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The new face of BHSU Schallenkamp takes on role as new BHSU president J. Isaac Harms Editor

Dr. Kay Schallenkamp is the new leader of Black Hills State University. Accepting the position last February, Schallenkamp became the first female president of BHSU. Since stepping into her new position, she has been participating in numerous meetings with university alumni and other leaders in conjunction with the university to hone her vision better for a successfully run unit of higher education. President Schallenkamp desires to develop a list of strengths and accomplishments that we, as a university can celebrate. She adds that we are competing with ourselves to become “comfortable within our own skin,” rather than trying to mirror the image of SDSU and USD.

“Bigger is not necessarily better,” Schallenkamp stated, “We need to find the right size for us. What are the right programs for us?” To make this happen, Dr. Schallenkamp plans to make scholarship monies a top priority. Goals remain much the same in September for the former Emporia State University president, as they did when accepting the position nearly nine months ago—stabilizing enrollment and increasing external fundraising. Although Schallenkamp has been hard at work in the first months as the leader of BHSU, she has still found time for fun. She and her husband Ken enjoy taking their convertible through the Spearfish Canyon, and have enjoyed the numerous fine eating establishments the community of Spearfish has to offer.

Your “Livin’ in the Wild West” homecoming court Homecoming coronation John Williams, business Queen Amber Riggins is was held on Monday night in major, is a former member of a double major in Human the Jacket Legacy room of the BHSU Track and Field Resources and Business the BHSU Student Union. squad. His advice to new Management. The night culminated with students is to “find some “I have been involved in the announcement of this organization on campus and a variety of things around year’s “Livin’ in the Wild get involved. The experi- campus and have enjoyed West” homecomevery one of them,” ing King and she said. Queen: John Being elected Williams and homecoming royalty Amber Riggins. isn’t just about the The night began attention that comes with a welcome from such a promimessage and song nent position: there from BHSU stuis much responsibildents Katie Severns ity that comes with and Amanda royalty titles. To be Samuelson. selected to the court, The homecoma student must meet ing royalty candithe criteria of camdates were Lily pus involvement. Bruckner, Amber They must also fill Faiman, Debra out a questionnaire Kampman, Amber and write an essay. Riggins and Sara The King and Schafer for Queen, Queen appeared at and Lyonel “Shep” the Kiddie Carnival Coleman, Jared on campus Tuesday Hall, Andy Steele afternoon held for and eventual winchildren of BHSU ner John Williams students and staff for King. photo by Jenni Hahn members. At 6:30 In addition to “Livin’ in the Wild West” King and Queen p.m. Wednesday electing a King and Amber Riggins and John Williams. Williams and Riggins a Queen, the stuappeared at the place dent body also of their crowning for picked Dr. Tom Cox and Dr. ences you have will last a dance lessons extended to Judith Neighbors to be home- lifetime and prepare you for BHSU students, followed by coming Mom and Dad. life after college.” an old-fashioned hoe-down.

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Dr. Kay Schallenkamp comes to BHSU from Emporia State.

Co-Chairs named to repeal cell phone tax SIOUX FALLS — South “South Dakota cell phone Dakotans Against Double users are sick and tired of payTaxation today announced that ing an unfair double tax on their former State cell phones and I am Senator Alan Aker proud to help lead the and former effort to provide hunouth Augustana College Dakota cell phone dreds of thousands of President Bruce users are sick and South Dakotans with Halverson will lead tired of paying an some much needed the effort to repeal unfair double tax relief,” said former South Dakota’s on their cell State Senator Alan double tax on cell phones ...” Aker (Pennington users which results County). ~ Alan Aker in hundreds of “South Dakota thousands of South cell phone users pay Dakota cell phone users paying almost 18% in taxes and fees on one of the highest cell phone Tax... continued on page 11 taxes in the nation.


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Academic freedom policy revisited Professors raise eyebrows over new Board of Regents directive

this an unusual and substantive change over what we’ve troversial subject matter unrelated to the course. had in the past.” The BOR policy does uphold the right of instrucFurther, he added, the policy is not addressed to any tors to present “differing and sometimes controversial real problem. Tad Perry, BOR executive director, agreed. points of view,” but it also urges them to keep closely in Cody Winchester “I don’t think we have a problem,” he said. “But we’re Staff Writer mind their professorial responsibilities. going to make sure that we’ve done everything to be clear Stanley Fish, professor of law and humanities at University faculty across the state will be expending a that we don’t have a problem.” Florida International University, knows firsthand the little more ink to print their syllabi this semester, thanks to Perry, himself a former political science professor, said rigors of teaching at the college level. the addition of a new Board of Regents (BOR) academic that the policy is to be a “preemptive strike” against the “The fact that you have the freedom, if you freedom policy that passed last December. state legislature, which has an academic freedom bill to choose, to present controversial views about a subject BOR 1:11 outlines the academic rights and respon- consider when it reconvenes in January. in your class, doesn’t mean it’s your responsibility to sibilities of both students and faculty members, paying If passed, HB 1222 will require the BOR to submit to the present controversial views,” he said in a phone interparticular attention to the manner by which professors legislature an annual report detailview last week. evaluate student performance. The requirement to embed ing the measures it has taken to Fish, a friend of “There is, in fact, no academic a summary of the policy in each class syllabus went into ensure the promotion of “intellecrequirement to include more than Horowitz, has written effect this semester. tual diversity,” defined in the bill as extensively on the But not without controversy — the announcement of “the foundation of a learning envione view of an academic issue, interplay of politics the policy shift this summer touched off a flurry of e- ronment that exposes students to a although it is usually pedagogical- and academics. He mails among the BHSU faculty, many of whom were variety of political, ideological, and ly useful to do so.” — Stanley Fish believes that enforcing concerned that the new guidelines were unduly constrain- other perspectives.” intellectual diversity ing. Others worried that students were being encouraged Because the BOR already to challenge grades, and that the policy would have a has procedures in place to deal with ideologue professors, requirements for college professors is bad policy; polichilling effect on the inclusion of important, though per- Perry said, the legislature’s involvement is unnecessary. tics infringing on what should be solely an educational According to him, the institution of an academic freedom concern. haps controversial, material. “There is, in fact, no academic requirement to One professor, who spoke on condition of anonymity policy is a way of demonstrating to lawmakers that the include more than one view of an academic issue, due to the sensitive nature of the issue, said that many fac- Regents have the matter under control. “It’s simply a strategy to get out in front of this issue although it is usually pedagogically useful to do so,” ulty members are concerned that the BOR may be stripping for our institutions, our students, and our faculty and not let Fish wrote in a July editorial for The New York Times. them of their autonomy. However, he added, “There is a gross misunderstand- the political environment dictate to us things that we really “The true requirement is that no matter how many (or ing among the faculty of what the statement is about. It has ought to have management control over,” he said. “We’re few) views are presented to the students, they should be offered as objects of analysis rather than as candinothing to do with a student being able to disagree with trying to get in front of this horse, not let it drag us.” dates for allegiance.” course content [after] being forced to learn something like National Issue The trick to avoiding proselytizing, he said last evolution and then going to the dean and complaining Much of the impetus for the academic freedom week, is to “academicize” classroom issues—to ask about it. All this statement does is prevent faculty from movement is ascribed academic, rather than political, questions, in order to grading students down if they “There is a gross misunderstanding to David Horowitz, ex- gain insight into their greater contextual significance. disagree with them politically.” Marxist and author of “Academic freedom is not a big philosophical quesThe professor said that among the faculty of what the state- The Professors: The there is a pattern of strong liberment is about ... All [it] does is pre- 101 Most Dangerous tion,” he added. “It’s rather a question of job performal bias among college profesAcademics in America. ance, and it goes both ways. We as academics should be vent faculty from grading students sors, and that students are too It was the conservative free to explore subjects in an academic manner, no matdown if they disagree with them writer’s campaign that ter what the subject. The flip side of that is that we are often graded on political, not academic, standards. He was politically.” — Anonymous Professor brought the issue into required to explore our subjects in an academic manner, quick to stress, though, that the national spotlight, and not to make them the basis of some kind of so-called instructors at BHSU have never been known to treat stu- and it was also what ultimately impelled the South transformative experience, whether that’s religious, Dakota legislature to act, Perry said. dents unfairly. political or something else.” As part of his campaign, Horowitz formed Students BHSU biology professor Charles Lamb likened the for Academic Freedom (SAF), a network of student role of the college professor to that of a trusted guide. Intellectual Diversity Tim Martinez, political science professor and president organizations that publishes accounts of ideological bias, “I’m there to pick the information that’s most pertiof the local Council of Higher Education chapter, believes generally liberal, among faculty across the country. nent, most relevant, the information that’s most valuable After examining South Dakota’s new guidelines, to someone who’s studying that field, and the students that the new requirements encourage students to take SAF national campus director Sara Dogan said that she advantage of the existing policy. have to trust me with that,” he said. “The university has to “It’s nothing new,” he said. “We’ve had this policy thinks the policy is sound. But, she added, it doesn’t trust me with that.” for years. It’s the emphasis on opinion and ideology, and emphasize enough what she considers to be the most BOR 1:11 “isn’t going to change what I teach,” Lamb putting it right in the syllabi for our classes, that makes important aspect of academic freedom—the responsi- said. “It’s just going to change how long my syllabus is.” bility of faculty to exclude from the classroom all con-

Academic Freedom Syllabus Statement: “Students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled. Under Board of Regents (Policy 1:11), student performance shall be evaluated solely on an academic basis. Students who take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in a course of study, and who believe that an academic evaluation unrelated to academic standards but is related instead to judgment of their personal opinion or conduct, should follow the General Appeals Process as stated in the BHSU catalog.” (Full text of the policy can be found on the BOR Web site:

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September 22, 2006

Vietnam veterans get long awaited homecoming The Sky Soldiers of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit educational group, was taking guests for a tour of Pierre, in Huey helicopters. It was a great turnout in Pierre, for the Vietnam War All three Huey helicopters used for these tours were dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 16. used in Vietnam combat. The memorial was unveiled for the first time It was estimated that over 20,000 Vietnam veterans Friday, September 15 for family members of fallen attended the weekend events. One of which was Tim South Dakota soldiers. The families were French of Rapid City, SD. “It is given a private showing for one hour. nice to be recognized for a “It was nice to be The events on Saturday began at 9:30 change,” commented French. a.m. with one of the largest parades in South recognized for a “Instead of being advised not Dakota’s history. There were more than 180 to wear our uniforms, like we change” entries and 40 bands from high schools and were advised when we Tim French colleges across the state. The parade was led returned to the states, we were by over 200 motorcyclists, most sporting encouraged to do so for this American and veteran flags. event.” Tim French served in Vietnam as a Sergeant The public unveiling was at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. D5 in 1971. The memorial is located on the State Capitol grounds Many of the veterans commented on the way they near the lake. were treated before and after they went to war. Ray Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby are the artists Schmitz, Specialist Fourth Class, from Gettysburg, responsible for this monument. They also created the recounted one event that occurred on his way to World War II and Korean War monuments. Roger Vietnam in 1965. “We were on our way from Ft. Sill, Koustrup, Airman First Class, from Watertown comOkla. to Oakland, Calif. by Amtrak, and it took us mented on the dedication. “It was awesome! Pierre did four days due to the protesting,” said Schmitz. an excellent job arranging for this to happen, and the “Protesters would park cars on the train tracks as well artists responsible for the monument did great.” Aside from the parade and unveiling ceremony, as lay in the tracks themselves. It was so bad that we, there were many other sites to see. There was the (the soldiers), were not allowed off of the train to Fallen Sons and Daughters remembrance field, assist in clearing the tracks.” Saturday’s dedication was for these soldiers, which had a cross to represent the 211 fallen soldiers from South Dakota. There was also a traveling repli- and the many other Vietnam veterans, who did not get the homecoming they so greatly deserved. ca of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Samantha Schmitz Staff Writer

Upcoming election of importance to students bodies, couples (not only gay couples) who live together outside of marriage, and raising property taxes for new homeowners.” Leah Gibson-Black Feather Over the past few decades, South Staff Writer Dakota young voters have been steadily declining in electoral particiWalking between Jonas and the pation, particularly during midterm Student Union on Wednesday the election years. However, in 2002 our 13th of September brings a scene of numbers spiked from less than 20% fun activity and excitement for stu- participation to 36%. What seems to dents in their first keep college students three weeks of from voting in their school. Many groups his election is local elections is a crowd the walkways, t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t lack of knowledge, vying for students’ they do not know one for college stu attention as they enough about each pass by. dents” particular bill to vote. Amongst the Dinah Paris “Do they even clubs and organizaknow the issues?” tions present at the questions Phillips. Student Organization “They [students] need to know that if Fair, a lone group of political activists they are not sure about one bill or a stands apart from the crowd. Runningparticular set of candidates, they can mates for House District 31, Deb go ahead and keep it blank—their Phillips and Dinah Paris, lead the charge to register students to vote for other votes will still count.” The focus for this year’s electhis year’s election in South Dakota tion will be an abortion ban, as well on November 7. as many other hot-topic issues that “This election is the most imporwill be brought up, such as gay tant one for college students,” says rights, funding for education, and Paris. “They will be asked to make property taxes. decisions that will affect women’s

Lack of knowledge keeps students from voting


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One of 211 crosses representing the fallen soldiers from South Dakota. The crosses were located in the Fallen Sons and Daughters Remembrance Field.

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Spirits soar during homecoming week Carne Noble Staff Writer

Black Hills State University celebrated homecoming this week from Sept. 17-23 with many of the activities including a hoe-down and a parade. The football game will kickoff tomorrow. This year’s theme is, “Livin’ It Up in the Wild West.” The Swarm Days Committee works to invite everyone to participate in all planned activities scheduled for the weekend. Kelly Kirk, co-chair of the Swarm Days Committee said, “One of the biggest goals of Swarm Days is to increase school spirit and student involvement in activities.”

The committee meets throughout the year to plan and schedule homecoming events. Many people believe their efforts make homecoming the success that it is. It is easy to get involved with the Swarm Days Committee, according to Kirk. “Meetings are at three p.m. in the Market Place; just show up. We’ll take all the help we can get,” said Kirk. “Involvement is important because it helps boost school spirit,” Kirk said. “Boosting school spirit is a lot of hard work.” “It’s hard to get people pumped for anything. I think it’s from a lack of school spirit,” said Chris Hogendorn, the Yellow Jacket mascot.

Graduation requirements endless Mandy Foster Staff Writer

The beginning of a new semester means one step closer to graduation day, but before that happens there are some important things students need to be informed of in order to actually get there. Requirements including exit examinations, portfolios and simply applying for graduation are sometimes forgotten through all the chaos of trying to make it through another semester. Students need to be aware of the deadlines to apply for graduation, find out when to take exit exams and if a portfolio needs to be submitted, all in order to receive their diploma as planned. It is a good idea to start preparing for graduation two semesters before planning to graduate. There are various resources students can utilize to help them make sure they meet all the deadlines and take their exit exams. The BHSU academic catalog provides much of the information students should know. Students can graduate from any academic catalog from the time of their enrollment and because requirements do change, it is important to keep up with the new catalogs each year. It is also good to know when certain classes are offered so as not to miss a class that is only offered every other year. The BHSU web page provides students with information on preparing for graduation. Web Advisor provides students with a detailed profile of their academic progress and shows which classes need to be completed in order to fulfill

requirements for graduation. This is useful in helping students plan for which classes to take next as well. One of the most important resources students should utilize is their academic advisor. Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, department of sociology, says that talking with an advisor is important for two reasons, “they can clue you into information to help you build a four year schedule, and they can help you figure out what you are going to do after graduation.” She says that advisors can help students find answers to questions, get the most out of school, and help them focus on what they really want to do with their education and future career. Aside from just focusing on getting done with school, there are some things students should take advantage of while they are here. Dr. ColmeneroChilberg says before students graduate they should take advantage of things such as studying abroad, internships, speakers and activities on campus and student government. Dr. Colmenero-Chilberg also believes that it is important to be involved in clubs and organizations on campus because it helps keep a balance between friends, family and the community, which is a positive remark on a resume that your potential employers will look at. While it is important for students to find out exactly what to do in order to make sure graduation can happen as planned, it is also important to take advantage of what the university offers to students. The resources are here, students need to take the time to look into them.

“I encourage everyone to get involved and have fun,” Kirk said. “We’re even having a hoe-down.” The events for this year’s Swarm Days included: -Monday- Coronation -Tuesday- Kiddie Parade -- Spirit Competition -Wednesday- Dance Lessons and Hoe-Down -Thursday- Hike to the “H” -Friday- Spirit Night and Float Prep -Saturday- Parade and BHSU Football Game Students can get involved in the activities by helping decorate the residence halls, the student union or a parade float. Float preparation takes

place in the field house on Friday night. Students can also participate in the spirit competition that takes place between the residence halls. Even students who don’t live in residence halls can go and take part in the action. Going to the Swarm Days events are a great way to get involved on campus according to Kirk, because there will be a lot of organizations there to learn about and also possibly get involved in. Students may even get involved by helping to plan for next year’s Swarm Days. The committee decides what events will take place during Swarm Days. They also pick a theme that they think would be fun and enjoyable for the student population.

Start something new

photo by Jenni Hahn

The Lakota Omniciye group sets up a table Thursday, September 13th for the Organizational Fair.

Spill Canvas concert opens semester, draws large crowd BHSU Up Team, booked the band as she felt they were becoming popular throughout the United States. She added that the group had BHSU students weren’t walking to class the been on tour quite frequently and she heard that evening of August 30, but instead making their a high number of students on campus enjoyed way to a concert on the green to see performers, their music. Amanda Samuelson, a member of The Spill Canvas. The night began with a BBQ the Up Team, said the concert had a successful hosted by Campus Ventures and ended with the turn-out. She estimated around 200 students applause from a satisfied audience. “It was a attended the concert. This year was the first year good opportunity to get out and serve others that The Spill Canvas performed at BHSU while getting to know some new people,” said The Spill Canvas, previously known as sophomore resident assistant, Dan Jensen. Nodes of Ranvier, began with Sioux Falls native, Katie Severns, chairperson of CAVE Nick Thomas, who is the lead singer and guitar (Concert And University Entertainment) for the player for the band. In addition to Thomas, Abby Jorgensen Staff Writer

members include Joe Beck, Scott McGuire and Dan Ludeman. Thomas did not form a full band until 2004. Thomas described the purpose, or message of their music as being honest, having no sugar coating and being very pure. He also added that they like to “keep it [the music] as organic as possible.” The group last toured the east coast and will begin touring the west coast in the near future. They will be on tour with Spitalfield, who also performed on campus September 13 within the next couple of weeks.

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Not another semester ... Jodi Schaffan Staff Writer

Dear Editor: Graduation is supposed to be a time of joy, relief and the knowledge that soon I will be stepping into the real world. Instead I have discovered that it is more stress and a lot more work than I was expecting. This is supposed to be my last semester at Black Hills State, and I am trying to put everything together so I am ready for the next big leap in my life. There is only one problem. I am a mass communications major with a photography emphasis and only a few of my classes are offered in the fall semester. What do I do now? Take 3 classes independent study and not learn as much as I had hoped? I wanted to write this because I think a lot of students at BHSU are having the same problem as I am. They really don’t know the reasons behind the delay in courses. I wanted more information about why I had to take another semester in order to be all that I could be. In order to answer this question, I talked to some of the Deans at BHSU. At first, I thought that I would still be angry even after talking to them, but they persuaded me into viewing it from their side. I discovered that the teachers are trying to accommodate the students as best they can, but they have certain restrictions that hold them back.

The amount of students enrolled Lower divisions in the school, (freshman and sophomores) have a in the course is key. If the 10-student more diverse group of classes to choose requirement is not met, then it is canfrom. The only classes they really need celled, or offered another year. Some for the first two years are generals. courses are only offered every 2 These classes are offered more often years because the faculty and staff because there are a higher number of know that it is unlikely for a lot of students that are required to take them. people to attend. Higher diviTeachers try to sions (juniors and Pick up the nine credits accommodate the seniors) have fewer by letting you need, add a couple silly students options because them take indethey start branching ones you don’t need, relax, pendent studies. out to their desired These are especialdegrees. and realize that you’re in ly helpful with Photography is a seniors. But if this for the long haul. smaller based major eight students need or emphasis and its the class in order to graduate it specific classes can only be offered becomes too hectic for the teacher and when enough people are able to take we as the student are stuck. them. I think that students should be If the school spreads these out, stuaware of these scheduling conflicts and dents are more likely to pick it up withshould understand why they are only in their junior or senior year. offered at certain times. I also believe Another restriction that limits classes is a thing called the four percent that students should realize that this isn’t going to change any time soon, so small sections state report. This means be prepared to stay where you’re at. that throughout the entire year, each Dean has to make sure their section has Now that they have the 5-year plan made up, there is no way there will be only four percent of their classes that changes made. are under enrolled. This means that Follow this advice: Pick up the nine most teachers can only have a certain credits you need, add a couple silly number of classes with an attendance of ones you don’t need, relax, and realize ten students or less. that you’re in this for the long haul. Try This statistic includes the summer, not to think but it doesn’t matter whether a class has of all the extra loan money you’ll nine students or two; it will still be canhave to pay back in the end. celled because of this requirement.

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Above: Lily Bruckner helps carry in living supplies for a student moving into the dorm for the semester. Below: A group of people brave the rain that poured down on Spearfish during the Sunday deemed move in day at Black Hills State University. Grant Halseide, Sr. business major, was on hand to help out. “My role during the day was to meet new students and make them feel welcome while helping them to get situated in their new living areas. Some of the organizations that provided willing bodies included Campus Ventures, the Yellow Jacket football and volleyball squads and Premier Bankcard.

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September 22, 2006

Faces in the crowd Kateri Rueb Staff Writer

Within the past few weeks, I have seen many new faces emerging from the classrooms. I find myself asking many questions. I stopped many of these students and asked them a series of questions and tried to get a better knowledge of the student body at Black Hills State University. As I talked with them more, I realized that many were from the surrounding area, such as: Rapid City, Lead-Deadwood and Gillette.

1: What are you looking forward to this semester? 2: Did you do anything great this summer? 3:Name one thing that would make BHSU better. 4:Name your favorite thing about BHSU.

From Cheyenne, Wy Undecided 1- I’m excited for the semester to get over with 2- Just a lot of good times 3- Shorter classes 4- I like the area and all of the laid back people

From Rapid City Mass Communications 1- My sports psych class 2- I Got engaged and I also traveled a lot 3- Cheaper parking passes 4- Location and professors

Corey Wheeler First year

Loni Williams Fifth year

From Rapid City Art Education 1- Living on my own, starting classes that actually have something to do with my major 2- No Answer 3- Wet campus 4- The teachers (well most)

Brandin Matthew Third year

Tarin Schielke Third year

From Rolette, ND Major in Sonography (ultrasound) 1- Living in my own apartment and off campus 2- I drove my motorcycle through Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. 3- Not so conservative 4- The area,the people and most of the teachers

BHSU staff: The good, the bad and the arrogant On another occasion, I asked a You go into a restaurant to have dinner; you order your beverage and the professor—who was my advisor at the waitress says: “I can’t help you,” then time--to help me with registration and he replied, “Can’t you just look in the walks away. You would be outraged! You’re a catalog?” (Get up and pour your own soda!) customer, providing But it is the most the waitress with her recent run-in with an paycheck. With this have my theories. unnamed BHSU staff type of service, the member that prompted me restaurant would He might hate his job to write this narrative. quickly earn a bad and hate students and As part of my workhas no business holdreputation and go out study job, I had to deliver a ing a position that of business. memo to request after-hour deals directly with stuStudents hear dents. ACE-card access for someme—we are paying one. I gave the memo to the “gate-keeper of BHSU customers at BHSU. We should expect to be treated as such. ACE access.” He took one nonchaIn my four years here, I have encoun- lant look at the piece of paper, threw tered more than few staff members who it in the trash and said, “I can’t help you. This has not been signed by the are analogous to the snobby waitress. For instance, my first few days at right person.” “Okay, well I was told by the perBHSU, I was lost. I meekly peered into son to whom you refer that he gives all the first office I could spot and asked ACE requests to you,” I replied. for help finding my classes. This par“Don’t worry about it. It’s done,” ticular secretary gave me a look as if to he says, all the while typing intensely say, “Are you stupid?” and she on his keyboard, ignoring my presence replied, “Well, it says right there on the best he can. He is condescending, your schedule.”


rude and mean. I was only trying to do through hoops. I have my theories. He my job, but he threw my work in the might hate his job and hate students and garbage. I’d been warned by others that has no business holding a position that this staff member was surly, but never deals directly with students. It just seems to be about control – keeping a expected this treatment. I politely explain, unsure if he tight hold onto that one piece of land was listening at all, that the ACE card possessed. (No. You may NOT have of a certain student doesn’t seem to your fries extra crispy!) There are some really amazing staff be working. At that point, he let out an annoyed members at BHSU. Definitely. Being sigh, as if it’s three in the morning and a mass-communications student, names I just got him out of bed. He said, “It like Linn Nelson, Steve Babbitt, and says right here, she was able to get in Dave Diamond come to mind. What the building yesterday. I can’t help about Cheryl Leahy in Financial Aid? And we’ve got the kindest custodial you. I’m sorry.” workers I’ve ever met. If it Whatever hapweren’t for some of these pened to, “How can I outstanding assets to BH, help you?” was only trying to I’m not sure I’d have stuck So I walked out, around. annoyed, embarrassed, do my job, but he In conclusion, but mostly angry. I threw my work in the whether an upper-classwanted to ask this per- garbage. man, a student in a posison why they were tion of authority, a profesbeing such a jerk – so supercilious. I sor or staff member, we are the servers wanted to speak to the manager. and the students are our customers. I’m not sure why this person ter- Our product is a quality educational rorizes students and other staff mem- experience. Let’s serve it with smiles bers. Or why anyone in an authoritative on our faces. And don’t forget: The position would make us students jump customer is always right.


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Theater offers students vast array of opportunities Sarah Trapp Staff Writer

There is a wide spectrum of activities for students to get involved in at Black Hills State University, one of which is the theater program. The theater program here at Black Hills State University presents up to 14 shows a year, which provides ample opportunities for student involvement. A very common misconception of the theater programs, are that acting and performing are the only types of opportunities available. This couldn’t be further from the truth, especially here at BHSU, where students are responsible for almost all the work that goes into a show. Stage crew, costume designers, light and sound technicians; even the people that volunteer to sell tickets or usher for the performances are crucial to the success of the program.

This variety of activities to choose from gives students the ability to control not only what they do for the program, but also how much of a time investment they can make. An easy way for students to introduce themselves to the theater program here at BHSU is to take basic theater classes. In addition to learning the basics of theater and filling elective credit hours, the teachers also make an active effort to get students involved. For example Bert Juhrend, a BHSU theater professor, offers extra credit points to his Introduction to Theater classes for time spent helping in the Woodburn scene shop. The scene shop provides a good opportunity for students that don’t know how to get involved. “We work almost every day from 1 to either 3 or 4 in the afternoon”, says

Casey Hibbert, a BHSU student and an active contributor to the theater program, in addition, time spent in the scene shop can provide opportunities to expand a students’ involvement in the program. Getting introduced to the program is as easy as stopping by the scene shop, but why should students try theater? “The theater is one of the most friendly, welcoming organizations on campus. No matter what the skill level of the student is, their knowledge and experience is welcomed. If they don’t know something, they’re taught. If they have ideas, they’re listened to” says Tammie Foley, another BHSU student and active theater member. Juhrend suggests taking part in the theater program to meet new people and to have fun. He also says that the program can provide wonderful experience to students that are pursuing a future career in the theater because of

the amount of hands on work that takes place. If students aren’t interested in actively participating in the program they can still provide support and encouragement to those that do, by attending the productions presented by the theater program. The program receives all of its funding through the general activities fund but doesn’t profit from the ticket sales. The student fee that goes to the general activities fund covers the cost of the plays each year. With their Ace Card, students can reserve two free seats to each show or are let in free of charge at the door. There are several ways that students can get involved in the BHSU theater program but attending the performances in support of the hard work of other students benefits the program, because what is a theater without an audience.

Shutterbuzz needs photos Abby Jorgensen Staff Writer

The Shutterbuzz Photography Club is holding a contest for students to submit their photographs to be considered for a fine art photography calendar. The contest is open to all students and photographs must be turned in by Oct. 2 by 4 p.m. Participants can bring their final photograph selections on CD to the Jonas Basement in room 008 and place them in the box.

There is a five-picture limit on submitted photographs and each student must include $2 with every picture they choose to turn in. Checks can be made payable to Shutterbuzz Photography Club. There will be a workshop held on Thursday, Sept., 28 from 3-5 p.m. for extra assistance on questions and photograph submission. The workshop will be located in Jonas 207. If students have questions, they can email Sara Pischke at or Jenni Hahn at

Up Team entertains students Beyonce’s birthday debut Jodi Schaffan Staff Writer

Sexy, tantalizing and amazing, these are the words that best describe Beyonce Knowles’s second solo album, Titled “Bday” the album was released on her twenty-fifth birthday, September 4th. A lot of critics say that it can be difficult to come back with a great sophomore album after such a successful first one. Beyonce’s second cd, in my opinion, topped the first one. She teams up with boyfriend Jay-Z for two songs on the record. Jay-Z has had many great successes in the music business, including tracks with Beyonce in the past. Their voices flow together beautifully and their collaborations have been very successful. Two great songs on the record are “Get Me Bodied” and

“Irreplaceable.” The first mentioned song, is a fast paced, booty-shakin’ song that will make you want to get up and dance. If you are driving in your car you will want to play this one and sing it at the top of your lungs. Beyonce slows it down for “Irreplaceable.” It is the type of song that could help you get through a breakup, or just listen to when you want to belt out a ballad. Beyonce recorded this cd in secret and didn’t even tell her own father that she was doing it. It was a surprise to everyone and worked out very well. Formerly a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has been able to prove her abilities by going solo and becoming a huge success. “B-Day” is a great buy if you are ready to dance and have some fun.

Kristen Kuhns Page Layout Editor

“Welcome to college” was a highly repeated phrase heard over the intercom of the dorm my freshman year. But it takes more than the simple phrase to actually feel welcome. BHSU is privileged enough to have a group dedicated to student fun. This group, known as the Up Team, arranges a welcome week for all students along with other activities scattered throughout the semester. This year, welcome week consisted of a PJ Dance, which proved successful with over 300 students in attendance and a drive-in-movie featuring Fun with Dick and Jane that was projected on the side of Meier Hall. A show put on by Sioux Falls, own The Spill Canvas and the Hall Olympics were also activities throughout the week.

Pierre who is the Student Programming Coordinator, Up Team puts on free events for all students to attend. “The Up Team uses money from the activity fees paid by each student at the beginning of the year. We are then able to put on activities and concerts “The Up Team uses money and give away prizes without charge to students.” from the activity fees paid The Up Team has by each student at the been busy working on beginning of the year. We upcoming events. On were then able to put on October ten, comedian activities and concerts and Buzz Sutherland will be give away prizes without in the Jacket Legacy charge to students.” ~Jennifer Hoscheid Room. The evening will start at 7:00 p.m. and is free to all students who wish to attend. relay. In the end, Humbert The last step in feeling Hall came out on top winning welcome, is to attend events the 100 dollar cash prize given put on. I would suggest by the Up Team to be used going out and giving these however the hall decides. free events a shot, you might According to Jennifer like them. Hoscheid, a sophomore from While Humbert and Thomas were the only two halls to show at the hall Olympics, they still proved to be an interesting time. Some events included a t-shirt thaw, tug-of-war and a bat spin


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Football now underway at BHSU Season gets off to a shaky start but has high expectations J. Isaac Harms Editor

The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket football team has taken the field three times this year, seeing defeat on two occasions and finding victory on one. During week one of the team’s season, the Yellow Jackets met defending NAIA national champions Carroll College from Helena, Mont. The result was a 28 to three Jacket loss at their home opener. In week two, BHSU traveled to Eau Claire Wis. to battle the Blugolds. In an offensive struggle, the

Jackets lost 20 to zero. Week three yielded a victory for the Jackets. Jacket Sr. defensive end Luke Neeley, is excited about the rest of the season. “We had a rough start, but we all are up for the challenge. Offensively, the timing between the quarterback and the receivers is beginning to tighten up; we are excited for the next few weeks to prove ourselves worthy.” The Yellow Jackets are only four weeks into their season, so look for them at Lyle Hare Stadium on the campus of Black Hills State University on Saturday afternoons.

photo by Jenni Hahn

James Lemke, #13, tries to get around a saints defender.

Upcoming Home Games: 09/23/06 Dickinson St.


10/14/06 Jamestown


10/28/06 Valley City


11/04/06 Minot St.


11/18/06 NAIA Playoffs


photo by Jenni Hahn

Craig Tschetter, #20, runs the ball as Drew Reuman, #45, hold off a defender.

Inaugural spring softball season getting closer establishing a team of competitive athletes after Gurney was informed of her position as the head coach. “Everything was thrown at me at once, I The Yellow Jacket inaugural softball season dug in and took one thing at a time,” stated will begin in March of 2007 with double headers Gurney. In an attempt to finish her schooling and on weekdays and weekends. The games usually start in the afternoons. Though their field is still assistant coaching at Northern State University, under construction, the team is working in their Gurney worked long hours at night making off season, on strength and conphone calls, sending e-mails, and ditioning, fundamentals, and communication through connecteam bonding. tions in the softball conferences, Amy Gurney, Head Coach, to contact and set up mini trystated that “the team is new but outs/workouts to form a successvery strong and they will get the ful group of athletes. opportunity to start new tradiAfter playing in college, Gurney tions.” These girls will also be believes she brings trust to the responsible for defining what it team; they know she’s been in simmeans to be a Yellow Jacket ilar situations due to her experience softball player. as a collegiate player. Gurney also Gurney believes the teams’ brings knowledge of pitching and competitiveness is right up there reading batters, which is very helpwith all the other conference ful in a head coach. Gurney’s teams. “A matter of creating an assistant coach, Cindy Smith shares environment of expectations and trust,” Gurney stated in a photo by Jenni Hahn in her philosophy. Smith, a BHSU coaching philosophy, “is clearly Coach Amy Gurney alumnus, is relearning fast pitch and stating what you want your team “is very helpful, positive and hard to know.” working,” Gurney stated. The Lady Jacket’s are expected to be “student-athletes” and through team bonding are building trust that will aid in communication between pitcher and catcher, squeeze plays and .” an overall team unity. Gurney wants the lady Jackets to play as a ~Amy Gurney veteran team. The new softball program began

Jenni Hahn Staff Writer

“The team is new but very strong

photos by Jenni Hahn

Above: Coach Amy Gurney gets her softball team ready for the first softball season BHSU has ever had. The inaugural season gets under way spring 2007 and is highly anticipated. Below: Players are hard at practice this fall to gear up for this spring’s season


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Lady Yellow Jackets start off season on a high note Team looking to improve upon last year’s season Kateri Reub and Whitney Peterson Staff Writers

The women’s volleyball team started off the 2006 season with a win against Haskell Indian Nation University on August 26th. Since then, the Lady Yellow Jackets have had

victories against Concordia University, William Woods University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Dakota Wesleyan University and Mt. Marty College to bring their season to a 6-4 start. Hopefully the Lady Jackets can snap a two match loosing streak when they play Jamestown College on September 22nd at 7:00pm

photo by Jenni Hahn

Jennifer Weitzel, #4, looks on as Amber Elliot, #6, digs the ball from the Lady Hardrockers. Weitzel is a Junior setter from Berthoud, CO. Elliot is a Senior outside hitter from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Lady Jackets Volleyball 2006 Schedule #







Jamestown College


7:00 pm



Dakota State Univ.


7:00 pm



Minot State Univ.


7:00 pm



Dickinson State


3:00 pm



Dana College

Rapid City

3:00 pm



SD Tech





Colorado College

Colorado Springs





Rapid City

7:00 pm



Valley City State


7:00 pm



Mayville State Univ.





Dakota State Univ.


7:00 pm



Jamestown College

Jamestown, ND

7:00 pm



Dickinson State Univ. Dickinson, ND

7:00 pm



Minot State Univ.

3:00 pm



1st Rnd. Conf. Playoff TBA




DAC Final Four





Region III Champ.





NAIA Nationals



Minot, ND

at the Donald E. Young Center. For the eighth season, Jhett Albers will be leading the Lady Yellow Jackets from the sidelines along with Brian Heck, in his rookie year as assistant coach. With seven freshmen, one sophomore, five juniors and two seniors, the Lady Yellow Jackets are projected to have a great season.

photo by Jenni Hahn

Some fanatic fans gather together to cheer on the Lady Yellow Jackets as they defeated the Lady Hardrockers at the SDSM&T campus on September 6th.

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their monthly cell phone bill, In response to South which is one of the highest in Dakota’s unfair double tax on the nation. In fact, South cell phone service, 20,000 Dakota’s double tax on cell South Dakotans signed a petiphones means that we’re paying tion to repeal the tax and bring 80% more than Montana, 50% South Dakota’s tax burden on more than Iowa and 40% more cell phone service back in line than Minnesota,” noted former with neighboring states. Unlike Augustana College President many states, South Dakotans Bruce Halverson. have the same “That is power as the state u n a c c e p t a b l e ,” legislature to iniHalverson added. he double tax tiate new laws or In 2003, the on cell phones generrepeal current South Dakota ates less than 2 percent laws that are state legislature of South Dakota’s undesirable or passed a 4% gross $2.6 billion annual unnecessary. receipts tax on budget and even less “The double cell phone serv- revenue for South tax on cell phones ice, which raises Dakota’s 66 counties.” generates less approximately $8 than .2% of South million per year z ~ Alan Aker Dakota’s $2.6 bilwith 60% of the lion annual budget revenues going to the state and 40% divided and even less revenue for South amongst South Dakota’s 66 Dakota’s 66 counties. We are counties. The double tax on cell confident that hundreds of thouphone service is on top of the sands of cell phone users will taxes and fees that already apply join the tens of thousands of to cell phone service. Those South Dakotans who took the taxes – including the local sales first step by placing this measure tax, county 911 fees, public util- on the ballot and “Vote Yes on 8” ity fees, federal excise taxes and in November,” Aker concluded. federal regulatory surcharges – spike the average tax and fees on South Dakota cell phone users to Courtesy South Dakotans nearly 18%. Against Double Taxation


This plan just doesn’t fit my budget

photo by John Burnap

Spearfish resident Aaron Nelson uses his cell phone, even though South Dakota cell phone users pay one of the highest cell phone taxes in the nation.

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Dispatches from the Jam, day one Cody Winchester Staff Writer

The first day of the 16th annual Deadwood Jam, held in the parking lot of the Deadwood History and Information Building, was, to put it mildly, irregular. Spearfish favorites The Madhats were above par, New Jersey rocked dinosaurs, The Smithereens were more than just a bit blasé, and Keller Williams, hair-swinging, funk-looping Mr. beat-box freakstyle himself, was, in a word, exceptional. I missed the first part of The Madhats’ opening act, their first at the Jam, but judging from the portion I did hear the talented local favorites were nothing if not consistent. Justin Olson, Mike Brennan and Chris Tetreault played a heavy rotation of their standard material, including a few pleasing covers and a new, as-yet unnamed, song during the hour-long set. “It went really smoothly,” said Olson. “I was surprised by how many Madhats fans were there — we’ve got a good following in the area.” Next up were The Smithereens, an east-coast rock group that came together in the early ‘80’s and eventually rose to mild renown with the single “A Girl Like You,” which peaked at No. 38 on the 1990 Billboard pop charts. How were they at the Jam? To be perfectly blunt, I enjoyed no part of their washed-out performance, particularly as it was coupled with a seemingly endless succession of stiff, hackneyed stage theatrics. Perpetually clinging to the comfortable mediocrity of a distant past, the aging group spent over an hour wheezing out a mishmash of tired, formulaic songs in true early ‘90’s crap-rock style. But perhaps most unsettling were the antics of ballooning lead man Pat DiNizio. Cap bill upturned, lower lip dangling crazily, the saliva-slinging Jersey native with a cockney accent strummed and stumbled his way to an unsurprisingly lackluster finish — what else but “A Girl Like You” — to a mixture of lukewarm enthusiasm and disgruntled incredulity. To be fair, there were a few isolated bright spots in the mix, most originating with guitarist Jim Babjak;

even at these moments, however, it seemed that the crowd’s excitement was driven more by its collective drunkenness and a restless anticipation of the upcoming show than a true appreciation of Babjak’s fancy guitarwork. The Smithereens were still onstage when the first

photo by J. Issac Harms

Virginia native Keller Williams packed the house at the Deadwood Jam, September 8. shouts of “Keller! Keller!” began, and they were probably well on their way back to New Jersey by the time the clamor died down. Keller Williams took the stage around 8:15 to a large assembly of rowdy fans. He was at once laid-back

and feverishly madcap — Miles Davis meets Jack Black — exploding outward with a cheerful passion and at the same time drawn inward to himself: a consequence, perhaps, of playing solo for so long. I’ve seen Keller three times now, and I’m still not quite sure what it is that sets him apart from any other schmuck with a guitar … Talent? Technique? His childlike exuberance? Perhaps it’s his innovation, his creativity, the élan vital with which he so gleefully enacts this one-man road show. Or perhaps it’s that he seems to derive so much joy from such a simple act, as if playing a guitar (or several guitars) somehow validates him. Whatever the reason, the 36-year-old put on quite a show that chilly Friday night, blending together an array of tricky finger-picked acoustic guitar cuts with several wellexecuted multi-instrument jams. He played a number of fan favorites: “Portapotty,” “Freeker by the Speaker,” “Word Up” and, to my delight, “Breathe,” as well as a few solid covers — most notably Todd Snider’s subtly political “Conservative, Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White American Males.” One of the most interesting aspects of a Keller Williams’ show is his inimitable technique of using a live time-delay looping system (“phrase sampling”) to create a few bars of rhythm, after which he jumps in with another instrument to play along, eventually creating the illusion of a full band. And when it comes to playing with himself, Keller is unmatched. His beats are tight, his rhythms pure, his lyrics, immaculate. It was like the execution of a complicated dance: the Deadwood crowd watching in awe as each player stepped in and out of rhythm in near-perfect time. (This technique, by the way, was inspired in part by Flecktones bass player Victor Wooten.) Keller played for about an hour and a half, and afterward much of the crowd remained massed at the stage gate, hoping for more … But he was gone, backstage for good, and so the jubilant crowd shuffled off into the night, left to laugh and dance, and dream about the possibilities of next year.

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Students Recommend Local Restaurants Erica Morris Staff Writer

Many college students, including myself, value the convenience and price of any value menu at the various fast food restaurants around town. Yet, these places really don’t pass as classy when you take someone out on a date and could leave you dateless for the rest of the year. There actually are restaurants in Spearfish that are great for date night and don’t require you to take out a loan in order to pay. First, there is Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant located at 83 W Highway 14. This restaurant has a great festive atmosphere with lots of color and plenty of booth and table seating. The food is some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had. With plenty of options and decently priced appetizers and entrees, Guadalajara’s is great for anyone who enjoys authentic Mexican food. I recommend the taco salad with either chicken or beef and try the fried ice cream. Next, located on 620 E Jackson Blvd, is The Millstone Family Restaurant. It is a family style restaurant that serves the all-American food we grew up on. One nice quality of this restaurant is that it’s open 24 hours a day, which makes it a hot spot for college students. It’s a prime place to order some fries and a coffee while just starting to study that final the night before. There are daily specials and many different dishes on the menu, from breakfast food to some great desserts. You can also put someone’s birthday or anniversary on the sign outside the restaurant, which can make your friends become your best friends. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 301 N 27th St., is out of town a little ways but is worth the drive due to excellent food which offers something for everyone. The staff is accommodating and everything is clean. It is also diet friendly, with a Weight Watchers portion on the menu. But if you’re not on a diet, I highly recommend a Club House Grill sandwich with strawberry lemonade. In addition, the Applebee’s Riblets taste like a million bucks, not $10.99. This is a great date restaurant if you want to dress up cute and avoid people to starring at you like they do in McDonald’s. If you’ve never had a “dipstick”, make your way over to Sanford’s Grub & Pub on 545 W Jackson Blvd. With creative names for everything on the menu, it makes for a great laugh. Like a “dipstick”, which is a French dip sandwich. The junk/decorations will keep you interested for hours, which is great if your date is really boring. My favorite appetizer there is the deep fried pickles with peanut butter, which may be an acquired taste. I highly recommend this restaurant as a place to take friends, a girlfriend or family, it’s great for all! These are just a few of the many restaurants located in Spearfish, but it offers a great starting list for anyone who wants a little more class then fast food. So next time you hear that little voice that says, “Take her to Burger King,” grab this article and try one of these sit down restaurants for yourself!

photo by Jenni Hahn BHSU students take time out of their busy schedules to have lunch and study in the Student union.

Top Eateries on Campus Mike Swanson Staff Writer

Many people at Black Hills State University are unaware of what their options are for eating on campus. There are two primary areas where food is served on campus: the Market Place and Pangburn Cafeteria. The Market Place contains a number of eateries that include Cool Beans, Pastabilities, the Garden Shop and the Market Grill. One drawback of the Market Place is that you will wait between five and ten minutes to receive your food. The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It offers two main courses to choose from for each meal as well as a sandwich and salad bar. Of these places, my preferred place to eat is at the Market Place. It is a much newer facility that was part of the additions made in 1994. Upon entering, one can instantly notice the modern feel and relaxed atmosphere. The Garden Shop is my favorite location to eat, but there is something for everyone at the four potential restaurants. It is marketed to the health conscious individual because it offers salads, chips and sandwiches. My personal favorite was the submarine sandwiches because they are reasonably priced and quite tasty. Pastabilities is a good choice for someone craving Italian food. They serve both pizza and

pasta and have a fairly large variety of foods. The Market Grill specializes in hot, cooked foods similar to what you would find at a fast food restaurant. They also serve breakfast such as omelets and French toast. This is a good choice for someone wanting a hot meal. Another location is Cool Beans and it serves mainly snacks and coffee. Their menu is similar to what you would find at a local convenience store. This place is perfect for the rushed student who is just looking to catch a quick snack before his next class. As stated earlier, the Pangburn Cafeteria serves two main courses for each meal that change daily. There is always a good selection but it is apparent that their focus is on quantity and not quality. The food is not terrible but I do feel it is lacking compared to what the Market Place has to offer. One plus side to the mass produced food is that your food is ready as soon as you arrive and there is very little waiting time. In summation, if you want high quality foods as well as a modern and relaxed atmosphere, then go to the Market Place. But be prepared to spend more than you would have at the cafeteria, because your meal plan for the cafeteria cannot be used to buy meals at the Market Place. If you’re just looking to eat food or hoping to catch a quick meal, then the Pangburn Cafeteria is the place for you.

Survey Shows Entry Level Employers Plan to Increase Hiring in 2007 MILWAUKEE, WI--September 12, 2006 – As the class of 2007 enters the Fall semester,, the #1 entry level job site previews entry level hiring trends for this year's graduating class. And it’s going to be a great year for the Class of 2007. According to a recent survey by, 55% of entry level employers are planning to hire more college grads in 2007 than they hired in 2005. Another 35% of employers are planning to hire at the same level in 2007, many of whom already increased their hiring in 2006. Only 10% of employers expect their hiring to be less in 2007.

"This is shaping up to be a great year for college recruiting," said Brian Krueger, president of "The hiring increase that we're seeing is consistent throughout the nation and across all majors."Why the increase? "The talent we find on college campuses is a terrific way to bring an influx of energy and enthusiasm into our business," said Rachel Koenig, National Manager of Recruiting & Development for Consolidated Graphics. Other employers cite an aging workforce and are anticipating an increase in retirement. The Class of 2007 should

expect to see an attractive entry level hiring market in the coming year. As entry level employers are gearing up for a busy 2007 recruiting year, upcoming college grads should begin their job searching now. Krueger recommends that college students start their job search early. "Many top employers are already hiring for next year. The earlier you start, the greater the number of opportunities that will be available to you." College grad hiring saw a 7.8% increase in 2006 over 2005, according to the Top Entry Level Employers Survey.

"While 2007 number are yet to be determined," said Krueger, "we're looking forward to another very positive growth year for entry level will again be conducting its annual Top Entry Level Employers survey that will further outline 2007 entry level hiring trends. Employers can begin participating now by filling out the survey available at h t t p : / / w w w. c o l l e g e g r a d . c o m / survey/topemployers.??About – Courtesy of

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New Facebook features fall under fire Mati Kahler Staff Writer

Mark Zuckerberg, creator of the online social network,, recently met protests and petitions from livid users of the site. The morning of Sept. 5, Facebook launched two new features— News Feeds and Mini-Feeds, concerning users with privacy issues. News feeds highlight all onsite actions of members within a social circle and are posted on the login page. Mini-feeds highlight each member’s actions and are posted within individual’s profiles. The features were introduced to present a fresh way to view the news within social circles; users however, saw the feeds as an invasion of privacy. Psychology major, Teigan Apodaca says she hasn’t used the online social network much, since the onset of the new features. “It all seems very nosy, I don’t like that everyone knows exactly what I’m doing,” she remarks.

Zuckerberg responded to the negative feedback the evening of September 5 by posting a blog on the site titled, “Calm Down. Breathe. We Hear You.” In the blog, Zuckerberg announced the recognition of concerns that the new features were stalker-like. He also encouraged users to give the feeds a chance and enjoy the benefits of the new features. Three days later, Zuckerberg posted another blog

stating, “We really messed this one up.” Zuckerberg confirmed that the most extensive privacy controls had not been built into the new features right away, but that he and the other engineers worked for days to ensure the best privacy settings. Users now have the ability to choose what News Feeds and Mini-Feeds will be public or private. Sociology major, Layne Ness thinks that some people took the privacy issue a little too seriously and states, “You open yourself up to that [invasion of privacy] if you’re on Facebook.” She is pleased with the more efficient privacy settings, but thinks a certain amount of privacy is willingly surrendered by posting a profile on a social network. Facebook is an online social network that was developed in 2004 by Harvard Student, Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates. Facebook has more than 9 million users and assists in the spread of information and pictures. Anyone with an e-mail address from a college, high-school or any other accepted organization can register with Facebook.

Spearfish Jaycees Help Community Loni Williams Staff Writer

Interactive Fun photo by Jenni Hahn

BHSU students enjoy an intense afternoon playing video games.

The fall semester is starting to move along. Now that you are settled in with your schedules, the Spearfish Jaycees want you to get involved with your community. The Spearfish Jaycees, also known as the Junior Chamber, is a fun organization of young adults who are trying to make our community an even better place to live. They organize events for kids, teens and adults. Some of the most popular events in the last year were the Pitch, Hit and Run, Punt, Pass and Kick and the Spearfish Battle of the Bands. The Jaycees also get involved with projects like Relay for Life and other fundraising organizations. Being part of the Junior Chamber is a great thing to add to your resume for jobs or graduate schools. It is also a good way to get involved in the community while letting people know who you are and what services you can provide.


e are honored to receive the 2005 South Dakota Jaycees Most Excited Chapter Award. ~Sonya Hoffman Whether you are a business major who wants to establish future clientele or an art major who is looking for events to advertise your work; whatever your major, the Jaycees can benefit you. But more important than the work that you will do, it is very fulfilling to know you are giving back to your community. The Jaycees are not incredibly time consuming. It meets the first Sunday of every month for about an hour and puts on a project once every month or two. However, if you are especially dedicated and have the time, you can go to the conferences that are held all over South Dakota every couple of

months and also in Florida once a year. In 2005, the Spearfish Jaycees first year, they received 18 awards from the State Jaycees meeting. “We were honored to receive the 2005 South Dakota Jaycees Most Excited Chapter Award,” said President Sonya Hoffman. “It was really exciting to accept such an award in front of all the other chapters since we are the newest and smallest of them all.” Aside from all the work, the Jaycees also take the time to become a stronger group by having socials a few times a year. These socials can be a barbeque at the park, a night in Deadwood, a few games of bowling or just something that brings the members of the organization together. To become a member, Please contact president Sonya Hoffman at 717-2566. Additional information on the South Dakota Jaycees can be found at

Today Newspaper’s trivia challenge! Correctly answer all three questions and be the first person to email them to for a $10 gift certificate to the university bookstore. 1.) What university did Dr. Schallenkamp most recently work for? 2.) When will the next issue of the TODAY newspaper be published? 3.) Name one thing that Nic’s Nax specializes in. *hint: a good place to look for the answers are inside this paper!

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THAT’S WHAT THEY SAID... “If ya ain’t cheatin,’ ya ain’t tryin.’” - John Madden of his 1972 Oakland Raiders football team.

"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work." - Robert Frost, great American poet and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes.

"I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did." - Yogi Berra, catcher for the New York Yankees. He is the only major league manager to lead an American and National league team to the World Series.

“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.” - George Burns, comedian extrodinaire.

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” -Winston Churchill, author and former leader of the United Kingdom


September 22, 2006

ODD NEWS Pig withstands tasers from cops GREEN BAY(AP)— A pig withstood taser shots from police officers and eluded authorities for more than an hour after wandering onto Green Bay's major highway. The 150-pound pig was spotted by a passing driver on US 41 at 6 p.m. Wednesday night, Green Bay Police Lt. Todd LePine said. The animal reportedly went into traffic several times, creating a

hazard, he said. Officers located the pig about 7 p.m. and made two attempts to subdue it with a stun gun, he said, but it fled both times after pulling out the Taser probes. A passerby who described himself as a former pig farmer tried to wrestle the animal, but the animal pulled away from him as well, LePine said.

Three tranquilizer darts were finally used to bring the pig under control, and it was placed in blanket and lifted into an animal control van, LePine said. The animal was taken to the Bay Area Humane Shelter that evening. Police said a local attorney planned to claim the pig Thursday. The name of the pig's owner was not disclosed.

Scientists discover shark that walks on fins Thailand(AP)—Scientists combing through undersea fauna off Indonesia's Papua province said Monday they had discovered dozens of new species, including a shark that walks on its fins and a shrimp that looks like a praying mantis. The team from U.S.-based Conservation International also warned that the area — known as Bird's Head Seascape — is under danger from fishermen who use dynamite and cyanide to net their catches and called on Indonesia's government to do more to protect it. "It's one of the most stunningly beautiful landscapes and

seascapes on the planet," said Mark Erdmann, a senior adviser


bove and below water, it’s simply mind blowing.” —Mark Erdmann

of Conservation International who led two surveys to the area earlier this year. "Above and below water, it's simply mind blowing," he said.

Erdmann and his team claim to have discovered 52 new species, including 24 new species of fish, 20 new species of coral and eight new species of shrimp. Among the highlights were an epaulette shark that walks on its fins, a praying mantis-like shrimp and scores of reef-building corals, he said. Conservation International said papers on two of the new fish species, called flasher wrasse because of the bright colors the male exhibits during mating, have been accepted for publication to the Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology.

Men tried by boiling oil NEWDELHI(Reuters)—The leaders of a village in the Indian state of Rajasthan ordered 150 men to dip their hands into boiling oil to prove their innocence after food was stolen from a local school, a newspaper reported Sunday. In late August the school's principal informed police that rice and wheat had disappeared but no action was taken, the Sunday Express said.

The council, or panchayat, of Ranpur village, 340 km (210 miles) south of state capital Jaipur, then decided to take the law into its own hands. After 10 days spent trying to identify those responsible, it issued what the paper called the "medieval diktat." The 150 men from Ranpur and two neighboring hamlets were told to pick a copper ring from a cauldron of boiling oil.

The council elders then announced that the 50 who refused the order must be behind the crime. Many are now nursing their burns. "We would have been ostracized had we refused. Out of fear all of us agreed. This is not the first time this has been done," said one 45-year-old man. He has now testified against the elders, who have been arrested.

Today. September 22, 2006  
Today. September 22, 2006  

Today. September 22, 2006. Student newspaper of the Black Hills State University. This is one of our old archived issues from 2006