking over the upper northwest region of ND. Williston, Watford City, Stanley, Dickinson, Minot and even Bismarck are starting to obtain residents from across the United States. “Other than the income, meeting new people is the next best thing. Sometimes I think it’s better than the money,” Tyler Eckman, a casing hand at Joe’s Casing said. “The stories that some people have, the places they have been or what they have gone through just to get here are amazing.” License plates from Washington, Utah and Wyoming all the way to Virginia, Michigan and Georgia can be seen when driving along almost any highway or the interstate. Not only are people coming from all over the state to work in the oil field, but also people from around the world are coming here to work at gas stations and restaurants because of high minimum wage. With so many people moving in, areas such as Williston are starting to become known as “unsafe.” PHOTO [ALESHA PFENNIG] alesha pfennig [content editor ] Man camps near Bakken, ND depict the effect that the oil boom has had.