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he campus was in awe of “Mourning Pictures,” the play by Honor Moore produced last week, which dealt with cancer issues.

A Notable Quote :

“Lassa chio sola vinco l’infnitio.”

Dante’s Inferno

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(Tired and alone I have conquered infinity)

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New Financial Aid Director named Christine Wilmot Staff Writer

Recently, former Dakota Wesleyan staff member, Deb Henriksen, was named as Black Hills State University’s new financial aid director. Henriksen, originally from Mitchell, had been the financial aid director at Dakota Wesleyan for 10 years, and when she left there to come here, they were very upset. “She’s the best financial aid director in the region and she came highly recommended by other directors in South Dakota,” said Dr. Haislett, president of Resident Life. One of the main problems with the financial aid in the past was the computer data systems. Henriksen’s main goal is to make things as simple as possible. They have been working on getting the data system up and running correctly, so that when they hit a button, it does what it’s supposed to. If the financial aid director did not know what she was doing, it could Deb Henriksen mean the loss of a loan or scholarship for not just one person, but for the entire university. Since Henriksen has 10 years experience, she knows the system and all the laws involved, which was good for the university because they did not have to worry about training someone who was completely at a loss of knowledge for what being a financial aid director really means. One of the future plans for financial aid is to have the students financial aid out to them before they leave for the summer break. Rachel Haley, a freshman at BHSU, said, “It is a great idea that we get our financial aid early, because when fall comes around we have enough stress. It would take a large load off our minds.” “We’re so glad she’s here. She’s very knowledgeable about the financial aid process and is a wonderful person who students will enjoy working with,” said Cheryl Leahy in the Enrollment Center. “Henriksen is the type of person who is able to work well with the students. She can get them through upsets and hard times, and still is a laid-back and fun person to be around. Her experience is a big improvement to the university.”


lack Hills State student, Randy Routier, shows the campus what it takes to be a true champion. -Lifestyles page 6

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Senate in uproar over campus cop

Rachel Bachmann Staff Writer

The Black Hills State University Student Senate recently voiced concern over the University administration not keeping the students, in particular the Senate, informed of major campus decisions. “The Senate cannot effectively represent the students if the administration doesn’t keep us informed with what is going on,” College of Education Student Senator Tom Paulsen said. “The students have a right to voice their opinion to the administration.” The Senate recently passed a resolution in opposition to the idea after a lengthy debate concerning the lack of need, the feasibility and the power of the officer. The administration said the Senate

mistook the attempt to hire an officer as miscommunication. Dr. Judith Haislett, Vice-President of Student Life, said, “The police issue was rushed but we needed to get someone here.” The University and the Spearfish Police Department have been interviewing candidates and plan to have the officer start on January 3, 1999. According to the Senate, this is not the first issue the administration has concealed from the students. The consolidation of the colleges from three to four, the designation of Cook Gym ahead of E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center, despite the strong opposition from both students and faculty, and the redesign and beautification of campus are among the issues that the administration did not confer with the students. “The administration needs to keep in mind that students fees and ultimately stu-

dents being here are the reason they have jobs here,” said College of Arts and Science Student Senator Nicole Nachtigal. “Therefore, the administration needs to show more accountability to the students than in the past.” “If the administration doesn’t take the Student Senate seriously, what is the point of the Senate’s existence?” said College of Business and Technology Student Senator Scott Biggin. “The concept of the Senate is to voice the opinion of the students to the administration and if they don’t listen than the students aren’t being represented fairly.” The administration, however, says that keeping students informed is not their job. “There is no barrier of communication; students need to be more attentive,” BHSU President Thomas O. Flickema said. “Student reps need to attend more meetings.”

A Christmas concert to remember

photo by Alan Carroll

Belle Fourche resisdent, Jamie Sowers, rehearsed Bach’s Magnificant at St. Joseph’s Church on Dec. 9. The orchestra accompanied the BH Concert Choir during the Dec. 13 performance.

David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union renovation has advantages for everyone Leona White Hat Staff Writer

The Student Union renovation will benefit the Market Place, bookstore, and students. The final phase of the construction is currently taking place in the south eastern corner of the Market Place. “One of the main reasons for the change is that the old plan caused too many problems for the bookstore,” said Michael

Jastorff, bookstore director. “The sun would shine through the windows all day causing an extensive amount of heat to come into the bookstore offices,” said Jastorff. “The sun was so bright, we couldn’t even see our own computer screens,” said Jastorff. “We had to put paper over the windows to help block out the sun.” Although paper helped block out the sun, there was a problem with the offices not being sound proof to each other. This result-

ed in the offices having no privacy. The plan will cover up the open space between the bookstore and the Market Place, which was once only separated by glass. The renovation will provide benefits by supplying “more eating space in the market place,” said Judy Zeiger, director of Student Services. “It is also part of the original plan, so it won’t come out of the students’ fee. It’s a win-win situation,” she said.

Freshman John Hayward also added, “I was a little worried about the renovation but now that I’ve heard of the plans, and since it isn’t going to cost me anything, I like it.” Zeiger also commented that future plans include the possibility of putting four computers in the open area. The construction is scheduled to be finished in December and will be completed when students come back for the spring semester of 1999.

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1999 BMI student composer awards open The 47th annual BMI Student Composer Award competition will award $21,000 to young composers. The postmark deadline for entering the 1999 competition, which is sponsored by the BMI Foundation, will be Friday, February 12, 1999. The BMI Student Composer Awards were established in 1951 to encourage young composers in the creation of serious music and, through cash prizes, to aid in continuing their musical education. There are no limitations as to instrumentation, style or length of work submitted. The prizes which range from $500 to $5,000 are awarded at the discretion of the final judging panel. Official rules and entry blanks are available from Ralph N. Jackson, Director, BMI Student Composer Awards, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY. 10019.

Family of Spencer Swan expresses thanks The family of Spencer Swan would like to take this opportunity to thank the many students, faculty, and staff of Black Hills State University who took the time to help us through our time of grief. We are eternally grateful for the generous gifts, cards, and kind words of sympathy that we received. Please accept our invitation to Spencer’s memorial dinner to be held at the Mother Butler Center in Rapid City, SD. on January 16, 1999.

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On These Pages 25 years ago Department develops ‘appeals committee’ Students refused admittance into teacher training now have the chance to appeal their case to another faculty committee. Until now, a committee of psychologists has been acting to screen student applicants for teacher training. The committee reviewed the student’s application and then made recomendations to the Division Chairman as to the student’s qualifications to enter the teacher training phase. In some cases, the applicant is asked to appear before the psychologists for an interview. If refused by the committee and the division chairman, a student may now request a hearing from the Appeals Committee.

20 years ago Advisors overloaded “We are not giving the quality of advisement of which we are capable,” says Dr. Ken Halsey, vice president for Academic affairs at BH. “By attempting to have individual instructors give all students mid--term grades, we may have complicated matters,” he notes. Halsey says mid-term grade procedure may even be in conflict with good advisement. “Now the students doesn’t have to go see his advisor, so he doesn’t.” Halsey says that the advisement program is a trouble spot that needs study. “Some faculty members don’s like advisement, and so don’t work at it. And they are not properly remunerated for this service, which does not help.”

15 years ago BH Computer course debated After much debate, the BH faculty voted 51-29 in favor of including a three-hour computer course in its proposals for statewide general education requirements. The proposal to include the computer course will be sent to the State Board of Regents, which requested that all seven state-supported schools take part in establishing mandatory core-curriculum standards for higher education in South Dakota. The subject of its inclusion prompted considerable debate. Political science instructor Dr. Tom Hills said, “We don’t need a computer course in general education. Each department could build computer proficiency within its major.” Fine arts instructor Al Sandau said, “My kid is 15, and he’s becoming computer proficient now. This inclusion may not be timely three years from now.”


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Facts to help get through finals Thad Hicks Staff Writer

As finals draw near, Black Hills State University students feel the greatest pressure of the entire semester weighing heavily on their shoulders. Many first time students have questions about how to prepare and cope with the stress of taking finals. Sandra Cargill, director of Student Development, said, “The best advice is to start planning early, understand what information your final exams cover and know how much it weighs towards your final grade.” Working with others often makes the hard core studying easier. Christa Fye, retention counselor for the Student Assistance Center,

said, “Talk to other students; start study groups. It is beneficial for both parties to work with other people.” Time management is very important during test-taking weeks. “Get a calendar for the week or two before exams so you have time to spend on all subjects,” Fye said. “It is also important to schedule something fun and relaxing to help you recuperate for the next day.” Mark Sheahan, a BHSU junior, said, “Set aside a day to get yourself organized. If you have two tests in one day, set aside a few hours for each test, do not just over study one subject. Planning is a big factor.” “If a student has three or more finals in one day, talk to your profes-

sors. You can reschedule your tests if you have too many at once. It is also a good idea to ask if there are study guides available,” said Chrystal Muglia, a BHSU sophomore. Studying worries are only one factor. Proper eating and getting rest are also big factors. “Cramming does not work. If you’re on a regular study regiment, there is no need to stay up all night. You wear yourself out if you’re not sleeping and eating. You lose your ability to concentrate,” said Cargill. Test taking can be much less stressful if the student’s plan ahead, schedule their study sessions and get plenty of rest. Mark Jones, BHSU sophomore, summed it all up stating, “Study hard and set your alarm.”

Companion auction helps Toys for Tots raise money Lory Polensky Staff Writer

Shelly Naber, along with several other students from Heidepriem Hall, worked to set up the companion auction that was held on November 30 in the Student Union. Students from Heidepriem, Thomas, Wenona Cook, and Humbert Halls were sold. Seventeen people volunteered to be auctioned off for a date. They were each asked two questions before the bidding started. The couple would then get to pick a prize to go on a free date. The prizes were donated by business in and around Spearfish, such as The Millstone and The Video Place. It was set up to help raise money for Toys For Tots. The organization is set up for children to receive Christmas presents that their families normally would-

n't be able to afford. Naber, a freshman at Black Hills State, headed up the auction. Naber said, “We made $140 at the auction, and I ended up collecting over $400 total from other fundraisers.” Audra Ladenburger, a freshman who was sold at the auction, said, “It was a lot of fun. I was really nervous, but I would do it again because it was for a good cause.” Naber also had money jars set up all around Spearfish to collect money for the needy children. Hillary Swensen, a friend of Naber, said, “Shelly worked really hard to collect the money to buy toys for the kids. She did an excellent job.” With all of the money Naber collected from her fund raisers, she bought many toys for the Toys for Tots organization,including a Sega video game system.

1998 Athletic Trainers meeting held at Donald E.Young Center

T ony Silva Head Trainer

T h e S o u t h Dakota Athletic Tr a i n e r s

Association met at the Donald E. Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University for their annual business meeting and educational session. The educational sessions consisted of discussions that centered on the head, neck and spine. “After an individual acquires their certification as an Athletic Trainer, they are required to get 80 hours of continuing education over a three year period to maintain their certification. This is one of the avenues they have to maintain their certification,” says Tony Silva, Head Athletic Trainer at BHSU and president of the state association. Dr. Bob Ferrell, an attending physician for the United States Boxing Team, started the day with a lecture on facial injuries. Dr. Rod McVeety from Queen City Medical Center followed Dr. Ferrell with a discussion on mild head injuries and concussions. In the afternoon sessions, Dr. Rand Schleusener discussed cervical spine (neck) injuries and Matt Sailors, a physical therapist, finished the day with a discussion of rehabilitation of the spine. “Many times, the trainer is the first on the scene, and the educational sessions here were designed to educate or re-educate us as to the proper care and management of injuries that could be life-threatening if not treated properly.” The state association also voiced its concern with the recent ruling of the South Dakota Board of Education that allows people to coach without any prior education in athletic injuries, first aid or CPR. “What is more important than the healthcare of a young individual? We, as an organization, feel that in the absence of a qualified health care professional, the coaches should have some training in recognition and care of athletic injuries, first aid




Mourning Pictures performed as winter play

Absence of any consistent mood is the play’s main criticism. Maggie couldn’t help but feel helpless and alone until a medication Mourning Pictures, a drama by worked and even then her hopes Honor Moore, was presented here seemed only artificial. Margaret, a December 3-5. The play’s action poet by profession, couldn’t decide and mood convey materialism of on the right emotion to handle hercancer and, subsequently, death to self or her mother. Struggling to the viewer. understand her mother’s and her The two-hour play was highown outlook, she respectfully says, lighted by the emotional turns of “I am her (Maggie) with Maggie, performed by my eyes shut.” Sandi Hogan, as she Even times of hapcopes with terminal canpiness darken the mood cer. Her medications because an end was include yoga which she understood by the charpractices without faith, acters and revealed to vitamins in outrageous the audience in sudden proportions, and the love collapses of mood. The and confusion of her famlack of developed and ily. As she rejects absoluconsistent emotion kept tion of death, she also the audience distant and rejects her family and less aware of the overall their support. She strugtheme. gles not to fight death, Also appearing in and a conflict develops the cast were freshmen while determining the Tim Bessette, Jason location of the real Coahran, Thomas wound. Is the cancer Austin Gorder, Keith killing her or her appreMelcher, Daniel hension of dying? Patterson, Geno Margaret, Maggie’s Pesicka, and sophomore daughter played by Erin photo by Nate West Lemme, is a very caring Erin Lemme and Taffy Anderson embrace during the Taffy Anderson. The musicians providing and sensitive character play “Mourning Pictures”. gentle insight into the but rather obnoxious action and characters’ regarding her behavior. She is insecure and almost imma- ness of the characters’ thoughts thoughts included Dr. Susan Hoveture with her treatment of her ailing steer the audience away from any Pabst, singer; Dr. Janeen Larsen, mother. She loves her mother indef- significant and true emotion. This keyboardist; and Dr Randall Royer initely but becomes confused from became abundantly clear through- playing guitar. The play was directed by Dr. Pamela Wegner. her mother’s rejection of her sym- out the play and was distracting. Matt Baumann Staff Writer

pathies. Throughout the play she ís incompetent and undecided on how she deals with her mother’s nearing death. Mourning Pictures moves very slow and has only one set. Action and setting were verbally announced in non-expressive tones. “I’m sitting down. I feel like crying. I’m going to sleep. I dream. I wake up the next day.” The bland-

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“Mourning Pictures” author visits campus Cynthia Hart Staff Writer

“Mourning Pictures,” a drama written in poetry by Honor Moore, touched home with Black Hills State University students during its three-day production. The drama, based on Moore’s life story, contains her experiences with her mother, as well as a story of a cancer struggle and imminent death. BHSU’s theatrical department produced “Mourning Pictures” on December 3, 4, 5. The play tells of Moore’s own experience with death and the many deep emotions she felt, along with her mother’s pain. “I drafted the play at a time when people didn’t talk about cancer, much less write about it,” stated Moore. The drama unfolds with Moore discovering her mother’s illness. It then takes you through her emotions to the conclusion of her mother’s death. “What I hope is that when people who have gone through the same experience see or read the play, they will feel support and gain closure of grief through expressing their own feelings in their lives, just as I did,” Moore added. Having the author on campus for the production was quite an honor for BH staff, students, and theater buffs. “We all feel quite privileged to be able to meet occassionally with authors, and I am very grateful to have had Honor Moore here with us,” said head of the BH Theater Department and assistant professor, Al Sandau.


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photo by Alan Carroll

Randy takes a test utilizing an overhead projector and the help of an academic assistant, who tranfers his verbal answers to a scan-tron sheet. Robin Johnson Staff Writer

If you have a disability, whether it is physical or emotional, you know it is trying. The obstacles of day-to-day living and the problems of interacting with others who are not disabled combine to make the life of a disabled person demanding,

frustrating, and challenging. Making your way as a person is a great deal more inconvenient, but the world does not stop for you or anyone else. There are many people on the campus of Black Hills State University who face these challenges, and Randy Routier is one of them. Randy Routier was born and raised on a ranch near Buffalo, South Dakota.

photo by Alan Carroll

Deidre Stephens, Randy’s personal assistant, helps out both at school and the apartment. They graduated high school together, and she plans to attend BH next semester. When asked to describe Deidre’s offical job description, Randy grinned and said, “Pain in the ass!”

He attended Harding County High School were he was involved in many school activities. He played football, basketball, and his favorite, rodeo. He was also very involved in 4-H and other community organizations. Actually Randy was always in the middle of anything that was going on. As I recall, if there was a dance, he was in the middle of the dance floor swinging the girls around, and if there was a basketball game that he wasn’t playing in, you can bet he was in the stands starting the chants. However, on March 8, 1997 physical life, as he knew it, changed forever. Randy along with his mom, Laurie, and two friends traveled to Gillette, Wyoming for a saddle bronc rodeo clinic. This is where Randy’s lifechanging ride took Randy’s academic assistant, Nancy Cartwright, holds a place. Randy was She helps out Randy during classes, as well as adminis bucked off and what On Monday, July 21st, Randy was appeared to be a normal landing, was in released from the Craig hospital and fact life threatening. When Randy’s mom and others rushed out into the arena, they was able to return home. As Randy’s quickly discovered that Randy had gone plane touched down in Buffalo, he was into cardiac arrest. Laurie, with the help welcomed by a caravan of friends and of a complete stranger, immediately family bearing signs and balloons. began performing CPR. Finally, medical Randy said that being home surrounded help arrived and CPR was administered by his friends and family and just being until arriving at the Gillette hospital. able to see the blue sky was truly the best Randy was stabilized and transferred by medicine. Since the accident, Randy has made air ambulance to Rapid City Regional Hospital where he was in intensive care. some major accomplishments. First of Family and friends waited anxiously all, he went on to finish his senior year of while doctors at Rapid City Regional high school. During the year, he was up Hospital determined that Randy’s fourth for homecoming royalty and made honor and fifth vertebrae were crushed, injuring roll. He then graduated with the Harding the spinal cord but not severing it, leaving County High School Class of 1998. him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the Randy received a standing ovation as he neck down. I think that the best way to describe the spinal cord is as a telephone cable. Once the cable is damaged, the messages can no longer go through. You may be saying that a telephone cable can be spliced together. Yes, that is correct, but the spinal cord cannot be fixed that way at this time. The spinal cord area around the fourth vertebrae controls the breathing muscles, so Randy had to be placed on a respirator. Now over a yearand-a-half later, he is still dependent on the respirator. After a long hospital stay in Rapid City, Randy was transferred to Craig hospital in Denver, where he would begin to learn how to live with his new physical condition. Randy’s stay at Craig was very physically challenging as well as mentally trying. Not only did he learn about his new chair, but his family had to learn how to care for him. This was one of the toughest times of Randy’s recovery. It would have been so easy for him to give up and lose his positive attitude, but with the incredible support of family and friends, he made it through their program and was able to Robin Johnson, Randy’s tutor, helps him his apartment. Randy uses a standard come home with a smile on his face. two voice recognition programs which


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He has note-takers, When asked what this article should be tutors, caregivers, based on, Randy said, “I want people to and has to take know that it isn’t as bad as it looks, there school extremely are few things that I can’t do.” seriously and devote Randy is blessed with an incredibly a lot of time to his supportive family who has been by his side classes. Randy also every step of the way. He has two younger relies on his comput- brothers, Riley and Ryan, who look up to er for much assis- Randy in a huge way. His parents, Terry tance with his school- and Laurie Goehring, have not only been work. His laptop parents but best friends. Beyond the physcomputer is voice ical assistance that they provide him daily, activated, so he tells the emotional support and encouragement it what to do. is also very evident. Actually, it is much Randy has many dreams and goals for more complex than his life. Ultimately, his dream has always telling it what to do. been to return to the family ranch near Randy has had to Buffalo, SD. But he says that until he gets learn a whole new better, he is learning as much as he can and language of com- looking at any opportunity that is thrown mands to make his his way. With his mind and motivation, he photo by Alan Carroll computer understand is guaranteed to be a success at whatever him. Despite the fact he does. His main interest is business and Randy and Deidre share a joke that he knows his he has thought about doing something before taking a psychology test. computer very well, with the stock market and internet trading. it is still extremely At this point, I am hopeful that you ten to know him and call him a friend. I time consuming and have a better understanding of Randy and hope that I have taught him half as much required much his situation. But if not, join the club. as he has taught me. So, next time you patience to perform However, I raise this question, do we ever see Randy in the halls, even though you simple tasks. really understand anybody? Randy is one can’t give him a “high-5”, a simple “hey” But if you were of the kindest and funniest friends that I would be great! On a personal note, best to spend one hour have. I started as an acquaintance and his of luck Randy Routier. You are a true with Randy, you study-buddy, but I am proud to have got- champion even if you didn’t make the would feel anything but pity for him. Randy is paralyzed photo by Alan Carroll from the neck down a handout for Randy to look at during a business class. to his toes. He has no movement in his stering tests. arms or legs. But he moved himself across the stage with his has one of the biggest hearts and most breath-activated chair. Immediately fol- incredible minds and attitudes that I have lowing graduation, Randy made the deci- ever known. Therefore, if you come to sion to attend college at Black Hills State know Randy, he is complete. Thoughts of University starting in the 1998 fall semes- him will be a source of energy for me ter. throughout my path of life. Randy’s Adjustments had to be made. Up to sense of humor is always near the top. this point, Randy’s care had been fairly Trying to get to class on time last month, structured with physical therapy, school, he blew his wheelchair down the skywalk and medical treatment. College offered a and was probably speeding, as he ran into whole new set of challenges. a door, tore the molding off, broke his When classes started, the halls were con- footrest off, and nearly ran over the gested with anxious students and it took teacher. He laughed with his hearty laugh Randy twice as long as most students to and told me that he did the same thing in get to class. high school, but the teacher wasn’t fast To say the least, the new collegiate envi- enough! ronment was extremely overwhelming. Now, let me ask you. When you see However, Randy has adjusted very well. someone in a wheelchair, what do you think his or her limitations are? I know not all people in wheelchairs are paralyzed, but let’s focus on those who are. Correct me if I’m wrong, but you would probably say that person just can’t walk. Not to say “just can’t walk” as if it were no big deal, but simply that’s what his or her limitation is. Well, through observation, I believe that is one of the easiest things about being paralyzed. The simple act of walking is very important, but not as important as being able to feed yourself or go to the bathroom on your own. Another thing that Randy has had to adust to is temperature. His body no longer has a termperature gage, so his body temperature is determined by the environment around him. Becoming completely dependent on others is a terrible adjustment to make. However, just as people do not realize what Randy’s limitations are, they also do not know about the many things that he can do. I saw Christopher Reeves on television the other day, and he said it very well, “There is no challenge, artistic or photo by Alan Carroll otherwise, that we can’t meet.” It all photo by Alan Carroll m out with a new computer program at starts with the will to reach success, and Another successful test out of the way, Randy and Deidre head out to kill d Toshiba laptop computer loaded with that drive definitely exists within Randy. some time before the next class. Just another day at BH. allow him to control the computer.


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Cruise, getting along, Ben Affleck... BH students tell what their idea of a perfect Christmas would be.

A week on a cruise away from work and school without my family.

Having two feet of snow and being able to snowmobile all day, and coming home and unwrapping thousands of dollars of presents.

If all of my siblings and I got along for one afternoon, and Santa Claus paid off my credit card bills.

A day of ice fishing with my hot chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps.

Ben Affleck under the tree with nothing but a bow on.

Jenn Pope, Senior

Steve Meyer, Senior

Joe Lore, Freshman

Jessie Klocker, Senior

Stacy Warner, Sophomore

Mincer’s final views on nothing J ASON M INCER Today Web Page Editor

Mincer finally writes about something. As a December graduate, I have been thinking about the future and the past lots lately. I was giving a tour to about twenty people two weeks ago; between the bridge and Heidepriem Hall, I looked up to the third floor lobby window, and there was someone mooning us. I figured the mothers in the group would be disgusted, but they weren’t. They just laughed. It took them back to their college days and all the fun they used to have. College pranks like this are one of the things I’m going to miss in the real world. What does the term “real world” mean? For the children of the nineties it is a show on MTV where seven people live in a house and deal with the problems of everyday life. It would be a really good time, but this is not the “real world” I’m talking about. I am headed to a place where people work for wages over $5.15 and eat foods other than Ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese or the ever-popular hot dog. They also have this crazy notion that beer is not a food group. Enjoy it while you can; these days are limited. With this transition comes hindsight. I have learned so much more outside the classroom than I ever did inside. Most important is the value of my family. I had taken for granted my upbringing and the opportunities I had been given. I am an extremely fortunate person. The class “How to deal with psycho roommates 401”, would have been very helpful. It would have had to be an upper level class course and should definitely

include a lab. Then again this might have to be a graduate study topic. For those of you who know these stories, be thankful it was not you. And for those who don’t, ask and I will tell every detail and how to keep it from happening to you. There are a couple things that I am kicking myself for not doing sooner: the Today newspaper and KBHU. These are two of the neatest things on our campus. The Today newspaper has given me opportunities I never dreamed of. A column about nothing, I write about whatever is on my mind and you choose to suffer through it. KBHU on the other hand is just fun. This is the first semester I have been a DJ, and I love it. There is nothing like taking a couple hours a week, playing some music and telling people useless information. Thanks Roller Girl for all the help! I would like to thank a few people who have helped me along the way. The Academic Skill Center got me through all the science classes I needed and also provided me with a great job as a tutor in the Macintosh computer lab. The Student Ambassador organization has provided me with the confidence I need to interact with people I do not know through giving tours. The people in this organization are wonderful and I will miss all of you! I suppose I should also thank those who read my thoughts on nothing. The three or four of you have kept me writing about what is on my mind, which is never earth shattering. There have been some great times; I will only explain a few. Fred Jackson and I performing ‘Summer Lovin’ from Grease for the Cinderfella pageant. Fred is a damn sexy woman, especially when he skips. Hiding in the woods as a freshman because the cops busted the party we were having. Going to Sanfords on Wednesday nights when they still had a DJ and watching people hook up knowing they would be kicking themselves in the morning. Playing frisbee in the parking lot at the Ames apartments at three a.m. Wal-Mart trips with Michelle Thomas. And last, talking about the

Formal Announcement: There will be a formal/semi-formal held April 17, 1999. This is NOT a school sponsored activity because there will be alcohol. It will be held at the Pavilion, in the city park. This is being held for all Black Hills State juniors and seniors and their dates. Stay tuned to this page for ticket pricing and availability. If you would like to help organize or decorate or need more information, contact Terresah Hall at 642-9124.


Black Hills State men split weekend games Jeff Easton BHSU Sports Information Director

photo by Scott Waltman, B.H. Pioneer

Brant Miller floats toward the basket as he readies to release a jump shot during Black Hills State’s 108-69 defeat of Presentation College.

Black Hills State University earned a split of its games with Presentation College and Jamestown (N.D.) College in non-conference men’s basketball action played on the road Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13. The Yellow Jackets (8-2) put six players in double figures as BHSU defeated Presentation, 108-69, on Saturday at Aberdeen. After traveling to Jamestown, Black Hills State dropped an 82-69 decision to the Jimmies on Sunday. Having watched his team split its last four games Yellow Jacket Head Coach Mike Olson is concerned about getting into a rut as the non-conference portion of BHSU’s schedule nears its end. “It’s a concern going into the Christmas break that we haven’t shown that we can play back-to-back nights,” he said. “We played very well against Montana StateNorthern, but then we couldn’t come back and beat an average Dickinson State team on our floor the next night. Then we played very well against Presentation, but we couldn’t turn around and beat Jamestown the next day.” Black Hills State closes its non-conference run with two games at the Perkins Classic, which is being played Dec. 29-30, before taking on the University of Regina and Colorado Christian on Jan. 2-3. Black Hills St. 108, Presentation 69 A quick burst to open the second half helped the Yellow Jackets break away from a pesky Presentation squad on Saturday. After building a 50-42 lead by the half-time break, Black Hills State opened the final 20 minutes of play with a 9-0 run and BHSU outscored the Saints 27-10 over the first 10 minutes to put the game out of reach. “After a very slow start, we played well the entire second half,” said Olson. “Mike Smith had a good floor game and Trent Traphagen was very active on the glass.” Brian Fennema led the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 20 points. Travis Traphagen

followed with 17 points and Brett Theeler added 14. Josh McNames scored 13 points while dishing out a team-high 8 assists. Trent Traphagen, who pulled down 10 rebounds, scored a season-high 12 points, while Smith added 10 points and 7 assists. Jamestown 82, Black Hills St. 69 The Jimmies hit 58 percent of their shots from the field in the second half as Jamestown edged ahead in the final nine minutes on its way to downing the Yellow Jackets 82-69 at the Jamestown Civic Center. The two teams were tied at 39-all at the end of the first half, but the Jimmies took a 6-point early in the second stanza. Black Hills State came back to tie the game and held a 2-point lead with nine minutes to play before Jamestown mounted its final charge. “I thought we were right where we wanted to be at half-time, but we missed a couple easy shots that hurt us at a critical time,” Olson noted. “Still we were up two, but Jamestown stemmed our run and then they got a couple timely three’s.” The Jimmies converted 15 of 26 second half field goals while holding BHSU to 12 of 34 shooting from the floor, including 3 of 12 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Jamestown also held a 45-29 rebounding advantage for the game. Fennema, who pulled down a team-high 6 rebounds, led the Yellow Jackets with 24 points. McNames followed with 21 points and 10 assists. Next action Black Hills State is idle until Dec. 29-30 when the Yellow Jackets host the fifth annual Perkins Classic at the Donald E. Young Center. The four-team tournament opens on Tuesday, Dec. 29, with South Dakota Tech and Rocky Mountain (Mont.) facing off at 5:30 p.m. MST. The Yellow Jackets will follow with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against Northwestern (Minn.). On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the third-place game will start at 5:30 p.m. with the championship contest following at 7:30 p.m. MST

Track season opens for BHSU on Jan. 23

Three netters named to all-SDIC volleyball team

Justin Koehler Staff Writer

Matt Bauman Staff Writer

The Black Hills State University track and field team, under first-year coach Scott Walkinshaw, is pacing itself for season-opening action at the BHSU Invitational on Jan. 23. The Yellow Jacket women’s team, the defending South Dakota-Iowa Conference outdoor champions, placed third at the SDIC indoor meet in 1998. The men’s team placed seventh at the indoor championship and in fourth place at the outdoor conference meet. “We have a positive outlook toward the season,” said Mary Kate Guilfoyle, who competed in nationals for the third time last year. Black Hills State will build itself for their biggest indoor meet of the year, the SDIC indoor championships. The Yellow Jackets will host the conference meet on Feb. 20 at the Donald E. Young Center. “Right now I’m figuring out the level of competition so we can try to win the conference meet,” said Walkinshaw, who has 30-35 athletes out for the indoor team. “We have a good nucleus and a large number of athletes in different areas.”

SIOUX FALLS -- Three Black Hills State University volleyball players were named to the all-South Dakota-Iowa Conference team following completion of the 1998 season. Stacie McFadden was named to the first team, while Blakelee Binning earned second-team honors. Jodi Alcorn received honorable mention status. McFadden, a senior from Riverton, Wyo., finished the season with an assist average of 8.3, third best in the SDIC. She also finished fourth in digs with an average of 3.8 per match. She was also in the top five on the team in serving percentage, aces and defensive digs. Black Hills State Head Coach Naomi Hatfield remarked, “Stacie is the best setter in the conference. She

Stacie McFadden has great footwork and excellent instincts to lead the team on the court.” Binning, a freshman, led the team in kill percentage at 34.7, kills per game at 2.8. She was also second on the team in total kills with 280 and third on the team in digs. Blakelee is an exceptional athlete with great leaping ability,” said Hatfield. “She’s a hard hitter and her improved back row

Blakelee Binning play helped the team significantly.” Alcorn, whose forte was serving and passing, also had a strong year on the back row. Her all-court play helped Alcorn, who led the team in blocks last year, earn time in the front row late in the year. “Jodi is a work horse,” Hatfield stated. At 5-foot-9, she’s the best blocker on the team.”

Jodi Alcorn Team members are selected through voting by coaches in the conference following completion of the season. Black Hills State finished third in the SDIC regular season standings with a 4-2 record. The Yellow Jackets then advanced from pool play into the bracket playoffs before falling to eventual champion Dordt College.


D ECEMBER 1 7 1998


Minot State downs Black Hills State women, 80-68 Jeff Easton BHSU Sports Information Director

MINOT, N.D. — Guard Carol Hayes netted 37 points to lead 19th-ranked Minot State (N.D.) University to an 80-68 defeat of 11th-ranked Black Hills State University Saturday, Dec. 5, at the MSU Dome. The 5-foot-5 Hayes converted 14-of-19 field goal attempts, including 3-of-4 three-point tries, on her way to scoring 37 points. She also dealt out a team-high six assists on the night. “It was one of those nights where everything she put up was going in,” said Yellow Jacket Head Coach Kevin Dobbs. “She’d drive the ball in deep, give a little bump to create a little space before putting up a fade-away jumper. It was unbelievable.” Hayes did double damage to the Yellow Jackets. Not only did Hayes pour in the points, she created foul problems for Black Hills State’s guards. Eventually Tracy Winjum and Rhea Duncan, who both drew defensive duty on Hayes, fouled out of the ball game. Winjum, BHSU’s second leading scorer, saw only 10 minutes of playing time on the night. The game was deadlocked at 35-all after the first 20 minutes of play, but the Beavers raced ahead early in the second half on the way to a 12-point victory. Minot State’s hot shooting hand paved the way. MSU hit 53.7 percent (29-54) of its shots to Black Hills State’s 33.3 percent (22-66) shooting. Jessi Webb led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points. Melinda Oster, who converted 7-of-8 field goal attempts, followed with 14 points, while Amanda Schelle added 10. Tara Lavachek joined Hayes in double figures. Lavachek hit 3-of-4 three-pointers on her way to scoring 10 points.

BHSU men dim lights, fall to DSU

Jeff Easton BHSU Sports Information Director

Black Hills State University went from high to low during its weekend run with Montana State University-Northern and Dickinson State (N.D.) University. The Yellow Jackets gave a fine all-court performance in their 91-73 defeat of MSU-Northern to open the weekend on Friday, Dec. 4. The quick pace of Friday’s game seemed to take the legs away from BHSU’s players late in Saturday’s game with Dickinson State. After leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, Black Hills State’s shooting faltered in the second half and the Yellow Jackets fell to the Blue Hawks 87-74 in overtime. “I have mixed emotions about the weekend. We had such a satisfying win Friday that we were hoping we’d build some momentum to carry us from an energy and emotional standpoint,” BHSU Head Coach Mike Olson stated. “Then to go out and play another good half Saturday, we were stunned by our second half against Dickinson State. “We’d put 43, 48 and 45 points in three halves and been very efficient. Then to go ice cold in the snap of a finger was shocking.” Black Hills State 91, MSU-Northern 73 Tenacious defense and a quick start set the stage for the Yellow Jackets’ 91-73 defeat of MSUNorthern on Friday. On offense, BHSU scored the game’s first eight points on the way to forging a 43-30 lead by the half. The Yellow Jackets lead grew to 19 points when Travis Traphagen hit a three-pointer at the 17:47 mark of the second half. Then Brian Fennema took over in the blocks. The 6-foot-6 senior scored 12 points down the stretch while helping run the lead to 21 points. On the defensive end of the court, Black Hills State used 10 steals to force 17 Northern turnovers while holding the Lights 16 points under their season scoring average for the game.

“We played with energy and with focus against Montana State-Northern,” said Olson. “We got the ball to Brian Fennema well and we played very good defense. We had our most sustained effort of the season over the two halves against them.” Fennema’s 24-point effort was high for both teams. Traphagen followed with 19 and sophomore Mike Smith chipped in 13 for BHSU. Dickinson State 87, Black Hills State 74 OT Dickinson State scored the first 13 points in overtime as the Blue Hawks knocked Black Hills State University from the ranks of the unbeaten with an 87-74 overtime win Saturday, Dec. 5. Guy Fridley, who was victimized for a steal near the end of regulation, blocked Josh McNames on Black Hills State’s final possession in regulation. He followed with a pair of baskets, the first a threepointer, to give the Blue Hawks some valuable breathing room early in the extra session. The Yellow Jackets had two early short range jumpers rattle in and out in the opening minutes of overtime. When the misses were combined with Fridley’s baskets, the pressure to score was magnified on BHSU during its ensuing possessions, while Dickinson State could wait for easier shot opportunities. “For some reason, Dickinson State seemed to seize the momentum, and almost on one shot,” stated Black Hills State Head Coach Mike Olson. “We had a lay-up go in and out on the first possession and then Fridley hit the three. It was like it was a 20point shot even though it was still a one-possession game.” Fennema, who converted two offensive rebounds into baskets in the final minute to send the game into overtime, led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points. Josh McNames, now the school’s career assist record when he notched his 475th assist to break Lonnie Stover’s mark of 474 set from 198286, followed with 13 points. Brett Theeler added 11 for BHSU.


BHSU TODAY NEWSPAPER •Men’s BB: BHSU-Perkins Classic, Dec. 29-30

D ECEMBER 1 7 1998

•Women’s BB: BHSU vs. MSU-Billings, Dec. 21 •Track & Field: Yellow Jacket Invitational, Jan. 23

photo by Alan Carroll

Junior Stephanie Grantier drops a pass to a waiting teammate during the Yellow Jackets’ defeat of Dickinson State.

First half blast lifts BHSU women past Dickinson St. Jeff Easton BHSU Sports Information Director

Black Hills State University hoped to rediscover its inside game during its non-conference match-up with Dickinson State (N.D.) University on Tuesday. Instead the Yellow Jackets used full court pressure to get their outside shooting untracked as BHSU thumped the Blue Hawks 82-60 Tuesday at the Donald E. Young Center. “We’d hoped to get 50 points from our posts, but we struggled to get the ball to the low post,” said Black Hills State coach Kevin Dobbs, who saw his team halt a three-game losing skid. “We started off in a press and it rubbed off on us offensively. The press got us some cheap baskets, but it also got us cutting hard to the basket off screens.” The Yellow Jackets, who moved to 6-4 overall with the win, held a tight 108 lead three minutes into the game when BHSU’s running game got going. With Amanda Schelle and Tracy Winjum, who combined for 33 first half points, leading the way, Black Hills State outscored the Blue Hawks 41-15 over the half’s final 17 minutes to take a 5123 lead into the intermission.

After watching his team play the Yellow Jackets tough before falling 7971 two weeks ago at Dickinson, coach Serol Stauffenberg was frustrated by his team’s lack of intensity during the first half Tuesday. “Black Hills was coming off three losses and we knew they were going to be ready,” Stauffenberg stated. “We just didn’t do the things we did when we played them at Dickinson.” Both coaches went to their benches for much of the second half. Dickinson State whittled the lead to 22 points on three occasions, but the Blue Hawks could get no closer. Schelle, who hit 4-of-5 three-point attempts, and Winjum, who went 7-for12 from the floor and 10-for-10 from the free throw line, each finished with 24 points for the Yellow Jackets. Stacie Schorsch, who scored 33 points in the Nov. 24 meeting between the two clubs, netted 14 points to lead Dickinson State, now 3-6 overall. Next action for the Black Hills State women’s team falls on Monday, Dec. 21, when the Yellow Jackets host Montana State University-Billings. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Young Center.

photos by Alan Carroll

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