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Your Student VOICE Dr. Steve Anderson presents lava flow research at international volcanology meeting ~ pg 8

What NOT to rent over the Christmas Holidays — “Open Water” takes a dive

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Inspiration at Carnegie Hal Courtesy of University Communications

Thirty members of the BHSU choir and their director, Steve Parker, BHSU music professor, spent several days in New York City rehearsing with several other choirs before presenting a Sunday evening performance on the greatest of all stages, Carnegie Hall. "When you think about the fact that this is where all the greats, the phenomenal performers, have been heard, it’s pretty amazing," Parker said. Singer Erin Talsma, a senior music major from Spearfish, agreed that performing on the Carnegie Hall stage was exciting and perhaps a bit overwhelming. "When I was singing, I was just so into the music. It was great," Talsma said. "But when we finished and the audience started applauding, I thought ‘They’re applauding for me, on this stage,’ and I totally cried." This wasn’t the first Carnegie Hall visit for BHSU students and probably won’t be the last. Following a performance there in 1998, the choir was invited for this performance. After their stellar performance this time, the BHSU choir now has a standing invitation to perform on the Carnegie Hall stage according to Parker. On the previous trip Parker directed the choir and was asked to

sing this time, but decided he wanted to be a part of the audience. "I decided I wanted to hear it all this time. It was a very fine performance, actually an excellent performance," Parker said. The BHSU students said the trip to New York City, which also included attendance at other cultural events, and performing on the legendary stage inspired them and created a deeper level of motivation for developing their talents. "After being there (New York City) and seeing all the performers, I feel like I can do anything," Talsma said. "I came back feeling like I can really do this. Look at all the people who make it as performers. I realized that I can make a living at this." Joshua Stanton, a senior music major from Miles City, Mont., said the performance experience, as well as attending an up close viewing of the Metropolitan Opera, has made him "more dedicated and inspired." "Now, I’m ready to come back, work harder and get better so I can be at that level," Stanton said. Parker says that’s exactly the reason he continues to organize and accompany performance tours for BHSU students. "It’s a lot of work and a lot of time but well worth it when I see

photo courtesy of University Communications

A group of BHSU students and community members including Laura Nary, John Kelly, Megan Moore, and Erin Talsma were among 30 who recently preformed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. the reaction of the students," Parker said. "That’s what education is all about. I can try to explain what it's like to be a professional singer, but when they go and are in a performance, their


eyes are opened like you wouldn’t believe. They come back different people with new dreams and plans." The group rehearsed for four hours every day and used the continued on page 6

Is your car ready for winter? David Conway Staff Writer

Alumni Director receives scholarship for conference

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be reduced to fifty percent when the temperature drops below thirty degrees. If your battery is older than three or four years, play it safe and purchase a new one. Also be sure to clean any corrosion that may have formed around the contacts of older batteries; even a little corrosion can prevent the juice from getting through. Keep it sparky: Staying under the hood, make sure all your vehicle’s sparkplugs are firing properly and check the wires

Writer Robert Byrne once said, “Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘up yours’.” Here in the Black Hills we know exactly what Byrne meant, as we trudge through snow drifts, and combat bone-chilling cold and wind. When the last class of the day finally comes to an end, many students sprint across the glacial parking lot to the temporary sanctuary of their vehicles, anxiously anticipating whether or not they will hear the hum of the engine, or the dreadful click, click, click... Winter... continued on page 6 Simply taking the preventative steps of winterizing your vehicle, can Lend Me a Tenor: prevent you from wanting to pound on the frozen steering wheel of a the play in photos dead car. With the time of temperate weather dwindling down, what betphotos by Christi Smith ter time to winterize than now? A Tedo Norreli (played by Jared few small steps and checks will keep McDeris) is deeply devastated you from being stranded this winter. after he learns that his wife has left him. For a moment, Battery basics: First and most importantly, Tedo contemplates suicide, threatening to take his own life check and test your battery. The bat- with a kitchen fork. tery is the essence of winter weather for more photos see page 6 defeat because a battery’s charge can

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Upcoming events Dec. 13 - 17: Final Exams Week: Students should discuss with professors if they are unsure of where and when their exams will be held. Students needing extended time must make arrangements with the Disabilities Office in Student Union Room 123.

Dec. 13: Annual Student Affairs Midnight Breakfast, 10 p.m to midnight in the Student Union Market Place. Free to all BHSU students. Best of luck with finals!

Dec. 17: Final day of the semester. Christmas break begins.

Jan. 11: Christmas break ends, and the second semester begins.

Jan. 12: The Organization of Alternative Spiritualists of Spearfish (O.A.S.I.S.) will be discussing Islam in Jonas Hall Room 154A at 5 p.m.

Important dates for Spring

Jan. 29: The Career Center will be holding an Interviewing Skills Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room. The workshop will show how to improve selfconfidence during job interviews, how to present the best image during interviews, and why employers will ask certain questions to potential employees. Workshop is free and open to the public.

Feb. 15: Deadline for applying for May and summer graduation. Stop by the Records Office in Woodburn Room 202 for an application.

Feb. 16: The Summer Job and Internship Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room. Representatives from local and national organizations will be available to discuss summer employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities. Fair is free and open to the public.

April 15: The fifth annual Black Hills Teacher Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Center. The BHSU Career Center will be host to several school districts from many different states, and is sure to be an excellent teacher recruiting event for the Tri-state area of western South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, and northwestern Nebraska. Event is free of charge, and open to the public.

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The Lorax Society meets Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 154. Lakota Omniciye meets every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 108. The Snowriders Club meets every other week in the Market Place. If you would like your event or club meeting featured, please contact the Today Newspaper at 642-6389.

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Alumni Director receives scholarship to attend CASE conference in Kansas City Courtesy of University Communications

Jodi Neiffer, alumni director at Black Hills State University, has been chosen to receive a scholarship for new professionals to attend the annual CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) District VI conference. Neiffer, who joined the BHSU staff this fall, was one of ten people chosen to receive a scholarship from a pool of 26 applicants of new professionals at universities located throughout the Midwest. According to CASE officials there were “an outstanding group of applicants.” “Our judges had a very difficult time indeed making the final selections,” according to an announcement from CASE. Scholarship winners will join a group of alumni and advancement professionals at the annual conference in Kansas City in January. Neiffer, who earned a business administration degree from BHSU, is looking forward to the conference as an opportunity to meet key people in her field. “I think this will open new doors for me,” Neiffer said. “I’ll learn more about what I can do at Black Hills State. This is going to give me so many new avenues to look at and may help me develop some new programs here.” Neiffer will attend presentations concerning online alumni communities, alumni relations at small universities, working with volunteers, restructuring alumni council boards, alumni travel programs and strategic planning for alumni associations. Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement, praised Nieffer for earning the scholarship and noted that the conference will be a great way for Neiffer to further her knowledge and skills. “Jodi is off to a tremendous start as the alumni director at BHSU. This scholarship opportunity will enhance her skills as the alumni director. BHSU alumni will benefit from her attendance at this con-


his is going to give me many new avenues to develop new programs at BHSU. ~Jodi Neiffer ference,” Meeker said. CASE, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is the largest international association of education institutions, serving more than 3,000 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 46 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of fund raising for education, communications, and alumni relations. Others chosen to receive scholarships include Alicia Early, Colorado State University-Pueblo; Kari Gustafson, North Dakota State University; Susie Hamilton, Iowa State University; Jacqueline Hayes, St. Louis University; Leah R. Mellegaard, Dakota Weslyan University; Lisa Olds, Pittsburg State University; Kathryn Olson, Drake University; Kim Ritten, Stephens College; and Deborah Sherman-Hoefler, Lamar Community College.

United Blood Services seeks sponsors for future blood drives Sponsors needed to provide location and refreshments. Michelle Thompson and Scott Hobert Staff Writers

The United Blood Services of Rapid City is currently looking for volunteer sponsors to coordinate future blood drives in the Northern Hills. They are looking to fill the position as soon as possible in order to prepare for the holiday season. Sponsors will be responsible for providing the location and refreshments, in addition to handling the scheduling of donors. The blood drive sites will have: • Clean, ample space with adequate lighting, ventilation,and electrical outlets. • Tables and chairs for waiting, interview, and refreshments.

• Privacy for donors completing the interview and medical history. • Near by telephone and restrooms. • If your drive is open to the public, hold it at a familiar place with plenty of parking. • Reserve the site now for the upcoming drive and for future drives. The blood center may routinely provide refreshments for donors. Some sponsors provide donated or homemade treats. If your group provides refreshments you will want people available to handle the details. The scheduling of the appointments will help to cut down on waiting time and increase the accuracy of results. United Blood Services exist to make a difference in people’s lives by bringing together the best people. They encourage you to volunteer your time and become a sponsor today. Do your part to help save lives.

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College of Business and Technology forms new student advisory board Courtesy of University Communications

The College of Business and Technology at Black Hills State University has just formed a student advisory board. Two representatives from each of the eight College of Business and Technology student organizations will be a part of the advisory board. According to Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, the board will discuss business and technology student issues and student organization activities, and provide support to help developing leadership and teamwork skills through extracurricular activities, to build ethical values and to promote community responsibility. Sarkar recently hosted a luncheon meeting for student officers and representatives of the various business and technology student organizations to explain the formation of the Student Advisory Board. Dr. Sarkar also expressed the need for the students to be exposed to diversity and international perspectives. The student advisory board will initially consist of one or two representatives from each of the student organizations. Photographs of two student leaders from each organization and the college senators will be displayed in Meier Hall. The organizations and officers/representatives who attended the meeting were: Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) - Eric Schmidt, president, and KyLee Schafer, secretary; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Josie Tweedy, president and Kelli Shuman, vice-president; Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) - Brandi Heid, president; Technology Club - Kes Schnabel and Martin Lemke, student representatives; Tourism Club - Anna Vandegrift, president, and Jason Fall, publicity; Student Senate Representatives - Martin Lemke, Jesse Julius and Kam Ericcson. Dr. Penny DeJong, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, and Peggy Madrid, senior secretary, also attended the meeting. Currently there are eight student organizations in the College of Business and Technology which are as follows: * The Accounting and Investment Club (AIC), which is currently in the

formation stage, sponsors guest speakers and field trips which enhance students’ professionalism in the accounting/economics/finance fields. The members strive to create a better understanding of the different occupations available in their areas of studies. Faculty advisors are Sheng Young (6426429) and Laura Prosser (923-5893). * Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) provides opportunities for students to participate in a broad range of projects and ventures both on and off campus. The group initiates business ventures, organizes community service projects, attends state and national leadership conferences, and participates in fundraisers and competitions. The faculty advisors are Pat Mackin (6426869) and Liz Diers (642-6002). * The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has a chapter at BHSU which is one of over 340 student chapters located at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. As local and national members, students learn about the “real world” of human resource management through award-winning publications and educational opportunities. Students build their knowledge of the human relations field, develop valuable leadership and organizational skills, and form contacts today that can help find jobs tomorrow. The faculty advisor is Carrie LeBrun (642-6876). * Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) teaches the free enterprise system to others on campus and throughout the Black Hills. The group creates opportunities to learn how to use the free enterprise system. The faculty advisor is Priscilla Romkema (642-6091). * The Technology Club (TC) provides fellowship as well as social and service activities for technology majors, minors and other interested students. Their faculty advisor is Monty Robinson (642-6223). * The Travel and Tourism Club (TTC) gathers students who are interested in pursuing a career in the travel and tourism industry and enhances their education through practical experience. The faculty advisor is Sriporn Sujithamrak (642-6702). All BHSU students, regardless of major, are invited to join any of these student organizations. If interested in joining, contact a club advisor or any of the student leaders.

Doghouse Sports Bar offers variety Dart league planned for near future as part of new bar Sara Goeden Staff Writer

After opening its doors last summer, The Doghouse Sports Bar and Casino has something to suit everyone’s needs. From food, drinks, and sports to gambling, playing darts, and winning cool prizes, the Doghouse is the latest hangout that offers a fun and fulfilling environment for all. It is located across from the Super 8 Motel in Spearfish, and provides a unique getaway for sports enthusiasts over 21 years of age. Some of the key attractions include: • 11 television sets including a large flatscreen tv accompanied by ten other televisions located at various places in the bar to be seen from all angles, each displaying different channels. • ESPN game plan, with all NFL and college football games offered, along with the upcoming college basketball and NBA games. • Menu items, including pizzas of all kinds, nachos, mozzarella sticks, and other items. • Separate gambling room for customer privacy and enjoyment. • Happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. • Competetive dart leagues scheduled for the near future.

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Theisz publishes poem in national poetry anthology Dr. R.D. Theisz, professor and chair of the humanities department at Black Hills State University, recently published his poem “Grandma Kate Blue Thunder” in the 2004 national poetry anthology In Other Words: An American Anthology of Poetry. The poem, in which Theisz draws on his longterm friendship with Kate Blue Thunder from the Rosebud Reservation to explore the vitality of a Native American elder, was chosen for publication from more than 7,000 submissions from across the United States. In Other Words, which is published every year by Western Reading Services in Denver, Colo., includes poetry from writers in writing clubs, creative writing seminars, and colleges and universities throughout the United States. The poems feature a wide variety of themes, subjects, and styles. Since Ronnie Theisz 1993, Western Reading Services has published over 40 anthologies containing poems from more than 6,000 writers. Theisz has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1977.

KBHU celebrates 30 years on-air Cody Halliwell Staff Writer

KBHU FM, the student-run radio station at Black Hills State University, celebrates its thirtieth year on the air. To commemorate this event, the radio station will hold a 30-year anniversary musical festival in the Spearfish City Park bandshell on Saturday, April 16 from two p.m. until ten p.m. Live entertainment will be offered from local bands and the station is currently trying to sign a headliner band. KBHU is also hosting a banquet for the disc-jockeys of the previous 30 years of KBHU's history. For more information, contact the radio sta-

tion by phone at 642-6265 or by e-mail at Recent Winners KBHU and Croc’s Up & Over would like to congratulate Matt Kreutz, the winner of the Lamar snowboard, boots and bindings. Matt’s name was drawn during the live broadcast from Croc’s Up & Over December 3. New Contest Listeners can currently qualify for an I-Pod Mini, which will be given away December 12, between 9 and 11pm on the Creepy Sleepy Show. The I-Pod Mini is valued at $250 and the contest is sponsored by Computer Village of Rapid City, The Creepy Sleepy Show and KBHU FM.


Disney internship offers valuable lessons Karri Dieken knows that an internship with a Fortune 100 company is providing her with valuable skills in a variety of fields that will be applicable to nearly any career direction. She landed an advanced internship with Walt Disney World, and will stay on to train future interns. According to Dieken, the Disney advanced internship program is generally reserved for students who have already completed an internship with the company, but Dieken was chosen for the advanced program after several interviews. She is just completing her first internship and has been selected by Disney as one of very few who will be a part of a new program to train new interns. Dieken joined the Disney program at an excellent time because she was in on the planning and development of a new program known as "Photopass." Dieken and other interns, in a first for the company, went out into the park to photograph guests at key locations and then make those photographs available for online viewing, as Disney instituted a new digital guest photography program. She explained that guests are given a "photo pass card" when they are first photographed as they enter the park. The guest then takes that card with them throughout the day and whenever they are photographed the photos are keyed to the card. The photos are then made available for the guest to view within 90 minutes. Dieken said that Disney is considering expanding the program to additional parks and resorts. As one of the first photographers involved in the project, Dieken was instrumental in setting up "establishing shots" at several key locations in the park that will be used for future photographs. She has now been asked to extend her

internship through a special projects program and will be training additional student interns. Dieken, an education student with a minor in photography, is originally from the Rapid City area. She decided to transfer to BHSU after hearing "rave reviews" about the photography program at BHSU and especially about the dedication and mentorship of Steve Babbitt, photography professor. Dieken first learned of the Disney intern program when Babbitt displayed a poster from the company on his bulletin board. After Dieken expressed an interest, Babbitt encouraged her to attend a presentation by a Disney representative and apply for the program. After several interviews, Dieken was selected and she was surprised to learn that she was placed in the advanced internship program which is usually reserved for students who have already completed an internship with the Disney company. When she was offered the internship Babbitt encouraged her to take the opportunity, and notedthat Dieken’s acceptance and subsequent success in the Disney program is an outstanding example for other BHSU students. Dieken says that practically all of her higher education classes have contributed to her success in the attaining and excelling in the Disney program. She says her photography classes, computer classes and education courses were especially helpful. "I’m not sure if I’ll go back to Florida to teach, come back home and teach, or work in photography," Dieken said. "I’m also considering earning a master’s degree in art." Whatever she decides to do, it’s certain that her time as a Disney intern will be beneficial to her career.


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Inspiration... continued from page 1 remaining time to tour the city and take in additional cultural events and activities. The students mentioned several favorites in New York including eating at John’s Pizzeria, a local eatery which is a regular for Carnegie performers; seeing Broadway shows; being on Wall Street; visiting Central Park; touring Ground Zero; visiting the United Nations building; going to jazz clubs; and attending opening night at the Nutcracker Ballet, but all agreed that performing on the stage at Carnegie Hall was the highlight. The choir started preparing for this performance when school started this fall and will also present it as part of the annual Christmas concert this weekend. "Fresh back from Carnegie Hall, the BHSU choir’s part in the Christmas program will be the selection performed in New York City," Parker said. The Christmas concert will be presented Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. in the Belle Fourche Community Center in Belle Fourche as well as

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. The students noted that the financial aspect was the most challenging part of the experience. Since the choir was invited to Carnegie Hall after the music department was already making plans for a summer tour in Ireland, no fundraising or financial support from the university was available. Parker noted that students were responsible for the cost on their own and many students made sacrifices to make the trip a reality. Parker and another group of music students, which includes some of the same students who just returned from this trip, are currently making plans for a performance tour of Ireland this summer. The BHSU music department has tried to do European tours once every three years or so to allow all music students the opportunity to participate. There are 36 students and community members signed up for the Ireland tour.

“When you think about the fact that this is where all the greats, the phenomenal performers, have been heard, it’s pretty amazing.” ~ Steve Parker, BHSU music professor

Lend Me a Tenor photos by Christi Smith

Left: Saunders (played by Jared Hall) takes out his frustrations on the Frank the Bellhop (Casey Hibbert), who is unendingly insistent that he meets with the famous Tedo Norreli. Below: Diana (Vanessa Kitzler) uses every persusion to talk her way into spending a few precious moments with singer Tedo Norreli, to further 'broaden' her own singing career.

Correction A photograph on the front page of the November 19 issue of the Today Newspaper mistakenly identified Jack van der Geest’s wife as Elaine; she should have been identified as Anne van der Geest.

Winter...continued from page 1 for cracks. Lube it up: Top off all fluids, and also consider flushing the cooling system, and switching to a winter-grade viscosity motor oil. Blow it up: On the exterior of the vehicle, make sure that the tires are properly inflated and aligned. Under-inflated tires can reduce traction when you need it most. Another option is to purchase studded snow tires. Lights and wipes: Check that all lights are working properly, and replace windshield wipers if necessary. Unlock block: Spraying WD-40 on all door and trunk locks can prevent them from freezing. Fill ‘er up: Always try to keep your gas tank at least half full during the cold months. Not doing so can lead to moisture forming in the tank. If this is not possible, add a fuel de-icer once a month to prevent moisture from forming. A completely full tank of fuel will prevent moisture from forming. Handy dandy winter kit: Some handy items to keep inside your vehicle during winter include an ice scraper with a brush on one end, extra gloves, blankets, water, and a flashlight. Many commuters also place a bag of sand or cat litter in the trunk to be used for traction when scattered under tires. Using some or all of these tips may help keep you safe and warm this winter. It can also help you avoid winter frustration and frozen hands.

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Anderson represents BHSU at international volcanology conference in South America Story and photos courtesy of University Communications

BHSU’s professor of geology, Steve Anderson, traveled to Chile recently to present research on lava flows. Dr. Steve Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science, and Tessa Jones, a undergraduate student at Black Hills State University, recently presented at the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) meeting in Pucon, Chile. Anderson presented two papers on lava flows and coauthored two additional papers presented by other volcanologists. The first paper, “Processes occurring in active lava flow interiors: Insights from analog studies,” discussed a series of lava flow simulation experiments conducted at Arizona State University. Coauthors for this paper included BHSU undergraduates Jones, a senior environmental earth science major from Spearfish; and Richard Hudson, a junior environmental science major from Lead; Shawn McColley, who graduated from BHSU in 2003 and is now a graduate student at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and Jon Fink of Arizona State University. This work was funded by NASA and the BHSU Faculty Research Committee. “The main goal of the research is to better understand the processes occurring in lava flow interiors,” Anderson said. “I’ve been interested in this problem for years because our ability to mathematically model where and how far lava will flow is greatly hampered by insufficient knowledge of how lava moves beneath its own cooled surface crust. We found that lava travels through small, discrete pathways through a flow interior consisting of older but still fluid lava.” He noted that these experiments have provided information about the size and shape of the pathways that can be used to refine mathematical models of flow, and may someday help better predict where active lava flows will travel. The second paper, “Determining the fractal dimensions of evolved lava flows

using field and remotely-sensed data,” investigated the use of satellite data to determine the chemistry of lava flows. Other authors on this paper include BHSU undergraduates Hudson, Jones, and Ashley Marske, a sociology major from Rapid City. The work was funded by a grant from the BHSU Faculty Research Committee. According to Anderson, researchers calculated the fractal dimension of flow margins of lavas with different chemical compositions using satellite images and high-resolution Global Positioning Systems (GPS). “The fractal dimension is a measure of the sinuosity of the edge of a lava flow, and we’ve found that the fractal dimension may be related to the chemistry of the flow. This paper presented some preliminary work on the fractal dimensions of “evolved” lava flows, such as those forming at BHSU’s Dr. Steve Anderson presented at an international volcanology meeting in Mount St. Helens and other subduc- Pucon, Chile. He has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991. tion zone volcanoes. These compositions have not been positively identified on other planets, and our work is development,” looked at how flow direc- measurements of active lava flows in attempting to determine if the fractal tions were affected by complex underlying Hawaii. The paper, entitled “Thermal and dimensions of these lavas are sufficiently topography. This work was funded by topographic characterization of active different from “primary” flows such as NASA and the BHSU Faculty Research basaltic pahoehoe flow emplacement,” discussed the growth of lava flows in Hawaii. those found in Hawaii and positively iden- Committee. “We used high-precision GPS to mea“Polyethylene glycol wax was tified on Mars and Venus.” Anderson added that if significant dif- pumped into a flat tank lined with inverted sure the pre-flow topography, then re-meaferences are detected in the fractal dimen- watch glasses to simulate undulating sured the same area repeatedly as new lava sions of the margins of evolved and prima- topography,” Anderson explained. “Our flowed across it. We were able to precisely ry lava flows, researchers may be able to work showed that flows were greatly influ- measure how the flow grew and thickened, use this information as a tool to determine enced by the first topographic barrier and were able to look for relationships between the pre-flow topography and the the composition of planetary flows. encountered. Cooling of the extrusions resulting flow dimensions,” Anderson said. Anderson also coauthored a paper pre- against these obstacles resulted in their sented by Jones on a series of experiments movement in the opposite direction due to He added that this work complements wax modeling experiments and should allow to determine how ground topography pressure gradients created in the flow inte- researchers to better understand how the affects the direction of lava flow. The rior.” flow of lava is affected by the surrounding paper, entitled “The influence of cooling Anderson was also an author on a environment. This work was funded by and pre-eruption topography on lava flow paper presented by Dr. Jeff Byrnes of the NASA. surface morphology and interior pathway University of Pittsburgh which dealt with

Adventure Center Gets Facelift

Emily Varland Staff Writer

Located in the basement of Black Hills State University’s Student Union, the Adventure Center has undergone a complete overhaul. At the beginning of November, the Adventure Center’s old arcade machines were replaced with top-ofthe line new ones, as well as the addition of a jukebox, and the implementation of free hot chocolate and popcorn while you play. This much-needed change was brought about by Mike Smith, the Adventure Center’s coordinator.

The staff was also involved in selecting the music selections that would play from the jukebox. Not only do the games cost no more than 50 cents to play, but they are challenging and fun as well. “I think people are really enjoying the new games and the free hot chocolate and popcorn,” says Emily Bertram, an employee of the Adventure Center. The Adventure Center is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m., and everyone is invited to stop down, warm up, and have fun.

NOW hosting clothing-drive for area shelters Clothing, toiletries, household items needed Courtesy of University Comunications

The BHSU Spearfish chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is conducting a clothing-drive for the Northern Hills Crisis Outreach Shelter in Lead/Deadwood and the Crisis Intervention Shelter in Sturgis. Any and all clothing in good wearable condition is being accepted at the BHSU Student Union Marketplace, and the items will be evenly divided and delivered to both shelters. The drive started as a part of “Make a Difference Day,” and will continue throughout the 2004-05 school year. Some of the items needed are men’s women’s and children’s clothing such as under-garments, socks, shoes, coats, gloves, pants, shirts and personal hygiene items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and soap. Also needed are items for families to set up a new place to live, such as mops, buckets, brooms, any kind of cleaning items, laundry detergent, sheets, and towels. For additional information please contact Mary Foster at 642-7281.

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General Activity Funds Distributed Attention all student organizations:

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Tessa Jones, a senior environmental earth science major at Black Hills State University, recently had the opportunity to present research findings at an international meeting in Pucon, Chile. While there, Jones also climbed to the active summit of a volcano where she observed an active lava lake. and then climbed to the summit of an active volcano to observe. Jones was the only undergraduate student invited to present at an international volcanology meeting. Dr. Steven Anderson, BHSU professor of geology and planetary science, also attended and presented. The meeting was held in mid-November in Pucon which sits at the foot of the active Villarica volcano. Anderson noted that it’s very unusual for undergraduate students to be doing this type of research and especially to be invited to present at an international meeting. The meeting was attended by nearly 800 professional volcanologists from nearly 50 countries. Jones said she was a little nervous but confident in

her ability to address the group of volcanologist from around the world. She presented a research paper entitled, “The influence of cooling and pre-eruption topography on lava flow surface morphology and interior pathway development.” The work focused on simulated lava flow experiments produced with wax in a lab at Arizona State University. Coauthors for this work include her professor, Anderson, and student undergraduate Richard Hudson of Black Hills State University, as well as Jon Fink, a student at Arizona State University. “It went very well,” Jones said. “Presenting gave me insight about what’s in the future for me, and I had the opportunity to learn more about graduate school and what will be expected of me.” Jones, who came to BHSU with plans to earn a biology degree, is now looking forward to a career in volcanology and would like to continue her research and eventually teach in the field. After graduating from BHSU in May, Jones plans to attend graduate school

and feels that her educational experience at BHSU has certainly prepared her for the next step. “Here at Black Hills State, I was only limited by what I wanted to do. If I had the devotion and desire to do it, I could get funding (for research),” Jones said. She noted, and Anderson concurred, that hands-on research at this level is unusual for undergraduate students and is an integral part of her education. “In bigger schools it is much more difficult to get actual research experience,” Jones said. “The professors at BHSU are eager to do research with students and never hesitate to help in any way.” While in Chile, Jones joined a group of scientists who climbed to the active summit of Villarica volcano to observe an active lava lake. Jones said that was an amazing experience that fueled her desire to learn more about volcanoes. A brief video of their volcano observation experience is available at media/ then choose video clips.

Tessa Jones, a senior environmental earth science major at Black Hills State University, joined a group of scientists to climb to the summit of Villarica volcano to observe an active volcano. Jones was in Chile to present research findings at an international meeting of volcanologists. Jones was the only undergraduate student to present at the conference.

Whereas, the administration has implemented the new purchasing procedure; and Whereas, the student senate has exhausted all lines of communication to resolve the budget crisis; therefore Be it resolved, the student senate is complying with the new purchase order procedure. Attached are the monies that each student organization has received from the Student Senate. The following people have signature authorities on al purchase orders: John Fitzgerald, Andrew Coppersmith, Chelsea Anderson, Ian Laber, Aftann Hellbaum, Jesse Julius, and Chase Adams. Organization AAMR Vista Student Support Services Fantastic Phalanges Phi Beta Lambda History Association English Club Pangburn Hall Lakota Omniciye Concert Choir Soc. Human Resources Student Ambasadors AISES BHAEYC Free Speech Travel and Tourism NOW Sig Tau Non-Traditional Lorax Digital Shakespeare Chi Theta Xi Bones Anime Psychology Club Theater Club Rodeo Club Props and Liners Campus Ventures Shutter Buzz Habitat for Humanity College Democrats RHA Scientia United Ministries Snowriders N.S.T.A. Reading Council Honors Program OASIS Fly Casters Magic: The Gathering Totals

Amount Requested $2000 221 300 300 1000 700 1500 150 850 5000 810 600 400 200 500 700 800 1500 450 1100 450 800 580 2300 1200 1000 2900 2638 750 500 600 1100 500 1000 1000 930 1000 1000 0 0 0 $39,329

Award Amount $1300 225 200 350 500 500 1500 50 850 1000 50 150 250 200 50 400 50 800 200 500 200 800 550.76 900 350 787 350 200 576 500 50 800 500 200 500 930 1300 100 50 50 50 $18,868.76



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N e w Ye a r ’s F u n , N e a r a n d N e a r e r Spearfish Good Food and Fun The Stadium Sports Grill will serve Prime Rib and have bluegrass music until 1 a.m.

Great Music The B and B Bar will host Bonefish for a New Year’s Eve Bash.

Two Step Party Two Steps West is planning a New Year’s Eve party with pre-New Year hors deuvres, music by the Wilt Brothers, and snacks after midnight.

Deadwood Free New Year’s Weekend Bash The Historic Franklin Hotel on Main Street will have a countdown shortly before midnight. The Four Aces is hosting Dr. K and the Shantays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with complimentary champagne served at midnight.

New Year’s Day Party The Tin Lizzie will have a Sunday dance featuring music from Dianne Kennedy and The Easy Sounds beginning at 2 p.m.

Belle Fourche Firewater music The Cowboy Back bar will give out party favors, including party hats and blowers and have music by Firewater.

End of Year Tradition The Circle Lounge will have their traditional New Year’s Eve party with dancing and drinks, and music by the Plywood Cowboys.

Sioux Falls


A non-alcoholic celebration in downtown Sioux Falls starts with creation stations at 2 p.m. where participants can make glittering masks, crazy hats, help create a mural, or attend puppet shows. The Grand Parade and Opening Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Harvester building. Several downtown venues will be filled with music, art, movie making, dance, a children’s festival, and an early countdown from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Grande Finale, including a countdown to midnight and fireworks show will begin at 11:45 p.m. in Falls Park.

Party at the O The Oasis Bar and Fireside will have party favors, hors deuvres, and music by Bill Hennessey and Iron Horse.

Rapid City

First Night Celebration

New Year’s Concert The Black Hills Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s concert will start at 8 p.m., featuring “A Viennese Tradition. Jack Knowles, the orchestra’s conductor, will lead the new year’s celebration with waltzes, polkas and light music. Tenor James Feiszli will be the guest soloist.

Storybook Christmas Storybook Island will continue its Storybook Christmas every evening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 31. Stroll through the park ad enjoy magical fairytale sets decorated with several miles of Christmas lights, Santa Claus, Holiday music, hot chocolate, and cookies. $1 cash donations help with park upkeep.

Storybook Christmas The Ballroom in the Hotel Alex Johnson will be the location for two timeslots of comedian and hypnotist Steve Meade. Prices for the 7:30 p.m. show are $10, and the 10 p.m. show is $15. The hotel is also offering a package available, including a standard room for two people, two meals, and two tickets to the comedy show for $109 for the early show or $119 for the late show.

Fort Collins, Colo. First Night Celebration Fort Collins begins its first night celebration at 5 p.m. with a kid’s countdown at the Fort Collins Museum. There will be a variety of entertainment in the downtown, courthouse, and Library Park areas, as well as at Linclon Center until 10:15 p.m. The celebration culminates with a fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. in the Old Town Square.

Denver, Colo. Fireworks Extravaganza The Downtown Denver Partnership will host a fireworks show on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver from 9 p.m. to midnight.

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Smoking Policy – We need our shelters! Dear Editor: I would like to voice my opinion on the article concerning the smoking policy. I am a smoker and I too, am choked by the smoke coming out of the Jonas Academic and Jonas Science buildings into what some of us call "the forum smoking area." I agree that all smokers must move to the designated area. But look where the [smoking area] sign is and the size of that sign! It is way above everyone's head, where nobody looks. Add that to the fact that the area is not big enough to have about 20 people crammed into that area. Also, those $1500 umbrellas are a joke! When they put them up last year, we noticed how the rain comes through the slits--and the snow! Facilities only once cleared the snow on the walkway to the back of the alcove. Yes, we smokers will suffer much to worship our cancer stick -- however, when the college says they are going to provide a shelter, they should have provided a shelter--not an umbrella. My dictionary defines a shelter as a place

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affording protection, as from the elements. We smokers have discussed this issue at length and agree that a partialwall where the overhead ends and a partial roof would be sufficient, doors are not even required. We do not need anything fancy. If the South Dakota Board of Regents should decide to move us off campus, a longer break between classes will be required - some people are just outright addicted and cannot go for very long - nicotine is a drug and it has some of us by the short hairs. Give us a break. Smokers with a problem moving to where others are following the rules should be fined. If you dozen or so smokers cannot comply, and subsequently ruin it for the rest of us, our wrath will be upon you and we do know what you look like. There are those of us who respect the rights of non-smokers to avoid a cloud of nasty smoke. Don’t punish those who do comply. Fine those who do not have respect for their fellow and sister students and professors. Rose Coles

Dear Editor: In regard to a smoke-free campus controversy: The Faculty Senate should be concerned about the real polluters on campus – those students, staff, and faculty who insist upon wearing strong, toxic perfumes, body lotions, oils, and after-shaves. These deadly chemicals are polluting our hallways and classrooms with a sickening stench that makes many students sick. Remember, many people are allergic to most of these “humanimal” chemicals. I’m worried about three or four people setting under a canopy in the rain getting their tobacco fix. But I am alarmed by the poison in the air “inside” our buildings and classrooms. It’s hurting everyone. Fragrance-free classrooms NOW. Thanks, Professor David Diamond Communications Department

Response to GAF Articles & Comic Strip Dear Editor: In your November 19 issue of the Today newspaper, you printed a comic strip that was not signed by a specific person. After I did some asking around I found out that the assistant editor, Nick Vorlage, wrote the comic. I know that many students, faculty, and staff do not read the sub-par comics that the paper is known for, so if anyone wants to see the comic, it is hanging in the Student Senate office. The comic insinuates that the Student Senate is acting like children. I tend to disagree. There have been two articles about the Student Organization money, Nick Vorlage wrote both of these articles. Neither of these articles had any research put into them and one even misquoted the Student Senate Advisor Jane Klug. There has also been various letters to the editor. Kathy Johnson wrote one of these letters. I find it funny that the Vice President of Finance is able to make claims in her letter to the editor, where she is not held accountable for her claims, but repeatedly refuses to step in front of the student body and speak. The second letter that I took issue with was written by three senators. Even though these senators didnít bring their issues up at an open forum (which the Student Senate held four of), or to the Senate’s Monday meetings, at least these students are senators. Mr. Vorlage, however, is not a senator, and is one of the

“uninformed” students that the comic strip speaks of. He has written two articles and a mediocre, at best, comic strip. He feels it necessary to be the one to inform the Black Hills State community about the Student Organization Fund. He has never spoken with me, chair of the budget committee, John Fitzgerald, President of the Student Senate, or, according to her letter, Kathy Johnson. his is my third We have open Student year on Student Senate meetings every Monday night in the Senate and I have Market Place and I have never seen a more never seen him, or anyone mature, hard working, from the Today newspaper group of students.” at the meetings, so I ask ~Andrew Coppersmith Mr. Vorlage, who is the uninformed one? This is my third year on Student Senate and I have never seen a more mature, hard working, group of students. In the last two years no group of students have been more consistent in fulfilling their constitutional duties. In the previous two years no one has ever met with the deans of their colleges. This year everyone has. In the previous two years the RHA senators have never reported actual issues to the senate. This year the two RHA senators, along with Jesse Julius, have done


just that. The technology committee has been involved in all sorts of little projects. Much of this credit goes to Martin Lemke. He has opened communications with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is real close to implementing online polling. Communication with Faculty Senate, 24-hour computer lab, on-line book exchange, the list goes on with the issues the Student Senate have been addressing. If Mr. Vorlage wishes to attack and make fun of the Executive Board, go ahead, that is part of having the position, but if he decides to attack the senate as a whole I recommend he do a little more research. The Student Senate recently had a resignation by Jacob Bobby, Arts and Sciences chair. I ask Mr. Vorlage to step up, fill out a petition, and come on the Student Senate and teach us how to mature. I will end on this note. The Student Senate has decided to allocate the Student Organization Funding under the new procedure handed down by the Business Office. I would like to thank all the organizations for being so patient and understanding. Your maturity did not go by unnoticed or unappreciated. This letter is my own personal views and in no way represents the views of the Executive board or the Student Senate as a whole. Andrew Coppersmith Student Senate Vice President

Response to Andrew Coppersmith To Andrew Coppersmith: I would like to respond to Andrew Coppersmithís letter to the editor by thanking him for the special interest he has taken in my comic strip as of late. I also would like to thank him being the first person to write in about the “subpar” strip that I have been writing for the last four years, which has poked issues like religion, the war on Iraq, the cost of tuition, and sexism. I apologize for the fact that he was not able to easily find my name. Truth be told, I have been using the penname “Egalrov2” (which, incidentally, is my last name spelled backwards) since I started the comic strip back in 2001. Also, many articles in previous issues of the newspaper have accompanying illustrations in the same style as the comic strip with my actual name given credit, but I suppose you did not have access to these. After reading your letter however, I must say I am a bit confused. First of all, I am not exactly sure how it can be conveyed that a comic strip dealing with the Student Senate’s childish handling of the General Activity Fund procedural changes, (only one of their many projects) can mean that everyone in the Student Senate and everything the Student Senate is involved in is childish. That would be absurd. I personally applaud all the hard work many of the students in the Senate-- a good handful I personally call my friends-- in their efforts to make BHSU a university I could be proud to say I am graduating from. However, I am dismayed that such a great group of talented students can be lessened by allowing a few of their members, whom I am sure were fueled with only good intentions, to allow a “call to action” to discuss and plan what could be done about the new procedural policies for the students, and then when those plans fell through, the same few members decided that an unbinding vote of a mere fraction of the student body was sufficient proof enough to sit on the funding and withhold it from the other few thousand students.

At least, that was until recently. I am pleased that budget allocations have finally been settled, and further certain that all the clubs and organizations that had to wait for their funding and were forced to cancel planned events, can finally breathe a sigh of relief and hopefully make the best of the spring semester. I would also like to address Andrew’s accusations that my articles written about the GAF meetings were essentially moot because A) I am not a senator; and B) I did not research my articles to the fullest extent. To the latter, he is most decidedly right. When I was asked to write the articles, I did not feel it necessary, nor have I ever, to make them into an in-depth article about the Student Senate. In truth, they were written merely as summations of the GAF meetings, nothing would like for more, and nothing less. Digressing for a moment, I Andrew to know would also like to apologize that... my comic to Jane Klug, whom I did strip... [not] be considnot realize I misquoted. As ered an “attack”... but a person I consider a dear a criticism.” friend, I can only extend my ~Nicholas Vorlage deepest sympathies for my mistake. In hindsight, if I had known how large this subject was to become, and that we would still be discussing it into the twilight of the Fall 2004 semester, I am certain I would have made them into a full-blown articles. In the future however, if there such articles cause distress, I encourage comments and on them when they are still relevant and not a month after the fact, especially if it is after reading a “sub-par” comic strip. To the former: no I am not a senator, nor have I ever tried to pass off as one. Indeed, I am one of those uninformed students looking towards the Senate for guidance on the matter of the GAF. Alas, I’m have only been finding confusion and a growing frustration which constantly


tries to tell students they are trying to be the their voice while at the same time hindering their organizations attempts to support the community and making BHSU a much more lively place to be. I would like for Andrew to know that neither my comic strip, or this response to his letter be considered an “attack” upon him or the Student Senate, but a criticism on the handling the GAF issue and the fallout that has ensued. I truly do respect the importance he has put into his work and everything the Senate has been trying to accomplish, but the fact remains that I know many students have been at arms about not having the GAF in due time. Personally, I too wish things could remain the same as they have been in the past three years and I too wish there was not the miscommunication between the Senate and the Administration as I’ve come to understand, but that is neither here or there. It is now the final few days of the Fall 2004 semester and we’re all tired of this debate. I’ve been attending BHSU for four years now, and I can say without a doubt this college is heading to bigger and better things. However, in a changing and growing community, there is bound to be changes in procedures as well. Trying to barricade these procedures from occurring only regresses how far the community can go. Sometimes the procedures work, sometimes they do not-but no one will not know until they’re tested. Again, I am glad to see the Senate has finally decided to approve the GAF procedural changes, and while I do not know how well the new procedure will work, I, and I can safely say many other students are ready to try to make this a year to remember. Thank you for your time and attention. Nicholas Vorlage (aka Egarlov 2) Assistant Editor of the Today Newspaper Creator of SU

December 10, 2004




Procrastinators Beware: D-day Has Arrived Janette Hettick Staff Writer

As finals week looms, many college students find themselves dreading the same end-of-semester phenomenon: Dday. No, I’m not talking about the day American troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. During these final fleeting weeks of the semester, D-day takes on a whole new meaning for college students: finish your huge project/paper or study ceaselessly for the big test, or receive a “D” (or worse) in your class. I have perceived a D-day in nearly every class I have ever taken; it is usually placed strategically the week before or during finals week. These weeks are particularly horrific for procrastinators like myself, who have worked hard all semester to avoid doing these end-of-the-year projects because, frankly, it wasn’t the end of the year. But now it is and, with careful observation, these students can be easily spotted everywhere. They run rampant through the library, snatching up laptops like they’re million-dollar lottery tickets. These students, who once thought of the library as a friendly place of socialization, are now trapped there, hunched over mounds of books. Pages of Internet research litter the tables and floor surrounding their chairs as they stare intensely into computer screens, tapping out last-minute brilliance in machine-gun manner.

By D-day, these students look like they’ve just been released from a concentration camp. They come to class wearing sweats and glasses; their faces are haggard and worn. Dark circles surround their eyes, which stare blankly into space, tell-tale signs of sleepless nights. To communicate with these students, it is best to speak slowly and use small words; otherwise you may have to repeat yourself. They are generally harmless as long as you do not attempt to take away their triple espressos. Why, you may ask, would any human being put him or herself through this type of torture? What drives a student to this madness? Actually, it’s quite simple. At the beginning of a new semester, the procrastinator basks in the joy of a fresh start and swears that this time he or she will not avoid D-day projects. Procrastinators might divide the semester into four phases. Phase one: “I have a big paper due four months from now” (informational). The process begins when the procrastinator is informed of the big assignment. At the beginning of the semester, the student is just beginning to grasp the content of the class and each professor’s expectations. He or she has been made aware of D-day, but it is the dark place in a distant future. The end of the semester is a long way off, and these big projects are soon set on the back burner until phase two comes into effect.

Phase two: “What paper?” (forgetting). By this phase, the student is getting into the flow of things, and is busy keeping up only with the daily tasks. He or she has shoved the project to the very back of his or her mind, where it will receive no attention whatsoever, and might even be forgotten depending on how frequently the student ventures to the bar. Phase three: “Oh yeah, that paper” (avoidance). By the third stage, professors may warn the procrastinator in class that the end is nearing. The project develops a voice of its own, growing to an annoying buzz in the back of a student’s head: “I’m still here!” At this point, a veteran procrastinator will find a wealth of things to do, and will actually prioritize homework not according to what should be done, but what he or she enjoys more. For example, I would rather do my photography homework due in two weeks than type an English paper that is due in two days. Phase four: “Crap, I’m dead” (panic). The end of the year is very, very sneaky. It cleverly disguises itself behind Thanksgiving, a seemingly harmless holiday, during which the procrastinator plans to do a majority of his or her remaining work. But after consuming too much of Grandma’s turkey and pie, the student soon forgets just how much work is left to be done, and takes a nap. When school resumes on Monday, the procrastinator realizes just how far up the creek he or she

has traveled, and with no paddle in hand, he or she panics. Just how do I know all of this? As a BHSU senior, I have survived six successful semesters’ D-days. I am confident in saying that I have perfected the science of procrastination, so much so that for me, it has become an art. I have found boundless amounts of utterly useless things to do instead of my homework. Some of my favorites include strolling the aisles of Wal-Mart at 1 a.m. with no intention to buy anything, checking out while “researching a paper,” driving around (an old habit I picked up after living in a small town), and talking to anyone (even Mom and Dad) on the phone. I rarely sleep more than four week nights during any regular school week, but I have been known to sleep for sixteen hours at a time after my D-days are through. This semester, I hope to total fourteen hours of sleep during my D-day week, and at least twenty pots of coffee. What is wrong with us, procrastinators? Why don’t we save ourselves the stress and spare our sanity by doing these projects weeks (or even days) prior to the last possible nanosecond? Good question. It is a perpetual habit imbedded in my routine many moons ago. But procrastination is not necessarily always a bad thing. From it, procrastinators develop one particularly beneficial characteristic, which they will be able to utilize time after time for the rest of their lives: grace under pressure.

Holiday Thanks & Memories Lindsay Harris Staff Writer

Christmas is approaching, and I have been having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. I know that this is attributed to getting myself through this hellish semester of school. I do still find myself thinking of all of the things that I am thankful for around the holiday times, and I can see in my mind what my house will look like after I finally get a tree and put out all of my decorations. For the last three years, my fiancé, Kevin, and I have managed to squeeze a tree, that is the exact opposite of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, into our tiny trailer house. We never minded that it had to be tied to the ceiling to get it to stand up in the too-small tree stand, or the fact that the star had to go somewhere near the top of the tree, since the point was squished into the ceiling. I am sure that this year will be no different, as it has become apparent that neither of us are good judges for tree size by sight alone. This has become a time that I look forward to and am very grateful for. It is a night where I can get Kevin somewhat away from the television while we decorate the tree and the house. After we are finished, we dig up our childhood roots and spend that night in front of the tree. Wrapping Christmas presents is one of my favorite things to do, but I am really really bad at it. I would be better off letting one of my nieces or nephews do it for me, it would probably look nicer. Still, even a badly wrapped present is beautiful, underneath a Christmas tree. Once Christmas Eve arrives, it is back to the house I grew up in, where my dad eagerly awaits my arrival. He is the biggest kid of all at Christmas time. He loves to decorate trees (after putting up the lights) and he still puts out our presents, like he did when Santa would come. My sisters and I can still feel that giddy leap in the pit of our stomachs when we creep out to see what we got in the morning. Christmas with my fiancés family is just as good, and they have always welcomed me with open arms. I am so grateful for them and all that they do for me. I have also acquired several nieces and nephews in this family and nothing is better than a kid on Christmas. They are in a constant euphoria and nothing can bring them down. It’s the only time of year that a kid will willingly go to bed. Watching people open presents has always been a favorite pastime of mine. People’s eyes just light up when they open the perfect gift that they didn't even know they wanted; or the twinkle in their eyes as they tear the paper off the biggest box. I am fortunate to have two wonderful families to get to do this with, and I can’t really ask for much more.


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Soon on DVD and VHS, Open Water Jenni Denevan Staff Writer

The idea of accidentally being left alone in the middle of the ocean seems like only a nightmare for most of us. Unfortunately, this nightmare becomes reality for a vacationing couple on an island getaway in the soon-to-be-released on DVD, “Open Water.” Living a hectic life, the couple desperately needs a vacation, but everything goes awry while open-water scuba diving. After frolicking with all the underwater sea creatures, their fun abruptly ends when they surface to find that their guide boat has left them alone. “Open Water,” written and directed by Chris Kentis, is loosely based on events surrounding the disappearance of an American couple who was left behind during a dive off of the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland,

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Australia in 1998. While nobody will ever know what happened to the American couple, “Open Water” takes a stab at one possible scenario. “Open Water,” which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was filmed entirely on digital video, and is obviously a low budget film. The audio is horrible in parts, and while the poor quality is distracting at first, it becomes less noticeable as the movie progresses. Although “Open Water” has been compared to “Jaws,” the sharks in this film were not one of the main elements, and this film lacks the suspense of the 1970’s thriller. “Open Water” will be released on dvd and video Dec. 28, but it may be a good idea to spend the $3 rental price on “Jaws” instead.

BHSU Presents

Visual Bytes A Collection of Works by Student Photographers Mitch Carlisle Staff Writer

Black Hills State University photography students will be displaying recent work in the Ruddell Gallery in the Student Union from Friday, Dec. 10 through Friday, Jan. 14. Each of the 17 students from the Contemporary Issues in Photography course chose a specific personal them or project to work on over the course of three months. The images included in this exhibit i o n are the culmination his exhibition is a n d the culmination of a p r e semester’s work from some of our most talented s e n t a tion of photography students.” these p r o ~Steve Babbitt j e c t s . T h e subject matter is wide-ranging and diverse, and there are a variety of photographic mediums presented. Steve Babbitt, professor of mass


communications at BHSU, says, “This exhibition is the culmination of a semester’s work from some of our most talented photography students.” Students participating in the exhibition are: •Elizabeth •Erin Zieske Levell •Kristine •Mitch Carlisle Vollmer •Jaimie Braun •Elizabeth •Shawna Verhey Norman •Christie Smith •Gina Soriano •Casey Van •Cara Sickle Stahlecker •Kimberly •Jesse Nelson Davis •Erik Olsby •Charles •Seth Lehmann Gudmunson •Cassie Knutson The Ruddell Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public is invited to attend a closing reception for the artists on Thursday, Jan. 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Local film project to finish in early 2005

December 10, 2004

Arrow-Touch Productions is considering an e a r ly 2005 pre miere date for their latest film, “10:15 Salem Park.”

Emily Varland Staff Writer

Produced by Gus Karinen, the film stars Emily Varland as Shelly, Jonas Lynch as Dylan, Justin Koehler as Brad, Martie Combs as Gretchen, Madison Yenglin as Marie, and Marcus Volimas as Frank. This film, shot primarily in the Black Hills, is about a young woman, Shelly Braxton, and her life-altering secret. Shelly meets Dylan and begins a forbidden affair with him, and so begins the twist-

THE POLAR EXPRESS Take a Ride This H o li d a y S e as on



ing and turning of events in the sto- making company, and “10:15 Salem ryline. Throughout the film, each Park” will be their first full-length character develops a connection release. romantic thriller This with Shelly, involves many BHSU students, and in turn as well as many resident from discovers his romantic the surrounding communities. each they The movie displays a true have secterts thriller involves many showcase of the area’s finest of their own. BHSU students.” ~Emily Varland talent, and therefore the creo r F ators of the film hope to eventualmost three ally send it to film festivals this years, has project around the nation. been underway, and will soon be For more information about the available for viewing. Arrow-Touch film can be found at Productions is an independent film


Cody Oliver Staff Writer

Every holiday season a movie comes out that regenerates our holiday spirit. This year’s hit did not disappoint! Using state-ofthe-art performance-capture technology, the children’s animated film, “The Polar Express” seems almost real-life. Academy Award-winning Director Robert Zemeckis (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”) brings this 1985 children’s book to life on the big screen. Tom Hanks plays five different characters, ranging from the little boy to Santa Claus. With an estimated $165 million put into the film, the innovative technology disguised Hanks in all these roles. You will be amazed at how the conductor of the train looks exactly like Hanks, plus a conductor’s hat and mustache. “The Polar Express” begins with a little boy being awoken on Christmas Eve by a

steam engine rolling by his house. As the train approaches, goose bumps seem to come over your body. The boy makes a wise decision and boards the train along with other curious kids on their way to the North Pole. Once they reach their destination, it turns into a party as Santa gets geared up to headout. The little boy discovers his Christmas with the ringing of sleigh bells, and they all learn valuable lessons from Santa. One of the movie’s downfalls is that none of the characters have names; you just have to call them the conductor, or little boy, etc. Also, the movie does not follow the 29page book well; it includes the beginning and end, but the director throws in the thrill in between. Overall the Polar Express (rated G) is a must-see this holiday season. The technology is extraordinary, and the story will bring joy to your heart, no matter your age, and allow you to JUST BELIEVE!



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That’s What They Said...

“He was pretty well dressed, had a wallet full of money. All I wanted to do was beat him up and rob him...Seemed like a good idea at the time.” - Aaron McKinney, one of two men who killed Matthew Shepard in 1998, claiming on ABC News that he attacked the college student for drug money, not because Shepard was gay.

“If you drive a Volvo and you do yoga, you are pretty much a Democrat. If you drive a Lincoln or a BMW and own a gun, you’re voting George Bush.” - Ken M eh lm an , ma nager o f B u sh ’s re - ele ction campa ig n , ch a ra cteri zin g the di v id e i n t he e lec to ra te.

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“I don’t think it’s a failure; it’s a success. In this case it was just something that worked better than other alternatives.” - Donald Trump, on his casino empire’s filing for bankruptcy for a second time.

“Some of you people have been illegal for a long time.” - Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston, to a group of Native Americans in a ceremony at which he formally requested repeal of the 1675 Indian Imprisonment Act, which authorized the arrest of any Indian found within the city limits of Boston.

‘Shelter’ for Divorced Dads ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s first “shelter” for divorced dads will open in the northern city of Bolzano step up the fight for their rights in a country long dominated by the Italian “mamma.” Divorced and separated men who have been forced to give up their houses and empty their pockets for child support can apply for one of the five rooms with private bath in the communal home which could soon be copied across Italy. “We’ve been working with couples for twenty years and we realized there was a real need for the party who has left the family home and can’t afford their own house,” said Elio Cirimbelli, president of ASDI, an association that counsels couples in crisis and created the Bolzano pilot project. “And in the vast number of cases that party is the father.” The “shelter,” which has been partly funded by the provincial government, will be open to fathers who take home less than 650 euros ($867) every month after payments to their estranged families. They will pay 200 euros rent. It is just the latest initiative aimed at recognizing divorced fathers’ rights and the challenges they face in Italy. Fathers may have a unique challenge in mamma-loving Italy but they are not alone. In Great Britain, activists from a group called “Fathers 4 Justice” have staged several headline-grabbing stunts. One campaigner dressed as Santa Claus last month and chained himself to the top of a gate pillar at Buckingham Palace, the London home of Queen Elizabeth. Another activist clambered onto the building’s main balcony dressed as Batman and staged a five-hour protest. In Italy, mothers get custody of children - which automatically gives them rights over the house - in ninety percent of all divorces and separations. “When it comes to separation and custody there is always this preconception that the fathers are the villains and the mothers the heroines,” said Ernesto Emanuele, president of the group “Separated Dads.” “Separated Dads” was started 15 years ago, but its long-running drive for a joint-custody bill is only expected to make it to parliament next year. “In Europe, we’re at the bottom of the list in terms of fathers’ rights, but things are changing and people are beginning to talk about the issues,” he said. “Women’s magazines are doing the best job.”

“Have you noticed on The Swan that after all that plastic surgery, most of the women look like drag queens?” - Clinton Kelly, host of TLC’s What Not to Wear, on competing makeover show The Swan, on which contestants are not only told what to wear, but are also given a great deal of plastic surgery.

Honey, Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Hitch-Hike... HARARE (Reuters) - A group of late night Zimbabwean hitch-hikers had a shock when they were driven to a cemetery and forced to dig up a coffin at gunpoint. The three men in a truck who offered the twenty hitchhikers a lift to Chitungwiza, a township outside Harare, instead sped to a graveyard, gave them picks and shovels and forced them to open a grave, the Herald newspaper reported. The reluctant grave robbers then had to tip the human remains back into the pit and hand the empty coffin to the gangsters, who drove off into the night, leaving them stranded. Stealing coffins from graves for resale is on the increase in Zimbabwe because the AIDS pandemic has increased demand, and the economic crisis means many people cannot afford to buy them legally.

“ Yo u r C a l l I s Ve r y I m p o r t a n t t o U s ” BEIJING (Reuters) - Nine out of ten Chinese calling into a suicide-prevention hotline in the capital Beijing are getting the busy tone, a newspaper reported, adding that nationwide four people were killing themselves every minute. So far, more than 110,000 people had dialed in to the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center hotline since it was set up in Beijing last year, the China Daily said. It quoted an expert as saying poverty, unemployment, bereavement, breakdowns in relationships or legal and work-related problems were all causes. But a lack of funds meant that not everyone who needed the hotline was getting through, said Michael Phillips, executive director of the suicide prevention center. “Nine of every ten persons only hear a busy tone,” he told the newspaper. “It’s very dangerous because they may be at high risk of committing suicide.” Stress in urban China has increased with twenty years of economic reforms, increased competition, job losses, breakup of the traditional family unit in the cities and the dismantlement of cradle-to-grave welfare benefits.



BHSU Today

December 10,


Today. December 10, 2004  

Today. December 10, 2004. Student newspaper of the Black Hills State University.

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