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ellow Jackets fans speak out about the injustice seen on KOTA.

s you partake of the world’s bill of fare, that’s darn good advice to follow. Do a lot of spitting out the hot air. And be careful of what you swallow.” Seuss-isms


HSU student, Jessica Walker, takes bold actions to support her cancer-surviving mom.

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Black Hills State U n i v e r s i t y


Spearfish, SD Permit Number 58

March 4, 1999


99, NO 11

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Today sets Milestones Photographer wins third in competition

Becky Jorgensen Staff Writer

The needs assessment survey taken last March has led to much discussion around the Black Hills State University campus. As reported in an earlier edition of the “Today”, the results found the majority of students satisfied with course content, academic advisors, campus life and support services, instructional effectiveness, financial aid, and campus safety. The main area of dissatisfaction for students was campus computers. What has been done with the results of the survey? According to Judith Haislett, Vice President for Student Life, the most important outcome of this survey was discussion. After the survey results were compiled they were presented to several different groups. These groups include; the entire student body, the Executive Officers Group of Student Senate, student life staff, Council

Terresah Hall A&E Editor

A dramatic scene of fireworks exploding behind an ice sculpture at Lead's Winterfest in January, won Black Hills State University senior, Alan Carroll, a third place award in a national competition recently. Carroll, the photo editor of the BHSU Today newspaper, placed third in a photojournalism contest sponsored by, a photography internet site. Carroll's photo, entitled "Fire and Ice," can be viewed on the site or at Carroll's personal page. While there was no money awarded, the number of visits to Carroll's web site have increased dramatically. Carroll, who is majoring in Communications Arts, has been working as a free-lance photographer for the Rapid City Journal for nearly a year. The award winning photo, which was taken for the Journal, was considered in the features category. Carroll has also been a member of the award-winning BHSU Today newspaper staff for three years. "It is a well deserved award for Alan," said Steve Babbitt, BHSU Today newspaper advisor and photography instructor. "He is an outstanding photojournalist, and has a bright future in that field."

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BOR sets financial aid changes Corrina Kitzler Staff Writer

South Dakota Board of Regents discussed specific changes in financial aid guidelines at their regular business meeting, held last month on the campus of Northern State University. Recently the United States Congress changed the majority of financial aid from the form of grants to loans. This alone increased the burden of affording post secondary education for a majority of students. “This is a national trend, and South Dakota is no different,” said Robert T.

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photo by Alan Carroll

Fire and Ice, the photo which took 3rd place honors in the Feature category at, was taken at the Manuel Bros. Park in Lead, Jan 8, 1999.

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Today nominated for academic achievement award Jennie Morris Editor-in-Chief

On February 19, the Today newspaper was nominated by Black Hills State University for the Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence. The award recognizes contributions made by an organization to the academic

environment of a university or to the academic performance of students. “This award is a wonderful validation of the BSHU Today staff’s hard work” said Today adviser, Steve Babbitt. The award judges organizations on specific activities, presentations, performances, and publications that contributed to the campus academic environment.

“The Today newspaper contributes and encourages the academic performance of all people on campus,” stated Babbitt, “ not just those students on staff.” The American Association on Mental Retardation / Student Council for Exceptional Children was nominated for the BOR Award for Organizational leadership.

Legislative session addresses drugs, gas tax, and tuition Neil Chaney Staff Writer

As the old saying goes, no man’s life, liberty or property is safe because once again the South Dakota Legislature is in session. Session opened January 12 with Governor William Janklow’s State of the State address.

Entering his thirteenth year as Governor of South Dakota, Janklow proposed mandatory jail time for persons caught and subsequently convicted of having any amount of illegal drugs. Senate Bill 210 is an act to provide mandatory prison sentences for certain violations regarding controlled substances and marijuana. People convicted of possession of drugs will

receive a thirty-day stay in the state penitentiary (or any correctional facility under the state’s control). The text of the bill was expanded to include every illegal drug to avoid creating loopholes in the law. The State Affairs committee reduced the number of days from 30 to 10. Bob Mercer, Janklow’s press secretary commented, “It is already a 30 day sentence, but can be

waived by judges; this makes it mandatory. We are simply making it mandatory.” Judges from the Seventh Circuit Court, based in Rapid City, traveled to Pierre to testify against the Governor’s bill. The judges argue it takes away their most basic function they have on the bench, that of discretion. In

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Thune to visit campus March 30 Congressman John Thune will be on campus, March 30 at 10 AM. Thune will speak at a forum. All students, faculty, and the public are invited to attend. The event is being sponsored by the BHSU College Republicans.

“A Night to Remember” coming in April If you are ready to dance the night away in style, join us for a “A Night to Remember,” a semi-formal dance on April 17th, 1999 from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. This formal will be held in the Park Pavilion in Spearfish for all juniors and seniors from BHSU. Tickets will on be 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 own (in a brown bag—hint, hint.) Music will be provided by HiFi Productions, and this event is also sponsored by Amoco 14, and the Valley Café. The Valley will be open for breakfast immediately following the dance. Two 5x7 pictures will also be provided for an 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 at 642-9087.

CollegeWeb releases CD dedicated to college, independent bands Woburn, Massachusetts- announces the release of “The Best College and Indie Music, Volume1” as part of its ongoing effort to promote talented and rising musicians on its web site. The compilation CD contains 15 tracks selected from Sonic Abyss, the portion of dedicated to music. The CD was designed and produced by and is being sent to CollegeWeb members free of charge. Additionally, anyone who becomes a CollegeWeb Member will receive the CD. Volume 1 of The Best of College and Indie Music features music from a variety of categories, including rock/pop, folk, reggae, alternative, and ska. “We have quite a mix of style and sounds represented on the album, so there is something for everyone to enjoy” comments Debra Grumet, manager of Sonic Abyss. CollegeWeb .com plans to release several additional compilations in the future. Grumet adds, “ The compilation CD is yet another tool that supports the empowering nature of Sonic Abyss. This CD allows small college bands to expand their reach to a world-wide audience.” Sonic Abyss showcases college and independent bands, and collegiate a cappella groups from across the nation. Musicians can submit their most recent CD to have sound clips placed on the website. CollegeWeb will also scan the album’s cover artwork, and create a username and password for the group to login and update their information on the site. Additionally, groups can post biographical information and concert schedules. All of this is done free of charge for both the bands and users. While visiting Sonic Abyss, users can sample the music, read about the band and concert schedules, and rate the music. Also, they can meet “DeeJay”, a Sonic Abyss character who guides listeners to their favorite music. In addition to Sonic Abyss, CollegeWeb’s Virtual Ink, CW Times, and Yada respectively feature the creative, journalistic, and satirical writing talents of college students nationwide. Also part of the network is, the first and only interactive live glimpse into the lives of students across the country. Web cameras, which take a live snapshot every 30 seconds, are placed in the dorm rooms of selected students from various schools College is a student run company whose goal is to build the ultimate online forum for other college students to express themselves through writing, graphics, music, or other outlet. Since its initiation in 1997, the goal of the company has been to promote the creative and intelligent side of college students through an interactive web site, while providing young talent the opportunity to gain a wide range of exposure on the World Wide Web. Additional, seeks to change the stereotypical view of college students. broadens the perception of college to include life beyond academics and partying. For more information, please visit, or call 1-888-522-8988



Walk the Labyrinth Try walking the meditation path. Release your cares to God. The Labyrinth will be in the SU Multi-Purpose Room every Wed.

Assessment... of Student organizations, New Student Senate, Administrative Council, Deans Council, Assessment Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Senate, and several focus groups. Following presentations to various groups there was discussion, and from discussion came change. One direct result of this process is the

Legislature... a press conference, Governor Janklow Stated he will “bug the legislature about drugs” until they pass his thirty-day mandatory jail sentencing bill. Attorney General Mark Barnett introduced legislation this year in the form of SB 31. Senate Bill 31 is an act to classify Fluntrazepam and Gama hydroxy butyrate as controlled substances. Fluntrazepam is known as Rohypnol, a commonly used rape drug. The legislation is the result of a rape that occurred in Deadwood last summer. The defendant purchased Gama hydroxy butyrate (GHB) in Colorado and brought it to South Dakota. In a casino shortly before closing he passed GHB to five women through alcoholic drinks. His victim was a small-figured woman who became immediately incapacitated and left the bar with the defendant. GHB, a “date rape” drug as labeled by law enforcement and prosecutors, is actually an anthesthetic used before surgery. If enough GHB is inserted in a person, they will simply fall asleep. This effect of GHB proved to be the deciding factor in the rape trial, as the victim claimed she was carried out of the casino, although other witnesses stated she left under her own power. This fact was the deciding factor in the defendant’s acquittal. Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald who prosecuted the case last summer is excited about the bill’s passage. “Excellent,” he said. “GHB is a very dangerous drug, and Rohypnol is worse than GHB. I wish both drugs would have been illegal last summer before this case.

Photo... "It's nice to get recognition from people out in the industry, other photojournalists," said Carroll. Entering this competition has given Carroll extra experience needed in the professional world. "It is essential to learn about competing and having work judged by professionals," said Babbitt. "I would recommend to all stu-

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“cyber cafés” located around campus. The needs assessment showed that students were dissatisfied with the number and accessibility of computers on campus. This generated discussion in the various groups, which led to the new “cyber cafés”. Dr.Judith Haislett stresses the point that changes made are not necessarily direct

Financial aid... “Tad” Perry, Board of Regents executive. “That is the bad news, but the good news is that there is a lot of financial aid available if a student looks for it.” In the early 1990s roughly 60 percent of financial aid at the regental universities was awarded as obligation aid. This is aid which requires an obligation of work or repayment to receive it, such as work-study or loans. “Now obligation aid is about seventyfive percent of financial aid,” stated Perry. In addition to the increase in obligation aid, there were several other factors which were taken into consideration when evaluating the recent changes in financial aid. Certain financial aid awards are dependent of federal campus-based program funding levels. The date of the application, program eligibility requirements, and the status of the students’ enrollment all effects the aid. Any qualifying student in this situation, would receive a Pell grant from the federal government. A Pell grant is one which does not need to be repaid. Other grants offered by the federal gov-

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results of the annual survey, but the assessment does help Black Hills State University staff know where to focus. It shows if ongoing improvements by the staff have been in the correct areas, and whether or not they have been noticed. She feels the assessment forms a very significant process of survey, presentation, discussion and change.

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ernment require that the university match the federal money. Board of Regents explains, “If the university does not have enough money to match the money put up by the federal government, the student will not receive the award.” Examples of financial calculation were done at the SDBOR business meeting to determine the weight of family contribution. Perry said, “Families need to remember that every student’s situation is unique. The Regents looked at examples, which show that those students who have access to more resources will receive less financial aid. Regardless of family income, however, a student who wants to go to college can fin a means to do so.” More financial aid is awarded yearly in the form of loans and the federal government recently changed the interest rates, and repayment requirements. The Hope Scholarship was created in 1997, which allows families to take a tax credit up to $1500 for tuition and fees. Then in 1998, Congress changed a law to allow

borrowers up to 25 years to repay their loans, instead of the previous 10 years. Amanda Rothbarth, a May graduate of Black Hills State University stated, “I think that 10 years is a reasonable amount of time to pay back student loans. I think 25 years may be necessary for some students who have huge amounts of borrowed money in the $25-30 thousand range.” Also, some loan forgiveness is available for certain types of employment following graduation. With the combination of tuition and fees in South Dakota, students are contributing 42 percent of the support for their own education. This is down from the beginning of the 1990s when students covered less than 36 percent. “I think 42 percent is a reasonable amount of money for an individual student to provide for their own education, considering students who go to private colleges usually provide on average 70 percent of their own education money,” comments Deb Henriksen, Director of Financial Aid. However you look at it, Parry states, “The state appropriates the rest.”

continued from page 1 The defendant did nothing illegal; he gave GHB to the lady then had sex with her which, wasn’t a crime last summer.” That will change now that Governor Janklow signed SB 31 into law on Feb. 10. Enforcement will begin July 1 when all laws passed during this legislative session go into effect. As part of the 1998 Federal Highway Spending Bill, South Dakota will receive $798 million, but the legislature has the job of coming up with $24 million to match. Additional sources of revenue being considered are increasing the gas tax by three cents and doubling the license plate fees, or raising the gas tax by five cents with plate increase. South Dakota has not had an increase in license plate fees since 1922. Plates cost $10 per every thousand pounds of the vehicles weight. he federal government has passed legislation this year for stiffer state statutes for open container violations. Today’s law reads that there can be an open container in a vehicle as long as it is not within reach of the operator. If the bill passes, it will prohibit all open containers anywhere including the trunk of the vehicle. Certain amendments have been made to the bill to allow open containers in motorhomes for tourists and tractor-trailers. The House Appropriations committee, after a three hour debate the Thursday before S.H.E.D. days, tabled House Bill 1073, a bill supported by the students. Students from Black Hills State accompanied the South Dakota Student Federation in Pierre, Feb 7-9, for the 25th annual Students

for Higher Education Days . House BIll 1073, was an act which would have limited the amount tuition could be raised to three percent increase in, or the rate of inflation. The reasoning for HB 1073 was the 31 percent tuition increase at the state’s six universities over the last four years. Students went to Pierre with the hope of getting HB 1073 smoked-out of committee. On Monday, members of the Federation who supported HB 1073 caucused to determine whether to pursue a “smoke-out”. A smoke-out requires 24 representatives to stand in support, forcing a committee to report a bill for floor action. Students spoke to 31 representatives who pledged their support to the smoke-out. Federation members delayed the smoke-out until Friday. Representative Jay Duenwald (R-Hoven) worked with the students to smoke the bill out, but the effort failed after only receiving 23 of the 24 votes needed. “It would have been great to see HB 1073 be smoked-out with the support of the students,” said sophomore Angela Rommereim. State Representative Bill Napoli expressed his disappointment with the failure of the smoke-out. “I was very much in favor of the tuition freeze bill, because every time that the legislature attempts to freeze or reduce the Regents’ budget they simply raise tuition to offset any loss in state funds. Therefore it is impossible for the legislature to get a hold of the Regents’ budget...” The legislature’s last day of regular ses-

continued from page 1 dents to enter contests. I cannot think of a better real-world experience than competing." When entering the Wolfseye contest, the pictures have to be from the current month. For example, if you were to enter for the March 15 deadline, the picture would have had to have been taken between Feb. 15 and March 15. All winners will automatically be

entered in the year-end contest hosted by in December 1999. editor, Mike Tripp, stated, "It has been decided that the virtual community exists beyond that limiting concept in that it exists to further enhance the presence of photojournalism on the World Wide Web as it becomes a valuable resource for those in the profession."

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Downslip policy might change Down-slips are now under reconsideration after completing a two year trail period. Dr. Maurice Fitzgerald, Assoc. Academic Affairs Dean, said, “I will make recommendations that the policy be changed,..” Down-slips, a practice initiated in the fall of ‘71 for two-year trial, originally sent notice to the parents of student advisor, and student if he was receiving a D, F, or incomplete in a course.

20 years ago

4 wrestlers head to nationals Black Hills matmen took second in the S.D.I.C. tournament in Huron Feb. 21 but qualified five for the nationals. Mick Lewis, 134; Rick Welfl, 150; Mike Noyes, 158; and Steve Colling, 167, will make the trip to the nationals at Wheeling, West Virginia on Mar. 1-3. Dale Walz will not make the trip due to a reinjured knee.

15 years ago

Lady Jackets ‘net’ three and Regal sets record Kathleen Regal led the Lady Jackets to three SDIC victories, setting a new single game scoring record. Tuesday night, Regal led all scoring with 37 points in BH’s win over Tech, 86-79 in Cook Gym. Tech led early in the contest by 10 points and held that lead until late in the second half.

10 years ago

Student feels BH pride in public should be shown all the time Dear Editor: Senate President Billy Hughes’ remarks about pride last week really touched home. We should show that pride by not letting our campus and the surrounding area, by conducting ourselves as responsible citizens at least in public. It’s past time to clean up the language. I’ve too often heard any dummy can spout profanity.

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BHSU receives $100,000 holiday surprise Spearfish... The Black Hills State University Foundation was the recipient of a holiday surprise this week when an anonymous donor presented a $100,000 check to the foundation officials for the university’s annual scholarship fund. BHSU officials were pleasantly surprised to learn of the gift. Steve Meeker, director of advancement at BHSU, said, “This scholarship check has to rank as one of the most significant awards in the university’s history. We are always very appreciative of alumni and friends who contribute to the education well-being our students.”


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Welcome to the world of tourism Job opportunities abound for BHSU Tourism majors

Katrin Kania Staff Writer

Tourism is the world’s largest industry. The excellent employment opportunities should encourage undeclared Black Hills State University students to consider the tourism and hospitality management major. Economic figures indicate that tourism has become an industry of global importance and significance. Due to its growth tourism has changed from being the gratification of the rich to the pleasure of the masses, involving millions of people. Population growth, rising incomes, and increased leisure time are the main reasons for this trend. The world industry of travel, lodging, restaurants, and all other components is predicted to continue growing faster than the economy as a whole and faster than comparable industries, according to forecasts. As tourism is service-oriented, it requires a large number of employees. Currently one out of nine employees work in the tourism industry. Because of this fact and tourism’s predicted growth nationally and internationally, employment opportunities are exceptional for graduates of a program such as the Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) program offered at BHSU. Dr. Jeffrey Zeiger, a THM professor with an emphasis on natural resources, confirms, “The job outlook for our stu-

dents is very good.” dent, studies tourism because she likes Since 1972, BHSU has offered the people and serving them. tourism-related major as part of the col“I would like to own an inn with a lege of business and technology. The restaurant,” she said. “The associate proprogram was revised. Over the years to gram gives me the knowledge I need.” reflect the changes in the industry. The Tourism concentrates on serving the three emphasis areas hospitality, natural wants and needs of travelers. Customer resource, and marketing are now more service can be very rewarding, but somefocused on management. times unnerving. “It was revised so “You need a high that our graduates amount of energy because obtain higher positions you deal with people,” states ou need a and are getting paid Professor Sheila Aaker. more than previously,” high amount of energy “Good people skills are a Fred because you deal with explained requirement.” Heidrich, Dean of the people.” It is the responsibility of College of Business managers to solve occurring and Technology. Since ~Professor problems with minimal dis1990, BHSU has Sheila Aaker ruption of customers. offered a graduate proBecause irate guests or gram for the tourism uncooperative employees field. might be challenging and stressful, motiBefore deciding whether to take vation, self-discipline, and tolerance are THM as a major, students need to be required for the profession. aware of the characteristics of tourismThere are a wide variety of profesrelated professions. Because facilities sions in the tourism industry. Because and services used by tourists are open of this wide range the tourism industry most hours of the day, night and week- offers great opportunities for a variety of end work is common. Many hotel and personalities. The tourism industry does restaurant managers, for instance, work not only consist of lodging and food and more than 40 hours per week. Most beverage facilities. The natural resource managers are also responsible for coor- emphasis offers education for students dinating a wide range of functions, who wish to work for the National Park therefore tourism and hospitality man- Service or the National Forest Service. agement does not offer regular desk-type People who wish to make use of occupations. their new ideas and creativity might like Anita Stone, a non-traditional stu- to think about the marketing emphasis.


Rec Sports: Some hot, some not Trevor Bryan Staff Writer

There have been a lot of activities sponsored by the Student Union Rec. Center this semester. Unfortunately, many of the events have been canceled due to lack of student participation. There were five different activities offered last week. Of these, four were canceled due to lack of interest: flickerball, broom ball, floor hockey, and water basketball. Only the foosball tournament was a success. “The sports they offer are just too stupid,” said Sean Bradley, junior. “Flickerball? What the @#*, is that? Who actually comes up with these things?” Other students had different points of view. “Ummm...rec sports? We have rec sports?” said Elizabeth Levell, freshman. Few students even know what is offered. Luke Ronneberg, sophomore, added, “Actually, I don’t know anything about rec sports.” This seems to be the reason that students are not taking part in the rec activities. “ The reason many people don’t show up is that many people don’t know about it,” said Joe Elzkorn, who helps coordinate rec sports. When asked about how people find out about events being offered, Etzkorn said, “We post fliers, and you can stop at the Student Union Rec Center to sign up for an activity”. There was no lack of participation in the Great American Foosball Tournament on February 18. As a requirement for completing his community recreation class, Nathan Kutil was required to come up with an event that

would generate involvement with the campus community. “I put the tournament on to get my class credit,” said Kutil, “but also to get an activity together at school.” Eleven teams squared off to determine who would be the Black Hills State University foosball champions. Over forty people turned out to watch the event. Many sponsors got involved in the tournament, giving prizes to the winning teams. The first place team won a large pizza from Pizza Hut; Sanfords gave away a $20 gift certificate; and McDonalds and Perkins also gave prizes for the event. “I think the tournament was a good idea,” said Pete Pelegrin, who ended up taking 2nd place. “It gave me a chance to test my skills against some very good competition. I also met some new people and I had a chance to kick back for awhile.” When asked if he would change anything, Pelegrin replied, “The only improvement would be that the Rec. Center would buy another table so that the games would move along faster.” Clint DeBoer, the overall foosball champion, felt everyone had a good time at the tournament. “The tournament was a good success,” said DeBoer. “There was a good turn out, and everyone had fun.” Jeff Johnson, DeBoer’s tournament partner, felt this type of activity was long overdue. “This tournament was a lot of fun,” said Johnson. “We need more of these types of activities at BH.” “There could be another tournament since we had so many people come down to the games,” said Kutil.

Marketing is of great importance in the field of tourism, as the competition never slows down. Because of that, there is a demand for people with good marketing knowledge. Knowledge is not only gained in though. classrooms, The hands-on experience is greatly needed before entering the work world as a graduate. Two of the strongest features of the tourism program at BHSU are the internship and field experience requirements. This experience gives the students the chance to decide for themselves if this is the field they would like to go into. Prior experience is not only expected by employers, but usually helps graduates to get hired in a better position. Due to a higher entry level, graduates will earn good money. The pay in general is considered “decent”, but most employees work long hours for this. The tourism and hospitality management program might become even more attractive to students. “The future of our program looks promising,” states Mr. Heidrich. Tourism is a promising field to go into. As employers are looking more and more for people with a bachelor’s degree in a tourism-related management program, the tourism and hospitality management major at Black Hills State University should be taken into consideration when thinking about choosing




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Are you ready to catch the millennium bug? Codee Jo Kahl Staff Writer

Imagine, it is January 2000 and you get your first phone bill of the new year. On it, is a call lasting for 99 years, rather than the 15 minute call you actually made. Next, you open up your credit card bill; for $100,000. The interest on your balance has been calculated for 99 years instead of one month. Clearly these computers are not cleared of the Millennium Bug. This is, of course, a worst case scenario, but be advised that the Millennium Bug will touch our lives in some form. Y2K is a short form of saying “Year 2000”. The “Y” means year, and the “K” is a shorthand of “thousand”. Thus, it is an easy way of referring to the new year. What exactly is the Y2K problem? Millions of computer programs are coded with only 2 digits to identify the year. Those digits are prefixed by 19. Since the century is not yet coded, computer programs cannot differentiate between the year 1900 and the year 2000. The problem itself lies within those embedded microchips that are responsible for the time and date readout. This situation could be compared to a time bomb sitting inside your computer, ready to explode at midnight on December 31, 1999. It could virtually disrupt any system containing this “all important” computer chip. These could include payroll, credit card transactions, auto mortgages and loans, as well as serious legal and financial r e p e r c u s s i o n s . The chaos and overall confusion is likely to touch many parts of our lives. The Y2K panic is not a surprise to anyone. It is said that makers of computers as

far back as the 1960’s knew there was going to be a problem when the year 2000 came. They chose to ignore fixing the problem because, after all, someone else could always fix it. Also, the earlier computers were much slower and more primitive than those today. They could not store as much information so the programmers cut every corner possible. For example, the date 0101-1965, became 01-01-65. By cutting the first two digits off the year, it saved valuable space on the memory. This brings us to where we are today, with our technological “bump” in the road. Fixing your own software in time is not a guarantee that your vendors or clients will fix theirs. Most computers are linked to others. Therefore, anyone in this chain could disrupt the system causing a problem for everyone. Y2K will end up being one of the most expensive repair jobs in history. The predicted cost of fixing the problem worldwide could range anywhere from $400 to $600 billion. It is estimated that 93% of all programs are date sensitive and will need to be modified before the year 2000. Many “experts” are proclaiming the Y2K crisis a sure sign of the end of civil i z a t i o n . This doomsday prophecy is merely a rumor. Self- proclaimed experts have been predicting the end of the world for many years. Keep this in mind: the Y2K problem occurred as a result of the change of the century. It is a mere coincidence that there is a problem at the turn of the millennium. Had there been computers in 1899, there would have been a problem then as well. Even though there will not be extended global paralysis, we could expect some problems. Programmable sprinkler systems could shoot into action on January 1,

photo by Nate West

The Y2K “bug” is to cause problems in less than 316 days. causing extensive ice and water damage since it would be the middle of winter. Parking lot gates and security vaults could malfunction, while fax machines as well as coffee makers could misbehave. Many systems that deal with future dates are already experiencing some problems. However the main systems, those with the greatest impact, will be ready on January 1, 2000 with backup plans in place for any failures which may occur. What it comes down to is one question. How will this effect my life? It is rumored that the millennium bug could strike many 911 systems. Spearfish police officer Scott Powers reassured, “The Spearfish 911 system has been taken care of, so it’s no longer of concern to anyone.” There are other rumors of week long periods without light and electricity. Black Hills Power and Light employee Bob Turner said, “All of the glitches have been worked out, so the Y2K should not cause any power outages.” BHP has been working for quite some time to make sure all of their computers and equipment are ready for the new year. In preparation and testing, clocks at the company have been turned ahead and any problems that were found, were fixed. Banks are another big concern. Many think that to prepare, they must pull all of their money from the banks. This is the worst thing they could do. With more money in your household, the chance for theft is always greater. “There is no reason for people to panic about their money,” said Dana Borowski of Dakota Banks. “Your money is much safer in the bank than at home. It is for reasons like this that banks are insured by the FDIC.” There are a few simple steps you can perform to protect your financial assets. First, do not assume you are immune to the Millennium Bug. This “bug” does not play favorites, so no matter how big or small your corporation is, or how rich or poor you are, it will strike anyway. Second, print out all of your financial records. Get everything of importance on paper. Third, backup any data that is important to you. In your home, as well as in the office, a few things, such as your microwave, answering machine, VCR, Camcorder and phone, as well as your personal computer, could malfunction. If you find yourself having problems with the first four, the answer is as simple as contacting the manufacturer and finding out how to solve the problem. An even better idea would be to contact

these companies ahead of the new year rush. Simply ask the company if the item you have is Y2K. If the answer is no, ask how it can be fixed. This way you can avoid the problem before it ever starts. If you are worried about the phone, rest easy, the Federal Communications Commission has been busy. The FCC has been doing assessments and monitoring telecommunications companies for the past few years. As many as 90% of these companies, including USWest, AT&T and MCI, have been inventoried with their problems fixed and tested. Your personal computer could be of the greatest concern because of its ability to store all of your important information. Newer programs should be fine. To test this, go into the time and date. If the year 2000 is shown, your program is fine. If it is not shown, call your software manufacturer and ask if your program is Y2K compliant. If not, ask how it can be fixed. They will be glad to answer any questions. The Black Hills State University campus is not clear of the problem either. Fortunately, the Computer Center has been hard at work for the last two years to correct the problem. Arnie Hemmingson, Director of the Computer Center, has been one of those correcting the problem. “We have been working statewide to get all Y2K compliant systems,” said Mr. Hemmingson. “All of the main systems with problems have been replaced.” So there is no reason to worry about getting your work study checks, receiving your financial aid, or getting your grades. There is a basic four-step response plan to dealing with any Y2K worry. The first step is awareness. Educate yourself on the Y2K bug by reading materials available on the internet or at your public library. Then, inventory your hardware and software to find out if there are any embedded chips that need attention. The second step is analysis. Determine if there is a potential problem, then seek guidance. The third step is remediation. This step involves taking action and making the changes. It could involve software upgrades, hardware upgrades, replacing the systems or just deciding if you can do without. The fourth and final step is certification. Test how everything will work in a Y2K compliant environment. The debate for who is to blame for this mess will go on for a long time. Meanwhile, the deadline for fixing it is immovable. Finishing behind schedule is not an option. Knowledge and preparation are truly our best weapons in this challenge.


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If you could date any cartoon character, “Alvin from the

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chipmunks because he likes to goof off and he knows how to kiss up, of course there is one let down-he’s short!” -Soph. Undeclared

“Daphne from Scooby Doo or Daisy Duck.” - Junior Psychology

Kyle Wahlfeldt “Jessica Rabbit, she’s tall, beautiful, and her voice makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.” -Junior Mass Comm

Ladies shine at the Grammys Janet Dienn Staff Writer

Proving that this is the “Year of the Woman”, awards were dished out to female artists in the top four categories of the Grammys Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Los Angeles. Hip-hop queen, Lauryn Hill, walked off with five Grammys for her solo debut, including album of the year and best new artist. And just when Celine Dion had sailed on, the “Titanic” ballad, “My Heart Will Go On,” rose again, garnishing Celine record and song of the year. In her opening number, Madonna set the tone of funky fashion in scarlet wayhigh platform shoes, and the world’s first kimono ,with pedal-pusher pants. Musical performers following Madonna, included Grammy winners Aerosmith and Sheryl Crow (sporting a new, short haircut and even shorter t-shirt top). “Sheryl Crow was really good,” said Black Hills State University freshman Anita Sorensen. “I watched for the acts and stars.” Watching for one star in particular, was Shania Twain follower John Quinn. “The show was a farce, a complete outrage. Shania didn’t win anything outside of the country category, nothing.” John, however, did like the way she was dressed, referring to her “short-as-it-canget-for-television black dress and thighhigh boots.” Clad in a considerably longer black dress, was master of ceremonies, Rosie O’Donnell. She kept the audience’s attention with this year’s songs remade as jingles for commercials. She crooned a

And the Winners are...

Record of the year: My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion Album of the year: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill Song of the year: My Heart Will Go On, James Horner & Will Jennings, songwriters (Celine Dion) Best new artist: Lauryn Hill Pop Album: Ray of Light, Madonna Female: My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion Male: My Father’s Eyes, Eric Clapton Duo or group: Jump Jive An’ Wail, The Brian Setzer Orchestra Rock Album: The Globe Sessions, Sheryl Crow Song: Uninvited, Alanis Morissette Female: Uninvited, Alanis Morissette Male: Fly Away, Lenny Kravitz Duo or group with vocal: Pink, remake of the “Titanic” ballad as, “Near, far, it’s ‘Cross Your Heart Bra.’” As bad as Rosie’s jingles became, they did not pale in comparison to this year’s music according to some students at BHSU.

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Brandon Macer “Wonder Woman because of her lasso and her cool toys.” -Junior Phys. Therapy

Jake Spahr “Popeye. He’s just a great guy.He’s not much for looks, but what a romantic. Plus, he has a great tattoo.” -Fresh. English

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Aerosmith Hard rock: Most High, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant Metal: Better Than You, Metallica Alternative: Hello Nasty, Beastie Boys R&B Album: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill Song: Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill, songwriter (Lauryn Hill) Female: Doo Wop (That Thing). Lauryn Hill Male: St. Louis Blues, Stevie Wonder Duo or group with vocal: The Boy Is Mine, Brandy & Monica Rap Album: Vol. 2. Hard Knock Life, Jay-Z Solo: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, Will Smith Duo or group: Intergalactic, Beastie Boys “A lot of the artists, especially R&B, are just bad,” said KBHU DJ, Chris Karr. “The music is slim pickens’, at least this year anyway.” The key highlight of the year proved to be their barely-there dresses.



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Letters to the Editor New paper does not represent all non-trads

Although some very poignant issues were raised in the recent publication of Academic News and Views, the N.E.S.T. (Non-traditional Education Support Team) cannot advocate all of the points covered. We, as an organization, are behind any effort encouraging the administration of BHSU to acknowledge the non-traditional population and their unique needs. We also agree that more emphasis could be put on the academic achievements of BHSU and the faculty and students associated with them. While we realize the position that the publisher takes is purely opinion, we do not believe that it is valid in its entirety, nor does it express the views of this organization and its membership or the majority of the non-traditional population of BHSU. Furthermore, I personally commend the publisher in his initiative to start an alternative publication but hope that in the future he be more responsible in his material’s nature and content. Scott Biggin N.E.S.T. President

Haislett, Today have no hidden agendas

The commentary by senior Will Adams, in the “Academic News and Views publication,” deserves a response. Mr. Adams directed accusations against Dr. Judith Haislett, the Office of Student Life, and the staff of the Today newspaper. As a journalist in the community, I have researched an ongoing “Student Survey” program undertaken by Dr. Haislett and have found no evidence of hidden agendas and no conspiracy to “project a negative image of the University’s academic faculty and students to the public.” Date rape, which Mr. Adams appar-

ently believes is unthinkable in an academic setting, is an offensive subject, distasteful to contemplate, and hard to prove. The stigma of any rape makes it difficult for victims to come forth, and so Mr. Adams can assert that no cases (plural or otherwise) have been noted. Dr. Haislett’s willingness to tackle this delicate subject should be cause for recognition, not castigation. I, for one, applaud Dr. Haislett’s efforts to make the campus a safer place. As for the editorial policy of the Today newspaper; editors normally serve one or two semesters for the paper, a fact that may be a clue why editorial opinions

UP Team important to campus life In response to William Adams Academic News and Views, The University Programming Team would like to clarify a few issues for Mr. Adams and the students of Black Hills State University. The University Programming Team is a student volunteer organization that is directly funded through your student activity fee. We develop programs that promote diversity, cultural awareness, recreation, education and human interaction. Implementation of these campus programs, provide student volunteers the opportunity to exercise practical application of their education. Decisions made for campus programs are based upon the results of our annual Interest Survey in addition to committee

member feedback and discussion. Please be on the lookout for this Interest Survey that will be distributed across campus following Spring Break. The University Programming Team desperately needs your constructive feedback so that next year’s programming reflects your ideas, perspectives and opinions. We would like to extend an invitation to ALL students to get involved! We need student volunteers to help plan and implement programs for next year. If you are interested in assisting the UP Team, please contact us. Our office is located in the Student Union Lower Level, Room 24A. Or, give us a call at 642-6418. Jay Beyer UP Team President

vary. The headlines and stories alluded to are not, however, subject to opinions of the writers. Every year journalism students learns that a news story must be unbiased, based on credible, provable facts, and should not be open to interpretation. The headlines might be distasteful to Mr. Adams, but journalists have the responsibility of covering “news.” I would also like to commend the staff of the Today for the continued improvement, both in style and substance, of the paper. Stan Cook Belle Fourche

KOTA report unfair to BH I am writing to set the record straight on the BH and SDSM&T game on February 24. A recent newscast by KOTA television may have put a bad rep on students at BHSU, but they did not reveal all the facts. First of all, they said eight arrests were made. Well, I was there and more TECH students were tossed out of the game than Black Hills. They had fans coming over to our sections starting fights. One of my friends was thrown out because he broke this fight up. They also talked of the bad language and hand gestures that were demonstrated by our students. I am not saying these things are right. What I am saying is the Tech fans participated in these same acts as we did. They may not have had as many fans at the game, but the majority of them were demonstrating the same bad sportsmanship. Whenever two rivals like BH and Tech play, the crowds have always been crazy. If you don’t like it, stay home and read a book because the rivalry will not end. These kinds of games are not just around this area. When USD and SDSU play, they throw dead jackrabbits and coyotes on the floor. I don’t see anyone complaining about those fans. It all comes down to school spirit. Thanks for sticking up for us, President Flickema. Next time when you are doing a story, KOTA, look at it from both perspectives before bad-mouthing our school. We have great fans here at BH and in Spearfish. People here will continue to support our basketball team and their great fans. Tony Tschetter BHSU Senior

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


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A daughter?s Karin Malkowski Staff Writer

Don’t ask her to sing. Although 21-year-old Jessica Walker bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful and controversial Sinead O’Connor, the similarity ends with the hairstyle—or lack thereof. Jessica, like her famous counterpart, has recently been seen sporting an eyecatching shaven head, but unlike O’Connor, Walker has no plans to do any public entertaining anytime soon. She made this point quite plain at a recent social gathering. “I am not a party favor,” she emphatically states. She’s also not G.I. Jane, a femi-nazi, or a butch lesbian. That last stereotype has brought Walker into some interesting situations, such as the time she told “a rude, drunken biker at the bar” she was not only a lesbian named Butch, but she shaved her head because she didn’t want to get lice. Walker says she has been surprised at how quickly some people form stereotype images about her, and she attempts to destroy those stereotypes by overplaying them. Her sense of humor and surprising insight are just a part of the real Walker, not the stereotype. Who Jessica Walker really is: a fiercely devoted, loyal and loving daughter of a 41-year-old breast cancer survivor. Jessica’s mother Julie is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments; Jessica shaved her head in support of her mom’s impending hair-loss. “I told her, ‘You’re not going through this alone,’” Jessica says. “She’s backed me for 21 years, I should be able to back her now.” Julie Walker, Jessica’s mother, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November after being told that the lump she noticed in her lymph nodes a year ago was “nothing.” Walker underwent a seven-hour mastectomy and subsequent reconstructive surgery three weeks after the biopsy. “You’re really not allowed a lot of time to decide,” says Walker. “From finding a lump. . .hearing the “c” word. . . you just hope you make a good decision and go from there.” It used to be somewhat unusual for someone as young as Julie Walker to be facing breast cancer, however, recent statistics from the American Cancer Society show the number of women under the age of 50 with breast cancer is increasing. In 1997, 32,600 women between the ages of 40-49 were diagnosed with breast cancer, accounting for 18.1% of total women with the dreaded disease. “For younger women to think they’re immune to this...they’re just kidding themselves,” Julie Walker shares. Walker says she sees women “even younger than I am” who are undergoing treatments similar to her intense regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.“The younger you are, the more aggressively you have to treat it (cancer),” Walker states. “If it comes back, it’s much harder to treat.” This helps explain Walker’s program of eight chemotherapy treatments—one every three weeks—to be followed soon after by radiation treatments. Julie Walker’s hair loss is a common side-effect of the treatments necessary to save her life. “She’s so open about the cancer from day one, it is amazing,” Jessica says. “In the beginning she was open about the hair loss, too. When she first found out she had to get chemo, it was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to lose my hair.’ But the closer it got to everything, it started to really bother her.” Jessica says “The closer everything got, although she would not say it, I could see in her demeanor that it was really bothering her.” It takes about two to three weeks after

the first chemo treatment for the hair to start falling out, and it was during this time that Jessica went with her mother to pick out her wig. Jessica had decided to shave her own head when she first learned her mother would be undergoing chemotherapy, and the wig-buying day seemed as good a time as any. “I knew that (getting the wig) was going to be something kind of finalizing,” says Jessica. “It’s not something she really wanted to deal with so I just said ‘What the hell’ and I just went in and shaved my head that day.” Her mom’s reaction? “It shocked my socks off,” laughs Mrs. Walker. She adds, her voice breaking, “I was pretty amazed. I knew she’d be there to help. . .I didn’t think she’d go to that extent.” Jessica sees nothing remarkable or heroic about her decision to support her mom in this way. To her, it’s one more way of backing the person who’s supported her all her life. “People say to me, ‘Oh, I could never do that.’ That’s like saying my looks are more important than my family,” says Jessica. “It’s almost like people would sooner donate a kidney (than lose their hair); it’s permanent and it’s painful but people don’t have to see it. That’s kind of the impression I got when I first cut my hair.” The opinions of other people, however, mean far less to Jessica than her mother’s reaction. “The look on her face when I took off my hat to show her my bald head is indescribable,” Jessica says emotionally. “The first few days, every time she would look at me her eyes would fill with tears. I had no idea it would mean that much to her, but those feelings have been by far the most rewarding experience of my life.” Now that she’s starting to grow her hair back, Jessica says she’s getting compliments on her unique look, although that wasn’t always the case. “When I first did it, there were very few people who would even make eye contact, until they found out why I did it,” Jessica says. “Then it’s like ‘oh, that’s great’ and ‘that’s wonderful,’ but you know, I was the same person whether I cut my hair for one reason or another.” The Walkers have had plenty of opportunity to see the many sides of human nature in recent times. In addition to Julie’s cancer, Julie, Jessica, her dad John, and sister Amanda have also been dealing with Amanda’s Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a rare nerve disorder she acquired after a freak accident. RSD has left Amanda in a wheelchair for now; she’s also undergone several spine surgeries, the most recent of which was successful. Although they all remain incredibly positive and optimistic regarding the future, reactions of other people leave the Walker family somewhat mystified at times. Jessica says her decision to shave her head was only a gesture of support at first, but she soon learned why it is so difficult for women to go bald. She says the stigma attached to women without hair is incredible. “People had a hard time looking me in the eye when I first shaved my head; they’d look past me, or look down,” says Jessica. “It’s not like there’s anything strange-I mean there are bald men all over.” Another stereotype the Walkers have dealt with is how some people react to a young girl in a wheelchair. “Some people just stare at us,” Julie says. “We’ll be out with Amanda in her chair and people ask me questions about her, what she wants, instead of talking to her. They’ll come up and touch Jessica’s head, whether they know her or not, whether she’s even give them permission or not.” It’s not been all negative reaction though. There have also been those people

who genuinely seem concerned and empathetic, like the girl in one of Jessica’s classes who lost her own mom to cancer, and offered to just sit and talk with her, even though she doesn’t know Jessica that well. Julie’s co-workers and students (she’s a speech therapist) have been very supportive, especially since the usually-active Julie has had to cut back on her activities at work. “I’m a doer,” says Julie. “It’s hard to sit around. There are a lot of little logistics to tend to, but you just do what you have to do. I’m lucky to have a good support system.” courtesy photo Jessica is an extremely Julie and Jessica Walker. important part of that support system. It is impossible family has faced. In a short time and at a to describe the depth of love and devotion young age, she has learned things many visible in Jessica when she speaks of her people never understand. In typical Jessicamother. “She is the most amazing woman I fashion, she downplays her role in this situknow. I don’t think I could go through what ation, and instead, wants to translate these she went through with such a positive atti- life lessons to those around her. “The tude.” biggest thing is, I hope people stop and think “She is so strong, it just blows me about what they have. . . realize how lucky away,” Jessica says with deep and emotion- they are. Use the time spent judging other al pride. “She’s got an awesome attitude- people to love the people in your own life.” she’s so positive. My mom says to me, ‘I For Jessica, it boils down to one simple don’t how you got to be so strong.’ I tell her lesson. “If I did want it (my hair) to grow ‘I didn’t learn it on my own, it all came from back, mine would grow back. The reality is, you. I wouldn’t be this person without my mom’s won’t. No matter how bad she you.’” wants hers to grow back, [for right now] it’s As a future teacher, Jessica has seen not going to. It teaches you a good lesson in many teachable moments in the trials her human compassion.”




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“Smoke Signals” director speaks on movie-making Leona White Hat Staff Writer

About 250 people attended the 90minute presentation by “Smoke Signals” director Chris Eyre on Feb. 16. Erye talked about his career, showed several clips, and answered questions from the audience while at the same time displaying a lively sense of humor and skillful handling with a story. Eyre told the audience that one of the main reasons he was attracted to the film was the ending. “I always look for endings. You find an ending, you can make a middle, you can make a beginning. I look for endings,” said Eyre. “I’ve never seen anyone give half his father to someone,” Eyre said, when talking about the movie. “I wanted to show good Indians, only an Indian would do something like that,” said Eyre. Another main goal of “Smoke

Signals” was stories soft film,” said Eyre. about Indians haven’t Dr. Vincent King, probeen told by Indians, fessor of English, believed said Eyre. “There’s a it would be an incredible whole contribution we opportunity to bring in a (Indians) can give to 29-year-old director to talk through humanity about translating short stomovie making,” said ries to film. King assisted “There has Eyre. the English Club with proalways been indepenmoting Eyre’s presence on dent film, but where do campus. Indians fit in? There’s “By bringing Eyre into been a renaissance for the classroom, we could blacks, gays, etc. Now, see how a work of art is put it’s time for Indians,” together and be able to Eyre said. watch art come to life,” “Earthling” with said King. Ricky Shroeder is what “Directing seems like Chris Eyre, Director inspired Eyre to get his it’s about control but it’s masters in film making from New York about letting people go and do their University in 1996. Erye titles himself as thing,” said Eyre. a melodramatic filmmaker because he He compared it to a contractor, the appreciates melodrama to pretension in contractor is responsible for the project film. turning out wrong, but share credit for “I’ve always loved melodrama and success with every worker in the project.

Eyre said studios and networks are not to blame for the quality of movies being made. Studios are making what people want to see. “It’s a supply - demand thing,” said Erye. Eyre declared himself as an optimist. “I believe in movies. We can tell stories through movies. As Indians, we have a lot of stories to tell,” said Eyre. Eyre’s presence was seen as a rare chance to bring a film director in to BHSU, said Dr. Amy Fuqua, professor of English. “The presentation went well, and the students were very interested,” said Fuqua. Eyre is currently working on small projects and occasionally directs for free. “It’s important to keep busy, and that means shooting commercials, documentaries and music videos, while searching for a feature film project,” said Eyre. “Good actors act, good directors direct,” said Eyre.

Avenue for artists opens up at Biff Malibu’s in Deadwood Becky Jorgensen Staff Writer

An open mic for writers and poets is being offered by Anna Davidson Martinez of Lead, and Raul Ponce de Leon of Deadwood. “The Spoken Word” begins at 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday at Biff Malibu’s. Original works, performance poetry, and other pieces are rea; along with improvised musical accompaniment by Leslie England of Rapid

City. Audience members are encouraged to donate three dollars, and people reading to donating an extra dollar fifty. Money is not the issue, so please don’t let lack of it discourage you. Ponce de Leon is an artist and actor from Deadwood, and Martinez is a performance poet who has retired in Lead. Martinez is pursuing a writing and digital imaging career, and she hopes to begin creative writing workshops.

The main idea behind, “The are: Jim Phillips of Deadwood who is Spoken Word”, is to give writers and working with the video and tech areas; actors a non-competiLarry Sullivan of tive open mic where Deadwood who is also everyone is taking the working on the video and veryone is same risks. According tech areas along with to Brenda Euland, talented, original, and digital imaging aspects; “Everyone is talented, has something to say.” Diane Chamberlain of original, and has someSpearfish who is focusthing to say.” This is the ~Brenda Euland ing on Public Relations thesis behind this new and Administration; and venue. Andy Felonk , a photogOther people involved in the venue rapher from Lead.


Gypsy performance has effect on students Jill Smidt Staff Writer

Gypsy was performed at the BHSU Theatre, February 25-28. The main plot was about a mother named Rose (played by Andrea Fischer), who wants her daughter June, (played by Tyffany McMichael & Taffy Anderson) to become famous through her dancing and singing talents. In Gypsy, June gets frustrated with her mother and decides to leave. Rose then decides to try to make her other daughter, Louise (played by Joo Ree Richards & Julie Shaller) become famous. Against her mother’s wishes Louise decides

to becomes the famous stripper “Gypsy Rose Lee.” The point of the story was Rose’s attempt to live out her dreams of fame through her children. Freshman Colleen Murphy said, “It was good acting, but I didn’t like the story.” “It was entertaining and funny, but long,” said freshman Jayme Bunny. Actress Erin Lemme said, “It was really fun because we got to work with the little kids.” Gypsy was written by Arthur Laurents and directed by Al Sandau.The next play to be performed in Woodburn Auditorium will be A Doll’s House, April 22-24.

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Richard Dubois conducted a two day watercolor workshop on February 27-28 at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City. The next workshop is scheduled for March 20-21.

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Prof. to begin research on endangered species

Dr. Austin publishes book

Mande Robinson Staff Writer

Sheila Seger Staff Writer

to the other in about 2 hours then start the process all over again. Smith went to Antigua in part to discuss BH involvement with Daltry in the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project. “The Antiguan racer needs to repopulate, but it can’t happen on Great Bird Island because it is so small,” said Smith. The (ARCP) has been looking at 810 deserted islands on which to reintroduce the snakes. The islands must have some elevation to limit hurricane damage, and the right environment. ARCP

important to have this opportunity and do good conservation biology work. Second, students get to travel internaProfessor Brian Smith of the tionally and work with different groups Biology Department and Black Hills and nations. Finally, students will beneState senior Ryan Baum are headed to fit åfrom going to an interesting island the Caribbean Island of Antigua to do and being in a new and interesting culresearch concerning a snake,the ture. This research also provides an Antiguan racer Alsophis antiguae, this opportunity to get into this type of work summer. and be able to carry it on to grad school. The research project came about “Anybody can do research, but were from a trip Smith took to the Island of looking for someone who can carry it on Antigua January 7th-16th. their own,” said Smith. Professor Smith left January 7th and Smith repeatedly stressed that he met colthat felt league Dr. this is an J e n n y ex c e l l e n t Daltry, heropportunipetologist ty for an and Flora & undergradF a u n a uate to be a International part of. Research “It is Associate, an opportuon the relanity that a tively small of lot island of undergradAntigua. uates in a They stayed university over night don’t have. and then Something went to like this Great Bird can only Island, photo by Alan Carroll c o m e where they about in an camped for The island of Antigua where the research on the Antiguan racer is being done. undergradeight nights. uate instituThe purpose of the trip was to do a has picked a subset of 4 islands off of tion that emphasizes research, or bigger population census of the Antiguan racer, Antigua. universities with doctorate programs a highly endangered snake, which is no The primary source of food for the usually have these opportunities,” said longer on the island of Antigua. There Antiguan racer is lizards, and not much Smith. are only about 50-100 of these snakes is known about these lizards. Smith and Baum is helping Smith develop left and they are limited to Great Bird Baum will survey Great Bird Island and grant proposals, reports, and will be a Island. the 4 others to learn more about the part of the publications stemming from Historically there were no mam- l i z a r d s . the research. Baum said he is looking malian predators on Antigua, so when The plan is to start reintroducing the forward to working with Smith, an expeEuropeans started to arrive, the snakes Antiguan racer in the fall of this year. rienced herpetologist. He is doing literahad no defenses against the predators He said, “We will be able to follow the ture research to prepare. that came with them. When people process of the snake reintroduction.” “I am reading a lot to have a good came so did the rats, and then the monSmith said, “The Antiguan racer is knowledge and background,” said goose. probably more rare than any of the other Baum. “Together it is thought that these rarities such as Pandas or Rhinoceroses, The research will start this sumtwo wiped out the snake race,” said but people don’t know about it.” mer, but will be poorly funded Smith. The idea is for Smith and Ryan because of lack of time for now. Smith said that one time, Daltry was Baum, BH undergraduate, to go to the Smith said he is going to piece togethcamping. While she was sleeping, rats islands for a few months this summer er what he can, work hard and get by chewed through her tent, on her hair, and and continue the process every year. with very little. through the 5-gallon gas can containing Smith said, “This is an ideal oppor“Basically I’m putting all my her water supply. With no water supply tunity for students to get into something efforts toward doing this,” said Smith, she had to live off cactus for a few days. with major importance, it is an ideal “All of my colleagues and groups are Rats were eventually eradicated from opportunity for students who want to do expecting us to go.” the island with the technical assistance it and do it kind of easily and have pubDr. Shane Sarver of BH may be of Zeneca Agrochemicals. lications with him also.” doing some genetic research on the Smith said that he and Daltry There is the possibility of one or snakes. The ARCP has given Smith looked for snakes for eight hours a day. two other students going on the trip. permission to do the research. Since the island was small, 20 to 30 The research and trip will benefit BH “I’ve always wanted to do someacres in all, they would go from one end students in many ways. First it is really thing that has an impact worldwide and

Leonard A. Austin Ed. D., an Assistant Professor of educational psychology at BHSU, has recently published his first book. T h e Counseling Primer, released on Christmas Eve by Taylor and Francis Publishers, covers information students learn in a master’s degree program in counseling. Taylor and Dr. Leonard Austin Francis Publishers say, “The book has high potential for national sales since Dr. Austin has given special emphasis to those courses that contain information which is found on the National Counseling Exam.” The exam is a required national test students take in order to become a Licensed Professional counselor in the U.S. “I saw my students need for an over-all study guide.” said Austin “It started as a simple hand out to help my students and it just got bigger and bigger.” The Counseling Primer is getting rave reviews. Austin’s book has been called concise, well-organized, and comprehensive. One BHSU student said, “I think this is a great book for education majors as well as psychology majors.” The good reviews are not only coming from students, but from Dr. Austin colleagues. Francis P. Segedin, Ph.D. and Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Evansville, said The Counseling Primer is “an invaluable guide for the National Counseling Exam and for students preparing for comprehensive written and oral exams.” The book provides detailed information on many topics such as theories, ethical and legal issues, human sexuality, and a special in-depth chapter on how to take examinations. Austin, despite his book’s success, hasn’t let his new fame go to his head. He says rather than changing him, success “has motivated me to write more” Austin said. Austin is currently working on a second book entitled What Teachers Need to Know About Students From Different Religious Backgrounds. “I received a grant from the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy which allowed me to do the initial research,” said Austin. Austin has many more ideas for possible books, all dealing with the personal side of teacher education. The Counseling Primer is available at and


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Suicide: all the statistics & facts A s k t h e D r . Amber L. Lingen Staff Writer

What would you do if one of your friends threatened to commit suicide? Would you laugh it off? Would you assume that the threat was just a joke or a way of getting attention? Would you be shocked and tell him or her not to say things like that? Would you ignore it? If you reacted in any of those ways you might be missing an opportunity to save a life, perhaps the life of someone who is very close to you. Suicide is a major cause of death. The American Association of Suicide estimates that it claims roughly 35,000 lives in the United States alone in one year. Authorities feel that the true figure may be much higher. A growing number of those lives are young people in their teens and early twenties. It is difficult to get an accurate count because many suicides are covered up or reported as accidents. Suicide is now thought to be the second leading cause of death among young people. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, persons under 25 years accounted for 16.4% of all suicides in recent polls. More teenagers and young adults died from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, an influenza, and chronic lung disease combined. Among persons aged 1519 years, firearm-related suicides accounted for 81% of the increase in the overall rate of suicide from 1980-1992. Spearfish has a relatively low rate of suicides. The Spearfish Police Department quoted saying, “There were 12 attempts or threats of suicide reported to us here at the station. Only one of the attempts was successful, and it was an elderly woman who was 71 years old.” According to Suicide Awareness \ Voices of Education (SA\VE), an organi-

Photo Illustration By Rachel Adams

zation dedicated to education the public about suicide prevention, they reported that among the entire ethic groups whites have the biggest suicide rates. Native Although Americans in certain tribes have dramatically high suicide rates, particularly among adolescents, reaching rates of 44.0 per 100,00 population. As with adults, the majority of adolescent suicides are committed by males. Among 15-24 years old, 73% are committed by males. As with adults, female adolescents are far more likely to attempt suicide. For youths hospitalized after a suicide attempt, one out of 12 males succeed in committing suicide while only one in 300 females are successful in committing suicide. Suicide rates at college campuses tend to be lower than the age adjusted general population. According to Dr. Doug Wessel, a professor at Black Hills State University, “The numbers prove that the rates increase with age, and the elderly have higher statistics for suicide.” On college campuses a student's life is monitored through resident assistants, and professors. There is a better chance of intervention from someone they are around a lot. No doubt you have heard that people who talk about suicide won't really do it. It isn't

true. Before committing suicide, people often make direct statements about their intention to end their lives. These threats should be taken seriously. There are many warning signs that a person may propel before attempting suicide. SA\VE, reports that there are many warning signs to watch for if you feel you know there is someone who might be in this situation. First, a person might have a change in their personality. They become sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, and apathetic. An extreme change in a person's behavior such as they can't concentrate on school, work, and routine tasks. Sleep patterns can also be a warning sign, the person has insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, and reoccurring nightmares. A change in eating habits may also occur. It can be from one extreme of loss of appetite and weight, or overeating. A person could encounter diminished sexual interest, impotence, menstrual abnormalities (often missed periods). Another symptom to watch for would be low selfesteem, saying they feel worthless, overwhelming guilt, and self-hatred, repeating that everyone would be better off without me. Another warning sign would be the thought of no hope for the future- believing

things will never get better; that nothing will ever change. The American Association of Suicidology has many suggestions on what to do if someone with these symptoms is in your presence. First off, if someone confides in you that he or she is thinking about suicide or shows other signs of being suicidal, don't be afraid to talk about it. Your willingness to discuss it will show the person that you don't condemn him or her for having such feelings. Ask questions about how the person feels and about the reason for those feelings. Ask whether a method of suicide has been considered, whether a specific plan has been made and whether means of suicide has been decided upon. Don't worry that your discussion will encourage the person to go through with the plan. On the contrary, it will help him or her to know that someone is willing to be a friend. It may save their life. On the other hand, don't try to turn the discussion off or offer advice such as, “I Think about how much better off you are than most people. You should appreciate how lucky you are.” Such comments only make the suicidal person feel more guilty, worthless, and hopeless than before. Be a concerned and willing listener. Keep calm. Discuss the subject as you would any other topic of concern with a friend. Most importantly though, seek help for that person. Whenever you think that someone you know is in danger of suicide, get help. Suggest that he or she call a suicide prevention center, or suggest that they talk to someone they would respect listening to. If they won't go and seek help do not be afraid to do it for them. They may already feel like there is no hope left for them, and talking to you may have been their last cry for help. Dr. Wessel quoted, “One suicide is too many. There is always something that can be done.”

Dr. Trevor McCrorey Q: What are the warning signs of Diabetes? A: There are two types of Diabetes Mellitus, type I and type 2. Type I diabetes tends to develop in childhood or early adulthood and occurs when the pancreas (a gland in the abdomen, behind the stomach) no longer produces enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes develops most frequently in adults over age 40, but also in overweight children and adolescents, and occurs when the pancreas makes normal or even excessive amounts of insulin, but the cells of the body do not respond to it properly. When you digest food, much of it is broken down into sugar (glucose). The blood carries the sugar to the various cells of the body for energy. Insulin helps the sugar enter the cells and controls the level of sugar in the blood. When there is not enough insulin, or the cells do not respond properly to it, the level of sugar in the blood is abnormally high. When there is too much sugar in the blood for prolonged periods of time, many serious, often life threatening problems begin to occur. Fortunately, with early diagnosis, proper monitoring, diet, and treatment, many of the complications of diabetes can be avoided. Symptoms to watch for that can often suggest diabetes are as follows: Increased urination, excessive thirst and drinking of a lot of fluids, increased appetite, weight gain or loss, blurred vision, skin and vaginal infections, fatigue, slow healing sores. If you are concerned you may have diabetes, your doctor can screen you by discussing your medical history with you, doing a physical exam, and running test on samples of your or blood. Rapid Cityurine Regional Hospital System of Care

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Career Chatter


Free counseling available for students Sean Bradley Staff Writer

Judy Larson Job fairs are becoming a popular and meaningful way for BHSU students to job search. This spring, a Black Hills Regional Job Fair of business, industry, and government is planned for March 25 in Rapid City and the annual state-wide educators fair is April 6 in Sioux Falls. A job fair provides the opportunity for businesses or districts and job candidates to meet and interview, either informally or formally, each other for internships, summer and full time employment. A snapshot of a fair could remind one of an indoor sports show. Rather than vendors presenting products or equipment, the job fair features companies with employment needs. In the booths employers subtly lure candidates by playing videos of their business, having attractive backdrops or even giving away flashy brochures, keychains or apples. The following suggestions are given to help you, the candidate, attend a job fair and spark a recruiter’s interest. A job fair does NOT guarantee interviews or contracts for jobs. Each employer responds individually at a fair - some may do initial screening, some may interview and some may distribute information. All of these allow the candidate to introduce him/herself to the representative and have the chance to ask questions. Be prepared mentally (practice what you will say, review basic interview questions, read company profiles) and physically (appearance, dress, disposition). Your attitude and presentation of yourself are most important for impressions in all contacts. Bring an adequate number of resumes. Generic cover letters, too, have benefited BHSU students. Address the cover letter to Dear Employer if you don’t know the name. At the end of the day, an employer may have spoken to 35 candidates and any positive way to have them remember you is a plus. Preparing three selling points about oneself, using those in the brief introduction to each employer and then having the points also covered in the letter will reinforce an interviewer’s memory of you. As you declared a major, considering strengths, skills, likes and experiences were important in making that decision. At a job fair you will probably be asked about these again. Learn and practice to sell yourself. Planning your Fair strategy beforehand will help with nervousness. Knowing what the companies represent and offer along with how your qualities, talents and skills can fit into their success plans is a MUST. In short, you will want to display the ability to think on your feet with self-confidence and enthusiasm at a job fair. Handouts with questions to ask employers at a job fair, web sites for job fairs and other information about job fairs are available at Career Services, SU 124.

You're trying to decide what you want to be when you grow up. You're trying to cope with being away from home for the first time. You just failed the second psych test, and no matter how you study, you just don't get it. You just found out your significant other has been sleeping with your roommate. And as if that weren't enough, your mom just called to tell you that one of your best friends from high school died in a car accident. Sounds like a bad soap opera, right? But it happens all too often in college. Some handle the ups and downs of life better than others. But for those who need help, that's where Christa Fye M.Ed. and the staff of the Student Assistance Center come in. "My official title is ‘retention counselor,’”` said Fye. "That involves a lot of things." Fye counsels students on a variety of issues, including academics, career, and personal counseling. "The majority of what I do is career counseling," she said. "Because of the nature of the University setting, that's usually a pretty big thing on student's minds." Fye teaches a class for students who may be running in to problems academically. University Learning Skills is a 1 credit hour class that meets for the first eight weeks of the semester to help students improve their study skills, learn how to take notes, set goals and wisely manage their time. Fye meets with students in the class to help them adjust to campus life. She will also meet with them on an individual basis if they need extra help. "With career counseling... I guess I see people in different stages," said Fye.

"Sometimes I see people who have just in the Student Assistance Center: Fye, started school, and they have absolutely no Sandra Cargill, Director of Student idea what they want to do. They know they Development, and Linda Torgerson, want to go to college, but as far as narrow- Secretary. Cargill will see students as needing it down to one major choice or career ed, and sometimes students just need to talk choice, they don't know yet." Fye uses to someone once, so they talk to whomever career and interest inventories to help the is available. BHSU also has a contract with students determine where their interests lie and what careers may be best suited for Behavior Management Systems. BMS is a them. She does not recommend that a per- counseling agency in Spearfish, supplying son take the results of the interest inventory the local community with full time outpatient counselors who as gospel, but that they use assist the staff at the Student the information to deterAssistance Center as needmine where their interests think this time ed . Students who come to may or may not lie. Fye who need something "As far as personal in life is a big time to more "in-depth" than what counseling, "said Fye, "we figure out how you the center can provide are see a lot of... what I would relate to people in referred to BMS. The cost call typical developmental romantic relationthe counseling sessions is issues that college students ships... that don’t face." Being away from always work as well as subsidized through BH on a short-term basis. BMS also home for the first time, tryhas counselors on call 24 ing to make new friends, we want them to.” hours a day, or assist with and adjusting to life on ~Christa Fye any emergency situation on campus are many of the campus. issues she sees. Fye also Last semester, Fye saw 52 students for sees a lot of relationship issues. "I think this time in life is a big time to figure out how career/academic counseling and 46 for peryou relate to people in romantic relation- sonal/developmental counseling. All counships... that don't always work as well as we seling sessions are 100% confidential. There want them to." Fye also helps students is never any information entered in the stuadjust to the changing relationships with dent's academic record regarding their visits. family members and friends. She sees a lot A brief form needs to be filled out when a of people who are just trying to learn how to student comes in for the first time. That form is kept in the Student Assistance Center. grow up. Fye's office is located in the Student Fye said that her schedule is normally flexible enough that she can fit someone in Assistance Center, Cook 119. She is availwithin a day's time. "If it's an emergency sit- able by appointment 7:30am-4:30pm, uation," she said, "then we would get the Monday thru Friday; appointments can be person in as soon as possible- at that made by calling ext 6259, or stopping by the Student Assistance Center. moment, if need be." There are three full time staff members


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One big win; one huge loss

photo by Jessica Boetel Brant Miller (53) awaits the outcome of a shot while Mount Marty’s Aaron Kranz (44) and Matt Geiver (50) anticipate a rebound at the match-up on Feb. 19 at the Donald E. Young Center. BH defeated the Lancers 91-79. Both teams went head to head again on Feb. 27, in the first rounds of Conference playoffs.

McNames goes down as Jackets beat MMC Justin Varland Sports Editor

Even though the Yellow Jackets played one of their most impressive game of the season last Saturday; beating Mount Marty College 91-79, they also suffered undoubtedly their worst loss. The Jackets offense was simply unstoppable as they slipped past the Lancers with the greatest of ease. But with only one minute left in the game, Josh McNames went down, and went down hard after a collision with Lancer Matt Giever.

“I’m concerned for Josh, and concerned for the team” Commented Black Hills State head coach Mike Olson, on what could be the final game of McNames illustrious career. Thanks to the outstanding play by Josh McNames, Travis Traphagen, and Brian Fennema, the Jackets were not to be denied. Of the first 12 BH points Fennema dumped in 6 as the Jackets built a 12-6 lead. Switching to a zone defense halfway through the first period, BH was able to go on an 8-0 run giving BHSU a 10 point lead. Nailing two huge three-pointers on con-

secutive trips down the floor, Travis Traphagan helped the Jackets build a 15 point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining. “Trap, he did it to us two weeks ago. He just finds a way to get open.” said Mount Marty coach Jim Thorson. “He and Fennema are phenomenal.” Even though the Lancers consistently could score in the paint, the 53 percent threepoint bombardment from the Jackets was simply too much. “To score 91 points on Mount Marty is very exceptional, because they’re good

defensively. For the most part, we were very loose offensively.” Said Olson. “They’re tough. They’ve got all the right ingredients,” said Thorson. “ We were hanging in there, then, sometime in the second half, we just lost contact.” Fennema led the BH cagers in scoring with 23 points while Travis Traphagen and Josh McNames respectively finished with 22 and 15. The Lancers finished the season at 19-9 with no chance to get an at-large to the national tournament, while BH could be spending spring break in Nampa, Idaho.

Girls Basketball season ends with loss on road Mount Marty downs Lady Jackets 69-63 in first round of SDIC playoffs Justin Varland Sports Editor

Mount Marty edged out the Black Hills State University Lady Yellow Jackets 69-63 in the first round of the SDIC Conference playoffs Saturday. "We played well enough to win, we just didn't execute at the end." said BHSU head coach Kevin Dobbs. Starting the game with a 7-0 run, the Jackets were hot right from the jump, but the Lancers outscored the Jackets

20-12 to even the score at the half. Mount Marty took the lead for their first time of the game, and over the next 11 minutes the lead changed hands 12 times. With 3:31 remaining in the game, Lancer leading scorer, Katie Heine, made two critical free throws giving Mount Marty a 5 point lead. Tracy Winjum's three-point shot with 1:32 left on the clock dropped the lead to only two for MMC, but the Lancers just would not miss from the line.

“There’s just no quit in these girls and that’s 99 percent of the challenge in coaching,” said Dobbs. “It’s been an honor to coach these kids.” Melinda Oster had yet another all-around performance with 11 points, five of the first seven, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Tracy Winjum finished with a game high 18 points and Sarah Wells contributed 12 more. The BH Lady Jackets had a successful season ending the year ranked third in the SDIC with a mark of 15-12.

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BH runs strong at Dakota Championship and SDIC Darby Warne Staff Writer

Within the space of a week, BHSU mens and women’s track and field teams proved themselves twice over, taking home multiple awards, including the Women’s Division Title at the South Dakota Indoor Conference on February 20 and the Dakota Championships. In the women’s division, Heather Mundt took home a variety of awards. She left the SDIC meet with a third place finish in the 55 meter dash (7.64), a second place finish in the 200 meter dash (26.4), and another second place in the 400 meter dash (1:01.2). Mundt took home from the DSC meet a third place finish in the 55 meter dash (7.70), and a second place finish in the 200 meter dash (26.93). Fellow teammate, Natashia, Cushman received a few places also. At the SDIC meet Cushman placed fourth in the 200 meter dash (27.8), and third in the 400 meter dash (1:02.63). At the DSC meet she took home a second place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.11. Other winners were Lisa Reynolds taking home victories at the SDIC meet in the 1500 meter run (4:58.37), and in the 3000 meter run (11:05.64). She also placed fourth in the 800 meter dash (2:32.02). At the DSC meet she received a first place finish in the 3000 meter run, breaking the DSC meet record with a time of 10:41.4. Fellow teammate, Mary Kate Guilfoyle, took home a victory at the SDIC meet in the 800 meter dash (2:27.69). She also placed in the 55 meter hurdles (9.4) and in the high jump (5’2”). At the DSC meet, Guilfoyle took second in the high jump (5’2”), another second in the 55 meter hurdles (9.19), and a third in the 400 meter dash (1:01.55). Monica Headlee placed second in the 1500 meter run and in the 300 meter run with times of 5:05.71 and 11:09.39 at the SDIC meet. She also placed at the DSC meet, receiving a first place finish in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:02.16. Charlene Charger took the sixth place finish at the SDIC meet in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:17.87. Rachel Travis took home from the SDIC meet a sixth and third place finish in the high jump and the long jump with leaps of 5’ and 16’. At the DSC meet she took fourth place in the high jump (5’) and took fifth in the triple jump (29’6.25”0). Jamie Hepper received a place at the SDIC meet in the triple jump with leap of 33’1.5”. At the DSC meet, Hepper took home a tie for fifth place in the high jump with a jump of 4’8”, and a third place in the triple jump with a leap of 32’5.25”. The BH women relay teams took second at the SDIC meet in the 4x200 (1:51.7) and first in the 4x400 (4:14.48). At the DSC meet they received a second place in the 4x400 meter relay. Freshman, Jill Kroells, said, “The Jackets did very well.” At the SDIC meet in the men’s division, Curtis Johnson took first place in the high jump with a leap of 6’6” as teammate Will Nelson took third with a jump of 6’2”. Will Nelson also placed second in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.01. Leif Nordenstam took home two places, sixth in the 55 meter dash (6.87) and third in the pole vault (13’). Dan Loftus placed second in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.87 as teammate, Coy McLaughlin, took the third place finish with a time of 6.88. Other place holders were Chad Brooks receiving the sixth place finish in the 200 meter dash (23.2), Rowdy Anderson placed second in the 400 meter dash (49.52), Darin Kellum placed fifth in

photo by Alan Carroll

Heather Mundt passes off the baton to Natashia Cushman for the second stage of the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay preliminary race at the SDIC Indoor Track Championship Feb 19, at the Donald E. Young Center Fieldhouse. The women tracksters placed first in the final heat of the 4 x 400, and won the SDIC Championship. the pole vault (12’6”), Brent Henbolt taking third in the triple jump (42’1.25”), and Nick Collins taking sixth in the triple jump leaping 41’5”. In the 5000 meter run, BH had two placers; Brian Oliver took second (16:17.19) and Stephen Hayes took third (16:19.66). The men’s BH relays took second in the 4x200 (1:33.49) and third in the 4x400 (3:25.29). Freshman, Eric Bresee, said,” I enjoyed watching the meet. The competition was exciting.” At the DSC meet in the men’s division Will Nelson placed sixth in the long jump leaping 20’2.25”, fourth in the high jump with a jump of 6’, and fourth in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.41. Teammate, Curtis Johnson, placed first in the high jump with a leap of 6’4”. Other winners were Brent Herrbolt, taking second in triple jump with a leap of 44’11”, Rowdy Anderson, winning the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.99, Burke Binning, taking third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:04.11. Brian Oliver won the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:20.1, and teammate Stephen Hayes trailing behind to pick photo by Jessica Boetel up second in the 3000 meter run with a Mary Kate Guilfoyle clears 5’2’’, taking 2nd place in the SDIC Indoor Championship time of 9:26. In the 4x400 meter relay the BH men took second with a time of at the Donald E. Young Center Fieldhouse, Feb 19th. Guilfoyle advanced to NAIA Nationals held in Lincoln, Ne., where she placed 13th in the high jump event. 3:29.56.


Outdoor Track: BHSU Frostbite Invitational Mar 27

Mens BB: NAIA National Tournament, Mar.11-17

Mens Softball: Co-ed games, Mar. 25

Lady J’s split two Jayne McGeough Staff Writer

The Black Hills State University women’s basketball team was defeated by Huron University Friday, Feb. 12, 86-68. Saturday Feb. 13, however, the Lady Jackets redeemed themselves when they downed the Dakota State Lady Trojans 76-63. Friday night, Huron University, ranked seventh in the South Dakota-Iowa Conference, shot 43 percent to down Black Hills State, which only managed to shoot 36 percent for the evening. The Lady T’s outrebounded the Lady Yellow Jackets 47-29. Huron shot 44 percent from outside the key to outscore BH which only shot 26 percent from the three point line. “Friday night was our worst game of the year,” said Black Hills State University women’s basketball coach Kevin Dobbs. The Lady Yellow Jackets had only 19 turnovers compared to the Lady T’s 24. The Jackets effort was not enough when the Lady T’s got to the charity stripe 19 times and connected for 16 points. Huron University continued strong through the game with 22 assists to beat Black Hills State with only 10 assists. Leading scorers for Huron University Friday night were Schwartz with 20 points, Girard with 18, Donaghue with 14, and Howard with 11. Leading scorers for BH were Rhea Duncan with 23 points, Amanda Schelle with 14, Sara Wells with 10, and Melinda Oster with 10. Saturday night the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Dakota State, ranked number one in the SDIC. BH improved their shooting to 45 percent to down DSU which shot only 32 percent for the evening. Coming off a poor three point showing previously Friday night, the Lady Jackets came

back to shoot 40 percent from beyond the arc, compared to the Lady Trojan’s 24 percent. The Lady Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady T’s 24-9 from outside the key. “Saturday our offenses were perfect; everyone was hitting their shots,” said BH player Amanda Schelle, “We were having a lot of fun.” “We were more focused as a team Saturday night,” said Melinda Oster. BH point guards proved strong with 17 assists to outscore DSU, who showed only six assists for the game. Despite that the Lady T’s had a deeper bench, the Lady Jackets held their own to score 56 percent of their total points off defensive rebounds. Although DSU out-rebounded BH 48-34, it was not enough to take Saturday’s game against BH. Leading scorers for Dakota State were Shypulski with 15 points, Foster with 13, Haack with 12, and Honermann with 9. Leading scorers for Black Hills State were Melinda Oster with 18 points, Amanda Schelle with 16, Tracy Winjum with 13, and Renee Davis with 11. Head Coach Kevin Dobbs offered his players a daring incentive after Friday’s worst game of the year, in attempt to rally them for Saturday’s game against the bestranked team in the conference. “They shaved my head,” said Coach Dobbs, with a chuckle. “Saturday was our best game of the year.” said Dobbs. Only half expecting the victory, he was a good sport and let the Lady Yellow Jackets shave his head. Dobbs has since been seen wearing a black stocking cap to work. The BH women’s basketball team needs one more win to be eligible for the South Dakota-Iowa conference play off games.

BH men get redemption Alisha Swanson Staff Writer

After two rough losses against Huron and Mount Marty the weekend prior, BHSU Men’s Yellow Jackets came back with two big wins Feb 19 and 20, to clinch the number one seed in the post season playoffs and a South Dakota Iowa Conference title. Over 3200 fans packed the Donald E. Young Center each night to watch the Yellow Jackets overcome second half deficits for wins. The intensity was high during Friday night’s matchup against Mount Marty, thanks to Black Hills State mascot “The Bee” who kept the crowd pumped for victory. “I have nothing to say, I couldn’t see the game,” said mascot Casey Bassler. Even though he could not see the game under the thick veil of bee garb, those who did see it saw that the Jackets played hard for the title. Travis Traphagen, Josh McNames, and Brian Fennema tossed in team points, adding 21, 15, and 15 respectively. Defense was also key for the Jackets on Friday. Brant Miller rallied the team throughout the matchup playing tough defense and pulling down seven rebounds. Aaron Kranz and Ryan Krempges led the Lancers in double digits with 23 and 13. The intensity carried over into the contest against Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, although BH stayed calm and got the job done. “We never panic at home. We always seem to find a way,” said Coach Mike Olsen. BH overcame a 42-34 deficit at the 16:34 mark to shag a win. Coach Olsen successfully used his 3-point players and big man Brian Fennema to clinch a victory

against the Tigers. Fennema, Travis and Trent Traphagen led the Jackets in double digits with 20, 11, and 11. The sixth man, BHSU fans, consisted of a 3,308 person crowd that stayed intense throughout the matchup. Student fans were spirit-filled, sporting green body paint, yellow and green garb, and even a poster praising BHSU redshirts Justin Koehler and Steve Afa. Although the redshirts give merits to the crowd, they are mostly grateful for the learning experience with BH’s veteran players. The wins against DWU and Mt. Marty were well received after the losses the week before. “It was a great response from last weeks disaster,” remarked Olsen, “which can only happen with veteran maturity.” The DWU losses marked the ninth year in a row the Tigers have been defeated by BH at the Young Center. The loss also clinched the SDIC title for the Jackets whose record moved to 22 wins, 5 losses, and 10-3 in SDIC.

In The Sportlight

15 M ARCH 4 1999

by Julia Knickerbocker

Melinda Oster Melinda Oster, accounting student at Black Hills S t a t e University, has been named athlete of the week. Melinda is a post player for the BHSU women’s Basketball team. One of Oster’s most memorable experience is winning 2nd place at Nationals, “In my freshman year, we went to the championship game at nationals and got 2nd place in the division.” Coach Kevin Dobbs, a second year coach from Lincoln Nebraska, said, “as a coach we can not work with the athletes in the off season. Everything Melinda has

done is with her own determination. We offer programs during off season, and Melinda has made good use of them.” Melinda was chosen athlete of the week because, “She has been so consistent and it has been our teams strength. When she is on, no one in the conference can stop her,” says Coach Dobbs. “The beginning of the practice week is harder than the end of the week,” says Oster, “We play several drills against hard people to give us practice for the upcoming game. These usually last one-and-ahalf to two hours long.” Oster’s advice for younger athletes would be to remember that, “Even though the better players are pushed to the top and the lower players are pushed down, keep on working on your God-given talent, because I was once the lower player and I just worked hard to get where I am. Always keep working to be better.”

Monica Headlee D a v e Little, Black Hills State University athletic director, named M o n i c a Headlee athlete of the week. C o a c h S c o t t Walkinshaw, in his first year at BHSU, said, “I am very impressed with Monica’s goal orientation. She is a very intelligent runner, with so much consistency. She sets realistic goals and she is a tough competitor. I really want to stress her consistency.” Headlee participates in the 1500 and the 3000 meter runs. Practice for her involves 5-6 days a week, consisting of 3-4 days of morning and afternoon runs. We have a mixture of mileage and interval runs during the week,” says

Headlee. We look for consistent training.” says Walkinshaw “They run three miles 3-4 times a week. Once or twice a week they run long distance runs of 6-8 miles. They do their interval training on the track. Consistency in training is important for improving their performance.” Headlee, who is majoring in chemistry at BHSU and wants to teach chemistry, was involved with track since 7th grade in her hometown Kadoka. When asked what her most memorable experience in track was, she replied, “It would have to be, going to nationals in Kenosha, Wisconsin for cross country.” Headlee’s advice to younger athletes is, “Work hard and stay out of trouble and always have fun with running.” Headlee adds encouraging words to her teammates, “I want to say that everyone on the BHSU track team has been very supportive and it has been a big help.”


Jackets beat Tech Jessica Boetel Staff Writer

The Yellow Jackets defeated the South Dakota Hardrockers in basketball 82- 65 Wednesday night, Feb. 24. Black Hills State kept the lead most of the game putting a stop to South Dakota Tech’s eight game winning streak. As Coach Kevin Dobbs’s T-shirt read, “100% Pure Whoop Ass.” The Yellow Jackets scored forty two percent of their attempted three point shots. Tech had a hard time making shots throughout the game, and Black Hills State took every opportunity to maintain the lead. Not to mention, Black Hills State also kept a balanced scoring with Rhea Duncan totaling 20 points, Sara Wells 12, Tracy Winjum 16, Amanda Schelle and Melinda Oster each had 11, and Stephanie Grantier with 9. It seemed the kids hit the big shots when we needed it,” said Coach Dobbs. The two guards, Wells and Winjum, combined for 20 total rebounds, keeping the ball on the Jacket courtside. It was a pretty good battle,” stated Coach Dobbs, “Tech is a good rebounding team, and we beat them.” When Tech got within three points Duncan shot a three-pointer and Tracy Winjum scored a lay-up to run the Jackets score from 51-48 to 56-48. Tech’s bench received a technical foul after a Hardrocker fouled Wells with 1:30

remaining in the second half. Duncan and Wells each got to shoot two free throws and the charity tosses boosted the score from 74-60 to 78-60. Dobbs believes they did well because Sarah Wells started and Rhea Duncan defended South Dakota Tech’s Jami Barraclough, who totaled 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Hardrockers. Tech was undermanned with the injuries of two starters, Anne Konnechne and Elaine Foy. Konnechne went 0-16 from the floor and finished scoreless, while Foy chipped in nine points in limited minutes. In the first half, the Jackets carried the lead 40-28. Black Hill State’s Oster ran into some foul trouble in the seven minutes she played of the first half, only allowing her eighteen minutes of total playing time. Jana Kuchenbecker, a sophomore at Black Hills State, said the game was exiting. “I didn’t expect the girls to take such a big win. Their spirit and teamwork is inspirational.” Black Hills State needed to win its last four games in order to get into the South Dakota-Iowa Conference playoffs. The Jackets managed to win all four games, beating three NAIA Division II ranked opponents along

photos by Alan Carroll

Above: Sara Wells (3) blasts through the Tech Hardrockers defense drawing a foul, which she converted to advance BH’s lead over Tech. Above right: Forward Brant Miller (53) takes on Tech’s Wellington de Oliveira (51) in a fight for points. Inset: Senior Travis Traphagen prepares to take his cut of the SDIC Championship net for the last time. This is the first outright Championship the Jackets have taken in six years.

The Black Hills State Yellow Jackets won 85-75 in overtime Wednesday night, Feb. 24, at the Donald E. Young Center, defeating South Dakota Tech in South Dakota-Iowa Conference men’s basketball. At the end of the second half, a 67-67 tie led to five more minutes of overtime. Travis Traphagen hit a three pointer with 2:39 remaining, paving the way for an 11-0 run, which led to a final ten point win over South Dakota Tech. “It was a great overtime,” said Coach Mike Olson of the Yellow Jackets, “My kids were not going to be denied.” Black Hills State had a chance to win the game at the end of the second half, but Brian Fennema’s short-range jump shot came just after the buzzer and was disallowed. Josh McNames played an All-american game, scoring a total of 23 points with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. The senior point guard successfully hit 9 shots from the field including 5 from the three-point line. Travis Traphagen scored a total of 19 points, and Brian Fennema trailed right behind him with 13 for the Jackets. South Dakota Tech’s Mike Peirce, who totaled 20 points in the game, rallied the Hardrockers with a pair of three-pointers and an off-balance jumper to tie the game midway through the second half. The Hardrockers struggled with rebounding, only

capturing 29 compared to the Jackets 40. With green and yellow body paint and toga apparel, the Black Hills State crowd really fired up the second quarter as they cheered on their team. The turnout for the game reached 3,411 as the rival teams battled it out for the win. “I enjoyed the good sportsmanship by both crowds,” Junior Black Hills State student J.J. Loos commented. Although some profanity dominated the crowds cheers, Coach Mike Olson stated, “Playing in front of so many kicking fans is such a lift.” The Jackets ended the first half trailing 5 points behind the Hardrockers. The shooting improved second half as the Jackets turned up the heat for SD Tech. Coach Olson pointed out that the teams see each other play often and that familiarity can really make the game interesting. With the defeat of Tech, Black Hills State won its first outright South DakotaIowa Conference in six years. The last time the Jackets won an outright SDIC title was in 1993. The Yellow Jackets, who have won four SDIC titles under Coach Olson, finished the SDIC season 11-3, staying just ahead of Dakota Wesleyan, runner up in the SDIC standings at 10-4. The Yellow Jackets ended the regular season with a 23-5 record. The Jackets are sitting No. 1 in the South DakotaIowa Conference men’s basketball playoffs.

Cheer on your Yellow Jacket men as they take on Nationals. Listen to the games on KDSJ, 980 AM and watch for highlights in the BHSU Today.

Today. March 4, 1999  

Today. March 4, 1999. Student newspaper of the Black Hills State University.

Today. March 4, 1999  

Today. March 4, 1999. Student newspaper of the Black Hills State University.