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rtemis House provides shelter, counselling and assistance to families in distress.

learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some comes from ahead And some come from behind.”


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It’s time for pre-registration Darby Warne Staff Writer

Pre-registration is upon BHSU students. Pre-registration will take place in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room during April 13 through 20, with Seniors registering on the 13, Juniors on the 14, Sophomores on the 15 & 16, and Freshman on the 19 & 20. All students need to meet with their advisor before these dates. Students can pick up class schedules (for Fall and Summer) in their College office. April 1 through 13 are the days designated for advising, during this time students need to make an appointment with their advisor to get the final arrangements made for their registration. This is very important because students need to have their schedule ready (filled out completely, legibly, and signed) when they walk in the doors of the Student Union MultiPurpose Room. Pre-registration will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on these dates. "I always try to go to the registration really early in the morning because then I have a better chance of getting the classes I want," said Junior Jayme Zea. Students should not worry about not getting the classes they want. There will be times to register again before next semester. For those students that need to take a placement test (Math or English), they will be held on Thursday, April 15, in Jonas 305. Before go to take the tests they need to register with the College of Arts and Science at 6426420, Room 108. "If you need any help finding or receiving an advisor go to the office of the College of your major and ask ques-

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New Student Senate leaders elected Sarah Cuny On Campus Editor

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Student Association President, David Steele, and Vice-President, Mitch Adams, took the oath of office on Monday, April 12 after winning the election by 35 votes. The two campaigned on a platform of “no promises.”

Senate newcomers, David Steele and Mitch Adams won the Black Hills State University Student Association Presidential and Vice Presidential elections which were held on March 30-31. They campaigned with the platform of making no promises, just pledging to do the best they can for the students at Black Hills State University. The election shows that students here don't believe that you have to be a politician to get things done. Students want two guys more like themselves," said Steele, a junior majoring in Secondary Education. Steele and Adams' opponents were Ryan Maher and Max Wetz, both active in the current Student Senate. The election turned out 291 voters, with 163 voting for Steele and Adams, and 128 voting for Maher and Wetz. A constitutional amendment was also passed with 216 voting "Yes", 53 voting "No", and 21 students not participating. The amendment eliminated the positions of Public Relations Director and Finance Director for the Student Senate and divided their responsibilities between the Vice-President and Executive Secretary. According to Wetz, the two positions were eliminated because of the difficulty of filling them and also will save money. The amendment also included changes to the constitution to clean up language. "I know David and Mitch will do a good job. I hope they try to overcome their lack of experience as soon as possible," said Corey Christians, the current Senate President. "I want to see them keep up the tradition of attending the federation meetings and going against policies that are against the students needs." Steele has no previous experience in the Student


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Congressman Thune visits campus; discusses student issues Max Wetz Assistant Editor

Congressman John Thune visited the Black Hills State University campus Tuesday, March 30, to discuss issues important to students, faculty and administration who attended the event. During the talk, Thune voiced concern over the challenges he faces as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. “When they call the roll for California, they have 52; when they call the roll for New York, they have 31; and when they call the roll for Texas, they have 29; South Dakota has

one,” said Thune. “So that makes it really challenging to advocate and fight for the things that are important for a small state.” One of the battles Thune has been fighting in the last few months is over the impending agricultural crisis. “Most places in the country and even some places in South Dakota, are not aware of the crisis we’re experiencing with farmers and ranchers

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on the threshold of having a major collapse, if we’re not there already,” said Thune. Moves were being made to divert a crisis in the ag industries according to Thune. “Whether you live in a big city, you may not think there is a big impact, but really there is a domino effect on the economy,” Thune said. “There are some things that we are working on at the federal level right now that I hope will go though.”

Thune said that ag issues being looked at included a reform of the crop insurance program, meat-origin labeling, and mandatory price reporting. Thune stated that it is important for everyone to get involved with the democratic process and work to make a difference. “I think all of us have a responsibility and a need to be involved,” Thune said. “I think it is critical to get involved at some level.” Popular suggestions on Social Security reform were outlined and Thune said he sees a need for change. “I don’t think you’ll ever see a


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Give blood on April 27 and save a life Blood is one of the doctor’s most valuable resources, and many people are alive today because blood was available when they needed it. United Blood Services, the area’s nonprofit community blood provided, relies entirely on volunteer donors to help maintain a constant, sufficient blood supply. Blood comes from only one source--healthy people who are willing to give of themselves. The biggest reason people don’t donate is that no one has asked them. Consider yourself asked! Mountain Ranger Student Organization will sponsor a blood drive from 9-12 and 1-5 on April 27, 1999 at the Student Union Multipurpose Room. Donors shall be at least 17 and may donate whole blood until the age of 79. These people are invited to give blood during the drive to help patients in this community. Those who wish to make an appointment to donate at the upcoming blood drive may call Harold Stewart at 642-6030. ID is required to donate. Please bring a complete list of medications taken in the past month. Refreshments will be served.

CIS hosts Tribal Language Summit Black Hills State University, Center of Indian Studies invites you to a Tribal Language Summit, Cook Gym on BHSU campus, April 15, 1999, from 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Topics on the agenda include: English only legislation, language (summer) camps, curriculum development, native teacher training, elder involvement and language immersion programs. Refreshment, snacks and lunch will be provided, for additional information please contact: Stephanie Charging Eagle, BHSU, Director of Indian Studies, (605) 642-65778, or Marion Blue Arm, BHSU, (605) 642-6109 or Kirsten Durzy, BHSU, (605) 642-6109.

Stress release seminar held April 20-23 Join us in the Student Union Multi-purpose room, Stress Less Zone to experience relaxation techniques, learn time management skills and more. Tuesday April 20th through Friday April 23rd, 10 a.m.- 2p.m. For more information call Larry Tentinger at 642-6042.

Immunization required for registration Students, please make sure your immunization are up-to-date. Holds have been put on and this could delay your registration attempts, if you are not up-todate with a proof of two MMR shots on record at the Student Health Services. You can call Student Health Services at 642-6520 or stop in our office in room 222 of the Young Center to check on your immunization status.

Tourism internship available at RCCVB The Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering an internship position to anyone majoring in tourism. This position would enhance the student’s knowledge of the tourism industry. Knowledge of the industry and experience would be obtained by working on special projects, i.e. conventions, tourism, international marketing, marathon and/or other events coordinated through the convention and visitors bureau. The student would also be involved in research, surveys, convention and trade shows leads, as well as the bureau’s marketing program. Exposure to other tourism industry businesses such as hotel, motel and area visitor center would be included. All potential applicants should contact Sandy Heintz at the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1-800-487-3223 ext. 24.

“A Night to Remember” coming in April If you are ready to dance the night away in style, join us for a “Night to Remember,” a semi-formal dance on April 17th, 1999 from 7p.m.-12:30a.m. This formal will be held in the Park Pavilion in Spearfish for all juniors and seniors from BHSU. Tickets will be on sale immediately in the Today Newspaper office (daytime), or KBHU office (Thursday) from 2:45-5:00 p.m.) if you would like to attend, you may purchase tickets for $20/couple or $12.50/single. This will include beverages, or you may bring your your own( in a brown bag-hint,hint) Music will be provided by HIFI Productions, and this event is also sponsored by Amoco 14. Two 5x7 pictures will also be provided for addition $10 by photographer Allen Carroll. “A Night to Remember” is not a school sponsored event. If you would like more information, or would like to help out please contact Terresah Hall at 642-9124 or Jenn Pope 642-9087



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Thune... fully privatized Social Security,” said Thune. He said that while the future of Social Security is not yet clear, there is movement toward reform. “It is destined for bankruptcy if something doesn’t change,” Thune said. Thune also discussed the possibilities of changes in the overly-complicated tax system. “I don’t see the tax system getting overhauled until after the next election,” Thune said. “Literally if you look at it, they say that three and half million people make a living off the tax system...We spend more time and money defending ourselves against our own tax code than foreign enemies.” He said proposals are being looked at, but he doesn’t expect any changes until a new administration is installed.

continued from page 1 Thune also shared his views of the higher education situation in South Dakota. “The tools ought to be in place for you to get an education,” Thune said, “and a big factor in that is cost. So trying to keep costs down is a challenge.” There are several things that are being done at the federal level to benefits students according to Thune. He pointed out that the Higher Education Reform Act, which was passed last year, increased Pell Grant amounts and the lowest interest rate in 17 years. Questions concerning campus crime reporting laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Kosovo were addressed. Thune said that he was not in favor

Registration... tions. If you are 'undeclared' go to the office of the College of Arts and Science in Jonas 108. Information about all majors and the Colleges can be found on page four of the Student Handbook," said Christa Fye, Student Assitance Center. Students do need to remember to check their immunization records, and any holds because if they are not upto-date students cannot register. "Remember to check your

Senate... Senate and Adams, a junior majoring in Pre-Dentistry, served as a senator 2 years ago, but they say their lack of experience will not matter when it comes to standing up for the students issues. "We want to address issues here on campus and take the state level issues after that. We will continue to attend

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of sending ground troops to Kosovo, but that there may be a need in the future for further action. “You either have to do it right or not do it,” Thune said. “This is classic Clinton pin-prick foreign policy with minimum risk.” “I think they (Serbians) are going to be tough,” Thune said. “This is a civil war and if we want to effect the outcome, we’ve got to arm the Kosovars, instead of sending our guys in there. Just let them fight it out.” Thune said that if the situation in Kosovo changes, he may be more open to sending in troops, but “that (the decision not support ground forces) was a decision made at that time.”

25 years ago Twenty staffers earn over $15,000 salary Figures released by the state auditor, Alice Kundert, indicates that 20 of BH’s 126 faculty members and administrator earn state salaries of $15,000 or more. The statistics were taken from Dec. 23 payroll and are a matter of public record. They are available on request from the state auditor’s office.

20 Years ago Sawmill employee suffers harassment

continued from page 1 immunization records at Student Health Services to make sure they are complete, check if you have any holds, check the general requirements, and make sure to pick alternate c l a s s e s . This will help the pre-registration process go a little faster," said graduating Senior Wyatt Rasmussen. If any students are still having problems contact the Student Assitance Center in Cook Gym at 642-6259. Their

continued from page 1 the federation meetings and go to the legislation in Pierre, but we want to assess the issues on campus before addressing state level issues and federation issues," said Steele. Steele and Adams plan to build the relationships between the students and Student Senate and the Administration. "In order for the senate to be a true

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Student Senate it requires student participation, not just senate participation," said Steele. The newly elected President and Vice-President look forward or to their duties next year. "I am glad that we won, if our opponents would've won, they would've done an equally good job," said Adams.

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“ I’m not scared. Sure I’m nervous. But what else can they do to me?” Joe Croell, a BH sophomore, has been a victim of attacks, from tire slashing to the destruction of his car. He is a non-union worker at the Homestake Sawmill, and has been crossing the picket line. Croell feels the attacks are “union related” and he “ knows who is doing it” And he says whoever is doing it knows him.

15 years ago Graduation controversy returns Graduation will be held May 5 this year, which means that for the second consecutive year, seniors will be required to take final tests during the week following the commencement ceremonies. Some senior students are again questioning this decision.

10 years ago Finkbeiner caps off great Yellow Jackets cage career Voted as the Yellow Jacket’s most valuable player for three consecutive years, Stacy Finkbeiner, Black Hills State College’s 6-7 center has lived to his teammates and coach’s leadership expectations. As the team’s only senior, Finkbeiner took the team’s leadership role and averaged 21 points and nine rebounds a game. This was the third-consecutive year that the talented player from Belle Fourche led the team in scoring and the second-consecutive year in rebounding.

5 years ago BHSU’s Brown named to All-SDIC first team Black Hills State University basketball player Michelle Brown has been named to the SDIC all conference first team. The Lady Jacket’s Leslie Deutscher and Tobiann VanderPol were named honorable mention all-conference. Brown, a 5’11” senior from Battle Creek, Neb., average 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in conference play. at 50 percent.


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Letters to the EditorFormer editor responds to “Academic News & Views” I am very disturbed by the recent turn of events revolving around the new alternative newspaper, Academic News & Views. I recently engaged in lengthy conversations with the Editor and Publisher of the paper, Will Adams. He approached me after his research uncovered a commentary I wrote against the dorm firearm searches in the Fall of 1997. This commentary was in conjunction with a lead story by Robert Hinds. He repeatedly flattered me, saying he really enjoyed the story. After engaging with Mr. Adams, I came to the conclusion that he had alternative motives. Mr. Adams was searching me for damning evidence and corroboration of a vast conspiracy theory within the BHSU administration. My conversation with him, though “off the record,” troubled me so much I am compelled to write this letter. I have spent my life studying and practicing objectivity. From debate and journalism throughout high school to my pre-law major/Mass Comm. minor and work with the Today newspaper, I have learned that objectivity must always be maintained until all the facts are in. Most often, one never actually learns all the facts and/or never actual-

ly experienced the proposed question. Experience gives a person understanding which is otherwise only abstract. This is where a majority of the public, and Mr. Adams included, fail themselves. Claiming to know all the facts will undermine one’s sense of justice and skew one’s motivations. Objectivity is most crucial in the field of the media, where honest motivations, objectivity and ethical decision making are fundamental to the public trust and fulfillment of democratic and constitutional ideals. This brings me back to my discussion with Mr. Adams and my readings of his News and Views. Mr. Adams comments were ill-motivated. While he touted objectivity, it soon became evident to me Mr. Adams is nowhere near meeting this ideal. While I attempted to ascertain facts and evidence from him, he delivered hostile and subjective rhetoric. He was hot-tempered and quick to judge me and others. He has developed vast conspiracy theories based upon hearsay and confused analytical assessments. He seemed to even be accusing me of involvement. While it is his prerogative to drive himself crazy, it is unethical for him to publish such claims. His publication is speculative and pretentious and I discourage all from taking it seriously.

Chicago student requests SD history In my seventh grade social studies class in Chicago, we are studying United States history. One of our assignments is to write a research paper about a particular state and how it relates to the history of the country. I have chosen South Dakota as the subject of my research. I would very much appreciate if you could send me items that would be of interest. Post cards, newspapers with unique features about South Dakota, clipping, articles, video tapes, old license plates, unique products from your region, or other items that might help geography and history to come alive in my classroom. We are to present a report to the class and anything especially interesting would make my report the best in the class. Please help me learn about your state and spark the interest of my classmates. Our school is on the northern side of Chicago. About six miles from the downtown area (The Loop). We have about 100 students in the seventh grade and about 1000 students in K-8. Most of our students are either immigrants or children of recent immigrants. We have students from many parts of the world: Mexico, Bulgaria, Korea, Nigeria, India, Bosnia, Vietnam, Guatemala, The Philippines, and many other places. Most of the students have not lived outside of Chicago. I was born in Zenica (Bosnia), but moved to Chicago with my family when I was 12. I like to watch Bulls games and ride bike. Now I’m living in Chicago and I am happy. I chose this state because I think that South Dakota is beautiful. I look forward to receiving mail from you. Thank you for your interest in my education and your kindness. Sincerely, Dragana Stevanovic Budlong Elementary, Room 403 2701 W. Foster Ave.


Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Black Hills State University or the Today newspaper.

Here are some further things the public should know and/or consider about N&V: Point 1: Mr. Adams does not publish the names of story authors. (This act is unethical as the public is not allowed to assess the author with his/her personal biases or motivations. It demonstrates cowardice and invites immediate suspicion.) Point 2: News & Views is not objective. (The publication, leaves out important information, does not deliver the full story, and tends toward one side of the issue. The news stories’ role is to present both sides and let the public decide from there.) Point 3: News & Views prints false speculation. (Regarding the stories about Robert Hinds and Jen Morris. I can personally vouch that his vast conspiracy theory is convoluted and inaccurate.) For instance, look at N&V’s ludicrous claim in the April 12 issue that Hinds was not made Editor-in-Chief of the Today because “Hinds’ articles questioning the legality of Dr. Haislett’s actions may have challenged a powerful political machine which

had acquired the ability to reward its friends and punish its critics. There was no conspiracy or “powerful political machine.” I know the real story. I was there. I was the Editor at the time. I was never approached or interviewed by N&V. Again, unethical and incomplete reporting. Please understand that I am not attempting to bash Mr. Adams or his publication and I am not apart of some great conspiracy (though it would be fun). I simply feel it my obligation to inform and warn the public about the motivations behind the paper and its accuracy. While I applaud any efforts of publications to unveil wrongdoing and inform the public, I must stand against one that attempts such ideals in an unethical manner. I support the Today newspaper, which I know to be led by competent, compassionate, and fair students. While all people and publications make mistakes, I know the Today organization to be committed to doing the best they can, ethically. Sincerely, Brandon Ceglian Former Editor-In-Chief The Today




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Protecting systems against potential intruders

(NAPS)-Although hackers are causing damage on the Internet and some mainframe computer systems, that doesn’t have to be the case for small businesses. Common sense dictates that precaution yields protection. Until recently, small businesses couldn’t buy an inexpensive digital solution that effectively warded off “the bad guys.” The traditional system for protecting a computer network against intruders from the Internet is called a firewall, but many companies find these systems too expensive, too complex and too difficult to maintain. In fact, more than 2.6 million U.S. companies have Internet connections, but less than five percent are protected

with firewalls. This is partly because firewall systems need to be kept up to date by an on-staff expert-average salary: $100,000-who must be on call at all times. Fortunately, a new subscriptionbased service may make it easier for small businesses to set up, maintain and affordably secure their company’s network. The service provides continuous software updates to counter the latest threats from Internet hackers, and is backed up by a dedicated team of security experts. “The LiveSecurity System offers a new alternative that is changing the economics of security,” said Eric Hemmendinger, senior analyst at the

Aberdeen Group, a market research firm in Boston, MA. The system was developed by WatchGuard Technologies, Inc., ( and includes an electronic appliance called Firebox II, as well as software and updates. The entire system costs less than $5,000, including a one-year subscription to the LiveSecurity updates. Cost reduction isn’t the only payback, according to users. The system also helps boost productivity by bringing much-needed security expertise to overworked network administrators. “I no longer have to worry the next time I read about the latest hacker attack, because LiveSecurity keeps me protect-

ed and ensures that my system is as effective today as the day we installed it,” said Jordan Levy, the network manager at Digital Magic, a pre-press graphics firm in Toledo, OH. “By ensuring that I have the latest software updates for the Firebox as soon as they are available, WatchGuard makes my job easier.” In addition, for businesses who wish to outsource security, the company offers an option to have select ISPs remotely install, manage and monitor the system for customers 24 hours a day. For more information about affordable network security, visit or call WatchGuard at 1-800-734-9905.

Ensuring a healthy relationship between you and your computer (NAPS)-As last year’s personal computer prices dropped to less than $1,000 for a complete system, there is a good chance you received (or bought) a computer this past year. In fact, the number of PC users is increasing dramatically as novices receive their first systems and families add second and third computers to their homes. With the face of the “PC Nation” changing to reflect the growing number of new users, it’s vital to remember that computers need a certain amount of care and preventive maintenance to ensure a healthy and long-lasting relationship. Whether you use your computer to surf the Net, email your friends and family, play games or write documents, you want a computer that functions properly. Symantec, the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, recommends the following essential items to keep you and your computer operating smoothly and efficiently. These items are available nationwide at most computer stores: • Surge Protectors: With so many peripherals plugged

in to the same outlet, it is important to utilize a surge protector to guard against fatal, data-destroying electrical overloads. • Floppy Disks or Zip Drives: All computer users should back up and save important data in the event of an unrecoverable system crash. • Dust Guards: A computer cover and can of compressed air can go a long way in keeping vital parts of the computer and keyboard dust-free. • Wrist Rests: These helpful products are important to utilize while operating the keyboard, especially for people who are prone to sore wrists or who have carpel tunnel syndrome. • An Integrated Software Utility Suite Such as Norton SystemWorks: The first integrated utility suite, Norton SystemWorks provides everything a user needs to keep their comput-

er working. The suite includes the following applications: Norton AntiVirus for total protection-even against Macro viruses; Norton Crash Guard to quickly recover from a system crash and save your work; Norton Web Services to search the Web and install the latest software and hardware upgrades; Norton Utilities to provide continuous correction of hardware and software problems and disk repair; and Norton CleanSweep to safely, quickly and easily remove pesky and unwanted files. In addition, Norton System Works is a great value with more than $500 worth of products available for less than $70. No matter what you use your computer for, the above items are sure to give you peace of mind as well as a long-lasting, healthy relationship with your computer.


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Frat raises money with waterbed-a-thon Mike Benning Staff Writer

Black Hills State University’s fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, has once again braved the elements and spent another fundraising week in bed. The annual Waterbed-A-Thon put on by Sigma Tau Gamma was held March 22-26 next to Cook hall. And the fraternity was happy to report that this year’s event had a very lucrative turnout. The waterbed-a-thon is a fund-raiser that Sig Tau’ has been putting on for many years to help raise money for local charities. BHSU freshman and fraternity member Justin Varland said that the waterbed-a-thon has been going on for so many years that none of the current members

know when it began. “We figure it has been going on ever since the invention of the waterbed,” he said. In past years the fraternity has raised money for organizations like the Artemis House. This year’s recipient was the Comer Family of Spearfish, who lost everything in a house fire on March 4. The rules for the event are simple: a waterbed is set up outside and at least one member of the fraternity has to be in the bed at all times for 5 days. Basically, they had to be in the waterbed rain, snow, sleet, or hail. This year, with the help of exceptionally good weather, the fraternity managed to lay in bed for the whole week and raise $1,000. BH freshman Brandon Payer

thought the event was a very creative way to raise money. “What could be better than laying in bed all day to raise money for charity,” Payer said. Sig Tau’ also took time to raffle off a suite and dinner for two, as well as other small prizes. President of the fraternity Rod Cowling said he was very impressed with the amount of money they managed to raise and was also pleased with the all the effort and hard work that all the members of the fraternity put into the event. “The waterbed-a-thon took a lot of work, but when all the guys pulled together it’s worth it,” Cowling said. The fraternity hopes to have the same successful turnout at next year’s event.

photo by Jessica Boetel

Freshman, Troy Paulson, enjoys himself in the Sigma Tau Gamma waterbed collecting money for charity.

BH fire lane parking still a problem Matt Trask Staff Writer

Myron Sullivan became Campus Parking Administrator at Black Hills State University about a month ago. Since that time, BH students who have left their vehicles in fire lanes have received a 35 dollar parking ticket. “It (parking in fire lanes) wasn’t a problem for most of the year. Now we’re being ticketed,” said Domico Rodriguez, who was ticketed for parking in a fire lane,

incidentally, about a month ago. Actually, it was a problem, although an unaddressed one, all year. Parking in a fire lane has always been a traffic offense, but there was no one to enforce it. “The Parking Administration couldn’t handle the fire lane violations last semester. Now we’re paying more attention to it. We need to keep the fire lanes and cul de sacs clear in case a fire truck or other emergency vehicle needs access to a building,” says Sullivan. One fire lane with a high level of traf-

fic is the one in front of the library and Woodburn Hall. “The Student Senate drafted a proposal last semester to put two twenty-minute parking spots in front of the library,” said Brian Maher, Student Senate Vice President. Their proposal was rejected by the Campus Security Committee. “But we have made a compromise,” says Sullivan. “If you need to make a quick trip to the library, you can leave your car in the fire lane for fifteen minutes with the hazard lights on.”

Be advised, though, that if you stay too long you could be towed. How long is too long? “In case of an emergency, if your car is in the way, it will be pushed or pulled out of the way,” says Sullivan. Other than that, “if your car is in the fire lane for several hours and we can’t get in touch with you, we will tow your car.” Sullivan also pointed out that the 35 dollar fine issued on campus for a fire lane violation is the same as that given in the city of Spearfish and the State of South




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Credit cards helpful if used properly, but be aware of traps Janet Dienn Staff Writer

In college campuses across the country credit card companies are baiting their traps with the enticement of “buy now, pay later,” and college students increasingly fall prey to rising debt and glaring monthly statements screaming “unpaid balance.” Sound familiar? Student credit card debt is increasing, and of particular concern to college administrators are the companies who market their student customers on campus. Many companies set up tables outside bookstores and student centers. Freebies are handed out to students such as Frisbees, t-shirts, candy and soda in hopes of them filling out a credit card application. Applications become extremely valuable to all credit card companies as each college student is seen as lifetime profit potential. Profit potential for credit card companies, however, becomes for students average unpaid balances of $968, according to the Policy Interest Research Group (PIRG). The group is made up of student volunteers who surveyed 1,260 students at 15 representative campuses

throughout the country. The matter of high unpaid balances is not lost on Thomas Anderson, vice president for Finance and Administration at Black Hills State University. “A personal concern of mine is the credit card companies do not spend time talking about the responsibilities of having a credit card. Not every student has a full understanding of these responsibilities.” Anderson added, “These type of credit cards usually incur higher fees and finance charges.” Reasons such as these keep BHSU from encouraging credit card companies to frequent the campus. “Companies are not on campus at the behest of BHSU,” said Anderson. “However, there is no policy to throw them off as long as they are behaving themselves.” Michael Jastorff, manager of the BHSU University Bookstore, concurs with Anderson. The bookstore does, however, include a Citibank credit card application in every bag. The bookstore buys these bags pre-stuffed. “The bags are subsidized by different advertisers, therefore are less expensive,” said Jastorff. “We are members of NACS (National Association

of College Stores) and we buy bags through them. It’s a stamp of approval on their part, as they do not feel the application is obtrusive or unethical.” BH junior Stephanie Bathurst noticed obtrusive credit card companies were the name of the game in South Padre Island where she spent her spring break. “There were a lot of credit card booths set up near bars along the coast. For each application filled out, they gave a free T-shirt that said, “Spring Break 99” on the front.” Although our BHSU campus does not participate in this type of marketing, there are some recommendations set by PIRG that all students should take into consideration: • Consider the risks and benefits of credit card debt, before applying. Think about whether you really need the card. • One national credit card is all you need to help build a credit record, if you paid on time. You can build a credit record without carrying an unpaid balance. • If you must carry a balance, pay as much as you can afford every month. Never pay only the minimum balance, or you’ll have trouble paying off the card.

South Dakota residents offered amnesty for delinquent taxes Becky Jorgensen Staff Writer

A special tax amnesty program started on April 1, 1999 and will end May 15, 1999. South Dakota Tax Amnesty 1999 has been set up to give residents and non-residents of South Dakota the opportunity to pay any back taxes they may have without fear of criminal persecution, and applies to all state administered taxes with the exception of property tax. According to the South Dakota Department of Revenue,

the amnesty program is open to both residents and non-residents who meet the following criteria: “failed to file a return for any tax period; underreported tax on any filed return; operating without a tax license; or have an unpaid bill from the S.D Department of Revenue.” Tax liabilities from any period prior to April 1, 1999 can be paid with reduced interest and penalties. Businesses or individuals that are currently under audit or criminal investigation by the Department of Revenue or are involved in any civil or criminal liti-

gation with the Department will not be allowed to participate in this program. Secretary of Revenue Gary Viken feels, “The additional tax revenues the State will gain from this program can be used to supplement current tax revenue and help fund essential state services.” He adds, “It will add new taxpayers to the state tax rolls which will benefit all South Dakotans for years to come.” Along with the amnesty application, participants are required to include full payment of outstanding taxes, penalty and interest owed. Anyone operating

without a tax license is also required to complete a license application. The deadline will be on May 17, 1999. Viken encourages, “anyone who owes taxes to the State of South Dakota for whatever reason to take advantage of this opportunity.” He also says applying for Tax Amnesty does not increase the chances that the applicant will be audited. For more information please call the Department of Revenue at 1-800-TAX9188 or call Kelly Thompson at (605) 773-3311.




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Artemis House: a place o cles Karin Malkowski Copy Editor

It could happen to your mother or to your daughter. It could happen to your sister, to your aunt, to your grandmother, to your best friend. It could happen to you. Every day, more than two million women in this country are abused physicalomen fall in


ly and emotionally in their love with the man, they homes by people they love, by people who are supposed to care don’t fall in love with about them: their husbands, the abuser.” boyfriends, or lovers. Domestic violence against women is one ~Lucynda, staff member of society's most prevailing social problems, yet one that is still talked about--or rather, not talked about--as something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about, rather than as the crime that it is. “It’s a serious public problem,” said Paula Goddard, director of the Artemis House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Spearfish. “It's a problem that is painful to acknowledge in this society.” The Artemis House was founded twenty years ago this year. The present location, a house close to the emergency room of Lookout Memorial Hospital, was purchased in 1990. Funding of the shelter is primarily through grants and donations. Black Hills State University student organizations often target the shelter for community service projects; last year's Sigma Tau Gamma waterbed sleep-a-thon and this year's Kappa Delta Pi Christmas sale are just two examples. Local artist Gary Mule Deer donated one-half of his winnings from a major golf tournament-$38,000-istories, to the conunfortunately, are all struction of the Artemis House office. Although this seems like too common. But a great deal of money to some, every single future is a the reality is there is always a rare success story.” need for monetary donations, ~Teresa along with donations of time and assistance from volunteers. The women and children at the Artemis House rely greatly on the help from members of the community to assist in answering phones, providing transportation, and generally serving as advocates for those who need them. The next training session for volunteers is Saturday, April 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Those interested in the training may call 642-7825 for more information. The house primarily shelters women and children who are victims of domestic violence; women who are homeless or need some sort of financial


assistance are also welcome at Artemis House, at no cost. Teresa McGrath is one of those women. McGrath came through the Artemis House exactly one year ago, after getting and staying sober. She says her experience at Artemis House was “nothing short of a miracle.” “It’s been a struggle and a blessing,,” she says. “It’s been a really, really incredible journey.” Teresa, like most of the women at the shelter, was in a domestic violence situation before seeking help at the Artemis House. “Lorrie” , a member of the Artemis House board of directors, first sought shelter here seven years ago. “I came to the shelter through my work at the local sheriff's office,” she says. “I had worked with some domestic violence at that point and had found out about the shelter and the crisis line at the sheriff's office.” “Lorrie” spent five weeks at the shelter after seeking refuge from her abusive spouse. She then went on to stay with family members until she got her own apartment. Like m a n y women w h o are i n

domestic violence situations, though, she eventually went back to the abuser, where the abuse eventually resurfaced. “About two years later, I tried the protection order direction, and thought that once I had that piece of paper, he was just going to leave me alone,” she says. “It never happened.” The abuse continued until she asked her now-ex-husband to leave. Once he was out of the house, “Lorrie” became involved with the Artemis House by helping with the crisis line and transporting people to and from the shelter, as well as with the support group that meets Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in the shelter office. “Lorrie” is getting her life back on track, but it hasn't been easy. “It’s been a process of growing within myself, and growing with my kids,” says this mother of four. “We’re five people living in an apartment, at different levels of healing and forgiving, and guilt. Some days we have some major clashes, and some days we laugh and have a good time.” There is a children's support group at the Artemis House for kids like

“Lorrie's” who have been in group meets at the same tim focus differs. Surprisingly, n services. Although decidedl the shelter. Most, according ers of women with past dom know how to help the wom traumas they'd experienced. The majority of the peop overwhelmingly women and to 14 people at a time. Acco the w

som “Shelter life is not ing styles, different beliefs, under one roof and expect th very difficult.” Sanders says that each w not necessarily compatible w “Lorrie” concurs, and ad ‘thing’--you're both here be other out.” That spirit of commona the women gathered for the s

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n homes with domestic violence. The children's me as the women's group, although naturally the not only women and children utilize the shelter's ly a minority, in 1998 seven men were served by g to Goddard, have been fathers or significant othmestic violence experiences; the men wanted to men in their life to deal with the aftermath of the

ple being served by the Artemis House, though, is d their children. The shelter can accommodate up ording to staff member Lucynda Sanders, most of women who come to the shelter are moms with children in tow. “When they come, they enroll them (the children) right into school, just as if they were living at home,” says Sanders. “And some of the kids call it their home.” The shelter,

which includes a two-bedroom apartment upstairs and another one downstairs, can become quite crowded at times. This, combined with differences in parenting styles as well as differences in coping strategies, make for me interesting situations at times. easy,” says Sanders. “You have different parentdifferent cultures. So to have all of them living hem all to get along as best friends or as family is

woman deals with stress in her own way, which are with others. dds, “The biggest thing is you have that common ecause of abuse. Sometimes you can help each

alty, compassion and empathy is evident in all of support group. Topics covered during the sessions

include parenting skills, learning new ways of disciplining children, and anger management, but mostly they talk about and learn from the experiences of people in the group. Some of the women, like “Lorrie”, have been part of the group for years; others, like McGrath, are relatively new to the group. Women who have used the service of the shelter range from 19year-old college o woman students should have to stand


to women in their 70s. Domestic violence, it seems, knows no boundaries: regardless of how rich or poor a woman is, how old or young or educated women are, domestic violence does not discriminate. “It”s everywhere,” says “Lorrie”. "I did my time in the service, and I knew of it going on there, even in the military. “I've got my degree from SDSU (South Dakota State University), and look where I'm at.” Although domestic violence is a horrific, devastating problem facing countless women, places like the Artemis House are making a difference, not only in changing the living conditions of these women, but more importantly, helping them to change their own attitudes and beliefs. Perhaps the biggest impact, the greatest learning, is the realization that they do have choices, they do have control, they can trust their instincts, and they can make it on their own, without a man in their life. “The biggest thing for myself is developing a trust, just . . .for myself,” says “Lorrie”. “To trust my own instincts and trust my own decisions. It's a long process. I’ve been out (of the domestic violence) for three years and I feel like I'm just beginning.”

alone in a crisis situation. Our goal is to make sure no women ever has to.” ~Desiree, staff member

"A Doll’s House"

portrays domestic vio-

Karin Malkowski Copy Editor

lence in a different light Perhaps if Henrik Ibsen had known of the Artemis House, or programs like it, when he wrote his classic drama “A Doll's House,” the play would have had a decidedly different ending. As it is, the 120 year-old masterpiece is, according to director Barbara Russell, “realistic to domestic abuse situations still today.” Russell will be directing the BHSU stage production of “A Doll's House;” the play is scheduled to run April 22-24 at Woodburn Auditorium, beginning at 8:00 p.m. nightly. Admission is free to students with their ACE card. At one time in her life, Russell was married to a man who, much like Torvald, the husband of the play, was “abusive in every way but physically.” She says that the intention of the BHSU production of “A Doll's House” is intended to expose a type of domestic violence usually known only to its victims. “Most people never see this type of abuse outside the home,” Russell says. “Women are told to ‘get a a sense of humor’' or ‘it’s just a joke’ or ‘at least he doesn’t hit you, it’s not that bad.’ This play is dedicated to all the women who have ever heard those words.” Emotional abuse, secrets and assumptions are all part of the new translation of this play which has been called “one of the foundation stones of modern, realistic drama.” BHSU is the first college to be performing the play utilizing



t’s been a process of growing within myself, and growing with my kids.” ~Lorrie

McGrath sees the struggle as well, and knows the results are worth the fight, not just for herself, but in the relationships of all women with the people in their lives. “Histories, unfortunately, are all too common,” she says. “But every single future is a rare success story. There are many little daily efforts to success. Sometimes it’s just moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. You become more trustworthy in yourself and as you grow inside, you can see the genuiness of other people's character.” Perhaps, therein lies a lesson for all of us. • photos and illustration by Alan Carroll

Domestic violence is everybody’s problem! We need your help! Training for new volunteers will be held April 17, 1999 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Child-care and lunch will be provided. Please call 6427825 for registration and more information. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a domestic abuse crime, please call the 24

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If you could mudwrestle anyone, who would it be?

Tom Mansheim

Alisha Swanson

“China from WWF. Everyone thinks she is too TUFF, but I could kick her capital A double crooked letter.” -Senior Phys. Ed.

“The annoying lady with the big pink hair on TBN. Someone needs to yank on that hair to see if it’s real.” -Soph. Mass Comm

“Governor Ventura-Jesse the Body-the Mind. But I’d rather wrestle in Paint!” -Senior Comm Art

Kathryn Sarne “Val Kilmer, for obvious reasons.” Freshman -Mass Comm

Carly Divan “Mahatma Ghandi. There’s just something about mud wrestling the pacifist.” -Senior Speech Comm

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Mysteries of Black Hills State University T REVOR B RYAN Staff Writer

B l a c k State Hills University is a with school many mysteries, and unexplained occurances. Over the last year I have compiled a list of questions of unknowns at this school. My misunderstandings of the university started the first week of school when I made my journey across campus in a giant rain storm caused by the school’s outside sprinkler system. It was always my understanding that it was better to soak the lawns at night since the sun evaporates a lot of the water during the day. The next problem I came across was when I tried to enter the Young Center; it seemed as if half the doors were locked. Could someone explain the purpose of locking half the doors? It seems to me that it would be a fire hazard to keep some of the doors locked during the middle of the day when students are inside. I think I remember a story about the Congo Club in New York that caught on fire and people were left trapped inside. It wouldn't bring good publicity to the school if the Young Center had a fire and students couldn’t get out. My confusion didn’t end there. I

went to the cafeteria to try the food. The meal was not what I expected. Could somebody tell me what some of the mystery meats are? I must also ask who comes up with some of these food combinations. Please tell me you’ve heard of the five major food groups. I have also run into the problem of finding a parking space by the front of the school. I must inform you that we do have a space reserved for an ambulance. I thought that usually the ambulances went to the accident scene. I didn’t think they parked in their space then walked to the accident. Over time I have wondered about what we do pay for at this school, and where does the money go? Either there’s a big monster in Woodburn basement who eats up all the money or someone has a big wad of cash in their back pocket. Just look at our buildings we have. Cook Gym--what do we use it for, storing air? Then there’s the Student Union. I don’t know what kind of construction plans they came up with. Why is half of the building still in the 1960s and the other part modern? Why wasn’t the building taken down? If we don’t have any money at BH then why does school charge $5 for transcripts. When the Board of Regents says the school can only charge $2? Also, over the years I have heard people talk about the secret tunnels through the school. And what about the rumors that there is a swimming pool underneath Cook Gym? I think the janitors go down there and have

parties during classes. The biggest joke is that we’re all dying from radon coming from the Library basement. Who spends their time making up these stories? Black Hills State is a great school and a good place to get an education, but some things at this school don’t make logical sense. I mean some of these things should be left off in the twilight zone.

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Pesicka wins Mr. Cinderfella with strip-tease

Girls go crazy for Gene’s “I’m Too Sexy” dance during talent contest Donna Jones Staff Writer

The 1999 Mr. Cinderfella contest was held March 24th at the Woodburn Auditorium and although Gene Pesicka was officially crowned the winner, there's no doubt everyone present won as well. The contestants displayed creativity and great humor, providing the audience and judges with an entertaining night to remember. Marlene Hofer and Patty Maki were two of the six judges on the panel and this was the second year for them both. They appreciated the opportunity to help out again with the Up Team's annual fund raising event. Hofer felt the evening provided a rare example of " good family entertainment," and when asked her favorite part of the evening, she conceded it had to be the "bribing" of the judges. Maki did voice some concern over the lack of support for the event. She said the event was rea-

sonably priced. "You can't even go to a movie for two bucks!" she stated, adding that this event was much more fun. While only 140 people came to watch this year, the contestants out did themselves. They may have been disheartened, but certainly were not dissuaded, by the lack of student and faculty support. The contestants, Josh Lund, Brandon Huth, Matt Kreutz, Matt Larson, Joel Swanson and Gene Pesicka all had a great time and it flowed over to the audience. The evening wear competition featured a pajama clad contestant. Another contestant claimed to have nothing to offer to the talent competition, but disproved that claim by the clever poem he read. Casey Kelly, public relations director for the Up Team, has watched the show three years in a row. She said, "This year was the best, the funniest, I've ever seen!" Carol Halter, the Concert and Variety Entertainment chairperson for the Up Team, agreed with that assessment. "I think it was really fun and the guys did a great job!" The Up Team sponsors the event, choosing a new beneficiary each year. The Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department was this years beneficiary and there was no doubt they were entertained as well. Next year's event should be as much fun, if not more. Anyone interested in getting involved should stop by the Up Team's office for info.

photo by Alan Carroll

Freshman Gene Pesicka shook his rump, doffed his clothes, and took the Mr. Cinderfella title to the tune of “I’m too sexy.”

BHSU Presents 2nd Annual Festival of the Arts and Folk Festival Amber L. Lingen Staff Writer

For the second year Black Hills State University the College of Arts and Sciences will present The Festival of Arts, on June 14-27, 1999.

This is the second year that the festival has been presented. The 1999 Festival of the Arts presents many national, and international figures, instruction, and workshops. Johanna Meier of the renown Passion Play of Spearfish became involved in the festi-

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val, bringing with her wealth of experience, expertise, and professional associates. This year the Festival of Arts will include five different workshops, the Black Hills Folk Festival, the Visual Arts Workshop, Chamber Music Workshop, Dance Workshop, and a Vocal Arts Workshop. The 1999 the Festival of Arts was combined with the Black Hills Folk Festival. The Folk Festival is having its third annual event this year, and will run from June 14-25, 1999. This year it will feature guitar classes, song writing classes, and vocal health. In addition to the classes, they will have a collaboration of listeners and performers events throughout the whole week. According to Dr. Jim Cargill Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, and organizer of the event, “This event has grown considerably. People come from all over the United States to attend this festival. “ It was also nice to see the combination of the Black Hills Folk Festival with the Festival of Arts. We have it under one umbrella now, and hopefully it will be a separate entity where it has its own full time staff in the future.” The Visual Arts Workshop will consist of a variety of classes, ranging from watercolor painting, art landscape drawing; western art bronze casting, color design weaving, to puppet theatre. Kent Meyers, South Dakota Author of the Year, will even be presenting a workshop on imaginative writing. The Chamber Music Workshop will run from June 14-17. Master classes in solo violin performance, solo piano performance and violin/piano collaboration are offered. Students may register individually, in chamber music groups or as collaboration. Cost for the four-day workshop is $150 per participant. An instructor for the class is pianist Charis Dimaris. Dimaris, a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, also graduated from the Manhattan School of

Music. Rasma Lielmane, a violinist, will also be instructing the course. Lielmane graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and was a gold medallist in the International Violin competition. She is an active recitalist in Europe, the Far East and the Americas. The Dance Workshop will be held June 13-18, 1999. In this session, the Black Hills Dance Theatre will present ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. Classes will be held everyday and will emphasize each type of dance on an intermediate, and advanced level. Evening master classed will be offered. The Vocal Arts Workshop will run from June 14-27, 1999, where a variety of classes will be presented. They range from diction and vocal interpretation, opera repertoire, recital presence, body movement, individual coaching, opera and recital coaching, building a career courses, staging and blocking. There will be an Opera performance on Saturday, June 26th, 1999, in Woodburn Theatre. There will also be a Vocal Recital on Sunday, June 27th, 1999, in Woodburn Theatre. Prices for these classes are predetermined. The cost goes towards the expenses of having the instructors that are coming from afar. “This organization has taken a loss in the past year, but we hope to break even this year. A lot of the instructors are well known performers in their field who are here on an expense only fee. They would usually demand a higher fee for their presence, but they are doing it as a favor for their friends who are helping organize the festival”, stated Cargill. To obtain a registration form and additional information please call the office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State University 605-642-6420, or visit their web site at All workshops are available for college credit. Housing and meals for participants are available for a nominal charge in the University Residence Halls.

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Career Chatter


AAMR/SCEC wins BOR Leadership award Dawn Taggert Staff Writer

Judy Larson It often happens…a person applies for a job… days, perhaps even weeks pass and still no word. Many questions flash through the mind. Did the application reach its destination? Was the enclosure really enclosed? Forgot to sign the letter? Didn't the screener like the resume content? And on…. 'Follow up' on any job application is important. How one approaches it however can either enhance or harm even a "model" application. To follow up, one needs to stand back and consider how any action may be received. Today a well-planned follow up can do more than just discover if an application has reached its mailing point. Here are a few suggestions to consider. When following up with a telephone call, an opening might be "Hello, Ms Jones, I'm following up on an application I mailed early last week. Are there any questions or is there anything else you wish me to provide you?" Then ask if a time frame has been established for screening, interviewing and selection. From the tone of the conversation, one may be able to conclude if the application is being considered. Asking this at the beginning of a conversation is inappropriate. Follow up is important after an interview. It is a way to keep your name in there one more time. Within a day and a half a note of thanks should reach the interviewer. A hand written note on quality paper is recommended. E-mail thanks are quite appropriate for positions in technology; sometimes a handwritten one follows even then. Keep in mind that not all people are computer friendly. A good number of BHSU students have tipped the hiring decision in their favor by sending a note of thanks. In these days of hurried living, the sensitivity of caring enough to follow through still makes a difference! Too, a simple note can yet be another time to get your name before the interviewer, endorse one's enthusiasm for a position; can include an extra detail forgotten during a nervous interview; can show appreciation for a special kindness shown as a tour of the company or for some person as a friendly receptionist who eased the jitters. Follow up will be a positive to part time, full time, internship, summer or workstudy applications. Keep in mind, a follow up can make a difference…consider it essential to your proactive job search process. Careen Services will help you with your follow up!

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently gave the Award for Organizational Leadership to the American Association On Mental Retardation/Student Council For Exceptional Children. award was officially The announced April 10 at the 7th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet held in the multi-purpose room of Black Hills State University. The group was nominated for the award by Jane Klug, an advisor for the group, according to Leslie Franklin, student council member. According to the Regents’ application for the award, its purpose is to rec-

ognize student organizations for outstanding activities that provide effective student or community leadership. Jane Klug, Director of Student Activity and advisor to student groups, stated that the American Association on Mental Retardation and the Student Council for Exceptional Children are two different groups, but have worked together. Klug works with all student organizations and is available when student groups have questions. Klug described the American Association on Mental Retardation and the Student Council for Exceptional Children as promoting well-being of individuals with mental retardation and supporting those who work in the field of developmental disabilities. She said they also help to build and

shape public policy, encourage research and education as well as to foster communication and excellence among those in the field by advancing the highest standards of service. When asked how she felt about the award, one of the council members, Andrea Ellwanger said, “We were really excited. It was quite a boost.” Ellwanger also said that the group hosted several activities for the residents at the Northern Hills Training Center including a Halloween party. The group also took the training center residents Christmas caroling at Artemis House where they also donated gifts to the children. Franklin said that she “hopes the award will help motivate more people to get involved with the council.”

Today newspaper wins three campus awards Sean Bradley Staff Writer

Every year, the South Dakota Board of Regents selects one organization from each state college that it feels has contributed the most to the academic environment and the academic achievement of its students. This year, that honor was conveyed upon the staff of the Today newspaper. The South Dakota Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence was accepted on behalf of the Today newspaper by Editor-in-Chief Jennie Morris on Saturday, April 10, 1999, by Dr. Thomas O. Flickema, President, Black Hills State University. “I am honored that the students at BH respect the Today newspaper, but even more honored that an outside organization such as the Board of Regents respects the paper as well,” said Morris. “I was deeply honored.” The award is given based contributions to the academic environment, or the academic excellence of the students. The competition for the awards used to be much tougher. “In the past, the Board of Regents would have organizations from all the campuses fill out applications, and then they would give one Academic Excellence, and one Organizational Leadership, “said Jane Klug, Assistant Director, Student Union and Activities.

“Then, they realized.... we have so many great organizations on all of our campuses, we should recognize each campus.” Because the Board of Regents does not see the immediate results of each activity, it was decided that the administrators at each school would determine which organizations best meet the award criteria. Those recommendations were then given to Dr Flickema. He looks at the applications, forwards them to the Board of Regents, and they make the final decisions. “We felt that we wanted this organization to be presented with this award,” said Klug. “They really truly do provide that academic learning for students. The support that (the Today newspaper) has from Steve Babbitt, Dr. Farrokhi, Paul Kopco....its just outstanding.” Steve Babbitt, Faculty Advisor to the Today newspaper, feels that his influence is minimal. “It’s a student paper,” he said. “It may appear that someone is behind them, really pushing them, but.... I don’t have to do that. They do it themselves.” Other awards received by the Today newspaper include the Black Hills Organizational Achievement Award and the Special Recognition for Outstanding Organizational Contribution Award. “They (the Today newspaper staff) are not there or the fame, they’re not there for the glory,” said Babbitt. “They’re there because they want to learn how to put together a newspaper, and they have a love for it.”

ROTC Spring Training

photo by Alan Carroll

ROTC Cadet Wade Cunningham takes a final look at the BH campus before taking off for an exercise at Stagebarn Canyon on March 26. The 1085th Medical company kindly provided transportation for the semester field training exercise with a Blackhawk helicopter, which landed on campus behind Jonas.


High testicular cancer risks Sarah Cuny On Campus Editor

College men beware. The testicular cancer risk is high among college age men. According to a report by the United States Preventative Services Task Force, 7,100 men between the ages of 20 and 35 were diagnosed with testicular cancer, of that, 370 deaths occurred in the U.S. in 1995. “Part of the problem is that men don’t want to admit they have a problem or are too lazy to do a self exam,”said Tony Silva, Black Hills State University Athletic Trainer. Silva sees the need for more testicular cancer education among college men after a former BHSU athlete was diagnosed with the disease. “He found it himself, and ended up losing a testicle, but it didn’t affect his ability to have a child or compete,” said Silva, “He found it in the fall and was participating in track the next spring.” Testicular cancer, or germ cell tumors, are cancers that begin in the testicle; the sex glands in the scrotum that secrete male hormones and produce sperm. The cause of testicular cancer is unknown, but there are risk factors. Some of these are: Cryptochidism, undescended testicle at birth; family history, increased risk if a brother developed the cancer; and race, Caucasian men have a higher risk than men of any other race. The testicular tumors fall under two categories, seminomas or nonseminomas. Seminomas are slow growing tumors which usually stay localized in the testicle for long periods of time. According to the American Cancer Society, seminomas account for 40 percent of all testicular cancer. Nonseminomas, are a group of cancers occurring from mature, specialized germ cells that may occur together, they include the choriocarcinoma, embryonal carcinoma, and yolk sac

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(clockwise) The following are warning signs of testicular cancer: Torsion of Appendage is characterized by pain, nausea and vomiting. It shows up as a small, hard, tender lump; Tumors are rock hard, smooth or bumpy, and painless. They may be accompanied by a dull ache or heavy sensation; Torsion of testicle is characterized by the onset of pain, scrotal .swelling, and skin disease; Acute Epididymitis is characterized by gradual onset of pain, swelling, skin disease, and an extremely tender lump. If you feel you have any of these symptoms see your tumors. If found early, testicular cancer is completely curable. The usual treatments depending on the stage of discovery may be a combination of testicle removal, radiation, or chemotherapy. The National Cancer Institute reports: 70 percent of men with advanced testicular cancer can be cured. Most of the time, testicular cancer is discovered by men themselves. The National Cancer Institute recommends monthly self

examinations during a hot shower by gently rolling the testicle between the thumb and fingers. The painless lump may be the size of pea or as large as an egg. Other symptoms may be an enlarged testicle, heaviness in the scrotum, a dull ache in the lower abdomen or groin, or an enlargement or tenderness in the breasts. See a physician if any of these signs are present. “The big thing is for people to pay attention to

their own bodies. If they know themselves they’ll know if something is different,” said Kerry Greear, Certified Nurse Practioner for BHSU Health Services. According to Greear, BHSU Health Services plans to do more outreach education on the subject next year. For more information you can contact BHSU Health Services at (605) 6426520, the American Cancer Society at (800) ACS-2345, or log on to

Answer: The sad truth to this question is yes; there are several diseases in which a person may not know they are infected. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that is common in young adults. Several years ago, it became the most common infectious disease reported nationwide to the Center for Disease Control. Other Sexual Transmitted Diseases that may begin without symptoms are Genital Warts Virus, HIV and occasionally Gonorrhea. Typical symptoms of Chlamydia in a women would be an increased vaginal discharge or pain in the genital area, especially during intercourse. The infection can also spread up inside the female organs and cause a more generalized infection in the pelvis, called pelvic inflammatory disease. In men, there is usually some burning inside the penis, intensified during urination. This can also ascend and cause an infection in the testicle, which is quite painful. People who develop symptoms usually come in for medical treatment. Antibiotic therapy is very effective. The problem lies in those who are without symptoms. Some studies have shown that over 50% of people who have this disease don’t know they are infected. The infection can lie dormant for months or years. Over a long time, it does produce scarring in the women’s fallopian tube, which can lead to both infertility problems and increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy. The Chlamydia bacteria is passed through sexual contact. The only way to completely prevent acquiring this disease is abstinence or to faithfully use a condom during sexual activity. Of course, both partners would need to be treated if one were to test positive for it. Anyone with symptoms with symptoms should seek medical advice immediately for testing and treatment, should the test be positive. If found right away, the disease can be treated and cured. Because so many people have the illness without knowing, it is very important to get an annual exam, Pap smear and testing. Your future health may depend on it.

14 APRIL 1 5 1999


Eight BHSU faculty win for teaching with technology Tom Schafer Fast Facts Editor

Eight Black Hills State University faculty members have received the Governor Janklow Awards for Teaching with Technology. Governor Janklow created the special competitive program in 1998 to encourage faculty at South Dakota’s six public universities to use computers and technology in the classroom. “I wanted to give our university professors the opportunities to use technology in new ways to enhance student learning. With individual awards, each faculty member is able to design a special sequence of technology learning that specifically meets that person’s needs,” said Janklow. “We relied on an out-of-state evalu-

ation team to select the proposals for funding to avoid any appearance of favoritism,” added Janklow. “This year we will fund 57 grants. But they were so impressive that I wish we could have funded more.” The winners get a summer salary to work on their projects and can use their grant funds for travel, training, equipment and software related with the project. Dr. Amy Fuqua said, “I’m excited about winning the award.” Fuqua is using the award grant this summer to redesign her Introduction to Literature class, which will be offered this fall. She said literature would mean more to students if they understood the period of time they were studying. Students would research current events during that historical period like, films,

artwork, fashions, and domestic life. Next, students will breakdown into small groups and put their findings on the Internet. The award grant allows instructors to spend their summer preparing new course work with pay. Patricia Fallbeck, a recipient of the award, said, “ It is beneficial to provide professors this time to update their course work.” Other award recipients and their projects are Fallbeck’s Inclusion of Technology in Special Education. Carol Hess, Beyond Simulation: Creating an authentic multimedia curriculum in integrated methods courses; Roger Ochsce, Shakespeare: Collaboration through technology; Sandee Schamber, virtual field experience for future middle school teachers; Betsy Silva, assessing effective teaching for future and practicing teach-

ers; Larry Tentinger, Technology: Bringing health education to life; James Knutson, teaching a technology component as part of art for the elementary teachers. BHSU President Thomas Flickema said, “Once again Governor Janklow’s Teaching with Technology awards show his commitment to providing students of South Dakota with the most up-to-date classroom technologies. Last year nine Black Hills State faculty members received recognition through these grants,” Flickema said, “We are further enhancing our commitment to teaching with technology through this second year of grants funding. I am proud of the Black Hills State award winners and I look forward to learning more about their applications of the latest in technological resources.”

New program aimed at readying new students to become R.A.’s Matt Trask Staff Writer

The Freshman RA (Resident Assistant) Program is a new program designed to ready exceptional students to be R.A.’s. The program is a year long. Seven students are enrolled in the program this year including Daniel Moore. As a student at Stevens High School in Rapid City, he got good grades and was active in many school groups, including Spanish club. Many people are unfamiliar with this program. “We are looking for exceptional leaders and students,”said Mike Isaacson, Director of Residence Life. The Freshman R.A. Program was the idea of Dr. Judith Haislett. “Many R.A’s become strong leaders on campus, and I thought that if we (BHSU) had a pro-

gram, like a junior varsity, it would benefit future R.A’s,” she says. The R.A. position can be very demanding. R.A’s put on events for the residents of their halls and stay up nights to ensure the safety of the hall. “It (being an RA) is more involved than I thought it would be,” says Jeff Kippley. Kippley has been a R.A. at Wenona Cook for a semester and a half. “When you see an R.A. all you see is someone sitting in the lobby watching TV,” he says, referring to the often-lackluster job of ‘being on duty.’ But there’s much more to it.” When asked if he would like to have trained before he accepted the position, Kippley said, “I think so. It (the Freshman R.A. Program) would have let me see what I was getting into.” And seeing what he is getting into is exactly what Daniel Moore is doing. He even said so. “ I had to go

through the Emerging Leader Program (a class that teaches leadership skills), and I had to pick another program to work with. I’m tutoring other kids right now.” Other activities and standards that the Freshman R.A.’s are held to include: Attending and being active at the governmental meetings of their respective halls; Meeting every two months with the other Freshman R.A’s and their mentors; Serving ‘on duty’ time in their halls with their mentor RA’s; and maintaining a high grade point average. “I’m very pleased with it (the Freshman RA Program),” said Dr Haislett,as it nears the end of its first year. “I’ve met with most of them (the Freshman RA’s), and they seem to be doing well. Daniel agrees with that statement. “I like the pro-

Seger wins Miss BH Stock Show Sheila helps promote Central States Fair and travels with the PRCA.

Seger stated, “You learn how to promote yourself.” In the pageants, the contestants have to show the judges why they think they should win. All of the interviews and speeches give the competitors the opportunity to display their unique qualities. Kristina O’Dea, a sophomore at Black Jessica Boetel Hills State University said, “When I heard Staff Writer about Sheila Seger winning the pageant, I Sheila Seger, a Mass Communications felt that it would be encouraging especially student from Black Hills State for local people to compete in these University,recently won Miss Black Hills pageants.” In the fall of 1997, Stock Show and Rodeo. Seger transferred to Black Seger was judged on Hills State University horsemanship, which is from the University of how well you ride, modelWyoming. She is a junior ing, two interviews, photoworking on her Mass genics, appearance, and Communications degree finally, speech. with an emphasis in As Miss Stock Show broadcasting, but is startand Rodeo, Seger helps ing to lean more toward promote events like the public relations. Seger is rodeo or the Central States hoping to find an internFair. She will be at the fair ship this summer. in August all week. She In 1995, Seger gradualso travels with the ated from high school in Professional Rodeo Buffalo, South Dakota. In Cowboy Association her spare time she likes to (PRCA). roller blade, ride horses, Seger’s interest in the and read books that don’t pageant developed from Shelia Seger have anything to do with her family. They encourschool. aged her to give it a try. She Seger doesn’t have any real plans for has two cousins who both were in pageants previously, and they helped her to organize the future. She basically just wants to focus on school. As far as running in any more and put everything together. The pageant was fun for Seger pageants, she said, “I am pretty occupied because she got to meet new people and do with my position that I have now.” “She is a young talented lady. She new things. She encourages people who are interested in pageants to give it a try. did a great job winning Miss Black and Rodeo,”said her She said she gained interviewing and job Stock skills from being in the pageants and com- Interviewing Instructor, Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi. peting.

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Seniors leave BHSU as winners

Five named to SDIC All Conference team

Alisha Swanson Staff Writer

The games are over, the statistics have all been tallied, and the votes are in. After successful seasons, both men’s and women’s basketball players fared well in SDIC All-conference standings. Melinda Oster received a well deserved position on the 1st team SDIC All-Conference team. Oster racked in 389 points and 157 rebounds during her career best season. “For Oster, it was a very well deserved honor, she was the focus of our offense the majority of the year,” said Kevin Dobbs, BHSU Women’s head coach. Joining her teammate in AllConference standings was senior Rhea Duncan. Duncan received 2nd team honors averaging 13.6 points and 3 rebounds per game. Picking up one of the SDIC’s most sought after awards this year was Tracy Winjum, who racked in 54 steals and 129 rebounds earning defensive player of the year. Although Mount Marty’s Katie Heine received this year’s rookie of the year award there is no doubt in many people’s minds who was the more deserving first year player. Heine started only half the season averaging 8.9 points and three rebounds per game, where BH’s Amanda Schelle started every game averaging 12.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. “There is no question. She’s the best newcomer in the conference,” said Dobbs.

Women were not the only ones who represented BH on the All-Conference teams. Men’s players; Josh McNames, Brian Fennema and Travis Traphagen all earned spots on All-Conference teams last season, and repeated the honors this year. “All honors were deserving and reflective of their efforts and the team efforts,” said men’s head coach Mike Olson. McNames finished his outstanding four year career at BH with a well justified spot on the SDIC first team. McNames, who is well known for his assists averaged eight per game, along with 12 points. Senior forward Brian Fenema averaged 19 points per game and six rebounds, earning his position as a first team nominee as well. “I went out the way I wanted,” said perimeter shooter Travis Traphagen, who gained a position on the 2nd SDIC team, averaging 15 points per game. “Beating Emry-Riddle was a lot of fun,” commented Traphagen. The win against Emry-Riddle advanced the team into the elite eight at the national tournam e n t . The players wrapped up a prosperous season with a good finish and much to show for it. “One beauty about this year’s team was their unselfishness. No one was concerned with individual honors and with that attitude the honors still came,” commented Olson. For many, their careers have been filled with blood and sweat, joyful laughter and sorrowful tears, hard work and dedica-

i o n . t As this year’s senior basketball players reflect on their season as members of the Black Hills State teams, the athlete’s agree that it has all paid off. BHSU Lady Yellow Jackets will be missing a vital team player when the season rolls around next fall. Senior Rhea Duncan, came to BHSU two seasons ago after transferring a junior college in Montana. from After two successful seasons of hard work and determination as a BHSU player, she proved to be a serious force and one of the conference’s premier shooters. Kevin Dobbs coached Duncan her last two seasons and according to him, he has never seen a player improve so much over one year. “She wanted to improve and did. She was a darn good shooter and her work ethic will be greatly missed.” Said Dobbs. Dobbs wasn’t the only one who gained from Duncan this season. Newcomer, Amanda Schelle, said that she learned more from Duncan than anyone else, and will miss her work ethic and way of helping out others. Duncan had a lot of favorite memories when reflecting on her BHSU career. Among those were the big wins against arch rival South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Even though you may not catch Duncan in action on the court next fall, you may still see her on campus, where she will spend another year pursuing a Wellness degree. Although the Lady J’s will be missing a big player in Duncan they are still looking ahead to an exciting season with an extremely tall and athletic team, consisting of at least three 5’11” guards and a 6’ center. “I’m sure there will be lots of changes to look forward to.” quoted Schelle. Five jerseys will be handed in on this year’s men’s team. Josh McNames, Brad Massman, Travis Traphagen, Trent Traphagen and Brian Fennema all finalized their BH basketball careers after another trip to the NAIA National Tournament in March. McNames will round off his record book career as the first Yellow Jacket to top 100 wins during his playing career, and first to be a part of a BHSU team that won 20 games or more during all four years at BHSU. McNames, who played all four years at BHSU, will not only be remembered in the record books, but also as one of BHSU’s premier hustlers and team leaders, say teammates and nearly any fan who witnessed his team attitude and dedicated drive on the court. Brad Massman added much flare to the team when he joined them three years ago after transferring from Jamestown College in North Dakota. Massman was a big contributor during his Junior and Senior year’s when he began starting as the team’s center. Trent and Travis Traphagen both have an abundance of great memories from their three years spent at BHSU. These Columbia, SD natives came to BH after spending one season at Northern State University in Aberdeen. They agree that the move was one they will never regret. “Everyone is a lot closer here,” said Trent. “People are always willing to go the extra mile for you.” Trent’s comfort in the community carried onto the court as well. He remained a very versatile player all three seasons. He was dangerous beyond the wing, as well as under the basket. Trent was second in three point shooting only to Travis, who consistently cashed in from beyond the arch. For his talent on the arch, Travis earned a spot in the record book, setting the single season record for 3-point goals in 97-98 with 97 goals made. After two successful seasons at North Iowa Area Community College, Brian Fennema obtained two more successful seasons at BHSU. Fennema proved to be a huge addition to the roster last season. Fennema was skillful in both blocks and on the perimeter. For his efforts, he finished both seasons as the teams leading rebounder. Overall, the five are satisfied with their performances at BHSU and so is Mike Olsen. “I got the most that I possible could from them.” said Olsen. Olsen’s team will look a lot different next season, missing five valuable players who all added to the team’s foundation. The players will miss the team as well. “I’ll especially miss the goof balls who make it exciting. You never knew what to expect.” Quoted Trent. For Coach Olsen, next season will be a time of rebuilding after losing this years “fab five.” But Olsen remains optimistic. “Realistically, we lose so much scoring and leadership that it is going to be a time of rebuilding. And although it is too early to take focus on next season we expect to remain successful.”

SDIC Honors

Brian Fennema

Josh McNames

Melinda Oster

Rhea Duncan

Travis Traphagen



First outdoor meet paves road to Yellow Jacket success -photos by Alan Carroll

Above: Kristi Kirschman, freshman, claimed first place when she hurled the javelin 111’ 5 1/2’’. Kirschman transferred to BHSU this semester. Right: Mary Kate Guilfoyle, junior, jumps her way to first place in the 400 meters hurdles with an outstanding time of 1:06.32. Below: Renee Davis, freshman, clears an amazing jump of 9’6’’ in the pole vault, winning the event by a huge gap of 3 1/2 feet. With the jump, Davis nearly qualified for the NAIA National Tournament.

Jill Smidt Staff Writer

Black Hills State University hosted the first outdoor track meet of the season on March 27th in Spearfish. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Chadron State, and Dickinson State also participated in the meet. Mary Kate Guilfoyle, junior, Rachel Travis, freshman, Natshia Cushman, sophomore, and Heather Mundt,senior, ran to win the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.89. Freshman, Rachel Travis, received third place both in the long jump and the triple jump with jumps of 15'8 1/4" & 30'3 1\4". Travis and Mary Kate Guilfoyle tied for first place in the high jump, with a jump of 5í2î. Also in the high jump, Renae Davis, received fourth place. Guilfoyle received two first places; one was in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.43. She also broke a school record in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.32. The previous school record was 1:06.88 by Dolores Brandt in 1994. Rachel Travis said, “It was cold, but I thought it went pretty well. When Mary Kate Guilfoyle broke the school record, I thought it was really good for our team.” Other first place winners were Natashia Cushman in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:02.51, and Renae Davis in the pole vault competition with a height of 9'6". Heather Mundt won two first places, in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.45, and the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.50. In the 3000 meter run, Lisa Reynolds won first place with a time of 10:45. Monica Headley, sophomore, received second place with a time of 11:18. Kristi Kirschman, freshman, captured first place in the javelin with a distance of 11'5 1/2". Mickey O'Dell placed fourth in the javelin with a distance of 95'6". The women also won first place in the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 4:11.44.

Head BHSU Track & Field Coach, Scott Walkinshaw , stated, “We competed very well under the circumstances. The women won 11 out of 16 events. The men had some solid performances, and the meet gave us a gauge of where were at." In the men’s events, the men received second place in the 4X100 relay with a time of 43.75 to begin the meet. Making up the relay were Blake Nordenstan, freshman, Chad Brooks,freshman, Rowdy Anderson sophomore, and anchor Burke Binning, junior The men’s first place winners were: Darrin Kellum, senior in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.41; Leir Nordstam, freshman, in the pole vault with a height of 13'; and Brian Oliver in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:33.11. Oliver also won another first place in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:20.30, and Stephen Hayes, freshman, won in the steeple chase with a time of 10.33. Other winners in the men’s division were: Curtis Johnson, sophomore, earning second place in the high jump with a jump of 6’4”; Chad Brooks with a third place in the 400 meter dash with in of 52.13. In the pole vault, Darrin Kellum, earned third place with a height of 12’, and Eric Robinson, freshman, earned fourth place with a height of 11’6. John Ainsworth,sophomore, received fifth place in the discus with a distance of 129’10”, and "Scooter" Hayes, sophomore also received a fifth place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:16.09. Burke Binning captured second place in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.34; Brooks placed third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.71, and Darrin Kellum placed fourth in the javelin with a distance of 162.8”. Jeff Williamson, freshman received fifth place in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:54.16. Coach Walkinshaw seemed very optimistic about the rest of the season. “The fact that this was our first meet... we hope to improve on these performances,” he said. “We’re gearing everything towards the conference meet.”

We wish the track teams many snowless days so they can get their meets in before the SDIC meet! Good luck.

Today. April 15, 1999  

Today. April 15, 1999. Student newspaper of the Black Hills State University.