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Supreme Court Justices visit BHSU cy Room and were directing people through metal detectors as they entered the room. During the oral arguments, attorneys pleaded their case to the justices of why their side of the argument was correct.

the outcome of their trial they can appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court. South Dakota is one of five states where people are guaranteed the right to appeal before the state Supreme Court. The South Dakota Supreme Court visited the Gilbertson was elected to be the chief jusBlack Hills State University campus for three days tice in 2001 and this is the 3rd time that this semester to give hundreds of he has visited the BHSU campus. The students the opportunity to witness S.D. Supreme Court has been traveling the court in session. From Sept. 30 to college campuses since the 1970s to through Oct. 2, the five justices of hear out court cases. Every fall semesthe S.D. Supreme Court heard three ter they travel to a different S.D. college cases daily. The presentation of the and conduct court sessions. The S.D. Sucases at BHSU was to help educate preme court visits BHSU every six years. students on how the court system Kelo Television was there to works and gives the public an opbroadcast the events and proceedings. portunity to take part in process. BHSU faculty helped with the set up. “If you’ve been in our court “I was involved in a lot of planning room in Pierre, it’s very nice, very and setup, and I was involved last time ornate, but it only holds 20 people. they were here,” said Terry Hupp, the Our arguments are open to the pubDirector of Instructional Technology serlic, and it’s pretty difficult for people vices. “We set up five mics for the five to come to Pierre and hear the argujustices and helped with camera setup.” ments, so instead we take the court Photo By Jaron Jenkins On Oct. 1, Gilbertson held a disto the people,” said Chief Justice Supreme Court Justices prepare to speak on Oct. 2 in the Jacket Legacy Room. cussion about the bill called Project RuDavid Gilbertson. “We try to pick ral Practice in the Jacket Legacy Room. cases that we think would be in“It is an attempt to show the public Approximately 50 high school students and faculty teresting to the students and that are educational.” Along with Chief Justice Gilbertson, the how we work as an appellate court,” said Gil- were in attendance to hear the discussion. Gilbertfour associate justices, Justice John Konenkamp, bertson, “because it is quite a bit different if son explained that him and others involved started Justice Steven Zinter, Justice Glen Severson, and you sat in on our arguments than a jury trial.” Project Rural Practice and are working to create The Supreme Court of South Dakota does jobs for attorneys in the rural areas of South DaJustice Lori Wilbur, were also present at the campus. Several law enforcement officers not work as a trial court but as an appeal court. If kota. After the discussion, BHSU held a banquet to were stationed outside of the Jacket Lega- a person in a specific case is not satisfied with honor the S.D. Supreme Court justices in Club Buzz. Jaron Jenkins Proofreader

Security promotes safety on campus Rachel Eiesland Staff Writer

When it comes to exercise, many people enjoy doing so outdoors because of the various health benefits. Compared to indoor, outdoor exercise promotes improvement in mood and self-esteem, with an overall positive effect on mental health. There’s a decrease in tension, confusion, anger and depression as well as lowered levels of stress. Regardless of how safe one’s community may seem, safety should be a top priority when taking exercise outdoors. 2 though not always the safest, venturing 3 side to exercise alone can be a good chance Historic 5 to be in silence, think and push one’s self. 7 It’s necessary that people tell someone 9 where and when they’re going and always bring along a cell phone, ID and some cash. Opinion/ 10 It’s important to be in a familiar area. Choose The 11 a populated area so that help will be availLocal 12 able if needed. Stick to safe forms of exercise such as walking, hiking, running or biking when alone. Save the extreme sports for when someone else can be there. Clothing that is worn and gear that is used should be familiar to prevent mishaps from occurring. It’s necessary to be able to hear everything that’s going on. For this reason, lose the headphones. An armband can be worn instead and music can be put on speakerphone. Last, but not least one should always trust their instincts. If feeling like something isn’t right, head home. Although not always possible, the best alternative to exercis-


ing outside alone is to go with a friend or to bring a dog along. People are less likely to be approached when out with either of these two. David Iverson, a retired Police Officer from Wisconsin, is one of the Senior Campus Security Officers at Black Hills State University who works in Public Safety and has 23 years of experience. Daniel Morgan, Senior Campus Security Officer, is a former Spearfish Police Officer who is pursuing a degree at BHSU. Philip Pesheck, a retired Police Officer from Minnesota is The Director of Public Safety and has 28 years of experience. This team is “not your average run of the mill security detail and brings many years of training and hands on experience,” Iverson said. Not only do they patrol the BHSU campus in a marked Public Safety squad car, they also patrol the campus on foot and wear a visible uniform. Working closely with the Spearfish Police Department, they use direct radio communication and marked SPD squads assist with calls which include violations of Board of Regents policies and ordinance and state Statute criminal investigations. “We make it a point to visit the residence halls and try to get to know as many students as possible. We are also responsible for the overall security of all the buildings on campus and routinely patrol the buildings making sure all the points of entry are secure,” Iverson said. During major sporting and special events, officers can be spotted. When events have larger than usual attendance, SPD are there to assist or when there is more likelihood of trouble, such as School of Mines games. “I would have to say one of our biggest assets is our working relationship with Resident’s Life including the Hall Directors, Night Assistants and Resident Assistants,” Iverson said. “They are often times are our eyes and ears when it comes to suspicious behavior and possible BOR policy violations.” They respond to emergencies and routine calls for service by use of a direct phone line and an after hours phone line, which are both answered promptly. Iverson said, “In Public Safety we also adhere to a very rigid communication policy with the BH administration, where we inform them of any medical emergencies and any unusual involvement on or off campus involving BH students.” This is a team of dedicated professionals, working hard to keep the BHSU community an inviting and safe place for residents and visitors alike.

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Football BHSU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo ....... 1 p.m.

Concert - Meier Hall BHSU Choir ............................ 2:30-4 p.m.

Volleyball BHSU vs. Colorado Christian .... 7:30-9 p.m.

Concert - Meier Hall BHSU Community Band ........... 7:30-9 p.m.

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Volleyball BHSU vs. Colorado Mines ...... 4-7:30 p.m.

Concert - Meier Hall Dakota Chamber Orchestra ...... 2:30-4 p.m.

Volleyball BHSU vs. Chadron State ......... 7-9:30 p.m.


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Nov. 4-8 ....... CAAP Testing Week Nov. 8 ... Last Day to Drop w/a “W” Nov. 11

Football BHSU vs. Western New Mexico .. 1-4:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball BHSU vs. Northern State ................. 5:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball BHSU vs. Montana State-Billings ..... 7:30 p.m.

Young Center University Scholarship Celebration ...... 6:30 pm



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International Student Organization provides opportunites to ‘cross cultural frontiers’ Maria Del Pilar Revilla Fact Checker

BHSU has recently been increasing the amount of students enrolled, not only from all over the United States but also from around the world. Each year, more international students chose to study abroad and come from their home countries to experience the American lifestyle. To make international students feel more at home, BHSU created The International Student Organization. This organization has been growing with the new incoming international students and is getting more involved around campus each semester. The ISO does not only appeal to international students, but domestic students too. “The International Student Organization is an opportunity to cross cultural frontiers, not only for international students but also for the domestic ones,” Jorge Aguilar Zamora explained, president of the organization. The ISO was created for international students to get to know each other as well as to help them adapt to the culture in America, and share their own cultures with domestic students. To accomplish this goal, the ISO club has held lots of events on campus these past years. One of the most popular events that the ISO holds each semester is the International Food Festival. Every semester, the ISO members represent their countries by cooking a dish from

their native country. A lot of people attend this event because they are eager to try new things and get to know other cultures. What most people like about this event is that they don’t have to travel thousands of miles to have the opportunity to try an authentic international dish. This is also an activity that international students enjoy. “My favorite thing about the International Food Festival is that I can meet a bunch of people in the same place and I can introduce my culture to them,” said Sumire Matsumoto, a member of the ISO club that came from Japan. “Each and every one of them is representing their home land, and modesty aside, they are the best ambassadors their countries could have,” Zamora said. Other activities that the ISO holds are game nights like “Dodgeball Night” and on-campus games like “Humans versus Zombies”. All of these activities not only give the ISO members the opportunity to participate in on-campus events, but also helps them socialize. “I think the biggest proof of ISO’s success is that people from the organization get together, hang out and perform activities that are totally independent from the ISO. The ISO is not only a way to meet people from all over the world, it is also a great opportunity for international students to improve their English skills. When a person learns a new language in their native country it’s hard

New math honor society Jodi Mathis Managing Editor

Six students and four professors were inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon math honor society marking their place in BHSU history. The recent ceremony was the inaugural induction ceremony of Kappa Mu Epsilon at the University. “This is one of those things that is a benchmark for the university. When the community and outside organizations such as the National Honor Society recognize BHSU, it is a big deal,” said BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp. The ceremony recognized the excellence of the mathematics program at BHSU as well as students who excel in math and who have satisfied all of the requirements to be a part of Kappa Mu Epsilon. These students included Rachel Solano, math education major from Rapid City, president; Zachary Zenk, mathematics major from Riverton, Wyo. vice president; Kelsey Dalzell, mathematics major from Spearfish, secretary; Kennan Justice, math education major from Belle Fourche, treasur-

er; Jason Gifford, mathematics major from Rapid City; and Shalayne Mowry, mathematics major from Spearfish. The faculty included Hui Ma, assistant professor of mathematics; Kristel Ehrhardt, instructor of mathematics; Daluss Siewert, professor of mathematics; and Jill Trimble, instructor of mathematics. “I felt quite honored to be recognized along with fellow faculty members and deserving mathematics students. Although I am a member of several honor societies due to my college coursework, I felt that this ceremony was even more special than those as this was the inaugural induction ceremony of Kappa Mu Epsilon at BHSU,” said Ehrhardt. “When Kelsey Dalzell signed the charter book as the first member ever, and I signed as the seventh member ever, I realized what a special moment it was and that our names would linger for prosperity as the first inductees into KME.” “The Kappa Mu Epsilon National Honor Society illustrates the way that BHSU’s math program has progressed over the past several years,” Ehrhardt said.

to find opportunities to practice and apply what they’ve learned outside of class. However, when they get outside of their comfort zone and decide to travel across the world, they are forced to use a new language to communicate. To help international students loosen up the ISO hosts a speaking club program every semester. This semester the speaking club is changing some things, starting with the meetings. In the past the ISO speaking club was held privately with only international students as participants. This semester the speaking club was combined with “Coffee day” so that ISO members have the oppourtunity to interact with domestic students while drinking coffee, eating snacks and playing games. “I made new friends from different nationalities and the only way to communicate was English so I had to speak English and let them help me,” Bayanmunkh Densmaa said, a current member of the ISO . The ISO has many campus activities to be held this semester, starting with the International Food Festival that will be held at The Hive on Nov. 2nd. “There are many other projects we have in mind for the future. Fundraisers, language workshops and also activities with altruistic purposes,” Zamora said.

Starbucks offers ‘the people’ a platform Kyley Barela Business Manager

Starting Oct. 11, copies of a petition to end the government shutdown were available for customers on-line and in Starbuck’s stores. The petitions were available to be signed and taken into stores Friday through the weekend. Howard Shultz, Starbucks’ CEO, wrote on the Starbucks’ website, “Please join us in doing what you and your companies can to give the American people the voice they currently lack…” Earlier this week, Starbucks held a soft shell campaign urging customers to “Pay it Forward.” To pay it forward Starbucks asked customers to buy a coffee for another customer. Immediately after this the stores were filled with the petitions. The petition reads, “To our leaders in Washington D.C., now’s the time to come together to: 1. Reopen our government to serve the people 2. Pay our debts on time to avoid another financial crisis 3. Pass a bipartisan and comprehensive long-term

budget deal by the end of the year.” Thursday, Shultz had sent letter to business leaders and spoke with over half of CEOs of companies listed on the DOW 30. He encouraged them to join in on this initiative. He claimed “Every CEO I spoke to shared my concern and my outrage about the situation in Washington.” Patty Maki, Supervisor of the Jacket Java, the coffee shop on campus said, “I think it was a good idea for Starbucks to do something like that someone needed to start it.” “They’re just a coffee would be interesting to see the stats on how many people were influenced by this,” Angela Hopewell said, supervisor of The Buzz Shack. Shultz claimed that he was acting primarily as an “American citizen and not as an executive” in order to provide the American people some sort of platform to voice their opinions and frustrations. Copies of the petition were also available in tear out ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post. Starbucks urged its customers to sign up for email or text updates, share them on social media, and download a badge for their social sites.

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Effects of the Government Shutdown on Academics and the Economy Tina Schuler Staff Writter

Last month, Congress failed to reach a budget by midnight Sept. 30. This triggered a partial government shutdown that took affect Oct. 1. This meant that there were no Federal monies released to 2014 federally funded programs during this time. The programs that directly affected higher education for colleges and universities were only affected modestly during this short-term shutdown. Due to permanent and multiyear appropriations, Pell Grants and federal student loans continued as normal. Those being affected consisted of mostly campus-based aid programs, such as Federal Work-Study and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, as well as Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programs. “…I’ve been supporting targeted funding bills that would allow our government to continue doing things like operate the national parks, continue children’s cancer research and take care of veterans,” said Rep Kristi Noem during the shutdown. Veterans rely on monthly VA compensation to pay their bills and maintain their quality of life. A veteran may depend solely on their VA disability compensation to provide for themselves and their families. A student veteran may


’ve been supporting targeted funding bills that would allow our government to continue doing things like operate the national parks, continue children’s cancer research and take care of veterans.” -Representative Kristi Noem be struggling to complete their education under the GI Bill, or through VA Vocational Rehabilitation, while in danger of losing their housing without VA’s November payment. The government shutdown affected a lot of the people who have served this country diligently. According to the National Head Start Association, 23 programs - serving 19,000 children – were affected from grants expiring during the time of the shutdown, and no new grants were being issued. The longer the shutdown lasted, the more programs were affected as they reached the expiration dates of their grants. Many social and recreational programs, government contracts, government employees and federal agencies that depend on federal government funding could see immediate effects of the shutdown. This is something to keep in mind, since the government shutdown in 1995 had little-to-no impact on an individual level.


Black Hill State University welcomes distinguished speaker Ashley True Copy Editor

United States District Judge of South Dakota, Jeffrey Viken, spoke on Black Hills State University’s campus Sept. 26, as a part of the Madeline Young Distinguished Speaker Series. Viken’s presentation was entitled ‘why are there so many Indians around here?’ as he presented facts from our nation’s history. Much of his lecture centralized around the idea of prejudice and learning to co-exist as he read from a number of different sources like the Supreme Court pertaining to the History of the Black Hills and reading a speech from Chief Sitting Bull. Viken ended his presentation with opening a discussion to his audience where a number of topics came up. The discussion was opened by talking about our differences but did a full 360 and ended with talking about our similarities. Audience members bounced ideas and concerns around the room but the last one stuck out above all the others. “I could line a group of people up of all different skin colors, but their blood is just as red as mine,” said William Brave Bird, a student from Rapid City, originally from the Rosebud Reservation. “It’s no longer about race, it’s beyond that,” said Brave Bird, “and in order to have a community at large, you have to have one human family,” he said leaving the discussion with an inspirational impact. The lecture was held in Meier Hall and took place at 7:00 p.m. The event was well attended with approximately 60 audience members consisting of students, professors and community members.

BHSU Senate instills focus of student connection

Jeff Smith Fact Checker

At Black Hills State University, the Student Senate acts as a governing voice for the entire student body. More than just a typical club or organization the student senate works to achieve recognition as organization that can bring change to student’s lives. Chase Vogel, BHSU Student Association President, says the student senate “has two primary functions, to be the voice and liaison between faculty and administration. Also, to work with organizations and be their central heart to allocate funds out of the GAF for them.” The GAF is the General Activity Fees that give clubs the money to need to take action on the campus and have the money for student activities. There’s a greater emphasis of club involvement this semester as more clubs achieve a sense of working towards serving to student’s needs. BHSU Freshman Bryan Shurigar says that “I believe involvement is a really great way to have a positive college experience.” Shurigar himself is involved in nine clubs on the BHSU campus. In the senate, members have the opportunity to be the voice for the school. Each college has three designated representatives in the senate that provide assistance to the students in that major and express matters concerned among the students in their major as well. The freshmen student senate election was Oct. 7-8 where the entire student body had a chance to vote for one freshman that would responsibly lead the freshman class well and be a large part of providing decisions for the school in the future. The two chosen freshmen representatives for the term of 2013- 2014 were Bailey Sadowsky and Michaela Stroup, with Bryan Shurigar coming in third. “I had a really fun time running for office. I am really excited to get involved and make our campus even better,” Stroup stated. The Student Senate’s main platform this year is making the student senate known to the students and developing outreach to the students as a form of help. As many clubs and organizations are looking to revamp their general feel, the student

senate is working towards becoming more proactive and plan ahead. Each senator is working on student engagement ideas this semester to further the purpose of getting students eager to connect with the student senate and Black Hills State in general. An example would be Liberal Arts senator Lucas Fralick who is working on a night where students could explore their major. This event would include alumni of the university, faculty and local businesses that would have booths set up to help students get a feel for what possible careers their major could be used for. A pilot for this event would set up in the spring semester that would include local businesses to give students a sense of what is coming after college. A bigger event would be prepared for the beginning of the 2014 fall semester that would provide freshman with an idea of what classes they need and how they can better prepare for their future. Another event that the student senate executive board is looking forward to is a concert this month, on Oct. 24 a local South Dakota band Avian will perform a free concert to the students from 7 – 10 P.M. Vogel asserts “we’re excited to take a step back from legislative type work and to be able to do something that involves programming.” It’s important not to get the student senate confused with the University Programming team that plans and provides events regularly for students to attend. What makes Black Hills State University’s student senate unique is that Black Hills along with 4 other schools get to send their President and vice President of the Student Federation executive board gets to sit under the board of Regents to bring issues to the South Dakota Student Federation Board. The meeting really lets students know that their concerns are being heard and that at Black Hills State students are getting the most out of their education. The student senate meetings are open for everyone to come to as the senate is run by students and anybody can run for the student senate positions although all officer positions are filled for the school year. The positions that will be open for the next school year will be posted in advance next semester so students will be able to gain support ahead of time and prepare their campaigns.

Historic Storm

October 25, 2013


Photos from Storm Atlas

Downed trees on Executive golf course in Rapid City from storm Atlas on Oct. 9, 2013

Large tree downed by storm Atlas behind West Main McDonalds in Rapid City Oct. 9, 2013

Photos By Deeanna Melius-Keller

Broken tree at South Canyon Elementary in Rapid City caused by Atlas Storm on Oct. 9, 2013

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Winter storm Atlas causes destruction to Spearfish Bre McMahon Staff Writer

Winter Storm Atlas swept through the Black Hills Oct.4-6, causing severe damage to the town in its path. Residents and businesses faced problems when heavy, wet snow from this record-breaking blizzard crushed rooftops, left people stranded and shut down power for thousands. The storm began with heavy rainfall Oct.4, which quickly turned to sticky snow that accumulated up to four feet. According to The Weather Channel, high winds of 44-55 mph and gusts of over 70 mph created seven-foot drifts. Most of the town remained stationary throughout Oct. 6. It is estimated that the storm cut power to about 30,000 people. Spearfish Mayor Dana Boke decided the storm called for a disaster declaration and requested state assistance for emergency snow removal. “We are absolutely in shutdown mode,” said Boke. “A no travel allowed order remains in effect through today [Saturday]. We can’t use our resources to pull people out of the snow when we need to be clearing our emergency routes.” Spearfish street crews were not even able to reach their plowing equipment until 10 a.m. Oct. 5. Streets remained concealed in snow, and broken tree branches were scattered across town. The heavy, wet snow from Winter Storm Atlas caused numerous roof failures around the Hills, including the disastrous downfall of TMone early that Saturday morning. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the City of Spearfish is part owner of the TMone’s $4.2 million call center with the company’s head-

Photo By Deeanna Melius-Keller

quarters located in Iowa City, Iowa. Fortunately for the city, TMone sent officials from their headquarters to Spearfish and the building - with its contents - were completely insured. TMone was devoted to pay all its Spearfish employees while the company found a temporary location. “The city council did approve the use of the lookout room in the Rec Center as a temporary site for TMone to get operations back up and running.,” said Joe Neeb, Spearfish Administrator. “We will be entering into a short-term lease with them until their

Workers begin clearing the destruction caused by storm Atlas. (TMone) building is back together. pany’s server room was not damaged, They intend to reopen very soon.” so Burchert predicted a swift recovery. The Rapid City Journal stated Although winter storm Atlas was that insurance adjusters inspected the catastrophic, Neeb was pleased to TMone call center Tuesday and de- see the city’s response to the disaster. termined the building was destroyed Efforts are still being made beyond repair. TMone co-founder and to restore Spearfish to normalcy. chief operating officer John Burchert “The city is proud of its staff was thankful no one was in the build- and volunteers who helped ing when it collapsed. Luckily the com- us through it,” said Neeb.

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Lead, S.D., saw accumulations of 55 inches from Atlas.

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Spirits still high for Swarm Days 1.5 despite Winter Storm Atlas By Isaac Hanson Staff Writter

Winter Storm Atlas had something to say about the Swarm Days homecoming football game on Oct. 5 against Western State. Due to the 31 inches of snow that this winter storm dropped, the game was cancelled and the Swarm Days Homecoming game was rescheduled for Oct. 19 against Chadron State. The Homecoming celebration started out with the annual Swarm Days parade which was followed by tailgating and then the football game against the Chadron State Eagles. Lyle Hare Stadium was filled with BHSU fans that had waited two weeks for the rescheduled swarm days game, called Swarm Days 1.5. The students filled the student section and were pumped to cheer on the Yellow

Jackets. The Jackets entered the stadium and emotions were high as fans cheered them on and they were ready to take on the Eagles. The Jackets started out strong in the first quarter, putting points on the board first with a field goal. The Eagles scored a touchdown shortly after to put them ahead. The Eagles were plagued by turnovers that kept The Yellow Jacket football players line up against the Chadron Eagles on Oct. 19 Photo by Harlie Dale the Jackets in the game ets answered with a touchdown of heavily favored Chadron State Eagles. in the first half. The score This loss puts the Jackets on a at halftime had the Jackets down 6-14. their own to make the score 20-13. After that drive, the Jackets went six-game losing streak. The JackAfter halftime, Chadron scored a touchdown on the opening drive of flat and things were not going in their ets look to rebound when they take the second half to make the score favor. The Jackets gave their best ef- on Colorado State-Pueblo at 1 p.m. 20-6. On the ensuing drive, the Jack- fort, but that was not enough to beat the on Oct. 26. at Lyle Hare Stadium.

Photos and Interviews by Harlie Dale

Codi Huebner Junior Exercise Science

Eddie Burgos Freshman Undecided

Shaylee Flint Freshman Graphic Design

Isaac Bayer Freshman Human Services / Criminal Justice

Q: Why did you choose BHSU to run track? “I chose it because I knew some of the old coaches and I knew it was a really good program. It’s also not too far from home, so I don’t have to travel a million years to go home.”

Q: Why did you choose BHSU to play football? “I picked BH because it just felt like a great community over here. I got the right vibe from Coach Reiners and the other coaches and the players. It just felt like a good connection.”

Q: Why did you choose BHSU to cheer at? “It was the closest college and I knew some of the people who went here, and it’s a really nice school.”

Q: Why did you choose BHSU to play football? “A lot of my coaches had experience here. I also knew a couple guys who played here and heard nothing but good things and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Q: What’s the hardest thing about adjusting to college track? “Mostly just balancing everything. Time, homework, school trying to have a social life, which usually doesn’t work.”

Q: What’s the hardest thing about adjusting to college football? “Honestly, academically. Because you have to focus so much more because it’s harder academically than it is on the field.”

Q: What’s the hardest part about adjusting to college cheerleading? “All of the extra time you have to put into it. I wasn’t expecting to have to put this much into it.

Women’s Golf seasonal wrap up By Rachel Eiesland Staff Writer

A chill in the air signals the start of a new season. On Sept. 30, Black Hills State University Women’s Golf team competed in Kearney, Neb and wrapping up a fall season which Head Coach Jaime Bentley said, “went fairly well.” Finishing third at the Montana State-Billings Invitational, the team shot a record 323 on the final day of play and were “the highlight of the season,” according to Bentley. As an individual, Amanda Johnson placed 4th “making that the

best finish of the year,” said Bentley. The team has set a new record this fall season, placing them in the top ten in three straight tournaments. The BHSU Women’s Golf team is one of fairly young competitors. As competition starts again in March, Bentley said, “we will try and build upon the fall season... Having a season of competition under our belts when the spring season starts will really be a bonus,” Before long, the spring season will be in full swing as the team makes their way onto the greens, showing the competition who’s boss.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about adjusting to college football? “Speed, just the speed of the game. Our practices are like our games. It’s intense.”

October 25, 2013

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Womens softball gears up for next season

By Deanna Melius-Keller Staff Writer

The women’s softball team started preparation for their 2014 season with a two-day Fall Exhibition tournament at Augustana College in Sioux Falls Sept. 28-29. According to Coach Gurney, the ladies played very well. Pre-season games are a time for the team and coaches to familiarize themselves with each other and “learn how to play with each other” as well as learning Coach Gurney’s individual coaching style. Coach Gurney hopes to focus on improving the teams battery, pitching and catching, and RBI production this year. “We have added a lot of power to the line-up, now it’s about getting them plenty of reps and finding a way to be consistent and clutch in games” Gurney said. They have already made significant progress with the new recruits and the returning players. Having lost three quality players from last year, this year’s team captains will step into this role and learn “how to lead positively and help the team to form around that core.” According to the BHSU website, this year’s team consists of 16 players including returning Seniors Sara

Schmid, Ryan Cook, and Brooke Grant who will be this season’s team captains. Coach Gurney said. “These three lead by example every day. They

work hard on the field and in the classroom. They have really set a solid tone with our team with high expectations of excellence on and off the field,

Photos courtesy of Sara Schmid

Softball player Sara Schmid gears up during a pre-season tournament in Sioux Falls Sept. 28-29

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and it is translating across the board.” The team will be using the offseason to properly prepare, on and off the field, for the upcoming season. The 2014 season will kick off with with a tournament in Las Vegas, which has been one of the team’s favorite tournaments in the past. Being full Division II members, the ladies are working to play in the RMAC conference tournament. “We have the team to do it, it is in their hands as to the focus and sweat they put into preparation in the off season”, Coach Gurney said.


Photo by Harlie Dale The

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Yellow Jacket football team takes on the Jackettes Dance Team performing during halftime at homecoming Oct. 19 Chadron State Eagles at the homecoming game Oct. 19


9 Historic Adams House hosts Spirited Tours Kacie Svoboda Online Editor

Deadwood is long known for a history filled with gamblers, prostitutes, miners and bandits. Some of Deadwood’s current residents would add ghosts to this list of colorful characters. Their reasons range from hearing the clanking of dishes in a deserted ballroom to the smelling cigar smoke and from seeing a shadowy figure in a window to hearing strange voices in an empty hallway. Though many of Deadwood’s buildings claim to be haunted, one of the more prominent has to be the Historic Adams House, which sits only a few blocks away from Mount Moriah Cemetery. The house has had a long and sometimes tragic history since it was built in 1892. This past is prime fodder for ghost stories, which have been attributed to the building since before the last Adams to live there abandoned it. “Mary Adams spread rumors that the house was haunted,” said Historic Adams House tour guide Tamara Schoenberger. “I believe that is one of the reasons the house wasn’t vandalized when she left it empty for 51 years.” Adams was not the last to take advantage of the buildings haunted history. The current sponsors of the house—the City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Adams Museum—have used it to provide one of the areas signature Halloween experiences. This year, the Adams House is again hosting its Spirited Tours, which were created to capi-

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talize on Deadwood’s grisly past and attract people who wouldn’t normally visit the building. Though full of historically accurate stories, these night tours are a little twisted compared to any daytime visits. The tour begins with a warning to the faint-ofheart or those with a heart condition from your guide, Curator of Interpretation Ellyn Van Evra— dressed in period, black, funeral attire. She leads about a dozen brave souls, armed with flashlights through the history, surprises and scares lying-in-wait in the curiously dark Adams house. The tour blends the usual antics of a haunted house with historical facts. For example, they set up a coffin in the parlor to imitate the wake of Anna Franklin that was held there after her death. The stories of the past residents of Deadwood are enhanced with the unexpected appearance of “spirits” or “paranormal activities” throughout the tour. However, the curators claim to have real life encounters with the spirits inhabiting the Adams House. “Almost everybody who works here has had at least a small (unexplained) experience,” Schoenberger said. Schoenberger claims that she has even had a paranormal encounter herself. “I was on the servants’ stairway, and I heard a man growl behind me,” she said. “I’ve tried many times to duplicate the sound…but I couldn’t.” Though there is always the possibility of a legitimate ghostly experience during a visit, Ellyn and the volunteers ensure you don’t leave without a fright. Lots of preparation goes into making these

Organizations get students involved with campus life Ashley Grable Visual Editor

Many students find themselves with down time once they’ve settled into their dorms the first few weeks of school. Once they have adjusted to the new living style and the workload of courses, there is free time that could be put to good use. Black Hills State University has 70 different organizations to offer their students. Organizations are in place at the university as a way to enhance students’ experiences on campus. They are a way to gain knowledge and prepare students with skills for post graduation. There are six different categories of organizations including academic, spiritual, recreational, music, political and special interest. These groups are a great way to get involved in the community and within the school. Most organizations focus not only on social, but also academic achievement. “I like to be involved because even if I am having a rough day, getting to talk and laugh at practices temporarily eases my mind off of all of the stress of school,” said freshman Katelyn Petersen, a member of the Jackettes dance team. Organizations are responsible for many of the events that take place around campus. By joining one of these organizations, students can have a front row seat to many of these events. “Being a freshman and get-

ting involved has definitely helped me transition into college these first few months,” said Petersen. If an organization seems like too much commitment for the first few months of school, an easier choice might be to get involved through residence halls. “Be involved in your residence hall, community council, and in-hall programs,” said Seth Courtney, Hall Director of Wenona Cook. “It’s a great gateway to making friends in your residence hall, finding people with similar interests and the programs sometimes bring faculty and staff to the halls for these programs so it’s also a great way to meet them, in a relaxed setting.” There are many different ways to be involved on campus. Organizations and residence hall activities are a great way because they offer scheduled programs and get-togethers, which help students not only become involved with others participating in the same activities, but with other groups on campus and in the community. “There are a variety of ways students can get involved on campus,” said Erica Whitiker, BHSU Student Engagement and Programming Coordinator. “There is the student org fair that happens the first two weeks of school. There’s also a student org list on the BHSU website.” For a list of organizations on campus or for more information on how to get involved go to .

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Adams House in Deadwood South Dakota. tours successful. Van Evra, scripted, developed and held rehearsals for the project—recruiting participants from Lead-Deadwood High School. Students join the project as actors in order to fulfill their community service hours, which are required to graduate. The Spirit Tours will be held Oct. 24-26 at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Adams Museum members. These tours are very popular so reservations are recommended. More information can be found at

Campus veterans club helps vets adjust to college life Maria Del Pilar Revilla Fact Checker

The Yellow Jackets Veterans Club was formed many years ago with the support of BHSU. The Vets Club was created to be a place for the veterans to get together, mingle with each other and get support from friends and advisors. The Vets Club has three main goals, helping veterans’ transition from being a soldier to being a student; conducting service projects, and conducting social activities. This club not only provides a place for all veterans to interact, but also offers them help to adapt and have as normal college student experience as possible. Fred Nelson is an Air Force veteran whom served for 12 years. Fred is an outstanding member of this club, having been involved with the Vets Club for three years and assisting as an advisor. The experiences he gained from being a veteran himself helps him understand the transitions and struggles that other club members are going through. “Camaraderie is different in the civilian word, it’s important for veterans to have support from others during this transition,” he said. Another outstanding member is Mike McNeil, who is not a veteran himself, but after helping in the club for five years, he highlighted how important it is to teach veterans to translate the skills they’ve learned in the military to the equivalent civilian skills. “Sometimes it’s easier for things to come out when veterans

are hanging out with other people who have been through the same experiences,” McNeil said. McNeil and Nelson share one of their most significant events, the White Table Ceremony. This ceremony is held to commemorate missing soldiers. They place a round table with a white tablecloth to symbolize the purity of the soldiers’ motives when answering the call to duty. On the table, they set a white candle to symbolize peace. A turned over glass is set to represent the meals that won’t be eaten. A slice of lemon is also set to remind people the bitter fate of capture soldiers, and finally salt is also placed to symbolize the tears cried. This is one of the most commemorable ceremonies in remembering soldiers missing in action. This year, the Vets Club held the White Table Ceremony on Sept. 20 at the Hive. The ceremony was held during lunchtime. The veterans placed one table with all the things mentioned earlier and left it there for an entire day expecting that people would realize what it meant and remember the soldiers who served their country. “It’s always interesting to see the reaction of the young adult population when they realize things like why is the glass upside down,” Nelson said. The Vets Club hopes to hold this ceremony again on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day as well as salute and give a speech to the soldiers who gave their lives for our country. For more information about the Veterans club, join the Yellow Jackets Veterans Club on Facebook, contact Mike McNeil at or Fred Nelson at


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A little change can make a difference

Jenna Carda PR Coordinator As an active student leader and volunteer on campus and throughout the community, I strive to make a difference in everything I do and this is how a lot of student leaders think. Everyone has to be willing to work together in order to make that difference happen. At Black Hills State University, there are a lot of paths students have to take in order to accomplish a task, set up an event or put on a fundraiser. From budget limitations, communication difficulties and misunderstandings between each other – it makes the process a lot more exhausting than it needs to be. Students and staff are both very busy at their respective positions in the university system. Sometimes the stresses of everyday life carry over into how we communicate with each other – more times than not, ending inefficiently. I think it would be beneficial for people to explain what is going on – just let each other know the difficulties with the situation. We have to be a team. We are all on this campus together. When we don’t collaborate on ideas and actions, there is a barrier between people that gets built, especially when discussion is cut short by interfering situations. This results in short tempers and an even smaller success at reaching a solution to the original mission. BHSU has been working on increasing participation on campus for a while, and we are finally starting to make a dent in the project. This effort would go a lot faster if we weren’t so separated as a campus. The prices at BHSU are very high for most college students, including student leaders working with an organization’s awarded funds. I understand the support that needs to be shown to on campus facilities, but is there a way to offer better deals? If students are able to bring well-done events to campus, more people will stick around and participate – especially on weekends. When

things are unaffordable, hard to obtain and outof-reach, I know I get discouraged. More times than none, I give up on the idea all together. Please understand that the university is not completely at fault here. Students are sometimes distant from each other, it is sad. How often do you see a science major, an art major and a business major working on a project together? Who am I joking? How often do you see a journalism student, a tele-communication student and a theater major working together? Personally, I have only seen it a few times and it is forced interaction. We could make this BH campus so much better, students! When one organization needs help, why can’t we reach out and be the volunteers we claim to be as student leaders? We are working towards the same thing, why not combine our talents and make an event students get excited about and want to be involved in? We have to act as a team – students, faculty and staff alike. Talk to each other and be-in-the know about what is happening on campus. Take the initiative to participate in projects going on around BHSU, even if it isn’t your “typical” crowd. This university is a beautiful, growing campus – and it could be even better if we all worked together.






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Top 5 stressors for college students

Jennessa Scholl News Chief

Across the country, college students battle the same issues regardless of their location. Whether it ranges from having to study for tests, to figuring out how to pay for classes, to making time for the football game on Saturday, being a college student pulls you in various directions all at once and for the most part students just have to cope. The top five stressors include: 1. Financial Issues. The thought of having to pay for college is always weighing on the minds of students. Whether you have scholarships, grants, loans or paying out of pocket, for as long as you’re in school-- or for as long as your paying for school this elephant will never leave the room. 2. Course Work/Class Load. The phrase “C’s get degrees” is comforting, but not always accurate. Being able to pass a class isn’t as easy as just showing up, you have to do the work. Some students coming from high schools with teachers that only graded by completion points are in for a rude awakening after their first

mid-term exam. Failure is an option, but not the end of the world. 3. Managing Time. There is an old saying your given three options you can either have, ample amounts of sleep, a crazy-wild social life, or spectacular grades. Here’s the catch though, you can only pick two... This is a common problem college students are faced with. Being able to juggle multiple responsibilities at once can lead to feelings of exhaustion, as well as an overwhelming desire to crawl in a hole and never come out. 4. Roommate Issues. Everyone has dealt with a roommate who never showers, or leaves their floss on your pillow, or maybe even had that roommate who doesn’t put a sock on the door as often as they should. Whatever the conflict may be, having to share equal space with a person you don’t agree with, share interests with, or even like can add unneeded stress to a students life. 5. Boyfriend/Girlfriend. As romantic as it would be to have someone outside your bedroom window with a boom-box at 2 a.m. let’s be real. That exam you studied for all day and night is not going to be the best if it you leave

it in the corner. Making time for someone you’re crazy about can sometimes mean putting off the things you have to do, but make sure you can afford the backlash. In order to put the stress of college behind you try some of the following stress relievers. Listening to music can put your mind at ease as well as soothe the soul. The right song can even change the type of day your having. Sleep More. This is probably the greatest advice ever given. Get more sleep. College students should be getting anywhere 7-8 hours of sleep. This doesn’t mean to sleep through your 8 a.m. class, but instead of watching another hour of the “Walking Dead,” go to bed! Most people think this is a stressor, but working out is a stress reliever. The endorphins that your body produces during a workout make you feel happier, more energized, and more ready to take on the day. Even though college may be a lot, the chances of surviving are high. Tens of thousands of college students will graduate next May. They have all faced the same obstacles and adversities, and made it. You will too.


Importance of moral discourse Stephen Farghali Staff Writer

When I took an intro to ethics course from Ryan Clark a few semesters ago, he began his first lecture by informing us that we were enrolled in a class concerning the most important subject matter we would learn. At the time, I thought this to be a grand overstatement. By the end of the semester, I was convinced otherwise. This is why everything we do is affected by our views on right and wrong. However, it’s a rare thing to find someone with the slightest interest in ethics. The subject is widely taken for granted. We know all we need to know; after all, most of us have made it this far without being sent to prison. But is that good enough? I’m not talking about becoming a better person. I’m talking about becoming one with more freedom. The ironic thing about examining one’s moral guidelines is that it tends to be quite liberating. Of course, I’m merely speaking from personal experience and the experiences of those I’ve talked to, but the very evaluation of a precept, perhaps one as simple as “do not lie,” tends to break down even the most basic moral tenants. This is what makes morality one of the most interesting subjects to study. The situations that must be considered teach us more than we would expect to learn about ourselves. Under what circumstances does one consider lying to be a perfectly moral act? Under what circumstances do we consider murder the right thing to do? Many of us rely on religion for our ethical framework, failing to realize that what seem like straightforward, common sense, commandments have their exceptions. Some of them are impossible to follow, such as the aforementioned mandate against lying. As Dan Ariely amusingly demonstrates in his book “The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty,” everyone lies. Furthermore, everyone lies more than they think they do. Often times we just don’t view ourselves as liars or thieves because what we’re telling or taking isn’t far from the truth or, in the case of the latter, it’s far from actual money (e.g. office supplies). This is but one example of why it is misleading to believe that just following the simple rules of society will make you a good person. It will likely make you a simple person. It might make you a moral person, but who wants to settle for that? Most of us want to be ourselves, and for our self to be interesting, happy, and free to do as it likes. Carving your own moral path, rather than following what has been laid out before you by your parents, school or church is one effective way of doing just that. As a recommendation, then, for any potentially roused readers, I offer John Stuart Mill’s “Utilitarianism.” There are many misconceptions and legitimate problems with his theory, but if well understood, scary notions of sacrificing one for the group largely disappear. It’s a short read, and one of the most approachable on the subject. Anyone wishing to develop for themselves their own rights to live by would do right by themselves to start with Mill. Those like myself who are passionate about this subject are often laughed at for engaging in such irrelevant and fruitless thought experiments and arguments. This is fine, for I know that it’s relevance is realized in finding myself in fewer moral predicaments and with more freedom of conscience than I had just a short time ago. Maybe you will too.

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What are your plans for Halloween?

Professor of the Issue

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Natsumi Onuki

Business Management

“I’m gonna wear a nice costume and go out!”

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“I’m going to carve pumpkins and go out.”

Where are you from?

Photo By Evan Bruce Ahrar Ahmad professor of political science

Bangladesh ,which was a part of India till 1947, and part of Pakistan till 1971. Where did you study? I have graduate degrees from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, and the University of Waterloo in Canada. My terminal degree in political science is from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. How long have you been teaching at BHSU? Since fall of 1992. What is your favorite part about BHSU?

Brittany Kneebone

Elementary Education

“I’m going to the rec center, they are holding a carnival for the kids.”

The beauty of the place, the friendliness of most people, adorable students. What are your plans for Halloween? To have a test so that my students are duly scared, and have candy for the children when they come trick or treating. Oh, I will also come to school on that day pretending to be a person from a Third World country - it fools everybody.

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Taarna Murray Psychology

“My friends and I are dressing up as super heroes and hopefully we’ll get lots of candy.” Photos and interviews by Maria Del Pilar Revilla

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